April 20th, 2017
It seems like everyone wants to get in on the Marvel TV bandwagon. ABC has Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Netflix has their own pile of shows and now FX has Legion.
I really have no idea why they picked this particular character. The son of Charles Xavier, he is ridiculously powerful, but also insane, thus making him inherently outside of the typical superhero paradigm. That is not, in this case, a good thing, as I’m sure you’ll agree, as I take a look at the first 8-episode season of Legion.
April 13th, 2017
As much as I love the idea of street level Marvel heroes on Netflix, so far, other than Daredevil, I haven’t much cared for how they have been done.
I’ve been really critical of both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, to the point that I probably won’t bother sitting through a second season of either, unless I’m really, really bored. But that hasn’t stopped people from criticizing the newest Netflix series, Iron Fist, because… reasons, apparently.
So here’s my take on the first season and why it isn’t nearly as bad as some people want to pretend it is.
April 6th, 2017
I really don’t know how much there is to say about Murdoch anymore, after 10 seasons, you know what you’re getting and you either like it, as I do, or you just go elsewhere. Murdoch Mysteries is a long-running Canadian mystery show, based on the books by Maureen Jennings. It’s about a turn-of-the-century Toronto detective who develops some amazing techniques to solve cases. It has a great cast of characters and never fails to make me smile.
March 14th, 2017
This 10-episode series comes from a novel called Himura Hideo Series by Arisu Arisugawa, first published in March, 1992 by Kodansha. Clearly, it’s self-referential because the writer of the novel is also part of the series. But lots of J-dramas come from books and manga and they don’t always translate well to screen, so let’s see how Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa fared.
March 11th, 2017
Wow, this one was a long time coming, wasn’t it? We have had it sitting in our “to be watched” pile for a very long time, although certainly not since 1999, and finally got around to sitting down to see it. Keizoku is seen as a “groundbreaking” police drama in Japan and for good reason. But how does it measure up to some of my favorite shows of the past? Let’s find out.
March 2nd, 2017
This was a year full of time travel-esque stories, some reasonably good, like Netflix’ Travelers, some not so good, like Frequency, and then there’s NBC’s Timeless, which comes down pretty close to the top, but really struggled in the ratings. So I guess that now that their 16-episode season is over, I have to give my views on the show. See you below the fold.
February 16th, 2017
This has certainly been the year for time travel shows, but time travel is hard to do well, as shows like Frequency proved. Now it’s time for Netflix to enter the fray with Travelers, a not-particularly-original series that originally aired in Canada, but now finds itself on Netflix. So was it any good? Strap in and find out.
February 2nd, 2017
Based loosely on the 2000 film of the same name, Frequency, the televised reimagining changes characters but doesn’t significantly change the story. Instead of Frank Sullivan being a firefighter, he’s a cop. Instead of his son John, we get his daughter Raimy. Otherwise, if you’ve seen the movie, you won’t be very surprised at how the series plays out. Still, it’s an interesting enough concept, so let’s see how season 1 of Frequency played out.
January 29th, 2017
It was time to dive into my very deep pile of J-dramas that I’ve had sitting around forever, with no time to actually watch them. Higanbana, or Whispers From a Crime Scene, is a 2016 series which ran 10 episodes on NTV. It’s another one of those quirky cop dramas that seem to show up on Japanese television all the time, so what the heck, let’s give this one a shot?
So did Higanbana turn out to be any good? You’re not going to find out unless you click below!
January 26th, 2017
I’ve been a fan of Luke Cage since his original Power Man days back in the 70s. One of the first comics I clearly remember reading as a kid was Power Man & Iron Fist #50. This is is a character I’ve loved and followed for nearly 40 years off and on.
So when I heard it was coming to TV as a series, I was really excited, far more than I was for Jessica Jones and nearly as much as I was for Daredevil. That Iron Fist was following it up made it all extra special.
But there are ways to do this series right and ways to do it really, really wrong. Let’s see which way they went as I look at the first season of Luke Cage.