August 10th, 2017
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatte Iru, or Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation, or if you want to get technical about it, “A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet”, is a 10-episode 2017 J-drama based on a series of light novels by Shiori Ota and illustrated by Tetsuo.
So can this show stand up to scrutiny? Is it really, really similar to another show from America? Read on and find out!
July 27th, 2017
It’s such a shame that I have to write this review because I used to love The Flash. In fact, I still love the concept, I love the character, I just don’t live what they’ve done with it. And this is pretty common with Greg Berlanti shows recently, which again, really sucks because I love his shows… at least at the beginning, before they all fall apart.
So exactly what went wrong with The Flash this year? Let’s get into it below the fold.
July 20th, 2017
Arrow was one of my favorite shows, once upon a time, but as, unfortunately, with most Greg Berlanti shows, they just don’t last long at their prime and Arrow is no exception. Of course, I’ve complained about all of his shows, from Supergirl to Blindspot, but it really hurts to see Arrow fall so far.
Season 4 was one of the worst and we were all hoping that the showrunners could pull it out for season 5. So I guess all that’s left to do is see if they succeeded. So away we go.
July 13th, 2017
I know, I know, I said I was off the Doctor Who train until Steven Moffat was gone, but when my wife wanted to watch some episodes on Mother’s Day, what can you do? So I relented and sat down with her to see the first five and, to be honest, it wasn’t as awful as the last couple of seasons had been, so it returned to our regular rotation. Now that it’s done, it’s time to weigh in on what I thought of the end of the Moffat era and the last of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Strap in, this is going to be bumpy.
July 6th, 2017
I liked Lucifer a lot last season and was happy that it got a second season. Of course, there were problems, some that made the series slow and others that seriously diverged from its comic book origins, but by and large, it did what it set out to do admirably.
But was the first season a fluke or is there more behind the show than some people might think? I take a look at Lucifer season 2, which was expanded from 12 to 18 episodes, and see how well it stands up when it’s not brand new.
June 29th, 2017
I have no idea why, but Syfy decided to just dump the entire season of 12 Monkeys over a 3 day period, sort of like Netflix does, only a little longer. Supposedly this summer, Syfy is rebranding itself back into an actual science fiction network, so it could be that they were trying to clear summer shows. After all, they’ve already greenlit a final season for 12 Monkeys next year so it isn’t like they’re trying to burn off the episodes like I initially thought. That said, this really isn’t a very good show anymore and maybe it would have been better to just let it die. But let’s look at the season anyhow, shall we?
June 27th, 2017
There are shows that sound great on the surface, but once you sit down to watch them, they just don’t sit right with you. This is one of those series. Tenshi to Akuma, or in English, Angels and Demons, was a 2015 series that aired on TV Asahi between April and June, running 9 episodes. But while it has everything I’d normally like in a series like this, I really had a problem with the way things turned out and that’s a shame.
So here we go, with my take on what might have been a really good show, had they not gone sideways.
June 25th, 2017
There are some series that are just unique. Cold Case, a 2016 Japanese drama, is actually a re-imagining of an American TV series of the same name that ran from 2003 to 2010. The Japanese series is also sponsored by Warner Brothers, which I was quite surprised by. I never watched the American series, so I have nothing to go by, so let’s look at the overseas version and judge it by its own merits.
June 22nd, 2017
More shows need to realize that you don’t mess with a working formula. Far too many just throw what works out the window in favor of trying things that ultimately fail. Not Elementary. They don’t try to get Holmes and Watson romantically involved. They don’t try to introduce elements outside of their wheelhouse. They just tell consistently good stories season in and season out.
Why can’t other shows know their audience as well as Elementary’s does?
June 15th, 2017
There are some shows that I really wonder why they remain on the air, and more why I bother watching them. This has become the norm for Greg Berlanti shows this year, where I was disappointed by pretty much all of them, superhero or not.
I really didn’t like Supergirl last year on CBS and with the move to CW, it’s even worse. There is a very distinctive hard-left bent that’s hard to ignore and even harder to take seriously. So let’s see where this show went completely wrong and why Supergirl’s first season on CW sucked.