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.
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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.
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.
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.
Let’s be honest, Z-Nation has never been a really good show. It falls into the so dumb it’s tolerable category, just like most Asylum productions. What’s made it somewhat fun have been the genre episodes, where they grab a TV or movie genre at random and go crazy. If they ever tried to make this show serious, they’d lose whatever charm it has.
Which is unfortunately what they tried to do this season.
To be honest, watching this series was a mistake. I saw it go by and remembered having heard something about a series on National Geographic by the same name. And really, the NatGeo show still sounds a lot better than what we got. Space usually does some pretty decent shows so we decided to give Aftermath a go, but was that a mistake? Only clicking below will tell.
I am a big fan of Douglas Adams in print. Not so much most of the televised or film adaptations of his work because a lot of what Douglas Adams has done just doesn’t translate well to the big or small screen. Probably my favorite take on Hitchhiker’s Guide was the original BBC version from 1981. So when I heard that they were doing Dirk Gently, hey, why the heck not, right? Therefore, here’s my review of the first season of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
Last year I absolutely loved Ash vs. Evil Dead, I thought it added a lot to the already existing movies and showed what you could do with televised horror if the network had the cajones to just let it be horror. But what I didn’t like, necessarily, was the finale, which wrapped the whole thing up with a nice bow while still leaving it open for another season.
Well guess what? They did it again! And while this time they drifted both farther and closer to their cinematic roots, did they do so faithfully to the Ashley Williams canon? Let’s see.
I loved the original 1973 Westworld movie, I have the sequel, Futureworld, as well as the short-lived TV series Beyond Westworld. So when HBO announced they were bringing this back, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I looked forward to it.
But this is not your father’s Westworld, it’s a whole new take on a very old idea, but that doesn’t mean it’s good or bad, we’ll have to dig deeper into the sands of the show to see which way it goes. Let’s do that, okay?
I am a huge fan of the original book trilogy written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. It was a much more “realistic” take on the vampire mythos and even though I thought it suffered toward the end, I still read through it quickly and really enjoyed it. And then came the TV series, which didn’t quite follow the books in the first season and entirely fell apart by the second. And now the third, which was supposed to follow the third book, did nothing at all of the sort. So how bad was it? I think you’ll be surprised.