Category Archives: TV Shows
Over the weekend, I checked out DC Universe’s Harley Quinn show. I’ve heard tons of really great things about it, and despite the shaky track record of the other DC Universe shows, I was curious about it, even if the TV-MA news did rub me the wrong way at first. But after I got over the initial few minutes of Harley dropping f-bombs and smashing kneecaps, I was surprised to find that this show not only lives up to the hype, but it’s probably the best animated series from Warner Bros since Batman Beyond. Read the rest of this entry
After eight seasons, four team-ups, and many, many salmon ladders, Arrow has come to a close. The CW show that started as a simple adaptation of Green Arrow’s comic adventures transformed into the centerpiece for the CW universe of the DC multimedia universe, and in doing so brought some of the most true to comics adventures I’ve seen in live action. Read the rest of this entry
Starring: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Jazz Sinclair, Gavin Leatherwood
Sabrina Spellman is back on your TV screens, and she’s wasting no time heading to Hell to save her boyfriend from the clutches of her father, Lucifer. Stronger and more streamlined than ever before, the third part/season/whatever of Netflix and WB’s dark adaptation of Archie Comics’ much delayed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic series is a fantastic slice of dark fantasy that goes in some very surprising directions. Read the rest of this entry
Star Trek: Picard
If there’s one hole in my pop culture knowledge, it’s Star Trek. With the exception of the movies and a handful of episodes of the original series and Next Generation, the franchise has always seemed like it was too daunting to really dive into, which made me a little apprehensive to start the first episode of CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard. Despite the major marketing and “new viewer” friendly hype, I felt like there would be no way I could truly appreciate Patrick Stewart’s return to the role that made him famous in the way it was intended.
I was wrong. Read the rest of this entry
Starring: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, John Heffernan, Sacha Dahwan
As someone who owns about five different versions of Bram Stoker’s famous novel, I approach new adaptations of Dracula with a sense of cautious optimism. For every Universal Studios or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there’s a Dracula 2000 or Dracula Untold that attempts to update the famous gothic horror novel and fails spectacularly. The latest attempt from Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the creative minds behind the BBC smash Sherlock, initially made me pretty intrigued, though not without some reservations, as the pair’s track record is fairly spotty as of late. But even with those misguided past few series of Sherlock, everything I’ve seen surrounding the project made it seem like the adaptation I’ve been waiting for.
It wasn’t. But it was still a pretty interesting new spin on the story of the Count. Read the rest of this entry
It’s the dawn of a new year and a new decade, which means that it’s time to do what we nerds do best: look at the upcoming releases and take a guess as to what we’re looking forward to the most! From Natasha Romanoff getting her own solo film to the debut of Locke and Key on Netflix, there’s a whole host of nerdy goodness coming our way this year, so let’s take a look at what’s coming our way! Read the rest of this entry
HBO’s Watchmen is ambitious, unparalleled, and ahead of its time. Damon Lindelof took the sacred text of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and not only breathed new life into it, he also cast the whole original text in a brand new light with the additions he made with the new series. It’s not only one of the best shows of the year, I’d argue it’s THE best show of the year, and is one of the best comic book adaptations of all time. Read the rest of this entry
Green Arrow. Supergirl. The Flash. Batwoman.
With the exception of the Scarlet Speedster, none of those names should resonate with your average pop culture fan. But thanks to the CW, those characters are not only well-known, but are arguably more successful than their big screen counterparts. That’s entirely due to the work of Greg Berlanti, the man behind all of the CW’s DC adaptations, which make up almost 80% of the series they air. Looking at the network now, it’s nearly impossible not to think of them as the “DC Network”, and their adaptations of these lesser-known heroes has lead to the biggest crossover of them all: Crisis on Infinite Earths. Read the rest of this entry
From the moment it was announced, signs pointed to HBO’s Watchmen being unlike anything we’ve seen from other comic book adaptations. After a fairly successful adaptation with Zack Snyder’s 2009 film, you’d be forgiven for wondering what was left to mine from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ masterwork. But Leftovers creator Damn Lindelof signed on board, with the promise to do something “unique and different” with the project, and I’d say that he’s definitely accomplished that so far. Read the rest of this entry
Despite being on borrowed time, the Netflix/Marvel Studios train has kept chugging along. After the cancellation of Daredevil, it’s all but assured that Frank Castle is next on the chopping block, but he’s not going down without a fight, and if there’s two things to take away from The Punisher‘s second season, it’s this: Frank Castle knows how to fight, and Jon Bernthal can hold together a bunch of disparate storylines and keep you still intrigued, even if the end result isn’t quite up to par with what he deserves. Read the rest of this entry