Category Archives: TV Shows

TV Review: Twin Peaks: The Return

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Twin Peaks: The Return

“Chapters 1 and 2”

SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING TWIN PEAKS!!

After 25 years, David Lynch’s weird masterpiece Twin Peaks is back. As a relative newcomer to Agent Dale Cooper’s investigation into the murder of Laura Palmer (I only watched the series about two years ago, and just watched Fire Walk With Me a few days ago), I wasn’t aware of the weird cultural phenomenon that was Peaks when it was first airing. But what does strike me is how mainstream America latched onto the series, which has not only one of the strangest narratives of all time, but also looked like nothing else on television either. Almost every episode of the series was a mini art house film, with odd angles, cuts, and performances. But despite all of this, Twin Peaks became a major phenomenon without the aid of Twitter, Facebook, or any kind of viral marketing campaign. And now, 25 years later, we’re finally getting some resolutions to the cliffhanger ending that audiences were left with 25 (or fewer) years ago. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Iron Fist!

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Starring: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, David Wenham

SPOILERS

Now that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage have had their time in the Netflix spotlight, it’s time for Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, to get his chance to grace the streaming service. While the early reviews for the latest Marvel Netflix series haven’t been great (to put it mildly), I was still pretty intrigued by the show. After all, how would Marvel Studios go about adapting Iron Fist, a character that has a more mystical background than any of the other members of the Defenders? Read the rest of this entry

Let’s Talk About X, Baby

legionYes, this is another column about Logan. But more specifically, it’s about the impact that Logan, Deadpool, and FX’s Legion show have had on the X-Men franchise at Fox. All three of these properties are wildly different, but they share three things: they’re entertaining, have a very clear vision, and are completely different from any other X-Men product Fox has produced.  In an entertainment world that has valued the idea of “shared universes”, you would think that this strategy would work counter for the studio, but I honestly thing it’s emboldened them to try new things, and maybe even show Fox that there’s no need for the X-Men movies to try and copy what Marvel and Warner Bros are doing.  Read the rest of this entry

Welcome To Riverdale

riverdale-header3I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to The CW’s Riverdale.

Yes, I know, it’s weird that a thirty-year-old guy would be interested in this show to begin with, and I’m surprised as anyone to be gushing as much as I am, but here we are.

I’ll admit that my viewing of the pilot episode was for purely selfish reasons. After reading an interview with Riverdale show runner (and Archie Comics CCO) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa in which he stated “if Riverdale is successful we’ll absolutely look at other Archie properties to adapt, with Sabrina being the first one”, I knew that I’d be checking the show out, if only to get Sabrina a new show. Now, you all know my love for Sabrina, so if I had to endure watching a couple hours of teen drama to get a new Sabrina show with the premise of her awesome Chilling Adventures comic, that was a small price to pay. Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2016!

deadpool-best-movies-2016.jpgWell, we’ve slogged through the worst of the year, and now it’s on to the best. These are the comics, movies, TV shows, and other assorted media that helped take the sting of our darkest timeline off my mind for a little while. Perhaps they helped you, or you can discover them for yourself if you need them. Read the rest of this entry

Oh The (In)Humani(TV)!

inhumansPoor, poor Inhumans, you never really had a chance, did you?

With the recent news that Marvel’s Inhumans movie will no longer be a movie and instead move to ABC as an 8 episode TV show, it’s hard to feel anything but a “shrug” over Marvel’s Royal Family. The last thing I’ll admit about Inhumans is being surprised. Okay, actually I take that back: I’m surprised that it’s going to be a TV show, but I’m not surprised that it’s not going to be a movie, even though this new IMAX deal for the first two episodes doesn’t “take the place of the previously unscheduled Inhumans movie” (confused? ME TOO!). Read the rest of this entry

An Open Letter To AMC

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Dear AMC,

I’m writing this to you as a fan. Whether you know it or not, your network is the gateway to people getting into comic books. I’ve lost count over how many people have walked into Jetpack Comics and asked for Walking Dead trades because they watch your show. But now that you’ve started the seventh season, I have to ask: why are you still resorting to cheap gimmicks? You know you don’t need to do that right? I mean, you guys beat Sunday Night Football last year. SUNDAY. NIGHT. FOOTBALL. That’s freaking unheard of. No show has ever done that. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Luke Cage

marvels-luke-cageLuke Cage (Netflix)

Starring: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Alfe Woodward

SPOILERS

After making his debut on Jessica Jones last year, it’s now time for Luke Cage to take the center stage. The latest of the Marvel Netflix Defenders series, Luke Cage is another solid example of Marvel’s partnership with Netflix, but even the bulletproof Hero of Harlem can’t overcome the same problems as the other Marvel series. However, Luke Cage is bolstered by a pretty stellar cast that really make the series worth the watch. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Westworld

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Westworld, Season 1, Episode 1

Holy Crap.

That’s all I can really say after watching Westworld, the latest HBO series that’s most likely the heir to Game of Thrones. Based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name, Westworld is far more than just “Jurassic Park with robots”. The Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy series is a sharp, beautiful, and shocking look into the nature of man and machine that will blow away any and all expectations. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: The Tick!

the-tick-img-1200x1200The Tick (2016)

Starring: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry

Directed by: Wally Pfifster

After a stellar Fox Kids cartoon and a short-lived live action series in the early 00’s, you wouldn’t be wrong in asking “why?” after hearing about a new Tick series. But what’s old is new again, and Amazon has come along to try and give the big blue superhero another go. One of the Amazon Prime “Pilot Shows”, the Ben Edlund written pilot is an interesting take on the character and his world, but in the end, the 30 minute run time simply isn’t enough to cover all the ground Edlund wants to. Read the rest of this entry