Category Archives: TV Shows
Yes, I’m writing about Riverdale again. Longtime readers of this column (all 12 of you) know about my weird love of the CW show that features Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and the rest of the classic Archie character in a new, “teen drama” setting. But you probably don’t know that of all the new and returning TV shows based on comic books (and holy crap are there a LOT now), Riverdale is easily my most anticipated show of the upcoming season. Read the rest of this entry
Ah yes, another Summer has come and gone. And unlike last year, the summer of 2017 was chock full of cool stuff for us to enjoy. From the big screen to the small, there was tons of great entertainment to keep us indoors and out of the sun. So much so, that it’s almost tough to remember all the cool movies, TV, and all kinds of other stuff. Lucky for you I’ve got the list to end all best of summer lists! Read the rest of this entry
The Defenders (2017)
Starring: Charlie Cox, Kristen Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Elodie Young
Much like the solo movies of their big screen counterparts, the main appeal of the four Marvel Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) was the idea that the four would join forces in their own team up series The Defenders. Now that the four have had their own seasons (or two in Daredevil’s case), it’s finally time for them to join up and crack some Hand ninja skulls as only they can. While Defenders takes a while to get going, once Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) get together, the show becomes one of the most entertaining entries in the Marvel Netflix deal, albeit with a few small setbacks. Read the rest of this entry
Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
Starring: Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Marguerite Moreau, Ken Marino
Directed By: David Wain
Wet Hot American Summer is one of my favorite comedies of all time, so getting not one, but two follow up Netflix series is pretty insane to me. After the hype of First Day of Camp, the first Netflix follow-up that aired two years ago, I had completely forgotten about the sequel series Ten Years Later, and it seemed like Netflix did too (you can chalk this up to either lack of interest on their part or the fact that they have too many original programs, your choice). My love for the original Wet Hot is pretty deep, so any follow up to that is going to be held to a pretty high standard in my eyes, and while Ten Years Later has some very solid and funny moments, it’s easily the weakest installment of the Wet Hot “Trilogy”. Read the rest of this entry
Adam West is gone.
Like a lot of people, my first exposure to Adam West, and to the Batman, was from the famous Bill Dozier Batman series. Those reruns that aired at 7pm every night on UPN were the highlights of my day. Watching the series with my dad was a nightly ritual, and the cliffhanger episodes were torture for my small four year old mind. The feature film that was made in between the first and second season was a movie I rented so often that my parents eventually broke down and bought me a copy, which I then watched so much that they had to buy ANOTHER copy. I was enthralled with Batman at an early age, and it was all thanks to Adam West’s gloriously earnest and eager take on the Caped Crusader. Read the rest of this entry
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
Iron Fist (2017)
Starring: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, David Wenham
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
Yes, 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
I’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
Well, 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