Category Archives: TV

TV Review: The Mandalorian!

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TV Review: Watchmen!

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TV Review: Stranger Things 3!

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Once again, it’s time to head on down to Hawkins, Indiana for another trip to the Upside Down with our pals from Stranger Things. The third season was shrouded in secrecy, so much so that Netflix reportedly gave out a bulleted list of plot points that reviewers couldn’t talk about,and I really think that decision paid off. There’s plenty of fun surprises in store for the third go around with Will, Mike, Eleven, Dustin, and Lucas, and while the cast keeps growing, show runners The Duffer Brothers amazingly keep the plot moving at a relatively quick pace. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2!

1552579119316-2FTHI7O9B1HYQJH8R1M6It may not be Halloween, but you’d never know it from the second part of Netflix’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In every way, this new installment of the Archie Horror comic adaptation is darker, bloodier, and better than Part One, even if it takes a little while to get moving.

When we last left Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), she had written her name in the Devil’s book and signed her soul away to protect her friends. Fully embracing her witch side, she’s now enrolled in the Academy of the Unseen Arts full-time, and neglecting her time with her mortal friends. But the forces of Madam Satan (Michelle Gomez), Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), and the Devil himself have other plans, and Sabrina will need all the help she can get from her friends and family in order to prevent the Apocalypse. Read the rest of this entry

The Wheel of Ka Turns….

IMG-5477.JPGThis week, it was quietly announced that Amazon is going to start production on a Dark Tower series this Spring. Which means that yes, I am officially back on the hype train for an adaptation of one of my favorite book series, even though I know that it will undoubtedly let me down. I sat through the lackluster film adaptation released a few years ago, and while it had a few glimmers of what I wanted from a Dark Tower project, the end result was a far cry from the epic tale that the series deserved. But now, it seems like Amazon’s plan could be the project that gives this series the spotlight it requires. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: The Punisher Season Two!

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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

Best of 2018

2018 was a massive year for pop culture, so much so that there’s things on this list that I had to remind myself that they even came out this year. Seriously, the amount of great entertainment that came our way in 2018 was enough to fill three years, so why don’t I just get out of the way and break down some of my favorite things of the year 2018? Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Daredevil Season Three!

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I’ll be honest, the last few seasons of the various Marvel Netflix shows have been a bit of a slog. Ever since Defenders, it seemed like all of the various shows, from Luke Cage to Iron Fist to even Jessica Jones started spinning their wheels, and eventually they became to feel like a real slog to get through. Thankfully though, Daredevil‘s third season has come along and not only rejuvenated that show after an uneven second season, it’s also reignited my interest in the other Marvel Netflix shows (well, the remaining ones, that is). Read the rest of this entry

The Return of the Mandalorian

the-mandalorian-700x553After a long wait, we finally have some details on John Favreau’s Star Wars show. Titled The Mandalorian, the show will focus on a “lone gunslinger type” navigating the Star Wars universe after the fall of the Empire. It sounds like a really cool idea for a show, and also just the kind of thing to pique my interest enough to subscribe to another streaming service. Read the rest of this entry

AKA Sophomore Slump

imageAs it stands right now, I’m nine episodes into the second season of Jessica Jones, and I gotta say, it’s not very compelling. While the first season was a surprisingly complex and invigorating narrative, so far the second season has devolved into subplots that are uninteresting, drawn out, and not even focused on the title character. Krysten Ritter is still fun to watch, but everything else just seems…off. Which leaves me to ask: what went wrong? Read the rest of this entry