Considering it’s currently one of my favorite shows, it’s about time that I got around to writing about Rick and Morty. I came to the show slightly late in the game, after the second season had finished. But I kept hearing about an irreverent cartoon involving a mad scientist, his grandson and interdimensional space travel. Add to that the fact that it’s most definitely for adults and I had to give it a shot. Continue reading
Sometimes an animated series comes around that is beyond perfect. Two years ago, this series for me was Gravity Falls. This year the series was actually too good to be true. In fact, it turns out it may not be true. This series is Infinity Train. Continue reading
These were Laura Palmer’s last words to Agent Cooper in 1992, right before he became trapped in the Black Lodge and the evil spirit Bob hijacked Cooper’s doppelganger and escaped.
Twenty-five years later, the show returned, this time with not quite as positive results as fans had hoped for. There are now 2 Coopers, only neither are actually Dale Cooper. This time there is the evil doppelganger, traveling the country on his own agenda set forward by Agent Jeffries (formerly portrayed by David Bowie in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me), while Dougie Jones, an overweight simpleton philanderer, gambles and consistently sleeps around on his wife. Continue reading
If you watched any of the videos in this playlist or, better yet, have watched the full movies, you already know how amazingly bad the Sharknado franchise is at being good. Flying self-aware sharks, chainsaws hidden everywhere, more cameos than a VH1 “I Love the ‘90s” special,” and even more shark puns than you can fling a fin at.
So if it’s so bad, why is it so popular? Other than the above reasons, it’s popular because it doesn’t take itself seriously. Starting back in 2013, the first Sharknado premiered on Syfy, as Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and bartender Nova (Cassie Scerbo) fought through a tsunami in Los Angeles to save Shepard’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid) and daughter from an immense shark-filled tornado. In the end, after the destruction of Los Angeles and many people saved by the hand of Shepard, the only way to stop the tornado was by sending bombs into the center. Continue reading
I have never been into high fantasy. You know the type – set in its own world, playing by its own rules, characters typically include some form of dwarves, wizards, giants, plus there are mythical creatures like dragons or unicorns. Think Lord of the Rings, Discworld, Dungeons & Dragons. I dabbled with it a bit as a kid because I do enjoy fantasy in general. But the world building would bore me, with its extensive explanations and descriptions, which I’ve never cared for. (I stopped reading Stephen King and Anne Rice as their novels got longer for that same reason.) And honestly, I’ve never enjoyed over-the-top magic, which seems to be the only type wizards and magicians in those worlds are able to perform. Continue reading
You may recall me writing about Darkwing Duck about a year ago, and how it was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid. Second to that were all the other Disney afternoon shows, most of all Ducktales. The very adventure of the show and mystery behind some of the characters (Magica, I’m looking at you, who the heck are you?) made it a perfect program for both children and pre-teens. Thankfully, in the recent tradition of 90s reboots, Disney has rebooted Ducktales. I have been waiting for this since nearly six months ago when casting was announced and confirmed that David Tennant would voice Scrooge McDuck, the billionaire adventurer who takes in his great-nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Continue reading
This past weekend was the premiere of The Defenders on Netflix and, not surprisingly, I binged it (it’s only eight episodes). Overall, it was not quite what I was expecting in some ways, but it was good. Obviously there’s a lot of action, but it’s also well-paced and plotted. (Btw, I haven’t given any big plot spoilers in this post, so if you haven’t watched the series yet, feel free to read on.) Continue reading
It all started with a train. Actually, it was 3 young women in the suburbs who realized they were identical. It was a mysterious Ukrainian murder with a specific M.O. A father who couldn’t face ever seeing his daughter pass away.
No matter how it began, Orphan Black finished its final season last weekend. After five seasons and many casualties, the LEDA sisters – Sarah, Helena, Allison, and Cosima – have finally taken down the threat of the Neolutionists and are living happy, healthy lives with their families. Continue reading
This past weekend was the series finale for Orphan Black. It was one of the best dark science sci-fi shows on television and it will most definitely be missed. It amassed quite a fan following over it’s five-year span and it’s easy to see why. It had some great writing, an engrossing plot and some of the best acting to be seen in years, primarily from Tatiana Maslany who played the five primary clone characters plus any additional clones that popped up along the way. But as good as it was, Orphan Black was a show with a plan in place – the series was intended to span five years and it did, providing a full story arc and satisfying ending for viewers. Continue reading
With the loss of several paranormal series over the last 5 years, there are always new shows trying to fill that hole. Shadowhunters on Freeform works to fill the hole left by the horror and mystery teen drama demographics from Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. Meanwhile Supernatural works to get its spinoff Wayward Sisters off the ground to keep the CW from ever falling off the genre TV map. Yet, while it had good times and bad (along with many WTF seasons) on premium television, few shows have succeeded in being True Blood. Continue reading