Television

Reviews of both new release and older television series, seasons, or episodes.

Iron Fist Season 2 Was the Iron Fist We Deserved

In 2017, I wrote about the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist. In that article, I argued that though the show fell short, especially in comparison to Jessica Jones or Daredevil, it was not nearly the disaster it got credit for being. With that said, I binged the second season of Iron Fist after it was released last month, and I would like to declare that its creators obviously heard the complaints and bad reviews and definitely did their homework...

Good Omens Is Coming, So Get Your Popcorn Ready for the Apocalypse

If you’re a Neil Gaiman fan, you probably saw the trailer for his latest small-screen project circulating last week. Good Omens, a novel penned as a joint effort between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett published nearly three decades ago, is an apocalyptic buddy comedy about an angel and a demon that join forces to save the world from Armageddon. Gaiman penned the screenplay for the miniseries based on the novel and serves as executive producer for the project. On...

How to Avoid Problematic Shows and Enjoy TV and Movies This Fall

It’s that time of year again: autumn is in the air! Time to break out the sweaters and scarves, coordinate apple-picking trips, and indulge your annual proclivity for pumpkin-spice lattes. (Or your annual proclivity for making fun of people who dig pumpkin-spice lattes. But really, the only thing more eye-roll inducing than an overzealous affinity for pumpkin-spiced libations is an overzealous affinity for mocking those with an affinity for pumpkin-spiced libations. Seriously, you can call me “basic” if you...

Disenchantment Proves That Matt Groening Can Still Make Magic

Matt Groening has gifted us with some pivotal series in the last 30 years or so. The first window into his genius was that little unstoppable juggernaut known as The Simpsons, currently in its 75th season if I recall correctly. Then there was, of course, the series that one could argue catered to us geeks directly with its constant Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and other science-fiction themes and references—the television entity known as Futurama. Now, in the year 2018,...

The Orville Is the Perfect Star Trek Homage

Late last year, FOX released a little show called The Orville. It was charming, nostalgic, irreverent, and funny as hell. Audiences loved it. I loved it. But critics? Not so much. The difference between the audience and critic reception was truly staggering, and one of the primary criticisms of the show was a lack of originality. Some reviews were softer, implying that the show was a somewhat heavy-handed approach to homage, but many were far harsher, deeming it to...

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Combines Magic, Beauty, and Terror

I’ve been on a bit of a faerie-story kick lately—not so much the Grimms’ variety as the creepy-but-beautiful ancient fey myth variety. Before this most recent resurgence of my affinity for such things, I’d heard a little bit about a newish anime series (first released in October 2017) called The Ancient Magus’ Bride and was intrigued by it. When I ran across it again a few weeks ago, it struck me as just the sort of strange and beautiful story...

Babylon 5 Is an Iconic, Groundbreaking Piece of TV Sci-Fi History

My exposure to Babylon 5 came many years after its original mid-’90s broadcast, when it aired nightly on SyFy (then Sci Fi) in the early 2000s. Initially, it was my father who became obsessed with the show and insisted my mother and I would love it just as much. He was right. We taped every episode and eagerly discussed the plot at dinner. As soon as the DVDs were released, we bought them. We stocked up on the books,...

Supernatural Season 14 Is a Go, But Who Is Left to Fight?

This past May, Supernatural had its season 13 finale, and I was left thinking, “I love this show! However, what could be next? How many enemies can the brothers Winchester have left to fight?” To put it in perspective, We are about to go into season fourteen; think about that. Smallville, as much as I tended to like the show, lasted merely ten seasons and was often on the slower side in regards to story progression. The almost unanimously...

The Amazing, High-Stakes World of My Hero Academia

One of my favorite recently released anime, My Hero Academia, returned for its third season in April, and it’s upping the ante. The stakes were high from the beginning for the characters of MHA, but this latest season seems poised to take them to heights and depths far beyond what we’ve seen for them before. If you haven’t checked out this series before, read on to learn about some of the things that make it so great and why it should...

5 Awesome Anthology Shows to Binge-Watch Right Now

“The Golden Age of Television” is a phrase that has been thrown around with almost reckless abandon since the dark ages before streaming. I’d argue that every decade has had examples of phenomenal programming, as well as some that has been . . . not so great. The ’80s mastered the art of the Saturday-morning cartoon. The ’90s gave us dozens of fantastic and truly groundbreaking sitcoms. The early aughts saw the cable networks prove that the small screen...
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