Television

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

Marvel’s Netflix Heroes Team Up in The Defenders

Just over two weeks ago, the moment many geeks had been waiting for all summer arrived: Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) teamed up to form the Defenders. As someone who loves all things Marvel, I was one of those many geeks awaiting the show’s premiere. But after Iron Fist’s lackluster reviews back in March, and a gap of over a year since new Daredevil episodes and almost two...

Little Witch Academia Is Adorable Magical Fun

As far as stories go, these days I find myself gravitating toward the fluffy, the cheesy, and the sweet. Maybe it’s because real life has been feeling pretty stressful lately, or maybe it’s because summer feels like the right time for lighthearted, low-stakes fun—whatever the reason, slice-of-life, upbeat stories are where it’s at for me right now. That’s why when I ran across the Little Witch Academia, watching it felt exactly right. The world of Little Witch Academia first...

Powerbomb the Patriarchy with Netflix’s GLOW

Ah, America in the ’80s: big hair, shiny clothes, and . . . blatant racial and gender stereotypes? Yep, that’s the decade of decadence. But from within that society emerged a groundbreaking and exciting promotion, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. GLOW is Neflix’s somewhat-based-on-a-true-story telling of its history, starring Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and comedian/actor Marc Maron. The 10-episode first season explores the background and production of the show, all the way up to the big premiere. Slight spoilers ahead. The opening scene...

The Rick and Morty Card Game is Totally Rickdiculous!

The wait for season 3 of Rick and Morty—the highlight of our lives—has moved so slowly, the clocks have practically started going backwards. But hey, at least we discovered time travel, right? So many rumors had floated around about the date the series would continue, and they all ended in heartbreaking, world-spiraling depression. Luckily, it’s only a couple more weeks until new episodes begin, but in the meantime I am back with another solace for you waiting fans—this time...

Master of None Just Keeps Getting Better

In his 2016 acceptance speech when season 1 won the Critics’ Choice Award for best comedy series, Master of None cocreator Alan Yang said, “Thank you to all the straight white guys who dominated movies and TV so hard and for so long that stories about anyone else seemed kind of fresh and original now, ’cause you guys crushed it for so long that anything else seemed kind of different.” That, to me, is a perfect reflection of Master...

Orange Is the New Black Redeems Some Missteps with a New Season

Every television show has at least one season that I would call mediocre. Supernatural had season 6, Heroes and Sons of Anarchy both had season 2, and so on. With the exception of Game of Thrones (so far), no shows are truly immune to this situation—call it laziness, confusion, or just lack of the ability to come up a full vision of a season. So, with that said, I’ll just say it: I was not a fan of Orange...

Looking Back on Six Seasons of Girls

On April 16, 2017, the HBO original series Girls aired its final episode after six seasons. I watched every episode of the series, and if someone asked me why, my answer would be, “Well, it’s kinda funny.” But was that enough? As soon as the sixth season premiered I knew I would be writing something about the show, but I simultaneously realized that I found myself in a unique situation. Normally, a show is good for reason A and...

4 Highlights Worthy of Worship from the American Gods Premiere

I have been a fan of Neil Gaiman since I discovered his book Neverwhere when I was in college. His gritty urban fantasy gripped me immediately, and I was instantly transformed into a lifelong fan. I track him on Twitter, wonder where exactly in or near our state he lives, attend as many of his local talks as I can get to, and devour his new works. In fact, when I was pregnant with my son, my husband and...

Jump into the Deep End of Time Travel with Steins;Gate

Let me start off by saying that Steins;Gate is quite possibly the best anime I’ve seen to date. I’ll try not to make this review one long squee about the show, but . . . well, fair warning and all that. If you’re a regular reader, you may remember that I mentioned Steins;Gate in my Anime Resolutions post back in January—I’m thrilled to say that I’ve succeeded in fulfilling one stage of my new years’ resolution to watch more...

Does Iron Fist Really Deserve All the Heat It’s Been Getting?

I must start off apologizing for arriving so late to the Iron Fist review party. However, in my defense, it turns out having a full-time job an a part-time job and watching a lot of television is more exhausting than you might think. I’d say it’ll never happen again, but I just don’t think I could watch less TV than I do. (I could watch more, but less would be just ridiculous.) That said, I have to address this...
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