Television

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

Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Series

My dear readers, I try to always give you my best when I write a review. I also try to be as brutally honest as possible, no matter who I offend. With that said, I feel as though I have reached new ground when it comes to the new Netflix original series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. What do I mean? Let me put it this way: after several weeks of pondering on what I’ve seen of...

Making the Nerdy New Year’s Resolution to Watch More Anime

I go back and forth a bit on whether I think New Year’s resolutions are a good idea. On the one hand, I like the nice, clean starting point that January 1st brings—manufactured or not, it gives me a fresh feeling of determination every year. But on the other hand, I don’t really think there’s anything magical about January 1 in particular, and resolving to make good changes at the beginning of the year doesn’t necessarily make me more likely...

Supergirl Is Super Campy, Super Fun, and Super Addictive

I’ve written for this site for about a year now, and I’d like to think I don’t just rip on every show I review. Jeff Ross, a comedian made famous by the Comedy Central Roasts, once said, “I only roast the ones I love!” Likewise, if I’m writing negatively about a show, it’s often because I actually want that show to do well. That is the mentality I have when it comes to Supergirl, a show that actually has...

4 Anime Series Perfect for Winter Binge-Watching Bliss

With lots of dark, chilly days left ahead in the coming months, ’tis the season for hibernation! And as much as I dislike the cold and the all-too-early sunsets that come with this time of year, I love the prospect of some time off of work, some relaxing evenings at home, and some actual free time (for once!). When I finally get my hands on a bit of extra time, I inevitably find myself wondering how best to use it. And...

Hey Netflix, Where Are You Hiding My Shows?

My good readers, I have mentioned at least once before that I’m a ’90s kid: born in 1988 and raised mostly on television from the 1990s and the early 2000s. What you are about to read is very similar to the many “Great TV Shows of the ’90s” articles you have read before, except that my intent is not to simply reminisce. No, my intent is to actually question—possibly plead with—the great entity known as Netflix on the whereabouts...

Fairy Tail Is a Fun (and Fraught) Anime Adventure

Fairy Tail is, for me, one of those stories that sneaked up on me almost before I realized it. I first encountered it in manga form, when my husband gave me a copy of the first volume last Christmas. I was a little wary at first—I liked the premise right off the bat, but the story itself didn’t hook me very quickly, and there were some problematic elements that put me off a bit (more on that shortly). Still, despite these reservations,...

Halloween Anime Roundup: Scaryish, Scarier, Scariest

Halloween is almost here, and beyond causing me to contemplate which of my past cosplays I might repurpose as a Halloween costume, this season has me thinking about the scary anime I’ve seen . . . and have yet to see! In truth, there aren’t as many horror-themed anime series out there as one might expect—or at least, not many that have gained a lot of traction with fans aside from the most devoted aficionados. There are certainly a lot of...

Vampires That Don’t Suck: Why The Strain Is Doing It Right

Who remembers when vampires were cool? Be careful how you answer! There are those out there who will go, “Remember? They still are cool!” Yes and no. I grew up on good—or at least better—vampire shows and movies than what has been coming out for the last several years. I grew up with Blade, Angel, Underworld (Awakening sucked), and, of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Today we have Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, and True Blood. Don’t get me wrong; True...

Lucious and Luke, Tom and Nick: Comparing Empire and Luke Cage by Way of Gatsby

An odd realization came to me that Netflix’s Luke Cage series—the series, not the man—is a sort of Nick Carraway to Empire’s Tom Buchanan. (This caught me as much off-guard as the somewhat less recent but equally surprising realization that the titular, secondary protagonist of Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, was a Black man engaged in the infrequently discussed but historically relevant act or art of passing . . . but that’s a topic for another entry.) I’d...

Anime Roundup: Back to School!

We may be nearing the end of September, but back-to-school time is still in full swing. And despite the fact that my back-to-school days have come and gone, cooler weather and the sight of fresh school supplies never fails to bring back that old mix of nervousness, dread, and excitement. (I’m starting to think it’ll never really go away . . .) Thus, I’ve decided to embrace it by talking about some of my favorite school-themed anime! As anyone who’s watched even a little anime knows, I’m pulling from...
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