Television

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

Is The Gifted a Gift to the People or More of the Same?

I am an X-Men guy. I love all that Marvel and DC have to offer these day in regards to television, but the X-Men were always my team. So when I first got wind that The Gifted was going to be a live-action show starring my favorite group of people who possess the X gene, I was excited. However, I feared we’d be graced with another perfunctory attempt at pleasing fans like me. (Does anyone remember a little failed...

Stranger Things 2 Smoothly Pairs Humor and Horror

During summer 2016, it seemed like everyone was glued to their TV, phone, tablet, computer, Apple Watch, or smart refrigerator to check out Netflix’s nostalgia-driven Stranger Things, the first show to make you run out and buy Eggo waffles. After more than a year’s wait, season 2 debuted to excited fanfare just before Halloween. But now that the hype has died down, what’s the verdict? Quite simply, it’s bitchin’. Note: This review reveals a few plot details not shown...

Cowboy Bebop Is a Story Both Familiar and Unexpected

As I wrote back in January, Cowboy Bebop is an anime I’ve had aspirations of watching for a long time now, and this year I put it on my official to-watch list as part of my New Year’s resolution. It’s now the second series from my three-item list that I’ve had the opportunity to watch so far (the first being Steins;Gate), and thus far it’s certainly lived up to the hype—though not always in the ways I expected. The...

Here’s Why You Should Start Watching Anime

  Contrary to many people’s experiences, I didn’t start watching anime when I was a kid. Cable was a luxury my household didn’t have, and even if we did, I know my parents would’ve restricted my access. Instead, my experience with anime came much later when I was a full-fledged adult and working a somewhat respectable job. The post-Christmas pause was happening across our favorite TV shows, so my husband and I decided to give anime a try. We...

Rewatching Bleach Is a Complicated and Nostalgic Experience

As much as I love finding a great new anime to watch, there’s nothing like rediscovering a series I used to love. If it’s one I truly enjoyed when I first saw it, watching it the second time around is somehow both comforting and exhilarating, and it often brings back all kinds of great memories I forgot were in my brain. Most recently, I’ve had the chance to experience this with Bleach, one of my favorite series from when...

The Orville Has Successfully Taken Off, But Where Will It Land?

I have never been a Trekkie. I’ve seen most of the Star Trek movies, and I respect the franchise, but I don’t have an obsession about it. That may be geek blasphemy to some, but it is the truth. With that said, I appreciate many of the shows and humor that have arisen over the decades and owe a debt to Star Trek, whether it’s Futurama or the newest project, The Orville. Like many geeks and nerds, as soon...

A Lifelong Trekkie’s (Mostly) Spoiler-Free Reaction to Star Trek: Discovery

I’ve been a Trekkie since 1984. My parents took me to see Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and I was instantly and forever hooked. During the years of being bullied throughout elementary and middle school, I would find solace in reruns of the original series, and I watched all the subsequent series and films repeatedly and religiously. I founded and have coordinated TC Trek Trivia for the past four years, the only recurring pub-trivia night in the...

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...
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