Television

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

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...

Psychic Powers Have Never Been as Hilarious as in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

More than ever lately, I find myself gravitating toward anime series and other shows that are low stakes, easy to pick up and put down as I please, on the fluffier side, and just have an extra delightful something-or-other about them. Out of the stories I’ve seen recently, nothing has fit that bill quite so well as The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. This off-the-wall slice-of-life anime follows the daily life of Kusuo Saiki (or Saiki Kusuo in Japanese order),...

Black Lightning Weaves Together Family, Community, and Real-World Issues

“Justice, like lightning, should ever appear to some men hope, to other men fear.” Jefferson Pierce They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but that is the very premise of the latest addition to DC Comics’ stable of television shows that avoid its flagship characters. Perhaps that is the key for DC, because its TV shows are a damn sight better than it movies. (Other than Wonder Woman, that is, which single-handedly revived the failing DC...

AP Bio Succeeds on Its Minor Characters

The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has really started to take off over the last few years, going from an FXX show with a cult following to pop culture mainstays. Charlie Day has popped up in numerous movies, like Pacific Rim, Horrible Bosses, and The Lego Movie (and each of their sequels). Kaitlin Olson has guest-starred on many shows and headlines her own sitcom, The Mick. And Rob McElhenney has . . . been writing season 13? But, the newest project from an Always Sunny alum is AP...

Season 2 of Jessica Jones Went the Logical Route

Warning: Spoilers follow! After what felt like an eternity, and a rather mediocre side trip with The Defenders, season 2 of Jessica Jones finally premiered on March 8, 2018. In all honesty, I had a crush on Jessica (Krysten Ritter). It had to be her smart-ass attitude, or her strength (physical and emotional), or maybe I just like a girl that enjoys whiskey. Anyway, I was obsessed with season 1; I felt that it was the pinnacle of Marvel...

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? This Anime Won’t Answer the Question, But It Will Take You on an Adventure

The latest of my anime adventures has been a short fantasy anime with a really long name: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? With just 13 episodes in the first season, it’s been a very digestible series to watch, and I was very glad to hear that it’ll be coming back for a second season and a film—there’s a lot more of this story to be told! Though the title of this series...
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