Television

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

Origin Is the Sci-Fi Series That Might Make You Get YouTube Premium

I recently had the chance to screen the first two episodes of YouTube Premium’s new series, Origin, premiering on November 14, 2018. With producers from Lost and The Crown and some recognizable actors, I figured that the show at least had some credibility behind it. The premise? “A group of strangers find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far...

Yuri!!! on Ice Is a Delightful Anime That Will Leave You Wanting More

It’s always an unpredictable experience jumping into a mainstream anime series you’ve heard a lot about. By the time you sit down to watch it, you’ve probably heard so much about it that it’s hard to know what to expect, or even to be able to predict whether you’re likely to enjoy it. So you take the plunge, wondering just what about the show, if anything, will live up to what you’ve heard. For me, finally getting around to...

Jodie Whittaker Is Off to a Fantastic Start in Doctor Who

It felt like an eternity floating through all that wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff for the 13th Doctor to make her proper premiere. But nearly seven months after regenerating and being blown out of the TARDIS, Jodie Whittaker became “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” starting a brand-new direction for the beloved Doctor Who. Each and every regeneration, folks complain and complain about how the new Doctor just isn’t their Doctor. Well, this Whovian is here to tell you to grab your fish...

Zombie Land Saga Is the Perfect Wacky Anime for Halloween

October means a lot of different things to different people. Scarves, the ability to finally break out flannel, the carving of pumpkins, deciding on a Halloween costume, the start of the fall anime season, the happy accident when your multiple moods collide. Every quarter of the year also marks the beginning of a new anime season. In the months leading up to the first week of premiers, the community is usually buzzing with the season’s most anticipated shows. This...

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...
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