Tagged TV

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...

The Dilemma of Sacrifice and Selfish Heroes

*Avengers: Infinity War spoilers ahead* The battlefield is set. Spaceships have unloaded thousands of weird alien dogs, the Children of Thanos are itching to recover an Infinity Stone, and hundreds of Wakandan warriors line the meadow—led by our favorite MCU heroes—prepared to fight. But why? To buy time for Shuri to free Vision from the Mind Stone and save his life. Life. This concept drives the plot of the entire film—we must save everyone. Vision offers to sacrifice himself...

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...

50 Years on the Final Frontier: Seeing Star Trek through the Eyes of Minnesota Geeks

It’s been 50 years to the day since Star Trek‘s September 8, 1966, premiere on NBC. A different but equally important milestone happened 20 years later, on December 20, 1986—the night William Shatner appeared on Saturday Night Live, in an episode featuring then-timely sketches about T. J. Hooker and Oliver North and presenting the musical stylings of one Buster Poindexter. More to the point, Shatner appeared as himself in a now-infamous sketch set at a clichéd Star Trek fan convention...

The Netflix Battle of Daredevil and Jessica Jones

Like many others, I binge-watched Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix when it premiered on November 20. To be honest, I knew relatively little about Jessica Jones the character, but I fell in love with show so much I have watched the whole season twice now. However, what about Daredevil? Daredevil was the first series to attempt to make a dark drama for a Marvel character and to truly succeed at it. So the question becomes: which is better, Daredevil or Jessica...

MST3K’s Trace Beaulieu Teams Up with Transylvania Television and More MN Talent for a New Project—and Did We Mention Puppets?

Kickstarter has been around long enough now that there are several successful imitators and innovators. Crowdfunding isn’t an experiment anymore—it’s a fact of creative life. What might not be so widely known is that one of the projects selected for the beta rollout of Kickstarter was none other than the local not-for-kids puppet TV show Transylvania Television, better known as TVTV, of course. Now Gordon Smuder and some of the other creatives behind TVTV have launched another Kickstarter campaign...

Mourning for the Saturday TV Matinee

My daughter doesn’t really like to watch live-action movies. This is a problem, clearly. If she won’t watch live-action movies, how do I get her to sit down and watch Harry Potter, or The Adventures of Robin Hood, or the absolute necessity of Star Wars? Don’t get me wrong. We’ve had some successes.  She loves The Wizard of Oz, Superman: The Movie, and the Night at the Museum movies. (Plus many many more!) But these days it’s a struggle to get her to...

Fallen Bi the Wayside: 5 Bisexual Characters who got “Straightened”

One of the things that separates different generations these days are their memories of what television looked and sounded like—even what it smelled like(!)—when they were kids. People my age remember massive wooden consoles with a dense, curved glass TV screens. They made a hollow sound when turned on, and we peered into them like shaken snow globes as the picture slowly emerged from a noisy sea of static. With the smell of heat and burning dust rising from...
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