tv review

crazyhead

There’s been a large amount of new content on Netflix, one of them is Crazyhead. It’s a British comedy-horror series (6 episodes) about two girls that are fighting off demons in our world.
Crazyhead is created by Howard Overman, you may know him from his previous show Misfits.

This series is about 20% horror with 80% comedy. What really draws me into this show is the relationship between the two leads. Their dynamic is electric, brilliantly paired.
Stop reading this and go watch Crazyhead on Netflix now!

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Eugene

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star wars rebels – twin suns

The episode Twin Suns in Star Wars Rebels season 3 premiered this weekend. If you haven’t kept up with Rebels, you should go back and start this series. In no time you’ll catch up to season 3, in fact, you’d probably get there faster than light speed 🙂

This show has been a lot of fun, and season 3 amps that up in a way I was not expecting.
The latest episode (Twin Suns) cements this series to the original trilogy even more. The last scene hit me and left me emotional in way that I wasn’t expecting, it manages to tie in the prequels with the original trilogy. Bravo!

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man in the high castle season 2

Man in the High Castle season 2 is out now, and boy, what a season!
This series is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by the legendary Philip K. Dick. It’s an alternate history of the world where the Axis powers won World War II. The US is split where the Japanese have the west past the Rocky Mountains. in the “Pacific States.” The Nazis have the east, and between both is the Neutral Zone. Continue reading

supergirl season 2 – featuring superman

Season 2 of Supergirl premiered last night, and boy did it live up to the hype. Season 2 brings Superman to the small screen in live action, this is a simple addition, and they nailed it!
I was worried that season 2’s production moved to Vancouver to lower the budget, because the look of the show was slightly different last night. The special effects aren’t as crisp, they’re not going to have Cat Grant (Flockhart) in every episode, and they started over with Kara’s love life… but in the opening scenes they introduce Superman to us in the best way possible. Superman and Supergirl team up to save a crashing space plane. In less time than it takes for Superman to say “Marthaaaa” to Batfleck, we get who and what Superman is.
DC TV understands Superman way better than Zack Snyder ever will, why can’t this team take over the reigns of the so called “DC cinematic universe?” Continue reading

stranger things – don’t binge and don’t watch in the dark

Stranger Things is a Netflix Original that’s available now. It’s a melding of genres; supernatural, science fiction, horror, period piece… It’s set in 1980s Indiana where a young boy mysteriously goes missing and we spend the rest of the season finding him and finding answers. All eight episodes were released on July 15, I fought hard not to binge watch them. Continue reading

voltron: legendary defender – an upgrade from the original

Voltron: Legendary Defender is a reboot of the original Voltron from the eighties. This version is brought to us by Dreamworks Animation and Netflix. This new series is a mix of anime and CG, for when the Voltron Lions are on screen.

First of all, this is better than the original and the subsequent attempted reboots. It color coordinates the Lions with their pilots. No longer is Keith piloting the Black Lion, he pilots the Red Lion and Lance pilots the Blue Lion. Shiro (Sven the Norwegian in the original version) pilots the Black Lion and remains the leader of the team.
Next improvement would be the look, it has an anime feel with the character designs which is drawing (pun intended) back to the original Beast King GoLion series from Toei Animation in Japan, before it was re-purposed for Voltron: Defender of the Universe, which is probably the more well known iteration. But then you have the CG mix of the the robot Lions along with the re-design of the formed Voltron robot. It again draws back to is anime roots and this time the Voltron robot has a hint of a Gundam in the design, with the wings folded down instead of out. There’s also use of the multiple weapons, as opposed to just the Blazing Sword.

But the biggest improvement is the story. Legendary Defender has a narrative that arcs over more than just the 11 episodes that are on Netflix now (the pilot episode counts as 3 because it’s 68 mins long, followed by 10 episodes running 23 mins long). Whereas the original had basically one episode duplicated 72 times. If you’ve seen one episode you’ve seen them all, there’s a problem, a monster is involved, Voltron combines and vanquishes said monster. The reboot has a larger scale to their mission to defeat the enemy, and for that I’m very appreciative. So much so that I didn’t binge watch these episodes, cause I didn’t want it to end, hence the late review.

Go watch Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix now.

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Eugene

who new podcast

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front lately, but for good reason, I’ve been working on a Doctor Who podcast with some friends, you may have noticed that we went to Galliday.

Since we don’t have any new Who episodes till the end of the year we started re-watching episodes from the 2005 revival series, not that you need any reason to re-watch this quality programming, we just happened to record our conversations while re-visiting our favorite Time Lord.

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fear the walking dead – waiting for it to premiere

Fear The Walking Dead is the spin off of The Walking Dead tv show. This spin off must’ve been one of the most highly anticipated ones for this summer. We’re now four episodes in and there’s still nothing I can’t sink my teeth into… Continue reading

true detective season 2 – an unsolved mystery…

The season finale for True Detective season 2 aired this weekend. I gave up on this season very early on and kept watching out of obligation and vague optimism that the end might have a satisfying payoff.

There has been a lot of internet chatter about how much people have disliked this season, and even websites and podcasts to break down each episode. All of this points back to people really wanting to like season 2, myself included, but I didn’t fall into the trap of doing homework to understand and enjoy what was going on in each episode. A TV show should be enjoyable and understandable on its own, then if you decide to research further the references and details should add to your original experience. Don’t give me homework TV… Continue reading