Saturday, July 29, 2017

The CW Superfriends: Smallville


The word pulls up quaint, quiet middle America. Corn and wheat and white picket fences. And one of the most iconic superheroes of all time.

Though it first aired nearly seventeen years ago, Smallville made waves that are still being felt today. If you've enjoyed any of the CW shows in the past few years, you owe their existence to the success of that first gamble.

Here's my thoughts. I'm reverting the format of the review, for reasons that should become clear.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender

I finished up the second season of Netflix and DreamWorks re-vamp of the 1980's cartoon series. If you've been without internet for the last year and a half, welcome back. Now go watch this show.


To the review.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

AMC's Into the Badlands

I watched the first season of Into the Badlands on Netflix a while back. Here's my take. Spoilers Ahead.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Netflix's Castlevania

I watched the first episode of the new Netflix animated series based on the Castlevania games.

I hated it.

I had a great rant all saved up to tell you about it too, and then Brian Niemeier went and made all the same brilliant points in this stellar episode of Geek Gab:

Go give it a listen. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Babylon 5: Diplomats, Hustlers, Entrepreneurs, and Wanderers

There's one thing you have to have if you want a story to catch an audience, and that's interesting characters.

How many shows have you watched where the characters are paper thin cutouts of people rather than actual persons? Movies can get away with this a little more, as shorter overall run time and higher action/special effects budgets can limit the boredom. But people want stories about people, even when they're anthropomorphic cars.

This is a two-fold responsibility in the visual medium of television and film. You need writers who can create fully orbed characters and actors who can bring them to life.

Now, not all the characters on Babylon 5 are that interesting (sorry, Warren)

But a great many are. All of the main cast and several supporting characters, such as Bester and Neroon, are given well-rounded motivations and room to grow over the show's five season run.

Better yet, several characters are placed in direct opposition to one another, giving us the basis for some fantastic story arcs. Whether the evolving relationship between ambassadors Londo and G'Kar, the noir-style thriller of Bester vs Garibaldi, or the meta-conflict of....well, watch the show and find out.

If you've already seen the show, who's your favorite character and who's your favorite opposing pair?