Category: television

  • Review: Altered Carbon

    {Ed. note: Another thing languishing in my Drafts for multiple years.  Maybe I thought I’d be expanding it?  Clearly I won’t, so here it is.} I’ve finished all of (season one?) of Altered Carbon, and have reached the conclusion that it is decidedly … adequate. It’s so-so cyberpunk and so-so noir, desperately trying to be…

  • Agents of SHIELD meets its “End”

    Agents of SHIELD meets its “End”

    It took only a week for me to catch the Season 5 finale of Agents of SHIELD, fittingly called “The End”. It was pretty fantastic, actually, even if it barely tied into the Avengers flick. Agents of SHIELD has been the little show that could, toiling away while the MCU bounces from spectacle to spectacle.…

  • Lost Worlds and A Strange Visitor From Another Planet

    Lost Worlds and A Strange Visitor From Another Planet

    I just re-watched the pilot of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1996).  It is actually pretty good, especially for a late-1990s superhero show.  It’s sly and clever, and does a nice job working around its obviously-inadequate effects budget.  There’s real chemistry between Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, as well.  Hatcher really sells Lois…

  • Review: The Man in the High Castle (TV)

    Review: The Man in the High Castle (TV)

    amazon’s The Man in the High Castle (2015) Insta-score: 4 out of 5. Short form: After a slow start, this builds to an excellent show. Spoilers below the fold.

  • … and a movie?

    … and a movie?

    I finally caught the last episode of the weird Season 6 of Community as streaming on Yahoo! Stream, called “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television”.  As could be expected of Community, it was wonderfully meta and self-referential.   As could be expected of a series finale, it was actually quite touching.

  • Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 9: Flatline

    Oh, heaven above, Steve Moffat is just determined that we all love Clara, and he’s going to keep forcing tripe like this on us until we give and accept she’s the bestest, most wonderful Companion ever, isn;’t he? Spoilers below.

  • Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 8: Mummy on the Orient Express

    Meh. Haven’t we been here before?

  • Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 7: “Kill the Moon”

    Ugh.  This hasn’t been a great season, and this is far from the best. Let’s begin with the very-overused flash forward.  It’s getting kind of old.  Used well, it can be very effective.  But Doctor Who isn’t using it very well.  They’ve used it as a cheap dramatic tool.  Actually the episode was full of…

  • Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 1 “Deep Breath”

    I finally got around to watching Season 8 Episode 1 (“Deep Breath”) of the revived Doctor Who.   It’s the first one with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.  (What do we call him, anyway?  Is he the 12th Doctor, even though we know that Matt Smith‘s 11 was really the twelfth?)  So it’s probably worth a…

  • All good things may come to an end, but you can sometimes revisit them

    Today (2014 May 23) is the 20th anniversary of the airing of “All Good Things…”, the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It cannot be denied that this series is directly responsible for the resurgence of American sci-fi on television – without the Enterprise-D, there would have been no Babylon 5, no Stargate,…