Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

My #Supergirl season 2 review @TheCWSupergirl

When it was announced that Ally McBeal was moving to a recurring character, I was skeptical if the show would still be good. But the show really shifted away from Catco this season. Which was also a bummer because I loved Andy from Cougartown as Snapper. Also introduced this season was Lena Luthor who took on some of Cat's role as the outside perspective.

Alex had a great storyline as she came out as lesbian and started dating Maggie the cop. Yay for diversity.

Keeping with their strong women theme, Lynda Carter joined the cast as the President of the United States. She is actually an alien in disguise, of course. But when her life was threatened, Supergirl has to spin around to stop a fire in the best homage to Wonder Woman ever done.

Keeping with the classic Smallville type stunt casting, the end of the season Big Bad was Rhea played by Teri Hatcher. She was Mon-El's long lost mother. She brings an invading fleet of ships and plans to enslave the Earth until they are stopped by Supergirl. Teri Hatcher was Lois Lane to Dean Cane Superman. They did not have any scenes together.

One of the best things about this season was the cross-overs with the other DC shows. There weren't actually on this show, but Supergirl helped save Earth 1 on The Flash/Arrow/Legends and then was stuck in a gangster lounge singer fantasy with Barry. It was the second best musical episode of the year.

But the best thing about season two was definitely Mon-El. He is easily the hottest guy on TV right now. I enjoyed his arc this season as his back story unfolded. I really want him back for season 3 but based on the finale, that is up in the air, or through a wormhole.



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

My #Leftovers final season review @TheLeftoversHBO


Honestly, I don't know how I made it through to the end of the season. I took it off my DVR last season but then went back and watched the rest of the season. A couple episodes this season I fast forwarded through half of them.

But in the end, I was rewarded for sticking it out with a great final episode that actually answered the questions. Spoilers on that later.

One of the things I really liked about this show was how they mostly concentrated one character in each episode. The thing I mostly disliked about this show is the characters themselves. I didn't like most of the characters. They did stupid things and were just generally unpleasant characters to watch. The thing I really hated was their misunderstanding of time zones and the international date line. Laurie is in Australia where it is morning on the seventh anniversary of the departure. She is talking to her daughter in the US who references that it is also the seventh anniversary where she is. Nope, it the evening of the night before.

Anyway, we finally get the answers to what happened to the two percent of the population that disappeared. Nora goes through the machine that sends her to the other side. There she finds out the world was split, most people on our side, but a few on the other side. After some time, she made it to her family but decided not to bother them as they seemed happy and she didn't belong there. So she found the machine on that side and came back. We don't see any of this but she explains it to Kevin after he tracks her down years later.

I'm inclined to accept this story. One of the foundations of their world is most people now believed this was confirmation of god an/or the supernatural. But her explanation was just some weird radiation event that is not fully understood yet. It is the classic god of the gaps.

Also explained, to a lesser extent, is Kevin's ability to die, go to the afterlife, and come back. He had some weird heart problem and was just lucky. In his last visit to the afterlife he was given no new information. The children didn't know where the shoes were and Christopher Sunday did not teach him the song. It was all just in his head.

So happy ending for most, eventually.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

2016 shows that are getting a second season

CBS

Kevin Can Wait
I never watched this. Kevin James just doesn't interest me.

Bull
This glorifies all that is wrong with the justice system. If someone can afford to hire this jury consultant to game the system, then it's not a fair trial. I won't be watching.

MacGyver
I'm opposed to this.

Man With A Plan
I watched the first couple episodes but just wasn't that interested. I like the actors but when they went to the "who will he take to the football game" trope so quickly, I just got turned off.


NBC

Timeless
I watched about five episodes. The time travel stuff is fun and the military guy is insanely hot. But the conspiracy and secret society stuff is dumb.


Trial and Error
This show is hilarious. I still have about six episodes on my DVR I need to watch. Sherri Shepherd is laugh out loud funny.

This is Us
I may watch this over the summer. I don't know much about it but it has been getting great reviews.

Taken
This show barely even registered on my TV radar.

The Good Place
I binged on this show last weekend. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at a show. Everyone is just amazing, especially Ted Danson.


ABC
American Housewife
I watched a few episodes and I really enjoy this show. I will catch up over the summer.

Designated Survivor
A show about a tragedy in the top levels of government is just a little to close to home right now.

Speechless
I watched two or three episodes. It's not that I don't like this show, it's just there's so much better on right now.


Fox

Lethal Weapon
Why? Just, why?

The Mick
I couldn't make it through the first episode. I just did not like any of the characters so it wasn't entertaining.

Star
I wasn't even sure if this was scripted or reality until writing this list. Apparently there's a trans person playing a trans character. Good for them 


The CW

Riverdale
I loved Riverdale. It was the teen drama that's been missing from television.









Monday, June 19, 2017

 

Cancelled Shows 2017

ABC

Last Man Standing
This cancellation was a little controversial. But when a show goes into its seventh season it becomes much more expensive. So unless they are pulling in Friends ratings or the network has a higher ownership state, six season is all there is.

Dr. Ken
I watched this for a few episodes but I lost interest. I really like the cast, I just didn't think it was that funny.

The Real O'Neals
I'm really sad about this. It was wonderful to have a TV show about a gay teenager. I also loved his family and his fantasy world.


American Crime
I watched the second season but I was unsatisfied with the ambiguous ending. I didn't watch the third season.

Time After Time
The was probably the worst of the new time travel shows. My biggest issue was how Jack the Ripper was able to figure out how to microwave a frozen burrito without burning his mouth. It was a bad show. Timeless, however, was somehow renewed.


NBC

Emerald City
I watched the first season and it was visually appealing. I just didn't really care for the characters. I probably wouldn't have watched a second season anyway.

Grimm
The ending was planned and I wrote about it earlier.

Powerless
I really liked this show. I'm sad it didn't get more of a chance. The best episode was when they found a Batarang and hoped to use it to meet Batman. Danny Pudi and Ron Funches are the best. There was an unaired episode with Adam West guest starring. They released it on youtube.





CBS

2 Broke Girls
Just like Last Man Standing, this made it to six seasons and then it was no longer affordable. I never watched it.

The Great Indoors
I enjoy Joel McHale but this office comedy just wasn't very funny.

The Odd Couple
I watched the first season and then lost interest in it. The actors are great but the characters were just not that interesting.


CW

Frequency
The movie wasn't very good so I didn't bother to even consider watching the show.

Reign
I was vaguely aware of this show about Mary Queen of Scots. It was appartently on for four seasons. It looks like it ended with a planned ending.

The Vampire Diaries
This show lasted 8 seasons and I never watched one episode. We hit peak vampire a long time ago and we don't need more vampire shows or movies.

No Tomorrow
The world is ending or maybe not. But this show did. I never watched it.



Fox

Bones
This show was on for twelve seasons? That's a really good run. David Boreanaz is sexy, but I was just never interested in it.

Making History
I'm sad this show didn't catch on. It was really funny. In the second episode there was a very good gag about gun control moments before the Revolutions starting in Lexington.

Sleepy Hallow
I watched the first season but I really didn't like this show. I never really bought into the premise.

Scream Queens
This show was hilarious. It was such complete nonsense. I don't know where they would have gone in the third season.


Son of Zorn
This show was very odd. I loved all the characters and Tim Meadows was brilliant. I wasn't really happy with the season finale where the Son of Zorn got pregnant. I found it enjoyable.





Sunday, June 18, 2017

 

Top 10 SNL sketches for season 42

Thanks to the bizarre world we live in, the recent season of Saturday Night Live had record ratings. Here is my list of best sketches. But first...


Best Monolog - Kristen Stewart. There were a lot of good monologs this year, but Kristen Stewart explaining how the president used to tweet about her love life was so weird it had to be true. Also she dropped the f-bomb.

Best Musical Performance - Katy Perry Swish Swish. With all the drag queens and the bizarre teenager doing a weird backpack dance, I couldn't get enough of this.


Best Weekend Update Character - Weather girl. Vanessa Bayer ended her great seven season run with the amazing TV meteorologist character Dawn Lazerus. How she is able to spew complete gibberish so well just amazes me. It almost makes up for the most annoying weekend update character ever, Jacob the bar mitzvah boy.


10. UConn Dry Fridays (Kristen Stewart)
She just needs to pop that beanie back on.

9. Auto Shop (Chris Pine)
Not only did the butch mechanics lip sync for their life, they did it to Erica Jayne's song Xxpen$ive.


8. First Sean Spicer (Kristen Stewart)
Melissa McCarthy's surprise appearance as Sean Spicer was the most talked about sketch of the year. She went on to play him three more times but the first was the best.

7. Drug Company Hearing (Octavia Spencer)
Mrs. Williams is suing the drug company she worked for because they stole her name and the names of her relative to name all their drugs after. "Allegra, she does my hair."

6. The Sink (Emily Blunt)
This sink is just so much!

5. Dirty Talk (Aziz Ansari)
This was the real introduction the new player Melissa VillaseƱor. She is the naughtiest girl in the 6th grade.

4. Totinos (Kristen Stewart)
I love Vanessa Bayer's put upon housewife character trying to keep her hungry guys happy during the Super Bowl. But this year she stepped it up a notch with a French lesbian love story. Anything for her hungry guys.

3. Cherry Grove (Scarlet Johansen)
There are five miracles of home water birth asleep in this house!

2. Wells for Boys (Emma Stone)
I really want to have the balcony for when I want to announce something. I keep watching this and laughing.

1. Haunted Elevator (Tom Hanks)
Of course the best sketch of the year was Tom Hanks as David S. Pumpkins. Any questions? Yes! This was probably the best sketch in years.



Best Episode - Kristen Stewart. I was never much of a Kristen Stewart fan before this episode. I never watched the vampire movies and her public relationships never interested me, unlike the president. But this episode was packed with great skits. I hope they invite her back even though she dropped the f-bomb on live TV.



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Saturday, June 17, 2017

 

RIP #StephenFurst, Emperor Vir Coto from #Babylon5


Stephen Furst played the long suffering Smithers type character assistant to Ambassador Molari. He was fantastic in that role, going from nobody to Emperor through the series. Vir was one of the few to stand up to the creepy Shadow representative. And he saved the lives of thousands of Narn by helping them emigrate from their destroyed world. He was one of the good guys and Steven Furst played helped make that character great.





 

Currently watching: #DoctorWho @bbcDoctorWho #TheEatersOfLight


Monday, June 12, 2017

 

#bachelorinparadise suspends production, summer is officially ruined


There are allegations of misconduct. Here is the article. They may resume production after their investigation. I hope the allegations are assault related instead of rape related.






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