I told you recently about a show I discovered online. After all, Daredevil is a Netflix original, so you have to watch it online. The online subscription services like Netflix and Hulu are great. For around $10 a month each, you get millions of hours worth of TV and movies.
Ok, I don’t know for sure that they have millions of hours worth of TV and movies, but it certainly feels that way.
I have been able to use them to catch up on shows I have missed like Arrow and Top Shot: All Stars. They have also let me discover new shows. Some of them have been good. Some bad. Either way, I’m going to share a few of them with you.
1. Z Nation (Netflix) – I’m going to start with this one for two reasons. One, zombies. Two, it’s the only one that I’ve watched the full season of.
This show is about a group of people trying to escort one man through the zombie apocalypse. What’s so special about the one man, you ask? He was given an experimental vaccine that let him survive the zombie bites. Now, the best chance of humans surviving is in his blood and they need to get him to a lab to try to create more of the vaccine.
Overall, this is a good show. There were a couple of WTF episodes, but the crazy shit that happens in them might actually occur in a real zombie apocalypse. The only thing I’m a little bit leery about is how they ended the season. I just don’t see a way for them to start season two without some really lame way for the characters to have survived the season finale.
But, they also introduced me to my new favorite zombie killer, 10000, or 10K for short. He’s a teenage kid who calls himself that because that’s how many zombies he’s planning on killing and he keeps track of all the ones he kills. He’s also pretty badass.
2. Dark Matter (Netflix) – I’m only 3 or 4 episodes into this show, but I’m really liking it so far. It’s basically the Bourne Identity meets Firefly. Six people, and an android, wake up onboard a shaceship and none of them can remember who they are or what they were doing there. So far, the series is focusing on them trying to figure everything out. I’d like to put more on here, but I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who may want to go watch it.
I know a few episodes isn’t enough to judge the whole season on, but if the rest of it is as good as what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be an awesome show.
3. Spaceballs – The Animated Series (Amazon Prime)
My team lead at work told me about this show about a year ago. I actually thought he was joking when he said they made a Spaceballs cartoon. Then, the other night, while I was looking through the shows on Prime, I saw it.
I was incredibly skeptical. This had the potential to be incredibly great. It also had the potential to be incredibly bad. So, before I watched it, I looked it up on IMDB. I saw that Mel Brooks was still attached to it. He was doing the voices for both of the characters he played in the movie. They also got Joan Rivers and Daphne Zuniga to reprise their roles as well. Maybe this would turn out good after all.
I watched the first two episodes….
I don’t want to say it was the worst thing I’ve ever seen…. but it’s pretty close. The jokes they use in the show might actually be funny if it didn’t have the worst voice acting I think I’ve heard in my life. It was atrocious. They said their lines all stiff and forced. I wanted to reach through the TV, shake them, and tell them to relax. It’s a Mel Brooks project!
Not only that, but the guy they got to replace the late John Candy as Barf is the same guy who does the voice of Mr. Grouper in the Bubble Guppies show that Baby E watches. That wouldn’t bother me that much except he uses the exact same voice in both shows. Every time Barf talked I kept picturing a stupid orange fish floating around.
There are 10 or so more episodes that I haven’t watched and I’m not going to. The only reason I watched the second episode is because the pilot isn’t always a good indicator of how good a show is going to be. I felt I owed it that much. After the pain and suffering it put me through, I don’t owe it anything else.