Revivals

I just got done watching the third (and final) season of Dark Matter on Netflix (if you haven’t given this show a chance, you’re missing out) and I’m angry about its cancellation all over again. I would love to be able to give it at least one more season, if for no other reason than to tie up all of the storylines.

A few days ago, my team lead said something similar, except he would like to do a reboot of the show Heroes. He likes the first season, but the rest of the series kind of blows. His idea was to start completely over and to get rid of all the inconsistencies in the story that were added during the later seasons.

So, that got me to thinking: if someone from a TV network or streaming service, like Netflix, told me that they would let me develop shows based on any property that weren’t currently in use, what would they be?

Continue reading

Marvel’s Runaways

Anyone who has Hulu has access to Marvel’s newest TV show, which is based on their series entitled, you guessed it, Runaways.
I was a little unsure about this show when I first heard about it because I knew next to nothing about them. In fact, the only time I had ever seen them was a brief appearance they made in one of Marvel’s big crossover events, and I didn’t even remember much about that. I think it was the original Civil War story and Captain America was trying to recruit them for his side. But, anyways….

Before I gave the show a chance, I decided to check out the comics first on Marvel Unlimited to see if it would be something I’d be interested in. Now, I don’t think anything further I have to say would be considered a spoiler, but, just in case, I’ll go ahead and issue a warning here. Possible spoilers ahead.

The basic premise of the book is that a group of teenagers find out their parents are bad guys and they try to get away from them (makes the name Runaways seem clever now, doesn’t it?). The original comic run was 18 issues long. It was supposed to be a limited series, but it was so popular that they brought it back in a second volume not long after the first run ended.

I read it. I liked it. There were some flaws, but not enough to make it a bad reading experience. So, I started watching the show. I don’t say this very often, but I actually like the TV show better than the comic book.

Because it’s a TV show, and they have an entire season to fill, they slowed the pace of the story down. That was great in my opinion because the first 5 or 6 issues of the comic felt really crammed to me. They probably should’ve stretched those 5 or 6 issues out into at least 8. Since it was a limited series, however, they probably didn’t have the space to do that in the comic.

While they kept the core characteristics of the teenagers the same in both the comic and show, the parents, and the story itself, are markedly different so far. Since, as of this writing, they have only released the first 9 episodes of the season (unlike Netflix, which releases their seasons all at once, Hulu releases their original show episodes once a week like normal TV stations do), that may change moving forward. 

Personally, I like the changes the show has made. They make the story more character driven and somehow more relatable. 

I recommend giving both of these a try if you get the chance. Though, I recommend the show more than the comic, which again sounds weird to say.

DC Shows

This is actually a post that I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’ve held off on it, however, as I wanted to wait until the two new shows had a chance to get at least half a season in. I didn’t think it would be very fair to judge them before then. I’ll go ahead and start with the first show to air, which is now in its third season, Arrow.

When this show first came out, I really didn’t want anything to do with it. I hadn’t really seen, or read, much with the Green Arrow in it, but what I did see didn’t really interest me. This will probably sound ridiculous, as Green Arrow came out at least ten years earlier, but he always seemed to me to be a lamer version of Hawkeye. Hawkeye’s arrows were more technological and badass. Plus, the Green Arrow was walking around in the movie costume from Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

After the second season of Arrow ended, one of the guys I worked with told me that I needed to watch it. I told him everything I said above. He admitted that he didn’t really like Green Arrow that much either, but that Arrow was a very good show. Still, I was leery about watching it. Finally, I agreed to give it a shot.

Continue reading

Old Shows

Instead of telling you about other shows that I’m watching (which I did recently), I thought I’d talk a little about shows that I used to watch. These are all shows that I grew up with.

My childhood fell right into the greatest age of Saturday morning cartoons. Not only did they still run the classics, like Looney Tunes and Woody Woodpecker, but they also brought forth a new generation of awesome cartoons. I grew up watching Transformers, Voltron, Thundercats, G.I. Joe, He-Man, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Continue reading

New Shows

I started watching a couple of new shows recently, and, since they fall under the category of ‘my geekdom’, I figured I’d let you all know my opinion on them (whether you like it or not! HAHAHA!). I’ll start off with the one that has been airing the longest, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.

AGENTS OF SHIELD (TUESDAYS 8/7C, ABC)

The Avengers kicked so much ass. The individual movies of each of the Avengers were awesome, too. Even the Captain America one was good (Although, I’m still not a big Cap fan). So, I had high hopes for this show going in.

I don’t want to say I’m disappointed in it…but I kind of am.

It’s actually unfair of me to say that, though. There’s actually nothing wrong with it. I don’t have a problem with the acting. I don’t have a problem with any of the characters.

The writing, so far, has been pretty good. They have a couple of ongoing story lines that are enough to be interesting (How Coulson survived Loki killing him in The Avengers, and unveiling Skye’s background).

They’ve had a few good cameos (Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill in the pilot, Samuel L. as Nick Fury in either the second or third episode). In the newest episode, they’ve imported an artifact from the new Thor movie (or is at least Asgardian), which is pretty cool.

With all of that going for it, it still feels like something is missing to me and I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s that none of them have superpowers, or even a cool gimmick (like Hawkeye and his bow and arrow). Or, it could just be that I set my expectations for it way too high.

I’m still watching it. It’s a good show. There’s just something off about it and I can’t put my finger on it.

ALMOST HUMAN (MONDAYS 8/7C, FOX)

I started seeing commercials for this show a few weeks ago during football. I was a little hesitant to try it out. After all, most new shows that I’ve tried watching lately have either sucked, or haven’t been as good as I thought they were going to be. I went back and forth on it a few times before finally deciding to DVR it.

The thing that sold me on giving it a try is that it has Karl Urban in it. I have yet to see anything he’s done that has sucked (Granted, Doom wasn’t all that good, but it didn’t suck).

For those of you who don’t know what the premise is, let me break it down for you. Quite simply, it’s I, Robot the series. True, it doesn’t have any actual affiliation with Asimov’s books, or the Will Smith movie adaptation, but it’s pretty much the same. A down-on-his-luck cop who doesn’t like robots gets teamed up with one to fight the bad guys.

Normally, I don’t like it when shows are that close to something that has already been done, but it doesn’t really bother me in this case. They do a good job of making it their own. Plus, the back story is good enough to carry the overall direction of the show for a while.

I know that they’ve only shown two episodes of this so far, but I really liked those two episodes. After watching them, I couldn’t wait for the third. Granted, this may change. Some shows start off good, then start sucking. I hope this isn’t one of them. It looks like it could end up being really good.

 

The Lost Ending

The TV show Lost has been over for a few years now and the ending still upsets many fans. Personally, I didn’t like or dislike the ending. I thought there were things it did well. There were also things it didn’t do well. In my experience, I seem to be alone in this. Everyone else I know who watched the show is at the ends of the spectrum: they either absolutely love it, or they absolutely hate it. Most of them are on the “I hated the ending” team.

The problem with the Lost finale is that the Lost world was too big and had too fanatical of a following. Because of this, the expectations for it were set incredibly high. That meant that no matter how they ended the show, they’d end up pissing somebody off. If the people who hated the old ending got a new ending that they liked, the people who loved the old ending would’ve hated the new ending (Am I going to be the only one who understands that sentence?). That’s my opinion on it, anyways.

Are any of you Lost fans? What did you think about the finale?