Spinoffs are tricky. You have to share enough characteristics with the original show to draw its core audience, but be different enough to give viewers a reason to watch your show too. In the case of The Flash, it seems that the show is hitting all the right notes: clearly occupying the popular superhero genre of its predecessor, Arrow, while offering something quite different for viewers. The Flash and Arrow If Arrow has a Batman-like feel to it, featuring a millionaire vigilante running loose in a morally decaying city, then The Flash is certainly more reminiscent of Spiderman: kid...Read More
MULTIPLE SPOILER ALERTS. If you didn’t watch this week’s finales, don’t read on. I’m not protecting any secrets here. And good luck finding another review piece that dares to tackle 11 shows in one column. Woo-hoo! Well all I can say is bravo Nashville for a season finale that was deeply moving and emotionally charged without being over the top and sharky jumpy. No train track suicide attempts, anonymous shootings, near fatal car crashes or fake pregnancies this time out, just heavy relationship drama. Juliette and Avery (Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Jackson) split up over her infidelity, but then got...Read More
The Winter Finales are here! AKA your favorite shows are all going into hibernation until next month and you’ll get nothing but sappy Christmas specials and reruns in the interim. Hey, don’t feel bad. Back in the day there were no “finales” when shows went on hiatus, it was just the next episode in the run and then screw you until January. At least now, shows put in an effort to build intrigue before they take a break. So let’s recap the first wave. . Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Big Plot Twist: Evil organization Centipede isn’t really after Mike...Read More
After quite a build up, Fox’s Almost Human debuted last month. The futuristic cop show, which is part Robocop, part Blade Runner, part I, Robot and part Starsky and Hutch has been subject to a few fits and starts, but this show demonstrates tremendous promise and offers a fresh take on the classic buddy-cop formula. John Kennex (Karl Urban), is a tough detective who caught some tough breaks. While chasing down a mysterious crime organization, he and his team were ambushed. His partner was killed, and he wound up in a coma and with an artificial leg. When he...Read More
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