Sunday, October 7, 2012

Archer Season 3 Review: Short and Sweet

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

I finally got around to watching the third season of Archer and to be honest, it wasn't as good as the first two seasons. Well, the first half of the third season wasn't as good, but the rest of it was pretty good.

Given how mediocre other shows are, the entire 
season was better than all of Terra Nova combined.

Now, you're probably wondering why the third season wasn't as good and there are a couple of reason. One these reason is that it reused a lot of jokes from the previous season and while it was funny to see/hear references to the previous seasons, it didn't seem as funny. I felt that the writing was slightly uninspired.

Though to be fair to the writers,
I can't write half as good or funny as them.

I think one of the reasons why it felt slightly bland was because of the fact that it felt like the producers/writers thought they would be canceled after the season aired. I could be wrong, but that's what it felt like to me. However, good news is that it has been renewed for a fourth season with an apparent crossover with Bob's Burger, a show that Jon H. Benjamin also happens to be a voice actor for. It's going to be interesting to see what kind of crossover it is and how it is presented. 

This is going to be fun

It's worth mentioning that there is a bottle episode so for those of you who enjoy bottle episodes, this is the season for you. If you're wondering if it's worth watching, it is, however, don't get your expectations too high up otherwise you will be disappointed  Other than that, there isn't much more to say other than that I really hope that the fourth season will be as good as season one and two, but only time will tell.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NBC's Revolution: New Fall Show With Potential (Pilot review)

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously. This review will be about the pilot only as well as my thoughts on where this show could go.*

It's almost fall and you know what that means ladies and gents. That's right! New television shows that could either get axed after the first season or continue onward into the sunset. One of these new shows from NBC is Revolution.

I have a thing for post-apocalyptic stuff if you haven't 
caught on by now.

The show takes place fifteen years after an (currently) unexplained global blackout which caused every single electronic device in the world to suddenly stop working. In this grim future, people have to survive without electricity and the creature comforts and food that they provide.

First world problems at its finest.

Miles Matheson (played by Billy Burke) is the token badass of the group. Well, I think he is anyway. There's not much to say about him or most of the other characters, other than that Miles likes to drink. 

He's a cool guy.

Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson (played by Tracy Spiridakos) is the niece of Miles. She comes off as a very strong female character which, in my opinion, is sort missing in the TV world right now so it's nice to see a character like her's. 

I wasn't kidding when I said the last sentence.

Maggie (played by Anna Lise Phillips) is a doctor that becomes involved with the Matheson family after Ben Matheson's (father to Charlie) wife dies. She's has shown to be fairly clever and not just smart as you would expect a doctor to be. 

Ben on the left and Maggie on the right. 

Danny Mathenson (played by Graham Rogers) is the brother of Charlie. He, unfortunately, has asthma which makes the whole surviving thing a bit tougher for him than most people. 

He hasn't proven to be anything really...well,
other than sneaky in a way.

Nate Walker (played by J.D. Pardo) is (as I can only imagine) the Romeo to Charlie's Juliet. Just watch the show and you'll see what I mean. 

Of course there is a romantic subplot.

Aaron (played by Zak Orth) was once a Google executive. Now, obviously, he isn't. He's a friend of Ben and also the comedic relief of the group as far as I can tell. 

I never knew what a Google executive looked like
until now. 

Grace (played by Maria Howell) is a character that let's just say will probably become very important later on in the series. I just know it. 

Keep an eye out for her as the series continues.

Sebastian "Bass" Monroe (played by David Lyons) was once a friend of Miles, but has now turned into a war lord. Oh joy.

This guy...he's not cool.

Captain Tom Neville (played by Giancarlo Esposito) was a insurance adjuster turned into a captain for Sebastian's militia group. He comes off as a gentleman, but he's actually a douche. 

Being a captain of an evil militia group.
Not good.

Now, you're probably wondering what the this show is currently focused on right now. So far, it's the militia group that is currently after this:

Doesn't look like much does it?

What is it? It's a device that can turn back on any electronic that was turned off after the blackout and so far, only a few people in the series have one. Ben used to have one, but then gave it to Aaron and it's revealed that Grace also has one along with another unknown person. 

Suddenly, this symbol in the title card/logo all makes sense if 
it didn't before.

So, what's good about this show? For one thing, it has some decent characters in it with some fairly well written dialogue. It also helped that the pilot was directed by Jon Favreau, but whatever. As long as the show continues to have really good episodes, hopefully it will last more than one season. And to all the nonbelievers: 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blog update 9-12-12

So, it's been awhile since I've posted on here and I feel bad. So, this is an update letting everyone know what's been happening. As of right now, I'm currently watching Mad Men which may take awhile, so it may take awhile however, I am think of watching a show for one season or possibly doing an article about what is  currently bad about most modern TV shows. It really depends on if I can finish Mad Men soon or not. As for other TV shows, there are others lined up with a review for the new NBC series "Revolution" pilot being the new fall TV show I will be reviewing.

All in all, that's about it. Lame update, yes, but an update nonetheless.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Community: One Very Amazing Sitcom

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

There are few sitcoms out there right now that are actually funny. One of these would be Community.

One of the best sitcoms
I've seen since How I Met Your Mother

The show takes place at Greendale Community College; a really bad community college. The show focuses around a group of misfits who form a study group in order to, obviously, study together. While this may seem unoriginal and uninspired, the characters and the chemistry they have works to create comedy gold. 


Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) is a lawyer who has lost his lawyer powers and is now attending Greendale in order to get his Bachelor's in law. He's a bit arrogant and vain, but it's not annoying or overbearing.

Dat smug face

Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi) is someone who makes a lot of pop culture references whenever he talks. They're almost always rooted in either TV or movies. He's a bit weird at first, but it really grows on you and again, like Jeff, it isn't overbearing.

He's one of my favorite characters

Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs) is someone with a lot of very strong views on things such as feminism as well as environmentalism. She's seems like a great person on the surface, but in reality, she's the farthest from it. 

You learn to love her
for her flaws.

Annie Edison (played by Alison Brie) is the youngest one of the group and perhaps, the most innocent. She has that kind of school girl kind of personality, but again, isn't overbearing. She also loves to just one up people when it comes academics. 

See what I mean?

Shirley Bennett (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) is one the oldest of group being that she is a single mother of two. She also happens to be a very vocal Christian. Because of those two points of her personality, she is often considered the mother of the group. 

 Don't fool yourself. She's got sass. 

Troy Barnes (played by Donald Glover) was one of the most popular kids in his high school, but now longer has any of that. He seems distant at first, but eventually opens up and you get to see who he really is. Him and Abed have, in all honesty, the best bromance I have seen since JD and Turk from Scrubs. The reason why they they aren't as good or better is because JD and Turk have had many more season to have moments. Still, an amazing bromance nonetheless.

Second favorite character right

Pierce Hawthorne (played by Chevy Chase) is the oldest member of the group. He also happens to be very racist and bigoted and delivers the best humor because of it. He quickly becomes a kind of mental punching bag of the group, but again, it adds humor to him and to the show in general. 

Chevy frakking Chase.
Need I say more?

"Senor" Ben Chang (played by Ken Jeong) is a bit of a psycho in very good and comical way. That is all I really have to say. Trust me when I say that. 

Trust me

Dean Craig Pelton (played by Jim Rash) is the (obviously) dean of Greendale. He strives for Greendale to become much more respected and taken seriously. He also cross dress. A lot. But it's done in a way that isn't like modern cross dressing where it's done purely for the comedy. It's often done to convey his personality more so than "oh-hey-look-at-me-I'm-crossing-dressing-now-laugh-because-it's-funny". 

You grow to like him 
a lot

There are a couple of main reasons why this show is as funny as it is. One of the reasons is that this show has a lot of geeky references as well as pop culture references. Another reason why it's so funny is because of the jokes the show does. 

What makes the show geeky? For starters, it references Doctor Who, which is always a win in my book. They call it Inspector Space Time, but you get the obvious idea. Also, many of the references are subtle while others are not. Instead of the show shoving it in your face and putting a laugh track on it, it simply pokes you and let's you see/hear it for yourself without a laugh track unlike Big Bang Theory.

I honestly liked the show at first until I learned just
how bad it really was and how it makes fun of geeks/nerds.
More of that in a future post.

Now, when I say jokes, I mean ones not necessarily rooted in pop culture or something else. There are actually quite a few meta-jokes as well as jokes that take entire season to tell. There is one joke that took three seasons to tell, but it was worth it. 

Remember that timing is everything

So, all in all, this show is very much worth watching. As of right now, there have been three seasons with a fourth currently under production. It should be noted however that creator Dan Harmon, has been fired from the show and many of the original writers left with him so the quality of the fourth season is up in the air. Still, until the fourth season airs, enjoy the first three seasons. Time will tell the fourth will live up to the earlier seasons. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Spaced: One of Edgar Wright's Firsts

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

When most people think of Edgar Wright, they think of movies such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. They normally don't think of the TV shows he's done with one of them being Spaced.
Such a short lived show

The show revolves around Tim and Daisy who pose as a couple in order to rent out a flat that was advertised as professional couples only. The episodes involve the two of them and other characters having sort adventures and learning about life as they are still young.

With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, 
you know it has to be good.

Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg) is a up and coming comic book artist. He's a fairly down to Earth individual and works at a local comic book shop. Yes, he's a bit of a stoner, but really, it's not a real major part of his character. 
He doesn't always look like this.

Daisy Steiner (Jessica Stevenson) is a writer of sorts and in all honesty, can be slightly annoying to other characters because she's one of those people who just drags a story on for a long time. Yes, she a bit scatterbrained, but overall a likable character. 

Gotta love her.

Brian Topp (Mark Heap) is the downstairs neighbor to Tim and Daisy. He's a very eccentric artist and comes off as very weird when you first see him on screen, but he definitely can grown on you in a good way. 

He's weird, but a cool guy.

Mike Watt (Nick Frost) is Tim's best friend. He's a military type who wanted to join the British Army, but was unable to due to reasons you should watch the show for. He instead settled for the Territorial Army. He's always wears his yellow tinted hunting glasses and has a very respectable mustache. 

Honestly one of my favorite characters 
in the show.

Marsha Klein (Julia Deakin) is the landlady of the flat that Tim and Daisy are living in. She's a chain smoking alcoholic with a daughter she constantly is arguing with. Not my favorite character, but she makes for some great laughs throughout the series.

Usually seen smoking and or 

Twist Morgan (Katy Carmichael) is Daisy's best friend. She's not the nicest of character's as she often makes unkind remarks about Daisy which are usually about her weight and or appearance. She's just "meh".

She's seems innocent enough
on the outside, doesn't she?

So, what made this show so good and funny? Well, it's the fact that Edgar Wright was behind it and that there are a lot of pop culture references. I mean A LOT of pop culture references. So much so that I'm fairly sure I missed a lot of them. Not only that, but it had some really witty and well written comedy. It's a damn shame it ended with only fourteen episodes in total with seven episodes in each series. I honestly could not tell you why it ended so early, but it was a great series nonetheless. 

Similar to what I stated at the beginning of this blog,
when you have these three together in something,
it's going to be an amazing something.

If you have the time, go and watch this show. All of it is on Netflix instant for your viewing pleasure. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Battlestar Galactica (2004): One Amazing Emotional Roller coaster

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously. Before I go into this review, please keep in mind that I have not watched the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica so in this review, I will not be comparing the two. Thanks to my friend Riley for letting me know about this show.*

There are some TV shows that transcend others. One of these would be Battlestar Galactica. What made this television show so great? There are a couple of main reasons why.

I wish it never ended even though I was late
to this one too.

The concept is simple. Man has created a race of robots called Cylons. The Cylons rebelled. Peace was reached and the Cylons disappeared into space for 40 years. At the end of the 40 years, they're back for blood. As for the rest of the background/lore, watch the show.

Frakkin' toasters

Commander/Admiral William Adama (portrayed by Edward James Olmos) is the head of the Battlestar Galactica.  He is known by his crew as "Old Man" and is well respected and loved by those who serve under him. He has that war veteran vibe to him, however it's not a cheesy cliche way. He's got a voice that commands respect and authority which really fits this character. 

He will most likely become your 
favorite character.

Colonel Saul Tigh (portrayed by Michael Hogan) is the XO aboard Battlestar Galactica. He's a complete hardass, a drunkard, and extremely unlikable for awhile, but eventually you grow to like him as he develops as a character. 

Trust me, you'll probably end up 
liking this character.

Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama (portrayed by Jamie Bamber) is the son of William Adama and a Viper pilot aboard Galactica. He's a all around good person, but of course, has his weaknesses. He's the kind of character that gets things done and is usually very straightforward. 

He's a cool guy who aren't
afraid of anything. Sort of.

President Laura Roslin (portrayed by Mary McDonnell) is the president (obviously) of the fleet. She's a great character, but as Colonel Saul Tigh put it, sometimes she's still just an innocent school teacher while other times ice runs in her veins. She can be relentless in her pursuit of what she wants, but usually looks very calm while doing so.

I have mixed feelings about this 

Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (portrayed by Katee Sackhoff) is a viper pilot aboard Galactica. She's an extremely hotheaded and strong female character. She and Colonel Saul Tigh absolutely hate each other and that's something you'll get to see as the series goes on. Eventually it dies down.

She's a frakking badass.

Dr. Gaius Baltar (portrayed by James Callis) is a genius scientist who you will learn to hate, then sort of like, then hate, then hate, then like again. Really, his guy is all over the place. He's a bit arrogant and is an extremely bad liar. 

He's okay. I guess.

There are other characters, but I don't want to spoil anything. 

Now, what made this show amazing? Well, for one, it has some of the best writing I have ever seen in a TV show as well as some of the best character development I have ever seen in a show. As you watch the show, you become completely gripped by the characters and their emotions. You see them change in ways you want them to as well ways you don't want them to. I have rarely seen this kind of development in any TV show or movie. EVER.

I'm watching you, Nolan...

 A lot of themes talked about in BSG are not for the lighthearted. Some of themes are the usual such as war, love, right vs. wrong, etc and so on. Some themes, however are not so commonly used such as monotheism vs. polytheism and what it really means not to be just human, but if one is worthy of continued existence. 

That is some deep stuff right there.

Another thing that impressed me about the show is that IT GOT AN AUDIENCE WITH THE UN. This is the only TV show that I know of that has ever had any of its cast/crew get to talk with people at the UN. That is just mind blowing.

Enjoy. It's frakking long.

As if I'm not singing the praises for this show enough, just watch this show. If you enjoy sci-fi and or enjoy something can really get hooked on, this show is for you. You can watch it all on Netflix instant. If you honestly end up hating the show, you might want to see your doctor because you might have a minor case of serious brain damage. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Walking Dead review: Nearly Perfect

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously. This review, like all my other reviews are almost entirely spoiler free.*

There are few shows on TV right now that are actually genuinely good. One of these shows would be The Walking Dead. However, despite how good this show is, it has one major flaw. Now, before I really get into the review, I will admit that I actually never read the comic book series myself, so this review is completely based on the show and there will be no comparing of the two.

Sorry folks. That's just how it is.

The premise is simple. There is a viral outbreak that has caused a zombie apocalypse and now, a group of survivors are trying to live through it. It honestly cannot get much simpler than that.

So simple even a zombie can understand it.

Rick Grimes (portrayed by Andrew Lincoln) is essentially the main character of this show. His personality can be best described as a loving and dedicated father and sheriff's deputy minus the gritty and edgy stereotypical associated with cops as main characters to a show. He's a character that I've really grown to like and I think you will too. 

I used to be a sheriff's deputy like you,
until I took a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a zombie apocalypse.
(I will NEVER EVER use that joke EVER again, I promise.)

Shane Walsh (portrayed by Jon Bernthal) is the partner in crime to Rick as in he literally was Rick's partners back when there was a sheriff's office and such. I kind of liked him (it was very short lived) at first until the show progressed. Eventually I ended up hating him with a passion. In any case, he's usually calm until he doesn't get what he wants in which case, he turns into a flipping maniac who justifies his terrible actions because he's psychotic. 

I. Hate. This. Character.

Lori Grimes (portrayed by Sarah Wayne Callies) is Rick's wife. She's a dedicated mother and a devoted wife, but uh...let's just say I kind of liked her too until I realized how terrible of a character she became in the second season. I won't spoil it for you here, but yea...she's not so great of a character despite having likable qualities. 

This woman...Terrible person!

Andrea (portrayed by Laurie Holden) is or rather was, a civil rights attorney before the whole zombie apocalypse thing happened. She's best described as a strong woman and kind of has a reverse Oedipus Complex issue thing going on which I won't get into. She's okay, but at times, I kind of hate her as a character. 

Definitely not going to be subscribing 
to her fan base anytime soon.

Dale Horvath (portrayed by Jeffery DeMunn) is the father or grandfather type character. He's a very moral person and doesn't give a second thought when trying to express his opinion on something the group has to decide. He had a few bad moments as a character in my opinion, but really, he's probably one of the best out of all of them.

*Insert old person joke here*

Glenn (portrayed by Steven Yeun) is probably the youngest of the group and one of my favorite characters. He's an intelligent person and doesn't rely on solely on weapons when it comes to zombies. He is kind of the scavenger for the group and is damn good at it too. Overall, he's an awesome character.

Good Guy Glenn

Carl Grimes (portrayed by Chandler Riggs) is the child of Lori and Rick. He didn't really serve much purpose other than representing the childhood innocence thrown into a hell. Personally, I also liked this character a lot. Now, I hate his guts and I don't care that he's a kid, I just hate him. 

I hate this kid as much as I hate Shane if not more.

Daryl Dixon (portrayed by Norman Reedus) is a tough biker kind of guy, but with a very kind spirit. I'm not going to lie. At first, I hated his guts, but now, I actually really like how his character has developed into a far better person. I think most people fell the same way about him as well. 

Just give him a chance.

So, with a show that has amazing writing and acting and a renewal for a third season, what is this shows major flaw? It too slow paced. The episodes were a bit more fast paced in the beginning, but quickly dragged on as the season progressed. It's not as bad as some shows, but I feel as though this is the one thing that's really holding this show back. 

The beginning of each episode should have 
this right before the intro.

How bad is it? Well, it's not to the point where it takes a lot from the show, but it does kind of make the show less than it should be. Shows or movies that have the zombie apocalypse theme to it should not be slow paced for whatever reason unless there is dialogue that is meaningful and moves the plot along. 

Throw as many of these as you want crazy fanboys and gals.
You know I'm right.

In the end, is this show worth watching? It sure is. I highly recommend this show to anyone who enjoys anything related to the zombie apocalypse as well as post apocalypses in general. If you can put up with the show's slow pace like many people have, you'll find yourself really enjoying this show.