After hearing about it from fellow Screen Rant writers for years, I finally decided to begin watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Netflix. For some primitive reason, it (like Parks and Recreation) isn’t available on Netflix Canada so I have to use internet trickery to watch it online. Dumb, but worth it. It’s laugh out loud funny episode to episode.
Luther Series 3
Cast & Characters
The third and final series of Luther is as strong as ever but the storytelling gets a little to convenient in the second half.
Yesterday I realized I hadn’t watched the latest few episodes of the incredible BBC series, Luther starring (and produced by) lovable movie star Idris Elba as DCI John Luther. It aired earlier this year as four episodes and I marathon’d it entirely yesterday.
As expect, it was great and the cast are as good as ever, with only one weak spot. The only other gripes of note come from some of the overly convenient storytelling the seeps in in the latter half of the third series.
I spent part of the week catching up on the current season of The Walking Dead and watched the midseason finale yesterday which concluded with a 3-episode arc all about the Governor. It was good, but the show still doesn’t rank among the top five I’m currently watching or planning to quickly catch up on.
Defiance Season One
Season 1 Story
Defiance season one is now on Blu-ray and is definitely worth a watch.
When Defiance first aired on Syfy, it was an ambitious and expensive endeavor, one that oddly seemed to not get that much coverage online from the television and video game news sites. It wasn’t just a TV series, it was part of a multimedia platform that also included an MMO video game that directly tied into the events of the game.
In fact, it’s actually someone’s job to help coordinate the shared continuity between events in the game and the show. Whether it worked or not, we don’t know but CBS, Syfy and game developer Trion Worlds spent too much money to let it end after one short season so it is coming back next year. For me, that’s a good thing.
In in this alternate universe version of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage’sTyrion Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Jaime Lannister steal the show.
The Originals proves to have potential as the worthy spinoff of The Vampire Diaries.
I’ve had to defend myself repeatedly for it on the Screen Rant Underground podcast in the past but I think they get it now – I’ve been watching The Vampire Diaries since it first aired. Yes, every episode. Why? Because Ian Somerhalder was in it and looked good as a vampire. I convinced Ana (my fiance) that that cute guy from Lost and a few episodes of Smallville had a new show, so we watched, and even though the first episode was a bit campy and teen-focused, it quickly found the right tone and at the time – was the right fix for the mess that was the Twilight movies and the wasted opportunity that was HBO’s True Blood.
Breaking Bad Series Finale
Breaking Bad gets the exciting and well-crafted conclusion it deserves.
Not many people followed Breaking Bad in its first years on air and it wasn’t until nearly halfway through the series when the media and online community picked up on AMC’s hit show starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. The story began when Walter White, a down on his luck high school science teacher, was diagnosed with cancer and needed money to pay for his treatment and the future of his family. And where it ends marks the conclusion of one of the most exciting character journeys ever put on television.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere
The Agents of SHIELD premiere is harmless fun but forgettable.
After helping direct The Avengers towards becoming one of the most commercially successful theatrical releases of all-time, Joss Whedon went from being the underdog geeks love (thanks to Buffy, Firefly, etc.) to an A-List Hollywood director. And with that success came expectations for Marvel Studios and Disney to sign him to helm a sequel.
Not only did Whedon sign to write and direct The Avengers 2, later dropping the number in favor of the Age of Ultron subtitle, but Marvel put him in a position of power where he would help coordinate and oversee the entire next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and gave him his own series on ABC. That show is titled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and to no surprise it earned a full season order, beginning its run this week.
Dexter Series Finale
The series finale of Dexter confuses as much as it disappoints.
A show I’ve been watching for eight years came to end last night and I made sure to watch it this morning before heading to the airport. Sadly, it was rather underwhelming.
Perhaps it was the lack of sleep or concern that I was leaving in hours to another country and hadn’t packed… or those things coupled with the fact I was writing this article for Screen Rant at the same time. The series finale of Dexter wasn’t bad, it just didn’t hit me with the intensity of previous episodes…
Not that he ever wasn’t awesome – I mean, I dressed up as Wesley Crusher as a kid for Halloween (more than once). I even did Data one year but that’s another story. Not unlike older Star Wars fans couldn’t agree on the Ewoks in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, older Star Trek fans of the late ’80s and early ’90s weren’t exactly all positive about young Mr. Crusher.