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Again, refer to the American Journal article for my previous opinion... or the half-season review. My problems are many. Was the finale kick-ass? Sure, but it had Sam Jackson appear as a deus ex mu7h@fucka.
However, fun bits aside, if I had written that ending, I would have been fired. The bad guy's motivation was pitiful, the deus ex was a little heavy handed, and ... wait, where did Nick Fury hide the Destroyer gun? Was he literally pulling it out his butt?
The "cop with cyborg partner" has been done on tv before, but this one was surprising well thought-out. It had a rich world, interesting characters, a potential to go someplace new and interesting. It was something I enjoyed immensely, as did plenty of other people. Over five million people, in fact.
And to no one's surprise, Fox has canceled it already.
Again, I can't remember the last time I saw a tv show even try to follow a relationship this deeply. Nathan Fillion is playing (mostly) Nathan Fillion ... though there are times when he or his are threatened, and he becomes dark and angry, and channeling his inner Mal Renolds. Then there's his co-star, Stana Katic, who is the only person I've ever seen act with micro-expressions.
Dracula: This show was almost dead on arrival. Too much gratuitous sex, way too much soap opera, almost no action to speak of, this show had three or four episodes before I fully gave up on it. I was ahead of the curve, as it has been concelled. If you look at the show Revenge, which is The Count of Monte Cristo in the Hamptons of the 21st century, you can see everything that Dracula has ripped off: a revenge plotline, the take-down of the week, odd interpersonal relationships, a snarky sidekick. However, unlike Revenge, Dracula has no charm, an angsty, broody character with no sense of humor, and no one is having fun here.
Dracula was so bloodless, I thought I was watching Twilight.
It has romance -- with two strangely adorable couples -- and committed relationships... is that allowed on TV?
INTELLIGENCE: How can a film named Intelligence have so little of it? The premise is simple: due to a genetic quirk, a former SpecOps soldier is able to have a clip implanted in his head that allows him to hack into, well, anything. He's literally his own intercept, imaging center, and can run his own facial recognition, etc. Sadly, while there were some cute bits of business along the way, there was so little originality to it. The episodes were so cliche`, I had expect it was writing with a checklist. The first episode set up both an evil equal and a missing wife, both interesting overarching series threads...until the second episode, when the missing wife was both found and murdered in short order. The plots were, in order: evil equal, schmuck ex, informant-turned-terrorist, military using a virus for a bioweapon (see Outbreak, 1995), killer nanites (it's a cliche`... I've seen a lot of scifi), the evil best friend, amnesia and hostage taking (same episode), terrorist attack, redeeming the criminal street urchin, being framed, and sleeper agents in the government conspiracy.
NCIS / NCIS: LA: Same level of standard awesomeness. Another season that had an out of nowhere arc, even though the groundwork had been laid for seasons in the making.
Now that the series has offed their primary villain, I think the rest of the series is setting up for a final sendoff of everyone involved. Even though the main actor, Simon Baker carries this show with wit and charm, and finesse, there may not be a lot left. Two of the series regulars have been set on their own path, with their life given a standard happily ever after.
It's now time for a few more finales before the finale.
While I like this show, I have no idea where it's going. This season has been in the making for at least two seasons, maybe even since the beginning. However, current events have made the series events much more believable.
And while the series mythos has always threatened to go sideways, it's never gone off the deep end, for which I applaud them.
Now if they can keep it from going off the rails for another year, that will be the best trick of them all.
And again, Jim Caviezel is already playing Batman on this show, why did they get Ben Afleck?
|Notice that the first word|
in bold is CRAZY.
Well, this was one strange ride. Ichabod Crane in the 21st century, the headless horseman as a horseman of death, with most of the scenes with the headless horseman have been inspired by the firefight in the police station from The Terminator....
You can understand why more than one review has described this show as jumping on the crazy train and refusing to let go. From start to finish, the series was surprisingly coherent. It's witty, it's stylish, and, ... then there are the "good witches." Sigh.
If you pick up the series when it returns, just jump aboard the crazy train.
Mentioned above, Revenge was a delightfully evil little show. Yes, I said was....
This was the season when one of my favorite shows spiraled down the rabbit hole, and never came out. There were blackouts, fugue states, parents coming back from the dead, birth parents coming out of the woodwork, and it turned into a great big charlie foxtrot. It went from a soap opera that felt like a spy drama, to just a soap opera. And, sorry, when the writers whip out several cliche`, soap opera plot points over the course of a few episodes, that's when things just go completely sideways. I will miss what this show used to be.