Wynonna Earp—I Might or Might Not Finish

Wynonna Earp tv show on SyFy
Wynonna Earp on SyFy

Wynonna Earp is a contemporary horror-Western show based on a comic book of the same name. It’s about the surviving descendants of Wyatt Earp and the family curse that compels them to face down the demonic reincarnations of all the people they’ve killed. I’ve gotten about a third through season one but I was on Twitter the whole time, which makes this a “fluff” show for me rather than something I gave my full attention to.

1—Trapped in Purgatory

The world of Wynonna Earp is full of bloody magic. The demons are trapped in a triangle of territory that encompasses the town of Purgatory, and can only be sent back to Hell/Hades (the term used varies) by Wyatt Earp’s gun, Peacemaker. Peacemaker doesn’t need bullets and will only work for The Heir, the oldest Earp descendant. And speaking of Hades, it seems there’ll be a Greek mythology connection eventually. Continue reading “Wynonna Earp—I Might or Might Not Finish”

Lucifer Season One—The Devil Went Down to California

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Lucifer Season 1

First off, this is a review of the TV series, not the comic, which I may or may not read someday. It has the same basic premise—the devil gets tired of Hell and moves to L.A. In the tv show, he helps the LAPD, specifically Detective Chloe Decker, solve crimes for shits and giggles.

Also, my mom asked me not to watch the show when she’s in the room because that kind of thing creeps her out, so if you can’t separate your personal religious views on the Devil from the Devil as a character or as an archetype, this is probably not the show for you. If you can, or might be able to, read on.

1—More Good Than Bad

I have mixed feelings about Lucifer, both the character and the show, though most of the mixed feelings do stem from said character. Lucifer is kind of sleazy, almost a slime-ball, but has redeeming qualities. He’s selfish and self-involved but also cares when his mortal friend…sort of…is gunned down in front of him. And while his dislike of children is probably supposed to fall in the negative trait column, I actually like that about him—I don’t know what to do with kids either. Continue reading “Lucifer Season One—The Devil Went Down to California”

Second Chance—SciFi, Crime-Fighting, and Family Dysfunction

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Second Chance, Season One

What I like about Second Chance is that it isn’t just They Fight Crime! tacked onto a scifi premise. The show actually uses its premise. Otto Goodwin is a genius who’s figured out how to bring people with a certain gene back from the dead. He goal is to use his first success’s blood to save his twin sister from a rare incurable form of cancer. Said first success is Jimmy Pritchard, a former King County, Washington sheriff who has family of his own to take care of. Not the consequence-less fluff I’ve come to expect from similarly billed shows in the past.

1—The Future May be Here but Family Still Comes First

Second Chance revolves around two families—The Pritchard clan & the Goodwin twins, Otto and Mary. Otto is a genuine genius in I don’t know how many fields. Besides the bio-engineering marvel of raising the dead, he’s the brains behind Lookinglass, a tech company to rival Apple and Microsoft—I don’t actually know if they’re actually business rivals as those companies aren’t mentioned in-show. Mary is the face of the company, brilliant in her own right, but her whole life is Otto. Since the deaths of their parents when the twins were children, Mary became mother to Otto. Mary has also taken on the role of wife in a sense—hostess and public face to Otto’s recluse. Needless to say, this leaves Mary’s personal life a little lacking. Continue reading “Second Chance—SciFi, Crime-Fighting, and Family Dysfunction”

Leverage—Still One of My Favorite Shows

Leverage tv show

Ok, so Leverage isn’t a new show to me—I started watching when it first aired in…2008 (wow, that was a while ago). But it’s still one of my favorite tv shows and one I find myself re-watching on Netflix—the visual equivalent of comfort food, and one of the few not murder-based (the shows, not the food, which are mostly mystery series). It’s just fun watching the Leverage crew take down the bastard of the week with cons and heists and well-choreographed fights. And though the show has its serious moments, it never takes itself too seriously.

So here’s my quick rundown on each season.

Season 1—Meet the Criminals

Season one starts off with the assembly of the crew: three criminals—Eliot the hitter, Hardison the hacker, and Parker the thief—each a genius in their field but also all loners, and ex-insurance agent Nathan Ford hired to be the mastermind and “one honest man” to keep them in line. Not that the job goes as planned—their employer tries to kill them, prompting the crew to stay together and get revenge. Which leads to adding Sophie, the grifter, to the group. Continue reading “Leverage—Still One of My Favorite Shows”

The Mysteries of Laura—A Good Run but I’m Done

The Mysteries of Laura is a tv show about an NYPD detective who’s also a single mom of twins. It’s one of the shows I watch with my mom—or rather, watched. I’ll explain below why I liked the show and why I’ve decided to stop watching it after two seasons.

1—The Mysteries

The actual mysteries in each episode are good enough—nothing spectacular but they didn’t bore me either. The first few episodes were a touch heavy handed with the “mom skills are being used to solve the crime” thing, but it often takes a few episodes for a show to find its feet. The Mysteries of Laura did and got better at incorporating Laura’s unique way of looking at the world with her police work, without having to shout about it. Continue reading “The Mysteries of Laura—A Good Run but I’m Done”

The Librarians Season 2—Characters Brought to Life

The Librarians Season 2 on TNT
The Librarians Season 2 on TNT

The second season of The Librarians focuses on character—both in the sense that we learn more about the main characters and see them evolve, and in the sense that the season’s main antagonists are “fictionals”—fictional characters brought to living reality. And it’s all a lot of fun.

1—The Blood of a Stone

I refuse to regret that pun. But on to Mr. Stone. Jacob Stone, good old boy and master of Art History and Architecture, is finally forced to confront his demons. Or rather, an demonic shapeshifter that feeds on lies forces him to confront the false life he’s constructed. Also, his alcoholic father. A father who’s never respected or listened to him, and whose acceptance and love Jake has craved all his life. Continue reading “The Librarians Season 2—Characters Brought to Life”

Burn Notice—Part One—Explosive Series

Burn Notice tv series
Burn Notice

Burn Notice is a snarky spy-thriller series about Michael Weston, a blacklisted spy trapped in Miami who helps out hapless citizens while he tries to figure out who ruined his life, and why. When the show originally aired, I followed it through the end of season four. I’ve lost my faith that TV series’s will actually have a proper ending, so I’ve taken to quitting them at points where I figure I’ve gotten as close to an actual end as I’ll get. My mom kept watching though, and she told me the series does actually get an ending to the story, so I’ve started watching from the beginning on Netflix. So here’s my thoughts on the series up through the end of season four. I’ll do a second part when I’ve watched the last three seasons.

1—Why Michael Won’t Kill

Of course, there’s the obvious reason—for Michael to stay a Hero, killing isn’t allowed. At least not for a show that isn’t dark as pitch in tone. The Hero has to maintain audience sympathy. But re-watching, I’ve noticed there’s an actual character motive for this too. Especially when it would be safer and easier for all involved to just blow someone’s head off. Continue reading “Burn Notice—Part One—Explosive Series”

From Dusk till Dawn: the Series—Better Than I Was Expecting

From Dusk till Dawn: the Series

Despite cringing at the use of the word “till” instead of the shortening of “until”—’til—I sat down a few nights ago intending to watch just one episode of From Dusk till (cringes) Dawn: the Series. And then I looked up and realized I’d watched the whole season. Here’s why.

1—Anachronistic Storytelling

There are several interweaving plots going on, just as in the original movie, which the series follows and expands upon. I can’t comment on how closely the series follows the movie since I’ve only ever seen the second half. But I can say there’s a lot going on and it’s handled well. Continue reading “From Dusk till Dawn: the Series—Better Than I Was Expecting”

The Librarians—Bookworms Kick Ass

The Librarians

A spin-off of TNT’s three Librarian movies, The Librarians is a fun, mostly light-hearted adventure series. I say mostly, because while there’s no gore or heavy-handed drama here that only serves to make the deep moments stand out. But we’ll start with the fun stuff!

1—Fun Premise

The first couple episodes are spent on the set up, which is nice since there’s a lot to introduce and I hate it when introductions get rushed or flow like molasses. For a series with five main characters, and a sinister cabal as the reoccurring villains, two episodes is perfect. The Serpent Brotherhood start murdering all the people who tried out to the Librarian last time but didn’t make the cut. So our hero, Flynn, along with his new Guardian, goes off to locate and protect the survivors who will later become Librarians-in-training. The succeed in that but fail in preventing the Serpent Brotherhood from returning magic to the world, and loose the Library in the process. So the trainees are working out of the Annex while Flynn tries to bring the Library back from inter-dimensional limbo. Did I mention this is just in the first two episodes? Continue reading “The Librarians—Bookworms Kick Ass”

Killjoys — SyFy’s Greatest Scifi Show Yet

The Killjoys

The first season of Killjoys ended a month ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Most shows take a few episodes to find their footing but Killjoys runs full tilt from scene one. This show achieves the perfect trifecta—plotting, character, and world. We’ll start with that last one.

1—A Fully Realized World and its Moons

I cannot say enough about the world-building in Killjoys. We get plopped down right into the middle of the Quad, with it’s class distinctions, complex politics, intriguing religion, and the RAC and its eponymous Killjoys right in the middle of it. There’s no info-dumping or stops to explain, we just get swept along with the pieces and players in their intricate dance. There’s a tapestry of history we only catch teasing glimpses of but it’s never so little as to leave the audience feeling lost—at least I wasn’t, but I’m used to picking things up from context. And that context surrounds the stories and characters of Killjoys. Continue reading “Killjoys — SyFy’s Greatest Scifi Show Yet”