Daredevil Season One—I’m Hooked

Daredevil web tv series

Daredevil is a web tv adaptation, available on Netflix, of yet another of Marvel’s many, many comics properties. This one is about a blind lawyer who spends his nights as a vigilante. Though part of the MCU, Daredevil’s storyline is self-contained. So you won’t have to do a ton of “homework” watching other movies and shows to be able to enjoy it. I approve of this.

1—A More Realistic Approach

Notice I said “more” and not “totally”. I’m fine with some fantastic elements, mainly the extent of Matt Murdoch’s “sight” via his other senses—he wouldn’t be Daredevil without it. I also think there must be some healing factor there, no matter what they say about meditation helping with that. I’m willing to buy a combo of meditation and genetics though. Matt’s father was renowned for being able to take a beating. Continue reading “Daredevil Season One—I’m Hooked”

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”

A Brief Collection of The UnBook Reporter’s Story Studying Resources

I need some more time before I’m back in full UnBook Reporting shape so tonight will be another short post tangentially related to my normal content. Still working on that project, and also changing antidepressants—things got bad enough during the previous two…three? weeks that I made an appointment to see my doctor.

Anyways, tonight I thought I’d share some of my favorite places online to research the all the elements that go into making a story.

Tvtropes—The Site That Formalized My Obsession

TvTropes Will Ruin Your Life and Your Vocabulary and I have happily embrace both forms of ruination. My first foray onto tvtropes was probably when I began officially studying story structure, character archetypes, genre conventions, and all the rest. I’ve always loved stories and found myself picking up on patterns, but tvtropes helped cemented my desire to actually study them. Seriously though, don’t even glance at that site unless you’ve got at least a solid three hours to spend down that rabbit hole. Continue reading “A Brief Collection of The UnBook Reporter’s Story Studying Resources”

Leverage—Still One of My Favorite Shows

Leverage tv show
Leverage

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”

More of the Un-Book Reporter’s Pet Peeves

This post will be shorter than the previous Pet Peeves Post, I promise. (I’d promise not to use so much alliteration again too, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.) And so again, here are some of my most-hated entertainment peeves.

1—You Only Use 10% of Your Brain

Once this trope merely annoyed me—now it it makes me foam at the mouth. We don’t need much of an excuse to suspend disbelief in a fantasy—it’s what we’re there for after all—so there’s no excuse to keep quoting this ridiculous “fact”. Even if you know little about the brain, it’s still ridiculous. Would you believe it if you were told you only use ten percent of your digestive system? Or your bones?

It’s easy—even tempting—to go along with the idea that a) we as a species and as individuals aren’t living up to our full potential and b) that most other people are stupid (admit it, you believe both these things). So it really shouldn’t be that difficult to come up with an excuse for how your Joe Schmoe becomes a psychic/genius/super hero/all of the above. And I suppose that’s why this trope now makes me rabid—the unrepentant laziness of it. That, and I don’t enjoy being called stupid by my entertainment. Or, alternatively, told that I’m not worth the effort to think up a half-decent premise. Continue reading “More of the Un-Book Reporter’s Pet Peeves”

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”

The Un-Book Reporter’s Thoughts on Book to TV and Movie Series Adaptions

Not a review this time, but my thoughts on a trend I’ve noticed in entertainment. Books have been getting adapted into movies since the beginning but lately I’ve noticed tv shows getting in on the action. The most obvious and prolific example would be all the comic books and super heroes getting their own shows, but if I start on those things I won’t get to anything else. So let’s start elsewhere.

1—Hallmark Channel Mystery Movie Series’s

When Hallmark channel started doing series’s of movies based on murder mysteries, I loved it and was so disappointed when they stopped. The Mystery Woman and Murder 101 series’s were my favorite but there were at least a few others (that I don’t remember right now). But recently Hallmark started making more, of new murder mystery series’s. The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries; Murder, She Baked; and the Flower Shop Mysteries are just some of the book series’s being adapted. I’ve been enjoying this new batch and hope Hallmark continues to produce them. Continue reading “The Un-Book Reporter’s Thoughts on Book to TV and Movie Series Adaptions”