Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

To begin with, I must say that it is very difficult to properly review A Series of Unfortunate Events. The latest addition to the already-impressive roster of Netflix Originals, which here in this moment means that, like all series on the world’s most popular streaming service, is currently available in its entirety, has made itself virtually critic-proof in that it literally tells you not to watch it.

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(image courtesy of Netflix)

This fact isn’t a joke at all, although the tone of the first paragraph absolutely was in reference to the overall tone of the series, as introduced through the dry, melancholy voice of its narrator Lemony Snicket (Partick Warburton of The Tick, Family Guy), no, this show actually, seriously tells you –multiple times, even – not to watch it, and to (as the series’ opening theme outright says) “look away, look away.”  It’s pure, dark meta-humor at its finest.

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During Jekyll Comic Con 2016 this past December, we got a chance to sit down with Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen of AMC’s hit show Comic Book Men – the reality TV show based on the lives, careers, and often offbeat personalities of the staff of the Kevin Smith owned comic book store Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, NJ.

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Mike and Ming were kind enough to answer questions for everyone in attendance, and shared some very entertaining stories and insight in this special exclusive interview. Here’s what they had to say!

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Another season of Ash vs. Evil Dead has finished, and all I can say is WOW!

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(image courtesy of Starz Networks)

What started as one can only presume a season or two worth of our bumbling hero Ash (played of course by the iconic Bruce Campbell) fighting the forces of darkness with episodes designed in a sense that if you missed four or five episodes, you wouldn’t really be that lost whenever you picked back up (although I don’t know why you would miss any at all, but I digress) it has now developed a very in-depth storyline that has now left me on the edge of my seat, eagerly waiting for Season Three. And don’t worry, with ratings like these on a premium network, I can almost guarantee you that it will get a third season!

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Douglas Adams’ second famous fictional series, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has recently reappeared on the small screen on BBC America. This series created by Max Landis (American Ultra and Chronicle) stars Samuel Barnett as the titular character and Elijah Wood is his reluctant assistant along with a long list of potentially not as well-known actors and actresses, but none-the-less not as talented. It airs Saturday evenings at 9pm (EST) and is also available digitally as episodes air on whatever platform you prefer.

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This series, in case you are sadly unfamiliar with the source material, is about a Dirk Gently who is a holistic detective (you probably should’ve already figured that out). Gently’s holistic detective style makes use of “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” as in desiring to get rid of his old refrigerator and somehow becoming intertwined with the Norse god Thor. It’s all connected even when there seems to be no inconceivable way it is all connected.

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Marvel’s Luke Cage premiered on September 28th, 2016, the third in a series of shows that began with Jessica Jones (check out our latest review of that here) and Daredevil (and our latest review of that one here) and will conclude with Iron Fist prior to the Marvel’s Defenders miniseries. The show, created by Cheo Hodari Coker, takes place in the ever expanding MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and shares continuity with all of the Marvel Studios movies and shows contained within.

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(image courtesy of Netflix)

Mike Coulter stars as Luke Cage, a former convict on the run from the law. Fans first got a taste of this character in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, where he featured as a guest star, and was deemed popular enough for his own show.

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The final frontier returns for further exploration May 2017 with the debut of Star Trek Discovery, the newest Star Trek television series and the first since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, it will premiere on CBS All Access, CBS’ subscription streaming service with Fuller, Kurtzman, Gretchen Berg, and Aaron Harberts acting as showrunners.

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Star Trek Discovery is set 10 years before the original Star Trek series takes place, following the crew of the USS Discovery as they explore an event from the history of the franchise that has been mentioned but never shown. Little is yet known about the characters or cast except for the protagonist, a female character known so far only by the name “Number One” in honor of Majel Barrett’s character in the original Star Trek Pilot episode, “The Cage.”

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September 8, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek, one of the most successful franchises in the history of entertainment which to date has spawned four spin-off television series, thirteen theatrical films and countless books, video games and other paraphernalia.
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While many books, blogs and documentaries are celebrating the show’s milestone and its impact on society and pop culture, there is one part of the story that is getting very little attention: the aborted second series Star Trek Phase II.

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E.T. meets Scanners/Altered States meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Goonies meets Silent Hill, all with the John Carpenter soundtrack from Escape From New York or The Thing… In the simplest terms, this is how best I can find (which still doesn’t quite explain it) to define Netflix’s latest original series Stranger Things.

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(image courtesy of Netflix)

The series is created by the Duffer Brothers for Netflix and aired on the streaming service on July 15th, 2016. It runs for eight roughly fifty-minute episodes. Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard (which, isn’t that a badass name?), Millie Bobbi Brown, Natalia Dyer, and Matthew Modine, among others star in this sci-fi/suspense/horror/drama series.

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For science fiction fans, there has never been a better time to say Oh, Canada!

It’s official – The Punisher is getting his own TV series.

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Teaser image for the upcoming series “The Punisher” (image courtesy of Marvel Studios and Netflix)

Netflix and Marvel officially confirmed that due to the overwhelming popularity of the gun-toting, vengeful, military veteran Frank Castle in season two of Marvel’s Daredevil, that the man known as The Punisher will be receiving his own Netflix Original Series, and that Jon Bernthal (known previously for his breakout role in AMC’s The Walking Dead) will reprise the role, with Steve Lightfoot serving as lead writer, executive producer, and showrunner.

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