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  • “Pantheon” Review

    Pantheon: Created by Craig Silverstein. With Katie Chang, Paul Dano, Aaron Eckhart, Rosemarie DeWitt. A young woman starts to get messages from an unknown number that claims to be her deceased father. Trying to uncover the truth, she stumbles upon a larger conspiracy involving the singularity.

    One of two shows that I missed completely when they first aired, this is the more grounded one with a look into the possibilities of uploading consciousness into near future technology and the ethical, political, and spiritual consequences of the entire situation. The story doesn’t make many missteps and moves quickly from easily understood concepts to some really off the wall (but still familiar) sequences that will blow your mind if you’re not deep into singularity concepts.

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2



    The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Created by Patrick McKay, John D. Payne. With Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Charlie Vickers, Markella Kavenagh. Epic drama set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.

    “Archer” Review

    Archer: Created by Adam Reed. With H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell. Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones.

    I gave up on this show when they started straying from the spy agency concept and it was all dream state illusions that had no impact or made any sense within the world that they had previously created and I completely missed it when they brought it all back to the basic formula that worked so well. I’ve finally caught up with the series and I’m happy to say that the final couple seasons were fantastic and built to a lovely ending that wrapped up all sorts of fun story threads.

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    Dan Schneider Sues ‘Quiet on Set’ for Defamation

    Former Nickelodeon showrunner Dan Schneider has filed a defamation lawsuit over the bombshell docuseries, ‘Quiet on Set.’

    He likely has a strong case here, because right up until I read this article I thought he really was caught up in all that.

    “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities” Review

    Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: Created by Guillermo del Toro. With Lize Johnston, Kevin Keppy, Tim Blake Nelson, F. Murray Abraham. Bizarre nightmares unfold in eight tales of terror in a visually stunning, spine-tingling horror collection curated by Guillermo del Toro.

    Considered by many as one of the best curators of horror and suspense, Guillermo del Toro didn’t write all these stories, I think he only penned one of them, but they all feel like they’re right up his alley. Every story is fantastic in it’s own way and most of them are so good that I would recommend checking it all out sooner than later. My personal favorite was one named “The Body” which had an amazing build up to an exceptionally satisfying conclusion.

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    My Adventures with Superman Season 2



    My Adventures with Superman: With Alice Lee, Ishmel Sahid, Jack Quaid, Darrell Brown. Clark Kent builds his secret Superman identity and embraces his role as the hero of Metropolis, while sharing adventures and falling in love with Lois, a star investigative journalist, who also takes Jimmy Olsen under her wing.

    “Knuckles” Review

    Knuckles: With Adam Pally, Idris Elba, Stockard Channing, Edi Patterson. Knuckles the Echidna teaches deputy Wade Whipple the techniques of the Echidna warrior.

    The first two episodes of this “streaming event” are pretty ok but after that point the series drifts off into some pretty mediocre content with storylines involving a vaguely racist Jewish dinner, a missing father dealt with in the most cringeworthy possible way, and a bowling competition as announced by “The Ocho”, which was the same concept from the movie “Dodgeball”. There’s not much to like after the first 2 episodes are done and much more could have been done to make this entire situation more palatable, from picking a single plot line, to tightening up Knuckles as a character, or picking a single era or style of music to feature throughout the series.

    This is completely skippable and not worth your time.

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    “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Review

    Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Created by Jennifer Corbett, Dave Filoni. With Dee Bradley Baker, Michelle Ang, Noshir Dalal, Ben Diskin. The “Bad Batch” of elite and experimental clones make their way through an ever-changing galaxy.

    The final episode aired today and while it was a bittersweet ending, this series has had one hell of a journey from it’s humble beginnings of just following some genetic oddities from Batch 99 to seeing how they’ve effected the wider galaxy and the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire. There’s a neat ‘flash forward’ at the end that lays the groundwork for some future stuff if they want it to, or it could just be a wink and nod to how the clones will fit into the universe that no longer needs them.

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    Dead Boy Detectives



    Dead Boy Detectives: Created by Steve Yockey. With George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri, Kassius Nelson, Briana Cuoco. Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine decided not to enter the afterlife to stay on Earth and investigate crimes that involve supernatural stuff.

    “Warrior Nun” Season 2 Review

    Warrior Nun: Created by Simon Barry. With Alba Baptista, Kristina Tonteri-Young, Lorena Andrea, Tristán Ulloa. After waking up in a morgue, an orphaned teen discovers she now possesses superpowers as the chosen Halo Bearer for a secret sect of demon-hunting nuns.

    Sadly I believe this is the end for the warrior nuns, as I do not believe Netflix is going to continue it past this season. The story (mostly) wraps up all the dangling threads from the first season and all the characters given their moment to shine. I’m a fan of the world they’ve built here and I adore seeing all the ladies kicking butt in their unique ways. The first half of the season really was a miss for me however, as it took nearly 4 episodes for everyone to get back on their feet. Once it got moving, it was nonstop enjoyment at least.

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  • “11 Minutes” Review

    11 Minutes: With Jonathan Smith, Dee Jay Silver, Kelly Pollard, Jason Aldean. Through emotional first-hand accounts and never-before-seen archival footage, this documentary immerses viewers inside the largest mass shooting in our country’s history, at what was supposed to be a festival celebrating country music.

    This is both one of the most difficult documentaries to watch, but also one of the most maddening, with all the real terror of the night hidden and censored, only the hallways scenes at the hospital were really showing the full depths of the insanity, the rest of it feels like a sanitized and nearly bloodless incident that doesn’t properly exhibit the scale of destruction that happened. Other than the censorship issue, this is an exceptionally well written and directed documentary that offers a stark reminder that it’s still just as legal today as it was on this night to purchase 10,000 rounds of ammo and set up a kill room.

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    “Fallout” Review

    Fallout: Created by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Graham Wagner. With Ella Purnell, Aaron Moten, Walton Goggins, Moises Arias. In a future, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles brought about by nuclear decimation, citizens must live in underground bunkers to protect themselves from radiation, mutants and bandits.

    About as perfect of a video game adaptation that could be possibly made, I think it helps that the universe lends itself to unique settings and characters for each vault that opens on it’s own schedule, so while they were able to accurately capture the humor and visual style of the games, they were also free to create their own characters and storylines.

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    “3 Body Problem” Review

    3 Body Problem: Created by David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Alexander Woo. With Jovan Adepo, Liam Cunningham, Eiza González, Jess Hong. A fateful decision made in 1960s China reverberates in the present, where a group of scientists partner with a detective to confront an existential planetary threat.

    A fun hard science fiction series that doesn’t stay very jovial for very long and gets right into the hard truths portion fast enough to turn off those that don’t enjoy such things but kept my attention the entire time. I’ve heard so much about the book that I was expecting something much more esoteric than what we ended up with, as a story in a book it’s not all that unique, but as a televised series, I don’t think there’s been much done with relativistic alien invasions or the mismatch of technological levels that only just a couple decades would present. The show is run by the same guys that failed the stick the landing for the final season of Game of Thrones, so if you remember that mess, you can understand my trepidations of how this was going to turn out. If you remember though, they only went off the rails narratively when they lost the foundations of the source material, which isn’t going to be a problem for this series based on a completed book.

    I look forward to the future seasons to see what kind of technology story elements are going to get introduced and if they’re going to end up doing any time jumps. Also, I’m super curious about that brain in space, surely it’s not going to be a dangling story thread and will be resolved, right?

    Maybe I need to read the (translated) book.

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    Star Wars: Tales of the Empire



    Star Wars: Tales of the Empire: With Jason Isaacs, Meredith Salenger, Lars Mikkelsen, Rya Kihlstedt. A vengeful young woman and a former Jedi navigate the ruthless Galactic Empire during different eras, their divergent choices shaping their fates in a rapidly changing galaxy.

    “Halo Season 2” Review

    Halo: Created by Steven Kane, Kyle Killen. With Pablo Schreiber, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray. With the galaxy on the brink of destruction, Master Chief John-117 leads his team of Spartans against the alien threat known as the Covenant.

    The general consensus is that season one of the show was pretty rough and nearly every art of it was either straight up bad or could have been done better. Season two sanded off some of those rough edges and nipped some of the more strange or silly plot elements that weren’t working, but it still has worlds to go to be the show I know it can be.

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    “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” Review

    Monarch: Legacy of Monsters: With Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Joe Tippett. Set after the battle between Godzilla and the Titans, revealing that monsters are real, follows one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to Monarch.

    I somehow neglected to mention that I watched “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters”, so here it is, my review: This is a perfectly fine series that wasn’t necessary and spent way too much time on the people instead of the monsters or their legacies. In fact, the “legacy of monsters” here might be a reference to some of the human characters and the destruction they left in their wake with the choices they made long ago.

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    “Shadow and Bone Season 2” Review

    Shadow and Bone: Created by Eric Heisserer. With Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman. Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.

    As with the first season, this series works best when it’s not worried about the B-story and whatever shenanigans they’re up to in a completely different part of the world from the A-story, usually with less interesting characters and much less interesting story elements. Everyone is very pretty with amazing costumes and utterly fantastic special effects that made me drop what I was doing when they were on screen, specifically the smokey demon creatures that were routinely being fought towards the end of the season. Sadly this is the last season we’re going to get of the show, as it’s now been canceled with little hope of being picked up by another distributor. The ending of this season however came with at least a half dozen different endings that added an extra 30 minutes to the episode, all of which happened after the climax of the season, leading me to believe the cancellation news came to the show well after they put the whole thing in the can.

    The show’s based on a trilogy of books, so if you want to find out the ultimate conclusion to it all, that’s where you’ll need to look. If you do, let me know what you thought of them, because I already have a TBR pile about 200 books deep that I’m never going to get all the way through.

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    Kaos



    Kaos: Created by Charlie Covell. With Debi Mazar, Aurora Perrineau, Fady Elsayed, Sam Buttery. A modern day contemporary retelling of Greek mythology.

    The Acolyte



    The Acolyte: Created by Leslye Headland. With Amandla Stenberg, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Joonas Suotamo. Star Wars series that takes viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

    “Avatar: The Last Airbender” Review

    Avatar: The Last Airbender: Created by Albert Kim. With Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley, Dallas Liu. A young boy known as the Avatar must master the four elemental powers to save the world, and fight against an enemy bent on stopping him.

    Jamming 20 episodes worth of animated content into 8 episodes of live action television is a daunting task, but one that was successfully achieved with this latest adaptation of the The Last Airbender. The costumes are perfect, the story is tight, and the air bisons fly in a fantastic and believable fashion. The casting for this is so damn spot on that If I didn’t know a couple of the actors from other roles I would easily assume there was heavy prosthetics and CGI used to get them so close to the original animated versions of them. Add to that, the creators of this show were faithful to the animated version’s soundtrack, a brave but justified choice imho.

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    Beacon 23 Season 2



    Beacon 23: Created by Zak Penn. With Lena Headey, Stephan James, Wade Bogert-O’Brien, Natasha Mumba. A man living in the 23rd Century works at a remote “lighthouse” in space that serves as a beacon to help passing ships.

    “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” Review

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith: Created by Donald Glover, Francesca Sloane. With Donald Glover, Maya Erskine, Paul Dano, Parker Posey. Two strangers land jobs with a spy agency that offers them a life of espionage, wealth, and travel. The catch: new identities in an arranged marriage.

    Sharing similar concepts to the two other movies and television series by the same name, this version works best when it’s doing it’s own thing instead of doing what’s been done before. The sound track, action, acting, and character developments are all top notch, but there’s times towards the end of season one that it hews too closely to the Pitt/Jolie version that I love so much, though I did love the ultimate resolution with the nosey neighbor. I am extremely unhappy with the storyline with the cat, imho a death of a family pet shouldn’t be used for dramatic effect and ranks among fridging girlfriends to me. It was the lone distraction in a great series, but I know many people (myself included) don’t like watching violence toward animals, especially ones that depend on the kindness of people to survive.

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    Star Trek: Discovery Season 5



    Star Trek: Discovery: Created by Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman. With Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Emily Coutts. Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

    The Spiderwick Chronicles



    The Spiderwick Chronicles: Created by Aron Eli Coleite. With Christian Slater, Hunter Dillon, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jack Dylan Grazer. Follows the Grace Family, as they move into their ancestral home and unravel a dark mystery about their great-great Uncle who discovered the parallel, secret faerie world to their own.