Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a show I liked to classify as a low-fantasy (I snuck it onto the fantasy side of a chart I did some time ago). It existed outside of many of the issues surrounding policing, give or take the occasional episode. Notably, though, the villains in Nine-Nine were often corrupt police officers, sometimes… Continue reading Nine-Nine Out
I knew that What If…? was gonna be a show of twists on stories that we knew, different takes on characters and events in the Marvel universe. What if T’challa became Star-Lord? What if Ultron had gotten his new body? What if there were zombies? It’s been a merry delight. They’re variations on a theme,… Continue reading What if… It was all about stories?
I’m wary of live-action adaptions of animated stuff. Sometimes, it ends up pretty well, like Speed Racer (which is a kinetic flurry of fun that, even though it is live-action, does feel in many ways as if it is still a cartoon). Sometimes you get the disaster that was The Last Airbender. It’s a tricky… Continue reading Bebop, Live!
When the synopsis for this week’s episode of Ted Lasso was released, I jumped to some wild ideas. Ted Lasso is a show about an American Football coach assigned to coach an Association Football (aka the better football) team. His hopefulness in the face of adversity is contagious, and it’s a really nice and optimistic… Continue reading Coach Beard and Ulysses
Marvel’s been doing great with their TV shows, which continues to be a wild sentence to write even after we’ve had three complete seasons of shows. WandaVision was an absolute delight that had a lot of fun with its television format, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was solid fun, even if it didn’t lean… Continue reading Cut The Exposition
Between The Mandalorian and Marvel’s offerings of WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki, it feels like there’s been a steady shift of those Big Movie Franchises shifting to tv over the past year-and-a-half, ever since that one Star Wars movie that I don’t talk about came out. It’s a little surreal to… Continue reading Of Batches Bad
It’s remarkable the effect an ending can have on a story. A really good ending leaves you feeling fulfilled. Consider Casablanca, where Rick’s last-minute change of heart is the culmination of his character throughout the film as his cynicism fades. Or Inception, where the uncertain top drives home the question of reality that has permeated… Continue reading Endings Are Hard
On the recommendation of a few friends (and in want of something to have on on the background while playing Civilization VI) I checked out Bridgerton some time ago. I went into it someone with very little familiarity with Regency-era England outside of general pop culture osmosis and the card game Marrying Mr. Darcy, so… Continue reading A More Diverse Past
Last week, I talked about Wandavision needing to stick the landing. And let me tell you, it did. But that’s not what this blog post is about. Let’s go back to setting things up. Obviously, spoilers for Wandavision abound below. And also spoilers for The Mandalorian. Just go with me on this one. Anyway. The… Continue reading Would You Rather
WandaVision is an odd show. Teased as a 50s-style sitcom featuring Wanda and Vision from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was certainly not the sort of thing you’d expect from Marvel Studios’ foray into Disney+ shows, especially when compared to the more conventional shows announced around the same time like The Falcon and the Winter… Continue reading Sticking The Landing