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Deep, Sharp and Vivid --- Bancroft is full of Potential
Bancroft has been on the force for twenty-seven years and is a respected officer of the law. But when her colleague starts digging up cold cases she has no idea that Bancroft has Skeleton's in her closet(literally). What starts out as a slow burning mystery quickly turns into a game of cat and mouse. What stood out was Sarah Parish's performance as Bancroft. The story reminded me a bit of Dexter, of course not on that level but still engaging enough to keep you occupied. The series has potential and if they can add some layers to the characters and add some emotional weight to the story, I can see a bright future for the series. That being said, the pacing is a big concern, I kept with it since I'm a fan of mystery, but I'm not certain everyone will. Bancroft is a grounded story about a cop who's over her head and she's willing to do anything to keep her secret.
Insane, Twisted and Brilliant
Adapted from Grant Morrison's novel. Happy is the tale of Nick Sax an ex-cop who has fallen off the wagon(or cliff), as he's contracted to kill a couple of the mobs men. But when Mike tells Nick about a password he's not suppose to know, Nick finds himself in the cross hairs of some dangerous people. As if that wasn't enough he starts seeing a flying unicorn(you read that right) and naturally he thinks it's a hallucination, but as the story progresses he realizes that Happy is so much more then that. The story is crazy and that is the hook. I loved it, it's definitely not for everyone. The best aspect of the series was the screenplay, it's so refreshing. Gave the story a fast a pace. I loved the voice over from Patton Oswalt. If you are a fan of dark humor, stop what you're doing and watch this. Happy is a cult classic in the making.
A head spinning Twist and witty humor reminds us why we love the series
As Season Premieres go, this might have been the best in the series. With Coulson waking up in space and having dozens of questions, but he has no idea he's not even asking the right ones, I love it when there's a twist in a series(especially if it involves time travel). And the looks on there faces is a reflection of the viewers expressions. Fitz being left behind is another reason for them to panic. Knowing Fitz he'll invent time travel before he let's go of Jemma. His story is also an aspect we could explore, how he could potentially find his way back to his friends and Jemma. What separates this from most science fiction isn't just the story, it's the characters. You care what happens to them and that goes to show you, how far good story telling and character development can go. I might be alone in this, but I like the fact that there bringing back the Framework story line, it was the strongest story in the series. It might be a way for Fitz to communicate with the gang(if they can sync the time periods). This is a grossly underrated series if you ask me. Not gonna pretend that it had a great start but season four was on par with the best TV I've seen in years and by the looks of it, this season will be even better.
Future Man (2017)
Better than Expected
Let me be the first to admit that this is a cliché, corny and even cheesy story and normally that would be enough to turn me off from a TV show. However Future Man has a lot of redeeming qualities, such as the pacing of the show. I didn't notice how time flew by watching this series. Josh Hutcherson works as a janitor in a CDC like facility, where apparently they are close to finding the cure to HIV. Which sounds too good to be true, and it is. As there "cure" leads to the end of the world. Pretty standard science fiction, right? that is, Until they add the video game element into the mix. Which made for some comedic scenes, cheesy but still funny. Hutcherson's performance is fine, but it's Derek Wilson(Wolf) and Eliza Coupe(Tiger) who steal the show. This isn't a high budget series, so keep your expectations at bay and you won't be disappointed.
Kimi no na wa. (2016)
The Evolution of Anime
Your Name is the pinnacle of animation, giving new meaning to the word beautiful. Makoto Shinkai has a knack for creating visually stunning anime's. But "Your Name" is without a doubt his best work. Giving his story layers of depth while adding weight to his characters. What starts out as a simple body switching science fiction, evolves into a romantic tale that would put most movies to shame. Breathtaking visuals that make you forget that your watching an animation. Why Your Name stands out is; the lack of exposition, there's very little narration in this film. Makoto gives his audience the benefit of the doubt, trusting that viewers are smart enough to follow the layers of story while engulfed in the stunning world that he has created. The details in this film are overwhelming, in each viewing you notice something new, which makes this an animation you can re-watch. Accompanied by a lavish soundtrack, that gives this fantastic animation immense emotional weight which makes this an anime you won't soon forget.
The Orville (2017)
A Welcome Surprise
I'm a fan of science fiction and I love to laugh and that's why Galaxy Quest is a movie I hold in high regards to this day. When I saw the trailers for this series, I thought; there making Galaxy Quest into a TV show and MacFarlane is producing it? A recipe for disaster... Or so I thought, much to my bewilderment, this series was actually funny and they didn't gloss over the characters. There's actual development. It was refreshing. The show balances drama and humor in a delicate fashion that makes it hard to believe that this is Seth's work. Don't get me wrong, I'm actually a fan of his humor, but his story telling has always lacked a certain facade. The story is about Captain Ed Mercer who gets assigned to a mid-level Intergalactic ship. Where he is appointed his ex-wife as his Executive officer. At it's core the show thrives on it's entertainment value and that is a trait that shouldn't be overlooked. If they can keep the sense of humor and pacing of the series, I believe we are in for a fun ride and at the end of the day that's all we can ask for. If you haven't already, I would recommend seeing Galaxy Quest before/after you see this, there are uncanny similarities and I for one loved it.
Dark Matter: Nowhere to Go (2017)
Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing
What separates this show from most is it's characters, as good as the story is, the narrative is driven by the characters motivation, and the perfect example of this is shown to us in this episode, as Six is willing to give his life for his beliefs. I was expecting Three and Marcus Boone to switch places, but that would have been predictable and I'm glad that the writers can keep us guessing. I love the other side of Two and hope we get to see more of Portia in the upcoming season, although the show has yet to be renewed, I'm certain that they will give this show it's well deserved fourth season, not doing so would be a crime. I know this show doesn't have a big budget, but the visual effects were astounding, particularly in this episode. Perhaps the best aspect of the show is the foreshadowing of future episodes, as seen on episode four where the Android travels to the future and Five tells her of the events to come, and now there all happening. Which leaves me to wonder, is fate inevitable?
Not Bad, Just doesn't live up to it's legacy
If you were a fan of the original film as I was, you will enjoy the small Easter eggs in the film. As for the animation itself, the story was good, mainly because it felt like it was trying to relate to real life. A little heavy on politics and how important leadership is. The major issue with this film is the pacing, I love humor in any film especially action, however in this case I couldn't even crack a smile. Which put a damper on the pace of the film. If this was directed at a younger audience then it would be excusable, but since this is an R- rated animation, I cannot overlook it. That being said, I did tear up a few times, not because of any emotional scene but because of the nostalgic feeling it gave me, quotes like"you want to live forever?" made me recall the original film. Is it too much to ask for a live action sequel to the original.
Uneven Story Telling is Boosted by Spectacular Visuals
Adapted from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières long-running French sci-fi comics series Valérian And Laureline. Luc Besson creates a stunning visual feast. Besson's attention to detail is immaculate. And that along side the quirky dialog's between Laureline and Valerian are what keep this film afloat. I might be in the minority, but I prefer my films to be lengthy. However in this case, Valerian feels overstuffed trying to add more depth to the story at every turn. This film might have benefited from a shorter run time. The biggest surprise was Laureline(Delevingne), her character is what kept my interest throughout the film and her acting was actually on point. As someone who was skeptical about her casting, I'm glad to be proved wrong. Not saying it's her breakout performance, Just saying she's improving and perhaps she might have a future as an actress. Everyone deserves a second chance.
My Fight is Over
What starts at a gradual pace, quickly escalates into a run for survival. Even if that means leaving someone behind. The show has always been centered on the premise of survival and in the epic season finale we see the lengths they are willing to go to. I'm going to be honest the episode was average, but the ending. I'm going to say perfect. I know, That might be a bit far but to see Clarke at peace in this show, it was like a moment we've been waiting for since the beginning. Even if it was short lived. I relished every second of it. The prison transport was a nice twist. Also who was the night blood next to Clarke? Questions that will be answered in the next season I suppose.
I gotta give credit to these actors they've really flushed out these characters. In particular Eliza Taylor, I might be biased though, Clarke has been my favorite character since the beginning. I don't know if I could say this was my favorite episode because there were a lot of great(not a term I use loosely) episodes this season. Although in my opinion this was the best ending in the series. I look forward to the adventures that await us in the future.