“But aside from his startlingly personal motivation, what makes Kilgrave feel like such a standout character in Marvel’s villainous roster is how much a product of our current climate he feels like. For all intents and purposes, Kilgrave is an abusive-ex-turned-serial harasser. In an age where the vile harassment of women online and offline is becoming a steadfast part of the news cycle, Kilgrave is essentially a superpowered man reacting like an emotionally-stunted child for being spurned by a woman he idolizes.” io9 thinks, and I agree, that Jessica Jones has given us the best live action villain in the Marvel universe. Vulture is also on the same page.
“How many times have you seen a series perform strongly out of the gate, only to falter when it returned for another go-round? But it’s the second season that often defines the character of a series. It’s a test of inventiveness as well as of stamina, and very often when you look back on a long-running show that’s mostly great, mostly terrible, or maddeningly inconsistent, you realize that season two is where the show’s true potential (or lack thereof) started to come into focus.” Matt Zoller Seitz on the “renewed energy of a good second season” and calls out several current shows with successful second seasons, like Fargo and The Leftovers, and then reminds us of what a failure True Detective season two turned out to be. Who would have thought that Fargo would be the one that turned out to be consistently, surprisingly good?Speaking of True Detective, look who ended up on Variety’s list of the biggest turkeys of 2015.
“In and of itself, this wouldn't be worth noting if the storytelling weren't there to back it up, but Agent Carter, Supergirl, and Jessica Jones offer three wildly different takes on how to make a feminist superhero series, while Daredevil considers what it would mean to live in the world with a disability but still have powers far beyond those of other people. TV still lags in terms of superheroes who are people of color, but Netflix's upcoming Luke Cage and Iron Fist series will change that in 2016. In all of these series, the diversity of the characters onscreen enhances the storytelling. As it should be.” Todd Van Der Werff lists five reasons why TV tells better superhero stories than film, and I completely agree. I seriously doubt I would watch a movie about The Flash.
“JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS I THINK THAT MAYBE YOUR CASTING IS SORT OF GENIUS BECAUSE HENRY DEFINITELY THOUGHT OF HIMSELF AS AN IRRESISTIBLE BABE AND YOUR WOODEN GRIMACING REALLY CAPTURES HIS AWFULNESS, IT’S SORT OF LIKE WHEN NO ONE TOLD CHARLTON HESTON ABOUT ALL THE GAY STUFF IN BEN-HUR AND IT CAPTURED THIS TABULA RASA PERFECTION THAT CAN ONLY BE PRODUCED BY THE UNAWARE” Mallory Ortberg at The Toast kept a list of all the things she yelled at her TV while re-watching The Tudors, and as someone who was obsessed with this era as a kid, I nod my head in agreement.
“The Walking Dead is a show that deserves to lose at least half its audience.We say this not because we want to punish the show but because we strongly believe it needs to be shocked out of its complacency, which has become all too evident this season as we spent EIGHT+ HOURS of story time depicting a 36-hour span of time in which absolutely nothing new or interesting occurred, nor were any new themes developed. Eight episodes rehashing the exact same beats, themes and motivations the show has always traded in. Eight episodes watching Rick’s terrible plan collapse while everyone tells him what a great leader he is.” I think this bit of Tom and Lorenzo’s review of The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale says it all. The show is in a serious rut. Vox has a list of the five ways the show is held back by its own past.
Reboots!: Kevin Bacon will star, and executive produce a reboot of Tremors for TV. I am a little ashamed to admit that I will probably watch this. Netflix has decided to bring back Lost In Space, now that it’s been long enough that everyone has forgotten the 1998 movie. However, Neil Marshall (The Descent, Hannibal, Game Of Thrones) might direct, which is enough to make me very curious about the direction they are taking. Are you interested in a Rambo TV series? How about one that includes Rambo’s long-lost son? Yeah, that’s still probably a no from me. It’s not quite a reboot, because it picks up where Hey Arnold left off, but the news that Nickelodeon is making a TV movie is still good news for fans.
Scheduling:Legends of Tomorrow will be paired with The 100 on Thursdays on The CW, and The Originals and The Vampire Diaries will be moving to Fridays. ABC Family, sorry Freeform, has scheduled The Fosters for a 1/25 return, and Pretty Little Liars for 1/12.
What To Watch
So, what did you catch up on over the break? Did you binge watch Jessica Jones like i did? Or did you watch three episodes of Man In The High Castle and then switch over to something else? I got several people hooked on Master Of None, which actually isn’t that hard because it’s an excellent show and it sells itself.
I spent an entire day last week reading the first book in the Expanse series, which is timely because Syfy has released the first episode ahead of the premiere. I...don’t like it? This is probably a book reader problem. If you need a show that fills the hole Battlestar Galactica left when it ended, this is a good candidate.
Tonight and tomorrow are this season's The Flash and Arrow crossover episodes. Team Arrow arrives in Central City tonight, and then the action moves back to Star City on tomorrow’s episode. And speaking of tomorrow, expect tons of build up for the new Legends Of Tomorrow show.
I am always telling people to watch the Graham Norton Show, because unlike a lot of other celebrity interview shows it's long enough that the guests run out of publicist approved soundbites and weird stuff happens. Like Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp beating up a six foot tall teddy bear.
I know trying to sell a show to you that’s basically the TV version of Debbie Downer (but not funny) isn’t easy, but maybe all the good reviews for the second season of The Leftovers will change your mind? At the very least it’s going to get some acting nominations, so if you watch you can lord over everyone at your Golden Globes party.
Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie, so clearly I am not the best person to give recommendations to keep you in the holiday spirit, but perhaps this advent calendar from Netflix will help.
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