Amazon has a thing for anthology series about love and relationships, and last year’s went nowhere for me. Each segment was a 2 hour movie almost, very rich and vibrant but going nowhere. This year’s show is called Modern Love and I fear it suffers from the same fate. Like a collection of short stories that are more slice-of-life than full stories, the pilot was only 30 minutes long and has some interesting slice-of-life scenes, but hard to say what the real intent of the anthology will be.
In the first episode, the premise is a woman living the single life in New York while living in a rent-controlled building with a doorman. As a recap, the doorman serves as an initial gatekeeper, as well as a judge of her life choices, or at least, of her choices in men. One of the occasional lovers ends up getting her pregnant, and she doesn’t know what to do. » Read the rest
I knew that the Watchmen as a comic book genre was on the weird side, and I saw a version of it a few years ago (oops, it was 2009 apparently). So I thought I had an inkling of what to expect…superheroes, kind of weird ones, outlawed, but kind of doing the vigilante thing. Okay, I can work with that.
Instead, the new series version goes heavy on the alternate history, police officers wearing masks, and race wars. Umm, okay. Considering I’m watching the latest season of Black Lightning during an occupation, it didn’t feel a whole lot different. Particularly when the lead female cop wears an outfit an awful lot like Blackbird’s.
And at the end of the episode, all I could think was, “What the hell is going on?”. Okay, I sort of get it. A race war in Tulsa in the 20s ignited a huge schism. Nixon is considered awesome. » Read the rest
Disney+ has its new Star Wars TV series called The Mandalorian taking place five years after Return of the Jedi. The Mandalorian, a renowned bounty hunter in the style of Boba and Jenga Fett, is working far away from the Galactic Core, and getting by collecting low-value bounties. It was a no-brainer to predict renewal.
I don’t normally give a full recap of the episode, but it is relatively necessary here to explain the plot. A new client offers a large sum to retrieve a 50-year-old package, and other than coordinates, they provide little else in the way of details. Upon arrival, the bounty hunter receives help from a local who wants the group of mercenaries who protect the package removed from the area. The mercenaries are many, he is just one, but the odds are evened out by another bounty hunter who shows up first — a droid with super fast gun reflexes. » Read the rest
I have a pretty high tolerance for suspending disbelief in various superhero shows. I don’t expect high quality writing, acting, etc. Sometimes I get that there isn’t even a plot other than villain of the week. Okay, they’re not all home runs. When I read about the new Netflix show called Raising Dion, about a mother with a son who develops powers, I thought it was worth a shot. Man, was I wrong.
Short version is that a family of three has a father who is a storm chaser, and who died chasing one. The details aren’t entirely clear about what happened, other than he drowned. He left behind a kid and mother/wife. The kid still hopes Dad will come back, Mom knows he’s gone, even if they never found the body. The son is trying to learn magic, and starts displaying telekinetic powers. But after he does some basic stuff, cyclones seem to come with it. » Read the rest
Author John Green provided the source material for Hulu’s Looking for Alaska, a story about a kid going to boarding school, falling in love and dealing with loss. It’s not clear who will be “lost”, but since it looks more like a mini-series than a series, I didn’t predict renewal or cancellation. It likely will be the narrator who is lost, so mini-series makes sense.
Charlie Plummer plays the main character, Miles aka Pudge, and generally speaking, he’s a wallflower to whom nothing ever happens. His father went to a boarding academy (which seems way more like a summer camp), and he wants to go too to experience SOMETHING (not for nothing, he had no friends at his regular school anyway). Plummer is okay, but the character is mostly a blank slate. I haven’t seeen Plummer before, but wide-eyed innocence is fine. In fact, the whole show feels a lot like Almost Famous, same outsider-looking-in vibe. » Read the rest