Dear New TV Season,
Well, you are off to a decent start, with a few shows that I was looking forward to seeing, and one that came outta no where! Here’s a quick run-down…
Gotham: Definitely an interesting premise, telling the story of the city tat spawned Batman and one of the most well-known rogues galleries ever. Front and center is rookie Jim Gordon, who eventually becomes commissioner James Gordon, the pinnacle of good and just police. But as a rookie, he has a looong way to go. IMO, so does the show. I really wanted to like this show. I wanted it to be “oh cool!”, and “Ooo, I can’t wait to see what happens next!” And it still might be! But as of right now, it’s not. I don’t know if its unlikable characters (but great actors! Ben MacKenzie and Donal Logue are cool), too much happening at once, or trying to determine who certain characters turn into later. Some are obvious, but others, you don’t know. That’s kinda distracting. I’m going to give it another week or two. After that…
Forever: I heard a little about this and was interested. This show benefits from good actors and likable characters. It features Ioan Gruffudd as a guy who is immortal. He can die, but he comes back, appearing in a nearby body of water, naked, with no memory of what happened between death and rebirth. His “son” is played by Judd Hirsch, his eventual romantic foil is a NYC cop, played by Alana De La Graza (who I heard was on CSI: Miami, but looks so different, and much better), and Joel David Moore (last seen on Bones). The show is clever, historic, part procedural, part mystery, with a hint of mystical. Ioan really helps center the show. He’s like an immortal Sherlock Holmes, minus the annoying personality ticks. Quite enjoyable.
Scorpions: I barely heard anything about this show. I read an article the day before watching it. As a lark, I thought I’d give it a try. Inspired by the life of super genius Walter O’Brien, who has a 197 IQ, he is part of team of other geniuses, consisting of Sylvester Dodd, a “human calculator”, Happy Quinn, a “mechanical prodigy”, and Toby Curtis, a “world-class shrink” (a more roguish Thomas Jane from the Mentalist). They are joined by Agent Cabe Gallo and Paige Dineen, a former waitress help the geniuses translate the real world. In exchange, they help her deal with her genius son, Ralph. The only familiar face among them is Robert Patrick as Gallo, but he’s cool. He could have been the typical tough ass, but after three episodes, we see that, like the geniuses, he’s trying to find his way as well. People my know Katherine McPhee as Paige. I didn’t, but in this, she’s good. All the folks playing the geniuses are great. It is fast-paced, entertaining, funny, dramatic, and enjoyable. Thus far, it is my favourite new show.
The Flash: I only just watched the first episode, but already it seems like a hit. Grant Gustin as Barry Allen is likable, and with a good supporting cast consisting of Tom Cavanaugh, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker, this show has potential to rival its spin-off cousin, Arrow. Their brief meeting in the pilot was a nice little nod to each other.
Constantine: The only new show I haven’t seen yet, because it starts October 24th, looks good. Hopefully it will live up to the trailer’s hype.
Person of Interest fan
Dear Peter Jackson,
First off, I am a fan of your movies. The first one I enjoyed was The Frighteners! Your masterpiece was, of course, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Three fantastic movies that continued to build up to an incredible, and emotional finale. Your version of King Kong was epic and moving. You have proven time and again why you are such an influential filmmaker.
Yet, like George Lucas before you, you went to the well once too often, as was the case in the Hobbit movies.
If memory served, you originally intended this prequel to the LOTR to be two movies, then you expanded it to three. After seeing the second movie, I’m thinking you should have just left it at two. You shouldn’t have tried to shoe-horn in all the extra stuff, like foreshadowing the LOTR movies, cause we’ve already seen them! You should have just focused on the base book, the Hobbit.
But, like George Lucas, you became bloated with your own hype and prowess, or they just kept throwing obscene amounts of money at you. Either way, the Peter Jackson from the early days of the LOTR wouldn’t have don’t three movies out of one Hobbit book.
Hopefully, after all this is done, you’ll get back to doing something cool, instead of beating a dead horse.
Still going to see The Battle of the Five Armies.
Dear American News Media,
Just this morning, I heard that NBC was reporting a source within the Canadian government that there were potential threats to Canada, including attacks in crowded locations by people wielding knives or guns.
When asked by our own news media, NBC couldn’t name their source, which kinda reminded me of that whole WMDs in Iraq thing, which was bullshit.
Fortunately, the Canadian news media reported NBC’s crap and actually looked into it to get credible information, something sorely lacking in most American news media, especially Fox News. Turns out that normal security in prime areas (government buildings, tourist areas, etc.) have already been beefed up since the Canadian military entered the efforts to stop ISIS in Syria and Iraq. A former CSIS assistant director reviewed the NBC report and said, in short, that it was dodgy, to say the least.
For the majority of the time, American news media utterly ignores Canada. The only times we are mentioned is when there’s a cold front coming down for the Great White North, or Rod Ford and Justin Bieber act like American politicians or celebrities. So, having us mentioned in some terrorist things was quite a shock!
But for future reference, Canadians don’t go in for that paranoia and fear crap that Americans seem to love. Our news media up here tries to get things like “facts” and “evidence” before reporting something. Sensationalism doesn’t fly up here. So if any of the American news media has a genuine story about Canada, great, feel free to share. But keep the other fear-mongering crap to yourselves.
Thanks. Sorry about the harsh tone.