TV Series Review – Orange is the New Black Season 4

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Following the completion of season three, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Orange is the New Black going forward. As I said in my review last year, the season didn’t have a crystal clear focus. The cast continued to be stellar and the characters compelled me as they were further fleshed out, but a lot of the season felt like the series was getting a little too comfortable with itself. Many ill winds were blowing for Litchfield that season however, promising a lot while only going as far as laying a foundation. Season four built upon this foundation a phenomenally structured season, making good on the foreshadowing of season three, and giving us their darkest season yet.Read More »

TV Series Review – Daredevil Season Two

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Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Daredevil season two continues the story of Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer who fights crime as the hero Daredevil in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. This season sees him crossing paths with Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), a lethal vigilante that goes by the name The Punisher, as well as the return of Matt’s former lover Elektra Natchios (Élodie Yung), who was only briefly mentioned in season one.

I’ve heard criticism for the first season in the year since it came out, discussing how it dragged on a little too much and certain characters didn’t quite hit the mark, among other things. While I feel more positively about it than those critics, its weaknesses became more apparent to me as I watched season two. Not without its own problems, the second season of Daredevil presents a great story that builds upon what was established in season one, taking the show to greater heights.Read More »

The Overpowered Problem

Contains Minor Spoilers For One-Punch Man

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Growing up, I never had a strong affinity for Superman. I hadn’t read any of the comic books, and only had a passing experience with the cartoon, but my father’s dismissal of the character for being “too powerful” and therefore “boring” turned my interest away from him for a long time. Having become much better versed in Superman stories, however, I have turned this around.Read More »

TV Series Review – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two

Review contains some spoilers.

B.J. BRITT, CHLOE BENNETT, IAIN DE CAESTECKER, MING-NA WEN, CLARK GREGG, NICK BLOOD, HENRY SIMMONS, ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE, BRETT DALTON

Continuing in the heavy aftermath of season one, the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. follows Agent Phil Coulson and his team as they try to rebuild their fallen organization and combat the forces of HYDRA. This season introduces a bigger cast of characters on the main team, making up for the loss of forces in season one. The story also delves deeper into what is going on in the background of the MCU, developing plotlines planted previously and providing more information, which we are privy to thanks to Coulson’s new position as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.Read More »

TV Series Review – Jessica Jones Season One

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Jessica Jones is a Netflix original series created by Melissa Rosenberg, and is the latest series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The show is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Kristen Ritter. The series also notably stars David Tennant as the lead antagonist Kilgrave, as well as Mike Colter as Luke Cage. The story follows Jessica Jones, a woman with superhuman strength, who works as a private investigator after a brief superhero career.Read More »

Wrapping up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One

This post contains some spoilers.

Months ago I posted an entry discussing my feelings after watching the first five episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It has been a while since then, but I have just recently finished watching the first season through, and I’m happy that things went as expected. In my previous post I noted that my lukewarm feelings about the show were a common reaction, but that the series improves as it progresses. For the most part I agree.Read More »

TV Series Review: Rick and Morty Season One

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Rick and Morty is a science fiction comedy cartoon series geared toward adults and produced by Adult Swim. Rick is a genius, alcoholic scientist who has moved back in with his daughter’s family, often recruiting his dopey, kind-hearted, and easily distressed grandson Morty to accompany him on his misadventures.

The origin of the series starts from a Back to the Future parody cartoon done by one of the creators Justin Roiland for film festival Channel 101. Rick and Morty are based on the two characters from this show, but from what I have seen the ties to being a Back to the Future parody are largely shaken, with the series instead taking on ideas from across much of popular science fiction. Their adventures take them across time and space — and even other universes — via Rick’s portal gun, juxtaposed with Morty’s dysfunctional family life.Read More »

TV Series Review – Orange is the New Black Season Three

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This past week I finished watching season three of the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, starring a cast that is at this point too widely relevant to write them all out. While typically I don’t want to review content without having done so from the beginning, I’ve written about the series previously, and I thought I’d make an exception this time with the latest season still fresh in my mind.Read More »

First Impressions: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One

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Although I’m a big fan of the Marvel films and the new Daredevil series, I’m only just getting started watching the ABC television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which began in September 2013. The series specifically takes place after the first Avengers film, following recurring Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) character Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his new hand-picked team of agents. They respond to/investigate superhumans and related anomalous objects on the behalf of the titular peacekeeping spy agency. While I have only watched five episodes so far, I have some first impressions on the series I thought I’d share, especially since the closing of the fifth episode marks a bit of a turning point for me.Read More »

TV Series Review – Daredevil Season One

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This past week I finished watching through season one of Daredevil, the Netflix series produced by Marvel Television. The series expands upon the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), following Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), an attorney in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Blinded as a child, Murdock developed extrasensory abilities that allow him to perform extraordinary feats despite his lack of sight. Fed up with how corrupt and dangerous his city can be, he became a masked vigilante to fight for justice when the system isn’t enough.Read More »