Major effort went into first episodes this season, but now the coasting has begun. From comedies to dramas, from Hollywood to Pinewood, most every show runner in the English-speaking world put their best feet forward, then fell flat on their faces… except Seth MacFarlane of The Orville. He didn’t get to best effort until episode four, but like everyone else, he then fumbled, stumbled and fell. Continue reading “Who Dropped the Waffle?”
By now, most people know the premise behind this show that just won’t die. A hapless ne’er-do-well is three million years from Earth in deep space with no one for company except a hologram of his dead bunkmate, a creature descended from the ship’s cat and a neurotic droid. Continue reading “Red Dwarf:
Boys Codgers from the Dwarf”
An aspiring doctor starts as a hospital porter (orderly in North American parlance) determined to work his way up to the lofty heights of doctor-hood.
This is a pretty slim premise and I admit, I didn’t tune in because of it. No, I wanted to see how Rutger Hauer fit into a British TV series. Continue reading “Porters: Life in the Hospital Underbelly”
Yesterday I railed on about getting away from superheroes and here I am today reviewing another superhero series. Right up front, I gotta say The Gifted is head and shoulders above Inhumans. The Gifted is about underdog outsiders whereas Inhumans (if you didn’t read yesterday’s review) follows the exploits of outsiders who set up an oppressive regime and then fight over it. Continue reading “The Gifted: Maybe Superheroes Aren’t so Bad”
Inhumans is shaping up to be a struggle between two royal brothers, neither of whom deserves a kingdom. One condemns the powerless to slavery in the mines while the other covets the throne. It’s impossible to pick a side. Continue reading “Inhumans: Will We Ever Run Out of Superheroes?”
Normally I steer well clear of anything that might spoil a show for the reader, but for this review, I’ve broken that rule. If you haven’t seen The Proposal Proposal, you may want to do so before reading this. Continue reading “The Big Bang Theory: The Penny Has Dropped”
This series is a real melting pot, a British production of an American Wild West story set in Canada. And they actually admit it’s Canada, something only Canadian shows (and sometimes not even those) admit to. Still, from a Canadian perspective, it’s nice to see someone outside our borders admit we exist, even if we are painted as money-grubbing beer monkeys in need of British heroes to save our collective asses from big Yankee oil. Continue reading “Tin Star: a Constellation of Conflict”
I wasn’t sure this was going to work, this whole go-back-into-Sheldon’s-childhood thing, but after watching the first episode, I’m now convinced this show has potential.
Of course, the scene I wanted to see right up front was the one where young Sheldon is chased up a tree by a chicken. But I guess we’ll have to wait for that little treat until later in the series. Perhaps that scene got stuck in CGI hell. Ever try to render realistic 3D chicken feathers or an angry bird on the attack? Continue reading “Shades of Sheldon Past”
Last year, this show struck me as a bit of a sleeper and I was surprised to find out it was renewed. But, the premise appeals to me, so I watched it anyway. It’s a comedy about the afterlife, heaven… sort of, and it’s that ‘sort of’ that kept me watching. Continue reading “The Good Place”
Right off the bat, I have to say that the first 23 minutes could have been cut and no one would have noticed. Continue reading “What the Orville??”