The Expanse, Season 2

The Expanse, in the first season, was the most science fiction show I’ve seen in a long time. It had everything I wanted out of a sci-fi show. Space, a new way people live, different factions, new and interesting technologies, and something mysterious. But I felt season 1 meandered a bit. I know why, now. It’s the weird reason (perhaps budget) that they do not adapt one book per season. Season one was only part of book one, meaning it did had no overall resolution to anything.

Season 2 finishes up book one, but it still has a similar problem. It starts but does not finish book 2. That leaves the end of the season feeling like how the first one ended. In a sort of why is anything happening sort of phase.

But as a whole, I liked season 2 much more. I think it’s because I get the world, er, solar system now. I get who’s who and how they relate to everyone else. In season 1, I was sort of trying to keep up the entire time, but now I know the characters and get their motivations.

The first few episodes of season 2 were also fantastic. That’s because they are the final parts of book 1, and thus the more exciting parts. Then it ramps down a bit as book 2 starts, but I’m really enjoying it, too.

Bobbie Draper, a new character, is pretty fun to see. She starts out pretty tough and belligerent, but I’m liking her later characterization more. It’s fun but people still know not to mess with her. She is a Martian Marine, after all.

The crew of the Rocinante has an actual purpose now rather than just drifting around trying to survive. A goal gives them some they really needed, a point to being shown. I’ll get into them more in the spoiler section. I will say that Amos was great in the first season, and he’s great here. There’s just something about the way he’s played that makes him the most intimidating guy in the room at all times. And Alex has turned into the fun guy of the group. It makes his scenes great to watch.

As for The Expanse, it has some of the most gorgeous scenes in any TV show I’ve seen. Every time I see the full opening, I get the feels. And there are several wonderfully sci-fi scenes in this season. I’ll also get into that more in the spoiler section, too.

But once again, The Expanse is a wonderful sci-fi show that can’t be matched if you want a fully-realized and complicated world. Earth, Mars, and The Belt each have things they want from each other, and some people will do anything to get it. And with the revelation from the end of the first season, things are about to get much more complicated.

Alrighty, time for spoiler thoughts.

The crew of the Rocinante, Jim, Alex, Amos, and Naomi, now has the goal of getting rid of the protomolecule from the solar system. It does get a bit single-minded to a frustrating degree, especially with Jim. The others are just going along because he’s the captain, and he’s really going to far. The new (probably temporary) addition of Prax is a good one to mix up the crew a bit.

And finally in season 2, I understand what Chrisjen is doing. I really had little ideas during season 1.

This season really brings up some wonderfully amazing shots from Eros, to the final episode of the season. The final episode, in particular, has 2. I’ll admit I did not expect that to happen to the research ship, and it looked amazing. There are lots more during the course of the season, to. They aren’t as grand, but they’re low-key amazing.

The Expanse is a science fiction show that’s well worth a watch. Go get to it.

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Legends of Tomorrow

Legends of Tomorrow, season one was a bit frustrating, but it had great characters. It did an ensemble cast fantastically well. Season two is better in every way. It stops trying to be so serious and just becomes fun. They still worry about causing aberrations but pretty much accept that its going to happen. I mean, they’re the legends, nothing ever goes perfectly well for them.

The hawks are gone this season, but we get Citizen Steel and Vixen’s grandmother! Also coden named Vixen. As for the bad guys, this time they work well instead of being frustrating. This time, they are believable when the Legends can’t defeat them. Because the villain is a speedster, Eobard Thawne. And he also recruits other people that are important to history so the Legends can’t just go all out trying to stop them.

I think the writers really learned about what worked and what didn’t work. This show just has so much earnest cheese and heart and cheesy heart. The team still bumps heads, but now they mostly completely trust each other. Newcomers Nate (Citizen Steel) and Amaya (Vixen) work really well with the team, too. Nate has a lot of great scenes with Ray and some with the rest of the team. He probably interacts the most with Ray and Amaya.

Amaya provides a different viewpoint in the beginning as she is a professional soldier and the Legends, well, they’re screwups. Over the season, she becomes more friendly and less uptight about everything.

The rest of the team is great and charming as always. At first, I was kind of thought Jax wasn’t interacting enough with the rest of the team, but the later half of the season changed that. Stein has some potentially cool plot moving forwards. Mick is still great, and it was great to see how he is without Snart around. Ray is just charming and fun as always. And Sara is doing really well this season. I like the direction they took her. Rip just rolls with things now. He knows his team and how they do.

This season is much more enjoyable than the first. It just fully embraces the ridiculousness that is the Legends of Tomorrow. I’m not going to include any spoiler thoughts. Just experience it for yourself. I can’t wait for season 3.

Sleepy Hollow, Season Finale

I must say, this is my second favorite season of Sleepy Hollow after the first one. This show has gone though some kind of tone shift since starting out. Season 1 was dark, mysterious, monstrous. There was a great sense of dread. It still had fun, though. I mean, headless horseman wielding modern weaponry? Fun. It had a gloomy tone with some dark stuff happening.

Oh there will be spoilers to earlier seasons. I thought the show is fun enough to be worth watching through, especially the first season. Not as much the third one, though.

Season 2 turned it a bit more towards the drama direction. In season 3, they sort of had nowhere to go after finishing up the plot points of the first 2 seasons. Season 3 became formulaic for the most part.

Now season 4. The show got a lot of fresh new faces. After what happened at the end of season 3, they had to. While Abbey Mills is dead, I’m glad the show doesn’t ignore it. Both Crane and Jenny talk about Abbey a lot. And I like how Jenny is now Crane’s most trusted ally.

Season 4 moves the show in a sort of new direction. It kinda feels like a CW show where Crane gets a new team and a workspace to help him face the monster of the week. I know he sort of already had that in the previous seasons, but this season changes up the character interaction, too, making people more glib and fun. I enjoyed it. I know its different from season 1, but I liked the new atmosphere.

And I also liked how much better paced this season is. I think it had to do with less episodes, but each one felt important and characters progress each time. And the horseman are a much bigger part of the season now. Hooray!

It really does feel like a sort of mini-reboot on the show that makes it fresher and more fun. Crane and Jenny are still around. Crane gets a new government agent parter, Diana. He also finds an understaffed paranormal department that’s mainly around due to some old tradition or something. No one takes that deparment seriously except for Crane. And of course he finds the person that will be the next witness.

I liked all the new characters. The two people from the paranormal department have such a CW vibe. They appear to be mainly book worms but they can find the strength to do great things and help out a lot.

Agent Diana worked as Crane’s partner. She holds her own despite being thrown into a new and crazy world. I liked Abbey better as Crane’s partner since the two of them seemed to be equal as they are both witnesses. Still, I have no problem with Diana. She’s tough and will do what needs to be done.

I liked the new bad guy of the season, too, Malcom Dreyfus. He’s human, so his motivations are a lot less nebulous. It makes him more compelling rather than some supernatural force. And he gets a pretty cool story reason for doing what he’s doing.

Yeah, I liked this season a lot. It’s a different show than season 1, but it’s a fun watch.

Power Rangers 2017 Film

I was really excited when I heard they were making another Power Rangers film. It actually got me back into watching the show again after a while of not watching it. I was at the age when watching the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers was awesome. Yes, I started watching it from the beginning.

I watched Mighty Morphing, Zeo, Turbo, In Space, Lost Galaxy and whatever I’m missing in between Mighty Morhing and Lost Galaxy. I stopped after that, though, on Lightspeed Rescue. Thanks to the announcement of the movie, I started up again with Dino Charge.

And now I have finally seen the movie. And I felt it was a great Power Rangers film. This is a reboot of the Mighty Morphing series, so it’s about Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy, and Trini. And of course Zordon, Alpha-5, and Rita. The new cast is great. The rangers play off each other and are each fun to watch them grow and progress. The feel of the story is more modern and a bit darker, but it still has that Power Rangers goofiness and fun throughout.

I enjoyed how they staggered the introduction of the characters. It gave us more time to get to know them rather than just throwing all 5 rangers at once. You start out getting to know Jason, Kimberly, and Billy. After you got that, then they showed more about Trini and Zack. Everyone gets a good amount to do in the movie. No one really gets left out. Maybe just a bit, but not much.

As a group, the rangers are lot of fun to watch. As individuals, they also work well. Billy really stands out from the group as sort of the heart. But all of them are well-developed and go through a lot of change over the course of the movie. My favorite ranger in the original show was Trini, so I was looking forwards to seeing the Trini in this one. She’s fun to watch, I have to say.

The movies interpretations of Zordon, Alpha-5, and Rita are great, too. Zordon is less supreme good and more of a guy just trying to fight Rita. I like his face sliding across the wall in that intimidating way when speaking to the rangers. And Alpha-5, that robot assistant got awesome.

The new Rita fits in great with the new tone of the movies. She’s serious, threatening, creepy, and still has a great screeching voice. And yet, she’s also funny at times the way people not accustumed to Earth are. It still never brings down her threat level, though.

The music could have been better, though. They use a few hip hop songs and pop songs, but come on, Power Rangers should be all about rock and metal. Have more of that in the movie!

So, this is a Power Rangers film for the modern times. And I really enjoyed it. The film was solid overall, a bit cliche at times, but I was entertained. The big action pieces were great. I feel like they could have had one more fighting scene, but the ranger suits worked well in motion. I wasn’t certain about them when seeing posters, but I liked them fine in the movie. The zords looked awesome, too.

Now on to some spoiler thoughts. Spoilers beyond this point. Ay-yi-yi.

That opening scene. It was so good. It gave more than enough insight into Zordon to show why he was the way he was throughout the film. And I’m glad that even Zordon got some development over the course of the movie instead of just staying as a supreme good guy.

I liked how much the teenagers had to struggle to morph. It really makes the Power Rangers seem like a big deal that they had to work on it to get. And it made the actual morphing scene more powerful. Hoping they’ll morph more easily continuing on, though.

And I really liked the montage scene. It was enough to show the teens budding friendship, especially between Kimberly and Trini. I believed they would hang out later. And I like the scene where they’re fighting over a piece of food. It felt like those old martial arts movies where they train even during meal time.

The zords, man, the action scene with the zords was done so well. I liked seeing each of the invidual zords get to show off before we finally get the mega-zord.

There’s only one thing I wanted from this film, and that was more Morphing Time. I want a sequel so much, so green, super green. Now that the team can morph, I’m hoping that there’s much more ranger action.

Krispy Kreme.

Timeless

Oh, um, hey there. for those that watched the show, the season of Timeless finished a while ago. I did watch it as it happened, not after the fact, but it sort of just slipped my mind to make a review about it. I suppose that reveals how excited I am about the show. Conceptually, it’s fun. The characters are alright. Each of the main characters has their own story over the course of the season. The side characters have a lot going on, too, even if they aren’t in most of the episode. And they do a lot of time travel jokes.

So what is Timeless? A man named Flynn steals a time machine and starts causing trouble in history. There is an older time machine left behind, though it only seats three. Our main characters must chase Flynn through history stopping whatever he has planned. The three people that go are Lucy, a historian; Wyatt, the soldier and fighter; and Rufus, the guy that knows how to pilot the thing.

They don’t fully save history every time, only make it as approximate as they can. And they have some usual dilemmas such as should they change things to make the world better, especially in their personal lives.

And as with most time travel shows, they have strange logic (such as being aware that Flynn has gone back in time yet still have enough time to go back themselves instead of whatever changes just instantly happening) and for some reason have to rush things. It’s like time travel makes standard dramatic tools difficult to use.

Anyway, the show is alright. There’s a lot of historical jokes and I did find it rather interesting. It’s just not a high priority for me. I don’t have much more to say than that without going into spoiler stuff.

Oh, the side characters have low screentime because they can’t fit in the time machine. That means they’re only supporting the main characters in the beginning and then at the end of each episode. As the season went on, they did get more to do, though, which is good.

Legion

Wow, where do I begin with Legion. This show is so entertaining in its unique way. The style of the show is really far out there. Yet it’s not ever confusing or tough to understand. There are parts that are under-developed, but it’s really entertaining and different. I mean, there are several scenes in the show that are intense and awesome, at least one per episode, even.

I think one thing the show could do better was set up the terms mutants more. As is, they really expect you to just know it from the X-men. They use the term without really explaining and don’t give much backstory to what’s going on in the world.

The show follows David, played by Dan Stevens. David is a powerful mutant that must learn to control his powers, otherwise he will continue to wreck everything in his life. To do that, a group of mutants take him to their facility. Then things get wild as the group delves more and more into David’s past and mind.

And I want to say that Dan Stevens has a great evil smile.

Other people at the facility include Ptonomy, the guy that reads memories. Syd, David’s girlfriend and body swapper. Carey, the guy that runs the machines Melanie, the leader of the facility, and a few others. They all do a great job, Carey especially.

There were several times over the season that I got chills. The way Legion is shot is just so impactful. It goes with great visuals, camerawork and even sound. The music in Legion is something that I think about, and that usually doesn’t happen for me on TV shows. The show really knows how to set up mood and atmosphere and it does it all through the season.

There’s just a lot to the season that I don’t want to spoil. It’s a great show that’s not traditonally comic-booky, even if it is based on a comic book. It’s much more than that.

I will have some spoiler thoughts here, though, mostly on characters. But I highly recommend this show.

Ptonomy, the memory reader mutant, he starts out important, but he gets less so over the course of the season. I was a bit surprised how much he only seems to be there at the end and how he didn’t really have any plot lines to himself. He’s used for plot, and that’s about it. I hope he’ll have more on season 2, since he does have a bit of a different viewpoint than the other characters.

Carey, on the other hand, started out the season as just a weird guy. And Kerry was barely in the first few episodes. Yet both of them grew to be among my top characters at the end of the season. They just work so well together but don’t fall into the trap of having them only interact with each other. Both Carey and Kerry get a lot of scenes with other people, which helps flesh both of them out more.

And Aubrey Plaza played a really great role. Apparently, it was written for a middle-aged man, and she talks like it. But it also works. She just has the look down.