Timeless

The fans of this show, wow. To tell what I know of it, this show was canceled in the first season. But due to fan response, the network renewed it for a second season. Then it was canceled in the second season. Again, due to fan response, the show got a two episode wrap-up to complete the story. Those are some dedicated fans.

What is Timeless? A show about time travelers trying to stop evil time travelers from messing with history. The show is fun at times, but nothing fantastic. I liked the characters, though in the second season, they got a lot of romance drama in there. Still, I liked the second season for them incoporating the other characters into the time traveling more. It spiced things up to rotate the cast a bit, and I think they could have done some of that in the first season.

Now on to the final wrap-up. The last two episodes don’t feel different from any other episode, at least in terms of tone. There are still dramatic character moments and problems to be solved in history. The cast that remains in the present gets more to do, though, and are pretty important, which I liked.

Is it good or bad that the episodes don’t feel different? I was looking forwards to a fun, all-out two-parter, but more of normal Timeless is fun, too. Things do feel rushed, though, which I think is due to them compressing most of the plot of the third season into two episodes. They did their best to give weight to certain things, but the plot had to move along.

At least this time, there’s no massive cliffhanger. Timeless’s time has come to an end, so they must complete the story. It could have been grander, but all of the character arcs have come to a close. We got some great callbacks. It is a fine ending to the series. I had fun jumping around time with Timeless.

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Midnight Texas

The first season of the show was fun enough. It had a cool setting with characters that slowly grew on me over the course of the season. So I was looking forwards to season 2. They sure kicked things up a few notches. It seems to be more violent, more emotional and hotter. There is a lot of safe-for-TV love making going on in season 2.

I like the characters in season 2. The new characters of Kai and Patience start out interesting. Kai is some kind of healer with actual powers and Patience is his lovely wife. And Kai is also up to something with a creepy head hidden away. Both of them are fun when they’re onscreen in different ways.

Still, there’s more going on than that. Each person around town has a new set of problems to solve. Fiji has a curse on her entire bloodline that keeps her from being with Bobo. Lem and Olivia are going through their life as a newly-married couple. And, unfortunately, Manfred is dealing with breaking up from Creek.

The various plots help flesh out the characters, some of them aren’t tied into the main plot. The season is fun. There’s much more going on while with a mysterious main plot happening in the background. Overall, the season seems to be more. More action, more magic, and lots more relationship drama. If you don’t want relationship drama, this might drag on.

When it comes to magic and monsters, this is still a fun show. There’s nothing that makes it stand out too much, though.

Mars

Whoa, a second season! I really liked the first season. This is a science fiction show about the first people on Mars. On the first season, the crew have found bacterial life and are now staying there. Season two opens up several years later where they have an entire town full of scientists and other support staff.

Season 2 is now about what happens when non-scientists want to go to Mars to exploit its resources. The format is similar to the first one where part of the episode is interviews with modern day people, and they relate what’s going on today to what the people on Mars is facing.

Now, there is conflict when not everyone has the same goals. This season feels more action-heavy compared to the last one, though still in a thougtful way. The miners, while they can be seen as antagonists, are really only people with different goals. They come into conflict with the scientists occasionally, but the two bases are still cordial with each other mostly.

It’s interesting seeing how the two get along. While the show represents the miners and the company behind them as not being in the right, they’re still likeable people mostly. The antagonist is mainly the CEO of the company behind the miners. He’s the one pushing them to go too hard and fast before they can properly get set up.

I still really enjoy the show because I hope to see people on Mars someday. The show presents a possbility of that happening, and it’s pretty cool. The sets look nice, and the outside shots are pretty great, too. The show gets my imagination flowing for a multi-planetary future while still relating issues back to things we’re facing today.

Maybe a season 3? Hmm?

Some spoiler thoughts.

One thing I think should be changed is having the engineer move to the miner’s town earlier. As it was in the season, he wasn’t there long enough to make the move feel like it had much of an impact at all.

Doctor Who

So this is the first time I’m watching Doctor Who. I have only the basic idea that the Doctor regenerates into a different person every so often. Then they go around in strange adventures with some regular people. It’s a science fiction show, but a lot of the stuff that happens just feels like magic. It’s a space fantasy.

Overall, this show feels half-baked. There are good ideas at the start, but the resolution is usually lacking. The only episode I felt that was good from start to finish was the one with Yaz’s grandmother. Things that were introduced earlier had meaning and there were twists that made sense. In the other episodes, things just sort of happen until they resolve.

It’s a shame the plots are so uneven. The cast is pretty good when they get a chance to shine. That, unfortunately, isn’t often, unless you are the Doctor. Now, I like the Doctor. She has some kind of joyful wonder. I like how she acts around all these situations. However, it’s tough to see her as clever when most of her ideas are just random things that might as well be magic.

As for the companions, it feels like there are too many of them. When they get some focus, all of them are great. But most of the time, they don’t and the episode struggles to find something for them to do. The problem comes from them not getting any better at adventuring with the Doctor. They always defer to her and don’t do anything unless the Doctor tells them to. It reminds me of a similar problem with the British Sherlock show. Unless you’re Sherlock, you’re not doing anything important.

It’s a shame how all of the great setup done by the first half of the episode is let down by the conclusion. Sometimes, it’s the message that’s unclear and confused. The episode is uncertain about what it wants to say. Other times, it’s just the solution is so snappy and out there that there’s no sense of tension or struggle.

The cast is good, and the Doctor is fun. The writing needs to be better, though. Also the Doctor’s companions need to be more competent so they don’t need to rely on her to come up with everything. I mean, one of them is a police officer (rookie), but nothing she does reminds me of that part. It’s a shame.

The Outpost

The Outpost is a fantasy show with magic, swords and even some monsters. There are not enough of those shows on TV, other than the big Game of Thrones one, of course. So I checked it out. The show is on the CW, so it does go into some relationship drama and the characeters are all unusually attractive, even if they live in olden times. But they do throw in some other characters that I enjoyed.

The main character is Talon. She starts out as one of the most young adult story female protagonist I remember in recent times. Even the name is so young adult cool style. Tough, cynical, a better warrior than most, shows nothing but a scowl. Her character felt really uninteresting in the first episode, but later on, she really starts to grow on me. As Talon builds relationships with other characters, she starts to loosen up and open up. And I really like her character by the end of the season.

The Outpost takes place at a, well, outpost on the far edge of the kingdom. There, they stand watch against another race known as the greyskins. But there are more politics at play. The world is slowly introduced, starting at first with Talon’s personal quest. Soon, it gains more intrique and plotting.

Meanwhile, Talon is more focused on her mission, but she makes friends with a few characters. There’s Gwyn. I’m not going to go into her story too much, but I do want more interactions between Gwyn and Talon. They’re pretty fun together.

Janzo turns out to be one of her allies through all the trouble she gets up to. He’s an awkward character, but he’s done really well. And the actor can pull off some amazing eyebrow motions with him.

Then there’s Garret, a captain in the army. He’s a more straightlaced character, but somehow, I think he’s more interesting. I’m not sure why, since other times they make straightlaced characters I find them just there, but Garret has a bit of spark in there.

Another character I want to mention is Dano. He is a mute, but he shows a lot of character. And it helps he’s there in most episodes. I like his scenes and his reactions a lot, especially once he starts to interact with more characters.

The way the story goes makes me feel like this is based on a book, though I don’t think it is. Side plots carry on through multiple episodes and side characters get slow but decent amount of screentime showing their personality throughout the season. It starts off a bit cliche, but I think it turned out pretty well.

I’m interested in the world they built and I’m interested in the characters.

Reverie

The Reverie, a computer program where you can create a world all your own. But what happens when people no longer want to leave? Their real bodies start to die, so it’s up to our main character, Mara Kint, to bring them out. She is a former crisis negotiator that quit her job after a traumatic experience, and helping people in the Reverie is just what she needs.

The concept of the show reminds me of other mind hacking shows. Usually, though, there’s no crime being committed. The ones in danger are the people that refuse to leave the Reverie. Though with such an experimental program, there are bound to be complications that need to be fixed. I do think they don’t push the dreamworld part of the Reverie far enough. I think it’s mostly budget reasons, but it is cool when the world shows that it is all a computer simulation.

I like the character of Mara, played by Sarah Shahi, a lot. She’s cheerful, helpful and well-meaning. It’s fun seeing her interact with the people refusing to leave the program.  Of course, there is that traumatic thing

Most episodes follow a similar procedure, so I guess this is a procedural, just not a crime one. Having the “victims” be the central story of an episode is nice, though. There’s a different approach that needs to be taken each time since people are different. And the episodes that don’t follow the formula are quite fun.

The rest of the main characters are the scientists and manager running the Reverie program. They’re all pretty cool in their own way. Charlie, played by Dennis Haysbert, is great. He’s tough, but knows people well enough to not be too tough. He knows how to get things done and is the primary guy talking to people outside of the company.

Reverie is a cool sci-fi procedural that’s not all about crime. It’s about people. If you want a different pace from other procedurals, this one is fun. There’s nothing must-see about it, but I enjoyed it.

Cloak and Dagger

A Marvel show for teens. But don’t be fooled. It has a lot of serious and crushing moments. The main characters can be angsty, but they have good reason to be.

Cloak and Dagger, or in their normal names, Tyrone and Tandy respectively, have been linked since they were young. Both of them were present at an accident, and in that event, both of them lost someone close. It’s also where they got their cool powers.

If you want super heroes and hero activity in your superhero show, you’ll want to look elsewhere. These young adults are focused on other things. One of them is actively a terrible person through most of the season. But if you want a character-based drama that shows the trials and growth of the main character, Cloak and Dagger does it fantastically.

The show is entirely focused on the titular characters. There’s only one side character that sort of has a plot not related to Cloak or Dagger, but also not really. I’m speaking of Detective O’reilly, how has her own reasons for being involved. But almost everyone else is only around to serve Tyrone and Tandy’s growth and development.

Which makes it a great thing that that Tyrone and Tandy are both great characters. I like Tandy better. She starts off as a sweet kid, but as a result of the accident, she grows up to be selfish and manipulative. As long as she gets what she wants, it’s fine. Over the course of the season, she fights with Tyrone, grows closer to him, pushes him away, pushes him to be better and comes to rely on him.

Tyrone changes a bit less. His emotions are in constant turmoil, but he pushes it down a lot. It leads to him lashing out, yet he’s the one that is always trying to be optimistic. He’s the one trying to keep Tandy a good person, and he’s the one that’s trying to be hopeful despite his feelings telling him otherwise. The actor, though, can come across a bit stiff at times.

The two of them work together really well, which makes the show work. Cloak and Dagger doesn’t have much heroics. This season is about their growth and learning about their powers. Both main characters are compelling. They’re flawed, but you want to see both of them happy and succeed, even when they’re straying into being full jerks.

So if you want superheros, this show will probably disappoint you. But if you want to see the characters react and grow after a horrible event in their lives, and for that problem to continue even during their current lives, this show does it well.