Legion

The end of a strange, strange show. Legion is about David, a man with lots of problems including mental health issues, a mutant living inside him for almost thirty years and lots of other stuff. Did I say mutant? Yeah, this is based on an X-Men story about Legion, the mutant that is Charles Xavier’s son. The show is pretty far removed from the X-Men story, though. They don’t reference any of that. X-Men probably don’t even exist in that world. This show is more exploring David as well as putting out plenty of strange but well-crafted episodes.

Seasons 1 and 2 were strange with lots of wonderful moments. Season 3 continues on with the a lot of odd things happening. There is a new major character, Switch, a time traveler. She is how David plans on fixing everything. He wants to go back in time to stop his life from getting so messed up. But in doing so, he unleashes something on the world that makes Syd and the rest of Division 3 ramp up their efforts to stop him with Farouk’s help.

Hearing the plot typed out doesn’t do the presentation any justice. This show is something to be experienced. That’s the way to get engrossed in all of the visuals and wonder set up. Somehow, Legion turns what should be minor flashbacks or side plots on other shows and turns them into an entire episode, such as Charles Xavier meeting his wife. They make it work. The show moves at it’s own pace, even at the last season.

Some episodes can feel like why was it there? Why did it take a full episode to do? But other times, I really enjoyed how different each episode was from each other.

Still, the characters that are not David, Syd, Switch or Farouk might as well not exist. They only get some minor importance before going back to being background stuff. It’s sad since most of those characters are really interesting even in the small amount of focus time they get.

For those characters, though, they get a lot of great scenes. I liked the episode dedicated to Syd. I thought Farouk was wonderfully acted as always. He’s both in control yet vulnerable. Switch is an interesting new character, and I felt for her plight. David is the most important, of course, and this season is about what he becomes.

The look and feel of this show is was draws me in. It feels different from anything else I’ve seen on TV, and the show isn’t afraid to take things further. The substance might appear more important than it really is, but the style is always fantastic.

The last season is actually decently straightforward and understandable while still keeping up with all of the uniqueness this show offers. Give it a try if you’re wanting something different. It will draw you in with wonderful scenes and atmosphere as well as a wide variety of episode styles. I really enjoyed what was presented, and I think they told a good story at the end of it.

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Agents of SHIELD

I’m sad they announced the show is ending, but it has been quite a wild ride. Of course, it’s not ending just yet. This is season 6, there one more coming soon. So let’s put that off and talk about Season 6.

The show has gotten wild from it’s origins and this season kicks things up even more. Now, there are clones of dead characters, a strange woman, a wacky space adventure, alien birds that turn people into zombies, and more!

The season starts with our main characters in two groups. One in space searching for Fitz. This consists of Daisy, Jemma and side-agents Davis and Piper. Fitz is in space with Enoch. They have wild adventures that’s both fun and sad. Fitz and Simmons have some of the best scenes together, and this season is no different. They have an episode of development mostly to themselves, and they make the most of it.

Meanwhile, on Earth, May, Mack and Yo-Yo need to deal with a new threat. Guess who? It’s evil Coulson! But he doesn’t know who Coulson is and refers to himself as Sarge. He also has a new crew that clashes with Shield.

The characters are what makes this show, and they’re still doing great. Even the side characters are fantastic. Out of the new guys from Sarge’s crew, Jaco is perhaps the best.

Also, Deke is back! He’s more of a comedy relief this time around, but he’s still competent when the time calls for it.

This season has a wild plot that takes a bit before everything falls into place. Once Daisy’s group returns to Earth, things pick up a bit and the plot really gets rolling.

Season 6 is another strong showing from Agents of SHIELD. They blend super-heroics with mystery solving and investigation well. Who is this Sarge and what does he want? Go watch and find out.

iZombie, Series Finale

Our lovable show about a zombie solving crimes has come to an end. It started off small with crimes of the week, drug dealers and other murders. Liv started off reclusive and sad because of her zombie status but found new purpose thanks to being able to have visions from the brains she eats.

There will be spoilers here for the series, especially earlier seasons. If you want to experience the fun cases of the week and characters, go watch iZombie. It’s a cool take on the supernatural detective, and the show slowly became something more.

Then it started to get bigger withe more zombies and the threat of zombies being found out. Liv met an archnemesis in Blaine, found friends in Major, Peyton, Ravi and Clive, and became something more as the series progressed. And it’s all over for our funny group.

Despite some cases of the week making Liv’s personality take a backseat to the brain, she got some great development over the show. Once zombies were revealed and organized a paramilitary organization, Liv became the voice of coexistence between humans and zombies. She had to deal with a lot of stuff along the way.

I really like the character of Clive. Even after he found out Liv was a zombie, he still has the best incredulous faces and the what-have-I-gotten-myself into faces. I don’t think he has huge growth, but he started out as a great character, and he did get some huge life changes along the way.

I’m glad Peyton became a main character after starting as a recurring character. I don’t think she always had the best plot, but her being friends with Liv was great. Later on, she managed to get some important things to do as well, but she’s always supportive and fun to be around.

Ravi grew on me. He was the scientist guy starting out, but by the end of the series, he became a badass, both for his smarts and what he’s willing to do to help people.

Perhaps the guy that goes through the most is Major. He starts off as a guy helping wayward teenagers and somehow becomes the lead of previously mentioned zombie paramilitary organization. He goes through a lot over the series but eventually returns to being a chipper guy that likes to hang out with his friends.

For the bad guys side, there’s Blaine. Don E popped in sometime during the series and just sort of became a main character. They are fun together and both of them have their moments when apart too. Blaine is just a bad guy that’s given chances to change but won’t, because that’s who he is.

The final season really ramps up the tension between zombies and humans. It’s an interesting plot that ramps up as the groups start to fight more and more. The situation becomes fully unsustainable, so how will our heroes save the day? The cases of the week become less important, but the overarching plot becomes more important. All the characters get their chance to shine, and the final few episodes get pretty exciting.

I’m glad the show isn’t afraid to shake up the status-quo. It gives their characters growth and pushes the story forward greatly. Now it has all come to an end. The title of the penultimate episode feels appropriate here. Bye Zombie.

Cloak and Dagger, Season Finale

Cloak and Dagger are back. Is back. I guess it depends on if I’m talking about the show or the characters. Anyway, they’re back with new problems. This show is still very much all about Tandy and Tyrone. Lots of episodes are slow-paced meant to show off the main character’s responses to things. How well this works depends on how much you enjoy the characters rather than heroics.

I am not certain how much I prefer characterization to solving problems, but they are still teenagers, and their lives are still both in upheaval. This time around, both Tyrone and Tandy are trying to do good with their powers. Unfortunately, the world is more complicated than that, so they have their share of mess-ups. Slowly, they get better.

This time, the villain is something more sinister and realistic, a human trafficker. Being a superhero show, the villain has more reason to doing things than just money. A lot of voudoun themes run through this season.

There are a lot of strange parts this season as Tyrone and Tandy explore the mysterious dark world that Tyrone is a portal to. There, they must face lots of strange things, including the home base of the villain.

I think the main problem I have is that this is too much of a Tandy and Tyrone show. The only other character that shows up a lot is the police detective. She gets a cool plotline. Everyone else, Tandy’s mom, Tyrone’s parents, Evita, they have mainly functional appearances. What I mean is that when they’re on screen, some kind of plot is moving forwards. It leaves them feeling rather dry as characters. They need more time to let loose rather than be so serious whenever they’re on screen.

The main characters are both still great, though. Seeing them deal with new problems as well as resolving old issues is great. The pace of the season is still slow. Some episodes get a bit strange, especially when they get into the dark world. The action scenes are pretty cool, though. Both Tyrone and Tandy have gotten upgrades and use their powers in cool ways.

So, do you want to watch troubled teens try to solve serious problems with a side of strangeness? Hmm, I think it’s a bit too focused on the main characters, but the villain was interesting and a lot of the scenes were cool. The show does feel really dark in terms of brightness, though.

TV Season Finales

These are just some quick notes on shows I’ve been watching. Some of them, I’ve talked about already and think a summary of my feelings will do. Others are more fun and don’t need an in depth look.

First up, Supergirl. This season is really good. It’s doing much better with the whole why doesn’t Supergirl use her powers to solve everything. The new characters are great, too. I really liked Nia and her story. Colonel Hayley is interesting, though her shifts in ideology are perhaps too fast or subtle. Agent Liberty was a pretty interesting villain that couldn’t just be punched. This season really leans into some of the current politics in the USA.

Legends of Tomorrow. This show is fun and crazy as always. Only here, can you hear the words nipnotized. New addition John Constantine is fantastic. He fits in really well as the guy that doesn’t want to be there. Charlie, another new character that’s played by the actress that played Amaya, is fun, too. Mona is more of a hit and miss character. There are times she’s good and adds to the story, but a lot of the time, she is whiny and unhelpful. Overall, a really fun season dealing with magical creatures.

The Rookie. A show starring Nathan Fillion as the oldest rookie in the force. It’s pretty fun and all of the main characters are enjoyable. It starts out a bit heavy ragging on Nathon Fillion’s character for being the oldest rookie, but that settles down soon to good-natured ribbing. It helps that his character acknowledges and goes along with it. The best way to prove people wrong is to do a good job, right? And these characters are normal police, so they get called to wide variety of situations making the show fun. There are both light-hearted calls and serious calls, and episodes usually have both. It switches between the two well.

Whiskey Cavalier. This is a spy show about a team assembled from different government agencies. The primary characters are Will, a sensitive guy; and Frankie, a a no-nonsense woman. The show leans more into the comedy side of things, but there are some moments where things feel really serious. The other characters are fun, too. All of them have their funny problems, and all of them grow by being part of a team.

Into the Badlands, Finale

The third, and sadly final, season of Into the Badlands. With old enemies gone, it’s time for a new shift in how the Badlands works. Most of the barons are gone, leaving only the Widow and Chau vying for everything. A huge ware is taking place all over the area. Then there’s Pilgrim, a devout from the city of Azra, only he’s trying to build a new Azra inside the badlands. Everything will collide in blood and steel.

This is the second half of the third season. I will have spoilers from the first half. Go watch it if you haven’t. I like the show. It’s a fun, and I think non-adapted show full of martial arts action. The world of the Badlands is imaginative and brutal.

When we left in the first half, Pilgrim just got the power of the gift as well as the ability to grant it to everyone. Now he is in full takeover mode. It’s his way or death.

Together, the other main characters must band together to save the Badlands from Pilgrim’s rule. It’s great to see the characters grow closer together as allies starting with Bajie and the Widow. It does help they have a few other problems to take care of that helps them bond. Sunny and the Widow also has some good scenes.

The rest of the season wraps up most of what’s going on with the plot. This season wasn’t meant to be the last one, so unfortunately, that means a final episode that sets up new stuff. I would really like more episodes.

The second half of season three is more violent with some great actions scenes. Pilgrim and Cressida goes into full conflict with the rest of the Badlands, and both of them are creepy and unsettling.

Season three has a different feel compared to the first two. This time, there’s all out war everywhere, and a threat big enough that the main characters must put aside past grievances to deal with it. Just having them interact with each other more is great. It’s unfortunate that this original show has ended. I would be up for more.

The Orville, Season Finale

A great science fiction show. The Orville actually isn’t leaning much on the humor anymore. It’s more serious now, but still with a comedy slant. The characters are more like regular coworkers rather than an elite space exploration force, but that’s fine. It’s the charming part of the show.

I think the ratio of character-based episodes to exploration-based episodes is off, though. There are a lot of character-based episodes in season two, and usually without a science B-Plot. While I do think the more low-key stories allowed the show to save budget for some great space battles later on, I did want more adventures.

I think that was what was missing in the second season, a sense of new things. Most of the stories are about things we partially knew about from season one. There is a plot on Xelayans. A lot of Moclan stuff. Some about Kaylons. Of course the Krill, too. I think there’s only one or two episodes about things not introduced in the first season. While it is cool making the universe a more continuous place, I did want to see more new stuff.

The show is still really fun, and the characters are great. So when I say there are a lot of character-based episodes, they are still fun to watch. The humor is much more like banter between friends now rather. It’s not as prominent, but still funny when it happens. A turn to more serious stories works out really well for The Orville.

Season two feels different from the first season, but the characters are still fun to be with. It’s a place you want to go hang out and be a part of. Except for all the times where they go into really dangerous situation.

Also, there’s a new character in season two, a new xelayan. Talla Keyali replaces Alara as the chief security officer, and I think she does a really good job. She is older and more certain, so she gives off a different feel. Also, her family is considered strange by other Xelayans since they are career military. That leaves her open to other plots rather than how strange it is for one of them to be in the military.

Really hoping for more The Orville!