Once Upon a Time

This season, more magic mumbo-jumbo, more feelgood tomfoolery, more fairy tales! Geeze, the season has been so long that I almost forgot it started out with the land of untold tales along with Jekyll and Hyde. That was a really cool part of the story, and so was the land of untold tales. But they revert back to Storybrooke soon enough. I wanted to spend more time in the other world. It was interesting and cool.

This season was quite a ride, actually. They had the savior storyline running throughout, but threats came and went every few episodes. There was a long-lasting one, of course, but it didn’t feel like it while watching the show. Still, less things were dropped this season, I think.

Overall, this show is fairy tale fun. There’s a magical solution to everything, and the good guys are usually too dumb or reactionary to win without pulling some kind of magic out. I just kind of want Emma and the others to be smarter. Stop trusting Gold! Check up on him if you ask him to do stuff! If you hold something important in your hand, stop people from magicking it away! Or magic it back from them.


Still, I watch this show for the magic and for the fun family bonding. Regina is still great. And I really like Zelena, now, too. I enjoy the hopeful tone of the story, and how most people will be good. Seeing Regina and Zelena happy just makes me happy.

Emma and her family are also still fun to watch. Overall, this season is about the same as the previous ones. Though it does tout as having the final battle. I didn’t watch from the beginning, so I don’t know about the entire Savior lore, but apparently, the savior is only around when a great evil is? And that evil is not the Dark One since the Dark One seems to be from another thing entirely.

Well, it’s all in good fun. The writing isn’t fantastically smart, but it is hopeful and full of goodness. People will be saved by magic, but the good guys will never plan for the bad guys just taking things by magic. And there is a next season, too. It’s making me curious based on all the news about the series.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

My favorite comic book show. Even among non-comic book shows, this is still tops. This season, Ghost Rider! Robbie Reyes one. I do not know of this character. Still, they did Ghost Rider fantastically in the show. He’s an unstoppable force, especially once the Rider takes over.

There will be spoilers for the season throughout, though not much for the last few episodes.

It takes a while for Daisy to finally get over the Hive thing, but it’s great once she does. Shield also has a new director, Jeffrey Mace. I always thought the guy was alright. What this show does great is that it doesn’t make characters outright dislikable. Everyone has a point, and Jeffery Mace had some good points about Coulson’s team just doing what they want.

Radcliffe, too, despite him going off and betraying Shield, he is still very much their friend. It makes him a great character. He thinks what he’s doing is right, and he still likes all of the Shield agents despite them trying to stop him.

The show does long seasons really well. They divide up the season into several smaller arcs, three this time. But there still is a running thing that ties the season together. This one is the Darkhold. It starts and ends with it.

The best arc out of the bunch has got to the the Framework arc. Yeah, they have the standard if you die in the simulation you die in real life, but it’s what gives the arc the sense of danger. What’s best is the acting during the arc. Everyone is great, and seeing the world all topsy-turvy is just devious. It produces, perhaps, some of the best acting on the show.

Though the LMD arc was also fantastic. LMD stands for Life Model Decoy, which are basically robot replacements of people to help the real person stay safe. And AIDA, the main LMD, is fantastic. The actress, Mallory Jansen, does so well in this show. She plays so many different variations of AIDA and has so many subtle things doing on. She’s great.

The fight scenes in this show is still great, and so are the special effects. They know how to do what they want to do, and they don’t try to overreach. They show off the powers great.

What this show does so well is they set up expectations and then shatters them. Like during the LMD arc, LMD detected among a group of people coming in. Who’s the LMD? All of them. All of them are the LMDs. It happens a lot in the show. They don’t take the easy way out at all. Talking the enemy down rarely works. The agents struggle for each victory and each one is well deserved.

Yeah, season 5! Let’s go!


Riverdale, the once quiet little town. Alright, actually, I’m not sure how large the town is. It does have at least 2 high schools and a bad side of town. I have not read any of the Archie comics before, but I do know about the characters a bit. Archie and his ever triangle with Betty and Veronica. However, this show is not that relationship drama heavy. It’s a murdery mystery!

Riverdale is a more gritty take on the town of Riverdale, and everything kicks off with the death of Jason Blossom, son of one of the town’s most prominent families. As this show is based around a mystery, I’ll probably have a longer spoiler section than regular section. So let’s do this.

To start with, these main characters are all gorgeous. Whoa. Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Cheryl are all styling. And the characters they’re playing are only supposed to be fifteen to seventeen-ish. Yet the show wants to show off the bodies of the actors, who are all at least 20 (I think). Beyond their looks, the acting is all really good, too. It just that their mood sometimes shift too fast between scenes, but that’s more on the writing than the actors. Each of the actors can pull off really great emotions, sadness, anger, joy, CoverGirl.

The town has a great look and feel to it. The lighting in the scenes are great. It has an old-feeling kind of glow that really works. I think the town of Riverdale really adds to the story they’re trying to tell, which makes sense as the name of the show is named after the town and not anything else.

I will admit watching the show as it comes out is not a high priority for me, but I did enjoy the craziness that’s happening in Riverdale. It creates a great atmosphere with the characters, even the side characters. There’s the feeling that everyone is hiding something. Except Fred Andrews. Maybe even Fred Andrews. Who knows?

But I do want to continue watching the show. It’s a fun show.

Spoiler section!

So, I will further split up this section into pre mystery reveal and post mystery reveal.

This show is shot in a way that makes it seem everyone is guilty. It’s just the lingering shots on peoples faces watching stuff. And pretty much all of the parents have something to hide, especially the Blossoms and the Coopers. Even Hermione Lodge (Veronica’s mother) isn’t as decent of a person as she first appears. The only really good parent in the show is Fred Andrews (father of Archie). He’s the one that wants what’s best for his kid in a way where they work together.

Though I will say FP Jones (Jughead’s father) really grew on me over the season. I will say that feels like the second-most qualified to be a parent. And that’s saying something since he’s in a gang and is too drunk to hold a steady job. I mean, he’s still probably not, but he feels that way.

The Blossom family is done really well as a sort of power family. They do what they want all while being creepy. Every last one of them. Cheryl, in particular, just swings between being friendly and being one step away from crazy. And the season might push her  too far.

You know what I find sort of hilarious? Jason Blossom, the guy that dies in the first episode and kicks everything off, is in pretty much all of the episodes. He’s not credited as a regular, but he could be. He’s in there all the time. His scenes are short and always sort of creepy. I like how he never says a word. It makes him seem really like a memory.

Josie and the Pussycats are in this show, too. They aren’t too important to the overall plot, but there are some nice scenes with them, or rather, two of them. The pussycat that’s not Valerie has no importance at all other than being a band member. It would be nice if she gets some spotlight in the second season.

Alrighty, time for the post mystery reveal spoilers.

Actually, I’ll only talk about the last scene for a bit. The one that sets up season 2. You can see the season for yourself for the mystery of who killed Jason Blossom.

Fred Andrews was shot! And Jughead thinks it’s not an accident. Now I don’t think Fred Andrews will die because that means Archie will be sent to Chicago to live with his mother. Unless his mother comes back and lives in Riverdale. But who shot him if it wasn’t random?

The two obvious choices are the Lodges, either Hermione or Hiram. The other choice, though less likely, are the South Side Serpents, the gang in town. Fred and the Serpents aren’t exactly enemies, but who knows. Fred might have some stuff going on, too, instead of being the good parent. And the two of them have dealings with each other. The Serpents worked for him before Hermione fired all of them, after all.

Hermione is a candidate because she wants Fred out of their business partnership. Hiram, who has not been in the show yet, is also a possibility. Hiram has just been set up wonderfully. You never see him, but his presence is felt a lot around the Lodge household. And he’s finally coming home for season 2. He’s going to be really interesting to see since he does not like Fred Andrews, and probably won’t like Archie dating his daughter.

My out of left field choice is Archie’s mom. She wants to show Archie how dangerous Riverdale is. This way, she both shows him the danger and makes it difficult for him to stay as he has no one taking care of him there.

Time for more Riverdale, and a recast Reggie, and CoverGirl!

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.

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.


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.