The Librarians Season 3

This is going to be a shorter post. This is the third season of the Librarians, and for those that watched the previous 2, you know what you’re getting. If you’re starting out, the Librarians is a cheesy (in the good way) show about people trying to protect the world from magical artifacts. They use a lot of smarts and a decent amount of brawn.

This season feels a lot more focused compared to the last one. There is an ongoing thread of tethering to the Library and who should do it. If the Library isn’t tethered, it’s going to disappear, so one of the Librarians and a Guardian has to do it. Of course, the first choice is Flynn.

He’s around a lot more this time around. At times, it seems like he takes over as the main Librarian again, and the three that I got to know and enjoy were pushed to the side. But Flynn is still cool to watch.

Also, the others all get a focus episode, so that really helps. The characterization is really good and fun to watch. I enjoyed all of them getting a chance to be the star. Also, Jenkins. He is great this season. He get’s quite a bit of focus and I really liked his episode.

Now, for some super spoilers on the last episode. Don’t read past here if you haven’t seen the season finale.

Whoa. I am kind of upset they did a time reset thing. All the character development, gone! Especially Jenkins! I liked the new him, with actual friends outside of the library. I hope he still somehow still gets friends outside of the Library.

Overall, I liked this season a lot. It brings back a good plot running through the season and mixes in really enjoyable episodes for each character. Hoping for more.

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Over the Garden Wall, My Favorites

Over the Garden Wall is a charming and short series that is awesome all of the time. It stars two children lost in the woods and trying to get home. On their way, they encounter all sorts of crazy situations and strange characters. Each episode is short and packed with so much to see and experience. The world over the garden wall is an imaginative and whimsical one that still has its dark spots.

I really like the series because it’s like a modern-day fairy tale. I mean, it takes place in the past, of course, but it’s made up by modern minds. There are witches, talking birds, ghastly spirits and more roaming the woods. The world is mysterious and unsettling. Like peeling off the thin layer of happiness would reveal some thing horrible underneath.

The main characters are a pair of brothers. The older one, Wirt, wants to get home and doesn’t have time for all of the strangeness that goes on. The younger brother, Gregory, is boundlessly happy and upbeat at all times. They are joined by a guide leading them through the woods, a talking bluebird, Beatrice. Beatrice has her own brand of snark and sarcasm at whatever the brothers are going through.

Their chatty banter is great as is how each one interacts with the world. It becomes especially clear when they split up at times. Wirt tends to get roped into things while Gregory gleefully goes in. Beatrice gets roped in, too, by the brothers wandering nature. The group just works together.

Oh, and the songs. There are songs in this show and they are charming and haunting at the same time.

Over the Garden Wall is an imaginative fairy tale story that has several layers to what’s being shown. While the story sounds simple, it’s not. There’s more going on. The individual episodes are great, even when not considering the overall story. This is a great cartoon for all to experience.

The Gifted

A take on the mutants and the X-gene. This is based on the X-men comics, but no X-men show up. For some reason or another, they’ve disappeared and designated a group known as the Mutant Underground to help mutants. Of course the Mutant Underground is being hunted by Sentinel Services. And their troubles just got a whole lot more with the arrival of the Struckers.

For those that know the world of Marvel comics, the name Strucker should raise an eyebrow or two. For those that don’t you’ll get some Strucker information through the show. Things kick off when the youngest Strucker child, Andy, develops mutant powers, forcing the entire family to go on the run. As it turned out, his older sister, Lauren, also has powers. Their father is a lawyer that prosecutes mutants, and their mother is a nurse. I like that the father immediately drops everything to help his family. There’s no choice about it at all. He knows what he needs to do, and he just happens to know about the Mutant Underground.

Like most works of the X-men, the show tackles what it’s like to be different and have people hate a person, sometimes justified, sometimes not. Overall, there’s not a clear solution, and the show works to show that. A lot of mutants do have a harsh life, and others are working to create a new world for mutants.

The dynamic between characters is really well done here. There’s drama, but people work things out like adults and move past it. Most of the time, at least. I didn’t find anyone overly annoying, though Andy is the one that complains the most. It’s understandable, though. He has powers that no one wants him to use all while being hunted down by Sentinel Services. The Strucker family is all pretty great, actually. They find ways to make both parents useful despite neither of them having powers. The Struckers never feel like they don’t belong in the show.

The struggle between the Mutant Underground and Sentinel Services gets more complicated as other players are brought into the mix. I’ll not spoil things too much, but the show isn’t afraid to dive deeper into the X-men world. And they do their best to show off powers, too.

While most of the time the mutants are trying to keep a low profile, they’ll start with the abilities if they have to, and it looks pretty good. I’m hoping for more powers next season, and better uses of them. I especially want Blink to use her powers more. Sure, in season 1, she’s still new at it and practicing, but I want to see her go to, like, Days of Future Past levels of skilled at some point in the series. I think the show chooses their mutants well that showcases both powers and physical mutations.

I am liking what’s being put out by the Gifted and am looking forward to more.25

The Orville

This show, this is my favorite new show of the season. Almost everything about this makes me happy. The marketing for this show misrepresented it as a comedy. It is not. This is a serious show about a union that explores the galaxy and tries for diplomacy first. The show is serious, the characters are more laid back, despite being military. It’s a lot like scrubs. The situatiions that characters are put into are dangerous and potentially dire, but the characters themselves are jokey and more like regular people.

Alright, I admitted this in my Star Trek movie reviews (I think) but I only saw a few episodes of Star Trek. From what I hear, this show really captures the tone of the show, including some of the cheesiness. It’s also hopeful and optimistic about what we can achieve in the future along with our alien allies. There are a lot of world, or rather, galaxy-building hints dropped in this first season that I really want followed up on, but they have built an interesting place that I want to explore and know more about.

The crew are all great. Each episode focuses on one or two of them while the other’s act as backup. And I like everyone. While the show is written by Seth MacFarlane, and he also plays the captain, the show doesn’t focus on him more than anyone else. He plays Captain Ed Mercer, a likeable guy that is sometimes awkward, but he shows off multiple times why he’s the captain. He is does his job well and tries to treat everyone fairly.

His first officer is Kelly Grayson, who is perhaps the most serious member of the crew. She mostly has great scenes with other crew members, but she’s also really good at her job, and we get to see that a few times over the season.

Next up is Bortus, the second officer. I think he has the least amount of focus, but his mannerisms are great. And he pretty much steals the scene whenever he’s the focus. Sometimes even when he’s not. Alara is the security officer, and I think she has the second-most development out of all the cast. She’s a great character, too. Great at what she does, but insecure about other things.

The pilot is Malloy, who perhaps has the second-least amount of focus. But he is great friends with everyone, and that plays well across the show. There’s Lamarr, the navigator, who initially starts out pretty normal, like anyone else. He gets a bit of focus later on that could build into something cool. We’ll have to see next season.

Doctor Finn is the ships medical officer. I think she has some great moments now and again, and I actually enjoy the scenes with her kids. They start off annoying, but they quickly become endearing. I think some more scene of her and them together will be great. The last crew officer is Isaac, the science officer. He’s perhaps my second-favorite of the crew. He’s a robot trying to study human life and interactions. Much like Bortus, he’s a scene-stealer, but he also has his science knowledge that I like.

The show goes to a lot of interesting scenarios. I say scenarios because most of the places they visit still look vaguely earth-like. Probably budget and stuff. But the crew has to deal with something interesting each time, and there’s not always a good solution to the problem. They just have to do their best.

This season was far too short. I really like The Orville and want more of it! It is not a parody, it is an homage and a serious show about a group of explorers and the situations they need to handle.

Psych, The Movie

This is going to be a shorter review, but it’s back! Come on, son! You have not heard it both ways!

Psych has not missed a beat since it’s return. This movie is full of callbacks and jokes from the original series. The characters are back in full force, and the catchphrases are back, too. Shawn and Gus are the heart of the show, and their interactions are as great as ever. Shawn and Juliet are still great, and they have fun scenes, but it’s always going to be Shawn and Gus in the end. Not since Cory and Shawn has there been a friendship like Shawn and Gus. And of course Turkanjayde.

Everyone is back, too! Some only for a few moments. It’s unfortunate that one of those characters is Lasseter. I heard he was not well during filming, so that’s why, but I hope they make another one of these and he’s back full time.

This movie hits all the right notes of the series. It is funny in the best Shawn and Gus way. Perhaps I would have liked the antagonists to be more serious and threatening, but the other parts were all great. If you are a fan of the show, this movie is great. If you haven’t seen the show before, watch the movie, decide you want much more of the craziness, and go check out the show.

Crisis on Earth-X

The four-way crossover of CW’s superhero shows. It has Supergirl, Arrow, Flash and The Legends of Tomorrow and is pretty much a long, made-for-TV movie. It’s great, fun, charming and embraces the wackiness of multiple universes and heroic deeds. I can only imagine what this would be like with a greater budget and effects. That would be so awesome. What we got as great, though.

This time, the crossover feels like a real crossover. Not everyone is there, but the main characters are in all the shows all the time instead of sometimes dropping out. It’s more cohesive than last year’s crossover. Supergirl is featured a lot more, here, and she’s not the only character from her show to show up!

I’ll go episode by episode. There will be some spoilers here, so I hope what I had above was enough to entice comic show fans to see it.

Part 1 starts off a bit slow, but it’s more of a laid-back introductory episode where everyone gets to know everyone and have some fun. All of the heroes are going to Barry and Iris’s wedding, and I almost said Barris. They meet up, they have fun, Sara (from Legends of Tomorrow) and Alex (from Supergirl) get to know each other. Everything is great. Until suddenly Nazi invasion.

Yes that’s right, it’s an attack from Earth-X, the one place every other dimension wants to ignore and forget because it’s too horrible. The episode ends with a big fight between our heroes and the bad guys, and it was great.

Part 2 is the heroes recovering and wondering what’s going on. I’m pretty surprised that Alex gets a lot of development here. It makes these crossovers feel more important than just being their self-contained thing. Jax and Stein (Firestorm from Legends of Tomorrow) also gets a lot of time spent on their story.

The rest of the episode is about our heroes trying to figure out what their evil versions from Earth-X are up to. Oh yes, there’s evil Green Arrow, evil Supergirl. The last one is Reverse Flash, who is actually the one from Earth-1, somehow still alive and making trouble.

I think the episode feels the least impactful out of the four, but it does have quite an ending.

Part 3 is really great. They add a lot of fun characters and we get to see what Earth-X is like! I think more time could have been spent on seeing the normal parts of Earth-X, but we did get to see the military parts, both of the bad guys and of the resistance.

The parts on Earth-1 were weaker, though. It’s mainly Felicity and Iris somehow beating out trained soldiers while all of the heroes that were not captured to Earth-X were imprisoned in the pipeline instead.

While it started in Part 1, I really enjoyed seeing Earth-X Green Arrow and Supergirl. They care for each other, have strong beliefs based on the world they grew up in and are pretty good representations of how the characters could turn out if their world was really dark and bad. They make for more compelling characters than the dominators, that’s for sure.

And wow, the entire assault sequence on the portal facility was great.

And now, Part 4. Our heroes are back and they are ready to defeat their evil dopplegangers. All of the Legends are here now. I can understand why Nate, Amaya and Zari weren’t invited to the wedding neither Barry nor Iris really knew them. But Ray wasn’t invited either! He comes out to help in an awesome way.

Jax and Stein’s storyline comes to a conclusion here, and it really tugs at the heart. It was emotional. I would have liked something happier, but that’s my preference.

Everyone else takes the fight to the Earth-X invasion force, and we get a fight scene worthy of the climax battle. While the tactics of the enemy could be better, the action and special effects was top-notch all throughout.

This crossover felt like it had some real meaning and thought put behind it. There was more than just an excuse to get everyone together for a fun teamup. There were smaller storylines running through things, some that worked well, some that didn’t. It feels like what happened during the crossover will impact the characters for a while.

Whether that’s the case or not is to be seen, but this event really feels important to the development of the characters. And it was fun all around.

Inhumans

Inhumans is over. It was only 8 episodes, yet it felt long and meandering without much of a point. The characters were just kinda there. Some of them had cool points, but not enough. The largest problem with the show, for me, is that it just feel too normal. For a show about super-powered people from a moon kingdom, it was really mundane.

There will be some spoilers in here, nothing major. More of the spoilers will be from the earlier episodes.

So the show Inhumans centers around the royal family, King Blackbolt; Queen Medusa; the king’s brother, Maximus; their cousins Karnak, Gorgon and Triton; the queen’s sister, Crystal; and Crystal’s Dog, Lockjaw. And they decided to separate all of them before we even got a chance to see much family dynamics. That gets filled in later, but even then, not good.

For instance, Medusa and Crystal are sisters, but they barely act sisterly to one another, or have many scenes. Medusa and Maximus are apparently childhood friends, but we don’t get to see that.

Medusa is good with Blackbolt, though. ThoseĀ  two work well together. Karnak and Gorgon are fun to watch when together, too. Unfortunately, they’re rather dull apart. Blackbolt and Maximus was done well, though. I enjoyed seeing the brothers fight with each other.

Individually, I really liked Blackbolt, Medusa and Maximus. I originally thought Medusa was rather boring, but she really grew on me later in the season. Blackbolt worked well for being unable to speak. He really had good movements and facial reactions. And I liked Maximus because he, overall, seemed to have the best motivations for doing things out of any character. I don’t think even he can discern when he’s doing things for himself and when he’s trying to be a good king to the people.

The problem with the show is how mundane it actually is. Maximus stages a coup, and most of the royal family escapes to Earth to plan a comeback. Oh, but they remove the powers of Medusa and has Gorgon put on boots. How does Gorgon, a guy with hooves on his feet, even wear boots normally? And most of the Inhuman’s sent to hunt them down just looks like normal people. That makes it looks like just normal people fighting other normal people, since powers are so rarely used.

With all of the royal family separated for a good half of the season, it made each episode feel disjointed and pointless. They meet a bunch of characters for some personal growth, but I barely knew them from before. And they have main characters interacting with a bunch of people that you know aren’t important and won’t be seen much. It just lowers the feels made because one side is really important and the other isn’t. Gorgon and Crystal gets the worst of the side plots. Karnak’s is only slightly better because he’s more entertaining by himself.

I did really like Medusa’s, actually, which I didn’t expect. Overall, Medusa really grew to be my favorite character of the show despite the lack of her using powers. She seems to get the most growth, and it helps that the scientist she interacts with actually feels important and relevant.

I also likes some of the side Inhumans, such as Mordis and Locis. Mordis had sass and a good reason for fighting the royal family.

For a show being only 8 episodes long, it felt like too much filler and not enough important stuff. Towards the end, things get pretty sloppy and jumpy with things just happening to get people where they need to be. They could have spent more time on Attilan rather than on Earth.

So, unfortunately, the show about a royal family from a moon kingdom deals mostly with normal stuff and doesn’t show off enough powers or interesting people.