Every year the rules, the very definition of media evolves. As individuals and households continue to cut the cable cord, streaming services and studios are reinventing the nature of content. The lines between movies, television shows, and mini-series continue to blur and morph into something new and exciting. If competition breeds higher quality, the race… Continue reading The Best Television of 2018 – What defines TV in the Streaming Age?
The head-trippy FX series, ‘Legion,’ recently wrapped up its’ initial 8 episode run, amounting to the most interesting creative venture to come out of the 20th Century Fox / Marvel X-Men factory yet. It’s probably no surprise that the mature audiences program is categorized by non-linear, visually and sonically arresting storytelling technique, since it comes… Continue reading ‘Legion’ – A Different Kind of X-Men Comic TV Show?
* * * WARNING – SPOILERS ABOUND * * * Season 7 of ‘The Walking Dead’ premiered last October with the audience held in the palm of its’ hand. Although much derided for its’ blatant manipulation of fan emotion, the season premiere accomplished what it meant, to leave the cast of characters and the viewers… Continue reading ‘The Walking Dead’ (Season 7) – A Creative Lull or the Decline of Appointment TV?
After last season five’s devastating finale episode, and due to the fact that the show had caught up to author George R.R. Martin’s novels, it was easy to be worried about the direction of the sixth season of this fan-favorite and massive hit series for HBO. It’s hard to know what elements were or were not part of… Continue reading ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 – Treading Unknown Territory in Glorious Fashion?
AMC’s six-part mini-series, ‘The Night Manager,’ which completed at the end of last month and is available On Demand, is a great example of the kind of cinematic storytelling now achievable on the small screen. The cable network took a chance on a complex espionage noir thriller, based on spymaster John le Carre’s novel, starring Tom… Continue reading ‘The Night Manager’ – Ambitious Espionage Mini-Series, Audition for 007, or both?
The second season of the CW’s, ‘The Flash’, finished over a week ago with another mind-bending, paradox-laden season finale cliffhanger. It was an episode that cemented a shift of a show from a fun, entertaining super-hero television show that was in contrast to the many dour versions of DC characters currently occupying screens both large (‘Batman… Continue reading ‘The Flash’ Season 2 – Accelerating the Narrative or Running out of Steam?
Season 6 of ‘The Walking Dead’ premiered last October with its’ most ambitious, complicated episode, a tour de force of action and herding strategy meant to showcase the team building Rick (reliable, emotive Andrew Lincoln) was able to forge with the residents of Alexandria after asserting his leadership. This came off a spectacularly crafted season 5 second… Continue reading ‘The Walking Dead’ (Season 6) – How Much Can an Audience Take?
One of the most difficult years to judge because of the massive gluttony of great TV, 2015 may go down as one of the best years of television. With streaming services in full gear, producing quality exclusive content, and full seasons of shows to binge on, audiences are now completely spoiled. There is so much… Continue reading Top Ten Television Series in 2015 – One of the Most Quality Years for Television?
The recently concluded 6-part HBO mini-series, “Show Me A Hero,” is vital, important filmmaking – an engrossing, frustrating, and at times heart-breaking masterpiece. Its’ power lies in its’ approach to the material – a true story told through the actions of real people inhabiting and politicking in Yonkers, NY in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. This… Continue reading ‘Show Me a Hero’ – Write You a Tragedy?
Summertime has become a period where networks tend to experiment and try out riskier programming fare. ‘Mr. Robot,’ one of, if not, the best new series to premiere this year, is one such show given a shot by the USA network. It’s a portrait of mental illness, a condemnation of our technologically dependent society, and… Continue reading ‘Mr. Robot’ – Great new show, subversive nightmare?