Television series that air on the CW network sometimes get a bad rap. I get it. The Berlantiverse shows—our foray into DC Comics on the CW—have, honestly, been an uneven offering. Some of the more solid series, such as Arrow and The Flash, demonstrated a downturn in quality during later seasons. Some, such as Black […]Read more "In The Dark: Season 1 — a review"
Chaos On The Bridge is a documentary written, directed and narrated by William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk. This hour-long documentary is about the turbulent first years of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Documentaries are a minor component of my on-going pursuit of entertainment, but I was directed to this one by Matt Mira and […]Read more "Chaos On The Bridge (a Star Trek: The Next Generation documentary) — a review"
I read some distressing news recently. The Netflix original, Jupiter’s Legacy, has become another one-and-done series for the streaming giant. It’s not the only Netflix series to receive this treatment, of course; but, when I look at the list of other Netflix one-and-dones, this is the only series I actually watched. For those of you […]Read more "Jupiter’s Legacy: Season 1 (Netflix) — a review"
My ratings for the previous six seasons of The West Wing plot a straight horizontal line, except for a tiny dip in Season 5. If you’re a betting person, the past is the best predictor of the future. You already know I liked this season, too. I can’t even fake any kind of suspense here. […]Read more "The West Wing: Season 7 — a review"
I still dig the occasional cartoon. Considering my bona fides, you may assume that my animation of choice might be of the superhero variety. There’s some truth in this assumption. I loved Batman the Animated Series; that’s undeniable. I also enjoyed the first season of Invincible, which I recently watched, and the first two seasons […]Read more "Disenchantment: Part 1 (Netflix) — a review"
My earliest memory of the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (later rebranded as CSI: Vegas after spinoffs kept spinning off) was a conversation I had with a radio deejay about the show. The radio deejay was a man who would become my nephew, by marriage, a couple of years after this conversation. The venue […]Read more "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Body of Evidence, by Max Allan Collins — a book review"
I’m breaking some sort of Reviewer’s Commandment here by telling you that The Magicians just isn’t really a show for me. It’s the magic, you see. Other people have made the assumption about me—as Netflix has—that because I’m drawn to science fiction and fantasy stories, that all it takes to keep my interest is the […]Read more "The Magicians: Season 1 (SyFy) — a review"
I began watching this series many years ago. I stopped during the first season. My memory can no longer be trusted, but I believe I stopped watching because—at that time—I still hadn’t watched all of the episodes of the various Star Trek series. I felt like I was cheating on the franchise that brought me […]Read more "Stargate SG-1: Season 1 — a review"
Is there a better time than during a global pandemic to release a limited-run television series about . . . a global pandemic? Probably not. I’ve been a fan of the novel The Stand, by Stephen King, since the late 1970s, when it was published. In his dedication of the book to his wife, Tabitha, […]Read more "The Stand: Limited Series (2020) — a review"
People I love have told me that I’m terrible at keeping secrets. This isn’t true. In fact, I’m excellent at keeping secrets. I have a couple that I’ll take to the grave with me, in fact. Your hair would instantly turn white if I told you my secrets. No, that’s a lie. At this point, […]Read more "Sex Education: Series 1 (Netflix) — a review"