Yeah. It’s time to review the final season of the CW’s long-running series Supernatural. I’ve been putting it off for a while. To be fair, the CW—and the COVID-19 pandemic—put it off for longer than I have. After watching five episodes a week for over a year, I was ready for this story to be […]Read more "Supernatural: Season 15 — a review"
I’ve written about Firefly on other occasions. Like all fans of the show, I’ve bemoaned the fact that this science fiction series, created by patron-nerd-saint Joss Whedon, was cancelled after only a single season. The show was so richly drawn, with compelling characters and potential plotlines that could have easily sustained five additional seasons, perhaps […]Read more "Firefly: The Story Continues . . . (adventures in other media)"
This seems like the sort of series I wouldn’t have liked. You know the sort I mean. A continuation of an older, successful intellectual property. Like The New WKRP in Cincinnati, which I never watched, even though I loved the original show. Or, Fuller House, which you couldn’t pay me to watch because I didn’t […]Read more "Cobra Kai: Season 1 (Netflix) — a review"
It really wasn’t much of a cliffhanger, was it? Seriously, did any of you think, when the Gallagher clan decided to murder Frank by tossing him off a bridge into the Chicago River at the end of Season 6, that Frank was going to die? Frank Gallagher, who is played to the hilt by award-winning […]Read more "Shameless: Season 7 — a review"
Reaching 100 episodes of a television series used to be a major accomplishment. It was the traditional threshold for a show to be able to enter syndication. I’m not sure if that still applies these days. Multiple streaming platforms, in addition to all the cable networks and the Big Three, have altered the television landscape […]Read more "Community: Season 6 — a review"
I recently finished watching every episode of the CW series Supernatural. I’ve gone on record as saying I’m not a fan of binge-watching television shows. Even when I’m watching a long-running television series such as The West Wing or Shameless, I prefer to watch no more than two episodes per week. Circumstances sometimes change those […]Read more "10-List: Essential Supernatural Episodes"
I hold to the belief that most entertaining fiction, whether found as television, cinema, stage plays, comic books, video games or print media, is highly predicated by two main requirements. The first of these is competent worldbuilding. A story’s settings must be realistic within the fictional milieu. The back story, the reasons why the story […]Read more "Firefly: Cast Personae (how to create character-driven science fiction)"
Back on January 1, 2020, which seems a lot longer ago than it should, I published a post titled An Argument Against Binge-Watching (Happy New Year!) in which I outlined the reasons I prefer not to binge-watch television or streaming series. I stand by those reasons. The Macmillan Dictionary blog defines binge-watching as the “now […]Read more "An Argument in Favor of Binge-Watching (crawfishing on an earlier statement)"
I’m going to let you in on a secret. I’m going to allow you to take a brief look at the real man behind the curtain here at Firewater Corporation. I’m about halfway through watching Season 7 of this series as I’m typing this review of Season 5. It’s been about three months since I […]Read more "The West Wing: Season 5 — a review"
What can I tell you about the U.S. series Shameless that I haven’t already said in my reviews for the previous five seasons? Season 5 was the series low point for me, so far. It was still good, just not as good. Season 6 is better than it’s immediate predecessor. Maybe not up to the […]Read more "Shameless: Season 6 — a review"