Category Archives: TV

GEEK OUT! THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES: HIGH FANTASY FROM MTV!

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Content is king.

When distribution platforms like HBO, Amazon & Netflix began producing original content, these corporations were merely heeding this truth of that saying. The success of these ventures have now even persuaded MTV to take the plunge after years of reality TV programming.

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GEEK OUT! TV REVIEW: SHERLOCK – THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE

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Sherlock: The stage is set, the curtain rises, we are ready to begin.

Mary Watson: Begin what?

Sherlock: Sometimes to solve a case, one must first solve another.

John Watson: Oh, you have a case, then, a new one?

Sherlock: An old one, very old. I shall have to go deep.

John Watson: Deep? Into what?

Sherlock: Myself.

Fan favourite series Sherlock returns for a 4th season with a 90 minute holiday special, that as always showcases the clever, witty & self-referential writing of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat and the screen chemistry of Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (as Dr. John Watson).

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GEEK OUT! ARROW MIDSEASON FINALE: PHOTO GALLERY

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Trust Arrow to give us something dark before X’Mas! With Damien Darhk hellbent on teaching Oliver Queen a lesson, the spectre of death was looming over all of Queen’s family, friends and beloved ones. Well, let’s just say it does not end well (remember that in the season opener, a death was foreshadowed) and so …

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GEEK OUT! AGENTS OF SHIELD MIDSEASON FINALE: PHOTO GALLERY

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The third season of Agents of SHIELD has been upping the ante with the Inhumans dilemma. Throw in conspiracies within ACTU linked to HYDRA (inevitably), Simmon’s sojourn on the blue planet & the heightening of the Coulson-Ward feud – finally, Agents of SHIELD is providing some scifi-based competition to CW’s Arrow and The Flash.

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GEEK OUT! FLASH 209 PHOTO GALLERY

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A wonderful Xmas episode for The Flash! Attention was drawn to many faces as secrets were revealed, Weather Wizard & Trickster joined forces (Captain Cold demurred) & Team Flash (this time consisting of Cisco, Harrison AND Jay) saved the day! However, Wells had to make a Faustian bargain.  Oh and not much of Barry in his costume…

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GEEK OUT! THE EXPANSE LIVES UP TO ITS NAME!

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Scifi TV geeks have been waiting for a long time for a series that matches the epic sweep of Babylon 5 or Battlestar Galactica. Thus, when it was announced that Syfy was adapting James SA Corey’s Expanse series, there was palpable excitement amongst geeks that perhaps the wait was over. Based on the pilot, there is enough evidence that The Expanse may have a shot at emulating the greatness of the aforementioned series.

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GEEK OUT! JESSICA JONES

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Netflix’s collaboration with Marvel featuring the grittier, street-wise superheroes of New York (of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) enters into Phase Two with Jessica Jones. Whilst Daredevil has a marquee-level brand recognition, Jessica Jones would only be familiar to diehard comic book fans, from the Marvel MAX series, Alias. Thus, it represented a bit of a risk for Netflix-Marvel to produce a Jessica Jones series over a more prominent character like say, The Punisher or even Luke Cage. But the gamble paid off and how!

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7 AND 7 IS: FILM/TV DEATH SCENES

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I am a pretty emotional person, and am more so when I get older – I guess when you have a greater experience of loss and sadness – these scenes hit home. Sure, some of them are melodramatic and in fantastical settings (and one of them involves an imaginary friend) but death is a fact of life that as human beings, we will always be trying to come to terms with. Until of course, our own time is up! Enjoy (or not, as the case may be). 

And… spoilers, duh! 

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GEEK OUT! SUPERHERO TV IN THE GROOVE

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Supergirl is the latest superhero TV series and joined the likes of The Flash (2nd Season), Arrow (4th) & Agents of SHIELD (3rd) in an ever-increasing costumed tights buffet. I don’t count Gotham as a superhero TV series as it is just a (boring) police procedural set in the Batman universe & worse still, a prequel (I hate prequels).

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Ironically, despite the fact that the pilot was leaked online months ago, Supergirl’s premiere episode did very well out of the blocks. Presumably, the female lead and Superman associations put the new series in good stead. Apparently this series is based on the Christopher Reeve Superman continuity and thus adopts a more light-hearted tone. And thus has nothing to do with current DC comics continuity (which is messed up) or the DC movie universe as established by Man of Steel (very very dark) – which makes sense.

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However, because of this, there is less Geek Out value to Supergirl compared to the other series above-mentioned & will probably appeal more to the Gotham crowd than hardcore comic book geeks. The Flash and Arrow still have an edge over Agents of SHIELD, due to the CW writers and producers being more faithful to the source material than even Marvel itself, surprisingly.

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Oliver Queen’s running for Mayor of Star City (Arrow) and the appearance of King Shark (!!!) in The Flash (not to mention the new Firestorm) in the latest episodes gives us geeks exactly what we want in a superhero TV series – nods to original material, over the top heroics & of course, ridiculous villains! Awesome fun!

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GEEK OUT! FLASH OF TWO WORLDS

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Well, it may have taken 54 years but better late than never! Finally, the concept of the DC multiverse first mooted in The Flash #123 (1961) makes its way into mainstream pop culture.

The second episode of CW’s The Flash Season 2 sets up this premise as the core storyline for the series with the introduction of Jay Garrick (the Flash of Earth-2). Kudos to the writers and producers of the show for diving boldly into this challenging scifi-superhero concept. That last bit teasing the Earth-2 Harrison Wells was brilliant as well – could Wells be Zoom? Can’t wait to see how The Flash develops this in the episodes to come!

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GEEK OUT! OLD FRIENDS & NEW ACQUAINTANCES

This week brought along the return of The Flash and the third episodes of Limitless and Agents of SHIELD (Season 3).

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Bit of a curveball as we started Season 2 of The Flash with the disappearance of Ronnie Raymond (yeah, we know he isn’t dead – Firestorm is part of DC: Legends of Tomorrow) and Barry Allen isolating himself from his loved ones in the six months following. Well, along comes the really lame super-villain Atom Smasher, whose only purpose is to introduce the villain of the season (Zoom) and the family all coming together as one. If you are wondering, Jay Garrett (the ‘Golden Age Flash’) appears at the end. But slow moving – c’mon this is The Flash – but next episode promises more…

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Agents of SHIELD is finally a fully-fledged superhero TV show with Daisy (formerly Skye) demonstrating her Inhuman powers. However, the team is fragmented with May hiding out with her father & Simmons on some desolated planet. But not for too long as Ward reforms HYDRA and the Agents get together again to face the emerging threat.

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Was rather skeptical about this TV adaptation of the Limitless movie but this episode demonstrated that the over-arching story concerning the plans that Senator Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) has for our protaganist Brian, has legs and the introduction of the diabolical Mr Sands (Colin Salmon, Walter Steele from Arrow) into Brian’s life is a masterstroke. Looking forward to see how the show develops this. Oh and Jennifer Carpenter is a pure gem as always!

… still there’s more … 

GEEK OUT! FEAR THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 1 REVIEW

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Spoilers lie in wait. You have been warned.

Following the ongoing success of The Walking Dead, AMC and creator Robert Kirkman brought us the prequel companion series Fear the Walking Dead, having decided to give us the chance to experience the infection from the beginning. Concluding its first season this past Sunday, the show gave us an interesting look at the slow fall of civilization that led up to the impending zombie apocalypse we see Rick and gang battling. But for a season that (according to most fans) started out slowly, it ended with quite the bang and one of the largest walker hordes shown to date.

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GEEK OUT! ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

The new TV season is upon us geeks – even as Fear The Walking Dead and The Strain end their respective storylines for the time being (both will definitely be back), The Leftovers returns.

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Considering how popular The Walking Dead is, it’s no surprise that this spin-off did well in terms of viewership. Fear the Walking Dead was a disappointment though and never got near to the intensity, drama and characterisation that its parent series managed in its powerful debut season (which was also only six episodes).

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The Strain‘s second season was rather mixed. Plotlines were left dangling, women characters were killed off & still we are nowhere closer to resolving key issues.

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Now, I enjoyed the polarising quasi-religious HBO series The Leftovers and am glad to report that Season 2 is off to a great start by introducing a new town and a new family into the storyline before more familiar faces turn up. As usual, all the weird elements remain intact – goat sacrifice in a diner, anyone? – with ominous undertones bubbling under the surface wonderfully.

FEAR OF THE WALKING DEAD – BACK TO THE EGG

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The Walking Dead is one of the most successful shows currently on television and with good reason. It is a smart, character-driven drama that has captivated audiences by constantly developing their characters and letting us become invested in their stories as they journey through the zombie apocalypse. It seems that AMC is hoping to make lightning strike twice by creating a companion series for the popular show entitled Fear the Walking Dead.

Instead of in the south, Fear the Walking Dead takes place in Los Angeles in the several-week period that Rick Grimes was in a coma and is unable to witness the slowly descending horror. We are able to watch how things fall apart in a major metropolitan area as it crumbles under the weight of the hordes of the undead.

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