Set in the mythical land of…Northern California, Shannara Chronicles follows the journey of Princess Amberle Elessedil (Poppy Drayton), Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler) and Eretria (Ivana Baquero) on a mission to save their world from a powerful ancient elvish druid demon known as The Dagda Mor (Jed Brophy) and his demon army, formerly banished to the underworld by the power of the Ellcrys (a magical tree).  Whaaaaat? 

To recount, Shadow Hunters was an abysmal film.  The TV show, is worse.  Much, much worse.  I'm not a critic who likes to tear down actors, no performance is 100% all on them.  It's a collaboration and a lot can go wrong when one or more of the pieces is out of whack.  There's no doubt in my mind that this show has a lot of pieces way out of whack, the acting being only one.  It's plods along frustratingly slow with poorly executed fight scenes.  The show seems to care more about how the characters look instead of developing any sort of interesting storyline.  It's like a bad soap opera where the characters get all geared up and pumped up to do something and they spend about 40 mins talking about it and do nothing until the very end.  I've not read the books but I'm pretty confident they read a lot more slicker and action packed than what's being dramatized.  They're trying to be so sexy and dark while creating a romantic longing between the characters and they're failing at every turn.  It's a real shame and viewers should make them pay for being so lazy when they had perfectly good material to draw upon.  Tune out.       

***UPDATE***

Against my better judgement, I continued to watch this show and in short, it got better.  Like, a lot.  The show must have heard the bad news about S1 and made the MUCH needed adjustments.  It's not must see TV by a long shot, but there's enough going on in S2 to pluck at the heartstrings of any supernatural drama lover.  Season 2 touches on some relevant social issues without diving too deeply into them, still bringing lots of action and magic.  The divergent paths of Isabel (Emeraude Toubia)and Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario) is probably the best thing about S2 thus far.  The shows attempt to create storylines around a powerful female lead, Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) is commendable, but still falls into the trap of  coupling her happiness with being in a relationship.  To be blunt, she's not kicking nearly enough ass.  I know she's supposed to be new to the Shadow Hunter world, but instead of focusing on the Jace Wayland (Dominc Sherwood), best friend, Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) love triangle, they should have been building up her warrior skills.  But, what the show lacks in depth, it makes up for in romantic idealism and boatload of smizing.  If viewers can choke down S1, they will be more than mollified by where the story goes in S2.  

I'm just gonna say it.  There is nothing super about Supergirl.  For me the show unwinds in a completely predictible fashion.  The characters are pure bubble gum and the plots are completely without sophistication.  It would have been nice to see a more complicated Supergirl.  In a way, her "coming out" is like a teenager growing into a young woman.  For 15 years she's supressed who she is so she really never had the opporunity to figure that out.  She's a nice person, we get it, but can't she also be a little selfish sometimes, or a fool for love?  The show attempts to create a Supergirl making mistakes and growing through them, but it lacks substance and a real emotional connection to the viewer.  Listen, I'm not hating on Melissa Benoist, I think she's a perferctly wonderful actress.  I just think she's not being stretched much as Supergirl.  In a genre where there are SO very few female superheroes, I look at a show like, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and I know Supergirl could be so much more than a physically strong girl that can fly and shoot lazer beams out of her eyes.  It's not all bad though, Benoist is supported by Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) and Winn Schott, Jr. (Jeremy Jordan) who I believe bring more depth in a show drowning in platitudes.  If Supergirl can begin to focus more on that  and less on creating a unattainably sterling role model out of Supergirl, they might create a show viewers will tune in for the long run.   

SO...the devil is...changing?  AKA, the premise of new Fox show, Lucifer.  I imagine somewhere in the casting notes for title character, the role called for a dark and beautiful man.  If Tom Ellis is nothing else, he's certainly that.  SIII-II-II-ZZLE.  Thankfully, Ellis is much more than a pretty face as the show rests entirely on his shoulders and yes, he delivers.  The surprise twist is that it's billed as a comedy-drama and even more surprising, on many levels, IT delivers.  With a lot of tongue and cheek going on throughout each episode, Lucifer (the character) is sexy, smart, irreverent, avenging and totally conflicted about his new roll on earth.  Not to mention he has dark angels trying to get him to go back to Hell.  Cozy.  He alignes himself  with a Detective, played by Chloe Decker (Lauren German), who also happens to be the only human utterly immune to his "charms".  On the whole, Lucifer has promise if you like that whole, the devil is a charming bastard, deal.  For my time, I'd like to see a little less charming naughty boy and a little more dark avenging angel.  But I'll keep watching. 

Laugh out loud funny.  It's about the best compliment I can give a comedy and this show has earned every letter.  Headlined by America Ferrera who, incidently, is NOT funny but still works as a lead in this fantastic ensemble cast of hilarious characters.  For any of us who have worked or are working at a deadend job, the characters on Superstore are more like familiar co-workers and friends.  Sure, there are definitely character similarities to a great show like, The Office, but that's more of a compliment and a promise of great things to come than a detraction from the show's ability to stand on its own.  Viewers will appreciate and enjoy the great little gems within each episode that unravel the many complex layers of the Cloud 9 employees.  I think this show has a potential to gain a strong audience presence given time.         

 

I may roll out a longer review once a full 15 episodes are aired, but since we’re only at six, I think this is more appropriate.  Taking place in L.A., these first six episodes cover the six weeks in which Rick Grimes (“Fear The Walking Dead”) was in a coma.  We finally get to see how it all started, how the cities and towns and people reacted in the very beginning.  Up until now, we've only seen the aftermath and followed the stories of the survivors.  Now we get to see how they survived humanity’s apocalypse.  As a BIG fan of TWD it was a bit frustrating to watch because I know everything the characters don’t and watching them fumble around was difficult.  I love that the creators and writers have chosen a blended, racially diverse family in one of the most racially diverse cities in the United States.  They’re really concentrating on who these people are and how this apocalypse shapes them.  It takes time so fans of this series, be patient and keep watching.  

Whatever I thought this show was going to be, funny wasn’t one of them.  Scream Queens whole heartedly embraces the tongue and cheek of traditional horror while managing to imbue commentary on today’s teenager, social media and technology to name a few.   Plus, there’s a lot of gore, PG gore, but still, impressive.  It’s a lot smarter than I expected but the question I have is, can they keep it up?  There’s a reason horror films average an hour and 40 mins.        

This was a decent movie and I surprise myself by saying, the TV show ain’t half bad either.  The other half…eesh.  Full disclosure, I’m not much of a Meagan Good fan but even that fact hasn’t dissuaded me from tuning in.  This show has the opportunity to mine some interesting issues with respect to profiling and institutional biases, both very relevant topics that the film was only able to scratch the surface of.  Casting wise, I’m most impressed with the actors playing the Precog’s, specifically, Dash (Stark Sands) and Arthur (Nick Zano).  If they can concentrate more on story and character and less on futuristic elements and gimmicks (Fringe did a good job of balancing both), the show can make moves toward leading the pack of this fall’s new dramas.

Think, Blacklist, but instead of a Raymond Reddington, you have a body covered in tattoos leading the FBI to all manner of domestic, and I’m sure later on, international terrorist threats.  Also like the Blacklist, there are some agency bad guys that don’t want the secrets Jane Doe’s body holds to be deciphered.  But for the male lead casting of Sullivan Stapleton (Kurt Weller), I really want to give it both thumbs up.  He’s got the look but his interpretation of the character isn’t working for me.  He’s wooden and more of a bad distraction than an interesting character to watch.  The good news is, he’s supported by a much better cast.  I’ll keep watching and hope that they find a director that can pull a better performance from him. 

If the characters on this show reflect our FBI training agencies, America, we in danger girl.  This is supposed to be a smart, intense, sexy drama but the only thing they’ve managed to get spot on, is the sexy.  Which is disappointing. Quantico takes you into the training of a group of very diverse (in background) people who hope to be FBI agents.  The show jumps between the future and the past, the future revealing that one of these trainees is a terrorist and the past being their time in training which will eventually lead to the who.  With shows like The BlacklistScandalHow To Get Away With Murder and now Blindspot to compete with, Quantico really doesn’t mount much of a convincing offensive. 

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