Rumor has it I haven’t done one of these what have I been watching on TV posts in quite a while, so let’s do a bit of catching up here on this Friday evening, shall we?
Voltron – Legendary Defender (Netflix)
I think I was cautiously excited about this latest reboot of my beloved Voltron when I heard the news that Netflix was going to take a stab at it because quite frankly, I’ve watched bits and pieces of the one that ran on Nicktoons and I wasn’t impressed.
Legendary Defender, however, turned out to be a great re-imagining of this classic story while adding plenty of new flavor and a whole lot of fun, too. Hands down, Rhys Darby takes the cake with his hilarious role as Coran … it’s literally like how you would imagine Murray from Flight of the Conchords if he were promoted to be the advisor to the Voltron force, and it’s wonderful. I think in a lot of ways, his over the top comedy style helped make the show more watchable for me as an adult when admittedly if you look back on the old version I watched as a kid, I truly adored the lions and the assembly of Voltron, but pretty much everything else in between was very repetitive and boring…
Which was another surprising thing about Voltron: Legendary Defender because I was really impressed about how well thought out the storylines seemed to be throughout the season, and even leading into potential new seasons to come. One of the early Coran quotes that got a chuckle out of me went something like, “You need to be able to form Voltron over and over again – until you can do it in your sleep!” just because the old show was so formulaic … short story arc, meet robeast, fight it with the lions, form Voltron, end credits … whereas this version had a couple of episodes where I don’t think they even got around to forming Voltron because it didn’t fit with the larger story.
Anyhow, really good start and I look forward to seeing what they do next with season two. And if they manage to somehow sneak in the epic assembly anthem that we all associate with forming Voltron, then I’d dare say that the series will then be truly unstoppable!
The Night Manager (BBC)
This was one that I admittedly stumbled upon quite by accident, but I didn’t want to get started on it knowing that the episode on the screen was like 3 of 6 and it seemed just intriguing enough to watch from the very beginning…
And good god, was I right! It was really neat to see both of these guys in two very different roles after having mainly known them from playing House and Loki … particularly, it was hard at first to picture Hugh Laurie as a villain, but man did he just have it seeping from him by the time all was said and done. It’s funny, too, because after the short clip mid-series that I saw, I actually thought that the plot was going a completely different direction, so it’s really important to start from the very beginning. But it was good, and it would’ve been really hard to watch this thing through one episode a week because we plowed through all six episodes in two nights.
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Silicon Valley has kind of been up and down for me because it’s almost like watching The Office when you work in an office where the jokes are funny, but you also think, “Oh my god, I just had to deal with something like that last week…” – like the conflicts between the sales and the engineering teams, or the company deciding that it’s more profitable for them to fire people than it is to actually drive their business forward…
Still, I do love the characters on the home team and they’ve always got some bizarre riff that makes it worth enduring all of the business failures along the way … I think half the fun alone comes from watching Gilfoyle and Dinesh go at each other all day.
Marvel’s Agent’s of SHIELD (ABC)
Admittedly we haven’t been watching this from the get-go, but more so decided to give it another shot and then quickly got sucked in after watched both Agent Carter and Jessica Jones. When I first heard of the concept long before ever watching an episode, I didn’t think I’d really care about all of the other SHIELD agents who aren’t superheroes, but Clark Gregg is pretty much made to play that character and it’s pretty impressive how he brings this new team together to drive a powerful storyline that does a surprising job of complimenting the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as they’re taking place, but without the need for the high budgets that would come from having somebody like Captain America or Iron Man make a guest appearance!
Lots of twists, though some (like Grant turning evil or Fitz’s trauma) I wasn’t really a fan of, but the story was engaging right through the whole SHIELD is Hydra debacle (that I really hated, BTW) and I hope that ABC doesn’t stuff it in the corner and instead sees fit to let them continue on with the story for more seasons to come.
Unlike Agent Carter, which got cancelled recently but I think we’re all still pulling for to get resurrected for another season…
Woo-Hoo! A New DuckTales is Coming to Disney XD in 2017!
Yay – something new to watch with Christopher besides Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and The Muppet Show!!!
For celebratory sing-along purposes…
If only the first episode of season three had been as compelling as the trailer, maybe we’d still have a show worth fighting for here.
Simply put – I watched season 3, episode 1 of The Newsroom last night, and I’m sad to say that I kind of hated it. Like, A LOT.
It’s not the same show that it was when it first started – the characters are suddenly all best friends, there’s no structure left in the office, and after the last season was dominated by a plot around confidential information, season three looks like it’s starting out … the exact same way.
By the end of the episode, I regrettably had come to terms with the idea of the show ending after all. I loved season 1, but it started to fall short in season 2 and now having watched the premiere of #3, it doesn’t really surprise me as much that HBO decided to pull the plug on this one. So much of the episode just didn’t feel right…
- The intern who infamously got hired at the end of season 1 is now taking jabs at Will like they’re brother and sister.
- Apparently Sloan doesn’t really do much financial reporting anymore, except for showing her sparkly, new Bloomberg product placement.
- Don runs a show later than News Night, but apparently he never really has anything to do with his own show so he just hangs out with Will’s crew instead.
- Reese is now sort of buddy-buddy with the group, hanging out with them like he’s not the head of the entire company that everyone has hated up until now.
- Jim’s girlfriend from the last season now works there because, hell, why not?!
- And instead of Will being this noble, though intimidating force in the office, now he’s a bumbling idiot who seems to have traded scripts with MacKenzie the moment the two lovebirds got engaged last season.
I hate to see shows go while they’re still in their prime and I really thought that The Newsroom stood out as one of those with a decent amount of staying power, but I don’t know if the writers room changed or they just didn’t have anymore decent stories left in them. I’m morbidly curious to see what they do with the remaining couple of episodes that they still have left…
…but I swear to god, if they keep dragging out this Jim and Maggie dead horse like they eluded to when Maggie became a news woman on camera, I might not make it to the wedding that’s no doubt going to be the final episode…
I used to be a big fan of The Tonight Show, presumably because it was the one that my Dad always watched.
Loved Jay Leno – he was a funny guy, and typically would stay up late with my friends so that we could watch Conan, too.
“Stay tuned for Conan!”
It all changed for me a few years ago in 2010 when the whole Leno/Conan thing went down that really left a bad taste in my mouth, and I stopped being a fan of both Jay Leno and The Tonight Show because my view on the whole situation is that the one person who could’ve done something (Leno), didn’t.
But this post isn’t really about that, and although I didn’t watch the actual episode tonight, I’ve watched a couple of the clips that are up on YouTube already and I’ve been reading a lot of the media coverage about the whole thing, and what a big deal it is to be moving the show back to NYC for the first time since Johnny Carson left (although I was too young to watch even when he hosted in the 80s/90s), and even how Jimmy Fallon is tweaking the name of the show to be The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon instead of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon … also because that’s how Carson and even the older hosts before him did it.
And I guess all of this kind of got me thinking about, really, what an institution The Tonight Show has become, much like Saturday Night Live – another show that the comedy fan in me would still like to watch, but I just can’t bring myself to do it, and even looking at Jimmy Fallon himself … I never really watched him on Late Night simply because of sour grapes over the whole Leno/Conan fiasco, even though the clips that I’d randomly watch online were mostly entertaining and I’d always enjoyed him starting out on SNL as well.
I suppose what I’m trying to say is that after watching his extraordinarily humble and earnest introduction from a few hours ago, I think it might finally be time to give The Tonight Show another shot…
This. Is. Awesome.
Click on the image to see all sorts of crazy detail on the artist’s Deviant Art page – the original is something like 5000×3500, so it’s really huge! Unfortunately, it’s a fan creation, so we’ll probably never actually see it in print unless you know a dude who’s a printer who will look the other way, which is too bad because I think it would go great alongside this classic poster of the entire cast of The Simpsons that I currently have framed on my wall…
…just between you and me, I might see if I can find a place to get a copy printed up at 24×36 anyways…
Loved all of the detail that went into tonight’s Christmas episode of The Simpsons – especially in the intro!
I was also almost tempted to rewind so that I could read all of the holiday special spoofs, but thankfully the AV Club already did it in this otherwise curmudgeonly review of the episode as a whole.
Whatever – I’m easy to please when it comes to The Simpsons … just keep making it!
The Claymation Christmas Special is the best Christmas special ever made – hands down.
How do I not remember this great bit of dialog from MacKenzie from the very first episode of The Newsroom?! Usually Will gets all of the best dialog, but she really nailed it with this scene.