Is it me, or do modern television series just love to depress the hell out of the viewers?
I can easily say I'm loving TV much more than being a "movie buff" these days. Love reading your reactions to Cordon, at least it gets me excited for a US version
Season finale of the flash...
TWICE IN THE SAME EPISODE!
Yeah, well done, and a great first season to a somewhat 'mid-tier superhero' like The Flash (at least, that's how I feel about him). The drama, tension, and sense of action were always turned up. I look forward to a second season, and that season finale plot twist (aka the death of a certain character) was unexpected and well done. Hot dang.
ME WATCH TOO!!!Grace and Frankie (Season 1)
Netflix is on a role with in-house programming, and Grace and Frankie is right up there too. The series is a *perfect* "dramedy", a nice combination of light humour and some serious romantic/dramatic elements.
The show is about two hetero couples in their 'golden years' only for the two husbands to come out as gay... for each other.
A premise like this practically writes itself, but the material is handled very well. For one, no jokes are made at the expense of homosexuals and relies on other material for its ha-has. But the dramatic elements are surprisingly deep as it does look into both Grace and Frankie's lives after being 'dumped' 40 years into marriage
, 20 in which their husbands were 'sneaking around'. But the show examines with how they dealt with their feelings and even fought against them for the sake of their marriage and denying their consciousness (like how a "straight man" could possibly
be interested in a man), as well as what would eventually led up to their inevitably difficult and hurtful 'coming out' which leaves the ladies angry, confused, and frankly quite jilted.
It's great too because it also demonstrates how their families work into this and deal with it, how the starring ladies "move on" (and yeah the idea of dating in the "golden years"), trying to get life back together, but also the residual connection between the couples ---- you don't stay married for 40 years and *immediately* cut your ex-spouse out of your life, there's going to be a bumpy road ahead.
Brianna wins for best character though. But Coyote (yeah, that's a person's name) and the other sister barely registered even when the show tries
to make you care.... I hate when that happens, worse is when it feels deliberately shoe-horned in for added drama.
Still, recommended. A great premise and a pretty entertaining series if you need something to pick up.
Oh, and holy fuck I need
that beach house (or that other house with the bevelled roof).Supergirl (pilot)
A series clearly made with women in mind... A lady at a diner remarks:
"Can you believe it? A female superhero! Finally someone for my daughter to look up to".
Amen. The pilot has some of that "pilot awkward" of characters trying to fit the mould and tries to cover a lot of ground in its first episode, but for the most part it looks great, it's well cast, and has a fun atmosphere going for it. Me, like many others have pointed out, don't like the almost too-lined up "Devil Wears Prada" vibe at the beginning, and certain parts feel a bit too much like "Superman but not" (like working a shitty job by day, kicking ass by night), but I do like how SG is conscious of her superhero-ness from the get-go than having to really work up to it (like Superman having the Smallville TV series, Daredevil only getting his monicker by the end of the season, or having yet another
bunch of actors for Spiderman and the Fantastic 4 to 'reboot' the series).
By the halfway point of episode 1, Kara is already donning her red and blues and finding her true colours.
While the serious and action segments work well, I think it's important to draw attention to Supergirl herself. Melissa Benoist is equal parts adorable, goofy, and wonderfully confident to be the 'Supergirl' the show needs to create a less melodramatic hero (oh lord this happens way too often in the Marvel/DC cinematic universe), but still appropriately vulnerable when need be.
I do like the direction so far, and hope to see more as the characters get more and more comfortable in their roles.