Winter TV Begins

TV Homer

Winter is fully upon us and it sucks. Even though we get 1 day of snow usually (think we are up to 3 this season) the wind is getting brutal and all I want to do is stay inside and keep warm in front of the glow of the TV. Here is what is coming up in the next couple of months.

Taboo (FX) – January 10 – 8 part miniseries starring Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, an adventurer who builds his own shipping empire in the early 1800’s.

The Young Pope (HBO) – January 15 – HBO series focuses on Lenny Belardo, the first American Pope in history. Starring Jude Law

Six (History Channel) – January 18 – Centres around Navy SEAL Team Six who discover an American working with the enemy in Afghanistan.

Beware the Slenderman (HBO) – January 23 – HBO documentary focusing on two 12-year-old girls who lured a friend into the woods and stabbed her in attempt to appease the Slender Man from a Creepypasta tale.

Face Off (Space) – January 24 – Season 11 brings back the all-stars for one of the best reality competition shows.

The Magicians (Showcase) – January 25 – Season 2 of what I think of as the adult version of Harry Potter.

Cardinal (CTV) January 25 – Not entirely sure what this about other than a couple of detectives in Northern Ontario investigating the murder of a young girl.

Riverdale (Streaming on Nexflix Canada) – January 26 – Archie comes to the small screen and from the little that I’ve read, it has a bit of a Twin Peaks vibe.

Black Sails (SuperChannel) – January 29 – Season 4, the final season. Sad but I think it will be a great ending.

Legion (FX) – February 8 – X-Men comes to TV with a show a centred around the mutant Legion who is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – February 12 – Very interested in seeing how John Oliver’s show will be once the new president takes office.

The Walking Dead (AMC) – February 12 – The second part of the season begins. As much as I have not cared for the past couple of seasons, I have actually been enjoying this season.

Taken (NBC) – February 27 – Not sure what to think of this TV adaptation of the Taken movies but it does have Clive Standen (Rollo from Vikings) so I’ll give it a shot.

Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix) March 17 – Following in the footsteps of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, I believe Iron Fist is the last character to be introduced before the next Nexflix Marvel series The Defenders brings them all together.

Twin Peaks – May 21 – I binged the original series one Christmas and loved it. Looking forward to seeing this one. Just need to figure out what channel it is airing on in Canada.

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TV Goodness: Fall 2014 – Part 2 – October Premieres

Stalker (Series Premiere) – October 1

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Criminal Minds (S.10) – October 1

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Gracepoint – October 2

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The Originals (S.2) – October 6

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The Flash (Series Premiere) – October 7

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Supernatural (S.10) – October 7

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Arrow (S.3) – October 8

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American Horror Story Freak Show (S.4) – October 8

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The Walking Dead (S.5) – October 12

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The Affair (Series Premiere) – October 19

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Constantine (Series Premiere) – October 24

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Elementary (S.4) – October 30

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Ascension – November 24

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TV Goodness: Fall 2014 – Part 1 – September Premieres

The 2014 Fall TV season has begun!  Here is what I’m looking forward over the next couple of months starting with September.

The League (S.6) – September 3

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Sons of Anarchy (S.7, final season) – September 9

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Z Nation (Series Premiere) – September 12

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The Good Wife (S.6) – September 21

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Gotham (Series Premiere) – September 22

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Sleepy Hollow (S.2) – September 22

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Forever (Series Premiere) – September 22

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Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (S.2) – September 23

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Family Guy/Simpsons Cross-over – September 28

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Brooklyn Nine Nine (S.2) – September 28

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Oculus (2013)

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The Gist

The MirroredKaren Gillan (Kaylie); Brenton Thwaites (Tim); Katee Sackhoff (Marie); Rory Cochrane (Alan); Annalise Basso (kid Kaylie); Garrett Ryan (kid Tim)

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My Take:  Is it just me or are we lacking some truly good horror movies these days?  It could just be me since I haven’t been watching many movies lately (books good. fresh air good) and what I have watched is unimpressive.  ‘Open Grave‘ was disappointing, I didn’t finish the Nazi zombie flick ‘Outpost: Black Sun‘, again.  Which leads to Oculus. Eleven years after the deaths of her parents, Kaylie Russell is determined to prove that her Father was possessed by an evil entity that lives within an antique mirror and not responsible for the horrors that befell her family and led to her little brother Tim committing murder at the age of 10.  And when I say she wants to prove it, I mean she is balls out, hardcore obsessed with proving the supernatural events that took place using cameras to track events, alarm clocks to remind her to eat and drink and other mechanisms to help try to retain her sanity and destroy the evil spirit.  The two key elements for her task are the haunted mirror (which she obtains via her fiancé’s business) and her brother Tim who is recently released from an asylum after being incarcerate for the murder he committed as a boy and the crazy tale he told of ghosts and possession.

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Ok, so she wants to prove her father and mother weren’t crazy and she wants to drag her brother into her insane obsession immediately after he is released and has put the traumatic events of the past behind him.  She is manipulative not only with her brother but with her fiancé who has no idea what is happening or why she is borderline nuts.  She seems kind of delusional about the past but that’s the thing about this flick, you don’t know what is real and what is an illusion.  It totally messes with and blurs the lines of reality and the truth of what happened 11 years earlier.

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Final Thoughts:  Now the question – do I recommend this flick or not?  I’m not making it very clear am I.  Yes, I would recommend it because it does have a a few moments of creepiness and I like how it jumped from the past to the present and manipulated reality.  What I wasn’t a fan of was the end.  It was abrupt, somewhat predictable and not the way I would have liked to see it conclude.  I was more interested in the history of the mirror than the story of the Russell family’s plight following their purchase of the mirror.   The trailer for this flick makes it look like it’s filled with all kinds of creepy ghosty goodness but it really wasn’t, it was more of a mind fuck featuring the characters.  Given the lack of good movies out right now, this one stands up as one to watch.

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Dracula Untold (October 17, 2014)

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What’s this, another adaptation of the Dracula story.  Try not to roll your eyes too much, this one looks pretty damn good with a real kick-ass vampire.  Dracula Untold takes us back to the origins of the man Vlad Tepes and how he became the vampire Dracula. Starring Luke Evans (Immortals and the abomination of a remake of The Crow), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider Man 2), Dominic Cooper (Captain America, The Devil’s Double) and Zach McGown (Charles Vane from Black Sails, best pirate ever).

From the trailer, this looks really good and I have hopes that it will be the next great vampire flick because there hasn’t been a good one in many, many years.  And the bonus…it comes out shortly before Halloween.  Woot!

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Penny Dreadful (Pilot)

 

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After much anticipation, the new gothic horror show from Showtime Penny Dreadful premiers tonight.  Technically the pilot has been available for the past week or so on demand but the nation wide debut is tonight.

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The Players: Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler); Eva Green (Vanessa Ives); Timothy Dalton (Sir Malcolm); Harry Treadaway (Dr. Victor Frankenstein)

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First Impressions:  The first episode has proven to be quite the introduction to a cast of characters from literature who have been meshed wonderfully with a new set characters to battle the forces of evil in the streets of Victorian London.  The show starts out bloody with a gruesome murder and rolls along introducing us to the main players Ethan Chandler, Vanessa Ives and Sir Malcolm as the trio come together under mysterious circumstances. We follow them through the opium dens of London to the lair of a monster and the crude butcheresque mortuary where a certain Doctor is working on his greatest experiment.  The first episode of Penny Dreadful is quite good and I look forward to seeing more and more of the gothic goodness.

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Salem (2014 – TV Series)

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Premiers on WGN America April 20, 2014

The Gist:  Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, ‘Salem’ explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.  (IMDB: Written by WGN)

Witches & HuntersAzure Parsons (Gloriana); Morgana Shaw (Mab); Janet Montgomery (Mary Sibley); Seth Gabel (Cotton Mather); Xander Berkeley (Magistrate Hale); Shane West (John Alden); Ashley Madekwe (Tituba ); Elise Eberle (Mercy Lewis)

Thoughts: I’m looking forward to giving this one a try and seeing how they develop the story of the Salem Witch Trials and how much supernatural elements take the place of reality.

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Penny Dreadful (TV 2014)

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Premiering May 11, 2014, Penny Dreadful brings together some of literature’s most famous and terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and figures from Dracula, and setting them together in the beauty and grit of Victorian London.

The Dreadful: Eva Green (Vanessa Ives); Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler); Timothy Dalton (Sir Malcolm); Rory Kinnear (The Creature); Helen McCrory (Madame Kali); Billie Piper (Brona Croft); Harry Treadaway (Dr. Victor Frankenstein)

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This show looks awesome.  The splendour mixed with the grim and degradation of Victorian London populated with all manner of evil characters that are up to no good.  Wonderful.

Captivating characters (hopefully), rich and elegant sets and classic horror should pay off for 8 Victorian horror filled episodes.  Stay tuned for full reviews after each episode.

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Winter 2014 – TV for Cold Nights

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Winter is still hanging around and one of the ways to escape the cold and wet of the season is to dive into some new and returning shows for Winter 2014.  I present a list of the TV goodness that I am enjoying.

Black Sails

Vikings

Hannibal

Justified

Banshee

Rick & Morty

Bates Motel

Game of Thrones – Not out til April but I can’t wait