Submitted for our approval: the first two episodes of The Twilight Zone, revived (again) for the twenty-first century, with high production values, “adult” language, and Jordan Peele.
Want a look at Jordan Peale’s new version of the Twilight Zone? You don’t need CBS All Access to watch the first episode, “The Comedian.” Just head over to YouTube and watch it now (embedding is disabled, so you have to watch it on YouTube itself). What do you think? Is it a worthy successor to the classic?
While Arrow and The Flash hide from the April Fools that are everywhere, the fools of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow return to the airwaves to keep Supergirl company. The Legends spend a lot of time dealing with their Bureau (not this Bureau,) and Supergirl gives us Ms. Teschmacher’s tale. American Gods give us more pairings of Laura and her Leprechaun, while Bilquis debates a spider.
Riverdale continues to explorer the drug trade and boxing worlds, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger also returns, deciding their great powers must come with great responsibility, and may not be so great after all.
Sabrina also returns with either the last episode of Season 1, or the first episode of Season 2, depending on where you look. If you want to warm up from her Chilling Adventures, Arthur and The Tick drop their second season this week, also.
After death, you get another try. The concept isn’t new, we’ve been used to this sort of thing happening ever since we first picked up Mario’s controller and ran into a mushroom and started the level over with this new found knowledge that mushrooms are deadly. Remember when Groundhog Day made us chuckle as Bill Murray relived the same day? Then we got the action movie treatment when Tom Cruise did it in Edge of Tomorrow. There was also that recent slasher horror movie Happy Death Day (and its sequel in theaters now, Happy Death Day 2U.) Star Trek even gave us a time loop in TNG’s Cause and Effect and Discovery‘s Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.
On February 1st, Netflix dropped Russian Doll, a story of Nadia who finds herself in this trap, reliving her 36th birthday. With eight half-hour episodes and a total run time around four hours this is a show you can binge watch all in an evening. This is definitely not a show for kids. The Bureau42 review for it is here, but be wary; It attempts to stay vague but it is difficult to discuss without spoiling More…
This week is surprisingly light, after Black Lightning wrapped up his season last week, and a few regulars take some time off. American Gods features one of the ravens, Supergirl lets Lex tell us where he’s been for two years, Arrow gets Laurel more involved in team, and Riverdale’s finale attacks the drug factory Farm.
Next week, The Legends of Tomorrow, Cloak and Dagger, The Tick, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina return for new seasons. (Most of which are included below.)
The season two return of American Gods was so distracting, last week’s post was completely missed. (Feel free to talk about last week’s episodes here, as well.) American Gods lets us see the trains we all know are circling the country and performing illicit acts of espionage. Supergirl had already given us a new Superman for her universe, now we get to meet their `Lex, err… Lex. Arrow goes into the future and stays there for the issue. Black Lightning adds more metas, probably. The Flash takes a trip out to the suburbs. Outside of DC, Riverdale gets musical.
We never did get around to reviewing the second season of Westworld (The Door) so we’re offering it as a Weekend Review.
I was concerned the show might break stride or hobble a bit in its second season. It heads out a full gallop, and drops some of the best episodes in the history of SF television.
Scroll down a bit to find the review. The cast is very large.
Did anyone other than me expect more of The Gifted this season? If so, too bad, last week was the season finale. Apparently DC was afraid of it, and now that it is over the Arrow-verse comes back out of the woodwork for their new episodes. Synopses are light, but Manchester Black returns to vex Supergirl and The Flash gives us the animal on animal action as King Shark takes on Gorilla Grodd. Riverdale also continues to besmirch the names of Archie’s characters this week.
Seth MacFarlane made it big with Family Guy, a not-so-family-friendly animated comedy show, but he also worked to bring Cosmos’ revival to air and is a big fan of Star Trek. While I can’t back up this claim, it seems as though he asked to make a new Star Trek show (before Discovery took off) and was rebuked for being the crude comedy guy. His show had a lot of what we love about Star Trek, but he couldn’t sell it without cashing in on his crude comedy background, and as a result, we have The Orville, a clear rip off on Star Trek, but with what my wife describes as Frat Boy comedy overlaying everything.
Despite this, the show tackles serious social issues, such as the expectations of gender, social media and trial by public opinion, and porn addiction. In the same way classic Star Trek uses strange new worlds to sign a spotlight on our own world’s problems, The Orville does the same thing within a coating of low brow comedy.
…until now. In Identity, The Orville drops the jokes and just tells a space-based sci-fi story. I truly think they just want their off-beat comedy to be More…
DC doesn’t believe in the fourth week of February, so they have all decided to take it off. The Gifted could see this was coming, and Archie goes back to taking his punches. Are these two going to carry the weight for the week, or is it an excuse to phone it in until everything returns next week?