For those of you that don’t follow our Google+ Page, I’m pretty much done with Fear the Walking Dead for now. I really tried here, but I just can’t do it anymore. After last week’s episode made a time jump that encompassed more time than had actually passed in the previous three episodes combined, I just got pissed off. I’ll explain more about that in a future article I’ll write after the entire season is over, but if you were wondering why you haven’t seen a FtWD article from me this week, well there ya’ go.
Besides, with new and vastly more entertaining shows on the horizon, wouldn’t you rather hear about them? I sure as hell know that I’d rather be talking them up! I’ve been delving a lot into the new Fall TV shows this season already, and figured that I’d put my thoughts on them all in one spot. I’ll update this article as more pilots come out, but I’ll tell you straight-up that I’ll be taking a look at Blindspot, Minority Report, Heroes Reborn, and Supergirl.
The first pilot I started out with was Blindspot. I was pretty pleased that it didn’t make the same mistake as Fear the Walking Dead; the pacing here was much better and it got to the action fairly quickly. The downside of that is that we don’t get to spend enough time with any of these characters to really care about them, and I’m not sure the mystery of The Girl With the Kurt Wagner Tattoo is really going to be enough to draw me in. Sullivan Stapleton’s somewhat standard gruff leading man didn’t really do a lot for me, and Jaimie Alexander didn’t really have enough to work with here to really do much of anything at all. Plus, and this is just a geek nitpick, but the line about tracing the bad guy’s turned off cell phone by “rooting the phone and turning it back on” was absolutely ludicrous to anyone who actually understands what rooting a phone is and how to do it (spoiler: it kinda has to be turned on and and in your hands).
Still, the episode was good enough that I’m willing to give it a few more episodes to see how things go. A somewhat shaky 3 out of 5 I’ll give it.
Right after I watched Blindspot, I sat down to watch Minority Report. Before I get into this, I should probably mention that I wasn’t overly fond of the Minority Report film. Also, Sci-Fi + Fox usually means that it’ll end in disaster (I shouldn’t even have to make references here; you all know what I’m talking about).
Having said that, this was a hell of a pilot.
Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the film by the same name because the show takes the time to explain all that you need know going in. Because of that, it’s easy to get behind Dash (Stark Sands) as you see where he’s coming from and the things he’s had to go through as we pick up the events of the show. While I think the boob window in Lara Vega’s (Meagan Good) police uniform is absolutely ridiculous, I’m already growing fond of her character – which was aided greatly by a brief scene including the character’s mother and younger brother. Honestly the fact that I already remember the names of both main characters (something I have yet to do with FtWD) already shows promise. Also I enjoyed Nick Zano’s Arthur, Dash’s “older” brother, and I appreciated the elements of humor that the show embraces.
Decent supporting cast, interesting character interactions…yeah, I think I’m in. It’s on Fox so fingers crossed on them not fucking it up, but I’m giving this one 4 out of 5 and it’s very likely that I’ll be doing weekly articles on the show. Really well done.
Back when Heroes first came out in 2006, the idea of a real drama involving people with powers in a grounded universe was a fairly new idea. Now they’re everywhere, with Arrow, The Flash, Agents on S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, and a whole lot more leading the way. In this Brave New World, can this fallen show still make a mark?
Judging from the two hour premiere, the answer is a resounding yes! While some of the storylines felt a bit lacking to me, overall I quite enjoyed what I saw. It’s a really good thing that they were able to bring back Jack Coleman as HRG because without him and his storyline with Henry Zebrowski’s Quentin Frady (who I liked much more because I watched the prequel webisodes first so I know what his character went through) I really don’t think things would have had the same impact. Tommy’s (Robbie A. Kay) character and storyline is the second most interesting one to me, with him simply trying to live a normal teenage life, but is being hunted by Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joanne (Judi Shekoni). Adding to the draw of his storyline for me is that he is also being seemingly protected by a mysterious character who a Google search tells me is named Casper Abraham (Pruitt Taylor Vince).
Past that, the other storylines kinda fell flat for me. Just not good enough. I’m willing to see where they go only due to the strength of the aforementioned storylines. Solid 4 out of 5.
I wasn’t going to bring up this show quite yet as it hasn’t “offically” premiered yet, but let’s be honest: the studio totally leaked the pilot. No way does a show leak in HD that didn’t come straight from the source, and I have a feeling that they did it in response to the reaction from the first trailer, and as you all probably recall I absolutely loathed that first trailer for Supergirl. As far as I was concerned, it was The Devil Wears Prada meets the DC Universe, and I don’t for the life of me understand why in the hell they would have taken this route. It practically screamed that the Powers That Be thought that the only way that a Supergirl show could be successful to the female market is if it were a rom-com, and I considered that an insult to all the female comic book/MCU/DCTVU fans I know. You know, like they had to “girl it up.”
While I still saw shades of that in the pilot, I can see that the first trailer was 80% comprised of things that I hate and not giving the show its due for what it is. One scene in particular irritated the living shit out of me was when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) said that he was unsure that Kara could handle the situation at hand and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) responded with, “What, because she’s a girl?” Um…no, I think it’s be mainly because she’s just getting used to her powers and she’s battling people with vastly more combat experience, but sure, let’s make it all about her gender. Yes producers, I get that she’s a girl. It’s right in the name; you don’t have to remind me of that every few minutes. And her being a girl has nothing to do with her abilities; did you see anyone doubting Sara Lance’s Canary on Arrow because she was a girl, or Laurel when she picked up the mantle SOLEY because she was a girl? I didn’t think so. I don’t need the constant pandering, and neither does anyone else. STOP IT.
Still, I really like Melissa Benoist in the title role and I think it’ll get even better as she grows into it, as long as the writers don’t screw it up. A 3 out of 5, easy.
So that’s my take? What’s yours? Let us know in the comments!