I was excited to have the X-Files back. Fox had announced that Chris Carter would return as show runner and three of the show’s original writers, (James Wong, Darin Morgan, and Glen Morgan), would be back to write and direct an episode each. Only Carter would write and direct three. It sounded great on paper but I was left with only one word after watching this recent season: disappointment. Even through that disappointment I couldn’t help but be glad to have Mulder and Scully back on tv, because though the story has gotten muddled and confusing over the years, the characters are still brilliant.
After season five 24 became nothing more than a show with great action and uninspired and redundant stories. The show and Jack Bauer were running on fumes. After season 8 ended, the cast and crew of the show talked for years about a possible movie. But what was finally decided was a 12 episode limited series that would still cover 24 hours but set in London. Maybe it was the long break, maybe it was the shorter episode order, maybe it was the change in location or maybe it was all of those things but 24: Live Another Day was an enjoyable season of 24 that made me want more seasons of 24 in the future.
Arrested Development getting a fourth season, six years after it was cancelled by Fox, is nothing short of a TV miracle. I don’t think that has ever happened to a show before, someone fact check me on that. Nonetheless, it has been revived by Netflix as they go deeper down the hole of original programming. Cancelled much before it’s time, I was just happy to have this superb show back, even if I found this season to be not as good as the show once was. That doesn’t make this season terrible or awful in any way, just that it was lacking when you compare it to the seasons that came before it. Before you guys get upset with me, I still enjoyed season 4, minus the few rough patches.
What is this like the fifth superhero movie of the year? Ok, it’s only the third, I think, but they all seem blur together nowadays. Most superhero movies operate on two formulas. One is to introduce a new villain, blow things up, save the female character in distress, and in the third act, CGI and massive destruction rules. The other is to make your hero go through some kind of existential crisis which allows him to find himself and accept what he is (Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel, Batman Begins). I say he because they’ve all been men but that is a discussion that belongs in another article all together. The Wolverine is special, in that it uses both formulas. The result is a good movie that turns sour in the last act, which feels like a completely different film than what it starts out being.
Contains *some spoilers*
Does everyone on this show get stabbed in the gut at least once?!?!?!
When this show first started I was in love with it. There was huge excitement when it started, “A show about a serial killer who has a cult of serial killers,” soon became “Really? A cult of serial killers.” It became hard to believe or buy into any of the situations that were depicted on the show. It’s hard to invest in any of the characters, when it feels like the show doesn’t care about them and treats everyone as if they were expendable.