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Though long-time Star Trek fans have very diverse opinions regarding J.J. Abrams’ reboot movies, one thing cannot be debated: the popularity of the films has garnered a lot of new interest in the franchise. Plenty of twenty-somethings (myself included) who may not have grown up on Trek are watching the old series, and we want more. With this combination of new and old fans, there’s bound to be some interest in pitching a new series. Hannibal‘s Bryan Fuller is one of those writers who is definitely interested.
It’s September, which to some people means the beginning of a new school year and the inevitable oncoming holiday season. To obsessive television watchers, however, the more important thing is that all our favorite fall shows are finally coming off hiatus. That, and we get a slew of new series that we’ll test out for an episode to decide if they’re worthy of 30-60 minutes of our time each week. This fall, I can honestly say there are a lot of new shows that look worthy. Check out the shows I’m most excited about after the cut.
Watch Breaking Bad last night? It was an honorable return of the hands down best show on television; fraught with intense emotion, chilling plot turns, and, in true Breaking Bad fashion, some much-needed irreverent humor. In an early scene, we find Jesse at his house, broken down, dejected and lost a midst all the events that have transpired during part one of this final season. Meanwhile, his loyal druggie cohorts, Badger and Skinny Pete, go off on a long tangent about the various TV incarnations of Star Trek. Badger has an idea for a script and spouts off a hilarious monologue of his vision for the Starship Enterprise. Not even 24 hours later, an animated video of that exchange has hit the Internet, and it’s wonderful. Hit the break to check it out.
Out of the group of serial-killer dramas that premiered this year, it seems the one that had the most people rolling their eyes at first was Hannibal. After each successive film following The Silence of the Lambs seemed to get worse and worse, many thought the series’ glory days were over and a TV show based on the story would be the last few nails in the casket of Hannibal Lecter. I’m happy to report that the reality is, in fact, the opposite. This show not only revives this intriguing series, but puts an entirely new spin on it that will leave any fan of psychological thrillers wanting more.
Wait, the season’s over already? I guess I’ll go buy the books now. Game of Thrones‘ season 3 finale, Mhysa, delt with the aftermath of the red wedding and set the stage for the next season, which should prove as exciting as its predecessor. All characters had their bits in this episode which brought some hope to a still-shocked audience. Though not as sensational as the Rains of Castamere, I found Mhysa to be en even greater achievement as it tackled the greater issues that make this show a superior one in so many ways.
The first part of this retrospective focused on Twin Peaks, a small town murder mystery from surrealist director David Lynch which contains both soap opera references and supernatural elements. This time we’re moving to the city to take a look at The Killing, AMC’s own murder mystery which just entered its third season. Creator Veena Sud borrowed a lot from Twin Peaks, but chose to focus more on the investigator to create a darker and more sophisticated series. But despite great performances and carefully crafted aesthetics, The Killing never managed to remain as exciting as David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones continued the now-tradition of the “Ninth Episode” and has already made the internet explode with capitalized tweets and angry, shocked, sad, disgusted responses. It is already one of the most talked about episodes of the series and of television in general. The Rains of Castamere finally showed the viewers the scene of the Red Wedding, which those who have read the books have been waiting for the whole season, perhaps series. Given how much effort the show’s writers put into keeping the death of Robb Stark, his wife and his mother Catelyn a surprise, many viewers had absolutely no idea (looking back, though, you’ll see plenty of clues). But first, let’s talk about all the other good stuff that took place in last night’s episode because yes, for the first fourty minutes, other things happened.
Now the story of a funny TV show, that got cancelled, and the one network that had no choice but to bring it back together for another season.
I came in really late in the game for Arrested Development. I watched the Pilot last summer and then didn’t get around to watching the rest of Seasons 1 -3 until just this past January, so I’m not in the club of cult followers that have been waiting seven years for these new episodes to come out. That being said, I was still tremendously excited to watch the new episodes; so much so that I stayed up until 2:oo am to start watching them. Now that I have done my 8 hour marathon of all 15 episodes, I have my review of the new season.
We need to talk about the f-word. No, not that one. Fall. For many of us Midwesterners, the snow has only been gone a few weeks and the last things we want to think about are the days getting shorter and the temperatures dropping. But the networks released their fall TV lineups last week, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect to see in primetime this fall, and I for one am excited. So pull your heads out of your popcorn buckets for a few minutes summer movie goers, and stick with me as I break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of some of the pilots that got picked up for fall 2013.
Last night’s episode, Second Sons, focused on three storylines: Daenerys planning her attack of Yunkai, Melisandre taking Gendry to Dragonstone, and the wedding between Tyrion and Sansa in King’s Landing. It was a welcomed change from the previous episodes, especially last week’s The Bear and the Maiden Fair, which tried to fit in so much that they ended up giving us nothing. Here, the three storylines were given much more time to unfold which proved mostly successful.
SPOILER ALERT: This article will assume you have watched/read Game of Thrones up to the last aired episode.