In the Flesh Series 2

In the Flesh - BBC, BBCA

In the Flesh – BBC, BBCA

The new summer TV shows have started so I thought I would begin writing some short reviews.  Note: The premise is SPOILED for some shows that aired recently.  If you want to see these shows and don’t want to know the premise than be wary.

In the Flesh

Pro’s:

  • A different kind of zombie show ( a zom drom = zombie drama) – This show follows a recent trend in “returned from the dead” TV shows and movies.  In The Returned, the zombies are just innocent people who died suddenly and now are alive again.  Years have gone by and their families have aged but they have not.  And in Warm Bodies there are different types of zombies, some are nice and some are very zombie-ish.  In these new zom-drom’s,  the zombie characters are the focus, and how they learn to cope with their zombie characteristics is the source of drama.

  • Family and community – Like The Returned, you see how the community reacts to “the dead” in a number of different ways.  However in Warm Bodies the focus was mainly on the two protagonists.

  • The show is on BBC and BBC America and you can watch the first episode of Series 2 for free at their website.

  • Also this show airs right after the excellent Orphan Black.

Con’s

  • Unfortunately the whole time I was watching In the Flesh I just kept thinking about other shows.  In particular I thought it seemed to be just like True Blood in that there were zombies (or vampires) who were organizing themselves against the threat of “normal” society.  What I liked about True Blood is that the show runners seemed to be having some fun with this premise.  In the Flesh just seems a bit too serious.  I will caveat this to say I have only watched one episode, so I could be wrong about this if things change in the future.

 

Penny Dreadful and 24: Live Another Day

Penny-Dreadful

The new summer TV shows have started so I thought I would begin writing some short reviews.

Penny Dreadful:

Pro’s:

  • Timothy Dalton and Eva Green – A lot of us were introduced to Mr. Dalton as James Bond back in the late 1980’s.  He came across a lot more serious and stiff then Roger Moore who he replaced.  But that was a good thing because the Bond series had become ridiculously silly (remember Jaws the Neanderthal looking guy with braces!).  Anyway I had forgotten about Dalton until he was in the Rocketeer and in Hot Fuzz, both times playing bad guys.  He was the best player in both – evil but good, if you know what I mean.  Now Eva Green has been absolutely exceptional in the last few movies/shows she has starred in.  She was an evil vampire hunter in Dark Shadows, a temptress warrior in the 300 sequel and a demon witch in Camelot.  She chews the scenery and seems to love to take big chances in over the top roles.  You may mostly remember her as Bond’s foil in the recent reboot Casino Royale opposite Daniel Craig.

  • Victorian scenery – If you liked the scenery in the Robert Downey version of Sherlock Holmes I think you might like what they are doing here on Penny Dreadful.  Everything is a bit dark and sinister, but also occasionally wonderfully weird.

  • The Plot – Is mysterious but has to do with Dalton’s search for his lost daughter who apparently has been kidnapped by dark forces.

Con’s

  • This could be a pro or a con.  The show seems to be headed into territory explored in A League of Extraordinary Gentleman.  That movie was deadly dull in my opinion.  It had too many characters who were not given enough motivation for whatever it was they were doing.  However if you like comic book type movies or shows,  you might like how they are drawing a bit from a familiar source.

  • The show is on Showtime network.  You can watch the first episode for free on their web site but after that you need cable TV and a premium subscription (or friends that have it).

24: Live Another Day

Pro’s:

  • Jack is back and I can tell you he is on track.  Whether you were an original viewer or a new viewer I would highly recommend you watch the first two hours of this new season.  Jack and Chloe are the people who try to stop the world from ending in 24 hours.  The premise itself is action embodied.

  • The technology is up to date with all the latest buzzwords and shadowy organizations.

  • The show is on the Fox website and Hulu or Hulu plus.

Con’s:

  • The archetypal characters from before are also back (the clueless boss, the cool-blonde CTU analyst, etc.)

  • Obviously the show is violent and it needs to be, but sometimes it does push things a bit far into the gratuitous realm.

TV – Easy Ways to Narrow Down Your Viewing Choices

As promised here are the easiest ways I use to determine which shows to watch:

1.  Know your budget –  I have satellite TV, so I can choose from over 100 channels but most of these are news, sports, or shopping.  That narrows things down to about 20 good channels.  If you have subscription TV your choices will increase but obviously so will the cost.

2.  Watch premieres – Nowadays I can watch free premieres on my computer.  I recommend checking them out for any show you might be interested in.  Showtime even had the first episode of Penny Dreadful on its website for free.

3.  Trust the TV critics – If the MetaCritic score is above 70 that is a good indication the show may be worth watching.

 

 

What TV will you be Watching – Summer 2014 edition?

Hey everyone.  It is time to gear up for the summer 2014 TV watching season.  I will preview the coming shows here in a second.  I would like to know what shows you plan to watch and why.  I will give some of my thoughts on that as well.  Note:  To keep things simple, this list will focus on the genre and action shows, but feel free to comment on any summer show(s) you might want to watch.

24: Live Another Day - Summer TV

24: Live Another Day – Summer TV

May 2014:

Jack is back and in England.  24 – Live Another Day. (12 Episodes) – FOX

Victorian England goes supernatural.  Penny Dreadful. (8 Episodes) – Showtime

Zombies in England.  In the Flesh. (9 Episodes) – BBC

Being John Malkovich and a Pirate in the Bahamas.  Crossbones. (3 at least Episodes) – NBC

June 2014

Las Vegas set comic book show based on the movie Legion.  Dominion. (Pilot is the only one announced) – SyFy

Global pandemic brought on by director Michael Bay.  The Last Ship.  (10 Episodes) – TNT

Rapture based show co-developed and run by Lost’s Damon Lindelof.  The Leftovers. (10 Episodes) – HBO

July 2014

Halle Barry does not return alone from space.  Extant. (13 Episodes) – CBS

Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) vampire story.  The Strain. (13 Episodes) – FX

August 2014

The end of the Killing, murder at a boy’s school.  The Killing. (6 Episodes) – NetFlix

In the next post I will give you my criteria for the shows I plan to watch.  Big thanks to pogdesign’s TV Calendar which you can link to here.