Crossbones

Crossbones - Season 1The 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.

Crossbones

Pro’s:

  • Crossbones is about the British navy’s attempt to get rid of the famous pirate Blackbeard.  I liked this better than Black Sails which seemed to be similar in plot.  But this show is better executed (with Liz Sarnoff from Lost as co-producer).

  • There is betrayal brewing on all sides, both within the British and Pirate camps.  Also the women pirates play a very large part in the proceedings.

  • The show is on NBC and you can watch the episodes for free at their website or on Hulu.

Con’s

  • The main character has already survived being attacked and captured by pirates on the high seas;  he has been choked, tortured, beaten and even shot.  But he continues on at full strength, so much so that he can go swimming with a lovely lady.

 

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.

 

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.