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Constantine (2014 - 2015) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3489184/
http://www.nbc.com/constantine

A man attains mystical powers originally for selfish reasons, but they taint with a life fraught with danger and demons.

Not a bad show, but the lead character's personality isn't attracting, and there's the old celestial stick-up-the-ass personality in another. The lead female is hot. Hotty hot hot.

This was cancelled after one season. Back in the 90s this show would have done well, but I'm guessing this genre has alternately been well-poisoned or saturated. This show has too much it has to be better than to catch enough attention to survive. I think that it's magic-fantasy was competing with an extraordinarily-strong superhero-fantasy genre.

  • 2014-10-24 - 2015-02-13
  • More-or-less based on the movie Constantine
  • .. which in turn is based on the DC comic book series Hellblazer.



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Archer (2009-) tv poster

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1486217/
http://www.fxnetworks.com/archer

A spy does spy stuff, drinks, hits on women and makes a jackass of himself while being surprisingly competent.

A fun, light, series which has a whole lot of laugh-out-loud moments.

  • Though I've seen it all, I didn't begin taking notes until later on.



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The Wizards of Aus (2016-) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5260254/

Escaping the magic realm, a wizard goes to Melbourn Australia to try to live a normal life, but the magical inhabitants from his realm hop on a bandwagon to join him, and end up ruining everything.

Good fun. Not too great, not too funny, but light entertainment. It's not quite bubblegum. Most especially recommended for fans of fantasy fiction, and even more so for those familiar with the Australian flavour of comedy.

  • This was released as three television episodes, and later released as six parts on YouTube.



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Note to self - avoid cliffhangers: watch more when it's part way into the next season.

The Blacklist (2013-) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2741602/
http://www.nbc.com/the-blacklist

A bad guy blackmails the good guys because he likes this one good girl.

My impression from the first few episodes was:

Seems "ok". Unless this has a more interesting story-arc, I won't consider this particularly good. The predictable and episodic nature of television bores the shit out of me. It makes a series only valuable only the course of multiple episodes and individual episodes become the shit I have to slog through.

My later impression, from the end of the second season:

Characters were slow and stiff until they were developed more fully. When they were, a broader story arc took hold, making this show quite a bit more interesting.



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TODO - I'll add notes when I get around to re-re-watching this.

TODO - Is this out in blu-ray?

Max Headroom (1987-1988) poster

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092402/

Particularly notable for its subtle and overt corporate jamming, Max Headroom was unique and wildly popular in its day but, for reasons unknown to me and not yet researched, had its life cut short.

I think I give my high personal rating because of its strong influences on my perceptions of the world. Perhaps it would not hold up today, but I'll note that on my eventual re-watch.



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She looks even better when wet.
She looks even better when wet.

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204993/

A girl, engineered to be a killer, flees her keepers, but as a woman she pursues general vigilante justice by helping a crime-fighting genius.

This series hits the ground running, featuring not just a stupifyingly hot Jessica Alba, but a great world, plot and everything else.

However, like too many series', Dark Angel suicide-bombs like it's been lit on fire and is heading for a volcano to end it's suffering. Not only is the second season bad enough to end the show, it's bad enough to not watch, even and especially for people who like the first.



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TODO - I'll add notes when I get around to re-re-watching this.

TODO - Is this out in blu-ray?

Kevin Sorbo as himsel--I mean, as Hercules.
Kevin Sorbo as himsel--I mean, as Hercules.

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111999/

  • Properly titled Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  • See also Xena, which is the affirmative action Hercules. Because vagina.



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TODO - I'll add notes when I get around to re-re-watching this.

TODO - Is this out in blu-ray?

TODO - Follow up on the additional movie, which, as of 2014, is in its very early stages.

Farscape (1999-2003) s1c1 poster

Entertainment > Television >
Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187636/
www.scifi.com/farscape/ archive
http://farscape.com/

While I really like this series, it's a major uncomfortable mindfuck in many places and I don't know how strongly I could recommend it to others. I would be far more hesitant in recommending it to those not already fans of the science fiction genre at large, whose members are often far more accepting of already-difficult subjects.



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TODO - There are other media related to this universe, and I'm not sure what order to watch them in.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968) poster

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057765/

A pair of secret agents do secret agenty-stuff.

Seems great so far.

  • Alternately called The Man From Uncle.
  • United Network Command for Law and Enforcement