SyFy has been doing a good job of late. Killjoys, Dark Matter, and The Expanse all rocked. Then comes along Hunters. Yes, it is based on a novel and I haven’t read it. So I have no idea how closely the TV series matches up. So I’ll just talk about the show.
Here’s the elevator pitch. It’s like Men in Black but take out all the humor and pop culture references. It’s a secret government organizations hunting alien terrorists on Earth. Our main character is a vet with PTSD turned FBI agent whose wife gets kidnapped by the aliens. And thus he gets caught up in the whole fight the aliens thing. And we have to throw some mysteries to keep viewers coming back. First, we don’t know why the aliens are even here or bothering to mess with humans. The premier does give us the insight that the aliens are doing it because humans deserve it (according to the aliens anyway). We also learn that some how the aliens infiltrated the super secret government task force. But it’s either a red herring or they aren’t even trying to hide which character it is. Yeah. That’s it. Maybe some interesting characters would liven things up. Well, after just the premier, they’re really going to have to do something because right now, there aren’t any.
On one hand, the plot would make an interesting game but so far it hasn’t really made an interesting series. So I’ll give my usual three episode trial run and see what happens. But so far the Magic 8 Ball says, “Outlook is not good.”
Well The Shannara Chronicles premiered last night on MTV. Yeah, MTV. If you’d have asked me what channel a fantasy show would be on my answer would have never been MTV.
It was years ago when I read the books and I have to admit that I don’t remember a darned thing about them. Which is kind of odd since there’s plenty of other books that I remember fondly. Maybe the stories didn’t do anything for me. The only thing that really stuck with me were the awesome Hildebrandt covers.
But on the good side that means I can go into the TV series without saying “But in the book…” So what did I take from the show? The special effects were good for TV. The shots of the landscape were pretty damned cool. John Rhys-Davies not only has played a bad ass dwarf but now adds elf king to his resume. And Allanon is a kick ass dude.
Since it’s MTV, they made painfully obvious that they’re shooting for the young adult audience. OK, I can live with that. The dialog and acting are what one expect with a made-for-MTV series. Now, there is one thing that just shook my head on. I did quick search on the net and couldn’t find a still from the show but take notice. ELVES WITH MAN BUNS. No. Nuff said.
Over all. It’s not bad. It’s not great either. I’d put it in the “meh” category. But like when any popular fiction series makes to the small or big screen without totally sucking, it gives hope that somewhere out there is a creative team that’s going to take some of the other tales and transition them. It gives me hope for a Lankhmar or Elric treatment. Maybe a great reboot of Conan or that long awaited Red Sonja movie. We shall see.
It’s Monday and a ton of people have already seen The Force Awakens. So I don’t feel to bad about doing some rants. But let this be your warning. There are some spoilers below. I will try to not have too many spoilers but there will be some. So if you haven’t seen it and want to avoid them. Just go away and come back after you’ve seen it.
You have been warned.
Really, I warned you.
It was a happy Halloween but only because of this. No secret, I’m a Bruce Campbell fan. And Evil Dead has the right amount of crazy dark humor.
I admit there are still some rough spots. Ash is a little too much of the anti-hero A-hole and the other characters aren’t quite fleshed out yet. But that happens in every series. The first couple episodes aren’t the best. But I can see where this can head and am really looking forward to it. Yes, we had lots of throw backs and references to the movies and a lot of the same jokes and tone. But hey. It was the jokes and tone that made it so damned fun. Like I said, once a few episodes come along I think the series will get its own feel and mythology.
Even with these throwbacks, its good to see a horror show where the monsters are monsters. Plain and simple. No vampires looking for love and all that stuff. The Deadites just want to eat your face and swallow your soul. This is one of those simple fundamentals that it is nice to see again. So yeah. That’s my take. Check it out if you love the Evil Dead movies. Check it out if like campy schlock horror. Check it out if you just want to sit back with some popcorn and veg out.
It’s about Deadites, Boomsticks, and being groovy. Now gimme some sugar, baby.
Took a break last night and caught some TV. Namely, the pilots for Scream Queens and The Muppets. Sigh. Well, guess that’s not time that I’ll be getting back.
Let’s see. Scream Queens was OK. It’s a nod to every slasher flick made. All the characters are caught in the 90’s. Yes, there were a couple of funny bits. That’s what might bring back for another couple of episodes. But I’ve never seen a show try so hard. You know what I mean. It’s like that person that tries so hard for everyone to like them that they get annoying. It’s sort of like that. I’ll probably try to watch a couple more episodes but it won’t be that high on my priority list.
Then there was The Muppets. This one is easy. Combine Greg the Bunny and The Office. Just not as funny as either. It’s nice to see the old favorite characters but this one really fell flat.
So that’s how I wasted my evening. Now time to work and catch up for that lost time.
I had high hopes for Killjoys. I still do. The pilot episode was pretty darned good.
Heck, they had me at bounty hunters is space. Judging the first episode, things look very good. There’s going to be plenty of action and humor. There’s some pretty interesting characters hanging around in the background. So basically, a big thumbs up. But…
There’s a couple of things that bug me.
The Mysterious Past. How many times do we need characters with a mysterious past? Yes, it’s fodder for future episodes. It can draw people back to the series. It builds fan speculation. It’s just so over done.
The Megacorporations. Speaking of over done. Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve got the idea that megacorps are big evil soulless entities. We get that.
No Aliens. At least not yet. But that was one of the really cool things about Farscape. All the aliens. I know it’s probably a budget thing. But I can put out my own little wish list while doing a rant.
I’m not sure which one wins out in my mind in a Killjoys versus Dark Matter face off. But if I had to chose. Killjoys wins by a little. Maybe because it’s even with mysterious pasts, I still know more about the Killjoys than the Dark Matter gang. Maybe the universe looks a little more interesting even after one episode.
But heck they’re both good. And it’s good to see Syfy getting back into SciFi.