Saturday, January 11, 2020

TV Log

A log of the best TV shows I have ever seen.

Lost in Space Season 2 (2019)

LOIS 2 is my favorite TV show of 2019.  I need to write like this!    Creators: Irwin Allen, Matt Sazama, and Burk Sharpless have knocked this one out of the park.  This is what a Space Opera should be.

So happy.

The Witcher (2019)

Creator: Lauren Schmidt

Coming in at a very close second for 2019, is The Witcher.  This is a superbly fun story to watch.   I have to admit that the timeline distortion, without the characters aging, (because they're magical), through me off.  But that said, I enthusiastically intend to watch next season.
6 Underground (2019)

Michael Bay is a total spaz!   And Ryan Reynolds is supreme dick.  Together they made my evening.   I'm not claiming that this was cinematic tour de force, ... more like a cinematic tour de farce.  But frankly, sometimes I just want to watch crazy, stupid, fun.  And 6 Underground was crazy, stupid, fun; with amazing action and campy dialogue.  Good times!

 Unbelievable (2019)

Unbelievable is a "holy shit, that was good", serial movie.  (It's not really TV any more,... is it?)  Kaitlyn Dever as Marie Adler, Toni Collette and Merritt Wever as Detectives Rasmussen and Duvall; and Blake Ellis, as the Evil Chris McCarthy, all gave superior performances.

Creators Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, and Ayelet Waldman  deserve a high five for this work.

Better Than Us (2018-)

Better Than Us takes a playful and compelling look at our near future, during the first days of when robots surpass humanity.

I hate the subject matter, but love the story and the characters.  Paulina Andreeva is extraordinary as Arisa; the advanced robot, programed to do anything for family.  The discipline required of her as an actor, to display both the qualities of a Robot and a Human, must be intense. And she does it incredibly convincingly.  Little Vitaliya, who plays Sonya, Georgy Safronov's daughter in the show, slam dunked cute overload.

Krill Karo, who plays Georgy Safronov, has created such a likeable, lovable, character that I actually think of Georgy as a friend.   I sympathies with his ex wife, and hate his enemies; Vic Toropov and Gleb, who are brilliantly played by Aleksandr Ustyugov and Fyodor Lavrov.

And that's where this show excels; with the characters.  I either love or hate every one of them.  Which means that both the actors and the writers did a good job.  Which is why Better Than Us deserves to go into my TV Log.  Well done, all of you.

The Umbrella Academy (2019- ) 

Super original, with a touch of the occult and a nod to Tartaria.  The Umbrella Academy is, in my opinion, a new benchmark for comic book TV.

This show is not afraid of anything.  It's a fine example of what you can accomplish if you start writing before the drug induced hallucinations end.

02-22-2019: Canceling Daredevil is "not" acceptable.  Getting a team of writers together and brainstorming a new story line with a Punisher crossover, where both hero's are in over their heads, taking on a villain that's stronger than they are, and nearly getting killed; only to be saved by Spider Man at the end, would be acceptable.

Push the envelope on the writing, don't cancel the show.

Dear Netflix.  You have done well. Please do not loose the set you've grown!  Instead, grow a bigger set.

The Sinner (2018)

The Sinner showcases Jessica Biel's acting and producing chops.  And she has really "big chops!"

This series is another resounding win for Netflix, who have established themselves as the top story teller of the entertainment world.  And both Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman shine brightly in this work.  Bravo!
 Anon (2018)

I'm not going to say that Anon is of the same quality as the other shows listed in my TV Log, but I think that it's of a high enough quality that you should watch it, and I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Actually that assessment isn't really fair.   Anon is so much better than most of what's on television that it firmly belongs in my log.  It's just that Netflix quality is so God damn high that a brilliant work like Anon doesn't shine as brightly as it would if compared to Network Television.

Watch Anon, It belongs here.

The new Lost in Space (2018)

My first binge day was yesterday 04-14-18, and I'm hooked.

This is the best Lost in Space ever.

After finishing the first season, I was so happy with the show I bought a Lost in Space T shirt!  Does that make me a nerd?   Yes it does.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012)

I discovered this gem of show this year, in 2018.   What started out with a little curiosity, turned into a real appreciation for what I think may be the best talk show on TV.

It is certainly is the most "real" feeling of any show I know of.  Of course, it doesn't hurt that I'm a car nut.

Altered Carbon (2018)

Altered Carbon blew me away!  I binged the first season in 4 days, and was completely satisfied with it from start to finish.

"When everyone lies, telling the truth isn't just rebellion. It's an act of revolution. So think carefully when you speak it, because the truth is a weapon."  --  Takeshi Kovacs

Mind Hunter (2017)

Mind Hunter takes a look at the beginning days of behavioral science in the 1970's.  It's really well done.

DareDevil (2015 - )  #1

Unbelievably good.  Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Deborah Ann Woll, nail it in DareDevil!

Cox and D'Onofrio set the bar up to the ceiling with their portrayals. 
Jessica Jones (2015 - )  #2

Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, and David Tennant, nail their roles as well in Jessica Jones.

Again, the bar for this show is glued to the ceiling.  At this point it's impossible for me to tell which one is better; DareDevil or Jessica Jones.  I suggest we let the two shows keep duking it out, and argue about which one is better, later.

Ranked in order, starting with Daredevil above.  Marvel owns Netflix right now.   #3
OMG Elodie Young!

  The Puisher (2017)  #4
Amber Rose Revah

  Luke Cage (2016)  #5

I binged the second season, and loved every minute of it!  07-21-18

 Iron Fist (2017)  #6
Person of Interest  (2011-2016)

Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson displayed perfect chemistry right from the start, and then Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman came along to close the loop, making Persons of Interest must-watch TV.  The sheer brilliance of the plot-line impressed me as well.  

Persons of Interest is one of my favorite shows to binge watch.

Narcos (2015 - )

Wagner Moura steels the show in Narcos.  Narcos is a true story that is tragic and real.

I'm hunted every time I watch Narcos by today's real life reality that as the bloody reign of the Medellin Cartel fell in Columbia, the Narcos moved to Central America, and now those country's have tens of thousands of orphaned children and live in constant terror.

The fall of the Medellin cartel also led to the meteoric rise of terror and death in Mexico, as the Mexican Cartels filled the vacuum left by Pablo Escobar's end.

And so, where Narcos story ends, our story 'is' today.

I can not penalize this brilliant show for being true however.  Narcos is a must-watch!

X-Files (1993-  )

Back after 14 years, the X-Files is better than ever, and captures a spot in my log again as a must-watch television show.

Breaking Bad (2008 - 2013)

I tried to hate Breaking Bad because I hate the subject matter.

The cold hard reality is however, that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul completely re-defined what television could be with their portrayals.  And Vince Gilligan, the stories creator, will forever be known for setting the bench mark, where television's bar rose above that of movies.

Game of Thrones stands on Mount Olympus

Game of Thrones (2011-  )

The greatest adaptation of series of fantasy novels ever made. 

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.

Based on the books by:
Maester George RR Martin

The Tudors (2007–2010) 

A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.  

Unbelievably good, the story reeled me in like a starving fish.


Warehouse 13 (2009-2014)


Currently one of the best show on television.

Warehouse 13 expands on the idea of the old "Friday the 13th" television series of the 90's.  Only instead of having to recover cursed objects, the objects are "supernatural" in general, and instead of being stored in a vault, they are stored in a huge warehouse in South Dakota.

Warehouse 13 has an awesome cast, with truly enjoyable stories, and has the distinction of being an homage to the Steampunk genre!

The Walking Dead (2010-  )

Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. 


Try to watch it, and then not watch it.  I dare you! 


Houdini (2014)

Absolutely fantastic.  I loved every minute of it from start to finish.


Super well done.

The Killing (2011 - )

Very TV drama~ish.  Normally I would hate a show with so much soap opera style.


This is a grab a bag a chips and your favorite caffeinated beverage kind of show.  Be prepared to be pissed off at every cliff hanger.  Doh! ________________________________________________________________________________

No. 2 of all time, Battlestar Galactica
(2004 - 2009)

Creator:   Ronald Moore

If you wanted to make the argument that BSG is better than Firefly because it went full term, I would accept it.  It was very, very good.  The writing got a little dicey at the end,  but it was always an amazing, well done story.

I'm sorry its over, frack! 

No. 1 of all time, Firefly (2002)


In my opinion Firefly is the best, short lived television series of all  time, and ended with the movie Serenity after only 14 episodes.

How this amazing show only lasted one season is a mystery to me.  Although I imagine it had a lot to do with the fact that so few people had access to the Sci-Fi channel.

Ballad of Serenity
lyrics and music by Joss Whedon
sung by Sonny Rhodes

take my love
take my land
take me where I cannot stand
I don't care
I'm still free
you can't take the sky from me

take me out
to the black tell 'em I ain't coming back
burn the land
and boil the sea
you can't take the sky from me

have no place
I can be
since I found Serenity
but you can't take the sky from me

I will forever love this cast!

Nathan Fillion ...

Gina Torres ...

Alan Tudyk ...

Morena Baccarin ...

Adam Baldwin ...

Jewel Staite ...

Sean Maher ...

Summer Glau ...

Ron Glass ...