News You May Have Missed…

Quite a bit has happened since the Olympics have begun…and basically sucked me in. Go Team USA!!!!

Casting News: Hannah Simone, New Girl, has been cast as the lead of the reboot of the Greatest American Hero. In it, an Indian-American woman in her thirties who loves to drink, party, and sing karaoke because she hasn’t found her purpose in life—but everything changes when she’s entrusted with a suit that gives her superpowers for the purpose of saving the world. Jessica Szohr has joined the case of Orville for season #2. AMC’s Preacher has cast a slew of characters for the third season. Betty Buckley will be playing Jesse’s “Gran’ma.”  Colin Cunningham will portray TC, a loyal enforcer to Jesse’s Gran’ma. Jeremy Childs  will also be a loyal enforcer to Gran’ma. Liz McGeever has been cast as Christina, Jesse’s Mom. Good Omens has its Harmony and Glozier, the myterious book buyers. They will be portrayed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Game of Thrones) and Steve Pemberton (League of Gentlemen).

Timeless will return to the small screen on NBC on March 11th. Synopsis from NBC is as follows:

From Eric Kripke (“Revolution,” “Supernatural”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), season two of this thrilling action-adventure series will pick up right where we left off with our heroes. We continue to race throughout history with our beloved team: Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), a scientist; Wyatt (Matt Lanter), a soldier; and Lucy (Abigail Spencer), a history professor, in an attempt to prevent the destruction of our world as we all know it. This season they’ll find an unlikely ally in their quest to ruin Rittenhouse, a deadly organization with plans to change history and reshape reality — even though Lucy’s family has been a part of Rittenhouse for centuries. Still making every effort not to affect the past themselves, they will visit 1692, 1917, 1941, 1981 and more.  We’ll be introduced to the likes of Marie Curie, Hedy Lamarr, William Randolph Hearst and a multitude of other influential people throughout history. 

A new teaser trailer was released for Siren, which will air on Freeform:

TV Line gave us a little head’s up about the second season of FX’s Legion, which will air on April 3rd.

David has to piece his memory back together after getting zapped by that orb, and he ends up forming an unlikely alliance to battle the nefarious Shadow King.

The Shadow King will be portrayed by Abu Nazir.

Fans of Star Trek: Discovey, Ash Tyler will be back in Season 2.

If You Love K-Pop…Soompi Awards Means It’s Time for You to VOTE!

While the rest of the world is getting ready for the Olympics, Soompi is getting ready for their awards show.

As a fan of K-Pop, EXO is my favorite, I think that you should vote. This is an awards event that is being backed by FUSE, a U.S. based media company. So, if you want K-Pop to continue to make a dent in the United States, than take a moment to vote for your favorite singers, groups, actors, and actresses.

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ps – If you are watching the Olympics and their opening ceremonies, keep an eye out for EXO‘s Baekhyun and VIXX. They will both be preforming.

Counterpart: Birds of a Feather Recap

Synopsis: Howard must work together with his counterpart. Baldwin comes face to face with her past. Emily, from the other side, tries to make sense of her orders.

So, we learn a bit more about the Assassin, a.k.a. Baldwin. Nadia is her name, but she does not want to be called that. Nadia in out world is a concert violinist. This Nadia is much more compassionate. Both Nadias had horrible fathers, but our Nadia continued with the violin. While, something in the Assassin’s past made her turn to the dark side. That was allowing her father to die he fell on the tracks of the subway. Now, other Nadia was supposed to kill our Nadia, but she ends up kidnapping her. She reveals herself to our Nadia and in that moment you just have to feel for these two. They both suffered. In the melee that ensued after the local pd are on the hunt for the Assassin, out Nadia was killed by the UN and Assassin Nadia is taken in.

Both Howards are pissed off at the outcome.

Now, there are more of the others on our side and they are working together. We just do not know why? Just like why no one knows why and how the parallel universe was created. Also, Pope mentioned that our side did something to the other side…what is that? Also, why is Emily being pegged as a bad agent?

Questions here, questions there…questions everywhere.

At this point, we can all agree that no one can be trusted.

Next: Howard Silk start to discover about the parallel dimension, what will flip his life upside down.

Who Topped Geek TV…For the Week of 01.21.18

The best show of the week was The Alienist. I know that many of you would think that the Alienist is not what you would consider as Geek TV, and that is due to it being your basic crime procedural. However, because it is placed in 1800 crime ridden and corrupt NYC…a popular time-frame for shows like Doctor Who and Penny Dreadful…I will add it to the genre.

In the first episode, we are in 1898 New York City. A boy is found on a bridge and he has been carved up and his death seems to mirror the death of another young boy who was under the care of “Alienist” Lazlo Kreitzer. He sets out to solve the crimes using the new disciplines of psychology and forensics. His team consists of Illustrator, John Moore, a secretary for Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, Sara Howard, and two young officers who are scientifically minded,  Marcus Isaacson and Lucius Isaacson.

This show draws you in because 1898 New York does not seem to alien to the viewer. You have cops and politicians who are corrupt. Those in power treat women and immigrants like second class citizens. Yet, there are those few people who care about those that disenfranchised. As they start to delve into the case, we learn that they may be dealing with a serial killer and that person may be toying with Alienist and his crew.

Hook. Line. Sinker. We have only 10 episodes to find out who and why he or she committed these horrible crimes and I will be there for every single episode.

Second best episode was Star Trek: Discovery‘s Vaulting Ambition. Burnham headed to the ISS Charon with a special “gift” for the Emperor and that is when we learn the horrible truth. Lorca has been pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. He has basically led our team to this new universe. His universe. Lorca is a criminal who turned against his own team and jumped to our universe to get what he needed. It was a jaw dropping moment that clearly showed that this show is doing whatever it can to keep fans wanting more. Stamets regains consciousness with the help of his now deceased love, but it was to no avail. The network is corrupted and for the time being, the crew is stuck.  Stuck for the foreseeable future.

Third was Counterpart. This show is in the same vein as any classic sci-fi tale. It’s rooted in some kind of reality that we are well aware of. But, there is something different. In this tale there are two universes and there is one UN-based agency that keeps tabs in both universes. We follow Howard Silk, a low man on the totem pole in the UN. He soon learns that there is a parallel universe and that he has a doppelganger. This doppelganger is a superior spy who has led the same life as our Howard to a point. Other Frank made a left somewhere. Yet, he is willing to help our side in the hunt of a wily female assassin who is trying to kill our Howard and his wife. Now, our Howard wants in…

The Magicians are still on their quest to get magic back. The best parts of the episode revolved around Alice and her fight to survive. This time around, Quentin, Alice and her parents must deal with the Lamprey. In a clever whodunnit twist, we watched Alice figure out who was hosting the Lamprey, unfortunately it was her Dad. She saved him, but his weak heart gave out. Watching her reveal her monstrous turn as a Niffin and what that means for the rest of her life was heartbreaking. She is not the Alice that we loved, but a new remorseful Alice who is sorry for feeding the Niffin’s want of knowledge. Kady and Julia summoned a demon to save Penny, but it was not enough. Does that mean we do not see Penny…nope. He’s happily still around as a ghost or something else. Does that mean he can come back? Only time will tell.

Tlk of the episode revolved around Margo. She was in high form as she and the Pirate King flirted. But, it was her moment where she showed compassion for her ship that let her shine. So much so that the Fairy Queen helped her. Yet, she still is missing an eye and will lose one of her trusted confidantes because she could not tell the truth about who stole her eye from the Fae. If yoy wondered what happend to Eliot, well he found a doorway, but we do not know where it led him and his little family. On the CW side…

The best shows were The Flash and Black Lightning.

Super Hero shows are in the plenty right now and we will get even more with the return of both Gotham and Legion.

What makes these shows watchable is the emotional connection it makes with the viewer.

Black Lightning mirrors the plight of the inner city where gang violence threatens the lives of the city’s law-abiding citizens. Here is a man trying to keep his family safe, but because of circumstances outside of his control, he is pulled back into the Super Hero world. This gives the city hope. But, at what cost. In the second episode, the main players are dropping like flies. Will is killed by Lala and Lala is killed by Tobias. Tobias felt that he was a detriment to his plan due to him offing a Mother who just wanted her daughter back. This debacle ultimately forces Jefferson to put on his suit for good for the good of his community. The women in his life are handling their kidnapping differently, his former wife has been keeping an eye on their daughter who is spiraling after her kidnapping, but her new boyfriend is trying to keep her on the right track. His eldest daughter has embraced her super strength, what comes of that…we shall see. The worst part of Jefferson’s decision…like his former wife turning her back on him again.

What keeps me hooked to the Flash is the relationship between all the characters. They are likable family and I just want them to have one good day.

Our Barry is still in jail and while he is in there the rest of the team has to keep the villains in check. That means Ralph is up to bat and when a familiar villain returns to terrorize Central City. Ralph succeeds in his comedic way…and he has made the show fun again. The sweetest moments were between Iris and Barry. Those two have great chemistry. The way his face lights up when he sees her…it just makes my heart swell. Thankfully, Barry has made a friend in jail and his name is Dave, a big guy who was helped by Barry’s dad.  This may help him as he tries to deal with the monotony and danger of being in jail.

Arrow‘s Oliver is still dealing with Cayden James, who thinks Oliver killed his son. Cayden is putting Star City through its paces. He is asking for 10 million a day to be wored to an offshore account. That will ultimately bankrupt the city. Oliver agrees after he almost lost his son in one of Cayden’s plots. Oliver and his team, along with Team B’s help via Dinah’s ex’s intel. What was great about the episode is the evolution of Ollie and William’s relationship. Knowing why Cayden is hell-bent on destroying Ollie makes me think that we will be dealing with some heartbreak at the end of this season, but I am praying that the writers will not be so predictable.

Supergirl is all about girl power and this time Kara and her team, that consists of Livewire, Imra and Psi, go to a place where men cannot go, or they will die.  They are there to geta prisoner from Fort Rozz who knows how to defeat Reign. Reign has been killing criminals left and right, so helping Supergirl to stop her seems like an alright plan for the likes of Psi and Livewire. Unfortunately, for Livewire, she sacrifices herself to save Kara, who us ultimately saved by Psi as she forces Reign to get to the heart of her human heart. Now that Sam is Sam is aware that something is off, she confides in Alex. So give it a little time before everyone and their mother finds out who Sam really is.

My favorite moments were between Alex and Sam’s daughter, Ruby. Ruby is clearly in awe of Alex and Alex needs someone to preoccupy her as she is injured and still nursing a broken heart.  So, when Ruby tells Alex that she is being bullied, Alex goes into full effect and confronts the little bully as a FBI agent. It was a great moment. There was a fun moment was when Winn one-upped Braniac. I know Mon-El has grown up a bit and I am well aware what the focus of this show is, but can this show put this story line to rest? Please give Kara a new love interest.

Riverdale continues to take our favorite foursome down dark paths. In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team as he continues to try to get more info on the crimes of the Lodges. Betty reaches out to her brother to figure out how to control her dark side. Veronica is on her parent’s plans for Riverdale and is actively keeping Archie at arm’s length about those plans, even though she helps him get closer to her father. Ultimately, Hiram offers Archie an internship in hopes of bringing him closer. This screams horrible idea. Juggie tries to rally the troops to make everyone know that a heralded historic figure was actually someone who killed an indigenous tribe in order to grab the fertile land. By doing this, he angers Toni, who feels that he used her family’s history for his vendetta at the gentrification of Riverdale.  A protest happens and while the Serpents gain momentum, Hiram spins it in his favor. What was most irksome is Hal, who clearly has issue with Chic. Why that is, we still do not know. Yet, being ostracized by Alice and Betty for his actions makes him turn to Cheryl’s Mom for confort. Smh.

My highlight of the episode is that Veronica and the Pussycats sang Duran Duran’s Union of the Snake. Always and forever a Duranie!

Again, the Alienist and Counterpart were really stars of the week! Give them a show if you have not started to watch them.

 

 

 

News You May Have Missed…

Congratulations to the man we will always know as Eric Northman, Alexander Skarsgard. He won the SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for his work in Big Little Lies. A well deserved win! And he brought up his True Blood role in his acceptance speech, which was hilarious!

Congratulations are also in order for Game of Thrones for winning a SAG for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.

Congratulations are in order to The Tick, which was given a second season.

Denis Villeneuve, who directed Arrival and Blade Runner, has signed on to do Dune. I loved both Arrival and Blade Runner, but Dune is such a behemoth to take on. Writing an adaptation of this book and making it hit all the key moments, but not making you fall asleep due to long pauses…will be a huge undertaking. Good Luck!

Netflix’s Castlevania anime will be back with 8 new episodes in the summer! I liked this anime because it was short and the story was really engaging and fast-paced. I hope that continues in the second season.

We lost a lot of key characters during the past few months in the DC TV universe. Kid Flash left Center City to find his place in the world and both Victor Garber and Franz Drameh left Legends of Tomorrow. But, we learned that Keiynan Lonsdale, aka Kid Flash, has joined the Legends team as a series regular. EW

Seamus Dever, Castle, will be in Titans that will air on the DC streaming service. TVLine

One last thing…

Lucasfilm released a synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story….

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”

For some reason, this movie worries me. A lot has happened behind the scenes. Honestly, who they picked for Solo was not who I would have picked. The poor actor had to get an acting coach and the whole movie had to get a new director and basically totally re-shot. That just screams….prepare for the worst.

What do you think?

 

 

 

News You May Have Missed…

Renewals/Cancellations: I was not surprised by the following bit of news. The Shannara Chronicles was cancelled. The chances of the show being picked up by another station is slim to none, especially since it started on MTV, jumped to Spike and was not going to air on the new Paramount network. Syfy

New shows to keep an eye on: J.J. Abrams is shopping around a new sci-fi show, his first since Fringe. The synopsis of the show is as follows: It’s about a family — consisting of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter — who all get into a terrible car crash. After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up being transported to another land amid a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world. THR states that the show may air on either HBO or the new Apple network.

Superhero Movie Update: DC’s Flash movie will be directed by the screen writers of the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will direct the movie that will star Ezra Miller. THR

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