Jessica Jones continues to be the best Netflix Hero

The question that was always going to be posed towards Jessica Jones’ second series was “how the hell do you follow a villain like Killgrave?”. The short answer, as it turns out, is that you don’t.

Netflix’s continuity of Marvel super hero shows has consistently been of a grittier tone, dealing with darker subject matter than the comparatively light and fluffy movies won’t go near. Stepping away from the bright, larger than life threats the movie heroes deal with and taking a heavier focus on more mature themes. Themes such as race, obsession, addiction, PTSD and morality. None of the shows delves deeper into these themes than Jessica Jones did. After The Punisher returned to the strengths of these series following a wobble, Jessica Jones doubles down on them.

Continue reading “Jessica Jones continues to be the best Netflix Hero”

Star Trek Discovery is still good Star Trek

People get real worked up about Star Trek don’t they. I’ve never been deeply invested in the lore of this franchise, so I inevitably shake my head at people’s reactions to something I find really entertaining. Then I remember the things I’ve written about Star Wars in the past few months and realise I don’t have much of a leg to stand on judging hard core fans.

There has been a lot of negative coverage of Star Trek: Discovery. Most common amongst the complaints I’ve read seem to focus on the fact that it doesn’t feel like “Star Trek”. I would scoff at this, but I do actually see where this is coming from. I have seen a fair bit of the Next Generation, and Discovery feels a lot more action packed than that series ever did.

Continue reading “Star Trek Discovery is still good Star Trek”

Marvel’s The Defenders is a different kind of show

I haven’t really written anything in a while, I’m hoping I haven’t gotten too rusty at it. I know I certainly don’t carry my tastes with the same pretension I used to. I’m more of a yay or nay kinda guy now. Either I liked it or I didn’t. When it comes to Marvel’s latest Netflix series, the Defenders. Well, I enjoyed myself.

When it comes to the Netflix Marvel shows, I’d say I’m a fan, to but it as bluntly as I can. The first three, I thought were amazing pieces of television. Dark and gritty character studies that went to the places we sometimes wish the mainline movie franchise could if it wasn’t held back by a PG rating. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Defenders is a different kind of show”

Thoughts on: Daredevil, Season 2

The Netflix produced Marvel series have fast become a highlight of the superhero yearly calendar for me. Both the first season of Daredevil and Jessica Jones knocked all other competition out of the park in terms of their story, tone and production quality. It was a given that I was itching to see season two of Daredevil as soon as I possibly could.

I wasn’t disappointed either. While a much less focused series than the first, the story is spread out amongst three primary characters in Daredevil, The Punisher and Elektra. This has the benefit of adding two new fantastic interpretations of known Marvel characters to the series. It’s not without flaws though, as the final few episodes of the series lack a solid goal or antagonist to rally against, especially considering the strength of the finales of the previous two Netflix series.

daredevil-season-2-faq-pic Continue reading “Thoughts on: Daredevil, Season 2”

Doctor Who series 9 thoughts

I recently spoke about how I have really come around on Peter Capaldi, how I think he has become a fantastic Doctor. So when it comes to talking about the new series, needless to say I enjoyed it more than I did the preceding one. It was good, and I’ll get to that, but first lets talk about the elephant in the room:

Continue reading “Doctor Who series 9 thoughts”