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Nice day for a white funeral… Not quite how the song goes, but that’s the way Jason Blossom’s funeral ended up going thanks to Cheryl in this week’s Riverdale. The intrigue factor was ratcheted up to 11 this week, perhaps in no small part because the setting moved to Thorn Hill, Riverdale’s own house on the hill, and a location ripe for Agatha Christie-like sleuthing and skullduggery. Some big pieces of the mystery were filled in this week as we discover things about secret romances, an ancient blood feud, and and maybe the scariest family this side of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and it kind of centres around our girl next door, Betty. (more…)

When your sister is kidnapped by sinister government forces, there’s only one thing for you to do: go deeper in your head to try and root out the cause of your dysfunction and how it affects your super-powers! Legion this week went deeper into David’s mind to help him heal and discover the full extent of his power, but he wasn’t making it easy. Whether he was schizophrenic or not, one thing is certain now and that is David is one seriously screwed up individual. Can he be healed? Can he ever get control of his powers? Can he save his sister? are all questions with great big question marks. (more…)

Obviously, there was no chance that Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman were going to solve the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer in “Episode 1”, but they did hit a surprising number of walls in Twin Peaks first post-pilot hour. Although we learned more about Laura and her last days, the focus of the episode was on the broader landscape of the show’s main characters, or should we say “main suspects.” Yes, the harsh glare of suspicion was cast on many different people in this episode, but did any of them kill Laura, or are we being led down a garden path? (more…)

Most teen shows don’t give a hoot about the parents, because if you have parents hovering in the background being actual authority figures it makes it harder for the kids to get up to increasingly more scandalous shenanigans. So good work on Riverdale for subverting expectations, and so early on. In “The Last Picture Show” the message is definitely sent that the parents need more supervision than the kids as the seedy underbelly of Riverdale got seedier thanks to shady real estate deals, money changing hands, and the loss of a beloved Riverdale cinematic institution. By comparison a little student/teacher dalliance is almost quaint. (more…)

Suffice to say that after last week’s 90 minute pilot episode, which featured a mentally unstable main character, confused timelines, people who are dead that maybe never existed, body swapping, and a full blown song and dance number, I had no idea what to expect from episode two of Legion. Oddly enough, the direction I was the least prepared for was the actual direction that “Chapter 2” went in: straightforward. Following up on last week’s harried escape from government goons, David’s new friends take him deeper into his psyche to try and get him to understand the root and breadth of his powers. (more…)

What is this? Well, as you may have heard, Twin Peaks is returning to our TVs in a couple of months with a brand new series on Showtime, and we here at Nerd Bastards think it rather behooves us to look at the show from the beginning. Now here’s the true confession: I have never seen it. I know, it’s a black mark on my nerd credentials, and I had actually started watching it when three episodes in it was pulled from Canada’s Netflix a few years ago. It was a drag, but I moved on. However, with the pending premiere of Twin Peaks 2017 there’s new urgency, so let us all now take a trip back to Twin Peaks, knowing that for some of us, it’s the first time. (more…)

Even the staunchest of Walking Dead fans has to admit that, with the exception of the bloodbath in the season premiere, the first half of season seven was absolutely boring. Fans were lead to believe that Negan was a villain who would make his grand entrance on the show and do things that would make The Governor look like a boy scout. Sadly, this was far from the case and fans were left with a very milquetoast first half of the season. However, it was a necessary evil. We needed to see that Rick had been broken. We needed to see what it was like for Daryl to be Negan’s captive. We needed to see Maggie and Sasha take the lead and protect the people of Hilltop. With Rick and company back in the fighting spirit, hopefully the show will rebound from being such a stick in the mud.

“The Rock in the Road” had a lot of things it needed to get right in order to not lose any more viewers. For the most part, the episode succeeds where several others did not. As always SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD!!!!!!  (more…)

Just when you thought the only bad thing going on in Riverdale was that someone put a large caliber bullet hole in Jason Blossom’s forehead, we see that there’s so much more going on under the surface. The third episode put the overarching mystery of Riverdale on hold for the most part, and instead, really, started peering in darker corners. For while a kid shot dead by unknown persons is shocking and tragic in its own right, there’s really nothing any less horrific than what a predatory teenage boy might be capable of with a girl that mistakes rapaciousness for charm. (more…)

The first thing we’ve got to ask ourselves watching the new FX series Legion is, what the hell is going on? Forget where this fits in with the X-Men universe. Forget about Easter eggs and references to the Marvel Universe. If you were watching Legion and thinking about any of that stuff you were either a) inexplicably bored by the material, or b) so hopelessly fan boy-ish that there’s no cure for you. What Noah Hawley‘s done with Legion is inexplicable. There are about a thousand ways to interpret the events of the pilot episode, and its hard to say if any of them are right. (more…)

The 100 has never been a show about easy answers, so did you really think they’d come back with a plan to save the planet after one episode? Hardly. But this week’s episode seemed less concerned with solutions than it did in exploring how the weight of making those decisions affects the decision makers. Once again, confronting the hard choices and bitter truths about pure and unadulterated survival, The 100 says outright this week that coming through the other side of the pending radiation bath is not going to be as easy as even the most conservative of hopes. I just hope that the writers aren’t painting themselves into a corner. (more…)