TV Reviews

If there was a word to describe this week’s episode of Riverdale it’s “peak”. It was “peak Archie” it terms of the characterization of our comic book friends and how we remember them. It was “peak teen soap” in terms of the romantic melodrama and friendship dysfunction. It was “peak mystery” in terms of new revelations and long simmering confrontations. And it was “peak deconstruction” as the writers throw in some compelling hiccups in terms of the relationship dynamics of the show. Let’s just come out and say: Jughead kissed Betty! Passionately. And our lives will never be the same again. (more…)

There are two types of comic book shows: ones that revel in costumed heroes using their powers to defeat the bad guys and protect their friends and fellow citizens from  external threats, and then there are ones that send you down metaphorical rabbit holes in the deepest bowels of the psyche. Welcome to Legion, guess which one it is. The official halfway point of the show posed some seriously interesting questions that had some very serious implications. How can we trust anything that David sees in his own mind, even his memories, when it seems like the even the key people in his life may not have been exactly as advertised? (more…)

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…)