Fall 2015 TV Guide for Nerds

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As summer comes to a close, the powers-that-be at the cable and network television stations (and let’s not forget the burgeoning online and on-demand TV original content as well) are ready to unleash a wave of brand-new shows and returning fan favorites.  Will you and your DVR have the time, capacity, and dedication to be like a Pokemon master and catch ‘em all?

If you do find yourself able to watch every single show that’s skewed towards the sci-fi, fantasy, super-hero, horror, and pop-culture-entertainment genres, then you likely either don’t have a job and live in some type of underground dwelling or are a trophy-partner, Real Housewife/Husband of <<Insert Major City Name Here>> type.  For the rest of us “normal” folks, however, choosing what to commit our precious free time and fan fervor to can be a daunting task; heck, there’s such an overload of stuff coming our way in the next few weeks that you may not even know about everything or when it’s going to start coming at you!  Fortunately, NerdBastards has got you covered. (more…)

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As the first season of Fear the Walking Dead progresses, it inevitably moves further away from the “talking about the zombie apocalypse” stage and progresses into the “in the thick of the sh!tstorm of the zombie apocalypse” stage, where – let’s face it – most fans want the show to be.  Last night’s episode, “The Dog,” took a major leap in that direction… so let’s talk all about it!

WARNING: What you’re about to read contains spoilers about this episode and possibly this season of Fear the Walking Dead.  Proceed at your own risk/reward!


‘The Flash’ Season 2 Trailer Dares To Defy


The Flash has become one of the more delightful and decidedly awesome superhero shows on TV. Although the recipe of the story is a bit redundant from one episode to another (guy with superpower going nuts and Flash has to stop him over and over) and tends to be tremendously cheesy at times, the series is filled with excitement. It does not only make comic book fans jump off of their chairs in joy, but also introduces non-comic book fans into the DC-universe.

Ahead of the second seasons October 6th premier, The CW has just released a brief but exciting trailer. One that looks to live up to the promise of delving more into everything the character represents in DC Comics; including the introduction of some classic CW characters – such as original Flash Jay Garrick and Atom Smasher, played by Teddy Sears and WWE Superstar Adam “Edge” Copeland respectively. (more…)


Of the many projects that Hollywood currently has in its mammoth machine the one most “flying under the radar” right now to me, feels like the forthcoming Muppets TV show, set to premiere this Fall on ABC.  These classic Jim Henson characters that many of us grew up with, are getting a modern-makeover in their televised presentation. I’m not referring to their physical appearance, but rather their stylistic approach.  The show will feature a behind-the-scenes style format that could allow the writers to do some truly unique and entertaining things with this “cast.”  Now, we at home get a chance to take a full look at the pitch video that got the series green-lit!


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Even in our seemingly normal first world lives, we seek escapism. Whether it’s in material things or the mental denial of our situations, we often separate ourselves from reality as much as possible. It’s obvious then, that in the throes of a dystopian society you would shelter yourself in the illusion of peace or guard your mind against believing that the safety of a home was ever possible.

That’s what this entire season of The Walking Dead has been about. Everyone on this show has had their emotional walls beaten down until they can accept the current reality of the world. Some of them came to it sooner than others, like Glenn, Maggie, Michonne and even Carl, others like Sasha and Rick needed to have mental breakdowns before they came to terms with their lives. (more…)

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Deanna and her family sit in a darkened room mourning Aidan’s loss. She puts on one of his mixed cds and Nine Inch Nails’ “Somewhat Damaged” beings to play.

The opening is intercut with shots of Carol making a tuna casserole for the grieving family. In one of these shots, we see that Sam has come to visit her again. We also see Sasha in the lookout tower. Carol leaves the casserole on Deanna’s front porch.  Deanna finds it, reads the note and goes inside without the dish. She burns the note.  (more…)

Flash Feature

Reviewing every episode of The Flash’s freshman season is a unique opportunity.  Not only do I get to watch one of my favorite television shows and write about it, then call it “work”, but it forces me to remain completely objective about the quality of the series rather than just getting lazy and taking the ride.  For the most part, this objectivity leads me to find flaws in episodes that others may not notice or that they may just accept without a second thought.  For episodes that have several flaws, this objectivity can make my viewing experience less than completely enjoyable (I generally watch an episode twice – once as a critic, once as a fan), but for episodes like last night’s episode, The Flash is Born, watching the episode through the eyes of a critic really drives home the fact that The Flash is really one of the best shows on television right now and one of the best superhero series’ that we have ever been offered.  Warning – spoilers ahead. (more…)


If this actually happens, file it under “Smart Moves.” I’ve praised DC Entertainment in the past for their overwhelmingly stellar work in producing effective superhero TV. ‘Smallville’ was a success even thought it petered out near the end. They had a respectable run with ‘Superboy’ and ‘Lois and Clark’ definitely worked a niche market. The 90’s Flash was very cool but it was handled wrong because the hero never fought real supervillains until the Trickster showed up too late. But all things Superman, from way back during the George Reeves days, have stood the test of time. With the success of ‘Arrow’ and the lip-smacking anticipation of the new Flash series, a safe bet would be to capitalize on that ‘Super’ strength. That’s where ‘Supergirl’ comes in. Or, I should say, where Michael Green comes in. (more…)

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From playing the part of Thug in ‘Manimal’ in 1983, then suddenly becoming a terror icon a year later as Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund’s sharknado of success was an immediate blessing. Like many typecast actors before him, Englund’s career as the monster from A Nightmare On Elm St.locked him into horror roles ever since. Here it is 2014 and he’s got films titled ‘Death House’ and ‘Fear Clinic’ in post-production. But at least he’s working, and we haven’t seen him don the Freddy claws since 2003’s ‘Freddy Vs. Jason.’ That is, until we got wind of his latest return to the role! The dream fiend is back – but for once it’s for a greater cause beyond killing off an entire town’s population of children. (more…)


The Knick premieres tonight August 8th at 10 pm EST on Cinemax and follows Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), the pretentious, brilliant, drug-addicted head of surgery at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, as he and the rest of the staff (surgeons, nurses, and administration) navigate the challenges of healthcare in the early 1900’s. As the tagline says “Modern Medicine Had to Start Somewhere”.

It’ll be interesting to see how modern television critics respond to The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s triumphant ten-hour return to the tube. Not easily lending itself to the Recap Industrial Complex that drives hits to its respective cogs, The Knick is a work which demands you deconstruct it from a place of mordant post-formalism and stagnancy. Yes, there is a plot that drives forward, but the constantly chameleonic director is more content with noticing how Dr. John W. Thackery (Clive Owen, reminding us all what a talent he is when challenged) remains a stoic, dilated disciple of science in the face of unending disease and death. Taking more cues from the equally clinical David Cronenberg and cribbing from the digitally anachronistic aesthetics of Michael Mann (whose Public Enemies feels like an improved upon touchstone), the retired auteur proves yet again that he’s a better artist than almost all of us, even when saddled to his rocking chair.  (more…)