There’a new batch of “Holiday” specials every year–every television show that lasted more than one season has a Christmas episode, and celebs and personalities adore putting together hour-long love letters to their own awesomeness and throwing in some X-mas trappings…
Some specials are honestly good–or at least that’s how we REMEMBER them, and no one can tell us different (Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, Grinch, etc…)
Some suck Santa’s jolly red ass…and others….well, others are just–“special”…
Those are the kind of Holiday specials we’re going to be focusing on today–good or bad isn’t really a consideration, instead, we’re gonna explore specials that being a nerd may not be essential to like, but it’s gonna be a big help. They’re from tv shows or feature characters that are beloved to our community–OR they’re so weird and esoteric that only a nerd would bother finding them, much less watching them.
If you are NOT a nerd (first of all, welcome–nice to see you), please do not be offended if you also like some of these specials–we don’t mean to imply anything.
The audience for AMC’s The walking Dead is huge. Bigger even than the shambling multitude of corpses that chase its protagonists around our screens every Sunday night. Now that the show has earned its well-deserved eighth season renewal, there’s no reason to think that the end is in anywhere near in sight. The story of the intrepid band of beleaguered survivors battling undead hordes can’t be contained in a paltry eight seasons. In fact, as Show runner Scott Gimple recently hinted, It can’t even be contained by the small screen.
Ten billion dollars. No, that’s not a line from the inevitable Austin Powers remake/reboot. That’s the amount the Harry Potter franchise made for Warner Bros. during an extremely lucrative run over the better part of a decade. Even after the last two-part entry in the series came and went – and with it the heightened Potter mania that inevitably accompanied each release – it was abundantly clear that Warner Bros. wasn’t done with Harry Potter and neither was its core audience. With writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates both back onboard, less cynical moviegoers could hope that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t just another shameless cash grab, but a welcome return to the deeply imagined world- and universe-building that made the Harry Potter series so addictive in the first place. We won’t keep you in suspense any longer: Minus one or two minor issues, it’s the best we can and should hope for from a prequel/spin-off.
Superman might be long gone – not dead, but temporarily forgotten – so it’s back to the Supergirl Power Hour. It’s Supergirl’s (Melissa Benoist) show, after all and despite the brief, two-episode interlude where Supergirl and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) got to play Super-Cousins together (to the delight of millions of fans), a return to the status quo, welcome or not, was not far behind, ultimately leaving fans with a Superman-sized hole in their collective hearts. But just as one superhero exits, another superhero enters, Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter, TV’s Wonder Woman), the first female president of the United States. To Supergirl and her human alter ego, Kara Danvers and her superhero counterpart, intrepid cub reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media, Marsdin is the real thing, a bona fide hero. She might not have superpowers, but to Supergirl, she might as well have them.
Supergirl has a Superman problem. It’s not last year’s problem where the show’s producers deliberately pushed Superman into the background, never heard, occasionally seen from a distance or in silhouette, communicating with Supergirl, Kara Danvers (aka Kara Zor-El) through texts. Berlanti and Co. had to get around the problem of Superman and Supergirl coexisting in the same world, but rarely, if ever, interacting face-to-face (if they did, it was offscreen). This year, we have an entirely different Superman problem. Now that we’ve met Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), now that we’ve seen him up and close and personal, now that we’ve seen him interacting with Supergirl, saving the world and whatnot, we want him to stick around for the near and long-term. The credits list Hoechlin only as a guest star, not to mention (a) the show’s called Supergirl and (b) Metropolis has been left superhero-free (and Lois Lane, Superman’s girlfriend, can’t be too pleased with his absence) while Superman chills with his Super-Cousin in National City. All things considered, it’s better to have too many superheroes than too few, especially when one of Superman’s most deadly super-villains, John Corben / Metallo (Frederick Schmidt), emerges from a near-death experience with both kryptonite and malice in his heart for the Kryptonian Super-Cousins.
It’s over. No, not Supergirl. She’ll be more than fine. She’s on a new network, the CW (far more hospitable to superheroes than older-skewing, procedural-embracing CBS), with multiple DC superheroes to keep her company, including the Flash (and Friends), the Arrow (and Company), and the Legends of Tomorrow (Today). Season 2, Episode 1, “The Adventures of Supergirl,” is filled with big takeaways, including Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), finally getting the close-up he was denied last season, an all-new aboveground HQ (like an aboveground swimming pool) for the DEO, the Department of Extra-Normal Operations headed by Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), aka Martian Manhunter, or the major hint that Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), the Queen of All Media in National City, may be on the way out, her replacement TBD (to be decided) at a later date, the introduction of Lena Luther (Katie McGrath), Lex’s younger sister, on a serious redemption kick, or the introduction of a Big Bad that might be more of an ‘it,” Cadmus, another sociopathic super-secret government org mucking around with super-powers.
Throughout the first season of Supergirl, the show managed to only reference Kara’s cousin Kal-El, AKA Superman in obscure ways. Whether it was licensing or rights issues, or not to confuse audiences with the fact that there already was a Superman on the big screen, we were only able to see him in a silhouette or with his face blocked by the sun. They even showed him communicating with his cousin via e-mail. The CW finally decided to pull the trigger and cast the Man of Steel for the small screen and he will be played by Tyler Hoechlin who previously appeared on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Many fans had excitement but also wondered if he would be able to pull off as Kal-El.
Winter has finally come! Last week we were left with Jon Snow vs Ramsey Bolton and all of its great epicness. On this week’s season finale of Game of Thrones we not only got to see the aftermath of that glorious battle, but we also got a whole lot moving in the rest of the seven kingdoms. Pretty much every story going on moved forward and either reached some sort of conclusion or helped set up something cool for next season. Everything from Cersei’s trial, to multiple deaths, to finally confirming a long-running fan theory, this week’s Game of Thrones did not disappoint.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “The Winds of Winter.”
Who would have guessed that when Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch met by the river five years ago that it would have started an epic emotional journey. Primarily, that emotion is anger, because how could CBS burn off and cast away what maybe the most prescient and compelling genre show on network TV since The X-Files? But let’s not be bitter. The end of Person of Interest was as much an occasion to be celebrated as it was to be lamented, as the journey of the Machine came to an end with one last all-out attack against Samaritan. Who survived and what was left of them, and is there still a possibility of a spin-off? (more…)
To quote Beyonce: “Who Runs The World? Girls!!
This week’s Game of Thrones gave us the epic battle of Jon Snow against Ramsey Bolton (Snow): The Battle of the Bastards! The Thriller In The North!! So did it live up to the hype? This probably was one of the finest, well shot, well edited, tense, and satisfying episodes of television ever!! They laid everything on the table this episode, and the last 20 minutes left you speechless! While we spent most of our time in the North with #TeamSnow, we also got to see Dany also hold it down with her triumphant return to Meereen.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “Battle of the Bastards.”