Sunday, October 12, 2014

New show roundup

Some quick thoughts on new teevee shows and whether or not I will stick with them.

The Flash -- I quite enjoyed this pilot.  I think it will make a nice companion to Arrow and the fact that it feels like it might embrace its own silliness a bit more makes it not just a copy of Arrow with different characters.  I love Arrow but considering how silly a lot of it is, it's a rather serious show at times.  Oliver is more of the "tortured hero" and I think Barry Allen (partly because he's younger) will be a bit more fun.
Likelihood of watching a full season: Most definitely.  Unless the quality dips considerably, I'll be sticking with this one.

Gotham -- When I first heard about this one, I was in.  A show about a young Commissioner Gordon?  Yes, please.  But then I watched the pilot and while I mostly enjoyed it, I wasn't completely certain about it.  The problem is that it starts out with the familiar killing of Bruce Wayne's parents.  I'm just not sure we need to have a young Bruce Wayne in this show every week (although Sean Pertwee as Alfred is ACES).  There's no chance we'll ever actually see him as Batman and I'd rather have him be a very minor character, if he has to be there at all.  And my initial thoughts about the pilot had me loving Ben McKenzie as Gordon and Donal Logue as his usual awesome self.  However, after 3 episodes, I'm not loving McKenzie quite as much.  I'm not sure if it's the writing or the acting, but I'm not seeing a lot of range there.  Plus, all the women (with the exception of Jada Pinkett Smith, who is a HOOT) are BORING AS FUCK.  Well, young Selina Kyle is all right, but she's not a woman.  Also, that third episode had the most awful scene at the end where I was just laughing my ass off at how bad the dialogue was.  Not good.
Likelihood of watching a full season: At this point, it's not looking as likely as it was before that third episode.  I'll give it at least one more, but if there's no real improvement or reason to keep going, I'll just stop watching and wait for people to tell me whether it gets better or not.

How to Get Away With Murder -- I wasn't sure about this show when I first started watching the pilot.  It looked like it would just be a case-of-the-week show, which I tend to get bored with after about 2 seasons (see: Castle, Elementary).  But after three episodes, it's clear that while there will be a case-of-the-week, there are also a few sub-plots that will likely be running through the entire season.  And those sub-plots are intriguing enough that I'll probably keep watching. 
Likelihood of watching a full season: Fairly likely, as long as Viola Davis continues to be a compelling character.  The other cast around her are fairly dull, with the exception of the blonde lady whose name I don't know (I am terrible with large casts in the early goings of shows).  The others are fairly generic. 

Black-ish -- I liked the first two episodes this show but actually stopped halfway through the third.  I just don't really like family shows.  I had the same problem with Trophy Wife.  I enjoyed it for the most part, but just didn't really care enough to keep watching. 
Likelihood of watching a full season: Not a lot.  It's possible I'll revisit it if there's a guest star I'd like to see, but I won't be watching it on a regular basis.

Selfie -- I actually thought the pilot had potential.  It was problematic, and I didn't much like Amy Pond having an American accent, but I liked John Cho and I thought the two of them had interesting chemistry.  However, I only got through about 8 minutes of the second episode before saying, "Nope." 
Likelihood of watching a full season: The thing is, I still think this one has potential.  Comedies are just difficult.  They sometimes take a while to percolate before they become something good. So if this one sticks around and people tell me it's gotten better, I may go back and revisit it.

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