TV Catch Up: Justified

by Matthew Thompson

Based on the Elmore Leonard novella Fire in the Hole, Justified is part modern-day western, part US Marshal procedural and part prestige crime drama. Initially it didn’t seem like it’d be something I would love, but by the end of the first season I was hooked, watching it every chance I got over the past few months. Having finished up the show a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d give my thoughts on this brilliant series Continue reading

Hap and Leonard Season 2 Review

by Matthew Thompson

The titular pair in Hap and Leonard are a bit of an odd couple. Leonard – a gay, black Vietnam vet – and Hap – a white man who skipped the war as a conscientious objector – were brought together as youngsters by a mutual tragedy. Their divergent paths in the time since haven’t broken the bonds of their friendship. It is this relationship that Hap and Leonard was built upon in its first season and that continues to be the case in Season 2 despite telling a fairly different kind of story Continue reading

iZombie “Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother” Review

by Matthew Thompson

After nearly a year since the second season finale, I found myself yearning for another taste of iZombie not unlike some of the zombies seen in that last outing starving for a meal of a different kind. The Season 3 premiere delivered more of what I’ve always loved about the series and I’m here with some quick impressions of the episode Continue reading

Taboo Season 1 Review

by Matthew Thompson

When it comes to historical dramas, I prefer to head way back in time. Give me stuff like Spartacus, Rome or Vikings. Merely a century or two old? Not usually my thing. And yet, TV keeps throwing those at me and for one reason or another, I keep watching them Continue reading

Sneaky Pete Season 1 Review

by Matthew Thompson

My guilty conscience makes me a pretty terrible liar. It’s one of the reasons I love private eye fiction. Seeing all the little deceitful tricks they use to get the information they need is highly entertaining as I know I could never do it. There is a similar enjoyment in watching con-artists operate Continue reading

The Good Place Review: Heavenly Comedy

by Matthew Thompson

(Going forward, I will be reviewing a number of new shows from the Fall to let people know whether they are worth watching. I will be keeping any major spoilers to the bullets at the bottom, so the main body will be perusable for those who have not yet seen the show. Enjoy!)

I mentioned time and again prior to the premiere that what made The Good Place such a sure bet this Fall was creator Michael Schur. His track record, which includes working on The Office before co-creating both Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is simply too good to ignore. And yet what stands out the most about The Good Place are the ways it diverges from Schur’s previous work Continue reading

My TV Update: Summer Catch-Up Edition

by Matthew Thompson

I sort of lost control of my TV-watching around May, so even before my little summer blog break this past month, I wasn’t making many television posts. I have slowly recovered over time and decided I would jump back into the TV blogging game by checking in on a few of the shows that I’ve been watching this summer or just caught up with recently. Here it goes Continue reading

TV Check-In: Game of Thrones Season 6

by Matthew Thompson

I was disappointed with Season 5 of Game of Thrones. It wasn’t bad, but it did not live up to my lofty expectations for the series. My anticipation of this newest season was somewhat muted as a result, but I’m happy to say it has served as a nice rebound for the show. At times things felt rushed this year as various players in the game were given a quick demise or sent hurtling at high speeds to their destinations, but ultimately I just love where all the pieces fell into place. I really like where everything is at heading into the final stretch Continue reading

TV Check-In: Game of Thrones Season 6 (Episodes 1 and 2)

by Matthew Thompson

Game of Thrones got off to a tepid start with last week’s premiere episode, “The Red Woman,” but its second outing “Home” was very good and has me excited for what comes next. I thought after this more eventful episode I would check in with the season so far Continue reading

TV Check-In: The New Shows of 2016

by Matthew Thompson

I haven’t been very impressed with the new shows 2016 has had to offer so far. Still, I am here to recap my thoughts on what I have tried with an extra emphasis on the four shows I have stuck with and some quick hits on a few more. Here it goes Continue reading