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

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

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

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

Episode Spotlight: 30 Rock “Leap Day”

by Matthew Thompson

In the past, I have talked about some of my favorite TV episodes based around Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But these are far from the only holidays that have gifted us quality television over the years. You’ll find some good ones for things like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Still, one day that doesn’t get a lot of love is Leap Day. This is partly due to its very nature – it only comes around every four years – and partly because it isn’t really a holiday at all. That didn’t stop 30 Rock from delivering one of my very favorite holiday-themed episodes four years ago, the simply named “Leap Day.”

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TV Check-In: The X-Files “My Struggle” and “Founder’s Mutation” Review

by Matthew Thompson

I regularly cite The X-Files as one of my all-time favorite shows. It was really the first “adult” show I watched religiously. I think my love of The X-Files probably informed my taste in TV going forward as well. Like my penchant for sci-fi and supernatural aspects. Or how I prefer my procedurals mix in a healthy bit of mythology. Or even my use of the word mythology – and monster of the week – when describing various shows. Needless to say, I was excited for this year’s revival of The X-Files. In fact, there was nothing coming to television this year that I was looking forward to more. After watching the first two episodes, I am here to give my thoughts on how Mulder and Scully’s return is faring thus far (spoilers to follow!) Continue reading

TV Check-In: Gotham, Jessica Jones and iZombie

by Matthew Thompson

Time to check in on some more shows that wrapped up for the year. I’ve got three more comic book shows to talk about: FOX’s Gotham, Netflix’s Jessica Jones and The CW’s iZombie. Be warned: these contain some spoilers for each show’s Fall season. Here it goes Continue reading

The New Shows of Fall: Comedy Edition

by Matthew Thompson

The Fall TV season is here and that means a slew of new shows hitting the major networks. I love to try stuff out and get a taste of what the new season has to offer. So I am here with a handful of quick reviews on the various series I have sampled so far. I plan to roll out one or two more posts just like this one when I have the chance. To start I will be breaking down four new comedies. Here it goes Continue reading

TV Check-In: iZombie Season 2 Premiere (“Grumpy Old Liv”) Review

by Matthew Thompson

Three months have passed since the momentous events at the end of iZombie Season 1 and the first portion of “Grumpy Old Liv” helps us catch up with the characters while reminding us where things left off. Liv’s brother – who is still in the hospital – and mother are both upset with her for not helping him after he was hurt in the Meat Cute explosion. Clive is still suspicious about Major’s role in that final showdown despite Liv giving him an alibi. Major is still working on getting over everything that he found out about Liv. And Ravi hasn’t been able to replicate the zombie cure. This helps set the stage for a very fun start to the second season Continue reading

TV Check-In: The Last Man on Earth’s Season 2 Premiere

by Matthew Thompson

I love the idea of The Last Man on Earth. It seems like such a novel concept in a network TV landscape often lacking in them. And the first episode largely delivered on that unique premise giving us something that was equal parts funny and depressing while leveraging its unusual – for a comedy at least – setting. As the season rolled on it slowly became something else entirely and I couldn’t help but lament the wasted potential. Luckily the finale reset things a bit and the second season premiere acts as a welcome return to the show I was hoping The Last Man on Earth would be Continue reading