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I don’t know how many of you watch the HBO series “Silicon Valley,” but they did a nice job in last week’s episode targeting the bigotry of the mostly progressive tech sector. Pied Piper, the company at the center of the show’s narrative, was assembling a collection of partner companies who would participate in the […]

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Luckily for us, The Resident is not alone in providing moral guidance to the backward conservative population of America. ABC is the next source of The True Way.  The Good Doctor, a delightful medical show about what happens to an autistic doctor in San Jose, California, is also preaching the True Path of Leftism.  As we can […]

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What is it? Why do many people like to be scared? Why do many people like gruesome tales or stories that revel in darkness and/or filth? These days, serial killer stories are a dime a dozen. Then there are monster stories, ghost stories, psychological thrillers, and gothic tales, among other subgenres. Some horror stories are […]

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I know there is a a devastating storm raging over Texas, I’m sure Trump has done or said something new to offend and outrage, and lord knows all sorts of places around the world are slowly spiraling into oblivion. But, tonight the penultimate season of Game of Thrones just ended, and we need a place […]

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From PC Gamer:  According to SuperData, there’s now a bigger audience for gaming video than the combined audiences of HBO, Netflix, ESPN, and Hulu. For reference, Netflix’s subscriber count is somewhere near 100 million, while Hulu maintains about 12 million. For better or for worse, PewDiePie alone has over 54 million YouTube subscribers. [….] Preview […]

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OK, so about 6 months ago we joined the 21st century and bought a couple of smart TV’s. I am thrilled with all the new stuff to watch, even some HBO/Showtime things we missed the first time around. We’ve got Amazon Prime, Netflix and Acorn (love the Brit and Aussie shows). Got caught up on […]

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Timeless is one of this fall’s new shows; my girlfriend got me into it and I’m enjoying it so far. The villain wants to weaken America (which is a nice change from having the hero want it) by going back in time and changing key moments in history. The heroes also have a time machine […]

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I saw this photo of Hillary Rodham, which illustrated James Taranto’s “Best of the Web” column in the WSJ. And I thought, “That reminds me of someone.”  After a few seconds, I realized she reminded me of this guy, whom any fan of “TOS” (I’m talking to you @jameslileks!) will know: Preview Open

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One of my sentimental guilty pleasures is the old Match Game, reruns of which appear on GSN and Buzzr. I watched the original after school as a kid. It’s possible I bought some of the original cards for questions used on the show, purchased from one of the writers, but I’m afraid I can’t confirm or deny […]

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To the surprise of nobody, another Star Trek TV series is in the works. As with so many legendary IPs, fans will cry havoc if their expectations are not met… but will also wolf down any scraps offered because they have been waiting for something, anything, much too long.  Preview Open

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So I’ve been writing about the new season of Daredevil. Go to my website if you’ve seen it or at least know a bit about the character. Daredevil is the most realistic hero, because he is realistic about who we are: Both individuals with rights & freedoms–& human beings defined by our love of each […]

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Small Screen Review: “Jessica Jones”

 

jjIn a comparison between the two giants of comic book entertainment, I’ve seen it stated that DC presents stories of gods and demigods – myths for modern time – while Marvel presents stories of human beings who happen to have powers. If any recent storyline presents that latter concept well it has to be the Netflix series, “Jessica Jones.”

In fact, “Jessica Jones” is a very human story. Super-powered beings are integral to the tale, but initially the powers seem to be incidental to the characters. It takes some time for any powers to be used in earnest and in all honesty I think it does the series well. By using a slow burn, we get time to learn about the players in this tale. The powers don’t distract us from who these people are and what’s going on at the first.

Krysten Ritter plays the title character. She is a private investigator working in Hell’s Kitchen (a familiar location for those who saw “Daredevil”) in a dingy little office that is also her apartment. Ritter is a waif of a person, which contrasts well with her character’s super strength and attitude. Occasionally she does a job or two for attorney Jeri Hogarth (played by Carrie-Anne Moss). A nice, wholesome Midwestern couple approaches Jones in the first episode. She was recommended to them and they need Jones to help them find their missing daughter, Hope.

AKA: A Review

 

Jessica_Jones_NetflixThe Marvel Cinematic Universe represents perhaps the greatest money-making movie franchise in the history of cinema, pumping out one high-budget, high-grossing action spectacular after another, all set in a single cinematic universe replete with crossovers, cameos, and team-ups. It came to the small screen with Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Marvel’s Agent Carter, and the debut of Daredevil on Netflix earlier this year saw them break through into Internet-only entraining. The concept of an interconnected cinematic and TV universe offers viewers an analog of the traditional comic book experience. Everyone can have their favorite characters and follow them in their various appearances, appreciate the work of various artist each offering their own interpretation of the iconic characters in discrete stories that, together, help create an overarching fictional history filled with action and delightful melodrama.

A few weeks ago Netflix released the second of its four superhero shows: Jessica Jones (while under development, the show was titled “AKA Jessica Jones and the episodes all begin with the “Also Known As” abbreviation). Who is Jessica Jones you may be wondering? Well, until I saw the show I didn’t really know much about her. She isn’t one of the famous Marvel characters, not even one of the famous B-list characters like Luke Cage or Iron Fist (who will each get their own Netflix show in the coming years). But, her obscurity works for the show brilliantly. Knowing who Daredevil was, who his villains were, and what to expect plot-wise, I watched his series with anticipation for a fidelity to the comics. Jessica Jones was a blank slate to me, so there was nothing to anticipate, only a story to experience. And what a story.

Netflix’s Daredevil clearly establishes a gritty, almost Noir-like felling for the world of Hell’s Kitchen following the events of the first Avengers movie. That tone that is carried on — and expanded in — Jessica Jones, who like all good Noir characters, is a private investigator. Her jobs mostly consist of following cheating men around and getting pictures of them in the act. She lives in her office, and seems to subsist on a diet of booze and cigarettes.

The Walking Disappointed

 

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Who else was disappointed in the midseason finale of “The Walking Dead?” And I’m not talking about students coming out of their college and law school exams.

I’ve always enjoyed the show and even think it is basically conservative in outlook — it reminds us of the state of nature to which we could return if it were not for the fragile institutions that keep society functioning. The group at the heart of the show tries to build a society among itself with rules and institutions and try to balance security with the need for a future. Alexandria struck me as a typical liberal fantasy land, kept alive by luck but from which the inhabitants inferred that they could build a perfect community free from the tough truths of reality.

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Progressives have often been ridiculed on Ricochet for emphasizing feelings over actions, intentions over results. What good is a hashtag against terrorism or colored ribbons against a disease? Be serious!  But must we always be serious about serious problems? If sympathetic expressions are cheap and easily dismissed, why are emotionally detached jokes not dismissed with […]

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Sitting with my parents during NBC’s coverage of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I’m on the hunt for a non-commercially broadcast live stream online. Why? Because NBC prefers to show its anchors, celebrity interviews, and basically anything other than the actual parade. The situation recurs every year.  It’s a tradition for my parents to watch the […]

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