Television

Tue
02
Feb

Critical Blast's Ballot for the Best of 2015

Critical Blast Best Of...

It's once again that time of year -- when we look back at the things we loved last year and try to determine which ones were the best of the best ("of the best, sir!"). The best movie, the best television show, the best books, the best comics -- and the people who brought them to us.

So, after a nomination process that makes the Iowa Caucus look like a standard up-or-down vote system, we've settled on the list of nominees below. But, we always recognize the fact that the readers may know better than we do, so each category has an "Other" option where you can put in what we missed.

Unfortunately, to avoid the potential for ballot stuffing (to the best of our abilities) the form below requires that you be logged into your Google account. If you don't have one (and why wouldn't you?) then you won't be able to participate.

So let the voting now commence...and good luck to all the candidates and write-ins.

Fri
29
Jan

New Justice League cartoon to have all-star cast including Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and James Woods

From Comic Book Resources:

After months of reports and speculation, Cartoon Network has officially announced its new Justice League animated series. Titled "Justice League Action," the show, like the network's fellow DC Comics-based series "Teen Titans Go!," will run in installments of 11-minute episodes. Notably, the show features the return of both Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman and Mark Hamill as the voice of The Joker, roles they made famous in '90s classic "Batman: The Animated Series."

Here's the official description of the series, which doesn't yet have a premiere date:

Sat
23
Jan

Finding the Appalachian Cryptids: Mountain Monsters' Trapper Speaks with Critical Blast

Trapper, co-founder and leader of the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings. Credit: Destination America

The television landscape has become a inundated these days with shows featuring teams of people looking for Bigfoot and other cryptozoological critters. Some of them are dry and anecdotal. Some of them feature the same thing in different locations, usually highlighted by people wandering around in the dark knocking on trees and letting loose with a yell.

And then there's MOUNTAIN MONSTERS, where the team of investigators get all fired up, carry their guns, and vow to "get that sonnuvabitch" when they get near him -- and they always seem to get too close for comfort, whether they're chasing down a Sheepsquatch, a Midnight Whistler, a Yahoo or any of the other many legendary creatures rumored to roam the Appalachian territory.

Fri
22
Jan

Huge Doctor Who News! New Showrunner! No Doctor Who in 2016!

Huge news in Radio Times today!

Steven Moffat has decided that his “timey wimey” as showrunner of Doctor Who has come to an end and he will step down as the show’s lead writer and executive producer after six series at the helm, RadioTimes.com can reveal.

Moffat will hand over the keys to the TARDIS at the end of the next series in 2017 to Broadchurch writer and Doctor Who fan Chris Chibnall.

Thu
21
Jan

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 210, "Potential Energy"

CW Flash Potential Energy Barry Allen Patty Spivot

The Flash has gone up against some pretty fast villains in his short tenure as Central City's hero. But now he's up against a new sort of criminal -- a metahuman with the power of slow.

Technically, The Turtle (Aaron Douglas) sucks the speed out of anything around him, allowing him to appear to be moving quickly, when he's actually sauntering around, taking what he came for and leaving unseen. He's been a pet project for Cisco (Carlos Valdes), but no one has believed he existed. But now Cisco thinks The Turtle might hold the key to capturing Zoom, by using his abilities to steal Zoom's speed. This gets the attention of Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), who has worked a secret deal with Zoom to steal The Flash's speed!

Tue
19
Jan

Supergirl Isn't Toying Around; Increases the Drama

Last night's episode of SUPERGIRL dropped some bombs and cranked up the drama by having a relationship altering moment, between two major characters. Whether you enjoy the drama or not, it's clear that there's no turning back now.

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- Caution: Spoilers Ahead -

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Fri
15
Jan

Tim Curry returning to Rocky Horror!!!!

Hollywood Reporter announced that Tim Curry will be returning to Rocky Horror!  For Fox's upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show musical, Tim Curry will be playing the narrator!  Charles Grey played the role in the original play and movie.  Curry joins a cast which already includes Laverne Cox as Dr.Frank-N-Furter (the role Curry made famous in the original play and movie), Adam Lambert as Eddie, Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan as Brad and Janet, Reeve Carney as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair as Rocky Horror  Kenny Ortega will be directing.  

Fri
15
Jan

Star Wars: Rebels Season 2 Part 2 Trailer is epic!!

Entertainment Weekly posted up a new teaser for the second half of Star Wars Rebels Season 2 (which returns next Wednesday, January 20th).  It's pretty epic!
 


Click here to watch!

Thu
14
Jan

The Shannara Chronicles Will Have You Saying, "I Want My MTV!"

MTV's new fantasy epic, THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, is based off the best selling book series by author Terry Brooks and delivers a unique take on a fantasy world that exists here on Earth.

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The opening sequence of the pilot episode, "Chosen", shows us several landmarks that immediately tell us this story takes place thousands of years after the fall of mankind. This isn't an imaginary realm on another world, even though the world your viewing is a far cry from what we're accustomed to.

Elves and humans alike are threatened by Trolls, Gnomes and 'Rovers' when they're outside of the safe confines of home. Other than those threats, the land is at peace and has been for quite some time.

Wed
13
Jan

What's it like to attend a taping of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"?

For Christmas, my wife was able to get us tickets for the January 8 taping of THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.  I have been a huge Colbert fan for a long time now.  We actually got to attend two tapings of THE COLBERT REPORT back in the day (and we got to attend a tapings of THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART and THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN too). 

I don’t think most of our readers have gotten the experience of what it’s like to attend a TV taping, so I thought I would walk them through the whole process.  In my opinion, there has to be a far better way of doing it, but pretty much every taping I’ve been to has been exactly the same. 

Wed
13
Jan

Power Rangers News: Season 23 debut date and Season 24 Announced!

Saban has announced the debut date of Power Rangers Dino Super Charge along with some information on what the future holds for the franchise.

Dino Super Charge will be returning January 30 on Nickelodeon.  Saban is saying that Dino Super Charge will feature the biggest team of Power Rangers yet with ten active Rangers.  We have already met the Red, Blue, Pink, Black, Green, Gold, Graphite and Purple Rangers.  And last season we found out that there was someone out there who had bonded to the Aqua Energem.  Can't wait to see who the Aqua Ranger is and who our mysterious tenth Ranger is too.

For more on Dino Charge, please check out my earlier "Critical Depth" columns.  

Thu
07
Jan

Marvel continues their plan to dominate all media with Jessica Jones

My wife and I binged watched JESSICA JONES over the holiday break.  We were so engaged with the show that we ended up knocking off 4 or even 5 episodes off at a time.  JESSICA JONES is the television adaptation of the comic series, ALIAS, which we both loved.

Thu
07
Jan

A Win for Supergirl is a Win for Women Everywhere

The 2015 People's Choice awards were held last night and SUPERGIRL took home the award for best new drama!

When the show was first announced, while it was met with much excitement, there was concern about how it would fare on CBS. Being a major network means that it would be on a short leash as far as ratings go.

A show like SUPERGIRL seemed more appropriate for 'The CW' where established hit drama's, ARROW and THE FLASH, continue to have success.

Mon
04
Jan

One last Doctor Who review for 2015 - The Husbands of River Song

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2015 - The Husbands of River Song

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Cast

Wed
23
Dec

Doctor Who Series 9 and an early look at this year's Christmas Special

It’s Christmas time!  While most people are thinking of Santa, I’m thinking of that other eternal figure, The Doctor!  This year’s Christmas special is called “The Husbands of River Song.” 


We’ll be posting a review up after it airs, but for now, have some trailers!

 

Thu
17
Dec

Critical Depth - Power Rangers Dino Charge Part 3

So what is it that makes Dino Charge so special?

Like I said when I started this, I really didn’t have a strong bond to Power Rangers growing up.  I did think the martial arts they showed off in the show were cool, especially the Green Ranger (Jason David Frank), but it wasn’t anything I went out of my way to watch.  If I turned on TV and it was on, then I watched it. 

Thu
17
Dec

Critical Depth - Power Rangers Dino Charge Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our deep dive into Power Rangers: Dino Charge!


The Power Rangers

First of all, I thought the casting was great.  All of the Rangers were good actors, and they all brought their characters to life brilliantly.  Usually there is at least one (maybe more) Rangers that annoy me, but I thought each Ranger was given a strong personality in Dino Charge.

Wed
16
Dec

Critical Depth - Power Rangers Dino Charge Part 1

 

Before we get started here, huge shout out to my friend, Brian Clark.   I am terrible about naming things.  That has been a long-standing issue for me.  In the past, I have done a few of these deep dive columns where I talk a look at a topic and go into obsessive detail about it.  In the past I've done "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the DC Multiverse" and "The Beginner's Guide to Doctor Who."  I have hated both those names, but I felt they needed a name, so that is what I came up with.  I had opened this up to some friends, and Brian got back to me immediately with Critical Depth. Which I loved, so it's the winner.

Wed
09
Dec

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 209, "Running to Stand Still"

Flash CW Running Stand Still Trickster Mark Hamill Weather Wizard

Merry Christmas, Flash-fanatics! As a special treat for all of you (or maybe just for me), the CW has brought back the Rogues -- Weather Wizard (Liam McIntyre), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and my personal favorite looney-tunes, The Trickster (Mark Hamill)!

The episode opens with a confrontation between Zoom and Doctor Harrison Wells of Earth-2 (Tom Cavanagh of Earth-Prime). Zoom wants something from Wells, which is why he's been keeping Wells' daughter, Jesse (Violett Beane) hostage. Wells talks the demonic dervish into getting more time to make his decision, and then for the bulk of the episode seems pre-occupied.

Tue
08
Dec

So, Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus, and Rudolph all walk into a box set. Have you heard this one?

Christmas Classics Rudolph Frosty Santa

Growing up, the holiday season was a time to look forward to for all of the obvious reasons.  Receiving gifts was a huge part of childhood, all the decorations, visiting Santa, and spending time with extended family was something to look forward to.  Another big thing were all of the holiday specials on television.  When I grew up, especially in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, you didn’t get but one chance to see these shows each year.  It might seem impossible to people even a little younger than me, but there was no DVR, and I didn’t have a VCR until 1983, so I had to check my TV GUIDE and get my arse in front of the television at the appropriate time.  If you missed your favorite there simply wasn’t a second chance!

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