Gotham: The Complete First Season: More Fun to Watch Than to Live In

Review by KC Carlson I’ve been involved in comic books, both personally and professionally, for close to 50 years now. One of the more interesting trends in that field is the effort involved in “tidying up the backstory” for many of comics’ longest running characters. Notable runs of comics over the years haven’t always been about the “here and now” adventures of the best-known characters but were actually looking backwards to those eras where comics weren’t quite so sophisticated (and […]

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The Good Wife: The Sixth Season

The Good Wife is an excellent case study in how to keep a drama fresh and involving. Season 5 did it by killing off a major character (and amazingly, without the news leaking out ahead of time). The Sixth Season returns to the political underpinnings of its premise, as the title comes from the producers wanting to explore what it would be like to be the wife standing by her politician husband after he’d been disgraced in a sex scandal. […]

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Elementary: The Third Season

Elementary: The Third Season is where the show, for me, really demonstrated its strength. Elementary takes the beloved, well-known characters and modernizes them in ways that make sense, creating new, entertaining, suspenseful stories. In the original tales, Watson and Holmes were separate at various times, usually indicated by a throwaway snarky line about Watson picking his wife over his buddy, but we didn’t see much of those periods. That’s not the case here; a separation between the two is long-standing […]

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Mythbusters 10th Anniversary Collection

I’ve watched a bunch of Mythbusters episodes, although I couldn’t tell you what order they all came in. That’s one of the virtues of the series, that any given show can be watched in any order, since they stand alone. If you’re not familiar with the show, each installment takes on a few “myths”, although these days, it’s as likely to be a viral video as a classic urban myth. The team, with their special effects experience, builds something — […]

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The Good Guys

Let’s hear it for made-on-demand DVD sets, because it means I now have a copy of The Good Guys: The Complete First Season (which was the only season). This 2010 TV show was created by Matt Nix (who also created Burn Notice) and was a humorous take on cop shows set in Dallas, with the corresponding big personalities. The Good Guys ran 20 episodes over the summer, which was the perfect time for it. It starred Colin Hanks as the […]

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Sleepy Hollow: The Book, The Comic, The DVD

I’ve been looking forward to the return of Sleepy Hollow. It’s a terrific adventure show with something for everyone. I haven’t wanted to start Season 2, though, until I finished up Season 1. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is killed in 1781 during the Revolutionary War by a Hessian mercenary, but since his wife (Katia Winter) is a witch, he rises from the dead in modern-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. Unfortunately, his killer has become the demonic Headless Horseman, so Ichabod […]

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Arrow: The Complete Second Season

I found the first season of Arrow a pleasant surprise. I hadn’t tried it on the CW, but I discovered it on disc, and watching several episodes at once allowed me to appreciate the character aspects of the superhero adventure series. Last week, the second season came out on home video. Thankfully, the first episode is a refresher. “Year One” consists of character profiles and event summaries from the first season, reminding the less-than-devout viewer where things left off. That […]

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Arrow: The Complete First Season

Fans of the comic know the backstory, although it takes on new immediacy seeing it on TV. Young billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has been shipwrecked on a deserted island for five years. After he’s rescued, with the skills he learned to survive, he’s determined to bring justice to Starling City to make up for his father’s corruption. He roams the streets as a mysterious hooded vigilante, taking down criminals among the rich 1% (making for a timely undercurrent, that […]

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