iZombie Season 1

iZombie is the story of Liv Moore (get it?), a dedicated medical student (Rose McIver) who makes the mistake of going to a party one night. After a massacre, she awakes as a zombie, completed with bleached skin and hair, which means she needs to eat brains in order to keep her higher intellectual functions. So she takes a job at the morgue, and when she snacks on a particular cerebellum, she gets flashbacks from the life of the corpse. […]

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Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Second Season

I enjoyed the first season of Sleepy Hollow. Its abbreviated length — 13 episodes — allowed its blend of adventure, horror, mystery, and even humor to feel like it was building to something significant. Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Second Season tries the same approach, but I didn’t like it as much. It could no longer feel as fresh, obviously, so the appeal of the new and unusual was gone, with higher expectations taking its place. But part of the problem […]

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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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Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise is now available on DVD. The special only runs 22 minutes, but there are tons of extras. Like the previous Robot Chicken DC Comics Special, the show is a string of random gags executed using Mego-style superhero dolls. The jokes range from annoyances of daily life (sequences in a coffee shop) to bizarre postulations (such as Lex’s “Sexx Luthor” high school band). As I’d expect for the Adult Swim audience, there’s […]

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