May 19, 2014 VIEW POST
The After:  Review, Another Great Reason to be a Cord Cutter.
I had a chance to catch one of Amazon’s new pilots last night, The After, and I am going to share my thoughts on what I thought about the new show from X Files creator Chris Carter, but first off I want to say, once again, how excited I am for all the original content being pumped out there for online consumption.  Beyond just the amount, there is a ton, I think the quality and the consistency is getting to a point that it is now a VERY legitimate threat to cable.  Yes, there is House of Cards and Orange is the New Black from Netflix, but that has really been about it.  I watched all of Amazon’s last batch of pilots, and I didnt really get into any of them (although Alpha Dog’s was ok.)  The After, taking away the premise and story, is a high quality show, featuring solid filmography, decent writing, a talent cast, and good special effects.
Ok, now lets talk about the show itself.  Im going to keep this spoiler free, but honestly there isnt much to spoil.  The After is either going to be Lost or Alcatraz, Twin Peaks or The Event.  Its another one of those “something mysterious is happening, but we cant tell you what because thats the entire plot of the show, also we dont even know what it is, just watch for 5 seasons and we will give you some hints” kind of shows, that seem to start out strong, but wilt under scrutiny.
The After takes place in Los Angeles, and revolves around a group of people who mysteriously lose track of a day, a day in which the whole world (maybe literally) goes to hell.  The population is in panic, and there is a feigned reference to people being infected.  There is no water, no power, no civil government that is readily apparent, and it seems that all our motley crew can depend on are themselves… their perfectly mixed (racially, ethnically, socioeconomically) and flawed (prostitute, alcoholic, sad clown, criminal) selves.  Being an internet exclusive does have its advantages, in the fact that The After has some brief nudity, and an excessive (really) amount of F-Bombs, to the point that it was kind of distracting.
I’m interested in The After, and I’m sure we will get at least one season of the show. I think the “Pilot” designation is merely a formality, seeing as it has the massive names of Chris Carter and Jamie Kennedy attached, plus I feel as if Amazon is putting their weight behind this show to make it their House of Cards.  We will see what happens, it has all the makings of a fun run, with a compelling premise and interesting enough cast of characters.  
The After will be an Amazon Prime exclusive, but you can catch the pilot for free even if you dont have prime.  Check it out, and let me know your thoughts.
February 10, 2014 VIEW POST
One Geek’s Opinion:  Almost Human
I have a very bad habit of getting too excited about any new Science Fiction show that pops up.  I LOVE the genre, and I am always quick, often too quick, to slup up any and all offerings.  I had a chance to catch part one of the Almost Human season premier, and I thought I would take a moment to share this geek’s opinion on Fox’s new offering.
Lets just get right to the point, there is nothing new about Almost Human, it relies on about every old trope there is, both in the realm of science fiction, and in a crime drama.  Damaged curmudgeon detective?  Check.  Advanced society with a dark underbelly?  Check.  Loan wolf cop who reluctantly accepts help from a young partner on the behest of his hard nosed commanding officer?  Check.  Robots?  Check.
Its all here, but there is a reason shows keep using these story telling devices, its because they work.  We all love a damaged hero seeking retribution and relevance again.  We adore an underdog story.  We are excited for the future, but wary of the pros and cons of new technology.  And lets be honest, who doesn’t appreciate a good buddy cop story?  Almost Human doesn’t recreate the wheel, but it keeps it spinning with a fun, fast paced police drama, with enough witty banter to break up the intense story.  Full of human vs robot angst, and cop vs mob action, its a fun show with a lot of promise, plus it stars Bones/Judge Dread Karl Urban, who is an outright amazing actor.  It reminds me of I-Robot, if Sonny and Will Smith became partners at the end of the movie and waged a two man (well one man one robot) war on organized crime.  Well really thats exactly what this is, and I for one am fan… so far anyway.  I maybe wrong, but hey, this is just one geek’s opinion.
Make sure to check out part 2 of the season premier tonight on Fox, 8 EST, and as always, let me know what you thought of the show in the comments below, or hit me up on twitter @misguidedgeek.  
November 18, 2013 VIEW POST
Marvel/Disney/Netflix Deal = Good News For You!
I first saw this story over at Marketwatch, and have subsequently seen it on Reddit, Io9, Comicbook Movie, among other places, so now that you are reading it here, you know its legit and not some elaborate prank that the big wigs of Marvel/Disney/Netflix are playing on us, the lowly masses.  These three companies have agreed to a MASSIVE deal that will bring four marvel superheros to Netflix for their own serials starting in 2015, those four being Daredevil (!), Iron Fist, the long awaited Luke Cage story, and Jessica Jones.  The series will cover Hell’s Kitchen NY, and follow our heroes in their adventures and misadventures, and presumably, their cross overs and collaborations (conflicts?) between the four and the main line Marvel Movie world (phase 3 maybe?).  In addition there will be a miniseries event exclusive to Netflix based on the Defenders.  I’m speculating here, but one could guess that these four will form this iteration of the Defenders, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see old school Defenders Dr. Strange and the Submariner make an appearance at some point.  
Alright, I kept it together through that paragraph, but seriously, Im freaking out!  Not only do we get MORE original content to Netflix, most of which has been AMAZING, but we get more Marvel story arcs and what amounts to a whole new mini-Marvel phase introducing 4 new characters and a team up!  The only way I can adequately describe my excitement is in Gif format (one of which has a bad word so children beware)… so HERE WE GO!






Keep posted here for more updates, but all signs point to amazing!  
UPDATE:  This is from Movies.com
"…the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s The Defenders miniseries event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
Years!   YEARS!
November 7, 2013 VIEW POST
NBC Brings More Bite with Dracula
Long time reader Bedour Al-Sharrah sent me the below tweet:

I had not yet seen the trailer for NBC’s new Vamp Drama Dracula, buy my initial reaction was “Do we really need more vampires clogging up our airwaves?”  We have the Twilight movies, Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Vampire Diaries, Being Human, which I am admittedly endeared with, and this isnt even counting the various monster shows and movies out there currently (aka Grimm). At some point we have to reach some pre-prescribed limit of how much blood sucking that can be out there, until the whole genre just sucks right?  So, I checked out the trailer, and based on this quick look at the new show, I see things I like and things that make me nervous.
LOOKS GOOD
The pedigree.    Written/Directed by Dan Knauf (Carnivale, Supernatural, also comic book writer), but some episodes will also be directed by Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey) and Steve Shill (Dexter).  These are some well traveled, experience folks who have seen success in storytelling in this genre and time period.  I also like the premise, rather than do what so many are doing, Vampires today, this is a re-imagination of the original text, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  If it is able to keep the intensity and dread, and forboding air of the book, I think it will be a great show.  Also, I love seeing Nonso Anozie In anything (GOT, Conan).
DO NOT LIKE
All though I put emphasis on the pedigree, I really dont think that means much any more.  Just because a name is put with something, does not mean its defacto going to be awesome (Moffat excluded).  And although the premise looks interesting, I can already see some over done tropes emerging (flashbacks, vampires fighting on roofs, mysterious puzzles) that make me nervous that his is just going to be another love/action/drama, to fill up NBC’s lack luster Friday night line up.
This is merely one Geeks humble opinion, check out the trailer below, let me know your thoughts in the comments or tweet at me as Bedour did with your thoughts, @Misguidedgeek.  Look for Dracula this fall on NBC.

 
Thank you to Bedour Al-Sharrah for brining this to my attention, for your sake I hope its amazing, but from what I have seen so far I am nervous.  Have something you would like me to weigh in on?  Leave me a comment in a post, use the "Ask" feature built into the blog, or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.
 
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Misguided Geek:  Cutting the Cable
I wanted to update everyone on my quest to break away from the beast that is Time Warner Cable.  We have had the Roku HD now for about 3 weeks, and although we still have cable downstairs, we haven’t really been using it.  My wife, although hesitant, has been using the Roku a ton, especially Hulu Plus.  In her words “its just like having a DVR, but I dont have to worry about it filling up.”
I have to say, this transition has been much easier than I thought.  I find myself consuming media much more purposefully, rather than just having the TV on and surfing around, I really am watching what I want when I want, its a much more effective use of my time.  It is really liberating, and pretty fun.  
So the next step is the big one, cutting the cable.  The plan is to return our last box next week and officially cut cable ties with Time Warner Cable, although we will still be using them for as our internet provider.  I also just ordered the recently announced Roku 3, and will move the Roku HD down stairs, so that the private viewing option of the Roku 3 remote can be fully utilized in the bed room.  We debated on the Roku vs the Apple TV, but the decision came down to the fact that we dont really buy anything from iTunes, nor do either of us use a Mac.  Once that makes it home Ill do another unboxing… with better pictures I promise.
FIGHT THE POWER!
March 28, 2013 VIEW POST
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