Category Archives: Television

Daredevil: These Are Their Stories

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Marvel’s Daredevil hit Netflix a couple of months ago with thirteen episodes, a coup for comic fans and TV bingewatchers everywhere. The show, which focuses on blind lawyer-turned-vigilante Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as the titular character, was such a hit that a second season was announced on April 21.

Obviously 13 episodes wasn’t enough for YouTube user David Johns, who created two fake opening credits sequences for the show. One of these crosses Daredevil with ’80s courtroom comedy Night Court (a show I loved so much I wrote about it in my diary as a kid. True story.), while the other mashup utilizes the iconic opening credits of an even more well known courtroom show, the behemoth that is Law & Order.

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The Stars Align for Disney’s Tangled Spinoff

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Earlier this week, Disney announced that a new animated show based on the movie Tangled will debut on the Disney Channel sometime in 2017. The news isn’t all that surprising. The studio has been mining its most popular films for televised spinoffs ever since the days of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

The difference this time around is the caliber of the names on the marquee. Both Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi have signed on to reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, making Tangled the first Disney spinoff to feature the vocal talents of the original cast. The show will also feature new original music from songwriting duo Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and will be helmed by a team of producers with plenty of feature film experience.

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Why DC comics characters are so much harder to adapt for the modern era than Marvel heroes

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Since 2008, Marvel has blasted movies to the top of the box office. At the same time, DC has stumbled with how to adapt any of their heroes except Batman.

This isn’t because Disney is better at exploiting their brands than Warner (okay, it’s a little bit that), but because at a fundamental level, Marvel’s heroes are more adaptable to the palates of modern audiences.

The most iconic DC characters were cooked up in the late 1930s as definitive heroes with clear cut black and white morals. Both Batman and Superman stop working correctly as characters when you remove that moral clarity. Batman just becomes a sort of crazy person who beats up people on the street, and Superman becomes a terrifying god-alien.

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Why Hannibal is the Best Show on Television

With apologies to Game of Thrones and Ramsay Bolton, TV’s most compelling sociopath isn’t on HBO. Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal, which returns to the air on Thursday with the start of season three, is the best thing currently on TV. If you’re not already on board, now is the perfect time to pull up to the table.

So what makes Hannibal so great? For starters, the show has an exceptional cast, with stellar performances from Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as the charismatic Hannibal Lecter. Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford serves as a much-needed foil for the stars chewing the scenery, while Gillian Anderson is around to remind us why we all loved The X-Files.

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What I want in Dragon Ball Super

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Dragon Ball Super, the new anime sequel series to Dragon Ball Z, is coming faster than you can yell “kamehameha!” Debuting this July in Japan, Super promises to deliver many of the same thrills fans of the series have come to expect. As a long-time fan of the series, I have a few things that I’d like to see in Super. So charge up your ki, and read on to find out what.

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