CW’s The Flash has become a fan-favorite TV show and excitement for season 2 has boosted since certain casting decisions were revealed at San Diego Comic-Con International. Namely, that Jay Garrick will appear in the show, played by Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex). But for you who don’t know the comics too well, who is this mysterious speedster?
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A lot of horror fans are sick to (un)death of zombies. Still, AMC’s The Walking Dead‘s Nielsen ratings have increased every year. This is why the show is about to start its sixth season and why the creator of the original comic series, Robert Kirkman, has launched a prequel spinoff series on AMC called Fear The Walking Dead.
Before you get too annoyed, consider that at least some of those horror fans are responsible for making those Nielsen ratings skyrocket. The Walking Dead is just one of the many current shows that are part of the genre television renaissance.
With the exception of Wayward Pines (which just finished its first and only season), there are several genre other shows still going strong, such as American Horror Story, Bates Motel, Penny Dreadful, Teen Wolf, and the best of the bunch, the sadly-now-cancelled Hannibal (#SaveHannibal!). No matter how you feel about The Walking Dead, its critical and commercial success has made it possible for other genre-themed shows to get the green light.
It has been confirmed that in Arrow season 4, our heroes will face the DC Comics villain Anarky. The masked political extremist will be played by Alexander Calvert of Nickelodeon’s The Troop.
But who is this guy? What makes him stand out from your standard costumed baddie? What’s his connection to the Batman, Mad Magazine and the terrorist hero of V for Vendetta?
“The Great Red Dragon” marks the beginning of a new phase for Hannibal, shifting back to the show’s procedural roots as it prepares to unravel the mystery of the Dragon. It makes for a welcome change of pace. The high wire psychology that played out in Italy was extraordinary, but that balancing act becomes more difficult to maintain the longer it goes on. “The Great Red Dragon” gives the show the opportunity to regain its bearings, serving as a nostalgic reminder that Hannibal, Will, and Jack first came together to help solve crimes.
The episode is primarily exposition, although it covers the ground with far more panache than most other shows. After a three-year jump in time, we learn that Jack is back in charge at the FBI, while Alana is running the institution where Hannibal is a prisoner. Chilton is on the celebrity doctor circuit penning books about serial killers. He occasionally visits Hannibal to gloat, though it’s unclear if he’ll get his comeuppance before the show runs out of episodes.
When you first watch Dark Matter, the recently launched Friday night show on Space and SyFy, you may be reminded of a time not so long ago before shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Orphan Black bumped the quality bar on specialty channel SF.
However, if you stick with the show past a somewhat bland first episode, Dark Matter starts to surprise in a lot of ways.
When it kicks off, Dark Matter seems like a Canadian knock off of Farscape, except without all of the colour and weirdness that gave that show its identity.
After three breathtaking seasons, Hannibal has effectively completed the arc that began in episode one. There are no more loose ends. The characters are familiar to each other, Hannibal is in prison, and the rest of the cast is going back to work. We’ve reached a new status quo, and it makes the spectacular “Digestivo” one of the most incredibly satisfying television hours of the year.
Last weekend’s San Diego Comic Con brought the expected assortment of announcements and new trailers, and while some (like Batman vs. Superman) aspired to be more EPIC, none were as deliriously fun as the trailer for Ash vs. Evil Dead. The upcoming Starz show reunites the original Evil Dead creative team of Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert, and while the S-Mart seems to have gone out of business, everyone else appears to be as sharp as ever.
Unlike the recent movie reboot, Ash vs. Evil Dead marks the franchise’s return to horror comedy instead of classic horror. Campbell reprises his iconic role as Ash, now a few years older, few pounds heavier, and a few teeth lighter than he was in Army of Darkness. Everything else feels more or less the same. Ash still has one hand and one chainsaw, as well as the same cocksure bravado to overcompensate for a litany of masculine insecurities.
It would be easy to make a bunch of meta jokes about the first trailer for Con Man, Alan Tudyk’s upcoming web series about an actor’s attempts to find himself and cling to relevance on the convention circuit in the years following the premature cancellation of a beloved sci-fi show. After all, Tudyk is best known for playing Wash on Joss Whedon’s Firefly, a beloved, prematurely cancelled sci-fi show that Tudyk has been reliving on the convention circuit for more than a decade. The art-imitates-life trailer is the most self-referential footage to emerge from a San Diego Comic Con that also introduced the first trailer for a movie about Deadpool.
Throughout the series, Hannibal has always employed a rather curious double standard. Hannibal believes that he has the right to consume other people solely because he has the will and ability to do so, but that privilege does not extend to others, no matter how competent or daring. To attempt to influence Hannibal – to make him do something he does not wish to do – is a great offense, an affront to the standards of decency and good taste. He’d argue that his taste is superior, but in truth, it’s a self-serving justification that allows him to commit any act of cruelty he desires.
On May 28, NBC aired the first episode of Aquarius, a 13-episode series. In a unique move aimed to compete with Netflix, NBC uploaded all 13 episodes onto NBC.com immediately following the premiere, but still aired them on the network over the next three months. NBC also uploaded four webisodes, which take place before the events of the first season.
It was a gamble that paid off: the show has recently been renewed for a second season, despite the fact that the show’s “linear ratings” (from those who watched the show as it aired on TV) were considered “soft” at 5.8 million viewers and a rating of 1.2.