Average User Score: 8.3May 18, 2014Penny Dreadful's premise/plot is hard to describe, but I will do my best.
It is sort of like, a darker, "Sanctuary", set in England, in the 19th century.
The series follows a group of interesting characters with unique traits and dark pasts as they explore the horrific world of the supernatural as it creeps into their regular lives.
The show is artistic, dark, well-scripted and acted and does a fantastic job taking preconceived literary marvels and making them fresh and interesting again, reintroducing us to the classic characters we love to hate or fear.
So far, my only issue with Penny Dreadful is that it is slightly confusing and a bit cryptic. Additionally, I'm not sure the events of each episode are relayed in the order that would feel the most cohesive. It jumps around between characters and their situations sort of like the typical soap opera, making the show feel slightly like Frankenstein -- stitched together rather than one smooth flowing story.
As this is a "Showtime" series, there is lots of completely pointless, unnecessary sex that has nothing to do with the plot and lots of prostitutes. I could do without both.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Apr 24, 2014Turn is a new drama on AMC about the true(ish) story of the first American spy during the revolutionary war. (That's the war where we fought for our independence from Brittan)
The show is interesting. It's a period piece, and feels very authentic with the costumes and sets, however it takes 3 episodes before the main character makes up his mind about what side he's on and what he wants to do. There's nothing about him that's special -- he just happens to be in a position where he can spy for one side while posing for another. Certainly its interesting to see the rebels foil British plans and use spy tactics, however it feels like Turn hasn't quite figured itself out yet. It's worth watching, as, at some point it might get pretty intense. For now, it's okay.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Apr 24, 2014Salem is WGN America's first Drama, and I believe it will mark the possible beginning of a new successful cable network. The fact that Salem is on WGN, and not on a pay-network like HBO or Showtime, Is a very good thing. Almost always, dramas set in the past featured on pay-networks cater to the fact that they are allowed to show whatever they want without any restrictions. The writers get so carried away in sexual violence and historical accuracy that they forget the main purpose of their series -- to entertain. What if a younger audience, or someone like me, who doesn't like watching women be treated as sexual objects and tortured wants to watch a fantasy drama or period piece? Well, we can't, not on the pay networks. But now, with Salem, we can. I am proud to report that the pilot had no sexual violence! Woo-hoo!
Salem is a fresh take on the supernatural, venturing into the dark past of Salem, the center of the witch trials of 1692. The show centers on a War veteran (Shane West) who returns to Salem after being held prisoner by Native American's for 5 years only to discover his town has become a warzone as well. However, this battle is very different than the one he fought. Witches hide in plain sight. You don't know who you can trust. Salem does a good job creating an accurate feeling environment, and focusing on all the right things. It feels a bit like Sleepy Hollow, only, if Ichabod had not woken up in 2013.
I recommend.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Mar 21, 2014The pilot for Crisis was great. Reminded me of 2012's "Missing" with Ashley Judd.
Intense, action packed, suspenseful, almost like the movie "White House Down" with Jaime Foxx and Channing Tatum. Characters were likable, bad guys were intelligent, it was fast paced, intense, almost like an episode of 24. Great start to a potentially great show. Lets see where it goes!… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Mar 21, 2014Curious about my 3 out of 10 rating? No, its not a joke, read on.
There are so many things wrong with True Detective as a tv drama. Let's begin with raising some important questions that define a show. Who are the characters? True Detective has unique, original characters that are well defined, interesting and well-developed. Are those characters likeable? No. No they are not. Matthew McCaughnahey plays an anti-social introverted, depressed anarchistic rogue of a detective who is painted to be brilliant at what he does. But he never does anything ... that anyone else with a badge couldn't do. And listening to his crazy ramblings about how people suck, and why everyone sucks, is amusing at first, but serves no point and gets old really quick. Woody Harrolson plays a more normal, cheerful detective. Who we soon discover is cheating on his wife, treats her poorly, has a big ego and looks down on others. Now I understand that not all characters have to be saints, and likeable in every way, but these two are the main characters, the protagonists of a weekly series. If you can't understand why they do things, and support and get behind them, then what can you do?
Next question. Why do we care? Well, True Detective is a short series about these two detectives solving one case. It jumps back and forth between the past and the present, as they had thought they solved the case, but maybe they got it wrong. Is this interesting? Well, it could be, but its not, and it's really quite pointless. Now, if you're going to have an entire series dedicated to solving one case -- shouldn't that case at least be interesting? Yes it should, and is it? Well, parts of it are -- the art director does a good job with the Hannibal-like crime scenes, unlike hannibal, where we get to see the minds of the killers, and delve into their delusions and philosophys and learn what makes them tick. We don't learn anything about this killer. Why does he do it? All we're given is the murder scenes, and they aren't so original that they make us want to see more of them. By the end of the series we do learn the killers movie. Spoiler, his motive is that he's a crazy killer. Dissapointing? Yes, I think so. If you're going to go through the trouble of artistic, satanic ritual killings, shouldn't you at least have a motive for doing so? Yes... you should. So now we are devoting an entire show about 2 detectives whom we dont like, solving a boring case by a killer with no purpose.
Next Question. Is it exciting? No. Actually, its quite the opposite. a 60 minute series airing with no commercials, True Detective has all the non-stop suspenseful action of a Bus Stop in the Grand Canyon, during the winter. It moves at SNAIL pace... and NOTHING happens... and when something does happen, ITS NOT INTERESTING. You can fast forward through McCaughnahey's rambles, and Harrolson's extramarital discressions, and what are you left with? A weak show, with no action, and no intelligence to support its strong cast and well-written script.
I don't recommend this show, to anyone.
Who am I? Why should you listen to what I have to say?
Well, I have been watching TV dramas since 1998, and have thus far seen
188 dramas from start to finish. Over 10,000 hours of TV. Including shows from other countries.
I've seen more TV, likely, than anyone you know, and anyone they know. So I may just be some guy, but I'm not speaking from my ass with this review. I do know what I'm talking about. And I DONT LIKE TRUE DETECTIVE. And Niether should you. Watch Hannibal instead.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Mar 21, 2014Helix is a show unlike any show you've seen before. It is however, not unlike any movie you've seen before. Helix plays out very much like a movie, or it's TV equivilent, a mini-series. It's premise has never been done before in a week to week format. Movies such as "The Thing" or "Contagion" are the closest examples I could think of to describe Helix. Helix is an original, powerful drama by the people that brought you the epic space odyssey, Battlestar Gallatica. As a viewer, you are given solid elements, constants that remain the same. There is a base in the arctic, there is a deadly virus. These things don't change. And then you are given the variables, the things that fluctuate, the characters. In this show, there are many sides, many agendas, and many goals. You dont know who you can trust. Everyone has secrets, everything is a mystery and questions are always being raised. But what makes helix so great, is that questions ... are also being answered. Together, along with Dr. Alan Farragut and his CDC team, you delve into the mystery of the base, the virus, and the people who run it. And it's all brilliant.
I cannot recommend a more intelligent, and well produced series, than Syfy's Helix.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Mar 20, 2014Almost Human might be America's most Sci-Fi, Sci-fi series not taking place in outer space to date, much like Canada's Continuum and the UK's Primeval. Almost Human is very much like an I, Robot or Surrogates (2008) TV series, taking place in the near-far future where police are required to partner up with an MX android. Accurate, precise, super strong, expendable and stupid. The show focuses on detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) who becomes partenered with an older model android, the DRN (Michael Early). the DRN, Dorian, belonged to a line that was discontinued due to emotional unstability. Unlike the MX's, incapable of original thought, the DRNs are fully humanoid androids, capable of philosophical thought and intellect that surpasses their human counterparts.
The series has extremely strong character development which is a strong point of the series. It boasts amazing CG, a strong budget, good action choreography and isn't afraid of dark plotlines. It is a procedural drama, bringing a new case each week touching on highly interesting technology related crimes. A must see for any sci-fi fan out there.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Mar 20, 2014Intelligence is an awesome new Science Fiction Drama about Gabriel Vaughn, ex soldier, and current agent at U.S. Cyber Command, a DOD like organization built to prevent cyber threats to the country. The catch is, Vaughn is the first human to have a chip implanted in his brain, allowing him virtual access to all computer operated machinery and access to every unencrypted sever, worldwide, at light speed. He is the next step in human evolution, a super computer. Of course, like Chuck, in Chuck, this also makes him a target for foreign governments such as China, who desperately try to steal the chip technology and create their own cyber asset.
Intelligence is a fast paced, action packed, well written, intelligent (pun-intended) show that will leave you reminiscing of 24. It's got humor, beautiful women, clever plots, well-choreographed action, cool CGI effects like Syfy's Alphas, and the lovely Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time) who looks amazing even if she isn't doing anything.
Why this show isn't getting better reviews is beyond me. It's co-owned by CBS and ABC studios. I hope one of them renews it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Mar 20, 2014Mind Games is a drama similar to TNT's Perception and Fox's Lie To Me. It is based around an unstable, eccentric doctor trained in the human brain (Eric Zahn) and his Ex-Con, but stable brother (Christian Slater) who run a business to help people change other peoples minds. It's a great concept, and for the most part, it works. The writing is strong, and Zahn's character, in spite of his quirks, which are realistic but exaggerated, makes use of actual, clever, scientific strategies that he employs for the client to help them change someones mind. Unfortunately, do the his human nature as a do-gooder, Zahn doesn't know the first thing about running a business, which is why he leaves that part up to Slater.
It's a fun show, and its interesting. I just hope it isn't canceled like everything else Slater has ever been in.
Also, Jaime Ray Newman is in this, and she's really hot. So there's that.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Mar 20, 2014Having seen two episodes now, I like Resurrection a little bit more than after only seeing the pilot. I suggest if you try this show you do the same if the pilot doesn't capture you enough. I would like to confirm that there are in fact more people being "returned" then just the stupid boy in episode 1 who doesnt even seem to realize he's 30 years in the future because ... he's an idiot?
The show is VERY slow paced, and raises more questions than it answers. But its heart warming... and you want those answers... and the doctor girl is pretty, and you like Omar Epps from House, so it's not terrible. But it's certainly going to get canceled. Oh yeah.… Expand