Ash is back baby! This Halloween marked the return of Bruce Campbell’s portrayal of Deadite slaying badass Ashley (Ash) Williams with the new Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead. Set 30 years since his last battle against the Deadites, we see Ash facing the demonic foes once again. But does the new series hold up? (READ MORE)
Much like last year’s advance screening with The Venture Brothers, I was able to see the first episode of Game of Thrones a little over a week before it airs. However, I will not spoil a moment of the first episode “Two Swords”. Firstly, because of the Game of Thrones honor code of not spoiling upcoming episodes despite the wealth of spoiler-heavy material in the form of the books, innocently reading the back spine of a book, or deciding that visiting a Wiki of Ice and Fire will help you sort out a who’s who of Game of Thrones (it does, but looking up a name made me well aware of the Red Wedding a solid 3 years before it ever aired). I will tell you that the season kicks off very well and it was a very enjoyable episode. The event itself was a lot of fun and I even got a chance to sit on the Iron Throne. The sneak peek of the weeks to come (which also will likely air following next week’s episode) did plenty to get me psyched for Game of Thrones returning after 9 long months of waiting.
While a 9 month hiatus isn’t really a terrible deal for other hit shows like Lost or more recently, the Walking Dead or Breaking Bad to have; those shows are easy to pick up on due to the much smaller ensemble cast. With Game of Thrones, you have many characters in different conflicts and journeys. To make matters worse, several characters have similar names and different houses are added every few episodes. Simply put; you can easily lose track of everyone. With Season 4 finally here, I thought it would be helpful to recap. I did say I won’t ruin a moment of season 4, but this will ruin the hell out of last season …but to be honest, you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t already watching the show so suck it if you’re going to cry foul over spoilers for the previous seasons. Anyway, here’s a quick refresher on where the 5 major sides stand at the end of Season 3 and their overall power ranking going into Season 4:
I want to start by saying that when it comes to adult audience cartoons or any show that I watch, that The Venture Brothers rides very high at the top. I consider it one of the most funny and clever cartoons out there. I could easily chalk it up to the humor, or the massive pop culture references, but either way, this show has been a constant joy over the years. The show is something of a “what if?’ story focusing on if a very failed middle-aged former Johnny Qwest-like character becomes the single uncaring parent of The Hardy Boys. Of course, instead of the wholesome goodness of the Hardy Boys or Johnny Qwest, we get sex jokes, gratuitous violence, and a nerd-catering influx of pop culture jokes. It does demand something of a patient audience as the animation process sometimes delays the show more than a year or so between seasons. But after a 3 year wait, Team Venture has returned!
Summer used to be known as the time of year when all the re-runs play. However, it’s become a pretty nice launching pad for programs in recent years. While it may have generated absolute crap (V) and sometimes it killed shows that I did like (FlashForward, I may have hated the idiot FBI Agent Mark, but Simon was awesome!! I also kinda sorta miss American Gladiators, is that wrong?) this summer looks to have a few shows to keep us entertained while we await the return of fall programing. So here’s a few things that I’m telling my Tivo to record over the next couple of months….and a few shows that will never show on my “To Do” list: