My name's Aria and I love taking in media, but particularly watching television. Allow me to talk about my favorite things and my least favorite things! Many things I like will be lesbian things, or feminist things or just really cool things.
This show about cosplay is premiering tonight and I think it’s awesome because cosplaying is freaking beast, and in a lot of the previews I’ve seen, they show a lot of women as extremely talented cosplayers.
The Newsroom is the closest to I will ever be to unironically calling something liberal propaganda. And I’m a liberal, I’d call myself progressive even, but this show just makes me want to pull my hair out with its myopic points of view.
Like come on, there’s no way Will McAvoy would be a registered Republican and be so hard on business, oil, the Tea Party, and be pro-LGBT rights, etc. He just happens to be an asshole and so it’s easier to associate him with being more conservative.
And the monologues. Dear God the liberal monologues.
In a lot of ways, Ray Donovan is a lot like ABC’s Scandal. The main character’s job is to cover up the public failings of LA celebrities, like what Scandal’s Olivia Pope does for DC politicians and political elites. Both protagonists are the best at what they do, and both have distinct pasts and presents wrapped up in moral ambiguities of torture, the law, and love & marriage.
But while Olivia Pope is electric and enigmatic and has a colorful, diverse supporting cast, the title character of Ray Donovan is a bland and almost silent protagonist who has no charisma whatsoever and is downright boring. Sure there are moments of moral ambiguities that are vaguely interesting but ultimately most of the episode is spent with Ray staring at whoever’s talking to him while he gives an intense but confused stare. The only person who seems to work for him is Lena, who is the only person in the whole show who seems mildly interesting but probably had two minutes of screen time total in the pilot.
The world of Ray Donovan is also just a depressing one; every husband cheats on his wife, every woman tries to sleep with a married man, everyone drinks or does drugs to excess, everyone pretty much seems like a shitty person and it makes it hard to feel sympathy for anyone, even the dead people. Plus the first five minutes are some of the most blatantly transphobic comments I’ve heard in a while, which should have been the first indication that this show was going to be awful.
If you want to watch a show about a moral ambiguity and its intersection with media and actually have a good time, watch Scandal, don’t waste your time with Ray Donovan.
I was browsing the channels and I saw on Disney XD that Max Steel, one of my favorite shows from childhood, was on. But when I changed the channel, I found that in fact it wasn’t the Max Steel TV show from over ten years ago, but a brand new reboot series!
The original Max Steel was one of the very first TV series completely done in 3D animation, so it was rough look-wise, but entirely different and unique so it didn’t matter that much. This new series stays with the 3D animation tradition, and the style is reminiscent of cel shaded video games.
This new series strongly differs from the original incarnation in tone and characters. For one thing, Max in the original series is a 19-year-old whose parents had died and was raised by his father’s best friend. He gets his powers after nearly dying and needing experimental medical treatment. The new Max Steel however, is 16, whose father only recently dies, and he gets his powers largely from an alien robot. The series is a lot more comedic and downright sillier than the original show, but for nostalgic’s sake, I might watch some episodes when it’s on
Falling Skies is one of those shows that truly get exponentially better as time goes on. With season 3 approaching, I’ve been catching up on a lot o the episodes I’ve missed and am enthralled by the mythology and intricate psychology the show displays regarding its alien invaders and their integration into the minds of children.
The mysteries about the invaders themselves often overshadow the central relationships between human characters however, so I wonder if the show will focus more on the aliens or try to push back and make the central family more engaging in order to balance it out.
In my experience, ABC Family has shows that are either hit or miss in terms of quality even though their shows are generally successful. I was unsure of how The Fosters would fare in that dichotomy, but after watching the first episode, the show just might be the most genuine and heartfelt program not only on the network, but for the entire summer.
TV shows that focus on teenagers can either come off as completely shallow and unimportant or extremely overdramatic to the point of ridicule. However, The Fosters carefully and effectively balances that line due to the characters’ diverse backgrounds and their issues that are very grounded in reality - dealing with the foster care system, abandonment, and of course, family. Indeed the family aspect of the show is refreshing; not dysfunctional nor cheesy, the idea of defining family sets this show up to be unique and have that “homey” flair. Plus, the lesbian couple is totally adorable and just for their sakes, I’m totally hooked.
Of course, my philosophy is to never judge a show by one episode, so I will be back again to make sure my initial reactions are sound.