Review: Ghost Town

Ghost Town from 2008 is a comedy that slipped past me when it came out. It recently caught my eye on Netflix and I found it good for a lot of laughs. Continue reading “Review: Ghost Town”

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Winners and Losers

Four new TV shows caught my eye. After checking them out for two or three episodes, I’ve picked the winners I want to keep watching and the losers that will disappear from my viewing schedule.

The Winners

The two shows I find the best are Intelligence and Killer Women. Sheer dazzle makes Intelligence interesting. Josh Holloway is excellent as the cyber-brained lead character with whiz-bang computer skills embedded in his brain. His supporting team, Meghan Ory and Marg Helgenberger are both doing a terrific job in their roles. Plus the show includes some particular favorite actors of mine such as John Billingsley and Lance Reddick.

Intelligence is sci fi done right: engaging characters, plots that work, fascinating tech.

Killer Women is also a hit with me. Tricia Helfer, who’s worked in a long list of things we’ve all seen, never came to the front of my attention before the way she does with her leading role in this drama. She’s doing a terrific job as a tough Texas Ranger. Remember how awesome Gina Torres looked in Firefly with that gun strapped to her hip? That’s the vibe Tricia Helfer is giving off in Killer Women. One helluva woman.

I know Killer Women has suffered some negative reviews – by men – but the women reviewing this show have spoken positively about it. So as a representative of the female TV viewing audience, I cast my vote for a renewal of this show!

The Losers

They looked good, the previews and trailers looked good, but two of the new shows failed to engage me.

I like Billy Campbell, I enjoy sci fi, and I had high hopes for Helix. It should be good. Good cast, great sets, strong premise, diverse characters. But it bores me. The 3rd episode, which will be the last one I devote my time to, left me yawning and wishing it would hurry up and end. It has devoted followers, if tweets in my Twitter stream are any indication, but I’m not one of them.

The other show that leaves me flat is Bitten. It’s rare that I can’t get into a show with a female lead character. Laura Vandervoort does a perfectly fine job as the lead in this werewolf story, so it isn’t her.  Bitten feels opaque. Too many undefined characters, not enough clarity about the stakes involved. Not one thing in this series has made me care.

Do you have winners and losers from the new TV season? What are they?

Helix: Coming to SyFy in January

SyFy is a favorite channel. I’ve loved Eureka, Warehouse 13, Defiance, Continuum, and Lost Girl. I even watch Haven sometimes, although it isn’t nearly as good as the other shows I mentioned.

Helix, a show coming in the new year, looks like it may be another favorite. Here’s the trailer.

Here are some things it has going for it.

  • Stories about the CDC and mysterious viral outbreaks always interest me.
  • Billy Campbell is playing the lead character. I like him. This is important because I tend to watch shows with female lead characters. When I entertain thoughts of watching a male led story, the guy better be someone I can tolerate.
  • There are plenty of women characters in the story, including a newly announced part for Jeri Ryan.
  • The show is partly the work of Ron Moore, who worked on Battlestar Gallactica in all its incarnations and on Carnivàle, a show I enjoyed for the weirdness.

I have a friend who won’t watch anything sci fi. She’s perfect except for this one defect. Personally, I love the weird stuff.

Are you interested? There are a bunch of clips from the show at SyFy.com. Check it out and let me know if you think you’ll be watching.