TV Review: CONSTANTINE – Season 1 – “Non Est Asylum” – Series Premiere

Matt Ryan stars as John Constantine in CONSTANTINE | © 2014 Quantrell Colbert/NBC

Cast: Matt Ryan, Angelica Celaya, Charles Halford, Harold Perrineau, Michael James Shaw, Emmett J Scanlan Writer: David S. Goyer, Daniel Cerone Director: Neil Marshall Network: Airs on NBC, Fridays @ 10p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 24, 2014 So CONSTANTINE’s premiere episode isn’t entitled “Pilot” for the reason that the Pilot episode is something completely different than what was delivered in “Non Est Asylum.” Hopefully, for the better. CONSTANTINE is based on the comic book HELLBLAZER (that also spawned a movie of the same name starring Keanu Reeves) about John Constantine, a damned demon hunter and master of the occult that fights …Read On »

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TV Review: THE LEFTOVERS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

THE LEFTOVERS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 HBO

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston Writers: Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta based on the novel by Perrotta Director: Peter Berg Network: HBO, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 29, 2014 THE LEFTOVERS is another in TV’s recent fascination with genre stories that show society on the brink of extinction, aduction or tragedy and how they deal with these seen and unseen forces. From REVOLUTION, FALLING SKIES, the TNT series THE LAST SHIP and last summer’s UNDER THE DOME, there’s a similarity in tone and execution in all these stories with their success pending on how they keep the …Read On »

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TV Review: HELIX – Season 1 – “274”

Peter Farragut (Neil Napier) turns himself in on HELIX "274" | (c) 2014 SyFy

Cast: Billy Campbell, Jordan Hayes, Kyra Zagorsky, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Ghanime, Neil Napier Writer: Misha Green Director: Steven A. Adelson Network: Airs on SyFy, Fridays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 17, 2014 The problem of just a few infected on HELIX just got a hell of a lot bigger. “274” showed that the infection isn’t just contained to a half dozen or so individuals inside the research facility but nearly one-third of the entire facility is now in some sort carrying the infection But that just might be the tip of the preverbal iceberg. As we found out toward …Read On »

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TV Review: HELIX – Season 1 – “Vector”

Dr. Jordan (Jordan Hayes) gets taken hostage by infected scientists in HELIX "Vector" | (c) 2014 SyFy

Cast: Billy Campbell, Jordan Hayes, Kyra Zagorsky, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Ghanime, Neil Napier Writer: Keith Huff Director: Brad Turner Network: Airs on SyFy, Fridays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 10, 2014 HELIX furthered the depth of where this series is going with “Vector,” where a group of scientists get infected by Peter Farragut (Neil Napier) who is still running amok in the facility after escaping in the first episode. While the second episode focused mainly on finding the infected scientists, treating the scientists and above all else how and why Peter infected them, there was plenty of new questions …Read On »

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TV Review: HELIX – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Season Premiere

Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) investigates what's happening at the arctic complex in HELIX "Pilot" | (c) 2014 SyFy

Cast: Billy Campbell, Jordan Hayes, Kyra Zagorsky, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Ghanime, Neil Napier Writer: Cameron Porsandeh Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: Airs on SyFy, Fridays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 10, 2014 SyFy is back in the science business of science fiction with HELIX, a new series on the network with the backing of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA creator Ronald D. Moore. HELIX is a slick show. From the get-go, you can see the amount of money they spent bringing such a series to television with high production values, decent special effects and an interesting script that by the end of the …Read On »

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TV Review: ALMOST HUMAN – Season 1 – “Simon Says”

An innocent banker gets caught in a deadly game on ALMOST HUMAN Simon Says | (c) 2014 Fox

Cast: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook, Lili Taylor Writers: Alison Schapker Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: Airs Mondays on Fox @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 6, 2014 After the “Pilot” episode of ALMOST HUMAN, which was rich in mythology of the show and backstory about both of the main characters, the show has gone into the technology of the week routine with one bad guy after another possessing some sort of new type of technology in order to create havoc and chaos. For this show, however, it hasn’t been that bad. In fact, the one-shot episodes have …Read On »

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TV Review: ALMOST HUMAN – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Season Premiere

Karl Urban stars in ALMOST HUMAN "Pilot" | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/FOX

Cast: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook Writer: J.H. Wyman Director: Brad Anderson Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Nov. 17, 2013 ALMOST HUMAN plays very much like a modern BLADE RUNNER in a variety of ways. It is the future where man and machine are intertwined like never before. There are synthetics that exist in our daily lives – this time, however, as part of the police force rather than outlaws. Crime is at an all time high. There is a blend of cultures on the streets. The drama doesn’t play …Read On »

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TV Review: GROUND FLOOR – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in GROUND FLOOR - Season 1 | ©2013 TBS

Stars: Skyler Astin, Briga Heelan, James Earl, Rene Gube, Alexis Knapp, John C. McGinley Writer: Bill Lawrence, Greg Malins Director:  Gail Mancuso Network: TBS, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: November 15, 2013 The premise for GROUND FLOOR is simple. A young, rising banker Brody (Skylar Astin) spends all his time living the corporate high life, by working hard and playing very little. During an office party, he meets a charming, somewhat brash woman on the ground floor named Jennifer (Briga Heelan) who has a one stand with him. The two of them shouldn’t be together, but they have chemistry and …Read On »

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TV REVIEW: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – SEASON 1 – “Girl in the Flower Dress”

Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) discovers Skye (Chloe Bennet) is lying on MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD | (c) 2013 ABC/Justin Lubin

Cast: Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ron Glass, J. August Richards Writer: Brent Fletcher Director: Jesse Bochco Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 22, 2013 Now this is what we have been waiting for from MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD. A dude with a nasty fire power, secrets, revelations, a deeper subplot into the anti-SHIELD organization known as Centipede all wrapped in a pretty good episode called “Girl in the Flower Dress.” The girl happens to be a nasty piece of work that’s all pretty on …Read On »

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TV REVIEW: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – Season 1 – “Eye-Spy”

Skye (Chloe Bennet) helps the team on MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD "Eye-Spy" | (c) 2013 ABC/Ron Tom

Cast: Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ron Glass, J. August Richards Writer: Jeffrey Bell Director: Roxann Dawson Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 15, 2013 MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD has already been up and down in its first season and we are only now on the fourth episode. Unfortunately, “Eye-Spy” didn’t do the show many favors in terms of going up after a pretty decent episode last week. The episode centered on a former Shield agent that was trained by Coulson (Clark Gregg) who for …Read On »

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