TV Show Reviews

Maniac (2018-?)

Maniac

Maniac (2018-?)

Network:

Netflix

Creators:

Cary Joji Fukunaga

Patrick Somerville

Starring:

Jonah Hill

Emma Stone

Sonoya Mizuno

Sally Field

Plot:

Two strangers are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.

Review:

This started out super weird and I wasn’t sure what was real or not. The world was not our own, they had tech we don’t, but it wasn’t magical. It was very odd. As the show progressed I no longer had that issue, even though, they were reality hopping. Things were still weird, but I knew what was happening.

I never warmed up to Jonah Hill’s character. He seemed very devoid of emotion and I had a hard time caring about him at all. Emma Stone, on the other hand, I loved. She wasn’t a very likable character, but I got her emotion and I enjoyed watching her.

I hesitate to say the show was entertaining. I don’t think I enjoyed hardly any of it, but it wasn’t bad. It just ended up not being my cup of tea.

3/5

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The Rookie (2018-?)

The Rookie

The Rookie (2018-?)

Network:

ABC

Creator:

Alexi Hawley

Starring:

Nathan Fillion

Titus Makin Jr.

Alyssa Diaz

Melissa O’Neil

Plot:

The series follows John Nolan, a forty-year-old man, who moves from his comfortable, small town life to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.

Review:

I liked Nathan Fillion in Firefly and Castle so I figured I’d give this a shot. He plays a forty year old rookie cop that’s recently divorced and looking to find himself. He is of course wonderful at talking to people because apparently working as a construction worker gives you all kinds of people skills and the ability to read people like a shrink. He is also hooking up with the hot rookie, Melissa O’Neil, that trained with him.

The first episode was pretty cliché. It wasn’t as fun as Castle, but it wasn’t as serious as some other cop shows. It wasn’t as over the top as Hawaii Five 0 or closer to real life like a Law and Order show. It was very middle of the road, in all aspects.

Acting was good. People were attractive but not CW level of ridiculous. It was a cop show with Nathan Fillion. Not sure if I need to watch, though. I might give it one more episode, we’ll see.

3/5

Charmed (2018-?)

Charmed

Charmed (2018-?)

Network:

CW

Starring:

Melonie Diaz

Madeleine Mantock

Sarah Jeffrey

Rupert Evans

Plot:

Follows the lives of three sisters who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are powerful witches.

Review:

This show had a lot working against it and just a little for it. I loved the original series. Shows about witches were banned in my house so I used to watch it on mute, with another show on the ready to switch to in case I heard my parents coming. I used to watch it every year, though, it’s been a couple years since I did that. I loved Charmed.

The reboot got a lot of bad press from fans when it was first announced. It didn’t have the original cast on board and in some instances it almost seemed like it was bashing the original series. There’s a lot wrong with the original series, but it is still an amazing show, so I didn’t like any of that.

What it did have going for it, though, was that some of the writers from Jane the Virgin were working on it. I love JtV, it’s a great series, and ultimately, I want more shows that star women in a Supernatural setting.

I’m looking at you Wayward Sisters.

The first episode aired Sunday. I only watch Murphy Brown live, so I waited and watched it on the app late Monday night. It was…not as bad as I was expecting.

The bad. I hated the magic effects. Like HATED. Where were my swirling white and blue lights for the whitelighter? Wtf!! I really didn’t like their whitelighter, Rupert Evans, period and I’m hoping that he’s not permanent. Leo, Brian Krause, was a handy man, sweet, smart, but rarely condescending. The whitelighter in this series comes off as patronizing too often. Maybe it’s his accent, I don’t know, but there is no romance there either.

The girls all seemed really young, though, the actresses are all age appropriate for where they are, I’m probably just getting old. Based on the trailer I thought they were in highschool, but they are in college. I thought they had good chemistry by the end of the episode, there was definitely potential there, and I loved that the cast was racially diverse. LOVED. I also really LOVED the feminist message. It was heavy handed and I don’t care.

The old house is being used, though, the interior is changed. Obviously, some of the old terms, I thought their Book of Shadows seemed very lacking, though.

All in all, the episode was much better than I anticipated, it has potential, but there are some things I’m hoping get better.

3.5/5

Dramaworld (2016-?)

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Dramaworld (2016-?)

Network:

Netflix

Creators:

Josh Billing

Chris Martin

Starring:

Liv Hewson

Sean Dulake

Noo-Ri Bae

Justin Chon

Plot:

What would YOU do if you fell into your favorite K-drama?

Review:

I’ve never watched a K-Drama but I didn’t have to, to love this short little show. By the end of the first season I was standing in front of the TV laughing and then screaming, “Nooooooooo!” when I realized there wasn’t a second season yet.

This was incredibly entertaining and so much fun to watch. It had me pouring through Netflix’s Korean Romantic Dramas searching for stuff to add to my queue. Hopefully, they hold up to what was created in Dramaworld.

Claire, Liv Hewson, is a college student that spends all her free time watching K-Dramas because real life is the worst. Next thing you know she’s fallen into one. The show is wish fulfillment at its best. With just ten episodes, some of them just over ten minutes, there’s no reason not to try it out if you’re a fan of romantic comedies.

I eagerly await season 2 and I’m a bit bummed there isn’t a release date as of yet.

5/5

Single Parents (2018-?)

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Single Parents (2018-?)

Network:

ABC

Creator:

Elizabeth Meriwether

J.J. Philbin

Starring:

Taran Killam

Leighton Meester

Kimrie Lewis

Brad Garrett

Jake Choi

Plot:

A group of single parents form their own support system as they raise their kids and struggle to start new relationships.

Review:

I laughed a few times during this pilot. Recently, during a pretty vile case of hand, foot, and mouth, I was basically a single parent for four days and it was horrible. I told my husband that I could not handle it and would leave our kids at a firehouse if I had to do it forever. (kidding clearly…or was I?). Single parents have it rough and seeing a group of them help each other out was smart and often times funny.

The problem I foresee with this show is, much like the movie Bad Moms, the issues they’re going to face are unrealistic and focus only on part of what it’s like to be a single parent. I get that it’s a comedy, but a show called Single Parents should be about the whole thing. There can be comedy in trials, you just have to work harder at the jokes.

The parents we’ve seen so far are all fairly stable financially is the issue I’m talking about. One of the biggest things about being a single parent, in the US, is the lack of another person helping financially. We live in a society that almost requires a dual income to survive, unless you are part of the top 5% earners.

Maybe future episodes will have more of this realism, but we’ll see. For now it was an amusing show to have on in the background and I’ll continue watching until it bugs me too much.

3/5