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The Orville (2017-?)

The Orville (2017-?)

Network:

Fox

Starring:

Seth MacFarlane

Adrianne Palicki

Penny Johnson Jerald

Plot:

Follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth’s interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.

Review:

I honestly have nothing to add to the hundreds of reviews that are already out there for this pilot. It was like a Star Trek work drama with comedy thrown in. If it had stuck to one thing, drama or comedy, it might not have been that bad, but just when it would start to be alright as a drama it would throw in crude humor. It was unbalanced and if the goal was for a dramedy it failed.

I didn’t like the pilot much, but I like the concept enough that I’ll give it a couple more episodes.

2/5

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Lethal Weapon (2016-?)

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Lethal Weapon (2016-?)

Network:

Fox

Starring:

Clayne Crawford

Damon Wayans

Jordana Brewster

Plot:

Based on the hit movie franchise, Lethal Weapon tells the story of classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Riggs’ penchant for diving into the line of fire clashes with Murtaugh’s by-the-book technique. It’s clear from the moment they meet, that this partnership is doomed. But it might just work. If Riggs doesn’t get them killed first…

Review:

I like the Lethal Weapon movies, but they aren’t sacred in my mind so I think that helped me enjoy this show. The basic story seemed to follow the movies, the characters seemed spot on, and the action was what you would expect on a TV version. I liked it. It wasn’t amazing, it wasn’t groundbreaking, but it was comforting and fun to watch. I could easily see myself watching this every week and I’m excited to see how the show develops.

4/5

The X-Files (1993-?)

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The X-Files (1993-?)

Network:

Fox

Creator:

Chris Carter

Starring:

David Duchovny

Gillian Anderson

Mitch Pileggi

Plot:

Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Review:

I wouldn’t call myself a big X-Files fan. I liked it, of course, and I’ve seen all the episodes, but it’s not something I’ve ever re-watched. I keep meaning to, but never get around to it. One day.

Anyway, I don’t remember everything that happened at the end of the last run or really what even happened in the movies, but so far that hasn’t caused any problems.

The first episode was able to get me pumped up and excited for what’s to come. Considering I had to watch it on Fox’s app and deal with commercial breaks that only showed one commercial four to three times in a row, I think that’s saying something. Even after the slow torture of the Empire season premier trailer playing over and over to the point my daughter quoted it, I was eager to watch the next episode.

There was a lot of set up and I seriously hope they don’t resolve it all by the end of this six episode run. It would be too much to pack into such a limited number of episodes and it wouldn’t be what people love about the X-Files. I’m hoping it does well and leads to more seasons. We’ll see what happens.

4.5/5

Lucifer (2016-?)

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Lucifer (2016-?)

Network:

Fox

Starring:

Tom Ellis

Lauren German

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Plot:

Satan takes up residence in Los Angeles.

Review:

It’s an immortal helping the police solve crimes. I feel like I just watched this, only it was called Forever and the main character wasn’t evil. It’s interesting and the pilot wasn’t horrible, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep this in my rotation.

Characters were fine and the Lucifer aspect was interesting, but I don’t know if that will be enough to keep me. I’m going to at least watch a couple more episodes.

3/5

Minority Report (2015-?)

Minority Report

Minority Report (2015-?)

Network:

Fox

Starring:

Stark Sands

Meagon Good

Nick Zano

Plot:

10 years after the end of Precrime in Washington DC one of the three PreCogs attempts to lead on a normal life while still suffering from visions of the future. Will they be able to hold it together or mentally breakdown and give up?

Review:

It doesn’t make sense for someone with uncontrollable precognitive abilities to live in a large city where violent crime occurs frequently. Big cities are nice, but they aren’t worth what he goes through. He gave a kind of explanation, but you don’t have to live in isolation, there is a middle ground.

The tech was cool looking with moments of me rolling my eyes. I don’t know how they can keep that budget up past the first episode, though.

Honestly the show just makes me bitter that it isn’t Almost Human. It has some potential, but I’m close to my cap on cop shows so I’m not sure if I’ll continue watching past the next couple episodes.

3/5