‘Deadwood’ Lives!

Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the exceptional Western series ‘Deadwood‘ was unceremoniously cancelled by HBO. And with absolutely no resolution for many stories it left a bitter taste that lingered for years after that last episode aired. Hell, had it not been for ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘True Detective’ I might not have ever even given HBO a second chance.

Thankfully, the gods have answered our prayers and creator David Milch has finally been allowed to fulfill his once promise and give completion to this epic Old West saga with a feature lengther to air on May 31, 2019. Yay!!! Oh, how I’ve missed Ian McShane’s “Al Swearypants” and Timothy Olyphant’s “Sheriff Grouchyface.”

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The Return of “Star Trek”!?

Despite loving Star Wars and its intergalactic Shakespearean stories and characters I will always remain a faithful “Trekkie”. As a Star Trek fan since TNG and beyond I firmly believe in what Gene Roddenberry intended for his Utopian vision of the future. A galaxy where discovery, improving ourselves, and supporting each other are paramount.

So when J.J. Abrams reboot this utopia into a chaotic, war-actioner alt-reality dystopia I immediately pushed back. And, unfortunately, that tone and purpose carried over into the debut season of CBS All Access series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. I had almost given up hope of ever returning to the place of wonder and thoughtful discovery of my youth. However…

Season Two has, so far, proven a wonderful course correction. There’s still an emphasis on big “wow” moments and grey-area character development–something perhaps suiting a no longer quite so fanciful 21st century world. Yet, this sophomore season is brimming with hope, thinking before acting, and remaining loyal to crew–whatever the cost. Even that wonderfully geeky humor of TOS and the subsequent TNG universe shows is back.

I actually look forward to each new episode. Despite the inclusion of fan service characters like Captain Pike and Lt. Spock and an overdependence on questionable Trek-ism physics ‘Star Trek’ has quickly returned to being quality sci-fi. I just hope the whole “think first” manta has translated well with the more Star Wars oriented pseudo-fans. But, that may be my Trekkie optimism at work. ;-)

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“Oh, this is the end…”

Well, FX just announced that their mind-f*ck Marvel series ‘Legion‘ will end after Season Three. Creator Noah Hawley apparently planned it as a three season story. But, come on. It’s obvious that had the ratings been better and that Disney hadn’t recently acquired Fox and all their Marvel properties–which includes ‘Legion‘–they would’ve continued the run. I’m mean, Disney’s ending rebooting the entire “X-men” film franchise. So, it’s not like this is a complete shocker.

However, I think this is good news. Any genre TV show that gets to end on its own terms and without unresolved cliffhanger bullsh*t is perfectly fine by me. Short and sweet is just how I roll. Anyway, Season Three looks to be another dark and twisted mind-f*ck. Here’s hoping.