Tis the Mid-Season
So there is a lot of really good television out in the world, and most shows have just wrapped up for the rest of this year. I decided to put together a little guide on what you should be catching up on before some of these shows come back in January, or gear up for a whole new season in 2017. There are a few minor spoilers as we go so if you just want to read the headings I won’t hold it against you.
We go really in-depth with this one on the podcast (coming up soon) but I’ll spoil that early by saying that you should definitely check this one out. I wrote a review on the show at about the episode 7 or 8 mark and was overly pleased. A really good arc and real development for all the characters on the show. It just had its season 1 finale so get on and binge this before you get too far behind.
This one is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, a show about a comically dysfunctional family that you can’t help but feel and hope for them. Not sure what this says about me but I find the Gallagher family very relatable and all very grounded and real characters. They are having their season finale on December 18 and I hope that we get a season 8. There are some issues regarding that but I think we can all hope that they get smoothed over with Time Warner. Meanwhile go ahead and binge the first six seasons on Netflix and then make your way over to Showtime for the latest.
3. Star Wars Rebels
I shouldn’t have to say this but so what if it is a cartoon I am really liking this show. It started out a bit slow with some memorable moments (the appearance of Darth Vader…hello) and really took off in season 2. Tapping into characters from the Clone Wars cartoon and weaving them into the story really tethered the show to the universe. We get to see old clone troopers and Jedi survivors trying to make this new and scary galaxy a better place. This season we saw the introduction of Grand Admiral Thrawn, the best villain to come out of the expanded universe, and he does not disappoint in the show. Throw in some amazing voice acting (James Earl Jones as Vader *squeal*) including Tom Baker, the seventh doctor, and I’m in. Catch up before its return in January.
4. South Park
Twenty years are an amazing run for any show, but to keep it as fresh and topical as it was all those years ago is really a testament to the entire team that makes this show. The documentary Six Days to Air blew my mind, to see that an entire episode goes from blank paper to an entire show is amazing. This season the show has touched on the controversy with Colin Kaepernick, our crazy election, and even Star Wars. The last ten episodes or so have had overall story arc but some are just as enjoyable jumping in the middle.
5. The Flash
This season of the Flash so far has been very bold. The show kicked off this year with Flashpoint, an event that was really amazing in the comics and I felt did a really good job in the show. We didn’t get Thomas Wayne but that was a longshot. However, ripples from the actions of Barry Allen were felt not just there, but in the other CW shows as well. Really giving the entire universe some depth and bite. Soon after we were gifted with an episode directed by the amazing Kevin Smith and then we were faced with the God of Speed, Savitar. I like the direction this show is going and really want to see what happens in the May finale. And while I am not big about the show Arrow, I always love to see cross-over episodes, and this one added not only the Legends of Tomorrow but Supergirl as well.
Now this one is a bit different from the rest, in the sense that this show just started their fourth season at the end of November, but I had to mention it regardless. Seeing the path that the main character Ragnar has taken from farmer to king and, it seems, on his way back down is riveting. This show has really memorable characters which is a testament to performance, and is set in a really great looking setting. If you enjoy the movie Braveheart or even 300 then I think this will be your jam. Considering I just burned through all the other television out there I’m hoping this will keep me sustained until the new year.
Richard is the other half of the bromance team and is the self-confessed geek of the duo. Whether it is pontificating on the merits of Star Wars or going on a rant about why Batman is so much better than Superman he loves to flex that muscle. With Shawn he takes to the mic and hopes that he isn’t awkward enough for you to stop listening.
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Together Richard and Shawn formed the podcast The Language of Bromance and from there it has been nothing but fun. The duo laugh about things they go through, stories in the news and even getting serious discussing net neutrality along with other issues. Every so often their friendship turns to a bitter rivalry with their nerdiest creation the draft episodes. An original take on a best of or a top 10 list. The draft episodes are done like an NFL Draft 7 rounds where Richard and Shawn flip-flop picks on various topics.
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