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“Tell me again how you punched a dragon to get your magic hand.”

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Overall: I kinda wish they could have cut the drama and upped the snark in a couple of places; and this was an interim piece the same way Age of Ultron and Civil War were, even if it was a better-organized one. It's fun and doesn't feel stretched the way the other series do, but it also lacks some of the pathos because we can't concentrate on any one part.
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Harry Potter starring depressed millennial grad students instead of children. And boy oh boy, it’s another adventure in terrible life choices. Every character is like Barry Allen.

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Overall: If you like “superpowered characters making extremely poor life choices” as a genre, this is one of the purest examples I think I’ve seen.
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The main plotline about the Cluster from season 2 is wrapped up, then we have a season where Jasper is the real concern; then we get much more into a saga with the Diamonds, rulers of the Homeworld Gems.

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Overall: It irks me that Season 4 ends on a cliffhanger, but I think I'm going to wait until Season 5 finishes airing before I hunt down and watch that. This series has turned into something made for marathoning.
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Following the events of Jessica Jones, Luke has recovered and is working as a janitor and dishwasher up in Harlem. At a nightclub owned by criminal mastermind Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, who is connected to several sinister forces from Luke’s past.

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Overall: I’m not interested in Daredevil or Iron Fist, but I did want to watch The Defenders, and I wanted to watch this first to keep late-arrival spoilers to a minimum. I enjoyed it more than I expected to.
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- We had planned to try to go to Central Park for the They Might Be Giants concert on Saturday, but the weather report said it was going to storm, so we took ARR to Liberty Science Center instead. He had a fine time, but it neverdid actually rain, which was annoying. Ah, well, there will be other concerts.

- As Jethrien noted, we watched Moana with ARR on Saturday, to mixed success. I thought the movie was a lot of fun, on par with a lot of recent Disney fare. And I also loved the really stupid chicken.

- On Sunday night, we tried the pop-up Lutze Biergarten, which is really a collection of tables and food carts. The “frosé” (a frozen wine slushee) was fun, though hit me more than I expected. The food in general was decent, and I was crazy enough to try a bacon-wrapped sausage covered in bacon mac and cheese, which my GI system informed me several hours later was a terrible idea. Tasty, though. (ARR enjoyed the soft pretzels and peel and eat shrimp.)

- I watched the first episode (really a two-parter) of the new Ducktales series, as it's free-to-watch on Youtube. It was absolutely delightful. The characterization is stronger, the voices are less annoying, and the humor is faster-paced than the original.

- ARR has multiple cavities, which is frustrating because we've been anal about the tooth-brushing and there was no indication of this six months ago. So now we have floss picks and fluoride chewables and multiple trips to the dentist to get the cavities filled. The dentist also wants his soy milk consumption reduced (in favor of more water), so we're trying that only at breakfast for now. (I bought ARR several new rescue bot toys as incentive to get through the dental work—each two cavities he successfully gets through, he gets a new bot.)

- I've seen a bunch of doctors lately, trying to address why I seem to be increasingly tired and unmotivated over the past few months. Granted, some of it is clearly stress and depression, likely brought on by reading the news. But apparently I also have low testosterone. It's not low enough that my doctor wants to put me on hormone therapy for it (apparently the side effects can be rather unpleasant), but I've been advised to exercise more and try various over-the-counter supplements and see if that helps. I'm also going to try the Breathe-Right strips just on the odd chance that helps me sleep better. Yay, pharmacology.
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After the team defeated Zarkon, Shiro vanished. Now, they need to find a new paladin to pilot the black lion so that Voltron can continue to defend the galaxy from the threat of the Golra.

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Overall: This was only a 7-episode half-season and I marathoned it in two days. But the series as a whole continues to delight.
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We continue to explore the psychic connection of eight people from around the globe, as they're hunted by the agents of BPO and the evil Whispers and also deal with their personal problems.

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Overall: Though this series has its flaws, I think it's had some really cool ideas and some fun moments, too. I suspect it's for the best that they're wrapping it up, because I suspect a lot of the gimmicks are already getting a little old. But I'm excited for the finale movie.
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Steven and the gems recover from the fallout of the homeworld gem attack at the end of the first season and go on with their lives. Some new supporting cast members appear and old ones get fleshed out more. There's an absurd and inexplicable crossover with Uncle Grandpa. Good times are had by all?

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Overall: I think this show has improved as the continuity has gotten stronger, but it also creates a lockout for new viewers who wouldn't want to start from the beginning. I suppose I'll see what season 3 is like.
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Following the apparent death of Captain America, we follow post-war Peggy Carter as she battles sexism and attempts to retrieve a bunch of Howard Stark's inventions that have been stolen and have been appearing on the black market. With the help of Stark's butler Jarvis, she has to outwit both the crooks and her own bosses.

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Overall: This was fun. I’ll probably watch the other season at some point. I think my only issue is, well, I like heroes with superpowers. That’s just me.
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Barry Allen makes terrible life choices and breaks space-time. Following time-travelling to finally save his mother, Barry discovers that this didn’t actually make the world better, and even after he “fixes” it, subtle changes have infected the reality he knew. And elements from the “Flashpoint” timeline start bleeding over, as well.

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Overall: The season was uneven, with some bits I really enjoyed and some that were kinda dumb; and the overall arc got tiring by the end. But I still like the show and I'm still on the hook for the next season.
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In Wallachia in the 1400s, the vampire Vlad Dracula Tepes is incited to bring down the wrath of his dark forces on the country. Fortunately, the Belmont family is well-versed in fighting this sort of thing. The plot is very loosely based on the events of Castlevania III for the NES, starring Trevor Belmont, who is later joined by Sypha Belnades and Alucard.

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Overall: The four half-hour episodes in the first season feel more like a teaser miniseries, testing the waters for something much larger. If you've felt the urge for a hard-R rated version of an NES game, give it a test run; but know that you're not getting much literary value.
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"When I was a child, my planet Krypton was dying. I was sent to Earth to protect my cousin. But my pod got knocked off-course and by the time I got here, my cousin had already grown up and become... Superman. I hid who I really was until one day when an accident forced me to reveal myself to the world. To most people, I'm a reporter at CatCo Worldwide Media. But in secret, I work with my adoptive sister for the D.E.O. to protect my city from alien life and anyone else that means to cause it harm. I am Supergirl."

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Overall: I realize that there are lots of people—even in my own family—who think this show is stupid and does things terribly and blah blah blah. But I like it. It’s fun, it’s positive, I enjoy watching it. I eagerly await season 3.
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Continuing the theme of near-future, tech-based Twilight Zone shenanigans.

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Overall: ...It makes me think, and I suppose that's good?
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We are the Crystal Gems
We'll always save the day
And if you think we can't
We'll always find a way
That's why the people of this world believe in
Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, and Steven!


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Overall: Yeah, this is very cute. And it's on the list of things I'm perfectly happy for ARR and I to watch together. Season 2 is likely to get added to my list.
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Given that I’ve always liked Twilight Zone inspired sci-fi / spec-fi, and this is billed as an anthology along those lines, it seemed worth my time to give it a try. Spoilers for the first three episodes below.

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Overall: Intriguing ideas, less-than-perfect execution. I’ll probably watch some of seasons 2 and 3, but I may skip around based on recommendations, rather than watching them all.
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Occasionally, I look at my backlog and say, “Man, I don't even know why that's on there. I don't really want to watch it.” And even more occasionally, I'm smart enough to remove things. There's more than enough media to consume without forcing myself to watch things I added on a whim but don't enjoy.

Lost Girl (TV Series) - It's like somebody watched Charmed and thought it was the best show ever, except that it needed less of the lovey-dovey "family" stuff and more sexy-sexy. So with a similar off-brand fast-and-loose approach to mythology, but a succubus instead of three witches as the protagonist, we have this show. I found myself irritated that the Fae are "dark" and "light" when the perfectly-good and much less hokey (and loaded) term "seelie" exists. A subplot of the first few episodes could have been shortened to "Can you teach me how to control my hunger?" "Yeah, boink the werewolf." It's not funny enough to watch for the comedy, and the characters (and their drama) aren't interesting enough to watch for them. Oh, and it initially aired on network TV, so you know the sexiness is just going to be cheesecake tease rather than anything of note (either in terms of titillation or plot value).

Shameless (US TV Series) - I made it through half of the first episode before I decided this didn't actually appear to me. Embarrassment squick and a misery parade for a struggling family doesn't appeal to me, even with the sexiness. (Especially since it managed to be wince-sexiness multiple times in half an episode.)

Fuller House (Netflix, Season 2) - Twenty-one years after Full House ended, the second generation of the family still lives in the old house, now with Kimmy’s once-and-future husband Fernando joining the main cast, DJ’s former suitors acquiring other girlfriends, and Stephanie falling for Kimmy’s long-unseen brother Jimmy Gibbler. The 30-minute episode length makes them feel much more “full” than the classic 22-minute episodes, with more plots per episode and more time to stuff in both new and old jokes, but I think I wore out the nostalgia value with season 1. I may go back and watch the rest of this season in a few years, when I'm feeling the need for late-80s sitcom goodness again, but for now I've had my fill. (And I suspect that when season 3 drops, I'll at least look through the episode list to see if there are any guest stars I want to see.)
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Why did Hannah Baker kill herself? Clay has just received a box of cassette tapes she recorded as a suicide note, and he's going to learn why. Hannah wasn't the only person who was hurt, and she's not the only one who's going to be.

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Overall: This is dark and hard to watch, but fascinating. It skirts the edge of a misery parade for multiple characters, but if you like teen drama, it's probably for you. HELLA TRIGGER WARNING.
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Time travel is real, and all of history is vulnerable to attack. Which is why we must travel through time to stop the spread of these so-called "time aberrations" and to erase their damage to history. We are a team of outcasts and misfits, so please don't call us heroes. We're Legends.

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Overall: Apparently the creators felt the biggest problem with the series was that it wasn’t quite crazy enough—and I think they were right! While one could argue that the show is overall still pretty dumb, it's all the fun you would want from a time-traveling, dysfunctional superhero team.
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Months ago, on a damaged spaceship, six people emerge from stasis pods with no memory of who they are or what they’re doing, but at least some useful skills intact. They’ve subsequently learned a lot—though possibly not enough—about their pasts as ruthless mercenaries, but they’ve also been captured and imprisoned by the Galactic Authority.

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Overall: While this season was a little more uneven and “out there” in terms of sci-fi technobabble, I reiterate my earlier opinion that it’s solidly entertaining.
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”I'll get the gang back together, Pericles! We'll be coming for you, or my name isn't... SCOOBY DOOBY DOO!”

My review of Season 1 is here.

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Overall: I’m not sure this maintained optimal cleverness through the entire 52 episodes (it could probably have been cut down a bunch here and there), but it was very solid and the most entertaining take on Scooby-Doo I’ve ever seen.
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