Review: The Good Place is A Great Show

I love it when I find a show that makes me feel good. The Good Place is a show like that. I smile from beginning to end. It is becoming my favorite show on TV. I love it that much. Why? Here’s why.

Characters
Kristen Bell is delightful as Elanor, who ends up in the Good Place, (she doesn’t belong there), she is so charming and cute from the get-go. You root for Elanor, even though she’s not a great person. Ted Danson is sensational as Michael or the creator. All the characters are given lots of room to grow, and develop. Each episode reveals new layers to the characters, giving them depth.

Story
There is no heaven or hell. The Good Place is Heaven, and the Bad Place is Hell. Each person is judged by their actions, if they get enough good points, they make it to the Good Place. The story starts simple but gets more complex as the season goes on. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Writing
Funny jokes, heartwarming moments, and rich dialogue show how good the writing is. Drew Goddard worked on Buffy, so it’s not surprising the Good Place has great writing. The story has twists, you care about the characters, and the jokes never insult the audience’s intelligence. This is how you write a show.

Flaws
No show is perfect. Sometimes, there is too much going on in the story. Focusing on one story might be better. Some of the jokes fall flat.

Rating
The Good Place is a GREAT show! I cannot recommend it enough. Great characters, wonderful stories, and writing make this show a winner. I haven’t liked a comedy this much since Scrubs.
Grade: 4 Stars, watch this show. It’s a winner!

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

I adore the fifty’s style, so when I see a show about the fifty’s, I get excited. When Amazon started airing this show called The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I had to check it out. I am four episodes in, and I like it. How much? That’s what the review is for.

Acting
The cast is up to the task. Rachel Brosnahan sparkles as the lead. She brings warmth, energy, and cuteness to Midge. She makes her relatable and real. The real scene-stealer is Alex Borstein, who destroys every scene she’s in. Her sassy attitude shines, and she gets the best jokes in the show. If there is one criticism about the acting, it’s the men. They’re not given deep characters. Clueless dad and cheating husband are two examples. None of the men can stand up to the wonderful women. That does bring down the acting some.

Screenplays
The screenplays are funny, sharp, but cliched. Sometimes the show goes from heartfelt humor to cold as ice in seconds. I don’t think it fits the show. The jokes are funny, they give the women characters a lot of depth, not enough for the men, and the tone shifts too much at times. Writing isn’t the strong suit of this show. It is good, but not great. More consistency would help.

Directing
The directing is crisp, clean, and captures the look and feel of the fifty’s. From the clothes to the look of the homes. No detail goes overlooked. What a great job they do on each episode to make the tempo flow nicely and keep the look authentic. The best part of the show is directing.

Flaws
Some of the jokes and language come off as cheap shocks. Lots of cussing, too much at times. How many people do you know who curse like that? Male characters are not up to par with the women counterparts, and the stories get cliched. She gets on stage, and people love her, but she doesn’t think she can do it. Will she? What do you think? We know the answer to this. There’s no suspense.

Verdict
I don’t love the Marvelous Mrs. Masiel, but I do like it. Some cliches bring the showdown, and the inconsistency in tone keeps it from being, well, marvelous! This isn’t the type of show I will watch over and over. It is a show I can watch once and have fun with.

Grade: 3 Stars, a good drama, comedy with some great acting and directing. However, the cliches and shift in tone keep it from being great.

What I love About Modern TV

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

I did a list of why this isn’t a golden age of TV, but it’s not all bad. I am going to give five reasons for what I like about modern TV.

1: Strong women!
Lots of ’em too! From VEEP to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Killing Eve. You’ll see an abundance of great female characters. There are more lesbians and trans women too. This gives women lots of great characters to relate to.

2: More diversity
There are more shows with LGBTQ characters, women, POC, and immigrants. Empire, Supergirl, and Stranger Things do a great job showcasing different types of characters. Lots of groups get represented today, and that’s great. This helps people learn about different groups.

3: More choices
Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu all have tons of shows. Each service differs in price, but you can watch hundreds of shows for ten to fifteen bucks a month. Hulu is eight dollars a month, and Amazon Prime Video is six bucks a month for disabled people. That is fantastic. You can watch these shows whenever you want, but they can be taken down at any moment. That is the downside of streaming services.

4: Bigger Budgets
Look at the gorgeous sets of Game of Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. They’re gorgeous with lots of details and big landscapes. They don’t look cheap either. People used to think TV was a cheap alternative to movies, not anymore. Bigger budgets are spent on these shows to give fans a rich experience in visuals.

5: More Foreign Shows
From Anime to dramas and Bollywood Musicals, you’ll find tons of shows from different countries. This gives people from all over the world shows to enjoy. It also gives people a chance to learn about different cultures.

There are lots of things wrong with TV right now, but there are lots of good things as well. This may not be a Golden Age, but it isn’t the dark ages either.

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We Aren’t Living In the Golden Age of Television

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Now, this is based on how I see it, so I am not trying to act like I am the authority, but I believe this. I don’t see this as another golden age of TV. If the best shows on TV are Fleabag and the last season of Game of Thrones, I’m sorry, but this seems like the Bronze age of TV, not a golden age. Don’t get me wrong I see some really good shows, but I am gonna list five reasons why we aren’t living in a golden age of TV.

1: Nothing original

I know, stories have been done over and over, there is nothing original now. It is how you tell the stories. What we’re seeing are the same stories over and over. A housewife who has a cheating husband, so she wonders about her life and gets a career? Check! Corrupt politician exposing the inner working of Washington? Check. A woman who sees how dysfunctional her family is? Check. I could go on. Stranger Things is good, but it’s like Supernatural and a modern version of Buffy. 24 and Lost were very original. I miss shows like that because they were trying to be different.

2: Everything is “Edgy”

There is cussing galore, blood, sex, and drugs in most shows. Even network TV is getting more “edgy” I use those quotations because when everyone does it, it isn’t edgy anymore. It makes it boring.

3: Too many shocks

Oh my gosh gurl, did you see what happened on Breaking Bad last night? Just about every show tries to out shock each other with twists and shocks. It has become a standard. Are we surprised anymore when the main character is killed off? Or when someone is the bad person now? It happens so much it doesn’t feel special anymore. When Buffy, 24 and Lost did this, it was news, now it is just another show trying to be shocking. If you ask me, it loses some of the effects. I don’t feel shocked anymore, I see the twist coming a mile away.

4: Cliches

Men are clueless, sexist and dumb don’t cha know? I mean, we know that sexist writers used to write women bad ok? But, doing this to men isn’t equality. It is petty revenge. Why not make both genders equal in their struggles and intelligence? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has some of the worst male characters on a TV show. Cheating ex? Of course. Clueless dads? Yep. It is becoming a cliche. Writing strong women characters is great, but writing men like clueless idiots is not good. Remember Buffy? Angel, Spike, Xander, and Giles were Buffy’s equal.

5: Saturation

There are too many shows now. On the one hand, it gives anyone a chance to make a show, but that also means that it can be too easy to get a show on the air with streaming services. This can be good, but it also can bring too much to the market. Here is hoping that this doesn’t lead to burnout.

What do you think? Do you think I am wrong and we are living in a golden age of TV? Tell me in the comments, I would love to hear from you.

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She Hulk Caused A Stir On Twitter

Some men were upset when they saw that a live-action TV show is being made about the comic book heroine She-Hulk. This puzzles me. How is having a few shows (Supergirl and now She-Hulk), erasing male super heroes? Arrow had a show, The Flash is still on, Smallville, and the original Hulk have all had TV shows.

Guys, you still have shows for you. You still have male characters who are saving the day and protecting their loved ones. What is wrong with women having a few shows that show that? It doesn’t make you obsolete. All it means is there are shows for women who are super heroes. She Hulk has a rich history, I like her better than the Hulk myself.

People get upset over anything now. If someone is making a female super hero show, who cares! Don’t watch it, it’s as simple as that. What you guys do when you get this mad is show how insecure strong women make you. Come on guys, you’re better then that. She-Hulk power!

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Link: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/she-hulk-disney-plus-tv-series-misogyny-criticism-a9077311.html

San Diego Comic Con Was Meh

San Diego Comic Con has came and went and it was meh. There was some new stuff shown, but most of it was things we had already seen or known. Nothing big or surprising was announced. No footage of Godzilla vs King Kong, or no big trailers for 2020. There wasn’t a new trailer for Episode 9. I wonder why so many conventions this year have been mediocre, I wonder why? I was really hoping to see some new trailers or big new announcements, instead I get the Harley Quinn cartoon. Why me?

Highlight

I really don’t know. That is how dry it was this year. Top Gun 2? I could care less, IT chapter 2? Yawn. Game of Thrones Season 9, er I mean The Witcher? No thanks. OK, probably Terminator Dark Fate. That is the only thing that got me excited.
Nintendo had some good games, but we’ve seen em before. Again, the good stuff we already knew about. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the exciting new trailer for the Picard series. That got me excited, but we already knew about the show. Sigh.

Low Point

Nothing new. We knew most of the announcements and the few new announcements were very boring.

Grade: C- A few decent highlight can’t save a boring Comic Con. Let’s hope that next year is bearable.

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Gremlins Secret of the Mogwai Is Going to Be An Animated Series.

Gremlins was one of my favorite movies growing up. I loved the mixture of dark humor and scares. I loved tthe character Gizmo so much, I bought a stuffed Gizmo and he was my sleeping buddy for 12 years. I also loved the sequel, so I am a fan and I have high expectations for the show.

Oh I hope this new animated show is good. They could add to the mythology and make the Gremlins world much richer, or they could ruin this and put a stain on the Gremlins name. Let’s hope it’s option no1. Good luck!

Link: https://bloody-disgusting.com/tv/3570354/animated-prequel-gremlins-secrets-mogwai-ordered-series-warnermedia/?fbclid=IwAR0-dvYXU-UfgBNMFfjdqEVsEt3K1DAltWWz97s_iGYAnIWgN8wPOzJy_Fw

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Are Wrestling Marks Destroying Wrestling?

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

I love wrestling, it is fun, theatrical and athletic. I love seeing bigger than life personalities do acrobatic stunts, cut great promos and the storylines. I grew up watching the WWE and WCW. I couldn’t get enough of the Rock, Mr. Perfect, Bret Hart and Sting. I adored the NWO. That was my favorite wrestling act when I was a young girl.

Needless to say, I know my wrestling. Which is why I don’t like a group of wrestling fans the internet has nicknamed, “marks.” These are fans who claim to be expert fans who care about wrestling. Their actions don’t match their words. They have bitterly booed Roman Reigns, they’ve turned on Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey, and Baron Corbin. They will call a WWE PPV garbage, even if it was good.

Stomping Grounds is a perfect example of this. Most wrestling reviewers considered Stomping Grounds a great show. But, you couldn’t tell that to the marks, who were saying it was trash. The main reason they hated the main event, (even though it was a good match), was Lacey Evans being put in as a special guest referee. Who cares! That shouldn’t ruin a good match. Look at what Bradi Rhodes did at Double or Nothing. She added Awesome Kong to the women’s match. No one batted an eye when she did this.

If Roman Reigns wins a match, the marks are the first to scream. “Here goes VINCE shoving Roman down our throats again.” Yeah, Shane McMahon beat Roman, let that one sink in for a moment. Some of these marks accused Roman of faking his cancer. That is disgusting! If you don’t want to like Roman fine, but saying he faked his cancer is going too far. It goes beyond criticizing an organization for putting on a product you don’t like. They are making it personal, and that is down right creepy.

What can we do about marks? Call them out for their actions. They loved Becky Lynch for most of 2018, but they seem to be souring on her. Just because she is the champion, (because she is the top star, go figure). Now the marks are saying Vince is shoving her down people’s throats. Wow, a person like Sting who won most of his matches at first could NEVER happen today. What about Goldberg’s streak? Oh wow, imagine how well that would go down.

Marks want all wrestlers to get a push, but that isn’t going to happen. There are going to be wrestlers who are world champions and those who aren’t. If you are so unhappy with the WWE, why keep going to the events and buying the PPVs? Watch Impact Wrestling, ROH, NJPW, or AEW. Sorry, but the main event Match between Rollins and Corbin was awesome! It told a good story, had good drama and the wrestling was good. The wrestlers did not deserve the AEW chants. If you like AEW, go watch them, let people who want to enjoy WWE, enjoy it. All you are doing is making people dislike you, and all the legit criticisms you throw at WWE will be void because of your radical hatred. Wrestling is fun, let’s keep it that way.

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Dark Crystal: Trailer Review

Ratings:

1 Star: Lord help me!

2 Stars: Not bad, but not great either.

3 Stars: A good trailer, but nothing breathtaking.

4 Stars: What an experience! That’s how you do a trailer.

Jim Henson, that name brings back so many memories for me. The Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fragile Rock shaped my childhood with their wonderful imagination and colorful characters. Jim Henson did movies as well. One of my favorite movies was called The Dark Crystal. I’ve never seen anything like it before, with its wonderful character designs and creative worlds. Jim Henson was a genius, and it’s good to see Netflix bring Dark Crystal back. There is a trailer for it, so let’s rate it.

Does it capture the spirit of the original?

Yes it does! You can tell by the way they recaptured the look of the original film. The characters look like the originals and the tone is similar as well. Gorgeous details help bring the world to life. The look has been updated a bit with the help of CGI, but it isn’t overdone. It looks like they used some good old prosthetic to keep it true to the original. Great job Netflix.

Good Scenes

Too many to count, but I love when the scene of the Gelflings meeting the mystical flower. She starts having visions. The lighting of the environments and facial expressions of the characters are perfect. Seeing the one-eyed witch was great. The trailer does a good job of pumping you up getting you excited for this. Mission accomplished.

Final Thoughts

Netflix has a winner on their hands with Dark Crystal. Jim Henson’s creations have been surging in popularity, and this is the perfect time to make a Dark Crystal Show. Seeing Dark Crystal make a comeback makes me extra happy. This could be one of Netflix’s biggest shows.

Grade: 4 Stars. Great teaser to get people excited.

Link to trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSV42j8lccg&feature=share

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Netflix Beats HBO For Best Original Programming!

According to Variety, Nteflix beat out HBO for best original programming. Netflix got 39%, while HBO got 11%. Hulu got 6% while Amazon got 5%.

No wonder Netflix has so many subscribers. Stranger Things is a mega hit. It also makes you wonder what’s going to happen to HBO after Game of Thrones went off, (with a thud, not a bang). Will HBO’s subscriber numbers fall? Amazon and Hulu are catching on, and don’t forget about Disney plus launching this fall.

It will be a long road for HBO if they can’t come up with original content to keep viewers tuned in, or subscribed. It could be all downhill after this. Will HBO last? We shall see.

Link: https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/netflix-beats-hbo-survey-best-original-programming-1203221107/

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