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SH S5E12: Pacific Rim Uprising Review

SH S5E12: Pacific Rim Uprising Review
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This week, we cancel the apocalypse and review Pacific Rim: Uprising which hit theaters last weekend. Before diving into the Kaiju and Jaeger action, we talk some news including Supernatural getting yet another season, Ryan’s disappointment in nothing new from Shazam, and a talk about Fox delaying New Mutants a second time while also delaying Dark Phoenix.

What did you think of Pacific Rim: Uprising? Did it stack up to the first film or did the action fall flat? Any news you’re excited about? Let us know!

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Derreck Mayer
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Derreck Mayer

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Flying Killer Robots

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SH S5E12: Pacific Rim Uprising Review

SMT015 – Bob’s Burgers and Cookie Crisp

On this week’s Tooncast, Jeremy and Danielle discuss the ever-evolving, love-filled world of Bob’s Burgers. They chat about Sunday FOX animation, the upcoming Bob’s Burgers movie, the urban setting vs. suburban settings in other animated family comedies, Louise’s bunny ears, and another trip to Danielle’s Depressing Fan Theory Corner to learn about how some people think Bob’s whole family is actually dead. Fun stuff.

The audio quality is below where we’d like it, not sure what happened with this one. There’s an occasional humming I couldn’t isolate and remove. We’re not audio experts, but we’ll get a handle on this stuff someday.

Bob’s Burgers features the voice talent of H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.

Are you a fan of Bob’s Burgers? Let us know your favorite ep in the comments or on Twitter @SMTooncast!

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Saturday Morning Tooncast Podcast Credits

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Hosts
Jeremy Monken
Danielle Yeager

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Music
“Classic Comedy Stroll” – Hakan Eriksson

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SMT015 – Bob’s Burgers and Cookie Crisp

SMT11: The Simpsons and Holiday Rice Krispies

Special Christmas Episode! This week, we try to play with the format a little bit. Jeremy starts with a little Rice Krispies and Simpsons history monologue (a convention he shamelessly stole from one of his favorite off-network podcasts, Doughboys). We celebrate the holidays with a pair of Christmas episodes from our fave ‘toon, The Simpsons. The first one is a little light on the Christmas aspect, but the second is pretty deep into that present-filled world of candy canes and snow.

We also dive into a few bowls of the very colorful Holiday Rice Krispies which, as it turns out, are just regular Rice Krispies with food coloring.

Are you a fan of The Simpsons? Dumb question, of course you are. Let us know your favorite ep in the comments or on Twitter @HeroesPodcasts!

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Saturday Morning Tooncast Podcast Credits

Hosts
Jeremy Monken
Danielle Yeager

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Jeremy Monken

Music
“Classic Comedy Stroll” – Hakan Eriksson

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SMT11: The Simpsons and Holiday Rice Krispies

SH S4E22: Star Wars Movie Pitch

It’s our Star Wars movie pitch! All three hosts pitch their own Star Wars film ideas! But before that, we discuss news including the state of the Disney\Fox acquisition, the new She-Ra Netflix series, and some Batman POP Quizzing!

What do you think of our movie pitches? Do you have an idea of your own? What do you think of the Disney\Fox situation? Who should replace Ben Affleck?

Comment below or hit us up @HeroesPodcasts on Twitter or Facebook!

Don’t forget to check out our Patreon for our new monthly movie series! Each month we’re going to do a fun parody scene and so far we’ve done a scene from Pulp Fiction and Scream! November’s scene will have something to do with DC Comics heroes though… maybe even Batman. Want to know more? Become a Patron today and watch the first two videos on our YouTube channel now!

Also, go to Screen-Heroes.com right now to subscribe to us on iTunes and drop us a review. If you do, we’ll be sure to give you a shout-out in a future episode!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Flying Killer Robots

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SH S4E22: Star Wars Movie Pitch

SH S3E09: Logan – The Big Goodbye

Logan’s big goodbye is here and we’re here to talk all about it! Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine for 17 years across 9 movies. Logan is his final rodeo along with co-star Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier. Join us as we take a look at the R-Rated Logan film, discuss characters, plot, tone, personal impact, and overall fit into the greater X-Men universe.

Be sure to head over to our Facebook page to let us know your thoughts on Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine performance, or anything else that suits you!

Also, go to Screen-Heroes.com right now to subscribe to us on iTunes and drop us a review. If you do, we’ll be sure to give you a shout-out in a future episode!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

Hosts
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Ian Turner
Robert McCullagh

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S3E09: Logan – The Big Goodbye

SH S3E04: Top 20 X-Men

It’s time to rank our favorite mutants, the X-Men. We’ve got 20 characters listed below in alphabetical order. We include some of the biggest names in X-Men including Professor X and Wolverine plus a few you might not of thought about like Dazzler. Check out our list below and then listen in to see where they land!

Notable spots:

  • Beginning: new X-Men TV series announced & the latest on Logan
  • 15:30 – the Top 20 countdown begins
  • 34:50 – #15
  • 45:30 – Top 10
  • 1:00:30 – Top 5

The Alphabetical List:

Angel
Beast
Cable
Colossus
Cyclops
Dazzler
Emma Frost
Gambit
Iceman
Jean Grey
Jubilee
Kitty Pryde
Magneto
Nightcrawler
Professor X
Psylocke
Rogue
Storm
Wolverine
X-23

Be sure to head over to our Facebook page at let us know how you would rank your Top 20 X-Men!

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Top 20 X-Men Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
David Doherty

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S3E04: Top 20 X-Men

SH S2E14: Superhero Fall TV Prep

It’s that time of year again, time for the new TV season! With so much premiering in the months of September and October, we’ve decided just to focus on superhero themed TV series that premiere in those two months. This includes Marvel and DC related series. We’ll talk ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., FOX’s Gotham, Netflix’s Luke Cage, and The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. We’ll talk about where these shows left off last season, some expectations for this season, plus our hopes and dreams as these shows move forward, some in a positive direction and others on their way down.

Please be aware that we’ll be talking spoilers from these shows. Anything that happened prior to this season is fair game. We might talk last season’s finales, significant plot points, and where this season starts off. You have been warned.

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Superhero Fall TV Prep Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S2E14: Superhero Fall TV Prep

X-Men: Apocalypse – A Spoiler Free Review

Friday saw the release of Fox’s newest addition to the X-Men world: X-Men: Apocalypse starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.  Estimated to pull in $65 million this weekend, it undoubtedly was the number one movie.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it was a good one. Now, I’m a cynical person and the X-Men have always been near and dear to me, so I am biased about their films. I admit that.  I also admit that if it were up to me, I’d redo every single X-Men film that’s been released so far.  Why is that? Well, it’s a story for another day.  For now, I’ll go through the good and the bad of X-Men Apocalypse avoiding spoilers.

X-Men: Apocalypse – The Good

X-Men: Apocalypse continues to stun with its superb casting.  Sophie Turner, who plays young Jean Grey, manages to stand out and hold her own among a star-studded group.  Her portrayal of Jean Grey was, overall, much better than Famke Janssen’s as she was able to be confident and strong while fighting the overwhelming immense powers she has, where as Janssen’s portrayal came off skittish and frightened. While completely under utilized, both Olivia Munn and Alexandra Shipp did incredibly well as Psylocke and Storm, respectively. Mystique shined. Saying goodbye to Jennifer Lawrence will be very difficult after this. She turned a very forgettable character from the original trilogy into the unexpected hero of the new franchise.

X-Men: Apocalypse New Mutants

The special effects throw me off because at times they were brilliant, and others, they were lackluster and disappointing. The follow up to the now infamous Quicksilver scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past was a prime example. When it began it was unbelievable, beautifully directed even if his powers were exaggerated, but by the time it was over, the special effects look sloppy.  Angel had a fantastic scene where his metal wings were implanted and Nightcrawler’s powers were identical to those in X2: X-Men United.

X-Men: Apocalypse – The Bad

I have to admit, ultimately, I was pretty bored throughout the whole movie. It’s been a long time since I was that disinterested.  The movie just never hooked me.  It began in an elaborate scene that held no interest for me considering I was pretty unaware of most of the characters. I think the mystery of Apocalypse in the comics was part of his appeal, but with his whole background laid out in the movie and his grossly over-powered mutant abilities ruined a lot of my investment in the film.  When you name your film after a character, I expect that character to be amazing.

X-Men: Apocalypse with Storm and Psylocke

Also, can we please decide if Magneto is a bad guy or a good guy? I know he flips sometimes, but never multiple times in the same story. I prefer the later comic stories where he attempts to do the right thing by the wrong methods.  I completely understand they want the juxtaposition of Professor X and Magneto, but if they wanted it that much, they wouldn’t be so focused on their impossible friendship.  It’s unnecessary drama.

Lastly, once again, a female character gets almost completely cut from the film. Poor Jubilee; at least she had a fantastic line defending Empire Strikes Back.

X-Men: Apocalypse Michael Fassbender

Overall

This movie definitely didn’t live up to the last two, which they ironically tried to joke about, funny enough. It is, however, a great jumping off point for Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Alexandra Shipp to take over the series. The costuming was impressive but confusing. While the street clothes definitely conveyed the 80’s, the uniforms looked more sophisticated than the “future” films with the original cast. Unfortunately, there’s too many inconsistencies with the X-Men timeline for me to think too much on it.

I give it a 3\5 saucers.

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As with all movies, I suggest you go watch it on your own. I’m sure you’ll disagree with me.

Check out a detailed rating below and if you’ve seen it, let’s us know your thoughts in the comments below!

X-Men: Apocalypse – A Spoiler Free Review

Deadpool Blu-Ray out May 10th!

Greetings muchachos and muchachettes of the Fourth Estate, DanPool here!
(What the !@#$ is a “DanPool”? I thought this was about Deadpool…)
[Maybe it’s a pool that belongs to some guy named ‘Dan’?]

Deadpool
Deadpool

Deadpool
Deadpool

 

 

 

 

Can you both be quiet? I’m trying to write a post about the new Deadpool BluRay.
(Who’s Ray, and why is he so Blue?)
[Da Boo Dee Da Boo Die!!!]

What you are currently looking at is an intro into the little world of Deadpool!
(But, not that little, really. I mean, it’s a good size…)
[Size doesn’t matter anyways, right?]

Deadpool

Deadpool_VHS_Announce_4_rgbGuys, we are getting off track here.
(I’d rather get on a Nordic Track, those things will tone your buns)
[Buns of steel, or at least Sourdough.]

I’ve stolen some secrets from Fox studio, using a mixture of Blades, Explosives, and some Special Hugging!
*The Management Does Not Endorse Theft, Explosives Use, Or  “Special Hugging” – –
Enough with the sidebars already!
(Wow, you are getting really testy!)
[Testes, he he..]

Hey, if you looked like Ryan Reynolds crossed with a Shar-Pei, you’d understand!
(You put that mask on, on purpose.)
[It’s not even Deadpool, it’s just a crappy Freddy Kreuger mask…]

Deadpool

Obviously, I’m not going to get anywhere with these two commenting on everything, and since I can’t find their off switches, I present to you my ode to Deadpool!
(You can definitely, find my On switch, if you know what I mean!)
[You wrote an ode? What else did you have to do to get this gig?]

 

H is for Humorous, sparkling wit
E is for Enigmatic, deeply fascinating
Y is for Yes, always believing in yourself
!

D is for Diligent, conscientious in duty
E is for Efficient, succeeding at tasks
A is for Adventurous, leaping into the unknown
D is for Devoted, unwavering faithfulness
P is for Phenomenal, an amazing person
O is for Open-hearted, filled with generosity
O is for Observant, keenly perceptive
L is for Loyal, a worthy friend

B is for Beautiful, Like prettyface Vanessa
L is for Learned, mastery of knowledge
U is for Uber, simply outstanding, and a great taxi service. Just ask Dopinder. He’s Dope!

R is for Romantic, the heart of a poet
A is for Affable, instantly likeable
Y is for Youth, eternally young at heart

C is for Colossus, he’s really shiny!
O is for Original, refreshingly so
M is for Maximum Effort, doing your best
E is for Excellent, of the finest character
S is for Sensational, ever exciting

O is for Optimistic, always staying upbeat
U is for Unique, you’re one of a kind
T is for Tactful, ever sensitive

O is for Outstanding, excelling beyond others
N is for Noteworthy, having remarkable acheivements

M is for Motorcyclists, beheaded with a chain
A is for Ajax, Whose real name is Francis
Y is for Yearning, a thirst for vengeance

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T is for Tasteful, odes of style
H is for Hip, ahead of the times
!

Deadpool
Please remember that this poem pales in comparison to the actual movie. Which you should totally see!
(Yeah, it’s a really crappy poem, it doesn’t even rhyme!)
[Are there any people who still haven’t seen this… Bzzzt..]

Finally, I found the Off Switch!
As I was saying…
Based on Marvel Comics’ version of insanity personified, DEADPOOL gives a segue and flashback infused tall-tale of mercenary Wade Wilson, after he is subjected to terrible experiments, gains a red suit (to hide the blood from the bad guys) and begins a rampage of vengeance!
Starring Ryan Reynolds, who has been trying to get this movie made since ‘Origins’ came out, mainly to clean that stain from his record.

“In the comic book world, Deadpool is a man of our time with the ability to spout just the right thing, in terms of pop culture reference, at the worst possible moment.” – Ryan Reynolds
Tim Miller makes his feature film directorial debut on DEADPOOL. But, let’s talk about the movie a bit more.

Ok, I kind of lost my train of thought. There’s lots of action, adventure, comedy, and a love story thrown in for good measure. Also, Explosions!
Deadpool

Deadpool

 

 

Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie by now, pre-order the Blu-Ray, and you’re welcome! It comes out on May 10th.
For a fantastic Spoiler Free Review, look under here.
(Under Where?)
[You said ‘Underwear!’ Bwahaha!]
Totes Toots! Read More

Deadpool Blu-Ray out May 10th!

Deadpool – A Spoiler-Free Review

If you hadn’t noticed, a little movie called Deadpool destroyed box office records this weekend. In three days it made back its budget three fold. For a few days, it held 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s received good review after good review from a variety of sources. This one, is no different.

Deadpool renewed my faith in Deadpool. Somewhere in the 2000’s, he became my least favorite character. He was the mascot for all the comic book fans I hated. He was overexposed and overrated, which made the realization of his movie a very apprehensive undertaking for me as a fan.

I’m a Marvel fan. I want the movies to do well. It does no good when they bomb. Even though I went into Deadpool utterly nervous for the mess that could unfold, I was very quickly set as ease.

Deadpool

Deadpool is a labor of love. Every minute on screen was hewn from the hard work of the director, Tom Miller, or Deadpool champion, Ryan Reynolds. He especially has done everything in his power for the last 11 years to get this movie made in the absolute best version possible. And it shows. For the first time since I saw Reynolds in The Nines, I could see his true acting talent come through. He’s such a talented actor that he has a natural charisma to coast through comedies, where the line between Reynolds and character is blurred. That doesn’t happen here. Reynolds isn’t rehashing Van Wilder; he’s Wade Deadpool Wilson inside and out. He fulfills every aspect of the character: the quirks, the tragedies, the love, the skills. He does it all. And that’s what we needed in a Deadpool movie just for it to be enjoyable, let alone, good.

Deadpool - Wade and Vanessa

The best part of the film is the existence of it. I know that’s such a weird thing to say, but it’s true. It didn’t worry about diversified casting, passing the Bechtel test, or what awards it could qualify for this upcoming season. They didn’t care what characters they included, whether or not they were locked up in Marvel contract bull, or which powers they could CGI in. They just made a good comic book movie. And they did so unapologetically.

Deadpool - Negasonic Teenage Warhead Brianna Hildebrand

Its existence also proved that rated R comic book films are wanted, if not needed. Certain characters of notoriety warrant being done correctly. Sometimes that means admitting the focus is on adult characters and continuing despite a sacrifice in the merchandise pull from the kids demographic. It proved women don’t need a romance angle to see comic book films and comic book films can have a romance angle that helps the story without feeling forced. It proved good things come all year round and we don’t have to wait until summer for some good films.

Please, don’t take my word for it. Go see the movie for yourself. Take a date. Grab some tacos. Watch some much needed vulgarity and violence. You won’t regret it.

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What did you think of Deadpool? Comment below!

Deadpool – A Spoiler-Free Review

SH S1E3 – Deadpool’s Apocalypse

In Episode 03 of Screen Heroes we talk about the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer along with our thoughts on the soon to release Deadpool film.

This past week, FOX released the first trailer and actual footage from the upcoming Marvel Comics-based film, X-Men: ApocalypseApocalypse is the sequel to the 2014 film, X-Men: Days of Future Past which saw our mutant heroes fighting for the future with the help of Wolverine. Apocalypse takes place in the 80s with our younger mutant heroes a little bit older. Raven appears to be a good guy now as well as a lot less blue plus Magneto once again pushes the limits of his friendship with Professor X who… actually becomes bald at some point in the film! My favorite shot in the whole trailer.

After breaking down the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, we switch gears to a more controversial and adult Marvel Comics character, Deadpool. The new Deadpool film is slated for a February 12th release and looks to be a perfect role for once DC Comics superhero actor, Ryan Reynolds.

Also, don’t forget that we’ve done some re-branding! We are now The Grid Daily, so follow us on Twitter @grid_daily and Instagram @griddaily or hit up our main website griddaily.com.

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X-Men Apocalypse Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rae Stewart
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E3 – Deadpool’s Apocalypse

Knowing the Future is Boring

Minority Report and Blindspot both debuted their pilot episodes recently, with both shows relying heavily on a mysterious in-world phenomena that lets the characters know aspects of the future before it happens.  Minority Report, set as a sequel to the Tom Cruise-starring 2002 film of the same name, features one of the trio of ‘precogs’ returning to the city and wanting to help prevent the murders that he sees, but the visions he receives on his own never allow him to get to the victim in time to do more than watch.  Blindspot introduces us to a ‘Jane Doe’ who has had her memory almost completely erased, but is covered head to toe in intricate tattoos.  The FBI team managing her case quickly discover that the tattoos provide information on where and when crimes will be committed that the FBI would be invested in solving.

Outside of the common framework of providing the central characters with pieces of the future to act on in the hopes of preventing something bad from happening, both shows share another feature: they’re set up as fairly standard crime procedurals.  There will be a crime every week that they’ll need to prevent, and for some reason standard law enforcement procedures will consistently prove inadequate to meeting that challenge.

Both shows also seem to have some kind of ongoing mystery that intend (supposedly) to slowly unravel over time.  For Minority Report, the closing scene of the pilot shows the other two ‘precogs’ discussing a vision one of them had, where the trio are once again taken by the government by force to serve some unknown end.  For Blindspot, the origin of Jane Doe’s tattoos, as well as the character’s own origin ,since she appears to have been a highly trained special forces operator, will provide the same essential mystery.

After one episode each, I’m nearly bored to tears at the idea of knowing scraps of the future.

For starters, neither show is doing anything particularly new or interesting here.  As I’ve already stated, Minority Report is set in the same world as the film, so there isn’t really any new ground to tread there.  Substitute Jane Doe’s tattoos and apparently high level of training for ‘expert knowledge of everything’ and Blindspot becomes the 2002 series John Doe, which only lasted for a single season.

On top of that, we have an abundance of crime procedurals on television these days.  Some have been running for more than a decade.  NCIS started back in 2003, as a spinoff from JAG, which started in 1996.  Law and Order, or some show with those words in the title, seem to have been on television since the beginning of time.  And then there are the various CSI: Random Location series.  We have an abundance of this kind of show and none of them really interest me.  Usually this is because the crime-of-the-week is the priority over telling any kind of ongoing story about the characters we see every week.

This is one of the reasons that Person of Interest is one of my favorite shows on TV right now.  It started out very much the same way, being set up as a crime procedural with tidbits of information about the future.  But as the show has progressed, we’re at the point now where while there is still generally a crime of the week to be solved, the last two seasons (and hopefully the upcoming fifth season) have focused much more heavily on the story of The Machine that provides the information to prevent those crimes.  The story of an Artificial Intelligence that watches everyone, all the time, and correctly predicts not only potential terrorist threats before they take action, but also normal premeditated crimes, opens up a lot of questions for a writer beyond “how do we solve the next crime?”  And to the credit of the show runners, Person of Interest is now taking the time to address those kinds of questions head on.  Because that story is significantly more interesting than saving yet another random person/famous guest star week after week.

That’s what worries me about both Minority Report and Blindspot.  The criminal case of the week, for both shows, was rather uninspired.  And since both shows are dealing sources of information outside of the ordinary, neither show will feel much of a need to depict any kind of real police work.  Meanwhile, the story I actually care about, that is interesting, will (at best) be doled out in tiny doses here and there.

As bad as it is to say, I don’t care about the crimes being committed each week in these shows.  I care (or at least, the show hopes that I care) about the characters we’re going to see every week.  That’s the people investigating the crimes, not the victims.

For Blindspot, I care about Jane.  So I want to know where the tattoos came from, why her memory was erased, who trained her.  There appears to be an entire conspiracy behind what happened to her.

For Minority Report, I care about Dash, the naive precog that just wants to help save people, and how there appears to be a looming threat to once again abuse him and his siblings for their abilities.  But watching Dash clumsily make his way from crime to crime, with a cop in tow, trying to stop the next murder before it happens, sounds repetitive and boring.

For either of these shows to keep me coming back, they need to change gears fairly quickly, and ditch the crime-of-the-week format.  I don’t care about it.  At all.  Tell me the story about the mystery that’s been set up in the first episode.

This is the point where I ironically point out that I’m going to predict the future, in a blog post that talks about how knowing the future is boring.

blindspotheaderIn all honesty, I don’t see either of these shows lasting long.  As I mentioned, Blindspot seems like someone wanted to take a second stab at John Doe, which only got a single season. Jaime Alexander does amazing work as Jane Doe and I’m tempted to keep coming back just to see her portrayal of this incredibly damaged yet mysteriously competent character.  But I don’t want to have to slog through weeks of ‘our next case’ to see anything more develop from it.

CLwj7qVXAAAir5HMinority Report is airing on Fox, which has a reputation for killing even beloved science fiction shows (Dollhouse, Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and of course Firefly), because (one assumes) that the executives just don’t know what to do with the show once they have it.  And so far Minority Report is not as good as any of those shows were.  I like the concept more than Blindspot‘s, since there’s infinitely more information that a psychic can ultimately provide than a tattoo’d body can, but the cast, writing, and execution of the show are a lot weaker than Blindspot.

So tell a coherent story this season.  Focus on unraveling the mystery that’s been set up, and give it a satisfying conclusion.  If you get a second season, that’s great, I’m sure you can find ways to tell a new story with the same characters next year.  But don’t try to drag out this mystery for as long as possible.  Do you know what happens when you do that?  The show gets cancelled and I, as a member of your target audience, am left without ever sense of resolution.  And I hate that.

Knowing the Future is Boring