As you might know from previous confessions, I am a tv junkie and I did dive into the streaming world by binge watching shows and movies galore. Now I can say with practice I have weaned myself from those days of dry eyeballs, yelling at family not to interrupt, ordering in food and those next day brain strain headaches. Yes, I set a limit and so far ..have kept my word to myself. Taking them 2 episodes per day and allowing family interruptions, pauses for making dinner and the occasional phone call
DAREDEVIL (Season 2, 13 episodes) – The first season was good and worthy of a second – but, with Season 2 I can say …WOW. Well done. Very Very well done. My only solid critique has to be the length of fight scenes. There are a few where I felt it dragged on unnecessarily. However, the quality of the scenes and the intensity has picked up a new level this season. Jon Berenthal and Elodie Yung offer a next level of emotional strength and character building content that allows our 3 main stars to become more than comic book reflections. Elden Henson gives a humorous and relaxed performance, a more welcoming presence to the terse Daredevil played by Charlie Cox and the twitchy Karen Page as portrayed by Deborah Ann Woll. This season played out incredibly well considering the increased amount of characters, subplots and fight scenes. Pacing is everything in a comic book story, when to show, when to speak, when to tell and when to allow the audience to embrace the content.
Continuum (Canadian, creator Simon Barry, 2012-2015) – So fitting to watch this now as the American Election Cycle heats up around polarizing issues and misunderstandings about corporate control and grass roots campaigning …In 2077 Keira is a compliant Protector, wanting nothing more than to be a good cop and a good mom. Caught up in a time traveling escapade, will she make it back to her own time? and what will she find there? This is good on so many levels – the acting is terrific, the pacing and story-line are exciting, the sci-fi aspects are believable and while into Season 3 get a little convoluted- it doesn’t go so far as to jump the shark (close, but its okay), the fight scenes are plentiful but well placed and not gratuitous. The concepts of Corporations, good contentions and altering your destiny are, as I said, well timed for me in this phase of primary voting in the USA. Then ADDED BONUS, actors I adored from DaVinci’s Inquest, Ian Tracey is always a delight (you may have spotted him as a truck driver who gets his comeuppance in SUPERMAN 2013).
Copper (BBC America, 2 seasons) – Not that impressed – Thought I would love the time period and the mystery element, the onset of the police force in action…there were a few moments when subplots could have drawn attention and then too many other things happened but not enough happened.