Fall 2014 Television Premier Quick Impressions

Don’t worry, I’m not gonna spoil anything!  I plan on watching the premier of Gotham, Peaky Blinders and Constantine, so expect an update once I am able to watch them.  If you have any suggestions for me to watch, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to check it out!

 

Live Action

American Horror Story: Freakshow

If you go into American Horror Story: Freakshow expecting horror, you’re going to be disappointed.  The season premier abandoned the show’s tradition of delivering scares heavily in the first episode to instead set the stage for the rest of the season.  While it did have a generally creepy tone to it, nothing was particularly scary (unless clowns scare you).  The characters are genuine and the inclusion of real “freaks” in the cast grant it a great insight into the world of people who are different, either from birth or accidents, but not from choice.  The returning cast are also excellent, once again demonstrating the great flexibility in their acting skills.

 

Arrow Season 3

Arrow is one of those shows that would be easy to write off at first glance as cheesy action drama, and admittedly it was to some extent at first.  However, the show has come a long way, and the premier for Arrow Season 3 demonstrates that clearly.  I feel like the cast has been firmly established at this point, and everyone acts their part well.  The action feels like an action movie rather than a television show.  The premier sticks to the shows tried-and-true formula of villain of the week while at the same time building on a season-long storyarc and developing the relationship between the lead cast members.  Also, the shocking ending.

 

The Flash

The anticipated spin-off show of Arrow, The Flash begins by recapping the events of the Flash episode of Arrow season 2 while building the world of Barry Allen and the Central City Police.  From there, it takes the drama and action popularized by Arrow and turns it up a notch by introducing actual superpowers, both with the heroes and villains.  In the comics the Flash is one of the most ridiculously overpowered super heroes, but at this point of the show he’s just learning to use them in a basic manner.  The acting and storyline was very solid for a superhero that I used to write off as “super cheesy,” but I can’t help but feeling that the reveal at the end is opening a massive can of worms that should not be anywhere near the DC television universe.

 

The Walking Dead season 5

To be honest, I was not looking forward to the show’s return.  The last season dragged out what should have been a few episodes for half a season and ended on one of the cheesiest lines I had ever heard.  However, I decided to give the show another chance and I am really glad that I did!  This season started off with a bang, delivering solid action, competent drama, and chilling terror.  The writers and directors clearly learned from their mistakes from last season and everything happened at a quick, but not rushed, pace.  Also it set up some interesting drama for the rest of the season.

 

Anime

Log Horizon season 2 (subbed)

After an excellent first season (but a slightly disappointing finale), Log Horizon returned with more of what you would expect from the show: politics, politics, adorableness, politics and magic.  With the flash-forward opening it gave an interesting view of the future but the premier was largely uneventful, instead wisely using its time to establish the lore that will (certainly) be important for the upcoming story arc.

 

Western Animation

Legend of Korra Book 4: Balance

Book 3 of Korra was near-perfection, so it will be difficult for this season to top that.  However, the season opened with world building more than anything to cover the time lapsed between Books 3 and 4.  It was great to see the characters in their new positions and seeing the world set up for future conflict and excitement, but the events of the episode were mostly overshadowed by the reveal at the end.

 

Star Wars Rebels

As a die-hard Star Wars fan who wasn’t very fond of The Clone Wars, I was hopeful about this show but didn’t expect much.  Fortunately, a mix of a new setting, likable characters and a fun story set this apart from the previous Star Wars animated series.  While the show still suffered from a need to be child-friendly, it didn’t dumb down anything to make it so.  What surprised me more than anything was how it feels like Star Wars, rather than just sharing the name.  The galactic hijinks, witty banter and reverence for the source material made me feel like I was watching a short Star Wars movie rather than a children’s show.

 

Premier of the Season: The Walking Dead Season 5

The premier took a show that I thought was dead and brought it back to life!  I am excited to see where the show will go in the next episodes!

Runner Up: The Flash

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