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Look, I won’t lie: I am exactly the audience for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (hereafter known as SHIELD before I go nuts typing). The flipping panels and then the big red Marvel logo kicking things off got me giddy despite myself.

SHIELD-castBut that’s not to say I was blindly behind the show, far from it. For one thing, in my mind, if you do a SHIELD show, it should look like the spy-fi Steranko book from the 60’s, by which I mean it should kind of look like The Prisoner. And, well, we knew that wasn’t gonna happen. The closest ABC could ever get to that was Alias, and they’re not going to go ahead and remake Alias.

The long and short of it is, SHIELD feels slightly manufactured, which isn’t a surprising criticism when you consider all the corporate hands on it. It could stand to be a little weirder, a little looser, a little more visually stimulating than, say, your standard episode of Modern Family. It could probably stand about 10% of Joss Whedon’s last TV project, Dollhouse, with all its implausible sci-fi brain-tech and bad behavior, in its DNA.

But that’s also something I quite liked about SHIELD, particularly in contrast to my memories of Dollhouse. Unlike the latter – which is easily Whedon’s most crushingly pessimistic project, a series that went from “Lead goes undercover as back-up for a pop-singer” to “Well, the world’s pretty much been destroyed” in very few steps – SHIELD presents a fairly optimistic worldview, one I’m perfectly willing to tune into for now. (more…)

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SLeepy HollowSo…Ichabod Crane chops off a Redcoat’s head during the Revolutionary War, is buried by his witch wife, wakes up 250-odd years later after the Headless Horseman arises in Sleepy Hollow (and chops off a few heads), teams up with a resourceful deputy and together they learn they’re about to enter into a vast conspiracy of biblical prophecies and historical oddities encoded in George Washington’s secret bible.

That’s the in and out of SLEEPY HOLLOW, a show I simply assumed would be too stupid to enjoy as anything other than “Ohh, these pilots keep getting sillier, don’t they?” tongue-clucking. But no. Through an irritating combination of decent-enough acting, competent direction, a solid-enough budget to keep this from looking like a backdoor pilot from an episode of SUPERNATURAL, and dialogue that suggests the showrunners know just how silly all this is – and also the brief  presence of Clancy Brown, who, like sea salt, makes everything just slightly better – this was actually a fairly enjoyable hour of pilot.

Unfortunately, it’s also next to impossible to say what this show will be like on a week-to-week basis.  (more…)

It’s nice when a TV pilot lets you know early in its runtime that there’s practically no way you can recommend it to anyone.

For The Mob Doctor, that moment came 10 minutes in. The Mob Doctor, Grace, has just been briefed on her new heart patient, who is in the witness protection program. She then receives flowers from a “boyfriend,” with a card that reads – in GIANT BLOCK SHARPY LETTERS – “KILL HIM”.

Look, you can tell me a lot of lies about how gangsters send their messages, but I’m pretty sure greeting cards with “KILL HIM” are a liiiiittle hard to believe.  (more…)

The pilot for Revolution is available onDemand and on Hulu, so go ahead and watch it when you get the chance since there will be SPOILERS for it in this review. Unless you’re not uptight about that kind of thing (or had no plans to watch the show and just wanted to hear whether it was at all worthwhile), in which case read on.

There are problems with this show.

Not the BS science stuff, Braak took care of that business. I don’t really care about the fake science involved in all electricity going away and how exactly that makes planes fall straight down from the sky – and neither does the show, apparently, based on the one character’s dismissed complaint that “Physics went crazy” that day – it’s just a means of getting to the low-tech, agrarian, post-government-collapse future setting it wants to play in, so okay, fine.

My problem with the show is it’s paced at a trudge. (more…)