An open letter to the CW’s “Supergirl&...

An Open Letter to the Supergirl show, following an electoral calamity Dear Creators & Cast of Supergirl, Crappy week. The day after an election outcome that was a shattering disappointment not just to my hopes for the future of this country, but to my belief in a fundamental American decency, I sought a brief escape by catching up with your latest episode (Season 2, ep. 5, “Crossfire”). As usual, the episode features the relentlessly sunny Kara/Supergirl flying around thinking the best of people, doing the right thing because the right thing needs doing, and arguing with/about space aliens. But against a dark shift in American...

Supergirl pilot: 5 highlights, 5 pitfalls

Good news:  Supergirl definitely did not suck. The much-anticipated show premiered last night on CBS, and was a ratings success that drew positive reviews. Overall, the pilot episode had a lot of what I cringe to call “heart,” which carried it past some rough spots. The two biggest flaws with the episode are related to the need to set up a really complicated status quo: Krypton go boom her adopted family her current daily life/day job: Assistant to an obnoxious media tycoon (Calista Flockhart), suddenly befriended by an unusually dashing James/Jimmy Olsen a disaster that gets her to reveal herself (airplane in distress) her...

Daredevil (Episodes ...

Perhaps my most telling reaction is that, weeks after finishing the first season, I don’t miss the show. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it while I watched it, but the appealing elements of the show never coalesced into addictive, irresistible entertainment. The scripts are...

Daredevil: Eps 5-8

The first quartet of Daredevil episodes had trouble finding their footing.  The dedication to violence and darkness, both visual and narrative, were in place, but the unspooling of the story seemed uneven, supporting characters Foggy and Karen were more annoying than interesting, and the...

Daredevil (Episodes 1-4)

Less of a binge watch, more of an IV drip approach to entertainment, but there’s plenty of room on the bandwagon … Netflix’s Daredevil series is an interesting exercise in TV storytelling.  A show meant to be binge-watched unfolds more like chapters of a novel, rather than interconnected but self-contained short stories, the way most shows would. Daredevil (2015) Created by Drew Goddard Starring: Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vondie Curtis-Hall Review (Eps 1-4, collectively): 3 stars (of five) While a standard TV pilot tries to cram in everything the show hopes to...