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Winners and losers for Comicbooks / Super Shows in Spring 2017

During the spring 2017 season, I put a moratorium on doing episode-by-episode write-ups on the TV shows I was following. I felt like there were starting to get to be too many shows and that too many of the ones I was doing write-ups on had become comic book based. Obviously, I love that genre, but I wanted to take a step back and remember what it was like watching those shows normally. I also figured that there's more than enough people doing up to the minute coverage of this whole genre. So, I sat back and watched, and here were my takeaways from the season. 7591

Parks and Recreation Season 6 Finale

When Parks and Recreation concluded it's sixth season it almost felt like it was concluding the entire series. Never fear, though, the NBC comedy is already scheduled for a seventh season. With the 3 year time skip in the season finale it does call into question what exactly that 7th season will entail. Parks and Rec's sixth season has been very strong despite the loss of series regulars Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe). The on-screen couple's last episode was the 13th of the 22 episode season and was entitled "Ann and Chris". Even in an episode that was laden with sadness because of their departure, the series was able to deliver a feel good and funny experience. You could say the same thing about the entire series. Several of the cast members went through major changes during this season. Ron (Nick Offerman) married Diane (Lucy Lawless) in the first episode of the season. Andy (Chris Pratt) spends most of the first half of the season in London before returning to Pawnee and becoming a children's performer going by the name "Johnny Karate". It just so happens that this is where Pratt was also doing filming for his role in Marvel's upcoming film: Guardians of the Galaxy. Leslie was recalled from her city council position and subsequently got Ben fired from his job at Sweetums. Leslie returned to her old job and Ben became the new City Manager after a brief time working at an accounting firm that had been after him for two

Community – Season 5

NBC's Community has completed its fifth season. The show has been through a lot this season. The end of last season marked the exit of series regular, Chevy Chase. The beginning of this season saw the series creator and original show runner, Dan Harmon, return to the helm. The final big move of the season was the show saying goodbye to another series regular, Donald Glover, during its 5th episode. Like the previous season, this one was only 13 episodes long. Episode List "Repilot" "Introduction to Teaching" "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" "Cooperative Polygraphy" "Geothermal Escapism" "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" "App Development and Condiments" "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing" "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" "G.I. Jeff" "Basic Story" (Part 1) "Basic Sandwich" (Part 2) Review Season 5 of the show had a lot of hurdles to overcome and a very short time to do it in. All things considered, I think the show did a very good job this season and felt more like the much beloved Community of seasons 1 and 2 than it had during the past two seasons. Even though the loss of Pierce and Troy shifted the dynamic of the show, it did allow them to re-introduce Professor Duncan and Ben Chang as regular members of the cast as well as adding new "table member" Professor Buzz Hickey (played Jonathan Banks, who we all loved as Mike in AMC's Breaking Bad). The season also created a new premise that freed the characters from their bondage as students of Greendale only to see them return as the saviors of Greendale as the "Save Greendale

Community says goodbye to Troy in "Geothermal Escapism"

In my binge of catching up on network television recently, I felt like I needed to stop and talk about the recent episode of Community, "Geothermal Escapism". This is the final episode with Troy (Donald Glover) as a member of the cast. It was announced last year that the actor would leave the show during the 5th season and since the announcement the concept of the show without Troy (and the duo of Troy and Abed) has seemed like a far off concept to me. Mostly, I believe, because I couldn't really imagine how the show could function without him. Couple that with the somewhat unceremonious departure of Pierce (granted under much different circumstances) and it seemed like Community was destined to just start to crumble and fall apart. Then I remembered, that Dan Harmon was coming back this season and I thought, "If anyone could fix this, he could. I just have no idea how." Through the first 5 episodes I really started to see the difference with Harmon being back on the show. I don't know exactly how to explain it in words, but things felt right about the show again almost from the start of the season. There was no Pierce, but the writing allowed the character to have some final interactions with the rest of the group as they handled the fallout of his death. On top of that, the character interactions felt like they were back to normal. Then, in the 4th episode, we were reminded

The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 3

So, I don't really approve of the 4 x 4 groupings. I really feel like these are 4 of the stronger groups in the competition and I could make an argument for them staying over 3 of the remaining 4 teams. That being said, here's the episode 3 rankings: 4. The Filharmonic This was a really good performance from the group and maybe the most "professional" looking thing they've done on the show. That being said, it may have been the least entertaining thing they've done in the first week of the show (so, I guess I agree with Ben Folds). The strange thing is that it's hard to say where the energy or entertainment value went. It felt like this was a really good performance from just another acapella group. This group definitely doesn't deserve to go home but this was definitely a lapse, hopefully it doesn't cost them more than just a trip to the bottom 2 in the long run. 3. Street Corner Renaissance There's something about these guys that just makes you want to hang out and sing with them. The performance is always on with this group. There was a little more personality injected into the performance with some little ad-libs and fill-ins. Ultimately, the group is still doing Doo-Wop, which is enjoyable but I'm afraid if they don't branch out soon, they may find themselves in the bottom 2 soon. 2. Ten Two distinctly different song styles in this one. I was prepared to just be okay with the first

The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 2

For this episode, I'm going to do the performances by where I ranked them for this episode. 9. Element So, this performance didn't really give me very much to go off of. The group really took the notes about blending to heart but, as a result this really felt more like a choir singing the words to a song than a group doing a rendition of the song. The judges pleaded for some more individuality and they just barely made it out of the bottom two (which I thought they should've been in) so here's hoping they can improve in the weeks to come. 8. Street Corner Renaissnce You've gotta love the older dude's dancing. There's nothing wrong with this performance and if it wasn't being sandwiched between all these other modern and poweful performances it would've probably carried a lot more impact. It's just hard to feel the same when there's no percussion and they choose a slower song. So this is one that you have to appreciate on a more intellectual level than on an emotional one. Fortunately for them, the judges have the ability to appreciate a performance like this. I just wish that they hadn't had to perform something like this setting in the first place. 7. acoUstiKats So, this was the exact opposite of Vocal Rush tempo wise. Where the previous group pushed the original tempo and it worked, this group pushed the tempo and it felt like it never found its groove. However, the group saved its performance with some

The Sing-Off is back! Time for snap judgements

After a year long hiatus, NBC's "other singing show" returned to TV on Monday for it's 4th season. If you don't know, the Sing-Off is an acapella based singing competition that pits 10 selected groups against each other every week eliminating one per week until a winner remains. If you enjoy acapella music (which I do) this is a great show it's also great because it introduces 10 acapella groups to America, and really shows a lot of different sides to the genre. The 3rd season seemed to have the show reach it's peak with Pentatonix who seem to be on an almost unreachable level within their genre with their vocal abilities and modern/futuristic style. Even so, this season introduced 10 more groups who represent the best of the genre. So now, it's time to make snap judgements about all of them ;). I'll discuss each group in the order the performed in the opener: 1. Vocal Rush This championship group of high school students from California is the seasons high school group. Traditionally, the high school students are among the first off of  the show. However, this group should easily break that tradition with their strong performance. Actually, if I hadn't been told they were high school students, I would've assumed this was some kind of college acapella group. Well, at least until they started stepping (that just screamed high school to me). The groups opening performance showcased a strong lead singer and a bit of a surprising female vocal percussionist. They also

The Voice is Producing Quality in it's 3rd Season

The Voice is NBC's answer to "American Idol". It's a show where contestants audition to be selected by one of four coaches for a team. The teams are then whittled down by different methods until only one person is left in the whole competition. I've been watching this show since it first came on television. I have enjoyed the show overall. The gimmick of the contestants being chosen only based on their voice made the audition process interesting. More importantly, the show was devoid of the "wannabes" that usually plague these kinds of shows. I realize I may be in the minority here, but I don't tune in to these shows to watch people who are bad at singing (or dancing or whatever the contest is about). The good about this show is it's talent pool. The contestants are talented and their coaches are active and visible members of the mainstream music scene. Every song isn't a hit, no one could expect that, but each season has it's own set of standout performances. The best thing is that the artists are pretty good about putting a unique spin on the songs. The bad about this show is that they have a tendency (at times) to make things too much about the coaches and gimmicks in the show. Aside from just having auditions and voting the voice has several ways of knocking out contestants. The most consistent knockout method has been the battle rounds. I do not like the battle rounds. The coaches

NBC's Revolution is Worth a Watch

I have to say that I wasn't really intending on watching this show based on what I knew about it. And what I knew about could basically be summed up by this Wikipedia excerpt: Revolution is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama series created by Eric Kripke. It is produced by J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions for the NBC network. It debuted on September 17, 2012 and airs on Mondays at 10:00 pm (ET). Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon disabled all technology dependent on electricity on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without functioning technology. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias. The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess a special device (a flash drive-like pendant) that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, they must elude Sebastian Monroe, the General of the Monroe Militia and President of the Monroe Republic who wants to possess that power for himself for conquest of the former United States of America. -From Wikipedia I happened to catch the first episode after hearing a little bit of a buzz following it's premier (which seemed like it was being handled as an over-hyped summer movie release). Now I'm seven episodes in and I have to say that NBC's new show Revolution is definitely worth checking out. It may not have the