Saitama is a hero. Not that anybody seems to know it. He does not have a cool superhero name or flashy powers or a fan club. He is a regular-looking bald guy in a cape. Continue reading
Jpod is the name of a pod in the basement of a video game company called the Neotronic Arts. A Y2K glitch caused workers with the last name beginning with ‘J’ to be sent to this pod, hence Jpod. Jpod is based on the Douglas Coupland novel of the same name. I read the book after seeing the series and it was just as insane and experimental as the show. I’m glad I consumed them in this order as I can only imagine how pessimistic I would have been about a TV adaptation.
I don’t know how this show slipped by me. I try to keep up with every good foreign TV show but every now and then there’s always one where I am late to the party. I saw the remake on Netflix just as my father-in-law was telling me how much he loved the original and was hooked in by the mysterious elements. I thought I would do a bit of an experiment and try watching the remake first. I made it to about the third episode. The story was interesting but it was so utterly devoid of style and suspense that I couldn’t stick with it. After watching one episode of the original I was hooked.
I’m not a fan of the term “the Golden Age of Television”. Whatever this so called great period of television was must well and truly be over because every new “hit show” I watch is boring the heck out of me. One genre that never fails to deliver though are the Scandinavian-noir-crime-dramas.
For those of you who haven’t a clue who or what Clarence is check out my volume one review.
Clarence is a Cartoon Network show that is a neat throw back to 90s cartoons such asHey Arthur, Ed Edd n Eddy, Rugrats etc. It’s a little less hip and more little kid-orientated than stuff like Adventure Time. It’s also a show that doesn’t rely heavily on gross-ness, or cute-ness. Another aspect I really appreciate about the show is that (like so many 80s/90s kids shows and movies) it deals with some adult themes that kids can relate to. It doesn’t mollycoddle and present a picture perfect universe which I feel like a lot of modern shows do.
The Bafta-winning UK comedy series returns for a second season with further low-key adventures of the DMDC (Danebury Metal Detecting Club) as Andy, Lance and the rest of the gang are back…and still about as useless as always.
Situations have changed since last we saw the group. Andy is now a father and has completed his archaeology degree, but is frustrated that it has not led to any gainful employment of any sort. Lance has moved on from his obsession with his ex-wife, but a new female figure starts to move into his life.
One of the true strengths of TV comedy is that different styles can work. There can be broad, mile-a-minute laugh-fests, there can be dark, satirical pieces or even shows like BBC4’s Detectorists, where laconic, observational, character-driven humour wins the day.
Around the mid 2000s Anime started getting really big. Emos liked it and nerds liked it, all of a sudden it was everywhere. I didn’t get this new phenomenon. Why now? I wasn’t ready to spend my money on anything but everything coming out on DVD from various companies and it just seemed like such a sprawling genre to get into it that I just didn’t. Turns out I’m an Anime geek from way back. From about ages 5-10 I was obssessed with Sailor Moon, Speed Racer and my favourite by far, Samurai Pizza Cats. I had no idea these shows were considered “Anime”, they were just cartoons to me. To get to the point, I still haven’t really ventured into the world of Anime, I did enjoy the Death Note Anime series but I’ve been pretty slack on checking out any others, so if you can recommend any good places to start leave me a comment below.
I have fond memories of watching The Brady Bunch and Happy Days as a kid but The Partridge Family mustn’t have played in the late ’80s/early ’90s as I never saw it growing up. After watching the Boyd Rice (NON, Unpop Art) documentary Iconoclast, I’d been meaning to check out TPF. Rice and his cohorts are part of The Partridge Family Temple, a religious “cult”, yes they prefer the word “cult”, cos you know Manson and all. Continue reading