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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Editorial: What We're Watching.


Editorial: What We're Watching

So, new seasons have started for both anime and American television, meaning that my schedule has suddenly gotten filled up with a lot of new things to watch. Having watched the first one to three episodes of each, I'll give you a run down now of most of the stuff we're currently watching at Fission Mailure.


Arrow.

Arrow has started, so that's - I mean, that's a thing, isn't it? To be honest, the first episode of this new series did not impress, but it's not as if I hated it either. I do admit that I burst out laughing when Oliver announced that Damian Darhk has mystical powers, not because magic in the DC Televisual Universe seems silly to me (it was always going to show up eventually), but because it was immediately followed by 'I've seen it before,' and it's honestly getting funny now how Oliver has apparently seen all the weird things that this universe has to offer, but never talks about them until it's series-relevant.

This series should be fun. Probably. I've seen people saying that Damian might end up biting the dust quite early on to make way for another villain, as per his role in the comics, and I guess we'll see.


The Flash.

I'm doing The Flash as an ongoing this year, so by all means see what I thought of the first episode here.


Sleepy Hollow.

Ergh. I'm enjoying Sleepy Hollow, I won't pretend that I'm not, but I'm feeling to start to edge at its shelf life, and that makes me sad, because it's a genuinely quality program, and while I don't want to see it become stale, I also don't want to see it end. It's a terrible dilemma to have.

The show has gone some way towards freshening up its formula by having Abby become an FBI agent, though, which I appreciate, and we have a new villain in the form of Pandora (of box fame), the apparent second tribulation out of seven. So that's good. She hasn't really done much, but it's only been two episodes.


How To Get Away With Murder.

How To Get Away With Murder is off to a great start in the first three episodes of its second series, solving the big mystery left hanging from the last series in its very first episode, immediately introducing another flash-forward mystery or two, and giving us more of the sharp, brutal legal drama that I particularly enjoy in the series.

Highlights include the new friendship between Connor, Michaela, and Oliver, which kind of came out of nowhere but which is adorable and wonderful. Definitely not pleasant to watch, though, is the romance between Frank and Laurel. I mean, for god's sake, Laurel, he is twice your age, not especially attractive, and also he kills people.

We also got an appearance by Famke Janssen, which served as a pleasant reminder of how I can never figure out if Janssen is a great actor or an absolutely terrible one.


Once Upon A Time.

Will wonders never cease, two episodes into Once Upon A Time and I'm actually really enjoying myself.

It's certainly not the most original plotline, but I respect the writers for turning Emma evil and not immediately reversing that, unlike some shows. The interactions between Dark One!Emma and Regina are excellent, the whole storyline of having Emma become the villain has freshened up the show delightfully, and I'm very much enjoying watching it.

Believe me, nobody is more surprised by that than I am. If Once Upon A Time can keep up the quality it's shown in its first two episodes of this series, we'll have a solid - if not exactly groundbreaking - dozen or so episodes on our hands.


Supernatural.

So Supernatural has started again, and since I feel obliged to review it, having reviewed the last series, I am forced to watch it. But oh, how I wish I didn't. I made much last year over how Once Upon A Time and Supernatural ended on almost identical plot twists, in itself a testament to how unoriginal and cliche both those series are, but while Once Upon A Time has actually taken that storyline to interesting places, Supernatural has veered off down the most boring path possible.

At first, it seemed like the first episode might push the boat out a little, making the Darkness seem like the wronged party and a maligned good guy - but by the end of the episode, she was mugging evilly, and our two leads were back to their doughily awkward angsty manpain, so we can look forward to an entire series of nothing worthwhile.


Gundam: Iron-blooded Orphans.

I - think I need to see more of this to actually form an opinion.

The first episode was confusing, more than anything, throwing exposition at you lightly peppered with standard Gundam tropes, and while I like the set-up (child soldiers on Mars), and I thought the episode created some real tension, I often found myself lost amidst all of the new concepts that were being tossed our way, especially since they often seemed to be barely explained.

Also, the main character looks weird. I'm just - just throwing that one out there.


Garo: Crimson Moon.

I've seen a lot of people expressing disappointment with the opening episode of this series, and while I personally really enjoyed it, I certainly understand why people would be disappointed. While I adored the atmosphere and the focus on horror, and I loved the jidai geki vibes that permeated absolutely everything, it was definitely an episode in which not a tremendous amount actually happened. 

While the animation was usually gorgeous, too, the actual armour in the fight scenes looked - very odd. Kind of flat and a bit lifeless. Considering that one of the principle traits of Garo is his armour's golden shine, that was a very odd choice, especially when the armour in the last Garo anime was so beautiful.

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