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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Supergirl S2E14: Homecoming

Series 2, Episode 14

I recommend reading the entire article, both because it's entertainingly written, and because it highlights one of the big problems with Mon-El's character: He's a Mary-Sue, through and through. A particular bad example of a Mary-Sue, and a particularly baffling one -- why is he in this show? I could hazard a guess, but I'm not sure I would be correct. My guess is that the CW, shy of the idea of a series not aimed at least somewhat at young men, insisted upon his presence to make the story more palatable to young men.

Maybe I'm completely wrong there. Maybe I'm not. Still, having talked about Mon-El as a character -- an unavoidable conversation, because for all that this episode purports to be about Jeremiah, Kara, and Alex, it is absolutely about Mon-El -- I'd like to talk about his relationship with Kara as shown in this episode.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2E20

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Series 2, Episode 20
If This Is The End

New time fans, long time fans, Shino/Yamagi shippers, others -- I have good news. Excellent news regarding Shino's total immunity to both fire and the screaming void of space. No, I'm not in denial. You're in denial. Please leave.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Digimon Adventure Tri: Loss

Digimon Adventure Tri:

Okay, look, I'm just going to say it: The length of time between these films is, on average, too long. The wait between Determination and Confession was obscene, and the wait between Confession and this one -- a wait of about five months -- was much shorter but still tested my patience some. Part of that is that it's not just a wait: It's a wait with a constant barrage of marketing and a dripfeed of information, keeping us all in a state of perpetual hype, like the fan enthusiasm equivalent of a man who downed an entire bottle of Viagra on a dare and is now staring down the barrel of tissue damage, scarring, and, yes, eventually necrosis, wondering where his life went wrong.

Moving on.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Timeless S1.

Series 1.

This is a genre that's undergoing a certain amount of boom, isn't it? The time opera, a temporal counterpart to the ever-beloved-but-sadly-mostly-gone-from-our-screens (although looking to be getting a resurrection, between Dark Matter, Killjoys, and Star Trek: Discovery) space opera. It makes sense: They're cheap to make, as all you really need is a few sets and a few reenactment costumes rented out and you're good to go, and like space operas, time operas make extensive use of the indoors and forests in Vancouver to keep costs down.

Timeless, created by former Supernatural showrunner Eric Kripke, is one such time opera, and you can definitely tell that it was created by a Supernatural writer. A lot of the story and character beats of early Supernatural -- heroic characters slowly shifting towards being more villainous as they increasingly lose their sense of what's right and wrong; trust-nobody conspiracies and oppressive, menacing bureaucrats; hefty dosages of angst; and so on, and so forth -- are also present here.

The main difference is that it's actually good.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Flash S3E13: Attack on Gorilla City

The Flash
Series 3, Episode 13
Attack on Gorilla City

I don't much like Grodd episodes, and I think I've finally started to pin down a few reasons why. Firstly, I'm not very keen on talking animals in things which aren't about talking animals -- they add a layer of narm that is often difficult to shake. But secondly, The Flash does such a horrendously poor job of selling the fact that Grodd is actually a real, live character who's physically present in scenes with other characters.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Supergirl S2E13: Mr & Mrs Mxyzptlk

Series 2, Episode 13
Mr & Mrs Mxyzpltk.

I want to start this review by saying that I am offended. I am offended and outraged and cut to the very quick by what can only be described as an attack on me as a person, because how dare Supergirl's writers force me to write a review in which I will repeatedly have to check the spelling of 'Mxyzpltk.' It's not natural. It's not right. I have a window open on somebody else's recap of this episode, just because the title has the spelling of his name and I can check that.

In other news, this is a romance subplot focused episode, eschewing the show's arc plot entirely in favour of homing in on our two romances this series: Kara and Mon-El (kill me now) and Alex and Maggie (actually pretty well-written). I've rambled before about how I don't think Kara and Mon-El make an even remotely compelling romance, and I don't think Mon-El is a very compelling character: Well, this episode takes us from 'this romance isn't compelling' to 'this romance is actually a little uncomfortable to watch.'

Monday, 20 February 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2E19

Mobile Suit Gundam:
Iron-Blooded Orphans
Series 2, Episode 19
The Man Who Obtained A Soul

When this episode title showed up on television listings, it was actually really confusing. I thought, initially, that it was referring to Mika -- and it sort of is, for reasons we'll talk about in a bit, but moreso it refers to McGillis, who has now obtained Agnika Kaieru's soul (or the physical representation of it, at least). The implication here (and it's an implication that I'm not sure really applies to the episode's title as it regards Mika) is that McGillis was soulless before, that his experiences had functionally hollowed him out. I'm not sure I necessarily agree with that.

Friday, 17 February 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017).

I sympathise with people trying to adapt Lemony Snicket's works. There are books that are more cinematic in style, with a heavy focus on action and visuals and sound, and then there are books on the far other end of the spectrum, that lean heavily on the literary form and thus don't tend well to adaptation. Arguably, it'd be difficult to even do a more free-wheeling analogy adaptation of them, since so much of the story of the books is intrinsically tied up in the form they inhabit.

Well, Netflix has decided to try, apparently, paying no heed to the last attempt to do so, which ended in disaster.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

What We're Watching 16/2/17

What We're Watching

I've picked up a surprising amount of new shows lately, which means it is definitely time for another What We're Watching.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Accel World: Infinite Burst.

Accel World: Infinite Burst.

This film actually came out ages ago, but it's taken considerably longer for it to be subbed, and that rather shows how little interest there is in it: While Accel World certainly has a following, it fails to either draw in passionate fans or even people who truly hate it -- reactions to it tend to be fairly lukewarm across the board, a balance of 'it has nice design elements and a kind of interesting plot' with 'it has most of the problems that plague Sword Art Online, Reki Kawahara's other series.' 

In a way, it's this lukewarm regard for it that this film -- if it can be called that -- seems to be trying to fix, providing a big blowout special to see if it can't drum up some extra interest in the show and maybe get it renewed for another series. It will almost certainly fail.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Supergirl S2E12: Luthors

Series 2, Episode 12

Supergirl has a problem. Having teased us with the idea of Lena going evil only to then, much to our collective relief, reveal that she isn't evil at all, they're now faced with a peculiar conundrum: If they have Lena go evil, they're going to disappoint their audiences, but if they tease it and don't follow through, they're retreading old ground. The answer to this conundrum isn't a difficult one, though: Just stop doing 'will she won't she turn evil' episodes.

There are seriously more interesting roads the character can be taken down. Maybe she has well-meaning ideas for her company, but those ideas lead her into conflict with Kara. Maybe Lex is released from prison and makes a bid for L-Corp, setting up a feud between them. Maybe she discovers Kara's secret and has mixed feelings about it. Anything but 'Lillian talks to Lena and we're all convinced that she's evil, but she's not.'

The episode even tries to pull a 'maybe she really is evil' moment at the end, too, as if we're not already exhausted by this whole thing.

In this week's episode, after Lena gives her testimony at Lillian's trial, she suddenly comes under suspicion as a video shows her taking kryptonite to Metallo, who uses it to free Lillian and go on the run. With Lena framed and in prison, she is swiftly kidnapped by Lillian, who wants to use her DNA to unlock a vault of weapons Lex left behind. With everyone around her telling her that Lena is guilty, Kara sets out to clear Lena's name and rescue her from Lillian.

Honestly, she makes prison garb work for her.

Honestly, my enjoyment of this episode was dampened somewhat by how exhausted I am with this plot, especially as it's not just Supergirl that has done it: This exact plotline was Smallville's bread and butter for years, and the only thing that made it tolerable was knowing that there was a foregone conclusion involved in it. 

Incidentally, this episode even makes reference to Smallville, naming Lex and Lena's father as 'Lionel Luthor,' a name which originated in Smallville and only later caught on to comics. This isn't the first time Supergirl has paid homage to Smallville -- in fact, it, the 1984 Supergirl film, and The New Adventures of Lois and Clark are far bigger influences on the series than the comics themselves and are consistently referenced -- but it does throw into sharp relief how this episode could basically be a Smallville episode with the names and genders switched around -- Kara instead of Clark, Lena instead of Lex, Lillian instead of Lionel, Jimmy instead of ... I don't know, Chloe, probably, it's been a while.

As a side note, why is Lionel bald in his flashback? Smallville did this too, somewhat, having Lionel's shift from 'ambiguous ally-enemy' to 'out and out enemy' marked by his head being shaved, employing imagery associated with the already-bald-in-show Lex to indicate a change in disposition, but in this case, Lionel is just appearing for five minutes in a flashback prior to Lex losing his hair, creating the odd impression that 'unnaturally going bald' is some kind of family trait. It's not male pattern baldness, because male pattern baldness does not make one completely hairless from the eyebrows up.

"I'm a serious superhero," says Jimmy 'Nearly Lost An Arm' Olsen.

If it feels like I'm harping on a lot about an entirely different show here, that's because there's not a lot for me to say about this episode -- and I don't even mean that in a bad way. It's a plot they've used too many times by now, but it is still a competently put together episode, and both Melissa Benoist and Katie McGrath bring their A-games as far as acting goes.

The A-plot chugs along at a nice pace, makes sense, and is enjoyable to watch. Meanwhile, it's in the B-plot -- this episode has no C-plot to speak of, not really -- that the highs and lows of the episode come into play.

The high: Alex coming out to Jimmy, Winn, and Mon-El, and everyone's reactions, and all the general cuteness involved there. The low: Any scene involving Kara and Mon-El's romance, oh dear god, just let it end. I don't know why the writers think watching these two flick through the Book of Romance Cliches is going to be interesting viewing, I really don't, and it doesn't help that Mon-El is just not a very compelling character. He just isn't.

Where on earth is everyone getting these colour-coordinated prison scrubs from, anyway?

Oh, there's also some kind of plot thread about how Kara still doesn't have faith in Jimmy as the Guardian, and honestly, I don't blame her, because what has Jimmy even really done as the Guardian so far? He effectively fights street level crime in a show about super-powered aliens. He can't even handle Metallo. Metallo, you guys.

The episode ends on Mr. You Can't Make Me Try To Spell His Name appearing, and it looks like next episode is going to be a week-late Valentine's Day special about him trying to woo Kara, which is -- fine, I guess. Honestly, don't expect me to give that one a positive review, I'm having conniptions just thinking about it.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2E18.

This review comes with a trigger warning, as we briefly talk about paedophilia in it.

Mobile Suit Gundam:
Iron-Blooded Orphans
Series 2, Episode 18
Revealed Intentions.

This episode is in many ways a bridging episode, setting us up for a final showdown between Team McGillis -- McGillis himself, Isurugi, Liza, Tekkadan -- and Team Rustal -- Rustal, Iok, Julia, Gali-Gali, and the rest of Arianrhod -- with a possible intervention by Team Kudelia somewhere down the line. More than anything, it establishes each side and what they bring to their table, while tying off loose ends like McGillis' backstory, Gali-Gali's identity being officially revealed, and all the stuff with Bael.

It is, in spite of that, a very interesting and engaging episode, and one which throws into sharp relief just how clever this show often is in how it utilises the language of television. We'll talk about that a bit more after the jump.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Editorial: Steven Moffat Hates Women, Part 4: The Thrilling Conclusion.

Editorial: Steven Moffat Hates Women,
Part 4: The Thrilling Conclusion.

We've spent several weeks now exploring Moffat's many, many gender-related problems, and there's a good reason for that: As the showrunner of two of the BBC's biggest shows, Moffat has an undue amount of influence over how television is written, both in the UK and worldwide, as writers and producers emulate his style in the hopes of finding the same success he did. While not watching his shows is always an option, that does little to stop him setting the tone of future television shows.

So, at the end of our unnecessarily in-depth exploration of Steven Moffat's issues with women, what have we learned?

Friday, 10 February 2017

Review Round-up: Things I Started, But Never Finished.

Review Round-up: Things I Started, But Never Finished.

I dropped a lot of stuff this year. With limited time available to me and an even more limited attention span, I literally can't watch every television show that catches my eye through to completion, let alone play every game, which requires a much bigger time (and money) commitment.

Here are five things I started but never managed to finish.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Dogville (2003)

Guest review by Reecey.

Dogville (2003).

Consider this a prior warning, Dogville is a film that contains scenes of sexual assault, and I’m going to be discussing those in this review. I kind of don’t have a choice because this is a Lars von Trier film.

Second warning:

I am not an American.

I am English.

Therefore I will not be entertaining the notion that the fact that von Trier has never been to America is any kind of acceptable criticism of his film. (-coughRogerEbertendcough-)

The Flash S3E12: Untouchable.

The Flash
Series 3, Episode 12

I actually tried to watch this episode last night, and about five minutes through I ended up switching to Agents of SHIELD. It's probably not a good sign for an episode's opening act when, despite the pressure of having to work on a review for it, I will still cheerfully blow it off to watch something different. 

Despite that, this episode isn't bad. It leaves a few plot threads hanging, and it's basically your standard issue metahuman-of-the-week storyline, but it does also resolve a major gripe I had with the ongoing plot, and it has some nice character development moments for Barry and Wally.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Supergirl S2E11: The Martian Chronicles.

Series 2, Episode 11
The Martian Chronicles.

I'm just going to come out and say it: M'Gann doesn't interest me much as a character. I mean, if you gave me a choice between her or Mon-El leaving, I would definitely have Mon-El leave and never return, but M'Gann is not that much more compelling. It's not for lack of potential, either: Her character has oodles of potential, except the show's writers seem unwilling to explore any of that potential except as a prop for J'onn. All of her storylines revolve around having J'onn come to some kind of realisation, or giving him emotional development, rather than just revolving around her and her struggles.

This episode is no different.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2E17

Mobile Suit Gundam:
Iron-Blooded Orphans
Series 2, Episode 17

With only about seven or eight episodes left, a lot of people have been asking whether this show could feasibly return for a third series, to which my answer is 'Maybe, but probably not with Mika. Or Akihiro. Or probably Orga, Kudelia, McGillis, or Gali-Gali.' 

My reasoning for this is simple: The plot itself and the universe it inhabits could go down a great many interesting roads after the events this series is leading up to, but it feels like the characters can only last for the duration of this storyline. Mika and Akihiro are both undergoing parallel storylines about losing their humanity -- more on that story later -- while Orga and Kudelia are too closely tied to Mika to really work in a story without him, and McGillis and Gali-Gali are both very much tied up in this arc about overthrowing Gjallarhorn.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Steven Moffat Hates Women, Part 3: Moffat and his Fans (and his Critics).

Steven Moffat Hates Women
Part 3: Moffat and his Fans.

We've talked a lot about how Moffat treats his female characters, but there's another dimension to Moffat's strange issues: His treatment of his own fans, his critics, and women in the industry. There's less to say on this subject than there is on his treatment of female characters, but then that's largely because the BBC doesn't televise whole television programs about Moffat's attitude towards his critics and his female fans, and we should consider that a blessing.

It's a particularly strange quirk of his, marked by both a total disregard for a major portion of his fanbase (and the fanbase that Sherlock's popularity at least somewhat rests on), and a complete certainty that he can say whatever he likes and still have people tuning in to watch his stuff.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Voltron: Legendary Defender S2

Voltron: Legendary Defender
Series 2.

Before we start, my review for the first series of this show is over here, so feel free to check that out.

It took me longer than I would have liked to get around to watching this series, in part because I've been pretty busy, and in part because it kind of showed up on my radar very suddenly. If it had extensive marketing, then that marketing completely passed me by -- although apparently enough people did watch on release that a third series was greenlighted before I even got around to watching the first episode, so that's good, at least.

Going into the series, I'd also been told that a lot of people had reacted very negatively to it. I haven't gone seeking those people out, so I don't know exactly why, but based on how fandom usually is, I'm going to guess it probably has something to do with shipping. Big fandom controversies usually have something to do with shipping, and Voltron fandom has often seemed determined to out-do all others in that regard, what with the 'confirmed paedophile' shenanigans and also all of the other many, unending shenanigans, each one piling atop the last.

For those who forgot, we ended the last series on a cliffhanger, with the series feeling oddly incomplete -- the gang had just had their first confrontation with Galra emperor Zarkon, who had revealed himself to be the original Black Paladin, and during their escape had had their wormhole blasted by Haggar, the leader of Zarkon's druids, sending them all flying off to different parts of the universe.

This series picks up immediately where the last one left off, with the Paladins scattered. As they regroup, they are faced with two new problems: A group of potential allies within the Galra, known as the Blade of Marmora, who Allura is reluctant to trust; and Zarkon's newfound ability to track them anywhere they go. The group sets out to gather allies and resources with which to take the fight to Zarkon, hatching a daring plan to defeat him with the Blade of Marmora's help.

Let's Play Danganronpa 2 Masterpost.

Let's Play Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Taking the prize for my longest Let's Play so far at fifty-four parts, I finished Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair back in January. 

The second in Spike Chunsoft's mystery visual novel/terrible and poorly thought out bullet action games, Danganronpa 2 follows cynical, pessimistic Hajime Hinata as he ends up on an island with fifteen fellow Hope's Peak Academy students, with a seemingly autonomous Monokuma demanding that they kill each other.

I also have a review of it over here. As always, if you enjoy, consider leaving a like, commenting, and/or subscribing.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Flash S3E11: Dead or Alive.

The Flash
Series 3, Episode 11
Dead or Alive.

So, it turns out that the character we saw in a poorly lit room last week was not Linda -- nor does she even look like Linda when seen for more than two seconds in a scene with actual lighting -- but Gypsy, who is basically the Thawne to Cisco's Flash, that is to say 'somebody who has similar powers to Cisco, but is much better trained with them and whose relationship with Cisco and the rest of the heroes is both friendly and antagonistic.'

That kind of character arriving on Earth-1 isn't actually a terrible elevator pitch in and of itself, in fact you could spin a whole arc out of it, but the resulting episode is actually pretty charming. It doesn't add much to the overall plot of the series, and true to form HR's supposed crime is a pretty boring one (one person commented on last week's episode saying that his crime was probably just 'traveled between worlds' and they were entirely correct), but it has tension, stakes, a lot of nice comedy beats, and even some character development.

Picking up a little while after episode ten, this episode sees a Collector, a kind of law enforcement officer from HR's Earth, arriving to take him back home and have him put to death for the crime of crossing between worlds. With no other option, Cisco challenges the Collector, Gypsy, to a trial by combat, giving him twenty-four hours to figure out how to defeat someone who is demonstrably more at ease with their shared powerset. Meanwhile, Julian struggles with his interpersonal skills within the team, and Iris doggedly chases down an arms dealer, roping Wally into helping her.

Wally's suit bothers me somewhat.

Okay, so, the one big flaw in this episode, apart from the B-plot with Iris (sorry, Iris) is that HR comes across as very manipulative in this episode, and I don't think he's meant to be. He's meant to be the same lovable, charming fool he always is, but the moment he offhandedly dropped 'trial by combat' into conversation at a point where Cisco and Barry conveniently had no time to ask about it, or to give it any thought before committing to it, warning signs saying 'THIS MAN IS MANIPULATING YOU' began flashing in my head.

I'm fine with HR being manipulative, but the result is that when he took Barry aside and suggested they try to take down Gypsy before Cisco can fight her, it seemed jarring and out of place, since up until that point I had been working on the completely reasonable assumption that he had used emotional manipulation and passive-aggression to push Cisco into the fight in the first place.

This is a great example of the writers having a different idea of the character to the audience, because clearly he was meant to just come across as a motor-mouth who mentioned trial by combat in passing, and it wasn't meant to be anything more than a means by which to enable the plot. But since we already know that HR is an inveterate liar, and since we're familiar with previous Wells(es?), both of whom were also pretty manipulative, it immediately comes across as a ploy on his part, a gambit to survive by throwing Cisco to the proverbial wolves.

Or to the nice angry police lady, as the case may be.

The rest of the A-plot is a lot of fun, though, especially in that it gives us an opportunity to see Julian work with the team, having becoming their new Wells figure -- the abrasive, socially inept one who flatly and tactlessly delivers scientific and strategic wisdom to them. We also even saw Julian ineptly attempting to be a nice, comforting guy to Cisco, which made for some nice comic relief moments.

The plot's real purpose seems to be to give Cisco something like character development, smoothing over his relationship with HR and positioning him as something of a mentor to the older man, which is -- fine, I guess? I don't like HR, so I have some bias against this plot.

The B-plot with Iris and Wally, meanwhile, is lacking, mostly because it never has room to breathe. What little we do get of it is actually pretty good, as we get to see how Iris is coping with knowing she'll probably be refrigerated for Barry's manpain soon (the answer is 'poorly' but also 'very productively for her editor'), and even get a nice comedy scene where Iris has to distract Joe and does so by nearly convincing him that she and Barry are having a child, before changing it to 'oh, I actually meant a pet.'

BA and HR.

But it's barely in the episode. There's maybe four short scenes of it in total, and the pacing is all off, to the point that when Iris actually confronted the arms dealer, it felt jarring and totally out of the blue, and I was just kind of confused and alarmed by it all. 

Still, it was a fun episode, and probably the one I've enjoyed the most this series. Next week seems to be another Wally focus episode, although it also seems to be damseling Iris a bit more than I really approve of. Still, we'll see what happens.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Teen Wolf S6E10: Riders on the Storm.

Teen Wolf
Series 6, Episode 10
Riders on the Storm.

At last, this arc is over. I did wonder whether the next arc might not just start immediately, but apparently it won't be airing until summer -- and unless they pull some way to have Stiles and Lydia return from Washington and Massachusetts respectively, it will be doing so without two of the series last interesting characters. We've lost a lot of compelling characters over the years: Derek, Alison, Kira, Danny, and the idea of ten episodes with Liam and Hayden as our two leads does not appeal, even if it does seem possible that Scott and Theo will also be involved.

(I do really like Theo.)

Speaking of Liam and Hayden, it finally hit me in this episode that the showrunners have even less faith in their romance than I do. Every single time they kiss, it's in slow motion with dramatic music, as if to use bombast and cinematic cliche to account for the total lack of chemistry. So, I guess we can look forward to ten episodes more of that?


In this week's episode, with Stiles back, the gang is finally reunited. At the same time, Douglas uses Cory's power and begins merging the worlds, causing the Wild Hunt's ghostly train station and Beacon Hills to overlap with each other. With people increasingly able to move freely between the worlds, the Wild Hunt sets the last of their plan in motion: A train out of Beacon Hills, to a place where all the kidnapped people will become Riders. While Liam, Hayden, and Mason try to find Cory and free him, Scott, Stiles, and Lydia attempt to divert the train and ensure it won't reach its destination.

So, this episode made no sense. None at all. But you know what, that's fine: It had a story that I could roughly follow along with even if the whys and wherefores were completely incoherent, and intermixed into that story (well, story of a kind, at least) it had some nice action sequences and some pretty good emotional moments.

The emotional cores of this episode are very much Stiles and Mason -- Stiles gets heartfelt reunions with his father, Scott, and Lydia (although suspiciously not with Malia) at different times, and the chance to get something like closure with the ghostly Wild Hunt version of his mother, and even a kiss with Lydia that managed to not make my eyes roll back into my head. Mason, meanwhile, gets to have his relationship, and also the fact that he is far and away the most interesting member of the Junior Pack, reaffirmed.

Meanwhile, there's not much to say about Douglas and the Wild Hunt, because they remain very, very boring villains. The worlds-merging plan at least gave us some interesting cinematographic moments and set design, as elements of train stations were juxtaposed against the familiar scenery of Beacon Hills, and as elements of Beacon Hills appeared in the ghostly train station between shot transitions. So that was nice, especially for a show which usually has absolutely dire cinematography.

As mentioned before, the episode ends on the characters all going their separate ways -- Scott going to UC Davis, Lydia to MIT, and Stiles to a pre-FBI course at some Washington university or another. This is an odd choice, since it requires an almost one year time skip and gets most of the cast out of Beacon Hills when there's still ten episodes to go, but honestly I suspect it's just a vehicle to get Dylan O'Brien out of the picture, since he has a busy film career now and probably can't commit much time to Teen Wolf.

I guess we'll know more when the previews come out, but at the moment, I'm just kind of -- sighing a little. I don't much like Liam or Hayden or Cory, and while Scott and Malia will probably be back next series, neither of them are especially compelling, especially when they're sans Stiles. Mason and Theo (not that Theo is confirmed to even be appearing) are interesting, but again, Theo's at his most interesting when near Stiles. It's just not shaping up to be a very compelling series, unless they find some way to bring Stiles and Lydia back -- maybe they could set it over summer break or something, I don't know.

Well, that was the Wild Hunt arc of Teen Wolf. Was it a good arc? No. Was it enjoyable at any point? Maybe once or twice. Am I looking forward to the next arc? Absolutely not, but I'll review it anyway. My hope is that the show can at least find its way to a good, dramatic ending, one that will at the very least contextualise the rest of the series as a flawed but ultimately worthwhile experience. Maybe I'm asking too much here.

Thanks for a really productive January!

Hey, everyone. Today's review will be going up later, it's already in the works -- it's a Teen Wolf review, so expect a lot of complaining, although maybe not as much as usual this time around -- but before that I just wanted to thank all of you guys for the best January this blog has had.

January is usually the month of the year where I get the most views, coming just before a consistent, steady drop from February to June or July before activity starts to pick up again in the summer. In January of 2015, this blog got 6000 views, in January of 2016, it got 7000 views, and this year's January, it got just over 36000 views, an increase of 11000 from December.

In general, activity on this blog has been really good lately, with there being big jumps in viewership every month since August, which has been a personal delight to me and really is all down to you guys. I hope we can keep up the momentum into the rest of 2017, honestly nothing would please me more than for 2017 to be the year this blog really takes off, but we'll see.

Either way, thank you to all of you.