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The Odinson’s 2015 Year in Review Part 2 of 3: The TV
The Unusual Suspects
Game of Thrones (HBO) – So few shows continue to deliver episode after episode, season after season the way Thrones does, and Season 5 was no different. As WINTER draws nearer, we are treated to arguably the greatest episode in the shows run so far. As Jon Snow ventures beyond The Wall and tries to rally the barbaric tribes of the north, he and the barbarians are suddenly swarmed by the armies of the dead. It was a thrilling episode with a breath-taking climax. Plus, this season ends on a show-stopping cliffhanger that rivals some of the greatest in television history like “Who shot J.R.?” and the end of Melrose Place Season 3 – BOOM! Now that the show has caught up to the books, everyone is on even playing ground and ALL fans are waiting with bated breath to see what happens next in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Odinson Rating: 5 out of 5 Hammers
The Walking Dead (AMC) – With nail-biting cliffhangers and the promise of the introduction of perhaps the most notorious villain in the history of the Walking Dead, this sci-fi/drama just keeps marching along. Odinson Rating: 4 out of 5 Hammers
Arrow (CW) – The soap opera dynamic of this show can get a bit tiresome, but the fact that it continues to introduce more and more of the DCU on screen (i.e. Deathstroke, Ra’s Al Ghul, the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow), it still has a spot on the queue. Odinson Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Hammers
Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter (ABC) – I am so behind on these two shows that unfortunately I cannot give a proper opinion on them. Hopefully, Hulu and Netflix can help the Odinson get caught up. Odinson Rating: ???
Flash (CW) – Alongside Marvel’s Daredevil, Flash is truly the cream of the crop when it comes to comic book super heroes being adapted to the small screen. It’s not just the care taken by the creators to adapt the source the material, it’s not just the utter joy of seeing characters like Zoom, Vandal Savage, and Gorilla Grodd, characters I never thought I’d see adapted into live action, it’s also the drama and the top drawer writing that gives this show its heart and soul. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to have the great Mark Hamill returning as the mischievous Trickster, a role he owned in the original Flash TV Series from the early 90s. Odinson Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Hammers
Gotham (Fox) – Unfortunately, I believe I’m bailing on this Batman-less crime drama set in Gotham City. My biggest complaint about the show remains. It is set way too early in the history of the Batman mythos. And with shows like Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl going above and beyond to feed us super cool characters from the comics and giving us things we have not seen before, Gotham just comes up a bit short every time. Odinson Rating: 2 out of 5 Hammers
Constantine (NBC) – There is a place for this show, unfortunately it’s not on NBC, as the network canceled it after just 13 episodes. The dark, more mature themes explored by the Hellblazer franchise would probably be better served on a network like HBO or AMC, cable channels that can take more of a risk and truly explore the adult themes presented in this adaptation of the DC/Vertigo series. However, fans can rejoice for the character of John Constantine as portrayed by Matt Ryan has moved over to guest-star on CW’s more successful DC fair – Arrow! Odinson Rating: 3 out of 5 Hammers
Doctor Who (BBC) – Once again, the Odinson must apologize for I have yet to sit down and get caught up on the adventures of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi. However, I hear good things and plan to binge watch the eps sometime in the near future. Odinson Rating: ???
The New Must See TV
Daredevil (Netflix) – I made my thoughts on this brilliant TV show pretty clear when I reviewed it back in April 2015 (see The Odinson Reviews Daredevil), and my thoughts remain the same. It is an absolute joy to watch this superb adaptation of the plight and struggles of the Protector of Hell’s Kitchen as they come to life on the HD flat screen. The cast, the writing, the design, the Easter eggs, it all blends together to give comic fans a show they can enjoy and be proud of. Season 2 is just around the corner and with the additions of Elektra and the Punisher to the cast it promises to be even better than the first season. I can’t wait! Odinson Rating: 5 out of 5 Hammers
Jessica Jones (Netflix) – OK, I have extremely mixed feelings about this show. On one hand, I totally applaud the creators for giving us truly fleshed out and complex characters the likes that have not been seen on TV in this genre since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, the tone of the show is so incredibly dark and the violence is so over the top, especially the cruelty and utterly conscious-less way the show’s villain dispatches and uses innocent victims, that by the time I was at the end the series, I just felt bad and almost depressed. Marvel does a better job than most of casting their films and TV shows. David Tennant was great as the Purple Man. Plus, the inclusion of the character that will become Nuke has the Odinson hoping we will see an adaptation of the classic Frank Miller Daredevil story Born Again. At the end of the day, I found myself far more interested in the supporting characters of Luke Cage and Patsy Walker (a.k.a. Hellcat). I’m very anxious to see Cage’s show and ultimately a Power Man and Iron Fist team-up in the near future. Odinson Rating: 3 out of 5 Hammers
Supergirl (CBS) – I am by no means a particular fan of derivative characters, however, if you give me a TV show and tell me I’m going to get to see visually interesting characters like Red Tornado and Martian Manhunter adapted into live action then you’ve earned a spot in my TV watching rotation. Odinson Rating: 3 out of 5 Hammers
Wayward Pines (Fox) – This show is by far and away the Odinson’s breakout surprise hit of the 2015 television season. It’s very inspired by true classics like Twin Peaks and the Twilight Zone. Wayward Pines utilizes motifs of isolation, strange and oft menacing characters, mystery and suspense, and good ole fashion O. Henry twists and turns that keep the viewing audience on edge. This show is based on a series of novels by Blake Crouch, and luckily for the Odinson, I went in fresh and with absolutely no idea what the big surprise twist is in the story. There is an absolutely huge surprise twist right in the middle of the season that completely rocks the main character and the viewing audience. And, the season ends on yet another shocking twist that would make the master, Rod Serling, proud. Science fiction, mystery, drama, it’s all right here for you, boys and girls. Wayward Pines is definitely worth the watch. Odinson Rating: 4 out of 5 Hammers
The television world in 2016 will be even more saturated with comic dominance when Netflix unleashes Season 2 of Daredevil and Season 1 of Luke Cage upon us, expanding the Cinematic Marvel Universe even more! Plus, the upcoming Arrow/Flash spin-off series Legends of Tomorrow featuring Firestorm, Captain Cold, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Rip Hunter, and the Atom! And, finally, the long overdue live adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s ground-breaking adventure-horror Preacher will debut on AMC!
Tune in next week when the Odinson concludes his 2015 The Year in Review with a look at the movies that entertained and disappointed us this past year.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell