Greetings from the Odinson,
The Odinson’s 2016 Year in Review Part 3 of 3: The TV
Game of Thrones: Season 6 (HBO) – What can I say about a show that just continues to deliver season after season, episode after episode? Even the best TV shows in history have a lull from time to time, a bad episode or two, but not Thrones. Every single episode is like a mini movie with top notch writing, production value, and acting. Hands down, the best episode of the season, in fact one of the best episodes of the show’s history, was “Battle of the Bastards.” Jon Snow and his ragtag army of castoffs and barbarians face off against the Bolton forces of the diabolical and utterly evil Ramsay. It’s an epic sequence on par with anything that has ever been on the Big Screen. By the end of the season, the stage is finally set for the final act of this amazing piece of storytelling. Winter is here! Odinson Rating: 5 out of 5 Hammers
Daredevil: Season 2 (Netflix) – How can Marvel and Netflix possibly hope to compete with Daredevil’s first season which was so phenomenal? Enter: Elektra and the Punisher. With all due respect to the others that have come before, this is, hands down, the best portrayal of Frank Castle we have ever seen in a live action setting so far. Charlie Cox continues to kill it as Matt Murdock and the chemistry between he and Elodie Yung, the actress who portrays Elektra, is fantastic. The Odinson loved seeing a hero like Daredevil going above and beyond to preserve life. The juxtaposition between Murdock and Castle as they debate their methods is powerful stuff. I hope Frank Miller and Garth Ennis are getting nice backend paychecks because this TV series barrows heavily from their legendary runs. Odinson Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Hammers
Preacher (AMC) – OK, here’s what I did like. I love the casting. Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, and Ruth Negga – Jessie, Cassidy, and Tulip respectfully – all nail their characters perfectly. I like the tone of the show. It’s off-putting and set in a world just askew from the real, giving it sometimes that surreal feeling needed to address some of the supernatural elements of a story like this. Here is what I don’t like about it. This is not the Preacher I wanted. I am a huge fan of the epic tale writer Garth Ennis, artist Steve Dillon and cover artist Glenn Fabry orchestrated and delivered. This show is just another example of Hollywood taking the name and characters from an established toy box and then just telling their own story with the toys. It feels like they were trying to fit the mythology established in 75 issues of comics (66 monthly issues, 5 specials, and a 4-issue limited series) into just 10 episodes of the first season. I have been waiting patiently over fifteen years for a live action adaptation of Preacher. Is the AMC show worth watching? Yes, if you have never read the source material. As of right now, it’s just not the adaptation I was looking for. Odinson Rating: 3 out of 5 Hammers
Luke Cage (Netflix) – Unfortunately, I have only seen the first three episodes so far. I am way behind. There’s just so much good television these days. However, from what I have seen so far, potentially Marvel and Netflix have yet another A+ on their hands. But, I’ll have to finish it before I can give a final verdict. I grew up reading Power Man and Iron Fist adventures so I cannot wait until 2017 when we will see the Defenders unite the Netflix street level heroes. Odinson Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Hammers
The Walking Dead (AMC) – One name: Negan. For those that have read Something to Fear, we all know what this means for our wayward group of survivors and the narrative of the TWD Universe moving forward. Odinson Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Hammers
Stranger Things (Netflix) – Here’s a fun exercise. If you would like to see a child of the 80’s face light up just ask them to explain Stranger Things. My sister was scrolling the streaming channels looking for a new show and asked for the Odinson’s advice. I suggested Stranger Things. She asked, “What’s that about?” I smiled and said, “Take The Goonies, IT, Monster Squad, Alien, Poltergeist, Stand by Me, and E.T., stir them all into a big pot of greatness, and you will produce Stranger Things.” This show is a love letter to the 1980s, The Golden Age of Pop Culture. Odinson Rating: 4 out of 5 Hammers
There you have it folks, the Odinson bids adieu to 2016, a year that seemed to go by all too fast, but, to be honest, the Odinson is ready to move on to 2017. You see, not only was 2016 a rough year for the Odinson as far the landscape of comics goes, but it was also a rough year in the death department. Sure I’ve seen heroes pass away before, but I cannot recall in any given year the sheer number of childhood heroes and pop culture icons that have moved onto the next plane as did in 2016.
So this year, the Odinson will finish by bidding a fond farewell to those no longer with us that had brought so much joy and entertainment into this world of ours.
Muhammad Ali (boxer, activist: The Greatest of All-Time), David Bowie (singer/actor: Labyrinth, Twin Peaks), Alan Rickman (actor: Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Dogma), Glenn Frey (singer/songwriter: The Eagles), Steve Dillon (artist: Preacher, Punisher), Vanity (singer/actress: The Last Dragon), George Kennedy (actor: The Dirty Dozen, The Naked Gun), Nancy Reagan (actress/activist: The First Lady), Gary Shandling (comedian/actor: The Larry Sanders Show, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Erik Bauersfeld (voice actor: Admiral Akbar), Merle Haggard (singer/song writer: Country Legend), Prince (singer/songwriter/actor: Purple Rain, Batdance), Chyna (athlete: WWE Star), Paul Ryan (artist: Thor: I, Whom the Gods May Destroy, Squadron Supreme: Death of a Universe), Alan Young (actor: voice of Uncle Scrooge in DuckTales), John Caldwell (artist: MAD Magazine), Kimbo Slice (athlete: MMA YouTube sensation), George Wildman (artist: Popeye), Jack Davis (artist: MAD Magazine), Gordie Howe (athlete: NHL Legend), Ron Lester (actor: Varsity Blues, Not Another Teen Movie), Anton Yelchin (actor: Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation), Noel Neill (actress: original Lois Lane in Adventures of Superman), Garry Marshall (writer/director/producer: Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Pretty Woman), Kenny Baker (actor: R2-D2), Gene Wilder (actor: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein), Jon Polito (actor: The Crow, The Big Lebowski), Bill Nun (actor: Do the Right Thing, Spider-Man), Michael Massee (actor: The Crow, The Amazing Spider-Man), Robert Vaughn (actor: The Magnificent Seven, Superman III), Florence Henderson (actress: The Brady Bunch), Ron Glass (actor: Barney Miller, Firefly), Don Calfa (actor: The Return of the Living Dead, Weekend at Bernie’s), Alan Thicke (actor: Growing Pains), Yuko Mizutani (voice actress: Bubblegum Crisis, Tenchi Universe, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX), Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress/professional celebrity: ’66 Batman, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), John Glenn (war veteran/astronaut/politician: American Hero), George Michael (singer/songwriter), and Carrie Fisher (actress/writer: Princess Leia).
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell