Television

TV Round-up — Part 2: Star Trek Discovery, The Gifted and more!

– by Daryll Benjamin –

@DaryllBenjamin


Part Two of My TV Round-Up continues with . . .

STAR TREK: DISCOVERYStar Trek Discovery — Really? I’ve been supporting you guys and gals but you had to kill off 2 of my favorite genre actresses? Mannnnn. I’m digging the ‘Star Trek meets espionage’ aspects of the show BUT come on…. However I have to issue a mea culpa on something. I was ripping the choice of Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd before the show began. I have to say now though, I’m all in. Great performance by Wilson in the Prison Episode opposite Jason Issacs’ Captain Lorca.

250px-Ghosted_TV_SeriesGhosted has an OK chemistry and works as a X-Files lite in tune with movies like The Watch and Ghostbusters. Craig Robinson essentially playing Scully to Adam Scott’s Mulder. One’s an ex-cop the other is an ex-professor and they’re working for a secret government organization looking into the paranormal and weird.

pqwrd3mdqvmqdtvvs0naGundam Iron Blooded Orphans has restarted on Toonami Sat. Nights/Sun. Mornings. I may have problems with some of the writing BUT there is no doubt that these are some of the best non-Gundam mecha designs in a Gundam series…

the-simpsonsspringfield-spendorThe Simpsons have lost a little on their fastball going into their 29th season but I already have a must watch episode. Episode 2 “Springfield Splendor” is yet another comic book themed/related show where Lisa is so depressed that she can’t relate what is wrong verbally. They see a counselor who advises Lisa to write her feelings down and in true Simpsons fashion a) Marge becomes her artist and b) Sad Lisa becomes a hit graphic novel. Guest stars include Rachel Bloom, Roz Chast, Marjane Satrapi, Alison Bechdel & Dan Harmon.

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The Gifted

CAST:

Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker | Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker
Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker | Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker
Jamie Chung as Clarice Fong / Blink | Blair Redford as John Proudstar / Thunderbird
Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane / Polaris | Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz / Eclipse
Elena Satine as Dreamer | Hayley Lovitt as Sage
Garret Dillahunt as Roderick Campbell | Coby Bell as Jace Turner

PLOT

On an Earth where the X-Men and Brotherhood disappeared during a disaster which also claimed a lot of human lives, mutants live in fear. Anytime a mutant manifests their powers, they are taken by Sentinel Services for their “protection”. In response to this, some mutants have formed a secret underground to help mutants and their families.

The Struckers are a normal suburban family, father is a prosecutor, mother is a housewife, daughter is popular while son is a bullied outcast. On the night of a school dance, Andy attends and runs into his bullies. His powers manifest, wrecking half the school. The years of being normal are over, for now, Sentinel Services want him and his sister Lauren, who had to reveal her powers to stop Andy and save fellow students.

Let me get the pink elephant out of the room first: yes, similar to Legion I do like the direction that The Gifted has gone. It does give the show its own unique identity on the superhero landscape. I was against this at first because, once again, it does feel a bit whitewashed. However, Redford as Thunderbird and Teale as Eclipse are given meaty roles as the leaders/protectors of The Underground. Chung as Blink is going to be “Wolverine” of the show as the mysterious mutant that is going to be a danger to the group (see episode 2). The third episode gives Satine as Dreamer a chance to shine while I’m waiting for one of my favorite mutants, Sage, played by Hayley Lovitt, to get a chance to show her stuff.

Acker, the Strucker Matriarch Caitlin, steals the scenes she’s in with her naivety about how grave the mutants’ situation actually is. And give Lind as Lauren Strucker credit. She seems to be embracing her powers and the chance to help people. I’m interested in the places the showrunners could take the storyline without ties to the X-Men. Gives them room to create their own myths. However, that is also where they may run into problems.

Creating new mutants but not doing research into names showrunners? Really? I mean, you use the Struckers as this family’s name. You guys and gals didn’t do any looking as to that name in the Marvel Universe huh?

Let me introduce you to Andrea and Andreas Von Strucker a.k.a. Fenris, twin kids to Baron Strucker. Name sounds familiar? Yep the original Captain America villain and the bad guy scientist/Hydra leader who had Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch at the beginning of Age of Ultron. Just a little oversight that the lily white family at the core of The Gifted has the same name as an infamous Nazi in Marvel lore. Yeah. Appearing on a FOX show. Yeah no inferences could be made here at all. *Facepalm*

I really want to throttle White as the son Andy. Everything the family is going through right now can be traced to his dumb ass wanting to attend a school dance where his tormentors would certainly be. Then for next two episodes, he STILL acts like he isn’t a mutant by referring them in the third person. Meanwhile, Moyer as the father, Stephen, trying to save his family from the mutant system he previously aided also is eyeroll inducing. What did he think was happening to the mutants he prosecuted a la Dumont’s Polaris? Give me a break.

But don’t get it twisted, the show succeeds in getting me emotionally invested. Why? Because I want to have a mutant show on TV close to what I know/used to. This fits the bill now I hope it continues to improve because I have a hell of a shopping list for mutants that I’d love to get some shine.

There you go. Part 2 of the TV Round-Up. Hope you enjoyed. Until Next Time, Keep Fantasizing!


Daryll Benjamin

Blerd. Irritant. Blogger. Podcaster at afronerd.com Daryll Benjamin was a quiet, insecure person for years, then an incident blew Daryll’s mind to the point where he couldn’t keep it inside anymore. Now that the rage is released, EVERYONE will receive his words.

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