While there is no doubt that Ron Moore’s rebooted Battlestar Galactica was a massive hit with both fans and critics the same can’t be said about its subsequent incarnations as Caprica tanked in the ratings while the prequel Blood and Chrome never even received a season order as its pilot was unceremoniously dumped onto the Internet to premiere as a series of webisodes. It is actually a somewhat startling series of events since, at one point, it seemed as if the reboot would be able to spawn myriad spin-offs much like Star Trek did not so long ago but as it stands today, this incarnation of Galactica is officially dead and buried.
Game of Thrones thankfully avoids a sophomore slump managing to successful build upon the foundation so lovingly crafted in the first season. Nevertheless, Season 2 feels very much like the middle chapters of a very long book, intent on focusing even more on character interaction while slowly building tension till the final few episodes and, as a result, the pace feels decidedly more sedate even though there are literally a ton of twists and turns hurled at viewers in every single episode.
It’s taken me ages to get around to writing this review and though the show will soon be entering its fourth year I’ve finally finished penning my thoughts on the season that started it all. Game of Thrones has oft been described as being, “that medieval HBO show that’s like The Sopranos,” which is rather an insult to both series as though it does share some similarities, the fact remains that the two shows are incredibly different.
Perception is a classic textbook case of a show in its first season going through tough growing pains with a wildly vacillating level of quality and more than a few road bumps that almost torpedo it in the early going that make the first quarter of the season rife with narratives that often feel far too gimmicky and convenient almost as if the writers continuously found themselves forced into corners and grasping madly at straws. However, as I always say in regards to television series, it is nigh impossible and even ludicrous to judge new shows on only a few episodes as critics are often forced to as the medium itself allows for much longer character and narrative arcs to slowly reveal themselves whereas a film usually has a much faster cadence.
After a successful transfer of the original series to Blu-Ray which not only drew rave reviews from long time fans but also critics who were floored by the pristine transfer was there any question that CBS was not going to proceed to do the same quality work on subsequent Star Trek series? At first glance one would think that transferring Star Trek The Next Generation to Blu-Ray would be an infinitely easier process merely because the show is much newer than the original series yet in reality the issues in doing so are remarkably different and just as steep.
Hotaru no Hikari (Glow of Fireflies) is yet another in a long line of Jdrama romantic comedies featuring colourful leads who initially bicker and butt heads like oil and water yet deep down the audience inherently knows they’ll eventually hook up. Like just about every Jdrama out there in this genre the key for the audience here is presenting events and dilemmas that keep them apart or present alternate love interests in ways that seem justifiable and realistic but at the same time show the slow romantic buds blooming between the leads. In that sense Hotaru no Hikari works despite having next to no originality but viewers will be rewarded with energetic performances and some delightful chemistry that keeps episodes humming along even though the plot reeks of too many clichés.
Potential (noun): 1. The inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or coming into being. 2. Something possessing the capacity for growth or development— http://www.thefreedictionary.com
Kimura Takuya makes his annual return to Japanese drama with the high budget Mr. Brain, a procedural crime investigation series that takes elements from American shows such as CSI and Columbo that on paper sounds as if it could have a ton of potential but instead ends up as a middling entry filled with vacant characterizations and episodic narratives rife with a myriad of illogical contrivances.
There are odd setups and then there are totally bizzaro setups. Atashinchi no Danshi is firmly in the later group here. While I can give points for originality the narrative presented here is incredibly fresh yet totally far-fetched and off-the-wall. I suppose it can sort of function if one regards the show as live-action manga or some sort of weird fairy tale but originality aside the series itself has some truly gigantic issues that prevent it from being remotely successful.