I’ve got a lot of shows to talk about, but not a ton to say about any of them. So, roundup. Let’s start with what will apparently be my most talked about show of the season: Heroes Reborn.
You know the one I’m talking about.
Supernatural premiered its 11th season on Wednesday, and it mostly felt like a road we’ve been down before.
I’m going to try to do post-episode posts for a lot of shows I’m watching this year. Some may be full-on reviews with context and summaries. And others, like this one, will be short thoughts and break-outs.
Like a lot of people, probably, I thought Stepehenie Meyer releasing a gender-swapped version of Twilight was either a very late or a very early April Fool’s joke. But apparently it’s real. Edward will now be Edythe and Bella will be Beau(fort). She says it’s partly a response to criticism that Bella was just a damsel in distress (and wisely doesn’t say it’s because The Twilight Saga is an inexplicable cash cow). The non-supernatural character in this story is a “human in distress,” regardless of gender.
And I think that’s where Life and Death: Twilight Re-imagined will get boring in addition to likely as bad as its first imagining.
I work evenings and don’t have cable, so most of my current-season TV watching is done via Hulu. When I got home last night I stayed up until 3 a.m. waiting for Heroes Reborn to be available before realizing I should just treat it like Christmas: The faster I fall asleep, the sooner it will be here. And when I woke up, I got the present I’d been waiting for.
There’s a level on which I understand everything Heroes was doing with season four, and can say it did an okay job of it. But there’s another where it wasn’t really what I wanted, and I was awfully disappointed.
Season Three is where I stopped watching Heroes when it was live. I caught a few episodes, but I didn’t like what was going on with characters that were changing or being pushed aside almost like they’d never existed. And this time around, I was also disappointed by characters that were, essentially, reduced to cannon fodder. But this weekend I finished season three, and while there were certainly some clunker episodes and some story lines I want to hate with all the rest of the people who hate the later seasons…I actually liked it. Mostly.
Devour was the first movie for the first Scary Movie series of Leisure Time, and it was an interesting idea that didn’t exactly live up to its potential.
It stars Jensen Ackles and was released the same year that his CW series Supernatural premiered. I don’t know how I’d feel about it if I’d watched it then, but coming to it a decade late, I can say that seeing Ackles do something other than Dean Winchester (or Jason Teague for you Smallville fans) was probably the most interesting thing about it.
He plays Jake, a college kid who has waking nightmares. He and his friends start playing a computer game called The Pathway that knows everything about them and calls them with cryptic messages and tasks to complete. It’s like Evil Facebook meets Evil Zynga, basically, and his friends kill their antagonists and themselves in ways that Jake sort of saw in his nightmares.
And then somehow the occult is involved, and Satan is a giant tree-looking monster, and Jake has a tragic past he didn’t know about, and it feels like watching two separate movies. I think the first half of Devour really wants to be the sort of cotton-candy mainstream horror flick where a fun game goes bad and makes people do bad things after doing good things for them, and the second half really wants to be some sort of 80s-inspired cerebral indie film.
Either movie would have been fine on its own, but smushed together into one, both feel unsatisfying and leave more questions than answers.
The rest of this post contains plot details and spoilers, so stop reading if you don’t want to know.
Partly in honor of Wes Craven and partly because if I don’t start now, this will be a ridiculously small event, I’m going to expand my annual “Month of Scary and/or ‘Scary’ Movies” to include September as well as October. I’m compiling a list of what to watch, and suggestions are open.
Clearly, season two of Heroes benefits from the ability to binge watch. Because I have very distinct memories of watching it live and literally feeling like every other episode was verging on bad, and I was just one more lackluster one away from dropping the series. This time? When I watched 11 episodes in about five days? None of that.