Media Update 10/6/2016

Stranger Things

People have been raving about this one and I have been aching to talk about it. I actually watched this over the summer but I wanted to save talking about it for Halloween. It is definitely something great to watch for Halloween. While there are some science fiction elements (like Invaders from Mars) but there are a lot more horror elements. People have tried to illustrate what this show is like and I will attempt to describe my impression the same way. I felt that it was like Goonies mixed with Super 8 with heavy shades of Stephen King and a pinch of X-Files. I have to be careful what I say here because I do not want to spoil anything where others have been so careless. The show has a very eighties feel and is heavily inspired by the old Dungeons and Dragons lore as well as some rather interesting additions that have awesome special effects. The whole thing is scary, funny, sad and each episode pulled me forward even when I did not want to go any further. The kids really make this show special and they are all more or less unknowns which is great. Great performances from Winona Ryder and David Harbour round out the cast of what is a near perfect show. I definitely recommend it as I eagerly await season two and the horrible things that will happen next.


I never read the comic version of Preacher but I remember reading snippets here and there in Wizard magazine. However, I know it was written by Garth Ennis and he wrote on Hellblazer which is one of my favorite non-superhero comics. He also wrote the Constantine movie which I really liked (but a lot of people did not). What I’ve gathered from what little of his writing that I have seen is that he does darkness very well. However, he also does dark humor very well. Preacher mixes the tone of western movies with strong supernatural, mythological and supernatural elements as well. Preacher follows the adventures of a preacher who discovers he suddenly has supernatural powers and supernatural enemies as well. He teams up with a hard-partying Irish vampire and his hard as nails ex-girlfriend to fight to survive and figure out what exactly is going on. The show is not for those who are sensitive about how God, Heaven and other Christian religious figures are handled. I happen to like when people play with mythological and religious stories and forms them into something new. This is a pretty wild show and there it is packed with good fun, action and a whole bunch of horror elements as well. I have not seen a whole lot of it yet but what I have seen has been really great. I definitely recommend it and you do not have to have read the comic first to understand it.


Wynonna Earp

This show has all the elements of a show that I would like. The show is about a descendant of Wyatt Earp in our 2016 who works with a black ops government group to battle the supernatural. Specifically, Wynonna wields the family gun (which belonged to Wyatt Earp himself) to send demons back to hell. There are some other details but I won’t spoil it for you. At least not directly. I love when western and modern elements are mixed. Seeing characters from the wild west trying to navigate the modern world is interesting. Also, seeing modern characters having to rely on wild west weaponry is really fun. On top of that, I really like the cast so far and the way the characters play with each other. The effects are on par with most other Syfy original series so they work but they are not spectacular which is probably to keep them affordable. This show has a similar feel to Warehouse 13 mixed with Sanctuary with a little bit of Buffy feel thrown in. The lead, Melanie Scrofano, kind of has that now-familiar but fun Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones feel. We get to hang out with people she’s known all her life and new people in her life as well. We also get to see a fun portrayal of Doc Holiday who is very mysterious but charming. The show is just fun and I think it definitely has a lot of potential. I definitely recommend it.

Halloween Short Film of the Week:
Super Deluxe – When You Get A Text From An Unknown Number

Music of the Week:
Future Bible Heroes – I’m a Vampire

Killing Joke – Love Like Blood

Peter & The Wolves – Mr. Frankenstein

Butcher Babies – They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Ha!

Teamheadkick – Welcome to Your Nightmares

Weekly Updates:
– This Week’s Theme is “Fighting the Supernatural”
– I watched some of Luke Cage, wait until after Halloween to hear about it
– I continued watching season 2 of Gotham
– I am finally almost done with season one of Penny Dreadful
– I watched the debate. Ugh.
– The Orioles almost got into the playoffs
– Halloween month continues
– Enjoy yourself!

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One Response to “Media Update 10/6/2016”

  1. Javy Dreamer Says:

    I saw this recently and it was pretty good.


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