TV Show Review: Rick and Morty, Season 4

Details: Official site is https://www.rickandmorty.com/

Score: 7.3/10

Rick and Morty recently finished its latest season and it’s about as good as it’s always been. Which is to say this season was great.

For those unaware of this show, Rick and Morty is a animated comedy that is meant for adult audiences. It stars Rick (the smartest man in the universe) and Morty (his grandson) and the adventures they get in. It is a very referential show that constantly draws from pop culture for its jokes. Specifically, it heavily relies on references to science fiction.

Overall, if you enjoy adult, potentially offensive humor and have a broad knowledge of science fiction oriented pop culture, this show is for you. This fourth season continues the success of the prior seasons and is as entertaining as everything that came before.

If I could have only one complaint, it’s that many of the jokes get too meta, too fourth wall breaking, and too self reverential. In many of the episodes, there is a sense that the show is often praising or admiring its own brilliance… which isn’t funny or fun to watch. I hope the show stays humble and spends less time in the future analyzing itself. There’s a balance between low brow toilet humor and needlessly complex jokes meant as commentary on story structure. Somewhere in the middle is where I’d like the show to be.

TV Show Review: Voltron: Legendary Defender, Seasons 1 Through 7

Details: More information can be found ay http://www.voltron.com/ and https://www.netflix.com/title/80075595 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580664/

Score: 6.8/10

Voltron: Legendary Defender is the newest reboot of a popular decades old cartoon. Originally from Japan, subsequent reboots have been American produced with animation often happening in Asia somewhere. This is still the case with this new series. Legendary Defender is a good show that, as is often the case, gets progressively better in terms of narrative and animation quality with each subsequent season.

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TV Show Review: Star Wars Rebels, Season 4

Details: First half aired in 2017 and second half aired in 2018 on Disney XD. Fifteen episode with most episodes at under thirty minutes long. The final episode was around forty-five minutes long.

Star Wars Rebels has come to an end. I am sad to see it go as it has been one of my favorite shows on television.

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TV Show Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 4

Details: Aired in 2016 on ABC. The season is twenty-two episodes long and each episode is about forty minutes without commercials.

I’ve said this before about this series and I’ll say it again, this season was the best season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. yet. No spoilers as always.

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TV Show Review: Arrow Season 4

If you go around the online forums to measure the general feelings on season four, your going to find a consensus on how much this season sucked. I don’t feel as negatively as most online commentators, but it wasn’t a great season.

The main crux of this season focused on a number of things. It focused on Damien Dark, the big bad this season. Dark was really cheesy whereas Ra’s Al Ghul was darker and more menacing. The romance between Oliver and Felicity was really cheesy and just reinforced the idea that this show is on the CW.

The biggest disappointment was that the whole season was about trying to figure out who was in the grave. They showed someone dying in the first episode and the rest of the season was spent throwing red herrings and fake outs about who was going to die. It was such a repeated gimmick that by the end I just didn’t care. You can only watch so many episodes about whose going to die and then getting faked out before you just stop giving a damn.

The side story on the island was also pretty bad. Why is he still on the island? Jeez show runners, realize that you don’t need to keep telling a flashback plot line anymore. Just tell the story in the present. It’s a tired storytelling gimmick.

Score: 4/10