capsule reviews: television edition

I’m the worst and am being lazy so in an effort to save some time, I will be doing mini reviews of the new television shows I’ve watched lately.Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (BBC America): Based on a huge novel which I loved, this tells the story of two magicians in 19th century England. So far, the miniseries is moving rather quickly but like the book can be seen as a bit dull. Not in my eyes, but I can understand people not enjoying the show or book. The world is quite lovely and I think the cast is great particularly Bertie Carvel as Strange.

Dark Matter (Syfy): A group of six people wake up on a spaceship with absolutely no memories of how they got there or who they are. It reminded me a bit of Firefly but it takes place in a more modern future (that sounds weird, sorry). I’m intrigued by the twists so far and I like the characters for the most part. Except the android (Zoie Palmer). I don’t like the actress on Lost Girl and at least the android is supposed to have zero personality because she’s great at that.

Complications (USA): Dr. John Ellison (Jason O’Mara) saves the life of a child after a drive-by shooting and kills the gunman. He becomes involved in a bit of a turf war while trying to keep his family and career safe. I wanted to like this. I love the cast (Beth Riesgraf, seeing your face again makes me so happy) and I love the creator, Matt Nix, but it’s so dark. And kind of boring. And totally different from Nix’s other shows. It’s a pass for me.

Ballers (HBO): Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) is a retired football player who is trying to break into sports agency and wants to help his friends along the way. It’s like Entourage for football. And I could not be less interested. I checked it out because of Johnson but found it boring. I don’t care about football (unless it’s Friday Night Lights) and Johnson’s charm wasn’t enough for me.

Proof (TNT): After the death of her son, Dr. Carolyn Turner (Jennifer Beals) is hired by a millionaire, Ivan Turing (Matthew Modine), to investigate cases of life after death. Though Beals’ performance is great, I had a bit of trouble with her character. But I was interested in the overall premise and the supporting cast is full of some of my faves (hello Callum Blue!).

Clipped (TBS): A group of high school friends now work at a Boston barbershop. I wish the Boston accents were better (or nonexistent) but the show is kind of cute. I find the characters fun and I can’t wait to see the hijinks that ensue.

The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC): A group of seven astronauts are chosen to train for a space mission while their wives and children are sent to live in a neighborhood together. I didn’t realize that this was based on the true story of NASA astronauts until I kept hearing John Glenn’s name. Wow, I’m an idiot. It’s not great but it’s frothy fun which is perfect for summer. It’s interesting finding out about the women in these men’s lives. Also, such a great group of actresses were chosen.

Killjoys (Syfy): Three bounty hunters travel throughout the Quad to find and apprehend criminals. Yay a fun space show! I love Aaron Ashmore (as much as his twin brother) and Luke Macfarlane (in a very different role than I’m used to seeing him in) but the most interesting character thus far is Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen). Can’t wait to learn more about her and of course, see fun space adventures!


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