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Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of 2015

Just like my Top 10 Movies post, I’m going to put together my Top 10 Favorite Television shows from 2015. If you have any interest in just seeing the listed shows without any reasoning then you can go read them on the TV Overmind Top 10 List; however, I will warn you that my choice for the top spot has changed since I had to submit that! This list will also include my honorable mentions, because there are plenty of shows that were hard for me to cut and I’d still like to discuss. That being said, these shows are all my personal taste, and there is plenty of TV that I sadly haven’t been able to get around to this year! Let’s get into it then…

Honorable Mention

Review:

Review is a show that I wish more people were watching on Comedy Central. It stars one of my favorite comedians Andy Daly and is a crazily goofy show that has him reviewing anything related to life no matter how good or bad it might turn out for him. Season one of Review was awesome, but I thought that Season two got a lot crazier and even darker at points with its stories. The show’s episodic plots were tons of fun and a lot more drawn out but the seasonal arc was also a great development for the show and some of its supporting characters. I’m really looking forward for the next set of scenarios Forrest Macneil gets into and hope that this show continues to rise in popularity!

You’re The Worst:

You’re the Worst was a show that I picked up this year before the second season started and really enjoyed what it gave us when kicking things off. There was a bunch that I liked about the show, but also felt that some characters and plot ideas were a bit of a stretch for my taste. However, the second season of You’re the Worst took things into a completely different direction that was just as funny but also much more dark for great reasons. The show analyzed the characters on a whole new level and was probably the best display of what it’s like to have and deal with depression that I’ve ever seen. I really praise this show for it’s subtle display of emotions and being unafraid to explore these types of topics, which has me loving it more and more.

Comedy Bang Bang: 

I picked up Comedy Bang Bang this year on a recommendation from my cousin. He got me into both the show and the podcast and I immediately fell in love with both. Comedy Bang Bang is probably the most clever and hilarious sketch comedy show I’ve ever seen and I love how it has continued to stay fresh each episode. There are tons of great celebrities and comedians who come onto this show as well as familiar faces always showing up to play fun characters. This year lots of people questioned how the show would work with the departure of long time co-host Reggie Watts and how his replacement, Kid Cudi, would do in the role. The show suffered no problems and continued to flow onward like normal, which shows that more people should be watching.

Mad Men:

Mad Men came to a close this year and tied up its story in the most perfect way possible. This show has had a tremendous run and has definitely had ups and downs along the way, but moved towards its finale in a really strong fashion. I loved the way this show sent Don Draper off and basically summed up his back and forth on the inability to be happy despite having everything a man could ever want. The finale itself was perfect and I loved the ambiguous ending that allows you to decide what you think happened based on what you thought about the character and what he deserved. Mad Men was an amazing time piece that had great acting and brought us something we’ve never seen on television before.

The Americans:

I picked up The Americans this year after making a deal with a friend to each watch a show of the other’s choosing. He chose that I had to finally check out The Americans so I binged all three seasons relatively quickly and definitely a big fan of the show now. What I love most about the Cold War show is the amount of tension it can build, the great characters it has established and the music choices during some crazy scenes. The only reason The Americans probably doesn’t make my actual list is because I haven’t gotten to experience it on live TV yet, so all of the weekly tension builders and cliffhangers haven’t had the chance to set in fully, but don’t be surprised to see it pop up next year!

The Top 10

Silicon Valley/ iZombie

10. Tie: Silicon Valley & iZombie

Silicon Valley: This has been one of the most fun HBO shows in awhile and is definitely a top comedy favorite of mine. It probably deserves a higher spot on this list, but regardless it’s going to get talked about. Since season one the show really was the anti- Entourage that adapted the idea of a bunch of guys trying to make it to the modern generation. Nowadays everything is focused on the tech scene and trying to develop the next big app, which this show highlights extremely well. From living in an incubator to dealing with big companies, Silicon Valley is a pretty honest interpretation of what goes on out in California and continues to get better as the guys keep attempting to make Pied Piper work. Each character brings their own type of comedy to the table and as a whole they are awesome to watch, which has me looking forward to this as much as shows like Game of Thrones.

iZombie: This show was easily the best surprise in 2015 form me. I had heard of the comic series but it was one of the few that I hadn’t ever looked into or read before, which was kind of nice for a change. The cast has amazing chemistry and the show is a nice alternative take on the episodic mystery genre. It has fun with itself and is another entity making zombies and the supernatural creatures cool again. What really draws me to iZombie is the long-term plot and how the growth or destruction of the zombie population will impact the regular world. iZombie does a great job with the character relationships, the romance as well as the comedy which makes it an awesomely complete show.

Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil

9. Marvel’s Daredevil

Daredevil kicked off Marvel’s Netflix shows and really paved the pathway for what is to come. The show was much more adult to the MCU’s big screen counterparts and gave us a much darker look into a different part of the Marvel Universe. Charlie Cox was a great choice for Matt Murdock and the supporting cast all really killed it with their roles. Vincent D’Onofrio was another standout as major classic villain, the Kingpin, who brought tons of complexity to a villain. The biggest thing that the MCU lacks is villains who are actual complete characters and people that we can connect with. This was a great origin story and they have tons more to explore, especially now that we’ve been introduced to all of these important characters.

Doctor Who

8. Doctor Who

Last season on Doctor Who I really fell in love with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor but thought the storytelling was extremely week and put too much focus on Clara and her relationship. This season was a lot better and gave the Doctor great two-part stories to expand the character to new levels. The show’s penultimate episode after Clara’s departure was one of, if not, the best episode I’ve seen since it came back in 2005 and Capaldi by himself brought forth tons of different emotions. Honestly, it was decisions made in the finale that place this so low on my list, because I am one of the people who think the writer’s loved their Clara so much that they needed to focus on her yet again. When Clara caused her own downfall with the Raven I actually respected how they wrote her out of the show, but when the finale brought her back and then left open the loop hole for her to pop up in the future I was pretty disappointed.

Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot

7. Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot was an awesome new show that felt complete original and took a page out of Silicon Valley‘s book to talk about modern technological topics. The main character Elliot, is a really cool dark anti-hero that has unique views on the world which makes him a cool and interesting person. The show reminds me a lot of Breaking Bad with how thrilling it is and basically not knowing what’s going to come next. There are a ton of very tense moments and I love how high the stakes are going forward. The creator of Mr. Robot has stated that this first season was pretty much all intro and things are really going to break open moving forward, which has me extremely excited, especially with more and more great shows finishing up.

Parks-and-Recreation-Final-Season

6. Parks & Recreation

Parks & Rec has created such an amazing legacy and sadly it finished for good in 2015. The show, which had a first season we will pretend didn’t happen, turned out to be the perfect transition after The Office finished up. Parks & Rec gave us such phenomenal characters to grow attached to and wrote them near perfectly through all seven seasons. The last season handled things pretty amazingly by time jumping and providing a little more insight into the end-game for the characters, which I believe was a smart decision. The final season had tons of fun with itself and made sure to deliver another unique plot while also building to an emotionally satisfying ending. Parks & Rec season seven had even more great writing with tons of terrific jokes and ended on the perfect note.

Game of Thrones

5. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones continues to get more and more interesting after every season. The program is moving forward with awesome stories and continues to build the characters well while also bringing new ones into the fold each season as well. The latest season of Game of Thrones gave us some pretty crazy scenes from things like the White Walkers and events on the Wall, incorporation of the dragons, and has most of the characters involved with unique story lines that are all fun to watch. The fifth season of this show continues to display how strong of a group works on it because the writing, acting, visual effects, and everyone involved continue to be fantastic.

Master of None

4. Master of None

I had high hopes for Master of None from the moment that I heard it was announced. When the show finally came out, I was pumped to check it out, especially seeing early bingers and reviews calling it the Louie for 20-30 year old people. I still think that is the best description because the show is simply about life and delivers powerful comedy, drama and romance throughout the ten episodes. The show gets into topics about gender differences, cultural and racial differences, as well as tons of relationship ideas that all feel relatable and realistic. Aziz Ansari has made all of the right choices for this show and found a way to bring back a normal version of Tom Haverford just as Parks & Rec finished up. Master of None has immediately become one of my favorite new shows and I’m hoping that it can continue to be as strong as its first season. Going forward, if they can create more episodes like “Nashville,” “Mornings,” and “Finale,” then I have no fear.

South Park

3. South Park

South Park has been such a long running TV show at this point that I am always excited and worried for it at the same time. It’s a show I can rely on and know it will always be hilarious, but worry at the idea that they have to find a new way to stay fresh and relevant. The 19th season took the show in a new direction where it finally used a serialized plot over the entire season. It brought tons of amazing new things like PC Principal, who is such a great addition to the show, as well as Caitlyn Jenner. While each individual episode still had its own story, Parker and Stone found a great way to attack the nation’s overly politically correct nature for what was a great arc. To me, this season of South Park just showed that the show can do whatever it wants because the creators are experienced and smart. I’m not sure what will happen for the show’s 20th season, but I think with the timing of the 2016 election they will continue to roll with the Garrison/Trump idea.

Fargo

2. Fargo

After its first extremely successful season, Fargo returned by taking us to a different time period with some new characters. The show continued to reveal why it’s one of television’s best by taking things to a whole new level of weird and random. I love what Fargo accomplished in its second season, especially for a cast I might have somewhat doubted before the show began. Each episode became more intense than the last and the story only got better and better as things progressed.

The Leftovers

1. The Leftovers

When most of the shows that I watch went on their winter hiatus or finished for the year, I finally decided to binge The Leftovers like I had been planning to. This show was one I knew I had to watch, so I decided to jump in and not stop until I was caught up. I loved everything the show did with its first season, but was completely blown away with what it followed that up with. I feel like the show took a really bold step forward by deciding to change things so much, but it paid off because of the conclusion that really tied everything together. “International Assassin” was my favorite individual episode of television for all of 2015 and the show’s finale, “I Live Here Now,” brought me to tears with how much heart and emotion it created. Justin Theroux continues to blow me away with his performances and the rest of the cast all do phenomenal jobs with their roles. I’m so happy that there will be one more season of this show, because it is masterful and I’m excited to explore this world a little further while tying up story lines for the characters.

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Superior Spider-Man 28 Review

Well, I finally was able to catch up with the Superior Spider-Man series just as it’s heating up towards what should be a huge finale this spring.  The most recent issue, #28, totally flipped SpOck into an unusual world of chaos with him being the one to scramble for his life.

The issue opens with Spider Island up in flames. How? The last we saw of SpOck he had outsmarted the Goblin King and discovered his underground hideout with a projection of himself. Right?

It turns out the Goblin King was one step ahead of Otto and sent his three goblin glider warriors to blow up the entire island complex. This is the first time that SpOck has really been in trouble; he literally has to flee everything he has built on the back of Automaton (the magnificent whirr-klikk-iking robot).  He barely gets away, but damn, this was really an intense start to the issue.  The Goblin King doesn’t even care that Otto got away because he already has established plans to go take everyone close to SpOck hostage.

Meanwhile Mayor Jameson, of course, rolls out his newest line of “Goblin Slayers” which are really just Spider Slayers — which remind me of the navy Star Wars battle droids repainted to look like a Portal turret with a hologram of Jonah’s face in the center. Jameson has been pretty frustrated about being controlled by SpOck, so there was no surprise to see him make a prideful power move like this; although, I’m totally expecting it to just create more problems.

As I mentioned, the Goblin King had already sent out some thug units to go kidnap all of the close known associates to SpOck, starting with Mary Jane, who decided to become super badass in this issue.  Three of the flying child goblins come crashing through window; poor firefighter Ollie is helplessly swinging a chair in the air to ward them off, and all of a sudden, THWIP! TWIP! That’s right, Mary Jane pulls out some web shooters and traps the 3 mini goblins to the wall.  She understands exactly how the Goblin plays games and out of nowhere grabs Ollie and pulls him out the door like she had some Emergency Goblin Protocol ready.  It’s great, she gathers up May and Jay while telling her own mother to take the first flight out of town. I think Mary Jane is the reason SpOck will be able to win this one, by “removing pieces from the board.”

We find out that Otto made it back to Parker Industries safely, but he was tracked down and confronted by Monster, who pulls off her mask to reveal that she is a Goblinized Carlie.  She forces her way through all of Parker Industry’s defense mechanisms, eventually getting her desired one on one time with Otto.  Even though this looks like it could be pretty bad, Carlie is still able to somehow temporarily take control of Monster and tell Otto that he better cure her before it’s too late.  She says that Otto has no idea what the Goblin King has in store for him,

but no, oh no, the worst thing that could happen, the issue ends with the Goblins capturing the one person that truly matters to Otto;

Anna Maria.

Damn. I really love this series, I think it’s one of the coolest original and unique ideas that I’ve ever read.  I’ve loved SpOck from the beginning; he was a fun and cool change to the character and a great break from Peter Parker.  I definitely want Pete back, but am really really going to miss the professionally serious and technical approach that Otto’s character brings to Spider-Man.

The only thing that I didn’t like in this issue was the two full page panels that showed ghost Peter slowly losing himself having to relive Otto’s memories.  While the full page layouts were nicely designed, I thought it interrupted the flow of the main story. I’m definitely interested in what happens to Peter and how he comes back, but honestly, I don’t want it to take away at all from this Goblin Nation story and how awesome and crazy it’s getting, especially with only 3 issues to go.

Overall, I thought this was another awesome issue of the Superior Spider-Man, and obviously cannot wait for issue #29, especially because Spidey 2099 appears in his costume again!

Going forward, my one big theory or expectation is that Anna Maria, sadly, will die before the series is over.  We know that Peter is coming back, and she’s Otto’s love interest, not his. Now she’s been kidnapped, and while Otto would probably do or give anything to protect her, it would be a really tragic way to show him that he’s not superior.  It’s the easiest way for the writers to eliminate the relationship and totally wreck Otto for good, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

How did everyone else like this month’s issue of the Superior Spider-Man?  Let me know!

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Students of Cinema

Hey,

So I’ve been pretty absent lately, and the reason for that is mainly due to a new WordPress blog I’ve created with two of my best friends called Students of Cinema. It’s strictly dedicated to movies and our differing views within a shared passion.

I’ve also been distracted by school, True Detective, and now House of Cards Season 2.  I’m hoping to write up a True Detective episode 5 review later today and eventually drop a House of Cards Season review when I finish the season later today or definitely tomorrow.

I’ll be dropping my Top 10 movies of the year list over at the other site, but am going to post it here as well.  My post relating to movies will probably lessen here because it’s the focus of Students of Cinema, but I’ll still be pumping out TV news, and should also be putting more comic reviews out very soon as well.  I’m almost caught up with The Superior Spider-Man and want to roll right into X-Men: Days of Future Past.

So feel free to check out my new website, it’s really awesome and we are pumping out a lot of content! Otherwise, I’ll have some TV and comic reviews out soon!

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Marvel Movie Rights

Marvel Movie Rights

So this is a good visual aid from the Reddit r/movies page to help you stay clear on which studios have the rights to certain Marvel characters and groups.

It’s nice and easy to follow!

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Get Pumped for The Vision!

Get Pumped for The Vision!

So the news hit last night that Paul Bettany, the voice of JARVIS in the Iron Man movies and The Avengers, will be taking his role in the MCU to the next level by playing the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Yes! It’s true, and I’m so happy to hear that they will be including the super AI hero who largely ties into the Ultron story line (for those who don’t know).  He also is widely known for having a relationship with The Scarlet Witch who will be in the film as well (portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen).

The article I’m sharing gives a little more insight into the Vision and talks about the first ideas for his costume! I think that it sounds pretty cool so  far.  I trust Joss, and he knows that this is a character they are going to have to take baby steps with to portray him correctly.

I think a dark and subtle green and yellow will look really awesome, but would love to see the red face as well.  That will for sure be the toughest part, getting the face correct, which they discuss in the article.

Either way, the inclusion of the VIsion has me even more excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come out! Check the article and let me know what you think!

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“T.R.A.C.K.S.”: The Best Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode so far

I’ve been keeping up with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and like many, I found myself on the fence about deciding whether to give up watching or not.  The show got off to a rough start and just felt boring most of the time because of its lack of, I guess, Marvel-ness.  People wanted minor heroes and villains to pop up from time to time, or at least let us see inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. more… I get that the point of this show is to focus on agents, not heroes, but the majority of the characters still felt annoying and out of place.  However, if you have been one of the viewers, like me, to push through and hang tough with the show, it now has become very rewarding.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a huge pain to get through, but last night’s episode; “T.R.A.C.K.S.” may have just been the best yet.

I’m going to keep this short.

And of course, spoilers ahead…

In last night’s episode, I felt like we were given a full plate; interesting plot, confusing timeline of events, and great character arcs.  Just little things filled out last night’s episode like Agent May with all of her solo fights and how she escaped nearly being tortured. I loved watching her dagger skills and finally seeing what she can do.  Everyone seemed to get in on the action last night and it’s been good they have found ways to get the characters off of the plane finally.  Skye showed off her newly acquired fighting skills, but you can see she is still learning, but it’s okay! because Fitz is now comfortable with shooting the “night-night” gun to cover her.  Even Simmons got out of the plane and had to function in a undercover situation.  It seems like the writers have found the groove for each character and they are aware of the roles.  Tonight was hilarious when Coulson and Ward were trying to figure out the holotable, but being field agents, they are completely defeated when it comes to advanced technology.

The biggest and best part about the night was that Deathlok has arrived!! This was huge news when it was announced Mike wasn’t dead, but actually the cyborg mercenary.  I didn’t expect them to deliver so quickly, but last night he was showing off the new leg in the episode and is working for the Clairvoyant.  I’m hoping to see Mike slowly become more and more cyborg (like the picture to the right), and there was evidence of that eventually with Ian Quinn saying, “every piece of technology in you is top of the line”.

Then, to top off the arrival of Deathlok and finish up the episode, Quinn ends up shooting Skye twice and by the time Coulson and the team get to her, she doesn’t seem to have a pulse.  They throw her into the hyberbaric chamber that was just previously preserving Mike, but I wonder if they will be bale to save her.  I have pretty much hated Skye the most throughout this entire season and just didn’t enjoy her character or anything she was doing.  The writers have created this mystery about her being some type of alien which has definitely increased my interest in the character, but they have also made a nice choice to have her start showing off her basic fighting capabilities and worth.  Last night I definitely found myself sad when she was shot because she now has a purpose in the show.  I’m not expecting her to die, in fact, I think it’s probably a good thing because she might have some regeneration or super self healing powers that come forth from this.

This episode of AoS was very eventful and filled with action.  I thought the storytelling was really awesome with how they picked up the plot from different perspectives to slowly reveal the entire timeline of events. I think that “T.R.A.C.K.S.” was the best AoS episode to date and now there is a lot to look forward to this show going forward.  

We still don’t even know who the Clairvoyant is yet! The big bad guy behind the scenes who is apparently psychic and pretty evil.  I’m hoping it’s someone really awesome from the comics, but either way, the inclusion of Deathlok makes everything way better! We also still have Graviton and Blizzard looming in the depths; two more villains who have been established and could return anytime! I’m really excited with where AoS seems to be going, especially that Marvel has been tying it into the movies as well.  Hopefully they can keep this up!

What did everyone think of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night? Did you enjoy the episode? Let me know why or why not!

 

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Close up of Batroc the Leaper

Close up of Batroc the Leaper

Here’s a closer photo of Batroc the Leaper in CA2:TWS. I’m a pretty big UFC fan so it’s awesome to see the one and only Georges St. Pierre in the role. For those unaware, Batroc is actually a master of Savate (French Kickboxing) so GSP is perfect. I’m really excited for CA2 and all of the hype that it is Avengers 1.5 and the best MCU movie yet!

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25 X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire Covers

Empire magazine celebrated its 25th anniversary by releasing 25 X-Men: Days of Future Past character covers yesterday. You can check them out here on slashfilm.com. I still have to read the Days of Future Past comic (I know, I know…) but am really excited for the film.  I think most of the costumes look good; future Wolverine with that body armor looks sweet, Fassbender looks awesome, even the sentinels look mean.  Like I said, these covers are really solid looking.

The one problem I have.  The single cover that I hate! Although it could possibly be considered the most important of them all!

Quicksilver. 

Yuck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I guess he kinda looks futuristic? Right? With all the shiny silver and the nifty goggles and gadgets? I know it’s tough to do the silver hair thing and make it look good but I just don’t like the costume they’ve set him up in.  Obviously, this doesn’t relate to Evan Peters’ acting capabilities, so he could still be great in the role.  The costume just feels fake and reminds me of this. 

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… X-Men: Days of Future Past looks sweet and pretty much all of the covers have me excited to see both X-Men movie cast combine.

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RUMOR! Jon Hamm Possibly Cast as Marvel’s Dr. Strange!

RUMOR! Jon Hamm Possibly Cast as Marvel’s Dr. Strange!

This article popped up from ThisisInfamous.com reporting that Mad Men’s Jon Hamm has been cast as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Strange.  This is only a rumor for now, and there has been no official comment or announcement from Marvel yet.  A decent amount of actors have been tied to rumors surrounding the role, such as, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Patrick Dempsey, Timothy Olyphant, and most recently Johnny Depp.

Hopefully Marvel will release the news sometime soon considering that they have recently been making many casting announcements with Michael Douglas and MIchael Peña signing on with Ant-Man and Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Strucker in Avengers 2, but for now we will just have to wait and treat this as a rumor.

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First Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

Holy smokes this trailer really made The Amazing Spider-Man 2 become one of the top movies I’m looking forward to. So many things were in this trailer! You have Peter talk about more people out to get him and how they are more powerful, so we get three villains in this one. Rhino, Electro, and the Goblin!! I think that the Goblin will come into play towards the end and only serve one evil purpose.

Then in the background at OsCorp there was clearly the Doc Ock arms and Vulture wings!! That is huge and very exciting as well!

This movie looks awesome after this first trailer so check it out!

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