Comment on American Gods, a Strange and Violent Contemporary Fantasy

I could’ve sworn I’d written a post on American Gods back when I watched the first two episodes of it, but I can’t find any evidence of that post existing. So I guess I never actually did it?

I didn’t get a chance to continue the show since then, but I did want to mention my first impressions.  Continue reading “Comment on American Gods, a Strange and Violent Contemporary Fantasy”

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Sense8 2: Psychic Espionage, Fighting Back, and Finding Acceptance

Genre: Sci-fi

Synopsis: Eight people all born on the same day are able to communicate across great distances and access each others’ skills–they are a cluster of sensates, sharing a psychic link. A powerful organization hunts them, using their own kind to do so. And they must cooperate to stay free and alive, even while navigating their own personal challenges. Continue reading “Sense8 2: Psychic Espionage, Fighting Back, and Finding Acceptance”

Sagas of Sundry: Dread, and the Chilling, Psychological Story of Five Friends Haunted by their Experiences

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Image: Geek and Sundry

Genre: Mystery/supernatural/horror web series/RPG

Synopsis: A group of friends meet up a year after experiencing supernatural danger, to head back to the same place it happened the first time. None of them have truly managed to move on from it. No matter the consequences of going back, of tempting fate after they survived the last time, they all agree to go. In the hopes of discovering what actually happened to them, and of finding some sort of closure. Continue reading “Sagas of Sundry: Dread, and the Chilling, Psychological Story of Five Friends Haunted by their Experiences”

Hilarious Trailers: Goblin Is Incredibly Honest About Its Supernatural Romance Tropes

I had to share this, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a trailer be this upfront about what it wants to do (although of course, everyone knows.)

(Note: This is not a commentary on the show itself, as I haven’t seen any of it. Also not a commentary on romance in general–I may be a sci-fi/fantasy kind of girl, but I believe that every genre is equally valuable. Unless that genre happens to be founded on principles of inequality, and I really hope that’s not a thing.) Continue reading “Hilarious Trailers: Goblin Is Incredibly Honest About Its Supernatural Romance Tropes”

Lost Village and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Two Spring 2016 Anime with Intriguing Ideas That Could Have Been Better Executed

Lost Village

A boy and a girl walking through a tunnel at night, with a bus heading towards them. The title reads "Lost Village".
Image via Crunchyroll

Genre: Supernatural/Mystery

Synopsis: A bus tour filled with people wanting to leave their old lives behind heads for Nanaki Village, an urban legend that may not even exist. And even if it does, those who go there don’t come back. Everyone has their own reasons for traveling to this mysterious village, but no one knows what they’re going to find. A new place to live out their lives in peace? A fake story about a place that isn’t real? Or a mystery that pulls forth the characters’ motivations and forces them to confront who they are? Continue reading “Lost Village and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Two Spring 2016 Anime with Intriguing Ideas That Could Have Been Better Executed”

Belated Pilot Reviews: Frequency and Falling Water

Frequency

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Image: CW

Genre: Mystery/Sci-fi

Synopsis: Detective Raimy Sullivan grew up knowing her father had been an undercover cop who went bad, and then got himself killed. Until his old ham radio in her garage somehow puts her in contact with the him from twenty years ago. Working together, the father-daughter duo have the opportunity to figure out what went wrong, and possibly save his life. If they can change the past, and deal with whatever consequences that brings. Continue reading “Belated Pilot Reviews: Frequency and Falling Water”

Stranger Things: A Pervasive Sense of Mystery, and the Desperation Behind Not Knowing What Went Wrong

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Image: Netflix via Screenrant

Genre: Mystery/Supernatural

Synopsis: A boy goes missing in a small town, leaving behind few clues as to what happened to him. As his family shoulders the weight his inexplicable disappearance, strange things start happening. His mother come across hints of something unbelievable. A runaway girl with a hidden power appears in town. Slowly, things come together, answering the show’s most pressing questions: Is the boy still alive? Can he be brought home? And what happened to him in the first place? Continue reading “Stranger Things: A Pervasive Sense of Mystery, and the Desperation Behind Not Knowing What Went Wrong”

Durarara!!: Intrigue, Adventure, and Urban Legends in the Streets of Ikebukuro

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Genre: Supernatural

Synopsis: In the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, the supernatural comes into contact with the mundane. A headless fairy spawns her own local urban legend as she rides through the streets on her motorcycle. A preternaturally strong man with a hair-trigger temper gets into fights with gangsters despite his dislike of violence. And an information broker pulls on everyone’s strings, maneuvering them into conflict with one another for his own amusement. Continue reading “Durarara!!: Intrigue, Adventure, and Urban Legends in the Streets of Ikebukuro”

The Magicians: A Turn for the Gross

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Image: Syfy

Genre: Supernatural/Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Quentin’s not living the life he wants, and something about the fictional world in his favorite fantasy series has captivated him all his life. Meanwhile, his best friend Julia is ready to immerse herself in the real world, in a graduate program at Yale. Then both of them mysteriously find themselves in another University, taking an admission exam that tests their magic. Quentin passes, and Julia fails. Continue reading “The Magicians: A Turn for the Gross”

TV Roundup: Cleverman, Preacher, and The Man in the High Castle

This week, I look at the beginnings of three new(ish) shows, talking about them in order of best to worst.

Cleverman

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Image: via Sundance TV

Genre: Dystopia/Sci-fi/Supernatural

Synopsis: A superhero take on Australian Aboriginal culture, the story follows two brothers as one of them takes on the mantle of the Cleverman. They must navigate society, including the turmoil between humans and hairies–a physically strong but oppressed people, confined to a containment zone. Between their personal issues and the country’s deep-seated prejudices, they have plenty of challenges ahead. Continue reading “TV Roundup: Cleverman, Preacher, and The Man in the High Castle”