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Trek Review – 02 – Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2

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Welcome to the latest installment of what will be a lengthy ongoing series of reviews on ObsessiveViewer.com.

Throughout my life, one of the largest gaps in my love of television (and frequent flirtation with science fiction) has been Star Trek. Now, by the grace of Netflix, I’m rectifying that injustice. My plan is to watch everything Star Trek related by the 50th anniversary on September 8th, 2016.

718 television episodes, 13 movies, a projected 45 reviews, and 1 Obsessive Viewer. Let’s get started. Continue reading

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Trek Review – 01 – Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1

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Welcome to the first of what will be a lengthy ongoing series of reviews on ObsessiveViewer.com.

Throughout my life, one of the largest gaps in my love of television (and frequent flirtation with science fiction) has been Star Trek. Now, by the grace of Netflix, I’m rectifying that injustice. My plan is to watch as much Star Trek related content as I can by the 50th anniversary on September 8th, 2016.

718 television episodes, 13 movies, a projected 43 reviews, and 1 Obsessive Viewer. Let’s get started. Continue reading

TV Review: Scream – 105 – “Exposed”

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“Wow, you sound like a bad romantic comedy. Except we didn’t meet-cute, we met sick/twisted.” – Emma

Find all my reviews of MTV’s Scream here.

In Scream’s fifth episode, Emma deals with the fallout of footage of her losing her virginity going viral. Meanwhile Jake and Will make me wish even more that they would just get killed off already. Continue reading

TV Review: Scream – 104 – “Aftermath”

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“…I’ve got some grief gaming to do.” – Noah

Find all my reviews of MTV’s Scream here.

Something that bothers me to no end is hearing people ask for a list of episodes of a TV show to “get the gist” of what’s going on instead of getting caught up. Likewise, it bugs me when people skip episodes and just read plot summaries. I know I’m probably weird and this is a very specific pet peeve, but I hold the long-form narrative structure of television in high regard and feel like it should be consumed in chronological order and with no gaps. Continue reading

TV Review: Scream – 103 – “Wanna Play a Game?”

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“Do you really want to compare lists of secrets right now?” – Emma

Find all my reviews of MTV’s Scream here.

The latest episode of Scream actually managed to surprise me. Episode 2 left such a poor taste in my mouth that I put off watching “Wanna Play a Game?” for several days. Hence, why I’m once again late with my review.

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MCU Review: Part 15 – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 2

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In what could be the biggest review series in the history of Obsessive Viewer, I’m committing myself to reviewing all the movies and shows in Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe. You can find an index of my MCU reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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TV Review: Scream – 102 – “Hello, Emma.”

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“Who can resist a murder selfie?” – Jake

Find all my reviews of MTV’s Scream here.

Every once and a while I’ll do something for the blog or the podcast without thinking about what exactly it means for me in terms of workload. I’m excited about the various irons I have in the fire. However, the Scream TV show review series may be my undoing. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 13 – The Defenders – Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 1

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In what could be the biggest review series in the history of Obsessive Viewer, I’m committing myself to reviewing all the movies and shows in Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe. You can find an index of my MCU reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of season 1 of Marvel’s Daredevil.amazon-logo

Daredevil is the first of four Netflix-exclusive Marvel series that will lead to The Defenders miniseries (which will also be Netflix-exclusive). It’s a tonal anomaly within the MCU since its Netflix exclusivity gives the studio more leeway in terms of subject matter. And, in that aspect, Marvel certainly did not hold back. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 12 – Marvel’s Agent Carter – Season 1

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In what could be the biggest review series in the history of Obsessive Viewer, I’m committing myself to reviewing all the movies and shows in Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe. You can find an index of my MCU reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of season 1 of Marvel’s Agent Carter. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 10 – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1

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In what could be the biggest review series in the history of Obsessive Viewer, I’m committing myself to reviewing all the movies and shows in Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe. You can find an index of my MCU reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of season 1 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Continue reading

TV Review: Scream – 101 – “Pilot”

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“You root for them. You love them. So when they are brutally murdered…it hurts.” – Noah

Find all my reviews of MTV’s Scream here.

Oh boy. If you’d told me 19 years ago that I would one day be watching a Scream television series on MTV, I don’t know if I would believe you. Yet, here we are. Scream is a horror franchise that is near and dear to my heart. I watched it when I was way too young (holy crap, the first movie is 19 years old) and fell in love with the self-awareness. More importantly, I was enamored by the characters’ seemingly endless knowledge of the horror genre and movies in genre. I was around 10 years old, I was impressionable, and damn it, I wanted to love movies the way the characters in Scream did.

So when I found out about MTV’s series, I was naturally hesitant. When I sat down to watch the pilot episode, I went in with as much of an open mind as I could. However, as open as my mind was, MTV’s iteration of the self-referential horror property that I grew up loving and patterning my movie viewing after still fell short for me. Continue reading

Netflix Review: Bloodline – Season 1

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In Netflix’s latest original series Bloodline, the Rayburns are a well-respected affluent family in the Florida Keys thanks to the inn and charter business started by patriarch Robert (Sam Shepard) and matriarch Sally (Sissy Spacek). But when the family’s black sheep son Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) comes home for a ceremony honoring his father, his return threatens to destroy the peaceful balance his siblings and parents have worked toward. Continue reading

Yahoo Screen: Community – 601 – “Ladders” Review

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When Yahoo picked up Community, it seemed fitting that this weird little show would land in the most unlikely and random place. I hadn’t heard of Yahoo’s free video service, but I thought it was a smart marketing decision to pick up Community and boost Yahoo Screen’s numbers with one of sitcom television’s most outspoken and loyal fan bases.

Now the show’s 6th season (a milestone I honestly never thought the show would reach) is here. The first two episodes premiered today with new episodes made available each Tuesday. All of which are available on a free app from a site that gave me my first email address almost two decades ago. Continue reading

TV Review: “American Crime” – Episode One (Pilot)

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Before watching the pilot episode of American Crime, I had a passing familiarity with it. I’d seen a preview and thought it looked interesting enough. However, something about the preview’s abundance of tense emotional clips and vague plot details screamed melodrama to me. Unfortunately melodrama wasn’t the worst thing about the pilot episode of American Crime.

John Ridley, who won an Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, created the anthology crime drama and wrote and directed the pilot episode. Instead of creating an intriguing story, however, Ridley delivered a jumbled mess with shoddy storytelling and reckless (bordering on dangerous) social commentary.

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Amazon Pilot Review: “The Man in the High Castle”

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January 15th marked the beginning of Amazon Studios’ 4th “pilot season” (the first being in April 2013). Each season, Amazon puts prospective series pilots on their Prime Instant streaming service for members to watch and vote on. Of the 13 pilots this season, Amazon has greenlit 5 for a full season order. Continue reading