Top Ten: 2015 shows

The usual caveats: these are my favorite shows, they might not match yours! Favorite doesn’t equal better. So, let’s get on with it. 10.- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail 9.- Review   8.- Parks and Rec 7.- iZombie 6.- Jessica Jones 5.- Fresh off the Boat 4.- Jane the Virgin 3.- The Flash 2.- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 1.- Master of...

Why I love ‘Jane the Virgin’

I’ve never been to an IKEA. I think I know what it’s like: full of furniture with weird names and impossible-to-assemble desks. IKEA is the place where the sitcom dad goes to find something to do in a C-story. I know this from context in TV shows. I had to learn it. There’s a moment in the second episode of Jane the Virgin (which concludes its first season tonight) where Abuela Alba namechecks Catalina Creel, a telenovela villain from 1986. When I saw that, I had to pause the episode, go to my mother’s room, and show her the pilot. We binged the other eight available episodes that day. Now, I’ve never seen that telenovela. I actually have never seen a telenovela, and that’s the official statement I’m putting out on the internet, no more questions, thank you. But it was the first time, in my long history of watching TV, that I instinctively *got* a specific cultural reference. Which leads me to the first of many reasons I love Jane the Virgin. Representation Look, I know. Maybe you’re Deadline. Or maybe you say that you don’t really pay attention to diversity, you only care if the show is good or not. I’ve used that argument before. That doesn’t change the fact that television is, mostly, straight white males creating shows with straight white males as leads. Jane the Virgin was created by Jennie Snyder Urman, and stars Gina Rodriguez and other actors of latin descent. When was the last time you saw a show with two latino regulars? Or when was the last time you saw a hispanic character not playing a...
Agent Carter: Pilot/Bridge and Tunnel review

Agent Carter: Pilot/Bridge and Tunnel review

[This is a 100-word review. This is my way of forcing myself to write, as it is both easy (it’s just a hundred words…) and severely limiting (it’s just a hundred words!). Will probably take me a while to nail down the form.] Agent Carter is the show most Marvel fans where expecting. While I’m sure people were excited about S.H.I.E.L.D. (like myself), this one was actively *expected*. And, for the most part, it succeeds. Following Hayley Atwell as Peggy, the 40’s set show nicely balances character and action. Whenever Peggy and Jarvis are on-screen (fighting, talking), the show clicks. It’s sadly not the same whenever the other male agents of the SSR — the spy agency where Peggy works — appear, or when the obligatory MacGuffin appears. Special effects are good, and give the show an Indiana Jones...
My Fall TV schedule

My Fall TV schedule

Is that time of the year again, when new shows rise and fall and old shows try to correct past sins. I’ll be watching a lot of it, so here’s a neat list of what I’m watching and what I expect of them. Let’s see how many make the cut come May. Monday Gotham I’m honestly not excited for this show. I’m not saying it can’t work — a cop show on the Batman universe is fine by me — but the promos focusing on the villains and the wink-winks aren’t appealing for me. I’ll probably watch the whole season, so I hope it turns into a pleasant surprise. Sleepy Hollow I binged watched this show and what I got was a load of crazy. But good crazy. I didn’t know how the series would keep-up after the pilot, and yet it has. I don’t know if it’ll suffer a sophomore slump… so I think it’ll do fine. Can’t wait to see what Abby and Ichabod are up to. Tuesday New Girl The S4 premiere was a good return to form, and this is a set of characters I like to return to over and over. S4 is still early enough on the show’s run that we can find new things to like about them, so I’m excited for the season. Agents of SHIELD It’s no secret I’m disappointed with this show. I’ve never rooted harder for a show to succeed (Whedon! Jed and Mo! Marvel!) and yet it let me down. Hope S2 picks up. This is a show I’ll watch every episode of. Hopefully I’ll stop sighing...
Happy Birthday, Lost

Happy Birthday, Lost

I was in a bar with a couple of good friends, when the question came out: what was our biggest flaw? We all took rounds discussing the others’ flaws, but when my turn arrived, they answered in a second. “You can’t let go.” Pssht, I don’t know what they meant by that. Anyway, here’s a post celebrating the 10th anniversary of a TV show! I remember watching the Pilot, in March of 2005. I was 13, and American TV took a while then to get to our screens. This was the first time I had sat down and watched a ‘grown-up show’, and it blew my mind. “Guys, where are we?” Remember 2005? Broadband wasn’t a thing yet. So I had to suck it up and watch it on my TV screen, avoiding spoilers like the plague. One escaped, though, thanks to Raúl, I found out a character death in the Season 3 finale. So I sat down to watch that episode, crestfallen. Surely, that was the biggest spoiler there could be. Nope. Another image burned in my mind: me, sitting alone in my darkened room around 11:00 pm, a moment after “Through The Looking Glass” ended. Mouth agape, brain still trying to process what happened. I was on the floor, at the foot of the bed. I think I was hugging my knees, but that might just be my brain trying to embellish things. If there’s a decisive moment in my life, a moment when I realized what television could be… this was it. So here’s what I loved most about Lost: 1.- The Community This was the first show...
My Emmy Predictions

My Emmy Predictions

The Emmys are tonight and that means it’s time for our yearly 3 hours of outrage. Like in any award show, if the one we want to wins does it, we feel validated. If it doesn’t, then the Academy sucks and it’s wrong and we don’t care about these dumb awards anyway. In any case, here are my predictions for the 10 top Emmy categories: EDIT: Updated to see which ones where right or wrong. Green is right, red is wrong. I got 5/10 correct, but if we take into accounts the ones I wanted to win and actually did (shame on me, of little faith) I got 8/10. Comedy Best Comedy Series:“The Big Bang Theory”, “Louie”, “Modern Family”, “Orange Is the New Black”,  “Silicon Valley”, “Veep” Should win: Silicon Valley. Though it took a while to get any traction, the fact that it’s nominated on it first season speaks volumes. Funny, incisive, and the best dick joke you’ll ever see. Will win: Modern Family. Because the Academy is boring. Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, “Girls”, Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”, Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”, Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”, Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”, Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black” Should win: Amy Poehler. She deserves it. While her work on S6 of Parks and Rec wasn’t particularly outstanding, she’s been hitting it out of the park for years. Will win: Julia Louis Dreyfus. She’s amazing, of course. And deserves it. But still, Poehler! Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”, Ricky Gervais, “Derek”, Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”, Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”, Louis C.K.,...