Category Archives: RIP TV SERIES

Series that have ended or were cancelled.

BLACK BOX – My rating: 8.5/10

BlackBoxAfter only 2 episodes, Black Box is a hit.  This series is about Catherine Black, a neuroscientist who works at the Center for Neurological Research and Treatment, and who happens to be Bi-Polar.  Dr. Black, played by Kelly Reilly, is practicing without revealing her disease.  While she is undergoing therapy with a psychologist (Dr. Hartramph) played by Vanessa Redgrave, she continues to skip taking her meds and confesses all results  of her behavioral problems.  Meanwhile, Dr. Black has a daughter who is being raised by her sister-in-law and her brother.  Of course the child doesn’t know her favorite aunt is really her mother.  Dr. Black also has a fiancé who she’s revealing, little by little, her character along with her many secrets.  So far, the series focuses on strange and unique cases of people with neuro or psychological problems.  Each week Dr. Black and her team resolves their problems.  Black Box  slightly reminds me of House without the rudeness.  This appears to be an excellent series with interesting plots.  Check this one out.

RAKE – My rating: 8/10

RakeI’m giving Rake a rating of 8 because it so entertaining, I can’t give it any less.  It’s wild, crazy and totally unrealistic.  It’s almost bordering on being a fantasy.   Keegan Deane  played by Greg Kinnar, is a lawyer with a gambling and sex problem.  He really belongs nowhere.  He’s estranged from his wife and son but remain friends.  He had a tiny practice, but lost it all to gambling debts that he still hasn’t paid.  He has more than his share of true friends and a very loyal assistant named Leanne Zander played by British actress, Tara Summers (best know for Boston Legal).  Deane has managed to have sex with every nationality of woman and from every walk in society, including a hooker that he is practically in love with.  He lives from pillar to post.  His best friend owns a law firm and has hired him to help get some of the less sophisticated cases resolved.   Keegan’s  antics are outrageous and he’s well known among the judges.  Despite his up-side down world, he seems to always win.  He’s smart, clever and extremely street smart.  I like this show because it makes me feel uninhabited and it makes me lmao.  I’ve always been a fan of Greg Kinnar and I’m happy to see his career taking off.  I really think if you’re looking for an escape from the everyday hum-drum series, get into Rake.  I’m not sure why it’s called Rake but I think it’s a keeper.  Rake currently airs on FOX. Rake has been cancelled — Maybe there’s just too many series on TV!

REVOLUTION – My rating: 8/10

RevolutionI didn’t think this series would last.  The lights went out along with all power.  In other words, the world went back to fire and labor intensive task like walking.  Just image what this ever advancing technical universe would be like without the discoveries of the last 100 years.  In some ways, we would be better off and in most other ways, we would be screwed.

I was curious about the direction of Revolution.  What in the world would cause such a catastrophe?  As the series progresses, more and more is explained but still no real explanation as to the how.  On the way to the knowledge we all have been waiting for, many beloved cast member have perished and many situations that make for exciting viewing are revealed.  It’s interesting to see what man will do for power.  In this series, we are pretty close to Anarchy.  The biggest power group was lead by Sebastian Monroe alone with his best friend,  Miles Matheson, played by David Lyons and Billy Burke, respectively.  Through the seasons, that power group has been dissolved which means new groups have emerged. The hope was to regain power but that failed to do the trick, so off went the lights, again.  New issues have surfaced leaving us to interpret what a Nano does and what the future will hold.  There’s no end to the direction of Revolution.  It has gotten increasingly better over the seasons.  Check this one out — I think it’s a keeper.  The cast is huge and the stories are well acted and well told.  Revolution is currently airing on NBC.

BELIEVE – My rating: 7/10

BelieveI’m not sure this series is going to make it.  It’s about a little girl with special abilities.  While it’s well acted, the concept is unbelievable and has been done before.  The theme is “whoever controls the girl, controls the world”.  It reminds me of Heroes, which I loved until the writers went a little crazy and messed up a really good show.  They introduced so many new super powers and killed off so many beloved ones, it became impossible to maintain a relationship with the show.  Believe focuses on one super power that was born of another super power, who died in childbirth.  The child is played by Johnny Sequoyah, who is a girl who just happens to have a boy’s name. The agency is headed up by Milton Winter, played by Delroy Lindo, who is trying to make sure the child is safe and free of experimentation and abuse.  They have gone as far as breaking the child’s father out of prison and giving him the task of protecting his daughter.  Of course he dosen’t know the little girl is his daughter and all of New York and beyond is searching for them.  The child is also misson oriented and has to backtrack and/or stop running long enough to put herself and her father in harm’s way while helping some distressed person to greener pastures.  This reminds me of Touch, which was one of the best series on TV, in my opinion.  With some writting changes, Believe has the potential to become a very good series.  Believe is a J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron production so it may turn out to be a good one.  Check it out.  Believe is currently airing on NBC.

CRISIS – My rating: 7/10

CrisisCrisis is about the abduction of a school bus fully loaded with children, including the President of the United State’s son, while on a field trip.  The children are taken to a rather large and beautiful building where they are held captive.  The kidnappers make demands of the parents that include murder, extortion, resetting of satellites and much more.  The theme is “what will you do for your children”.  One newly trained Secret Service Agent, played by Lance Gross, was able to rescue one student and kill one of the captors.  Dermot Mulroney plays the master mind behind the whole plan and is also the father of one of the abducted students.

This series has the potential to bomb because the concept is absolutely ridiculous.  It’s saving grace is it’s so exciting and well acted that it may forge on to stardom.  There’s lots of drama and twist and turns amid the parents and the students.  One of the CIA agents working on the case is the mother of one of the students, only the student doesn’t know the women she calls mom is really her aunt.  This is so new, I can’t say much.  Watch it for yourself — it’s not bad! This series currently airs on NBC. Unfortunately, Crisis has been cancelled!

TRUE BLOOD – My rating: 8/10

TrueBloodEvery time I sit down to watch this HBO series, I brace myself for the introduction theme which I think is totally evil.  I tell myself once I get past the start up, things will get better.  I really enjoy True Blood even though I don’t like the lead in.  I think I like the series because of some of the hot characters and because it’s written so you’ll have some compassion for their situation due to no fault of their own.

Vampires, werewolves, fairies, change shifters, Satan, corruption, evil, good, bad, sex, nudity, murderers, you name it, True Blood has it.  They seem to introduce new species every season.  If it were not make believe, I would be very upset over the foul characters and their stories every week.  What a crazy show of freaks.  Still, despite the dark side, it’s quite entertaining.  I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under 21 or anyone who is trying to live a clean lifestyle.  The consistent bloody mouths of this freak show’s characters are bound to upset the faint of heart and delight the strong willed.  I won’t say I recommend this show but I will say, if you can get past all that corruption, go for it.

THE NEWSROOM – My rating: 8.5/10

NewsroomThe Newsroom is an excellent series presented on HBO about just that, a newsroom and the goings on that go on.  Jeff Daniels, one of my all time favorites, plays Will McAvoy, the Head Anchorman and Emily Mortimer plays Mackenzie McHale, the Program Manager and former girlfriend to Will.  Sam Waterston plays Charlie Skinner, the General Manager of the whole news team and Jane Fonda plays as Sam’s boss.  This is a well put together cast and the dialogue is absolutely brilliant.  I’ve been glued to my seat since it started. It is fascinating to watch what it takes to put on a news show and be politically correct while pleasing the public at the same time.

I’ve just learned that The Newsroom has been cancelled after just 3 seasons.  I’m not sure why but I am terribly disappointed.  There is talk that perhaps Netflix will pick up the series and stream it.  I surly hope this happens.  It seems the good ones always gets canned.

INTELLIGENCE – My rating 8/10

IntelligenceCBS has a winner in Intelligence.  This is a story about a  high-tech intelligence operative named Gabriel Vaughn (played by Josh Holloway, formerly of Lost) who has a rare generic make-up that accepted a super microchip placed in his brain without repercussions.  Instead of building an android, this chip sort of brings the android to the human. This means Gabriel can perform with the intelligence of an android but is still a human being.  From a physical perspective, he is not super human so he needs a sort of body guard, Riley Neal (played by Meghan Ory) to insure his safety.  Gabriel can access and alter almost any data base in existence, i.e., while listening to a criminal telling him that his name is John Doe and lives in Miami, Gabriel can use face recognition to scan John Doe’s face, get his real name and address fast enough to answer John Doe with the facts.  This can take place in less than 30 seconds.  He can also alter stop lights, locked doors, electrical parts on cars and much, much more.  Gabriel was a former decorated soldier who is now part of an elite government cyber-security agency who got into this because of his missing, presumed dead wife.  The series is pretty suspenseful, interesting and entertaining.

ALMOST HUMAN – My rating: 8/10

AlmostHumanWhile Almost Human isn’t a totally new concept, it’s different because the android is different.  It’s not a structured,  stiff facsimile of a human being that talks in a choppy pattern alerting you to the fact that this is a robot/android, not a human.  Instead this robot, who’s model was discarded, is more like a real live human being with all the intelligence  of a computer.  This series takes place in the year 2048 when crime is so out of control, police officers have to partner with an android to solve crimes as well as survive the criminal element.    Almost Human  revolves around  Detective John Kennex play by Carl Urban and Dorian (his android partner) played by Michael Ealy.  Their partnership closely resembles a regular pair of officers on the job and the everyday issues that confront them but with a twist.  I’ve been enjoying the series and find the stories interesting.  Given the technology used for this futuristic era, I think you’ll find Almost Human refreshing and well told.

BREAKING BAD – My rating: 10/10

BreakingBadYou can’t get any better than this action/drama about a chemistry teacher turned meth cook.  Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, has been diagnosed with lung cancer, despite the fact he never smoked in his life.  Making a measly $43k a year, Walt is now destined to leave his pregnant wife, played by Anna Gunn, and 15 year old son, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a huge medical debt plus foreclosure on their home.  Eager to make a lot of money fast, as he was only given about 8 months to live, he turns to the unthinkable (cooking the best and purest meth for profit).  He joins with Jesse, brilliantly played by Aaron Paul who is already in the business, to learn the ropes and get the necessary connections.  To make matters more complicated, Walt’s brother-in-law, played by Dean Norris,  is a DEA agent and of course, Walt has to hide his new venture from his wife and son, which makes for lots of deceitfulness.

Walt and Jesse’s journey is unbelievably extraordinary.  You will be mesmerized from day one.  The series ends Sept. 30, 2013 but can be viewed, in it’s entirety on Netflix.  There are approximately 62 exciting episodes. This series was voted the “best series ever aired on television” and I most wholeheartedly agree.