Fall 2014 has got a lot going on at the TV stage. I’m going to be trying a lot of things–I anticipate dropping a lot of shows quickly, and keeping a solid few. Some of the shows I intend to watch at least one episode of:
Agents of SHIELD
Premise: In the first season, our protagonists were one team in a huge organization, until [huge spoiler for season 1 that everyone probably already knows about]. Now SHIELD is in pieces, and it’s up to Coulson and his team to rebuild it (despite their illegal status as an organization).
My Thoughts: Presumably with all the set-up stuff out of the way in the first season, there’ll be a lot more interesting things going on now. Especially with assorted new SHIELD agents joining the cast, including Lucy Lawless. Whatever happened to Fitz is liable to make for a good story, too. Oh, and Ward’s back.
Chances I’ll Stick with It: Guaranteed
Premise: In this new miniseries from Syfy, a spaceship was launched with 600 people during the Cold War, not to return for a hundred years. There’s a murder, and that’s all I know about the plot.
Genre: Sci-fi/Alternate history
My Thoughts: Syfy’s programming has been getting much better recently, and Tricia Helfer of Battlestar Galactica is in it. That’s pretty much all I know, so I have no idea what to expect.
Premise: Magician John Constantine is an exorcist, who’s going to get up in the dark supernatural drama going down whether he wants to or not.
My Thoughts: I’ve been hearing really good things about the Hellblazer comics for a long time now, though I’ve never actually gotten around to reading them. I really do hope this is good, though there’s already been one odd thing–Constantine won’t be portrayed as bisexual, and creator David S. Goyer’s comment on the topic left his stance kind of ambiguous. In the comics, most of his romantic involvements are with women, but he has them with men as well. Hopefully, someone will change their minds at some point and at the very least verbalize it.
Premise: High school student Shirō ends up drafted in the Holy Grail War, a recurring fight-to-the-death between powerful magicians (usually from legacy families) and the spirits of historical/mythological figures. The winner gets a wish. One wish, that could be anything at all.
My Thoughts: I’m excited for this one (though not nearly as much as I am for Psycho-Pass). Mostly because of the fantastic (if at times horrific) Fate/zero anime, whose story is a prequel to this one (also the work of Gen Urobuchi, though he doesn’t seem to be personally involved in this one).
Premise: A forensic scientist gets superpowers (speed), and uses them to combat others who also gained powers, but decided to misuse them. Meanwhile, the case of his mother’s murder in his past continues to haunt him.
My Thoughts: It’s genre, I’ll at least try out the premiere. Though who knows, maybe I’ll drop it as fast as I dropped Arrow (which was before the first episode even ended). Or maybe not.
Also, forensic scientist, huh? Am I gonna have more bad science to complain about?
Premise: This show will follow the early days of Detective James Gordon, and little Bruce Wayne, in addition to addressing origin stories for Batman villains.
My Thoughts: We’ll have to see if the show finds a good balance between storytelling and fanservice. But it is a superhero show, so I’m in for at least the pilot.
How to Get Away with Murder
Premise: A defense attorney teaching at a law school finds herself and her students involved in a murder.
My Thoughts: Not my usual genre, and hype (no matter how substantial) by itself is never enough to convince me of anything. But it does feature a non-white female lead, so I’m at least going to try it initially. If I like it, great, but it’s possible it might not be my thing.
Legend of Korra: Book 4
Premise: Avatar Korra is tasked with bringing balance back into the world, and last season, she restored the airbending nation. However, she has also failed to recover from the action of the last season, and the new airbenders have decided to pick up the slack.
My Thoughts: I haven’t even reviewed Book 3! Korra is always really good, even when it goes in a direction I didn’t see coming. Seriously, the team behind this is amazing.
Chances I’ll Stick with It: Guaranteed
Premise: Ginko has the ability to see supernatural like creatures that most people can’t, and he spends his time resolving issues relating they create for the people around them.
My Thoughts: I have needed to start watching this show for a long time, and I’m putting my foot down. I probably won’t be able to watch the earlier seasons in time to prep for this, but whatever, I’ll catch up as I go along.
Premise: New Orleans is teetering on the edge of a witch/vampire/werewolf war for control of the city. The presence of the powerful Mikaelson family, the original vampires, complicates things–they’re not exactly a pacifying force, and no one ever really knows what side they’re on. The only thing that matters to the (incredibly messed up) Mikaelsons is family. (Okay, power comes in a close second.)
My Thoughts: Let’s be honest. A supernatural drama about family, and failing family, and loyalty as a matter of principle rather than genuine belief in a person. About broken people living as best as they can, even when their best really sucks. I’m obviously going to keep watching this, even though I miss Rebekah as the female lead (and Hayley isn’t exactly capable of filling her shoes).
Chances I’ll Stick with It: Good
Premise: Everyone’s psychological state is constantly monitored, to catch the potential for violence before it happens. Unhealthy psychological profiles are met with therapy, incarceration, or execution depending on the circumstances. Last season, we got to know the world, how it affected people, and what the system really meant. We saw several perspectives on how to handle the situation, short-term and long-term. We saw where the system failed. I have no idea what we’re going to see this season, but it’ll be awesome.
My Thoughts: Psycho-Pass is back! Yes, Gen Urobuchi’s dark cyberpunk dystopia’s second season is on, and I’m going to be watching it in broad daylight with all the curtains open while at least one person or dog is in the house.
Whoa, this puts me in agreement with the majority when it comes to this fall’s most anticipated anime. When does that ever happen? Psycho-Pass wins, though it only places second with men–which is kind of funny given that dystopian cyberpunk isn’t the stereotypical preference for female audiences. (Could it be because the female characters don’t suck?)
Chances I’ll Stick with It: Guarenteed
Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
Premise: Ronja is the daughter of a bandit leader, and spends her time having adventures in the forest or in a castle.
My Thoughts: It’s Studio Ghibli, oh my god, it’s Studio Ghibli! (For those who’ve been living under a rock, that’s Hayao Miyazaki’s studio, renowned even in the Western world for movies like Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle). Guys, there’s no way I’m not watching this if it’s Studio Ghibli. And look, no princesses.
Chances I’ll Stick with It: Good
Anyone else know what shows they’re planning on giving a chance?