As a producer, J.J. Abrams has been behind some of the more well-regarded series of the past decade, includingLost, Fringe, and Person of Interest. His involvement in a series alone brings a level of interest with it. The move of Alfonso Cuarón to American television, meanwhile, brings with it its own level of excitement. Fresh off an Oscar win for Best Director, Cuarón is well-respected in critical circles, and it will certainly be exciting to see what he does with television, as he returns to the medium for the first time since 1990. Believe, however, has the benefit of having both these individuals onboard, which gives the show a lot of potential. Aided by Cuarón, the pilot also points to a show with a lot of promise, with a few intriguing directions it can take.
I suppose if a show is going to dive swim in the oceans of ridiculousness, there’s no point in wading in the shallow end; “Shadow of a Doubt” takes the bat shit world of Bates Motel to a new level, adding in ludicrous marijuana mulers (who shoot teenage dimebag sellers, apparently), a completely misguided drug war, and a teenage girl who leaves a note for the boy she spent most of the first season ignoring (after she slept with him, of course). And this is all before we get to the single oddest thing in Bates Motel‘s short existence: Norma Bates emotionally singing “Maybe This Time.”
The television show Arrow has often been called a revenge or redemption story for Oliver Queen throughout the first two seasons. The angle many columnists have taken is that Oliver Queen is making up for the sins of his family by shutting down the crime in the city. This list Oliver used was the showrunners’s template for how Oliver would grow throughout the series. The flashbacks also represent this angle by showing the audience choices Oliver made in the past that directly relate to a contrasting decision he has just made. While revenge and redemption are intriguing larger themes that guide the audience on Oliver’s evolution, identity is a much smaller more subtle theme that keeps viewers tuning in week after week.
The Walking Dead season 4 brings to life its 13th episode, “Alone,” as Sasha questions Bob and Maggie’s decision to move forward towards the sanctuary, while Daryl and Beth find shelter in a funeral home. Special guest Alex Brown of Tor.com joins us to discuss Beth’s piano playing skills, Bob’s character arc, and yes, the cute little stray dog. All this and more.