TV Show Review: Iron Fist, Season 2

Details: Official site is https://www.netflix.com/title/80002612

Score: 6/10

The most exciting part of the second season of Iron Fist was the ending and the implications for the future. Otherwise, season two of Iron Fist is better than the first season, but still not great.

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TV Show Review: Voltron: Legendary Defender, Seasons 1 Through 7

Details: More information can be found ay http://www.voltron.com/ and https://www.netflix.com/title/80075595 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580664/

Score: 6.8/10

Voltron: Legendary Defender is the newest reboot of a popular decades old cartoon. Originally from Japan, subsequent reboots have been American produced with animation often happening in Asia somewhere. This is still the case with this new series. Legendary Defender is a good show that, as is often the case, gets progressively better in terms of narrative and animation quality with each subsequent season.

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TV Show Review: Legion, Season Two

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5114356/

Score: 6.5/10

Legion is a show that is deliberately trippy. Sometimes, when you try to be trippy you just end up going too far. The story is forsaken for the gimmick of being trippy. That is unfortunately the case for season two of Legion.

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TV Show Review: Luke Cage, Season 2

Details: More information can be found at https://www.netflix.com/title/80002537 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322314/

Score: 7.2/10

Season two of Luke Cage is better than season one. It feels like the show runners fine tuned how they want to handle the tone and feel of the show and of how they wanted this character to develop.

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Anime Review: March Comes In Like A Lion, Season 2

Details: Also known as Sangatsu no RaionSeason 2 aired in 2017 through 2018. There are twenty-two episodes in this season with each a little under twenty-five minutes long.

March Comes In Like A Lion is a sad, warm, beautiful anime whose plot resembles something that you’d see in a Asian soap opera. I hate soap operas, but what makes this so much better than soap operas is the use of beautiful art, animation, and music.

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TV Show Review: Jessica Jones, Season 2

Details: Aired on Netflix in 2018. Thirteen episodes with each at about fifty minutes long.

You know that feeling you get when you watch a horror movie and the characters keep doing stupid ass shit that is so stupid it kind of yanks you out of the experience. There’s a lot of that in season two of Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones is mostly entertaining. It’s just that the climactic moments can seem kind of ridiculous at times.

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TV Show Review: Stranger Things 2

Details: This is a review for season 2 of the show Stranger Things. Released on Netflix in 2017. There are nine episode with each episode at around forty-five minutes to an hour-long.

If I were to summarize Stranger Things 2 into a single phrase, it would be “nostalgia porn.” Stranger Things 2 doubles down on the nostalgia for the 1980’s and almost forces the viewer to partake in the music, style, and pop culture of the 1980’s. If you’re a fan of that decade, then you will likely enjoy Stranger Things 2. If you did not… then Stranger Things may come off as derivative and uninspired. For me, Stranger Things 2 dances the line between homage to the 1980’s and an uninspired, unoriginal mishmash of 1980’s pop culture.

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Anime Review: Sound! Euphonium

Details: Also known as Hibike! YūfoniamuOriginally aired in 2015. There are fourteen episodes in season one and thirteen episodes in season two. Most episodes are generally around twenty-four minutes.

Sound! Euphonium is a musically themed high school drama with a heavy emphasis on the drama and less emphasis on the music.  There are very few performances of music and while music gives the story context, it does not do as good a job presenting music as animes like Beck or Nodame Cantibile. With that said, Sound! Euphonium is a solid high school drama that successfully dances the line between drama and melodrama and succeeds at telling a compelling, believable story.

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Anime Review: Haikyu!!, Seasons 1, 2 and 3

Details: The anime first aired in 2014. There are currently three seasons. There are twenty-five episodes in seasons one and two. Season three has ten episodes and is called Karasuno High School vs Shiratorizawa Academy. Each episode is about twenty-four minutes long.

I’m mostly embarrassed at how much I enjoy sports anime. It’s pretty cookie-cutter stuff at this point, but I fall for it every time. First, I wonder to myself how an anime about basketball, rugby, golf, bicycling, or volleyball (in this case) could possibly be interesting. Then I watch a few episodes to see what’s going on. Before I know it, I get sucked into the hype and am binge watching the whole series. Despite my awareness of this weakness, the same thing happened again for Haikyu!!.

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TV Show Review: Lucifer, Seasons 1 and 2

Details: Started airing in 2015 on FOX. Two seasons with thirteen episodes in season one and eighteen episodes in season two. Each episode is about an hour-long, including commercials.

Lucifer is a show loosely based on the character of Lucifer first established in the renowned Sandman comic books. While very loosely based on those books, Lucifer the television show is actually kind of a mashup between Castle and Supernatural. It’s a police procedural with supernatural drama going on.

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