The original ‘Star Trek’ broke popular cultural ground in 1966, airing for three seasons on NBC. It was the creation of screen writer Gene Roddenberry. Diversity and equality permeated races, gender and species for the first time in television history. On ‘Star Trek,’ anything fantastical could happen and thank goodness, it did.
Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ takes the phrase ‘leaving your mark’ to a whole new level. ‘Penny Dreadful’ is one of the latest supernatural dramas to showcase on the small screen this year. The setting takes place in nineteenth century London, England. The dark cinematography is breathtaking, with beautiful detail to Victorian costume and architectural design. The characters are from classic British horror literary works.
Finally, an episode which shows the devastation of death for those left behind, which is a rarity in television land. In ‘True Blood’s “Death is Not The End” (Season 7; Episode 4), the cold harsh reality of someone’s loved one dying is spotlighted. The grownups assume the responsibility of cleaning up after death. While most television series are fictional, death is real. When death happens, certain responsibilities must be taken to bring closure to loved ones and a respectful end to those who are no longer here.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered December 14, 2015. It is the first part of a trilogy in the Star Wars sequel. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed by J. J. Abrams. Abrams is also a co-writer and co-producer. The premise is life thirty years later after “The Return of the Jedi”. The battle now rages between the Resistance (Rebel Alliance) and the First Order (the Galactic Empire).
There’s a divide between those who love “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and those who hate it. It’s hard to believe that all hardcore “Star Wars” fans find J. J. Abrams’s version to be askew. It’s never good to say, “All” when it comes to the public at large. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but you know what they say about opinions and a certain bodily orifice.
Everyone knows about Supergirl, Storm, and Wonder Woman, but what about Fantomah, Moon Girl and the Spider Queen? If you can’t recall the latter superheroines, it’s because they fell by the wayside of comic book glory. “The League of Regrettable Superheroes” by Jon Morris is a historical collection of unsuccessful comic book superheroes.