State of the TV Nation: Fall 2016

Posted: October 12, 2016 by Micah in Randomnicity
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Well hey Internet, and congratulations. You made it another week, another spin round on this crazy, beautiful bouncing ball we call earth. Take a moment and reflect on your week? Were you all that you could be? Did you eat as many delightful snack crackers as you could have eaten? Could you have put more limes into that coconut before you stirred it all up? These are the questions we must wrestle with. The things we must ask ourselves. The calories we must account for.

But enough of that tosh and nonsense.

And on to our usual Tosh and Nonsense, namely:

Micah’s State of the TV Nation

Agents of Shield

Agents of Shield has actually been super good early on this year. I was worried about the introduction of Ghost Rider (but not the real one) into the show because it definitely panged a little of desperation, while at the same time making them look a little like Marvel’s unloved step-child (cause they didn’t let them have the REAL Ghost Rider.) But it’s actually been a huge shot in the arm for the show and early indications are he’s going to be an integral part of things moving forward. Honestly though, Agents of Shield has been on a pretty nice roll for the last couple seasons, its first season was VERY bad though so it’s had a lot of ground to make up. Hopefully the injection of new blood gets the show the attention (and the budget) it needs to stay relevant.


Is there umm… Is there some Visine for that?



I have a very soft spot in my heart for Arrow but even I will admit the last couple seasons have been mediocre at best. It looks like they’re trying to mix things up this season with the introduction of a ton of new characters and I guess it could work. For the past couple season it’s felt the show was just sort of spinning it’s tires so maybe getting some new tires will help with the spinning?? Regardless, this is the train I’m riding on though, and I’m sticking with it till the end of the line… Probably… Also apparently the train has wheels.

The Flash

Flash has (thus far) managed to avoid “Arrow Syndrome” and its third season started out very strong. It’s lighter tones and characters definitely help it struggle through some of the drudgery of a 24 episode season and that probably is what it has that Arrow is missing. We’ll see how season 3 shapes up and if it can keep things “running” smoothly. That said the villain from the first season and the villain from the second season we’re basically the same person so if this seasons arch-nemesis is yet another “guy that runs real fast” I think it’ll hurt the show more than a little.


It’s the Ar-fla-girl-iverse… of tomorrow?



Supergirl got off to a really good start in season 2! The introduction of Superman finally for the very awkward monkey off of their backs, and frankly I thought he was really good. It was nice to see a Superman who seemed to enjoy being Superman, and didn’t look like every moment he spent being a super powered, attractive, well thought of alien was pure torture. It’ll be interesting to see how they work her into the CW shared universe but I’m at least interested enough in the show to see what it does on the new network.

(and thus ends the super-hero corner, thanks for coming)

Designated Survivor

I don’t know how I feel about this show yet. It’s had some pretty good moments and I think Keifer Sutherland is doing pretty well but… I don’t know it hasn’t had it’s big “this is why you should watch this show” moment yet. I’m enjoying it, but it’s had a couple shots to really grab me with a big speech or a dramatic reveal and while it hasn’t missed entirely it hasn’t really hit yet either. I’m still in wait and see mode on this.

The Good Place

It’s basically what we all thought it would be, charming and funny without ever dumpster diving for humor. It’s a very smart show more than it is a belly laugh humor kind of deal. It’s a show that makes no apologies about being what it is, and what it is, is genuinely fun and entertaining with a ton of wit worked in.


It’s a show well defined by this poster. Understated, smart, and funny without needing to beat you over the head with it.



Only one episode in at this point but it was an entertaining enough episode. As long as the show doesn’t start taking itself too seriously it will work but I feel like it’s in very real danger of doing that down the road. I can’t no holds bar recommend it, but it’s at least worth checking out if the premise intrigues you.

Luke Cage


He’s a very large person.


Obviously the full season of this is out and on Netflix so let’s jump into this and poke around a bit shall we? First off: I liked Luke Cage. I thought it was, on the whole, well done. That said, it wasn’t one of the Netflix super hero universes best. The villains never really did anything for me and the one that was easily the most interesting was the first one they killed off. The main “super powered” villain was just straight up uninteresting and just kind of settled into “he’s insane!!… because he is.” category which is NEVER interesting to watch over multiple episodes. The fight scenes were kind of meh and mostly just came down to Luke Cage being bigger and stronger than everyone, and while I think Luke Cage himself is a really strong character none of the supporting characters really lifted the show anywhere else. All that said, I thought it was better than Daredevil season 1, but not as good as DD Season 2 or Jessica Jones (in my opinion still the best of the bunch, ironically, because she had a great supporting cast which included Luke Cage.) It also had a weirdly large number of plot holes for a show like this… the people of Harlem seemed to flip-flop opinions every few seconds, villains would make plans and then abandon them in favor of something WAY less affective sounding, and when the main villain shows up in a powered suit with a HUGE section of his face exposed nobody so much as taps him there. But like I said when I started this very long paragraph: it was good. I enjoyed it, can’t wait for Cage to come back in The Defenders.

And there you go guys! That’s the TV  landscape as things stand right now (as far as I’m concerned.) Think I left something off the list? Have a mini-review of your own? Go ahead and drop it in the comments or email us at Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow for some trailer breakdown!

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