The TV Series Review Vol. 3 No. 3: The Weak Power of Marvel’s “Iron Fist” on TV

For our third series review, we will go to “The Good Place” with Eleanor Shellstrop (with some spoilers along the way, so be warned), attend Jimmy and Gretchen’s wedding in “You’re the Worst ” and join Danny Rand in New York in his fight against the Hand in the TV adaptation of Marvel’s “Iron Fist.”

This is Us

The series follows the lives of Kevin, Kate, and Randall (known as the “Big Three”) and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. It’s a simple story of the real lives of a simple family. Randall is a black kid, adopted after Jack and Rebecca lost their third baby. Kevin and Kate are the surviving children of a triplet pregnancy. Kevin is a small-time actor in Hollywood and Kate is an aspiring singer. The three navigate their adult lives, always looking back on their childhood, with the shadow of their dead father Jack always behind them. The third season did not disappoint us. The season shows Randall winning a local election and its consequences on his family. Kevin goes back to his alcoholic problems triggered by the discovery of Jack’s younger brother, whom they thought was already dead. Kate, on the other hand, just got her baby through a difficult pregnancy. What I love about this show, its simplicity, is still there, not to mention the awesome performance of the cast every episode. I love that the story and its background is growing, and we got to know more the stories not only of the major characters but of the supporting cast as well. The episodes featuring the story of Jack’s missing brother were good but this season is about Randall and his family, and boy, the acting during those episodes was simply superb. Geek Rate: Sun god worthy (4 out of 5 stars)

Iron Fist

Geek Rate: Thief worthy (2 out of 5 stars)

apollo redBased on the Marvel Comics of the same name, Iron Fist is set on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and one of the only Marvel stories I approved (I am a DC fan). It tells of the story of billionaire Danny Rand who was presumed dead but returned as a martial arts expert with the power as the Iron Fist. As he tries to get back to his old life, his duty as the Iron Fist calls him to take action against its ancient enemy called “The Hand.”

With the absence of the revelations that make the first season exciting, season 2 will burn you out. I was not even excited to see Rand again, and the other characters for that matter. The villains in this season are not that threatening, the plot was somewhat loose. But the world of Danny Rand is too familiar to miss and I’ll finish the second (and last) season before I give my final verdict.

You’re the Worst

The comedy/drama series that deserves an acting prize, it follows the story of writer Jimmy and PR executive Gretchen as they attempt a fucked up relationship. The show ended this month with their deep humor never fading. Watching this show will bring a mixture of emotions: you will laugh, cry, be disgusted, wonder why the screen looks blurry (like that of the ’60s) and be amazed by the shots at the same time. Like the show, you will love and hate Jimmy and Gretchen, be disgusted with them especially when they have sex but laugh along with their funny and most of the times, evil humor. There are a few less-known TV series I am proud that I watched, and “You’re the Worst” is one of them. The show has intelligence in it, artistic shots lost to most TV series, and superb acting that makes it special among the many shows out there. Cheers to Jimmy and Gretchen, and thanks for the memories! Geek Rate: Sun god worthy (4 out of 5 stars)

Please Like Me

Geek Rate: Sun god worthy (4 out of 5 stars)

helios-256The Australian TV series which is currently I’m addicted about, “Please Like Me” tells of the story Josh, who after being dumped by his girlfriend, realizes that he is gay. Caring for a mother who once attempted suicide, Josh will navigate his new life with his friend and housemate Tom together with his boyfriend, all while still being his awkward and self-centered self.

This is not a series which you could just casually watch because every episode of the show is riveting and fun, and just plain simple but real. I like Josh because I understand him, like watching myself on the screen: his awkwardness and being a self-centered guy who is oblivious on the fact that he is sometimes just that. There is also some cool element of friendship here and his love life is something to watch for, it’s funny and sad at the same time. His family also makes the show fun to watch: his depressed mother and his father who is now living with a Thai girl (the most adorable character in the show). The dynamics of the actors with each other is great bringing out the humor in the show while not losing its raw story and humanity of the characters.

The Good Place

Just when you think you’re in heaven, you’ll realize that you’re, in fact, in hell. That’s what Eleanor Shellstrop discovered when she was sent to what was supposed to be “The Good Place” with her supposed soulmate Chidi and their neighbors Jianyu the monk and rich girl Tahani. “The Good Place” is one of the most addicting shows in Netflix, like you will literally hit “next” every after episode. Its story is simple: Eleanor finds herself in “The Good Place” despite being an evil person. She then tried to cover up the fact that she is a bad person by studying to be good via lessons from Chidi, an ethics professor. Just when you thought that’s it, you’ll discover that her neighbor Jianyu is not really a monk, but a drug dealer and that rich girl Tahani is not really into helping raise money for charity. And they are all in “The Bad Place.” There’s more in the show than simple comedy. First, the actors in this series are all great, their characters are well defined and they all have good chemistry. How the writers turned this simple story into a debate on morality while having a laugh every other minute is simply, for a lack of better word, cool. The comedy in itself is not grade school level but not so deep like the humor in “You’re the Worst” where there were times you can’t relate to it. The pop culture references are amazing, as well as the literary references that most can relate, as long as you know Gandhi and Kant. The series ask questions about what really defines a good person and bad one, and what actions do we take as good and what are the bad ones. Most importantly, why there is no Medium Place for mediocre people? We deserve an answer. Janet! Geek Rate: Sky god worthy (5 out of 5 stars)

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