It wouldn’t be Friday the 13th without a little spooky action, but we’ll forgo axe murderers for Demigorgons. Stranger Things, probably the best non-MCU series that Netflix still has, finally returns for its second season on October 27, 2017, and the final trailer is awesome. In a huge switch from the first season, the kids aren’t having to convince the town that horrible things are happening, because those horrible things aren’t staying locked up behind the walls of the creepy research lab any more. The kids that are in this show, ten years from now, are going to be big stars in their own right, but the adult stars are lead by Winona Ryder and David Harbour.
Stranger Things 2 is set a year after Will’s return, and everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins. It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
On January 24, 2013, I started a blog on media to pass the time (you can click on About Killing Time if you want the entire dynamic origin story). This morning, during the wee hours, that site passed half-a-million hits. 500,000 hits, baby! That’s just on KT, not the social media pages, but if you had told me when I was starting out that we’d ever get to 1/2 a million hits, I’d have upped your thorazine. I saw the number creeping toward the milestone a month ago, as I’ve noticed we’re also nearing 10k followers (you geeky legion, you). I had no idea it was that high, and I just want to sincerely thank every one of you who makes this a fun site to write, manage, micromanage, rearrange and then re-micromanage, and for the comments, support, and sense of community that has-especially this year-made this such an awesome place to be.
No doubt the morning shows are all over this, but I thought I’d share just a few of the reader reactions to the news. SO kind (thank you for the mic drop, Mr. President). After the break check out the most read articles in the site’s history.
If you’ve given up completely on broadcast TV to produce quality dramas, I don’t really blame you. Cable, with its freedom from content restriction, has carved out a golden age of TV drama to the point where there’s a greater quantity of well-written, well-acted drama on TV than there is in the movie theater. The networks have retreated into formulaic shows and franchises like CSI, Law & Order, NCIS, etc. There are some good shows for the super hero crowd like The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but aside from The Blacklist, nothing to match cable. That was until This is Us came along last season.
This is Us isn’t just good; it’s great. It’s a show I should hate since it constantly deals with family, death, relationships, y’know….real life. It’s unapologetically earnest, consistently funny, always well-written, brilliantly acted, and in one year (we’re three episodes into season two) has already become the best network drama of the decade. The show’s pilot contains a brilliant twist, which I don’t want to ruin if you want to give the show a try, but my favorite scene in it comes from the pilot in a moment of joy and heartbreak. Two of the show’s characters (Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimilgia) have triplets in the pilot and they lose one of the babies. TV veteran Gerald McRaney plays their doctor in three episodes of the first season, and Dr. K is my favorite non-recurring character (Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown is my favorite of the regular cast). He gives Ventimiligia’s character wonderful and horrible news and then delivers a speech that should be hokey; it really should come off as treacly nonsense, but it’s not. It’s a beautiful and wise scene, and if you haven’t given This is Us a try, do. It’s an absolute triumph.
This month marks the premiere of the fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels. The show, which continued in many ways on from the six seasons of Star Wars: Clone Wars, marks a decade in animation bridging the gap between the prequels and the original trilogy. Many characters (Ahsoka, Rex, Hondo, etc.) that were introduced in Star Wars: Clone Wars have had big parts to play in Rebels, but who is your favorite character introduced into canon during Rebels’ run? This includes fan favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn, the main adversary for the back half of the series (Thrawn was introduced in the novels, but made ex communicado by the rebooting of the EU; Rebels reintroduced him into the canon). Continue reading POLL: Favorite Character from Star Wars: Rebels?→
Killing Time readers voted and the new winner of the title: Best Show on TV is the first winner the site ever dubbed back in 2013 – HBO’s Game of Thrones. The seventh, and next-to-last season for the HBO fantasy drama lead from start to finish, ending up fending off its sister show on HBO, Westworld, which finished second after its first season. Sherlock finished third for its fourth season, and last season’s winner, The Flash finished tied with Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why to round out the top five. The voting was very diverse, with 13 of the 15 nominees getting at least one vote.
Here’s the history of our winners:
2013: Game of Thrones Season Three (HBO)
2014: The Walking Dead Season Four (AMC)
2015: Daredevil Season One (Netflix)
2016: The Flash Season Two (The CW)
2017: Game of Thrones Season Seven (HBO) Continue reading Poll Results: The Best Show on TV Is…..→