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The Weekly TV, Movie, & Games Discussion Post For Week Of September 17th, 2023

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Take look at the shows we've covered, games we're playing, and movies we're watching this week that may not show up elsewhere on the site.

We’re heading into the final months of 2023 and it’s a different world to be sure due to the actors and writers’ strikes as there won’t be a broadcast season for the most part, unless you’re interested in game and variety shows. The streaming side offers us a bit more material that was in the hopper already so we’re definitely good other.

We’re in a minor lull at the moment with three main shows we’re watching have ended. We’ve got Star Wars: Ahsoka now underway and this month gives us Lower Decks as we wrap up Foundation as well. We’re hoping to slip a few movies into the reviewing pattern as well.

One show I’ve neglected to write about the past few weeks, and part of is that they dropped three episodes at the start, is the second season of The Wheel of Time. I had a lot of issues with the first season in how it adapted things and some of the production values along with how it was moving through things. The second season doesn’t feel like it’s by a whole new team but rather a more refined and capable team that is able to execute it better. The show continues to look great and even better with all of its details this time around. With five episodes out already of the eight for the season, it’s embracing the scale of the cast and bringing in more characters while also having our core characters split apart – as they were for most of the novels. It’s sticking to specific in-culture terms for various things without going for more generic names and it’s embracing the scale of everything. I really had a hard time with a lot of choices made in the first season but this season just feels far smoother and more engaging.

Next up this week we’ve got our look at the first two episodes of the fourth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks. The end of the opening episode provides a look at what’s to come this season with a journey into Klingon space that goes badly but that has me pretty wary as to what it could be. The main episode itself is a lot of fun as we get some merged body antics with the Cerritos side, which is a pretty standard but very fun thing to try and manage, while the gang on the Voyager deals with pretty much all the big problems that crew had to face in comical form. Not without some danger, but it’s still just a lot of fun. I imagine fans of the original show have a ton of references to find throughout it and it’ll definitely deliver what they’re looking for. It was a lot of fun even for a casual viewer like me and just seeing the progress of the team while still sticking to their lower deck roots is a hoot.

Check out our review of the third episode.

Next up this week we’ve got our look at the fifth episode of Ahsoka. Some stuff here doesn’t work too well, the whole New Republic politics angle and Hera’s role in it is just awkward, but it’s not much different than what we’ve seen in most Star Wars TV shows outside of Andor. And this round at least as a bit simpler and minimal so it didn’t stand out in a bad way. It was good to get some time with Chopper and Jacen and to include Teva as well a bit, though some of his dialogue and actions just felt out of place in the moment and “not realistic” for how it unfolded with a superior officer and the actual situation at hand. But beyond that, there’s a lot to enjoy here depending on the vector from which you’re watching this show. The World Between Worlds material is always divisive among fans but if you’re going to do it in live-action, this is how you do it. The team went big with it in giving us not just Anakin but young Ahsoka and some time with past battles, costumes, and events that just hits a sweet spot to tie everything together properly.

Check out our review of the episode.

Next up, we’ve got a look at the ninth episode of Foundation with its second season. The show delves into a few things along the way, notably the sacrifice that Riose has to go through while doing his duty and his attempts at trying to curb some of Day’s worst impulses, while we also get some decent time with Mallow and Constant since they’re stuck in the Imperial ship. The bits we get with the Foundation Director and others is good and seeing more of their “church” delights me but makes me wish they actually explored all of this more over the course of the season instead of this awful stuff with Gaal and Salvor. The Empire material dominates this episode and we get a big radical change toward the end of it that has me wondering what their intent is because it kind of blows up so many other things as it diverges ever harder from the source material.

Check out our full review.

And as a reminder, Daniel has checked in on the first season of One Piece. ”

Netflix’s attempt to adapt manga juggernaut One Piece delivers due to a deep understanding of the source material, an understanding lacking from many previous attempts to bring manga and anime to the world of live-action. If you’re willing to immerse yourself in this weird world of pirates and plunder you may just find yourself a gem. One that is rough and perhaps a bit unpolished in a few areas, but one that shines all the same.”

Check out our full review.

Movie reviews:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review
  2. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Film Review
  3. Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review
  4. Justice League: Warworld Blu-ray Review
  5. The Little Mermaid
  6. The Boxtrolls Review
  7. Kubo and the Two-Strings Review
  8. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Review
  9. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends Anime Movie Review
  10. Sword Art Online The Movie – Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night Movie Review
  11. Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island
  12. Missing Review
  13. The Whale Review
  14. Point of No Return Review
  15. Blonde Review
  16. Wendell & Wild
  17. Clerks III Review
  18. Luck Review
  19. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  20. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
  21. Hustle Review
  22. Top Gun: Maverick Review
  23. The Bob’s Burgers Movie Review
  24. Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Review
  25. Stu’s Show Review
  26. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition Review
  27. Bubble Anime Review
  28. Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis Anime Review
  29. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
  30. Turning Red Review
  31. The Batman Review
  32. Belle Review
  33. Drive My Car Review
  34. The Power of the Dog Review
  35. Robin Robin Review
  36. BoxBallet Review
  37. Bestia Review
  38. Eternals Review
  39. Encanto Review
  40. 8-Bit Christmas Review
  41. Music Box: Jagged Review
  42. Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review
  43. Tick, Tick…BOOM! Review
  44. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
  45. Free Guy Review
  46. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Review
  47. Dune (2021) Review
  48. Black Widow
  49. Jungle Cruise Review
  50. As the Village Sleeps Review
  51. Space Jam: A New Legacy Review
  52. A Quiet Place Part II Review
  53. Knots: A Forced Marriage Story Review
  54. School-Live! The Movie Blu-ray Review
  55. In the Heights Review
  56. Over the Moon Review
  57. Feeling Through Review
  58. Two Distant Strangers review
  59. Yes-People Review
  60. A Love Song for Latasha Review
  61. If Anything Happens I Love You Review
  62. Burrow Review
  63. Godzilla vs Kong
  64. Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Review
  65. Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Preview
  66. Raya and the Last Dragon Review
  67. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Review
  68. The Little Things Review
  69. In Other Words Review
  70. Earwig and the Witch Review

What did you watch this past week?