Test Pilot: File #49, Wonder Woman (2011)

Test Pilot #49: Wonder Woman Debut date: N/A – unaired pilot that quickly leaked online in spring 2011 Series legacy: LOL Welcome friends, to the second Test Pilot Special Theme Week. We had such great success with the week devoted to Joss Whedon-produced series back at the first of the year that I thought it would be … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #49, Wonder Woman (2011)

Test Pilot: File #47, The Flash

Test Pilot #47: The Flash Debut date: September 20, 1990 Series legacy: Mostly forgotten and failed entry of superhero TV Welcome friends, to the second Test Pilot Special Theme Week. We had such great success with the week devoted to Joss Whedon-produced series back at the first of the year that I thought it would be fun … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #47, The Flash

#TVFail Entry 19: Smallville, “Reckoning”

The accused: Smallville, “Reckoning” (Season 5, Episode 12) The crime: Sending its lead character on an aimless, never-ending path of self-loathing How much impact, both positive and negative, can one bad episode have on an entire series? How do long-running series continue onward in the aftermath of an episodic failure? Is it possible that individual, … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 19: Smallville, “Reckoning”

Waiting for Superman, week four: How important is the ending?

With only five more weeks of Smallville, there are mixed emotions in the TVS headquarters. To work out those conflicting feelings, I’ll be writing a pre-episode piece every week from here on out until the final episode on May 13. You can the first three pieces here, here and here if you missed them. You … Continue reading Waiting for Superman, week four: How important is the ending?

Waiting for Superman, week two: The best comic book character guest stars

With only five more weeks of Smallville, there are mixed emotions in the TVS headquarters. To work out those conflicting feelings, I’ll be writing a pre-episode piece every week from here on out until the final episode on May 13. You can see last week's piece here if you missed it. Last week, I promised … Continue reading Waiting for Superman, week two: The best comic book character guest stars

Waiting for Superman, week one: How Smallville can stick the landing

With only five more weeks of Smallville, there are mixed emotions in the TVS headquarters. To work out those conflicting feelings, I'll be writing a pre-episode piece every week from here on out until the final episode on May 13. This is the first one, obviously. Smallville's tenth and final season has been a bit … Continue reading Waiting for Superman, week one: How Smallville can stick the landing

Human Target, “The Return of Baptiste”

Apologies for the delay in this write-up, I've been swamped with end of the semester business and unfortunately, that will continue for the next week or so. I'll try to have some things pre-written, but it's going to be light around these parts for a while I think. Anyway, this week's Human Target? Pretty great, … Continue reading Human Target, “The Return of Baptiste”

Season Premiere — Human Target, “Ilsa Pucci”

Writing about the Human Target season two premiere is particularly interesting to me for a few reasons. First of all, I have rarely, if ever, just jumped into a series without seeing most of the episodes leading up to said jump-in point. I literally can't think of any series that I've done that with in … Continue reading Season Premiere — Human Target, “Ilsa Pucci”