Almost Human: Almost There


A few seasons ago, fantasy series seemed to be the "in" thing for network TV; this year I'm noticing more of a sci-fi bent.  Almost Human is a prime example; the show is set 35 years in the future, and is essentially a buddy cop bromance between a human with baggage and issues expressing his emotions and a rogue, extra-emotional and intuitive android.  It may seem a bit cliche or cheesy, and it vaguely reminds me of Alien Nation from time to time, but it's growing on me... almost. Fox chose … [Read more...]

Anticipating The Return of Grimm


In case you haven't heard, there's finally a new episode of Grimm this Friday!  It feels like it's been forever since I've seen an episode of Grimm - and that's because it kind of has.  The last episode aired on November 16.  Considering that the first season ended in mid-May, and the second started in mid-August, that means we've now had a longer break than we did between seasons.  Oh, and lest we forget, the hiatus began on a cliffhanger.   Actually, that's the problem - I have sort of … [Read more...]

TV Terror: Halloween Episodes


Happy Halloween, all!  Growing up, Halloween was a major holiday for me.  I always had a little party in high school, and in college I went all-out, running one of the haunted houses in our campus-wide Halloween festival.  I've gone soft in my dotage - I no longer think it's appropriate to make small children cry - but I can't help but smile when I see others geeking out unabashedly on Halloween. And that includes on TV!  I love me a good Halloween-themed episode, especially when it involves … [Read more...]

World-building, Wesen, and Grimm

Grimm - Season 2

Last year, it seemed there were more sci-fi and fantasy-based TV shows than ever before - and at the end of the year, it felt that most of them had been sent packing.  Only a few network shows were notably unscathed. Once Upon a Time was not a surprise, with the Disney backing, well-known actors, dark writing and popular acclaim.   Less expected was NBC's support of Grimm, which had quietly flourished in its Friday-night slot and become a bit of a cult favorite. I know it was certainly one of … [Read more...]

TV Cancellations: The Final Countdown?


Well, decisions have been made, and hardly anyone is happy.  This week, TV networks have been having their "upfronts" - meetings where they announce their lineups and schedules for the next season to press and advertisers.  That means the hard decisions concerning cancellations have been flying thick and fast.  Now, last season's lineups seemed particularly geek-friendly, with quite a few offerings in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.  Perhaps it's not a surprise, then, that not all of them will … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning: TV Cancellations


The first shot has been fired, and it's come from Fox.  No, I'm not talking about politics; I'm talking about the end-of-season cancellations.  Just because a show has made it past its first - or third, or fifth - season and been renewed in the past doesn't mean its guaranteed another, but a freshman show is certainly most in danger of being cancelled.  Last in, first out, as they say. The first one to go?  Terra Nova.  Now, granted, I never did get around to watching an episode - and maybe … [Read more...]

Genre Invasion: Aliens, Zombies and Werewolves, Oh My


I'm calling it now: vampires are on their way out.   Okay, let's be real.  Vampires will never really die (pun intended).  They've been enjoying a slow, steady burn of popularity for the last 30 years at least.  The combination of sheer horror and a monster who looks normal - or attractive - has ignited our imaginations for years.  The vampire mythology is loose enough that you can make nearly any kind of vampire you like (as evidenced by Whitewolf's Vampire: the Masquerade series).  Vampires … [Read more...]

Happily Ever After – Five Very Different Ways to Love Faerie Tales

Faerie Tales

After my last article about Heroes of the Feywild, it occurred to me that, while I’ve said a lot about my love of faerie tales in earlier articles, there’s so much more I can say. Is it a bit ironic that your Gay Gamer Geek loves Faerie Tales? Maybe a tad, but it’s no less true for all that. You already know so many things I love that touch on Faerie Tales, from the Changeling RPG to the comic series Fables to Disney movies, because I’ve talked about them in these articles. I challenged … [Read more...]