I’m a big fan of television and tend to have it on as background noise most evenings; these days, it seems I watch a lot less than I used to as a kid since my focus is more on movies, videogames, writing, and work but, still, its had a profound impact on my life and development. Because of the episodic nature of television and how much there is to unpack from even an eight- or ten-episode series, I publish What’s on the Box? articles quite infrequently, producing maybe one every few months or so. While I do go into the background and development of the episode or show, and employ no restraint on spoilers,the review is more of a general overview of the show’s narrative, characters, presentation, and most memorable moments rather than an episode-by-episode discussion.
Air Date: 2 October 2013Worldwide Network: Pokémon TV Original Network: TV TokyoStars: Bryce Papenbrook, Lucien Dodge, Jamieson Price, Kirk Thornton, and Kyle Hebert The Background:The brainchild of executive director Satoshi Tajiri, Pokémon began life as Capsule Monsters (later changed to Pocket Monsters and rebranded as Pokémon for the games’ worldwide release), a role-playing game inspired by … Continue reading What’s on the Box?: Pokémon Origins
Air Date: October 2019 to May 2020UK Network: E4Original Network: The CWStars: Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, and Dougray Scott The Plot:Three years after Bruce Wayne (Warren Christie) disappeared from Gotham City, taking his vigilante persona Batman with him, Kate Kane (Rose), Wayne’s cousin, returns to Gotham to confront her … Continue reading What’s on the Box?: Batwoman (Season One)
Superheroes may dominate television screens these days, but it all started back in the seventies. Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) took cinemas by storm and drummed up enough cash to sink a small cruise liner, Marvel Comics had ventured into live-action adaptations of their comics books by licensing their properties to studios like … Continue reading Talking Movies / What’s on the Box?: That ’70s Marvel Cinematic Universe
Okay, I’ll admit: I’ve never been a big fan of superhero properties on television. Growing up, I never watched The Incredible Hulk as it was never on television when I was a kid – the closest I got were the three made-for-television movies that came out of it (which, incidentally, I liked as a kid). … Continue reading What’s on the Box?: Superheroes on Television