Ninja News – What To Watch Out For This Summer

Most of the current shows are finished, and those that aren’t are almost done, too. It’s time to look forward, and by that I mean, let’s talk about summer shows. A couple years ago, the words summer TV would have received a groan, or, probably, a couple laughs, but all that’s changed. Once you’ve waded through the hours of crappy reality TV that always takes over the summer months, there’s actually some decent shows on the horizon. So, here’s the ones we’re the most excited about.

1. Aquarius

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David Duchovny stars in Aquarius, a show where he’s a detective that is searching for a missing girl. The twist? That the girl he’s looking for is now working with a band of criminals led by a gent called Charles Manson! Looking forward to this one a lot.

2. Sense 8

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A group of people all over the world that are instantly linked together (well, mentally, at least) are hunted by people fearing their impact on the world. Has all the potential to do well, and a season dump by Netflix has us salivating. Let’s just hope it’s not the classic hunted superhero type cliché and they have put some original material together.

3. Fear The Walking Dead

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AMC are keeping things pretty close to their chest about this one. We don’t even know when it’s going to air! It’ll be this summer sometime, but looking like towards the end of it right now. We know it’ll be in LA, we know it’ll be set at the beginning of the outbreak, and we know it’ll have zombies. There’s also a family in the middle of it, who are working on normal family stuff as well as running from hungry walkers. Needless to say we’ll be watching this no matter what. Here’s hoping it can pick up from The Walking Dead and be another success for AMC.

4. Humans

Robots! There doing the housework and driving the cars in this show, but I’ve got a feeling that it’s not all going to be that easy. Robots never are. Remember Almost Human? The robot show with loads of potential that kind of bombed? Don’t do the same with Humans, guys!

5. Dark Matter

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A syfy classic plot here. A group of people wake up from cryo-sleep (cause that’s a thing) to find that they’re stranded on an abandoned space cruiser. They don’t know who they are, what happened before, or what to do. Can anyone spell mystery? Syfy’s strong in the summer, and we expect this show to be strong too.

6. Blunt Talk

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Patrick Stewart stars here as the British host of an American talk show. Only difference between him and James Corden is that he can pretty much ramble on about whatever he wants. This comedy looks great. Walter Blunt is far from perfect, though. He’s dealing with failed marriages, a whole bunch of other issues and a cocaine problem. Yes, you read that right. Patrick Stewart’s doing blow in this show. Why wouldn’t you want to watch it?

Wayward Pines – Episode 2 – Do Not Discuss Your Life Before

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Last week we tuned in for round two of the purest WTF moments of the week. The pilot wrapped up leaving us viewers with a million questions. What’s the deal with Sheriff Pope? What’s going in with TIME in WP? I’m still reeling from Bev’s confession that she arrived in 1999, and has been there around a year. Wake up Bev! It’s 2014! Well, at least in Burke’s mind.

Burke finished the first episode staring up at the huge fences that separate the town he now calls home from the outer world. Maybe you really can’t leave Wayward, much like how you couldn’t die in Fortitude (for those that have seen it). Do Not Discuss Your Life Before kicks off with Burke heading back to the house where he found the Secret Service agent’s body. Sheriff Pope rolls into the house, and Burke’s told that, rule numero uno, you don’t leave WP. (Think we got that by now, Popey). Pope sends him back to the hotel, which he does, for all of five minutes. Still with me? Okay, good. Let’s push on.

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Ninja News – Supergirl Preview

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The news that the pilot of CBS’s Supergirl has already leaked broke the other day (even though the show doesn’t officially start until November – go figure) and some of the Ninjas are saying only good things. Sure, things will change between now and November, but for now we’re saying that the pilot looks pretty strong.
Keep an eye out for this one guys. We might be drowning in superheroes right now, but there’s still room for good shows. Let’s just see how CBS handles The Woman Of Steel.

Wayward Pines – Episode 1 – Where Paradise is Home Review

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SPOILER ALERT!

After all the waiting, M. Night Shyamalan’s next project, the highly anticipated Wayward Pines is finally here! It hit screens last night, and after a clever and direct approach from the marketing team, the team here at The TV Ninja was shaking with excitement. Thankfully, we weren’t disappointed.

There’s a lot of people online comparing this show to Twin Peaks, and it’s not surprising. Any show that drops a detective in an unknown town shrouded in mystery is going to draw those comparisons, but tonally, it’s totally different. Let’s not label it and give it a chance to just be Wayward Pines, guys!

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The Goldbergs – Season 2 Episode 4 – Shall We Play A Game? Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 15.03.52Bev, oh freakin’ Bev. This woman is my reason to live! She’s so un-cool, she’s cool. Erica doesn’t seem to think the same, so she starts spending time with Louise, ‘the cool mum’. She is the mother of one of Erica’s best friends, and the girls have been spending all their free time with her.  Trips to the mall, manicures, the whole nine yards. Continue reading

Baby Daddy – Season 4 Episode 1 – Strip or Treat Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 14.34.58One of our favourite shows here at TheTVNinja has returned! Baby Daddy is back for a fourth season, and surely the amount of Bonnie jokes will keep us entertained for the rest of the season. This show knows how to make each character special, funny and with quirky storylines that keep us gripped. It’s like a choir rather than a solo, and that’s why it works!

This episode was all about pranking. Riley is sick and tired of always being pranked on Halloween. It turns out the Wheelers are actually masters of the unexpected, and therefore have successfully pranked Riley over and over. Continue reading

The Big Bang Theory – Season 8 Episode 6 – The Expedition Approximation Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 14.16.51Everyone is busy making changes! Change is always good, but for these lot it can mean complications. This time money played a big part.

Penny decided to sell her old car, the one that Leonard gave her. Now she has a steady job, and a work car to go with it, she doesn’t need to keep her old one. This obviously upsets Leonard at first, but after some hard thinking he comes up with a solution. She has all this cash, so why not use it to start a joint account? Penny agrees and they end up throwing bills in the bed and gettin’ naughty. That’s exactly what I would have done with it! Continue reading

Brooklyn Nine Nine – Season 2 Episode 4 – Halloween II Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 12.46.57It’s obvious that Halloween is a very hectic day for everyone at the precinct. It came as no surprise that their Halloween episode involved a lot of Peralta messing around and screwing things up. Why have ten milliion characters when they’re only going to use the same people and the same plot lines over and over?

Anyway, this time Peralta is determined to steal the Captain’s watch. Since he won last year after stealing the Captain’s medal, he wants to add yet another success to his long list of ‘jokes’. He eventually finds a guy that calls himself ‘Fingers’. Fingers is a master pick pocket, who, of course ends up taking the watch, and stealing it ‘for realsies’ in the process. This part of the episode was as predictable as anything. I mean, what made Peralta think that he could get away with this two years in a row?

Turns out the Captain had spent the whole year planning his revenge. He planned every detail – the pick pocket, Peralta noticing the watch, etc..

Meanwhile, Gina is upset because she got kicked out of her dance group. That girl loves to DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! so it was hard to watch a depressed Gina rather than her usual chipper, funny self. Terry discovers that she’s been taking classes to finish her degree, and missing rehearsals in the process. In the end, of course her and Terry end up dancing at the show, and it was everything we ever hoped for. Strictly/Dancing with the Stars 2015?

That’s why it’s a bit upsetting that they don’t give more attention to the back stories of other characters. Clearly the ‘precinct’ plot and the cases are all a joke, so it would be nice to see more of what people actually do, rather than seeing Peralta’s pick-a-mix of pissing off his fellow characters every episode.

Modern Family – Season 6 Episode 4 – Marco Polo Review

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This was a week from hell for all the family. Phil and Claire take the children to a hotel for a few days after they discover mold in their house. That room was more a war trench than a bedroom, but they survived.

Claire had a Plan B, which was to secretly rent another room. She did, and it only took Phil a couple of days to realise what she’d been up to. She had all the comforts and space, while the rest of her family was suffering in a crowded room.  Eventually the kids discover the truth, and decide to go to Claire’s room and leave Phil alone. He ended up mingling with other guests, particularly a Nigerian family who ended up staying at their home once the mold was treated. The kids felt guilty and realised that Phil does all those crazy things because he’s a big kid he truly loves spending time with his children. Aww.. them feels!

Cam is still the football coach at Manny’s school and is preparing for a big match. Mitchell has never been into sports, but as a sign of support, he decides to attend the match. It turns out that he could be Cam’s bad luck charm and some things are better left alone. At least he tried.

The saddest part of this episode was Manny’s first heartbreak. He had started seeing a girl, a senior, and this had Jay and Gloria on edge. It turned out the girl was caught kissing her ex boyfriend, etc, etc..

Jay saw the whole thing, but decided to leave it up to Manny to make the right choice. He did give him a really nice speech, though. The poor kid was truly heartbroken, but these things happen, and he will be back to drinking his espressos in no time. Jay’s always been a dad to him, but it’s these moments where you see that Jay is an expert in the soft approach. Good on you Jay!

A very emotional episode. It is good to see the children growing and changing, experiencing new things. The best part is watching the adults experience the same things along the way.

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