TV Series

Oct 21, 2021

The fifth season of LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu was spooky/amazing. This season introduced a new threat that appeared at the end of season four. As I learned what this ghost wants throughout the season, I also learned newer information about Sensei Wu’s past. Now the ninja do not have their powers because a ghost named Morro possessed Lloyd. Moro is after the realm crystal that is in the first Spinjitzu Masters resting place with a location of unknown origin. The Ninja must race to the tomb before Moro can or else their world will be in danger. I loved watching season five because it

Oct 21, 2021

The fourth season of LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu was mind-blowing. I loved watching every minute of it because it had a lot of action, adventure throughout a secret island, mystery about Zane, and suspense. This season began with the ninja going their separate ways after the death of Zane. Lloyd brings them together and they receive an invitation to the Tournament of Elements where they are promised that Zane is alive. Once the ninja go on the island, we learn interesting past information about Garmadon’s sensei. I had an amazing time watching season 4 because it was marvelous, and the

Oct 21, 2021

The second part of the third season of Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu was outstanding. I loved how the ninja were backed into a corner but ended up figuring a way to win. The second part of the third season began with the Overlord capturing Lloyd and the ninja outnumbered by the amount of nindroids they had to face. The Overlord’s plan did not end up working so he knew that the only way to become his original form was to get the golden weapons that collided together in space. In these last few episodes of season three we see Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, and Lloyd go up to space to save Ninjago City. I

Oct 21, 2021

The first part of the third season of Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu was amazing. This season is completely different from the previous two in terms of more action, a better storyline, and a “supercharged” villain. In the first part of season 3 you see that the Overlord is back but trapped in a digital prison. After the destruction of Ninjago City the people rebuilt their homes and called it New Ninjago City with hover cars and hover copters. The ninjas learn about the Overlord’s existence and will do everything they can to stop him. I had an amazing time watching the first part of season three

Oct 21, 2021

The time has come for Lloyd to face his father and for the Ultimate Battle to begin. In the second season of LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu the Serpentine are planning an attack while Stone Warriors attack Ninjago. Lord Garmadon takes the four golden weapons and then creates a mega weapon, and the ninja must train Lloyd for the Ultimate Battle. This new season has action, adventure to uncharted islands, mystery about the origins of the Dark Island, and family. I had an amazing time watching every second of the 2nd season of LEGO Ninjago because it was mind-blowing, and it was entertaining

Oct 21, 2021

The first season of LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu was amazing. I watched this when I was a kid and I loved it. This TV show has an awesome storyline, action, adventure, mystery, and suspense. The first season begins with the ninja's quest to stop Lord Garmadon, but he goes missing so they put their attention to stopping the Serpentine, an ancient race of snake people that once ruled Ninjago. Now they must stop Pythor from releasing the Great Devourer, a giant snake, and save the city. I had an amazing time watching the first season and I would recommend it to fans of LEGO and kids because

Oct 21, 2021

The fifth season of Gotham has some of my favorite episodes in the series. Gotham Season 5 was the aftermath of Jeremiah Valeska detonating bombs across Gotham. Now there is no way out of Gotham and there are only a few GCPD officers left to protect the city against Penguin's army, Scarecrow's crew, Riddler’s broken mind, and the other villains who carved up territory in Gotham as well. In this final season you can see how James Gordon saved the city from the break of destruction and how Batman was born. I had an amazing time watching the last season of Gotham, but I did not want it to end

Oct 21, 2021

The fourth season of Gotham was amazing and engaging to watch. Although many people say they did not like this season, I found it enjoyable and fascinating. This new season of Gotham is different from other seasons, but every season has its own unique form which makes it amazing. In the fourth season of Gotham, Penguin takes over the city and licenses crime to gain the citizens of Gotham’s attention. Detective James Gordon knew that the Penguin had to be stopped so he went to the Falcone family for help. Little did Gordon know that when he asked a gangster to rival in a war with another

Oct 21, 2021

The third season of Gotham was my favorite season out of the series. This new season has magnificent action, unraveled mysterious, intense rivalries, and betrayal. Gotham season 3 begins with James Gordon quitting the GCPD and becoming a bounty hunter to stop the monsters that escaped from Indian Hill. Bruce Wayne discovers a secret court that oversees Gotham’s “Judgement” which states that the city must burn before it can be rebuilt and lastly, we get introduced to a key villain, The Riddler, who teams up with the Penguin only to find out that Oswald was responsible for some horrific event

Oct 21, 2021

The second season of Gotham is filled with an interesting and complex storyline, amazing action, and suspenseful mystery. After the end of season 1,Oswald Cobblepot takes control over Gotham’s underworld as Bruce Wayne continues to investigate his parents’ murder and discovering clues at a toxic warehouse under Arkham Asylum named Indian Hill. Many small aspects from the first season make their way into a major role in this season as we get introduced to a few new characters and also get introduced to members of the “Maniax”. In the start of Season 2, Oswald took control of the underworld

Oct 21, 2021

The first season to start the TV show introducing Batman’s home, Gotham, is outstanding. I like that the first season introduces every character that would aspire to be the next major villain against Batman. In this TV show it shows the humble beginnings of every character we know that has faced Batman. Gotham begins with Bruce Wayne’s parents being murdered in an alley and introduces Detective James Gordon and Harvey Bullock who take the case. Throughout the season you see Bruce Wayne’s eagerness to find his parents' killer, Jim Gordon’s anger for the corrupt GCPD while hoping that it will

Aug 27, 2021

This teen comedy TV series was years ahead of its time and unappreciated when it aired in 1982-83, cancelled before the full first season could be finished. It’s a shame because it’s so smart and funny and different from anything else on TV at the time. It probably would have done better 15 or 20 years later, but it’s so endearingly ‘80s, I can’t imagine it at any other time and being so charming. 

The premise is this: two best friends are freshmen at a typical suburban American high school. Patty is a sweet, shy nerd who is too smart for her own good (played by a young Sarah Jessica Parker

Jul 7, 2021

Vampire Diaries Season 1 is a fantasy, fiction TV series by Julie Plec. It follows the story of Elena Gilbert who lives in a small town called Mystic Falls. Elena’s life is normal and happy until a tragic day when her parents die. Then a pair of vampire brothers move to town named Stephan and Damon Salvatore. In the midst of love, violence, and friendship also lies vampires and witches. With her romance with Stephan and the violence from Damon, will Elena be able to keep everyone safe?

This is my all-time favorite TV show. For anyone who loves fantasy and romance this is a perfect show that

Jun 3, 2020

I watched the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery when it premiered just didn't feel like Star Trek to me. The Klingons looked like orcs from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies. The overall feel was too flashy while also being too cynical--and my favorite Star Trek series is Deep Space Nine, which is overall the darkest series in the franchise. Then the rest of the series was locked behind the paywall of the CBS All Access channel and I didn't want to pay to watch a series that turned me off with its first episode, so I gave up on it. (Picture me stomping off in a huff and

The Good Karma Hospital

By Amanda Redman
Rated by Helen H.
May 8, 2020

Are you growing frustrated hearing about films and series you simply must watch, only to find they are on yet another streaming platform that will come with yet another monthly fee? Me too. That’s why I finally decided to give Acorn TV: the Best British TV and Film, a try. It’s free with your Johnson County Library card!

In The Good Karma Hospital, young Dr. Ruby Walker, flees a failed relationship at home in London, thinking she is signing on at a swanky hospital in India. When she arrives, the hospital is not quite what she had envisioned. She stays on, learning how to work with limited

Outlander, Season 1, Volume 2

By Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated by Becky C.
Dec 2, 2019

When my friends started raving about the TV series, Outlander, I was more, meh. It sounds a bit outlandish, frankly. A twenty-something combat nurse from England finishes her tour of duty in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. On vacation in the Scottish Highlands with a husband she barely knows, after having been separated for five years during the war, she gets sucked back in time to the 18th century. Great. Another military conflict. Only this time, being English, she's on the side of the occupier in occupied lands. She eventually falls in love with a hunky (and educated, and

Jul 31, 2019

If you don't know the basics of the British television series Doctor Who, here we go: a mysterious, eccentric, very long-lived, alien scientist known only as "the Doctor" travels through time and space in a ship that looks like a 1960s British police call box on the outside and is much, much bigger and more futuristic on the inside. The Doctor is accompanied by human traveling companions, fighting against tyranny, bigotry, and destruction in the past, present, and future, all across the universe. The show originally ran from 1963-1989 and was revived in 2005, continuing on today. It's my all

Feb 7, 2019

The Terror is a fictionalized account of the real historical event known as Franklin's Lost Expedition. The expedition, a crew of 129 men split between two British Royal Navy ships, set out in 1845 to discover a new route through the Arctic for trade between England and China - a route deemed the "Northwest Passage." Over a year after the expedition initially set sail, both ships (HMS Erebus and HMS Terror) became trapped in thick ice off the northern coast of Canada. The crew, utterly isolated and unprepared, were left to fend off the unrelenting cold of the Arctic with few provisions and

Oct 11, 2018

I am sometimes late to the party. I saw The Good Place getting rave reviews pretty much as soon as it started, but it wasn't until it was more than halfway through season two that I began watching season one. I should have realized that because it was created by Michael Shur, who co-created two of my favorite shows (Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine), I would adore it. And I do. By the time I got to the amazing plot twist of the season finale (which I will not spoil for you, because I don't want to go to the Bad Place), I was desperate to watch season two--which had just finished

Aug 20, 2018

Unforgotten opens with a series of scenes depicting perfectly ordinary people going about their lives and interacting with other perfectly ordinary people. At the same time, a body is discovered in the basement of a building that's over a century old, and DCI Cassie Stuart and her partner DI Sunny Khan must figure out not only what happened to the deceased, but when, in the long history of that building, he died. This mystery series is smart, engaging, thoughtful, and empathetic, and the story's interplay between ordinary people and the crime that's almost certainly been committed by one of

The Night Of (DVD)

By Price, Richard
Rated by Edward R.
Oct 25, 2017

I was swept away by this miniseries. Not fully knowing what to expect, the first episode traps you in an engaging story of anxiety and murder. The set-up feels like the first half of The Stranger by Albert Camus. Every detail, small or otherwise, will be taken into account in later episodes that depict the trial of one of the protagonists.

The show is spearheaded by John Turturro who plays criminal court attorney John Stone. Stone can be described as an "ambulance chaser" but clearly has a soft spot for people in general and his family specifically. His struggles with eczema mirror the

This Is Us (DVD)

By Dan Fogelman
Rated by Edward R.
Sep 27, 2017

This Is Us is a dangerously addictive show about a family over multiple generations and the extreme challenges they face. The pilot episode hooks you into a compelling drama by intertwining the lives of all the characters in a unique way. The story continues with complexities that match real life and yet what we see seems more surreal than reality.

This show is emotional. Not the setup/payoff kind of emotion but rather suffocating you with emotions until they find the right string to pull that will choke you up. This approach works in two ways: it pulled me in and then pushed me out. The

Jul 31, 2017

Line of Duty is a British cop show that follows the internal affairs unit as they attempt to flush out corruption in their own ranks. In the first series, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott is transferred to the anti-corruption squad after he refuses to participate in the cover-up of a botched counter-terrorism raid. In his new position, he finds himself charged with looking into the possibly-shady activities of Detective Chief Inspector Gates, who has come to the attention of the anti-corruption unit because of his team's unusually high solve rate for their cases. Gates' unique success has

Leverage, Seasons 1-5

By Timothy Hutton
Rated by Josh N.
May 17, 2017

"Sometimes bad guys make the best good guys."

I love a good caper, a story involving a heist or con (or both), with crazy plot twists and scenes that mess with your perceptions and expectations. With the TV series Leverage, there are five seasons, 77 episodes, of great capers. And I love every minute of it. The show has former-insurance fraud investigator Nate Ford (played by Academy Award-winner Timothy Hutton) team up with four of the best criminals in the world: grifter Sophie Deveraux (Gina Bellman); hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane); hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge); and the

Sleepy Hollow (DVD)

By Twentieth Century-Fox Television, Inc
Rated by Diane H.
May 10, 2017

Sleepy Hollow, the television series, takes an old story and gives it a new twist, blending the original Revolutionary War element with the modern world. 

Ichabod Crane, a British-turned-American-patriot soldier, is a captain in George Washington’s army. According to Crane, Washington was fighting more than a physical war; he was also fighting a supernatural one. Crane is a soldier in both wars. During the course of one skirmish, he battles with a deadly, seemingly unkillable horseman, resulting in Crane’s death and the horseman’s decapitation.

Through his wife’s witchcraft, Crane is set

Dracula, Season 1

By Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Rated by Josh N.
Oct 19, 2016

The DVD says Dracula, Season 1. There is no season two. The series ran on NBC in the 2013-2014 season and didn't get renewed. Which is a shame because although it's hilariously campy (in a brooding, gothic way) and takes extreme liberties with the source material, it's also a tremendous amount of fun for fans of melodrama, stylish visuals, steamy sex scenes, and Grand Guignol violence.

The craziness starts with the premise: Transylvanian Count Dracula is in London posing as an American inventor/entrepreneur, Alexander Grayson (and played by Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers--like I said

11.22.63 (DVD)

By James Franco
Rated by Jed D.
Sep 12, 2016

Quite possibly the best Stephen King mini-series adaptation so far, 11.22.63 finds English teacher Jake Epping traveling back in time though a portal in his local diner to September 9, 1958. His plan is to thwart the assassination of John F. Kennedy in five years, living off of bets he places using sporting events he already knows the outcome of. While waiting for that fateful day in Dallas, Jake ends up becoming a teacher again using false credentials, falling in love with school librarian Sadie, and investigating any potential clue to Lee Harvey Oswald's involvement. Time has other ideas for

Aug 31, 2016

This isn’t Hogwarts or Narnia, exactly. It’s more like a dark reflection of those popular magical fantasy novels. In the first season of The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman’s novel of the same name, Quentin Coldwater discovers magic is not only real, but potentially fatal. While studying at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, Quentin and his classmates are attacked by a magical being that is linked to their favorite childhood fantasy series about the land of Fillory that the author never completed. 

Can they use magic to enter this other world and finish the story? The real

Aug 2, 2016

This is the story of a complicated woman entangled in the lives of a powerful family. Sarah survived World War II in Europe and she’s working her way home to Australia as a nurse onboard an ocean liner. One of her patients is Mrs. Bligh, the commanding matriarch of a wealthy Australian family.  Sarah charms her patient’s son and grandchildren, but when she stumbles on a buried family secret Mrs. Bligh is determined to get rid of her.  Instead of quietly getting out of the way, Sarah just gets on with her life, accepting a position as a nurse in a small town near the Bligh family estate. Mrs