tv reviews

These are TV reviews from BRUSIMM. If you’re looking for the artistic take or what not on a TV show… that’s not this place. Here on Brusimm, we just have fun and after watching something on TV, we tell you if it hurt or was fun. Did it inspire or numb the senses? It’s what we do. We see, we write, we report. Nothing fancy! -Bruce

Finn Jones plays Iron Fist, a review

Iron Fist felt like a modern-day remake of those 60’s and 70’s kung fu movies, with lots of posturing and posing, with lots of fights in darkened alleys, hallways and rooms.

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When Danny Rand was 10-years old, he survived a mysterious plane crash that claimed the lives of his extremely wealthy parents. Rescued by warrior monks, Danny grew up in the of city of K’un-Lun, where he endured harsh conditions, but also trained to be a fierce warrior. Years later, Danny returns home to New York, where he wants to reconnect with his past and take his rightful place at his family’s company, which is being run by his father’s former business partner. Danny hopes to restore his family legacy by defeating the people who threaten it.”

Iron Fist started off pretty quickly demonstrating Danny Rand’s skills. Seemed like an odd beginning. And they continue to demonstrate what he is capable of, much like when a bad TV series puts all their cards on the table in the first episode. With a lot of arm swirling and such.

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As the show progressed we get repeated demonstrations of his talent while he tries to reconnect with the company that his father started. And throughout the first set of episodes, they milk the crap out of the aircraft accident that took his parents lives with recap after recap. The second half of the series continued to focus on his guilt for various reasons.

During the development of the story, it’s hard to figure out who the bad guys really are. It’s like a soap opera where some of the cast take turns being bad or good.

The other curious thing was that despite his supposed abilities, he had these anger or insecurity issues that kept interfering with his true talents. What the heck was all that training of 15 years for if he can’t control his anger?

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Iron Fist isn’t a horrible story but while we watch him struggle to find his foothold in his old life, we don’t care. We aren’t drawn into his plight. We don’t have to be. We’re shown over and over again what to care about instead of being drawn into investing our emotional viewing. [click to continue reading…]

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TAKEN series premiere review, ug!After watching the series premiere episode of Taken on NBC, I have to say that it left me feeling a bit hollow inside. Not to mention that the first episode pretty much set off all my “premiere warning bells,” during that premiere episode.

The premise is:

A young Bryan Mills (played by Clive Standen) must fight to overcome personal tragedy and exact revenge on those responsible in this modern-day origin story behind the “Taken” film trilogy. Still reeling from his devastating loss, Mills is quickly recruited by the leader of a covert CIA operation to work on her team – a job that awakens a very particular — and very dangerous — set of skills in the former Green Beret.

The film series, Taken, on Amazon.

I’m not sure who thought this would be a good idea, because I wasn’t sure about the idea of taking a premise like the origins story of Bryan Mills and putting it to paper. Don’t get me wrong. I thought it was a good idea. The creative team behind the show had the entire world available to them. But then they seemed to totally miss the mark for me.

First things first… the series starts out this Mills sister getting killed in a botched attempt to stop bad guys by Mills. Except the bad guys he stopped weren’t even the guys that killed her on the train.

But then the bad guys are caught and all is said and done.

Except suddenly we have, I can’t count, how many covert organizations pursuing Mills from out of nowhere and he seems to be ready for them. Except that in his scuffles with the bad guys, it’s not the same Bryan Mills we saw in the Taken films. This is the punching bag Bryan Mills edition.

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NBC’s POWERLESS Review

February 28, 2017

(Even Tudyk looks suspicious of the TV ratings of Powerless) NBC‘s Powerless is nothing more than a thinly veiled sitcom wrapped within the world of DC‘s land of vigilantes and meta humans. And it’s even failing at doing that. It feels like even the creative team behind the show has no clue how to handle […]

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Marvel’s Legion TV Review

February 12, 2017

Legion is based on the Marvel Comic title by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. It’s the story of Scott Young (Dan Stevens), a troubled but very special young man. In his youth he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and finds himself in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his 20’s and finding himself […]

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CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE From Syfy

January 19, 2017

Syfy‘s Channel Zero: Candle Cove, through the run of its short season, felt like Rectify meets Fortitude meets Fargo and they all end up meeting American Horror Story!!! IT was surprisingly good. Channel Zero is an anthology series telling the stories of Creepypastas, Internet short form horror stories, including Candle Cove and the No-End House. […]

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THE WHISPERS on ABC, Deadly Games By Innocent Kids

June 3, 2015

Did anyone catch this new ghostly looking series, The Whispers, on ABC Monday night? It is a curious little tale of games that children play with an unseen entity. But the games they play can get people seriously hurt. The FBI is brought in to check out one such incident of extreme damage done to […]

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Review of FORTITUDE on Pivot TV

June 3, 2015

Fortitude is a fascinating, slow burn of a show that keeps you on the edge of your seat while waiting for something dead to sit up and take credit. Despite not being a Sci-fi series. – Fortitude stars Stanley Tucci, Sienna Guillory, Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon, Jessica Raine, Luke Treadway, Richard Dormer and more. The […]

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Review of Marvel’s AGENT CARTER on ABC

June 1, 2015

I just finished binge watching ABCs Agent Carter on my DVR. The first season was a quickie eight episode run, because if for nothing else, I suspect there was a mild lack of faith with the show, hoping it would be received well enough by viewers and Marvel fans. But I found myself enjoying the […]

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THE FLASH, Season One Finale Was Eye Opening

May 20, 2015

The first season finale of The Flash on The CW came at the fans with such an intensity of story that I kept double checking I was watching the same show, but sure enough, after establishing several character stories, after doing a few cross overs with Arrow, and showing us Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) journey […]

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LAST MAN ON EARTH Season Finale And Thoughts

May 7, 2015

The Last Man on Earth was about a guy (LIGHT SPOILERS ahead) that thought he was the last human alive after some disease ravaged the world. But as we learned throughout the season, he was NOT the last man or human on Earth. But in his travels, he left signs all around that he was […]

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GREY’S ANATOMY – The Powerful Episode We Won’t Forget

April 24, 2015

Last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “How to Save a Life,” (aired on Apr 23, 2015) was about as powerful of an episode from this series that I could ever remember. It was powerful, yet not shocking and for some, quite spoiled. We also know WHY events in this episode took place. – Last […]

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THE WALKING DEAD Season Five Finale

April 1, 2015

The fifth season of The Walking Dead has come and gone. And to be honest there was a refreshing aspect to the show in this season that had it stand out above other seasons. That is, throughout the season, there was never one real enemy or challenge, but in general, the overall challenge of surviving […]

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BETTER CALL SAUL, Two Episodes To Go And…

March 25, 2015

This week’s latest episode of Better Call Saul, “Rico,” was yet another exceptionally entertaining 40 minutes from Vince Gilligan. Gilligan knows how to deliver scenics and silence, all while still telling the story without the words. It’s almost magical. And the whether the scenics are in a room, looking through some parking lot posts and […]

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BATTLE CREEK Premiere Review

March 10, 2015

So far, I have caught the first two episodes of the new show called Battle Creek, starring Josh Duhamel(Transformers film franchise) and Dean Winters. (Yes, if you think his voice seems familiar, he was in those Allstate Insurance disaster ads, but he’s also been on Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock and Rescue Me) A […]

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THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: A Review of Sorts

March 2, 2015

If you mean to catch series premiere of The Last Man on Earth, and missed it, don’t worry. You did not miss much. SPOILERS FOLLOW because it was the only way to review this show. When I saw the ads, I thought to myself how can a single man, with nothing to do, carry a […]

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THE WALKING DEAD’s “Remember” Is A Huge Trap!

March 2, 2015

On the latest episode of The Walking Dead, we saw the group accept the invitation and enter Alexandria. Let’s keep in mind the promo art tagline from this season of The Walking Dead as we keep watching, “The new world is going to need Rick Grimes.” We watched the den mother of the place accept […]

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A Quick WALKING DEAD Recap and Perspective

February 24, 2015

Holy Crap people… can you believe what is taking place in The Walking Dead as of this last weekend? The Walking Dead SPOILERS abound if you have not seen the latest episode last night, on 2-22-15. – Last night on AMC’s The Walking Dead, the group has been made aware of the man named Aaron. […]

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THE SLAP, A Review Of Sorts

February 13, 2015

The Slap series premiere aired Thursday on NBC (2-12-15) to just over 5 million curious television viewers, which some industry experts refer to as a modest start to this eight-episode miniseries. (This show has been running since 2011 down in Australia, so it has rating legs there!) The cast is impressive for a television series: […]

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