I usually review half a dozen or so new shows each fall but this season didn’t have many that drew my attention, but these four are captivating ideas I had to check out. Here are my 2016 Fall TV Reviews:
The Good Place – The concept is super clever. A woman finds herself dead and in “the good place” but her identity has been mixed up with another and she doesn’t actually belong there. It’s incredibly funny and brings up a lot of fun questions about how you evaluate someone’s life. On top of that, the actual good place is designed to reflect the most ideal neighborhood imaginable, complete with froyo on every corner! Moreover, everyone meets their actual soul mate and there’s a an on-call service like Siri who can answer or provide anything to you. I think this show has solid ground to stand on and could develop into something fantastic but despite the comedy and twists in the first few episodes, I’m not completely convinced. I’ll keep watching to find out!
Designated Survivor- The idea of a designated survivor becoming the President after a terrorist attack is certainly interesting, but the execution feels a little short sighted. The newly appointed President faces troubles from the remaining congress-folk as well as many constituents not backing him after the attack. It feels like there’s almost too much drama, inevitably making the twists is a little obvious. The overly dramatic story continues to bank on said drama without really looking too far into potential future development which leaves the concept feeling lack-luster and wrapped up already just after a few episodes. I probably won’t stick around, I have much stronger political dramas on my list already, but it could be fun for the right viewer.
Timeless- The opening is a little slow to this new speculative drama, but as a big lover of spec fic, I was inclined to push through. To begin with, the concept of needing to go back in time to save certain catastrophic events by keeping them catastrophic is wonderfully tantalizing. How would you handle being plopped into history knowing something awful would happen? The team knows their present isn’t perfect but needs protecting, which means protecting the mistakes of the past. However, the whimsical plot suffers from a cliched villain, a cliched soldier trope, and an episodic feel that ultimately will grow tiresome. The main characters, Lucy and Rufus are awesome, so perhaps they can save my interest in the show but I’m not sure this one will stick around long if they don’t make the problems harder to solve.
Pitch- Well, folks, this is the show I was born to watch! Yes, it’s that good! Despite some personal triggers this show creates that makes it a little tough to watch, I’ve powered through in favor of supporting such a much-needed concept. The story grabs your heartstrings from the get-go and is a heartwarming, realistic view of that a sports story should look like in this day and age. The tension is smart, and propels a very important gender discussion that it handles with class and care. Ginny is an inspiration and her challenges can be felt at all levels of the story. This is a show families can watch to help address gender stereotypes and hopefully break down walls between each other. Can’t wait for more. Must watch!
What shows have you been tuning into this fall? Anything I should put on my radar?