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Fall 2016 TV Roundup (Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, Empire, The Flash & Supergirl)

I’ve been trying for years to get an idea like this off the ground, but this year I’m just gonna go for it. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a new biannual segment I like to call TV Roundup. Instead of covering certain TV shows individually come the end of their season/mid-season, I’ll just briefly give my thoughts on them all in one place. Hopefully, I can make this a regular thing which would come after the last episode of every show I watch has aired.

This Fall I saw a total of 5 shows regularly. There were a couple more I did watch, but I’ll just focus on the big ones I tuned into every week. I’ll go through each show individually and give my brief thoughts on each. And don’t worry. I’ll do my best to not spoil too much if you’re still a couple episodes behind. (Though some things I can’t help but spoil). Continue reading Fall 2016 TV Roundup (Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, Empire, The Flash & Supergirl)


My Top 5 Favorite TV Shows (300 View Special)

I recently have received my 300th view for my blog. It amazes me that I got that far in such a short period of time. It’s unreal to me that in not even 2 months, a blog I produced could have reached that many views. I have gained much more than I feel I could have ever obtained, and I would like to take a moment and say thank you. Even if you have just clicked on a article and then clicked away, you have given me a wonderful gift.

To celebrate, like I mentioned on my last update post, for now on every 100 views this blog gets I will in some way give you guys a little bit of myself. Because you guys have taken an interest in me, I want to give you guys a little more insight on the person who is writing these posts.

And with that said, I come from a generation of television. TV played a pretty good part in my development. We’re all raised with cartoons and educational shows, and then move on to major series. Today, I would like to give you my top 5 favorite shows. While this list may no doubt change one day, these are 5 shows that are my current favorites of all-time.

Note: this is not THE top 5 shows. This is MY top 5 favorite shows. Please feel free to disagree.

#5: Kyle XY

This is a very personal show to me. I will forever know this show as the first TV show I sought out personally and watched on my own. Before, I used to always watch shows that my family watched. For the first year or so, it was just me waiting every Monday night for the next episode.

Most people remember this show as the one with the boy without a bellybutton. This is a great sci-fi mystery story about a boy with amnesia who appears suddenly from the woods. He has these extraordinary mathematical, scientific and physical abilities, but no concept of society or basic functions (and of course no bellybutton). The central question is “Who is Kyle XY”, which a Seattle family who takes Kyle in is ready to find out. The result is that Kyle may be a byproduct of something a little bigger than what he hoped.

What I like about this show is the plot, more so the build-up that leads to our answer. Aside from the central mystery, the show starts by just fleshing out the character of Kyle. I like how Kyle had to first learn how to coexist in the world before he is able to know exactly who or what he is. Even by season 2 when he becomes more in-tune with society, the show is still based mostly on him learning basic concepts. Those lessons ranges from simple to extreme; from accepting who you to protecting the ones you love. This makes Kyle into a much more likable character. You feel so alien when stepping into his world.

You’ll be doing yourself a favor by seeing this show. I will warn you that the show ended with a pretty big cliffhanger, but don’t let that stop you from witnessing such a gem of television.

#4: South Park



As I grew older, there was this sort of right of passage I went through in terms of TV shows. Every year in my teens, I was given a bit more freedom with what I watched on TV. It started when I was first allowed to watch The Simpsons. Soon I moved up to Family Guy. The next step to me was a show my close friend loved to death: South Park. I was 15 when I was finally given the okay to watch the show. It changed my life.

Of course you know South Park. It’s one of the most controversial and vulgar cartoons in all of television. However, it is also one of the most clever shows on TV. You may argue that the show is extremely immature, but that is inconsequential to the show’s wit. This is quite a powerful social commentary when viewed the right way. The show is analogous to a mad genius. Like in Good Will Hunting’s protagonist, all the swearing and toilet humor can disguise the fact that there’s a genius within him.

South Park doesn’t hide like other shows and even people will. And because it’s rated TV-MA, they’re given the liberty to be as outspoken as they want in whatever odd, disgusting, or immature way they want. The show has also tackled a great variety of things in it’s long lifespan- big things like 9/11 and the election of Obama, or insignificant things like the PS4/Xbox One debate. You can respect a show that takes a firm stand the way they do, while above all else remaining entertaining.

The show if nothing else is among the satire greats. It’s just a very funny show. Holding no punches makes the impact so large, because they dare to say things that maybe you and I wouldn’t. It’s a pretty harsh show, but that makes the joke more powerful. Depending on your humor style, you’ll probably be on the floor a good bunch of the time while watching the show. I haven’t even mentioned that the 4 boys are some of the funniest cartoon characters ever.

I’m sure you’ve seen the show already and have made your decision as to whether you like it or not. If you’ve put the show off for some reason, give it a go. I won’t guarantee you’ll like the show, but I certainly do.

#3: Supernatural

This is a show I watched with my family all the time. At first it was just a show my mother watched on her own, telling us it was a bit too scary for us. But around Season 2, she finally brought us into the show. 10 years later I treasure this show. It’s one of the first full series I ever saw.

Supernatural has a cult following that subtly got bigger with age. Before, I was one of the only people I knew who watched the show. Today… kind of similar, but at least people know what I’m talking about when I say the show’s name. If you don’t know, this show follows 2 brothers: Dean and Sam Winchester. They come from a long line of demon hunters. They travel various parts of the United States from motel room to motel room via stolen credit cards and fake names. Their goals change every so often, but what was originally a case of revenge turns into something much bigger.

That is me being as basic as I can with the storyline. (I didn’t even get to religion yet). What I like most about the show is the tone. This show covers a lot of ground in terms of story, from demon lore to religious lore to folk tales. Through it all Supernatural always had this tone that remained constant. The show is able to be serious or dramatic, but also quite humorous. This show will make you laugh, guaranteed.

Not to mention the chemistry that the brothers have. Jared Padelecki and Jensen Ackles manage to have the best chemistry ever. They really sell those emotional scenes, and they also happen to be a great comedy duo.

This is show I would recommend to anyone. This probably doesn’t sound all that great on paper, but in execution it’s a phenomenal show. I mean if it hit 10 seasons it has to be doing something right.

(Click here for my Supernatural Season 10 Predictions!)

#2: The Big Bang Theory

I remember seeing commercials for this show for years and never getting around to it. The first time I saw part of an episode was through my friend. I revisited the show a few months later with my sister. We were on the floor laughing. Today, the whole family is in on the show.

The Big Bang Theory follows a quartet of scientists: 2 physicists, 1 engineer, and 1 astrophysicists. One day, a beautiful young lady named Penny moves across the hall from the 2 physicists. Penny soon becomes part of their group with Leonard determined to one day make her his girlfriend.

That’s the central plot in a nutshell. Sitcoms don’t have the most amazing plot to begin with. What makes a sitcom is less the story and more the characters.

That is what makes the show so great. These are some of my favorite characters in any comedy ever. Even the added characters like Bernadette, Amy and Stewart are hilarious. Being a nerd myself, I can relate to the characters in one way or another. The show dealing heavily with geek culture makes the show more accessible to me personally. Even if you aren’t into that stuff, it’s still funny on its own. When they aren’t making Star Wars references, they can tell a great sex joke. This makes the show so broad even in its focus.

Don;t miss out on one of the best sitcoms on TV today. If you like to laugh there’s something here for you. Don’t knock the show too early like me.

(Click here for my Big Bang Theory Season 8 predictions!)

#1: Friends

This show has always been there for me (pun not intended). It’s number 1 mostly for what it means to me personally. This is my family’s primary show, and still kind of is. I can’t even remember a point past 8 without the show in my life, nor do I want to.

Friends follows a group of 6 friends that live in New York: Ross, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel and Monica. That’s pretty much the entire storyline. Like I said, sitcoms rely very little on plot and more on the characters.

But that’s all the show needs to be as great of a show as it is. The show’s main appeal is the six, hilarious, relatable, dynamic, and fun people you meet in this show. To me, picking a favorite Friend is like picking a favorite organ. You shouldn’t think of the characters individually, because together they make a powerhouse unit. The characters simply bounce off each other in the perfect way almost as if they complete each other. Like a puzzle, you need every last piece to get the true, whole picture.

I simply never get tired of these episodes. Every time is a good time for a Friends episode. I understand it may not be everyone’s favorite show ever, but I don’t know too many people who outright hate the show. If you for any reason haven’t seen the show yet, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend it. Smelly cat FTW!

Oh and if you need an episode to start with, “The One Where No One is Ready”. You’re welcome!

(Click here to see my thoughts on a Friends Reunion!)

Those are my top 5 shows of all-time. Thank you all again for getting me this far. Let me know in the comments if you like any of these shows I mentioned. And let me know you’re own top 5 favorite shows, too!

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Supernatural Season 10 Predictions

Supernatural is going on 10 seasons already. Feels like only half of that at this time, but we’re about to go on our 10th year with the Winchester brothers October 7. I’m absolutely excited to see where the hell they go from that crazy cliffhanger back in Season 9. We have a lot to look forward to from the answers to questions, to the 200th episode, to the debut of a new character.

I feel it necessary to look at what we know now and make some predictions as to what Season 10 will provide. With the recent reveals shown especially at Comic Con, I think there’s plenty to discuss.

Just as a word of warning: This contains spoilers. I implore you that if you have not watched up to Season 9’s finale, start catching up as soon as possible, and don’t come back to this post until you do. And get on the show if you haven’t already! This is a show I’d recommend to anybody. But just to be clear, there will be spoilers in this discussion. You’ve been warned.

The way we’ll go about this is to dissect plot-points we are currently left pondering over, one-by-one.

Sam’s new bounty

It’s a Supernatural tradition for one of the brothers to be left searching for the other, saving the other, worrying about the other, or avenging the other. This season is Dean’s turn, who we’ll get to later. There is a major difference this time around, because from what we know so far, we’re going to not be seeing the two together for a long-while. I’m guessing it’ll take up half the season, perhaps even 3/4.

A lot of the season is going to be just Sam trying to change Dean back to normal, while also having to fight against him; he is a demon now after all. This will probably be the most difficult rescue ever. The status quo for taking care of demons is to exorcise them. That’s kind of hard to do now when Dean now IS the demon. We only once saw proof that you can cure a demon when in Season 8 they almost made Crowley human. That’s why we had Crowley addicted to human blood last season. But even that wasn’t easy.

That’s why this time we are going to find Sam in a position of lonely obsession. We saw last season that Sam took a very harsh stance on their relationship, practically even saying they now work as partners and not brothers. It will be an interesting turn in character to see Sam eat his words and swallow his pride as he goes all out to save his borther (again).

Actually when you think about it, Dean has saved Sam more than a dozen times, but Sam would only try to do so. Dean would get himself out of his own situations with the exception of when Castiel plucked him out of hell. Sam tried to save Dean out of hell, but no one would deal with him. And once Dean went to Purgatory, Sam kind of gave up and retired. You can make the argument that in the Season 5 finale, Sam managed to take control of himself while possessed by Lucifer, and saved Dean before Lucifer can make the killing blow. You can also argue that the 2 saved each other plenty of times just on the job.

However, in terms of end of season experiences, this will be the first time Sam saves Dean, if he can even do that.

Despicable Dean

This was the most shocking part of the season finale. Dean Winchester, one of the most notorious demon hunters in the world, now is a demon converted by the mark of Cain.

According to what we’re told, the Dean we’ll be seeing is pretty much similar to soulless Sam. The only differences are that Dean’s more powerful, more evil, and more angry. Jensen Ackles (who plays Dean) has stated in an interview that in the first few days of shooting the season, he had already been in four fist-fights. Dean ain’t playing around this season. It’s also established that Dean will naturally develop a stronger relationship with Crowley. For the most part, though, he’s flying solo.

What will he be doing. Well Jeremy Carver specifically pointed out karaoke. His character this season was basically summed up by Ackles asĀ “a lot of physicality, a lot of booze, a lot of babes”. You know, basically Dean in a nutshell. I suspect there will be some alternate purpose for Dean. I’m not too sure what he’ll be doing on Earth as hell ain’t a good place to be even for demons. Will he take up a hobby? I hear tormenting the innocent is quite a popular activity among demons. It would be interesting and disturbing to see Dean become the very thing he hunted.

The only catch to my theory lies on how they handle the demonic Dean. Is it a case where Dean’s human side is killed entirely and he pretty much is full demon, or is the human side resurrected with the demon side? I’m going with the prior option, because of the description given.

It’s a theory that Dean may never be fully human again. He’ll probably reunite with Sam and the team with his new demon powers. In fact this is a theory made by some members of the cast. I do kinda like that idea, but doubt at this point that that’s the direction they’ll end up going with.

Amazing Grace

Last we saw of Castiel he just overthrew Metatron, stopped his ploy of becoming the new God, recovered the angel tablet, and regained a position as leader of the angels. Now all Cas has to do is reopen the gates of heaven and restore peace in heaven. This will solve the problem of the excess amount of angels and ghosts on Earth. Simple right?

Even if he can manage this feat, he still may not live to tell the tale. Cas has been lacking his grace since Metatron stole it in the Season 8 finale. Apparently when angels use another angel’s grace, you’ll slowly die. The only options he has is to cooperate with Metatron in order to find his original grace, find his grace himself when he doesn’t know where to start looking, or to steal another angel’s grace again. If not, he may just die.

From what we know, that’s not going to be Castiel’s priority this season. His priority is fixing Metatron’s mess. Though, the probability that Castiel won’t get his grace back is very slim if you ask me. Killing Castiel off entirely is just not going to work. He’s the Winchesters’ link to heaven, and a bit too popular to just let go.

I’m not too sure on when in the season he’ll accomplish this, but I am going to say it happens this season. It’s possible that he just kills another angel and takes their grace to allow Cas to live longer, too. That would be a very interesting conflict of character in that case.

There will be song

The 200th episode is occurring early in the season. And it was already announced that the episode will be musical-ish. They say it’s basically going to be the Supernatural version of a musical. Plus, there will be appearances from almost every character from all 10 years of the season, which is interesting. They call it a love letter to the fans.

I think the musical concept is brilliant. I only recall 2 or 3 times I heard Sam and Dean sing. I can’t wait to see them have like some singing duel or something.

What gets me is the concept of every character from the show being in it. That’s not only a tall order, but difficult to pull off. I mean, most of the main-stays from seasons’ past are dead. So will the concept involve the ghosts of all those characters? Even that wouldn’t include everybody because angel and demon characters don’t become ghosts when they die. Maybe this episode will occur in one of the brother’s head.

The new character

Yes, a new character will be introduced this season. The only hint given was that this character was mentioned since the beginning, but never actually seen. They also give the detail that he or she will take an interest in Dean’s future.

Maybe I have too little recollection of Season 1, but it beats me. There’s no clear answer to this one to me. However, my guess: God.

Come on, it’s about time! We’ve been talking about a God cameo since Season 5. And I guess he’s been discussed multiple times even before Castiel was introduced, but the first time I heard them discuss God was in Season 2’s finale. Far fetched I know, but it could happen.

Another guess is Jesus, because he is also notably absent even in mentioning.


And those are my predictions for Supernatural’s 10th season. Let me know in the comments if you agree or not, or if you have you’re own thoughts on what can happen in the show.

Supernatural come back on Tuesday, October 7.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!