Having as high a regard and reverence as the novel, House of Leaves has, it would seem eminent that television would try and swallow it whole, regurgitating some vague semblance of the experience so many of us have, and still are going on.
Mark Z. Danielewski is having none of that.
A short month ago, first in a Facebook discussion group, then to the wider world, Danielewski revealed a pilot script for a recently defunct attempt at bringing House of Leaves to the small streaming screen. Disagreement abound, the project (for now?) has come to a halt, but the germ of the idea has been planted.
Fans and critics alike have been swept up in the unsurprisingly ambitious turn that the pilot script has taken. Much like current “peak” television, Danielewski has crafted a pilot that is beyond description. Distilling the tones contained in which is sure to go down as his Magnum Opus, MZD shows a deft hand at mediums beyond literature ad photography.
For those familiar, MZD has been hard and fast on “if you want to see the movie, read the book.”
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Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert are ready to go with the revival of the popular sitcom Roseanne. It may or may not end up on either broadcast networks or streaming services, they’re currently shopping around. I wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix or Amazon snatch it up. The original Roseanne ran for nine seasons on ABC, so another possible home is it coming back to where it all started.
The show was widely praised for shining a light on the working class American families of the time.
The series saw the Conner family try to eek out a living in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. You might know one of the cast member since they’re on the popular TV show Big Bang Theory, Johnny Galecki who played David on Roseanne. Sara Chalke also starred in an immensely popular comedy sitcom by the name of Scrubs. The show and cast received numerous awards ranging from Emmys to Golden Globes. Roseanne herself won a Golden Globe and an Emmy from this long running sitcom.
The trend of reviving old shows is on the rise. We’ve had Prison Break start airing on Fox in April. Last year Netflix debuted the continuation of Gilmore Girls to give the fans some closure, with more episodes possibly on the way. X-Files, Fuller House, and Twin Peaks are all on the way to either starting or continuing on with more episodes. And if you’re interested in Twin Peaks, we have some new set photos up!
I for one am excited for Roseanne to be back in some form. The family dynamic was one of the most real-to-life adaptations in my book. I just miss Dan and Roseanne most of all.
What was your favorite sitcom of the 90’s? Do you think this trend in revivals is a good thing, or a bad one? Let me know in the comments below!
Jack returned last night to us via Adult Swim, and in short, Jack is back. This series starts of 50 years after the original series finale, but Jack hasn’t aged at all. Now he’s sporting the very long hair and beard you see in the associated photo. Aku is nowhere to be found, but his league of female assassin followers have been hard at work. They’ve been cultivating a team of seven very talented, very murderous women to kill the samurai. Throughout the episode Jack is dealing with the internal torment of guilt, not being able to return to the family he’s left in the past. This guilt manifested itself in a few very visceral, and surrealist scenes which show that this Jack we’re seeing here is not the same Jack we knew. This Jack is just as skillful, but his resolve is broken, and he’s not nearly as hopeful as the Jack we once knew.
The guilt of Jack’s past is manifesting itself in very strange ways. Throughout the episode Jack envisions moments of his past, and all of these moments are accompanied by a shadowy figure. Very ominous. Very ominous indeed. Throughout the rest of the series I’m sure we’re going to be treated to hints as to who this shadowy figure is. Is it someone we know? Is it Jack? Possibly a reincarnated Aku? Speculation and hypothesizing aside, the first episode was a gorgeous, instant classic.
The big action sequence of the episode was with the Sammy Davis Jr. wannabe pictured above. A few moments on-screen and he became an instant favorite. Claiming to be Aku’s best assassin, Jack and the Sammy-bot engaged in a very bizarre, very beautiful fight to the death. The most intriguing part of this battle is when the Sammy-bot (not his actual name) pulled out a flute and summoned a rock monster to battle Jack. Not only that, but when Jack destroys his flute the overconfident Sammy-bot he continues to scat which works just as well in controlling the rock creature.
Overall, the return of Samurai Jack was a grand success, and set up plenty of questions to keep us guessing throughout this season. Where is Aku? Who is the strange shadow figure? Will Jack finally get back to the past? I suppose we’ll have to watch and see.
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On March 21st we’re going to truly see if Barry Allen has quick feet. We will finally be able to gander with glee the highly anticipated Flash/Supergirl musical crossover episode!
Darren Criss (Glee, A Very Potter Musical) will take on the role of the Music Meister, a villain originally portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris in the Batman: Brave and The Bold animated series. As we no-so-subtlety eluded to earlier, fans of Glee will be elated with this very small cast reunion (Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist were also characters on the show.) According to Entertainment Weekly, our heroes will be trapped in an alternate reality where life is exactly like a movie music (probably chock full of La La Land references as well.)
The crossover is set to begin toward the end of the March 20th episode of Supergirl and run through the majority of March 22st’s episode of The Flash on The CW.