TV Show Review: Chernobyl

Hello again dear watchers, and welcome to another TV show review. This week I am going to take a look at Chernobyl, a 2019 HBO original that was both awe inspiring and dreadful at the same time.


I watched Chernobyl over a number of months, which didn’t affect my review in any way, other than maybe benefiting it.

I knew the general story of Chernobyl because of being a history nerd, or at least I thought I knew about it.

It only took one episode, but I quickly learned how much I didn’t know about the event. I sat there with a sense of anxiety in my chest that I had never felt before. Even though I knew things ended up fairly okay after the event, I was stressed and worried over what was happening.

Most “based off of a true story” shows or movies are good because you probably haven’t heard of the true story, so it’s all new to you. In Chernobyl’s case, it’s a true story that I had heard about, but the show still managed to make me feel stress and anxiety during some scenes that weren’t that stressful.

That was the biggest reason I kept watching the show (other than my internal need to finish anything I start).

Whoever wrote the scripts for Chernobyl, my hat goes off to you because you did a fantastic job.


There was one emotion that I never felt during any of the six episodes, and that was happiness.

There was not one moment in the show that I was happy something had happened, or didn’t happen, and I think that was intentional.

There was nothing happy about that event, and the show did a good job of making viewers feel anything but.

There was moments of relief, where a big threat was overcome, but I wasn’t happy about it per se, because there was so much more going on that was awful.

The whole season you just feel a sense of dread hanging over you because of the pain, suffering, and death that is happening around the characters.

People are sent into areas that should kill them in an instant, others are climbing onto rooftops, knowing they will likely die, and pilots fly over radiated smoke, all right before your eyes.


I think what makes part of the show so dreadful, but captivating, is that I didn’t quite understand what radiation could do to someone.

I knew it could be harmful, and cause countless forms of mutations, diseases, and who knows what other health problems, but I never really understood the scale or the science to it.

Reading articles and watching videos after the fact, I know that what the show portrayed is different than what actually happened.

People didn’t really turn into fleshy goop people, but that’s what people who were involved with Chernobyl perceived them to be.

It was a terrifying event that nobody had ever seen before, and to a lot of people, the worst thing they had ever experienced.


Overall, I loved the show, and there wasn’t a whole lot wrong with it. I could nit-pick about small things here and there, but my only real issue was that it was in English.

I didn’t want British actors who looked like they were Russian, I wanted Russians that were speaking the language. I wanted to read the subtitles, I wanted to be submerged into the story more fully.

I’m not sure if that would have made the show better, worse, or not changed anything, but I think that the story deserved it.


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TV Review: The Mandalorian

Hello again dear readers, or I guess watchers in this case. Today’s TV Show review will be about the very popular Mandalorian show that aired on DisneyPlus.

I’ve been a bit hesitant with Star Wars content recently, and I was on the fence about whether I would like The Mandalorian or not. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, but that could have been Disney doing a hell of a job marketing it. It wouldn’t be the first time a show was overhyped and didn’t lead up to people’s expectations.

I borrowed my brothers DisneyPlus account the morning that each episode came out, and the longer the season went on, the faster I clicked on that episode.

I was hooked!

The show had everything I was hoping for, and had so few of the things I feared about it.

There was one reason I enjoyed it so much, and it is the same reason I loved Rogue One…there are no Jedi.

The Jedi ruin star wars for me. I don’t have an exact reason as to why that is, and I’ve tried to think of why I don’t like.

I think it is because of one simple aspect of storytelling.

Convenience.

Movie plots should not run off of conveniences. Random events should not happen in a story just for the sake of advancing the plot. That’s sloppy and bad storytelling.

When Jedi are involved, the Force often follows right behind them…and with the Force we get conveniences.

Now, Star Wars gets a bit of a pass with convenience because the Force tells them things are happening, or guides them to make certain decisions.


It annoys me when that happens, and the Jedi are the worst for it.

When there are no Jedi involved in a Star Wars movie or TV show, there are a lot less conveniences, and the story just becomes a great Space Action movie.


The Mandalorian is great because its a mix of different genres.

It has a bit of mystery, lots of action, a western feel to a lot of the episodes, some heist moments, and plenty of good gun fights.

There was so much going on in the show through its 8-episode run, but none of it feels out of place. The entire story is short, and a lot of people, including myself, wanted more.

A number of the episodes seemed to not contribute to the overall story much, and despite being great in their own right, sort of stood from the main story.

By the end of the story, we know they are all pretty well connected, but people still wanted more.

Its a bit greedy wanting more episodes, but I think we all know there will be future seasons.

The show was immensely popular, and the ending of the season leaves a bit of a cliffhanger for what’s coming up next.


In terms of the look and feel, the entire show is amazing. I don’t want to go too deep into the baby Yoda memes, or any of the characters, because I am sure you all have your opinions.

To keep it simple, I want to just talk about Mando himself.

I think he is a fantastic character, and Pedro Pascal does a fantastic job of portraying him.

There are plenty of characters that are well done through the show, but Mando stands out by a lot.

We follow his perspective almost the entire movie, and we get to see his story unfold before us.

Sometimes over ten minutes goes by before we even hear him speak, but it doesn’t feel out of place. You don’t feel wanting or like the show is missing dialogue…it seems completely normal.


Overall, I would give the show an 8.5. It had brilliant moments, and some beautiful looking shots, alongside the great acting.

My biggest complaint is just the story. It’s a bit lacking in real story depth, and we take a few too many steps away from the main story in such a short period of time.

Otherwise, there are no complaints, The show got me hooked nice and fast, and I cannot wait until Season 2 comes out.

Have you seen the Mandalorian yet? What were your thoughts?

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Supernatural Season 11 Review

In my opinion, Season 11 of Supernatural is where the show hits a peak, and after this it doesn’t do a good job of maintaining this level of excitement and urgency.

In terms of threats to the entire world, The Darkness is by far the worst Supernatural has thrown at fans.


In terms of most powerful beings we have seen so far, Archangels, a few sub-species of demons, and an even smaller handful of gods from different beliefs are the most powerful beings in the universe.

Above all of this, is God, or the God we know about in this universe. He is all powerful, all knowing, and all-hidden, because we haven’t seen him up until this season.

The Darkness, who we learn is basically God’s sister, is just as strong as he is, if not stronger.

What can be more of a threat than that, except maybe God himself. I mean, the Darkness is literally infinitely strong, able to kill anyone with a glance, even an archangel.


Amara, as The Darkness is better known, poses a pretty good threat to the Winchesters early on.

The brothers see how powerful she truly is right in the first episode of the season, but her build up is very slow and uneventful.

She steals a few souls, eats a few demons, and has a few smaller towns wiped out, but in comparison to other enemies, that’s not that bad.

I never really felt like Amara was that dangerous as much as she was misunderstood and angry.

She didn’t have a grudge with Earth, or the Winchesters, or anyone, other than her brother.

She wanted to confront her brother for sealing her away, and the only way she could draw him out was to mess with his creation…humanity.


It ultimately works, and God show up to help the Winchesters deal with Amara, because they haven’t been able to stop her until now.

When I watched this season the first time, I remember being ecstatic when Chuck appeared to the brothers and saved them from Amara’s fog cloud.

It would have been a literal, but the ultimate Deus Ex Machina, but it wasn’t quite so simple. Chuck isn’t able to stop her at first, and they actually talk her out of killing them all instead of physically stopping her, which was a first for the show.


My issue, is how can anything be worse than Amara? She feels like an end of the show type enemy, not a Season 11 enemy that is followed up by some disappointing enemies for the rest of the show.

I love the show as a whole, but Season 11 is where my love starts to slowly drop. Season 12 isn’t bad in my opinion, but after that there is a steep drop off in quality if you ask me, so I am not excited for what is to come.


I feel redundant talking about each season as a whole, because for the most part I feel the same way about them all. The supporting episodes are nice, and give a nice touch to the show.

The banter between the brothers is good too, and often is the best part of the show.

Even the end of the season does a good job of setting up the next season, but that seems to be the usual for Supernatural.

It’s tough reviewing a show after 11 seasons, but we are only three seasons away from catching up.

Supernatural Season 6 Review

I managed to finish Season 6 this morning, and there is a lot to say about it. This is the first season of the show after its original intended length, and the storyline does show it.

I wouldn’t say the story line is bad per se, just not the best. Basically we have Castiel and allies vs. Raphael and his allies for control of Heaven. Winner gets to determine the state of the freshly stopped apocalypse.

It makes sense in terms of the story. Now that Michael is gone, the control of heaven is left up for grabs.

My problem with it all though is that there is too much going on overall. There are too many mid tier story lines that seem like a big deal in this season that get resolved.

We’ve got the boys dealing with Eve, the mother of all monsters. We’ve got the Castiel vs. Raphael war, the Crowley monster hunting, the Castiel/Crowley Alliance, the Samuel and Sam monster hunting, the Campbell family. There’s just so much going on, and none of it feels properly fleshed out.

Some of the above story lines could have been stretched out for the entire season, or even longer, but instead they were all tied into a not so pretty bow.

Now don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a bad season at all. It’s still a good season. We get a lot of the witty and funny moments between the cast, we get to see some new monsters, and we get introduced to the realm of Purgatory, which is a somewhat important place in the next few seasons.

All of that, topped with the regular monster hunting episodes and it’s a good season, just not the best. It’s sort of one of the seasons that I classify in the lower end of the ranking. Not necessarily because it’s bad as a whole, just in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the best. Honestly if you had thrown some of the ideas into season 3 or 4, I think I would have enjoyed them much better.

It’s just because they were sort of in a content vacuum that they needed ideas for upcoming seasons, and they sort of missed the mark on this one.

What I will give Season 6 credit for though is how it sets up future seasons. The events in Season 6 directly cause the events in Season 7, and some of the indirect events in Season 8, which is really good. I guess Season 6 could be considered the stepping stone for better seasons, which I believe it is, it just kind of sucks that it had to be a bad stepping stone, and not one that you could watch again and enjoy.


There is one concept I want to touch on briefly though, and that is te e concept of bringing back the dead.

No we know this happens to Sam and Dean a lot. THey come back from dozens (or hudreds of deaths in Dean’s case) with basically no issue, but they are quick to stop others from bringing back the dead. Is that fair? SHould two people, who have come back to life so many times be the ones to properly judge if it is right to bring back your loved ones.? I think it is a tough call to make. I mean maybe tey know better than anyone what harm can become someone who raises the dead, or maybe they know it’s not all its chalked up to be.

My thinking is that Sam and Dean know that death is a form of peace, and bringing someone back from the dead is taking away their peace, causing them more suffering down the road. THey know that the two of them coming back time and time again is maybe good for the world voerall, but they have also caused a lot of deaths just being who they are.

Anywyas, I hope you ejoyed the review. As I write this I already have Season 7 underway, and will finish it with plenty of time to spare.

  • My overall season ranking:
  • Season 5
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 2
  • Season 1
  • Season 6

Supernatural Season 5 Review

From what I know, this season was the original intended end to the show.

It wasn’t supposed to go past this, and you can really tell by the way this season ends. Now that Lucifer has been freed, Sam and Dean are looking for ways to stop him and the Apocalypse.

We find out Dean is the chosen vessel for Michael, and Sam is the chosen vessel for Lucifer. Both the angels and demons want this battle to happen because they both think they will win.

Sam, Dean and their allies don’t want this to happen because millions if not billions of lives will be lost in the process, so they look for an alternative measure.

Some way to kill Lucifer.

They seek out other gods, they try the colt, they look for God himself, and even try and get the Archangel Gabriel to help them, but nothing works. Nothing they do can stop Lucifer, so instead they need to imprison him.

They need to throw him back in the cage where he was sealed for millions of years.


Dean struggles throughout the entire season, knowing that he could say yes to Michael and end the Apocalypse before it even starts, but that would mean he dies in the process.

Sam struggles with a similar choice, but he believes he can take control back from Lucifer and jump into the cage, sacrificing himself in the process to stop the Apocalypse.

There is a lot of internal struggles for the brothers, and plenty of other characters throughout the season, and it’s the beginning of one of the reasons people don’t like the show.

I understand why the brothers would have such serious mental health issues. I mean they’re constantly in near death situations, people they know and don’t know die in front of their eyes on a weekly basis, and they constantly feel like they’re failing someone.

All of that tears a man apart, so it’s understandable that the brothers suffer from these life and death situations.

I’ve read a bit online though that people get annoyed with the emotions of the brothers because their emotions don’t make any sense.

They jump between healthy and having issues all the time, and there is no consistency.

No I understand that it can be difficult dealing with mental health problems, and honestly that’s one of my favourite things about the show.

Sam and Dean probably don’t deal with it in the best way, they fight through their pain. I believe it is the people they save, the few that thank them for their work, or the child that can live a full life because of what they do is what gets them through each day.


Overall, it was a good season. The addition of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a nice little touch, and we don’t get to see as much hunting behind the scenes.

Usually I would be upset about that because those random hunt episodes are sometimes the best ones, but in this season I was okay with it being more focused on the Apocalypse. Overall Season Ranking:

Overall Season Ranking:

  • Season 3
  • Season 5
  • Season 4
  • Season 2
  • Season 1

Supernatural Season 4

I apologize now for the late review of Season 4. I opened up my laptop yesterday, that was plugged in all night, and found it dead and not charging.

Eventually I went to Apple and bought a new cord, but that didn’t really fit into my schedule so I had to forgo posting yesterday unfortunately.

Season 4 sees Supernatural coming to an end of what was the original intended length, and the story clearly points to it.

Dean unknowingly broke open the first of 66 seals, and the boys and their new angel “allies” are working to prevent the other 65 from breaking and releasing Lucifer.

The brothers let some seals break and stop some from breaking. They work with these angels to stop the demons, but slowly we learn that more and more seals are being broken.

Dean is told that he will be the one to stop all of this, but Sam is the one that is actively working on his demon powers to get strong enough to stop Lilith, to the chagrin of all his allies and loved ones.

We get to meet Castiel for the first time this season (FINALLY!) and we also get Chuck near the end of it.

Overall the season is pretty good. I still prefer Season 3, but I would rank this one above Season 1 and 2.

This season was back to it’s full length of 22 ish episodes, and we get a nice variety again between main story enemies and random ones along the way.

Even some of the ones we thought were random turned out to be related to the overall story.

If you’re a fan of folklore and history like I am though, this show never seems to disappoint in terms of teaching you something. It’s fascinating to see the different culture’s ghosts and ghouls be brought to light in a more modern setting.

There are two interesting ideas that kept coming to mind whenever I would see Sam using his powers and Dean not liking a moment of it.

Family, and Responsibility.


Let’s get into the what I mean by responsibility.

Now Sam is a hunter, and we learn he has some pretty extraordinary powers–he is immune to the demon push thing and he can kill/exercise demons with his mind. Pretty sweet when your big enemy is a demon and they can’t touch you.

Unfortunately, Sam needs to drink demon blood to get stronger, and it slowly gets him addicted to it, and at the beck and call to Ruby.

I kept thinking back to the classic Spider-Man line: “With great power comes great responsibility,” and how it related to Sam.

Sam could defeat Lilith and potentially stop the war, but does he have to? Should he sacrifice his sanity and potentially his life just because he is maybe the only thing that could stop Lilith?

It would be possible to stop her without Sam’s powers. It wouldn’t be easy but it would be possible. Should Sam sacrifice himself for the greater good? It’s a problem heroes face all the time in storytelling.

Thinking logically, what if there was a bigger threat than Lilith and Sam could stop that one too. He could stop the enemy that would cause the more damage. But what if he sacrificed himself for Lilith instead, making him never able to sacrifice himself for what came next.

What do you think? Is Sam responsible to sacrifice himself for the threat at hand?


I also wanted to talk about what the word “family” means for a bit.

Sam and Dean are obviously blood brothers, and they feel responsible for each other’s actions.

Family is a big theme in Season 4, because Dean sees Sam slowly slip into darkness the more demon blood he consumes.

Eventually Dean can no longer handle it, and tries to give up on Sam. He tries to forget his responsibility to Sam because to him, Sam is hopeless. Sam can’t be saved any more.

But we all know Dean, and after a great line from Bobby “You think family is supposed to make you warm and happy? That’s why they’re family. They’re supposed to make you miserable,” Dean caves and reaches out to Sam.

Now to the question I wanted to ask.

Can and should you give up on family?

I know everyone will have a different idea on the matter, but I think its a worthwhile debate. Assume you’ve done all you can for your family. You’ve helped them out of scrape after scrape, yet they keep doing whatever they think is best, even though it’s so clearly wrong.

Dean gave up on his brother for a moment, and I’m sure he hates himself for it and won’t forget it till the day he dies, but that’s who Dean is.


I hope everyone enjoyed the review. Look out for Season 5, hopefully next Saturday because there won’t be any issues that come up (fingers crossed).

TV Review: Supernatural Season 1

Usually my Saturday posts consist of a review of some movie. Today I decided I would mix it up a little bit. There are a few movies that I could review, for example Hobbs & Shaw. I saw it last night and overall, it wasn’t that bad.

Today however, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite TV shows that is coming to an end this year. That’s right…Supernatural is finally coming to an end after its 15th season on air.

I started following the show during its 10th season, and it took me about a month to watch seasons 1-9 to catch up to what was on air.

I decided to give each season its own review because this will be my one and only chance to really talk about the show.

Each Saturday will get its own season review. The final season will air on television before I get to finish all of the reviews, but I’ll also be throwing a predictions post when it is closer to the air date of the show.

Without further adieu ladies and gentlemen, my first of many Supernatural season reviews.

Season 1 of the show is a little rough, I’m not going to lie. That doesn’t make it a bad thing though, cause who expects pure gold from a TV show in its first season?

We get introduced to Sam and Dean, the two Winchester brothers and the main characters of the show, and we follow them along their path to find their dad who has been missing on a hunting trip.

Not a regular hunting trip though, more like a supernatural creature hunting trip.

Yep, we find out that Sam and Dean and their dad hunt those things that go bump in the night.

We get introduced to wendigos, demons, and dozens of other creepy and crawly things.

What do I like the most about this first season though? The fact that it’s basically just another CSI or other Detective type TV show, this one just has a twist to it.

I’ve always kind of wondered if this show would be as succesful as it was if it started this year, and I’m not really sure.

I know it’s not the best season of television to ever air, but I think it’s got a unique enough spin to it that I think it would do okay. At least from what I know, there are no other shows quite like Supernatural, where we have two brothers driving across the country hunting down ghosts and ghouls.

The first season helps build up the limitless potential though. Since we are introduced to a bunch of different creatures, we know that there are countless other things we can be introduced to along the way. We get monsters from different countries, cultures, religions and beliefs, and Season 1 does a good job of showing us these monster.

I have to tip my hat to the writers and researchers for this show though, because some of my favourite episodes are the ones that feature common myths or urban legends like Bloody Mary. I think its the subtle connections to things I am familiar with that helps cement Supernatural as one of my favourite shows.

One thing that Season 1 has a bit of a hard time doing though is setting up the tone of the show. This is the first season, so it’s not going to live or die by all the rules set in these episodes, but it does play a pretty big part in what comes after. Some episodes are funny, some scary, Some are action packed and some are more light hearted, while others overly dramatic.

It’s not a bad thing, and having watched the rest of the show I think Supernatural sort of blends them all together in a nice way, showing audiences it can do a bit of everything, but in the first season its just tough to get a proper feeling for what the show will be.

Luckily for the first season, they figured out the brotherly banter between Sam and Dean and showed it perfectly.

Brothers fight, brothers argue, and brothers get along. If you have a sibling you now how it is. One minute you want to knock them over the head with a chair, and the next minute you are best friends.

The two of them fit this dynamic perfectly, which grows in strength and interest as the series continues.

This plays nicely into the overall season arc, with the brothers hunting the demon that killed their Mother. Being joined by their hunter Dad, who is teased well throughout the series and plays a shadowy figure to the regular characters, the series begins to find direction and has a decent enough finale. The cliffhanger is slightly poor but there is enough interest to keep you watching.