Designated Survivor Website
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Designated Survivor @ IMDb

Thomas Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland, 24) is the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and about to be fired since the President has decided to go with someone else for his second term.

Kirkman is also the designated survivor for this year’s State of the Union. He’s kept safe in an undisclosed location while the President gives his speech.

Then the unthinkable happens. An explosion destroys the Capitol building and with it the President, Vice President, the Speaker of the House and most cabinet, house and senate members.

Fortunately, the unthinkable has been thought of. That’s why Kirkman was not in the Capitol. And now he’s sworn in as the next President of the United States.

The most urgent questions on everyone’s mind are “Who did this?” and “Is the pencil pusher Kirkman really able to lead this country in this time of crisis?”.

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This Is Us Website
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This Is Us @ IMDb

It’s all about family. Brothers, sisters, children, fathers.

One happy pair is expecting triples, about to burst into this world.

The other pair are siblings; she’s heavily overweight and struggling with it and he’s Mister Hardbody and an actor playing a stupid role in a mindless sitcom.

And the last one is a man looking for his biological father who left him at the entrance of a firehouse when he was born.

What they do share is their birthday. Their 36th birthday to be exact. The triplet-father, the twins and the fatherless man. And by the looks of it, the triplets will share their birthday.

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Graves Website
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Graves @ IMDb

Former U.S. President Richard Graves is the last great republican. His presidency has now been over for 25 years and he does the usual stuff former presidents do: Opening senior citizen centers, giving speeches and having his own presidential libraries.

He’s also considered to be worst American president ever. It doesn’t bother him, though.

Until it does.

When he finally decided to google himself he realizes the true opinion people have of him. For the first time he recognizes the lives that were lost in the war that he started.

And so he decides to change and do everything with the power he still has left to make this country better again.

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The Good Place Website
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The Good Place @ IMDb

Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars) just died. And now she is in a multiplayer role-playing game on one of the infinite game servers that somewhat resembles the idea of the good version of the afterlife, like the Greek Elysian Fields or the Christian Heaven.

There’s only one catch: They are extremely (and I mean: extremely) picky on who gets in there. Everyone else from Joe(sephine) Average to Adolf Hitler gets send to the “bad place”. And Eleanor does not belong in the “good place”.

She’s just there by accident. Like it or not: The bureaucracy in the afterlife apparently has the accuracy of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Eleanor is only in the good place because she shares her name with a really good person.

She’s the glitch in the matrix. The fly in the ointment. The butterfly that causes the storm. Shortly after her arrival, the perfect balance of the good place is shattered and weird things start to happen. And the only way to stop it is for Eleanor to actually become a good person.

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Kevin Can Wait Website
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Kevin Can Wait @ IMDb

Kevin Gable is a newly retired NYPD cop who has a typical American family and cop friends who are also retired. He plans to spend his days build a go-kart / paintball track and other fun activities. For further information, see here:

Unfortunately it does not turn out as planned. His teenage daughter (Taylor Spreitler, Melissa & Joey) announces to be engaged and wants to drop out of college to support her computer programmer nerd fiancé Chale (Ryan Cartwright, Bones‘ Vincent Nigel-Murray). You can tell her parents are not pleased.

To subsidize his retirement Keven had planned to rent out the garage apartment but that plan falls flat when he offers his daughter the place instead. And his buddies also have obstacles that wholly destroy his PowerPoint retirement plan.

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StartUp @ Wikipedia
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A drug dealer, a hacker and a banker walk into a bar. Well, they don’t actually walk into a bar. But they do meet. This show came only accidentally across my radar so my knowledge of what it’s actually going to be about is a bit sketchy. I can only tell you what happened in the pilot episode and then infer what’s going to happen next.

The banker played by The O.C.‘s Adam Brody doesn’t seem too happy in his job. But he is even less happy when his father walks back into his life and asks him to launder some money for him.

The dad (who has disappeared by the end of the pilot so I don’t know his actual role in the things to come) is a player in the drug trade and was tracked down by a federal agent played by Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit). Phil Rask (Freeman) tried to extort the dad which is why he went to his son in the first place.

The money Nick Talman (Brody) is expected to launder belongs to a Haitian drug lord who appears to live by at least some kind of honour and now finds his money gone and is understandably pissed.

The final player is a young woman and hacker (in the classical sense of the word), played by Otmara Marrero. She has developed a new digital currency, far better than Bitcoin per her own words. She’s trying to market it to the bank Talman is working at but they decline the offer. Talman on the other hand is suddenly very interested to invest.

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The new season is about to start and I intend to review the pilot episodes of those shows that – at least on paper – appeal to me.

I intend to watch the following pilot episodes:

Certainly not all of these shows are going to make it onto my regular watching schedule (Looking at you, MacGyver!) and most certainly not all of them are going to make it past the first season (Still looking at you, MacGyver!).

With so much good TV currently available and so much old stuff still unwatched (currently I’m trying to catch up on The West Wing [must get through the series-low season 5 to get to the Alan Alda seasons] and Prison Break) the bar has been set so much higher for any show to get a slot on my programming schedule.

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Apr 5th – €10.99 @

Running Time: 1h 48m

Price per Hour: €6.11

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 2 (2005 – 2006)

Apr 5th – €10.97 @

Running Time: 18h 37m

Price per Hour: €0.59

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 3 (2006 – 2007)

Apr 5th – €10.99 @

Running Time: 17h 45m

Price per Hour: €0.62

Beyond Sherwood Forest (2009)

Apr 18th – €4.99 @ Drogerie Müller

Running Time: 1h 33m

Price per Hour: €3.22

Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

Apr 18th – €5.00 @ Drogerie Müller

Running Time: 2h 5m

Price per Hour: €2.40

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A few years ago, DC Comics rebooted its entire comics universe with a The Flash event called Flashpoint.

I have it both as book and animated movie:


After that 52 comic book lines were completely rebooted, thus it was dubbed “The New 52”.

And I decided to get into it because it looked to be a good starting point. So I subscribed to:

I dropped a few after a few months and all of them by the end of the second year.

Some stories just didn’t captivate me. And the Superman stories just weren’t like I was used to. For me, Superman stories will always be more grounded, since I grew up with the movies and the TV shows (Superboy, Lois & Clark, Smallville) where budget and limited special effects abilities would always limit what kind of stories could be told.

So I never had to deal with underground lizard people and whatever else the comic universe came up for Metropolis.

Another cornerstone for “my” Superman is also a strong Lois. OK, sometimes she has to be the damsel in distress but I still expect her to be a kick-ass reporter who takes a stand for what she believes in. I really liked Teri Hatcher (L&C), Erica Durance (Smallville) and Dana Delany (Superman: The Animated Series).
But then The New 52 pushed Lois pretty much aside which was a no-no for me.

Also it seemed to me that many stories were told somewhat erratically and made scene jumps the reader was supposed to follow. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

So I became a non-reader again.

After Smallville had ended, I read the “season 11” comics written by Bryan Q. Miller who had also written for the show:

Then a few months ago I stumbled across a short series called Lois & Clark (unrelated to the TV show). I haven’t fully figured out the in-universe mechanics behind it, but the basic story is that a version of Lois & Clark are living undercover as Mr. & Mrs. White in an alternate universe where there already is a Superman/Clark Kent and they have a son named Jon. Lois is writing a book exposing Intergang and that’s one of their perils.

It only has eight issues but it is a good read and apparantly it directly leads back into the main universe with Rebirth.

DC has sort-of rebooted their universe back again. This time not fully but they are making changes to things that didn’t work out or became uninteresting.

They call it Rebirth and it resets almost all issue numbers back to #1, with an introduction book called DC Universe Rebirth #1 and many series getting a <Title> Rebirth #1 issue before the actual <Title> #1 issue.

Their two oldest series, Action Comics, which introduced Superman in 1938 and Detective Comics (Detective Comics = DC, in case you din’t know), which introduced Batman in 1939 go back to their original numbering, leaving out the number of issues that were printed under The New 52 label, thus starting Action Comics with issue #957 and Detective Comics with #934.

And I thought I give it a shot again (at least on a trial basis):

I’ve also added The Flash Rebirth to my reading line (though I haven’t gotten it yet).

And last but not least I also bought this anniversary book:

On a side note: I’ve also read a “young adult” novel by Gwenda Bond called Lois Lane: Fallout about Lois’ early forays into the world of journalism. She also has this online friend called SmallvilleGuy who plays a minor offscreen role in the book.

It was a good read and I’m waiting for the second book (Lois Lane: Double Down).

So, everyone and their dog has written or made a reaction or review video about the first trailer and then the international trailer of Ghostbusters (2016) a.k.a. “The Female Ghostbusters”.

If you haven’t seen them, here they are:

Pretty much everything was criticised. From the awful jokes (slime in cracks, wigs), the parody-like elements (Yay, finally someone makes fun of The Excorcist, that’s never been done before!) to general criticism of blatant plagiarism (library ghost), being unclear whether it’s a sequel or a reboot, factual errors (they were never four scientists, they were 2.5 at best [Venkman with his parapsychology shtick being the half one]) to having the black woman be the “street smart” non-scientist. Not to mention the Scooby-Doo type CGI ghosts.

So I won’t get into all of that again. Because in the end I will only end up being called a sexist for not liking what I’ve seen so far, because everyone who doesn’t appreciate failed-crowdsurfing-gags is an evil women hater.*
BTW: To prove how devilish a sexist I am, I deliberately made the headline listing only the male actor. *muahahahaha*

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