I made good on my promise this weekend to watch a bunch of stuff. I finally saw Keanu, which I enjoyed, and the new-ish Hong Kong action movie The Bodyguard, which I did not. On the TV front, Halt and Catch Fire is back tonight. Like its computer-friendly counterpart Mr. Robot, AMC aired the first part of the season premiere online. Despite the fact that it’s kind of anachronistic, it remains to be a solid show.
If you aren’t aware, it’s currently Amazon Pilot Season, where Amazon releases a bunch of shows for customers to sample, and they in turn vote for the programs they’d like to see more of. The three shows featured this time are a second attempt at a live action version of The Tick (which was okay), an adaptation of the 1997 novel I Love Dick (which I have yet to watch), and my personal favorite, Jean Claude Van Johnson. In this show, JCVD is merely a cover identity, so he can travel to exotic location and perform his real job as a covert operative. It’s pretty cheesy, but the humor is pretty well done (including a solid Timecop joke). Some have criticized that its plot is a one trick pony that may not be sustainable over a series. It’s a valid point, but it’s not like I’m going to watch this show for its intricate storytelling, so as long as they can keep up the action movie spoofs, I’m game.