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Dexter: New Blood Season 1 Blu-ray Review

Official Synopsis: The world at large believes Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) died in a tragic boating accident, and in a way the world at large isn’t wrong. Far from the life he knew, living under a false name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York, he’s successfully tamped down his Dark Passenger for nearly 10 years. With a normal job and a Chief of Police girlfriend, it seems he’s got life under control – until his son shows up and turns his world upside down. Rattled, Dexter yields to his homicidal urges and soon finds himself on a collision course with a very dangerous local.

I loved the original Dexter series, and while the revival, Dexter: New Blood wasn’t perfect, there was a lot to like about it. So being able to watch it again to review the Blu-ray was fun. I especially love Julia Jones as Dexter’s girlfriend and seeing the return of Jennifer Carpenter as Dexter adopted sister Deb. Having Harrison show up out of the blue definitely brought an interesting dynamic to both Dexter the man and Dexter the series!

As for the four-disc Blu-ray set, it features all 10 episodes that aired on Showtime plus some great extras.

Disc 1 includes episodes 1-3, “Cold Snap,” “Storm of Fuck,” & “Smoke Signals.” It also includes two special features: “Why Now?” — Showrunner Clyde Phillips and stars Michael C. Hall & Jennifer Carpenter talk about what to expect in the revival series; & “Dissecting Dexter: New Blood – Deb is Back” — Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter dive into their roles as Dexter and Deb Morgan.

Disc 2 includes episodes 4-6, “H is for Hero,” “Runaway,” & “Too Many Tuna Sandwiches.” It also includes the special feature “Dissecting Dexter: New Blood – The Kill Room” — Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at Dexter’s kill room and the psychology of it all. Fascinating stuff, but I could have used a lot more!

Disc 3 includes episodes 7-9, “Skin of Her Teeth,” “Unfair Game,” & “The Family Business.” There are no special features on disc 3.

Finally, disc 4 includes the season finale episode, “Sins of the Father,” as well as the special feature “All Out on the Table.” Viewers will enjoy a whopping thirty-minute retrospective about the making of the show as the cast and crew lay it “all out on the table” to dissect their characters, as well as revealing exclusive behind-the-scenes moments, breaking down the emotional finale, and more.

Overall, this is a beautiful Blu-ray set and a fantastic show, well worth buying and watching for a first (or second!) time.

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CSI: Vegas Season 1 DVD Review

Official Synopsis: A new threat has enshrouded the neon streets of Sin City, and it’s going to take some familiar faces to stare it down. William Petersen and Jorja Fox return to the roles they made famous – and to the crime drama that made CBS history – in CSI: Vegas. Can they prevent the perpetrator from bringing down the whole CSI crime lab? Old friends meet new enemies – and the latest forensic techniques – in CSI: Vegas.

I was a huge fan of the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation when it began airing in 2000. So when I learned they were going to air a revival, even with an almost all new cast, I was super excited. So when the new CSI: Vegas started in October 2021, I watched each episode religiously. And for the most part, it didn’t disappoint. It even features an updated version of the original opening, which was fantastic to hear and see! Check it out below.

The return of Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) and Gil Grissom (William Petersen), along with David Hodges (Wallace Langham) & Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), was incredibly welcome. I especially enjoyed series newcomers Paula Newsome as head of the lab Maxine Roby, as well as Matt Lauria & Mandeep Dhillon as CSIs Joshua Folsom & Allie Rajan. When Brass is attacked and Hodges is accused of manipulating evidence during his years as a CSI, Sara & Grissom decide to come back to find Brass’s attacker and help clear Hodges’ name so the crime lab itself can be cleared of any wrongdoing. The season focuses on those things, and for the most part, I thought they handled it well. We still got the “case of the week” while also dealing with the season arc of those story lines.

Season 1 of CSI: Vegas was released on DVD on April 5, 2022. It contains 3 discs featuring all 10 episodes, along with some great Special Features:

Deleted Scenes:
“Legacy” (Disc 1), “Honeymoon in Vegas” (Disc 1), “Under the Skin” (Disc 1), “Long Pig” (Disc 1), “Let the Chips Fall” (Disc 1), “Funhouse” (Disc 2)

Featurettes:
Everything Old Is New Again – Learn how the revival was brought to our TV screens and the challenges it faced with the possibility of being compared to the original. Both the new and returning cast members chat about their thoughts on the revival and their characters.
A Brand New Look – Associate Producer Alex Berry gives viewers a tour of the newly created state-of-the-art laboratory sets — very much an updated to the 21st Centurty. (Note: It really is amazing. I went back to look at some of the original series, and it seems so dark and…old now! When it first aired, it all felt so high tech! LOL)
Seeing Is Believing – Visual Effects Supervisor Brad Tannenbaum goes into great detail about some of the amazing footage and shots in the revival. You’ll be awed by the incredible effects as they’re deconstructed to give you an inside look at how they’re done.
 
 
Overall, this is a fun addition to the original series and well worth owning on DVD (or Blu-ray!).
 

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TVLine’s TV All-Star Team Voting

This is so much fun for us TV fans! Because of baseball, TVLine is asking their readers to put together their own TV All-Star Teams. You should go check it out. I’ve already voted. I’ll put my team here. Feel free to share yours below in the comments if you want, but make sure you add your lineup to TVLine’s comments! It won’t count here, only there. If you post it here, it’s just for funsies! LOL Read and vote on TVLine.com.

My lineup:

1 SUPERHERO: Clark Kent (Superman) – Smallville
1 SCI-FI/SUPERNATURAL CHARACTER: River Tam – Firefly
4 COPS, FEDERAL AGENTS and/or SPIES: Sydney Bristow – Alias; Michael Weston – Burn Notice; Annie Walker – Covert Affairs; Luke Alvez – Criminal Minds
3 DOCTORS, FIRST RESPONDERS and/or MEDICAL TYPES: Gregory House – House; Doogie Howser – Doogie Howser, MD; Perry Cox – Scrubs
3 SITCOM CHARACTERS: Jake Peralta – Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Danny Tanner – Full House; Will Smith – Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1 STRAIGHT-DRAMA CHARACTER: Raylan Givens – Justified
Any 3 MISC. CHARACTERS, to fill out the bench: Veronica Mars & Logan Echolls – Veronica Mars; Michael Vaughn – Alias
1 SHOWRUNNER: Hart Hanson – Bones

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#SaveMacGyver Campaign Going Strong

Tonight is the series finale for MacGyver on CBS at 8/7c, but the show’s fans are doing everything possible to try to convince CBS to change their minds. The #SaveMacGyver campaign is working hard to highlight the positives regarding the show: It’s one of the few shows on TV that provides positive representation in diversity and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), with the cast that includes Lucas Till, Tristin Mays, Levy Tran, Meredith Eaton, Henry Ian Cusick, Justin Hires and Alexandra Grey.

Its ratings have been strong for 5 seasons straight and it won the Friday 8/7c time slot every week for 13 weeks in a row.

So why did CBS cancel it? Many fans believe it’s because of the controversy that came to light in 2020. Lucas Till came forward with allegations that the creator/showrunner had created a toxic work environment, and others followed suit. CBS cut ties with the original showrunner and brought in Monica Macer. Unfortunately, she was only given 8 episodes. During that time, Monica began to create a positive and healthy work environment. According to the #SaveMacGyver campaign, all signs pointed to a renewal for the series until it was abruptly cancelled, and the concern is that the cancellation was related to the previous harassment the cast and crew suffered.

But fans believe CBS should have given the show another season to prove what a good showrunner could do with MacGyver’s great cast and crew. To that end, the campaign of fans worldwide has done the following to save the show:

  1. Sent CBS’s LA office 350K+ paperclips (and are planning a larger round).
  2. Their petition has garnered 21K+ signatures since the cancellation announcement. (Go to https://www.change.org/p/cbs-savemacgyver to sign the petition yourself!)
  3. News coverage from Forbes, CNN, ET Canada, and Screen Rant among others.
  4. 300K tweets in the #savemacgyver tag since it was started 3 weeks ago.
  5. Raising funds for Cancer Research Institute to give back to the community. (Go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/operation-cure-cancer-from-fans-of-macgyver to donate to a great cause, regardless of your thoughts on the show!)
  6. Created a website: https://www.savemacgyver.com/
  7. Four digital billboards in the following locations Los Angeles (2), Times Square New York (1), and Atlanta (1).

If you aren’t fortunate enough to see them in person, here are pictures of two of the billboards (1 in LA, and the one in Times Square). Fans raised the funds to pay for all the billboards, which is an awesome thing!

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The Mandalorian Season Finale Recap & Overall Series Thoughts

There are a variety of words I use to describe The Mandalorian. Awesome is not one of them. When I sum it up into a logline, it goes like this: “Dangerous bounty hunter betrays everything about his lifestyle except weird obsession with wearing a helmet to nurture a cute, telekinetic, 90-year-old baby.” From the jump, it has felt as if it were badly written but overproduced fanfic. Like someone (John Favreau) just watched the core nine episodes of the Skywalker Saga for the first time last year, called dibs on the most marketable moments/characters/settings – Yoda, Boba Fett, Tattoine – and mashed them all up with little concern for cannon, fandom, or integrity. It often feels like a child playing with action figures, but the child has 5 million dollars to spend on each trip out back to the sandbox.

Season two came to a close last week with another #predictable cameo, which this show prefers to substance or depth. But how did we get there? Well, Darth Vader Lite – ahem, I mean Moff Gideon… yes, Gideon kidnapped Grogu aka “Baby Yoda,” and Mando was dedicated to getting the child back. He had the help of recent New Republic recruit-ready-to-abandon-her-post-for-Mando Cara Dune of course. Let’s not forget overweight Boba Fett, who showed up last week with Tennac Shand [Mae from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]. This whole crew of Mandalorians was ready to fight to restore Mando to his rightful position in life: a lactating doula taking care of Baby Yoda.

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