Don’t Be Robin, Be Someone Else

I’m the first to admit that my hype for Titans went from, “THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT,” to “Oh no,” to “people are saying it’s pretty good and I’m getting DC Universe for Young Justice: Outsiders anyway, so I’ll get around to it.”

Look, that “Fuck Batman,” trailer was rough, no way around it. And I’m still not sold on the designs for Starfire and Beast Boy. And that Donna Troy never suits up is kind of a bummer. (Spoilers, sorry…)

But, Internet Nerds, we have greatly misjudged this show. It’s pretty wonderful. As an adaptation of Teen Titans, it’s only OK, but as a genre show in it’s own right, a version and riff on the concept, it’s good. It’s full of game performances, excellent character work, and a steady build up of suspenseful writing leading to a hell of a cliff hanger.

I’m not going to say it’s the best first season of a live action superhero show. Daredevil season 1 exists after all, but it’s damn sure of it’s self and super entertaining all the way through, which is more than I can say for any other DC TV project from the past 10 years. (I loved the first seasons of The Flash and Supergirl but they still had their bumpy finding their feet moments.)

And it has it’s problems. The costume designs really are awful. Minka Kelly’s wig as Dove is one for the DCTV bad wig hall of fame. Geoff Johns seems a little too happy to drop the F-bomb. It’s refreshing that the young heroes actually talk like young people, but it’s also, you know, kind of heavy handed at times. The FX are laughably bad at points. The violence is a lot, but not unexamined. I was mostly concerned about this from the perspective of Dick.

Kori and Rachel (Raven) being more violent is consistent. Starfire, being an alien and all, has different values about life than humans do. Raven’s powers are all about darkness and containing bursts of violence. Titans examines both of these perspectives, Rachel desperately trying to contain her power, and Kori accepting it as a part of herself.

Dick though, it’s handled masterfully. The show begins by showing it’s been a year since he walked away from being Batman’s partner, because he felt himself losing control. But he’s basically addicted to the violence, and he’s not happy about it. The entire season and his entire arc (and the show really does belong the Brenton Thwaites) is him grappling with this side of himself. He knows he can’t really be Robin anymore, but he doesn’t know how to deal with this any other way.

This all really hits home in two episodes, which are easily my favorites, episode 6, “Jason Todd,” and Episode 8, “Donna Troy.” Jason, a year into his tenure as Robin is eager and excited to spend time with his predecessor. Dick is mostly annoyed by Jason’s, well, Jason-ness (Seriously, he’s perfect.), Bruce’s seeming trust of his new partner, (“You’re allowed to drive the Batmobile?”) and most especially, the kid’s sanity and safety. I burst into tears when Dick warned Jason, “the cost is too great.” THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW  THE COST YET! Even in Dick’s “darkest timeline,” created in his mind by Trigon in the finale, Jason is paralyzed, not brutally murdered, then resurrected and insane. (This show is uniquely well set up to do Red Hood as a storyline though.)

“Donna Troy,” meanwhile, just made me gloriously happy as a Dick Grayson fan. Donna’s retired from being Wonder Girl, but she’s still doing her part, and working as a photographer. Dick goes to see her, they talk a lot, there’s a really good flashback to when they were kids where she gives him a pep talk and there’s also a scene where they go to a party and Dick babbles like an idiot to some unsuspecting friends of hers. He says things like, “my dad used to work with her mom sometimes.” (STAHP! MY FANGIRL INSIDES CANNOT HANDLE IT) She says things like, “Wonder Woman was created to protect the innocent, Batman to punish the guilty.” They giggle and do backflips, they track down some big game poachers. They drink beers and confide. This is a very good depiction of friendship between superheroes.

Also, Donna continues to be awesome throughout her run on the show.

So, to recap, things that Titans isn’t great on

  • Design – It’s an ugly show. That can be improved as we move forward though. I also did like Jason’s Robin suit.
  • Effects – They’re groan worthy in places, but again, now that it’s a hit (apparently? Streaming’s weird that way) maybe they’ll get a budget increase to help with that.
  • Tone – Scale back on the angst a bit, it worked but tipped too far a few times

Things that are good

  • Characters & Writing – Everything’s consistent and well thought out.
  • Violence – It’s a violent show, but it actually grapples with that violence. Which is a nice change of pace.
  • Dick Grayson – Seriously, this is a very good version of this character. Who I love. Kind of a lot. 
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2018 Favorites: An Unexpected List

Hey everyone! Happy (almost!) New Year! So, as promised here’s my list of favorite things from the past year. We’ll get going quickly, I have a few categories, I think it’ll go well.

Favorite Movie (Not Movie Season): Black Panther

I’ll get into movie season movies in a few days. (I have my tickets for the final three.) But in the rest of the year, I don’t think I loved anything the way I loved Black Panther. I saw it in theaters 3 times, a thing I don’t do often anymore, and bought it on Amazon Prime immediately (Another thing I don’t do much anymore.)

Favorite Old Show I Finally Got Around To Watching: Battlestar Galactica

I fill in a bunch of gaps this year, and while this was a toss up, between Battlestar and Deadwood, ultimately I had to go with the Space Opera, and for one reason alone. As much as I enjoyed Deadwood, I didn’t connect to any of those characters the way I did to Kara Thrace. You can check out my Facebook for my thoughts on Starbuck, I love her, I find  her hugely inspirational and wonderful.

Favorite Book I Read: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

My God, I loved this book. I can’t stop thinking about this book. How sexy it is, how beautifully constructed, how twisted and dark and wonderful. Even it’s really really disappointing sequels (I’m into Taltos now, and it’s fine…) can’t tarnish the shine of how much I loved this book.

Favorite Current TV Show: The Good Place

Holy Mother Forking Shirtballs, you guys!

Friday night, Jess and I sighed about the show, and about how it just made us happy. The Good Place is funny, intelligent and kind, and with the way the world has felt like it was on fire all year, it was a beacon of light every Thursday night, and then Friday morning, when the conversations inevitably began. Plus The Good Place Podcast which gives a wonderful behind the scenes look at each episode. Seriously, The Good Place, y’all.

Favorite Thing I Rewatched And Fell Back In Love With: Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings extended editions

One weekend this summer, when I wasn’t feeling terribly well, I decided to watch The Lord Of The Rings, for some reason they weren’t streaming on any of my services so I was going to have to purchase them off Amazon. It was only a few extra dollars each to get the extended editions, and I think I’ve now watched them like five or six times. They’re nice to have on in the background, I usually watch them in chunks of an hour or two, making it more like binging a series than watching three epicily long movies and that’s a really fun way to revisit this series.

Favorite Broadway Show: Springsteen On Broadway

I saw a lot of theater this year, and I’m very grateful for that, but as I hinted  at earlier this week, nothing quite moved me the way that Springsteen On Broadway did. It’s something so special that discussing it feels moot. It’s just so good, I haven’t rewatched it on Netflix yet, although I’m sure that I will eventually, because revisiting this joyful piece of art will lift me up. A  love letter to his fans and to America, the carefully crafted one man show is The Boss at his broodiest and also possibly his best.

Unfinished Bussiness Being Pushed to 2019

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Nerd Homework: Watch More Anime

Finish Reading Dune series 

Catch Up On The Flash

45 Books In 2018 #45: TV: The Book By Alan Seppinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz

Guys! I did it! (And that’s not include shit I reread, so really, I did it a while ago.) And there’s still two weeks left, one of which has a long weekend, which means, I’ll probably clock at least three more books.

But it seemed somehow fitting to top off this year with TV: The Book, since my deep love of television is what kept me from reading seriously for a while. But I’ve long believed that TV has been the media some of the best literature this century (and indeed the one that preceded it.) so I was psyched to read some intense critical discussion of the medium. (I’ve got a few other cultural studies books lined up now too, because critical analysis is the main thing I miss about being in school.) (Also the flexible schedule)

I’d read Seppinwall and Zoller-Seitz many times before (Sepinwall’s Mad Men coverage was legendary and Zoller-Seitz was one of the cohosts of the dearly departed Vulture TV Podcast.)  The idea for the book sprang into being when both were working for The Star Ledger (which is apparently the paper that Tony Soprano reads, which kind of annoys me, since The Ledger is more of a Shore paper, and The Sopranos are from where I grew up, Bergen County. Tony should be reading The Record, but I digress…) Their attempt to create a canon of American TV shows is entertaining, thoughtful and steeped clearly in their love for television and each other.

The book reminded me why I loved quite a few shows with it’s observations. (30 Rock’s live action cartoon aspects only really work because Jack’s mentorship of Liz is a grounded reality. Mad Men is actually a story about a daughter realizing who her parents really are.) Made me shake my head in annoyance a few times, (Mad Men’s refusal to marginalize it’s female characters makes it a richer and less warmed over story than Breaking Bad. I know The Wire is awesome but my college roommate’s annoying boyfriend wouldn’t shut up about it, when we just wanted to watch Star Trek so I never fully engaged with it, and stop making me feel bad for not watching it damnit!)

I’ve even decided to start filling in the blanks on the all time greats I haven’t watched. That means I’ve started Deadwood (and it’s wonderful.) And I’ll get around to The Sopranos and The Wire too, I guess. I’ve already watched most of the top comedy (Save The Simpsons, which is just too big for me start on now.) due to my parents being massive comedy fans.

Anyway, I liked reading the book. I’m watching Deadwood now, and I’m sure I’ll write about it. I’m proud of myself for meeting my reading goal for the year, even if my project sort of fell by the wayside. I’m going to keep blogging about what I’m reading. My goal for 2019 is 60 books, 52 of those 60 cannot be written by straight white men. (I’m giving myself the 8 book leeway because I’m a coward…also, I want to finish Dune someday)

I think I’ll be able to pull it off. Hell, even if I just read Anne Rice, I’d be like halfway there. (I will not just be reading Anne Rice…probably…)

Sometime in the next few weeks I’m going to break down my reading list a little bit and talk about what I loved (Crazy Rich Asians, The Witching Hour, Dune) what I didn’t but am glad I read, (David Copperfield, Don Quixote) and what I hated, (Ready Player One, Lasher, Infinite Jest, which I hated so much I didn’t even finish it, something I never ever do) 

Anyway, in the immediate aftermath, I’ll be reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Joe and Mary are in love with this book, so I’m gonna give it a shot.

 

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It’s the most most wonderful time of the year! NO! I do not mean Christmas (Christmas is also pretty rad though!) This week was Arrowverse Crossover Week!

The second best week of the year, after Halloween/My Birthday, where The CW and Greg Berlanti take us on a glorious romp, where Oliver Queen is grumpy at Kara Zor-El Danvers and Barry Allen. Where they world hop as we would jump on a bus! And where secrets that these heroes don’t know yet, but we, we as comic book fans, hold in our hearts are revealed.

This year was never going to live up to last year’s truly exceptional Crisis On Earth-X, where the entire stable of heroes took on the Nazi versions of themselves and their friends and family. (Seriously, how sad was it watching Nazi-Tommy Merlyn try to kill Oliver? Or Nazi-Papa Lance put Sara in a concentration camp?) It was intentionally scaled back to 3 episodes instead of 4, thus leaving the Legends out. (A bummer, everything is better with Legends…) 

But it had a few things going for it too. John Wesley-Shipp playing The Flash of Earth 90! (AKA, The Flash he played on The Flash in 1990. He’s also The Flash on The Flash that’s on The CW on a couple of alternate Earths, and The Flash’s dead Dad.) Introduction of Lois Lane! (Elizabeth Tulloch, who was wonderful!) Introduction of Batwoman! (Ruby Rose, also good.) THE MOTHER FUCKING MONITOR! (Remember, my first real deep dive into superhero comics came via Grant Morrison. This is a guy I like.)

Anyway, it’s important to remember the cornerstones of these Crossovers:

  1. Oliver is Grumpy. And violent.
  2. Barry is peppy, and optimistic and LOVES SCIENCE.
  3. Kara is the Mom friend, and Barry is her favored child.
  4. We must be reminded the Barry and Felicity dated, but now Barry and Iris ARE SO IN LOVE THAT IT BLINDS EVEN THE SUN. Also, Oliver and Felicity have ISSUES. Kara and Alex love each other more than they could ever love an SO.
  5. Cisco and Diggle will be delightful in their own ways. But always, always, delightful. (Jimmy got to be delightful this time too! Good for you Jimmy!)

Anyway, now into this specific crossover. Entitled Elseworlds, we start with the monitor giving Gotham based Psychologist John Deegan a magic book that rewrites reality. Being, kind of a twit, Deegan uses the book to switch Barry Allen and Oliver Queen’s lives. Not a body swap, they’re themselves, it’s just that everyone thinks Oliver is Barry (and he has The Flash’s powers) and that Barry is Oliver (he can beat the shit out of Diggle. Which. No.) Barry is kind of delighted by the switch, until he realizes it’s implications for his life. (Oliver and Iris in bed together) Oliver is annoyed, not just because like, dude just got out of prison (I think? I haven’t watched Arrow in years.) but because the whole huggy touchy feely aspect of being on Team Flash just doesn’t fit his vibe.

So after a brief sojourn in The Flash’s secret meta tunnel, they decide that if they go over to Earth-38, to see if this new reality has even infected Kara.

It hasn’t, and she’s hanging out on the Kent farm, talking about her feelings with Clark while Lois buzzes around being the best. Tyler Hoechlin continues to be staggeringly good as Clark Kent/Superman, (and an evil version in Parts 2 & 3) and this whole segment was like getting a warm hug for me. From starting the visit with an overhead shot of Smallville and Remy Zero’s “Save Me,” blaring, to Clark’s calm confidence brushing up against Oliver’s dark arrogance and Barry’s hyper excitement, you know one thing, Berlanti & Co, get Superman. They get him hardcore in a way I don’t know if anybody since Richard Donner has. (Really, though, that Smallville call out was amazing. I started my journey with these characters through that show.)

Anyway, after some training and arguing and Mama Kara setting everyone straight, Cisco comes and fetches everyone (including Clark! SQUEE!) to fight AMAZO in Central City. They do, it’s wonderful and they learn, quickly, that they need to go to Gotham, for reasons.

They are immediately mugged. (Ah, Gotham!) Then they’re arrested, and bailed out and chauffeured to Wayne Tower. (Kara’s remark that “Bruce Wayne bailed us out? That doesn’t sound like him,” lead me to believe that Kara and Bruce’s relationship on Earth-38 is kinda fraught, which is cool. It actually made me think of Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, which is one of my favorite stories.)  But of course it isn’t Bruce, because Bruce and Batman mysteriously disappeared at the same time a few years ago. (Kara makes sarcastic comments about this too. Kara’s Batman knowledge rubbing up against Oliver and Barry not even being sure he exists is one of the best things here) It’s his cousin! Kate Kane! She’s Batwoman, she and Kara flirt, and talk about long shadows and doing the right thing and it’s pretty excellent. After this fight and the revelation of the Book of Destiny, Kate basically tells the others to get the ef out of her city now, kthnxbi! (Bruce would be so proud. *Sniff*)

In the end of the episode, The Monitor is confronted by The Flashes (Oliver and Flash-90) Green Arrow (Barry) and Supergirl. He’s impressed that they’ve done better than any other group of heroes he’s tested and warns them that a Crisis is coming. Since ya can’t have a Crisis without a dead Flash (I don’t make the rules) Flash-90 gets zapped out of existence. Onto 6 years of bit parts before playing the greatest TV dad ever. (MITCH LEERY RULES!)

After this confrontation, we get another reality rewrite, and a black suited Superman lands to take out a leather jacketed and bandannaed Oliver and Barry.

They fight, and scheme and learn that this isn’t Superman at all, but Deegan! DUN DUN! They decide to go get the real Superman, so they have to find Cisco. And find him they do!

I love Cisco all the time, but I particularly love alternate Ciscos, and this one is no different! He’s a mobster who own a bar and uses his Vibe abilities to break into banks. (Dante’s still dead though.) Oliver and Barry convince him through the power of friendship (or whatever) to go to Earth-38 and pick up Clark. (They also pick up Lois, Brainiac-5 and J’onn) the two Supermen fight and it’s awesome.

Meanwhile, Earth-1 Alex (WHO EXISTS! And has a terrible wig) is guarding Kara who convinces her to A) Come out of the Closet in this reality. (All Alex’s are gay, I guess?) and B) Fight on their side rather than evil Superman.) All is set right when Oliver confronts the Monitor again, and sacrifices something oh, and also Batwoman’s still a thing, and Crisis on Infinite Earths is coming. Back on Earth-38, Clark and Lois reveal that they’re pregnant and get engaged, and that they’re moving to Argo City for a while, because they don’t want to raise a Kryptonian child on Earth. (Fair.) I think they’ll be back soon though.

Some random thoughts that made me clap my hands:

  • The Wayne Tower wi-fi password is “Alfred”
  • Gary from Legends was the bartender at Gangster-Cisco’s bar. Jimmy was his muscle. It was cute.
  • Everytime Barry said, “You have failed this city” I guffawed.
  • When Flash-90 saw Diggle he said, “John! You don’t have your ring!” DIGGLE IS JOHN STEWART ON EARTH-90 AND IF DAVID RAMSEY AS A GREEN LANTERN ISN’T A THING WE GET TO SEE SOMEDAY I WILL NEVER FORGIVE GREG BERLANTI! EVER! You can’t tease that, even the guy who bought infinite good will by making Joey and Pacey a thing, and not follow through.
  • Batwoman should be good. I think they laid an OK foundation here and Rose has a decently fun energy. I’m planning on finally watching Titans this weekend, hopefully neither lets me down as a Bat-verse show the way Gotham did.
  • As Ok-ish as Batwoman will probably be. (And look, Berlanti hasn’t delivered a total turd yet. Even Season 1 of Legends has it’s moments) I want a Lois and Clark show yesterday. My LORD they were excellent.
  • Speaking of Clark, apparently Michael Rosenbaum and Tom Welling were meeting with Berlanti this week. As we have Clark in Hoechlin and Jon Cryer will be playing Lex on Supergirl, I imagine they’ll either be playing other characters (a la Erica Durance, Helen Slater, Dean Cain and Terry Hatcher) or we’ll get a quick glimpse of the Smallville earth during the Crisis. Frankly, I would love a moment where Welling, Hoechlin, Cain and Brandon Routh all connected. Elseworlds was great, but not having The Legends did prevent the Clark meets Ray encounter of my dreams.
  • As usual, this has made me want to catch up on The Flash, so I’ve finished season 4. I’m probably going to watch the first half of season 5 in the next week or so. It might take Stephen Ammel coming to my house and holding me in his beautiful muscular arms himself to get me to catch up on Arrow though. Binging The Flash is nearly always an unexpected joy, even watching a little of Arrow at this point feels like a chore. More on all of that in the weeks to come, I think.
  • I requested Crisis On Infinite Earths from the library this week, and dusted off my copy of Final Crisis, not that I think Final Crisis will ever factor into this version, I just love it a lot. These characters’ dumb little Berlanti Brains probably couldn’t handle the Morrison stuff. (Except maybe the Legends, who basically are his JLA.)

Riverdale Season 3: It’s All Or Nothing

Riverdale Season 2 was a lot of things. “Hilarious,” is definitely one. I don’t know that “good,” is a word I’d use though.

I was confident going into season 3 though that the show could turn it around, and if it can’t, I’ll keep watching because it’s kind of the only teen drama game in town…(and as you all know, it’s my favorite genre.)

But the season 3 premier gave me some serious hope, as the show seems to just be going with the whole, “this show is so dumb…I love this show,” thing, and in the meantime, was able to hit some classic Archie comics beats, while still being it’s own weird wonderful dumb thing.

Archie Iconic Thing #1: Archie’s Bowtie

Before Greg Berlanti decided to make him sexy this is what Archie Andrews looked like:

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The bowtie was kind of a thing. Anyway, as Archie sat trial for murder in last night’s premier, (Sure, whatever…this show is so dumb, I love this show so much) he looked like this:

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BOWTIE! Look at his dumb face!

Archie Iconic Thing #2: Everything About Archie’s Car

Archie’s Old Gillopie (am I spelling that right?) is also a think in the comics. And boy oh boy, was I psyched at the end of season 2 when Riverdale introduced it! So we see Bughead and Varchie driving around in it, and even more importantly Archie and Betty working on it in his garage! Riverdale has jettisoned so much of Betty and Archie’s dynamic in favor of Bughead (worth it) and Archie trying to be a gangster or a vigilante or whatever. (Less worth it) so seeing them work on his car, and Betty in her overalls warmed my heart.

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She is precious and perfect and must be protected

Archie Iconic Thing #3: Cheryl’s Pool Party

So, like I get that they’ve set Riverdale somewhere in the midwest, (Archie’s mom, Molly Ringwald, is in Chicago after all) so they couldn’t have it be a beach party, but the pool party get the gist across. The Archie gang is at the beach, like, kind of a lot. But the Beach Boys playing as everyone danced and tossed footballs (Is Reggie not a raging douche anymore?) did it.

Archie Iconic Thing #4: Hiram trying to break Veronica and Archie up

Look, no matter the version, Hiram Lodge does not like that Andrews boy around his daughter. So he tries to break them up. Usually he like, cuts off Veronica’s allowance, or enrolls her in private school, but in Riverdale it involves framing Archie for murder.

Tomato, Tomahto, really.

Not Archie, but Still Iconic:

Fred punching Hiram in the face at the courthouse, as cameras roll. Straight up Dylan McKay move.

Cheryl shooting at Ghoulies with her bow like she’s on Arrow or something.

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“You have failed this city”

Also Cheryl walking into Pop’s reminding everyone who the real star of this show is.

 

Lucky 13

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I haven’t watched Doctor Who in almost two years. It’s been more out of attrition than anything else. I fell behind and never got caught up.

I also was happy with leaving the show behind with the delightful “The Husband’s Of River Song,” which gives me a warm feeling even when I think about it.

But, we were given a perfect on boarding point this week with the new season, with a new Doctor and a new show runner, oh yeah, and The Doctor is now a she.

I liked a lot of things about “The Woman Who Fell To Earth,” (but then again, I also like “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship,” so what the hell do I know?) but I mostly loved it as a showcase to get to know Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor. Thirteen feels really fun, she’s compassionate, we know that much (isn’t the Doctor always so?) and she’s handy. (She built her new screw driver! It’s very cool and alien looking.)

I’m looking forward to getting to know Thirteen, and our new companions, Ryan, Yaz and Graham. I’m also going to (slowly, most likely…) watch the two years I missed. Though the Doctor explaining that five minutes ago she was a white haired Scotsman was kind of completely wonderful.

I hope we get the TARDIS back soon.

The Best Way To End A Story…

The Man in Black fled across the desert, and The Gunslinger followed…

Answered Prayers opens so close to the closing of Needful Things…

Randall Flagg wakes on a beach…

“The best place to end a story is where it began, I heard that once…”

I’m a Stephen King neophyte. (Thanks for that one night terrors!) but even I’ve noticed the guy’s affinity for the  circular ending, and was very happy with it’s reference at the finale of Castle Rock, as well as the tease for season 2. (If season 2 is Jackie Torrance investigating the Overlook, OH BOY!) It wasn’t the ending I’ve wanted, though the fact that the show is going to be an anthology as far as we know, really prevented what I wanted. And now, with it being over, I can reveal what I was hoping for, at least obliquely.

I understand that series clearly takes place on a couple of VERY different levels of the Tower from where Roland and his Ka-tet hang around. We’re not in the version of reality where Co-Op city is in Brooklyn, ya dig? (I’m reading Wolves Of The Calla right now, Eddie is very in my head. I say Thankya, big big.) Which means we’re likely not at a place where God and the Devil used an underground revolutionary (who’s also an immortal wizard) and the oldest living American, (who is also the last American born in bondage.) to fight for humanity’s soul.

But hooo boy, when things started getting apocalyptic…I wanted us to be there.

No, but we’re on the level where four boys found a body and a rabid dog ravaged a town, and an innocent man escaped prison. Or level where that stuff happened, I guess. Multiverses are complicated.

But what I wanted, and what could still happen, down the line, is for the Man In Black to stroll into Castle Rock, and say something cryptic and pithy, something along the lines of “well, that’s a start I guess.” (I don’t know, I’m the newbie here…)

But I liked the ending we got well enough. The reveal that The Kid was another Henry Deaver, from another world was a good one, and the ambiguity of what that means exactly for the evil at the heart of Castle Rock, Maine, whether he’s lying or not, whether it was captivity that made him what he is, and whether our Henry sold his soul to contain him or is doing the right thing, well, that’s up in the air too. But Castle Rock is safe, for now.

You want to know a place that’s never fucking safe? The Goddamned OVERLOOK HOTEL! And if that’s really what we’re getting next year, I repeat my previous Oh Boy. Not just because The Shining is great, but also because Jane Levy is great.

Anyway, Castle Rock was a wonderful summer obsession, that’s fed into a new fall obsession. (Once I get through The Dark Tower again, my local library will be cleaned out of King’s books. I’m quite excited about it.)

In the meantime, I’m waiting for news of season 2.