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RR’s Top Ten TV Shows Of 2018

The amount of contents yearly produced for the small screen makes it almost impossible to keep up, even for people whose full time job is watching and talking film. Notwithstanding, I did my best. It’s been a terrific year for the small screen, many classic works of art aired to millions around the globe. And, as usual, I’ve put together a list to appreciate all the shows that made me feel good.

Below is my list of TV shows that struck something in me, irrespective of genre or professional critics’ opinion.

PS: 2018 has a lot of great TV shows; and it was tough limiting them to ten. I apologize in advance if your favorite(s) don’t make the list. Do air your grievance in the comment box.

10. Marvel’s Runaways s2

Even though its a late year release, Runaways sees a vast improvement in its writing, acting and story in its sophomore year. It’s a better outing than its first.



9. The Hunting of Hill House s1

Netflix continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. I really enjoyed this horror show about a small family terrorized by their past. Even though it got neatly tied out, a part of me still wishes it’ll have a second season focusing on the same family. You can read my review here.



8. American Crime Story s2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Even though though it’s got a misleading title, fans can’t stop raving over the beauty that’s this year’s entry into the American Crime Story anthology, and that’s largely due to Darren Criss’ performance. We sure owe him a lot.



7. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina s1

Another Netflix offering that helped make the year better.



6. The Handmaid’s Tale s2

In Gilead, things bad things happen. And it’s up to Offred (or June, whatever she goes by these days) to change the narrative back to the saner days.



5. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD s5

Everyone who knows me knows Agents of SHIELD has been one of my favorite shows for some years now. The shows never disappoints. It’s sad I have to wait longer for another season to arrive.



4. Marvel’s Daredevil s3

Daredevil was arguably at its best this season. A nice retrace back to its root. Which makes its sudden cancellation all the more painful.



Just before I unveil my top three, I’d list to list some honorable mentions. Please note that they’re in no particular order.

  • Titans s1
  • AHS s8
  • The Deuce s2
  • Jack Ryan s1
  • Luke Cage s2
  • Krypton s1
  • Barry s1
  • Dirty John s1


3. Westworld s2

After a wonderful first outing in 2016, Westworld tries its best to live up to the hype that its the goto show for unexpected twists and turns in timelines.



2. HTGAWM s4&5

Previously on How to get away with murder….

That’s all I need to hear to make my Thursdays. Viola Davis and the rest of the remarkable cast continue to do impressive works. Coupled with the fact that Wes is still dead, this show is definitely one of my favorites.



1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow s3&4

Never in the history of TV has a show as silly and self-aware as Legends of Tomorrow ever existed. Whoever birthed the idea to make it this way sure has my respect. The sillier the show gets, the happier I become.




I followed a lot of TV shows this year, and it’s only fitting I liked some more than others, doesn’t mean those not mentioned are bad. As I said earlier, I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment box..

Rinzy Reviews ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 (2018)

With a sophomore season that’s arguably better than its first and a villain that’ll be remembered as one of the MCU’s finest, Luke Cage season 2 is one hell of an awesome ride. šŸ˜. 

After last season’s weak villainous baddies in the name of Cottonmouth and Diamondback, I was apprehensive on the direction new villain Bushmaster would take. His seeming obsession with correcting Mariah’s last name from Dillard to Stokes in the first few episodes cast a certain light of worry on the season’s run, causing me genuine worry. The beauty of any story rests in its hero, but a hero is only as good as the villain they’ve got to take down, and nothing makes a good villain as one with a relatable backstory as proper motivation for his/her actions. Bushmaster had all of this and more, which translated into an enjoyable season run. This is a big win for Marvel, as they seem to completely be shaking off their villain problem. They deserve some accolade…šŸ…. 

The story this season takes us on a rollercoaster ride šŸŽ¢ and solid character development for practically all characters. From Misty to Mariah to Shades to Luke to Luke’s father and even Iron Fist – everyone gets an opportunity to shine and better flesh their character than what was obtainable in season one, and, in turn, what we get is a well written season that knows its onion. Even though I still maintain the 13 episodes season order by Netflix continues to hurt the Marvel shows’ pacing, Luke Cage’s second season manages this shortcoming with awesome writing. Kudos to the writers šŸ‘. 

Luke Cage’s second season leaves things at a very different place from where it started. 

(SPOILERS ALERT!!!) 

Mariah Stokes is dead; Shades is in prison; Bushmaster lives at the end of the season; Harlem is still standing, and Luke Cage might just be the new villain of his own show. Yeah, I know, the last one’s interesting. šŸ˜‚. Mariah played one last, big joke on everyone, especially her daughter, before bowing out by gifting Harlem’s Paradise to Luke… Talk about the biggest, baddest bitch of them all. šŸ˜ˆ. With the way I’m feeling now I can use another season of ‘Luke Cage’ next month. 

Side notes:

1. Alfre Woodard (Mariah Stokes Dillard) is a terrific actress and deserves so much accolades for her performance this award season. 

2. Claire and Luke’s relationship is so silly, especially the way they broke up. 

3. The person who played Tilda Johnson (Mariah’s daughter) was superb. I want to see her and Bushmaster do villainous things next season šŸ˜ˆ. 

4. Shades is a terrificly complex character… And he looks good, too. 

First look at Marvel’s Defenders

After the release of the first season of Daredevil on Netflix in 2015, which was quickly followed by Jessica Jones’ release. people have been clamoring for more of what is believed to be the darker, grittier side of Marvel. Luke Cage continued to deliver on that tone, and this year’s Iron Fist, is expected to continue on that promise of excellence.

If there was one thing, Marvel and Netflix promised us, it was that we were going to see all four superheroes come together, in an Avengers kind of way to battle a greater threat to their own corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

That promise is way closer than most realize.

Marvel just released the first set of pictures from the upcoming series, and I am super excited.

The (8) pictures are after the cut.

Photo credit: Netflix, Marvel, Entertainment Weekly.

 

In addition to our main casts (The Defenders), familiar faces will be returning from all four individual series – Misty Knight, Claire Temple, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Stick, Elektra, Trisha, etc.

 

DaredevilĀ seasons 1 and 2,Ā JessicaĀ Jones season 1,Ā andĀ Luke CageĀ season 1 are now available on Netflix.Ā Iron FistĀ will premiereĀ on March 17,Ā 2017.Ā The DefendersĀ andĀ The PunisherĀ will arrive in 2017. PremiereĀ dates for the newest seasonsĀ ofĀ Jessica Jones,Ā Daredevil, andĀ Luke CageĀ have not yet been announced.