Making a Show That’s Actually for Everyone: The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd (Stories for the Ear #14)

When I was younger, and had first discovered old-time radio, I listened constantly, as if it were a new Netflix show that I just had to binge. But as I’ve gotten older, although I love listening to audio shows and keep up with several ongoing series’ as well as continually listen to the classics, I haven’t been nearly as vigilant about it as I used to, and I’m far more likely to opt for a movie or TV show than I am to just sit there and listen. It’s great for when I’m driving or multitasking, but to just sit there and listen isn’t as appealing to me anymore. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this show in a slightly dusty corner of the world of audio drama and found that I couldn’t stop listening. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve listened to this show while driving to the grocery store, eating lunch, or just sitting in my room and doing nothing else. So let’s take a good long look at this show, “The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd”.

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Attracting a Modern Audience to an Anthology: Black Mirror (TV Showcase #52)

I’m back again, and what better way to start off the new year than with another TV Showcase, eh? And today, I’m not talking about just any show. This show is popular, relevant, and isn’t for kids. Come to think of it, when have I ever talked about a show that’s all three of those before? Well, no matter. This show drew me in with its rave reviews and interesting look, so I embarked on the journey to watch it, and I must say, it did not disappoint. Somehow this show flies in the face of what the modern audience tends to be into, and yet it still brings in the young adult viewers. Why? Let’s find out, with this look into the world of “Black Mirror”.

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Comparing The Greatest Showman and La La Land: A Few Thoughts

That’s right, your boy gets around. I might be slightly late to the review party, but I did wind up seeing The Greatest Showman at long last, and I was so excited about it. And you know what, the film really did meet alot of my expectations. I was basing most of my hopes off of La La Land (which I wrote about when it came out last year if you want to hear more thoughts about it), and I want to go over what Showman did to improve on the ideas of La La Land, and what it means for musicals coming up. Oh, and also, I don’t know who started this stupid “spoiler-free” thing, but I’m writing a movie review, so of course I’m going to talk about the movie. So, for what it’s worth, be warned of spoilers.

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How to Have Terrible Flow: Cop Rock (TV Showcase #51)

Hey, he’s back! Where the heck was I for so long? Well, that’s what happens when my blog isn’t my job and I also have a job. Plus, I’m working on a much longer series right now. But I had to squeeze one more out for you guys before the end of the year, right? Over Thanksgiving, I was on a kick to find musical TV shows, like “Galavant“, because I absolutely love “Galavant”, and I thought, “surely that’s not the only time this has happened on television. There’s got to be another show with musical numbers in it.” So I actually found several that I may integrate over the next few months here should I decide to watch them. And, no, “Glee” is not on the list of possibilities. But I found this one, and I thought that maybe, just maybe, here I’ve found another “Galavant”. And I’ll tell you, this show was gold. The most enjoyable one I’ve watched in a while. But it was so entertaining because it’s terrible. I’m talking about a real winner here, the one and only “Cop Rock”. 

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A Look at the Comedic Style of My Favorite Entertainer: Jerma985 (A Few Thoughts)

Many thoughts may be swirling in your head right now, dear reader. One might be, “Where has this lazy blogger been for three months?” Another may be, “What the heck does this have to do with Thanksgiving?” But most likely, your thought is, “Why on earth is Michael writing about video games? What does he know? Doesn’t he write about silent movies and radio shows and wierd, boring, old TV shows that no one cares about?” Well, yes, I do. But I fancy myself a surveyor of all types of entertainment, and that includes video games. Besides, this particular gamer has had more influence on my own entertainment style and really just my style of social interaction than anyone else. So, yes, today I am talking about Jerma985. 

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Embracing Your Inconsistencies: I Dream of Jeannie (TV Showcase #50)

Well, I made it. I had another show in mind for number fifty, but it was really long and it’s hard to find episodes, so this is what I’ve got instead. It’s hard to believe that I’ve watched fifty complete series’, but here we are. And I’m not planning to stop either. But even though this wasn’t the ideal show for the big five-o (but not Hawaii), it is a really good show, and one that I genuinely enjoyed. But like many sitcoms, it had many inconsistencies. However, unlike alot of sitcoms, it dealt with them head-on. Let’s look at how with “I Dream of Jeannie”. 

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My Official Marvel Diss: A Few Thoughts

Yeah, I said it. I don’t like Marvel movies. What heresy is this? Is it just a movement by me to try to be hipster, not following mainstream entertainment? Or am I just attempting to be controversial for no particular reason? No, my friends, I am in fact a lover of all mediums of entertainment, and there are quite a few modern films that I have found to be very creative and well-done. However, Marvel, which is now dominating TV, theaters, and Netflix, is not among the movie-makers that I find to be putting out films that I can enjoy. What follows is why I hold these views, but keep in mind that by now, I have decided not to watch any more Marvel films, and I’ve only seen the films up to the first Avengers (with a couple of exceptions), so I’m not claiming to know all about Marvel, only what I have seen.

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Me, Candy Crush, and this Game Show thing: A Few Thoughts

Why the heck am I writing about a game show? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s because I am a huge fan of the Candy Crush mobile game. Every week, fifteen new levels are released, and every week, without fail, I make it to the last level, which at the time of this writing is nearing 2,700. So I got a little excited when the game show was announced to be coming to TV. Until, that is, I realised what a horrible idea that was. And still is. Let me explain why this show is not only terrible, but also rigged. And no, this isn’t a TV Showcase. A show like this isn’t really worth one. 

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A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Audio Drama?: Codename Cygnus (Stories for the Ear #12)

I used to love reading those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books; didn’t you? It was fun skipping pages and then going back to get a different ending. Usually I’d try to be smart and think the way I would if it was really happening to me… I almost always chose the path that ended in me dying. But it was still fun, interacting with the different companions and villains. Well, on my quest for obscure audio drama that needs showcasing, I found one that brings all the fun of those CYOA books to life. Ever wanted to star in an audio drama? Now you can, with Codename Cygnus

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