by Billie Doux
Even though I watch and enjoy many things Marvel and DC (not to mention the eons I spent reviewing Smallville), superheroes don't tend to be my thing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my sort of superhero.
But like nearly everyone else here at Doux Reviews, I fell in love with Jessica Jones. It was unexpected because I never got into Daredevil (although I hear it's pretty darned good). Was it because it was a woman's story? Because it was about abuse? Or because, as sunbunny said so well in her "Best Of", that the superpowers were beside the point? I'm sure some of it was also due to David Tennant as the incredibly despicable Kilgrave, and Mike Colter as the surprisingly yummy and adorable Luke Cage.
The Agents of D.O.U.X. have covered other shows in rotation, but Jessica Jones was the first binge-dump show that we covered in the space of only two weeks, with a new review going up every day. It worked, it was a blast, and we're planning to do it again.
I tried The 100 when it first started airing, decided that it was too much with the teen angst for me, and promptly dropped it. But our readers kept mentioning the show in the comments (we read every comment), a sure sign that I had missed something, so I gave it another try and reviewed the pilot. Several other Agents of D.O.U.X. who had stuck with The 100 through its brief Dawson's Creek phase offered to pitch in with reviews, and as the show progressed, it got heavier. In its first two seasons, The 100 shocked the socks off me not once, but twice. Okay, three times. That is not easy to do with a jaded television viewer such as moi.
The success of The 100 starts and ends with its young female lead (Eliza Taylor, above left, who does some amazing work as Clarke), and meanders through some incredibly hard stuff about the morality of war, especially the use of teenagers as cannon fodder. As Laure said so well in her "best of", The 100 is The Walking Dead Lite -- all the philosophical musing, half the gory calories.
Possibly my favorite time travel TV show ever, Continuum had such a complex story that it absolutely needed several more seasons to do it justice. It didn't get them. But at least we got a final season of six episodes that wrapped it all up. Ah. What might have been.
Why did it take me three seasons to discover this show? Rectify, airing on the Sundance Channel in the summer, is about Daniel Holden, an innocent who went to Death Row at the age of 18 and was unexpectedly released twenty years later. This show could be so incredibly depressing, but I promise you, it's not. There's something about it that I find captivating: the emotions of the characters, the slow unwinding of the story, the gorgeous photography. I'm especially blown away by Aden Young's portrayal of Daniel. Season four is coming this summer and I plan to finish reviews of the first three seasons by then.
Why did it take me fifteen years to discover this show? I think I had the impression that it was a wholesome family show a la Seventh Heaven, and very much not for me. Okay, there's a little wholesome, but mostly, there are wonderful and lovable characters, a quirky and memorable small town, and witty repartee that actually rivals Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'd personally like to thank Netflix for giving me the opportunity to enjoy all of Gilmore Girls, way too many years later. I'm currently halfway through season five and savoring every episode, so don't spoil me.
Okay, I have to say something minorly spoilerly. Why did the writers have to screw over Dean as a character? What I've found amusing in a meta sort of way is the idea of Sam Winchester taking his brother's name and hiding in a small town in Connecticut with an adoptive family before he decided to go to Stanford.
Speaking of which, I'm still into...
Supernatural. They're giving us an excellent eleventh season with a brand new twist. They also pushed the envelope again with one of their best episodes, "Baby", which showed us the Supernaturalverse from the point of view of their car. This series isn't going to end until J and J decide that they've had enough, and as long as they want to continue, I'm going to review it.
The Walking Dead. Despite their controversial death tease of one of the series' favorite characters, I'm still deeply into this show. I particularly loved Carol as a one woman Rambo in "JSS", and the Morgan backstory, "Here's Not Here". And I'm simultaneously scared and excited about Papa Winchester, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, joining the show as The Walking Dead comic's most famous villain.
Honorable mention to The Fall, Arrow, The Flash, The Originals, The Returned (the creepy French zombies are back!), and the emotionally gut-wrenching third season of Last Tango in Halifax. Plus the wonderful final season of Justified, back in April.
Sleepy Hollow. I loved the first season of this show so very, very much, especially the arc of John Noble's character. I fantasized about Tom Mison's Ichabod Crane, and shipped him with Nicole Beharie's Abbie. And then a rogue showrunner tromped all over the show during its second season. The network gave Sleepy Hollow a new showrunner for the third season and tried to repair the damage, but unfortunately, it's not working. I don't expect Sleepy Hollow to get a fourth season, and that's so sad.
Wayward Pines. I had hopes for this show and its huge sci-fi twist, hopes that were dashed by an infuriating ending. I reviewed all of the first season last summer. I'm not sure I'll even try the second season.
Fear the Walking Dead. What happened? I was so excited about this spinoff, especially since it has a terrific cast and is set in Los Angeles (I'm a former Angelino). Did they go in the wrong direction? Was it just too frustrating that we as viewers knew so much that the characters didn't? Despite the negatives, I'm still on board to review the second season. Maybe they'll find their way.
Limitless: I am really enjoying this show. It's clever and fun, and the leads are terrific. I think I'm waiting for some more depth, though. I hope we're going to get it.
Supergirl: Pretty much the same comment as above. Melissa Benoist is just wonderful as the lead. I wish I didn't dislike Calista Flockhart's character so much, though, because she's close to ruining the show for me.
The Expanse: I've only seen three episodes, but I'm captivated. It feels a lot like a cross between Battlestar Galactica and the "eight worlds" novels of my favorite science fiction author, John Varley.
Colony: This sci-fi show begins in January and stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break, The Walking Dead). Can't wait to try it.
Legends of Tomorrow: This is the show I'm looking forward to the most. Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Wentworth Miller, my wonderful Spy Dad Victor Garber, I am ready for Legends to blow me away. It had better. We're covering this show, by the way.
Doux Reviews means a lot to me. I spend a lot of my time writing and reading reviews and maintaining this site. It started slowly back in 2004, when I just needed to establish a one-stop spot to archive the reviews I'd been writing since 1997. Now we have over 6,000 reviews and we get approximately 50,000 visits, 125,000 pageviews, and 22,000 unique visitors a month. That's a lot for a smallish site. Especially since so many of the big TV sites offer reviews and recaps these days.
But it's not the numbers. It's the people that mean the most to me. Josie Kafka has been co-managing this site with me for five years, and I don't know what I'd do without her friendship, talent and constant creativity. Our contributors are all terrific writers, good friends and lovely people (except for Sam T. Cat, who is a lovely cat).
And I love you guys, our readers. I did a lot of site clean-up this summer (that was Amazon's fault for changing their ad format) and was so pleased and gratified by how many names I recognized in the comments on the older reviews. Thank you all so much for reading our stuff, posting comments, and in general hanging around and making this site a community.
Happy new year!
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. And she really needs to come up with a more interesting sig in 2016. Any suggestions?