2022 in Review - Ubernerd’s TV Show Favorites
Star Wars Andor
Star Wars Andor follows Cassian Andor, who first appeared in Rouge One: A Star Wars Story. We get to see his early life and what events led him to presumably join the rebellion. Parallel to his story we also follow the birth of the Rebel Alliance as we follow its future founder and leader Mon Mothma, who first appeared in Star Wars Return of the Jedi. The series itself is a slow burn to start off with but if you keep with it the payoff is excellent. I particularly love to see how Mon Mothma herself had to deal with being a politician and secretly funding the future rebellion and the toll and sacrifice that takes. As for the title character, his growth throughout the series is very interesting to watch and actor Diego Luna plays this character to perfection and really makes you want to follow where he is going to go next. I have only one nitpick with the series that I am kind of torn on. Star Wars was inspired by George Lucas' love of many things including sci-fi serials of the 1930s to 50s. These serials were made to be swashbuckling adventures filled with action and a fundamental moral message that is targeted to all ages to enjoy. This is the kind of thing I always expect from Star Wars, even though there have been times some Star Wars movies and especially shows have tackled more complex messages. What has gotten me torn is that on one hand, Andor proves that Star Wars can build a whole story around the more mature and complex storytelling that is for an older audience. On the other Star Wars has always been for all ages and given how mature and talkative this show is I feel that it will bore most younger viewers. There is a compromise, however, since we are getting so much Star Wars content coming in the future that all have different targeted ages it really is a minor gripe. If you are an older fan of Star Wars I would highly suggest this show but if you're a younger fan it may not be for you.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 13
Many shows have come and gone over the last 30 years, yet it takes a very special show to last through those years. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is one of those shows, this can be attributed to a small but mighty fan base and passionate creators. Because of this, I feel MST3K as it is affectionately called, will keep enduring for many more years to come. For those who have never heard of MST3K basically three absolutely hilarious people watch a bad movie with you and crack jokes making the terrible movie much more fun. There is a story that sets the stage about mad scientists sending a person into space and torturing them with the worst movies ever made. This is only secondary to the movie riffing as it is called, which again I feel is another reason for the show's longevity. Out of all the 13 seasons, the long-lasting show has had I feel this is the most ambitious in the show's history. With huge firsts for the series like three separate hosts, a 3D Halloween episode, and the biggest thing they have ever tried, the opening of their own streaming service, The Gizmoplex. To sum it up there is a lot going on this season. Even so, this season's writing didn't feel forgotten, the jokes are just as funny and memorable as ever. Some of my particular favorite movies, which could be considered the show's episodes are Santo in the Treasure of Dracula, The Christmas Dragon, Gamera vs Jiger, and Robot Wars. These movies are terrible but the crew of the Satellite of Love makes them worth watching. I know that this show isn't for everyone but if you give it a try and like it like I do I you will not be disappointed by this season.