“Star Trek Beyond” had something to prove this summer. In a year when the big box office stories focus on how sequels are both critical and financial flops, “Star Trek” had to show it wasn’t another pure cash grab and had a reason for existing. While it’s not the best new movie this summer, the new “Star Trek” film is a damn good time and clearly had effort put into it. Does it have the depth of other summer blockbusters like “Captain America Civil War” or “Finding Dory”? No, not really. But, ultimately that doesn’t matter here.
If you look at HBO’s drama offerings beyond the massive hit that is “Game of Thrones,” you’ll find a pretty barren cabinet. While “The Leftovers” has critical acclaim, it’s ratings are not nearly strong enough to anchor anything on its own. The upcoming “Westworld” has been in a tumultuous development and production cycle for years now — either a sign of creative turmoil or a struggle to find what they want the show to be.
Someone, please tell the Kings that they need to take a deep breath and just relax for a second. Robert and Michelle King (who created and ran “The Good Wife” for seven seasons) are back on television only a couple months after the shaky ending of their drama with a show that could not be more different from their long-running, acclaimed series. Where “Wife” was level-headed and serious in its discussion of politics, “BrainDead” takes its ideas to a new and rather absurd level.
Something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently is why I feel what I feel when watching TV. If I’m laughing, what’s causing me to laugh? If I’m crying, what is it about the moment that’s driving me to feel that emotion?