Nix did a great list of TV shows to watch in 2012, and I’m all about it. So I made a list of Genre shows to watch, and these are what I’m looking forward to returning this year, as some of the shows are merely on a hiatus, and others just ended their seasons, while others still are just about to start. Here is my list of Sci-fi/fantasy/animated shows I can’t wait to return in 2012.
This show was just amazing from episode one of the first season, and the fact that said season was only six episodes made it worse. Season two started off pretty good, faltered a little, but ended mid-season with an absolutely thrilling cliffhanger, showing fans of the comic that no one is really safe in this version of Robert Kirkman’s world. I can’t wait to see where Shane’s deterioration goes or how the last episode impacts the group as a whole, and I can’t wait for Michonne (yeah I know she probably won’t be in this season but still). If you haven’t jumped on board with this show, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s a great mixture of horror and drama, and they do a great balancing act. The show definitely kept the zombie movie genre undead and biting.
I grew up on G.I.Joe, He-Man, and Thundercats to name a few. And I’ve watched most of these shows get reinvented again and again to mostly mixed results. Only recently have they been taken seriously and done right, with the 2002 “Masters of The Universe” reboot (though it didn’t last), and then with “G.I.Joe: Resolute.” But the Cats have been left alone until now. 2011 gave us an Epic reboot of the franchise, with a more fantasy minded take, but with all the action and sci-fi of the original. It’s well written, the characters aren’t one note, and the situations are a bit more serious, as people die. Currently on hiatus with only a few more episodes left in the season, this grand retelling has me and my daughter firmly engrossed. Overseen by some of the “Avatar: The last Airbender” crew you can definitely tell by the amount of care and thought that has gone into remaking this mythology.
Cartoon Network has a double play with this show followed by “Young Justice,” a show that follows the teen Heroes of the DC Universe. Unlike “Teen Titans” which did everything to put the heroes on their own and not reference their mentors, this show has them as a Black ops team that goes on missions the JL is too public to be seen doing. Boasting some new takes on characters, great action and character development as well as some stellar stories and voice work, Young Justice is the perfect show for those who miss JL/JLU and thought “Teen Titans” was too kiddie. There were a few big revelations in the last few episodes, so I’m eager to see how those all play out, and the reveal of two of the big bads in the form on the villainous conglomerate “The Light” and their interdimensional benefactors from Apocalypse. This show doesn’t play it too safe either with some rather dark episodes towards the end of the run, and next season promises more of the same.
American Horror Story
Currently the king of WTF moments on TV for me. I have never had a show outwit me at the guessing game as often as this show has. Every episode has at least two WTF moments, and at least one where they completely make you think things are going one way just to send you in the opposite direction. Once the story actually started to come together it made it even worse because they still found ways to mess with you. If that wasn’t enough the reveal by the makers saying that every season will have a different theme (this season was infidelity) and a new location is another brave and risky step. So next season could be a haunted prison or hospital, and we’ll never see the Murder House again, sad but hey if a story is done, why stretch it right? I really am curious to see what happens next because this show was a complete surprise to me.
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