Series Review: Hap and Leonard – Season 2 (2017)

About a month ago I reviewed the first season of this show, and I thought it was quite good. Not perfect, but definitely a good season of television. And now I am finally reviewing season 2 (which aired in the spring on this year). So here we go.

Ladies and gents… “Hap and Leonard” season 2.

Hap (James Purefoy) and Leonard (Michael Kenneth Williams) are back, though this time they are not looking for money. This time they instead find the remains of a dead child underneath Leonard’s floorboards. The two then report this find to the police (as you should) only to find themselves under investigation for committing the crime, despite them being innocent. But hope is not completely gone as Florida Grange (Tiffany Mack), a lawyer, comes in to try to help ’em out. So then the plot follows our heroes as they try to find the actual culprit while also dealing with corrupt lawmen. And immediately we can see that this season goes for a more serious and less cartoonish plot compared to the first season. And the season we have here is more quiet and serious. It brilliantly manages to tackle dramatic topics like racism, corruption, and child murder without sacrificing the offbeat and unique feel that the first season set up. It perfectly manages to balance a serious drama with an entertaining and pulpy world. And the pacing is much better compared to the first season, moving at a much more steady and focused pace. So yeah, the plot here is pretty great.

The characters are unique, entertaining, colorful, and just really interesting. James Purefoy of course returns as Hap Collins, the well-meaning worker who sometimes takes a wrong step (which makes him a flawed and interesting character). And Purefoy is great in the role, getting to show a somewhat wider range of emotions this season… his southern accent is also a bit more consistent here, so that’s nice. Michael Kenneth Williams returns as Leonard Pine, the black, gay, Vietnam veteran. He’s a troubled man who gets to endure a whole bunch of various problems throughout the season. And Williams is of course great in the role. And the chemistry between our two leads? It’s great, it’s very entertaining and feels genuine. Tiffany Mack plays Florida Grange, the lawyer who comes to Hap and Leonard’s aid and becomes their most important ally this season. She’s tough, smart, sexy, and fun, making for a refreshing presence in this show. We also get Cranston Johnson as a police detective that is investigating this case that our dynamic duo have gotten themselves involved in, and he’s great in the role. I also have to mention Irma P. Hall as MeMaw, the elderly woman that Hap and Leonard find themselves with every now and then throughout the season. She’s so much fun and one of the best things about the season. Overall the season is filled with good performances.

Like the first season, the score here was composed by Jeff Grace, and it’s once again great. It often manages to add a lot of emotion, excitement, or tension to a scene, really showing Grace’s talent/versatility as a composer. It’s great and works very well for the season/show. There are also a couple of licensed tracks used throughout and they work quite well.

If you forgot or just didn’t read my season 1 review, “Hap and Leonard” was created by Jim Mickle & Nick Damici and is based on a series of novels by Joe R. Lansdale. And it was written/directed by a whole bunch of people (including Mickle/Damici/Lansdale). And in season 1 they made such a well defined world that felt lived in. And with this season they improved on it, deepening the stories of the area they’re in as well as the backstories/relationships of everyone there. The shots look good and the direction in this season just has a really nice flow to it, having some nice energy to it while still keeping it feel real and lived in. And even though there are some heavy dramatic moments this season, they don’t skimp on the black humor. There’s quite a bit of humor here and it made me laugh.

This show/season has been decently well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it exists but has no score. On Metacritic it has a score of 86/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10.

“Hap and Leonard” season 2 takes everything that was good about the first season and improving on it quite a bit. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Y’all*. My final score for “Hap and Leonard” season 2 is a 9,82/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Hap and Leonard” season 2 is now completed.

Mucho mojo.

Series Review: Preacher – Season 1 (2016)

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The world of comic book/graphic novel adaptations is pretty huge. From movies, to video games, to TV-shows. Which means that there are a lot of different adaptations to choose from. And my guess is that we will keep getting these types of adapations until the end of time.

Ladies and gents… “Preacher”.

Welcome to the fictional town of Annville, Texas! In this town there’s a preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper). Jesse may have a bit of a shady past, but he at least tries to be a good preacher. However when a strange supernatural event at his church gives him a special power, things seem to take weird turn. So with the help of his new friend, the Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joesph Gilgun), Jesse has to try to figure out what the hell is going on. All of this while a few things happen to the side, including Jesse’s ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) suddenly showing up in town. And I’m not gonna say anything else because it’s quite the interesting plot that should be experienced rather than described. The plot of the show takes some very weird turns throughout, which gives the show a lot of personality and makes it stand out a lot within the world of comic book adaptations. I found the plot incredibly interesting and entertaining, constantly surprising me with everything it had up it’s sleeve.

Calling the characters in this show colorful would be quite an understatement. Jesse like I said, has a bit of a shady past which you gradually get to know more and more about as the show goes on. And I think Dominic Cooper was fantastic in the role, perfectly playing his part in this whole thing. Ruth Negga as Tulip, she’s cool and her performance was really good. Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy is just buckets of fun. From the first time I laid eyes on him I knew that I was gonna like him… but I didn’t think I was gonna love him as much as I did. There are also a whole lot of supporting characters that are just as entertaining as the main three people and have really good actors in their respective roles.

The score for the show was composed by Dave Porter, the same guy who did the music for “Breaking Bad”, anotehr show that aired on AMC. And I think that the stuff he composed for the show was good, working perfectly for scenes that it was used in. But there are also a lot of licensed tracks too, mostly within the country genre. And it all works because of the show not taking itself too seriously for that type of music, but also because of the Texas setting. There’s also a good amount of Johnny Cash in the soundtrack, which is always a plus in my book.

“Preacher” is based on the comic series that was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon for Vertigo, a sort of subsidiary of DC Comics. And this show was developed by three people: Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen (Yes, that Seth Rogen). And while I haven’t read a single issue of the comic, I can still see that this show does a lot of things right. The directing in this show is terrific, it’s visually terrific. The action scenes are great, but even the more quiet talking scenes look great. I’ll give a wanring though, if you’re not a fan of blood and gore… yeah, this show has a lot of it. But if you’re like me and have a dark sense of humor, you’re really gonna enjoy the writing in this show. The humor is really dark and twisted and weird and I laughed a lot during the show.

This show has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has an 89% (100% if you go by “Top Critics” only) positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,4/10 and is ranked #239 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

If you couldn’t tell, I love “Preacher”. The plot is really entertaining, the characters are really fun, the acting is great, the music is great, the directing is great, the action is great, and the humor is really funny. Time for my final score. OH LORD, JEBUZ CRUST! My final score for “Preacher” season 1 is a 9,94/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval 

My review of “Preacher” season 1 is now completed.

Billy-Ray was a preacher’s son And when his daddy would visit he’d come along.

My Favorite Scenes: Hell on Wheels – Opening Credits

Hello, my friends! It’s good to see you again! Today it is time for the “series” “My Favorite Scenes” to return (I say return every time, but that is how it feels with how long time it goes between all of them). And today we are taking a look at something that I got into recently. I recently started watching the AMC western/drama series “Hell on Wheels”. And so far I like it. But my opinion on the show isn’t important at the moment since we will be talking about the video in question which is the opening credits for the show. I just like how it is set up. Fire, a gunslinger, credits and one awesome guitar tune! The tune is just badass and really gives off a western-y vibe to it that sorta reminds me of some great westerns (That don’t even really use that type of tune). I just love this song and is one of the reasons I keep coming back to see how it goes for our protagonist Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount).
Enjoy!