I meant to review this show back in January, but I fell behind in my reviews.
I got the opportunity to interview someone from the show, so I binge-watched it
this weekend. I really enjoyed it. I'll admit that sometimes it's a little
violent for me, but it's comic book violence, and not as bad as some of the
Marvel shows on Netflix.
The characters are really great. Everyone is
damaged in some way, and you don't really know who
is good or bad. Some are better or worse than
others. The "hero" is Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth),
who has suffered a lot of loss. We see him in the
first episode when he almost kills himself, but he's
"rescued" by these people from this assassin's
academy, King's Dominion.
Based on a comic book, the show centers on the
students in the academy as well as their
backgrounds, plus we also learn about the headmaster
Lin (Benedict Wong, "Doctor Strange"), his sister,
his family, and some of the other teachers there.
As Marcus becomes involved with the other students,
events spiral out of control, and he's also hunted
by a former bully from his boy's home (which he was
accused of burning down).
There are a lot of layers, and way too much to
get into here, but the show doesn't disappoint. It
has humor, angst, and lots of action. Everyone here
is, as Willie would say, "Frontin'" Nobody
will admit who they really are.
Set in the 1980's, the show does a great job of
taking the comic book and expanding it. Whenever a
character talks about their history, we see it acted
out in mostly-black-and-white cartoon form. The
people who created and wrote this show, also created
the comic book (although they did have help).
I only have two more episodes left to watch, and
I know they'll live up to my expectations. Syfy is
showing a marthon of all the episodes Wednesday
morning, so you can catch up there or On Demand.
Wednesday night is the final episode. They're also
live-tweeting with the actors during that last
episode. Don't miss it! They haven't yet
renewed the show for a second season. I hope they do
renew it because it's very good.
Check out my interview with
(who plays Chester "Fuckface" Wilson). He was
a real hoot!