Bosch Series Overview + Season 7 Preview

Bosch Series Overview

Bosch is based on the series of detective novels written by Michael Connelly featuring the eponymous detective Hieronymus Bosch. Connelly is one of the best mystery novelists out there today having served as the first President of the Mystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2004.

Each of Bosch’s seasons are based off a mix of 2 to 3 Bosch novels, with Connelly himself serving as co-creator and producer, this is one of the reasons why the show has featured consistent high-quality writing over the last 7 years – compare to Game of Thrones – when the show went on a path away from the books it mostly faltered – glad this is not the case with Bosch as the final season, season 7 to be exact, is approximately a week away.

Bosch Season 7 Release Date

All of Bosch’s seasons have released in April, but even with shooting for the final season concluding in February of 2021, that too after a delay due to the Coronavirus, Bosch’s release date was pushed up to the summer of this year.

Bosch Season 7’s release date is June 25, Friday, and all 8 episodes will be available to view on the premiere date only on Amazon Prime Video.

Bosch Season 7 Trailer

I haven’t watched the trailer as one of my rules of movie or series watching especially pertaining to the thriller and mystery genres, is that nowadays a trailer gives up 80% of the story. But you can check it below as of course to each their own.

Looking Back at Bosch

As this article is not only a preview of what’s to come, let’s look back at Bosch’s first 4 seasons and why I hold it in such high regard. Unfortunately, I was not able to write reviews for seasons 5 and 6 as I had taken a break from writing reviews when both of them respectively aired. But I will still be assigned scores to them in the ratings box at the end of the article along with the scores for seasons 1 to 4.

Bosch Season 1 Review

Bosch Season 1 Review

If True Detective is the number one hard-boiled crime show, then Bosch is undoubtedly the second. A gripping neo-noir investigative series. It follows Detective Harry Bosch as he goes against a trial, a cold case and a serial killer.

With immaculate pacing and slick dialogues, Bosch is critically strong as Titus Welliver portrays the chainsmoking bloodhound to emotional perfection. And there’s a unique balance (a rarity in other crime shows) between the 3 major phases of his life.

The series is based on the books by legendary suspense-author Michael Connelly.

If you’re into inquisitive thrillers then Bosch is the epitome of them.

Bosch Season 2 Review

Bosch Season 2 Review

Bosch’s sophomore run is just like that Hollywood sequel that doesn’t quite match the success of the original. Although, to be fair, is a hit on its own terms.

The Plot: It follows two major storylines: 1. Detective Bosch trying to solve the murder of an adult-entertainment producer. 2. The Deputy Chief of Police’s son is assigned to work undercover in a gang of dirty cops.

The Good: The cinematography of both LA and Las Vegas fulfills the noire genre of this show. Picturesque bird-eye view shots and especially the nocturnal takes on cities bursting with artificial lighting are all breath-taking. Kudos to the director of photography for s2.

Acting is again exceptionally done by Titus Welliver who reprises his role as the titular character. He’s truly an underrated actor or it’s just that he embodies the part so perfectly. His bad-ass dialogue delivery and tough-guy stature reminded me of Bruce Willis in the earliest Die Hard entries.

The supporting cast of Sarah Clarke (from 24), Madison Lintz, Lance Reddick, Robbie Jones, Jeri Ryan and Brent Sexton are also talented. The latter two are welcome additions to this outing’s troupe. I missed Annie Wersching, who played Bosch’s love interest last time around, and only appeared briefly in one episode here.

Aside from acting, another notable factor is the handling of two diverse plotlines. It’s not only about Bosch because each and every individual is given their chance in the limelight. There are a minority of action scenes but those that are present, primarily the shoot-outs, are filmed in high-adrenaline.

Bosch is high on drama. From the fifth chapter onward it’s a thrilling ride through corruption and greed. Discourses are well-written and overall characterization is top-notch. The predictability aspect is on a medium level.

The Bad: Firstly, the series took a lot of time to put the pedal to the metal. The initial four chapters are the epitome of slow. So, a major improvement would’ve been kickstarting at a former period.

Secondly, the lack of a good villain was prominent throughout the totality of the ten episodes. S1 was brilliant for its main evil-doer. Here, we get multiple antagonists, but quantity above quality doesn’t work for this TV serial. Another negative point is how the comprehensive story is just above average. S1 succeeded in that area as well.

The Verdict: Bosch’s s2 suffers from a delayed beginning, and an absence of a leading criminal, yet it made up for all that with a memorable finale. This season is worth binge-watching after going through the first four episodes. Hopefully, the next one makes better on its flaws.

Bosch Season 3 Review

Bosch Season 3 Review

This third season would’ve been perfect if the pace hadn’t been so gradual. It’s slower than the last two seasons but has a much superior storyline overall.

Unparalleled acting by Titus Welliver as the eponymous character. It was no doubt the finale was awesome owing to Michael Connelly, the literary creator of Bosch, being the co-writer of the last chapter.

To end with, this season felt dragged, especially in the middle. But the last two episodes were its saving grace. I would rate this almost to the level of True Detective’s debut season, but TD’s directional quality and timing cannot be rivaled within this TV genre.

Recommended to those who prefer substance over style. And can survive through the turtle-like speed of majority of the parts.

Bosch Season 4 Review

Bosch Season 4 Review

In a world where superheroes are getting softer, and the concept of right and wrong is largely derived from your newsfeeds, the concept of good-old police-work has become redundant. Rejoice! Bosch’s season 4 proves that the eponymous character is the epitome of a proper, gritty detective; a show that highlights true grit over other factors.

Netflix’s Jessica Jones s2 proved that it’s being manipulated by media itself, but Bosch is the other way around. An Amazon Original (I don’t know their other shows), without showy set-pieces or a flashy budget, it was still better entertainment than seeing Jessica Jones’ origin story in her sophomore season.

Season 4 does fall short of season 3 though. There’s less action though you feel that each character, minor or major, had something to contribute to the overall storyline. The plot is also spread too thin. Titus Welliver led the charge though; his lead performance showcases how underrated he truly is. And maybe it’s better to be less recognized than uber-famous, especially in regards to the stellar production of this show.

To end with, we still have George R.R. Martin to thank for a revival of novelists writing episodes for their own source material. Michael Connelly, whose other popular visual adaptation includes The Lincoln Lawyer, introduced Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch to the world with his novel, The Black Echo. He shares co-producing credits with Eric Overmyer, a veteran of crime-TV writing/producing. And the experience in storytelling is visible in each of s4’s 10 episodes.

What to Expect from Bosch Season 7

As Season 7 is the final season, and with Michael Connelly still attached to the project, we can expect what is going to be one of the best final seasons ever made in the 21st century. Again, what separates Bosch from contemporary detective shows like True Detective and The Mentalist is consistency. The former anthology series had a disappointing sophomore season while the latter (which the showrunner admits) had a rushed ending. So, I am looking forward to Titus Welliver reprising his role as Hieronymus Bosch, but no need to shed any tears as this won’t be his last outing as the titular detective, as he is slated to continue as Bosch in an upcoming IMDb TV original (which still falls under Amazon) as-of-yet unnamed Bosch spin-off along with 2 other main cast members namely Mimi Rogers (Honey Chandler) and Madison Lintz (Madeline Bosch).

From top to bottom: Titus Welliver (Hieronymus Bosch), Mimi Rogers (Honey Chandler) and Madison Lintz (Madeline Bosch).

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Legion Series Overview

According to the description for Legion (TV Series 2017 – 2019) on IMDb: David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever

Legion Season One

Poster for Legion Season One

Move aside all other superhero TV shows. Not since DC’s Smallville and Marvel’s Daredevil has there been an entry so unique. It’s like a mix between the movies Split and the X-Men franchise. Legion season one paves the way for a cult following.

Beauty and the Beast star Dan Stevens shows his versatility as a thespian, acting at any type of piece given to him. Co-starrer Aubrey Plaza is no short on talent as his best buddy Lenny. Together these two make the most enjoyable pair in television history.

The best aspect about Legion is its direction. It reminds you of the Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy) merged with Bryan Singer (X-Men: DoFP). Never have visuals had such a psychedelic effect on the small screen. And watching one episode is like having an LSD episode of your own. Incomparable cinematography and stunning direction of every chapter leaves you visually breathless.

What’s bad is that this show isn’t for everyone. Whereas most of the Marvel-Netflix shows can be taken as popcorn entertainment, Legion takes a helluva lot of time getting grounded. So impatient viewers will be put off by the pilot rather than awed by it. But after watching episode two you should decide whether to stay and complete the remaining six episodes.

Legion season one is a rare case where more episodes should’ve been included. This would have saved the serial from an overdose of flashbacks. The writing would’ve been better with less depiction of deja vu scenarios.

All in all, Legion is by far the most original comic-book TV adaptation ever made. It’s not the best as Daredevil s2 holds that title, but there is no other show on air like it.

The verdict is simple. If you’re into Nolan-esque narratives, then it’s a must-watch. If you’re into series like Arrow and The Flash, then Legion won’t satisfy your action needs.

Legion Season Two

Poster for Legion Season Two

S2 rekindles the alluring imagery of the first season, but falls short dramatically. Just like Stranger Things s2 had one extra unneeded episode, Legion’s season 2 ended up with 11 episodes when 10, 9 or even 8 episodes could have sufficed.

I also got tired of the main cast, especially Aubrey Plaza, who over-acted her portrayal of Lenny. She also seems to be getting typecast as the crazy girl in every movie/show that she’s in.

The breakout star is undoubtedly Navid Negahban who is brilliant as the primary antagonist, Amahl Farouk/Shadow King. But even a brilliant villain cannot make up for the slow pacing and lack of direction – these are the factors that season 1 ironically lacked.

Some episodes do stand out. I also liked the finale though it still didn’t make up for the comprehensive banality of the chapters. Though, the way the show ended, might mean that season 3 will be off to a better, and hopefully, more organized start.

Legion Season Three

Poster of Legion Season Three

Comprised of 8 episodes, the first half is confusing as hell, while the latter part is as good as a final season you’ll get. Noah Hawley is a great writer but I think he suffered from a lack of planning whereas the last season was confirmed.

What I liked most was how picturesque this season looks. Granted, the VFX and cinematography have been top-notch throughout the series but here the color spectrum really paints the screen in a cosmic fashion. Sort of reminded me of the cinematography of Color Out of Space (2019).

The second-best aspect is definitely the performances. Every performer, whether a main cast member or a supporting one, gave it their all. Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller and Aubrey Plaza shine as usual, but three thespians who brought nuance to the screen with their acts were Navid Negahban as the Shadow King, Harry Lloyd as Charles Xavier and Stephanie Corneliussen as Gabrielle Xavier.

Similar to season two this show relies too much on style over substance, especially where the initial 4 episodes are concerned, but like season one it does have a more or less consistent tone throughout its total 8 episodes. I really like the chapters focused on David Haller’s parents. Even though Patrick Stewart didn’t make a comeback as Professor X, Harry Lloyd did a great job as a younger version of him.

To end with, season 3 is a satisfactory final season, but it is a bit of a disappointment than no subsequent season of Legion fulfilled me as much as the debut season.

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Is It Just Me, or is The Seven Deadly Sins First Season Totally Underrated?

The Seven Deadly Sins’ first season is what you expect and also not what you expect judging by its title. It’s a story that could not have been told in any other way than through an anime. This is my first time watching an anime in the genre of epic fantasy and I was not disappointed.

The Seven Deadly Sins Season One Netflix Official Trailer

After finishing My Hero Academia season one, my anime-watching friends was adamant that I start this series. I was hesitant but owing to his persistence, which is to be admired, I started this. Unlike Boku No Hero Academia, I didn’t like Sins from the get-go. The 5th episode got me hooked but if a show takes that long to get you addicted then chances are you stop watching after probably the 2nd episode. But here I’m also extra critical of 7 Sins owing to my preference for comic-book and martial arts/ninja anime. So this was a new experience but I have a divided opinion on it.

The best thing I found was the animation. The animation of Sins is definitely above Hero despite them being different type of shows. I also like animation of Sins better than all the anime I watched last year. So I wonder if I’ll see better animation than Sins this year.

Poster for Part Two of The Seven Deadly Sins Season One

Where Sins also succeeds is that no character is overpowered. Unlike some other anime which rely on particular individuals, here every character had their individual traits. I also found it difficult to pick out a favorite character from both the 7 Deadly Sins and the overall series, but that’s what 7 Deadly Sins has what other shows lack; something for everyone to do.

There was no filler episode and despite some of the episodes being a bit jumbled up (at least to my eyes), the last 10 episodes really brought out the underlying philosophy behind this show. That it has a political message, that different people can actually work together and though different races like the fairies, giants, humans, etc. think they are distinct from one another, this is something we all feel in real life. No company employee or family member is exactly alike. And this individualism is what 7 Deadly Sins is all about.

I also like how action-packed every episode was. No chapter had prolonged drama. The balance between action and drama was spot on. Though at the start I was surprised what was happening, when I learned it was all due to magic I realized the show is magical. If you’re a fan of sword and sorcery then you won’t do any better than The Seven Deadly Sins.

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Also, the show’s name is a bit ironic seeing that the Sins are the good guys here. What made me not love the show was its resemblance to one of my fav anime, Dragon Ball. Meliodus is an aloof youngster (Goku), with an attractive companion Elizabeth (Bulma), a talking pig Hog (Oolong) and a seemingly untrustworthy bandit Bon (Yamcha). OK, so if this series’ creative team wasn’t inspired by Dragon Ball you might as well say English didn’t originate from the British.

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Also, the fact that almost everything ends happily. The finale, and the last three episodes, though extremely well executed, led me to lose a bit of faith in the show. Almost everyone was revived, almost every bad guy who was faking turned good; it’s clichéd but for the fantasy genre, that is something that can be overlooked.

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Funny thing was I thought that the only thing that was missing from the show was King Arthur, and he ironically was introduced!!! When I heard the name Merlyn (who here is a woman!) I’m like Arthur must be there and he does appear! I like these Japanese style references to legendary figures, especially in folklore and medieval-style literature. There more references but I’m too sleepy to count all of them but smart writing.

To end with, we need this kind of writing in the current shows from the Arrowverse. There are good live-action shows out there but if you want to start watching something else, and become someone else, watch anime starting with 7 Deadly Sins. Great writing, direction, voice acting, animation, etc.; it’s an all-in-one package.

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