Psych | The King of Daytime Detective Shows

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

Ah yes, the daytime detective show. A true staple of American television. With shows like Monk, The Mentalist, Numbers, Criminal Minds, Dexter, and so many more; the TV detective genre was alive and well during the early 2000’s.

Not too far from the police procedural genre that consists of shows like NCIS, CSI, and JAG. The detective shows have seen tons of different versions over the years. Getting more and more creative in order to be unique.

Out of this creative boom, we got the masterpiece that is ‘Psych’. It’s your classic, detective and partner team up to solve a crime every week show, but with such a unique twist. In this show, we don’t follow an actual detective, we follow Shawn Spencer. Shawn is a fun loving, irresponsible, regular guy, who just so happens to have ‘Heightened Observational Skills.’

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Shawn is basically Sherlock Holmes, without all of the pretentious intelligence and British accent. After he gets into a predicament with the local Santa Barbara Police Department, he manages to use his skill set to convince them that he is a “Psychic.”

After convincing them, the interim Chief asks for Shawn’s help solving a high profile, missing persons case. Shawn recruits his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster, and shenanigans ensue. By the end of the pilot episode, Shawn and Gus have started a private detective agency. Every episode for the next eight seasons follow them solving cases.

This show is like nothing the genre has seen before. The show is absolutely hysterical, making it one of the most consistent comedy shows on television. The writing is always top notch giving us amazing mysteries every week, and creative episodes that make every season packed with fun.

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The show is also notorious for doing episodes that pay homage to classic film and television shows. For example the “Twin Peaks” episode that features tons of the original cast of the original 90’s show. They have a Friday the 13th episode (with a serial killer in a mask and all.)

A ‘Hangover’ episode, ‘Blair Witch Project’ episode, ‘Exorcist’ episode, ‘The Shining’ episode, ‘Jaws’ episode, and tons of Alfred Hitchcock homages.

The show is a love story to good storytelling. It builds an entire world with tons of characters (both main cast and reoccurring guests) that you fall in love with every time they are on screen. The show also gives us long arcing storylines with romances, serial killers that keep getting away, and a father son relationship that builds so slowly and carefully that it’s like you are watching it in real time.

The inside jokes that this show makes are legendary, and you can tell the real life friendship of James Roday and Dule Hill as their characters Shawn and Gus very clearly through their chemistry.

The show doesn’t stop at just syndicated television either, with a musical and two TV movies. The world that show creator Steve Franks has built is truly remarkable, and it is highlighted by an amazing cast that all love the show as much as fans do.

Steve Franks has claimed that he isn’t done after two movies, he and the cast would love to keep making the movies over the years. That is something that I am really looking forward to personally.

It’s not often that a show continues to put out content for it’s fan base so long after it’s ending. But with a cult following, and a real life friendship of everyone on the cast, this show will keep going in some shape or form for a very long time.

If you haven’t already seen the show, I highly recommend watching it! At the time of this writing all eight seasons are available on Peacock (NBC’s new streaming service that is FREE.) Go and give it a watch if you are looking for your next show to binge!

Moon Knight – Everything To Know About The MCU’s Next Hero

WRITTEN BY JOHN JOHNSON

Moon Knight is the latest hero to join the MCU, through an upcoming Disney+ show starring the long time Marvel character. I’m a huge fan of Moon Knight, and I have always been drawn to the dark tone of the comic series. It could be serious and grounded without it reaching a level of intensity and gore like a modern Punisher comic. For those who haven’t heard of Moon Knight, here’s a bit of history of one of the most underrated Marvel heroes.

First appearing in ‘Werewolf by Night’ Issue number 32, Moon Knight made his debut as a villain. Hired by a villainous group called ‘The Committee’, Moon Knight was to capture “The Werewolf” for the organization. Moon Knight hunts down The Werewolf and manages to injure him with his signature crescent darts. Towards the end of issue, Moon Knight realizes what The Committee really stands for and helps The Werewolf break free. Moon Knight later had his origin redefined in his own ongoing series.

Doug Moench was a comic writer who was approached by many different colleagues to take a shot at writing the character in a more heroic way. Doug eventually saw the potential that his colleagues did, and wrote a new origin for the character.

The new origin story goes as follows: Marc Spector, a mercenary for hire, soldier of fortune- died in an Egyptian tomb where he was “supposedly” revived by Khonsu (The Egyptian God of the Moon). Marc went on to fight his former mercenary boss and returned to America to fight crime as the Fist of Khonsu. Marc took on multiple roles to help him get information on the street that helped in his quest to fight crime.

Moench wanted a more realistic superhero that would make sense in the real world. He figured the hero would need multiple guises to get information from the thugs on the street AND the upper class, hence Moon Knight’s ‘Steven Grant’ and ‘Jake Lockley’ personalities. Along with his guises he also need a supporting cast of characters to help in his mission to fight crime.

Crawley, a sophisticated homeless man who is always able to get info from the street level thugs. Gena and her kids, a woman who owned a diner that he visits frequently. Marlene, the girlfriend of Moon Knight’s Steven Grant personality (side note: she loved all of his personalities but Steven was her favorite). And finally, Frenchie, the former mercenary partner to Marc Spector, friend, and a pilot for Moon Knight.

One of my favorite Moon Knight issues addresses how complex the character really is. In the issue, he fights a villain named Stained Glass Scarlet. Scarlet was a nun, an actress, and a villain (sort of). Scarlet uses a crossbow to murder the mob bosses that had gotten her son addicted to drugs. Scarlet managed to take them out one by one until only one remained.

She was at a stand off with the final boss, with her crossbow aimed at him, and his gun aimed at her. Moon Knight bursts through the door with only one crescent dart in hand. Moon Knight hesitates on which to go for but ultimately chooses the gun. Scarlet shoots the mob boss with her bow and the deed is done.

The man is dead and Moon Knight failed to stop it. He chases Scarlet to a train track but she gets away. After it was all over, he asks his friend Frenchie if a loser can ever truly be a winner. The final word box of that issue is that he will never know. To me, that is fantastic writing and it kept me hooked on every page.

At the top of my favorite Moon Knight stories list, is an issue called, “Hit it!” A man runs through the streets of New York punching and beating anyone in his way. Moon Knight sees the trail of beaten and bloody men and follows it finding the culprit.

We find out that the reason the man was lashing out was due to the fact that he had just lost his dad. His father was abusive and beat him as a child, and now that his father was dead, he had no way of dealing with it. So instead of being able to give his father the beat down he felt he deserved, he took it out on everyone else.

When Moon Knight hears this, he chooses not to beat on him. The man unable to process his emotions, punches Moon Knight in the back of the head. The man screams at Moon Knight to hit him back, begging for a fight. Moon Knight falls for the bait and throws punch after punch until the man goes down. After leaving the scene, Moon Knight punches a wall, furious with himself. The final word box of that issue is “And so. The drum beats blood red, forever.”

For more on Moon Knight comics I recommend reading the entire run by Doug Moench and even the ‘Werewolf by Night’ issues where Moon Knight debuted. Doug Moench really brought this character to life and made every story an absolute knockout. Other Moon Knight writers over the years consist of Charlie Huston, who took the character into a very dark place. Going as making Moon Knight cut off the face of his enemy, Bushman. In Doug Moench’s original run, Moon Knight went out of his way NOT to kill. But Huston’s version completely disregards that.

Post Huston, Gregg Hurwittz took on the character in a redemption arc called, “Vengeance of the Moon Knight.” The story of Moon Knight coming back to New York after hiding from S.H.I.E.L.D, the Thunderbolts and other people that were after him. Moon Knight has visions of Khonsu begging him to kill again and Moon Knight refuses. Along with no longer killing, another change this run made was that “Jake Lockley” was the only other personality that Moon Knight had.

Around 2015, writers Warren Ellis and Jeff Lemire started their take on the character. Ellis had some really good stories but his version of Moon Knight was very violent, even after the Vengeance of the Moon Knight arc. That arc was written to make Moon Knight go back to his heroic roots. And Ellis keeps that in mind, making sure that Moon Knight doesn’t kill. But he absolutely brutalizes people. Moon Knight even hit a random thug with his moon shaped jet. It doesn’t say if he lived or died but it’s safe to assume it was the latter.

Lemire took Moon Knight into a strange direction. Making Moon Knight fight zombies while wearing bone armor and fighting sleep paralysis demons (that’s not much of an exaggeration). This run is wildly loved by marvel fans, although I still prefer the original run more.

Another change Ellis made was that he created a new personality for Moon Knight. Creating Mr. Knight. It’s just Moon Knight in a white tuxedo and a mask. The idea is a lot of fun, but it has overstayed its welcome. It was only meant for that one-story arc, but still is seen constantly and can overshadow the original costume at times. It’s like if Spider-Man only wore his black suit and never the classic red and blue one.

Moon Knight has a very long and complex history in Marvel Comics, and the upcoming Disney+ show is a great opportunity for a more mainstream audience to discover an absolutely fantastic character. However, I have my reserves.

The MCU has a lot of power over the comics and I fear if the show screws up Moon Knight, it will skew how writers write him after the shows release. For example, Iron Man was fairly unpopular prior to the movies. When the character blew up in popularity due to Robert Downey Jr’s awesome performance, it in turn caused Marvel to now write Iron Man to be more like RDJ.

As a huge Moon Knight fan, I’m hopeful for a great show on Disney+. However, I’m okay if the show isn’t good, as long as it doesn’t affect the comics.

The Week For Chase | Sep. 28 – Oct. 2

What a week it’s been. Due to situations within my personal life, I have been spending a ton of time locked in my room. With all of this sudden free time on my hands, you would think I would have gotten a ton of articles done. Well you would be wrong.

Instead, I decided to start watching Game of Thrones for the first time. What a journey I have decided to embark on. First of all, the show is absolutely awesome. I just finished the first season and I am absolutely hooked.

The complex names and relationships were a bit difficult to keep track of for the first few episodes, but boy once I figured out who was who, I was HOOKED. The really interesting thing about this first season, is how low of a budget they seem to have.

For the first few episodes, it feels like a soap opera. A drama told through tons of dialogue and not a lot action. The writing is so great that you find yourself not even needing giant fight scenes or CGI dragons. The actors are tremendous, they really make you feel immersed in the time period and this fictional world.

As the episodes go along in the first season, we start to see more action. We get to witness the complicated relationships between the characters get even more complex. I’m very glad that I have been able to just sit down and practically binge the entire season, so that I don’t forget anything from the episode before.

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Watching Game of Thrones now is a bit strange, as I am extremely late to party. However, I think that is going to be more helpful as I get to the later seasons. When people were going crazy for the seasons as they came out, having watch parties and talking about the show on a weekly basis; they became very disappointed with the final seasons.

I have the benefit of not expecting too much out of them, since I already know how disappointing they were upon release. So I am going through the series enjoying it for what it is. Not for what it could be, as so many fans did in the past.

Before I had started watching Game of Thrones this week, I had actually started watching the Netflix show ‘Peaky Blinders.’ Another period drama that has a huge fan base. I finished the first season in just over a day, and really enjoy it.

I have taken a break before starting season 2 in order to watch Game of Thrones. But once I finish the series, I’m looking forward to throwing myself right back into Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders has done what shows like Sons of Anarchy have done before, which is make me want to start my own gang.

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I always think it’s a good idea, but then I remember that in real life, it is a lot easier to get caught. Or killed. Either way, I love Peaky Blinders and I am excited to see how the story goes in the rest of the series.

Other things that I have been doing this week, is running a Greatest Actor/Actress tournament on the Exciting Incident instagram. The tournament is a collection of some of the greatest actors and actresses acting today. However, with only so many spots, I missed out on a ton of great actors and actresses for the tournament.

Maybe I will do another tournament after this one is done, and put the winner of this one up against a whole new bracket of amazing talent. If you want to participate in the tournament, voting takes place each day! So go jump in!

So that is what I have been doing and watching for this week! What have you guys been up to? Tell us about it!

Watch 21 Jump Street – No Not The One With Channing Tatum

written by chase bridges

If you over hear someone talking about 21 Jump Street now a days, you would assume that they were talking about the action comedy film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. And while we here at Exciting Incident enjoy that movie, as well as the sequel 22 Jump Street, we want to highlight the source material.

21 Jump Street was a crime drama that aired from 1987 to 1991. The show centered around a group of baby-faced cops who went undercover in local high schools solving crimes. The show gained tons of popularity due to its tackling of real life issues, and of course jump-started the career of Johnny Depp.

Depp played the lead, Tom Hanson. A young cop with anger issues after the death of his father turns him into the hardest working cadet at the academy. Along with Sergeant Hoffs (played by Holly Robinson), Officer Penhall (played by Peter DeLuise), Sergeant Ioki (played by Dustin Nguyen), and being led by Captain Adam Fuller (played by Steven Williams), the team went on to a five season run before eventually being cancelled.

The first half of season one, did not age well watching it back in 2020. However, the second half of the season has a huge increase in the writing which causes the show to become the classic that it is. Getting to watch Johnny Depp take on different under cover identities in the effort of catching the bad guy is extremely fun, and really shows how great of an actor he was and still is.

The show did something that a lot of current shows often fail to do. Which is slowly but genuinely build a bond and relationship between each of the characters, making the audience truly care about the stories as they unfold.

The brother like bond between Tom Hanson and his partner Penhall has you so invested in them, that when something happens to them, you really care. Same goes with the father and child like bond between Captain Fuller and his team.

The show proceeds to get even better for the second season, having some of the greatest episodes in the series. The third season following suit by introducing new character Detective Booker (played by Richard Grieco) and adding a whole new dynamic to the team.

But as much as I love this show, there are always going to be flaws.

One of these big flaws is the lack of fleshing out the whole team during the first two seasons. We see a rotation episode to episode. This episode we see Depp and DeLuise go undercover together, the next week we see Depp and Robinson, the week after that we see Robinson and Deluise.

Do you see the missing element? They have a whole other person on the team that was never highlighted. Ioki. We would go episodes without even seeing him! Sometimes, he would show up for thirty seconds just to say that he’s doing paper work in his office. Heck, even Captain Fuller would go undercover with the team on occasion leaving Ioki to hold down the fort back at the station.

This situation gets better after season two however, as Johnny Depp begins his hatred for the show and slowly leaves the fore front, Ioki gets utilized more often. Teaming up with Penhall and Hoffs in local high schools. Even getting his own entire episode giving him a very in-depth backstory.

Another issue with the show, is after season three, Johnny Depp began doing everything he could to get out of the show. Phoning in his performances, refusing to do certain episodes, etc. He didn’t agree with how some of the episodes handled their sensitive topics such as race and sexual assault. He eventually leaves the show after the fourth season.

Depp was a huge reason that the show is as good as it is, so when he checks out (figuratively and literally) the show takes a dive in quality. Depp isn’t the only one done with the show, as Nguyen also leaves after season four.

Grieco left the show after season four to star in his own spinoff show Booker, and DeLuise’s Penhall was reduced to a minor role for the last season. With a majority of the main cast leaving, the fifth and final season did not do well at all.

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This show has some absolutely awesome moments, such as when Hanson and Penhall go undercover as THE MCQUAID BROTHAS!!! or the episode Orpheus 3.3 where Johnny Depp gives the best performance of the entire show. It is jam packed with awesome crime solving, comedy, and action. All while giving a really down to earth story about a group of co-workers and how they become a family.

I can’t recommend this show enough, and it is available to stream on Amazon Prime and NBC’s new Peacock streaming service. If you are looking for a new show to binge this weekend, this is the show to watch!

Binging vs Releasing Weekly – The Pros and Cons

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

On September 4th, 2020 Amazon Prime original series The Boys Season 2 debuted its much anticipated first episode. When they did, fans were shocked to see that only the first episode was available to watch. The first season of the critically acclaimed blood filled show was released all at once. Making it one of Amazon’s biggest binge-worthy shows in their original programming library.

When the second season was released as a weekly episodic show, fans were not happy. In fact, a ton of unhappy fans were giving it one stars and plummeting it’s overall rating on the site. Why is this such a big deal to the audience? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Binging vs Episodic shows in 2020.

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When Netflix revolutionized the television and film medium with their streaming service, they introduced a new form of enjoying a show. No longer do you have to wait a week to see the next episode of your favorite show, but every episode was released all at once.

You could watch the entire show at your own pace. Want to watch the entire season in one night? Go ahead! Want to slowly make your way through it this month? Even better! But with the invention of binge watching, it created an unforeseen issue.

A streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime could drop a ten episode season on Friday night, and have their entire audience finish by Saturday morning. Now you have everyone begging for the next season already.

You have to go through all of the green-lighting, writing, pre-production, production, editing, and advertising as fast as possible to feed the rabid fan base of the show that you just released YESTERDAY.

When releasing on a weekly basis, you have plenty of time while the episodes are slowly coming out to get the next season prepared.

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There was such a large backlash against ‘The Boys’ releasing episodic, that major streaming services are probably going to be hesitant to do it in the future. So why were people so upset?

I think the biggest problem with releasing episodic is that its a format for an older time. We don’t have cable anymore. The days of sitting down in front of the TV at a certain time every week to catch the new episode of your favorite show is a thing of the past.

The younger generations have become so accustomed to getting to watch their shows on their own time, at their own pace, whenever they want. It would be a hard transition to having to wait an entire week.

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It is obviously a better move for the streaming services to try to transition into a weekly episodic format, but the audience may not allow it. Todays television audience has lost all patience after being spoiled with content the last few years.

Which do you prefer? Do you like binge watching? Or do you miss the excitement and anticipation of weekly released episodes? Tell us about it!

‘The Last Dance’ Review

Written by: Trey Stewart

The Last Dance – available on Netflix

All throughout the 1990s, Michael Jordan blossomed into a world-renowned superstar, becoming the savior for not only the Chicago Bulls, but for the entire sport of basketball.

More than twenty years later, the COVID-19 pandemic provided Jordan the opportunity to this time save not just basketball, but the vast landscape of the sporting world.

The Last Dance, a docuseries based around the life of Jordan, began airing on April 19, 2020, slightly over a month after sports were shut down altogether. ESPN, reeling for quality content, decided it to be in everyone’s best interest to move the series forward from its originally-scheduled June release date.

The move proved to be an undeniable success, with each episode of the series drawing record-high viewership for ESPN.

Now, being someone lacking the proper TV plan needed in order to view the documentary at the time, I was limited to waiting impatiently for the series to be released on Netflix in the United States. Exactly three months after the first episode aired on ESPN, I finally managed to sit down and take in the ordeal, binging all ten episodes as soon as they became available on Netflix.

It was well worth the wait.

The series was told in a style akin to that of a memoir, centering around the dismantling of the Chicago Bulls dynasty in 1998. Accompanying the constant flashes forward in time were throwback footage from Jordan’s life, from his days at UNC to his gambling controversies throughout the early 90s.

But above the unprecedented coverage this series granted to the average American viewer, it cemented a truth that is perhaps unbeknownst to a generation deprived of watching MJ play in real-time: Michael Jordan’s legacy and impact make him the undisputed greatest basketball player of all-time.

No knock to the likes of LeBron James, of course. There’s still plenty more of his career yet to unfold. The time to reflect on his esteemed career will soon come.

But as a former apologist for the LeBron G.O.A.T argument, watching The Last Dance swung the pendulum on my opinion and mindset.

Few athletes, or human beings for that matter, can lay claim to a greater legacy than that of Michael Jordan. Jordan’s story is one that filmmakers and writers devour, one of seemingly endless bumps in the road, leading to an eventual storybook climactic success. And in Jordan’s case, that level of success is yet to be replicated by anyone in sports history.

As entranced viewers watch Jordan’s career unfold, each chapter of his has its inevitable triumph.

His college career at UNC caps off with a game-winning shot to clinch the NCAA title over Georgetown.

His Olympic endeavors showcase him as a global icon, becoming a part of the “Dream Team,” a legendary compilation of basketball talent that cruised to a gold medal in 1992.

And his NBA career? You likely already know all about it. Shelves full of personal awards outshone by the six titles won throughout Jordan’s career, highlighted by back-to-back three-peats in the 90s.

Throughout the series, the filmmakers cut from interview-to-interview, collecting thoughts and opinions from some of basketball’s legends of the game and journalists alike. The one commonality between almost every one of them? Competitive respect.

From John Stockton to Magic Johnson and even all the way down to arguably MJ’s most-hated enemy Isiah Thomas, it would be a challenging task to attempt to find a former foe that didn’t feel a sense of respect or gratefulness for everything Jordan did for the game of basketball.

Kobe Bryant referred to Jordan as his “big brother,” during one portion of the series, highlighting Jordan’s passion to see the game carried out the right way by his succeeding generations.

Even Jordan’s former teammates, some of whom told stories of hellish episodes at practices led by taunting and berating from Jordan, displayed a type of admiration for their former teammate few athletes could ever warrant.

Take Steve Kerr, for example. During a practice in 1995, Kerr’s face found itself on the unfortunate end of Jordan’s fist.

“Practices were really intense,” Kerr explained. “Practice fights — not only on that team, there were probably three of ’em during the year on that team — on every team I played on in the late 80s, early 90s, there were a few practice fights. There was just a lot of competition, things would get out of hand, and it really wasn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. For me in that case, Michael was definitely testing me, and I responded, and I feel like I passed the test and he tested me more afterwards.”

The overarching conclusion I, along with many viewers, have come to after becoming wrapped up in the enamor of The Last Dance is this: Michael Jordan is arguably the most iconic athlete of all-time.

To define greatness as limited to moments on a hardwood court or turf-laden field would be asinine. Jordan would have a well-rounded case nonetheless, but his impact stretched so much farther than that.

Jordan has a legacy that will likely remain unmatched for decades to come. He is a true legend in every sense of the word, the type of figure who your father would be honored to sit you down on the couch and tell you reminiscent tales of.

Beloved by an entire generation of basketball fans and players alike, The Last Dance perfectly encapsulates exactly how important Michael Jordan was to the world that adored him.

My one piece of advice to anyone planning to take in the series? Watch with an open heart and an open mind. Press play with an intent not to critique, but to simply admire a true saint of a game now adorn by millions.

It’s the only way to properly appreciate everything that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all-time, was.