What’s on television: a review of the hottest shows

By Allen Brewer, David Campbell & Morgan Shingler

During this semester, many networks are airing new shows and renewing seasons of beloved series. Here are a few of the shows that the Ranger Rocket staff enjoys.

“Emerald City” 

“Emerald City” is a new fantasy TV show broadcasting on NBC. The show first premiered on Jan. 6 with a two-hour special. It is basically the Wizard of Oz but told in greater detail with a few new elements. In this world, Magic is outlawed by the Wizard who claims to have defeated the beast forever, a creature that takes the form of natural disasters, with his stone gains. The Witches, North and West, pretend to be loyal to the wizard, but secretly despise him. Then news breaks of a girl who has killed their sister East who might be the final form of the beast forever. Meanwhile, Dorothy, played by Adria Arjona, is lost in the land of Oz running from soldiers and witches with her new friend Lucas. “Emerald City” airs on Friday at 8 p.m. Central time.


“Taboo” is a new show on FX that first premiered on Jan. 10. The show takes place in London at the end of the Revolutionary War. James Delaney, played by Tom Hardy, mysteriously arrives back from Africa for his father’s funeral. Delaney, who was rumored to have died aboard a slave ship, has now inherited a land deed in North America that would be very valuable to the British. Delaney goes about his own business settling his father’s late business while the West Indian Company plot to have him assassinated. While the show has not yet confirmed this information, Delaney seems to have some supernatural powers to talk to the dead. The show is now on television on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Central time


The CW’s lineup of shows based on hit DC comics has started back up this week after their midseason break, beginning with “Supergirl,” the newest of the many DC adaptations, on Monday night. “Supergirl” is based on the DC comic with the same name, and originally aired on ABC Family before it was adopted by the CW. “Supergirl” is a somewhat lighthearted superhero show about Superman’s cousin, Kara aka Supergirl, as she follows in her cousin’s footsteps and begins her career of fighting crime. She faces several foes and gains several allies as she becomes a symbol of hope for National City.

“The Flash”

“The Flash” is second in CW’s DC lineup, and returned on Tuesday along with “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” “The Flash” is another lighthearted comic book show that follows the story of Barry Allen, who is also known as the super-speedster Flash. The midseason finale left us with a lot of questions, and even though it wasn’t quite a cliffhanger, there’s no doubt that fans are anxious to see what’s next. Flash has faced many seemingly invincible opponents before, but now he’s about to showdown with a god, and it just might destroy him.

“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”

Sharing Tuesday night with “The Flash,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” follows a group of lesser-known DC heroes as they team up to travel through time and space to thwart other time travelers who would have disastrous effects on the timeline of history. Featuring characters from other DC shows such as “Arrow” and “The Flash,” “Legends” creates an interesting mix of characters similar to DC’s Justice League or Marvel’s Avengers.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events”

Many people know the books entitled “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Netflix has now come up with a whole series devoted to those books. The series involves all of the characters including the well-known Count Olaf as well as Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. The series is about the Baudelaire children who are left as orphans after their mother and father die due to a fire at their home. They are then sent to relatives of the family to live with them and are also being left an enormous fortune that will be given to Violet when she comes of age. The entire series is literally what the title describes as unfortunate, as the siblings fight to be happy and stay alive.

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