The Extraordinary Career of P.K. Subban
In an earlier story, I wrote about Willie O'Ree, who broke the NHL's color barrier back in 1958, when he debuted for the Boston Bruins. O'Ree's influence led to a plethora of Black players making their mark in the NHL in the decades that passed. Notable Black players include Grant Fuhr, who was in net during the Edmonton Oilers' monstrous dynasty in the 1980s, Jarome Iginla, who set all sorts of high numbers in his amazing career, and the subject of this story, P.K. Subban, one of the best defensemen in the league during his career.
Villainess Review: Brooke Mason (Magnum P.I.)
After four seasons, CBS suddenly axed the Magnum P.I. reboot, and I was livid! I loved that show; it was originally part of my Monday nights until the show was moved to Fridays, where it aired in-between the MacGyver reboot and Blue Bloods. The series stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum; filling the shoes (and the Detroit Tigers cap) of Tom Selleck--who currently stars on Blue Bloods. Perdita Weeks portrays Juliett Higgins, who ended the fourth season revealing her romantic feelings for Magnum, hence was I was upset at the cancellation. Zachary Knighton and Stephen Hill portrays Magnum's co-horts, Orville "Rick" Wright and Theodore "T.C." Calvin, respectively, and Tim Kang portrays detective Gordon Katsumoto.
The History of the Quebec Nordiques
My name is Clyde E. Dawkins, and I am a Quebec Nordiques fan. That was my team when I started following hockey at the age of seven. I was fascinated by the team names when I read them in the sports section. Whalers, North Stars, Flames, Islanders. I would see team names I saw in other sports: Rangers, Oilers, Jets. But the name that stood out the most to me was "Nordiques." At the time, I knew very little about hockey. Also, this was the early 1990s. As I would find out, I wouldn't have time to enjoy the Nordiques, as the team moved away in 1995. I would learn about hockey history and each team's history as I got older and after I got cable, making it easier to actually watch hockey. Because of this, I can properly detail the history of the Quebec Nordiques, as shaky as it is.
XFL Week 1 Recap: 3rd Time's the Charm
As someone who loved the original XFL in 2001, I was so, so elated when the league was coming back in 2020. The XFL returned less than a week after Super Bowl LIV was played, and from what I saw, it looked good. It looked really good. I do admit that the 2001 version did have its problems, but I did love it and enjoy it. I mean, come on. Who wouldn't love the concept of watching professional football in the late winter and early spring months? And the rules were much different from what we saw in the NFL. But while the league looked very upstart-ish in 2001, in 2020, it looked like whatever mistakes were made 19 years prior were fixed. Nothing could stop the XFL this time.
I Guess That's Why They Call Them the Blues
On June 12, 2019, the St. Louis Blues finally achieved the ultimate goal: they won the Stanley Cup. The Blues' Cup came after over five decades of hard luck and suffering. The Blues' Cup came one season after they ended up as the last team eliminated from playoff contention. The Blues' Cup came just months after they were actually in last place in the entire NHL. It was an amazing story and a terrific ending for a team who had nothing but hardships since joining the league in 1967, and it looked like they would be a juggernaut for years to come.
Wolf Pack Review: "Fear and Pain"
I apologize for being a hair late with this review. I was unable to get the proper captures I needed for this story, but it's been taken care of, and I can deliver. I was excited for this episode, because it's Episode #4, the first of two episodes where things are supposed to get a little "twisty." We see Kristin Ramsey talking to Austin about the day of the crash, and Austin tells the same story he has been stating: he saw a large creature roaming. Ramsey gives the proper description, but then assumes that Austin saw a ram on that day, and no, I'm not talking about Cooper Kupp.
Villainess Review: Nora Hyatt (Who Killed Our Father?)
I have spent the last month looking forward to this film, Who Killed Our Father?; in fact, in the final week, I started counting down the days until this film hit Lifetime Movie Network. The film kicks off with a young woman, Leila Moore, entering her home and finding her foster sister murdered, and regarding the actual killer, a wrestling match over the knife ends with Leila killing the unnamed man in self-defense. Elsewhere, we are taken to the home of Violet Hyatt, who is living with her stepmother, Nora Hyatt, and their caretaker, Hazel. Regarding Violet's father, Scott Hyatt, Nora informed Violet that he was out on a run, practicing for a marathon.
Pro Football is Year-Round Now, and I Am Here For It
The Super Bowl Champion has been crowned, and with that, another NFL season came to a close, thus beginning the longest offseason in sports. The NBA and NHL take the summer and the month of September off. MLB is off during the winter months, but when the Lombardi Trophy is awarded, the day after kicks off a seven-month offseason, with the NFL Draft being the only relevant blip between the final whistle on Super Bowl Sunday, and the opening kickoff of the following season. For the most part, that had been the case.
Red Death Review: "Hear No Evil"
Entering today, the big high I received from the previous week's final season opener of The Flash had slowed down a bit. Then the 8PM hour drew close, and it all came back again. In case you (somehow) missed it, Barry Allen will have one final Big Bad to deal with: Red Death. In the comics, Red Death is an evil version of Batman, but in the Arrowverse, the Red Death who will plague The Flash is actually an evil version of Batwoman, and will be played by Javicia Leslie.
Villainess Review: Shannon Steerman (Alert: Missing Persons Unit)
I have really enjoyed Fox's Monday night lineup in recent years. Usually, the 9-1-1 shows dominate Mondays, but there's also other programming when they're off. In this case, Fox has the Fantasy Island reboot, followed by one of their newest series, Alert: Missing Persons Unit (often simply known as Alert). It was easy for me to be all in on this, and I have two main reasons. Firstly, the show reminds me a bit of Ransom, the international series that aired on CBS for a few years, and second, the main stars. The series stars Scott Caan (son of the late, great James Caan) as Jason Grant--ex-military. For Caan, this is his first series after spending a decade on CBS' Hawaii Five-O reboot. Dania Ramirez is the other main star, portraying Jason's ex-wife (and co-worker in the MPU) Nikki Batista; of course, Ramirez is best known for being one of the titular Devious Maids, as well as being part of the final season of Once Upon a Time.