The 3rd Annual Occult Detective Awards Continue — Day 3
With my most heartfelt apologies, I’m a bit under the weather today, so today’s list will be quick and dirty.
Best Returning Series
FRINGE — Parallel universes, alternate timelines, weird science – these are what make Fringe a truly unique television series, but as the show draws to a close, Fringe found heart, catapulting it from something cool to something wondrous.
Best New Series
666 PARK AVENUE — While 666 managed to captivate me, unfortunately the rest of America did not follow suit. A quirky blend of Rosemary’s Baby and The Devil’s Advocate, 666 had a stellar cast, a beautiful set, and, for me, the beginnings of a strange and dark mythology that had lots of promise. Cancelled far too soon.
Best Hallowe’en Special
MOCKINGBIRD LANE — Developed as a tv series for NBC by Bryan Fuller, the network ultimately passed, instead opting to air the pilot as a Hallowe’en special, and man, am I glad they did. I was skeptical of this reimagining at first, but Fuller delivered an instant classic, with spectacular visuals, a fascinating storyline, and some killer acting from an inspired cast. Disappointed Mockingbird Lane didn’t go to series, but the pilot is one I’ll revisit whenever Samhain rears its monstrous head.
FRINGE S05E09 “BLACK BLOTTER” — Dr. Walter Bishop drops acid. Hilarity ensues, including a riff on Monty Python and a sampling of Donovan’s Hurdy Gurdy Man. Nuff said.
TERRY O’QUINN (666 PARK AVENUE) — O’Quinn is brilliant in everything he does. As the devilish Gavin Doran, the actor simply did what he does best… and nobody does it better. Quick, someone get this guy another show, pronto.
JESSICA LANGE (AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM) — Speaking of brilliant, Lange’s Sister Jude is another remarkable character given life by her consummate skills.
Best Movies of 2012
10. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
08. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
07. ON THE ROAD
06. JOHN CARTER
05. SOLOMON KANE
04. THE GREY
03. WOMAN IN BLACK
02. THE HOBBIT — a quick note here… The Hobbit was incredible and only falls to number 2 on the list because of two glaring missteps: The Storm Giant sequence and the raucous, over-the-top goblin battle that descended into camp. Otherwise, a perfect picture. I enjoyed many of the other additions, particularly Radagast.
01. THE AVENGERS