The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

‘Son of Zorn’ is Bizarre and Funny But Not Family-Friendly

Review of the TV show, "Son of Zorn"
Cheryl Hines, Johnny Pemberton, Tim Meadows and Zorn (FOX)
Perhaps I am of the minority, but I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot episode of Son of Zorn which aired last night on Fox. The fish out of water comedy is unlike anything ever you’ve ever seen on TV and yet, feels familiar. The show is a live action comedy except for the main character who is animated and looks as if he had just jumped out of a 1970’s Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

Son of Zorn is sort of what it would be like it if a 2D He-Man were real and tried to make his way around modern Orange County, CA. The only reason he gets hired as a salesman selling industrial soap is because the company wants to look good hiring minorities. One of the questions he is asked during his interview is if he owns a shirt. I look forward to seeing more of his relationship with his boss Linda (Artemis Peddani) who isn’t judging him for cutting the conference table in half with a sword. Instead, she just wants him to save that passion for sales. Zorn believes that Linda is actually a man who carries a purse because…come on…she’s his superior and what woman could be rule over a man?

Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is a little more crude than I would like but I will let it pass since he really doesn’t know better. He’s is town to visit his 17-year-old son, Alagulon or Alan for short (Johnny Pemberton), who really doesn’t know who his father is and wants to get to know him. Alan’s mom Edie (Cheryl Hines) is actually supportive of Zorn and encourages this odd relationship, but just like in real life, fathers and sons who don’t really know each other, the two find that they have a hard time relating to each other. Zorn is full of muscles, is a warrior and a raw meat-eater. Alan is shy, skinny and a vegetarian. As for his absence as a father Zorn says to Alan, “Well, I’m here now and that makes up for all of the bad things that have happened in your life.”
Review of "The Son of Zorn"
Cheyl Hines and Zorn (Jason Sudeikis) in Son of Zorn (FOX)
Zorn still has feelings for his ex-wife as well, but she is engaged to an online college professor played by Tim Meadows. He is basically everything that Zorn is not.
Some wonder if this show is too quirky to succeed but being that it is a Fox show airing on Sunday nights along with the network’s animated hits, it should fit right in. And it should be mentioned that some may get the impression that Son of Zorn is a family show, it really isn’t. At least, not for families with little children as some subject matter just isn’t appropriate for them. Personally, I find the show to be slightly edgier than The Simpsons but much less offensive than Family Guy if that helps. This is just judging from the pilot episode. It could all go downhill from here, so be prepared.

Finally, I have to say that unlike other movies or TV specials where human actors speak with animated creatures who aren’t there, the acting is actually very good. Zorn and Edie get into a classic finger-pointing accusation argument that divorced parents often get into and the banter is actually very good. Overall though, the show isn’t for everybody. If the premise doesn’t appeal to you, then know that this show isn’t for you. However, it you are intrigued, give the show a try on its premiere on Sunday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m. on FOX.


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