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Gotham Trailer Arrives (Article) - 5/7/2014 11:36:10 AM

Who really thought that this was a good idea? I am just imagining the pitch meeting:

"Let's do a Batman T.V. show... but the twist? NO BATMAN!! And no Joker, no Riddler, no Two-Face, no Poison Ivy, and a pre-teen Catwoman (Catgirl? Which makes NO fucking sense since Bruce Wayne didn't know her until she was an adult)!! It's like watching a soap opera about Smallville with no Superma... oh, wait. Bad example.

How about "Romeo and Juliet" set years before Romeo and Juliet were born and even before the Montagues and Capulets started fighting!? We'll just call it "Verona."

Or The Incredible Hulk when Bruce Banner was just a gawky teen with a penchant for science. No anger issues yet, certainly no super powers. He doesn't even know Betty Ross yet. We'll call it "Albuquerque." We can have a douchey, teenage Emile Blonsky be the school bully, and... oh, wait... you say Marvel would NEVER in a MILLION YEARS agree to something so stupid? Well, fortunately DC is here to save all these ideas."

<smfh>

Marvel's "Original Sin" Trailer (Article) - 5/7/2014 11:33:31 AM

Meh.  I've given up on crossovers for a while.  After Civil War and Secret War, they've just been poorly written, poorly planned, poorly conceived attempts at superhero parties with EVERYONE invited.  AvX was beyond stupid, and that whole Asgardian hammers/Syn/godsmasher nonsense was just so convoluted and ridiculous that I am doing my best to pretend that it never happened.

I'll be skipping this one for sure.

 

Indiana Jones Goes to Hell: 30 Years of Defending Temple of Doom (Article) - 5/2/2014 10:36:38 AM

In recent viewings, I am finding that I like ToD better than Last Crusade, or at least view them as comparable films.  There is so much silliness going on with Last Crusade, and badly choreographed action scenes towards the end, that it takes me out of the movie.  Temple of Doom had some silly, but it was still darker in tone like Raiders for most of the film.

Arrow: City of Blood Review (Article) - 5/2/2014 9:47:06 AM

Lazarus makes some really good points. The writers spend SO much of their time on this mini-flashbacks to the island, that they end up having to rush the primary focus/plot of the episode in present day. And after having had his ass kicked by Mirakuru-juiced bad guys on multiple occasions now, including having his leg broken, why does he still insist on trying to engage these roid-monkeys in melee? He should be blasting these fools with all sorts of trick arrows to try to find a way to take them down without getting into brawls that he KNOWS he is outmatched in.

Starling City cops are possibly the most useless fodder and inept law enforcement I have seen in television ever. They are all over the map as to how they treat the vigilante, they never show up to deal with ANYTHING that happens, and they can't even decide on whether they like or hate one of their own: Quentin Lance. Seriously, the writers need to start putting more thought into their environmental cast (aka. all the background people who need to be more than just fodder/victims of convenience to the resident supervillains).

While I love Caity Lotz and can't stand Katie Cassidy's "acting," if we are going to move towards Laurel Lance as the real Black Canary, then I'm glad we're starting to move in that direction already. I don't want to spend the next 4 seasons with her going back and forth between bitchy ex-girlfriend and bitchy drunk. She needs to evolve as a character (she really seems to be the last one-note character in the entire show - even Alex Kingston as Dinah Lance is a deeper character and she's only been on the show as a cameo for 5 episodes!). Hopefully this episode was the first step towards Laurel's character evolving into the superhero she will eventually be.

Thea's eviction also went entirely too fast. I hope that she moves away to Bludhaven, Gotham, Metropolis, or some other DC city so that she can just leave the show. She is a terrible character who, while deeper and better developed than Laurel Lance, has become just a machine for whining and perpetual distraction to Oliver. While the realities of her eviction were compressed for time, I have to say that I was glad to see her get booted out of house and job as a result of her stupid refusal not to sign the trust documents that Oliver and Moira had brought to her a few weeks ago.

Tim, I think you are being too generous with this show, especially compared with how harsh you are with MAoS.  This episode was good, but it was a solid B good.  A- is a little too kind for this episode that was a lot of rushed elements, lacked thorough conceptualizing, and was not fully thought out by the writers.

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Nothing Personal Review (Article) - 5/1/2014 9:41:24 AM

Tim, I think you need to pay slightly closer attention on these reviews:  This episode takes place after Captain America: Winter Soldier, so Maria Hill DOES know that Nick Fury is alive.  Remember in the movie, how she was the one who brought Cap and Black Widow to see Fury and help in the attack on Alexander Pierce at the Triskelion?

In "Nothing Personal," May states that Fury is dead, and Hill just doesn't refute that statement, since she doesn't trust anyone with that info.

FOX CANCELS ALMOST HUMAN (Article) - 4/30/2014 9:35:20 AM

Shocking.  Fans get Firefly'd again.  I really liked this show, even with the episodes being shown out of order.

 

Daredevil & Defenders in Marvel Cinematic Universe (Article) - 4/30/2014 8:40:46 AM

At the current level of everything Marvel that is being put out, I will devour these as fast as they are released.

Justice League Movie Announced (Article) - 4/28/2014 3:02:01 PM

Marvel continues to curb stomp DC at the box office, and now DC/Warners suddenly feels the pressure and will rush to compete.  I smell an unfinished, unrefined product heading our way.

If they were smart, they'd do as kinetoscope suggested, and tie in Arrow and Flash from the TV shows to bring in a wider, more developed audience.  Sort of a "reverse MAoS" situation.  Stephen Amell has proven himself to be a leading man, and Grant Gustin seems to have sufficient charisma to aquit himself on the big screen.  I don't think it'd do anything but help the DC in their efforts to play catch-up to Marvel.

 

Arrow: Seeing Red Review (Article) - 4/25/2014 10:03:32 AM

B/B-.  Aside from the last 5 minutes and Moira's death (which, I agree, really ratchets up the genuine, meaningful drama and emotion in the show, and should serve to catalyze Oliver), the rest of the episode was blah.  We spent most of it watching Thea have these emotional canniption fits that were beyond annoying.  The balance of the episode was Roy acting like a psychopath with Oliver stuttering around with no thought as to what to do.  I felt like it was 50 minutes of filler junk just to lead us into the last five minutes of WHAT-THE-HELL-JUST-HAPPENED.

Cyborg Cast in Batman vs. Superman (Article) - 4/25/2014 9:58:39 AM

W.  T.  F.

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