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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Only Light in the Darkness REVIEW (Article) - 4/24/2014 9:35:21 AM

Overall, I liked the episode (B ), and the review is solid.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Only Light in the Darkness REVIEW (Article) - 4/24/2014 9:33:54 AM

One mistake, Tim:  I think you misheard what Koenig said when he was talking to Agent Triplett:  He said that if HE were related to a Howling Commando, he'd have it tattoo'd on his chest.  This infers that Koenig is NOT related to the Eric Koenig of the comics Howling Commandos, but it also infers that Triplett is the grandson of Gabe Jones.

Just had to be persnickety and correct that one point... cuz I'm geek like that.  Sorry.  :D



Batman: Arkham Origins -- Cold, Cold Heart Launch Trailer (Article) - 4/22/2014 2:50:55 PM

Not really excited about this.  I don't like Batman in a power suit.  He's Batman... not Iron Man.  I'm also not thrilled about him having tech in this prequel time period that he doesn't have in the later games.


Arrow: The Man Under the Hood Review (Article) - 4/17/2014 11:36:43 AM

A few thoughts on the episode:  SPOILERS BELOW




Yeah, the whole "there's actually a cure for Mirakuru" smacked seriously of the writers going, "wait... ummm... we've made Deathstroke invincible, so how do we get Oliver to finally beat him?"  While I like a lot of the things that they're doing, I feel like the writing and plotting of the show has gotten lazy or way ahead of themselves in the last few weeks.

Thea needs to die now.  She is offically the last character left on the show who exists simply to be whiny, CW teen angst fodder.  The writers clearly have no idea what to do with her, so they have just put her into this huge personal drama-crisis of hating who her dad really is.  She's just a walking temper-tantrum right now, and it distracts from the rest of the show.

I'm really glad that they tied in more of Isabella Rochev's origin/background from the comics.  That was a nice touch, and it also added substantially to her crazy-factor.  We now have more understanding of why she is such a nut-job with a hate-on for the Queen family.  "Shallow, greedy CEO" was a poor stereotype, but this more personal touch really takes her character up a notch, IMHO.

Diggle continues to be two-dimensional to me, and a really poor soldier.  Speaking as an infantry vet, NO SOLDIER, I don't care how Delta Force he is, dumps his pistol magazine at the guy in body armor, aiming entirely for the chest, while running towards him.  Factor in that Diggle knows that Deathstroke is super-strong, heals fast, etc., and Diggle's part in the fighting last night was just stupid.

Laurel SUDDENLY cluing into who Oliver and Sara are was done too suddenly and too conveniently for my tastes, but then again, a woman who is supposed to be that bright should've figured it out a bit sooner.  But I'll forgive that, because the show needed time to grow out of CW soap opera/Smallville nonsense and become the great show it is now.  Both my wife and I continue to wonder if she will eventually take over as Black Canary somehow.

WonderCon 2014: Warner Archive Collection Panels (Article) - 4/15/2014 6:29:59 PM

I'd like to know what genius scheduled it all the same weekend as Easter.  Makes it really hard for people to get away from their families and attend.  Or... perhaps that was the plan to keep attendance from getting out of hand?

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST - Opening Battle Clip (Article) - 4/14/2014 4:18:36 PM

 Wow!  Iceman finally does his ice slide!  The rest of it looked really good, too!  I'm officially in.


Hercules Movie - Official TV Spot 2 (Article) - 4/14/2014 4:16:47 PM

This actually looks pretty good.  They seem to be sticking to the 12 Labors of Hercules... which, if they adhere to even half of the legend, it'll be 1000% better than those "Titans" fiascos.


Mania Box Office Report: Captain America 2 over Rio 2 (Article) - 4/14/2014 4:14:20 PM

"Transcendence" looks like crap.  It could be and may be awesome, but from what I've seen... it looks awful.

Marvel vs DC - Still on! (Article) - 4/12/2014 1:42:22 PM

D.C. has lost their goddamned minds.  Man of Steel got half-ass (at best!) reviews and grossed $668,045,518 worldwide in the course of 14 weeks (according to BoxOfficeMojo).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has already grossed $336,608,000 in less than 2 weeks, and has gotten RAVE reviews.

Someone needs to talk to DC and Warners about the realities of math.  And that's BEFORE you factor in all the fanboy hate for Affleck as the new Batman.  And factoring in all the hype that we'll get from Avengers 2 next year, leading into Cap 3 the following year.

<smh>  I don't say this out of spite, but out of a wish for better DC films:  I hope they get smoked so that they start to learn and do things right.  I want to see a Justice League film in my lifetime, preferably one that doesn't suck.




Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Turn Turn Turn Review (Article) - 4/10/2014 9:14:31 AM

Tim Janson, good review.  I think it's within possibility only because they have shown that Hand will kill other agents to achieve the mission, and Ward is constantly stated to be this cold-as-ice Specialist.  So it doesn't stretch credulity too far to think Hand would order him to kill the two agents and wound her, and that Ward would follow orders.  HIGHLY UNLIKELY, but not impossible is all I'm saying.

More likely is that Hand isn't somehow dead.  She's a semi-major character in the comics, so I don't see them killing her off.  I know Saffron Burrows struggles at times to bury her native Irish accent, but overall she's done a great job in a key role on the show.  Here's to hoping that she somehow lives.

My only real complaint with the episode was that it wasn't long enough.  I'm really loving this show right now, and I can't wait to see what else they have in store for us over the next 6 weeks.

*** SPOILERS ***


The nerdist broke the news yesterday that Nick Fury himself will be in the season finale, and now that we all know who the kids' mother was, Cobie Smulders's schedule has apparently freed up enough for her to show up for a full episode or two later this season as well.  So the film tie-ins aren't done yet.



Oh, and Great One, you need to throttle down, or just stop watching the show.  They aren't going to kill off one of the most important characters (that'd be tantamount to them killing off Willow in "Buffy TVS," so just go ahead and give up that dream, man).


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