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Xena Joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Article) - 7/28/2014 7:59:17 PM

If Skye is still on the show, it won't matter who they have on the show, it will suck donkey balls.  Happily stopped watching the show (although still come here for news/reviews/comments).  Showrunners showed they have no idea what to do with the show, and got very lucky with the brilliance of CA:WS.

NEW BATMAN PHOTO - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Article) - 7/25/2014 3:10:11 PM

Only thing I don't like about Ben Affleck as Batman is that his chin allows any fool to figure out Bruce Wayne is Batman.  I suppose it's too much ask for a chin strap.

Daredevil Cast for Netflix Series (Article) - 5/29/2014 12:18:46 AM

Now, now, Hanso & Elbaz, let's be nice to the obvious teen/pre-teen venturing onto the site.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Beginning of the End Review (Article) - 5/14/2014 5:55:54 PM

tjanson - Really enjoyed your reviews; thanks for doing them. I made the decision a few weeks ago to stop watching the show. Judging from your reviews and other reader comments, looks like I made the right decision. My main reasons are that I don’t like the direction of the show, and aside from May and Coulson, I don’t like the main cast. The depiction of Ward "Is he a good guy or not? Is he redeemable?" line is crappy writing, pure and simple. Did we see Angel waffle back and forth? Hell no - full gusto. The fact these writers can’t do that for this show speaks volumes.

I still contend that they should have had the cast be background players to recurring guest stars (like Patton Oswalt) in the broader Marvel Universe. Every one of us wants to see more MU characters. They should have had the unit’s mission to deal with secondary bad guys and encountering developing good guys. That would have allowed the characters to develop in the background while drawing us in when Sif and Fury are on the show. Look at how well Arrow has done doing that. No excuse.

I’ll keep reading the reviews and viewer comments to see whether the show can turn it around next year.

Arrow: City of Blood Review (Article) - 5/4/2014 10:54:04 AM

Lazarus and CaptAmerica04 - obviously agree with you, and have written what you guys wrote many times. While it doesn’t have to be perfectly "real-life," there does have to be some logic to it. Another area is the mayoral race. Why is Sebastian Blood being sworn in as mayor? Was there an election that I missed. There must have been, because the police computer tech who got his neck snapped said of Sebastian Blood, "But I voted for the guy." But that couldn’t have happened because the show just went through a dramatic, "Will Moira drop from the race or won’t she" in the last episode. Just because the opponent in a 2-party race (presuming this was) dies doesn’t mean the other person automatically wins. And even if there was an election, there’s a transition period of a few months, so the inauguration date is even further off into the future. Again, that’s lazy, stupid writing. Also, mayors are not dictators; like presidents (or at least until the current occupant, but I digress), they can only sign into legislation that which is passed by the council. So that means he’s not signing any legislation on his first day of office. More stupidity.


That notwithstanding, I agree with Tim’s grade. Show is gearing up for a great final two episodes. Even if a little quick, like that Laurel is being written well, and providing Oliver emotional support. I do hope that they do not make her Black Canary. While not a fan of Ms. Lotz’s acting chops, don’t see how they could credibly make Laurel a credible street fighter. From the previews, looks like Sara went to get (at the very least) Merlyn. Armell is easily doing the best portrayal of a superhero on t.v. I will take the middle ground between lazarus and tjanson - while he can’t just shoot arrows from a distance, I do wish they’d have him outwit villains 10x stronger (like Batman and KGBeast).


One final thing - am I the only one who doesn’t buy into Amanda Waller’s portrayal here? Granted, very difficult to touch the animate version, but even Pam Grier gave a passable performance. This lady seems too young and not a take charge ass-kicker.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/4/2014 9:59:41 AM

After reading the reviews here and at AICN, so glad I decided to skip this.  Been disappointed walking out of a Spider-Man movie 3 times already (SM 2 being the exception).  Yes, Sony needs to give this property back to Marvel or we'll never see a good version of the character on the screen.  No, it'll never happen because the cgi is getting so affordable that even a lame $200 million box office will make them money. 

This shouldn't be so hard - you've got 50 years of stories for this character.  Just use of the comics as a storyboard and shoot it.  With this character and supporting players, why the Hell do they need to go off script and invent the crap with his parents?  Andwhy change Max Dillion's background, or make the Rhino a retard Iron Man ripoff?  Just stupid.  Sony will not be getting my money for any more movies.

Bob Hoskins Has Passed (Article) - 4/30/2014 3:22:58 PM

Best Iago ever.  Gave the character an extra layer of sliminess. 


Arrow: Seeing Red Review (Article) - 4/26/2014 2:10:48 PM

My pointed criticisms stem from a great desire to see the DC/Marvel shows succeed. If these shows fail, it’ll be a while before another network takes a chance. They may have cemented themselves in the movies, but not yet on t.v. After enduring the tv versions of Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wonder Woman, and the long climb to respectable movies (movies without distracting jokes/nod to Batman tv series), I don’t want what we have now to become a passing fad.


If not for Marvel’s movies, I think we’d be in deep trouble. In a recent interview, Kevin Feige wondered why movie makers didn’t simply adhere closely to existing comics using the books as a story board for the film. Duh! Been saying that myself for years. Instead, we’ve seen atrocities like what X-Men did to the Phoenix saga and emo Spider-Man. Since Avengers, haven’t been seeing any articles predicting the end of superhero movies.


I really enjoy Arrow, but I think it plays too much to a younger demographic since it’s on CW, and thus some of the liberties I object to. I think that AOS does as well with Skye (and Fitz, and Simmons, quite frankly). Since we can see this genre portrayed seriously without the usual liberties on the big screen, we shouldn’t have to continue to see it on t.v. I have high hopes that Netflix with give us an AMC/FX take on Daredevil and PM/IF (and hopefully others like the Punisher and Moon Knight).


With all the great stories we already have with these characters, I think we should be seeing better quality on t.v., not what we’re used to seeing historically. Sure, there’s going to be some "that doesn’t make sense" moments, but we’re seeing to many in Arrow and MOS for my tastes.


Arrow: Seeing Red Review (Article) - 4/25/2014 3:13:09 PM

tjanson: I have watched all of those shows, and can suspend disbelief when watching the main cast, for example, go into a dangerous situation without backup (or on Criminal Minds when the FBI is chasing after people without local law enforcement), or how unrealistic some courtroom scenes are (like on Law & Order, although they did have legal consultants). However, I cannot suspend disbelief when the cops are pointing their weapons within arm’s reach of a suspect. I cannot suspend disbelief when Laurel blackmails the elected DA (not once, but twice) with ludicrous threats. I cannot suspend disbelief when Lance punches out a superior officer and nothing happens to him. These aren’t comic book liberties - these are outright stupidities and amateurish writing. And when most shows have consultants to keep things as realistic as possible, that’s inexcusable. Even if past shows were more egregious, why do we have to continue to put up with it? Sorry it annoys you when I point it out. Appreciate and enjoy your reviews.


I misstated Sara’s reason for leaving. Thanks for pointing that out. Was because she said she has a killer inside of her, so they could not be together. That’s why I made the Huntress comparison.


KrazyHorse: Perhaps I have too much knowledge. I’d like to think I’m harping on major irregularities. Hey, just one man’s opinion.


Iridan: Good point. I had forgotten about Slade’s hallucinations of Shado.

Arrow: Seeing Red Review (Article) - 4/25/2014 11:09:12 AM

monkeyfoot - I actually like Arrow a great deal, and think Armell should be elevated to portray the character in the movies. Also like how they are introducing characters from the DC Universe, and wish that AOS would take note and follow suit. The primary qualm I’ve had with Arrow is how they portray law enforcement/legal system. It’s so far off base that it’s insulting, and is easily correctable.

As for AOS, I’m only watching it in the hopes that it gets better, and that they will be introducing more known characters. I’ve been a comic reader for 35 years, and desperately want the show to be good. But instead we’re given juvenile fop, an likeable/poor acted character that is being forced down our throats instead acknowledging their mistake and starting over with a new character, and a lack of h/t to the known Marvel Universe, unlike the h/t to the DC Universe we constantly get in Arrow. I’m hoping the show is building up to show me wrong.

But as someone who has put up with the buffoonery of the early Superman/Batman movies, the horrific depiction of the Phoenix Saga, the awful Fantastic Four films, the bad writing/villain-cramming Spider-Man films, I’ve had enough. Like you, I watched Smallville despite its problems because it was fun to see a show treating the material with respect (and I did watch Lois & Clark and Superboy). But now with Hollywood/commercial television finally accepting comic book characters as legitimate material, that past crap should end. It doesn’t have to be GOT, TD, or Justified, but it doesn’t have be Adam West, either.  Why are the Marvel films and Nolan's Batman a success?  Because they're taking the source material seriously and trying to present it in the "real world."  Wish the t.v. shows would do that.

For that reason, you simply cannot excuse security/law enforcement errors. I presume you watched CA:WS. For the most part, textbook military maneuvers/training. To put a gun 2 feet away from a suspect when a primary purpose of having a firearm is to be able to neutralize someone from a distance is ridiculous. That’s as dumb as the circular firing squad around the Hulk in the Ang Lee film, or having Matt Murdock "prosecuting" a criminal case as an attorney-for-hire in Daredevil. Enough with that garbage.

CaptAmerica04 - my sentiments exactly, although more succinctly put.


Date Joined: October 17, 2010