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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Turn Turn Turn Review (Article) - 4/9/2014 6:39:35 PM

tjanson:  Yes, God is good.  I'm hoping against hope that they do the right thing and kill off a hated character that they clearly miscast and miswrote, and stop this silly nonsense of forcing her down our throats by making her the hub of the show through which all of the other plots/characters are run through.  I  acknowledge that the likelihood of the writers/producers doing the right thing and fixing the problem instead of doubling down isn't good, but what else are talkback shows if not for venting?  Believe me, if they somehow could make the character relevant (and teach her to act), I'd be happy, because that would make the show better.  But all I see is pre-drug addled Lindsay Lohan, and the way everyone becomes overwraught about her, she magically "knows kung fu," and can penetrate highly encrypted computers is just insulting.

rougue188: Agree with tjanson.  Simply no way he's infiltrating Hydra, barring a pathetic act of writing.  Sure, he didn't say, "Hail Hydra," and one would think that Paxton would know whether they were on the same team and act like it (unless, of course, pathetic writing).  And putting 3 bullets into Hand - if that's a fakeout, beyond ridiculous.  But I suppose they could be doing the old, "Ward will go undercover to uncover Hydra, and will shoot 3 agents with paintball guns to fake his way in).

I want to like this show in the worst way, which is why I'm still watching.  But it's getting harder to do.  Maybe once the Netflix shows get up and running we can start to see some crossovers, since theyre loathe to do it with the movie characters.  If Marvel thinks people are going to continue to watch this show with the characters they've given us (aside from Coulson and May), they're sadly mistaken.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Turn Turn Turn Review (Article) - 4/9/2014 4:31:24 PM

Skye lived, so that was a huge downer.  Poorly written and executed "moment" between her and Ward ("Oh, you're banging May, but you LOVE me - yes, let's have coffee" - UGH!!).  Another idiot plot point - Ward's being in custody for shooting guy thought to be the Clairvoyant, thinking that he was a turncoat, but then allowed to escort the real Clairvoyant?  So no thought is given that he might help the real one escape?  And his shooting the other guy is just forgotten?  Dumb.

If the show is saved for a 2nd year, it'll be because CA:WS saved it, and nothing more.  Could not be more disappointed in this show.  It's like Fox is behind it, not Marvel.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The End of the Beginning Review (Article) - 4/3/2014 9:44:17 PM

Tim Janson: Thanks for acknowledging the show trying to show that Skye is REALLY IMPORTANT to the show. My interpretation is that the producers know how much the character is reviled, but instead of getting rid of her they are doubling down and trying to make her integral to the show (doing things only she can/having the other agents flip out over her as if she were Jasmine on Angel). A more cynical approach would be that the producers were giving us fans the middle finger by ramming her down our throats to prove they’re smarter than us. They way she was feted outside the building as if she were sooooooooo f—ing important almost made turn the show off. Just sickening. Really takes away from the show.

 

I continue to think that the show is screwing up big time by trying to make these agents the stars of the show instead of using them as background characters to leap from one Marvel character to another. There are hundreds of characters that will never see the light of day in a movie (like Deathlok). Why not use them. Instead of a "monster of the week" series, we could have a "hero of the week (or two)" series. Give us the White Tiger, Shang-Chi, Cloak and Dagger, Nightstalkers, Moon Knight, Werewolf By Night, Namora, Darkhawk, Solo, Paladin, Wonder Man, Silver Sable, Spider-Woman, etc. Hell, could even drop an A-list character in there a couple of times a year. Understand that with Netflix giving us Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist that some of these characters may get brought into that show. Hell, even if they wanted to avoid that, there is a huge number of villains to draw from. Focusing on Spider-Man’s gallery of foes who’ll never make the big screen alone would keep the show on the air for years. They just don’t get that we, the audience, wants to see characters from the comics in a live action show.

 

If they don’t make the Clairvoyant a known Marvel character, then I think the show will have missed another huge opportunity. That would get the fan base (i.e., the vast majority of the show’s audience) jumping, and would draw in new viewers/recapture old ones who gave up on the show. Even if it’s Bill Paxton, most people are going to think the whole exercise was pointless and not worth their time. Getting that way for me. 

 

Arrow: Birds of Prey Review (Article) - 3/30/2014 9:44:03 AM

For God's sake, what horrible crap this episode was.  Again, why in the Hell do the idiot producers not have a consultant with a legal/law enforcement background?  Lance punching the SWAT guy would result in his immediate arrest and prosecution, not to mention being fired.  Secondly, the idiot ADA who used Laurel as a decoy without telling her would also be prosecuted, as well as disbarred.  And stop with this, "I know people on the disciplinary committee."   That'll get you nowhere - even talking about a "favor" would result in ethics charges.  Complete crap.  Finally, Laurel's use of blackmail to get her job back is incomprehensible.  If the DA didn't authorize the decoy and fired the ADA, then go ahead and have a press conference.  It would have been slightly more believeable if she had threatened a multi-million lawsuit for endangering her.

That last point emphasizes my biggest problem with this show - how it tires to be a weekday afternoon soap opera.  Overly dramatic/illogical/unrealistic plots plague the show.  Moira Queen would feel right at home on Young and the Restless.  Lance's inability to recognize Ollie as the Arrow.  Sara dyking it up with another equally hot lesbo.  And that equally hot lesbo, being a dangerous assasin, waltzes right up to airport security without any attempt at disguising herslef  (and the rent-a-cop holding a gun 2 inches from her), etc.  Completely takes away from the otherwise good acting/characters in Ollie, Felicity, and Diggle. 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Yes Men Review (Article) - 3/13/2014 7:52:21 AM

ElBaz13 - yes, noticed the rape aspect.  TV shows have used the love potion aspect before, but never show the after effects (Buffy with Xander, even though no sex there).  Sort of like high school boy with attractive teacher; no one focuses on fact that a crime occurred (as best demonstrated by South Park - Nice).  But I think they had an out with Ward indicating that he knew he was under her spell, but didn't care, which may be why he didn't shoot her when she started (slowly) walking up to him behind the bar.  Another aspect of the stupid writing on this show - Lady Sif explicitly tells them that she'll entrance a man if she touches them, and possibly through voice alone, yet they send in a virtually all-male squad with no ear plugs.

Makabriel - yes, I  know that's how they talk.  But it doesn't mean (a) it's an old cliche that (b) was entirely predictable prior to the show even started.  Since I  know that, and presumably you know that, why couldn't something different had been said?

It'll be interesting to see how this plays in with the movies, with Odin/Loki being responsible for Lady Sif's instructions to capture Lorelai alive.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Yes Men Review (Article) - 3/12/2014 8:09:54 PM

I'll also add that I  don't care how bad-ass May is, when a guy as big and as skilled as Ward punches a woman the size of May, her jaw/cheek bone would be broken, and she'd have been knocked out (and don't get me started on the damage that Lorelei should have done to her).

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Yes Men Review (Article) - 3/12/2014 7:25:43 PM

Agree that show is picking up, but still extremely annoyed with the poor writing.  I again go back to the way the characters are written to overreact to Skye’s near death. Blatant attempt to make a horse(bleep) character relevant to the show. From Maye’s beating the crap out of Ian Quinn and Coulson’s subsequent hints that he’d kill him if Skye died, to this episode’s overdramatic "If you had died I would have never forgiven him" crap from Ward. Just kill the character off already, for God’s sake. She’s completely unsalvageable. Skye must die.

And it was made clear several episodes ago that Maye and Ward were nothing more than f— buddies. So now all of the sudden she’s going to get jealous? And she’s going to give longing looks at the bed knowing that Ward was under the spell of a sorceress and not acting with free will? Please. Complete 180 degree turn for the character. Also, she’s obviously much older than Ward and there’s no hope for a long-term relationship; she’s going to be shocked he has feelings for someone in his age range?

It would have also been nice if they could have avoided the cliched, "It was an honor to fight alongside you" from Lady Sif at the end of the episode.

While I’m starting to actually enjoy the show, it would help if they had writers who (a) know how to write likeable characters, and (b) have actually been in a real relationship so they know how real people act in these situations instead of the "Parents’ Basement Fantasyland" tripe we’ve been getting.

 

Arrow: The Promise Review (Article) - 3/6/2014 7:57:45 PM

Completely agree that the excuse for Slade hating Oliver is completely lame, drug side effect or not.  Slade wasn't in a relationship with Shado, Oliver was.  And to get pissed because he "chose" Girlfriend #1 over Girlfriend #2 is ridiculous writing.  Could have/should have come uip with a much better reason for hating Oliver.  Hell, if they make Sara into a one-time lesbian (for no other reason than to get fanboys all hot and bothered), then you can come up with a more believeable background story for their conflict.  How about the guy being a merc and selling out to get off the island, causing Oliver to fight and take out his eye?  He's a bad guy, after all.

Also, would it be possible for Caity Lotz to actually come up with believable emoting for once?  She is an actress, after all.  She just cannot seem to pull off scenes that call for her to display emotion; think I watching a tree, she's so wooden.  I love Steve Armell's portrayal of Green Arrow and hope DC is wise enough to stick him into their movies.  But I think the show has struck out with 4 of their 5 female leads.  Already ripped Katie Cassidy previously.  Every time I listen to Susanna Thompson I  expect a villanous cackle to come out of her (and for God's sake, the writers couldn't come up with anything more believable than running for Mayor shortly after being tried for mass murder, acquittal or not?).  And Willa Holland is too annoying (although I'll concede getting less so this season).  Emily Rickards is awesome.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: T.A.H.I.T.I. Review (Article) - 3/6/2014 1:57:47 PM

Close to checking out on this show.  Skye's character is ridiculous, and the way everyone overreacted to her situation was extremely lame and forced - writers obviously telling the audience, "She is, too, important to the show!  Just look how everyone is getting emotional about her dying!!  Look, evey Maye is losing it!!!  And over here, look at the at the monkey; see how it jumps up and down."  Sorry.  Take a hint and be done with the character.  Suspect she'll be "changed" because of the alien blood, as others here have suggested, but unless a new actress is brought on board, we'll continue to get the same crap.

Likewise, doubt the Clairvoyant will be The Leader, or any other known Marvel character (and the blue alien will not be a known entity, either).  One of the biggest ways Marvel has screwed up is by not more closely tying this show into the known Marvel Universe.  They're rectifying it a bit with Sif, and seemed to be trying with Nick Fury's appearance/references and the post-Thor episode, but there are a whole lot of minor characters they could be adding that would make the show more exciting to watch.

Finally, don't care if the mountain hideout was not a SHIELD unit, to go in there and kill two guards (and why the Hell are there only two guards for such an important facility, and why was it so freaking easy to break into) was stupid.  Makes Coulson and the others the bad guys.  Sure, it might have been lame for them to go in and simiply subdue the guards, but they could have made it clear that these were Bad Guys, or given more reason to act in such a brutal fashion.  Perhaps they're trying to tie it into the negative way SHIELD  will be protrayed in the upcoming Captain Amercia film.

Arrow: Time of Death Review (Article) - 3/1/2014 11:00:54 AM

WarCry: We're talking about two different scenes.  I'm referring to when he showed up at Sara's homecoming party - in casual clothes - then got a call to leave, where he meets up with GA and BC - in uniform.  Uniformed law enforcement officers never take their uniforms off while on duty.  And as a uniformed officer, not a detective, he does not investigate homicides as the show has depicted.  He might catch the first call, but he then hands the investigation off to the detectives who arrive at the scene.  Completely separate roles.

I should have clarified that my Skeletor comment was not at the actress, just the whiny character she's portraying.  If it was the show's intention to turn her into a thoroughly unlikeable character, they've succeeded with me.  I find nothing worthwhile about her, like Lori Grimes. Even if that's how a person would naturally react to the events she's experience (and I'm not doubting that), she serves no purpose to the show any longer and seems forced (like Skye on SHIELD).

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