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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Seeds Review (Article) - 1/15/2014 5:40:14 PM

Skye must die.  Horribly miscast actress.  Looks like she's 12, completely unbelievable acting.  Obvious she's been identified as a huge weak link and the writers are trying to push her to the forefront to salvage her.  Should just own up to their error, kill her off, and develop a new character.

Arrow: Three Ghosts Review (Article) - 12/13/2013 12:20:00 PM

Awesome episode.  Only nitpick is revealing Slade as the major villain without having first shown the transition from ally to foe (presumably) on the island.  Was hoping for Ra's al Ghul, myself, as the major bad guy, particularly with him already being mentioned and the skuttlebutt that Summer Glau is playing Talia.

The Walking Dead: Dead Weight Review (Article) - 11/25/2013 8:29:23 PM

I think everyone is missing a significant part of the episode - when the Governor tries to flee with his new family, only to be forced back by the zombies in the mud pit. I think his saying they had to leave because things were about to fall apart where just as much of a reference to himself starting to lose it as anything else. He killed Martinez because he didn't want to be a leader, as well as Martinez was the only one who could out his past, thus wrecking his changed life. He saw the conflict between the brothers as something he wanted no part of, as it would return him to his old ways. But when he was forced back, he saw he had no choice any more, and in order to protect his new family, he had to go back to being a sociopath/psychopath.

Arrow: State V. Queen Review (Article) - 11/22/2013 8:06:45 PM

As a prosecutor, let me add to the discussion.  First off, while I greatly enjoy the show, every aspect of it dealing with law enforcement/the court system is ridiculous.  People here have already discussed, for example, the poor writing about the hijacked trucks (why at night & without police escort after prior hijackings).  The Quentin Lance character is a parody - combination of poor acting and poor writing. 

As for the prosecutor, there is no way a District/County Attorney would ever assign a case to someone who has such a personal relationship with the relative of a defendant, as that would call into question the prosecutor's ability to do their job properly.  Also, any defense attorney who would not bring a motion to have that prosecutor removed would be committing malpractice.  As already pointed out, no way a judge let's her stay on.  And there is simply no way a prosecutor would speak with a represented defendant to try to convince that person to not testify at trial.  Aside from being unethical warranting a suspension, it would also form the basis for an appeal if a defendant followed the prosecutor's advice.  

I do disagree with the discovery issue.  Prosecutors are only required to disclose (a) evidence that they would use in their case-in-chief to convict a defendant; and (b) evidence that would be considered exculpatory (i.e., evidence that could show the defendant is not guilty).  The things discussed between Laurel and Moira is for cross-examination purposes, and does not fall under either category.  That being said, I don't know if that is proper cross-examination material - just because Moira and Malcolm had an affair years ago is hardly relevant as to whether she conspired with him.  If the affair were current, then yes.  I don't even think charges would have been brought in the real world.  Conspiracy cases fall apart when a person recants, particularly in the public way Moira did.  Perhaps some less charges, but certainly not capital murder.

I could go on.  Still a great show, but they really need to bring in some law enforcement/prosecutors to help write those scenes.    

Arrow: Broken Dolls Review (Article) - 10/27/2013 10:19:54 PM

The only on-going complaint I have about the show is Det. Lance - both the way it is written and the actor.  Would it hurt the writers to actually consult with a law enforcement officer before writing such tripe?  Telling the lead detective for an escaped serial killer to stay away because of a demotion would never happen, much less having the officer arrested for obstruction.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  And the number of laws he breaks is astounding.  And the actor simply doesn't convery the grit and grizzle of an experienced detective.  Perhaps that's more to do with the writing.

Highly doubt Laurel's sister gets bumped off - she's League of Assassins-trained, presumably over 5 years.  Very difficult to have someone untrained/barely trained get to that level in any believable amount of time.  Too bad they won't be using the same actress from the pilot.

Supernatural: Im No Angel Review (Article) - 10/25/2013 9:08:50 AM

I wish they would do more to establish exactly how Sam and Dean have the ability to buy things.  Fake credit cards alone simply cannot do the job.  They should be scrambling as much as Castiel does.  The electricity/water for their bunker isn't coming free, either; municipal utlities are not likely to overlook that.  It's also a little disconcerting that they operate out in the open as much as they do after their Leviathon doubles went on a killing spree.  Cops aren't likely to forget that.

I'll confess that these are probably deemed as lame criticisms by most, and it's overall still an outstanding show, but they still bother me.  I'll go back to my basement, now.

Arrow: Identity Review (Article) - 10/20/2013 10:15:40 AM

lazarus - only point I disagree is Felicity's career-mindedness.  An IT person at a multi-national corporation would be highly skilled in developing programs for internal use, in addition to highly sophisticated anti-viral/malware software, not just making sure someone's printer is plugged in.  These companies aren't going to be using Windows and Nortons. 

I was also annoyed by the Left-wing Alderman.  Oh, so now it's okay to act like a Third World country and stoke up a riot against an individual?  Should have been arrested for that crap.  And his smug narcissism is beyond the chart.  Hoping they're taking their cues from South Park's brilliant "Smug Alert" episode.

31 Days of Horror Movies: An American Werewolf in London (Article) - 10/20/2013 9:20:32 AM

One minor correction - the creepy villagers come from the Hammer films, not Universal.  Watch any of the Dracula films and you'll see the fearful, closed-mouth ancestors of this great film.

Top 10 John Carpenter Films (Article) - 10/3/2013 9:54:46 AM

I'll be an internet nerd and repeat my post to your defense of that abomination known as "John Carpenter's Vampires":

I don't mean to personally criticize those who liked Vampires, but quite frankly, Carpenter needs to be strung up and kicked in the nuts repeatedly for what he did to the terrific book, "Vampires, Inc." by John Steakley (and perhaps you all didn't realize it was a book adaptation). Dare say, he did worse to this film than Will Smith did to Matheson's classic. At least Carpenter let us know this was, "John Carpenter's Vampires" in the title, so the massive re-writes were not surprising.

While Woods was absolutely the right choice to play Crow, the opening scene was great, and the recreation of the motel scene was decent (although having the vampire just slash everyone vs. an all-out hand-to-hand as was in the book was lame), Carpenter took everything that was great about the book and trashed it. A personal objection is the way he followed the Hollywood trope of making the Catholic Church evil. In the book, they are financing the war against vampires, knowing that almost everyone they recruit to fight will eventually die a horrible death, which casts a pallor over the communications Crow has with the Vatican. But there is no betrayal by a church member; in the book it is a female reporter who gets close to the team by pretending to be writing a story about them. In the book, the central story is the vampires trying to get to Crow to turn him because of his effectiveness, not some lame thing about a black cross that will give the vampires the ability to walk in the daylight. If such a thing existed, it would be kept at the Vatican where vampires can't tread, not some lame rural monestary where it's guarded by untrained monks armed only with pitchforks.

I could give a 2500 word essay on my problems with the movie, but the biggest offense was the ending. First off, having Baldwin's character shoot a giant cross with a crucifix while driving past it in a pickup truck is about the dumbest thing I've ever seen in a movie. And then having the master vampire and about 30 other vampires just stand around while watching the truck zoom away (and after the master vampire had outrun a truck going 70 mph earlier in the film) was beyond retarded. To make it worse, Crow, the ultimate slayer, allows Baldwin and the woman who turned him to leave - a head start - which would never, ever happen according to how the character was written. Just stupid. The book had an awesome ending that I won't spoil. You really, really need to read the book.
 

Supernatural: Torn and Frayed Review (Article) - 1/22/2013 4:10:02 PM

Byzarro - missed the fact that the angel knew about what was actually going on in Heaven.  Thanks for the correction. 

As for Benny, I presumed that is where the show is going.  That's why I'm calling it lazy writing.  In the world the writers created, there is no way a hunter owing his life to a monster would cut the monster loose which would allow the monster to resume killing.  They already established that Dean helped keep Benny on the straight and narrow.  Can already see Sam's girlfriend being set up to being killed as well.  Perhaps just me, but i don't like that type of unimaginative writing.

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