After two phenomenal episodes, this week The Flash slowed down a bit so that the story could dig a bit deeper into each of the characters’ pasts. Generally speaking, this is a wonderful thing since characters without depth are boring and unneeded. And, honestly, it was important that we learn a bit more about the heroes and villains at the center of the series. Unfortunately, because of its success thus far, even with an ultra cool villain Things You Can’t Outrun winds up being more filler than fun and is a bit of a misstep for the new series, albeit a small misstep. (more…)
Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had the chance to see Coulson and May taking some time out to attend a party. Of course, they were actually looking for a mysterious painting which had some of those crazy symbols on it. You know, the same ones that Coulson has been carving on pretty much everything he sees. Poor Raina was being threatened by H.Y.R.D.A. because they wanted the obelisk back. And Simmons was deep undercover in the middle of H.Y.R.D.A. territory. This week resolves a lot of complications that season two has set up this far, while preparing us for a much bigger ride in the near future. (more…)
Gotham‘s fifth installment: “Viper”, follows a standard plotline for comic book television, as well as many similar genres–the “Magic Drug” episode. Arrow, for example, has already explored this topic on several occasions.
While the basic story might be a little familiar, the execution is strong, largely due to a superior “B” plot: The developing story of the clandestine gang war between the Falcone (John Doman) and Maroni (David Zayas) syndicates. For more, hit the jumpy-thingy: (more…)
It’s a bit of a cheat, I’ll admit, combining these two episodes into one review. But beyond simply making up for lost time, both episodes come from new-to-Who writer, Jamie Mathieson and center on the constantly evolving relationship between The Doctor and Clara. And while the basic premises of these two episodes don’t necessarily form a link between them, how The Doctor and Clara interact definitely does. (more…)
Last week, our survivors faced the most frightening human foes to date and Eugene finally revealed his knowledge of a potential, viable cure. “Strangers” picks up where the premiere left off, with the group desperate to leave the gruesome events of “No Sanctuary” far behind them, but some horrors you simply cannot outrun. (more…)
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a hard movie to like. It was a highly uneven sort of mess, an incoherent hodgepodge of a story/ideas and villains without a semblance of motive or substance. The film did, however, have some good qualities. It looked pretty (effects and action sequences were a true splendor). Andrew Garfield makes for a great Spidey (perfect balance of cocky and snarky). The relationship between Parker/Gwen was played out well (genuine and infectious chemistry). Above all else, this is probably the best Spider-man has ever looked on-screen… like ever. The suit design this time around is without question the closest comic-to-screen realization. When some fans grumbled that 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man‘s suit strayed too far from the look of the original comics (it had a BMX biker look to it and drew in an uncomfortable amount of attention to Garfields crotch), the filmmakers listened. They got it spot on with the eyes, belt, logo, and colors.
And wouldn’t you know it (how’s this for a segway), Sideshow Collectibles (via Hot Toy) has transformed Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of Spidey into a figure. Never has Spider-Man looked so good on-screen and I can say the same about this figure – never has a SM toy looked so damn good. OK, there was that one time in the 90s when Toy Biz made Beach Rescue and Safari Footage Spidey which were the pinnacles of Spider-Man figures (note the sarcasm). But I digress. Sideshow was kind enough to send us The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man figure from Hot Toys for review. It made our Spider-sense – aka nerd-sense – tingle in all the right places (well mostly). (more…)
Before we dive into this week’s Arrow let’s agree about one thing: Laurel kinda sucks. No disrespect to Katie Cassidy, she’s done fine work with what she’s been given, but to be honest, what she’s been given hasn’t been very much. The Arrow team is clearly trying to create a more compelling path for Laurel, one that was hinted at in last season’s finale when Sara gave her big sister her Black Canary jacket. Said jacket made a reappearance in tonight’s episode, a moment of epiphany for Ms. Lance, and the audience, that says “Oh yeah, I have a destiny.” With all subtlety of a bat crash through the library window at Wayne Manor, Laurel now realizes that she must become someone else; she must become something else. And that thing is a hot, blonde, leather-clad crime-fighter with the initials B.C. (more…)
After one of the better pilot episodes in any genre in recent memory, fans were a bit cautious about getting excited for the second episode of The Flash. No one likes being burned and after its epic premiere, it seemed that The Flash had nowhere to go but down. Luckily, the creators behind the series know the characters that live within the new CW series and, better yet, they know its fans. For those that were a bit skeptical about where the show would take them, tonight’s episode wiped away any doubt in the series, and for those that were already in for the long haul, the episode rewarded your loyalty with yet another almost perfect episode. (more…)
As Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moves into its fourth episode of the second season, I have to say that I’m fairly impressed. They’ve managed to take a series that was a giant, flaming turd for the majority if its first season run and turn it into something that has us guessing. This week, the show pushes itself even further and keeps the momentum of the first three episodes while introducing some of the casual humor that S.H.I.E.L.D. has tried (and mostly failed) to capture before. ‘Face My Enemy’ keeps the plot rolling while alleviating some of the serious tensions that have been building – the hallmark of a potentially great show. (more…)