TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ – S1EP5 – “Plastique”

- 11-12-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Marvel may have a death grip on the box office when it comes to their cinematic universe, but WB has let them know that DC has its sights set on the production house juggernaut and is coming to take some of the wind out of their sails.  Well, at least, they plan on giving it the old college try!  While the big screen showdown won’t actually heat up until Batman v. Superman hits theaters in 2016, DC is already making its mark on the small screen and while Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has improved by leaps and bounds upon its freshman season, DC unleashed a secret weapon this season: CW’s The Flash.  Last night’s episode of the new series, Plastique, was another great example of why Marvel should be worried about DC’s future on television.  Mild spoilers ahead. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E6 – “The Writing on the Wall”

- 11-12-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last time on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and the crew barely managed to thwart a H.Y.D.R.A. plan to ruin their already not-so-good name. By impersonating S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the bad guys starting murdering important people and brought down the wrath of politics upon their rivals. Luckily, S.H.I.E.L.D. figured out what was going on and stopped H.Y.D.R.A. before things got too out of hand. In the process, (former) Agent Grant Ward was bartered off to his older brother as a show of good faith. Unfortunately, Ward the Younger managed to escape en route and is now on the loose. But what are his true motives? This week, ‘The Writing on the Wall’ not only unravels some of the mystery surrounding Ward, but it takes us to the next level as far as Coulson’s strange alien symbols are concerned. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ – S01E08 – “The Mask”

- 11-11-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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I’ve come to expect a particular quirk from shows like this–it happened quite a bit back when I was reviewing Hannibal for this site and its lovely fans: An excellent episode is ALWAYS followed by a mediocre at best episode. That being said, Gotham‘s eighth ep is no “Penguin’s Umbrella”–but for a back to business as usual-type episode–it’s not terrible. So let’s take a peek behind “The Mask”–AKA “The Apprentice Meets Thunderdome”: (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E5 – “Self Help”

- 11-10-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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The Walking Dead always challenges our views on what it means to be strong, the price of that strength and whether or not it’s better to be strong alone or with others. In the fifth episode of season 5, we learn how cowards and brave men help themselves and make the choice to help others.  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 Finale

- 11-08-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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This season of Doctor Who is definitely one that grew stronger the longer it went on. Much of that was in allowing Peter Capaldi to grow more comfortable in his role as the Twelfth Doctor, and for him and Jenna Coleman to find their rhythm as Doctor and companion. But there were also the slowly developing threads linking The Doctor, Clara, Danny (Samuel Anderson), and eventually, Missy (Michelle Gomez) that once fully exposed made series 8’s finale so powerful. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E5 – “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak”

- 11-05-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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TV and comic books are both uniquely built to surprise. Sometimes, a character meant to be minor has such a profound affect on the overarching narrative that they end up becoming a bigger part of it than originally planned. So meet Felicity Smoak, a nervous, chatty, but obviously talented IT girl working at Queen Consolidated. Since Oliver Queen and his “something else” secret identity occasionally need advanced technical support, she’s the one he went to, and imbued with charm by Emily Bett Rickards, it didn’t take long for the Arrow producers to realize that they had something, or someone, special. Now, completing Felicity’s rise from day player to central figure of the show, she gets her own origin story, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.” (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Big Hero 6′ – Ready To Fall In Love With A New Hiro?

- 11-05-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Disney did not become the all-consuming beast it is today by mistake.  The family friendly company has made all-ages entertainment their bread and butter and while a great chunk of their movies are animated, they have always appealed to children and adults alike.  Big Hero 6 represents the first animated theatrical release to boast both Walt Disney Animation Studios’ and Marvel Studios’ involvement since the Mouse House acquired Marvel back in 2009, so the bar that the movie had to leap was set pretty high.  So high, in fact, that it was almost impossible to clear that jump without stumbling.  Well, Disney is in the business of magic and pulling off the impossible is what they do best.  Big Hero 6 is shining, glorious, wonderful proof that the Disney magic is alive and well and continues the tradition that Walt started back in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ -S01E07 – “Penguin’s Umbrella”

- 11-04-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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The cliffhanger ending to episode six: “Spirit of the Goat” lead viewers to believe that the follow-up would be Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) show. The MCU (Victoria Cartagena, Andrew Stuart-Jones) was in the process of arresting Jim for the murder of Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), when the junior Penguin waddled right into the police station. Now everybody who had been breathing a sigh of relief that Cobblepot was dead and Gordon was willing to play in the muck with the rest of the GCPD is PISSED.

However, episode seven is wholly and entirely Oswald’s jam–follow me after the jump, and find out just how much of Gotham is under “Penguin’s Umbrella”.

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TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E4 – “Slabtown”

- 11-03-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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Beth Greene doesn’t get a lot of love from fans or characters of The Walking Dead. Even her own sister, Maggie, seems to forget about her. In “Slabtown,” Beth reminds everyone why she’s worth remembering.  (more…)

Oh, the Inhumanity : Who are the Inhumans and Why Should You Care?

- 11-01-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Michileen Martin

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If there’s a single common thread through all the new franchises announced for Marvel’s Phase 3, it’s that all the new characters are being culled from Marvel‘s periphery. For better or worse, Doctor Strange and Black Panther aren’t exactly A-list heroes. Even when they’ve had solo titles that won mountains of critical praise, sales-wise series for these characters have often struggled to keep their heads above water, and have usually failed. A guy like Doctor Strange usually endures as an ever-present guy on the side; a character who shows up to let all the other heroes know things are about to get serious, but rarely takes center stage himself. But apparently with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel learned that a comic book franchise doesn’t need to be a superstar in the comic book shop in order to be a promising concept for the big screen, hence films for Ant-Man, Captain Marvel and, yes, the Inhumans.

So who are the Inhumans? Out of the endless crowds of guys and gals in funny outfits, what makes them ripe for cinematic treatment? What role do they fill in the larger universe and what makes them unique? (more…)