TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3,E4 – “The Magician”

- 10-29-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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And you thought Captain Cold appearing on The Flash last night was a huge deal. Tonight’s Arrow follows up last week’s adventure in Corto Matese, and while that one was notable for bringing Thea back into the fold, this week’s entry, “The Magician,” is notable for so much, much more. From important returns, to important reunions to important introductions, if you missed this week’s episode of Arrow (like Felicity, who was too busy teaching team work and smooching in Central City this week), then you picked a less than ideal time to drop out for the week. “The Magician” seems to set up this season’s battle lines, or to put it another way, the show is courting war. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E6 – “A Fractured House”

- 10-29-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Simmons finally made it back from her undercover operation. She also happened to have a little help from Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird. Now, with one returning and one new addition to the team, Coulson sets out to fight H.Y.D.R.A. once again. This time, however, H.Y.D.R.A.’s main plan of attack is a PR move that could have the world hunting after Coulson’s team with a vengeance. Scroll on for a review of ‘A Fractured House‘. (more…)

TV Review: ‘Gotham’ S01E06 -“Spirit of the Goat”

- 10-28-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Last week, in my review of Gotham‘s fifth episode, the somewhat schizophrenic “Viper”, I made the comment that Gotham, as a totally different kind of comic book inspired tv series, needs to do one of two things to be successful: It has to either show us something we’ve never seen before, or show us something we’ve seen before in a new way.

The best part of “Viper” was when it explored Gotham‘s fresh new take on the classic Mob War premise….this week, we get to see how the series handles another oldie but goodie: The serial killer.

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TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E3 – Four Walls And A Roof

- 10-27-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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The opening scene of this episode is as gruesome as last week’s closing one. Gareth shares his hunt or be hunted philosophy while the group feasts on Bob.  Clearly, Gareth has watched too many movies and he thinks he has to talk endlessly about his evil plans and play with his food. He’s not the hipster evil mastermind we all thought he was.  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Constantine’ – S1E1- “Pilot”

- 10-25-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Constantine has a lot to live up to.  Not only does the series have to completely separate itself from the 2005 movie of the same name, which starred Keanu Reeves in the title role, but it also had to live up to the other DC television series’ that have debuted this year.  The Flash started out strong and continues to give fans plenty to cheer and Gotham has finally found its legs, so it almost seemed like too much to hope that Constantine could continue the run of well written, well produced comic book adaptations.  Now that the pilot has debuted, comic book fans everywhere can add Constantine to their list of favorite television shows because not only does the series live up to fanboy expectations, it surpasses them. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E3 – “Corto Maltese”

- 10-22-14Comics, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Corto Maltese, the titular island for this week’s adventurer, is entirely made up. Like a lot of locations in the DC Universe. It was introduced in The Dark Knight Returns as a Cuba surrogate, your basic South American hellhole. In Tim Burton‘s Batman, Corto Maltese was Vicki Vale’s last stop before Gotham City where she was taking pictures of a massacre stemming from the uprising of some local rebels. On Arrow, one gets the sense that Corto Maltese isn’t so bad, at least no worse than the average banana republic/tax shelter for rich guys that want to disappear in luxury. Sound like anyone we know? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ – S1E3 – “Things You Can’t Outrun”

- 10-22-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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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…)

REVIEW: ‘Agents of Shield’ S02E5 – “A Hen In The Wolf House”

- 10-22-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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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…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S01E05 – “Viper”

- 10-21-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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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…)

TV REVIEWS: ‘Doctor Who’ – S08E08/09 – “Mummy on the Orient Express”/”Flatline”

- 10-20-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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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…)