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It’s rare that the wedding of two main characters in an episode is actually the least interesting, or the least pertinent, development in an episode, but that’s the way it was with the latest episode of Arrow. Now this was vintage Arrow, people! It had solid action, character development, dense plotting, and more than a couple of decent Easter Eggs. Specifically, it featured a long-awaited superhero face-off and some insightful background into one of the series long-time antagonists. But it was also a compelling story in its own right with a good twist in the A story, and a killer twist in the B. (more…)

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Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we got to see Skye take her powers out for a little test spin. Unfortunately, she’s not up-to-par, so all she could really do is make things shake around a bit. We also saw Skye-daddy with his band of super folks, but that battle didn’t pan out as dramatically as we’d hoped – it was basically a punch-fest without any really power stuff. And finally, poor Hunter got clobbered by Mack when he skirted a little too close to the Bobbi/Mack mysterious story arc. This week, ‘Love in the Time of HYDRA’ promises to answer those nagging questions about what the hell is going on with Bobbi and Mack, while hopefully giving us something new to chew on. And… it’s the arrival of muthafuckin’ Edward James Olmos! So was it worth the 42-minute chunk of our lives? (more…)

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Deanna and her family sit in a darkened room mourning Aidan’s loss. She puts on one of his mixed cds and Nine Inch Nails’ “Somewhat Damaged” beings to play.

The opening is intercut with shots of Carol making a tuna casserole for the grieving family. In one of these shots, we see that Sam has come to visit her again. We also see Sasha in the lookout tower. Carol leaves the casserole on Deanna’s front porch.  Deanna finds it, reads the note and goes inside without the dish. She burns the note.  (more…)

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I haven’t read the Divergent books, which is a rare position for me to be in. I had read all the Harry Potters, all the Twilights and all The Hunger Games before seeing the movies, but I don’t think I made it though 20 pages of Divergent before wanting to move on to something else. That’s not a commentary on Vanessa Roth‘s prose, but a sign that Divergent is a bridge too far. This is a road we’ve been down, a story that’s been retold one too many times, and even though the details are different, they all basically add up the same whole: chosen one rebels against Draconian system and leads friends and comrades to a better future free of evil and oppression. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E16 – “The Offer”

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Arrow‘s nonsensical, “What the hell’s going on?” season continues, picking up where we left off about a month ago with an offer, or make that “The Offer,” of Ra’s al Ghul to Oliver Queen to lead the League of Assassins. By the end of the hour it becomes very clear that this is an offer that Oliver can’t refuse, or rather he’s being manipulated into a position where he can’t refuse it. “The Offer” itself was an interesting hour, dramatically compelling with top-notch action, but the episode, like much of the overarching plotting this season feels both rushed and sudden, as if character is serving plot and not vice versa. (more…)

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When we last saw Barry and Co., there was plenty left up in the air for audiences to muse over during The Flash’s short hiatus.  Firestorm had learned to live with both halves of the whole and headed out of town to learn how to either control or eradicate his (their) new abilities; not only has Barry decided that he will change the future so that he can change his past (pretty sure Doctor Emmitt Brown would be COMPLETELY against this) but it was finally confirmed that Dr. Wells is indeed the man in the yellow suit, though, this did not necessarily mean that he is a bad guy; and in one of the coolest scenes of the season, Gorilla Grodd finally made his small screen debut in all his glory.  This week’s episode, Out of Time, managed to avoid deflating in the shadow of the previous episode and, instead, grew into The Flash’s strongest episode to date. Major spoilers ahead.  Seriously, if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, you owe it to yourself to walk away now. You have been warned. (more…)

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Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had the chance to watch Skye’s powers go all sorts of crazy. It didn’t take long before everyone in the crew knew that she’d been altered by the Kree temple and that when she gets upset, shit begins to shake and break. But, despite having the chance to hand her off to either a Kree that wanted to kill her or an Asgardian that wanted to lock her away, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team decided to keep her. In the meanwhile, Bobbi and Mack were up to no good. Or so we think. But we don’t know. Cause that whole thing is being kept intentionally vague. This week, ‘One of Us’ brings Skye’s daddy back to give her a kiss – and he has a small army of super-humans with him to help out. (more…)

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There is so much to unpack in this episode. That’s true of most episodes of The Walking Dead, but this one is particularly coded meaning. However, “Spend” starts off with in a very straightforward way.

We see Father Gabriel in the town’s abandoned church looking at the bible. As he stands there, reading it with what we think is reverence, he begins to tear out the pages. First the pages come out one by one in jagged strips, but then he rips out a quarter of the book all at once.  (more…)

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Editor’s Note: This review originally ran during the 2014 Fantastic Fest. We’re rerunning it now that It Follows is in limited release. 

David Robert Mitchell’s The Myth of the American Sleepover is a movie about the resigning of innocence; the last gasp of youth that is gracefully exhaled before inevitably breathing in the fumes of the adult world. Like American Graffiti before it, there’s an overwhelming sense of melancholia that hangs over the movie’s single night setting, as if the writer/director is mourning the cycle of childhood as it moves into the dawn the responsibility. With his follow-up feature, Mitchell has crafted a natural progression in terms of thematics, only he adds a dash of perverse Cronenbergian genre play, resulting in what may be the defining horror film of this generation. It Follows is a dynamite piece of supernatural storytelling, equal parts touching and thrilling. Though fundamentally the film is more of the same from Mitchell, who is emerging as the premiere cinematic observer of youth in the modern auteurist pantheon. (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading. (more…)