For its mid season finale, Arrow did their own spin on Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol; transforming the cautionary tale of Scrooge into a story where Oliver (Stephen Amell) finally accepts himself as a hero. Following last week’s setup, my expectations for “Three Ghosts” were high and I’m pleased to say I wasn’t let down. (more…)
“Everyone deserves a second chance, but let me be clear; there will not be a third.”
We’re 10 episodes into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., at the mid-season finale, and it’s clear that everything has been leading to this. An old face returns, the people behind Centipede begin to put their dastardly plan in motion, and there are a whole slew of references to episodes past. Now that the show looks to have everything in motion, one has to wonder if the overall quality of the show will improve in the second half of the season. (more…)
Before Arrow went on a one week, holiday hiatus it left off with a rather lackluster episode that saw Moira (Susanna Thompson) acquitted and bid farewell to Count Vertigo (a character I’m all too happy to see bite the dust). Thankfully, this week executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with writer and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, swoop in to set up a two part, mid-season finale that will excite fans of the show and absolutely thrill DC mega-nerds. (more…)
“Too Far Gone,” the midseason finale of ‘The Walking Dead,’ (written by Seth Hoffman) will eviscerate your emotions just as it eviscerated the moral center of our characters. Read on for our spoilery review of one of the most violent and traumatic episodes to date. (more…)
“So much for the welcome wagon.”
This week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and his crew confront a new case of paranormal happenings, and as per usual, there’s more to this one than meets the eye. When these fatally tragic and unexplainable accidents follow a young, unassuming girl, the team is called in to investigate, but quickly find that whatever horrible force that’s been following the girl is threatening to take them out of the sky. The theme of “more than meets the eye” is continued with this episode’s focus on the mysterious Melinda May, who finally gets her fair share of screen time and character development. (more…)
Hello out there in Nerd Reader land. Once again the lovely Regina will be taking the week off which leaves you in my (capable?) hands as far as The Walking Dead review goes. And while I’ve really been enjoying the season thus far, this week is when I just had to shrug my shoulders and say to myself “Did I even really need to watch any of that?” One of the hallmarks of good writing is that every moment is essential, but with two episodes of The Governor wandering about and doing very little, even my patience has worn somewhat thin. Read on to hear me bitch and moan. (more…)
Fifty years of Doctor Who came to an end yesterday. Fifty years of running from responsibility, from authority, from his past; The Doctor hasn’t stopped running since he stole that Type 40 TARDIS and took off. And now, beginning with these next 50 years, The Doctor finally knows where he’s running to: home.
Steven Moffat promised the 50th anniversary special would forever alter the course of Doctor Who, and for once, The Moff wasn’t lying. (more…)
The Hunger Games lit a spark, but its sequel Catching Fire is what will set the world ablaze. Performing better than any sequel in recent memory, Catching Fire gives audiences exactly what they want: bigger, better, and more. Director Francis Lawrence isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel with this movie, but it’s obvious special attention was paid to resolve the gripes made about The Hunger Games. The cast, Jennifer Lawrence in particular, all give exceptionally strong performances, clearly having grown more comfortable in their roles. Sequels are meant to satisfy our burning need for more of what we loved the first time around, and sometimes setup forthcoming sequels; Catching Fire does this all, and then some. (more…)
Moira Queen’s (Susanna Thompson) day in court has come. Will she fry for the 500+ innocent people she had a hand in murdering, or will she walk free? The earthquake only hit six months prior, which means her case is moving ahead at lightning speed, and in a flashback we witness the Arkham-like prison break it caused at Iron Heights. We see the guards escaping, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves (jerks), and we see The Dollmaker freed, by Count Vertigo (Seth Gabel), no less. (more…)
“You know, it’d be nice, if for once, Thor and his people sent down the God of Cleaning-up-after-yourself”
Last night, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we find the team tasked with cleaning up the mess left by Thor and his battle with Malekith and the Dark Elves, as seen in Thor: The Dark World. In an almost completely unrelated plot, when a piece of alien technology that was left behind thousands of years ago gets into the wrong hands, the team is in danger of being torn apart from the inside.