TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E04–“Arkham”

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

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Gotham‘s 4th episode is a good example of something viewers like me need to keep in mind: This ain’t your daddy’s Batman.

Not that that’s a bad thing, indeed the whole purpose of the series is to show a side of the Batman universe fans haven’t seen yet–and in that sense, “Arkham” is a strong episode. Just don’t make my mistake of letting the title fool you into getting ahead of where we are in the timeline. There are no imprisoned supervillains to be enjoyed here (and I doubt if Harley Quinn is even a gleam in Mr. Quinzel’s eye yet).

Instead, what we have here is a power play between the syndicates controlled by Mob Bosses Carmine Falcone (John Doman) and Sal Maroni (David Zayas).

Btw, am I the only one who thinks their respective outfits should be referred to colloquially as the ‘Conies and the ‘Ronies? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E1 – “No Sanctuary”

- 10-13-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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‘No Sanctuary,’ the season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead, reminds us what we’ve known for a long time, there is no safe place in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. With fractured spirits, how will our group survive their new enemies – who are quite possibly the most terrifying ones they’ve ever faced?  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E1 – “The Calm”

- 10-08-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Like an RPG blowing up your favorite romantic dinner spot, the third season of Arrow began with more plot, exposition and character development than a skid full of C4. Following quickly on the heels of last night’s very well-received premiere of The Flash, it was Arrow’s turn to assert itself. The gold standard of comic book-based series, there were a lot of expectations for this first new episode of the season, but did it deliver? Mostly yes, but a little bit no. This premiere episode has packed from beginning to end with some slick action, interesting new characters, interesting twists for old favorites, and a gut punch in the end that will have reverberations all season long. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E3 – “Making Friends and Influencing People”

- 10-08-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Two episodes in and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 is already blowing season 1 out of the water. For the last few episodes, we’ve been watching as Coulson tries to get the fractured S.H.I.E.L.D. into some sort of order, using mercenaries and guerilla tactics. There aren’t too many S.H.I.E.L.D. allies left, so he’s using what he can to fight off H.Y.D.R.A., the enemy organization that seems just as screwed up as S.H.I.E.L.D. is. But with last episode’s Absorbing Man finally defeated, what will the team have to deal with in episode 3, ‘Making Friends and Influencing People’? As it turns out, another familiar face is returning to the show. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ – S01E01 – “City Of Heroes”

- 10-08-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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DC is definitely hitting the small screen with a vengeance this season.  In addition to their highly successful property, Arrow, DC premiered Gotham this season, Constantine hits NBC in just a few weeks, iZombie will be airing on CW soon, and there are plans for a live action Teen Titans in the works, as well as plans for live action versions of Lucifer and even Supergirl.  One of the most highly anticipated adaptations, however, is the Arrow spin off, The Flash.  Ever since the superhero spin off was announced, fans of both Arrow and the comic book incarnation of The Flash have been excited to see just what CW had in store for them.  Would it be a dark and gritty take on the character, much like Gotham is offering?  Would it be a bit too heavy on the soap opera side, such as Smallville had a tendency to lean?  Flash fans can rest assured now that the premiere has finally aired.  Not only was the pilot episode of the new series a separate creature unto itself, it was a perfect way to introduce Barry Allen, aka, The Flash. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E3–“The Balloonman”

- 10-07-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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In my review of last week’s installment of Gotham: “Selina Kyle”, I discussed my main objection to the series thus far: That the first two episodes seemed overwritten and unmanageably complex.

I’m not arrogant enough to even consider the notion that the Gotham writers heard my complaints and wrote “The Balloonman” specifically to address them, but if I could have asked them to, this is precisely the episode I’d want them to make. It’s streamlined, straightforward, and easy to follow–and if the rest of the season follows The Balloonman’s lead, Gotham has a real shot at being a truly great show. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Doctor Who’ – S08E07 – “Kill The Moon”

- 10-06-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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The Twelfth Doctor’s introductory season has been a bumpy one. The opener was a bore and just about each episode since has been a mix of highs and lows. With “Listen” and “The Caretaker,” Series 8 has begun to come into its own, better defining its characters. “Kill the Moon” builds off those previous installments and ways I never expected, and it all pays off tremendously well. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E2 – “Heavy is The Head”

- 10-01-14Comics, Featured, reviews Posted by Jason McAnelly

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When last we left the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. team, they were struggling on despite a distinct membership deficiency. After the events of season 1, the once proud government organization wasn’t exactly welcome anymore. The remnants of the team, now led by Agent Coulson, consisted of mercenaries, a jailed Ward and a crazy version of Fitz. When they went to retrieve an artifact, they were confronted by Crusher Creel, aka the Absorbing Man. He got the best of them and the artifact was in the middle of being stolen away from S.H.I.E.L.D. for good. So what does ‘Heavy is the Head’ have in store? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Doctor Who’ – S08E06 – “The Caretaker”

- 09-30-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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Coming off an exhilarating bank heist it’s back to the daily grind of Coal Hill School for Clara and… The Doctor? Yes, this week’s episode sees The Doctor again trying to blend in with humans, going deep undercover in “The Caretaker” from returning writer Gareth Edwards (“The Lodger”, “Closing Time”) and Steven Moffat. What is it that brings The Doctor to Coal Hill? Aliens? Robots? Alien robots? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E2 – “Selina Kyle”

- 09-30-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Gotham‘s pilot began with the genesis of every version of the Batman backstory: The murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne–Bruce’s parents. As the killing was investigated, we were introduced to the series’ main characters (check out Brandon Marcus‘ superlative review of the Gotham Pilot if you need a refresher).

Episode 2 of the show’s freshman season is entitled, “Selina Kyle”, and–as one would expect–offers further insight into the girl who would be Catwoman (Camren Bicondova). Ms. Kyle didn’t have much to do in the Pilot save for perching on statues and fire escapes–watching the goings on in Gotham almost as though she too was a member of the show’s audience. (more…)