With the recent, tragic terrorist attacks in Paris still fresh in everyone’s minds, CBS rightly decided to postpone Supergirl’s 4th episode – an episode set around a series of bombings in Supergirl’s adopted city, National City – and jump ahead to the 5th, Thanksgiving-themed episode, “Livewire.” Of the four episodes aired by CBS thus far, “Livewire” just might be the weakest and most disappointing, featuring a one-dimensional, one-and-done villain-of-the-week, tossed in and tossed out in a matter of minutes, minus any real physical or personal stakes for Supergirl/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) or anyone else in her orbit, and a forced, contrived, ultimately unconvincing family conflict between Kara’s older sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), their mother, Eliza (Helen Slater, the first and so far last big-screen Supergirl), with Kara stuck firmly in the middle, both as obstacle and mediator. (more…)
Last week on Gotham, it was (finally) a big win for the good guys. Gordon faced off against Barbara and managed to bring her in (albeit a bit battered and broken) and in the process learned all about Galavan’s scheme to take over the city. So Galavan was sent off to jail, and just in time to keep him from stealing away little Bruce Wayne’s company. It was also a fateful meeting for the bad guys, as a preoccupied Edward Nygma came across a wounded Penguin in the woods. This week takes a look at the motivations of the heroes and villains of Gotham, although fails to hit the mark when it comes to excellence. Scroll on for a brief visit to ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow’. (more…)
The previews for “Always Accountable,” tugged on the emotions of fans everywhere. They implied that Daryl’s life may be in trouble. Although many view his character as sacrosanct, no one on this show is impervious to zombies or to bullets.
Since Glenn’s supposed death, every moment on this show is tense. Anyone can go at any moment. That intensity was there for all three of the central characters of the episode – Daryl, Sasha and Abe. They all saw some character development and not all of it is interesting.
There are spoilers from this point forward. Do not read unless you want to know much of what happens in the episode. (more…)
It seems like only yesterday that Sam Raimi thrilled Evil Dead fans all over the planet with the announcement of the Starz original series, Ash vs. Evil Dead. Raimi promised to deliver fans of the franchise a true Evil Dead offering, rather than continue to push the reboot agenda after a remake/sequel was met with mixed reviews. Last night, the third episode in the series aired and after two successful episodes under its belt, Ash vs. Evil Dead continued to deliver on Raimi’s promise. Spoilers follow. (more…)
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It’s one of those occasions where you hope the episode of Heroes Reborn you’re about to watch is as clever as its title. “Sundae, Bloody Sundae” refers to a showdown at the ice cream shop where Emily works and is one of the backdrops of her and Tommy’s romance, but there was nothing cute about what happened at the quaint little slice of 1950s Americana this week. After two episodes of being rerouted through an extended flashback, it’s nice to get the actual story back on track, but Heroes continues to be plagued by its own bad choices, and less than inspired plot points. Just as this thing should be revving up for its endgame, Heroes Reborn is still going through the motions. (more…)
This week’s episode of Arrow re-introduced two elements from season three that didn’t, to be generous, necessarily work. One is Ray Palmer and the other is Donna Smoak. The former is a necessary evil, a pre-arranged dangling thread that needs to be tied off before Legends of Tomorrow can begin at midseason. The latter, well, has some kind of fascination either because we’re supposed to enjoy the ironic genealogy of Felicity’s mother, or because Charlotte Ross looks good in a cocktail dress. It’s a pretty thin line. Ray and Donna took their places in the A and B plot of this week’s Arrow, the question is whether they would ruin the show’s still wobbly season four momentum? (more…)
Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers. Jake here, from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bagged 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 week’s best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out the latest comic book titles you should be reading. (more…)
Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team was all over the place trying to solve the many problems that S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have to deal with. Daisy and her team were trying to find a lead on Lash by checking out the ATCU. In the process, they discovered that Rosalind Price was putting Inhumans on ice. Fitz continued his search for a way back to the alien planet. And May, with the help of Bobbi, went hunting for little Von Strucker in hopes of finding Ward. What they found instead was some information regarding the potential identity of Lash in his human form. This week, May has to confront her ex and the team will be coming along for the ride. Scroll on for more. (more…)
Let’s face it, Superman is the 225-pound Kryptonian in the room, week in and week out. Next to Superman, the first modern superhero, Supergirl is a B-lister with a shared origin (actually borrowed minus or plus one or two elements), a similar costume, and identical superpowers to her young cousin – actually older due to an encounter with a wormhole (she left Krypton as a teen, Kal-El as an infant, but a space anomoly left her two decades behind her much more famous cousin) – leaving her permanently in Superman’s shadow, a problem the series’ third episode, “Fight or Flight,” tries to resolve, but with only partial success. Re-addressing it in future episodes or seasons, however, isn’t likely to end differently. At this point, it’s probably best for Supergirl’s showrunners to set aside their Superman fixation and/or just pretend he lives in an alternate universe, not that difficult an idea given that Flash/Arrow already exist in an alternate universe, as does Gotham. (more…)