Who would have guessed that when Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch met by the river five years ago that it would have started an epic emotional journey. Primarily, that emotion is anger, because how could CBS burn off and cast away what maybe the most prescient and compelling genre show on network TV since The X-Files? But let’s not be bitter. The end of Person of Interest was as much an occasion to be celebrated as it was to be lamented, as the journey of the Machine came to an end with one last all-out attack against Samaritan. Who survived and what was left of them, and is there still a possibility of a spin-off? (more…)
Marvel’s Black Cat is one of the most recognized bad-girls (turned good) of comics and also one of the most under appreciated. Most eyes see her as a pair of boobs in a skin tight leather suit with a penchant for stealing things, as well as having a weird affinity for cats, perhaps taking the term “Cat Burglar” too literally. Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, is those things, but she is also so much more, she’s a femme fatale. Like all tempting, but dangerous women, they’re not born that way, they’re made. The formula is simple: take a young female, the “daddies little girl” type, and put them through a stressor; either one or a series of traumatic life altering events. Pain and despair take root and define a life of sorrow and pitiful existence, or the damage forges something different. Something where innocence and naivety no longer exist and are instead replaced by toughness and self-reliance. Where there is no good and bad, there is just thyself.
Her origin is that of tragedy. Felicia grew up as as a product of criminal father, incarcerated for his crimes as a notorious thief. Later she became victim to a loss of innocence of the worst kind, being raped by her college boyfriend. She turned her grief and shame into rage, focusing her feelings for revenge towards intensifying her training regime in martial arts and acrobatics. However, she was robbed of a chance for vengeance, as her assaulter was killed in a drunk driving accident. What’s a angst ridden trained fighter with a genetic predisposition for crime to do? Become a thief, with a whole lot of sass and sexiness to spare.
Black Cat is and has been a reformed burglar, else she wouldn’t be a hero, but she continues to walk on the wild side as a detective and adventurer. She’s the former girlfriend of Spider-Man, Flash Thompson, and the mercenary known as the Foreigner.
To celebrate this superhero, known for being as sly as she is sexy with an itch for shiny treasures, comes Sideshow Collectibles and J. Scott Campbell with a treasure all their own. (more…)
The end of Penny Dreadful‘s third season unfurled beautifully in perfectly gothic pain and torture as the forces of good faced off against the forces of evil. So much is left unanswered tonight, but there was still a very big resolution, and a resolution that literally said that this was the end even though a lot of characters exit the stage in mid-action. Is Penny Dreadful coming back for more? Only the executives at Showcase and the show’s creative team can say for sure. But if this was the end, it was as emotional as it was inevitable and the melancholy it leaves you with is palpable. (more…)
To quote Beyonce: “Who Runs The World? Girls!!
This week’s Game of Thrones gave us the epic battle of Jon Snow against Ramsey Bolton (Snow): The Battle of the Bastards! The Thriller In The North!! So did it live up to the hype? This probably was one of the finest, well shot, well edited, tense, and satisfying episodes of television ever!! They laid everything on the table this episode, and the last 20 minutes left you speechless! While we spent most of our time in the North with #TeamSnow, we also got to see Dany also hold it down with her triumphant return to Meereen.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “Battle of the Bastards.”
Pixar is a victim of its own success in a great many ways, because now if one of their movies doesn’t break you down into slobbering mess contemplating the purpose and value and your own existence, then it somehow didn’t meet expectations. But it’s okay for Pixar movies to be merely fun; fun and heartwarming without grander aspirations to remind you of your own humanity, or your own mortality. That’s where Finding Dory lives. The sequel to the 2003 smash hit Finding Nemo is the perfect sequel in that it expands the world of the original, allows its characters to grow just a little bit more, and recaptures the same sense of fun without too terribly rocking the boat. (more…)
In most series, there’s a “It’s a Wonderful Life” moment, a point when a character wonders if their friends, family and neighbours might have been better off by their absence: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air did it, Buffy the Vampire Slayer did, heck even Doctor Who did it. The trick is nuance, does the character in question being missing from their own life result in an unyielding hellscape where evil wins, like what George Bailey saw, or does it mean everyone’s life is bright and shiny? The Dallas series finale was all about the Devil showing J.R. that every would have been much better off by his being missing their lives. So what was the Person of Interest “It’s a Wonderful Life” going to show us? (more…)
“Let us dare” seemed to be the message of the week on Penny Dreadful as several characters took the plunge and dared to indulge in the idea that they could be happy. But this is Penny Dreadful, so things are bound to end in failure no matter how much our friends and heroes want to embrace that chance for happiness. What does happiness mean? Does it mean acceptance? Finding purpose with someone because they accept who and what they are? Even if what’s on the inside is darkness? That seemed to be the question for our cast on this week’s episode, which had new urgency leading into next week’s two-hour season finale. (more…)
In regards to film adaptations, video games have been the toughest to crack. For the most part, we have been raised making our own films when we play the games ourselves. Playing unbeatable levels gives us more drama and excitement than most film adaptation have even been able to give us. Since the 1990s, the Warcraft video games have released more than a dozen strategy-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) that have entertained us through the years, so it’s a no-brainer that they would try to adapt this as a film. With the popularity of not only the game, but fantasy films increasing through the years, it would seem like the right time to make an adaptation, so Legendary Pictures gives us Warcraft. The film is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code), so the sci-fi credentials are there. Unfortunately, the film never really “gets it right” and is best described as a missed opportunity. (more…)
“Synecdoche” is a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, like when a sportscaster says “New York won!” when they really mean “the New York Yankees won!” This grammar lesson is brought to you by this week’s Person of Interest, which sneakily in its title suggested that Team Machine is part of a whole effort, and not alone in the fight to bring balance to the scales of universal justice. In the wake of last week’s sudden death, the show dealt with the loss with humour and pathos, and it dared to show that there’s still hope for our heroes even if they don’t know it. Synecdoche. (more…)
After spending the majority of last week in the desert, Penny Dreadful returned to full court press this week by engaging all its characters, not to mention its more interesting storylines. Picking up the second after the end of last week’s tense father/son reunion, “No Beast So Fierce” gives us the most tense, though unintentionally hilarious, family dinner ever seen in the American West. On the flip side, a narrative is becoming clear: Victorian England is a man’s world, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. There are new friends made in this hour, and new resentments sewn, but ultimately some trust issues are going to be severely strained. (more…)