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After being teased throughout the season, last night’s “Grodd Lives” finally put the 500 lb gorilla in the room front and center and those that feared that Gorilla Grodd would come off as corny found that they had nothing to fear at all.  While the episode focused just as much on Iris as it did Grodd, there is no doubt who the audience came to see last night.  Was it worth all of the anticipation?  As has become the case with The Flash, of course the episode was worth the wait.  As always, spoilers ahead. (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…)

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Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we were forced to sit through that mostly transitional episode that occurs in nearly every series right before they wind up with a huge bang. Also, when last week’s episode aired, Avengers: Age of Ultron was still to be released. Now the movie has hit the theaters and we’ll get the chance to see if it directly affects what happens in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. So far, we have S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 and S.H.I.E.L.D. 2 still trying to figure out who’s really in charge. We have Skye getting better with her powers. The Inhuman-esque folks on top of peaceful mountain have their own thing going, one that might be severely disrupted by the knowledge that Jiaying is Skye’s mom and that Cal is her father. And Ward ran off, leaving Kara behind to be welcomed back into the S.H.I.E.L.D. family. But what’s going to happen this week? If the preview is to be believed, we’ll be seeing a big showdown between the mountaintop Inhumans and at least one version of S.H.I.E.L.D. Let’s see if they delivered on their promise, shall we? (more…)

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The time is upon us, Gotham fans! It is the final episode of the season, the final reckoning of whether the show will leave people with a desire for more. Last week things started to heat up, with The Penguin starting an all-out gang war, Nygma getting a bit more Riddler-y and little Bruce Wayne on his way to discovering some secrets about his father. We know Fish is coming back this episode to play out whatever part the writers have given her, but how will it all end up? Will we be looking forward to a season 2? Read on to find out what this Bastard thinks. (more…)

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The fourth episode of Game of Thrones season five is like a pressure cooker of budding conflicts across the map. Kings Landing is knee deep in political warfare as Cersei stacks her house of cards, Stanis Baratheon’s armies prepare to march against Winterfell, and the Dornish plot a war to avenge the death of their beloved Red Viper. Meereen is facing a threat from within, yet somehow Khalessi finds time to give a riveting interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Want to know what her favorite food is? Major spoilers after the jump! (more…)

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Even this age of consistent big event movies, it’s hard to think of anything as big as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first blockbuster Avengers was a minor miracle of form and function, taking three characters with their own film series, as well as a myriad of supporting characters, and brought them all together in a fun, action-packed and character-driven adventure that also reflected the specific voice of its filmmaker. Looking back, watching The Avengers unfold, Joss Whedon made it look too easy, which is why Ultron seems all the more susceptible to “sequelitis.” Age of Ultron is bigger, louder and even more stuffed with characters, references and action than the first, but while the endeavor seems at times to be getting away from Whedon, he does seem to achieve everything the movie needed, and wanted to do. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E21 – “Al Sah-Him”

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The CBS series Person of Interest is good at a great many things, but one of its prize assets is the way it will alter the opening voice over to suit the narrative or theme of a given episode. This week’s Arrow followed in that tradition with the words, “My name was Oliver Queen.” To reflect last week’s development where Oliver joined the League of Assassins, stepping up to declare himself the heir to Ra’s al Ghul. Oliver is now not Oliver, but Al Sah-him, the Arrow. So now what? Well, there can’t be two heirs to the demon running around, can there? Time to settle old scores and take out the artist formally known as the heir to the demon, who right now is enjoying a french fry dipped in a milkshake. (more…)

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As we approach the end of The Flash’s inaugural season, things are getting pretty tense for the Scarlet Speedster.  If this was another DC series, things would no doubt be getting more serious and the characters would be growling and mumbling even more than usual.  However, this is THE MOTHERTRUCKIN’ FLASH we are talking about here and instead of going darker as the season finale approaches, instead, the showrunners have decided to keep pace with the rest of the season by offering plenty of laughs along with the edge-of-the-seat action and drama.  That’s right – The Flash is really showing the other guys how to do it.  As always, spoilers ahead. (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…)

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Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., things were really hitting the fan. Coulson and his team, with the help of a somewhat reluctant Grant Ward, went in search of Skye. This involved using a brainwashed HYDRA agent and Mike (aka Deathlok) to infiltrate what’s left of HYDRA. That plan seemed to go sour, however, when their supposedly brainwashed ally looked like he was more in control of his faculties than first suspected. Coulson did finally find Skye, but Gordon snatched her away before they had a chance to properly reunite. And at the end, Coulson decided to give himself up to S.H.I.E.L.D. #2, presumably so that he could have a nice little talk with Eddie Olmos. So where will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. take us with ‘The Dirty Half Dozen’? Read on to find out. (more…)