TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E6 – “The Writing on the Wall”

- 11-12-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last time on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and the crew barely managed to thwart a H.Y.D.R.A. plan to ruin their already not-so-good name. By impersonating S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the bad guys starting murdering important people and brought down the wrath of politics upon their rivals. Luckily, S.H.I.E.L.D. figured out what was going on and stopped H.Y.D.R.A. before things got too out of hand. In the process, (former) Agent Grant Ward was bartered off to his older brother as a show of good faith. Unfortunately, Ward the Younger managed to escape en route and is now on the loose. But what are his true motives? This week, ‘The Writing on the Wall’ not only unravels some of the mystery surrounding Ward, but it takes us to the next level as far as Coulson’s strange alien symbols are concerned. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ – S01E08 – “The Mask”

- 11-11-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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I’ve come to expect a particular quirk from shows like this–it happened quite a bit back when I was reviewing Hannibal for this site and its lovely fans: An excellent episode is ALWAYS followed by a mediocre at best episode. That being said, Gotham‘s eighth ep is no “Penguin’s Umbrella”–but for a back to business as usual-type episode–it’s not terrible. So let’s take a peek behind “The Mask”–AKA “The Apprentice Meets Thunderdome”: (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E5 – “Self Help”

- 11-10-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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The Walking Dead always challenges our views on what it means to be strong, the price of that strength and whether or not it’s better to be strong alone or with others. In the fifth episode of season 5, we learn how cowards and brave men help themselves and make the choice to help others.  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 Finale

- 11-08-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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This season of Doctor Who is definitely one that grew stronger the longer it went on. Much of that was in allowing Peter Capaldi to grow more comfortable in his role as the Twelfth Doctor, and for him and Jenna Coleman to find their rhythm as Doctor and companion. But there were also the slowly developing threads linking The Doctor, Clara, Danny (Samuel Anderson), and eventually, Missy (Michelle Gomez) that once fully exposed made series 8’s finale so powerful. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E5 – “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak”

- 11-05-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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TV and comic books are both uniquely built to surprise. Sometimes, a character meant to be minor has such a profound affect on the overarching narrative that they end up becoming a bigger part of it than originally planned. So meet Felicity Smoak, a nervous, chatty, but obviously talented IT girl working at Queen Consolidated. Since Oliver Queen and his “something else” secret identity occasionally need advanced technical support, she’s the one he went to, and imbued with charm by Emily Bett Rickards, it didn’t take long for the Arrow producers to realize that they had something, or someone, special. Now, completing Felicity’s rise from day player to central figure of the show, she gets her own origin story, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.” (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Big Hero 6′ – Ready To Fall In Love With A New Hiro?

- 11-05-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Disney did not become the all-consuming beast it is today by mistake.  The family friendly company has made all-ages entertainment their bread and butter and while a great chunk of their movies are animated, they have always appealed to children and adults alike.  Big Hero 6 represents the first animated theatrical release to boast both Walt Disney Animation Studios’ and Marvel Studios’ involvement since the Mouse House acquired Marvel back in 2009, so the bar that the movie had to leap was set pretty high.  So high, in fact, that it was almost impossible to clear that jump without stumbling.  Well, Disney is in the business of magic and pulling off the impossible is what they do best.  Big Hero 6 is shining, glorious, wonderful proof that the Disney magic is alive and well and continues the tradition that Walt started back in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ -S01E07 – “Penguin’s Umbrella”

- 11-04-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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The cliffhanger ending to episode six: “Spirit of the Goat” lead viewers to believe that the follow-up would be Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) show. The MCU (Victoria Cartagena, Andrew Stuart-Jones) was in the process of arresting Jim for the murder of Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), when the junior Penguin waddled right into the police station. Now everybody who had been breathing a sigh of relief that Cobblepot was dead and Gordon was willing to play in the muck with the rest of the GCPD is PISSED.

However, episode seven is wholly and entirely Oswald’s jam–follow me after the jump, and find out just how much of Gotham is under “Penguin’s Umbrella”.

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TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E4 – “Slabtown”

- 11-03-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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Beth Greene doesn’t get a lot of love from fans or characters of The Walking Dead. Even her own sister, Maggie, seems to forget about her. In “Slabtown,” Beth reminds everyone why she’s worth remembering.  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3,E4 – “The Magician”

- 10-29-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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And you thought Captain Cold appearing on The Flash last night was a huge deal. Tonight’s Arrow follows up last week’s adventure in Corto Matese, and while that one was notable for bringing Thea back into the fold, this week’s entry, “The Magician,” is notable for so much, much more. From important returns, to important reunions to important introductions, if you missed this week’s episode of Arrow (like Felicity, who was too busy teaching team work and smooching in Central City this week), then you picked a less than ideal time to drop out for the week. “The Magician” seems to set up this season’s battle lines, or to put it another way, the show is courting war. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E6 – “A Fractured House”

- 10-29-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Simmons finally made it back from her undercover operation. She also happened to have a little help from Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird. Now, with one returning and one new addition to the team, Coulson sets out to fight H.Y.D.R.A. once again. This time, however, H.Y.D.R.A.’s main plan of attack is a PR move that could have the world hunting after Coulson’s team with a vengeance. Scroll on for a review of ‘A Fractured House‘. (more…)