The murder mystery of Jason Blossom came to a sudden, unceremonious end last week with the revelation that the murderer was close to home so far as the Blossoms were concerned. Aside from Jughead’s unfortunate pun about the matter being “the ultimate Cliff-hanger” it seems that all’s well that ends well, right? Not so fast. There’s a sense of dread in this season finale of Riverdale. There’s a rift forming through the town, where on one side there are those well off and on the other there is the underclass. But first, we have to get down to what we all came here to see: hardcore nudity. (more…)
At 79, Ridley Scott’s (The Martian, The Counselor, Gladiator, Blade Runner) talents as a visual stylist remain undiminished. For scale, scope, and spectacle, few filmmakers can match Scott’s eye for composition or world building, but give Scott a poor, middling, or underdeveloped script and the result looks a lot like Prometheus five years ago: A promising set-up, a shedload’s worth of ideas, and purposely obtuse, underwhelming execution that left most films of the Alien franchise ready to chuck Scott and his collaborators out of the nearest airlock. But in the “Age of the Franchise,” no studio, let alone Fox, would let a potentially lucrative property like Alien slip into suspended animation. In hindsight, they should have (a) given the franchise a break and maybe even start over (i.e., a full-on Alien reboot) and/or (b) politely asked Scott to serve as a producer in name only and give creative control of the franchise to someone, anyone with fresh, novel ideas.
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Barry Allen has carried the weight of the world on his shoulders since the first episode. From always carrying the guilt of loved ones dying, keeping his friends alive, to protecting Central City 24/7, Barry has been due for a vacation for quite some time. On this week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Cause And Effect,” fans finally got to see what Barry Allen would’ve looked like had he lived a stress-free life. With the opportunity to rid him of all his problems, would the result still be the Barry Allen you’ve grown to love and admire? Or would he be deprived of what had made him the man that he is today, even if it brought with it the burden of the world on his shoulders? Warning: Spoilers!
With Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), Supergirl/Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El’s adoptive sister, safe and sound and back in the DEO fold, all looked right for Supergirl and Friends, but that was before Rhea (Teri Hatcher), Daxamite queen and spurned mother to one Mon-El/Mike (Chris Wood), decided to take the Earth’s future in her hand and align herself with an unsuspecting Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). Ultra-eager to prove herself her brother’s equal in the brainiac department and his better in the moral/ethical one, Lena lets Rhea charm her into creating a spacetime portal of some kind. Lena thinks she’ll be able to solve all of Earth’s major problems with her Stargate-inspired teleportation device. Instead, she gives Rhea what she’s always wanted: A way to bring Daxam’s scattered survivors to Earth as part of an invasion fleet. (more…)
It’s been a while, but when we last left the town (and show) of Twin Peaks, Agent Cooper had been shot, and so had Leo Johnson. Shelly Johnson, Catherine Martell and Pete Martell all seemed doomed in the burning mill. Audrey Horne was in over her head posing as the new prostitute at One Eyed Jacks and about to come face-to-face with the owner, her father. Big Ed came home and found that Nadine had OD’ed on pills while his nephew James was arrested after Bobby Briggs put cocaine on his motorcycle. It was the biggest night in town since the Elk Lodge burned down in the 50s according to Doc. (more…)
The killer of Jason Blossom was finally revealed on this week’s Riverdale, putting to rest the driving mystery that has propelled the storylines both frontwards and back in this inaugural season of the Archies reboot. The resolution was not especially shocking, not that it ever is in these cases, but the story unfolded in this highly consequential hour at what felt like a lightening pace as the gang blew through each red hearing and clue on a collision course to the final unmasking of the villain. The only question now is what will the series do for an encore in season two? (more…)
Families. They can really f— you up. Seriously. In the reel world, though, families can bring in massive amounts of box-office revenue, especially if the words “Fast” and/or “Furious” are part of the title. Contrary to popular belief, though, the Fast & the Furious franchise doesn’t have a monopoly on the word “family.” In only the second film – or first sequel – James Gunn’s (Super, Slither) Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t just borrow the word “family” from the Fast & the Furious franchise, it makes the concept of “family,” biological and otherwise, central to the entire plot. The misfits, outcasts, and criminals who make up the Guardians of the Galaxy squabble like real families, except their squabbles often happen at the absolute worst times, like when they’re trying to escape a race of golden-skinned, genetically modified, tech-hoarding elitists with a bizarre attachment to super-batteries and a major grudge against anyone who tries to steal them. (more…)
If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of The Flash, then you need to stop everything that you’re doing and go watch it. And when you’re done, come back here. Now, for those of you who have seen it, the only way to describe the last few moments is “wow.” Titled, “I Know Who You Are,” the big mystery surrounding the identity of Savitar was finally answered. If you’ve been completely oblivious to everything, then this was probably a big surprise to you. But if you’re like every other obsessed fan out there with access to the internet and various forums, then the reveal may not have been as big of a moment as it should have been. But that shouldn’t matter because people know who Savitar really is. It answers a lot of questions that have been brewing throughout the season, but it also brings up a whole new tier. Warning: There will definitely be spoilers inside.
Last week’s previews teased a fate worse than death for Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), a painfully prolonged death by drowning courtesy of the villain-of-the-week (also weak),Rick (David Hoflin) and his obsession with Tarsem Singh’s The Cell. No, not really, but this week’s episode, appropriately titled “Alex,” takes The Cell’s central motif, death by drowning to a timer as video cameras roll, and gets within inches of Alex losing her life. Spoiler alert: Alex doesn’t die. She’s too key, too central to Supergirl the TV series and Supergirl/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), her adoptive sister. Alex often plays big sister to Kara, dropping in with well-placed pep talks about Kara’s personal and professional life, helping to ground her younger, punch-first, ask-questions-later. In Supergirl’s second season, however, Alex’s personal journey – her coming out, her romance with Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) – has emerged into one of the more compelling storylines, thanks in large part to the sensitive writing, directing, and performances. (more…)
After a week off, presumably to prolong the agony, Riverdale returned this week with a highly consequential episode, one that seemed to set up the final revelation of Jason Bloom’s killer. To get there though, we had to indulge in more suspicion of F.P. Jones, more creepiness in the Blossom household, and more drama in the Andrews home as Archie dealt with the return of his mom, and growing feelings of desire for Veronica. Guess which one was more the priority for the red-headed scamp? (more…)