It’s probably not a stretch to say that the big draw of comic conventions is the celebrity guest list, but sometimes something is appointment viewing even if you’ve never heard of it before. Deep Six was like that, a webseries presentation that was so fresh it had just finished principal photography a few weeks earlier. I turned to the guy next to me in the Constantine costume and said, “I hadn’t even heard of this till yesterday,” as con staff tried to fill the last few seats in the room. “I hadn’t heard of it till today,” Constantine said one-upping me. So what were we about to see? (more…)
This is the end, or close to it. Being the penultimate episode of Legion’s first season, “Chapter 7” was bound to be, ahem, more straightforward than its previous installments. Like trying to put one’s desperately fractured psyche together, Legion faced the ultimate test in its second-to-last hour: it had to start making sense of itself. Not an easy chore, but in the end, the show made it look way too easy. So much so that I wondered what exactly the show was going to end up doing with its last hour. I forgot the cardinal rule of anything X-Men-related though: there’s always another world ending problem to solve. (more…)
This past weekend, Netflix unveiled their latest Marvel collaboration, Iron Fist. Despite their stellar track record with such hits as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this one caused the most concern ever since its conception. For one, Iron Fist isn’t necessarily a “street-level” character like the other three are. Because his powers are mystical in nature and he spent most of his life living in another dimension in the mystical land of K’un-Lun, it was hard to imagine how this would translate to the small screen in the framework that the other “Defender” shows had already set up. After the first trailer dropped, fears eased, as it seemed to fit right into the paradigm that Marvel TV has so successfully set up. However, when the first 6 episodes were screened by critics and were universally panned, concerns grew once again.
Part of the conversation about Netflix‘s Iron Fist show has been around the matter of whitewashing, or the “white saviour” trope; it’s the classic story of how a rich white kid encounters an Asian culture and takes from it in order to fight for truth, justice, and the rest back at his skyscraper penthouse. Well, Iron Fist’s comic book co-creator Roy Thomas has heard your criticisms and he’s got a message. “I have so little patience for some of the feelings that some people have.” Wow. That’s some hard-boiled honesty for you from a legend of the comic book world. Would you like to hear more? (more…)
Nearly two decades after the lights went out on the Satellite of Love, a new bejumpsuited buffoon and pair of robot friends are set to power it back up for a revived Mystery Science Theater 3000. After an amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign ($5,764,229 from 48,270 backers making it the largest one for film or video… suck it, Veronica Mars movie!) show creator and original host Joel Hodgson‘s beloved cult favorite film riffing TV show is set to return in the not to distant future. April 14th to be exact.
Ready for your first look? EW just released the exclusive trailer for the shows Netflix debut: (more…)
When a small show called Glee aired on Fox in May of 2009, a television phenomenon was birthed. So when two popular characters from that show joined the same network as The Flash and Supergirl, it only made sense (sarcasm) that their shows crossover for a musical number. For some, it may be the last thing they want to see their favorite superhero or show involved in. But for the rest of the audience, it can be a change in pace, a moment of nostalgia, and a surprisingly fun time. Titled, “Duets,” this week’s episode of The Flash brings in a third member for the reunion to teach some lost lover a lesson on life. As always, there are tons of spoilers inside. You’ve been warned.
This week on Legends of Tomorrow, the gang is on a “quest” to protect and destroy the Spear of Destiny.
Last week, the Legends managed to retrieve the final piece of the spear that was hidden on the moon in the 1970s or all placed. Nate managed to make peace with his grandfather and his father (both at younger ages), and Amaya learned a little bit about her future. Now that the Legends had almost all the pieces of the spear, they would have to retrieve the other pieces and ensure that it is safe from the Legion of Doom.
Loosely based on the comic books of the same title, The CW‘s series iZombie is a quirky comedic take on the serial crime drama genre. In an undeniably over-saturated genre, the show has found a fun little niche that, despite a generally light hearted air, has ploughed some truly deep and dark territory in its two seasons so far. In the final episodes of the second season, the show mounted to a tipping point, where the gang’s secrets were perilously close to being exposed to the world in a conflict that, should it fail, could unleash the zombie apocalypse on what remains of humanity. (more…)
Fans of The Walking Dead comic book series and television show know one indisputable fact: Rick Grimes is safe. While it’s not necessarily a spoken rule and the man has definitely been put through the ringer, as the central protagonist of the series, it seems like he needs to remain in place for the show to continue. Of course, the television show isn’t going to last forever. It’s not a soap opera after all and the public will become tired with the zombie genre (hopefully not too soon) so when Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Heartbreaker, and Human Traffic) was asked how he would like to exit the series, he had some interesting things to say.
Marvel’s fourth Netflix series Iron Fist premiered last Friday to some pretty difficult reviews. Interestingly, most of those reviews had to do with the content of the series, and not with the persistent complaint of the series until this point, the implantation of the “white saviour” trope. Here was Danny Rand, a rich white kid, learning from an Asian culture on how to save the world on their behalf. Kind of rough, right? Well, as it turned out, an Asian actor was almost cast in the part, and he’s talking about why the move on the part of Marvel would have been complex and ultimately more reflective of his own experience as an Asian-American. (more…)