The pilot episode of Constantine has aired in a few places, and it’s been making the rounds on torrent sites for a couple of months now. You may even have seen it yourself. Even if you haven’t, you may be aware that the Doctor Fate helmet is fairly prominent Easter Egg in it, thus implying that more than just John Constantine and his cohorts might be appearing on small screens everywhere, a situation akin to how Arrow and The Flash are filled with references to other comics and characters. So is it possible that other occult characters from the DC Comics Universe like Swamp Thing, Zatanna or Deadman might encounter Matt Ryan‘s exorcist/con man? One of the executive producers says the answer is “yes.” (more…)
Spiderman fanatic Maisie Williams hasn’t been around the site much. Last time we talked about her, she was dissing the hell out of ‘Game Of Thrones’ book readers for being douchebags. It was one of my favorite stories, authored by a fantastic writer. It’s nice to see her return to these pages, even if it’s not GOT-oriented. Yes, it just so happens that the young actress has aspirations to do other things outside of medieval fantasy. For instance, how about a superhero television series? When being interviewed about her upcoming projects, including the gaming world’s ‘The Last Of Us,’ little Arya Stark mentioned being in talks for something more Hit-Girl than sword girl. (more…)
Before we dive into this week’s Arrow let’s agree about one thing: Laurel kinda sucks. No disrespect to Katie Cassidy, she’s done fine work with what she’s been given, but to be honest, what she’s been given hasn’t been very much. The Arrow team is clearly trying to create a more compelling path for Laurel, one that was hinted at in last season’s finale when Sara gave her big sister her Black Canary jacket. Said jacket made a reappearance in tonight’s episode, a moment of epiphany for Ms. Lance, and the audience, that says “Oh yeah, I have a destiny.” With all subtlety of a bat crash through the library window at Wayne Manor, Laurel now realizes that she must become someone else; she must become something else. And that thing is a hot, blonde, leather-clad crime-fighter with the initials B.C. (more…)
So, there’s a little show on FX called American Horror Story, and it is wonderfully creepy. This season’s story, Freak Show, centers around a failing freak show, one of the last, during the 1950’s. Beyond the “freaks” at the show, the series has also decided to bring in a character named Twisty the Clown, who may be the most terrifying character ever seen outside of your nightmares. As scary as that character is, however, it appears that there may be something that can add even more fuel to your bad dreams. What can possibly be more terrifying than a clown? A whole group of angry clowns, and that’s exactly who is attacking the television series by claiming that the series gives clowns a bad name. (more…)
One of the more interesting things about shows like AMC‘s The Walking Dead and HBO‘s Game of Thrones is how the stories change from the written form to the small screen. Characters live, die and go in all kinds of directions that book reading fans never expected. The trick though, is to make those changes work within the framework of the overall story. Both The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have been handling these changes quite well. Next season in Game of Thrones we’re going to see another character, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) go off in a different direction from the written page and we’ve got some spoilery details here.
After one of the better pilot episodes in any genre in recent memory, fans were a bit cautious about getting excited for the second episode of The Flash. No one likes being burned and after its epic premiere, it seemed that The Flash had nowhere to go but down. Luckily, the creators behind the series know the characters that live within the new CW series and, better yet, they know its fans. For those that were a bit skeptical about where the show would take them, tonight’s episode wiped away any doubt in the series, and for those that were already in for the long haul, the episode rewarded your loyalty with yet another almost perfect episode. (more…)
As Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moves into its fourth episode of the second season, I have to say that I’m fairly impressed. They’ve managed to take a series that was a giant, flaming turd for the majority if its first season run and turn it into something that has us guessing. This week, the show pushes itself even further and keeps the momentum of the first three episodes while introducing some of the casual humor that S.H.I.E.L.D. has tried (and mostly failed) to capture before. ‘Face My Enemy’ keeps the plot rolling while alleviating some of the serious tensions that have been building – the hallmark of a potentially great show. (more…)
I admit it, Dana Scully of ‘The X-Files’ was a direct influence toward my learning to love brainy women. I wasn’t above chasing hot airheads either, but there was something about those long soliloquies of scientific technobabble in every episode. The X-Files actually made a huge impression on me, beyond star Gillian Anderson’s silver-tongued sexy talk. And while her partner David Duchovny moved on to fornicate in California, Anderson paid homage to her science fiction roots through the written word. She’s co-authored a novel with Jeff Rovin called ‘A Vision Of Fire’ and took to a Reddit Ask Me Anything to promote it. Then she talked just about everything else. (more…)
Gotham‘s 4th episode is a good example of something viewers like me need to keep in mind: This ain’t your daddy’s Batman.
Not that that’s a bad thing, indeed the whole purpose of the series is to show a side of the Batman universe fans haven’t seen yet–and in that sense, “Arkham” is a strong episode. Just don’t make my mistake of letting the title fool you into getting ahead of where we are in the timeline. There are no imprisoned supervillains to be enjoyed here (and I doubt if Harley Quinn is even a gleam in Mr. Quinzel’s eye yet).
Instead, what we have here is a power play between the syndicates controlled by Mob Bosses Carmine Falcone (John Doman) and Sal Maroni (David Zayas).
Btw, am I the only one who thinks their respective outfits should be referred to colloquially as the ‘Conies and the ‘Ronies? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? (more…)
Back in March, The SyFy Channel expressed a desire to produce more traditional science fiction television shows. This quote from president Dave Howe implies a response to fan reaction: “We want to be the best science-fiction channel that we possibly can, and in some respects, that means going back to the more traditional sci-fi/fantasy that fans often say they feel we’ve exited…” To The Hollywood Reporter, that translated as more ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ “Less ‘Sharknado.'” The communicator chirped and the Oscar-winning screenwriting team of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck answered with an idea. It doesn’t sound a thing like ‘Battlestar,’ but it’s definitely sci-fi. Does Hollywood’s dynamic duo have another hit in the making? (more…)