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TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S03E15 – “Nanda Parbat”

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Sometimes, you should leave the hype alone. For the last week and a bit we’ve been promised that this week’s episode of Arrow, the last before a month-long break, was going to huge. Not just huge, but HUGE! I believe there was also a twist promised. Alas, like a lot of season three thus far, “Nanda Parbat” seemed a messy collage of the various storylines this year, and where they are all going is not so much a complicated question, as a swampy haze that leaves you lost and confused. Nearly two-thirds of the way through the season it feels like the writers have lost track of where they’re going, and that ending “twist” doesn’t lend a whole lot of confidence. (more…)

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This week’s final episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter miniseries lays most of the cards out on the table.  Dottie and Ivchenko (nee Fennhoff’s) true plans are revealed, the SSR finally gels after realizing their ace in the hole (Peggy), and Howard Stark comes back to New York City to shed some light on the mysterious Item 17.  Stark shares the story of how the United States military used Item 17, known as “Midnight Oil” to aid their soldiers in the Battle of Finnau, and now Dottie and Fennhoff have enough of this gas to expose half of New York City.  Peggy and the boys have their work cut out for them – how will it all end!? (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 Gotham, ‘The Blind Fortune Teller’ saw Jim Gordon still fighting the good fight, Fish Mooney trying to take over the bad side of an organ farm, lil Bruce Wayne giving the board of Wayne Enterprises an ultimatum about getting their act cleaned up, the Penguin receiving a unique gift in the form of a brainwashed Butch and the supposed introduction of The Joker. This week brings yet another classic Batman baddie to the small screen in the form of The Red Hood. The Red Hood has taken many forms in Batman canon, including being part of the origin story for the actual Joker. In ‘The Red Hood’, however, the role is used to demonstrate the essence of crime in Gotham and it’s used to good effect. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E14 – “The Return”

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It was easy to be cautious when approaching this week’s episode of Arrow called “The Return.” It was a double, if not triple, return with Oliver returning to Lian Yu accompanied by Thea, with Slade Wilson returning to haunt the Queens some more, and, with the flashback, Oliver returning to Starling for the first time since he was shipwrecked. It’s was a minefield of potential letdowns and Easter eggs, a potential contortion of narrative so it would become contrived, and that’s just the flashback. In the present we have to deal with the potential letdown of Slade’s return, since Manu Bennett owned in the role last year and this season’s big bad in the form of Matt Noble‘s Ra’s al Ghul has yet to match up. So how did it all shake out? (more…)

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Another week, another entertaining episode of The Flash.  At this point, it is pretty much a guarantee that The Flash will deliver an entertaining episode and all of the naysayers who were sure the series wouldn’t make it past the first few episodes are now claiming that they knew the series would succeed all along.  That’s when you know you have made it and The Flash has certainly made it big.  No one will claim that last night’s episode, Fallout, was the best episode of the season, but it was certainly entertaining and gave its audience a few laughs along with the action.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

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This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter finds Peggy facing the heat from the SSR inside their interrogation room. They want all the details on her involvement with Howard Stark, the Russians, Leviathan, and the murder of Agent Krasminski. Of course what they get are more questions than answers – it’ll take more than a few harsh words from Sousa and Thompson to crack this Howling Commando.  What the SSR doesn’t realize that is that Dr. Ivchenko is the pulling the strings with Captain Dooley and his ‘Black Widow’ operative Dottie, and is about the burn the SSR house down from the inside out! (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 Gotham, we saw the final downfall of Dr. Crane (Senior, that is). We also got a glimpse into the evolving relationship between The Penguin and his former boss, Marconi (hint – it wasn’t good). Fish Mooney was in the mysterious prisonland underground, Gordon was working side-by-side with his new girlfriend and lil’ Bruce Wayne was poking his nose into the affairs of Wayne Enterprises. This time around, ‘The Blind Fortune Teller’ has promised a first glimpse at The Joker. Did they give us something that we could write home about? Not quite, but it was pretty good regardless. (more…)

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It’s been three weeks since Beth’s death and fewer since Tyreese’s. No one in our group has had time to mourn. Grief takes time and on The Walking Dead, people only have time to survive. In one of the show’s quieter episodes, we see how grief, unattended, can eat you alive from the inside, turning you into a ghost (or more aptly, a zombie) of the person you once were.

Them isn’t an episode about struggle, it’s about giving up. This is the opposite of what we usually see on this show. Typically, these quiet episodes are about the fight back to who you are and the people that you love. This time, the show explores what it’s like without hope and faith, what it’s like when the only thing that you expect is more darkness.  (more…)