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…)

TV Review: ‘Gotham’ S01E06 -“Spirit of the Goat”

- 10-28-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Last week, in my review of Gotham‘s fifth episode, the somewhat schizophrenic “Viper”, I made the comment that Gotham, as a totally different kind of comic book inspired tv series, needs to do one of two things to be successful: It has to either show us something we’ve never seen before, or show us something we’ve seen before in a new way.

The best part of “Viper” was when it explored Gotham‘s fresh new take on the classic Mob War premise….this week, we get to see how the series handles another oldie but goodie: The serial killer.

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TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E3 – Four Walls And A Roof

- 10-27-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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The opening scene of this episode is as gruesome as last week’s closing one. Gareth shares his hunt or be hunted philosophy while the group feasts on Bob.  Clearly, Gareth has watched too many movies and he thinks he has to talk endlessly about his evil plans and play with his food. He’s not the hipster evil mastermind we all thought he was.  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Constantine’ – S1E1- “Pilot”

- 10-25-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Constantine has a lot to live up to.  Not only does the series have to completely separate itself from the 2005 movie of the same name, which starred Keanu Reeves in the title role, but it also had to live up to the other DC television series’ that have debuted this year.  The Flash started out strong and continues to give fans plenty to cheer and Gotham has finally found its legs, so it almost seemed like too much to hope that Constantine could continue the run of well written, well produced comic book adaptations.  Now that the pilot has debuted, comic book fans everywhere can add Constantine to their list of favorite television shows because not only does the series live up to fanboy expectations, it surpasses them. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E3 – “Corto Maltese”

- 10-22-14Comics, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Corto Maltese, the titular island for this week’s adventurer, is entirely made up. Like a lot of locations in the DC Universe. It was introduced in The Dark Knight Returns as a Cuba surrogate, your basic South American hellhole. In Tim Burton‘s Batman, Corto Maltese was Vicki Vale’s last stop before Gotham City where she was taking pictures of a massacre stemming from the uprising of some local rebels. On Arrow, one gets the sense that Corto Maltese isn’t so bad, at least no worse than the average banana republic/tax shelter for rich guys that want to disappear in luxury. Sound like anyone we know? (more…)