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.
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.
This week on Legends of Tomorrow, the team heads to the 1970s to NASA and retrieve the last piece of the Spear of Destiny.
Last week, we finally got the “real” Rip Hunter back. For most of the season, the former captain of the team has been either missing in time, had amnesia, or was brainwashed. Last week, as the team ventured into his mind, they managed to purge all the damage that Eobard Thawne and the Legion of Doom had caused. Now that he’s officially back, how will he fit in with his former team? After all, they have managed to function without him. In fact, they actually work better without his leadership than when they did with it.
In the aftermath of capturing (Evil) Rip Hunter, The Legends struggle in two different “Lands of the Lost” on this week’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Ever since Rip Hunter has come back to the show, he hasn’t been “our” Rip. He had his memory fractured by the energy of the Wave Rider and then after receiving a lobotomy and brain restructuring by the Legion of Doom, he was remade into an evil version of himself. It was almost a “Mirror Universe” of himself as he joined the Legion of Doom and the Dark Side of Rip proved to be one of The Legends worst enemies. He knew not only all their weaknesses, but he also was one step ahead of them. Lucky for them, they managed to finally stop him last week in ancient Arthurian times and made him their prisoner. We should have known by the end of the last episode that he would once again gain the upper hand.
With the success of Legion, the X-Men are thriving on both the big and small screens. In addition to the critical FX show, Fox has ordered a pilot for a new television show centered in the X-Men world of mutants and government officials hunting them. With Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse) producing the show, and Matt Nix (Burn Notice) serving as the showrunner, the show (if ordered to full series) will focus on two parents on the run after their mutant child in discovered by government agents. So far there has been a few casting announcements for the pilot, and now the show has found its lead.
Last week on Legends of Tomorrow, we had such a tongue-in-cheek episode where the Legends needed to save George Lucas, as Star Wars was responsible for the creation of at least two of the Legends and their heroics (and probably countless others throughout history). This week, however, the show the show went back to its more serious, more dark roots. Not only did we get torture, but family drama, and all sort of other big issues.
There’a new batch of “Holiday” specials every year–every television show that lasted more than one season has a Christmas episode, and celebs and personalities adore putting together hour-long love letters to their own awesomeness and throwing in some X-mas trappings…
Some specials are honestly good–or at least that’s how we REMEMBER them, and no one can tell us different (Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, Grinch, etc…)
Some suck Santa’s jolly red ass…and others….well, others are just–“special”…
Those are the kind of Holiday specials we’re going to be focusing on today–good or bad isn’t really a consideration, instead, we’re gonna explore specials that being a nerd may not be essential to like, but it’s gonna be a big help. They’re from tv shows or feature characters that are beloved to our community–OR they’re so weird and esoteric that only a nerd would bother finding them, much less watching them.
If you are NOT a nerd (first of all, welcome–nice to see you), please do not be offended if you also like some of these specials–we don’t mean to imply anything.
The audience for AMC’s The walking Dead is huge. Bigger even than the shambling multitude of corpses that chase its protagonists around our screens every Sunday night. Now that the show has earned its well-deserved eighth season renewal, there’s no reason to think that the end is in anywhere near in sight. The story of the intrepid band of beleaguered survivors battling undead hordes can’t be contained in a paltry eight seasons. In fact, as Show runner Scott Gimple recently hinted, It can’t even be contained by the small screen.
Ten billion dollars. No, that’s not a line from the inevitable Austin Powers remake/reboot. That’s the amount the Harry Potter franchise made for Warner Bros. during an extremely lucrative run over the better part of a decade. Even after the last two-part entry in the series came and went – and with it the heightened Potter mania that inevitably accompanied each release – it was abundantly clear that Warner Bros. wasn’t done with Harry Potter and neither was its core audience. With writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates both back onboard, less cynical moviegoers could hope that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t just another shameless cash grab, but a welcome return to the deeply imagined world- and universe-building that made the Harry Potter series so addictive in the first place. We won’t keep you in suspense any longer: Minus one or two minor issues, it’s the best we can and should hope for from a prequel/spin-off.
Superman might be long gone – not dead, but temporarily forgotten – so it’s back to the Supergirl Power Hour. It’s Supergirl’s (Melissa Benoist) show, after all and despite the brief, two-episode interlude where Supergirl and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) got to play Super-Cousins together (to the delight of millions of fans), a return to the status quo, welcome or not, was not far behind, ultimately leaving fans with a Superman-sized hole in their collective hearts. But just as one superhero exits, another superhero enters, Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter, TV’s Wonder Woman), the first female president of the United States. To Supergirl and her human alter ego, Kara Danvers and her superhero counterpart, intrepid cub reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media, Marsdin is the real thing, a bona fide hero. She might not have superpowers, but to Supergirl, she might as well have them.