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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review- 07- The Hub“Trust the system”

As we finally get to see S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Hub, we are introduced to Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), and even get to see Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) from the Marvel shorts again, but more importantly, we get to see how Coulson’s team fits into the mix of S.H.I.E.L.D as a whole. As Agent Fitz and Agent Ward a drafted into a Clearance Level 8 mission, to destroy some sort of… thing, the rest of the team is left in the darkness of secrecy that surrounds S.H.I.E.L.D. (more…)

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I’ve never watched The Hub series SheZow, but if its hated so much by the right-wing nuts at the website Brietbart then I may have to check out a couple of episodes. Yes, in the grand tradition of the Teletubies, the Power Rangers, and other kids shows that make certain people with a big soapbox in U.S. politics flip their lid, someone is flipping their lid. Why? Have you never seen the show? It’s about a guy who gets a magic ring that turns him into a super-powered girl!

The extent of Ben Shapiro‘s diatribe pales in comparison to some of the responses in the comment section, but leaving that aside (because really you can read it for yourself), the discussion did provoke a reaction from SheZow creator Obie Scott Wade, who doesn’t get what all the fuss is about, he was just trying to create a fun little show. Here’s what Wade told io9:

“Just based on what they wrote, they’re reading a lot into the show that’s not there. I didn’t set out to make a show about any sort of political agenda, I just wanted to make a comedy. I wanted to make a cartoon that I would have liked as a kid. So I think people are just reading a lot into it.”

Indeed, no one ever accused Bugs Bunny cartoons where he’d dress like a girl, or kiss a boy, to be supporting some kind of political agenda, but these are hyper-partisan times. As for Wade, he says he’s looking more towards using his show to promote a general message of responsibility and empathy rather than any kind of political slant.

“In [one] episode, [Guy] learns that one key to maintaining SheZow’s powers is ‘good grooming,’ and ‘his sister tries to give him a manicure, because that’s part of maintaining the power, and he doesn’t want to do it. And of course that has a drastic side-effect: part of his fingernail falls into some toxic goo and becomes an evil clone named SheZap,’ says Wade, who represents ‘his dark side.’

‘Yes, there are a lot of experiences he has that broaden him as a character,’ adds Wade, ‘but predominantly it’s about a laid-back kid who’s suddenly forced to save the world. It’s more about the responsibility that he has to take on, and less about gender… [We set out to] make a good animated superhero comedy that didn’t make a big deal out of the situation.”

I know it will do no good to say, but I guess I’ll say it anyway, if the adults of the world could stop looking for conspiracies in every cartoon and maybe just let the kids have their fun, we’d appreciate that a lot.

Source: The Mary Sue

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First of all, concerned parents can relax.

Despite some knee-jerk alarmist reactions to the concept of a kids’ cartoon about a 12 year old boy who puts on a magic ring, shouts “You Go Girl!” (no, really), and transforms into a female superhero, there’s really nothing all that controversial here.

Kids are pretty savvy in 2013: Even those that don’t understand the concept of transsexuality will just think the idea of a dude turning into a chick to fight crime is funny….and that seems to be all She-Zow is going for here.

This is less a groundbreaking moment for LGBT acceptance, and more a desperate ploy for ratings and publicity for The Hub, which despite a certain amount of popularity thanks largely to My Little Pony: FIM and Transformers, is being crushed by competitors like Nickelodeon and Disney.

As far as warping children’s fragile little minds goes: She-Zow has been airing in Canada for a year, and civilization has yet to collapse there.

I think we’ll be fine.

Oh, here’s the trailer:

Source: BleedingCool

Hub-logoToday’s kid television programs are never as good as the ones you watched in your childhood. There are few exceptions, Adventure Time is show I’m currently obsessed with and am DVRing like mad, but it can’t compete with the toons I was raised on. Batman, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; the eighties and nineties were full of such stellar animated goodness wouldn’t it be nice to revisit those years?

Discovery Communications and Hasbro (two companies we nerds have a lot to thank for) have created a new TV channel geared for children and families to watch together. It premiered last October, 10-10-10 to be exact (aren’t they clever). The Hub, available on digital cable and satellite, is a channel bringing a combination of family friendly entertainment. I know what you’re thinking, family friendly? What the hell, we’re nerdy bastards, we specialize in decidedly un-family friendly fare, but give me a chance to explain. While family friendly their programming may be it is also nerdtasticly nostalgic. Not convinced? Let’s talk about some of the gems they’re airing.

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