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TV Review: Arrow S3E4 The Magician

arrowOn this episode of Arrow, Nyssa and Oliver join forces to go after the Dark archer. Yeah, that pretty much sums up the episode. There’s a lot of “who killed Sara” in the episode, enough to keep us the viewers wondering who’s telling the truth, and who’s lying. At the end of the episode I’m still not sure.

This is a pretty straightforward episode that brings the fact Malcolm Merlyn is still alive to front and center. Overall, the episode brings up a lot of interesting stuff. First there’s Thea and Oliver’s relationship. They’ve promised to be open to each other, but clearly they’re both keeping something back. Second, you’ve got Nyssa running around and trying to get vengeance, and then Oliver’s proclamation to her. Finally, there’s Oliver’s vow to not kill. He struggles a lot in this episode with that. And we see that he’s a lot worse about all of that in his past than we know about… ie his time with Amanda Waller.

The episode overall is pretty mixed. By itself, the episode doesn’t stand too well on its own. But, as part of the build up in the season, it’s a solid episode. In three episodes we’ve had a lot thrown at us, and this episode slows that down some to have us catch up and bring some of those threads together.

It’s a bit weaker of an episode, but that’s partially because the first three were so packed with things. But, the episode was needed as well. Overall, Arrow has learned a lot in it’s first two seasons, and we’re seeing those lessons on full display, in a positive way, so far this season.

And, lets face it, it’s kind of hard to not dig the end of the episode.

Overall rating: 7.25

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A First Official Look at Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC

During ABC‘s upfront more footage was shown, but for now get a brief first look at Hayley Atwell in action once more with a new preview for Marvel’s Agent Carter, coming to ABC January 2015!

ThunderCats Ho! coming to Blu-ray November 11

ThunderCats Ho! Warner Archive Collection is proud to offer an all-new Blu-ray edition of ThunderCats: The Complete Series, the 2011 reimagining of the classic 1980s animation action series. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, ThunderCats: The Complete Series will street on November 11, 2014 with pre-orders now available.

A generation after becoming beloved animation icons, the mighty survivors of Thundera returned in 2011 for a bold re-imagining that mixed the best of the past with the boldness of the new. And in ThunderCats: The Complete Series, fans get Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Snarf, Cheetara, Wily Kit and Wily Kat bringing the battle cry of “ThunderCats Ho!” for all 26 episodes in “sight beyond sight” 1080p HD on Blu-ray Disc – as they were meant to be seen.

After the destruction of the cat civilization of Thundera by the evil Mumm-Ra, young Prince Lion-O (voiced by Will Friedle) leads a small band of survivors to safety. As the threats of Mumm-Ra ring in their ears, these determined cats know what they must do: find the Book of Omens. Using his powerful Sword of Omens, Lion-O guides his friends, facing vicious foes and making fantastic new allies while racing towards a showdown with Mumm-Ra (Robin Atkin Downes).

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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E6 A Fractured House

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoThe world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall.

With Hydra running around pretending they’re S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson’s team decides to head to a weapons dealer who might help them figure out where they enemy is, and stop them. The whole part is a bit odd, but it is what it is. There’s also an issue of a Senator after S.H.I.E.L.D. is Grant’s brother. I snickered when they listed him as a Republican.

I will say, the coolest part of the episode is the increased profile of Daniel Whitehall. This is one character from the comics that might be a bit under the radar for most. Whitehall is also known as Kraken, a relatively new character to the Marvel comic universe who was introduced in a S.H.I.E.L.D. related comic series Secret Warriors. Whitehall doesn’t sport his awesome design, but there’s hope we’ll see it in the future. Also solid in the episode is Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird’s relationship with her ex-husband. Their banter is solid, and we’ve seen something similar in comics with her and Hawkeye.

The action at the end is pretty decent. There’s some nice weapons battles and the inclusion of Morse to the team is very welcome. Seeing her kick-ass with her iconic weapons is great to see and of course May whipping ass too is entertaining.

With what Grant reveals to Skye, the episode continues to build to…. something. I’ve got thoughts, and theories as to where they might go with Skye, especially with her Hydra connections. There’s also the political play, which seems to shift S.H.I.E.L.D.’s standing with the US government. This is an interesting series shifting episode. Where it goes from here? We’ll see though.

Overall Score: 7

TV Review: The Flash S1E4 Going Rogue

theflash_full_costumeThe Flash stops a robbery but the culprits get away after shooting a guard, and The Flash chooses to save the man instead of following the criminals. Joe shows Barry a book of suspects and Barry identifies Leonard Snart as the leader of the group. Snart revises his plan to steal the Kahndaq Dynasty Diamond and gets a boost when he gets his hands on a stolen “cold gun,” which could kill The Flash. Dr. Wells is furious when he finds out that Cisco built the cold gun without telling anyone and now it’s missing. Meanwhile, Iris is getting the silent treatment from Joe because of her relationship with Eddie. Finally, The Flash and Captain Cold have an epic confrontation.

The first that stands out about the episode is the humor of it. With Felicity back for the episode, there’s a cuteness that really grounds The Flash. It’s really cute, and put a smile on my face. That cuteness is balanced out with the seriousness about half-way through as the Flash and his team have to deal with the loss of a life (a civilian, so no big shocks). That mix of serious and lightheartedness really makes the episode, and series, stand out for me.

This episode is the debut of Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, probably the most iconic of Flash’s rogues. Out of them all Captain Cold is absolutely my favorite, partially due to the fact he’s somewhat sympathetic. He has a clear set of rules, like to not kill unless they have to. But, here he ups the damage compared to previous villains. He goes out of his way to cause damage, and almost kills folks, which flies in the face of his rules.

Even better, the episode ends in a bit of a draw, and sets up Snart/Captain Cold as a big villain for the future. We’ll clearly get the full Rogues in the future, I’m crossing my finger it’s this season, and if the end is any indication, looks like we will! Can’t wait.

Overall rating: 8.5

New Spawn Animation

I have very fond memories of the Spawn animated show that used to air on HBO.  The series ran for three years, and even won a few Emmy Awards. Well, it looks like we might be getting some more animated Spawn!

On his Facebook page, creator Todd McFarlane has given us a first look at some of the animation design. First up Sam and Twitch!

At every convention and in every interview I do I am asked a couple of repetitive questions: “When is the new Spawn movie coming and when are we going to see more Animation like we did on HBO years ago?” (I also get a lot of ‘when are you going to draw The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel again?’…)For those of you that don’t know, the original Spawn Animation was aired on HBO for three years and won a couple of Emmy Awards. Ever since it went off the air, fans have been bugging me to bring it back. Well, for your eyes only, here are some early images of a few key characters and a rough of a city street in black and white and in color.

If you all seem interested there is LOTS and LOTS more I can show you!!!!!! I may even put up some of the voice tracks for you.

Oh…and just wait until you see SPAWN himself!

Are you looking forward to Spawn’s animated return?

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TV Review: Gotham S1E6 Spirit of the Goat

gotham cast When a killer begins targeting the first-born of Gotham’s elite, Bullock is forced to confront traumatic memories from a nearly identical case he worked in the past. Later, Gordon is confronted by past decisions.

This episode of Gotham is light on the main attraction, Oswald Cobblepot, but heavy on Gordon and Bullock. It’s a very different episode that focuses more on the detective aspect, with some supernatural elements, versus what we’ve been seeing before, which I’d call more drama.

What’s particularly interesting, and very much-needed, is a bit more insight into who Bullock is. Yes, he’s crooked. Yes, he’s morally questionable. But with all of that, there’s still a code that drives him, and we get a bit of that. We get to see that he really isn’t all that shitty, and there’s some good in there.

What’s also meh is the whole Gordon killing Cobblepot aspect, which comes to a head here. It’s not exactly difficult for him to beat the charges, so I don’t see this going very far, and in general it’d have been great for this to play out longer in the season.

Again, the episode is mixed, like previous episodes. Bullock and Gordon on the case is solid. The rest is a bit meh. Much like a lot of the series as a whole. It’s still figuring out its rhythm and balance, but it’s getting there. The ending though hints it’s all about to get good.

Overall Score: 7

Demo-Graphics: Comics on TV

It’s Monday and that means another dive into Facebook‘s data. This week I decided to do another multi-part study where I gather data now, and then will look at it again down the road. This week I decided to dive into the data concerning television shows based on comic book shows that are currently on the air and have debuted. I’ll again look at the data during the fall break, the spring launch, and then when the seasons are complete.

I think you’ll see the data gets interesting, and isn’t when I expected (some I did). Arrow has the strongest female following, while it’s sister show on The CW, The Flash has the least. We’ll see if that changes over the season. I also included the percent of the individuals in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The Flash is the best when it comes to the 18-49 demographic, while Arrow is the worst.

Facebook comic tv showsAnd that wraps up the latest edition of the Facebook Fandom Spotlight.

TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E3 Four Walls and a Roof

walking-dead-5 photoAs Bob fights for his life, Rick and the group take a stand to defend the church against Gareth and his gang of cannibals.

Right away the episode kicks off catching up with Bob and Gareth as Gareth continues to rant about eating people. Bob then drops a bomb on them about his condition, something I wondered about during last episode. But, moving from him back to Rick’s crew, it’s clear that someone is watching them. Finally Gabriel admits what he did. All of this is within the first 10 minutes of the The Walking Dead, one hell of a start.

We also get the first butting of heads between Abraham and Rick, something that’s been brewing for a bit. It’s clear there’s two alpha males, and they won’t always agree. Interesting enough though, Glenn steps in, continuing his interesting role in the group dynamic.

What plays out is some amazing strategy played out between Rick and Gareth with some highly tense moments played out in very dark quarters. To say it’s all cathartic is an understatement with Rick completing a promise he made to Gareth. Just beyond cathartic.

But here’s the question, with the violence shown and committed, is Rick’s crew any better than Gareth? Both are done out of necessity. Both are done out of survival. The difference really plays out at the end between Bob and Rick. If you want to know if there’s a difference between Gareth and Rick’s actions, it’s summed up by Bob.

It’s the last 10 minutes of the show that hits you. If you can watch the end, and not tear up a little, you have no heart. Truly the end of the episode sums up what the series is all about. The Walking Dead might have zombies, and scares, and lots of blood and death, but at its heart, the show is about people and humanity. A stellar episode, one of the best of the series.

Overall rating: 10

TV Review: Comic Book Men S4E3 Stand Up Guys

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Walt challenges the guys to perform stand up comedy at the Stash. A collector brings in key Marvel comics from the 1960s.

The show kicks off right away with that 1960s comics above. The man who comes in says he’s a collector and a dealer, which makes me wonder why he’s coming into the Stash to sell these books, and it’s an impressive set of comics. It’s a little weird that he’s a dealer and yet goes to another shop to sell them, and they never ask why he’s trying to sell the books. Plus, Walt doesn’t even check out the books. He doesn’t see if it’s restored, or how the insides are. Walt just hands over cash. As a person who used to work at a store myself, this segment doesn’t really sit well with me at all. But, segment shows off some comic history. It’d have been better talking a bit more as to why they’re important, but also going over and grading the comics themselves. Dropping a couple hundred dollars without checking the item out is just odd.

There’s another segment about selling a toy. That one was a bit more interesting to me. It’s a toy I know nothing about. Here, some history is given about why the toy is important, and there’s a lot of joking. It’s a stronger segment than the first, and here the dealing is more realistic and there’s an explanation as to why the guy is trying to sell the toy.

The third segment sadly plays into folks who are on the show for some fame. She walks in dressed as the Baroness to sell a toy. It felt a little bit playing into the whole tv show aspect. The selling of the item does have a good reason about it, it’s to raise money for a charity. That part is nice, but it’s a bit odd overall.

The comedy segment, I do have to say I’m impressed with the two comic minimum to get in. That’s some great out-of-the-box thinking that more stores should do to sell products. It’s actually a great idea overall, and if I had a store still, you better believe I’d be holding events like that. The jokes themselves…. are mixed. The crowd seems to enjoy themselves, so that’s good. None of them will likely be making a living in comedy. Overall though, the crowd seems to have fun, and it’s a good idea to get folks into the store. I’d love to see more of this type of things going forward. Mix that with the comic history, and the regular banter, you’ve got a solid series.

Overall, this is the first episode that I had an issue with someone selling something, it bothered me as a former store clerk. With that, it was a mixed episode overall.

Overall rating: 6.75

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