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TV Review: iZombie S2E12 Physician, Heal Thy Selfie

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Babineaux and Liv investigate a triple homicide in which the victims’ heads are missing. A ravenous Liv is forced to eat the brain of a social media-hungry soul who was recently run over by a bus. Meanwhile, Peyton leans on Ravi for support.

iZombie is an ok episode and a pivot from previous ones in that the show isn’t centered around Liv and her personality. In this one, it’s a random brain which has Liv texting and Tweeting, and do kids really talk like that? Really the point of this episode is all about Mr. Boss, the serial killer, and Max Rager.

This is an episode that I’d call the bridge whose goal is to move the bigger plot along. These types of episodes tend to be not as good as other episodes, and this one falls squarely in that.

It does what it needs to do moving various parts along, but there’s nothing memorable about the episode if that makes sense. There’s no really funny moments, though Ravi comes closest when it comes to that. Liv’s new personality isn’t super interesting. And everything else is just, ok.

It’s not a bad episode, don’t get me wrong, it’s just missing the fun quirky sense the series usually has. But, it does it’s job, and that’s quickly move the various plot points along.

Overall Rating: 7.6

TV Review: Agent Carter S2E5 The Atomic Job

Agent_CarterAs Jarvis’ precision and quick-thinking skills are put to the ultimate test, Peggy must find a way to stop an atomic explosion that threatens to destroy all of California.

Marvel’s Agent Carter goes Superman III with a threat to destroy California (why do comic related live action things hate California so much?).

Tonight’s episode is a bit mix for me as there’s some solid humor, but also a lot of gadgets that feel a bit out of place at times, like a second rate Q from James Bond.

The good for me was the humor, especially early in the episode with Carter in disguise searching an office. There was some solid stuff in there that had me entertained. Then there’s an ongoing joke about pie which is also solid. Then there’s Jarvis and the uranium that ends with some nice humor.

There’s lots of use of goofy gadgets in this one, some of which you wonder why they aren’t used in the modern tv series or movies. But, it all comes to that bomb plot that bothers me. It seems so out of place and really random as to why it’s needed. It feels rather hokey overall and a bit grand for Whitney Frost. Plus the handling of getting the uranium out of there, and the fact that uranium doesn’t equal a nuclear bomb. It’s rather off.

The episode is decent, but not quite as good as last week. Still it’s one of the better ones this season, which is picking up speed as it moves along.

Overall Score: 7.2

TV Review: The Flash S2E13 Welcome to Earth-2

The Flash Season 2Barry, Wells and Cisco travel to Earth-2 to rescue Jesse from Zoom. They find Killer Frost and Deathstorm whom are Caitlin and Ronnie on Earth-1. Meanwhile Jay takes barry’s responsibility on defending central city from a meta human called Geomancer.

The Flash takes us to Earth-2 in an episode that in no way can meet the expectations of fans. The build up is exciting, and at first it looks like the episode might deliver as the trio heading to this new world are bombarded with some really cool images that’ll have folks pausing their televisions for quite some time. There was the 90s Flash, Supergirl (answering a question I have) and so much more, and then the rest of the episode happens.

The good is that we get to see some of the Earth-2 versions of characters that we’ve wondered about. There’s also cool in that there’s Deathstorm and Killer Frost. There’s some great humor concerning Deadshot. Some of the character’s new versions are interesting. But overall, the episode feels very blah. By the end, I had forgotten what the point of going to the different Earth was.

The bad is some of the special fx were rather poor with really odd moments especially when it comes to Deathstorm. The blasts don’t quite come out as they should. The story itself also doesn’t quite reach the excitement I was hoping for, and really felt like it was a normal Flash episode in a different setting.

The episode was definitely one for the serious fans, and I’m not sure if they will totally dig it. There was some nice “Mirror Mirror” moments in the episode, but it never quite nails things down and totally commits to nerdom.

But… there’s still more to come! And there’s an interesting mystery character. So maybe it’ll pay off in the end?

Overall Rating: 7.7

TV Review: The Muppets S1E12 A Tail of Two Piggies

muppets-tv-show-posterWhen Miss Piggy suffers a scandalous wardrobe malfunction, the network is outraged, and Piggy is forced to question everything she stands for, but Kermit and the gang rally together and come to her defense. Meanwhile, Gonzo misses his ex-girlfriend Camilla, so Pepe and Rizzo decide to throw a house party to cheer him up.

The Muppets came back last week after a break and a retooling that had the show making fun of itself and its network in many ways. This week continues that theme a bit and expands it with a positive messaging about body image.

The episode has Piggy’s tail popping out after a night out, which causes an uproar. The messaging of body image, especially when it comes to female celebrities is solid, it’s also subtle, and fun in some ways. That even expands to how fans react to it.

The issue is “the man,” in this case the network and advertisers who are pulling support and threatening the show because of the tail slip. It has Piggy rethinking her image for a positive twist, which is nice, and it’s not super rah, rah. What’s really solid is the show pokes fun at the demands of advertisers and networks, which often go against the wishes of fans and what fans like.

There’s also Gonzo having to get his own place, and while that could have had some excellent jokes, it never quite takes off as far as plotline.

The episode overall is a bit mixed. It’s not as funny as last week, but it seems to be getting a foothold as to what direction the show is going. It’s a show to keep an eye on, not quite there, but showing a lot of promise and finally getting reliable in tone and humor.

If you gave up on the show, it’s worth checking out this “revamped” direction, it might be closer to what you were hoping for.

Overall Rating: 7.6

TV Review: Lucifer S1E3 The Would-Be Prince of Darkness

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An up-and-coming quarterback calls Lucifer after finding a corpse in his pool; Lucifer asks Chloe to help investigate, which leads them into the world of big-money sports.

Lucifer has been getting better and better with each episode, surprising me at the quality of the series. The first two episodes would make you think that the series is the normal police procedural, but this third episode spins that perception a bit as Lucifer reflects on himself and his purpose on the planet.

In a weird way, Lucifer is a police procedural mixed with a superhero story and a nice dose of wicked humor.

It’s creating its own formula, much different from what I expected, and that’s a good thing.

At the center, Tom Ellis as the main character is the draw. His delivery of lines, along with his smile, is enough to keep me coming back. He’s a blast to watch as he delivers a performance of a character that should be completely unlikeable, but somehow is someone you’re cheering for in weird ways.

But, what I’m enjoying most is not just Ellis’ performance, but how it feels like it’s having fun with it all. Rachael Harris returns for each episode, so far, as a shrink that Lucifer isn’t just baring his soul to, but also his… more private parts. Lauren German as Chloe is a detective that Lucifer finds intriguing and also trying to figure out exactly who and what Lucifer is.

And that’s what this series is really about, Lucifer trying to figure out who he is, and what his role is. Is he the devil? Is he an avenging angel? Is he somewhere in between?

Three episodes in and I’m enjoying the series much more than I expected. It has style and a sense of humor that has me wanting to come back for more and more.

Overall Rating: 8.3

Riverdale Announces their Jughead and Betty

It wasn’t long ago that news broke that The CW officially picked up the pilot episode for the live-action Riverdale television series based on the beloved Archie Comics characters. Now casting has begun and it has been announced who will be playing Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper.

Cole Sprouse, of Disney’s The Sweet Life of Zack and Cody, will be Jughead in the comic. Lili Reinhart will be playing Better.

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The one-hour drama will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.

The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.

Gotham Stories: Chapter 2

In the build up to the second half of Gotham Season 2, Mr. Freeze brings the winter.

TV Review: Supergirl S1E13 For the Girl Who Has Everything

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1A parasitic alien attaches itself to Kara and traps her in a world where Krypton was never destroyed, leaving Alex, Hank and the DEO to fend off a Kryptonian attack without her.

CBSSupergirl takes tonight’s story from a classic story from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic, Superman Annual #11 from 1985.

Supergirl is trapped in her mind by a plant sent to take her out of action. She believes she’s living on Krypton with her family, when in reality is she was dying.

This leads to DEO and her friends to scramble to save her. The story is solid in that it really focuses on everyone else and really nails down the fact this is her new family. It’s rather touching.

But, it’s all part of a bigger plot by the Kryptonians on Earth to attack, and I’m not quite sure what their actual goal was. They just kind of attacked.

The episode did result in the death of a pretty high profile character, something I wasn’t expecting.

The episode is a great bounce back from last week’s disappointing adaptation of the classic character Bizarro. It shows they can do it right, which only emphasized how bad last week was.

The bad of the episode is that the fight at the end felt a little forced, and could have been part of a second episode, but it was a good one overall, that shows how good the series can be.

Overall rating: 8.6

Fly to Metropolis with Turkish Airlines!

Turkish Airlines already fly to more countries than any other airline. And now, as official airline partner of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they also fly to Metropolis… See the Super Bowl TV spot featuring Lex Luthor.

Fly to Gotham City with Turkish Airlines!

Turkish Airlines already fly to more countries than any other airline. And now, as official airline partner of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they also fly to Gotham City… See the Super Bowl TV spot featuring Bruce Wayne

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