This Monday Graphic Policy Radio is back for a brand new episode on Monday April 20. The show will air LIVE at 10pm ET. This episode we’re talking about ole hornhead himself Daredevil, and the brand new Marvel and Netflix series Daredevil! Joining us is return guest Scott Kaufman, who you might know as SEK.
April 10 saw the launch of the new series featuring 13 episodes starring Daredevil which kicked off Marvel and Netflix’s small screen plan. While it started with this one series, we can expect to see four more series to follow including A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and then The Defenders!
Joining us to discuss this all is Scott who is the proprietor of the AV Club’s Internet Film School and an Assistant Editor for Salon. He also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money, podcasts, and is an expert on Game of Thrones.
So listen in LIVE, and join the conversation too. We want to hear what you have to say, so call us at (619) 768-2952 or Tweet us your thoughts to @graphicpolicy.
Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) continues his mission to take down the Arrow (Stephen Amell) so Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) orders Oliver to keep a low profile. However, when a meta-human named Jake Simmons (Doug Jones), who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray (Brandon Routh) for help. The unlikely duo is forced to team up to save the city.
Well that was one hell of a shift in tone with one episode of a show. The episode mostly revolves around the fact Roy has turned himself in as the Arrow, leaving Oliver off the hook, but wracked with guilt. Most of the episode has Lance attempting to pin the Arrow on Oliver though, and coming up short.
There’s also the Atom stepping in to battle a meta human where we learn some interesting facts about them. The battle is so-so, but the prospect of a team-up series and how much fun that could be revolving around him is apparent.
There’s also some rather interesting twists at the end, one that had me faked out for a bit. The end of the episode leaves another cliffhanger, one that shouldn’t be too surprising and caps off a lot of dodge and weaving.
Overall, an interesting episode, that has a weirdness to it in that there’s tons there, but I felt rather empty in the end. A great piece of the puzzle, but a poor piece on its own.
Overall rating: 7.25
Royalle (Noah Taylor) reveals to Walker (Sharlto Copley) the true nature of Sway and the inevitable devastation it will cause if Wolfe (Eddie Izzard) is ever to escape, in order to persuade him to join his new cause to annihilate Wolfe. Meanwhile as the message of Kaotic Chic spreads rapidly with fatal results it finds its biggest platform yet in a publicity stunt orchestrated for Retro Girl’s charitable foundation.
The series is actually getting better as it gets closer to the season finale, but as much better as the series is, it falls into the usual issues with horrible FX that either looks cheesy or goes over the top.
The episode, and series seems to be best when it focuses away from the powers themselves and just looks at the characters and what it’s like to live their lives. Its gotten much better as well amping up the Kaotic Chic storyline and moving away from Wolfe.
The episode ends though in a way that sullies much of the quality of the previous 50 minutes. The publicity stunt above involves a villain named Red Hawk attacking Zora. Red Hawk’s flying looks so bad, it might as well have been a high school production of Peter Pan. Zora’s powers look a bit better this episode showing where the budget went. Then things go wrong, and it feels like someone on the show has a fetish for buckets of blood, because we see blood flowing in an over the top way again. Did the person responsible work on horror movies before? Because it reminds me more of that than anything else. It’s just bad. The storyline of Calista also drags on as she continues to click her heels hoping to have powers. A bit more of her past is revealed, but at this point the character and her arc is just grating.
The show is getting better. Its focus on a younger Christian and Johnny and how their lives intertwined with Wolfe is actually good. If the series focused on that more, and used the fx sparingly, it’d have been much stronger. It could have taken a queue from The Walking Dead, using its draw only every so often, making it a bit more special. But the series is now pivoting more towards Christian and Johnny making up for their pasts, and that has lots of potential. Sadly its come with only a couple more episodes to go. If there’s a season two (which I’d doubt), I’d hope there’d be lessons learned and a new focus and direction.
With so many other choices out there, there’s many other shows featuring powers I’d choose before this series. It’s a shame because this one has so much potential as far as what can be done, it just isn’t quite using its powers right.
Overall Score: 6.95
Launched on March 3, it sounds like CONtv has had a success start which leads up to their official kick-off at the upcoming Las Vegas Comic Con which takes place at the end of the month.
During this preview period, CONtv saw dramatic performance:
- In total, the channel garnered a 92% positive satisfaction rating across all platforms;
- Fight the Living Dead, the zombie apocalypse reality series featuring YouTube stars, achieved over six million views during its two-week CONtv run and subsequent YouTube airings;
- Original content titles and episodes, Fight the Living Dead; trivia show Last Fan Standing, hosted by Con favorite Bruce Campbell, and Mythica: A Quest for Heroes starring Kevin Sorbo are among the most watched properties on the channel (occupying 15 of top 20 viewed spots);
- 100% of CONtv’s entire content offering of over 3,300 films, TV episodes and originals accrued video views over the first month;
- Most active users viewed content on multiple devices;
- Binge-viewing by users is high frequency;
- Based on fan feedback, CONtv delivered new, enhanced APP updates for iOS, Android and Roku, delivering a 10x faster speed.
Catering to the enormous and avid Comic Con audience, CONtv currently boasts 2,500 hours of original programming, curated films and TV episodes, and exclusive Comic Con panel coverage from dozens of annual nationwide conventions, with new panel programming added weekly as additional CONs take place.
CONtv is a partnership of Cinedigm and is the first streaming network designed for Comic Con fans.
In addition to Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, CONtv will be covering major upcoming Wizard World Comic Con events in major markets including Chicago, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Des Moines and more.
Both free and VIP subscription accounts are available at CONtv.com, with CONtv VIP subscription packages providing the ultimate ad-free fan experience, access to exclusive content and first look and perks at Wizard World Comic Cons, including reserved seating and discounts.
You can download Contv on iTunes, Android and Roku.
Liv must eat the brains of her murdered sorority sister in order to gain insight about the crime.
The fifth episode of iZombie is nice in that it gives Liv a bit of a more normal life and a potential boyfriend as the world expands and more characters are introduced.
The crime is an interesting one, but the actual “who did it” isn’t all that cleared and I got to the end of the episode feeling like I completely missed it. Probably not the best of things, since that’s sort of the whole show.
Instead, the episode more focuses on Liv’s past and possibly her future. The characteristics she gains aren’t quite as pronounced as past episodes, but it’s present.
The episode is probably the weakest of the series so far, but it’s still very cute and enjoyable. It felt more as an episode to push some characters in certain directions, like the missing kids storyline and give Liv a love interest. It’s a bridge episode, not a solid one that stands on it’s own.
iZombie is a great show, and beyond entertaining. It bucked its formula a bit this episode and stumbled, but still, much better than a lot that’s on television. Ever series deserves one bad episode. Hopefully this is it.
Overall Rating: 7.5
The story of Melinda May’s transformation into “The Cavalry” is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true heritage from Lincoln, the truth about Inhumans will send her in a new direction.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a night of revelations including Melinda May’s past and why she has the reputation she does. It also involves Skye’s history and the revelation of her parents to her. All of it is tied together in a way that’s a bit too convenient and tied together. Marvel does a great job of tying together its series, but this episode conveniently ties in Melinda’s past with the whole Inhuman thing. It’s a bit too far. Skye learning about her power is nice, and how they explain it is very cool.
The episode also reveals Raina’s ability, which is cool. We also get to finally find out what Fury’s toolbox is.
The acting is a bit better than last week…. but it’s still a bit sub-par compared to previous episodes. Still, the series is moving along the Inhuman story well enough, and is doing what Marvel can’t do in the movies.
Here’s hoping the hype pays off in future episodes, time will tell.
Overall Score: 7.25
Felicity Smoak and Ray come to Central City seeking help with Ray’s suit; a meta-human releases deadly robotic bees; a group dinner does not go as planned.
The Flash is running full steam ahead as the series heads towards the season finale with seven episodes to go. There’s a bunch going on, but mostly Barry is dealing with the fact that Wells isn’t who he says he is.
The big bad of the episode is the Bug-Eyed Bandit, played by Emily Kinney (Beth of The Walking Dead proving actors now hop from comic property to comic property). She controls a whole bunch of mechanical bees, and as someone who doesn’t like bees, it caused me a hell of a lot of issues. I seriously dislike bees.
The episode has Ray Palmer upgrading his suit and joining team Flash to defeat the Bug-Eyed Bandit. Routh as Palmer is solid as usual, and I can’t wait until he gets his own show. But, why is The Atom more Iron Man than, well, the Atom!
The episode plays a lot in the campy aspect of things when it comes to the Bug-Eyed Bandit with numerous bee-related puns and Kinney even sports an outfit with a hive design. It’s pretty bad, and definitely a step down for the actress. We’re talking Batman ’66 level of camp.
The episode moves some plot-lines well, it also falls into the camp territory a bit too much. Not a bad episode, we’ve just seen much better.
Overall rating: 7.75
Constantine‘s fate is still up in the air, though websites and blogs would have you think otherwise. Going off the list generated by Buzzfeed, many sites are reporting Constantine has officially got the ax from NBC. Trusting a site which built its empire on lists ripped off from Reddit probably wasn’t the way to go. The author of the article claimed it was “fact checked.”
Well apparently Kate didn’t check her facts well enough because the show has shifted in her list from cancelled to “awaiting news,” though you wouldn’t really know about the switch unless you had seen earlier copies of the post.
Daniel Cerone, the producer of the show, last updated fans on March 28 saying they were pitching their season 2 to NBC in April, and NBC will decide after.
Cerone confirmed the fact the show’s fate is still up in the aire, and in a statement to another site:
I just received confirmation from the corporate offices at NBC. I was assured that Constantine has not been canceled and our pitch meeting to discuss a potential second season remains on the books. By the way, this is a pitch meeting involving the president of Warner Bros and and the entertainment heads of NBC. Nobody at this incredibly busy time of the development season has time to waste taking pointless meetings.
Now, is it fair to say that Constantine is a long shot? Sure, that’s fair to say. While we marginally improved a tough time slot for NBC, we’re a very expensive show to produce. A lot of NBC’s decision making will not doubt hinge on their new pilots and how they feel those new shows would fare as a companion piece to Grimm, versus a second season of Constantine.
For facts, go to the source people, not click-bait websites.
Jimmy Kimmel went Avengers crazy on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live featuring the cast and lots of skits involving the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also has a little after-credits scene with Paul Rudd aka Ant-Man. Check out all the video below!
Cheesy Marvel Cartoon Openings
Jimmy and the Avengers Play Telephone
Wall of America: Marvel Comics Super Fans
The AvenGerbils: Hamster of Thor
Who Leads the Avengers in Real life?
Mark Ruffalo on His “Man-Canceling” Avengers Outfit
The Cast Discuss Strange Fan Art
The Cast Take Fan Questions
Avengers Family Feud
Post Credit skit