Category Archives: Television

DC All Access Gives More info on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

They may be DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but you can get to know them today in this exclusive new DC All Access clip! We’re all still reeling from yesterday’s epic new trailer, but that didn’t stop Tiffany and Jason from rounding up Legends of Tomorrow’s Ciara Renee (Hawkgirl), Falk Hentschel (Hawkman), Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), Brandon Routh (Atom) and Executive Producer Phil Klemmer to talk about what we can expect when the show premieres next January. Plus, we look at the first issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race, discuss Vertigo’s The Sheriff of Babylon with creators Tom King and Mitch Gerads and preview DC’s newest YouTube channel, DC Fans!

Sonia Braga Joins Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage

sonia bragaMarvel has announced that Sonia Braga will be joining their next Netflix series, Marvel’s Luke Cage, as Claire Temple’s mother. Braga will play Soledad Temple, the mother of Claire who debuted on Marvel’s Daredevil and is played by Rosario Dawson.

Braga is an Emmy and three-time Golden Globe nominee continuing Marvel’s streak of hiring top notch actors for their series. She began acting in 1968 and has appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Moon Over Parador, Sex and the City, Alias, Royal Pains, and more. She earned two Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy nomination for her role in The Burning Season.

Mike Colter will play the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage, in the series and has already debuted in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Cheo Hodari Coker will write the series’ first two episodes in addition to serving as showrunner and Executive Producer.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Gets Its First Trailer

Heroes and villains join forces to become DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, beginning January 21 on The CW!

TV Review: Gotham S2E10 The Son of Gotham

Gotham Season 2Gordon deals with a suspect linked to Galavan; and Bruce comes closer to indentifying who killed his parents.

Gotham‘s tenth episode bounces back in this episode I think to have Bruce finally stand up, lots of intrigue and the police doing what they do best, be cops.

The series to me is its best when it doesn’t focus on the quirky villains that are proto of what we know come about later on. Instead this episode focuses on the police, really Gordon tracking down the mysterious order who may be linked to Galavan, and to me that’s solid. I really enjoy Gordon when he’s in this mode. It’s a good balance of villain and cop.

More importantly the Selina/Bruce/Silver triangle comes ahead. Bruce’s being strung around by Silver at this point was so boring, so it’s nice to finally see him get a clue and stand up.

The episode is the best of the season so far, getting back to the police aspect I enjoy, and moving away from silly storylines like Nygma or freak of the week.

Overall Rating: 8.6

TV Review: Supergirl S1E5 How Does She Do It?

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara must protect National City from a series of bombings and babysit Cat’s son, while James is visited by Lucy Lane.

CBSSupergirl finally gets us to a bigger story, as it’s revealed there’s a big bad on the horizon, or at least in front of us. The episode has Kara balancing her life, and doing what she can to do her job too.

The episode is cute in many ways, revolving around Jimmy’s love life and the rather complicated matter than it is.

But, as usual, the episode really revolves around Kara/Supergirl and what she does and what she says. The episode portrays her in a relaistic way as a hero who can’t do it all, and does mess up, and have to make choices. It’s a solid episode in many ways because of that.

I’m not a fan of Kara and Jimmy getting together, which is teased as usual, but not gone through with. It’s cute, but Jimmy should be her mentor and friend.

There’s also some solid moments of a young boy looking up at Supergirl as his hero, a nice nod that her fans go across gender.

The episode isn’t deep at all, but a very cute and entertaining hour.

Overall rating: 7.9

Listen to Jonesing for Jessica Episode 1, the Jessica Jones Podcast on Demand

Marvel‘s Jessica Jones is the newest comic character to be adapted from comics to a live action series on Netflix. After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica is rebuilding her personal life and career as a private detective in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s time the world knew her name…

In the first episode of the show Jessica Jones is hired to find a NYU student who’s vanished, but it turns out to be more than a simple missing persons case.

Hosts Brett and Elana discuss each episode one by one with special guests joining in the discussion. For the first episode they were joined by guests Sarah Jaffe and Steven Attewell.

Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at the Nation Institute and a giant nerd who once upon a time wrote about comics more than she wrote about politics, believe it or not, and she has lots of feelings about superhero movies AND their politics. She is working on her first book which is about social movements since the financial crisis and will be released next August from Nation Books. Follow her on Twitter.

Steve Attewell is a political & union activist, Steve got his PhD in Policy History from the University of California, Santa Barbara and teaches public policy at CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. His essays about Game of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire book series have been published in Esquire, Salon and in two books on the subject. He co-hosts the Game of Thrones Podcast for Lawyers Guns and Money. He is the founder and writer of Race for the Iron Throne.

Saturday Night Live Shows Never Before Seen Star Wars Auditions

J.J. Abrams shares The Force Awakens screen tests for Daisy Ridley and Sofia Vergara (Cecily Strong), John Boyega, Emma Stone, David Beckham (Taran Killam), Jon Hamm and more on Saturday Night Live.

Pentatonix Star Wars Tribute at the American Music Awards

At Sunday Night’s American Music Awards instead of the normal orchestral tribute you might see for John Williams, acapella group Pentatonix (who eventually was backed up by an orchestra) sang some of the iconic songs from Star Wars.

For those who might think it’s all a bit odd, the AMAs appeared on ABC which is owned by Disney, which owns Star Wars. So, some nice cross promotion and why you’ve seen so much Star Wars on ABC.

TV Review: The Walking Dead S6E7 Heads Up

walking-dead-5 photoAlexandria is finally able to begin pulling itself back together; peace is embraced between the two groups.

The Walking Dead answers a major question right away in tonight’s episode, what happened to Glenn? It should really be no surprise for folks following spoilers online, so I’ll outright say, he’s fine, and while how he does is a bit grumbling in the realism, it’s plausible. Even knowing Glenn would be sticking around, I have to say, I was still overwhelmingly happy to see him being ok. I think that says something as to the power of the show and how much we’ve come to love and connect with these characters.

The episode also moves along some other interesting plot points.

There’s Morgan letting folks live, and whether his philosophy is realistic in this new world. There’s the hoard of walkers at the walls, and there’s teaching folks to defend themselves which is just in time.

But, what I find really interesting about this episode is Rick’s actions toward Father Gabriel, and some symbolism at the end of the episode, almost as if saying religion is going to be everyone’s undoing. It’s interesting moments, and subtle and not so subtle, that can get folks debating for a while as to the significance.

There’s one episode left before the winter break, and the series is amping things up based on that final moments. While I’m bummed to see a break, I’m really amped to see what next week’s episode brings.

Overall rating: 8.4

TV Review: Jessica Jones S1E13 AKA Smile

737135-jessica-jones_828x1104Jessica and Luke get help from someone else in the neighborhood. Kilgrave gears up for a major test of powers against Jessica.

This is it, the final episode of the first season of Jessica Jones. It’s taken it up to this point to tie the series in to Daredevil, and it’s done in a rather nice way.

But, there’s a lot to do. We’ve got Luke’s situation. Confrontation with Kilgrave. Hogarth. Just a hell of a lot to fit into the final hour.

Things get wrapped up. Not sure I’d say nicely, but there’s a definitive ending when it comes to dealing with Kilgrave. And that ending, and how it’s resolved is something I’m debating about, and that includes with numerous people witnessing Jessica’s actions.

I think the final episode really sums up my thoughts on the series as a whole. It wasn’t quite sure of its tone. It wasn’t quite sure if it wanted to be a detective series or a superhero series. And it wasn’t quite sure how dark it wanted to be.

The final episode, along with the series, has left me rather torn and a bit unsatisfied, though, it’s a feeling I can’t quite nail down. Perhaps I need Jessica Jones to help investigate.

The show, and finale, went into adult themes and felt more like a test as to what can be done, as opposed to an idea of exactly what to do.

The final episode wraps some things up, and leaves some things open. Maybe what comes next will leave me a bit more satisfied, but, like Daredevil, it sputtered towards the end (and this entire series sputtered at times in general). This is an episode, and series, that will be debated.

Overall Rating: 7.4

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