Category Archives: Television

Matt Fraction’s Complete Interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers

It’s not too often you get to see comic creators promoting their comics on late night television, by writer Matt Fraction was on last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers to discuss Sex Criminals. There’s also talk of his time writing Hawkeye….. plus, sex advice!

TV Review: iZombie S1E10 Mr. Berserk

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0A journalist working on a story linking psychotic episodes with an energy drink is murdered.

iZombie again brings us an entertaining episode, this one diving more into the bigger story and mythos, getting away from the murder of the week. Things all tie together in this episode as the first season gets closer to wrapping up. There’s a lot of plot points going on, so lets take it bit by bit.

Major is dealing with all that’s going on around him, and thinks he’s going a bit crazy concerning what he’s seen. There’s the issue that his two friends Ravi and Liv know he’s not crazy, but can’t tell him the truth as to what’s happening.

There are hints as to the cause of the zombie outbreak as the episode focuses on an energy drink that makes you go crazy. We shall see if this comes up again.

Finally, Liv is dealing with the death from last episode. She’s not taking it well, so it’s lucky that the latest case she has to deal with involves someone who was an alcoholic, so she can drink her pain away. As usual, actress Rose McIver is fantastic in her role, playing off the drunkenness nicely and at the same time giving us the brokenness and loss she’s experienced. There’s also the realization between Liv and Ravi that something is up and a greater conspiracy exists, but why?

It’s interesting that at 3/4 of the first season done we get a shift in focus as to the greater story, but it also comes at a good time as the formula was a bit repetitive with the episodes. Overall though, the series continues to be entertaining, and how the first season wraps up should be fun and exciting. Another solid episode, of a consistently solid series.

Overall Rating: 8.25

The Flash Season 2 Gets a Teaser

In case you missed it after last night’s first season finale, The Flash showrunners Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti tease what to expect for the upcoming second season, returning to The CW this Fall.

TV Review: The Flash S1E23 Fast Enough

theflash_full_costumeWhen the partical accelerator is back online, Barry will have to go back in time to stop Eobard Thawne on the night of his mother’s murder 15 years ago.

This is it, the finale to the first season of The Flash. The episode is interesting in that about 3/4 of it is Barry debating his options. Eobard has given Barry a way to fix things. Go back in time, save his mother, and giving Eobard a way to head back to his time. But, should he? That’s a lot of the episode, what Barry gains versus what Barry loses if he does this.

The answer takes up the last 20 minutes or so of the show, and leads to one hell of a fight between The Flash and Reverse Flash. That’s really the last little bit of the episode, and it has some twists and turns that had me saying “holy shit.” Add a cliffhanger that literally has the fate of the world at stake. Well, that’s something I guess we’ll find out about when the second season begins in the fall.
The episode is an interesting one, where the majority is focused on the relationships that have been built up through the season. It wasn’t what I’d expect, which was a massive fight for a lot of the episode.There was also some great references for the comic fans, along with some foreshadowing. Not only do we get to see the helmet of Jay Garrick, but also Rip Hunter is mentioned. Hunter will play a huge role in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which will debut in 2016.The episode was one full of heart and excitement, and I can’t wait until the series returns this fall.

Overall rating: 9.3

TV Review: iZombie S1E9 Patriot Brains

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Liv and Clive investigate the death of a former sniper; Major gets closer to the truth.

iZombie is interesting with this episode in that it deals with a lot of issues, and some better than others. The episode has Liv discovering where Blaine is getting his brains from, which leads to a lot of existential issues for Lowell.

That part of the show is really solid. Where things slip a little, is that Liv winds up eating the brain of a former sniper and there’s talk of PTSD. That topic is just touched upon, but isn’t gone in-depth too much. It’s kind of bummer, because it could have been really fantastic to see that aspect bleed over to Liv and her dealing with it herself, especially concerning her situation. There was a fantastic opportunity to explore an important topic, but it just didn’t happen.

The big part of the episode was really moving along the plot of Blaine, and the missing kids. Major does a lot of snooping which leads him to a crazy confrontation. Liv and Lowell also come to a conclusion of how they need to deal with Blaine. We also learn a bit more about the zombie virus.

This episode really deals more with the meta aspect of the story, and where things go from here should be really interesting, especially due to that ending. Didn’t see that one coming at all.

Overall Rating: 8

TV Review: iZombie S1E8 Dead Air

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Liv gains insight after eating the brains of a talk show host who specialized in relationships.

iZombie is all about relationships in this episode, which forces Liv to reexamine hers with friends, as well as her potential love interest.

It’s an interesting way to look at a character’s personal life without just completely devoting the episode and story to that. I like the concept a lot, and it works really well here.

The likely suspects as usual are pretty straightforward, but the “who done it” isn’t really the draw of the series, it’s Rose McIver as Liz and her dealing with being a zombie. As usual she’s beyond charming in the role.

The most interesting aspect is the recently introduced conspiracy running through the police department. The fact there’s a cover-up going on is very interesting and adds a deeper, more sinister, aspect to it all.

iZombie continues to be a fun series, standing out from the numerous series on tv based on comics.

Overall Rating: 8

Preview: Everything Before Us

YouTube sensation, Wong Fu Productions has made its first feature-length film. And. It. Looks. AWESOME.

Everything Before Us is set in a futuristic society that has bureaucratized love and relationships through the DEI (Department of Emotional Integrity.)

The DEI keeps track of everyone’s relationship activity and seems to rate it based the imposed rules of the DEI. This, of course is supposed to make everyone’s lives and relationships better. Everything Before Us follows the lives of two couples, adults Ben and Sara, and high schoolers Seth and Haley. As their relationships grow and change, we learn the strengths and weaknesses of the DEI and the challenges it places on lovers young and old. Plus, Randall Park (of The Interview and Fresh Off the Boat fame) is in it. Just sayin’.

Fear The Walking Dead Adds More Cast

fear_the_walking_deadThe spinoff to The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, is adding more cast to the series. Ruben Blades, Mercedes Mason, and Elizabeth Rodriguez have all been added to the cast.

Blades is a singer/songwriter/actor (and former politician) and will be playing the father of Mason. Mason does get a name for her character Ofelia. Blades has a long history in music and entertainment. Mason is best known for her role on 666 Park Avenue.

Elizabeth Rodriguez will be a character named Liza. She has had a role on Orange Is the New Black, Prime Suspect, Law & Order, and much more.

Seth Rogen Tweets a New Look at Preacher

Seth Rogen is keeping us up to date on the filming of Preacher, the television based on the celebrated comic series. The series stars Dominic Cooper and will air on AMC. The photo looks like our first look at the characters Jesse Custer and Arseface.

The comic follows a small town preacher who is possessed by a creature called Genesis who is the child  of an angel and demon, and since it’s neither good nor evil, it’s a new type of being.

The series was announced in February 2014, and the comic was published by DC ComicsVertigo imprint.

New Worlds Comics Wynter Gets Optioned for Television

Comics are clearly the hot property in Hollywood right now as series are being optioned left and right by production companies. Publisher New Worlds Comics announced their series Wynter is the latest comic series to be optioned.

An an email to their list, Guy Hasson wrote:

I’ve got an amazing piece of news, and I’ll get right to it: New Worlds Comics just signed an option deal with a Hollywood production company regarding Wynter!

 

Now, I chose to use the weekly newsletter not to talk about this past week, but to let the fans know days before everyone else, before I release this news officially at the website!

What does this mean? It doesn’t mean that Wynter will be on TV any time soon, and there’s no guarantee it will ever be there.

What it means is that there is a production company that now has the right to go to the various networks and try to sell them the idea of Wynter as a TV series.

This is a long, harsh process, and the chances of success aren’t that good.

Next: Suppose a network likes Wynter and chooses to go ahead with it. In that case, it says: “Here’s money, shoot a pilot!” The chances of a pilot being picked up after it was ordered? Very small! In Hollywood, they order many more pilots than they actually need.

Now suppose the pilot is picked up and set to go to series. Then the chances of the series lasting more than a few episodes or past the first season are again very small.

So: It’s a long, hard road. But it’s the first step in something amazing that could happen. And I am very happy that others see the potential in Wynter as a great sci-fi epic that I see and that perhaps you see!

I promise to update you if anything big happens! (And I like the fact that I updated you first!)

Congrats to them and good luck in the process!

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