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TV Review: King of the Nerds S3E2 And Now For Something Different

king of the nerdsTwo nerds enter and one nerd leaves as the third season of King of the Nerds sees the second episode where cosplay tests the nerds.

This episode saw the contestants put together cosplay and act out a skit for judges to decide who should win. The winner is rather surprising, but overall the episode’s real focus is the personalities coming out and an alliance forming.

Some folks take the loss pretty heavily, which puts on display the fact a few of the nerds have some issues interacting with people. The social interaction this season is just so odd, and I’m sure it’s not helped by some editing. That’s on full display this episode as the women discuss their sexuality, and the men are left in the wind. I’m sure there was more to the conversation, it’s just obviously cut a certain way to titillate the audience.

The most interesting thing this season is the alliance formed, which is the highlight so far. It’ll be only time before it melts down, or folks figure it out.

It also feels the challenge this week was recycled. It was cosplay and a skit. I feel like we’ve seen that one before.

What really strikes me this season is howunlikeable this cast is. There’s no one I’m cheering for, it’s really deciding who is the least irritating or bad spirited. Something about this season isn’t as enjoyable as pasts, so it should be interesting to see where the rest of the season goes.

Overall rating: 7

TV Review: Constantine S1E11 A Whole World Out There

CONSTANTINE-First-Official-Image1John is sent to help an old friend at Ivy University, where students have figured out how to get to an alternate dimension – only to be met by a killer.

Its been eleven episodes, but with this one Constantine shows off what it could be. I had some expectations for the series, that we might get a horror infused X-Files, and it never quite reached that potential. Well, the series finally got there with a story involving a killer in an alternate dimension. It’s the X-Files meets A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Constantine heads back to catch up with his friend Richie, a character we were introduced to in the first episode, then quickly went away. A character with a hell of a lot of potential, and never was really used well.

The bad of the episode is that actor Jeremy Davies as Richie has some issues with his accent, jumping around a bit, but finally settling on something. That’s the worst part of the episode.

What’s great is there’s actual horror! Folks die. There’s blood. I was creeped out at parts! It took so long, but this is exactly what the series should have been doing. I want to be scared. I want some gore. Up until this point the series has really felt limited by what you could put on NBC. Here, its shown that you can do some great scares without tons of gore. Bravo!

There’s just two episodes left in the season, and it’s this point the pull potential is shown off. Here’s hoping the final episodes are just as solid, because this was absolutely my favorite episode of the year.

Overall rating: 8.75

 

Katie Cook’s Gronk featured on NFL Game Day

gronk 2She’s small, green, adorable and is about to make her network television debut. Action Lab‘s Gronk will be featured on the NFL Network’s Superbowl Pregame Show, NFL Game Day Morning. Gronk, the adorable little monster created by popular comic book writer and artist Katie Cook shares a name with New England Patriots tight end, Robert “Gronk” Gronkowski. Both she and her creation will be part of a feature as the NFL meets other “Gronks”. Katie, interviewed by host Steve Cyphers, drew Gronk dressed as “Gronk” for the cameras.

Published weekly online since 2010, Cook has built up quite the following for her adorable bacon loving, pop culture obsessed creation.  Gronk is Action Lab Entertainment’s 2015 Free Comic Book Day offering, and will be released on Saturday May 2nd, 2015 but you don’t have to wait that long because the first Gronk: A Monsters Story collection will hit store shelves in February.

You can catch Katie and Gronk on the NFL Network’s NFL Game Day Morning, this Sunday, February 1st before Super Bowl XLIX starting at 9:00 am EST.

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A.K.A. Jessica Jones Gets Hellcat, Supergirl Gets Jimmy Olsen

Rachael Taylor has signed on for the role of Trish Walker in the Netflix series Marvel‘s A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The character in the comics is Jessica’s best friend as well as the superhero Hellcat.

She joins Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and David Tennant as Kilgrave.

The premiere date has been set, but the show will debut some time after Marvel’s fist Netflix series Daredevil.

Rachael TaylorIt was just a few days ago that Melissa Benoist was cast as Supergirl, headling the new television show from CBS. Another cast member has been announced, Mehcad Brooks as the classic Superman character Jimmy Olsen.

The characters has been described as “a smart worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara works. He had previously been working and living in National City for mysterious reasons, and his salt of the earth nature piques Kara’s interest.”

No debut date has been announced.

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TV Review: Arrow S3E11 Midnight City

arrowOn this episode of Arrow Roy and Diggle try to stop Laurel for following her sister’s footsteps before she gets killed. However a new enemy, Brick, captures the city’s alderman and will kill him if the police wont evacuate The Glades. Meanwhile ray tries to help Detective Lance. Malcolm tells Thea that their family is being hunted and tracked down by Ra’s al Ghul and must leave town immediately.

Out of all of the episodes this season, this one actually kept my interest the least. The storylines were either goofy, or predictable. Laurel is now running around as the Canary, and doing a decent job, but seeing as what happened to her sister Team Arrow don’t really want her to do so. Then, how does she deal with her father, since her father knows her sister was the Canary? Well, they deal with that in a bit of a goofy way, since Laurel and her sister aren’t exactly the same build or have the same mannerisms.

Then there’s Brick, and his kidnapping of the city’s alderman. His demands are just a bit…. weird. I’m kind of missing his motivation for all of this. And the fact the city is willing to cave to his demands is just downright bizarre.

It’s also pretty obvious that Oliver would be back, the question was when and how. The how is a bit…. weak. And overall, this seems to be an excuse to focus on characters other than him, which is good in a way.

The overall various plotlines could be good, but where they weaved in this episode really just derailed what has been otherwise a solid season.

While I liked the idea of focusing on the rest of Team Arrow, with his absence, now I just want Oliver back.

Overall rating: 7

TV Review: Agent Carter S1E4 The Blitzkrieg Button

Agent_CarterOn this episode of Marvel‘s Agent Carter, Peggy may be in more trouble than usual when fugitive Howard Stark suddenly returns for mysterious reasons. And Chief Dooley chases a new clue all the way to Europe that threatens to destroy Peggy’s future at the SSR.

Stark is back, and he needs the further help of Peggy, as he hides out in Peggy’s apartment. It’s all an interesting way to figure out the next item that needs to get back, plus it sets up some great humor with Stark being tempted in a building filled with women.

Stark eventually reveals what’s in the vile that Peggy needed to grab, leading to an interesting back and forth between the two of them, and showing off a bit more how much of a shitheal Stark is. What’s even more interesting is him being an asshat actually drives a bit of a wedge between him and Jarvis.

What’s most interesting is Dottie, who reveals there’s a bit more to her…. a lot more about her.

And Stan Lee people!

The episode was a solid one. There’s lots of really nice moments, and it adds to the great series. Individual episodes are much weaker than the whole, and I think we’ll really need to judge this when all is said and done.

Overall Score: 7.75

TV Review: The Flash S1E11 The Sound and Fury

theflash_full_costumeAfter his encounter with The Rogues, Barry must face off against a new villain, Pied Piper.

The Flash‘s latest episode is a rather interesting one. It’s focus isn’t so much the Flash as it is Harrison Wells, focusing on his mysterious origin and background.

The episode introduces us to the Pied Piper, the latest villain to enter the DC television universe. He turns out to be a former colleague of Wells and the two had a falling out. He even warned Wells about how his experiment might go haywire, which it did, creating all the meta-humans.

All of that shows off not just Wells’ history, but we see him show off his speed powers, and there’s some revelations. Not just to us the viewer, but also some of the other characters who suspect something is up. And something is, as Wells has issues using his abilities, with them shorting out in a way.The episode is a pretty solid one adding to the world that is The Flash, and that’s always welcome. It also hints we should be expecting some movement in the whole Reverse Flash angle soon too. Can’t wait!

Overall rating: 7.75

iZombie – Liv to Tell Trailer

Liv has a secret that she isn’t dying to tell. iZombie premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 9/8c on The CW.

TV Review: Gotham S1E13 Welcome Back, Jim Gordon

gotham cast When the key witness in a homicide ends up dead while being held for questioning by the police, Gordon suspects that it’s an inside job and looks to an old friend for information.

Gotham was in top form tonight with two vital storylines running, and a third that’s a bit meh.

The meh is the story with Bruce and his search for Selina. Overall, it’s the weakest part of the series, and the less it focuses on Bruce Wayne and the murder of his parents, the better the series is. It’s particularly weak when it deals with the young Selina or Ivy. They, along with Bruce, feel a bit forced.

The other two storylines have to deal with Gordon’s return to the police force as well as the rise of the Penguin. Both were solid here, moving along each respective plotline well, especially when it comes to the characters themselves.

We slowly see how Gordon becomes the leader we know he becomes, slowly winning over his fellow police, and fighting against the odds and system. This is a great spot of the series, and I think brings some of the strongest character aspects to the series.

Penguin has also risen, taking over Fish’s club, except Fish isn’t exactly out of the picture. Watching Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin is fantastic. He’s probably the best of the series, and to see him grow has been fascinating.

Where these two stories intersect are particularly interesting and some of the strongest things of the series. When it does the mob/cop aspect it shines.

This episode shows what the series can be, and at the same time seems to be phasing out some of the weaker elements. Gotham is back, and it is stronger than ever.

Overall Score: 8.25

David Tennant Joins Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones

david-tennant-official-2012-243x317Marvel has announced that it has added David Tennant to Netflix‘s A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Tennant will be playing the villainous Kilgrave. Tennant is best known for his run as the Tenth Doctor in the international BBC hit Doctor Who. A.K.A. He recently was seen in Broadchurch and the American adaptation Gracepoint. Jessica Jones will run for 13 episodes following Marvel’s first Netflix series Daredevil.

The character is described as:

“An enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave’s reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.”

Tennant joins Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter who will be playing Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Kilgrave is most likely Zebediah Killgrave, also known as the Purple Man, a character who has had history with both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in Marvel comics’ various series. The character has the ability to use mind control using pheromones and also has accelerated healing. The character is most known for his purple skin.

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