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TV Review: Gotham S1E20 Under the Knife

gotham cast The episode continues the story of Gordon tracking down the Ogre, Bruce figuring out what’s up at Wayne Enterprises, the Penguin wanting to start a war, and finally the real birth of the Riddler.

Gotham is ending the series in a rather random way, with a mult-part story involving the serial killer, something that should have come much sooner in the series I think. It all feels a bit rushed.

There’s also the issue that the Ogre just feels like a 50 Shades rip-off. It’s not necessarily bad, but with a secret room, some S&M hints, it all just feels like a bad cash-in and attempt to connect with that audience. What I do think is interesting is that actor Milo Ventimiglia, who plays the character, actually channels some Bruce Wayne in the depiction, and I could see him taking on the role at some point.

The better part of the episode is the Penguin’s decision to amp up the war with a certain crimeboss. That is much better and more interesting as far as all of the plotlines.

There’s also a nice twist with the Riddler that I didn’t see coming.

The episode was ok to me. Not bad, not good, and a piece of the season finale. There’s some intriguing things of where they might take some characters, but overall, things seem a bit rushed to me. For once, I wish things were spread out across more episodes.

Overall Score: 7.25

Review: Convergence #2

convergence #2 coverAs Telos, the Planet Incarnate, easily defeats the survivors of Earth 2, Thomas Wayne and Dick Grayson set off to find help in the pre-Flashpoint Gotham City. The emotional implication of these worlds colliding comes crashing down when Thomas Wayne confronts this world’s Batman, as father meets son!

Plus, Alan Scott’s attempts to connect with The Green yield unexpected results, setting our team on a quest to escape the planet. And the cyborgs of Futures End engage in a battle to the death against the reimagined heroes of the Just Imagine Universe, while the city of Superman Red and Blue takes on the opposing forces from GENERATIONS!

The second issue of Convergence focuses in on the viewpoint of Dick Grayson and his views of what’s happened and what’s happening. This would be an interesting “everyman” point of view, but Grayson isn’t very likeable. After a brief intro to Grayson’s experience, we’re quickly pivoted to mostly a fight between the Earth 2 heroes and Telos. The fight is somewhat lame, and entire segment rather boring, but you need to get these heroes off on their mission. That involves exploring the world and trying to get some allies to help them.

The big emotional punch is supposed to be the meeting between Thomas Wayne and a version of Bruce Wayne. What should have been an incredible emotional punch comes off as cold, distant, and about as touching as a wet fart.

Convergence so far has a feel of a cheap event, thrown together from ideas we’ve seen before in previous comics and other media. The story so far is just not interesting or entertaining, it’s just rather bland and recycled. What has succeeded is some of the tie-ins, so it might be best for those interested to start there.

The second issue gets the comic moving, but it’s not enough to get me excited to see what happens next. Generally the characters aren’t likeable, and the villain is so detached, I just don’t care about him.

For a hyped event, Convergence has me waiting for it to be over to get back to our regularly scheduled program.

Story: Jeff King Art: Jason Paz, Carlo Pagulayan
Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Officially Released

After a pirated copy was released online, Warner Bros. has decided to up the release date of the first teaser trailer for next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Originally it was to debut in theaters on Monday where individuals had to sign up to attend. Director Zack Snyder promises that those that do go will still see something special.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters Coming July 28

1000563530BRDBEAUTY_c81d1a96Witness a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet – but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. From the creative genius of executive producer Bruce Timm and co-producer Alan Burnett comes an original story where the world’s greatest triumvirate of super heroes has distinctly different origins. Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. They are as likely the world’s saviors as Earth’s despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League – but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows? It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?

With a twist on your favorite Justice League characters, this film is full of thrilling new adventures and jam-packed with a celebrity voice cast which includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Tamara Taylor (Bones) as Wonder Woman, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lois Lane, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor and C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland) as Dr. Will Magnus.

Sam Liu (Batman: Year One) directed Justice League: Gods & Monsters from an original story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Co-Producer Alan Burnett (The Batman), who also wrote the screenplay. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Co-Executive Producers.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters is out July 28 on video and digitally.

TV Review: Arrow S3E19 Broken Arrow

arrowQuentin 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

Team Rubio, X-Men and Walking Dead Fans

On Monday I ran a story about how the team for Marco Rubio noted that they’re fans of Marvel and DC Comics‘ television shows and movies. It was a rather odd thing to include in a Presidential Twitter bio. After a few Tweets pestering them why they didn’t show any love for indie comics, I decided to go with an easier one. Now we know what they’re fans of.

So a series about the apocalypse and another that focuses a lot on tolerance/racism/and exclusion. Some lessons to be learned from both as the campaign chugs along.

 

 

 

Review: Convergence Supergirl – Matrix #1

consupergirl001Convergence has been a bizarre spectacle so far.  Treading on the excellent ground of some of the great comic book crossovers that have come before, this series is searching the multiverse for characters, time and places that are worth saving, all by way of an unrevealed scheme by Brainiac.  In the continuity of the stories, the characters are fighting for their lives, but the real world experience for readers is something else entirely.  The characters which are being revisited are those which represent for some stalled ideas that never really caught on (Captain Carrot), other weird phenomenon (such as with the Extremists, rip offs of Marvel villains) or just simply experiencing what was on offer for comic fans in a different time and place.  Supergirl Matrix definitely falls into the latter.

As has been shown in other Convergence titles, the heroes are stuck in domed cities, but they are on the verge of having to battle for their existence against others from other domed cities.  Supergirl Matrix is paired with a not-so-evil Lex Luthor who is trying to find a way to escape from the domed city before they are eliminated.  Supergirl ends up with a high-tech device that she is trying to use to determine something which Lex needs to know, but she can’t get on to it before she is faced off against two of the combatants, Lady Quark and Lord Volt.

As opposed to capturing something fun from the past, this issue caught something undesirable.  Certainly the past of comics has a lot of great stories which have been told, but there are also a lot of stories which should remain stuck in some back issue bin, and this unfortunately captures that essence above all else.  It is reminiscent of the 1980s, when comics got a bit darker, but some responded with an attempt at humor for heroes, most of which fell flat.  The humor in this issue is mostly a misfire, the heroes feel out of place, the plot unnecessary to the overall story of Convergence, and all that this issue manages to capture from the past is that it too should probably be buried in a back issue bin.

Story:  Keith Giffen Art:  Timothy Green II  
Story: 4.3 Art:  7.5 Overall: 4.3  Recommendation:  Pass

TV Review: The Flash S1E18 All Star Team Up

theflash_full_costumeFelicity 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

TV Review: Gotham S1E19 Beasts of Prey

gotham cast Gordon and Bullock inspect a cold case involving “the Ogre”, a serial killer who targets young women in Gotham City. Meanwhile, Fish plots her escape from the Dollmaker, and Bruce and Selina confront Reggie.

Gotham‘s back after a short break to give us a new villain for Bullock and Gordon to search for, Fish’s escape plan, and Bruce dealing with the fact that Alfred was shot. The episode is really mix in quality.

The best part is the serial killer aspect, with Gordon and Bullock acting more like police in a weird city than going after knock-offs of Batman’s rogues gallery. The killer is interesting, and the fact it’s multiple episodes is a nice way to end the season, especially with only three episodes left.

Fish’s storyline has taken up WAY too much time in the series. It needs to end, and it looks like we’re close to that. Out of everything in this first season, Fish has been the low point.

Bruce also going out and finding Reggie is a bit odd. His storyline is only slightly better than Fish’s. Less Bruce, less Fish, better series.

The episode is just ok, and in general a weak return. The high point is we have some foreshadowing of Gordon’s future job in the police force. There’s only three episodes left, hopefully they’re better than this one.

Overall Score: 7

Rubio for President Likes Both Marvel & DC, No Love for Indie Comics

Well this might be new. The official Marco Rubio for President Twitter page touts its love for both Marvel and DC Comics‘ television shows as well as movies…. no love for all of the small press and indie comics? I’m sure shunning The Walking Dead fans is a winning strategy for no one….

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