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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: 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

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.

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!

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – First Look

Details came out this morning about The CW‘s and DC Comics‘ new television series based on comics, DC’S Legends of Tomorrow. Now we get a first look as to what we can expect too!

We also know more details of the villain…. Vandal Savage! And it looks like the Canary returns as White Canary due to a Lazarus Pit if the teaser is any indication.

Looks like we’re getting another great addition to the CW series of comic based shows. The series will debut mid-upcoming television season.

A First Look at the CW and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Cast

legends-of-tomorrowThis morning the above teaser image and synopsis was released for The CW‘s mid-season series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which brings together a few of the characters we’ve already seen on CW DC Comics based television shows as well as some new ones.

The spinoff stars Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Ciara Renee as Kendra/Hawkgirl, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, and Caity Lotz as White Canary. Lotz is interesting since she was killed off early this season on Arrow. We don’t know yet how Lotz will return, but there’s always the established Lazarus Pits and this does involve time travel, see there’s that possibility.

Here’s the synopsis:

When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).

Harry Shearer, Off the Simpsons?

Harry_Shearer_at_RT4The Simpsons might have been renewed for two more season by Fox, but it looks like those’ll be happening without one of its more prolific voice actors. Harry Shearer announced via Twitter that he received a letter that the “show will go on, Harry will not be a part of it” from the lawyer of Simpsons producer James L. Brooks.

There had been rumors of a loan hold-out for salary negotiations, and it looks like Shearer is it. The cast has had numerous close calls though when it came to salary negotiations, but those were resolved, the last being in 2011. It has been reported that negotiations are continuing even with the Tweets.

Shearer is the voice of numerous characters such as Ned Flanders, Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Kent Brockman, Scratchy, and Kang.

Check out the Tweets below:

TV Review: Arrow S3E23 My Name Is Oliver Queen

arrowRa’s al Ghul sets his plan in motion, putting everyone in danger; Oliver must decide if he is strong enough to handle his new role – and what it will mean for his team and his soul.

Arrow‘s third season wraps up with team Arrow taking on Ra’s and his troops as Ra’s attempts to destroy the city. It’s an all out race as the team brings out all of the tricks to save the day.

The action is decent, well paced, and most importantly entertaining, and there’s actually cool twists to it all as well! The episode wraps up in a very interesting way, that leaves things open for the next season. What’s really great is we’ve seen how far Oliver will go to save the city and complete his goals. And deals with the devil were made.

Much like real life with wars and battles, the results only lead to worse things, and this finale seems to set all of that up. Will there be an Arrow though? The season has a bit uneven but the ending was exciting and most importantly fun.

On to season four!

Overall rating: 8

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