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The CW Teases Jay Garrick’s Arrival on the Flash

The CW has teased out the arrival of Jay Garrick on this coming season of The Flash. Eagle eye viewers could catch a glimpse of the iconic helmet in the series’ first season finale.

Who’s excited?

Hold onto your hats, season 2 of #TheFlash premieres in just 36 days!

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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead S1E2 So Close, Yet So Far

fear-the-walking-dead-posterWhile Madison struggles to keep Nick from a crippling withdrawal, Travis ventures out to find his son before the city of Los Angeles falls.

Fear the Walking Dead’s second episode keeps the slow burn established in the first episode. Unlike films where the meltdown of society happens quickly, this is a long form series, so is taking its time. That’s likely to anger some folks who come for zombies. Instead we get a look at how society falls apart in this sort of situation and how a family might actually deal with it.

The first 40 minutes are a slow build, finally getting us to our first real attack that affects our main characters. This is the beginning of it all, so there’s a learning curve that makes it all rather blunt and not graceful at all.

The episode also has society breaking down a bit, with protests over the police killing individuals. With that, we get shades of protests going on today such as Black Lives Matter, and with the breakdown we also have an echo of Katrina which happened a decade ago. Sci-fi/horror does what it does best, making commentary on today’s society.

We also get introduced to a few more characters, who we know through casting announcements, will be playing roles that’ll last for a bit. And seeing what folks are willing to do, especially parents for their kids, is going to be interesting.

As a whole, the episode keeps up the excellent start of the debut episode. Much like The Walking Dead, this isn’t about zombies. Fear the Walking Dead is about the crumbling of society. Though it looks like it’s dipping into some tropes, it’s still has me interested in seeing what comes next.

Overall Rating: 8

TV Review: The Strain: S2E8 Intruders

the strain s2 imageIn the eighth episode of the seventh season of The Strain, Eph must protect Zack against a surprise intruder into Red Hook.  Gus convinces the Guptas to make a difficult choice.  Fet and Setrakian set out to acquire the Lumen but discover they are not the only potential buyer.

This episode is an interesting one, as it mostly feels like those moments where you’re screaming at the movie or television show over the idiotic decisions that are made.

Here’s the good. The make-up is pretty cool for some of the things that are going on. And, there’s some moments where various characters realize that games are being played and they’re likely being screwed over, or played. Really, the quiet moments are some of the best of the episode, and I particularly liked the Red Hook intruder aspect. How that was done was really cool.

The bad is the moments, and there’s a few, where decisions make no sense. The fight over the Lumen feels dragged out, and where so many other things are taken by force, why isn’t this one from the beginning? Then, there’s the fight at the end. Leaving the door open and having your back to it? Going down stairs that are open? Really!? That whole thing felt like a scene limited by budget as opposed to story.

Overall, the last few episodes have been solid, this one though feels like a step backwards a bit. Oh well, can’t be all winners.

Overall rating: 7

The Doctor is Back

The madman with a box, returns to screens this fall. His most recent companion, Clara (played by Jenna Coleman), joins him for the ride. The trailer hints at the return of old enemies, including the Daleks, The Master, a few other enemies. There is a showing of another planet, that may be Gallifrey. The long lost planet of the Time Lords. Whether that means more Time Lords will appear in the show outside of the Doctor and The Master is yet to be seen.

For season 9 of Doctor Who there are twelve episodes not including the prequel episode titled  “The Doctor’s Mediation, ” that will be released September 15. In similar fashion to last years return for season 8, the prequel will be shown in select movie theaters across the United States only. The first official episode premieres four days later, and is called “The Magician’s Apprentice.”

Only one thing is clearly certain. This season will without a doubt be interesting, complex, and exciting.

Supergirl Challenges you to be Super

Supergirl premieres this fall on CBS. You can read our review of the pilot episode here.

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead S1E1 Pilot

fear-the-walking-dead-posterWhat did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

The first episode of, Fear the Walking Dead, the spin-off series to The Walking Dead, begins in a familiar way, with a person coming out of a stupor and being immediately confronted with the world around him. This world is a little different from the five seasons we’ve seen so far in the smash main series. This is the beginning, when the idea of a zombie outbreak is just whispers and hints.

The first episode’s focus is more on the characters, especially as a family unit, than its sister series as well. The Walking Dead is very much about “family” but that focus is much more on building a new one when faced with adversity. This series instead is about a literal family. The mother, her daughter and drug addicted son. The boyfriend, with a family of his own. How will they react in the face of disaster? The series very much shares that with so many disaster films like 2012 and others. It also asks the much more realistic question of what do you do as a parent dealing with all of that?

There’s also the perspective of coming to grips with reality. We see it from a couple of angles, including a drug addict who’s not sure what’s real and what isn’t. It’s enough to make us question, but we know the truth of it all.

The look of the series is interesting as well. Set in Los Angeles, I expected a much brighter hue and look. Instead we have a visual style that looks to be a cross between From Dusk Till Dawn and 28 Days Later. Browns, oranges, with an almost dusty sheen permeates the color palette and look of the first episode. Visually it stands out from its sister series.

The first episode is about so many small details. A gun on the ground. A bone sticking out. A missing sign on a wall. And the overall look and color palette of it all.

The new series has a lot of pressure on its shoulders. It spins out of a monster of a television series, so expectations are high. The first episode, is a solid debut. It has me intrigued to see what comes next… in the coming zombie apocalypse.

Overall Rating: 9

TV Review: The Strain: S2E7 The Born

the strain s2 imageIn the sixth episode of the seventh season of The Strain, Setrakian and Fet use Fitzwilliam’s info to attack the Master, but a mysterious new player arrives.  Dutch receives a surprise guest.  Eph returns to NYC frustrated but energized to go after the one person responsible for killing his friends. Teleplay by Chuck Hogan; directed by Howard Deutsch.

I’ve ragged on The Strain‘s special fx and make-up a lot of this season, but it looks like the seventh episode is where things really hit the ground full steam and running.

This episode has Fet and Setrakian heading to the industrial zone where the Master has been reborn and the bus full of blind kids wound up. There, they meet Quinlan, that mysterious vampire we’ve been teased the last couple of episodes. Quinlan, we get his history, which is actually pretty cool. And, you can see in those segments in the beginning of the episode, the production value has been increased. Quinlan is the bad ass we’ve been waiting for, for quite a while. That too is seen, with some awesome special fx.

While all of that is looking up, other things are looking down, including Eph’s return to New York City.

The episode is very much full of ups and downs and is easily the strongest episode of the season so far, and probably one of the best of the series too. The episode is full of action, some cool moments, and characters I’m starting to really like. It also is an episode that weaves the past and present quite well, spending a good amount of time on both. It also is bit more focused on fewer things. That seems to be the sweet spot for the series, a previous episode was stronger with that focus too.

Overall, the episode is starting to really pick things up, and I perked up in my interest. Onwards, now armed with a pretty bad ass character in tow.

Overall rating: 8.5

Fear the Walking Dead, First 3 Minutes of the Series Premiere

Fear the Walking Dead premieres this Sunday on AMC.

STARZ Releases ‘Kick-Ash’ New Key Art for Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror films The Evil Dead.  The 10-episode half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past, and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

Ash vs Evil Dead premieres Saturday, October 31st at 9:00pm ET/PT exclusively on STARZ with a 10-episode season.

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Batgirl: R.I.P: Yvonne Craig Passes Away

craig021“Who was this masked madam?”

It’s certainly a sad day for me. One of the tv icons I was fondest of growing up has passed away. Yvonne Craig (age 78) who is best known (at least to me) for playing Batgirl in the now classic 60’s live action incarnation of Batman, is no more.

She had a long suffered bout with breast cancer but she kept on the fight like a true hero would. She was a pioneer in women playing caped heroes onscreen.

A fun fact is she was so popular as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter on the show that it forced DC Comics to include her in the monthly Batman adventures of Detective Comics. She made her debut in 1967 in Detective Comics #359. (Which now will be very sought after).

The point is folks, Barbara Gordon the character that so many love, may not have happened if it wasn’t for the memorable actress playing her first. Yes, I know Yvonne is known for so much more than donning a mask, but to me I’ll always remember her speeding through Gotham City on her motorcycle looking so glam and ready to kick butt. Sure the entire show was campy but it was still grand and served as most people’s introduction to Batgirl. Today she still serves as the only on-screen portrayal of Barbara Gordon that matters. (Sorry Alicia Silverstone, but we’d like to use some Bat-Wake spray to make us forget that awful acting in Batman and Robin movie, and the movie all together!)

Somebody please tell Alfred to make room in the cave for another display. Today another crime fighter hangs up her boots and comes home. Goodbye Mrs. Craig, thank you for all the memories and say hello to Caesar Romero, Burgess Meridith and Frank Gorshin for us! Gotham City will definitely be less safe without you.

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