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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E2 Heavy is the Head

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoHunted and running out of solutions, Coulson puts his team right in the line of fire in the hopes of saving them all. But with General Talbot, Hydra and Creel all on the attack, can they possibly survive? Meanwhile, a mysterious Doctor harbors some dangerous secrets that could destroy one of the core team members.

The episode kicks off right where the last one left off with some of the team in a car accident or dead, and Creel on the run. Coulson and his team are still in disarray, and Talbot in pursuit isn’t helping. It is a bit strange though that Talbot is more focused on Coulson and his team as opposed Creel and the stolen tech.

Creel isn’t doing so well though. His deal with Hydra isn’t going smoothly, and the item he touched is causing some issues for him and anyone that touches it. What the macguffin is still isn’t clear, but its got me intrigued.

What’s really interesting to me though is Fitz and his mental meltdown. His trying to work through his brain damage, is intriguing and both fascinating and sad to watch. Fitz as part of a duo in the first season was fun, all by himself though, it’s rather sad.

The ending wraps up rather quickly, and a bit too nicely, though there’s a nice mystery and scene that transitions us to what the season will probably be about. The episode is a bit flat compared to the season premiere, but still an improvement from last year.

Overall Score: 7.75

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A Sneak Peek at this Season’s Gotham

A cop on the edge. A city on the brink. In Gotham, the road to justice is twisted. A video has been released giving us a peek as to what to expect during the first season of Gotham.

TV Review: Gotham S1E2: Selina Kyle

gotham cast Fox‘s Gotham explores the world of Batman before Batman existed. We get to see the rise of his numerous rogues and allies, with the first episode showing off about a dozen of some of the iconic characters we now know. In this episode Detectives Gordon and Bullock investigate a child trafficking ring preying on Gotham’s street kids, including Selina Kyle. Meanwhile, Penguin resurfaces in the countryside and begins to make his way back to Gotham, leaving victims in his wake.

I’ve wondered how the series would flesh out those iconic characters, and it’s pretty clear from this episode’s title, “Selina Kyle,” which character this episode revolves around, sort of. While she appeared in the beginning of the episode, she really doesn’t show up much at all, appearing for maybe 20 minutes. Instead, the focus ins about her friends who have been abducted.

What we learn is, the abductions are for The Dollmaker, who has appeared in another DC television show, Arrow. Are these two series connected? Could be interesting….

The episode wraps up with more of Selina, that almost makes the episode’s title worth it.

Overall, the second episode is a solid one, not quite as good as the debut episode, but building out of it nicely.

Overall Score: 7.75

TV Review: The Strain S1E12 Last Rites

the-strain-logo1Dutch returns with a plan to broadcast Eph’s warning about the vampiric plague. However, they face a new threat when Eichhorst launches his own attack against the pawn shop. Palmer receives a special visitor, and Gus gears up for the on-coming fight but discovers there’s another mysterious factor involved.

The Strain continues to bounce around multiple plot lines giving more than enough of each so as to not feel shorted on any of them. What’s impressive though, with it bouncing around, we learn so much that adds to the impetuous behind the oncoming battle. While the series is focused on The Master’s plan on taking over the world, it’s as much about Eichhorst and Abraham’s history dating back to World War II and the Holocaust.

A lot of the episode, even for as much as it bounces around, gives us more insight in what Abraham has gone through as far as his battles. Both he, and another team member are forced to say good-bye to something they love. It really brings a nice touch of humanity to all that’s going on.

Overall, the episode on its own was so-so, with some solid moments. But, as part of the larger narrative, it adds a lot.

 

Overall Score: 7.75

Gotham Debuts with 8 Million People Watching

gotham castFacing pretty stiff competition, Gotham was the first “comic book” based television show to debut in this 2014-2015 season. The premiere brought in 8 million viewers with a 3.2 in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic. The television show placed third behind CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, and NBC’s The Voice.

The show actually did better in its second half hour and was the nights’s top drama draw for men 18-49, besting both Scorpion and Blacklist.

The stats released so far does not include DVR playback or any streaming. With tough competition, I expect a lot of viewing will come from those sources.

 

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E1 Shadows

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoCoulson and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources – but that’s not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again?

We’ve waited the summer for its return, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back! While the first season was uneven, it got better once it could show its true colors after last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When we left the show, S.H.I.E.L.D. was in tatters after Hydra’s infiltration, leaving Coulson and his team on the run attempting to still do their jobs and protect the world.

Diving right into the story, the first episode goes back a bit in time with a flashback of Agent Carter as she leads the Howling Commandos to retrieve a mysterious object dubbed “084,” a number that was also previously used to describe the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Skye. One, there’s so much here as far as tie-ins, especially for the upcoming Agent Carter season, then there’s the reference to Skye too, deepening her mystery.

The opening also introduces us to a new villain, something the show has down quite well. Carl “Crusher” Creel, aka The Absorbing Man is now a part of the Marvel U, and with his history dealing with Thor, and the show’s previous crossover with Thor 2, you wonder where this might go. But, back to the story…. Creel is after the object from the beginning.

Overall, the episode has a much different vibe, adding numerous new faces, but at the same time dialing back the capabilities of the team, making the series more grounded, and realistic in a way.

But the episode really hits you as Coulson explains where everyone is at. This is a different S.H.I.E.L.D. If the last moments don’t get you excited even more, I don’t know what to say. Mistakes were made, but S.H.I.E.L.D. adapts, and moves on.

Overall Score: 8.75

TV Review: Gotham S1E1: Pilot

gotham castThere’s quite a few television shows based on comics hitting the small screen this fall season, but none have me more excited than Fox‘s Gotham. Gotham is the origin story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival. While the series focuses on Gordon, and his start as part of the Gotham police force, it’s much more than that.

When we think of the city of Gotham when it comes to DC Comics, we think of Batman, and the characters that surround him, especially his rouge gallery. Gotham adds a new character, this city itself.

The first episode does the impressive, mixing in the comic world with a grounded police drama. We could call this Gotham: SVU really, as it leans more towards the latter when it comes to the two, and this is a great thing. The focus here is Gordon, and his work in a corrupt city. Surrounding him is a peppering of characters we comic fans will recognize as growing up into some of our favorite characters.

And the inclusion of those other characters works…. almost. So far we have those who later become Poison Ivy, Selina Kyle, Penguin, and Batman (with rumors of a Joker thrown in as a mystery). The last two work perfectly in the series, while the first two seem out-of-place so far. But really, they’re flavoring for the focus, the police force. For comic fans, you’ll recognize characters beyond Gordon such as Harvey Bullock, Sarah Essen, Renee Montoya, and mobster Carmine Falcone. They are really the focus of the show, and like any good police story, they are the personalities that the show will sink or swim. After the first episode I’m leaning on swim.

Gotham is bleak, with corruption all around. In fact, it might be one of the more depressing shows on network television, with Gordon hoping to route out corruption, but in reality the more he attempts to do so, the worse we find out it is. Add in drama hinted at, and we have a show that’s rich in-depth, in story, character, and look.

And the look of it all is important. The first episode takes us to numerous locations within the city, each with a distinctive look, and feel, yet it all seems coherent and part of the same world, a realistic world. The coloring, the choice of framing, it all is spectacular, bringing a cinematic noir feel to the small screen. The look is what cements Gotham the city, as a character in Gotham the show.

I’ll admit I went into the first episode with some nervousness, but having watched the pilot, I came away wanting more. DC has nailed it when it comes to this show, adding an entry that’s engaging, and exciting, and most importantly easily accessible for new individuals. Gotham the city might have a rich history in the Batman universe, but Gotham the series feels like a fresh and new beginning in a dirty and grimy world.

Overall Score: 8.75

TV Review: The Strain S1E11 The Third Rail

the-strain-logo111 episodes in and The Strain decides to channel Blade 2!? How do you deal with vampires in sewer tunnels? For anyone that’s seen Blade 2, you know where I’m going with this. But while some are building weapons and planning on killing, others are having issues with the mission, especially due to the fact that Eph and Nora are doctors and supposed to help.

But, even with those apprehensions Vasiliy, Abraham, Eph, and Nora head into the tunnels in hopes of killing the Master, and ending the scourge. But, it’s pretty clear the “focus” of the episode is the slow crumbling of civilization. All around them, people are looting, and as they go into the tunnels, they are greeted by trinkets the vampires are dropping as they retreat into them. It’s some solid symbolism, and mixed with what’s going on in the streets, solid detail.

While they’re on their mission, the story of Gus continues, as he attempts to deal with how the vampire outbreak is affecting his family, friends, and everyone he knows. And Gus finally crosses our main cast, in the form of Zach who has decided to venture out from safety to do a task for Nora’s mom. In other word, Zach is quickly turning into the Carl Grimes of this show.

The episode also brings Eph face to face with the Master, something I didn’t expect for quite a while. What the meeting does really well is set up the Master’s obsession with Eph and why he decides to take a focus on him.

The episode isn’t the strongest, but there’s more than enough to keep the story moving and small details to keep us focused and debating. The series continues its solid narrative, keeping us on our toes. After the ending, it’s kind of hard not to be.

Overall Score: 7.75

Graphic Policy Radio Talks Gotham with Guest Scott Kaufman

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday Graphic Policy Radio is back for a brand new episode. We have a very special episode with return guest Scott Kaufman, who you might know as SEK. The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

The fall television season has begun, and with it brings numerous shows based on comic books. Debuting Monday is Fox‘s Gotham, a prequel of sorts exploring the city of Gotham before Batman. Instead of centering on the Dark Knight it instead revolves around James Gordon and the Gotham Police force, before collorful characters became the center of crime. It’ll feature some familiar faces, including the origin of some of DC Comic’s most iconic characters.

Scott is the proprietor of the AV Club’s Internet Film School and an associate editor at The Raw Story. He also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money, podcasts, and is an expert on Game of Thrones.

We want to hear what you think of the show, as well as the other shows that’ll be on the air. Call in with your thoughts at 619) 768-2952 and Tweet us what you think @graphicpolicy.

New York Comic Con 2014: Batman: The Complete Television Series Swoops In

PrintAdam West will bring Batman: The Complete Television Series to New York Comic Con in a panel on October 9.

Fans will get all the details on the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment puts West center-stage for a Bat-tastic look at Batman: The Complete TV Series.

Starting at 6:45pm on the Main Stage in the Jacob Javits Convention Center, fans in attendance – and those live-streaming the panel at home – will get an inside sneak peak at all the exclusive content in this long-awaited home entertainment release, as well as dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series.

Batman: The Complete TV Series will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Limited Edition Box Set, and on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, starting November 11, 2014.

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