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TV Review: The Flash S2E7 Gorilla Warfare

The Flash Season 2Barry races to rescue Caitlyn when Grodd kidnaps her; Cisco plans a date with the new barista at Jitters; Patty thinks Barry is hiding something.

Tonight sees the return of Grodd to The Flash. While you might thing the idea of a talking gorilla seems silly, the show does a great job making it not seem completely ludicrous.

But, the team has some issues to deal with, namely Barry not being able to walk. We learned last season he heals quicker than normal, so it’s obvious that he’ll be fine after some time, but is he mentally there. This episode really sets up the doubt which is a nice twists since Barry has been so full of confidence, generally, about himself and his powers. Seeing doubt hit him adds a bit of depth, and sets up a rematch against Zoom.

It’s a team effort to defeat Grodd and it’s a solid battle and lots of fun to see them do it. There’s also a great reference of what they do with Grodd at the end. Comic fans will really appreciate it all.

The episode is a decent one. Not the best out there, but it sets up a lot including a (predictable) plot of Barry doubting his powers, but also teasing Hawkgirl’s debut.

Through all the action, The Flash continues to be a fun and positive television series that shows you can do a mix of action and brightness as well as weaving one hell of a world.

Overall Rating: 8.1

TV Review: The Flash S2E6 Enter Zoom

The Flash Season 2Barry, Caitlin, Cisco, Iris, Joe, and Dr. Wells formulate a plan to lure Zoom Earth 2 to their world by getting Linda to pose as Dr. Light and trap Zoom.

Lots of interesting moments in tonight’s The Flash which narrows the focus on Zoom and figuring out how to stop/capture him. That leads to a rather over the top plan to get him, and of course it goes wrong.

But, it’s those moments that’s the coolest in the episode.

There’s more information about Wells and his life on Earth 2, including his daughter who goes by Jesse. That should get comic fans excited.

But really, the coolest moments come in the last 10 minutes or so which involves the first showdown between Zoom and the Flash and it has some things that are really cool.

While the fight itself is something we’ve seen before, it’s how far the fight goes that’s really cool.

The thing that I think I’ve enjoyed is that they have set up Zoom as a real threat to the Flash. We haven’t up to this point seen a hero take this sort of beating and loss. It ups the game and the stakes to huge levels. We have what feels like a real threat.

There’s some things we now know, Wells is not Zoom. Why Wells is on the Prime Earth. Why Wells is helping team Flash. But one big question is out there, where the hell was Jay Garrick!?

With this episode we have what feels like a true threat for once, and what starts as a meh episode turns into something impressive.

And that ending? Nice cliffhanger.

Overall Rating: 8.6

Diamond Select Toys On Sale This Week: Batman, Predator and Rick Grimes!

Halloween may be over, but the terror is just beginning, as Diamond Select Toys unleashes a legion of fairly frightening fellows on comic shops across North America! The Dark Knight of Batman: The Animated Series. The Yautja hunter from the Predator films. Rick Grimes himself of The Walking Dead fame. All three are here to capture their prey and chew bubblegum, and they just threw their bubblegum off the side of a building.

Back to the Future Time Machine Metal Bottle Opener

Remember that time you wanted a refreshing drink, but didn’t have a bottle opener? Well, now you can plan for the future with this sculpted 4” metal bottle opener depicting the famous time machine from Back to the Future! It won’t travel back in time to open past drinks for you, but the magnets on the wheels will keep it mounted on your refrigerator so it will always be there, time after time. Comes packaged in a full-color slip case. (Item #JUN152100, SRP: $18.00)


Batman The Animated Series Batman Resin Bust

Evildoers beware – Batman is kicking off the next big bust line from Diamond Select! Based on the iconic and revolutionary Batman: The Animated Series, this line of 6-inch resin busts will depict Batman and his friends and foes just as you remember them from the cartoons! The Caped Crusader himself will be the first release in the series, with his arms crossed atop an art-deco base inspired by the show’s distinctive style. Packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #APR152298, SRP: $59.99)


Ghostbusters Logo Metal Bottle Opener

You have the tools, you have the talent… but do you have a bottle opener? When you’ve defeated an invasive supernatural entity, and it’s time to celebrate with a cool beverage, be sure you have this 3” metal bottle opener handy. Scultped in the shape of the Ghostbusters logo, this opener has magnets on the back so it will stick to your refrigerator, containment grid or the hood of the Ecto-1. Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #MAY152169, SRP: $18.00)


Justice League Flash Logo Metal Bottle Opener

When you need a bottle opener, there’s no time to dilly-dally. Show your friends how fast you are at fulfilling your hosting duties with this metal bottle opener in the shape of the Flash’s logo from Justice League! Cast in solid metal and measuring approximately 4 inches long, this opener also has magnets on the back, so you can stick it to your refrigerator or global threat monitoring station for a more rapid response time. Thirst never waits! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL152192, SRP: $18.00)


Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington 16″ Coffin Doll

Halloween is coming, and so is Jack Skellington! The star of Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas, this 16-inch tall doll of Jack is a must for any home that embraces the spirit of Halloween. With a fully articulated body and a real cloth costume, this exacting re-creation of the classic Jack figure will rest comfortably in his coffin-shaped window box until the times comes for him to rise once again! Limited to 1994 pieces! (Item #APR152291, SRP: $49.99)


Predator Minimates Foil Bag Counter Display Asst.

Get to the chopper! It’s a whole new line of Minimates mini-figures, based on the cinematic world of Predator! This first blind-bagged assortment features Billy and the Jungle Predator (masked, unmasked and thermal) from the first film, the City Predator (regular and battle-damaged) from Predator 2, and Edwin and Cuchillo from Predators! There are eight different figures in all, with a full set in every display case of 18 foil bags, but Edwin is the rarest figure, with only one per case! Let the hunt begin! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY152178, SRP: $5.99/ea.)


Predator Unmasked Vinyl Bust Bank

DST goes deeper into the jungle with this vinyl bust bank of an unmasked Predator! With his mandibles out and his shoulder cannon at the ready, this hunter is protective of his prize, and his prize is your loose change! Insert coins through a slot in the back and remove them through an access door in the base. With a detailed, collectible-quality sculpt by Eli Livingston, you’ll take one look at this bank and you’ll say, “You are one ugly money-saver!” Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #APR152309, SRP: $22.99)


Superman Animated Logo Metal Bottle Opener

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to remove a bottlecap in a single bound! Draw on the strength of the Man of Steel with this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of the Superman logo from Superman: The Animated Series. Like Superman himself, this 4” opener can bend metal and remove bottlecaps with ease, and two magnets on the back allow it to hover on your refrigerator until it’s time to swoop in and save the day! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUN152098, SRP: $18.00)


Walking Dead Rick Grimes B&W Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Keep your money safe from zombies (and the living) with the unyielding glare of Rick Grimes! Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book, this 7-inch vinyl bust bank of Rick Grimes has been rendered in black-and-white, just as he appears in the pages of the comic! With a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, he’s a bank as well as a collectible-quality bust! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAY138201, SRP: $22.99)


TV Review: The Flash S2E5 The Darkness and the Light

The Flash Season 2Barry learns a new breacher, Dr. Light, has come through the portal and sets off to capture her. Jay tells Barry that Dr. Light was not a threat on Earth-2 and that Barry can reason with her. However, during a fight with The Flash, she blinds him and drops some shocking news about Zoom. Meanwhile, Barry and Patty go out on a date.

Tonight’s episode is really Earth 2 focused as the crux of the tension isn’t just dealing with a new meta human from that Earth, but also Garrick and Well’s conflict. The episode peals back a decent amount of information so we can learn more about the alternate Earth and what happened before hand.

It also asks a lot of questions too, like where did its meta humans come from, and is Wells good, bad, in the middle?

The big bad tonight is Doctor Light, the female version, which continues bringing in characters from Barry’s world in as powered bad guys. It’s a little entertaining and a great reuse of characters and actors.

The heart of the episode though focuses on Barry and Cisco who both are dealing with their personal lives and trying to date. Both provide a lot of cute moments that many of us can related to, and it also provides some great humor as well.

There’s an awesome reveal that I hope goes far, but The Flash continues to be a nicely paced full of color, fun show.

Overall Rating: 8.5

Review: Flash #45

Flash45Zoom’s plan to destroy the image of the Flash before killing him continues. A large portion of Central City is trapped beneath a dome of the Flash’s own energy and it is up to him to find a way to get everyone out alive.

The story again builds on Zoom’s plan to kill the Flash by destroying his reputation. By having the Flash be the power source for the dome, he hopes that he can turn the city against him. It works too. Captain Frye of the police force instantly sees him as an enemy. But, it does not make much sense. The entire story is full of leaps of logic that take away from the narrative. The captain blames the Flash for the dome, even though, he witnessed the Flash trigger a trap that was plainly set for him by the villains. Even after saving people, the Captain still believes he cannot be trusted for no sound reason. The twist ending also leads to a leap of logic which makes the entire story before it pointless. The final reveal could have happened the exact same way without the dome ever being a part of Zoom’s master plan. On the more positive side, Wally West’s growth as a heroic figure continues to be the most interesting part of this comic. As all of the adults around him continue to lose their cool, he is the only one able to stay calm and find a solution to their predicament.

The artwork is strong throughout. The dome creates a background of scarlet and lightning which adds a layer of tension and movement to almost every panel. Facial expressions are well portrayed and match very well the large scope of feelings being presented by the characters. The panel layouts are also visually striking and add a sense of chaos to the rapid movements of the Flash and Zoom.

Overall, The Flash #45 is a letdown that does not build on the story of the last few issues. The ending panel makes the entire Zoom arc so far irrelevant and over complicated. What could have been a fun action survival story turns into a waste of time as the narrative shift makes the entire affair seem pointless.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Brett Booth, Vicente Cifuentes, Ale Garza
Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

TV Review: The Flash S2E4 The Fury of Firestorm

The Flash Season 2Barry and the team look for another Firestorm match for Dr. Stein. When the team meets Jefferson Jackson, Caitlin has her reservations about whether Jax is the right match for Dr. Stein. Iris surprises Joe while Barry and Patty grow closer.

Dr Stein is hurting and he needs someone to join with him to become stable, which is the heart of this new episode of The Flash. The episode is interesting in how it introduces the two choices, both of which have some issues as to why they might not be the best candidate.

The episode is generally a weak one for the season and even last season. It’s pretty obvious what will happen, and who will get chosen and what will happen with the one not. It leads up to a battle and the team figuring out how to defeat the baddy together.

The episode really does its best in its sub-stories, the best being the return of Iris’ mom and a revelation that’ll set some interesting stuff up down the road. Also the return of Dr. Wells is being teased nicely and dragged out at a decent pace.

The episode isn’t bad, it’s just nothing particularly special for a show that has been so good up to this point. Still entertaining, we’ve just seen better.

That ending though….

Overall Rating: 7.75

A look at Killer Frost on The Flash

On The Talk, Danielle Panakbaker discussed her role as Caitlin Snow and soon to be Killer Frost on The Flash.

And a look at Killer Frost.


TV Review: The Flash S2E3 Family of Rogues

The Flash Season 2Barry and the team ally with the kidnapped Captain Cold’s sister, but Barry feels duped with he learns Snart is working on something with his father; Joe faces a difficult decision.

The third episode The Flash does a bit of foreshadowing as Captain Cold returns to the series as the show puts the whole Earth 2 storyline to the side. The episode really is foreshadowing for what’s to come in Legends of Tomorrow.

Snart is roped into a job he’s not totally about due to some leverage his father has over him. The episode really explores Snart and some of his history peeling back the bad and giving some depth to him and his sister. What’s nice about the characters is that they’re not super evil, they just like to steal things, since they have their no killing rule. It’s an interesting back and forth between them and the Flash in the comics, and they’ve brought that even more here. Their diving into the that history too brings some pretty big dirt and adds a hell of a lot to the character.

There’s also some really interesting teasers at the end, which are really interesting and gets me excited to see what’s coming next. The show has been solid in that department.

The episode overall was good, not great, but definitely an entertaining hour.

Overall Rating: 8

Fashion Spotlight: Central City Fun Run, Kame Before Christmas, and Spoon!

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Central City Fun Run


Kame Before Christmas











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TV Review: The Flash S2E2 Flash of Two Worlds

The Flash Season 2A mysterious man has a warning about an evil speedster intent on destroying The Flash; a determined officer wants to join Joe’s meta-human task force.

The second episode The Flash moves past the morose vibe of the first episode, returning to the fun, red hued vibe of the first season.

The big thing of this episode is that it lays out the reason that DC Comics and Warner Bros. may win the live action battle being waged against their competitor in the long run, and the reason is multiverse. This episode goes over that the DC television universe exists in a multiverse where there can be multiple Flash, multiple Green Arrows, multiple Superman, etc.

The episode properly introduces us to Jay Garrick of Earth 2, where he’s that world’s Flash, and his nemesis Zoom is on a mission to kill Earth 1’s Flash, Barry Allen.

The introduction of the multiverse opens up the possibilities and opportunities to do some amazing things in the DC live action world. The scarlet speedster and crimson comet team up to stop a villain from Earth 2, and it sets up Zoom as a real threat.

The episode returns to the fun of the first season, even with a bit of a darker cloud looming. Through all the action the episode also has heart, and gives us all sorts of new hints as to things coming down the road, like what’s happening to Cisco. It’s a nice change from the season’s debut rather depressing vibe, and helps us zoom along in the season getting us on track with a continuation of the best superhero show on television.

Overall Rating: 8.75

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