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The Boys Go Unscensored with “Spank”

Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s comic series, The Boys is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven,” and their formiddable Vought backing.

The Boys debuts on Amazon Prime July 26, 2019.

Recap: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S4E11 – Seance and Sensibility

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s episode “Seance and Sensibility” starts off with Nate’s dads funeral. It seems that Zari and Nate’s pretend relationship might be turning into something real. The whole team shows up to lend their support and Ray is afraid to see his bestie because everyone believes that Nora is the killer but, a cute little heart to heart assuages Ray’s fears and everyone’s favorite bromance is still going strong. Constantine is worried about the bad mojo where they are and it has nothing to do with Nora’s presence in the bathroom. While Charlie tries to help Nora deal with her monster half, a change in the timeline occurs and they discover some trouble in Bath, England 1802 and Jane Austen , and her writing, might be in trouble. Pre-mission girl talk gets raunchy in a super real way when Mona senses Zari’s attraction to Nate right before the time jump to the wedding and things get awesome when the bride to be leaves the groom at the altar for her maid and the groom confesses his love for his betrove’s mother.

Meanwhile back on the ship Ray is getting some secret alone time with Nora until Charlie interrupts. While Zari goes off to get some dirt from the handsome coachman she met earlier, Mona learns that it isn’t always awesome to meet your idols because Jane Austen turns out to be less of a romantic than her novels would have had us believe. Rory helps Nate do some digging while Constantine realizes that Nate’s dads spirit is still present and it looks like they might be able to make contact. Using Mona’s knowledge of the Sara and her blend in and get some juicy gossip and discover that the coach man they pushed Zari to get under so she could get over Nate, might just be the time fugitive they are after. Being the sharp woman that she is, she figures it out halfway through a heavy makeout session where he admits to his magical origin and reveals himself as Kamadeva, the hindu god of love.

Kamadeva, the namesake of the Kama Sutra, is more than willing to follow Zari wherever she goes , so getting him back on the ship isn’t that hard. While trying to keep Nora hidden from the rest of his team, by hiding her in his bedroom, which isn’t as romantic or passion filled as you would think for separated lovers. Constantine and Rory fill Nate in on his dad’s presence but, Nate is unwilling to hear him out which might bode poorly for Nora. Kamadeva releases his essence through the ship which helps give Ray and Nora a little boost , even if it is only in their dreams, to have some adorable and consensual sexy time and everyone else on board to have some super sexy dreams. While Charlie got David Bowie, Zari got Nate and Kama and, Sara got Ava and they were all happy about the match up, Mona got memories of her old dead love leading to an argument with an anti love Zari leading her to wolf out and go after Jane Austen.

Jane Austen gets into it with Mona/Wolfie and doesn’t back down, she admits that she does believe in love and only marrying for it. Mona decides to lay it all out for Jane and tells her that her writing will matter and, Jane in turn gives her advice about not losing control and keeping relationships equal. Zari has it out with Kamadevi who tells her his back story and tries to help her past her fear and love block and Zari is surprisingly all in and releases him to help her sort it out, leading to Zari proposing marriage. Back at the funeral Nate forgoes his plan to tell the truth about his dad and gives a lackluster and basic eulogy, his mom tells a sweet story about how much his dad loved him and how big his heart was.

In typical Legend campiness Zari breaks out in song and since they’re all still in the magic love spell, the musical turns into a bollywood musical complete with dancing. Mona shows up to put an end to the marriage madness and her girl squad backs up the deadening of the the love spell wedding, because who wants to be wife number 1001? Mona and Zari end their fighting and realize they will be okay because yeah, they might not have a relationship with the people they love, they do have some pretty kick ass female friends and it’s going to be okay because if all else fails they still have each other.

Constantine leads the seance we have been waiting for the whole episode and he jumps into Rory’s body, since Nate is still holding a grudge. Nate’s dad in his Rory suit tells Constantine that Neron was behind everything , just as Nate goes exploring in the house and finds his dad’s secret room where he sees a taped “commercial” finding out that his dad was trying to build a theme park based on one of Nate’s old drawings. Finding the tape causes Nate to forgive his dad because he realized he wasn’t being a bad guy, he was trying to do something good. Constantine is getting a little clarity too as he drunkenly fights with his taunting reflection before Neron, in his shiny new Desmond (Constantine’s former lover) suit, let’s Constantine know , officially, that he’s back and coming for him.

This episode hit all the good notes and while there wasn’t a whole lot of action, we got a whole lot of raw emotion and real feelings. Even the musical portion of the episode fit in, felt in place and made sense in the context of the episode. In a period piece with lots of drama and a little bit of song and dance, the camera doesn’t linger on bodices and beauty, even though there is much of it. Alexandra La Roche directed this awesome episode and the female gaze shows in the way things are shown and handled.

I give this episode a 9.3 for its visuals and its story.

Recap/Review: Cloak & Dagger S2E3 – Shadow Selves

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When we last saw our fave dynamic duo in Cloak & Dagger, they were face to face with two very different sides of a PTSD filled Bridget O’Reilly coin. The third episode of the second season “Shadow Selves” gives us a little more insight into everything that we missed in the past 8 months since the previous season ended.

Cloak &Dagger kicked off by bringing back our fave female scientist, Mina who is experimenting, humanely, on some mice who seem to have developed in a way similar to the way OG O’Reilly ended up with her very own Mayhem. It seems that a Roxxon water bath can be fatal in a way that no one could have predicted, immense rage and the desire for the clone to need to kill it’s OG when triggered. We flashback to OG O’Reilly’s split day and learn that Mayhem tried to kill her once before, while she was in a coma. Mayhem decided to put her kill mission on hold to kill Connors since he landed her in her current position. We then get put back in the present where the two O’Reillys’ are coming to term with the other’s existence, luckily Tyrone was able to get them out of there before Mayhem can cause a little bit more. After Tandy has a riddle me this meltdown asking for answers to questions that OG O’Reilly clearly doesn’t have, they decide to go to Mina who luckily, has an explanation, even if that doesn’t quite provide a solution.

We get to slide back and forth between now and then, time seems to fold back on itself until the present meets up with the past and it gives us a full picture of Mayhems origin story and her becoming. She started out on a quest to find Ty, by way of the semi-disgraced priest from Ty’s old school. This interaction was quite important because it provides an explanation for Mayhem’s obscure POV and mission statement, the interactions that follow seem to have given her something that the mice didn’t have, a moral compass. During a drunken confessional, the priest basically, and inadvertently,  gives her permission to act out her violent impulses on people, as long as they are bad people and deserve it. With the priests blessing, Mayhem sets out to save all the missing girls when she notices a pattern and she plans to inflict her own brand of murder tinged justice.

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Mayhem seems to burn through the city leaving bad guy corpses behind her and Ty , Tandy and OG spend most of the episode eating her dust, showing up when Mayhem has already killed everybody and reminding her that she can’t (she can) do things the way she does them. The trouble is, Mayhem gets things done, she gets drugs off the street, she breaks open sex trafficking rings like a fridge door and while her methods , logic and kill count would make Deadpool look sane and lazy, she does get results. In Selves’ she saves a whole truckload full of girls who were being trafficked and while her  methods may be extreme and criminal, no one can say she doesn’t get the job done.

Tandy and Tyrone have a few heart to hearts leading to a bit of a switch in ideology, at the beginning of the episode Tyrone is very afraid that he’s going to end up like Mayhem and Tandy talks him back by explaining that he’s a protector and not a destroyer. This conversation is kind of pivotal in that you can sense in its fullness and ominous nature when held up in comparison to how Ty and Tandy handle their solo superhero duties in the first two episodes, that the tide could shift for them. By the end of Selves we see Ty should be more worried about Tandy falling over to the dark side than he should be worried about himself.

OG O’Reilly wants the same thing that Mayhem wants, to save the girls and stop the bad guys, she’s just not willing to go as far as Mayhem is. Once OG realizes that she can get inside Mayhem’s head because they share memories and thinking patterns, they go on a bit of a field trip to stop her. Unfortunately, since Mayhem has no fear and is basically what The Punisher wishes he could be, OG O’Reilly with a Tandy and Tyrone assist team, seem to always be a step behind her. OG spends most of the episode feeling inadequate, ineffectual and scared which is actually a very valid feeling and reaction to have when you find out your Roxxon Clone is really OK with having you dead.

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This episode gave us a glimpse into the Mayhem behind the curtain, if humanized her and left us rooting for her instead of the “good guys” even if behind the curtain there’s nothing but righteous vengeance and furious anger. I found my self longing for Mayhem and Tandy road trip a la Thelma and Lousie, except instead of driving off a cliff they start taking down all the bad guys from coast to coast. We got to see everything that makes Mayhem tick, from the talk to the priest we learn that she doesn’t have guilt or remorse and we got to see that she wants to be “good” but, she can’t help herself. It’s bittersweet watching her try to find a humane way to be the psychopath that she is and kind of evolve into a Dexteresque character. She knows she shouldn’t hurt OG , Ty, and Tandy so her compromise is to hurt every bad person she sees until she gets to the bottom of the sex trafficking ring.

“Shadow Selves” seems to have ended way too quickly, I would like to say it is because we got two whole hours last week but, the truth is that the show is just that good. The writing is crisp, the directing was thought out and sharp and the music was again, PURE FIRE making episode three a perfect way to move the story along. There’s something about the way the creative team proposes realistic moral dilemmas and social action undertones, in a way that makes you see the human side of the story, in all of its shades of gray. There is a theme of hope, survival, and fear that runs through the story in a way that’s deeper and way less surface that Tandy and Ty’s powers in relation to the human condition. I like that you know you’re supposed to root for Tandy and Ty but, even Tandy can’t tell if their side is the right side. Everything about Cloak & Dagger provides the viewer with a perfectly curated experience that calls into question everything you thought was right.

I give Episode 3 a sold 9.1

Recap: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S4E10 – The Getaway

In DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “The Getaway,” the team is on the hunt for a magical being who makes it so that Richard Nixon cannot tell a lie. His overshare filled honesty screws up the timeline and sends the on the outs with the Time Bureau Legends into another mission. Hank is on a mission to bring the Legends down while Nate and Zari try and find out what the big boss is really up to, so they can bring him down with Gary getting to play secret agent man. Sara,  Ray, and Charlie plan to kidnap Nixon after getting a warning from Nate and Zari that the Bureau is hot on their trails. Constantine and Rory jump ship and bring a  heartbroken Mona with them to warn the others and avoid her getting caught because of her newly minted fugitive status.

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During their escape from Walter Reed Medical, they manage to forget Charlie who is stuck using her still on the fritz shapeshifting powers to pretend to be Nixon. Constantine manages to remove the magical truth bug from Nixon and Mona gets stuck on Truth Roach duties while the team tries to figure out their next move. Gary is going full conspiracy theory crazy so, he goes to Nora for help in cracking the case and figuring out why magical creatures are being taken from their cells in the middle of the night.  Unfortunately, the bug breaks free just as the team is stopped by the police on suspicion of drug use, forcing Ray to tell the truth, which makes him sound high and in camptastic Legend’s fashion, hijinks ensue.

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The Bureau overhears the troopers call, repeating what Ray said and show up in full force, led by Hank , to catch the Legends and bring them in. Zari figures out a way to slip a message to the team using radio waves to keep them off of the Bureau’s radar while Gary and Nora try and hack into Hanks computer. Nate tries to pump his dad for information under the guise of a father-son chat so he could feed the info to Gary and Nora via the coms to help them crack his password.  Nora and Gary almost get caught by Constantine’s ex-beau and realizing there is a disturbance in the force warns Gary to watch out, he then calls Hank to warn him that someone was in his office and he figures out that the father-son bonding might have been a rouse and Nate might still be team Legends.

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The bug gets out in the back of the RV and everyone lets their truth out in an amazing way that only the amazing Legends could. It is real, raw, hurtful and hilarious all at the same time! The truth talk gets a little too deep causing Sara to let Mona know how she really feels underneath it all about losing Sarah, which makes her take off on a bicycle in the most adorably hurt way possible.  After Constantine manages to get the bug out of Sara, the team takes off to find Mona because, they don’t leave team members behind and, no matter what the circumstances, Mona is now a Legend.

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Nate gets some false intel from her dad and tries to thwart his capture plans but it doesn’t go as expected. After running away Mona finds herself in a diner that’s crawling with agents getting her into exactly the kind of trouble that Sara was afraid of. Sara and Constantine have a real heart to heart giving her the outlet she needed to get back on track and get her head in the game, while not neglecting her super valid feelings. Meanwhile, in Bureauland, Hank uses Nate’s mole status to lead the legends into a trap and back at the bar, Mona overhears the agents saying they’re on their way to capture the Legends. Using her rage at the killing of her neanderthal love and , in some small part the fear that her new friends might be in danger she, Kaupe outs and takes down all of the agents. Ray and Mick end up in the middle of a blockade and end up getting arrested with Nate still unaware that his dad is on to him.

While Sara and Constantine try to talk a raging Mona down the Truth Roach gets free gets into Nixon and Nate causing him to have a real honest talk with his dad, he gives his dad an ultimatum which results in the Legends getting to go free because at the end of the day, he loves his son more than his job. A bug-free Sara finishes the conversation she had with Constantine,  to the pain-filled Mona and, the freeing of her fears, anxieties and pain in a hella honest monologue helps Mona to return to normal, tears streaming and ready to hug it out.

With the Legends free to go, Zari shows up to bring them back on board and they finally remember that they forgot Charlie. Zari also fills Nate in on what his dad has been up to with the magical creatures and it’s not good, causing a bit of a dent in their relationship. We get some insight into what’s actually going on when we see Hank try to call his deal with an actual devil off.  Nora feels the twinge of evil and breaks free from her cell to save him but, she’s a little too late for anything but,  time to be blamed for it.

Legends is nothing if not consistent and “The Getaway” is just as cleverly written, action-packed, and heart string tugging as it always is. The writers have discovered a formula that works hella good and they haven’t tried to change it, which is a good thing. This issue was all about family, by blood or by choice, dealing with your emotions, coming to terms with being OK with not being OK and, leaning on the people in your life. It was solid, real and beautiful. If only because I’m type salty that Ava and Sara haven’t made up.

I give this episode a solid 9.0

Marvel’s What If…? Is Coming to Disney+

Not only are we getting three post Avengers: Endgame series, WandaVision, The Falcon and Winter Soldier, and Loki, for Disney‘s streaming service Disney+, Marvel Studios is also bringing an animated series to the digital platform.

Marvel’s What If…? takes inspiration from the comic series that explores different scenarios and stories than what we know happened in the Marvel Universe. An example is “What if Peggy Carter was the one who became a super soldier?” Each comic was told by Uatu, the Watcher, an alien being whose job it is to observe what happens, never interfere, and lives on the moon.

Each episode explores a pivotal moment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said the first episode would explore Peggy Carter getting the super soldier serum while Steve Rogers remained a scrawny kid and joined the fight in an armored suit designed by Howard Stark.

Disney+ launches November 12 for $6.99 a month or $69.99 for the year.

Disney+ Launching November 12 for $6.99 a month or $69.99 per year

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The anticipation for Disney+, Disney‘s digital streaming service, has been growing. Rumors have been running rampant about shows that we might see, how much it will cost, and when will it launch. Now, we know the details as Disney has pulled back the curtain showing us what we can expect.

Disney+ launches November 12 costing $6.99 per month or an annual price of $69.99. It will include brand new original series exclusive to the ad-free subscription service. Here’s what they’ve announced.

The Technical

The service will allow downloading of content so it can be accessed offline. There will be individual profiles and that includes custom avatars.

It will launch over each major region of the world over a two year time frame due to expiring contracts in specific territories. The United States will be up first.

In the presentation, images of televisions, computers, Apple TV, Playstation, X-BOX, and the Switch were all shown indicating the service will be available to watch on those and more.

Disney and Pixar

The entire Signature Collection will be available on launch. Rumors had indicated Disney’s complete movie library would be available. All Pixar films will be available in the first year of launch. All Pixar theatrical shorts will be available at launch.

One of the original series to debut in the first year is Unknown: Making Frozen 2 which is a documentary series exploring the behind the scenes creation of the animated film.

The new Toy Story character Forky will get a series of Pixar shorts with Forky Asks a Question. Toy Story’s Bo Peep will also get a short entitled Lamp Life.

5,000 episodes of Disney Channel contet and 100 original movies will be available to stream on lucnh.

On top of that, more than 7,500 episodes and 500 films will come to the library.

Marvel

Captain Marvel will be available on the service on the first day. Disney announced two original series. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will star as Wanda Maximoff and The Vision in the series WandaVision. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will team up in The Falcon and Winter Soldier. Tom Hiddleston will play Loki in a series of the same name.

According to other reports, only four Marvel films will come to the service within the launch window.

Star Wars

All Star Wars films will be available on the platform within the first year of its launch. Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk will join forces for a series based on Cassian Andor. The Mandolorian, Jon Favreau‘s live-action series will premiere on launch.

More Originals

Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader will star in Noelle. Director Tom McCarthy will have an original film, Timmy Failure that will release in the first year. An adaptation of the best selling book Star Girl will come to the platform. William DaFoe will star in the original film Togo about a man’s real-life story about his and his sled dog’s journey through the Alaskan tundra. That will be out in the first year. A live-action Lady and the Tramp will come to the service.

The Phineas and Ferb Movie, a new animated adventure will come to the service.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is coming to the service.

And More!

More than 250 hours from National Geographic will come to the service and that includes the film Free Solo. The World According to Jeff Goldblum, from National Geographic, will premiere on the channel.

The Simpsons!

Disney+ will be the exclusive home for streaming The Simpsons starting at launch. That’s all 30 seasons on the first day of launch.

AMC Picks Up a Third Walking Dead Series

The Walking Dead is still a success for AMC as the network has announced that it has given the green light for a third series. Matt Negrete will be the showrunner for the series which will run for 10 episodes. Negrete created with series with franchise chief content officer Scott M. Gimple.

Negrete has been a writer and producer on The Walking Dead for the past five seasons.

It’s unknown who will appear on the series but we know that it will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come of age in the apocalypse. Production will begin this summer in Virginia for a 2020 debut.

Below is the official description:

Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.

This new series is on top of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and the three films that will focus on Andrew Lincoln’s character Rick Grimes.

Recap: Cloak and Dagger S2E2 – White Lines

White Lines is the title of the second hour of the two episode, two-hour premiere of Cloak and Dagger and it was just as brilliant as the first hour. The beginning slides into the end of the season premiere seamlessly, we pick up at the murder scene in the club where Tandy and Ty called Detective O’Reilly in to help them. O’Reilly kicks them out so she can clean the crime scene before the rest of the cops show up and everyone gets caught. Tandy and Tyrone have a fundamental clash of opinions, and in its simplicity, it highlights the differences in thinking between classes and races. The episode is split between all three major characters, with each getting to show things from their point of view which was a brilliant choice because it built up the tension , gave us a little relief and then ramp up the feeling again.

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.Tyrone heads off on a mission to discover what the voodoo symbol was that one of the drug kingpins drew on the floor, he gets his answer, to a degree but, it also leads to a confrontation with Evita who is not too happy that he never made contact especially after he shows her his power. While trying to learn to control his power he comes accidentally poofs himself to a chained up to a gurney in an ambulance, Makayla who begs for his help. He tries to take her with him and save her but, it doesn’t work and he ends up back in the church alone, defeated and sad.

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Next up is Tandy’s story. We see her in her group therapy session, Makayla starts to defend Jeremy and Tandy gets upset and yells at her causing her to run away. After her mom calls her on it, as a survivor of abuse, Tandy sets out to track Makayla down and save her, or at least apologize. After her search comes up empty, she goes back to talk to the group leader who leads her to Andre Deschaine, a community leader,  who helps her on her search. Unfortunately, the rescue mission gets cut short, Tandy has a power surge when she sees a vision of her dead dad and runs off.

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The third story we see is Detective O’Reilly as the devil at her brains door, Mayhem, escapes and decides to enact her own version of justice. Mayhem is much more assertive and violent and, it’s kind of glorious. She goes rogue and shows up to see the widow of one of the men who was murdered at the gang summit, after going Jack the Ripper on a $100k Kandinsky, and threatening to do the same to everything else in the house, she manages to find out the info she needs. She heads to the docks where she bumps into Tandy and that’s where things start to get hella interesting.

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While watching the memorial for over a dozen missing brown and black girls from a poor neighborhood and getting a lesson in racial politics from Andre , he gets a call and Tandy rushes off to the hospital to see an almost comatose Makayla. Wanting to get to the bottom of what happened, she slips into her mind and figures out what happened to her, she gets a lead and uses social media pics to find out more, which is how she ended up bumping into Mayhem leading to an epic bad guy beat down with a riotgirl style soundtrack in the background. After Mayhem sends Tandy to stand guard she finds out that there’s another shipment of girls coming in and once she has gotten all she needs from the ambulance driver, she kills him in a way that would make Deadpool smile.

Evita shows up at the church to apologize to Ty, where he tells her about what happened in the ambulance and how she has to find her. It is nice to see him open up and it was equally nice to see her help him through it because, it works and they end up at the hospital putting him right back on the path of him and Tandy being a dynamic duo, kicking bad guy ass and saving all the missing girls. Tyrone heads to O’Reilly’s to fill her in on what he discovered and finds her tied up and,  after he rescues her he poofs to Tandy to warn her and that’s where we discover that Mayhem isn’t the other half of a split personality, it’s a different person.

Quotes:

On Drugs in marginalized communities-

Those people choose misery and I’m sick of watching it

– Tandy

People don’t choose to suffer Tandy and, they don’t choose to hurt.

– Tyrone

On missing minority girls-

Where are the cops, the reporters, they should be all over this.

– Tandy

They would be if YOU went missing.

– Andre Deschaine

Episode High: Watching Tandy and Mayhem, in an O’Reilly suit, go ape shit on the bad guys to stop them from trafficking women was everything. I love it when girls are more damn hell in a dress than damsels in distress.

I found White Lines to be amazing. Cloak and Dagger is setting itself up to be the This is Us of the Marvel Universe because I felt all the feelings and still got all the action. Jennifer Phang is a brilliant director and the way she frames shots and gets such honest and emotional performances out her actors is to be applauded. Between her directing, the killer script and the truly breathtaking performances I spent the second half of this two-part season starter feeling some pretty real feelings about some imaginary characters. Honestly, at this point in the game, if you aren’t all about Cloak and Dagger, I really don’t know what you are doing with your life. And, I’ve got to give a special shout out to the music supervisor because this soundtrack is FIRE.

I give this completion of the series premiere arc a 9.8

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