Category Archives: Television

Review/Recap: Batwoman S2E1 “What Happened to Kate Kane”

What Happened to Kate Kane

The first season of Batwoman ended on an unintentional cliffhanger after the season was cut short due to COVID-19 but, considering Ruby Rose’s departure from the show the shortened season might have given the writers and creative team some time to formulate a well thought out, equally compelling changing of the guard for the Batwoman lore. There’s a lot of pressure on Batwoman S2E1 “What Happened to Kate Kane” from the behind the scenes drama that ended the last season.

When things ended Alice had murdered her partner in crime Mouse and given Batman’s rival, Tommy, his face so that he could steal the kryptonite from Kate. Kate was still reeling, and healing mentally and physically, from a double-cross from her father who didn’t know she was in the suit. The betrayal still stung just as bad.

Things were getting really good towards the end of the first season. Between the familial and romantic drama, the action, and the LGBTQ+ representation all signs pointed to a killer season two with loads of goodies and unresolved drama to keep the show going. With the cast change and the familial bonds no longer a part of the story, most of us viewers wondered if those loose ends from the first season would get sorted out, what was going to be the bond that held everyone together or ripped them apart and what would Alice do now that she’s killed her soulmate Mouse all for a shot at revenge only to have the object of her revenge ripped away before she could kill her herself.

Goodbye, Kate: If the opening minutes of “What Happened to Kate Kane” is any indication, Kate is, in fact, dead even with the hint that she could return. Her plane from National City went down in flames and her suit has found a new owner. While there’s hope that Kate is still alive there’s a greater chance that she’s gone for good.

There’s Something About Mary: Mary is not handling losing yet another family member and is understandably starting to crumble under the weight of the pain, guilt and trauma. After her initial run in with Ryan and the subsequent voluntary return of the suit, Mary seems to be okay letting Ryan rock the suit so that some version of Kate is still around but, I’m a little concerned about the emotional fall out that’s likely to happen to her after feelings settle. Mary doing her due diligence to track down the suit realizes that she wants it to go after Alice and do the one thing that Kate couldn’t and in the process give her the vengeance that she wants as well since Alice killed her mom too.

The New Batwoman: Ryan Wilder finds Kate’s bat costume in the wreckage after failing to save a homeless man caught in the path of the crash. We get some insight into who Ryan is and the struggles that she’s going through, like losing her home and living in her car, or not being able to get a job because she can’t get a house because she is a convict, even if she was innocent. When Ryan decides to put on the suit to get a little revenge on the people who brutally beat her and got her sent to prison she realizes that putting on the cape with no understanding of the weaponry might not have been the best idea even if it was fun. Luckily, Ryan gets a second chance to do good and a place to live when she returns the bat suit. She’s just as badass as Kate was and she’s just different enough that she can fill the hole in the show while starting her own mythology.

Bad Bruce: When season one ended Alice had given Tommy her cousin Bruce’s face, since he had been missing for four years, no one questions his return when Kate’s plane goes down. I find it a little odd that Fox didn’t catch on earlier when he had to let Bruce into the batcave or when he knew things that he didn’t know. I’m still not getting why Alice and Bruce are still need the kryptonite ( and each other) or why that continued to be part of their plan after Kate was dead and they didn’t know someone new had the suit.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox: Fox has a lot going on, so much so that he missed that Bruce wasn’t Bruce. Fox is struggling with not being able to protect Kate and the guilt is wearing on him harder than it is on Mary. I’m glad they show him crying because I think that more men should cry on screen. I also love that he and Mary save Ryan from Tommy in the Bruce face when they realize that he’s after the suit now that he has the only thing, kryptonite, that can make him unstoppable.

Overall: It was a simple well-done way to introduce Ryan to the universe. I feel like she has what it takes to carry the show and move it forward even without the familial bonds that made season one so compelling. Since this episode focused mostly on set up and outlining the new threats and building bonds and trust amongst the team, I think it fulfilled its purpose. Taking away the moral ambiguity but, taking the safety off of Papa Kane’s gun by removing the will he or won’t he kill his own daughter tension should make for an interesting season. Although I love that Alice told her dad the truth about who her sister was although, with Ryan in the mix even with the evidence of Mary showing up to parlay for Batwoman, he might not even believe it. There’s a lot more that happens in this episode that made it well worth the wait but, I think it is well worth watching and enjoying so I left out a lot of the spoilers. Batwoman‘s second season starts off as a great reboot to the series and “What Happened to Kate Kane” is totally worth watching.

Overall Rating: 8.7

Review: WandaVision S1E2

WandaVision S1E2

WandaVision S1E2 continues its play off of the classic series Bewitched with an episode that has Wanda and Vision entering a talent show.

Compared to the debut episode, WandaVision S1E2 is much more intriguing. While it acts so well as an homage to classic television, it delivers more of what was lacking in the first, the hints at something more. In a black and white world, we get a colorized toy. A radio plays odd music and an odd message. It’s the small details that were missing from the first episode. Their inclusion enhances the experience. The lack of them in the first episode hints at a purposely slow build and reveal but that also means it’s a slow build and reveal. With the good comes the bad.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany continue their excellent takes on classic characters. In this case, Bettany does the drunk individual coming close to revealing their two secrets. It’s a great switch of classic stories where Samantha was almost discovered as a witch.

But, it’s the small details of the episode where it works really well and shines.

The classic cartoon style is fantastic. The introduction of Teyonah Parris as Geraldine is fantastic. The line delivered in her introduction is so layered and done so well. It’s a prime example the show is smarter and more thought out than it’s quirky premise would have you believe.

WandaVision S1E2 is an improvement of the start in so many ways. Wanda is clearly trapped in this world but is it something someone is doing to her or is it a creation of her own? This episode throws that big question out there and there’s some massive implications.

Like I said in the review of the first episode, this is a series whose whole will likely be better than the individual parts but this part is pretty damn good on its own.

Overall Rating: 8.5

Review: WandaVision S1E1

WandaVision S1E1

The next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe begins in the highly anticipated WandaVision. The Disney+ show brings an intriguing new format and take on the classic Marvel characters of Wanda Maximoff and Vision. WandaVision S1E1 takes us into the homage/spoof of classic television shows kicking off with Dick Van Dyke meets Bewitched showing the two in a blissful marriage. But, is this reality?

The last we saw Wanda, she had helped defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame after being returned from being blinked out. She attended Stark’s funeral, and that’s where we left her. Vision, as far as we know, was killed in Avengers: Infinity War. In an attempt to stop Thanos, Wanda destroyed the Mind Stone in Vision’s forehead with Visions saying “I love you” just before he was destroyed. But, Thanos returned Vision using the Time Stone to then plunk the stone from Vision’s forehead and helping to complete his gauntlet. Due to Vision being destroyed before the blink, as far as we know he didn’t return.

So, what’s going on?

WandaVision‘s debut episode doesn’t tell us a whole lot until the very end. The two are living the domestic life presented as a classic black and white television show. It’s entertaining in its winks and nods to shows of the past but, the concept drags on for far too long. There’s a lack of enough hints as to what’s really going on making this debut just… weird.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda and Paul Bettany as Vision are charming enough in their roles. The pull off the now cringe-worthy style of story of the time. The episode is a solid send-up of the overused story of the boss coming over for dinner. As far as playing off of classic shows, WandaVision S1E1 does things really well.

The addition of Kathryn Hahn as Agnes is solid and she nails the tone of the era as well. It’s all enhanced by a goofy add for a toaster by Stark Industries that’s way over the top.

WandaVision S1E1 nails down what it’s trying to do. The tone, style, story, costumes, stage, it’s all damn near perfect. But that doesn’t mean it succeeds.

The show drags on for its rather short 29 minutes and only gets to the point at the very end. Something is very wrong in this pollyannish world and the episode would have been stronger by focusing on that. Glitches in the episode would have played well. Small details not quite sitting right and being out of place would have worked well. It’s these sort of things and the addition of them would have made the concept all the more intriguing.

Olsen’s depiction of Wanda is a bit odd too as her Sokovian accent seems to have gone away for a Jersey-ish delivery. It could be to play up the time and it might return. It could be to play off the style of the time. But she’s “European” as Vision tells his boss to which he makes a negative response. Why this choice was made is unclear, beyond the boss’s reaction, but it’s all very weird. It’s just a very noticeable decision and is a bit odd.

WandaVision S1E1 isn’t bad. There’s a lot to like. It’s just rather boring. This isn’t your normal Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, and that’s a good thing. But, the episode stumbles. It’s clearly a series that the whole will likely be stronger than each individual part.

Overall Rating: 7.0

Bridge Works Entertainment and Chido Comics Team to Highlight Latinx Storytelling

Chido Comics Bridge Works Entertainment

Bridge Works Entertainment and Chido Comics are partnering to bring television series and films featuring Latin based narratives to US audiences. The purpose behind Bridge’s founder George Salinas‘ mission is to promote and uplift projects that fall under the radar with American audiences. Salinas recently partnered with Ivan Plaza, owner, and founder of the Latinx comic book publisher, Chido Comics, to produce their next TV and film titles. This partnership was formed to create Latinx superhero stories, among other genres, and share Latin based narratives thriving in the comic book culture with the US audience. This expansion will bring new premium television series and films to the U.S. audience.

George and Bridge Works have a vast number of formats in his catalog from Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, Japan, and recently expanded to Germany and South Korea. As part of the expansion for Bridge Works Entertainment, Salinas has brought on Miriam Reyna to serve as executive producer and head of content.

Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S4E6 “Chapter Thirty-Four: The Returned”

The show’s creative team decided to take pity upon us with “The Returned” after putting us through the emotional ringer in episode five but, they still came for us a little and toyed with our hearts. There’s a battle of the bands brewing and the latest Terror is bringing back the dead of Greendale, for better or worse. This episode was filled with equal parts camp and bittersweet sadness, taking you on an emotional roller coaster that is so satisfying, even with all that tears, that you don’t want to get off.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA S4E6 “CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR : THE RETURNED”

Camp Level 11: Satanic Panic, a band that Harvey’s dad used to play with is back from the dead and they’ve got a bone to pick with Mr. Kinkle because he ratted them out and got them burned to death in a woodshed after a possible devil’s deal. It is every 80s teen movie about those darn satanic killers in the wood mixed with a huge dose of Sometimes They Come Back. It’s a nice C story that adds a bit of fun to the rest of the episode.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA S4E6 “CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR : THE RETURNED”

Terms of Endearment: This episode has our characters coming face to face with their loved ones back from the dead but, they haven’t come to spread love but, pain and suffering and watching so many hearts get broken after everything they’ve already been through, it cuts deep, not as deep as the last episode but, I still got caught in my feels.

Overall: “The Returned” ended with a few more heartbreaks one of which I saw coming and had time to prepare for and one I didn’t see coming at all even with all the breadcrumbs that were dropped ever since one of my favorite characters entered the show! They also managed to put in a sweet moment that brings you to tears amidst all the sorrow only to have it boomerang and break your heart. This show consistently draws you in, makes you feel deep, real feelings for imaginary characters so definitely watch this episode but please, bring tissues.

Overall: 9.6

Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S4E5 “Chapter Thirty-Three: Deus Ex Machina”

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA S4E5 “CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE: DEUS EX MACHINA”

The Mortal Realm: In “Deus Ex Machina“, Sabrina and Roz are co-Presidenting at Baxter High, where Nick has transferred to win OG Sabrina back. Hell is breaking through the mortal world. Lilith is hiding out at the Academy avoiding Hell and resigned to keep Adam away from hell until he 16 and can claim the throne.

The Infernal Realm: Future Sabrina is trying to clear out space in Hell because it’s overcrowding. The mortal world is breaking through to hell. Robin decides to stay with Theo and fight, instead of returning to the unaffected Fae Realm with his people because Theo refuses to go with him.

Heaven Help Us: Metatron comes down to offer a solution because every solution both sides come up with, the Sabrina’s can either kill one of them or merge. The Sabrina’s are given six hours to get their affairs in order before the merge Future Sabrina wants to spend it saying goodbye to her old friends and OG Sabrina wants to spend it with Nick.

Overall: There’s a lot of twists and turns in “Deus Ex Machina” that I left out because you have to see it to feel it and this episode was full of feels. I didn’t mention this episode’s terror because it is cosmic. Everything about “Deus Ex Machina” is heart-filled and centers upon personal sacrifices and all sorts of things that will make you cry, in fact, if you don’t cry at least twice during this episode, I will assume you have no soul or heart. There was a cute little cameo that we’ve been waiting for all season and it added a smile to my face. There’s also the heart-wrenching moment where Lilith faces the consequences of her actions and anyone with a heart feels actual sympathy for the devil. It was a lot going in expecting some simple horror camp and coming out the other end of the episode feeling emotionally drained and raw because you connected to everything that happened in the hour, that felt like more.

Rating: 9.8

Deus Ex Machina

Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S4E4 “Chapter Thirty-Two: The Imp of the Perverse

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA S4E4 “CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO: THE PREVERSE”

So It Begins: Prudence sets out to murder her father just as he mugs the third terror of his Imp of the Perverse and makes himself the supreme ruler in “The Imp of the Perverse“.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA S4E4 “CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO: THE PREVERSE”

The Fright Club: In the warped reality Robin the hobgoblin gets to go full Flash, Theo gets deemed a witch for defending him, Harvey goes junior SS officer in his service to Blackwood, Roz and Sabrina have to save the Greendale in the horror camp female buddy drama that we all needed and Nick and Sabrina flirt in the face of death.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA S4E4 “CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO: THE PREVERSE”

The Third Terror: The Perverse is the Archieverse version of Loki and his level of petty mischief is kind of cool, he tells Ambrose how to reverse his own horror because Blackwood tries to pull a fast one and mugs him.

Overall: “The Imp of the Perverse” is a good one that has Sabrina focusing on something other than her love life and boys. In the end, she gets Nick back in a way that complements her instead of defining her. I really liked that Sabrina and Roz got to spend some sister/BFF time saving the town and restoring things. This episode had a fun twist with a very 1984 style layout and a call to resistance and doing what is right in the face of authority and even death. Overall it knocks another terror off the list and traded the show’s usual fun time campy horror with a real cautionary tale that managed to still tie in with the way the series normally runs. This season seems very into isolating each episode and making it a good stand-alone story while still keeping it tied into the overall season arc.

Overall: 9.6

Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S4E3 “Chapter Thirty-One: The Weird”

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA S4E3 “CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE: THE WEIRD”

Oh The Terror: In “The Weird”, we meet the weird, where they turn Sabrina into Seven of Nine level baddie because she is the strongest and the weakest. The Weird has a squid-like appearance and Borg like demeanor. They take over Greendale absorbing its science class and demanding that they all kill themselves to feed the coming Void.

Sabrina’s Love Life: So, not only is Sabrina being slowly taken over and puppetmastered by The Weird, but she also has a new boo in her life who may or not be the love Gollum she created, named Luke who she’s got a crush on. But, Nick is still in the picture more than once when she needs him, even going as far as doing a Sound of Music duet to Sixteen Going on Seventeen while Ambrose extracts The Weird from her.

Plot Twist We All Should Have Seen: From the beginning of the series I thought that it was weird that out of all the families in Greendale, the witches that were slaughtered in the town’s early days chose to curse her family. Well, it turns out Roz comes from a family of witches who denied their power and named it the cunning, and turned on the other witches because they didn’t want to be thought of as in league with the devil.

Best Scene: When two of the Kings of Hell show up to kill Lillith’s baby with the Dark Lord, the coven attacks them, murdering one and sending the other on the run by, inflicting upon them the pain of childbirth which of course the men could not handle. It was campy and glorious.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA S4E3 “CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE: THE WEIRD”

Overall: “The Weird” is another solid episode that finally focuses on Sabrina and deals with her inner turmoil and finally chooses to forget about her love life and focus on taking a breather, while still trying to stop The Terrors, on romance and focus on herself. It’s a level of self-discovery and a path towards her own personal growth as a woman, giving her agency which is something that her character has needed and deserved since the beginning,

Overall: 9.1

« Older Entries