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TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E11 Turncoat

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2The Legends find a new time aberration and travel to 1776 to protect George Washington and the American Revolutionary War history; Jax and Stein are forced to step into roles that they don’t think they are prepared for.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow heads to 1776 where the Legion of Doom have decided to create a time aberration in hopes to bring out our heroes into the open. The episode gives us a slightly different take on history full of automatic weapons and explosions… and an evil Rip. Yes, Rip has gone over to the Legion of Doom and is doing their dirty work to get the piece that our heroes have.

There’s death and life and lots of death and technology in the wrong time period for an episode that’s fun. Seeing Rory hang out with George Washington giving him advice as to what it means to be an American. Also fun is Atom running around the ship stuck in his shrunk mode. There’s some things we’ve seen elsewhere, like a rat chasing him, but it’s still fun.

But, the strongest part of the episode has to deal with Jax who has to stand up and take charge as a team member goes down. We get to see him more as support which is good and while the acting is a bit blah at times, changing up the roles is really good.

Where the episode lacks is Stein who is forced to play doctor. It’s a solid opportunity to see his faith, which I expect is Jewish, but there’s not much there. It’d have been a great chance to give him some depth and see him as more than a man of science. Nate and Amaya hook up as well which is just strange considering everything is going on. Time is changing, Rip is running around, but lets stop for some sex!? It’s odd, really odd.

There’s a lot of fun here, even with some odd choices and missed opportunity. To see Rip as evil is entertaining a nice switch and sidetrack from him just returning to the team. If anything, the episode makes the case that Evil Rip should stick around for a while. Luckily, things don’t get resolved, and we get to see more of him steal scenes.

Overall Rating: 7.65

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TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E10 The Legion of Doom

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2The legends must find the Spear of Destiny before they can rescue Rip; Malcolm Merlyn and Damien Darhk discover that Thawne is trying to pit them against each other.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow continues with another solid episode after it’s winter break and it’s a fun one focusing on the Legion of Doom and specifically Malcolm and Damien.

Seeing these two play off each other is really entertaining and both chew the scenery for a build up to one hell of a pay off in the final 10 minutes or so of the show. Those final moments are a big payoff for comic fans watching this show debuting the Black Flash! What’s that? Yes, a Flash has debuted on this show before The Flash. What’s the deal? Well, there’s a reason Thawne keeps moving around and that gets explained here.

The Thawne reveal is a good move as it explains the history of the character for those who watch this show but don’t know his history. And, the writers have done all of that in a way that pays off for long time viewers of the whole DC TV options and works for those who are now in the know.

The rest of the show deals with Stein and his daughter… who should not exist… sort of. There’s some heart there and everything plays off decently, but there’s a disconnect emotionally. It’s played too logically with not enough crying, yelling, things you’d expect. The folks on the Wave Rider generally are given the short end of the stick with this episode as its main focus is the Legion of Doom trying to shake down info from Rip.

The episode is good and I’d have preferred it to just focus on the Legion of Doom and nothing else. The three make the case they could be the center of an entire series themselves with great interaction, banter, and what is clearly a good time doing it all.

And that ending!? What’s next? Should be pretty interesting!

Overall Rating: 8.05

TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E9 Raiders of the Lost Art

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2Damien Dahrk and Malcolm Merlyn create a big aberration as they attempt to capture Rip in 1967.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returned this past week picking up from the winter break twist where our heroes crossed paths with Rip Hunter in 1967 but is it really Rip?

Much of the episode revolves around Rip trying to remember his previous life and the team convincing him that he’s actually a time-traveling superhero. And there’s a lot of fun to that concept as the episode plays a lot with tropes, what’s happened, and winks and nods including an up and coming director named George Lucas playing a role.

Much of the episode’s enjoyment is due to actor Arthur Darvill and his acting chops. The actor does an impressive job playing the 70s stoner who doesn’t believe what’s going on. A particular scene has the actor see his stoner version getting in character as Rip only to lose it when things don’t go well. It’s a moment of comedic genius and played for hilarity.

There’s also more to the episode as Mick admits to Dr. Stein that he’s seeing his former partner and the mystery if this is some time aberration or Mick losing his mind is answered. Dominic Purcell as Mick shows a softer side to the character adding some depth with the bromance. It also provides a solid scene and arc between the two characters who are often at odds with each other.

The episode as a whole is fun mixing action with comedy delivering some twists and winks and nods that fans of comics and sci-fi will appreciate. If this is what we can expect for the rest of the season, it’s going to be a great ride.

Overall Rating: 8.05

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CONSTANTINE-First-Official-Image1It’s a new week! If you haven’t noticed, we’ve updated our navigation at the top of the site. Hopefully, it’s a bit easier to find what you’d like and if not, let us know in the comments!

Here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Guardian – The 20 comics to watch out for in 2017 – What are you looking forward to?

The Beat – A year of free comics: Batman Black & White by Gaiman, Bolland, Timm, etc. – Keep posting them, we’ll promote them.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Anna Archie Bongiovanni’s Grease Bats – And another.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Polly Guo’s Gawain’s Girlfriend and the Green Knight will cut your heart from your bosom – And another.

The Beat – Comics author and historian Gerard Jones arrested on charges of child pornography – We’re utterly disgusted if true.

The Hollywood Reporter – Rob Liefeld on the Extreme Universe Movie Deal: “The ’90s Have Been Largely Underserved” – Well they are coming back in style!

CBR – The CW Renews Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow – This isn’t too surprising.

CBR – Matt Ryan Returns As Constantine in New Animated Series – Can’t wait for this!

CBR – Batman V Superman Tops Razzies Shortlist – This isn’t too shocking really.

 

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Talking Comics – Green Lanterns #14

Talking Comics – Justice League of America: The Atom

Comic Attack – Kabuki Library Edition Volume 4

Talking Comics – Locke & Key: Small World

Talking Comics – Red Dog #2

Talking Comics – Tomboy #9

Talking Comics – The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Talking Comics – The Unworthy Thor #3

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Raiders of the Lost Art Trailer & Returns January 24

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow moves to its new night and time, Tuesday, January 24 at 9/8c on The CW!

TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E8 The Chicago Way

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2A new time aberration leads the Legends to 1927 Chicago, where they realize they’ve been set up by Eobard Thawne, Damien Darhk and Malcolm Merlyn; when Stein is taken captive, Sara must choose whether to save him or try to stop the Legion of Doom.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow  is a fun episode as the team heads to Chicago and has to deal with Al Capone. Malcolm Merlyn is also introduced as part of this new Legion of Doom and that means things get interesting considering his history with Sara.

The episode feels like the first real clash between the Legends and the Legion and as is usual the heroes get their butts kicked by the bad guys. That seems to be how these stories go (with the heroes eventually rallying).

There’s also some interesting things like Stein telling Sara what he did and he reaction. Due to various reasons this episode that isn’t fully discussed but we get to see the characters’ perspectives when it comes to changing history and that’s pretty interesting.

And most importantly the episode is fun. Heatwave steps up as he deals with an imaginary Captain Cold. Is he doing it for the girl or for other reasons? We get a better idea about him and it’s nice to see some depth. He constantly steals the show and this episode is no exception. What’s also fun is the time twists, especially how Capone is used. It’s some small “what ifs” but they’re nice and interesting.

The episode ends us in an fascinating place and it’s something I’m not going to ruin for you. I personally am looking forward to seeing what it means when the series returns in January.

Overall Rating: 8.05

TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E7 Invasion!

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2The Legends work with The Flash, Supergirl and Green Arrow to kill the invaders; while working out how to defeat the Dominators, Stein gets distracted by the aberration he created in 1987.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow  does its part in the four night “Invasion” crossover that intertwined The Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow. And it does a decent job of wrapping up the event with some fun action and time hopping. The story is split into two parts with a team having to head to the past to deal with the Dominators and the team in the present dealing with them too.

We also finally get a solid motivation for the alien invasion and that has to do with Barry changing the time stream. We don’t really know how the Dominators know, they just do, but it puts Barry’s meddling with the time stream front and center. What’s odd though is.. do the aliens not care or know about the Time Lords? Or how about Zoom running around through time?

What this event has really done is put the concept of changing the time line front and center as the Legends must deal with what they’ve done as well, especially Stein. There’s ramifications, both good and bad for everything they’ve done. It also shifts the “Flashpoint” timeline into the other series, something we were promised before all of their seasons kicked off. This is the first real acknowledgment by the whole over what’s happened. There also will likely be ramifications going forward due to this too.

A solid ending to the event that brings some of the greater themes and issues explored in Flash over to this series and opens up a hell of a lot of opportunities (and hints) as to what’s to come.

Overall Rating: 8.05

Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends Crossover Gets an Epic Trailer

The Dominators are coming…can DC’s heroes team up to stop them? The invasion begins Monday at 8/7c on The CW!

TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E4 Abomination

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2Last nights DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was on point. It served up diversity, history, and ZOMBIES. The episode kicked off with a time pirate landing in Mississippi in the middle of the civil war. The team picks up a distress beacon and follows him there. When ordered to stay on the trip with a suitless Ray, Jackson gives a wonderful and poignant mini speech about how the team shouldn’t be worried about him leaving the ship because of the time period because a black man, there isn’t a period in time that is safe for him. The speech and the handling of Jackson’s character is one of the many things I love about the series, they don’t shy away from race relations , racism, sexism and LGB-phobia.

When the team touches down in the past, they rescue a free man and discover a horde of zombies. They were affected by the space pirates cargo which is a bioweapon that turns those who come in contact with it into zombies. Mick gets infected trying to help Jackson and Ray tries to find a cure. The team discovers that the free man was to deliver a message to Ulysses S. Grant that would turn the tide of the war. The team decides to stay and finish Scott’s mission which leaves Sara and Steel having a conversation about women’s equality and how he should do the talking and Jackson & Vixen having to stand by and do nothing while a slave is being whipped for burning a table cloth.

Steel keeps dropping history lessons like some Civil War soldiers were women in drag and he gets to meet one of his heroes, Ulysses S. Grant. Ray and the Professor are trying to cure Mick who is turning at a super fast rate. Jackson and Vixen go undercover as slaves still shook up about the assault they witnessed in their attempt to get the plans for the Union army. There’s a bit of levity injected into the seriousness of the episode thanks to the Professors irrational fear of zombies, the writers keep it funny without taking away from the story itself.

Sara goes on a solo mission to explain zombies to the Union army, which leads her to dropping a severed yet alive head on the desk in the Union camp. Jackson ends up in hot water after accidentally shaking the hand of a white woman to apologize. Mick attacks Ray and the Professor in his almost fully zombified state and they end up stranded in the galley. The Professor feels Jackson’s anger and fear at being chained up in a barn for his “misstep” and Sara and Steel are in a camp that’s being overrun by zombies. There’s a real sense of longing and despair as the team is split into different groups and unable to help each other. You can feel the isolation in their performances, the scene staging, and the writing.

Jackson gets a history lesson and some truth about the evils and pain of slavery after a conversation with some of the slaves he is chained up with. Vixen searches for Jackson since she can’t reach him on his comlink and comes face to face with a monster. Sara & Steel try and find a way to save the Union army from the oncoming zombie invasion while Ray & the Professor try and fins a way to aerosol the vaccine so they can get Mick back. Vixen rescues Jackson and frees him and the saves that he was being held with, among them is a woman from her village who recognizes her amulet and her strength as a warrior but, the rescue goes awry when the barn gets surrounded by a horde of zombies. Jackson finds the plans with the help of one of the rescued slaves and the evil plantation owner gets attacked after refusing to give them weapons to aid in their defense. Sara and Steel formulate a plan to kill a metric crap-ton of zombies by leading them off with the help of some fire and back on the ship the Professor has to face his biggest fear, irrational or not.

The episode wraps up in a pretty realistic, zombies aside, way. Steel lures the zombies that were attacking the camp off to a crate of dynamite and “Steel up” to ignite it, killing them all. Jackson and Vixen escape the plantation as it burns taking the zombies with it and revel in the end of the cruelty. The Professor saves Mick right before he’s about to use him as lunch with the help of the retooled fire extinguisher zombie vaccine delivery system. Jackson delivers the plans to Grant and Sara has a heart to heart with him about being a leader. Ray confides in Mick about feeling useless to the team and they have a nice talk with very little words that ends with Mick giving him the freeze gun of their fallen friend and says that he can be his new partner, making Ray feel like he’s a part of the team again. Jackson and the Professor have a really good mental health check in, about the cruelty of slavery and how hope and dignity will save humanity. The episode ends after this conversation with an old negro spiritual that ties everything together and seems perfectly timed and placed, giving us a somber but , beautiful ending to this episode’s story.

Overall this episode was both heavy and light. It tackled some real issues and didn’t shy away from them. It also provided some light hearted zombie fun. The writers for Legends are amazing and they keep true to the characters and their complexity. They also tell compelling stories and this episode is proof that they are on the right track. The show keeps up with its one battle per segment ratio which gives action lovers something hella fun to see and nothing seems out of place.

Overall Rating: 9.8

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E3 Shogun Recap and Review

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2The third episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s latest season starts off with the man who would be Citizen Steel being checked out in the med bay. While the team is separated doing their own thing, OG Vixen breaks on to the ship and attacks them one by one before he is stopped by the new and improved Heywood.

After discovering his cool new powers the team has a discussion to figure out what to do next. While the boys are more concerned with what to call him White Canary wants to know why OG Vixen would stowaway on the ship and attack them. Atom, Jefferson and Steel want to test out the limits of his new power and after a few blasts and an accident Atom and Steel end up floating through time & space landing in 17th century Japan.

Atom gets captured by the Shogun and Heywood manages to meet a woman, who turns out to be the warlord’s daughter, who aids him after his injury. Mick and OG Vixen are having a hard time getting along and Sara puts her foot down so they don’t ruin their mission. The Firestorm duo find out about a secret compartment on board and decide to do some investigating.

In Japan, Heywood tries to stop the Shoguns wedding by standing up to his guards thinking that his new power will protect him but since he doesn’t have full control over it he ends up beaten and stabbed by the head guard. Nick, Vixen, and Sara go to hunt for the Atom and Heywood by tracking Ray’s suit. Team Firestorm find the secret compartment and debate what to do about it.

Sara, Nick & Vixen come upon the Shogun and his head guard and after a brief battle , the Shogun figures out how to power up the suit and has the team on the run, where they run into Ray. The team comes upon Heywood and Masako having a tender moment. While Sara and Vixen try and figure out how to save the village from the Atom suit powered Shogun, Firestorm finds an armory and a secret message from the future, Ray trains Heywood to beat the Shogun and use his new power.

Ray gets deep in his feels while training Heywood because the only way to save the village from the Shogun is to destroy the suit , the only thing that makes him a hero.  Vixen and Sara have a heart to heart about her totem and powers. Heywood feels a little down about his performance issues and not being able to steel up, so he goes for a walk with Masako. Once again their QT is interrupted this time by the Shogun and his men who have come to claim her.

We get treated to what we came for, a fight! Legends has always been amazing at ramping up the tension, giving us a good story and then showing us the team kicking some ass. OG Vixen & Sara run through the Shoguns men using what can only be described as a bad ass chick-powered conveyor belt style ass kicking gauntlet. Mick finds his true love ninjas, he beats a trio of them and steals one of their costumes as proof that they are real. Heywood steels up and helps Ray kick the Shoguns tail and destroy the suit.

After the battle is won they return to their ship. Vixen and Mick have a mini-bonding moment where she gives him a ninja star that she grabbed for him so he would have proof that ninjas existed. Team Firestorm tries to figure out how to deal with the secret message that they don’t even share with the viewers.

Overall, this episode was amazing. Legends does tons of things right and it’s evolved into on of the best shows in the CW’s DC Universe. This episode was no exception. The writing is always solid, the characters are always complex, the story is always good.  It was a pleasure to watch and get sucked into.

Overall Rating: 9.6

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