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The Blacklist Teases its Final Episode Animation

Described as an “animated graphic novel,” The Blacklist is delivering a unique seventh season finale. The episode airs on NBC May 15 at 8pm ET/PT.

The season’s 19th episode, entitled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” was midway into filming in New York when TV productions across the industry were halted due to COVID-19. Looking to do something out of the box to finish the episode and close out the season, producers came up with an idea to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes.

Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes to ensure a seamless transition between the two styles, as editors and animators complete their work remotely.

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The Blacklist Gets a Graphic Novel Style Animated Episode for its Season 7 Finale

The Blacklist

The seventh season finale of NBC’s acclaimed drama, The Blacklist, airing May 15 (8p.m. ET/PT) is ending the season in style with a unique hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation.

The season’s 19th episode, entitled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” was midway into filming in New York when TV productions across the industry were halted due to COVID-19. Looking to do something out of the box to finish the episode and close out the season, producers came up with an idea to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes.

Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes to ensure a seamless transition between the two styles, as editors and animators complete their work remotely.

The Task Force investigates an accountant who works for lucrative criminals in order to find the violent and thuggish brothers hired for his protection. Liz must make a momentous decision. Presented in a unique hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation. Guest starring: Brian Dennehy, Laila Robins

NBC announced in February that The Blacklist has been renewed for an eighth season. The 150th episode of the series will air May 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT). The show stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, and Harry Lennix.

Bad Medicine by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, and Christopher Mitten Heads to NBC

NBC is developing a drama based on the comic Bad Medicine by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, and artist Christopher Mitten. The project is being developed by Mark Kruger, David Janollari, T.G.I.M. Films, and Universal TV.

Pulled out of exile from a dark corner of the world, renowned-surgeon-turned-fringemedicine- eccentric Doctor Randal Horne must return to New York City to investigate a tragic research lab accident that’s left one man dead, and inexplicably headless. Now with the help of a distrusting NYPD detective and a team of doctors from the CDC, Horne must diagnose this and other seemingly unexplainable medical phenomenon in a world where the line between medical science and science fiction is blurry at best.

The comic series was released by Oni Press in 2012 and was a release by the publisher for that year’s Free Comic Book Day.

(via Deadline)

TV Review: Powerless S1E9 Emergency Punch-Up

powerlessbigThe team gears up to leave for a company retreat when supervillain Dr. Psycho releases a toxic gas in Charm City; Emily does her best to make the most of a terrible situation.

Powerless doesn’t bounce back from last week’s episode as this one is a bit… blah, at best. The episode basically has the team stuck in a room with the threat of their dying if they head out of it and breathe Dr. Psycho’s toxic gas. The point of the episode is for the team to be stuck in a situation where they’re force to bond, it’s a tv plot we’ve seen so many times before, and this version doesn’t add anything to the formula.

Part of the episode’s issue, beyond it being a reused plot and adds nothing to it, is that there weren’t any jokes. The humor comes from props and no one really pulls it off. The biggest jokes involve either t-shirts the team is supposed to wear or the fact that Emily has to wear the pee bucket on her head in an attempt to free everyone.

When it comes to the interactions or what’s said, there’s not much there. Van makes a joke about wiping his own butt and there’s a joke about Ron using his cuteness to disarm folks. That’s it.

The series was looking good, but things have slipped these last two episodes where the concept is better than the actual final product. Where once I thought the series was finding its voice, it definitely is struggling now. The concept is there, the writing just isn’t

Overall Rating: 5.85

TV Review: Powerless S1E8 Green Furious

powerlessbigEmily has her first board meeting and must deliver on a big idea with the help of Green Fury; Teddy tries to find a way to get Green Fury’s attention; Jackie brings her daughter to work.

Powerless has misogyny on the mind with an episode that attempts to examine objectification of women through humor and falls so short in so many ways.

The episode kicks off with Green Fury being saved by Emily who uses that to then attempt to use her in a marketing campaign. That campaign then spirals our of control when the male dominated board gets involved and the intended add featuring Green Fury has her naked at one point. Then add in Teddy being obsessed with Green Fury and attempting to get her attention which only comes off as a stalker. Teddy is one of the main characters this show revolves around and this episode, along with the last, cast him in a negative way which taints the humor going forward. It also deflates the show a bit, you’ve just discovered one of the characters is an asshole (more than the snarky one he’s been shown as).

Where Powerless has succeeded most was when it was a workplace comedy that just so happened to have superhero elements thrown in. It’s when it’s focused on being a comedy. Here it feels like a concept episode first and then a comedy is attempted to be squeezed in. The comedy comes second and it attempts to achieve that comedy through Teddy presenting him in a negative way.

And what’s weird is, if the episode just focused on the board making negative decisions it’d have been all the stronger as these are characters we’ll likely never see and aren’t supposed to have an attachment to. There’s also the twist at the end of how the ad plays out that’s actually funny in a wink sort of way. You can see how easily a different direction in how it’s presented would make it all the stronger.

This episode is full of missteps and hurts itself going forward by doing so.

Overall Rating: 6.05

TV Review: Powerless S1E7 Van v Emily: Dawn of Justice

powerlessbigWhen Emily has to put up a fight to get her own office, she challenges Van to a competition. Meanwhile, after Teddy’s life is saved by Green Fury, he goes to great lengths to see her again.

Powerless is interesting with a bit of a shuffling of episodes and bringing this one to us a bit earlier than the episode release order that’s been released, but that’s not a big deal at all as the series gets back to its more humorous roots with the expected lessons learned from situations.

There’s two main stories, Emily wanting her own office and challenging Van to get it and Teddy becoming obsessed with Green Fury after falling off a ledge and being saved by her.

The Teddy story with Green Fury is a bit weird and what is supposed to be cute comes off as weird, especially when he’s an utter dick towards the woman he’s actually seeing at the end of the episode. He attempts to get Green Fury’s attention through various means and it feels like it’s a little stalkerish. It is nice to see tropes flipped and the man being saved by the female superhero, but Teddy’s follow up is a bit odd. And in fairness, I always though Lois falling for Superman after being saved was odd too.

The other part of the episode again revolves around Van and his being an utter dick to the staff. It’s a weird follow up to the previous week when he shows the same behavior over use of his bathroom. I think the use of Van of the series is some of its biggest missteps where it can’t decide if he’s supposed to be the bumbling comedic boss (like Michael Scott on The Office) or if he’s supposed to be mean and petty. These last two episodes lean too heavily on the latter making Van an almost unlikeable character sucking the humor from the episode and series. It’s weird to see and the writers feel like there’s just not a good handle on Van being the joke, the center of jokes, or just being mean.

The overall episode is better than the previous week but when half of the episode is borderline mean spirited it’s hard to get completely into the show. When Van’s character gets better settled, the show will see vast improvement.

Overall Rating: 6.35

TV Review: Powerless S1E6 I’m a Friend You

powerlessbigWhen Emily learns that Jackie needs some extra cash, she tries to help her out; Van is on a witch hunt and sets his eyes on Teddy, Ron, and Wendy.

Powerless is a bit of a mixed bag with an episode that mainly feels like its role is to address Emily’s personality and how it generally clashes with the rest of the cast. Her pluckiness is in contrast with everyone who I’d generally describe as sarcastic and a bit dickish.

When it comes to Emily the story has to do with her and Jackie’s relationship and Emily’s habit of meddling. There’s some solid jokes about using people’s names as a way to describe an act or habit. It’s a topic that’s been discussed on other shows before but the patter shows the solid chemistry of the cast as a whole and the easy back and forth. The story itself at least addresses an issue I’ve had at times with the series and it feels like maybe the episodes are out of order since Emily dials it down a bit in various episodes. After this one, that makes some more sense.

The second half of the episode is Van accusing people of using his private bathroom. The punchline is obvious and not all that funny since it’s so predictable. As Van grills Teddy, Ron, and Wendy over the incident the episode forgets the laughs. In fact, it emphasizes a lot of the negative aspects of the characters making them snarky and again dickish. It had me cheering for one of them to be fired. Through the whole situation, the focus seem to be that the situation itself was the joke for folks to laugh at. It wasn’t. It just didn’t click.

We’ve seen better episodes from the series, so it’s a bit disappointing to see it take some steps back these last couple of episodes. They can’t all be winners, but when the show as a whole isn’t running on all cylinders one misstep seems amplified. And what the show seems to truly miss is that it’s a comedy first, a superhero show second. Get the laughs down and the rest will follow.

Overall Rating: 6.05

TV Review: Powerless S1E5 Cold Season

powerlessbigEmily convinces Teddy to enter a revolutionary invention into the Wayne Innovation contest; Van has Ron assemble a toy in hopes of preoccupying his new girlfriend’s child.

Powerless gives us a perfectly acceptable episode that has a few chuckles as it plays things as a pretty standard comedy. While the last few episodes showed improvement, this one has plateaued in a way. That’s not bad, it’s just this episode hasn’t shown the growth like previous episodes. I can bet describe this as a mediocre episode of The Office. It’s not bad, it’s also not good either.

The set up of the episode is an invention contest for Wayne Enterprises which sets off a series of jokes about gloves that warm things up. It’s interesting in that it’s not a bad idea but the episode feels like the writers were focused on fitting in as many jokes revolving around the gloves as possible. They’re not a part of the comedy, they are the comedy. It works at times, but it’s a little tiring after a time.

The funnier aspects of the episode involve Van and Ron. Ron is tasked with putting things together to impress Van’s girlfriend’s kid. It paints Van in the shallow corner that he inhabits but jokes involving Wonder Woman’s invisible jet are actually inspired and original. One particular scene gave me the biggest chuckle of the episode.

Again, this wasn’t a bad episode, it just ends the growth we’ve seen the last few. Hopefully, the show continues to involve and improve down the road. There’s lots of potential and we see that here. It’s taken a while for the series to find its footing, now it just needs to up its game a bit.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: Powerless S1E4 Emily Dates a Henchman

powerlessbigWhen Emily sets her sights on the dating world she unknowingly falls for one of the Riddler’s henchmen; Teddy and Ron find a Batman artifact and discover Van’s superhero fantasy.

Powerless continues it’s slow climb in improvement as it adds a little personal dating experiences to the workplace comedy. While it’s still focused on the office, the various stories in this episode gets characters out of work for what feels like more than usual.

This series is absolutely the most improved of the comic batch. After a rough debut, each episode has improved on the last delivering cute chuckles though not quite the comedic slamdunk that we’ve seen in previous NBC Thursday night comedies.

This episode focuses on two stories, the first being Emily meeting a guy at a bar… and he turns out to be a henchman. The second involves Teddy and Ron finding a batarang and attempting to lure Batman in to meet him.

Each have their good and bad and the series as a whole is doing a much better job of working in the comic aspects of the world its set in, more so than just a name check here and there. The henchman? He works for the Riddler in a getup that has a bit of a throwback to Batman ’66 in its simple style. Robert Buckley guests as the henchmen and for those who watch The CW’s iZombie, you’ll recognize him as Major. Buckley brings a similar swagger to this role as he does that one. He has solid comedic timing in a dry sort of way and it’s fun to see yet another “comic” actor cross over into another property. It’s the details of this plot that really stand out like a ring’s imprint left on Buckley’s face that he chalks up to a rock.

The batarang plot is a bit mixed. The concept is good, but the execution doesn’t quite work. Van comes into it and his inclusion complicates what could easily have been a funny plot of the two trying to meet Batman and using the weapon to do so. Alan Tudyk‘s Van distracts a bit making what is two kids excited to meet their hero into something that’s a bit odder.

The show seems strongest when it keeps things simple with subtle hints and jokes. It’s not the outright name drop that makes the series work, it’s when a ring’s imprint is the ring of a superhero. The series seems to be recognizing that and going in that direction. Four episodes in, it’s getting its footing and showing some impressive improvement. I almost gave up after an episode, but happy I’ve stuck around and excited to see where the series is by the end of its first season. While it’s not quite breaking new ground, it’s getting its formula down and so far that’s working for it.

Overall Rating: 6.95

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