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TV Review: The Flash S3E9 The Present

The Flash Season 2Barry heads for Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick on how to stop Savitar; Wally tells Barry he’s been training with H.R.; old wounds are reopened as Cisco faces Christmas without Dante.

The Flash wraps up with this mid-season finale that features a holiday themed episode with everyone sort of getting together to celebrate it while they also battle Savitar. To do that Barry gets some help from Jay Garrick and all of it is interested.

The bad of the episode is that it features Mark Hammill. That usually wouldn’t be bad, but in this case it’s brief and a very short guest appearance. It’s always cool to see him, but it’d have gone over better as a secret to be found out while watching. I had hoped for more as far as that.

The episode is interesting in that we get a better idea of who/what Savitar is and why he’s after Barry. We also get an idea of how that ties into Dr. Alchemy. That part is interesting and works well, but the episode is really about the future. Savitar lays out what Barry and his team can expect and then in an odd twist the episode gives us an actual vision of the future.

And that’s what the episode really feels like, about the future. It wraps up some plotlines, but it’s really about setting things forward for the second half of the season. The wrapping things up is a bit too clean and what’s presented, there feels like a lack of emotion by the characters. Cisco deals with his brother, but other than a haunted look we don’t see a lot of emotion. Barry sees some crazy stuff, but handles it in a level headed way. The episode packs a punch, but misses when it comes to that emotional element.

Still, it’s a good episode. There’s a lot in the hour and it sets up a lot in the future. It just felt to me like something was missing.

Overall Rating: 7.85

The Flash “The Present” Trailer, the Midseason Finale

The Flash is new Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW, and available next day on The CW App!

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Helped produce X-Men, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and more.

trumpOur first reality television President sure seems to be tapping into his Hollywood connections when it comes to asking opinions on what he should do as well as his nominees for different roles. It is being reported that President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Steven Mnuchin to be his Treasury secretary. You might be asking why we’re reporting on this, but Mnuchin is more than a former partner at Goldman Sachs, his career is actually relevant to this site!

Founded in 2006 Dune Entertainment was a movie financing company started by Mnuchin. The company helped co-finance 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Fox 2000 Films such as X-Men: The Last Stand (which was a co-production with Marvel Entertainment and The Donners’ Company), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (a co-production with Marvel Studios, Constantin Film and 1492 Pictures), Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (a co-production with Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company, and Seed), Avatar, Predators, X-Men: First Class (a co-production with Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company, and Bad Hat Harry), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Prometheus, and dozens of more films.

Marvel is mentioned because Marvel’s CEO Ike Perlmutter is buddy buddy with Trump.

RatPac Entertainment (aka RatPac-Dune Entertainment) was a movie production and financing company formed in a merger by producer-director Brett Ratner, James Packer, and Dune Entertainment’s Mnuchin after a collapse in a negotiation between Dune and 20th Century Fox. That company then closed a deal with Warner Bros. to become their key co-financing partner replacing Legendary Pictures.

That new venture helped produce such films as Gravity, The Lego Movie, Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (co-production with DC Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films and Atlas Entertainment), The Legend of Tarzan (co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Dark Horse Entertainment), Suicide Squad (co-production with DC Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment), The Lego Batman Movie (co-production with Warner Animation Group and DC Entertainment), Wonder Woman (co-production with DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films), Justice League (co-production with DC Films, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films), The Flash (co-production with DC Films), Aquaman (o-production with DC Films and Cruel and Unusual Films), The Lego Movie Sequel, Shazam (co-production with DC Films and New Line Cinema), Cyborg (co-production with DC Films), Green Lantern Corps (co-production with DC Films), and the Justice League sequel (co-production with DC Films and Cruel and Unusual Films).

There’s also the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie… so, yeah. He even acted in Rules Don’t Apply where he was a “Merrill Lynch Executive.”

Mnuchin has worked with Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, on some of the major comic films of the last decade and next five years. The guy even has an IMDB page.

So, when you nerd rage over how much upcoming geek films suck, you can turn your venom towards our possible next Treasury secretary.

TV Review: The Flash S3E8 Invasion!

The Flash Season 2Barry asks Green Arrow for help when aliens attack Central City, but when they realize that won’t be enough, they track down the Legends of Tomorrow so they can bring Supergirl in on the battle.

The Flash really kicks off the 4 night crossover between Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash. While it technically started on Supergirl, that episode really didn’t deal with much of the greater story. This is the real beginning.

The episode is broken down into two parts, the gathering of all of the heroes and the first battle with the alien invaders.

That first part, where everyone is gathered, is absolutely fantastic. Watching the various personalities come together is so much fun. Sueprgirl’s perky/bubbly personality with Oliver’s grumpiness is the perfect oil and water situation and then there’s Heatwave, and more to contend with. It really feels like all of the actors are having a lot of fun with it all. It comes across on the screen and that makes the episode a lot of fun. That melding of so many just creates an energy all of the shows on their end don’t quite reach and some really lack.

The episode is also really smart in its use of Kara/Supergirl. Through her viewers are introduced to all of the other characters, their names and personalities. It’s an interesting way to go about it all and very intelligent writing. There’s a chance that there’s not crossover between viewers so to catch folks up is a good thing to do.

The second half of the story is the initial attack by the heroes. That’s somewhat paint by numbers with some being turned and their battling each other. It’s entertaining and interesting in seeing who steps up and how and how the different characters’ powers interact. It’s good, but feels like a typical comic story.

But, what’s really interesting is the episode diving into the fact that Barry has changed the timeline. This is his first chance to dish to Team Arrow and things really blow up as far as that. There’s also some teasing about Barry in the future and what’s to come. Throwing that in the episode will hopefully intrigue new viewers, but also get long time viewers excited. It’s a fantastic balance of focusing on the crossover, but setting up the future too (no pun intended).

Overall, a solid episode that really gets things running and I can’t wait to see what else is still to come.

Overall Rating: 8.85

Supergirl S2E8 “Medusa” is More Mother/Daughter Relationships than Crossovers

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While the lion’s share of the advertising and general hype surrounding this episode of Supergirl is about its impending crossover with the other CW superhero shows, writer Jessica Queller and Derek Simon don’t abandon the show’s arcs and relationships for guest stars and dimensional rifts. “Medusa” is centered around relationships between mothers and daughters and family in general as Lillian Luthor tries to get Lena to join the family business and release a bio-weapon killing. On the more heroic side of things, Supergirl works with her adoptive mother, Eliza Danvers (a very pleasant Helen Slater). The intertwining of the family secrets and the passive aggressive sniping of the Luthors thanks to Brenda Strong along with the added side dish of Martian Manhunter struggling with becoming a White Martian elevates the plot, which is a standard quarantine disaster movie or the X-Men “Legacy Virus” crossover without them.

The theme of family is definitely fitting for an episode immediately airing after Thanksgiving, and director Stefan Pleszysnki uses warm lighting and plenty of shots of Kara and her friends and family to show their bond despite “secrets,” like James Olsen being the vigilante Guardian, or more seriously, Alex Danvers coming out as lesbian to her mother. Alex does come out to Eliza later in the episode in a warm moment of acceptance, but thankfully the Guardian subplot is sidelined for this one. Helen Slater is basically a human sunbeam, and even though she mainly plays the role of scientific exposition or fixer of bio weapons, she brings intelligence and love to each scene. This is a total contrast to Kara’s real father, Zor-El, who is responsible for creating the basically racist bio weapon Medusa, which can destroy the DNA of any non-Kryptonians as a last ditch weapon.

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It’s disconcerting that Kara’s father, who instilled in her the values of goodness, hope, and being “stronger together”, created something that could be used for genocide and could kill innocents. Melissa Benoist’s performance as Supergirl is less bright and more pensive than usual after this reveal as she talks to Martian Manhunter about her father’s terrible legacy. As the lone survivor of a world he would have given anything to save, he slightly understands Zor-El’s motivation, but mentions this in passing and instead comforts Kara. David Harewood channels the noble, honorable warrior inside of J’onn Jonzz that comics fans and viewers of the Justice League cartoons have loved for years as he flies out to help stop Lillian Luthor from releasing the bio weapon. He has a passion for good that can’t be drowned out by the White Martian DNA devouring his body even if this disease makes for some nifty special effects makeup.

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In “Medusa”, we finally get to see Lena and Lillian Luthor share some extended screen time, and Queller and Simon make their pacing around an office scenes more tense than Cyborg Superman getting his block knocked off or doing a “super punch” for the umpteenth time. (There is nothing wrong with punching just a character that exists as a one-dimensional goon, punching bang, and waste of David Harewood’s acting talent.) Brenda Strong continues to be the queen of passive aggressive condescension mixed with the cold, hard truth. (Yes, she prefers Lex to Lena.) Katie McGrath pulls out all the acting stops going from being the easygoing friend as Kara “interviews” her to get information about Cadmus and her mother to the cold, disdainful daughter measuring each syllable in venom when her mom decides to drop in. And she is especially entertaining in villain mode with raised eyebrows and a purr that evokes Eva Green if she ever decided to play Lady Macbeth. And Pleszynski holds the reveal that she sabotaged the bio-weapon for quite a while hinting at some dark irony as aliens celebrate red sparks that fall from the sky and do nothing.

And this being a CW show, this review wouldn’t be complete with an overindulgent discussion of the romantic pairings in “Medusa”. Queller and Simon go to the soap opera well and have Kara and Mon-El share a kiss while he is on his “death bed” after being exposed to the bio weapon. It isn’t really logical that Kara would fall for a kind of sexist, kind of adorkable, and slightly cowardly guy like Mon-El, and the “bonding” scenes where they play Monopoly and discuss the meanings of “crush” and “like” don’t really help. He is attractive, but it seems like the Supergirl are trying to do Romeo and Juliet with DC Comics aliens and hopefully less bloodshed in their relationship. It lacks the spark of, say, Alex and Maggie or even Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak in early seasons of Arrow. Plain and simple, Mon-El is way too douchey to be with Kara.

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But, on a happier note, Maggie Sawyer and Alex share a beautiful scene at the end of “Medusa” , which acts as a rousing conclusion to Alex’s coming out arc. It’s kind of cute, kind of awkward, and also very empowering as Maggie finally realizes that Alex came out not so she could be with her, but that she could finally completely be herself. There’s great symmetry between both her chat with her mother and Maggie about finally being able to feel her full identity, but substitute familial for romantic love. Maggie and Alex finally share a long kiss, but it’s the little pause where Alex asks Maggie if she likes her that encapsulates their relationship as Alex is still a little unsure of herself after Maggie previously rejected her. This hesitancy and fear makes Alex’s coming out that much more organic because even if your friends and relatives aren’t homophobic, the process can be a little awkward. Luckily, Alex has a supportive mother and sister.

As Supergirl Radio podcast host Carly Lane astutely tweeted, “Medusa” is like a zero issue or prologue for the “Heroes vs. Aliens” crossover with The Flash and Vibe enlisting the help of their extraterrestrial ally in a battle against a mysterious alien threat. There is a scene with aliens on a ship that seems spliced in from a later episode or another show altogether, but mostly the “crossover” scene at the end is a reminder of Gustin and Melissa Benoist’s adorable chemistry (They give the best hugs. with a tinge of sadness as Barry and Cisco aren’t on the best of terms. And in true comic book fashion, the episodes ends on an energetic cliffhanger as Kara will get to meet Team Flash (and possibly more people) tomorrow night.

With the reveal of Zor-El as potential destroyer of worlds, Jessica Queller and Derek Simon find a real commonality between Lena and Supergirl in “Medusa”. They are both daughters trying to make something better out of their family’s misdeeds even if Luthor will always have a more villainous ring to it than El unless you’re a disgruntled train commuter. This through line of family, especially mothers and daughters, keeps this Supergirl focused, but some fun romantic, Martian, and speedster detour don’t derail it.

Overall Rating: 8.0

Rebirth Review: DC Comics Released 11/23

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

This week saw a lot of good comics that may not be as accessible as other issues in their respective series, but that’s often par for the course, eh?


ac_cv968_open_order_varAction Comics #968 Aside from having a couple elements from previous issues being referred to here, this is actually a really good place to hop into one of DC’s better series. Is this an ideal starting point? Not really, but then unless you want EVERYTHING that’s happened before spelled out for you, this is as good a place to start as any because the comic more on the action, and isn’t bogged down by excessive plot details (there’s enough one line explanations in dialogue and narration to give you the gist of things). Friendly, and very much worth reading.

Batgirl #5 There’s a line in this comic that perfectly sums up the comic; “and I’m still not sure what happened…” Maybe the next issue will be a little more accessible. Unfriendly.

Batman Beyond #2 If you want to get into this series, and didn’t pick up the first issue, you’re better off starting there. The second issue does a lot more for the plot when read after the first (hey look, the sky’s blue!), but is a little too Unfriendly a place to start reading. If you’re not curious about the series itself, then I don’t suppose you’ll be interested in the story within a story of Batman’s last encounter with the Joker, eh?

Blue Beetle #3 This starts out confusing as hell, but I think that’s the point of the comic. After a few pages you’ll start to feel much more familiar with the characters (especially Jaime’s reluctance to wear the scarab), and aside from a few mentions of characters and event not present, or explained, in this issue, I’d say this is actually a blue_cv3_dspretty Friendly issue.

Deathstroke #7  As has been the case with almost every issue in this series aside from the first, this is an Unfriendly comic. That being said, I would highly recommend that if you’re curious about the character or the series that you wait for the trade – I have a feeling the story being told here will excel in collected format.

Detective Comics #945 This is another comic that has a little bit of expositionary dialogue at the very beginning of the comic that will probably feel a little forced in the inevitable trade, but works in the single issue format to turn the comic into a Friendly one, despite this being the third chapter of the story.

The Flash #11 may not be the best place to hop into the series, but this should be Friendly enough should you choose to do so here.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #9 While it isn’t explained why the Green Lantern Corps are working with a squad of Yellow Lanterns, nor why Hal is where he is, this is actually more than Friendly enough for you to dive in and start reading the series.

hjglc_cv9_dsHarley Quinn #8 To be completely and utterly honest, I am far from a fan of this series – but I do understand why others like it, it’s just not my cup of tea. That being said, however, as an almost standalone story this is going to be Friendly for those who are interested in the character; and it’s a story I actually enjoyed.

The Hellblazer #4 is one of those comics that I quite enjoyed, but had very little idea what was going on. The small bit of insight I did have was from reading the first issue (and maybe the second), so unless you’ve also done that you’ll likely find this to be an Unfriendly comic.

Teen Titans #2 Not only is this a Friendly comic, but it’s also fantastically entertaining. The story centers on Robin and his parental legacies as a device to pull the team back together after the “death” of Tim Drake, and much to my delight it’s working wonderfully.

Titans #5 For a comic that takes place in less than seven seconds, there’s a lot of story thrown at you, but it never feels overwhelming. Wally West’s narration recaps enough of what’s previously happened that you don’t feel too out of the loop – the speed of the story juxtaposed with the narration lends the story a brilliantly Friendly feel.

Sixpack & Dogwelder #4 This is far from being an accessible comic. Easily the most Unfriendly comic this week.

Wonder Woman #11 isn’t the best place to start reading the series, and yes it is Unfriendly, but it’s also going to really shine when a person has read the story in collected form, or regularly. Just don’t start here if you want to get the most from the story.

 

Preview: The Flash #11

The Flash #11

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Davide Gianfelice (CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Nov 23, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“THE SPEED OF DARKNESS” part two! Lost in the infinite horror of the Shadowlands, The Flash and Kid Flash’s new partnership is tested as they fight to uncover the dark secrets of the Shade and his mysterious plans for the speedster duo.

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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: The Flash S3E7 Killer Frost

The Flash Season 2Caitlin’s inner Killer Frost is unleashed after she uses her powers to save Barry; on a rampage. Killer Frost goes looking for Dr. Alchemy, kidnaps Julian and battles both the Flash and Vibe. Joe and H.R. have an honest discussion.

The Flash is interesting as it gets Caitlin to go full Killer Frost and begin to become the villain we knew she’d become. There’s some good and some bad with this.

The good is, Caitlin as a bad guy is bad ass. It’s some solid acting and it’s a character I’ve liked as far as a villain for some time. The bad is she was a solid female lead who was also a scientist. The show has a bad habit of spotlighting their female characters in a negative way. Iris has gotten better but she was originally the love interest Barry couldn’t have and Jesse was a damsel when she started on the show. Caitlin was the one character who was competent and a scientist. Now she’s a slightly loony bad guy…

That was the big chunk of the episode until we got to the end, where one of my predictions totally was revealed as the identity of Dr. Alchemy is exposed. It wasn’t a hard one to figure out at all, but it’s nice to see it confirmed at this point.

The episode also shakes things up for Barry who has to make a decision about Caitlin’s actions and if she should face justice. It’s a plot we’ve seen in comics a bunch of times, but cool to see it be brought over to the series.

The negative of the show is a certain someone getting their powers in a flash and zipping away. It’s something we expected to see, but out of everything that happens in the episode, it feels like too much packed in. And that’s the big thing about the episode. Some is really good and is given the proper amount of attention while other plot points are just too quick and aren’t focused on enough.

There’s a lot to unpack from this episode and for the series to explore for the rest of the season so in that it’s pretty good.

Overall Rating: 7.85

TV Review: The Flash S3E6 Shade

The Flash Season 2Wally starts having dreams about being Kid Flash, making Barry realize he must tell Wally, Iris and Joe what happened to Wally in Flashpoint.

The Flash has some reveals in tonight’s episode as Barry tells the truth about what happened to Wally and Dr. Alchemy comes into play a bit more.

It’s an interesting episode in that it really moves Wally forward and getting him closer to the way he was. It’s clear Alchemy is correcting the mistakes of this new time period and also converging some things with Flashpoint.

It’s kind of cool that mixes all sorts of worlds together and this episode seems to really focus on that concept. There’ discussion of Vibe and Killer Frost and Earth-2 and some hints as to things that happened before. It’s all kind of cool and we the viewers are left to wonder what’s different and what’s not.

Even though there’s a meta-human the episode is really about Wally and Dr. Alchemy reaching out to him. Will he or won’t he get turned into Kid Flash? We’re left to wonder about it all… but then there’s a twist at the end, a new villain, Savitar!

Yes, we get a new villain speedster for the Flash to battle and while the amount of speedsters feel like they’re growing and growing this one should be really interesting to see where the series takes it all, especially if you’re a fan of the comic series.

The episode is a pretty solid one moving this season’s mystery along at a good speed and also adding in a lot more too like Wally maybe getting powers and the Killer Frost plot thread. And even with the episode jumping around in timelines and even time periods, it’s done in a way that the pace is consistently moving. It’s a solid episode that really gets me excited to see where things are going.

Overall Rating: 8.05

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