Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Flash - Attack on Gorilla City

The first-half a a two-part event, "Attack on Gorilla City" finally offers the return of Grodd (David Sobolov). The arrival of Jesse (Violett Beane) on Earth-1 prompts Barry (Grant Gustin), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), and Julian (Tom Felton) to head to Earth-2 to rescue her father who is being held captive in Gorilla City. I've been waiting the better part of a year for Grodd's return, and the episode doesn't disappoint. Not only one of Barry's strongest adversaries, Grodd is one of his smartest which is highlighted here in his manipulation of events leading Barry to cause the very event he was attempting to prevent.

Batman #17

For one of the smartest people on the planet Batman is sometimes pretty damn dumb. The second chapter of "I Am Bane" begins with the Dark Knight Detective enlisting the help of Superman to keep his Bat-Family out of harms way while he attempts to deal with Bane alone. I guess taking the super-villain down as a team would have been too easy? With the Bat-kids off the books, Bane targets others close to Batman including Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, and Duke Thomas. Maybe if Batman had help finding Bane they would be safe.

Scorpion - Dirty Seeds, Done Dirt Cheap

A mission to Greenland to fix world's seed trust turns unexpectedly dangerous when Happy (Jadyn Wong), Sylvester (Ari Stidham), and Cabe (Robert Patrick) are all exposed to spores which begin to make them individually hallucinate their deepest fears (which turn out to be more cute than macabre). For Cabe this means getting stuck in a sitcom where the age difference between he and his latest lady friend becomes the stuff of canned laughter. For Sly it means being scared by a room full of hallucinatory chickens. And Happy finds herself back in the orphanage where no one wants to adopt her.

Michael J. Fox 4-Movie Laugh Pack

This two-disc set collects four comedies of Michael J. Fox. As a set it's problematic given you only have one good film here, one okay movie, one not-so-great flick, and one pretty awful piece of garbage. However, at the cost of $10 you are only really paying for the good movie, so it turns out to be a bit of a wash.

Starting from worst to best, 1994's Greedy is a dumpster fire of a film about a greedy family after an old man's (Kirk Douglas) fortune. 1991's The Hard Way is an ill-conceived, but not all-together worthless, buddy-cop comedy starring Fox as an actor partnered with a real detective (James Woods). 1993's For Love or Money is a pretty standard romcom casting Fox as a concierge with dreams of owning his own hotel who falls for the mistress (Gabrielle Anwar) of the man who might be able to make his dream a reality. It's a fun, if lightweight, film. The best of the set, however, is 1987's The Secret of My Succe$s starring Fox as a mail-room clerk who begins to work double-duty as a company executive under an assumed name. Gloriously goofy, the entertaining film is responsible for firmly cementing my long-time crush on Helen Slater.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Supergirl - Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk

Love is in the air in Supergirl's Valentine's Day episode. Unfortunately for everyone but Winn (Jeremy Jordan) the stench is a bit hard to bear. The arrival of the Fifth-Dimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot), who declares his love for Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), throws a wrench into Kara and Mon-El's (Chris Wood) romance before it even gets started. Mxyzptlk's attempts to prove himself, and Mon-El's attempts to kill him, force Kara to make some drastic moves to keep the Daxamite at arms length while finding just the right motivation to send her would-be suitor back to the Fifth Dimension.