Monday, December 5, 2016

The Librarians and the Reunion of Evil

What was supposed to be a simple artifact retrieval turns into anything but for Stone (Christian Kane) and Cassandra (Lindy Booth) who, after retrieving the crystal, are forced to take shelter from a storm in a lodge full of Norse Frost Giants whose hatred of humans is only slightly less potent than their desire to feed from the crystal's power. Meanwhile, back in the Library, Ezekiel (John Kim) proves Eve's (Rebecca Romijn) trust in him correct, both by protecting the egg of the Lochness Monster and in providing valuable intelligence for their missing Librarians (all while appearing to be doing nothing but slacking off as usual).

Green Room

Notable mainly for its cast including a pair of Star Trek actors (Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart), Green Room is your basic wrong place, wrong time thriller when a broke band stumbles on a murder in the green room of a remote Neo-Nazi bar in the Northwest. With the help of a witness (Imogen Poots) to the murder, the band (Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner) barricade themselves in the green room in an attempt to hold off the inevitable as the club's owner (Stewart) rounds up some of the gang's less-savory types to clean-up the situation.

Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier delivers a fairly tense thriller featuring a cast of damaged individuals fighting for their lives against some pissed off Neo-Nazis. Other than Yelchin's bassist, I'm not sure there's a good person on-screen which means we're interested to see what happens to the dickish rockers but not necessarily invested in rooting for or against them making it out alive. Stweart's casting is intriguing as brains behind the outfit (although it's fair to say he's slumming it here).

Usagi Yojimbo #159

The single-issue story "The Hatamoto's Daughter" begins with the death of a samurai by a band of ruffians deep in the forest. Hiding his daughter, and proof of illegal matters the gang's leader wants returned, the man is cut down. Finding the young girl hours later, a wandering Miyamoto Usagi takes it upon himself to see her safely delivered to Inspector Ishida in the closest town. Given the dangerous information the young girl has in her possession, however, the mercenaries will not let the ronin's protection be a deterrent to get their hands on the girl. It's a mistake they won't live to regret.

Star Wars Rebels - An Inside Man

After a few weeks of the show getting lost in various sidestories, "An Inside Man" gets back to basics with the Ghost's return to Lothal. Based on the intelligence provided by Morad (Liam O'Brien) about a hush-hush project, Ezra (Taylor Gray) and Kanan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) sneak inside the factory to learn more. Sadly, the rebellious actions of Morad and his co-conspirators bite the Rebels in the ass and the most inconvenient time as Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) arrives in order to investigate the recent sabotage of Imperial weapons and vehicles and punish those responsible.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Legends of Tomorrow - Invasion!

I guess it's not surprising that the the show with the biggest cast would be the one to deal best with the Invasion! crossover, even if that does mean that The CW's weakest super-hero link provides the best episode of the quartet. The final episode reveals the motives for the Dominators' arrival and just what they have planned for the Earth's meta-human population. The fact that Barry's (Grant Gustin) time-divergence is responsible for the Dominators, who after the reveal seem more like timecops than killer monsters, was a bit of a surprise. The demand that Barry turn himself over to the aliens or they would kill all the meta-humans on the planet is awkward (given their fear of meta-humans is there any reason to believe they would be satisfied with only Barry?). In much the same way the logic to beating the aliens is questionable (could they really be certain to get every Dominator?), but it does give Barry and Kara (Melissa Benoist) the chance for more tag-team goodness.