Saturday, February 6, 2016

Arrow - Unchained

"Unchained" introduces a Batman villain to DC's TV universe in the Calculator (Tom Amandes). A master of technology, and the leading comic book nemesis for Oracle in Gail Simone's Birds of Prey series, the super-hacker takes Star City by siege using high-tech mind-control to retrieve different pieces of tech around the city he hopes to fashion into a doomsday-style weapon. One of the items he sets his sights on is Palmer Technology's new uber-battery. And of of his mind-controlled soldiers turns out to be Roy Harper (Colton Haynes). Oh, and did I forget to mention this version of the Calculator is also Felicity's (Emily Bett Rickards) father?

iZombie - Fifty Shades of Grey Matter

High on horny librarian brains, Liv (Rose McIver) isn't the only one who makes potentially disastrous romantic choices in "Fifty Shades of Grey Matter." While investigating the murder of a poisoned librarian (and erotica novelist), Liv struggles to keep her passions in check - especially where Drake (Greg Finley) is concerned. Egged-on a bit by her over-sexed best friend, and riding her own high of how well her case to take down Mr. Boss is going, Peyton (Aly Michalka) gives into her own lust for her star witness only realzing far too late just who Blaine (David Anders) really is.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #23

The endless grind of fighting back monsters from other dimensions begins to wear on everyone, especially now that Willow is working with the military (a situation Buffy continues to have problems with). Relying more and more on the Magic Council to fight these battles, Buffy is convinced to adding to their power using the Vampyr tome (likely foreshadowing all new kinds of trouble for the Slayer and her friends down the line).

Hail, Caesar!

With Hail, Caesar! the Coen Brothers take a few good-natured stabs at the golden age of movies while celebrating, and lampooning, the studio system of Hollywood during the early days of the Cold War. Providing a film where Channing Tatum gets to play Fred Astaire and Tilda Swinton does double-duty as twin gossip columnists, I wouldn't go so far to call it a screwball comedy, but Hail, Caesar! certainly does have a few screws loose (in mostly the right places).

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Shadowhunters - Raising Hell

In a last-ditch effort to restore Clary's (Katherine McNamara) memories the Shadowhunters seek out Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr.), the High Warlock of Brooklyn and the man responsible for stealing Clary's memories years ago. Initially reluctant to help, Magnus comes around after the Shadowhunters save him from Valentine's (Alan Van Sprang) men. However, the spell to retrieve Clary's memories from the memory demon who holds them goes awry forcing the young woman to sacrifice any attempt to retrieve them in order to save Jace's (Dominic Sherwood) life. Sorry Clary, no answers for your this week.