Monday, October 23, 2017

Justice League Action - Harley Goes Ape!


"Harley Goes Ape!" works in a bit of Harley Quinn's (Tara Strong) backstory while giving us one of the more obscure villains in the DCU. Grodd's (David Sobolov) latest attack involves him taking control of Titano (a chimpanzee space pilot transformed into a giant monkey capable of shooting Kryptonite beams of his eyes... no, seriously!). While Superman (Jason J. Lewis) is relatively helpless to stop the beast it falls on Stargirl (Natalie Lander) with the unlikely assistance of Harley Quinn to save the day. Harley, who knew the chimp back before his transformation, proves to be the key into giving the heroes enough time to break Grodd's hold. And Stargirl's quick thinking helps save Titano from some pissed-off cops looking to take the creature down for all the damage Titano unknowingly caused while under Grodd's control.

Highlander 5-Film Collection

Don't lose your head. For die-hard Higlander fans comes the Highlander 5-Film Collection. Including the original Highlander and its sequels, the collection follows the adventures of immortal Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and his sword fights with other immortals battling to become the last of their kind. The first film, which sets up the universe and character to follow, is the best of the collection and is really what you are paying for (although I do enjoy Endgame as well).

While goofy as hell, and at times entertaining despite its best efforts, Highlander II is problematic for the changes (afterwards forgotten) it made to the franchise. The Final Dimension brings back an immortal (Mario Van Peebles) from Connor's past, and Highlander: Endgame and Highlander: The Source incorporate TV's Highlander Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) into the movie franchise (the latter is nearly unwatchable).

Arrow - Tribute


Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) faces attacks on two sides in "Tribute." First, the release of a photograph of him as Green Arrow creates a media frenzy around the Mayor of Star City, creates trouble for his son at school, and launches a FBI investigation into his life. And second, the reappearance of Anatoly Knyazev (David Nykl) is problematic with the Bratva soldier and his men kidnap visiting dignitaries and hold them for ransom. The episode B-story also finally delves into just what's wrong with Diggle (David Ramsey) since his return from Lian Yu.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Good Place - The Trolley Problem


Possibly better than any other show currently on television, The Good Place knows how to write itself out of potential issues and provide twists to what is a very simple premise with (presumably) limited story options. The end of the First Season dropped the bomb shell of where Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her friends are truly living while Season Two has kept viewers on their toes with the demons trying (and failing) to hoodwink the damned foursome again. Michael's (Ted Danson) decision to team-up with the group was another such twist, the fallout of which provides some of the best moments of the season so far.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Star Wars Card Trader - Awesome Custom Pack 15


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Behind-the-Scenes of Alexis Ren's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Shoot

Supergirl #14


I'm not sure why every version of Supergirl seems to go through a storyline where her powers go on the fritz at some point, but that's the case in Supergirl #14 where Kara travels to China to seek help from Super-Man and I-Ching.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

SEAL Team - Ghosts of Christmas Future


Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and his team head to Estonia to grab a Serbian war criminal turned weapon supplier who Mandy's (Jessica Paré) mentor (Brian Howe) has been after most of his career. The already complicated snatch-and-grab is made even harder when one of the target's bodyguards turns out to know Jason, his team, and their methods. Things don't get any easier for Mandy when she discovers her old friend is so invested in the operation he has played fast and loose with the facts to get her team to put themselves in a dangerous position. The CIA intrigue is a nice twist while once again the action in the field, the planning, and necessary improvisation, all play to the show's strengths.

Legends of Tomorrow - Freakshow


Trying to prove their worth, and using a list of time anachronisms stolen from Rip Hunter's (Arthur Darvill) new organization, the Legends head back to a circus in 1870 where they turn a low-level disturbance into something far more dangerous before eventually saving time once more. Given that the threat involves a sabertooth tiger out of its natural element, the group also decides to call on the help of Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) whose reasons for returning to the past are finally explained. Most of the humor is at the expense of our main characters, as they make a situation ten times worse before making things better, but that seems to be the theme of the show's Third Season which I'm happy enough to see continue (and I still think Booster Gold would fit in perfectly as a Legend).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Flash - Mixed Signals


If Iris (Candice Patton) ruins Barry's (Grant Gustin) new-found lighter outlook on life I may not forgive the character, or the show's writers. While relationship issues seep their way into both the main story involving Barry and Iris and the B-story involving Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Gypsy (Jessica Camacho), the threat of the week comes in the form of the meta-human Ramsey Deacon (Dominic Burgess), loosely based of the DC Comics' character Kilg%re. With a power to manipulate technology, the villain begins targeting his former associates who cut him out of the sale of lucrative technology he helped invent. Attempting murder by elevator, car, and insulin pump, the bad guy turns whatever tech he can find into a weapon - including Cisco's new upgrades to Barry's suit.

The Gifted - eXodus


"eXodus" answers a couple of questions for viewers. First, we learn how far Reed (Stephen Moyer) is willing to go in order to protect his family and what lines he won't cross. And second, we learn the identity of the mutant underground's morally ambiguous character (pretty much every version of the X-Men has at least one). While the overall season plot isn't advanced much further, the show continues to reinforce basic ideas (humans all bad, government all bad, every mutant is reasonably good... at least so far) as Kate's (Amy Acker) attempts to get her family's help only lead to more trouble for everyone involved. We also see the increased aggression in Andy (Percy Hynes White) and it seems as if the show's writers have already decided on the character prancing down the road to super-villainy at a good pace.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #15


The Outlaws' announcement to Gotham's heroes that they are no longer needed doesn't exactly sit well with Batwoman and the Detective Comics team. Despite the fact that the Red Hood's team has been able to drop Gotham's crime rate to almost nothing, the bravado of their announcement forces an inevitable conflict between the two groups starting with Clayface's kidnapping of Bizarro and ending with a full-on fight between the two groups.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lucifer - Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith


Feeling a bit restless, and taking advice from Lucifer (Tom Ellis), Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) heads to Canada after the most dangerous bounty she can find. After terrorizing Canada for a few days, Maze catches up with Ben Rivers (Chris McKenna) only to discover he's more illusive, albeit less murderous, than she's been led to believe which only makes the chase more spirited... but not in the way Lucifer had intended.

Supergirl - Triggers


"Triggers" offers an emotional episode by introducing a villain with an unique ability to attack Kara (Melissa Benoist) where she's as vulnerable as any human walking the streets. National City's new bank robber turns out to be a meta-human named Psi (Yael Grobglas) who has the ability to force those around her to live their greatest fears. Her first two interactions with Psi don't go well for the Girl of Steel whose visions of the end of Krypton and being trapped within her lifepod brings her to her knees. Only after understanding how her earlier fears relate to the loss of Mon-El who may be dead, or at best doomed to the same claustrophobic loneliness she felt as a teenager, can Kara fight through her fears and make a stand.

THIS IS NYCC NEW YORK COMIC CON 2017!

Star Wars Rebels - Heroes of Mandalore


Star Wars Rebels opens its fourth and final season with Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar) leading Ezra (Taylor Gray), Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Chopper, and several Mandalorians first in a rescue mission to save her father and then in destroying the weapon she designed as an Imperial cadet. Sabine gets much of the internal turmoil and glory here, enough that the final scene of her stepping aside to let another lead Mandalore feels a bit... off. Sure, we know Sabine has no real interest in the job, but given her actions in these two episodes I doubt the other Mandalorians would seem so willing to allow her to step aside in favor on another, even for someone like Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) who has the legacy to rule. While this frees the character up for more stories with the her friends, it also feels like a forced and unnatural detour in Sabine's arc.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30


I may have enjoyed Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30 a bit more if the entire story hadn't been a misdirect. That said, fans of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps should still have fun with the Green Lantern's return to Earth to investigate Superman's recent encounter with Parallax and news that Sinestro is alive in the anti-matter dimension on Qward.

Voltron - Code of Honor


With Keith (Steven Yeun) continuing to go on dangerous missions with the Blade of Marmora, and pull back from his responsibilities as a paladin of Voltron, the team is left without a pilot for the Black Lion. When what begins as a show of power to rally planets to their cause ends in a Galra attack that puts the other paladins in harms way, Shiro (Josh Keaton) is forced to make a tough choice and once again take over as the paladin of the Black Lion and the leader of Voltron.

Once Upon a Time - A Pirate's Life


Emma (Jennifer Morrison) returns for flashbacks of Henry's (Andrew J. West) adventures in an episode that gives us two different Captain Hooks (Colin O'Donoghue) and reveals the one trapped in Hyperion Heights may not be the one viewers have gotten to know over the show's previous seasons. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Rogers (O'Donoghue) is tested by his partner as Henry's appearances make Victoria Belfry (Gabrielle Anwar) increasingly uncomfortable.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Justice League Action - E. Nigma, Consulting Detective


After the Joker (Mark Hamill) traps Batman and leaves a scavenger hunt of riddles for Green Arrow (Chris Diamantopoulos) and Wonder Woman (Rachel Kimsey) to follow, the pair of heroes reluctantly accept the help of the recently reformed Riddler (Brent Spiner) who is more than a little miffed at another Bat-villain stealing his schtick. "E. Nigma, Consulting Detective" is a fun, if goofy, episode of the Riddler leading the two heroes through deciphering a list of ridiculous clues eventually leading back to the Joker's hideout.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Arrow - Fallout


Despite choosing to end the flashbacks into Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) lost years before his rescue and return home, the new season of Arrow can't quite resist an entire new set of flashbacks to fill out the season premiere. Opening five months after the death of Prometheus and the explosions on Lian Yu, "Fallout" gradually fills in some of the gaps of what happened to various characters. Despite explosions on the entire island, the only casualty turned out to be William's mother (Anna Hopkins) who appears in an awfully clunky death scene just long enough for Oliver to promise to take care of William (Jack Moore). Thea (Willa Holland) may be temporarily stuck in a coma, likely until sweeps, the rest of the team comes back in one piece (more or less).

Cosplay Remix: MARIO BROS and Friends

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SEAL Team - Boarding Party


The SEAL Team is called into action when a research tanker is hijacked in the South Chinese Seas. By the time the team is able to mobilize the pirates have taken the ship to the Philippines where they plan to sell the hostages. Despite getting into a firefight with the pirates' unexpected back-up, the team is able to retrieve the hostages and make it out without any casualties. As we've seen in previous episodes, the highlights of the episode all come from the mission (both planning and execution) while the B-stories continue to suffer in comparison. The return from the mission does offer a nice moment between Davis (Toni Trucks) and Ellis (Jessica Paré) and explain why the CIA agent purposefully remains detached from the unit as much as she can given the situations she's forced to place them in, sometimes with limited intelligence. Sadly we get less of Paré this episode and more of the soap-opera home-front misadventures.

Jessica Jones #13


Jessica Jones #13 is all prologue for one hell of a creepy-ass final panel. Don't get me wrong, it's damn good prologue. Brian Michael Bendis' Alias run introduced the connection between Jessica Jones and the Purple Man. The run made such a lasting impression its run became the source of Netflix's Jessica Jones television series. The only surprise is it took the new comic series this long to bring him back.

Legends of Tomorrow - Aruba-Con


After breaking all of time, the Legends find themselves replaced from their roles as time police by Rip Hunter's (Arthur Darvill) new Time Bureau. Struggling to fit back into everyday lives, the group is given the chance to jump back into action when Mick (Dominic Purcell) discovers Julius Caesar (Simon Merrells) on a beach in Aruba. While the Legends first attempt to right history, after stealing the Waverider from the Time Bureau, goes horribly wrong, eventually the group does prove their value and grudgingly earn their roles back in helping clean up the mess they caused.

Coming Soon - Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Despite all the warnings of possible spoilers, I didn't see anything all that surprising in the first full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film, opening in theaters on December 15th, stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billie Lourd, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Flash - The Flash Reborn


After showcasing the heroes of Central City fighting without their friend, "The Flash Reborn" mainly deals with Cisco's (Carlos Valdes) plan to pull Barry (Grant Gustin) out of the Speed Force and get the show back to something resembling the status quo by the end of the season premiere. It takes most of the episode, but Barry is back in action just in time to save Iris (Candice Patton) from a Samuriod... even if his return isn't without it's issues. While I appreciate the idea that Iris putting herself in danger is the shock necessary to push Barry out of his Speed Force fugue state, the episode races through the important moment later in the running time than necessary in order to get Barry back among his friends just in time for the credits to roll.

Usagi Yojimbo #162


Opening with Kitsune in jail for a murder she did not commit, a situation that doesn't agree with the thief, the concluding half of "The Body in the Library" offers Miyamoto Usagi and Inspector Ishida's investigation into the the second of two recent murders and the theft of precious foreign medicine.

Scorpion - Grow a Deer, A Female Deer


After heading to Africa to help a nonprofit deal with a rise of poachers, Scorpion finds itself racing to protect an injured deer and a her newborn faun. The episode has plenty of action and humor, some of which works well and some... not so much. Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) in full dad joke mode is actually charming, but running gag of Walter's (Elyes Gabel)'s Cabe impression goes sour quickly as the team leader takes on the personality of the missing Cabe (Robert Patrick) who can't leave the country due to his impending legal troubles.

The Gifted - rX


The second episode of The Gifted is mainly about Kate (Amy Acker) and her children finding a home with the mutant underground while helping the injured Blink (Jamie Chung). On the flip side, after being pressured for nearly the entire episode, the captured Reed (Stephen Moyer) makes a compromise that likely he and his whole family may regret by agreeing to help the government take down the mutants in return for his family's safety. When push comes to shove, whose trust will he betray? The other major storyline of the episode gives us Polaris' (Emma Dumont) early days in prison. Aside from the logistical issues of putting mutant prisoners in with humans rather than housing them in more secure facility, the mutant-dampening collars feel a bit too goofy (even for a show based on comic book characters) and it's all-too-obvious that they are a major weakness in the only thing keeping the character from her friends.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lucifer - The One with the Baby Carrot


While Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Chloe (Lauren German) investigate the murder of a comedian whose jokes were stolen by one of his colleagues, the show continues to lay the groundwork of the mysterious Sinnerman. Despite the lack of evidence that the mystery man even exists, Lieutenant Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) confides in Lucifer that he's had run-ins with the Sinnerman before and warns him off continuing down a dangerous path. While I still think there's a 50/50 chance Pierce will be revealed to be the devil doppelganger at some point this season, making him and ally of Lucifer is an interesting path to go down. Either way, I'm curious to see where the pair's secret investigation takes them.

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2017 Cosplay Video

Supergirl - Girl of Steel


Supergirl's return to television introduces Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar) as a new ongoing threat to National City while a strictly-business Kara (Melissa Benoist) continues to struggle to deal with the emotional toll of losing Mon-El (Chris Wood) while fighting off a new terrorist known as Bloodsport and running away from her non-super-hero responsibilities. While Bloodsport, and his phantom submarine, provides the immediate threat, it's obvious Edge is going to be stepping into the role of the season's larger villain-behind-the-scenes this season.

Star Wars #37


Star Wars #37 offers the return of Sgt. Kreel and his elite Scar Squadron. Opening with the sergeant facing the displeasure of Darth Vader, who decides to give the Imperial soldier one last chance to prove his worth (while also remarking about a non-Sith's use of a lightsaber being highly suspect), the comic follows Kreel and his men back into action with their attack of a Rebel outpost on Horox III.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Hawaii Five-0 - Na La 'Ilio


Hawaii Five-0's Eighth Season got off to a rocky start with one of the worst episodes of the series. Things pick up a bit here, and the show finally takes time to acknowledge the absence of its two former cast members. "Na La 'Ilio" is still far from one of the show's best, but at least it's a passable episode that introduces two more new members for the Five-0 task force in Eddie (the four-legged DEA agent shot in the opening sequence) and former Navy SEAL Junior Reigns (Beulah Koale) who basically just hangs around until McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) relents to give him a job - provided he can get through the police academy.

Inhumans - Divide... and Conquer


"Divide and Conquer" gets Crystal (Isabelle Cornish) and Lockjaw to Earth, although the Inhuman royal court remains scattered. Black Bolt's (Anson Mount) time in prison is cut short thanks to the help of an Inhuman (Faleolo Alailima) and the mysterious Dr. Evan Declan (Henry Ian Cusick) whose interest in Inhumans has yet to be explored. Medusa (Serinda Swan) spends most of the episode wandering around aimlessly and breaking into a high-priced gated community (presumably because it has "royal" in the title). I'm not sure if she's meant to seem brain-damaged (were her brains in her hair?), but it is insanely coincidental to discover she can read English and quickly make it to Black Bolt's prison only seconds too late to catch her husband given how aimless she is in other scenes. Meanwhile on Attilan, Maximus (Iwan Rheon) continues to prove he's the worst super-villain ever. Three episodes in, this show isn't getting any better.

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1


There's a fun idea at the heart of bringing Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy to Riverdale. However, not necessarily this version of Riverdale nor this version of the DC characters. Something set more in the classic tone (like Scooby-Doo Team-Up) might have played better, but Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 struggles with a more adult version of Riverdale and (for some reason) the New 52 versions of Harley and Ivy.

Once Upon a Time - Hyperion Heights


Set years after the Sixth Season finale, Once Upon a Time returns by plagiarizing itself as a young girl named Lucy (Alison Fernandez) shows up on the doorstep of an adult Henry (Andrew J. West) claiming that Cinderella (Dania Ramirez) is her mother, Henry is her father, and an entire city of fairy tale characters is in danger. The Seventh Season premiere, missing a good chunk of the show's core cast, is a lukewarm reboot for the show lacking the magic of the original. Not only are Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming, and others missing, but even the town of Storybrooke has been replaced with a Seattle borough known as Hyperion Heights.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Batman #32


The War of Riddles and Jokes limps to the finish line with one final issue to conclude Bruce Wayne's retelling of events to Selina Kyle. Finally putting Batman, the Joker, and the Riddler in a room together to end the carnage, the issue's big twist is the role of Kite-Man who helps Batman successfully thwart the Riddler's final scheme. It's a nice moment for a character who has been put through the wringer over this arc. The Riddler's reaction to the swerve isn't half-bad either.

The Good Place - Dance Dance Resolution / Team Cockroach


The reveal that Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her companions were actually being tortured in Hell rather than living an idyllic afterlife in Heaven left several questions about where the show would go in its Second Season. Michael's (Ted Danson) inability to get the results he wants after simply resetting the world and getting a do-over leads directly into "Dance Dance Resolution" where we see cherry-picked versions of more than 280 resets of The Good Place, none of which are able to stop Eleanor and her friends from discovering the truth. With the demons going on strike and fighting against this confusing new form of torture, and various changes of each iteration, Michael bows to the demands of Vicky (Tiya Sircar) while secretly trying to make a pact with Eleanor and her friends and get all of them (him included) out of this predicament without having everyone end up in a more traditional version of Hell when all of this comes crashing down.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Blacklist - Greyson Blaise


Despite the subplot involving people being tortured and murdered over the remains of a dead body stuffed in a suitcase, "Greyson Blaise" is one of the more lighthearted episodes of the series. Convincing the FBI to help, Reddington (James Spader) heads overseas with Liz (Megan Boone) to make a lucrative partnership with master thief Greyson Blaise (The Mentalist's Owain Yeoman) who Red describes as the cornerstone to putting back together his vast criminal network. Of course, as always, he doesn't tell the FBI all of his plans.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Star Wars Card Trader - Awesome Custom Pack 14


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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #8


After his brief encounter with Death and given yet another chance to redeem himself, Ben Reilly begins his road back to being a hero. This means attempting to make good on his promise to save young Abigail from her incurable illness and deal with the sudden appearance of the Hornet (yet another character who has made a recent return from the grave - something Ben knows quite a bit about) who creates havoc on the strip in order to draw out the Scarlet Spider.

SEAL Team - Other Lives


While looking into an accident at a secret chemical weapons factory in Syria, Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and his team discover an entire hospital full of civilians exposed to the spill. With no back-up, and limited transportation, the group does what they can to make the locals comfortable while holding out long enough for the rest of their team to get the SEALs the support they will need to evacuate the locals. As we saw in the pilot episode, the overseas sequences work well (even if the last-second problem solving this week feels more like a writer's cheat than an actual solution found in the field).

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rick and Morty - The Rickchurian Mortydate


The Third Season finale of Rick and Morty puts Rick (Justin Roiland) and Morty (Roiland) at odds with the President of the United States (Keith David) whose latest assignment they blow-off to play Minecraft. After being declared enemies of the state, Rick and Morty continue to undercut the President by saving the world before he gets a chance such as brokering peace with a miniature nation in Brazil. Fuel is only added to the fire when the President attempts to have his Secret Service kill Rick in the Oval Office (which only leads to lots, and lots, of dead Secret Service agents).

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lucifer - They're Back, Aren't They?


Season Three begins with a twist. While the cliffhanger of Lucifer's (Tom Ellis) kidnapping at the end of Season Two is central to the plot of the season premiere, it's not what we expect. Lucifer returns after two days in the desert to find that no one missed him. Chloe (Lauren German) just assumed he flaked again and doesn't put much credence in his story. The discovery of a murdered man buried in the desert does help convince the detective that there is a case, although Lucifer has other problems to deal with as well besides his partner's distrust.

Dragoncon 2017 - Cosplay Music Video

Infamous Iron Man #12


After last issue's reveal of just who has been toying with Doctor Doom this entire time, Infamous Iron Man offers a team-up between Doom and Doctor Strange against Mephisto (who appears quite put out by the idea that Victor von Doom could perhaps redeem himself).

The Gifted - eXposed


In a world where humanity fears and distrust mutants and the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants have disappeared, an underground community of mutants fights to stay free. The pilot episode of The Gifted introduces us to the core group of mutants: Eclipse (Sean Teale), Blink (Jamie Chung), Thunderbird (Blair Redford), and Polaris (Emma Dumont). We also meet the Strucker family whose world is turned upside down when a federal prosecutor (Stephen Moyer) and his wife (Amy Acker) discover that their son (Percy Hynes White) and daughter (Natalie Alyn Lind) are the the kinds of mutants he's been helping put behind bars for years.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Blade Runner 2049


Good news, bad news. Blade Runner 2049 isn't as good as the original. It's also far better than I expected from a sequel no one really ever wanted to see made. While I'd expect the initial reception to be better than the original Blade Runner, the sequel's plot does have serious plot holes which multiple viewings are likely to further expose.

Hawaii Five-0 - A'ole e 'olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia


Most, but not all, of Hawaii Five-0's cast returns for the show's Eighth Season which gets off to a rocky start. The departure of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park as series regulars opens the door for the new character of Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath), a brash young recruit who joins the team after a hacker (Joey Lawrence) releases a mad arsonist (Randy Couture) from prison. Honestly, I'm not sure Park and Kim could have helped save this episode which offers not one but two cliched bad guys, hacker computer magic, and half the island on fire to show off that McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) is still the show's resident Superman (despite the foreshadowing of potential health issues for the character).

Papyrus (Saturday Night Live)


Guest-host Ryan Gosling really hates the Avatar logo. Sharing this in part because the sketch features new SNL cast member (and Kansas City area native) Heidi Gardner whose brother Justin and I used to talk movies while working the cash wrap lines at Barnes & Noble. Well done, Miss Gardner.

Tales of TMNT: The Samurai Usagi Yojimbo


Available at Wal-Mart, this new 12in. Usagi Yojimbo figure comes complete with two swords and a whole lot of awesome and can be yours for the low, low price of $12.97. New 5in. figures of the rabbit ronin have also been released as part of the new Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line from Playmates.

Marvel Legacy #1


It's easy to compare Marvel Legacy to DC's recent Rebirth which helped restructure the DCU. However, this first issue is all over the map and far less personal than DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Over the past couple of years writers have done a pretty good job of fucking up the Marvel Universe beyond all recognition (points for those who got the Tango & Cash reference). Given it's themes, and the need (for reasons passing all understanding) to create a team of Avengers during cave man days, comparing it more to an ambitious clusterfuck like Final Crisis would seem more apt.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Movie Card Trader Awesome Pack 4


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Inhumans - Behold... The Inhumans


Created back in the 1960s, the Inhumans were a group of D-list Marvel characters who the Marvel Cinematic Universe would latch onto half a century later to fill the gap of the missing mutants whose rights had been sold to 20th Century Fox. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has played with the idea of Inhumans ever since they become a major part of the show in Season Two, it isn't until now that Marvel has decided to bring the most recognizable group of those characters to the small screen. "Behold... The Inhumans" introduces us to the royal family of Inhumans and their cloaked capital city of Attilan hidden on Earth's moon from humanity's prying gaze. The recent increase of Inhumans on Earth, and them being hunted by humanity, has led King Black Bolt (Anson Mount) to send one of his most trusted subjects to the planet which will be the first of a series of events leading to Black Bolt and his family fleeing the city from his human brother's (Iwan Rheon) coup d'etat.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Blacklist - Smokey Putnum


The Blacklist returns with a quirky season premiere with Liz (Megan Boone) tagging along with Reddington (James Spader) on a road trip. Following the dismantlement of his criminal empire, Red has decided to live in a motel and become a bounty hunter while pressuring the FBI to help him rebuild that which Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) burned to the ground. It's an odd episode with no real stakes other than finding and transporting a fugitive (Michael Aronov). Despite his recent turmoil, and the knowledge that the corpse suitcase is still out there somewhere, there's a freedom to our master criminal we haven't seen in quite some time. Despite everything, he's decided to make the best of his situation. And, as always, there is an ulterior motive at work.