Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Tipping Point

Taking place long enough after the previous episode for all the rebuilding on Pabu to be completed and the Bad Batch to grow comfortable in their new locale, "Tipping Point" begins pulling some threads together from various stories. After rescuing three Clones from the Empire, Echo (Dee Bradley Baker) returns to the squad with intelligence he needs Tech's (Baker) help decrypting, intelligence alluding to what the Empire is doing with their former soldiers including Crosshair (Baker) who we see tortured more this episode as well. While not advancing any of these stories all that much, it does bring Echo back into the fold and hold out hope for Crosshair as well (if he can hold out under Imperial torture long enough for his former squad mates to find him).

It's IKKiCON 2023 Winter Cosplay Resort Adventure (Part 1)

Monday, March 27, 2023

The Mandalorian - The Foundling

In an episode that keeps its focus on our main characters (amazing how much better that works!), "The Foundling" spends more time with the Mandalorian cult that have embraced both Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) after their return from Mandalore. Along with Grogu finally beginning his Mandalorian training, whose abilities shock some members of the tribe, and flashbacks to his escape from the Jedi Temple (which feel a bit unnaturally shoehorned in here to make use of Coruscant sets and visuals used in the previous episode), we also see Bo-Katan lead a group of warriors including Din after one of the children is snatched by a local predator.

Joe Fixit #3

Joe Fixit #3 continues to explore the time when the Hulk became a Las Vegas enforcer in a pinstripe suit. Picking up events following last month's cliffhanger, Fixit (dosed with mind-control drugs from the Kingpin) runs wild in the casino only to stop suddenly (far more suddenly than one might have guessed) at one point be it from Spider-Man pleading with him or the inner monologue between the current Hulk persona and Dr. Bruce Banner. Either way, the rampage stops but things don't necessarily turn out better for Banner.

Dragons: The Nine Realms - Dr. Catastrophe

Putting his dragon rider skills to use in the outside world, and getting some approval from his father, goes to D'Angelo (Marcus Scribner) head when the group goes to help a trio of Gronckles from the Fire Realm having trouble digesting the crystals in the Crystal Realm. Although is plan has merits, lure the dragons back to the Fire Realm with more attractive food, he fails to listen to the concerns of his dragon which choosing dragon eggs rather than rocks and pissing off a Catastrophic Quaken not happy with finding her eggs missing.