Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Once and Future #22

Now the enemies of not one but two resurrected King Arthurs, our intrepid heroes Duncan, Bridgette, and Rose race to the secret armory of William Shakespeare (yeah, you read that right, THAT William Shakespeare) while being chased by Yvain and his giant fire-breathing lion (which turns out to be just as cool as it sounds, even if there's no big payoff to his appearance) while the Grail Castle is attacked by a giant. Thankfully, Bridgette has plans to cover both situations. Unfortunately, neither are necessarily good plans. 

Hit-Monkey - Legend of the Drunken Monkey

Here's the episode where Hit-Monkey discovers the highs and lows of both casinos, which Bryce (Jason Sudeikis) correctly defines as both the happiest and saddest place on Earth, and alcohol as the trail from General Kato leads to an underground casino, bad decisions, too much alcohol, and another trail of bodies. While there's not much in terms of story development, there is some crazy drunken monkey and some trademark late bloody action.

Red Sonja Holiday Special

The 2021 Red Sonja Holiday Special offers a pair of mostly forgettable stories set in the cold of winter for readers that take place outside of Sonja's current timeline.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

WWE Crown Jewel 2021

WWE returned to Saudi Arabia for the sixth straight year for its Crown Jewel PPV. A King and Queen of the Ring were crowed as Zelina Vega defeated Doudrop, in what might have been the worst woman's PPV match of all time, and Xavier Woods defeated Finn Bálor. Since the finales were disconnected from the tournament (unlike classic King in the Ring tournaments which took place in a single night) both finales lacked the feel of a real payoff. At least the Woods/Balor match-up wasn't an embarrassment (and should have been given more time given the "quality" of the rest of the card).

Speaking of embarrassments, a 54 year-old Goldberg defeated Bobby Lashley in a match no one outside of Stanford, Connecticut thought was a good idea. Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander (who WWE regularly forgets are under contract, let alone a tag team) lost to The Usos in a random tag-team match without any stakes.  RK-Bro successfully defended the Raw Tag Team Championship AJ Styles and Omos (a pairing that has gone about as far as it can given Omos' limited in-ring ability).

The Flash - Armageddon, Part 3

While Flash (Grant Gustin) attempts to avoid the future by having guest-star Black Lightning (Cress Williams) remove his speed powers, the rest of Team Flash fractures as Iris (Candice Patton) begins following the assumption that her husband is right and someone has been messing with them since the beginning. Believing in himself once more, and retreating to the future for answers to avoid Despero's (Tony Curran) latest attack, the Flash comes face-to-face with an altered timeline and the man responsible.