Monday, June 1, 2020

Stargirl - Icicle

"Icicle" brings back the deadliest member of the Injustice Society of America to Blue Valley, Nebraska while continuing to hint at his larger plans for a "New America." And neither friend nor foe appears to be safe from his icy wrath. Along with Stargirl's (Brec Bassinger) first encounter with the ice villain (who publicly calls out the new hero by putting a large icy star in the middle of Courtney's walk home), the episode also delivers her first trip to the Justice Society of America's headquarters where Pat's (Luke Wilson) plan to talk Courtney out of super-heroing backfires setting up the next several episodes with Courtney recruiting a new society to take down Icicle and company.

Harley Quinn - A Seat At The Table

When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. In "A Seat At The Table" Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) has achieved everything she thinks she's ever wanted. She's a card-carrying member of the Legion of Doom who listen to her opinions. And even the Joker (Alan Tudyk) is treating her like an equal for the first time in their life. However, things are not all that the seem. First, her crew is given a less cordial reception. While Harley earns a big office, they are sent down with the goons and henchmen to be rented out to any member of the league. Second, her attempts to learn more about how to get things done within the group by spending time with the Joker neglects both the crew and Ivy (Lake Bell) who Harley had agreed to help with an environmental attack (only to show up kissing Joker on the news instead).

Suicide Squad #5

Suicide Squad #5 opens in mid-battle in Australia with the Squad kicking the shit out of Captain Boomerang who some want to recruit and some want dead. Returning to base with Boomerang doesn't clear things up as, after being ordered to execute the same target they just risked their lives to retrieve, Deadshot leads a mutiny beginning with ending Lok's short run with a bullet to the face.

Young Justice - Evolution

While the episode provides a couple of backstories keeping the season-long arcs moving forward, "Evolution" is mostly a love letter to the character of Vandal Savage (David Kaye) and is dedicated the the show's original voice actor for the character Miguel Ferrer. Interlaced with the story of Vandal Savage told through the journals to his youngest daughter Cassandra (Zehra Fazal), the conflict of the episode features Vandal taking control of Warworld to thwart an attack by an alien armada. Without the Justice League (which the Light has crippled all too well), the Earth is left largely defenseless against such a large-scale attack. Even with the Warworld, Vandal must call on the help of Darkseid (Michael-Leon Wooley) to repel the invaders controlled by an old enemy - Starro.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The New Deal

It's been over two years since I sat down to watch an episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which I was astonished to discover was still on the air. Set in New York City during the early 1930s, features the remaining agents tracking Chronicoms who plan on stopping S.H.I.E.L.D. from ever coming into existence by altering the timeline. The episode has fun with the look of the era, particularly in styling Daisy's (Chloe Bennet) hair and clothing. The season premiere also fixes a mistake with the show since it's inception by having the version of Coulson (Clark Gregg) be a Life Model Decoy for the now dead (again) agent. The choice to allow the LMD to know what it is allows for some internal conflict within the character and also full use of its enhanced strength against the threat of the Chronicoms.