Monday, July 16, 2018

Take Two - Ex's and Oh's

The latest case hits close to home when Sam's (Rachel Bilson) ex-fiance (Greyston Holt), the one who dumped her on the red carpet, shows up after his home was burglarized. One of the items stolen from the apartment was the actor's laptop which just happens to include a sex tape of the pair of them he never got around to deleting. Sam and Eddie's (Eddie Cibrian) search into the burglary turns up the laptop but also draws the attention of some very bad people and the DEA who believe Sam's ex may be into heroin smuggling and money laundering. While there's still plenty of room for improvement,"Ex's and Oh's" is the best episode of the series so far offering a rationale for Sam's overreactions and more enjoyable moments between Berto (Xavier de Guzman) and Monica (Alice Lee).

The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Although I like the character, the are a couple of reasons I haven't been a regular reader on one of his titles for quite some time. The character's convoluted, and often retconned, history (which has been patched so often you can't see what it was originally supposed to look like) and writers who focus on making Peter Parker's life a struggle without capturing the joy of being Spider-Man, have too often made Spidey comics a chore to read.

The New Legends of Monkey - Hope Must Never Die

Although the set-up in the first episode of The New Legends of Monkey is a bit awkward, there is some fun to be had. In "Hope Must Never Die" we are introduced to a young monk (Luciane Buchanan) who, after the death of her master and a group of four warriors at the hand of a demon (Jarred Blakiston), it will fall on to bring back the Monkey King who can help restore order to the demon infested lands. Initially our heroine has the crown of the Monkey King in her position but doesn't know his location and is preparing a long quest to find him, and then all of the sudden she lacks the crown but knows exactly where the trapped body of the Monkey King resides. Like I said, a bit awkward. The episode spends quite a bit of time introducing us to characters irrelevant to our monk or her champion, who she does free at the end of the episode and takes on the name Tripitaka to help fulfill her master's quest.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Voltron - Monsters & Mana

Okay, that was awesome! With their down time, the Paladins of Voltron sit down with Coran (Rhys Darby) for an Altean roleplaying game known as "Monsters & Mana." Almost completely separate from the other storylines of the season, the Dungeons & Dragons style episode proves to be the best of the series. Given the opportunity to play as different characters, we get Pidge (Bex Taylor-Klaus) as a Dwarf, Allura (Kimberly Brooks) as an archer, Hunk (Tyler Labine) as a mage, Lance (Jeremy Shada) as a thief, and (to the disappointment of all) Shiro (Josh Keaton) as a Paladin, as they work together to complete their quest and leave the larger issues of the galaxy to be solved for another day.