Thursday, October 18, 2018

FBI - Crossfire

Snipers make for good television. Killing from a distance, with an ability to flee the scene before they can be apprehended, they present a different kind of challenge for local and federal law enforcement (or their TV equivalent). In the latest episode of FBI, Agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and OA (Zeeko Zaki) track a sniper who will kill multiple targets at two different locations. While the victims appear unconnected, the settings are not which eventually leads the FBI to identifying the shooter (Michael C. Williams) and a young man (Tim Johnson Jr.) working with him. Over the course of the episode we see Maggie's boss (Sela Ward) support and push Bell to make the tough calls (while both testing and grooming the younger agent for a larger role withing the FBI in the years to come).

Supergirl #23

Searching for answers about Rogol Zaar and the destruction of Krypton has led Kara to the archives of the Green Lantern Corps. Breaking in she learns the existence of a conspiracy to cover up the truth behind Krypton's destruction by an inner circle. Armed with limited knowledge, and even more questions, Supergirl must fight her way through the Green Lantern Corps if her quest is to continue.

The Rookie - Pilot

As the show opens, contractor and recent divorcee John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) is lost. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, he helps stall a bank robbery long enough for the police to arrive. Fast-forward nine months later and Nolan is on the other side of the country as Los Angeles' oldest rookie cop. Although the harsher tone of the show limits the amount of jokes Fillion can come off with (this certainly isn't Castle 2.0) its a good role for actor who is easy to root for despite the obstacles put in his way, first for being a rookie, and secondly for being an old rookie. Nolan isn't the only new rookie in the department, the "Pilot" also introduces us to Nolan's secret girlfriend Officer Lucy Chen (Dark Matter's Melissa O'Neil) and the smart, but not very street savvy, Officer Jackson West (Titus Makin Jr.).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

NCIS - Third Wheel

When a man on the run parachutes into the woods from an airplane wheel well, "Third Wheel" gives us the unlikely trio of Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Fornell (Joe Spano), and Brooks (Don Lake) hunting down a fugitive who had the bad fortune, like the two uninvited house guests, to interrupt Gibbs' vacation by making his getaway just a couple of miles from his cabin. Using any excuse to get away from the bikering duo, Gibbs sets out on his own to catch the suspect (with the pair tagging along), not realizing he's looking for two criminals. Even with the pair of jealous friends in tow, Gibbs manages to hunt down his prey.

The Flash - Blocked

"Blocked" opens with the season's mystery villain Cicada (Chris Klein) breaking through a police convoy and beating last week's baddie Gridlock (Daniel Cudmore) to death. When not moping over the fact that her daughter would rather spend time with the father she never knew, and has more in common with, Iris (Candice Patton) begins an investigation into the attack while Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) works her way into the lab to help Barry (Grant Gustin) as a CIA intern. While in costume the pair also take on a meta (Erin Cummings) using her block powers stealing high-tech weapons. As with last week's episode, Team Flash takes down the villain of the week, but their first encounter with Cicada doesn't go nearly as well. While Cicada's look and wheezing aren't that impressive, his ability to temporarily steal the powers of metahumans does offer a serious threat.

Bull - Justice for Cable

"Justice for Cable" allows the show to mourn the loss of Cable (Annabelle Attanasio) while Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his team take the CEO of the bank responsible for moving around the money of the terrorists whose bombs killed their friend (and 36 others). The episode also introduces Cable's replacement in MacKenzie Meehan as a member of Homeland Security who gets pulled into the case as a favor for Marissa (Geneva Carr) but decides to stay for the long haul. While emotion plays a large part here, there's some interesting legal maneuvering (especially after Bull's prize witness dies in questionable circumstances before his cross-examination) include how a picture, in the right hands, is indeed worth a thousand words.

This is Comic-Con NYCC 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Arrow - Inmate 4587

Months after Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) turned himself in, Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) remains at large, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and William (Jack Moore) are in A.R.G.U.S. witness protection, vigilantes are outlawed, and Oliver struggles daily to keep his head down in prison and not make waves. A coordinated attack of Oliver in prison and Diaz finding Felicity and William will wake the hero out of his stupor and reignite his fire to do more than simply bide his time until his release. From the episode it looks like the show may be keeping our hero in jail for more than just an episode or two. However, that doesn't mean the streets of Star City aren't protested. A new Green Arrow (with his own list) has shown up to dispense some justice.

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25 offers an end to the series featuring both Ben Reilly and Kaine as the Scarlet Spider but not really a conclusion. Following up on the previous issue, a dead and defeated Ben Reilly finds himself at the mercy of Mephisto. Apparently on his way to Hell, Ben is given another chance thanks to Abigail Mercury.

Supergirl - American Alien

There are quite a few takeaways from the Fourth Season premiere of Supergirl along with foreshadowing of where the series is headed. First, fans of Superman: The Animated Series should be happy with the introduction of Rhona Mitra as Mercy (who first appeared on the cartoon as Lex Luthor's henchman). There was turmoil both inside the DEO and in the government, Kara (Melissa Benoist) made major strides at work taking on the mentorship of a cub reporter (Nicole Maines), and we also got a slight tease of the powerful Russian Supergirl who likely won't make a major appearance for a few weeks. The bigger takeaway is that Supergirl isn't shying away from political storlyines as the new alien citizens come under attack from other Americans (who are assisted in the anger and thirst for violence by Mercy and her brother) as the show will apparently take a hard look this year at a divided nation and a rise of bigotry and violence by those who view others as outsiders.

Friday, October 12, 2018

First Man

Adapted from the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, director Damien Chazelle's story about the life and career of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) is a well-made film highlighting various moments of the astronaut's life before the fateful first steps of the moon landing. There's obvious care taken into the look of the film, various historic NASA elements, and capturing Armstrong both at work and with his family. The movie doesn't delve too deep into what made Armstrong tick (there's nothing here you won't find on Wikipedia, for example), and jumps around quite a bit during early segments. That, along with Gosling's stoic performance, does keep the audience at arm's length as I struggled to connect emotionally with the factually accurate tale that still left me a bit cold.

First Man isn't focused solely on Armstrong's career at NASA, nor his family life, nor even the series of personal and professional tragedies leading up to walking on the moon. Instead First Man attempts a more comprehensive look than it can comfortably deal with in an already long 141-minute running time. This leaves us with a good film, that I enjoyed, but one I'm unlikely to revisit anytime soon.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

All About Nina

I really wanted to like All About Nina. I can certainly tell what drew Mary Elizabeth Winstead to the project in which she plays a stand-up comedian struggling with her career and relationships. While Winstead makes the most of the dramatic moments, particularly during an impressive breakdown on stage, the script from writer/director Eva Vives does the actress no favors.

Had Nina (Winstead) been written as an average struggling comic the script may have worked better, but, while Winstead does her best to sell Nina's material on stage, the jokes aren't strong enough to sell the character as comedy's next big thing.

Leaving New York, and a dysfunctional relationship with a married man (Chace Crawford), Nina heads to Los Angeles. Not the actual Los Angeles, but the cliched movie version with hippie roommates and fame and soulmates just waiting to be found. While auditioning for a job that would launch her career, Nina begins an emotional relationship with an LA local (Common) who apparently is the first nice guy Nina has ever met, let alone dated.

SEAL Team - Never Say Die

"Never Say Die" marks the return of Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré), conspicuous by her absence in the season premiere. After completing a mission in Mexico locating a missing DEA agent, Ellis heads with Bravo to Saudi Arabia where terrorists have stolen Anthrax from a government lab and are threatening to release it into the water supply. Unwilling to meet their demands, the Saudis request help from the United States and Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and his team find themselves underground in a natural aquifer with a short window that isn't helped by the team getting separated due to a cave-in and loosing connection with the anxious Saudi Military who begin to consider more drastic back-up alternatives.

Dragon Con Atlanta 2018 Cosplay Music Video (Part 2)

Mean Tweets - Music Edition 5

FBI - Prey

A young woman stabbed repeatedly and left for dead in the woods leads the FBI to uncover 18 previous victims and a human sex trafficking ring. The survivor's accounts lead FBI Agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and OA (Zeeko Zaki) on the hunt for the traffickers and the dozens of other girls, including the victim's sister, who were brought over from the Ukraine with promises of jobs in New York and put to work as prostitutes. Those who spoke out, or broke the rules, ended up in the woods in an unmarked grave.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Gifted - coMplications

Baby Dawn's decreasing health means the Stepford Cuckoos (Skyler Samuels) are sent after the one person who may be able to save her life - her father. This leads to a reunion for Eclipse (Sean Teale) and Polaris (Emma Dumont) and an all-too-short daddy-daughter moment that Marcos is not willing to leave without a fight. Although he isn't successful in his fight to keep his family together, he's not about to leave Polaris and Dawn to the Inner Circle. Speaking of distraught fathers, Turner (Coby Bell) continues to try and fight the fight by attempting to partner up with local law enforcement, which works for a time but falls apart once they learn about why he left Sentinel Services. As the show amps up to a battle between the two mutants sides, I'm a little surprised that so much of the show continues to be dedicated to Turner.

A Cox Is Born

The Flash - Nora

The Flash begins its Fifth Season with Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) getting to know their time-traveling daughter Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). Temporarily stuck in the time, Nora (who spent last year quietly stalking Barry) introduces herself to the entire family. While at first Barry is reluctant to spend time with Nora, whose mere presence puts his future (and her past) in possible jeopardy, eventually the Flash warms to the idea of having his grown daughter around (especially after she spills the beans about why she really came back into the past). It appears Nora will be sticking around for awhile.

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #42

Writer Solly Fisch and artist Dario Brizuela monkey around in the latest issue of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up. I want to know if Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #42 exists solely on a wager about how many DC monkey and ape characters the two could squeeze into a single issue. I'm not saying that's what happened, or even if it did that it would be a bad thing, it's just one of the most niche set-ups for this comic I can remember and that's as likely an explanation I can come with as anything else.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Doctor Who - The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Doctor Who kicks off Jodie Whittaker's run as The Doctor with a Predator-style episode featuring an alien hunter sent to Earth after a human prey. With much of the story centered around the humans of Sheffield, The Doctor's main purpose is to struggle through her recent regeneration and keep the humans alive until she remembers who she is. New friends include Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) and his grandmother and her second husband. Also joining the proceedings is probationary police officer Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), a childhood friend of Ryan looking for more adventure than dealing with traffic tickets. The group encounter not one but two aliens, the first is a mechanical search device created to find the prey and the other a cocoon to house the hunter Tzim-Sha (Samuel Oatley).

Reagan Kathryn's My Hero Academia Cosplay (Camie Utsushimi)

Star Wars Resistance - The Recruit

Set prior to the events in The Force Awakens, the newest Star Wars animated series centers around young pilot Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) who is recruited by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and sent to the planet Castilon in the Outer Rim to learn all he can about the First Order. Due to some misunderstandings, any hopes of Kaz keeping a low profile are destroyed early on as a innocuous comment comes back to bite him in the ass and forces the pilot to take part in a dangerous race against an undefeated competitor (Myrna Velasco). While I'm not quite sold on the concept yet, and has a definite prequel vibe with the race aspect of the story, it's still a new Star Wars cartoon and there is enough here for awhile at least.

Dragon Con Atlanta 2018 Cosplay Music Video

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hawaii Five-0 - Ke Kanaka I Ha'ule Mai Ka Lewa Mai

When an undercover CIA agent (David Preston) is abducted on-board an incoming flight to Honolulu (in an elaborate attack that looks good on camera but makes almost no sense as opposed to grabbing the man on the ground), Danny (Scott Caan) leads Five-0 into the jungle where they encounter Chinese agents. The attempted kidnapping ties back to Greer (Rochelle Aytes) and the death of Miller (Jack Coleman). While completely out of character for McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) to give up the chance to hunt in the jungle, putting Danny in his place as a mentor to the younger members of the team freshens up the jungle chase the show has used several times over the years. Five-0 is successful in capturing both Greer and recovering the wounded agent, although Greer believes her knowledge of McGarret and their missions together can still cause problems for Five-0's commander.

Zorro: Swords of Hell #1

Zorro: Swords of Hell #1, the first issue of a new four-issue mini-series from American Mythology Productions takes Zorro in a completely unexpected decision. A few years following Zorro's liberation of the people of Los Angeles from the evil dictatorship, a new threat arises... from the depths of Hell? After a quick introduction summarizing Zorro's victory, we're thrown right into a new reality featuring zombie horsemen. Buckle up.

The Good Place - Everything is Bonzer! / The Brainy Bunch

Each season The Good Place offers a slightly different set-up for our recently departed foursome. Given a second chance to prove they belong in the Good Place, Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) have been sent back to Earth. While initially each shows signs of improvement, the all begin to fall back into bad habits which is when Michael (Ted Danson) begins sneaking down to Earth to nudge them each in the right direction and get them all together in Australia with Chidi who begins a study on the effect of near-death experience. Although strictly ordered not to interfere by the Judge (Maya Rudolph), Michael can't help but want to help his friends. His meddling, however, also allows Trevor (Adam Scott) to insert himself into the group's lives.

Harry Potter Awesome Pack 4

For more Harry Potter cosplay, check out Pack 1, Pack 2, and Pack 3.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Star is Born

While not the most original of projects, A Star is Born is the fourth movie of that name which older artists help to launch the careers of younger artists, the story is emotionally engaging and expertly told. There is always a challenge with musicals when choosing either actors who can sing or singers who can act. For its two leads, A Star is Born chooses one of each. In the first 10 minutes we learn three things. First, Bradley Cooper can direct. Second, Lady Gaga can act. And finally, Bradly Cooper can sing. All of this results in a compelling film.

A Million Little Things - Band of Dads

The show's second episode continues to focus on the group grieving over the loss of John (Ron Livingston) and Gary (James Roday), Rome (Romany Malco), Eddie (David Giuntoli) stepping in to pick up the slack. While most of the story features the teenage daughter (Lizzy Greene) struggling to deal with the loss and the fact that John has appeared to leave a safety net for everyone else except her on he eve of a daddy-daughter dance, the episode has a couple of more subtle moments between Gary and John's son (Tristan Byon) who is afraid he knows why his father committed suicide. It's in these moments that the show continues to shine the brightest. The episode also continues to focus on how little the group knows about Maggie Allison Miller) who appears to have been permanently adopted at this point and Rome continuing to struggle with John's death and his own suicide attempt.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

SEAL Team - Fracture

SEAL Team kicks off its Second Season with Bravo heading back into action in the Gulf of Guinea to rescue hostages and prevent terrorists from blowing up an oil platform. For the first time the team heads out without Rey (Neil Brown Jr.) who despite being cleared for the field remains in Jason Hayes' (David Boreanaz) doghouse and has spent the last six months reassigned as an instructor. With his time at home coming to an end, Jason also has to deal with the passive-aggressive side of Alana (Michaela McManus) who blames him for being the same man she married and worries sooner or later he won't come back from a mission. Other than some concern from one teammate and his wife, the show moves on quickly from Jason's concussion to end last season as that storyline appears to have been truncated in favor of new missions and more family drama.

The Umbrella Academy - Hotel Oblivion #1

The Umbrella Academy - Hotel Oblivion #1 launches a new seven-issue mini-series featuring the grown version of the child heroes created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bà. The name of the latest mini-series appears to come from the name of Sir Reginald Hargreeves' solution to housing the powerful enemies defeated by the heroes he created. The opening pages of the first issue give us a glimpse of the Hotel Oblivion from the perspective of a new tenant while most of the rest of the issue is set aside to check in on the various members of the Umbrella Academy who have once again separated and gone their own way.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

FBI - Green Birds

The second episode of FBI is stronger than the first as FBI Agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and OA (Zeeko Zaki) hunt for teenage girls who have been turned by ISIS into perpetrating chemical attacks in New York, first at a restaurant salad bar and later at a market. The death of the first poisoner (Rebecca Gruss) leads Bell and her partner to another local girl turned by the group and explores how ISIS targets those who they can turn into loyal soldiers and martyrs. The episode gives us more of Kristen Chazal (Ebonee Noel) working the dark web angle and helping to identify the girls, and the introduction of Sela Ward, recasting one of the Pilot's weaker characters.

NCIS - Love Thy Neighbor

It was the serial killer, in the cul-de-sac, with the hot tub. "Love Thy Neighbor" takes NCIS into the suburbs where the remains of a solider are found slowly cooking inside a hot tub (offering fans of the show one of the more gruesome murder scenes from the show's 16 season run). The mystery plays into the suburb cliche of gossiping neighbors with hidden secrets and agendas, each of whom seems more than happy to point the finger at a different neighbor. Delving a bit into the victim not only helps NCIS find their killer but also catch a serial who has evaded capture for years.

Archie Meets Batman '66 #3

With Batman still in Gotham City dealing with the Bookworm, a subplot that takes up more pages than I expected (but without it the Caped Crusader wouldn't be included here at all), Robin and Batgirl have made their settled into their undercover roles in Riverdale to see what the fuss is all about.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Magnum P.I. - From the Head Down

Magnum's Jay Hernandez latest case involving recovering a stolen giant tuna from a local fisherman (Carl Weathers) becomes more complicated when the thief's family is kidnapped and held for ransom. Despite the value of the catch, the secondary thieves actually want something inside the fish which was used to smuggle classified intelligence onto the island. Two episodes in we can start to see themes appearing in the Magnum reboot. First, it looks like Higgins (Perdita Weeks) will be drawn into an active role quite frequently. Second, as with the original, Magnum will take hard luck cases and lean on his friends and contacts to help get the job done. The episode also continues to incorporate supporting characters from Hawaii Five-0 into the show with the appearance of a rotund entrepreneur who helps Magnum out by providing information. Despite it being little more than a big fish tale, the show's second episode is an improvement of the show's Pilot, but it still has quite a way to go.

Action Comics #1003

It isn't every comic you get to see Batman mug a woman in an alley and joke around with Superman about it. Without delving more into why she needs it, Action Comics #1003 features Robinson Goode acquiring some black market Kryptonite. Whether or not she meant to carry the unshielded meteorite fragment into the Daily Planet, it certainly has an effect on Clark Kent.

Lucifer - The Complete Third Season

Lucifer's Third Season was the show's longest of its three-year run on FOX (including a couple of episodes originally intended for Season Two). Despite the network cancelling the show, it turns out Season Three won't be the end of Lucifer which will be showing up on Netflix in 2019 with 10 new episodes that will allow the characters to deal with the fallout of this season finale's cliffhanger ending.

The major addition to the cast in Season Three was the introduction of Tom Welling as both a police captain (and a potential love interest for Chloe) and an immortal unable to die who inserts himself into the lives of Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Chloe (Lauren German) in order to achieve his own agenda (and screw with Lucifer). We also got the return of Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer) struggling to deal with her time in Hell (when her body was possessed by Lucifer's mother) and the knowledge of where she is headed if she doesn't change her ways and make some major changes to her life.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hawaii Five-0 - Ka owili oka'i

In a nod to the original Hawaii Five-0, the show's season premiere involves McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) being tortured in a deprivation tank. Director Bryan Spicer obviously loves the scene, and the odd design of the suit McGarrett is wearing, because he repeats various parts of it at least three times during the episode. The crime that eventually leads us there involves a dead agent of the CIA found washed up on the beach. Because the man was an old friend, and he's one of several agents to die suspiciously over the past few months, McGarret and Five-0 begin an investigation (without sharing details to the CIA) which will eventually lead to Steve purposely getting himself captured in order to offer disinformation during the same torture process that killed his friend. As plans go, it turns out to be the usual mix of McGarrett bravery and stupidity.

This is Dragon Con 2018

Murphy Brown - Fake News

Given the political divide and a growing trend in television to reboot every series possible, it makes sense that CBS would look to bring back Murphy Brown. Rather than a reboot, CBS decided to bring back the entire cast of the original show (with the exception of Charles Kimbrough who doesn't appear in this episode but will make appearances this season). After years of being off the air Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) returns to a cable network with her pals Frank (Joe Regalbuto), Corky (Faith Ford), and Miles (Grant Shaud). New faces include Murphy's son (Jake McDorman) hosting a competing show during the same timeslot and Tyne Daly stepping in for the departed Pat Corley to run Phil's.

Reagan Kathryn's Behind-The-Scenes of Straw Hat Pirates Beach Cosplay

Sunday, September 30, 2018

New Amsterdam - Pilot

New Amsterdam offers a pretty straightforward premise. With the arrival of a new medical director of the United States' oldest public hospital things begin to change. Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) shows up with a vision to scale back the medical bureaucracy and focus on simply helping patients. A novel approach in the current climate. Goodwin's outlook is colored by a mix of a midlife crisis, impending fatherhood, and a recent cancer diagnosis. Given the chance at his dream job, basically he's got nothing to lose except further alienating the mother of his child to be and driving the doctors at the hospital crazy.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A Million Little Things - Pilot

I have one major complaint about the "Pilot" episode of A Million Little Things, something which I believe my fester and eventually kill my interest in the show, but there is actually quite a bit of good to talk about first. The set-up involves two friends in a small circle both attempting suicide on the same day. One dies (Ron Livingston), and the other (Romany Malco), after learning of his friend's death, chooses to remain in the land of the living. During the lead up to the funeral, we introduced to the group which includes the departed man's wife Sopie (Lizzy Greene), breast cancer survivor and womanizer Gary (James Roday), the depressed Rome (Malco), and the unemployed former rocker turn music teacher Eddie (David Giuntoli). Rounding out the cast are the men's signigant others (Christina Marie Moses, Grace Park, and Allison Miller).

Thursday, September 27, 2018

FBI - Pilot

Although it also relies on a large supporting cast, FBI is a little more centrally focused than Dick Wolf's previous creation Law & Order which split time with police and lawyers every week. Here the focus stays primarily on FBI Agent Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and her partner (Zeeko Zaki) who are the first on scene for two bombings in New York City and later a third, all organized by the same mastermind. Maggie takes it personally when the mother of one of the bombing victims blames Maggie for saving her life and not letting her go after her son (who almost certainly died in the first blast - seriously, it exploded exactly where the kid was standing) before the building was dropped by a follow-up explosion killing more civilians, firefighters, police, and aid workers.

Wonder Festival 2018

The Philosophy of Cowboy Bebop (Wisecrack Edition)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Gifted - eMergence

Although I enjoyed The Gifted, I was feeling a bit of super-hero TV fatigue and eventually fell off from the show's slow building First Season which was heavy on world building and weak on payoff. The Second Season premiere beings with Reeva Payge (Grace Byers) consolidating her power within the Inner Circle and preparing for an important birth. As for our heroes, they continue to save what mutants they can from the increasingly vicious and murderous Sentinel Services while Caitlin (Amy Acker) and Eclipse (Sean Teale) continue to search for answers about the whereabouts of their missing loved ones. The premiere resets the stage for the season with our heroes, what was once the Hellfire Club, and Sentinel Services all with distinct motivations and agendas. Despite Payge's murderous spree to open the episode, she still comes off better than the human soldiers killing unarmed men, women, and children in their own homes.

It's Hub City Comic Con 2018

Magnum P.I. - I Saw the Sun Rise

On hearing the news, and seeing clips of CBS' plans to reboot Magnum, P.I. all I could think was that this was the worst idea in network television since the The CW rebooted Charlie's Angels with Minka Kelly in 2011 (a show so historically bad, even the Internet has done its best to forget its existence). The new Magnum P.I. attempts to hold to the formula of the original but also makes several small changes (including the new, grammatically incorrect, spelling of the show's title). Set in present day, Jay Hernandez is cast as the new Thomas Sullivan Magnum who works as a private eye while also providing security to the estates of published author Robin Masters. Unlike the original, in which Masters was never seen (or even proved to be a real person), Thomas and the author are old friends due to the writer spending time with Magnum during his time as a Naval Officer in landlocked country of Afghanistan.

The Big Bang Theory - The Conjugal Configuration

The Big Bang Theory kicks off its final season by offering us looks at Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) as newlyweds at Legoland (which sadly gets far less screentime than the pair's discussion of early marital issues), Raj's (Kunal Nayyar) making a public ass of himself (seriously... can they think of nothing better to do with this character after a dozen years), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) just sort of watching the trainwreck of their friend unfold, and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) have more "cute" fights when Leonard compares the pair to Amy's parents. A bit underwhelming for a season premiere, but about what you would expect with the show dusting off old relationship tropes (wait, Sheldon is bad a relationships? Shocker!) and reusing them (yet again).

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Should Have Ended

The Wild Storm #17

John Lynch's trip down memory lane takes him to the most dangerous member of the Thunderbook project, although coming face-to-face with Rainmaker is nothing like what Lynch expects. Of all the dangerous human/alien hybrids Lynch has encountered, Rainmaker (originally the most dangerous) seems the most at peace with himself and the alien parasite that has driven the rest of Thunderbook crazy. As with the other members of Thunderbook, Lynch discovers Rainmaker has also passed on his genes implying another Gen13 character is part of the new Wild Storm universe.

Dragon Con 2018 Star Wars Cosplay Music Video

Long Beach Comic Con 2017-2018 (Part 1)

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Dragon Prince - Book One: Moon

The First Season of Netflix's anime series The Dragon Prince, known as "Book One: Moon," follows the adventures of two young princes and and Elvish assassin with an aversion to killing anyone, in the middle of a generational blood feud between humans and Elves that the trio hope to end by returning a stolen dragon egg back to the realm of magic. Although the opening episode "Echoes of Thunder" is pretty heavy in opening narration and exposition to set the stage for the events which will follow, the series builds momentum over its nine-episode "Book One" by focusing on the young protagonists of Callum (Jack De Sena), Ezran (Sasha Rojen), and Rayla (Paula Burrows) who push through initial distrust to work together and begin their journey.

Killjoys - Sporemaggedon

The Killjoys season finale finds Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), and D'avin (Luke Macfarlane) all entering the Green for a final battle against the Lady. There a few twists here as D'avin's anti-Green powers prove not to be the answer to stopping the Lady, the Lady toying with Johnny allowing for a return of sorts for Pawter (Sarah Power), a sudden amnesia causing disease is released in Westerly, and the Lady has one final trick up her sleeve to escape the Green just when in looks like our heroes had saved the day, thus resetting the show for Season Five.

Dragon Con 2018 (Saturday Cosplay)

Hendo Art Showcase: MY HERO ACADEMIA Swimsuit Pool Party!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero - Silent Option #1

The new four-part mini-series begins with Dawn Moreno's search for the missing Helix which will lead a small group of JOEs including Moreno, Alpine, Throwdown, Topredo, and Bombstrike to Trucial Abysmia, Borovia, and Scotland as the missing JOE has been keeping busy targeting human traffickers and leaving a path of bodies in her wake.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Next Gen

It's almost impossible not to compare Next Gen to Big Hero 6 with a story about a troubled young protagonist finding friendship with a big and bulky, but obviously still cute, robot who helps the kid work through emotional baggage and save the day from an evil super-genius. Focusing on the emotional volatility of a troubled girl, there's also a splash of Inside Out angst thrown in for good measure. If you own Big Hero 6 I'd suggest watching that instead, but, if you are looking for something new, Next Gen will help you pass the time.

Elementary - Whatever Remains, However Improbable

The aptly-titled season finale of Elementary deals with the FBI's growing case against Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) for the murder of Michael (Desmond Harrington). With Special Agent Mallick (Parminder Nagra) targeting Watson as the prime suspect given the growing evidence, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) will take steps to protect his partner at all costs (including destroying evidence and confessing to a crime he didn't commit). The tease of Mallick as a suspect proves to be a nice use of misdirection before the reveal of the true killer, which only puts Holmes in a deeper bind given Watson's refusal to allow Hannah (Liza J. Bennett) and her father (Aidan Quinn) to face the repercussions of the crime.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Predator

John McTiernan's Predator is a sci-fi action flick that holds up three decades later. Unfortunately, you can't say the same for its sequels. Writer/director Shane Black is the latest to try his hand at breathing some new life into the franchise. Set in present day, The Predator acknowledges the previous films and offers more than a handful of callbacks (including someone actually yelling to "Get to the chopper!").

Star Wars #53

Guilt can be a powerful motivator. Betrayed by Queen Trios of Shu-Torun and led into an Imperial trap, the scrappy Rebels continue to fight to survive against the Imperial Fleet led by Darth Vader. Thanks to intelligence provided by Han Solo in the previous issue, and some nifty flying by Luke here, the Rebel Fleet is finally able to deploy their fighters and make a counterattack against the Empire.

Elementary - Fit to Be Tied

The penultimate episode of Elementary's Sixth Season takes some surprising turns. The serial killer Michael (Desmond Harrington) returns to New York City and a new victim appears soon after. However, things aren't as they appear. Despite the evidence to the contrary, and the hopes of the FBI nabbing the serial killer, Michael is actually innocent of the crime. However, while still believing the victim to belong to him, Watson (Lucy Liu) delves into Michael's past and makes a discovery that will make her Michael's next intended victim.