We don’t usually make a big deal out of new trailers when they drop, but…
… Holy eff! Holy effing ess! Continue reading
by Thom YeeDid you guys know Iron Fist came out? I feel like if I wasn’t actively keeping up with this stuff, I probably wouldn’t have noticed.
Anyway, Iron Fist is just the latest in Marvel’s series of prestige-format Netflix shows focused on the more human side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began with Daredevil in 2015 before giving us Jessica Jones later that year and Luke Cage just last fall. Though the mandate for the Marvel Netflix shows has been to focus on more grounded stories in the MCU (at least in comparison to the movies), they’ve gradually but definitely moved more and more towards the fantastic. Continue reading
Wait a minute. The Darkhold is a book? The bad guy is Uncle Eli? The Book of Eli? Wow, that’s a little weird.
So anyway, in the midseason finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., everything gets tied up, which, in and of itself, is a bit of a feat considering we had a new S.H.I.E.L.D., a new S.H.I.E.L.D. director, rogue agents, an anti-Inhuman agenda sweeping the nation, a Spirit of Vengeance, an artificial intelligence, and a bad guy who could seemingly make something out of nothing. Which, of course, Simmons and especially Fitz refuse to believe because of the laws of thermodynamics. Continue reading
This week Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes its long-awaited return after a three-week hiatus and—honestly, it’s getting a bit hard to remember why we watch this show other than it’s on TV. That’s not to say that “Deal with Our Devils” was a bad episode, it wasn’t and I don’t think any of this year’s episodes have been actually bad, but now that we’re in the show’s fourth season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten to the point where you kind of just watch it to watch it. You know what this show is, you know what this show isn’t, you know what this show is probably never going to be but would like to be (i.e., important to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), and if you’ve gotten this far with the show, you’re most likely going to stay on this train for as long as the track will last. Continue reading
This week brings us the long-awaited Kevin-Smith-directed episode of The Flash, by which I mostly mean “who cares who directed what episode of what show, they all feel the same!!” I just thought you might like to know that since I have such a rare and unrivalled level of ambivalence towards so many things and maybe you don’t feel the same way [about life]. He directed one last year [an episode of The Flash] and he’ll be directing an upcoming episode of Supergirl as well. I think it’s a job he got mostly on the basis of crying. Anyway, it might not matter to you who directs the individual episodes of the TV shows we watch, but I think, for whatever role he may have played in it, Kevin Smith’s “Killer Frost” episode was one of the better episodes of the season. Of course, so far it’s also been the worst season of the entire series. Continue reading
So this week the Flash gang faces off against the fearsome new rogue known as the Shade, but really, most of “Shade” was dedicated to catching back up with all of the little subplots that have been building alongside the more major events of the season. Caitlin reveals her Killer Frost powers to the group, or rather Cisco reveals her Killer Frost secret against her wishes, Joe finally goes on a date with Cecilia, Wally’s still having problems with not having any powers, and Barry spills his guts over everything he’s messed up by creating Flashpoint. Also, now Iris wants powers too? And apparently H.R.’s Earth-19 is completely nuts? Continue reading
After a first season full (FULL!) of major, foundational missteps, I think Legends of Tomorrow is finally starting to find its level. Which is an entirely different thing than saying Legends of Tomorrow has gotten good, it’s just hasn’t been so strikingly bad lately.
This week, the Legends make their way to the 1980s after their recently developed “time seismograph” warns them of a crisis during the 1987 INF Treaty signing while also explaining why they never travel to a point before the time crises they face in order to preemptively or proactively solve their time-based problems. I think by now most of us who’ve stuck by the show must be far past the point of questioning the internal mechanics of the time travel premise and its seemingly arbitrary rules, but still, it’s nice to see these types of things being addressed every once in a while. Continue reading
by Thom Yee
Magic is one of those things in life that’s hard to define in concrete terms. That’s kind of what makes it magic actually, that it can do almost anything in a way that surprises and delights. Who knows if magic is a part of real life (or what “real life” even means sometimes), but we feel like it is, and maybe that’s enough to make it real. It’s only when you start to pin it down, when you conjure it with words and spells and gestures and avatars, when you start to give it real weight and meaning, develop it into a system, designate its boundaries, and accept it as simply part of everything else going on that it becomes a bit more of a science, something cold and clinical to be broken down and parsed. That’s when it starts to lose whatever it is that made it special and it can almost become laborious. Continue reading