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
by Thom Yee
When it comes to the narrow windows of time that separate our personal childhood fascinations from the general nostalgia that we just can’t stand, I fell just outside of the right age to be into the Power Rangers. I was in upper elementary school, grades 4 through 6, when the morphenomenal teen team first debuted and gained prominence, just a little too mature to fully immerse in their world, but still surrounded by the property’s deluge of television episodes, toys, and commercials. If I’m being honest, there was a part of me that envied the younger kids at my school who were at just the right age for the Power Rangers and could play with the Japanese-looking robots that combined together to form even bigger robots, but at that point I mostly had my sights set firmly on one other goal: Toughening up so that I wouldn’t be eaten alive in junior high. In my case, that meant leaving behind such juvenilia, picking up at least one sport to be good at, and pretending to be into gangsta rap. But, as long as we’re being so honest with each other here, I should probably go ahead and admit something else to you: I still watched Power Rangers sometimes. Continue reading
by Thom Yee
The last time we checked in on a Wolverine movie was in 2013’s The Wolverine, a small, self-contained little story where Wolverine travelled to Japan and was charged with the care of the rich heiress and granddaughter of a soldier whose life he saved in World War II that quickly and drastically grew less small and less self-contained when that same soldier wound up betraying Wolverine in a bid to steal his youth-imbuing healing factor. I know that’s a bit more than a spoiler (and a really long and convoluted sentence), but, frankly, eff that movie and its weird Viper-snake-ladies, its ridiculous Silver Samurais, and its jump-right-off-the-rails-of-sanity third act after its much more even-toned first two [acts]. Besides The Wolverine’s bullet train sequence, there is almost no reason to see that movie, at least not in its entirety. 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