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The New Year Show Round-Up

Woo! It’s been a while since we’ve updated, and that’s totally my fault. I haven’t been working the hardest in many things, and at the same time, the holidays just piled on relentlessly. So, instead of doing the single posts and reviews, I wanted to make a bunch of mini-reviews for all the wicked shows and flicks which came out this year. Also, I noticed I write about everything I love, so instead of just endless love, I’ll also mention everything which I didn’t enjoy and I’ll start off with that.

The Disappointing: Constantine

Man… I wanted to love Constantine so bad… The Hellblazer series is awesome and it comes from one of the best graphic novel writers ever to have graced the glossy page. I wanted to be surprised by Constantine; hell, I was looking forward to how the writers and creators would have worked something new into the series. Honestly, the only episode I liked was ‘A Feast of Friends’ wherein a glimmer of Constantine’s apathetic nature came out, only to be revealed as a smoke screen. He cared about his friends, and he hated doing what he did. The latter part came as a surprise because John’s just an ass in the comic. It’s unfortunate that the rest felt like a rehash. But maybe that’s just me; I’m an avid fan of the first 5 seasons of Supernatural, and honestly, Constantine plays a lot like that.

The Surprising: Gotham

Ben Mckenzie’s sense of humor is pretty spot on

I made a review about this, and I’m happy enough to admit that I was wrong. Gotham came with the premise that it existed within Batman canon. I watched it as such and I hated it for a while. That is, until I realized, this is about Gotham. It’s a place which molded one of the most beloved vigilante’s ever. In this context, the series makes much more sense. Think of it this way; while Gordon is a target for most of Batman’s villains, have you ever noticed that (with the exception of Joker) most of them don’t try to mess with him? I think Gotham’s writers are trying to build that respect for him, which is why not a lot of villains try to hurt Jim.

The Questionable Investment: Supernatural

Tada! It’s sort of paradoxical that I would mention this in a list where I cited it as a great example of supernatural-centric series. Honestly though, Supernatural hasn’t been at its prime for a while. Sure, there are some episodes from season 6 to 10 which will rip your heart out, but the tenth and final season seems underwhelming. But that’s partially due to the fact that every problem, major or otherwise, pans out exactly the same way they did the first time. Basically, this season feels like a greatest hits album, exempting episodes like Fan Fiction, and Death’s Door.

The Bromance: The Flash and The Arrow

Superman and Ba- I mean Flash and Arrow

Arrow, started out slow. It was obvious that the writers were still trying to feel out the series when the Arrow started. However, over time, the series got strong enough so that it could host many different iconic DC villains. No one could have seen that Arrow would also be the best jumping off point for a series like The Flash. Plus; this is probably the best and most dysfunctional bromance on TV since Turk and JD from Scrubs also considering House and WIlson. I’m hoping that the DC movie universe will be able to replicate Barry and Oliver’s dynamic when Dawn of Justice comes out.

The Sadness: The Colbert Report

Well at least John Oliver’s still around

I’m not mad at this series because it sucks; I’m mad because it ended…

The Most Surprising Turn Around: Korra

That rumbling in the ground, can you hear it? That is the sound of a thousand Fan Fic artists’ wishes coming true

It comes as no surprise that the writers and producers behind Avatar came up with yet another amazing little gem of a series. However, what surprised me about Korra is that it asks you to stick around when it hits its low points. As a whole, this series perfects character development in that each season brings something new. The over-arching themes in each season are complemented by the most constant underlying lesson; change is inevitable but slow. Korra grows to discover herself, along with her best friends, over many years and we get to see that growth pay out in spades. The finale also had people up in arms, but I fully support how this series grows on you if you stick with it.

The Weird: Interstellar

2014 also had Baymax

A lot of people remain on the fence about this movie and I’m count myself among them. Interstellar is probably Christopher Nolan’s most hopeful movie, but he tells the story in a very ham fisted manner. There is spectacle after spectacle as the movie goes through its epic motions, but you’ll also have to be ready for lengthy banter in between. Mathew Mcconaughey hits the nail on the head with every scene he appears in, but I ended up favoring the Monolithic AI companion Tars more than the human characters. Overall though, I’d have to say I really liked this movie. It sits alongside titles like The 5th Element and Sunshine in my collection of funky Sci-Fi flicks.

I’m probably going to make a sequel to this soon, but for now, these are the media that made 2014 the year that it was. Watch out next week for the comic which made me a lot less excited about Star Wars Ep 7. I found that it pushes a lance right through the heart of those stupid laser swords.

Country Boy ethics with too much vague rhetoric. Plus video games, rap, rock, and films.
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Weeky Comic Round Up: All Star Superman an Old School Super Powered Fool

Doomed Planet. Desperate Scientists. Last Hope. Superman.

Superman’s a difficult character to write for. He’s omnipotent; having a huge set of powers while being almost indestructible. He’s also got his moral compass constantly pointing north. It’s hard not to find him boring because he’s the archetypical hero; strong, humble, and he stands for the American way. So why would anyone want to read All Star Superman? Well, for one reason, you’ll get to see Supes in a different light.

Everybody's working for the Weekend

Everybody’s working for the Weekend!

Dying gets to Us All

How does an omnipotent being deal with mortality? That’s the first and only question Grant Morrison wanted to pose to every fan and newbie who picked up this comic. The opening scenes of issue 1 have Superman saving a group of scientists from a ploy cooked up by Lex Luthor. Clark succeeds, as he usually does, but his reward is a super charged cancer. There is a twist to this unfortunate news though; Superman is slowly turning into pure energy, making him even more powerful than he already is.

That should make this series a lot more boring, as one of his new found powers is immunity to Kryptonite.

So, now that he’s even more super charged, what will Clark do? Well, he does what he’s good at and that’s just helping out as many people as he can. That’s the point of this whole comic, but what unfolds, if you’re willing to put up with some cheesy stuff, is truly something special.

Never Preachy, Just Hopeful

Action speaks a lot louder than words do, and Grant Morrison tries to show that off in spades. Superman’s plans in the comic don’t involve him preaching to the masses about goodness through rhetoric. Instead of finishing off his enemies, he gives them another chance like he always does. One particular arc shows him giving his more angry Kryptonian cousins mercy as they slowly die after being poisoned. In another, he gives Lois Lane every one of his powers for a period of 24 hours.

The Daily Grind

But what really got me was issue ten where he’s bombarded by hundreds of little tasks in Metropolis. He hears segments of a long conversation between a therapist and his young ward. The therapist is desperate; being delayed from his appointment by numerous problems during the day. Superman while gleaning whatever he could from the snippets of the therapist’s conversation, figures out what’s happening to the patient and does something about it. it marks a certain page in issue 10 as a real heartfelt moment in the Superman lore cannon.

The point here is that he acted rather than spoke, and when he does speak to people, it is in as few words as he can.

Rehashed, Retconned Deaths
Superman has died so many times that any event declaring his mortality can be easily shrugged off. The Death of Superman is particularly iconic, and The Dark Knight Returns also shows you an instance where he is not strong enough to give Bruce Wayne a beatdown. It’s easy to pass this comic off as another one-shot meant to give Superman mad props for being a boy scout.

Lex' Ugly Cry

Ugly cry all you want Lex

Grant Morrison doesn’t do that here. He gives future writers the ability to play around with the ending, while allowing readers to glean a sense of finality from the comic. For me, this is how I see Superman taking his final bow. Not with anger, or with preaching, nor will he spend his time inactive and afraid. He’ll just keep doing what he does, with a smile on his face and a quiet, relaxed confidence. Definitely give All Star Superman a chance if you need a feel good comic. There’s a movie out too and I actually enjoyed that ending better for the bumbling Clark Kent.

Country Boy ethics with too much vague rhetoric. Plus video games, rap, rock, and films.
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“The Flash” Pilot Leaked And We’re Loving It!

The Flash

Last June 27th the pilot of the CW series “The Flash” was prematurely released. Normally this would have been a disaster but at the moment this booboo couldn’t have been better for “The Flash”. This unintentionally early release has shown the thought and planning that’s gone into this series and I can only say that the fans are loving it.

Now everyone is jumping over themselves because of the hype that’s resulted. But it is truly deserved namely because A – a fresh take on a series or character that could be otherwise thought of as a backdoor pilot or an exit strategy by CW for a connected series “Arrow” (I’m so hoping not) because of this I believe that we can sort of better understand the Flash more and it’s made the series a bit more personal. B –  It’s connection with “Arrow”  could especially dampen this new series, instead, “Arrow” has given it some pace and now it has literally hit the ground running. You’d expect any new series to start slowly and build itself up to a climax but actually The flash is like doing it vice-versa or starting in the middle which is really working well for this series  And C, finally some real red blooded super villains in the mix. The Flash actually fights someone who has powers, not just some pumped-up super serum junkie because c’mon, you gots to have them super villains. A super villain is kind of like the other half of a superhero’s story.

Overall, we can only say good things about this new CW series and that’s only three reasons out of a multitude for you to go and watch “The Flash” in a flash.