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Powerless: Parks and Wreck


For every super fight, there is a city. For every awesome altercation, there is destruction, and largely comic book films have only just begun addressing the fact that heroes like to break stuff. The good guys win and the bad guys get sent away to Arkham or some frightening super-max designed specifically for villain shenanigans. But the aftermath is always, almost the same. Powerless deals with the aftermath and the prevention of each violent event. Luckily, Wayne Securities is tasked with the burden of helping regular people deal with their weird, violent world.

Epi-Pens and plagiarism

This series takes place in the fictionalized Charm City, which is apparently the brighter, more colorful neighbor of Gotham. Day to day, Charm City is bombarded by villains and heroes come to save the day. Of course after a while, any person will get jaded when they have to live in constant fear of city level destruction. So as Emily, played by Vanessa Hudgens, watches in awe as her morning commute is disturbed by a massive fight, other citizens just try their best to ignore it. At work, it’s revealed that Emily is tasked with helping motivate the staff of the strangely start-up like Wayne Securities.

The company’s hugest accomplishment was the creation of the Joker gas epi-pen, but ever since that, Wayne Securities has been coasting and just choose to rip off Lex Corp. It’s a funny premise and the topic of people dealing with super hero destruction is unique. However, that doesn’t mean the series is wholly original.



Old Familiar Places

It’s not far-fetched to say that Powerless follows sitcom formulas quite closely. The cast is made up of familiar faces like Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk, both of which bring their bubbly charms in spades. Vanessa Hudgens plays the quirky bright eyed, small town girl quite well but this is where the series kind of falls into same-y territory. There are inspirations taken from a number of other comedy shows like Parks and Rec, along with other series that feature quirky characters and goofy office shenanigans. At the same time, Powerless also leans heavily on wink and nod humor in its references to the DC universe at large.

DC's Powerless

DC’s Powerless

The Staying Power

At the end of the day, Powerless is an inoffensive sitcom with a lot of comic book references and a bit of potential. The first episode has just come out and a lot of other shows only find their stride after a few more episodes. It’s a fun watch and only the future will tell whether or not this show will get a bit cleverer. Try it out, because there are a few funny gags in its half hour run time and its closest rival, Marvel’s Damage Control, won’t be out for a bit longer.

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In the Flesh: Whooping the Walking Dead’s Rotting Bum (A Review)

In The Flesh

In the Flesh opens like any other standard zombie fare would. A young woman rolls around on a shopping cart, gleefully collecting supplies. She’s having a conversation through a walkie talkie, and that provides enough distraction for the undead to get the drop on her. What ensues is a bloody scene, where one would assume the hero would be introduced. But not in the way you’d expect him to be.

Now I’m a firm believer of Internet rules, so here it goes. The show is great and the writing is brilliant, however if I mention the plotline, I’d be robbing you of a good hook.

So… LOL 5P01L3R5…

Are you still here? Well then, you must be interested in hearing the rest of the story. What happens in the grocery, as I mentioned, seems like a standard action set up, almost reminiscent of that one moment in 28 Days Later. However, instead of heroes popping in to kill the zombies, turns out it was all a flashback and the one having it is a reformed zombie. What follows next are a series of revelations about a Rising of the dead in 2009. How neighborhoods fought back, and how humanity managed to find a cure for the rotter disease.

In The Flesh

In The Flesh

Now a lot of you can probably figure out from here that this reintegration into society might be a heavy handed metaphor for racial integration. In fact, one of the major factions in the town is a local militia hell bent on keeping this from happening and that almost mirrors the equal rights groups during the civil rights movement. It might actually be a clever means of getting you hooked in, but I’ll leave the heavy thinking to you guys.

There’s a new level of drama to be had here that the Walking Dead television series has yet to touch. While WD is still one of the best currently running graphic novels around, its TV counterpart may need a little help with its inconsistent writing. Maybe they can learn a thing or two from In the Flesh’s well-paced and twist filled storytelling.

In The Flesh

In The Flesh

If you’re still interested in redemptive storylines, check out the returned. It’s a French zombie show that runs a lot slower, but boils a lot harder. For people who want a lighter twist on the cured zombie concept, you can check out Warm Bodies.

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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.

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Shaider Is Back In Space Sheriff Shaider: NEXT GENERATION And Guess Who Else


If your as old as I am, you grew up with a lot of live action fantasy shows from Japan. We didn’t even know what to call them back then but Wikipedia calls them Metal Hero Series, or series-es(?), I know it’s plural as is, it just isn’t plural enough in this context(Bioman, Mask Rider Black, Ultraman, the list goes on). Anyway, I found this floating around the internet and was shocked to see that Naomi Morinaga was in it, last news I heard about her was back in 2012 and it said that she was dead.


More research on the issue mentions that her death was “exaggerated” – well it’s not even true apparently! So hooray for Naomi Morinaga, who became a big part of our childhood fantasies as Space Sheriff’s Annie and, ehem, some of our adult fantasies as well – if you didn’t know, yes, she was a pornstar, no biggie so was Cameron Diaz.

The important thing is Shaider is back, and I sure can’t wait for English subtitles and watch the show.


Update: You can actually watch the entire original series on Youtube. You’re welcome that was the best playlist we could find.

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The Arrow And Batman Universe Make A Delightful Overlap

Arrow’s 3rd season trailer reveals a new villain borrowed from the Batman universe. We can’t help but giggle like excited school girls.

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