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What I’m Currently Watching #39

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. It is week 39, and I’m gonna keep it brief since I don’t have much time this week so I have seen a lot of TV over the last few months that haven’t reviewed from The Punisher to Bojack Horseman season 4, so today I’ll be giving you my thoughts on Lucifer and Crisis on Earth X. Be careful of spoilers! With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀

Lucifer (Season 3) “The Sinnerman”

This week’s episode of Lucifer was great, it explored a lot of great stuff when it comes to the relationship of many of the main characters, but also with this Sinnerman character that was spoken of towards the start of the season. Firstly I like how the Sinnerman’s affected both Lucifer and Pierce, with the victims of this week’s episode tied to Lucifer and the favours he did for said people and Pierce because of the death of his brother. It made the episode feel personal and had a sense of urgency. As fun as it is to see Lucifer running around being the fun, witty and charismatic man who I like, it is more interesting when he’s put in a situation he doesn’t have a way out and in this episode he’s not only trapped by the Sinnerman, but then towards the end of the episode he tried to interrogate him with his powers but can’t because Sinnerman’s gone and cut his eyes out! Like fucking hell, what a crazy yet smart thing to do. This Sinnerman ain’t no joke. Also, let’s talk about Decker and Pierce, I know this show’s really trying to push for this new relationship but it doesn’t feel natural, their relationship feels very hot and cold, sometimes you can see some normal hints toward something, other times it feels like it’s coming out of nowhere. I like that these two have opened up about the family loss that they’ve suffered and had a sense of teamwork developing. And speaking of couples,  Linda and Amenadiel have finally hooked up, I mean they’ve been getting too cosy recently for things not to end up this way. Too bad Maze is back and she doesn’t like that relationship because of her friendship and previous relationship with these two, I liked how Lucifer forced her to confront her feelings about them and how she ultimately told Linda to stop seeing Amenadiel… The only problem is that Linda looked pretty worried, I mean she took a little too long her office door and while we don’t see anyone else in that room I don’t think she was alone. I sense complicated times ahead for Maze, Linda and Amenadiel. And finally there’s Charlotte, I’ve liked where her character’s gone, from being possessed by Lucifer’s mother to a woman trying to right the wrongs of her past by assisting the police. I appreciate how she’s finding the transition hard and that she’s not quite good at doing the right thing, but she’s got her heart in the right place and seeing her and Dan have that heart-to-heart in the men’s room was sweet, if a little strange and awkward haha.

Crisis on Earth-X

This Now I’ve not been keeping up with all of the CW superhero shows, I dropped off of Legends of Tomorrow a while ago and I got aways into season 2 of Supergirl I forgot to keep watching haha. The Flash and Arrow I’ve kept up with and I’m enjoying them so far, especially Arrow that’s really good at the moment. So when I heard about this Crisis on Earth-X I was always going to watch it, I just wasn’t super compelled to see it. But after I heard a lot of hype around to first two episodes I decided to watch it and damn it was a lot of fun. The people behind these shows understand what their fans want but also throws some curveballs too. I also appreciated how the show quickly caught you up on what’s happening in the world of each TV show, so in case you weren’t up to date or just weren’t watching any of them, you never felt lost as the story was its own adventure, though if you were up to date it did give you a greater level of appreciation for the characters. What I really liked about this four-part event was the story and characters. I liked the idea of a secret Earth where Nazis won the war and you had these dangerous versions of the heroes plotting to rule over Earth in different realities. There was a lot of drama and surprises especially in regards to the death of Martin Stein, he was one of my favourite characters on Legends and to see him get shot, have that heart to heart with Jefferson before he died, I got way more emotional than I expected and Steins’s funeral, that was frigging beautiful. On top of that it was fun to see all of the different characters interacting and there’s too many to highlight, let me just say that seeing Wentworth Miller again as Captain Cold was delightful, the evil versions of Oliver and Kara were really cool, seeing Reverse Flash was fun and the action scenes were pretty well done.

Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of this show? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching too. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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Fall/Autumn TV I’m Gonna Be Watching!

Howdy people of the internet and fellow subscribers, its September and TV season is starting up again soon and I just wanted to update y’all on the stuff I’ll be checking out. Now for those who have been following me since last year you’ll know I started up a series called “What I’ve Been Watching” where I reviewed the TV I’d watched during that week, and while I wasn’t always consistent from week to week, it was a lot of fun to talk about TV and get some responses. Now there are some shows I’ve dropped or don’t care for as much as I used like The Walking Dead, Gotham and possibly some others, so yeah just thought I’d put that out there.

Anyway with all that out of the way here’s me preview:

Luke Cage (Season 1)

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This show is just shy of two weeks away and I swear this wait has been almost as difficult as Daredevil season 2. Luke Cage went from being a show I was intrigued about to being something I was super hyped for, I think its been thanks to the great trailers and interviews about the way the showrunner and actors approached this show that got me so giddy. I’ve never been a big Luke Cage fan, but Marvel’s Netflix shows have made care for characters in an in-depth manner and I assume that’ll be the case for this show too. I want this show to be badass, I need to be, if it isn’t then I’ll be gutted. But I hope the show will work out.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4)

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I know a lot of people have given up on this show, but there’s a still a good few people that have a lot of love for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that’s one of the key reasons it’s survived despite the low viewership and less than stellar perception from an outsiders perspective. AoS has been improving with each season and while not all of the stories and characters are great, it can definitely make for some entertaining TV. So now we have season 4 with a totally different landscape for all of our main characters and the introduction of frigging GHOST RIDER! Something I thought would never happen, and while it’s not the OG Johnny Blaze incarnation, I’m still hyped to see what they do with the character, and where things will go with the use of Inhumans, Coulson and company and Quake on her own solo adventures.

South Park (Season 20)

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It is crazy to think that South Park is in its 20th season, man, just thinking about it makes me feel a lot older that I am. Anyway, even though the show’s already started, I haven’t checked out the first episode yet. I am curious to see what Matt Stone and Try Parker bring to the show this time around as season 19 had so many intriguing and refreshing changes to the basic formula to the show while still being as funny and as relevant as ever. So here’s hoping season 20 is a good one.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 3)

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I love how Star Wars Rebels went from being a show I liked watched to being quintessential TV. Season 1 introduced some great new characters, story and mythology, while season 2 built upon that foundation and expanded it to a whole new level with more episodes, more character-driven stories, darker elements and ties to previous Star Wars film and TV material. And after the conclusion of season 2, I am more hyped than ever to see how this season unfolds with the introduction of Grand Admiral Thrawn into the world SW canon, getting more Maul, seeing more of Sabine and the Mandalorians and discovering what will become of Ezra as his Force abilities grow stronger.

The Flash (Season 3)

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The Flash has been on of the most consistent TV shows in the superhero genre in recent memory and it went from strength to strength from season 1 to 2 to give audiences compelling and intriguing stories, characters, action and drama that was easily accessible and yet true to its source material. Season 2 was certainly more ambitious with the time travel material, doppelgänger characters and supernatural elements with the Speed Force and Zoom. And while The Flash some weak episodes around 2/3’s of the way into the show overall it was a stronger season and because of the way it ended, The Flash can now go anywhere and I’m curious to se if this show’s season 3 will be good or will be the start of a decline in quality like with what happened to Arrow‘s third season.

Lucifer (Season 2)

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Ah Lucifer, what a crazy journey we went on last year. It is crazy how this show went from something I had no interest in, to being around 3 to 5 episodes in and really getting into. The show had an interesting balance of supernatural material mixed in with the standard police procedural genre, and while seeing certain common elements of the police drama side of things got a little tiresome, there was enough unique material to keep me watching. Plus it was the characters that was the main selling point of this show and the cast all did very well with a fabulous central performance from Tom Ellis as the charismatic and ever so charming title character. I’m really hyped to see where this next season goes especially with the introduction of Lucifer’s mother played by Tricia Helfer.

Blindspot (Season 2)

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Blindspot ended up being one of my favourite new shows of last year and while each weekly episode was not always as captivating as it could be, it had an interesting story with characters I liked and a level of mystery, intrigue and surprise that made the show worth watching. I’ve just seen the first episode of season 2 and I’m liking what I’m seeing so far.

Arrow (Season 5)

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With Arrow I’m almost ready to say taht I’m done with it considering how questionable the show’s gotten over the last two seasons with all the inconsistent, dull and uninteresting storylines, flashbacks and new characters I’ve had to endure. But it hasn’t been all bad and since I started thisshow back when it was good, I feel compelled to see it through to the end. I just hope that the showrunners can some new life into this show, but also get back to the core elements which made the show entertaining the first two seasons, because I do want to see this show bounce back.

Supergirl (Season 2)

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At this point in time I haven’t finished Supergirl‘s first season because it was constantly a mixed bag of stuff I liked and things that irritated me. I found the show too similar to The Flash in tone, use of the soundtrack and overall format (probably the Greg Berlanti touch) but in addition to that the CGI was choppy, the fight scenes had no oomph or good choreography and the stories weren’t always too engaging. That being said I loved Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, most of the main cast are good, thee’s good world building and some cool reveals and the world the show inhabits has potential to grow and become even better. Season 2 seems to be delivering a lot of new material, most notably including Superman, so I’ll be curious to see how this show moves forward but also ties into the other CW DC shows.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 2)

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I’m not gonna lie, I don’t love this show, but there’s enough redeeming qualities about it that makes me want to keep watching. While some of the repetition in the story and character relationships and personalities got a little annoying, I did really get attached to the characters (mainly the already established ones) and it was the actors/actresses that kept me coming back more than the stories. I hope that season 2 will have a more compelling central story, less annoying character and better fight scenes too.

So that’s my list, expect the reviews to start coming in as of next week I think possibly on Wednesdays or Fridays. I’d love to know what TV you’ll be watching from now until Christmas and if you have shows you’d like to recommend me then be sure comment below and let me know okay? Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2016 in Media, Television

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #15


Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #15 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. Last week I skipped the reviews mainly because there wasn’t a lot on and I got lazy, but this week is gonna be pretty packed so brace yourselves haha. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers below…

In The Badlands “The Fort”

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This is probably the last new show of the 2015 that I’ve wanted to see, from the time I read about it in the IGN Fall Preview I was intrigued because of the martial arts element. For those unaware I LOVE me some good martial arts in film and in the world of TV it’s never really been that big and for the longest time there hasn’t really been a notable show that’s shown off martial arts since Martial Law and that was AGES ago in the 90’s. So I watched the first episode yesterday and I liked it. Plot-wise the show has some familiar elements with main characters have ties to a specific place, evil people in power with loads of followers willing to kill for them, people shifting alliances, a special person with fancy abilities, you know that kind of stuff. I do like the setting and some of the mythology that’s been set up with the Barons, talk of potential war, and Sunny being this super feared “Head Clipper”. But the main stand out of the show is the action, and its handled in a beautiful way. No martial arts sequences have looked as good as this in other TV shows, it is stylish, violent, well-shot and choreographed so beautifully especially that fight in the rain.

Supergirl “Red Faced”

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This was probably my favourite episode so far. Since the beginning I’ve liked Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, but I’ve not found a reason to get behind her as a hero, but this week’s episode really made me like her. So far Kara’s been a nice and very forgiving person considering all the drama she’s had to deal with in her personal and superhero life, but this week we got see some good character progression. What I mainly liked was seeing her flip out and I love it when heroes get angry. Kara tried to do her job as a hero, she got told off by Hank and General Lane, she tries to do her normal job and gets verbal abuse from Cat and her mother, and it was good to see her get aggressive, whether she shouted at Cat (which was amazing by the way) or was beating up on Red Tornado. Oh and how cool did Benoist look when shooting her lasers at Red Tornado? That was badass. This episode had her confront her emotions and realise certain truths about how she feels about her life. Besides Kara, even though I didn’t like the look of Red Tornado I did like the way his abilities were handled, also Glenn Morshower showing up as another government official was great, his character was a douche but he was played well. I still feel bad for Winn, he’s got the hots for Kara would do anything for her and yet he’s invincible to her went James is around and the fact that she said that she couldn’t have a relationship similar to James and Lucy’s without even acknowledging his existence was mean.

The Flash “Legends of Today”

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So here we have the first half of the The Flash/Arrow crossover and man a lot happened in this episode. Let me start by saying that Vandal Savage is awesome, I’d heard a lot about this character long before his appearance on TV, but I didn’t know he’d be so menacing, cool and troublesome, he killed those innocent men at the docks, got hit with arrows and fell off and building, and even fought Flash and Arrow and kept coming. The dude was a beast I liked him a lot. It was also nice just to see these heroes from different cities team up again, whether it was Barry and Oliver noticing things that had changed in each others abilities or locations or just their comrades getting to hang out, it was fun and entertaining to watch, There was also some great mythology being created in this episode with the introduction of Carter Hall (Hawkman), Kendra and their history together but also with Savage too. I also liked how Caitlin and Wells worked together to create a drug to make Barry faster, but what was even more interesting was after Wells was shot by Patty (damn it woman, you done goofed), it was Jay Garrick, the person who was adamant about not taking the drug who ended up having to use it to save Wells. Also there was a few small moments that made me smile whether it was Cisco talking about his hair conditioner being on-point or Thea not knowing about the Flash or how Malcolm Merlyn and his men kept emerging from the shadows in the Arrow layer (that last one was amazing and hilarious). Oh and finally what the hell was that bit in the beginning about Oliver having a secret child? I thought I’d missed an Arrow episode like what happened at the end of season 4 of Buffy with Dawn’s reveal, but apparently that’s a thing and we got to see possibly a link to that at the end of this episode.

Arrow (Season 4) “Legends of Yesterday”

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And now we have the second half of the Arrow/Flash crossover and it was good for the most part. What I didn’t expect was the big time travel element as we saw Vandal Savage basically kill everyone except the Flash who ran away straight back into the past, and thanks to him telling Oliver a few things about his future encounters the heroes were able to have second chance at being Savage. Time travel is always a tricky thing because there are many rules and some shows abide by the basics or create their own or throw the rules out altogether and do whatever they want and with this show I think it did a decent job at allowing characters like Oliver, Barry, Cisco and Kendra specifically to change their future. Finally getting context on Oliver’s hidden son was good and it was interesting to see how he dealt with it and how the secrecy almost cost him his relationship with Felicity, and while I’m not quite sure about the need for more complications in Oliver’s life with a secret son on top of the stuff he’s dealing with already, it was certainly interesting to watch. I did find this episode less exciting and engaging than The Flash half, but it was certainly entertaining and finally, what the hell is Merlyn doing with Savage’s ashes? Mad man!

Moonbeam City “The Legend Of Circuit Lake”

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This week’s episode of Moonbeam City was ridiculous, probably the strangest stuff I’ve seen since episode 2 or 7 in terms of the content being stuff that was really weird but surprisingly humourous. This week had Rad trying to get revenge on Dazzle by locating info on Dazzle’s history in the virtual reality archives, however, he ends up befriending a virtual woman and her son and builds a life with them. This was seriously weird shit, besides the virtual people looking all strange in 3D, it was the fact that Rad forgot who he was a just accepted the life he had, while on the outside he was trapped in an abandoned room of the police station with his body covered in rats and spider eggs (eww). Beyond that Dazzle was accused of killing Rad and was sent to jail where he befriended a jail computed system and they had some form of sex which was the most bizarre thing I’d seen in a cartoon in a while, Dazzle’s grinding movements is something I haven’t been able to forget haha. Besides that it was interesting to see Pizzaz actually sad about Dazzle’s imprisonment or in the interrogation seen when Pizzaz, Chrysalis and Dazzle pretty much gave reasonable cause for Dazzle to be Rad’s killer.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “The Future of the Force”

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This episode was pretty cool with the return of the Inquisitors on the hunt for Force sensitive children and it was down to Ahsoka, Kanan, Ezra, Zeb and Chopper to stop them. I thought it was pretty cool seeing the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister back on-screen as these baby snatchers, but also as ruthless villains who while not always great at their job, can be pretty scary and dangerous causing havoc for normal bystanders and giving Kanan, Zeb and Ezra trouble as they were being hunted. But Ahsoka, damn, what a beast. She was really cool in this episode when she stepped in to take on the Inquisitors with her white lightsabers and man she just owned them, she showed that the wasn’t just skilled in combat but also with her use of the Force, and she made it apparent that the Seventh Sister is clearly the stronger of the two Inquisitors at least that’s the way I saw it. This episode was really good for the visual presentation with some awesome lighting, animation and art design when it came to the cities and sense of scope, and man was I happy to get some lightsaber fighting, I love that stuff and it was really well-choreographed here.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next Friday people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #13

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #13 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. Since I’ve started losing time in the week I’m dropping a few shows from the list and will be focusing on the current seven for the immediate future. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers below…

South Park (Season 19) “Naughty Ninjas”

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This week’s episode was pretty funny. I love how the kids decided to be ninja but then be mistaken for Isis followers which scared the life out of the citizens of South Park, that was frigging awesome. I also love how this episode addressed how dodgy police officers are when it comes to abusing their power and beating up minorities upon their arrest and how that doesn’t occur with standard white folk. Also the reference to NWA with the town basically fucking off the police was great too. Oh and Officer Barbrady, what a legend, he’s always been incompetent, but this episode really highlighted that when he shout a minority and got fired. The first time it was hilarious and seeing him struggle was nice as we got to see more his life beyond his job (he looks strange without the sunglasses), but then once he got reinstated and shot another kid, that was just a little silly and for the town government to not foresee something like that happening again makes them look even worse by comparison. Plus Cartman, I love the guy and when he kept getting the boys confused as ninjas was hilarious, but when he does something stupid and tires so hard to pin on someone else for an entire episode, it gets old and makes him look like a damn fool. I’m also curious about this Leslie situation, that girl has been a mercy of PC Principal’s yelling for ages and now she’s been taken away, but there’s this organisation that’s been watching her and want Barbrady on the investigation? Oh, South Park, you better be going somewhere good with this.

Castle (Season 8) “Cool Boys”

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Castle said best near the beginning of this episode “This separation thing is starting to get really old.” I feel like the guy is saying what all the fans are thinking about this show at the moment. May this was intentional as the writers are aware of what the fans are thinking or it may just be just his thoughts, either way, a show where the two main characters aren’t an item after becoming one can be dull and Castle is falling into that trap. Beyond that, this was a solid episode even without Stana Katic around, sure Beckett’s absence was felt, but Castle and the return of Adam Baldwin as Det. Ethan Slaughter certainly made up for it. Ryan and Esposito taking charge of the police work while Beckett was away made for some interesting and funny moments, but the real meat of this episode was seeing Fillion and Baldwin together, while I wasn’t too keen on Slaughter back in season 4, here was a lot more useful and we learnt more about his character and his talents (like being a good cook and studying musical theatre in college). Oh but the best moment was when Castle and Slaughter broke into song to confuse and distract their enemies at gunpoint long enough to get the jump on them in a fight, that was totally unexpected and hella funny.

Supergirl “Fight or Flight”

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This was probably my lest favourite episode so far, while the character development was good for Kara and James, and the villain Reactron was better because he had a backstory, overall I still can’t find myself getting into this show the same way I have with other comic book shows. My complaints with the show remain like: 1)  The bad action sequences and questionable CGI. 2) The constant references to Superman, its like the show can’t function without referencing the man of steel. But I noticed some other things to nitpick like the fact that this show has too many similarities to The Flash in terms of the intro and tone. Also all the modern references to social media, the Kardashians and other bits and bobs feels forced and unnecessary and am I the only one who thinks that it’s too early for Kara to be falling for James Olsen? Its only been three episodes, and while their potential relationship has been foreshadowed since the first episode, it feels a little too soon for relationships to come into play.

The Flash “Enter Zoom”

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Man, I frigging love this show. The Flash is one of those shows that when its good its is SO good and this episode was one of the best so far. Now the first half of the episode wasn’t as compelling as the Zoom portion of the episode, but it definitely had its moments. The opening of this episode with Dr. Light defeating Flash was interesting, but then we get the whole backstory of everything leading up to that point with the original Dr. Light escaping and Linda from Earth Prime dressing up as Light in order to lure Zoom from Earth-2 into a trap. I loved the way Linda was handled in the episode, she had a lot of funny moments from her projectile training to her cheesy dialogue and man how hot did Malese Jow look in her costume? Damn. Anyway moving on… I also liked seeing more of Barry and Patty together, Team Flash’s suspicions of Earth-2 Wells and having more screen time with Tom Cavanagh, his version of Wells this season is so stern, mean and secretive but as we saw from Cisco’s vision and Wells’ speech, he does have good intentions and behind all the mean exterior the guy has a heart. But let’s talk about Zoom for a second, fuck me! What a beast! This guy has been labelled as bad news, but this is really someone not to be messed with, he found and almost killed Linda, he fought and crippled Barry and then displayed him across the city. And I loved the amount of tension, action and pacing of all that material as the episode was coming to an end. Zoom’s design and voice could come across as cheesy but I’ve found him just as compelling and engaging as a villain I’d watch in a film. Oh and as for Barry to not be feeling his legs after waking up from his battle with Zoom, damn, that’s just messed up. I wonder how long that’ll last?

Arrow (Season 4) “Lost Souls”

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This week’s episode of Arrow was good, however I had a few issues with it, mainly the whole Olicity situation. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good relationship in the world of TV and film, and in the realm of comics it is one of the quintessential elements that make superhero stories very engaging and emotional, however there is a limit to how much time they should be the focus of a story and that was certainly the case here. Oliver and Felicity’s constant bickering was such a pain in ass and while it was funny to see certain characters reacting to it (like Diggle’s face in the Arrow lair or Thea and Laurel’s response to hearing Olicity’s arguing on their communicators), for the most part it was annoying and unnecessary. Felicity, I love her, but bloody hell she really kicked up a fuss in this episode, I know her history with Ray made her want to do everything in her power to help him, but pushing mother and Oliver away, and then questioning her relationship with Oliver leading to a potential break-up was such an endurance test. Oh and after all that drama they ended up together all lovey dovey with some super cheesy dialogue which was so painful to watch. Besides all that nonsense. It was great to see Brandon Routh back as Ray Palmer, he was still funny and seeing what happening to Ray and how he had to be saved from the hands of Damien Darhk was great. The reintroduction of Donna Smoak was fun, while she can be a little annoying at times, I found her quite hilarious and damn Charlotte Ross is hotness so there’s that. Also was great to have Sara Lance back as the original Black Canary, Caity Lotz this looks as hot as ever in that costume and I loved seeing her kick some ass, though I was surprised that no one took precautions before they went into battle as she beat someone up and then killed a dude later on. Oh and I have to say the best part of the episode was with Oliver and Diggle drinking and chatting, it was a genuine heart-to-heart moment between the two oldest characters in the show and it felt good.

Moonbeam City “Cop Con”

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I think this is my new favourite episode. Cop Con seems like the most stupid, pointless and self-gratifying convention in existence, but that’s what makes it so much fun to watch whether it be the menu with all the police puns, the strange panels (like Dazzle’s on confiscating police stuff) or seeing a man shit his pants thanks to a new police gun. it’s all sorts of foolishness and I love it. Rad was at the background of the episode again, but when he was used it was funny like when he was bouncing on the bed or getting followers for his own convention. What really surprised me is the random sexual adventures between Dazzle and Pizzazz, before now there has been NO sign at all that these two would even touch each other because the hate and bickering was so strong, but here they were so civil with each other even outside of the sex like they were totally different people. This again proves that Moonbeam City would be better with a sense of continuity between episode and a bit more character development so certain events between characters doesn’t seem so out of left field. That being said, seeing Dazzle and Pizzazz having this crazy sexual tension and constantly needing to get it on was quite funny and was a welcome change from their normal behaviour. Also how good were those music numbers? Dazzle and his band were so random and funny, but those reformed gangsters with the “Leaving the H” song, that was so unexpected and funny, I loved it. Just seeing those gangsters change their perspective on life and become good guys while the police were away was fun, but as usual when something good happens it has to be undone and in this case the police come back from Cop Con and fuck up everything. Oh but my favourite moment would be with Chrysalis in her panel with that one guy asking her out to prom, and went she said no his reply of “I have a condition where I hear no as yes, so I’ll see ya there.” That was frigging jokes. 😛

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Wings of the Master”

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This was the first major episode for Hera and one that didn’t focus heavily on Kanan, Ezra and Rex, and while I mainly like Star Wars in general for the Jedi, Sith, lightsaber battles and most forms of action, I do like it when this franchise can give me something I wouldn’t expect to enjoy and I end up really liking it. “Wings of the Master” was cool for several reasons like 1) It really showed off why Hera is an essential member of the Ghost team, I’ve never thought less of her before, but this episode really illustrated who she is, why she likes to fly and how good of a pilot she is too. I loved the way she described her need to fly and the fact that she got promoted to phoenix leader made me smile a lot. 2) I loved Quarrie as a character, he’s a little wacky, strange, but smart and wise, and sometimes characters like these can be annoying, but luckily he had just the right level of humour and seriousness, plus his ship was awesome and I’m curious what kind of upgrades he could give to the rebels. 3) The fact that Empire are starving people and killing fire pilots during the first run of food supplies really adds to the fact that there are pretty big stakes out there and there are people relying on the rebel alliance to survive. 4) The music in this episode was excellent, really heartfelt and I did get some Empire Strikes Back vibes from it. 5) Kanan’s line to Ezra, “It makes me feel better when I say it!” Best. Line. Ever. 😀

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next Friday people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #12

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #12 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. So after last week’s post being delayed to Sunday, we’re back on track with the regular Friday schedule. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers below…

Grimm (Season 5) “The Grimm Identity”

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All I can say is FINALLY! Grimm is one of my favourite TV shows and is the last of my ongoing shows to return to air. After season 4 ended I couldn’t wait to see the next season, but knowing back in May that I’ve had to wait until around November for the show’s return just hurt me mentally. But the wait’s over and this episode did not disappoint. We picked up right where season 4 left off and so much happened as questions got answered, but new dangers and challenges were presented. Firstly I have to say David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, this guy always brings it, and in this episode I loved Nick as he was aggressive, reckless and unhinged, and rightfully so; both his mother and former lover are dead and then some shady people come along take Trubel away and drug Nick. After the guy wakes up, the house is clean and no one’s there and with Chavez as his only tie to all this madness he’s on a hunt for vengeance and answers. And while he didn’t quite get his answers, we did discover that Chavez wasn’t the main bad guy but that there was someone scarier at play. It was also great to see Monroe, Rosalee, Hank and Wu together again and seeing them try to process Nick’s news and actions, oh and Bud was hilariously annoying as usual, though the more interesting part was with Adalind finally giving birth to her and Nick’s son. After all the drama that nick endured, you could see the amount of mixed emotions in his face, but in the end he confirmed he’d be there for his child and maybe for Adalind too, oh and liked how she named the child after Nick’s mum Kelly. I just want to know who the new bad guys are and where Trubel is, I need my girl back yo!

Supergirl “Stronger Together”

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This was another decent episode, and while some of my issues from the last episode are still present and my early concerns about the show are starting to show up, otherwise, Supergirl is making small steps in the right direction towards becoming a good superhero TV show. What this episode does get right is the concept of Kara starting off small and learning the basics of being a superhero, from having doing smaller tasks and learning from her boss Cat Grant about not jumping into big things without gradual experience to Kara getting taught in combat and experiencing the harsher lessons of being a superhero under the spotlight of the world. It was also cool to have James and Winn come together and form this team with Kara similar to the teams in Arrow and The Flash, also I enjoyed the use of Alex and Hank more so than last week and seeing Astra come out of the shadows and confront Kara was good too. My issues with the episode go back to the presentation and ongoing story. The visual effects during the flying sequences seem awkward and choppy hopping from being fast to super fast with no smooth transition in speed, the rule applies to the fight scenes it’s just a bit jarring. Oh and that fight between Kara and Astra, I feel like that could have been a handled better, the wire-based fight in the air was painful to watch, I know it’s network TV but I would have preferred that whole thing to be CGI because it would have allowed for more fancy acrobatics. I also feel like the constant references and call backs to Superman aren’t necessary and feel heavy-handed much like the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I’m curious to see where this show will go in the future when it comes to more compelling villains and storylines as well.

The Flash “The Darkness and the Light”

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This episode was a return to form for The Flash, last week was the first episode of season 2 that I wasn’t as keen on, but this week things were rectified as we got a very dramatic, layered and interesting story filled with character development and more mysteries being discovered. I really liked how Harrison Wells from Earth-2 was handled, he’s similar to the old Wells (Eobard), but he’s a lot more aggressive, blunt and as Cisco put it, a bit of dick. That being said he’s aware of his mistakes and is actively trying to rectify them by taking out the metahumans who are on Earth prime and he’s also trying to help Barry realise his full potential as the Flash. One other thing of note is that Wells has a daughter in Earth-2 and she’s being held captive by Zoom so I assume he’s here to help Barry get strong enough to take out Zoom which in turn will get his daughter back as well. This was also a big episode for Cisco as his powers were made known to his friends (unintentionally thanks to Wells) and I’m glad that happened because there’s only so long you can hold back these kinds of secrets. Seeing more of Jay Garrick was fun whether it be via flashback confronting Wells in Earth-2 or fighting Wells in present day, it’s always fun to see him around (besides when he and Caitlin snow are trying to form a relationship, I don’t care for that). Oh and finally Patty and Barry started this relationship of theirs, the blind date was odd but it did allow for some awesome Cisco dialogue which was hilarious.

Arrow (Season 4) “Haunted”

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So here’s the Arrow episode I’ve been waiting for, it’s the return of John Constantine (Matt Ryan) from the former NBC show, Constantine. And this episode was good but not early as great as last week’s, the story didn’t play out how I expected but I was satisfied. Matt Ryan hasn’t lost a step as Constantine, he’s still charming, charismatic, odd and rough around the edges, but damn it he’s still cool as hell and it was interesting to see through the flashbacks how he came into contact with Oliver and how in the present he used his magical abilities to restore Sara’s soul to her body. Though I have to say this episode really didn’t have as much as Constantine as I’d hoped and I was just waiting for the just to show up in the present, but he didn’t show up until last act which sucked! Beyond all the great stuff with Constantine, I enjoyed seeing Sara all crazy on the hunt for her killer, who in this case was Thea, also while I normally don’t care for Laurel and her whining when it comes to Oliver’s double standards about secrets, this time she had legit reasons for calling him out and it is true she’s not been treated as an equal. But I am glad that all the issues between her and Oliver and Thea are starting to be ironed out quickly and are not being dragged out for several episodes. And finally I’m really enjoying Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, he’s so witty, engaging and sinister and McDonough seems like he’s really having fun with the role.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Brothers of the Broken Horn”

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Brothers of the Broken Horn” was decent episode but is probably my least favourite so far. I’ve really been getting into the new story and characters that Rebels has been introducing with the old clones and new Inquisitors, but this episode sort of pushed that stuff aside for an Ezra-focused adventure where he and Chopper went off to help someone in need. While the episode as a whole wasn’t too captivating, it was good to further character development for Ezra as he not only questions whether he wants to be a Jedi or soldier, but it also allowed him to be heroic, tactical and show off his Jedi training with some nifty lightsaber moves and the use of the force. Oh and FINALLY he used the blaster part of his lightsaber, its like he’d forgotten that weapon had two functions until now. 😛 As for Hondo Ohnaka he was interesting character, on one hand I found him a little annoying and questionable in character, but on the other hand he was witty and funny especially in that scene when he was almost sucked into space and said “I’m rich!… I’m dead!” Best moment ever.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next Friday people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2015 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #11

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #11 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. I know this was meant to be out on Friday but time has not been my friend recently so it’s out today instead. Also this is a pretty meaty session, so try and make it through the entire set. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers below…

Alpha House (Season 2)

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The first season of Alpha House was good, I wouldn’t call it essential TV or super funny as a comedy show, but it had a great cast, interesting stories and a good deal of entertainment. So I started season 2 pretty quickly, at first it was a little strange to see things change so much for the main characters Gil John, Robert, Louis and Andy, however it allowed us to see different sides of their personalities, their struggles and interactions with other characters. I think I found this season not only funnier but more emotionally investing than the last because I’d set time with these characters from last season, but also because I believe the situations and jokes felt better than before. John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos are awesome in their roles and have such a great sense of chemistry and fun, in addition to that I really liked the character development for Andy and Robert. I’m a bit gutted that there’s not more of this show because I believe it could go on for at least two more seasons, but alas I guess for the time being things ended with season 2.

South Park (Season 19) “Tweek x Craig”

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This week’s episode was great, I really liked it. Bringing something as strange yaoi into SP was definitely going to be interesting and this episode delivered with its approach to that and political correctness when it comes to gay couples. I just loved how this episode treated the concept of being a homosexual in modern South Park with girls finding yaoi cute and boys being confused, and the adults finding young gay love progressive and sweet. It was great how Craig and Tweek treated the situation especially when it came to the break up with Tweek making a dramatic speech and leaving Craig looking like the asshole haha. This episode also felt like a minor link/continuation of the comment the mayor made about Craig being gay in “City Part of Town“. This episode was all sorts of bizarre from all the artwork of Craig and Tweek together to Cartman’s weird little cupid fairy thing to those hilarious songs played during the montages (I swear there was one that sounded like Peter Gabriel, that was great). The only stuff I didn’t like was that Cartman cupid fairy, that was weird and I didn’t need it.

Castle (Season 8) “The Nose”

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After a week away from Castle (which felt wrong) I’m back again to talk about “The Nose” and this episode was pretty good. The case wasn’t too interesting, but it was the characters around it that made the episode good. The main selling point of this episode was Mia Laszlo, a woman suffering from hyperosmia (a heightened sense of smell) and how she factored heavily into the case and Castle’s quest to get Beckett back, at first she was a little too frustrating for my liking but once her and Castle start bonding they end up having some hilarious and heart-warming moments together. Ryan and Esposito had their regular fun antics mixed in with a little drama with Espo getting the promotion while Ryan didn’t, and the random point when Ryan shot Espo in the ass, that was ridiculously funny. At this point I should mention that the whole Beckett and Castle separation thing has worn out its welcome and just needs to get sorted because the show, while still functioning, just doesn’t feel the same and more and more I’m wishing the show would have ended with season 7.

Supergirl “Pilot”

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So here we are with Supergirl’s first episode, and despite my hesitation from the trailers to be honest the episode wasn’t half bad. Best way to describe this episode is that it is Superman’s story all over again, except this time it’s from Kara Zor-El’s perspective as Supergirl. What we have is a lot of similar superhero origin elements to Superman when it comes to Kara’s first acts of heroism, becoming a notable superhero and finding her place in the world, but there are a few unique differences and modernisation involved with this episode that helps make this show stand on its own. This episode had some fun stuff in terms of Kara becoming a superhero, learning of not only the secret organisation monitoring alien activity but also the villain Vartox and how he works for a shady group of villain’s headed by Kara’s auntie! There’s some interest revelations, humour and action with some impressive visual effects and a great central performance from Melissa Benoist  who is very likeable and charming as the title character. With the whole “girl power” element wasn’t as heavy-handed as I thought it’d be, there were a few times where certain comments were made that just made me roll my eyes. I also have to admit I have a few other issues like 1) There’s an inconsistency with the action sequences when it comes to Kara fighting or flying, I know this is network TV so the visual effects won’t be amazing, but on several occasions when there was a blend of stunt work and CGI it looked like it didn’t gel well of flow properly. And 2) As much as I liked the tone of and feel of the show with a nice balance of drama and humour (kind of like The Flash), there were some moments that felt quite cheesy whether it be through the dialogue or choice of music in the soundtrack.

The Flash “The Fury of Firestorm”

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The Flash continues to be a really solid show with more character development, strong themes about accepting change, letting go and moving on, and there was some interesting story points too. The big thing in this episode was dealing with Professor Stein unstable nature and his need to fuse with someone to become Firestorm again, and it was pretty cool to see Henry Hewitt and Jefferson Jackson, two potential candidates for Stein’s merger come along with their personalities and traits and branch off onto different moral paths. It has been said already but it bares mentioning again… HOLY SHIT, IT’S A FRIGGING MAN SHARK ON LAND! This was spoiled for me on the internet prior to watching the episode on Wednesday morning, but seeing it in action was no less surprising, I mean that dude comes out of nowhere, grabs Flash and is pretty much read to take him out, were it not for Patty and the timely appearance of Harrison Wells with his fancy gun, Flash would have been killed right there and then. I’m curious how Barry’s gonna react to seeing Wells again and what this different Wells from another dimension has to say to Barry.

Arrow (Season 4) “Beyond Redemption”

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Beyond Redemption” was a pretty solid episode and may be my favourite of the season so far. It had some great action, interesting story elements and good character development as well. I liked the idea of there being corrupt cops within the Star City police force, it illustrated how hard times had gotten for not only Captain Lance but the rogue cops as well, and it created some interesting moral and ethical dilemmas. In addition to that I appreciated Oliver going for the position of Mayor, it presents interesting opportunities for the future of the how but also allowed the people around him to reassess who is and how much he cares about the city. This was big episode for Lance as: 1) His alliance with Damien was discovered. 2) He found out about Sara’s resurrection and almost killed her. 3) And he had to deal with the corrupt members of the Anti-Vigilante Task Force and helped save Oliver in a tight spot. I’ve not been a fan of this character for a while but this was his most solid material in a while and I liked him a lot.

Moonbeam City “Lasers and Liars”

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Lasers and Liars” was a pretty good episode and to a degree I liked it more than the last. The opening with Dazzle with those two women in the van was hilarious mainly due to him having sex with them but them allowing the van to crash into a gash station and explode, that was random and amazing. But the other aspect I really liked was Dazzle hooking up with Panache, who we later find out is Pizzaz’s sister, this allowed for not only some tension between the two sisters and funny moments for Dazzle but it also expanded on the mythology of Moonbeam City and Pizzaz’s heritage. I really liked the ridiculous nature of Pizzaz’s sisters not only with their names but also with their personalities and obsession with slapping. With Pizzaz and her issues with her sisters breaking her down I thought that could have been a great moment for Dazzle to come in and defend her, but no, that didn’t come to pass. My issue with this episode (besides the levels of randomness and stupidity), is that after the main conflict is resolved it doesn’t add up to anything, there’s no proper satisfying conclusion. This show lacks character development and continuity, those are my two key issues. While not all comedy shows require those two things, it is those elements that make shows like Parks and Rec, Community, South Park and many others worth watching, and I believe this show could benefit from that.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Always Two There Are”

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So far, I love this season’s direction and after the end of last week’s episode I was hyped to see more. “Always Two There Are” was great, it showed the continued complex relationship between Commander Rex and Kanan, dedicated screen time to Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, and introduced new obstacles for the characters to overcome. The one of the major aspects of this show I was looking forward to was the two Inquisitors (specifically Sarah Michelle Gellar as the Seventh Sister) and they were great. I really enjoyed how easily SS was able to subdue Ezra and it was her plan to capture him and Sabine to lure the Jedi in to be killed. The episode illustrated how she was not only good with a lightsaber, but also how creepy, smart and seductive she could be especially when interrogating Ezra. I was I genuinely feared for these characters and their safety and wasn’t sure how they’d make it out of there alive, but quick thinking and luck was on their side when they escaped. I really liked how Zeb was handled, he’s not really had many moments to shine in this series, but this episode showed that he could be resourceful and heroic even against the likes of the Inquisitors. Once again I have to give this show praise for its presentation, the art, lighting, and animation were great, but in conjunction with the music it worked so well, it especially added drama and intensity to some of the action sequences. And that ending with Kanan, Hera and Rex contemplating about the information that just got from their comrades really adds to the sense of dread, fear and mystery that will surely follow as the series progresses.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next Friday people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Supergirl

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #19 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. After reviewing Superman 4 yesterday I bet you thought I was done with that era of Superman films right? WRONG! Today I’m going to be talking about the infamous Supergirl.

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So Supergirl, yeah. To be honest I never had any intention of watching this ever, I even tried to consider other films for this month of superhero film reviews, however my curiosity got the better of me, plus with that new Supergirl TV show dropping later on this year I wanted to see what  the first live-action adaptation was like (even if I know I won’t like it).

The story can be summed up as the following:

“After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman’s cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.”

The story is a bit meh for my liking. There’s a lot of wtf moments in this film especially in the first 20 minutes or so. So much stuff happens without an explanation which leads to a lot of head scratching and story progression that feels random and not planned out. Now I’m not saying that everything needs to be spelled out for me in a film, but sometimes a little information can help set the ground rules for what can and can’t be done in said world, if anything goes then there is no consistency or restraint and things can happen without consequences or basic logic. This film also drives home the fact that this a female-driven adventure with the girls school, female villains and men hitting on the main girl only to get beaten up later, however the execution is pretty generic and silly.  After a while I just switched my brain off and went with the story which by the half way point just got boring and confusing, and the way the film ends was so unsatisfactory.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Helen Slater as Kara Zor-El/Linda Lee/Supergirl was fine, but I wasn’t keen on how schizophrenic she seemed in her abilities and knowledge, at one point she’s just discovering her powers but next thing you know she knows immediately that she has eye lasers and can blow strong winds from her mouth, one minute she’s not interested in a man and then later on after a few minutes with him she like him or she’s super smart at maths but doesn’t know the basic’s of human conversation even though it wasn’t much different from her own. Now I understand that she’s an alien and Kal-L had more time to adjust to Earth, but Kara runs around like a child with no sense of restraint or reason to some of her choices which made her feel more dumb than innocent. Faye Dunaway as Selena was quite insufferable. She has a bit of a god complex and pretty much wants anyone who stands in her way defeated or dead, but the way she plans things just doesn’t have any proper strategy and when she does do something competent it seems more like chance than by choice. Brenda Vaccaro was a little more tolerable as Bianca, she was funnier and less over the top than Selena so there’s that. Together Selena and Bianca are more comical than evil and their banter is more annoying than it is funny. Peter O’Toole as Zaltar was alright but I didn’t care for his character as he seemed smart but was ultimately careless and not very strong-willed. Hart Bochner as Ethan, he was fine, but the whole “being in love while under a spell” thing made him seem really goofy. Peter Cook as Nigel was pretty fun and Maureen Teefy as Lucy Lane was also quite good, I liked her spunky attitude and kind nature. And finally Marc McClure was just pointless as Jimmy Olsen, his existence in this film was just a means to connect the tissue between this and the Superman films, but he doesn’t add anything to the story and is as useless as Lois was in Superman 3.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is just about as good as the previous two films with green screen and some digital and practical effects. Overall it is fine, but it certainly looks old and I know it was the 1980’s but special effects had come a long way and some of this stuff looks like it belonged in 1970’s. As for the soundtrack, Jerry Goldsmith’s score is actually the best thing about the film having a very triumphant and magical soundtrack that definitely is in the vein of the John Williams Superman material.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Unfortunately I haven’t read any of Supergirl’s exploits in the comics so I can’t comment on this too much, though I know her origin story got changed and some of her powers in the film are different to how they are normally in the source material.

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So to conclude Supergirl is another bad film to add to the collection of superhero film adaptations. It definitely tries to cash in the popularity of the Christopher Reeve Superman films, but doesn’t have any interesting ideas of itself own to share. The story is lazy, bizarre and has nothing fun or exciting to help its near two-hour runtime. If I were you just wait for CBS’s Supergirl show, it can’t be worst than this film.

Rating: 3/10

That’s 19 reviews done, only 11 more to go. So have you seen Supergirl and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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