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Review: Deadpool 2

Deadpool-2-International-PosterThe Merc With A Mouth is back, but did the sequel keep up with expectations?  The answer could go either way.  If you have knowledge of the other comic book movies out there, or are just a comic fan, then yes yes yes… this was as good if not better than the first.  For those who might not be up to speed on all the spandex wearing superhero films, some of the jokes may go over your head… but it would still be a fun and enjoyable movie to see.

There are a few spoilers I’ll mention, so if you just want the rating, then scroll down to the bottom, otherwise… be warned.

Loaded with shocking moments, and cameos by actors and other comic book characters, Deadpool 2 literally had me laughing so hard I was in tears.  This time though, it isn’t just Wade Wilson who is the highlight of the film.  Cable, Domino, and Colossus equally dominate with their own unique personalities.  This works well with Deadpool, and I especially can’t wait for this to come out for home release.

I know a lot of people complained about Juggernaut’s CGI effects, but I barely noticed because I was thrilled to see him portrayed properly, and it’s still way better than some of the other CG I’ve seen in recent films.  I do have one complaint however, and this is the common themed problem throughout all of the X-Men films.  The continuity.

When does this take place and in which time line?  For example… Deadpool’s music box in the beginning directly references the Logan movie.  Is this just him breaking the 4th wall (which was done expertly a dozen times or so)? The answer is no… it’s not after Logan, but before.  How do I know?  Because all of the X-Men are still alive, and it’s very evident that they are.  Then we just assume that it is running along side a modern day theme, but then again, the X-Men aren’t portrayed by their older actors, but by the younger ones.  hmmm.  Oh, and then the time travel thing during the credits adds to the confusion because in the current timeline X-Men origins Wolverine never happens.  So, that being the case, does time travel let them go to different pasts?

The continuity thing can be forgiven and overlooked.  It doesn’t bother me that much because of Wade and his 4th wall breaching.  It sort of makes things better in some ways.  The other issue is that they killed of Black Tom Cassidy before he even got to be a threat.  That was a huge disappointment for me.  Other than that I’ve no complaints.

From here I guess they’d do an X-Force movie over a Deadpool 3 because it would just make more sense.  The name “Essex” has been in 3 movies so far, so having the X-Force up against a villain like Mister Sinister would probably end up being the best film in this universe yet.

Deadpool 2 gets 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings from me.  I loved it and will definitely own it at some point.  What were your thoughts?  Comment below and let’s discuss.

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Review: Once Upon a Time Ssn 7

170914-onceuponatimeseason7posterOnce Upon a Time there was a show that caught a lot of attention from episode 1.  It was hugely successful with its take on fairy tales and other books of legend by incorporating those characters in the real world.  Flash backs to their lives in the enchanted forest captivated young and old.  It was strong for 4 seasons but hit a lull in story telling that became repetitive.

Season 7 returned to its roots by hitting a reboot by aging some of the characters, and bringing in different versions of ones that already existed.  It was confusing to say the least, but for the long time fan, it was a breath of fresh air.

The format was roughly similar, but with a little tweaking made it less predictable and with new likeable characters.  The main complaint I have about this final season is that it didn’t utilize non-fairy tale characters as they had done in the past.  Centering mostly around Rapunzel, Mother Gothel, Cinderella, and Princess Tiana, the show could have used something else.

That being said, as far as series finales go, Once Upon A Time ended in one of the best ways.  There was closure to everything.  There were flashbacks to many characters stories that I’d forgotten, and there was even a little hint that maybe… just maybe… there might be a reunion miniseries or made for TV movie at some point.

Season 7 stood out as a little above average, but that’s far from bad.  I give it 3 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think of the show’s farewell season?  Comment below.


Review: MacGyver season 2

macgyver_big_58861MacGyver was one of my favorite childhood shows.  After being pleasantly surprised by season 1 of the reboot, I kept with it and watched season 2.  So how does it hold up?

Let me say this…. there are very few shows that I can watch any more with my kids.  There’s either too much sexual content, language or graphic violence to subject them to at their current ages.  But that’s the kind of stuff I also enjoy seeing in moderation.  When MacGyver came along I wanted them to watch it as I had when I was younger.  The original doesn’t hold up as much, so this modern take makes it fresh and new.  Happily, it is written in a way where all ages can appreciate and enjoy it.

From its non-stop funny moments, thrilling story telling, interesting dilemnas, and character interactions, this show really has become a favorite again.  Season 2 of MacGyver brings more of the same, but throws in a few guest appearances of actors from the original (Jack Dalton and Murdoch original actors cameoed).

This season put a lot on the line, and had a great build up to a point where I thought I could predict where it would lead.  I’m glad in a way that I didn’t but was also half way disappointed.  When MacGyver finds his father (I’ll stay away from spoilers on that) I was expecting Mac Sr. to be played by actor Richard Dean Anderson (the original show’s MacGyver).  When he wasn’t there as that character I was sadly let down, but I can see why they didn’t get him for the role.  Mac’s dad probably has a more significant role from here on out, so getting Anderson to do the spot was probably too hard with his schedule.  Still, I hope he pops in for an episode as some other character.

All in all season 2 was a blast.  It was highly enjoyable for myself and my two kids, and with that cliffhanger of an ending I really can’t wait until it’s back in the Fall.  I give it 4.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think of season 2?  Comment below and let’s discuss.


Review: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season 5

shield.jpgThis show has come a long way since it’s freshman year.  Characters that were once annoying and served little purpose have become favorites.  Season 5 cements this show firmly in the Marvel cinematic universe in my opinion.

Where it faults is only in things I feel they could have done.  That isn’t to say that the story was bad at all.  In fact, the Graviton twist with Talbot, and use of Absorbing man was unexpected and movie villain worthy.  So where is my complaint?

It’s not really a complaint but instead a missed opportunity.  As a comic book fan, I loved the idea of the 2099 comics.  For those who may not know, this was a line of stories that took place in the year 2099 (which later we find out doesn’t necessarily mean it is our 2099 A.D.)  I won’t go into that, but what I can say is that the whole premise to the first half of this season took place in an alternate future.  I wish they’d have tied it into the comics with those specific stories, instead of what we got.

That being said… What we did get was highly entertaining on a Star Trek level.  The show didn’t feel like the SHIELD of old, but kept true to its nature.  When they finally returned to present day, it was like they hit the reset button.

With plenty of twists and turns, references to what has happened in the movies (including Infinity War) and all out shocking moments (no one is safe in this show), I feel that this was the best season of the show.

I look forward to season 6, and rate season 5 with 3.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think?  Where do you think they can go from here?  Comment below and let’s discuss.


Review: Avengers Infinity War

avengers-infinity-war-1I’m a little late with the review for this because I really didn’t want to say much after seeing it.  This will be a short overlook, as I feel that people need to see this with as little spoilers as possible.

Was it worth it?  Yes yes and yes.  The film was outstanding in so many ways, BUT I wonder if someone who isn’t familiar with the other Marvel movies will be somewhat lost.  There’s so many characters that its hard to keep track, but the Russos did a great job of not making it feel crowded.

The narrative played out quite well and unexpected with plenty of surprises and shocking moments.  Thanos IS THE BEST MARVEL Villain yet.  I literally have no complaints about the film, except that I have to wait for the next movie to see what happens.

Here’s where we get into little SPOILERS with my speculation:

– Is Red Skull the movie version of Death now or after the Soul Stone was grabbed did he revert to his former human status?  I’d like to think the latter would be better, but it isn’t necessary.  At least we got closure to that.

– The stones are at least drained of power, which makes me think that the snap will be reversed.  The Russos did claim that the deaths will stay, so that means goodbye to Loki and Heimdall.  Notice how I didn’t say any others.  Here’s why.  The snap only erased people from existence.  It didn’t technically kill them.  Gamora was sacrificed to retrieve the soul stone, so if it’s anything like the comics she wasn’t killed but instead trapped within it.  And Vision, well he was a grayed out husk at the end, but Shuri probably retrieved enough to have a less emotional version of him live on without so much color.  Maybe she will even use what’s left to build Jocasta or something.  Either way, Vision as we know him is gone, but there is room for an offspring of sorts.

I give the movie 5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  It made me laugh, get choked up and had me on the edge of my seat for the non stop thrill ride.  What did you think of Infinity War?  What do you think will happen next?


Review: Black Panther

new-black-panther-movie-poster-2018--1064120When it comes to Marvel movies, it’s no secret I’ve been entertained every time.  Going into this one I had high hopes as usual, and I wasn’t let down.  Minor Spoilers ahead.

The Good:

This is a totally fresh movie that is far different than the other comic book superhero films out there.  It’s political without pushing any agendas.  It’s got a great mix of action, humor, and sincerity that make it an all around great standalone movie.  You don’t need to see any of the other films in the MCU to see this one (although you might get confused by the final end credit scene if you are not watching all of the films).  The main characters of T’Challa and Killmonger are perfect with the latter even donning his comic accurate costume in the beginning, only to get a much better upgrade.  Finally, the usage of characters like Klaw, Man-Ape, Shuri, Nakia, Everett Ross, and Okoye are done well as a supporting cast.  Oh, and how could I forget another outstanding cameo by Stan Lee.

The Bad:

I am a little upset with Klaw’s fate, but realize why they did what they did.  Some of the things like Black Panther jumping from a plane without a parachute don’t sit well with me, but the explanation of how Vibranium absorbs kinetic energy makes me suspend disbelief just enough to let the ridiculousness pass.

Overall:

Black Panther was just fun from opening until end.  It had weight in the series, and was relatable to the real world on some levels.  I put it up there with the Captain America Trilogy as my favorite so far giving it a 5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  So what did you think?

On a side note here’s some speculation and clarity btw:

Antman and The Wasp will be here soon, and it looks like that will be another stand alone movie to give us more back story and introduction of characters.  Bucky is looking like he will get a cybernetic vibranium arm and is a hero again.  Maybe we will see him as Captain America.  And though people are saying “Where is the 6th Infinity Stone?” let me explain to you where they all are.  The Tesseract is the SPACE Stone, and is floating in space with the SOUL stone, which was the Eternal flame from Thor Ragnarok.  Thanos shows up at the end of that, so I’m assuming he has both now.  The REALITY stone Aether is in the Collector’s possession after Malekith was defeated.  The MIND stone is in Vision’s head.  Doctor Strange has the TIME stone in his Eye of Agamotto amulet.  This leaves the POWER stone with the Nova Corps after they got it back from Ronan.  All the stones are there.  I don’t get why people are saying the Soul stone hasn’t been represented yet.  They did the same thing with the mind stone when it was still in Loki’s staff.  Think about what the Souls stone might do…  It restores or takes life presumably.  That is exactly what the flame did in Ragnarok.

Thoughts?


Knocking out the Rocky / Creed movies: Review

KDRS3126[1]I grew up watching Sly Stallone’s movies, and since my hometown Philadelphia Eagles were underdogs in the SuperBowl this year, I wanted my kids to see some great underdog stories.  We watched the whole franchise, so instead of rating individual movies, I’m going to go with the boxers in each, and rate them that way.  I’ll give a spoiler warning, but if you haven’t seen these movies shame on you anyway 😛

In the first ROCKY film, Sly’s character had a decent story.  Rocky “The Italian Stallion” Balboa struggled to make ends meet.  He was relatable in every sense of the term, albeit a bit annoying at times with his incessant ramblings.  That just added to the character.  He comes off a bit strong, and even uncomfortable in his approach to Adrian.  Now I won’t get into Adrian as I’m focusing on the boxers themselves, but she is Rocky’s backbone, and their relationship is fun to watch and build.  The build of getting to see him rise up to take on a challenge from the Boxing champion of the world, is a long but enjoyable journey starting with his bout against Spider Rico (who shows up later in the 6th film again).

Apollo Creed is a cocky type of character, but it’s hard to hate him.  He has used his fame to give a nobody a chance.  Although he wins by split decision, he knows he was underestimate Rocky.  This is where ROCKY 2 comes in for the rematch.  My problem with the first movie is that Rocky doesn’t guard his head at all.  I boxed for a short time, and know that leaving yourself open the way he does in the first film makes for quick matches.  This was slightly corrected in the second movie, and the fight is a bit closer to realistic.  Apollo, despite being angry at Rocky throughout the film still respects the man.

We will skip ROCKY 3’s opening match with Hulk Hogan’s “Thunderlips,” because although entertaining it’s obviously done with humor, and not to be taken seriously.  On to Clubber Lang.  Now the movies have gone from boxers for sport to having a real bad guy, and it works.  Mr. T is way more intimidating than Apollo was, but having Apollo at Rocky’s side as trainer brings a nice full circle to it all.  And yes the beach scene with them training is downright hilariously cheesy, but when you’ve got “Eye of the Tiger” playing you can’t lose.  Literally in this case.

ROCKY 4 takes a drastic turn here by killing off the still pompous Apollo Creed.  I meanCPVC6752[1] we haven’t recovered from Mickey’s death yet, and another favorite bites the dust.  There is purpose though because it fuels the hate for the seemingly unstoppable Ivan Drago.  Of all the series, this one was always my favorite because it had my attention as a kid and stayed with me.  It’s now my son’s favorite of them all as well.

ROCKY 5 is definitely the low point of the series, but it’s not one you should skip.  Tommy “The Machine” Gunn is a turd right from the start, but that’s not what these films are all about.  It’s about Rocky’s struggle with returning to a normal life after being told he has brain damage, losing his house, and being betrayed by a kid he takes in as his own.  It also shows the heart of fatherhood, and how he doesn’t realize he is failing with his son, by taking in this other youth.  In the end it sorts out well for the Balboa family, or so it seems.  The street fight with Balboa and Gunn is probably what turned people off the most.  It isn’t really a boxing story, despite having that as a root element.  Still, it’s fun to watch the beat down.

ROCKY BALBOA was an unexpected return to the series over a decade later, and it makes up for what 5 wasn’t in plot.  Rocky’s wife Adrian is dead, his best friend Paulie  loses his job, his son Robert Jr does what he can to get out of his father’s shadow, and Rocky deals with a lonely life of pain while managing a restaurant.  When I saw this in the theater I was overjoyed at having the character return, but in rewatching it I realize how it doesn’t quite hold up as well as the older ones.  Sure, it’s one of the best stories about Rocky’s life, but I’m talking about the fight.  Rocky jumping back into the ring at 60 years old is a bit of a stretch.  Even the training sequences show that he’s no way near as in peak shape as he used to be.  His body just can’t do what it used to.  Still, watching him trade blows with Mason “The Line” Dixon was fun enough.  The much older boxer was able to prove that age shouldn’t hold you down from what you enjoy, and the younger boxer was able to prove to the world that he could handle an icon and isn’t just fighting nobodies.

Now comes CREED, and just when you think the franchise might get stale, we have a successful reboot that brings the saga to a whole new generation.  For one, I hope it keeps going, because Adonis Johnson Creed is a very likeable character in much the same way that Rocky is.  I find the fight with “Pretty Ricky” Conlan an entertaining enough bout.  Apollo Creed’s son seems to have his father’s footwork and some of Rocky’s power.  It’s the best of both worlds making each new match feel unique.  I love the throwbacks and references, I hate Pretty Ricky because he’s a punk, and even more so I love that Rocky fights once again (though this time against cancer and not an opponent in the ring).  The ending is touching, and brings everything full circle.  Rocky is the new Mick, and Adonis “Donnie” is the new Rocky.

Speaking of Mickey “Mick” Goldmill, I could easily see a prequel movie about the rise of Jewish boxers in Philadelphia.  I have a great story idea that would be a perfect tie in to the franchise featuring a younger Mick, but be separated enough to be something totally new.  Call me, Sly!

This franchise is about heart, never giving up, and dealing with the struggles of life.  It can’t get any more real than that.  After watching the movies, I took my family down to the Art Museum in Philly to run the steps, pose with the Rocky statue, and see the sights.  I didn’t even realize that Rocky’s (Stallone’s) footprints are there.  My wife grabbed this shot of the city from the top of the steps with the plaque.  It was fun to see countless people doing the same thing that we did, and it’s still over 40 years since the original movie came out.

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Photo credit: Roberta Pipito @homemadedelish.  Rocky’s footprints at the top of the art museum steps looking out over Philadelphia.

I’ll do a review of CREED 2 when it comes out in October of this year.  If you haven’t heard, Ivan Drago is returning sure to put up an interesting interaction between him and Rocky, while Donnie Creed takes on Drago’s son.

What do you think of this series?  Which one is your favorite?  Do you want to see it continue for years to come?  Chime in with your thoughts below.


Review: The Gifted season 1

The_Gifted_TV_title_cardA freshman season of a superhero tv show that isn’t horrible?  That could never happen, right?  Wrong.  The Gifted made its way in for 13 episodes of really compelling story telling.  This is tied in to the already existing X-Men movies, but does a great job of distancing itself.

I do have to clarify the timeline a little.  This story takes place as Blink and Thunderbird first meet, but in the new timeline established at the end of Days of Future Past.  Confused yet?  I’m not done.  If you recall, Blink and Warbird (Thunderbird’s brother) were characters in DOFP, so this is a really great way to connect the films to the show.  Let’s add in that it seems to take place before Logan, but after the (SPOILER ALERT) X-Men and Brotherhood are apparently killed off by Xavier’s out of control powers referenced in the Logan movie.

So the show plays out with an underground network of mutants trying to survive in a world that hates them.  They don’t know what happened to the X-Men or Brotherhood, but it no longer matters.  Sentinel Services is on their backs.  The organization is tied to Trask industries, but they have acknowledged that the giant robot sentinels were an issue in the past (Days of Future Past), and have moved to smaller robotic drones and hound mutants (brainwashed mutants) to help them.

Comic characters Pulse, Dreamer, Trader, Fenris, and Evangeline Whedon play small roles, while a brand new character Eclipse takes center stage as one of the co-leaders of the mutant underground.

The season plays out a little slow at times, but builds as it goes, and doesn’t make the mistake of harboring on one story line or cliffhangers for too long.  It does have a theme throughout the season, which seems to be resolved at the end.  (More Spoilers)  Polaris seems to be following in her father’s footsteps (Magneto) and joining the Hellfire Club with the Stepford Cuckoos.  The remaining mutants are homeless with nowhere to go.  Presumably they will take refuge in the sewers and become the Morlocks of comic fame, but that is something for season 2 to tackle.  And I’m hoping Dr. Campbell is not dead (He’s Ahab in the comics, so I’m sure he’ll be back in some form.)

What we have is a great X-Men B-list of mutants and humans who are surrounded by decent story telling.  The great part of the show, however, is the Strucker family.  Not only is their back story very deeply rooted in the source material, but they are characters you care about.  All four of them really steal the show along with Agent Turner of the Sentinel Services.  They are believable (at least their situations) and solid all around.  The comic book connections are just icing on an already good cake.

I can’t wait to see what season 2 brings, as it looks to be more related to the comic books, but until then this was a good breath of fresh air for the superhero genre on TV.  I give The Gifted first season, 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think?  Where do you think it will go from here?  Chime in with your comments below.


Review: Crisis on Earth X (TV crossover)

supergirl-crisis-on-earth-x-cover-imageWhen watching any of the CW DC comics shows you have to keep in mind the network that they are on.  The writers are targeting a single market, and alienating others.  People who have been fans of the comics and these characters for years (myself included) will often cringe at some of the decisions made by the writers.  Children that should be able to watch a comic book show just simply can’t because they are all too adult oriented.  And if you’ve got a political view that isn’t what the writers want to push, then you’ll be dissatisfied as well.  These are shows aimed at millennials, and I’m not using that in a negative term towards that generation.  I get a network wanting to appeal to a certain audience, but as a man who went to school for learning how to gain an audience, I know it isn’t a wise decision to exclude any others.  If I were making a show I’d want it to reach as many people as possible (especially the long time fans and the next generation of youth).  Sadly, this isn’t the case with Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.

Anyone who has been following me for a while knows that I follow and watch these shows each week.  Do I do it because they are great?  No.  But there is a small element that gives me hope I will eventually see what I know the DC comics shows could be.  After this crossover it could go either way.

Stay with me a moment while I explain.  When Supergirl was in its freshman season it was lacking a budget, but the stories were told well.  Then it was moved to the CW, and it became something entirely different.  It got rid of good characters and changed the sexuality of another.  It went from focusing on Kara Zor-El of Krypton to focusing on love lives.  This wouldn’t be a bad thing if it was done right, but the problem is none of the dialogue in the relationships is realistic, and the scenarios feel forced if not acted out.

I preface with that because that is EXACTLY what we got in this crossover.  Now, I’m not entirely hating because there were good things about it.  For example:  The Nazi Earth storyline, the death of beloved character Martin Stein, the return of Red Tornado, Barry and Iris finally getting married, and some pretty fun action scenes to watch with all the shows’ characters coming together in a Justice League B-Team sort of way.

But that is about it.  The rest is riddled with plot holes that make no sense, corny moments, ridiculous relationship moments, and a forced political message.  Let’s skip the corny moments because they can be forgiven, and talk about the plot holes…

Plot hole 1, 2, and 3: If Nazis won World War II and ruled another Earth, then why is the sky Red there?  It’s still Earth right?  And to add to that history would have been entirely changed.  There’s a good chance that Oliver Queen wouldn’t even exist.  Even IF that was possible how would he have become the Fuhrer?  Is he a descendant of some high ranking German officer?  That wouldn’t make sense either considering his family’s legacy.  Not to mention that all existing character dopplegangers should have looked much different, whether it be facial hair, lipstick or whatever.  Something would be different.

Plot hole 4: The Nazis have a wave rider.  Why wouldn’t they use it to travel back in time on Earth One and change things?  Instead they use it to attack civilians running in panic.  It’s instead portrayed as less a doomsday weapon that Overgirl was.

Plot hole 5: Overgirl or Nazi Supergirl exploding also made no sense.  The yellow sun powers her and Supergirl.  Why would flying close to it irradiate her heart and cause her to be dying?  Is this a lost plotline from Superman IV: The Quest For Peace?  Even that movie had less plot holes.

Plot hole 6: How did this Nazi army do anything to stay in power.  It seems that they aren’t very loyal to taking commands.  When their Fuhrer says, “Kill them,” multiple times, they just march forward.  They have automatic weapons in their hands.  All they had to do to listen to orders was to aim and fire.  Sure, there would have been some bullet proof people or those who could avoid the barrage of projectiles, but the Nazis would have at least tried.  And they would have succeeded in killing a few.  Instead we get a group fist fight with little to no guns being used, but lots of superpowers.

Plot hole 7: If Earth One is the Ray’s real home and Earth X is Citizen Cold’s real home, then why would Cold stay on One, and Ray return to X?  Relationship aside, this makes no sense whatsoever.

Plot hole 8: Why is Thawne on Earth X?  And to top it off, why is he even taking orders?  He could easily kill evil Oliver, and outrun Supergirl to other worlds.  This just seems stupid.

Plot hole 9, 10 & 11: These are less plot holes and more of unanswered issues, but who was the girl holding the drinks at the wedding?  She acted like she knew Barry and is obviously someone from the future, but who?  This doesn’t fit in a crossover episode, but should have been in a Flash episode.  We have no answer at the conclusion of this arc though and are left wondering.  Red Tornado’s return was much better than he appeared before, but are him and Metallo now dead?  They both exploded as if they were just henchmen, and I’m still left wanting more of both for Supergirl or whatever show they fit in.  Martin Stein’s death leaves another unanswered thing in his wake.  Will Jax be useless from now on?  My guess is that Stein’s daughter will be able to bond with Jax because of genetic code, and I’d be fine with that.  There is a down side to this… it will become yet another relationship to watch on these shows.

That takes us to the relationship part of all of this… Straight or gay it doesn’t matter… the way they were written in felt forced and didn’t make anyone care at all for them.  In fact, the only relationship that anyone should care about in this crossover is disrespected.

Relationship 1: Nazi Oliver and Nazi Supergirl – I actually enjoyed this one.  It was as much a shock as it was to see Tommy Merlin appear as Prometheus, and it was executed quite well.  The only down side is that this chemistry feels off for a so called dictator and a goddess of another world.  It weakens their status and while they can and should love each other no matter how evil, it is something that would be done in private, not in public.

Relationship 2: Alex and White Canary – Let’s take the whiniest indecisive character (Alex) and focus more on her fake love life.  They spent a season of Supergirl making me hate this character and it wasn’t because she was gay, but because her love life didn’t seem authentic.  Everything with her and Maggie was forced from bad dialogue to interactions.  So it’s not a surprise when it carries over to hear, and even the characters feel funny about it in the show.  Then they put her with White Canary, who at this point must have every STD in the history of mankind.  How many women has she slept with throughout history and NOT affected the time line?  It’s been way too many to count or make sense.  This was my final straw for both these characters, especially Alex.  They need to kill her off already because she brings nothing to the show.  White Canary is fine when she is acting like a leader, but how disrespectful can you be at a friend’s wedding rehearsal to just ignore the bride and groom because you want a one night stand?  ugh.

Relationship 3: Barry and Iris –  Poor Barry and Iris.  This is one relationship I really care about.  I want to see them together, and when they get their chance at a wedding it is all about everyone else and not them (including the point where they get married finally).  Thankfully they had their moment, but the writers royally screwed them in the process.  It’s a slap in the face to the actors and characters.

Relationship 4: Oliver and Felicity – WTF?!  Any respect I had for Felicity is gone after that crap she pulled.  Some best friends you are if you can’t even respect their wedding.  But no… instead of Green Arrow and Black Canary we get Ollicity… a forced and unsteady relationship that just shows why many marriages end up in divorce.  They have no respect for what should matter (the wedding of their friends).

Relationship 5: The Ray and Citizen Cold – I get that the Ray is a gay character.  I get that the actor playing Captain Cold is gay as well.  What I don’t get is why we had to see this portrayed so forcibly.  Put all the sexuality aside and it really doesn’t make sense.  Two people in love supposedly, but the one is in prison camp.  The other finally shows up to help out?  How long did that take?  Then they kiss, and there is a drastic change in the mannerisms of Citizen Cold.  He goes from being cool and badass to almost acted out like he’s prancing around and smiling all the time.  I mean they quite literally stereotyped him right there and changed the character mid scene.  Then the end comes and they just decide that they aren’t going to be together on the same Earth?  WTF?

This brings me to my final point.  The CW is trying very hard to get across a few political messages.  Whether you love or hate what is going on in the world, the last place I want to see politics is on a show I want to see.  Television is supposed to be a relief from the corruption and political bullcrap that is our current real society.  The constant push to make comments like “Make America Aryan again” just doesn’t bring anything to the show.  And the primary focus to be on relationships that seem way more forced than natural (gay or straight) comes off as more a message than anything else.

Extra questions I’m left with are “Where is the Hall of Justice introduced in last season’s crossover Invasion?” and “If this world was such a threat then why didn’t they recruit Martian Manhunter and Superman into it, not to mention the rest of the Time Bureau?”

We will see how the rest of the individual shows work out when I do my review at the end of the seasons, but for this crossover it is one you can easily skip.  I’ll give it 2 out of 5 sCrypt ratings, and that really comes down to a good concept and cool characters being screwed by poor writing and nonsense.

What did you think of Crisis on Earth X?  I’d love to hear if I’m the only one who felt this way or you agree.


Review: Inhumans TV series

marvel-inhumansI won’t spend much time on this because it has already sucked the life out of me.  I watched every episode hoping for some pay off, but to no avail.  Here’s the basic gist…

  • Heroic characters who can’t use their abilities (Medusa gets her hair cut off and Blackbolt is too powerful to show his powers more than three times.)
  • Other heroic characters who are not well developed (Lockjaw the dog with horrible CGI, Crystal the teenage girl who could have stopped the problem on her own, but didn’t for some reason, Gorgon the man who you never actually see his hooved legs clearly, and Triton who dies and then is suddenly not dead because of a plan that no one really knows about even when it is revealed.)
  • A villain who is basically more hero than the heroes (Maximus is portrayed in just that way, so at the end it almost feels as if the bad guys have won, even though it shouldn’t)
  • Karnak was enjoyable to watch, but every scene he was in felt like it brought his character down.
  • Atillan, the city on the moon, was the best thing about the show and even that gets destroyed at the end.
  • And the Inhumans are now on Earth, so will they cameo in Agents of SHIELD or will we forget about them entirely?  If they do cameo, then I hope its done in a way to completely not refer to this show at all because I’m trying hard to forget.

I hate to be the bringer of bad news.  I’m not one of those comic nerds who sit in their basement and act like keyboard warriors hating all things done.  If anything I’m the opposite.  I’m a fan who grew up reading this stuff and am happy to see it on screen, and most of the time forgive the “problems” others have with it all.  This was the exception.  It was just boring from start to finish, and had no climax at all.

This officially marks the lowest score I’ve ever given to a show or movie, and I feel a pang of guilt for doing it, but I have to be honest.  I give this show a 0.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings, and that’s only because a zero would mean I hadn’t watched it.

What did you think?  Have you seen Marvel’s Inhumans?  Am I being too harsh?  Chime in with your comments.