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#1402 Dec 04 2017 at 8:25 AM Rating: Good
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SHIELD: Definitely a good start. I'm under no delusion that Mary Sue Poots destroyed the world, at least not intentionally, but it is nice considering she's basically always the low point of every season so now the extras have as much a reason to dislike her as I do. Enjoyed Mack spazzing over stereotypes. The whole splitting up scene had me giggling.

They brought the Framework back, so I'm betting Aida (or a reasonable facsimile/another LMD) shows up to tell the group what happened to Fitz and the world in two or three episodes, and then Ghost Rider to take vengeance for what happened to the world.


So I saw Justice League finally. I don't think I can really add more than what anyone else has said. The CG work on Cavill's face to hide his moustache made him look like Robbie Rotten from Lazytown during closeups, and there was like ... no civilians in the world. Outside the little Russian-ish girl and her family, a few people under Gotham Harbor and the Daily Planet, there wasn't really any people. I know one of the complaints about Man of Steel was the collateral damage, and I thought they addressed that nicely in BvS where Batman actively moved the fight someplace that could handle the damage, but then Justice League rolls around and they're alledgedly trying to evacuate a city during the energy tentacles attack, so Flash is Speedforcing the one family out of city limits, looks to the right and there's Superman stealing an entire empty apartment complex. I'm not sure if the rest of the audience was laughing for the same reason that I was at that point.

The "just one" pep speech Batman gave Flash at the beginning of the movie was pretty good though I don't think it should have been Batman giving it, and there's certainly no denying the scene where the League is fighting Robbie Superman and he stares down Flash in Speedforce time was above and beyond neat, but other than that the movie was overall average. Painfully so. Someone gathers the team, their first mission is questionably successful, there is a misunderstanding and the heroes fight, the misunderstanding is settled and they pool their strengths and become a team, defeating the big bad. It's literally the most common plot in comic books, and most team movies in general.

And really, that's what hurts the movie the most. It's the Justice League. DC's top characters, creating their premiere team, and it's just ... average? No, that's just wrong.

Deathstroke showing up during the end credit scene was neat, that was quickly wrecked by EisenLuthor showing up as well. Flash and Supes racing had to be a Whedon scene, and that was nice at least so I'll say the end credits pretty much canceled each other out.


Edited, Dec 4th 2017 9:28am by lolgaxe
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#1403 Dec 04 2017 at 7:16 PM Rating: Good
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I'm going to post this now because I know I'll forget it otherwise... But in the first 3 minutes of Lucifer there is one line that REALLY bugs me.

"But what came first, do Angels' powers shape their personality or are your personalities shaped by your powers."

That... was not said correctly. Cause those two options are the same thing. Obviously should have been "Personalities shape Powers or Power shape Personalities".

Unless she was playing a game there with Lucifer, but he didn't even acknowledge the misuse.


Will have to remember to update after the night is over.

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I realize I may have missed an Episode. I don't recall anything before Gifted back on the 20th, but I guess there was something.

Edited, Dec 4th 2017 8:33pm by TirithRR
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#1404 Dec 05 2017 at 7:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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Now I'm not sure if I like shows coming out in parts like this and The Tick...

Speaking of, did the second half of The Tick ever come out?

I finally got around to seeing Dr. Strange last night since he was bopping around the Infinity War trailer and I figured I may as well know who he is. It was... okay, I guess. I was generally entertained while watching it but don't feel as though I'd tell someone "You gotta see this". The story felt rushed and I wasn't super impressed with Cumberbatch. The humor felt flat and the chemistry between him and McAdams was close to non-existent (though not as bad at Portman in Thor). This all sounds like I hated it but I didn't; it was a Marvel movie with special effects and a decent enough story and people overcoming obstacles For Great Justice. Mostly, it just felt like "We need to get this out of the way so we can put Strange in our big movies".
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#1405 Dec 05 2017 at 8:26 AM Rating: Good
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TirithRR wrote:
I don't recall anything before Gifted back on the 20th, but I guess there was something.
Not sure. There was a break last week for Fox's shows, which I imagine was because of the CW's crossover event.
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Speaking of, did the second half of The Tick ever come out?
February 23rd for the back half. Feels ridiculously excessive. Like I'll have to binge rewatch the first half to recap, and that just defeats the purpose of spreading it out like that.

Happy! kicks off tomorrow on SyFy. Only read the first two chapters of the book, but if it's even half as messed up as that then the show should be worth the watch.

Edited, Dec 5th 2017 9:55am by lolgaxe
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Sheesh. I thought the second half was supposed to be late 2017. That does feel ridiculous, especially for five or six 30-min episodes.
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#1407 Dec 05 2017 at 6:16 PM Rating: Good
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Gifted: It feels kind of "rewritey" the way they are going back and showing how close the siblings are. Prior to this reveal I didn't really get the impression that they were so close. Now they are looking all lovey-dovey at each other where if we didn't know they were brother/sister we'd assume they were starting a blossoming love story insert Incestuous source material here.. Kind of a nice twist that the one with destructive powers is the one that doesn't want to destroy, and the one with shielding/containing powers is the one that wants to go all ape sh on their enemies and obliterate everything.

Supergirl: Poor Talbot, being little more than a source of cliche chauvinist lines. "Wouldn't be the first time a crazy woman attacked a powerful man. Smiley: oyvey

It feels odd seeing Kara going "under the knife" so to speak after just having watched Justice League: Doom on SciFi before the movie released. Where Superman is shot with a kryptonite bullet and the only way get it out was by using a kryptonite laser scalpel. I mean, they haven't shown her actually being cut by human means, but still feels weird that no one said anything during the whole hospital scene.
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#1408 Dec 05 2017 at 8:09 PM Rating: Good
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I don't think I want to wait to declare tonight's episode of Legends of Tomorrow as the single greatest cape related live action production to ever be created ever.
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#1409 Dec 05 2017 at 10:00 PM Rating: Good
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Flash, brought to you by Microsoft Surface: I laughed a bit more at Snow Cone than I probably really meant to.

That ending... after things had mellowed down. Devoe's wife is going to flip on him though. Apparently she doesn't like the idea of going black? Poor new guy though. I don't know which would be worse. If his mind was just erased as Devoe took over, or if he had swapped, and was then murdered by new-Devoe.

But I liked the jokes there at the end as I thought the episode was over.

Wells: That's not a breakup cube.
[few funny moments later]
Sisco: Mind if I take this...
Joe: To your house?


Going to have to watch the Legends episode tonight before bed now, rather than waiting til tomorrow morning.

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Legends, less than 5 minutes in, and a great start.

I think the first 1/4th of the episode was probably the best. The Back to the Future reference played out well enough. Definitely need more Muppet Stein.

Will be interesting to find out who Mallus is. And I hope they make good use of Constantine. Cause I don't think their last use of him was that great.

Edited, Dec 6th 2017 12:04am by TirithRR
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#1410 Dec 06 2017 at 9:23 AM Rating: Good
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Legends, less than 5 minutes in, and a great start.
Vikings worshiping a Tickle Me Elmo had me in tears laughing. Grodd as Genghis Kong, Jax as Jax on Mortal Kombat 2, even the MCU crossover with Darhke as Odin were icing on that delicious Beebo Day Cake. Agents of SHIELD has it's funny moments, but Legends just don't give a damn anymore and it's letting them take these great risks.

I think Flash's end would have been more powerful if Barry hadn't let an invalid blow up and drown a few scenes earlier. Still bizarre that he didn't at least get rid of the evidence. He's a forensic scientist working for the police, he'd know how to clean up a crime scene. No blood, no murder weapon, room full of witnesses at Joe's Christmas party. He'd be out of holding in less than 24 hours.

The talks between Disney and Fox are still going on apparently, and Chris Evans spoke up about it. Specifically that he'd like to see a crossover with Captain America and the Human Torch. And let's face some facts here, tons of people would pay good money to see Chris Evans play with himself.

Edited, Dec 6th 2017 2:03pm by lolgaxe
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#1411 Dec 06 2017 at 8:12 PM Rating: Decent
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SHIELD: Why didn't the "roaches" show up after we meet the Kree? It sounded like they were still very active in the colony.


I got the impression that only some of the outer levels of the space station (if we can call it that) are infested. They mentioned a few times about those areas being off limits, dangerous, etc. Presumably because of the roaches.

I'm hoping there's a lot more to the story than we've seen so far. Because at this point, outside of mustache twirling villainy, I see more or less zero motivation or value for the Kree to be bothering to do any of this. I'm reasonably certain it costs them more time and resources to maintain a human population in space just to harvest stuff from the planet (if that's what they're doing?), than they could ever get. And if it was just about harvesting stuff, I've got to believe that an advanced space faring race would have much better and more efficient means than "build haphazard space station, stick inferior humans on it, and use them as a slave labor force to harvest a tiny amount more stuff over time than they consume".

Assuming there's some other reason for all of this, it'll be interesting to see what it is. We know that the Kree are responsible for creating the inhumans (at least one faction of them at some point in the past). So maybe they're doing something having to do with that? Maybe there's something in the area? Just not sure what they actually need the people for. Also, it's unclear who/what the guy who sent them to the future was, or what his motivation was.


Still seems pretty darn interesting to me. The one concern I always have with stories like this though, is that they are innately doomed to be zero change outcomes. The whole point of the arc is to prevent something that might have happened from actually happening, which can be interesting, but can also be disappointing from a progressive story telling pov. "Everything goes back to how it was" is fun for an episode, or a short arc, but if it's a whole season, that can be a series killer.

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#1412 Dec 06 2017 at 11:00 PM Rating: Good
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Happy!

Ya? It was definitely something. It is weird seeing Elliot from SVU in the role. (That being the only other thing I believe I've seen the actor in).

Some good laughs, lots of blood, gore, ***, nudity (With "CENSORED!" in the style of the title over it).

What kind of idiot attempts to smash a hooker's head in with a hammer, while his penis is inside her mouth? The kind of idiot that wears a cockroach lobster Prawn suit while being serviced...

Mob-Torture's "I'm going to cut your penis off". Slowly, one slice at a time, like salami. His response? That's going to take you a while, if you get what I mean.


And during the limited commercials, there was a teaser... for the trailer... for the next Jurassic World movie. Which according to the trailer's teaser will be coming tomorrow.

And then I read online that Ryan Reynolds is going to be in a Pokemon based movie as "Detective Pikachu". But reading about the "story" and it seemed to remind me more of a relationship between the Pink Panther Cartoon and Movies.
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#1413 Dec 07 2017 at 8:49 AM Rating: Good
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What kind of idiot attempts to smash a hooker's head in with a hammer, while his penis is inside her mouth? The kind of idiot that wears a cockroach lobster Prawn suit while being serviced...
Honestly I was more surprised that scene even made it into the show, considering it's SyFy. In fact, outside of confirming that Happy wasn't simply a hallucination the show followed the book pretty closely. It's like the anti-Preacher, where basically nothing but the rarest moments makes it into the show.

Jack Dylan Grazer will be joining Zachery Levi on Shazam! as Billy's best friend Freddy Freeman.

First look at Sophia Turner as Phoenix on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Also from the same article Jessica Chastain as "otherworldly shapeshifter who comes into contact with Phoenix." So, you know, Skrull.

Guess that Jurassic World trailer is scheduled for tonight, but as the trend goes there's another teaser for it.


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#1414 Dec 07 2017 at 10:19 AM Rating: Good
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I've not been exposed to a lot of Shazam stuff, but the only thing I can think of now is the scene in Flashpoint Paradox where Flashpoint Wonder Woman forces him to revert back to the kids with the lasso, then murders at least the main one (Billy?) and I assume the rest off screen before Barry fixes everything. It was probably one of my favorite scenes from that movie.
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#1415 Dec 08 2017 at 8:22 AM Rating: Good
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Gotham: Penguin is in the middle of a police station, threatening to kill them all, and they just escort him out the door? They could have just literally just arrested him then and there. That's one to three years per officer that heard it, plus you can tack on some terrorist charges. I mean, I get it, story purposes it's cooler to have the guns blazing and all. Also it's Gotham. The GCPD aren't exactly the brightest bikes at the picnic. Alfred knocking the **** out of Bruce was great.

David Tennant will be returning for Jessica Jones' next season. Most likely as a hallucination, but who cares? The Purple (Dressed) Man was the best part of the first season.

That Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom trailer. Personally, not really impressed.


Alita: Battle Angel trailer. Jesus Christ those eyes.


Edited, Dec 8th 2017 3:10pm by lolgaxe
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#1416 Dec 08 2017 at 8:38 AM Rating: Good
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That Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom trailer. Personally, not really impressed.


Dinosaur Refugees. Just because some of them want to devour us doesn't mean we shouldn't help the rest!
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#1417 Dec 08 2017 at 4:32 PM Rating: Decent
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That Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom trailer. Personally, not really impressed.


Dinosaur Refugees. Just because some of them want to devour us doesn't mean we shouldn't help the rest!


Clearly, we need a travel ban. And a wall. And we must make them pay for it!
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#1418 Dec 08 2017 at 6:18 PM Rating: Good
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Gotham: Totally not Joker is the Joker now? I guess since he died, was defaced, reborn, and refaced, he's a different person now so original "Not Joker" is actually correct?



As for Alita... Holy CGI-balls.
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New trailer for Ready Player One which includes an Overwatch character because of course it does.


Spielberg said that he wasn't including his film properties in the movie with a few choice important exceptions (such as the Delorean) so I guess no Indiana Jones/Gremlins/Goonies/ET references.

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#1420 Dec 11 2017 at 12:19 PM Rating: Good
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Spielberg said that he wasn't including his film properties in the movie with a few choice important exceptions (such as the Delorean) so I guess no Indiana Jones/Gremlins/Goonies/ET references.
Well, Ernest Cline confirmed he's working on a sequel (Ready Player Two?), so if the first movie blows up and the second book becomes a movie he'll be more inclined to license out Jones and ET.

The Golden Globe nominations have been released into the wild, and as expected comic book movies didn't make the list. And amusingly, there's a ton of "outrage" over Wonder Woman getting "snubbed" in every category.

Black Panther international trailer. Some new footage, if that's your thing. Personally, I only ever really watch the first trailer of any movie I'm interested in.
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Blargh.

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Spielberg said that he wasn't including his film properties in the movie with a few choice important exceptions (such as the Delorean) so I guess no Indiana Jones/Gremlins/Goonies/ET references.
Well, Ernest Cline confirmed he's working on a sequel (Ready Player Two?), so if the first movie blows up and the second book becomes a movie he'll be more inclined to license out Jones and ET.

I don't think licensing was a factor, he basically said that he didn't want to be seen as fanboy'ing his own properties in the film and he thought 80s culture was deep enough that he didn't need to use those.

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#1423 Dec 12 2017 at 8:25 AM Rating: Good
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Lucifer: Confirmed that new guy is bad guy. Was pretty obvious the whole time, just didn't know who he'd turn out to be. Kane could be fun. I like that they didn't make Lucifer go into panic-mode when he didn't revive right away. Played more on Lucifer being very confident of his knowledge rather than just making a wild ass guess.

Only got to watch the first 45 minutes of Gifted mid season finale before having to leave for work. It was very obvious that the Fenris kids would bang up that Adamantite wall pretty bad. But I had suspected that they'd just telekinesis their powers onto the other side of the wall and blow **** up there instead. Also, "Hey, this stuff is indestructible... but we can machine and fabricate it into a wall coating and junk. Totally mutant power proof though." Guess I'll find out after work when I finish the last 15 minutes.

My Mom and Dad want to see Star Wars 8 with me and my brother, but with my grandmother out of kidney surgery she can't be left alone for any period of time (even though she's doing very well). My mom wants us to wait for 3 weeks... but I want to see it this weekend. I think I may just go this weekend by myself and keep quiet about it, then go see it with them when they get around to it for the family-thing.

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#1424 Dec 12 2017 at 9:11 AM Rating: Good
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I think I may just go this weekend by myself and keep quiet about it
You might as well. Most other places I haunt have people "leaking spoilers" for it so the sooner you see it the better. I like Star Wars enough, but it just isn't my thing to rush to see.

Lucifer: The new guy being a villain was pretty telegraphed. The way they revealed it wasn't half bad though.

The Gifted: I wasn't expecting the Stepford Cuckoos. The show is kind of average, but it's reference game is pretty epic. Adamantium shingles with wireless router antennas looked silly, which makes me appreciate the special effects even more. That's where their budget is going, and I'm okay with that. Which I also think is going to happen as Agents of SHIELD continues: I'm hoping that since they're kind of centralized in one location now they're going to use the money they used in other seasons for location shots for power effects.

The Disney / Fox deal is looking to be entering it's final phases, as Comcast has bowed out of talks. Rumors are that the final part of the negotiations is dealing with the Fantastic Four IP. Which makes sense, Kevin Feige recently said that the future of the MCU in regards to Phase 4 and beyond was going to be in space, and most of the notable space villains are F4 related, and the rest are X-Men.
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The negotiations should be about who has to take/keep F4. That whole cinema franchise feels like it's cursed to stink on ice. Speaking as a non-comics person, the characters are boring and the elastic man thing works in The Incredibles where it's animated but just looks silly when actualized as "reality". Barring them finding someone super charismatic who can pull-off making Reed interesting based solely on force of personality, I don't see it ever working.
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I've liked the plastic man on CW's Flash so far. But his character is nothing like Reed even if his powers are similar. Even if it was GotG'd, I can't imagine Reed being much of a comedic personality in the Marvel Universe. And I can't see them making his smart persona much more interesting than had been attempted in the first movies. (I did like the first ones more than that reboot failure).

I guess the best option is just taking villains. Unless the post Infinity Gauntlet route explores another movie build up of the F4 characters with a lot of development to make them interesting. But that seems like a lot of work on a very poorly received, and likely to be still poorly received, set of characters.
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