So I am still working on the theory that Mr. Robot (as played by Christian Slater) is a divergent personality of Elliot. This episode made that theory a little more difficult to accept because Mr. Robot DOES directly address others a lot more this episode, but only when Elliot was inactive as a character, so we will see.
Working off that theory however.. It leads one to see that Elliot is attempting to channel Mr. Robot in his social interactions. Elliot has not problem with lying to anyone, but when it comes to the more sophisticated stuff, Mr. Robot has to coach him, (and Elliot screws it up anyways.. hey, he’s new at this).
This episode “eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmv” is all about malware. The things that make us vulnerable. Mr. Robot may be Elliot’s malware. Elliot supposes that he is Tyrell Wellwick’s malware. We see, character by character, what makes them vulnerable. The exception to this is Angela. She had a vulnerability and she dealt with it almost immediately, making her a much stronger character than I had given her credit for. She just might be the hero of this little story.
Its another great story and I know I am leaving a lot out of this article like Darlene’s plight and Fernando’s incarceration. It however is currently the most complex and weakest of the stories thus far. I have to give it an 8 out of 10. Still great, but for the first time, it didn’t blow my mind.
Maybe I am getting used to great stories as the norm? What do you think? Are you still impressed by the smartest show on tv? Let us know in the comments!
This week has been a total geek-out week for me in the Secret Wars.
The first story I’m going to talk about is Siege, featuring mutant / alien hybrid Abigail Brand.
Let me just go off on a tangent here and tell you why I’m geeking out about this: Abigail was created by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday as part of the Astonishing X-Men series, which is, in my opinion, the best ever X-Men comic series. She’s also usually in charge of S.W.O.R.D.; the organisation that protects Earth against interplanetary threats.
Oh, and she makes Nick Fury seem warm and cuddly.
In this story, Abigail is in charge of defending a portion of the Shield wall that separates the realms of Doom from the Wasteland. When the story begins, she’s been in the job for ten years, and she’s working with, among others, America Chavez (exiled to the Shield in A-Force 01), Ben Grimm, the Endless Summers (a group of Cyclops clones), and her soon-to-be-replaced second in command, Leah (Loki‘s BFF). She also had Leonardo DaVinci working with her. The enemy for this portion of the Shield is an endless army of giant Ant-Men.
Abigail’s snark and Leah’s sarcasm make this comic very readable, and the portent delivered at the end makes me wish the next issue was out now!
The second comic that I want to talk about this week is the Guardians of Knowhere.
Marvel’s space travelling heroes have been conspicuous in their absence thus far in the Secret Wars, but now we get a chance to look above the Battleworld and into Knowhere. Doom‘s revised history is that a celestial being came to make the Battleworld its own, but was destroyed by Doom. Now, the skull of this gigantic creature is in orbit around the Battleworld, and there are many myths of it being a world of aliens.
Of course, the myths aren’t really myths. The story starts out with Angela searching for Gamora, which leads to a confrontation with Drax – A confrontation halted by a Black Vortex powered Gamora. Just as Angela and Gamora start to talk, Rocket provides a distraction and the Guardians get away.
Gamora’s cosmic powers have given her some insight into the Battleworld. She doesn’t believe in Doom. She thinks he doesn’t exist, much to Rocket’s chagrin, and just as the conversation gets interesting, someone else comes to destroy Drax. To find out more, go read!
Finally, I’m going to talk about Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders.
No, I didn’t pick this one because I’m a Brit, it’s because it’s a fun world! It’s one where Tony Stark sacrificed himself in a cave in Vietnam so that Ho Yinsen (the guy who saved his life) could have the armoured suit instead. He became Rescue and built Yinsen City, dubbing all its residents as Defenders.
In the Battleworld, Ho Yinsen is the Baron of Yinsen City, and at his side is She-Hulk, who is also a Thor. She doesn’t have a hammer, though, she has a Gavel of Thor. When asked why, she shows her fists and says “Because I’ve got my hammers right here.”
Yinsen confides in Shulkie that he has been dreaming of Tony Stark’s sacrifice, but that can’t be possible because Stark is president of the Warzone. His thoughts lead to Shulkie reminding him of the laws against heresy (in a friendly “let’s pretend this conversation never happened” kind of way).
Shulkie (I just love that nickname!) goes off with Spider Hero (Spider-man with a cape? Edna Mode would not be impressed!) and Kid Rescue (Antonia Yinsen, Ho Yinsen’s daughter) to investigate a stranger approaching the unbreakable walls of Yinsen City. Unbreakable, that is, to anyone except the Excalibur wielding Dr. Faiza Hussain, the Captain Britain of Earth-61112 (sorry Brian Braddock fans).
A hell of a lot happens after she walks in – Doom appears, strips Shulkie of her Gavel of Thor, then starts a war in which Rescue is killed, and Captain Britain is captured. It’s definitely a thrilling comic!
The world that Captain Britain is taken to seems to be run by The Punisher, and has too many uncomfortable similarities to the Judge Dredd universe – Boss Cage is her captor, and he’s in a very Dredd-esque uniform, and the only way they caught her was by using Emma Frost‘s powers as part of the Psionic division. They’re skirting the edges of copyright here, and it leaves a sour note at the end of a great comic.
This week’s Secret Wars inspired a great deal of tangential reading on my part. It was the first I’d seen of Faiza Hussain, so I had to read up about her, and it was also inspiration to re-read a lot of Abigail Brand’s appearances. All in, a fun week!
What have you been reading this week? What’s been your favourite comic? Let me know in the comments!
Hello everyone, I’m back with another article but this time it isn’t a review, our Editor-In-Chief Matt Moore took care of that already, which you can find here. This article will be explaining why I absolutely loved Marvel’s Ant-Man and why I think it is the best Marvel movie so far.
Let’s start with what this movie actually is, a Heist Movie. Well actually it’s a heist movie with a superhero twist, which is extremely unusual for Marvel. Most of their movies have been straight up superhero movies, but this film is completely different, and even though that was a huge risk, it was done really well. I applaud everyone involved with Ant-Man’s production, you guys got yourself a classic on your hands, well done! And FYI, I definitely plan to see this movie in theaters at least one more time. Trust me, this movie most certainly deserves multiple viewings.
Now on to the characters, Paul Rudd. Paul Freaking Rudd! You sir were flawless as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. The casting director couldn’t have pick a better actor.
Paul Rudd was outstanding in the film, and he had great chemistry with everyone, and to the people that said that Scott Lang’s daughter was a plot device, I don’t see what you’re talking about. That kid was great, I had no issues with her whatsoever. And the same can be said about his ex-wife and her husband, both of them were believable, at least to me.
Now on to Michael Douglas. Let me just say I’m a fan of Michael Douglas to begin with, I’ve been a fan of his since I was a kid. So with him being in a superhero movie definitely contributed to my enjoyment. Aside from that, his performance as Hank Pym was without a single doubt in my mind was perfect. His mannerism and attitude towards the other characters were great. Same as Paul Rudd, amazing chemistry.
And now we have Evangeline Lilly, I was surprised by her performance in Ant-Man. I’m not saying she’s a terrible actor, in my honest opinion she has always been an okay actor to me. I mean no offense towards her, but I’m not going to lie and say she’s an amazing actor. But with that said, she did surprise me in Ant-Man. She was great, not amazing, but great. And in regards to her chemistry with the other actors, it wasn’t on par with Rudd or Douglas’s, but acceptable.
Now I’ve said that I consider this movie to be the best Marvel film yet, but that doesn’t mean it was perfect. A good example of one of the flaws in Ant-Man would be Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket.
This guy was the most predictable and cliché part of the entire film. He wasn’t terrible, just your typical cliché villain. I will admit though, the Yellowjacket suit was really cool. And I don’t really blame Corey Stoll for the predictability of his character, I blame the writers. He did the best that he could with what he had, and I can’t fault him for that.
Now on to the best part of the whole movie, Michael Peña as Luis.
Luis (Michael Peña)
Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal
© Marvel 2014
This guy was downright hilarious, whenever he was on screen, a few seconds later we’d be laughing our asses off. There was a couple of moments I wanted to stand up an clap my hands. Everyone was great in the film, but I would definitely come back to see the movie if it was only just for him. This guy probably had the best chemistry in the entire film, it worked really well with everything else going on and I definitely want to see him in the sequel.
And finally we have the references to the previous Marvel films. Some people may have worried that the references might have felt rushed or forced, and I can tell you right now, the references were placed into the film in a way that felt natural, you have nothing to worry about.
Okay then, that concludes my thoughts as to why I thought Marvel’s Ant-Man is the best Marvel movie to date. Do you agree with my thoughts? Disagree with them? Don’t really care? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our YouTube channel and take a look at our various discussion vidcasts, and so as I bring this article to a close I’d like to say thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time, Bye bye!
I was lucky enough to see a showing of Ant-Man the night before it opened and I am so glad I did. First off, I would like to point a few things out.
- While there is quite a bit of comedy involved, its not over the line like they it seems in the previews.
- As said repeatedly by the cast and crew, this is almost completely a heist movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- This is NOT the movie I was expecting, bridging between movies and affecting the overall storyline of the MCU. Rumors said it might be, its not.
It was however brilliant in its execution. It starts out slow, as an action movie should, and slowly builds up from there. There is no dip in the pacing of the movie. Although they are both origin movies, this is nothing like Iron Man. Ant-Man gets stronger and faster pace continually as the movie goes on. Nothing in this movie is extraneous or feels left out (unlike Avengers 2: Age of Ultron). Its uses of the tools given to him through his abilities are extraordinary and portrayed brilliantly. I very much enjoyed this movie.
“And this is where we want to build the pool, are you getting all this?”
The acting was amazing as well. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang was as believable as you could expect as an ex-con trying to get his life together, only his slightly over the top friends making his character slightly unbelievable. Michael Douglas (Who plays Hank Pym) is brilliant as always, and in much more of the movie that I had expected. Same for Evangeline Lily (who plays Hank’s daughter Hope Van Dyne) who asks the question we all are asking.. Why Scott Lang?
Post-credit scenes! There are two of them! So hang out until the lights come on!
Overall it is not, as some have said, “The best Marvel movie to date”, that distinction still goes to Captain America 2: Winter Soldier in my book. However it is the best heist movie I have seen since Ocean’s Eleven. That in itself is worth the price of admission. Scott Lang’s friends trying to be funnier than he is wasn’t my favorite thing and at least one sequence was screaming it would happen much earlier in the movie. So I have to give this movie a solid 9 out of 10.
Have you seen the movie? Do you plan to see it? Tell us what you think down below in the comments!
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, and Paul Rudd
Availability: Released in the U.S. on July 17, 2015
You’re afraid. Afraid of your monster. Do you even know what it is?
Wow, just.. wow. In this episode entitled “eps1.3_da3m0ns.mp4” (which is actually the 4th episode, their titling system started with 1.0), Elliot Alderson (played by Rami Malek) has to deal with his addiction, head on. The episode directly combines the term “daemon” (which is a program that runs in the background without user interaction) with “demons”, which is this case is pieces of our personality and thought process that we have no control over, aka, runs in the background without user interaction.
It’s at this point I realize Mr. Robot (as played by Christian Slater) DOES NOT EXIST!! Or maybe he does, but not as a secondary entity to Elliot. (This is still a theory, but a solid one.) In a Fight Club like twist, I think Elliot has known it since the first episode. Here are the opening words to the series.
“Maybe I should give you a name.”
“That’s a slippery slope. You’re only in my head. We have to remember that.”
“It’s actually happening. I’m talking to an imaginary person.”
Remind me why Mr. Robot doesn’t talk with the others?
In any case, back to the episode.. Elliot has run out of his medicine that helps him deal with the withdrawal of his morphine addiction. But he’s got one last line of morphine left.. the bad news comes when he realizes he has a deadline of just a couple days to accomplish changing the world and needs to seem sober to do it, not coming down, which he is. Hardcore. So we, as the viewers, kind of go down the rabbit hole with him and sees what he sees as he is coming down and hallucinating. We get to see his demons.
At the same time Angela Moss (played by Portia Doubleday), Elliot’s best friend, is dealing with how she should respond to her fiance getting them both blackmailed by hackers, so she decides to take advice from Elliot’s drug dealer neighbor (smart move!). Then we have Darlene (Played by Carly Chaikin, who I swear they are intentionally trying to make look like Kat Dennings) trying to reach her Chinese hacker connect, who is not Chinese, but IS the person blackmailing Angela and her fiance. (No one but the viewers know there is any connection though.)
All in all it was a great episode where not everything you see is what actually happened. Elliot being the narrator, we see things how he see’s them, so it can get a bit.. eclectic. Still it was amazing and I have to give it a 10 out of 10, mostly because of the realization of who Mr. Robot is.
So what do you think? You still watching? It’s kind of a wild ride, you have to admit! Tell us what you think of this episode and the show in general down there in the comments!