DeAno’s Perspective: New Fall TV Shows

For those of you that don’t follow our Google+ Page, I’m pretty much done with Fear the Walking Dead for now.  I really tried here, but I just can’t do it anymore.  After last week’s episode made a time jump that encompassed more time than had actually passed in the previous three episodes combined, I just got pissed off.  I’ll explain more about that in a future article I’ll write after the entire season is over, but if you were wondering why you haven’t seen a FtWD article from me this week, well there ya’ go.

Besides, with new and vastly more entertaining shows on the horizon, wouldn’t you rather hear about them?  I sure as hell know that I’d rather be talking them up!  I’ve been delving a lot into the new Fall TV shows this season already, and figured that I’d put my thoughts on them all in one spot.  I’ll update this article as more pilots come out, but I’ll tell you straight-up that I’ll be taking a look at Blindspot, Minority Report, Heroes Reborn, and Supergirl.

Blindspot

The first pilot I started out with was Blindspot.  I was pretty pleased that it didn’t make the same mistake as Fear the Walking Dead; the pacing here was much better and it got to the action fairly quickly.  The downside of that is that we don’t get to spend enough time with any of these characters to really care about them, and I’m not sure the mystery of The Girl With the Kurt Wagner Tattoo is really going to be enough to draw me in.  Sullivan Stapleton’s somewhat standard gruff leading man didn’t really do a lot for me, and Jaimie Alexander didn’t really have enough to work with here to really do much of anything at all.  Plus, and this is just a geek nitpick, but the line about tracing the bad guy’s turned off cell phone by “rooting the phone and turning it back on” was absolutely ludicrous to anyone who actually understands what rooting a phone is and how to do it (spoiler: it kinda has to be turned on and and in your hands).

Still, the episode was good enough that I’m willing to give it a few more episodes to see how things go.  A somewhat shaky 3 out of 5 I’ll give it.

Minority Report

Right after I watched Blindspot, I sat down to watch Minority Report.  Before I get into this, I should probably mention that I wasn’t overly fond of the Minority Report film. Also, Sci-Fi + Fox usually means that it’ll end in disaster (I shouldn’t even have to make references here; you all know what I’m talking about).

Having said that, this was a hell of a pilot.

Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the film by the same name because the show takes the time to explain all that you need know going in. Because of that, it’s easy to get behind Dash (Stark Sands) as you see where he’s coming from and the things he’s had to go through as we pick up the events of the show. While I think the boob window in Lara Vega’s (Meagan Good) police uniform is absolutely ridiculous, I’m already growing fond of her character – which was aided greatly by a brief scene including the character’s mother and younger brother. Honestly the fact that I already remember the names of both main characters (something I have yet to do with FtWD) already shows promise.  Also I enjoyed Nick Zano’s Arthur, Dash’s “older” brother, and I appreciated the elements of humor that the show embraces.

Decent supporting cast, interesting character interactions…yeah, I think I’m in. It’s on Fox so fingers crossed on them not fucking it up, but I’m giving this one 4 out of 5 and it’s very likely that I’ll be doing weekly articles on the show.  Really well done.

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Back when Heroes first came out in 2006, the idea of a real drama involving people with powers in a grounded universe was a fairly new idea.  Now they’re everywhere, with Arrow, The Flash, Agents on S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil,  and a whole lot more leading the way.  In this Brave New World, can this fallen show still make a mark?

Judging from the two hour premiere, the answer is a resounding yes!  While some of the storylines felt a bit lacking to me, overall I quite enjoyed what I saw.  It’s a really good thing that they were able to bring back Jack Coleman as HRG because without him and his storyline with Henry Zebrowski’s Quentin Frady (who I liked much more because I watched the prequel webisodes first so I know what his character went through) I really don’t think things would have had the same impact.  Tommy’s (Robbie A. Kay) character and storyline is the second most interesting one to me, with him simply trying to live a normal teenage life, but is being hunted by Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joanne (Judi Shekoni).  Adding to the draw of his storyline for me is that he is also being seemingly protected by a mysterious character who a Google search tells me is named Casper Abraham (Pruitt Taylor Vince).

Past that, the other storylines kinda fell flat for me.  Just not good enough.  I’m willing to see where they go only due to the strength of the aforementioned storylines.  Solid 4 out of 5.

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I wasn’t going to bring up this show quite yet as it hasn’t “offically” premiered yet, but let’s be honest: the studio totally leaked the pilot.  No way does a show leak in HD that didn’t come straight from the source, and I have a feeling that they did it in response to the reaction from the first trailer, and as you all probably recall I absolutely loathed that first trailer for Supergirl.  As far as I was concerned, it was The Devil Wears Prada meets the DC Universe, and I don’t for the life of me understand why in the hell they would have taken this route.  It practically screamed that the Powers That Be thought that the only way that a Supergirl show could be successful to the female market is if it were a rom-com, and I considered that an insult to all the female comic book/MCU/DCTVU fans I know.  You know, like they had to “girl it up.”

While I still saw shades of that in the pilot, I can see that the first trailer was 80% comprised of things that I hate and not giving the show its due for what it is.  One scene in particular irritated the living shit out of me was when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) said that he was unsure that Kara could handle the situation at hand and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) responded with, “What, because she’s a girl?” Um…no, I think it’s be mainly because she’s just getting used to her powers and she’s battling people with vastly more combat experience, but sure, let’s make it all about her gender.  Yes producers, I get that she’s a girl.  It’s right in the name; you don’t have to remind me of that every few minutes.  And her being a girl has nothing to do with her abilities; did you see anyone doubting Sara Lance’s Canary on Arrow because she was a girl, or Laurel when she picked up the mantle SOLEY because she was a girl?  I didn’t think so.  I don’t need the constant pandering, and neither does anyone else.  STOP IT.

Still, I really like Melissa Benoist in the title role and I think it’ll get even better as she grows into it, as long as the writers don’t screw it up.  A 3 out of 5, easy.

So that’s my take?  What’s yours?  Let us know in the comments!

Secret Wars – Week Twenty-One

This week’s round-up of the Battleworld begins with 1872. When we last visited Timely, Steve Rogers had been killed by Bullseye, and fed to pigs by Wilson Fisk. It was not pretty. This week, Carol Danvers leads a march demanding women’s rights in Timely, Red Wolf goes after Wilson Fisk to avenge Steve, and Bruce Banner goes with Natasha Barnes to try to blow up the dam that’s depriving Red Wolf’s tribe of water. Some things go to plan, but others don’t. Tony Stark has to step in to save Red Wolf after he shoots Bullseye in his bullseye, and everything descends into pandemonium. Of course, Bruce and Natasha’s mission isn’t going too well either, but I won’t spoil that for you.

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Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps vs. Thors is really what’s happening in this one. Carol and the Banshees, along with Rhodey, ran away after a botched test flight, only to be chased by the Thors for questioning the word of Doom. After a dogfight, Carol goes up against former Banshee turned Thor, Kit. Twists and turns, a few punches, some ducking, and an escape later, Kit helps Carol and the Banshees reach for the stars. The story ends with them flying ever upward to punch a hole in the sky. It’s a sweet story, and while this side story has now ended, I hope we’ll see the Banshees appear in upcoming stories.

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The Runaways story comes to a close with our runaways defeated in a battle that cost Delphyne her arm and now dragged back to their school. Valeria von Doom tries to convince Amadeus Cho to come back into the fold, despite what he and the other Runaways have seen, which is when Cloak and Dagger start their broadcast of the truth to the entire school. Valeria sends Bucky to try to stop them. Of course, before Bucky gets too far, the truth is out and the riot starts. After some fighting, some kissing, and some awesome one-liners… Damn. Just read this one. Seriously. The ending is not something I’m going to spoil.

Join me next week for more from the Battleworld!

Comics Civil War vs. MCU Civil War: What’s Changing?

So in 2006-2007 Marvel brought us one of the most compelling storylines in comic book history thus far. Unlike most major crossover stories, this one did not involve gods or demons, very few aliens, no resetting of the universe, none of the things that you would expect from such a major story. Instead it brought a story that we, as readers, could identify with.

Marvel: Civil War was a story that explored the role of big brother, personal and public privacy, personal responsibility, preferential and prejudicial treatment, tragic loss and outcry and the conflict between friends that can turn bloody. The best of the story lines told the tale of one Peter Parker, a veteran of the superhero game who has been fighting crime for the better part of two decades, since he was still a young teenager. He was recruited by Tony Stark to be the face of the Superhuman Registration Act, a bill that would have all superhumans register their actual names and abilities with the U.S. Government. Spider-Man believed in this so much that he actually revealed his identity to the public on TV, the same way Tony Stark did. With this registration act, if say, a building were knocked down with people in it and it was that heroes fault, they could be held responsible. Note: Spider-Man did eventually flip to Captain America’s side for… reasons.

Peter got sued by J.J. Jameson after this for selling fraudulently created photos!

Peter got sued by J.J. Jameson after this for selling fraudulently created photos!

This is the story that most are assuming the movie Captain America: Civil War will be based on. In spirit it is similar, but its not the same story at all. There have been mentions of the Superhuman Registration Act in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it does not appear that will be the focal point of this movie. Captain America: Civil War takes place right after The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. The Avengers have just basically destroyed a city trying to protect the world and not everyone is happy about that. They want The Avengers (who just now became under the leadership of Captain America) to answer for that and any future actions by giving them oversight, giving them a group to answer to.

At Salt Lake City Comic Con, Chris Evans states: “Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2, (ie. the creation of Ultron) I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own.”

Here is where my speculation comes in though. I believe that one of the people that Tony Stark thinks The Avengers should be reporting to is Tony Stark himself. I could see him being appointed the Secretary of Defense (an appointment that he held in the comics for a time as well) now that Senator Stern, his largest opposition in the Senate, has been revealed to be HYDRA. (Hail Hydra!) In such a role, he could protect the U.S. while still upholding his vow to not build weapons anymore.

With a name like "Stern" you know he's a party animal!

With a name like “Stern” you know he’s a party animal!

Another quote by Chris Evans states about their struggle is that “what will make the movie great is nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. There’s no clear bad guy here. We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics.” I for one am looking forward to Captain America: Civil War much more than I was Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and personally think the Avengers 2 should have been the Civil War storyline with a 3 hour run time.

What do you folks think? Do you like where the MCU is going with this in diluting the story to fit a shorter format? Will you ever forgive them for AOU? Tell us in the comments!

Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters May 6th, 2016

Jessica Jones is a Nightowl

I would have posted this teaser trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones earlier, but interestingly enough I had the same issue that Jess seems to have – I really don’t do mornings.  Her way of dealing with unwanted alarms is just a bit more…enthusiastic than mine.  See for yourself:

I’m really looking forward to seeing the story of this fallen superhero turned detective when the entire first season is released on Netflix on November 20th, 2015.  I think Krysten Ritter is going to be a fantastic Jessica Jones!  Will any of you be watching the second of the Netflix MCU shows as well?  Let us know in the comments!

Things Are Looking Good With The New Marvel’s Agent Carter Poster

Well hello everyone, I’m back with another article and this time I’ll be showing off the first official poster for the second season of Marvel’s Agent Carter. And it’s pretty damn cool, you can check it out below.

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Yup, that’s right. It looks like Peggy is headed to Los Angeles. And a according to Entertainment Weekly it seems L.A. will become her new base of operations while she works on her most dangerous assignment yet. I have provided the quote from Entertainment Weekly for your reading pleasure below.

Marvel’s Agent Carter returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable secret agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.

So? What do you think? Are you intrigued that Marvel’s Agent Carter is moving to Los Angeles? I sure as hell am. I loved season one of Marvel’s Agent Carter and I can guarantee you that I am definitely looking forward to the new season. The new season of Marvel’s Agent Carter airs on ABC in early 2016 (most likely during the hiatus of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

So with all that said I must bring this article to a close but before I do I’d like to remind you to be sure to check out our various discussion vidcasts that can be found on our YouTube channel, and if you’d like to join us on our discussions be sure to let us know, we’d love to have you and we’re always looking for new faces with fresh opinions. And one last thing, don’t forget to also check out our many write ups here on the site, I myself will be doing write ups for the new seasons of Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow. And on that note I’d like to say thank you once again for stopping by and I’ll see you at the next article, Bye bye.