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#1002 Mar 07 2017 at 8:43 AM Rating: Good
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David Dastmalchian will take on the role of Abra Kadabra in The Flash later this season, " a criminal from a distant future whose advanced technological powers seem like magic." Technology is magic always makes me groan. Hopefully they go with the cheesy stage magician look. Pretty good actor, though. He was in Ant-Man, The Dark Knight, and a couple of episodes of Gotham, as well as some other less capeshow related that I can't be bothered to look up. I think Prisoners? The following episode will involve the Mirror Master, which doesn't sound that interesting but it'll be directed by Tom Cavanagh.

Kind of speaking of, during Supergirl they showed a commercial for the upcoming musical crossover for Kara and Barry, and it looks like it'll be based on the '40s lounge scene in some way. Might be the best episode of both series.

Actually, something about the episode description is making me wary.
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Barry (Grant Gustin) and team are surprised when Mon- El (guest star Chris Wood) and Hank Henshaw (guest star David Harewood) arrive on their Earth carrying a comatose Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist) who was whammied by the Music Meister (guest star Darren Criss). Unable to wake her up, they turn to Team Flash to save her. However, the Music Meister surprises The Flash and puts him in a similar coma, one that Team Flash can’t cure. Kara and Barry wake up without their powers in an alternate reality where life is like a musical and the only way to escape is by following the script, complete with singing and dancing, to the end.
It sounds like Music Meister's powers don't affect reality but are more like the Framework in Agents of SHIELD. Which admittedly not exactly an important detail since the focus is the singing and dancing, but still. Just nitpicking.
While on that, what a bockclock to only show Lois Lane and Hercules at the end of the episode.
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#1003 Mar 07 2017 at 9:05 AM Rating: Good
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While on that, what a bockclock to only show Lois Lane and Hercules at the end of the episode.


I'm guessing that Mon El is some sort of royalty, and Lane and Sorbo are the parents trying to find their runaway son?.

Edit: Apparently it's already known that they are playing his parents. I guess I didn't hear fully what the two were saying about Mon El at the end there, and just assumed it was so. Unless they didn't actually say it, and it was just known from plot announcements prior to the episode.

Edited, Mar 7th 2017 2:49pm by TirithRR
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#1004 Mar 08 2017 at 9:26 AM Rating: Good
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Unless they didn't actually say it, and it was just known from plot announcements prior to the episode.
I don't remember their saying anything like that, but at that point I was pretty much checking out from the episode and getting ready for APB. I kind of just assumed that they were either parents or retainers or the like.
Simon Kinberg wrote:
We are working hard on New Mutants, Gambit with Channing Tatum, Deadpool 2 and the new X-Force movie where Deadpool is alongside Cable and other main characters. Deadpool 2 is going into production this year. Then X-Force which is a combination of Deadpool, and Cable –they’re like the Black ops of the X-Men. They’re much darker and have an R-rated decibel. There are other X-Men characters coming into X-Force at different times in the comic, but it’s separate from X-Men.

There is a larger architecture to tell these stories in. I talk to the studio all the time about this and there is a plan for how these movies can connect and be a part of a larger narrative. It’s something that’s fun, exciting and it will be interesting to see how we marry the different tones that we’ve been generating in these standalone movies of the X-Men universe. But we go into making the best movie we can. It’s not just about a Colossus or Deadpool cameo. Connecting all of these movies will happen when it organically makes sense. These movies aren’t simply being built as stepping stones to a larger story. Each one is wholly enclosed and a movie worth seeing.
I'm sold.

I was joking about how Powerless was a continuation of the 60s Batman, and now Adam West is going to guest star. Well played. Also somewhat casting news related, Coby Bell (Burn Notice) will play Jace Turner, "a weathered man who quietly wrestles with the moral ambiguities of a job that regularly requires cold-blooded, calculating efficiency on a day-to-day basis" on the Still Untitled After All These Casting Announcements X-Men Family Drama.

Brie Larson and Captain Marvel is set to start shooting January 8, 2018.

Embargo for Iron Fist has been lifted for at least the first six episodes, and the first reviews are available online from various places. There's a lot of "painful dialogue, poor pacing, bland cinematography" complaints, most of which leveled by the same people that complain about a white character being white. So while critics are generally hard to take serious in the first place, these might be even more difficult to take serious.

Entertainment Weekly cover showcasing Thor, Hela, and Valkyrie. Nice to see they cut the Odinson's hair. I'm a little peeved that they cut it, but at the same time I'm not a fan of dudes with long hair.

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#1005 Mar 08 2017 at 10:35 PM Rating: Good
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Legion: I think I'm going to be looking for these Octopus images now. I kind of think that the brain scan that the doctor was studying looked like an octopus to me. But I'm probably biased now cause I'm looking for them. It had a head, and then at least three curling "tentacles" one off to the right, one to the left.

David/Yellow Eyes destroying D3 was nice. I especially liked the part where he is going down the stairs, and peaks his head down the stairs doing that "finger wave". And when he snaps his fingers and immolates the group in the hallway. Final scene back in the mental hospital made me want to go back to the first episode and make sure that they didn't actually have those actors in the circle to begin with. (I'm about 95% sure it's not, but that scene made me want to check.

Doctor Carey/Kerry is getting the short end of the stick in this relationship. Any damage to her is completely transferred to him when they return to one being, and she is 100% the next time she comes out.

I also half expected during the scene where Lenny is making out with the partially comatose David, while Syd watched, for Lenny to morph into Yellow Eyes.

Lenny, Benny, King, Yellow Eyes, World's Angriest Boy in the World (I actually realized now that the redundant title is the actual title) are all the same thing. Syd has acknowledged the existence of the female Lenny as David's friend in the hospital (actually going to go back this weekend and check that, but I think it was in a scene out in the forest, maybe between Syd and Kerry?) But if it's true, I think that's pretty much the biggest hint to it being in his mind since the start.
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#1006 Mar 09 2017 at 8:32 AM Rating: Good
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TirithRR wrote:
I think I'm going to be looking for these Octopus images now.
So'm I, and I blame you for it. I considered the scan as well, but I kind of feel that's more power of suggestion than a breadcrumb.
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Lenny, Benny, King, Yellow Eyes, World's Angriest Boy in the World are all the same thing.
Maybe Lenny/Benny and Yellow Eyes, but WABitW feels like something else. King seems a little different too, but there's been little about him to really figure that out. I think that Lenny is the only one that is aware of what is actually happening, which is why she has pretty much free reign and can do whatever she wants, like transform into the different characters this episode and freely travel between, for lack of a better description, "scenes". I'm assuming she's trying to become the dominate personality.

The big thing, for me anyway, was how Doctor Carey was talking about a powerful parasite in David's head that rewrites his memory to make him forget the parasite even exists, but so far David has memories of all the various characters. He's talking about the Demon with the Yellow Eyes in the first episode, the World's Angriest Boy in the World comes up as a book character, King, Lenny. Kind of leads me to believe that there's something else we haven't been introduced to yet. Or maybe it's Benny? David doesn't seem to remember him. Maybe one is impersonating the other and hiding in plain sight?
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#1007 Mar 09 2017 at 9:24 AM Rating: Good
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More Legion spoilers I think King was what Yellow Eyes disguised himself as for Child-David. And Lenny/Benny is his Adult-David disguise. When Lenny meets David's Sister, doesn't she refer to herself as Benny/Lenny/King? And for the WABitW bit, when King is in the bathroom in the White-Room, as the door is closed, and you see the Boy through the mirror. Since at that time, Lenny/Benny/YE/King were all switching imagery, I just kind of guessed that WABitW was part of it.

WABitW being the Yellow Eyes manifestation of Child-David. He did something bad as a kid as King took over. Much like Yellow Eyes/Lenny taking over at the D3 slaughter. Lenny/Benny and King being the memory replacement versions of this entity or personality that he hides himself as. Yellow Eyes / WABitW being the full release of that entity or personality.


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Oh, and the terrified David singing the happy song and playing the banjo. That was quite creepy.

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#1008 Mar 09 2017 at 5:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Legion: The freaking lightbulb finally went off (don't know how I forgot this). The yellow eye thing (and eveyone else maybe?) is the Shadow King. In the comic series, the Shadow King is some nasty telepath guy (Farouk something?) who delights in entering people's minds and playing them like puppets. Enter a youngish Charles Xavier, who enters some bar where the King is, sits down in front of him, they have a mental battle on the plane and Xavier kills him with his mind. Gets up all calm and leaves. Turns out that the Shadow King had become so adept at entering other people's minds that he actually slipped away during the battle and entered David's mind (presumably he picked up his existence from Xavier, given that David in the comics is the son of Xavier and Gabrielle Haller (the woman he freed from a catatonic state from what had been done to her by the *****, during which he discovers she knows where a cache of **** gold is, which lead to young Charles and Eric to go find the gold, and which ends with Eric, AKA magneto, taking the gold and embarking on his own plans. You know... if you want the full exposition).

In the comic, the Shadow King basically messes with David's mind, but also has to keep him alive (since he's kinda in there, right). David's powers allow him to do massive stuff in the real world (kill people, distort reality, etc). But he sometimes he absorbs the minds of those he kills (which manifest inside his mind). Not sure how much of that they're going to implement into the series, but the whole bit about a complete second mind inside his mind, that's been there since childhood, and makes him forget that it's there, totally looks like the Shadow King. The other personalities may be manifestations of him, but since David does seem aware of them, they may be other people he's absorbed along the way. Maybe. Who knows.

In any case, it just got a lot more interesting to me.
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#1009 Mar 10 2017 at 8:28 AM Rating: Good
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TirithRR wrote:
Oh, and the terrified David singing the happy song and playing the banjo.
Yeah, but come on. That tune was easily identifiable. It was The Rainbow Connection from several of the Muppets movies.
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I've been trying to avoid basing my theories on the comic book simply because it takes some of the mystery out of the whole "is it in his head" deal. Call it hypocritical, but I both hate when these shows and movies stray from the source material and also don't like knowing what's going to happen and enjoy when they stray. But I do agree, the whole speech by Doctor Carey pretty much describes Amahl Farouk pretty accurately.

Ryan Reynolds confirmed with what looks like MSPaint that Zazie Beetz will play Domino in Deadpool 2. While I'm not really a fan of the show, she (and everyone, really) are tremendous in Atlanta so as far as acting she's certainly capable. What's going to be fun is whether or not they paint her all white, since that's a pretty definitive trait of her mutation. It would be weird not to, considering the lengths the movie goes to in making Deadpool and Colossus so comic accurate.

A handful of new actors have been cast for Preacher: Season 2. No announcement of what their roles will be, though. Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones), Pip Torrens (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul) have been added to the cast as series regulars, while Malcolm Barrett (War on Everyone), Ronald Guttman (Homeland) and Justin Prentice (13 Reasons Why) in recurring roles. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say Pip was going to be Herr Starr. Because he's bald.

James Gunn gave some details about some characters' personal story arcs for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. It's not particularly spoilery, but it's new details that one might feel better about discovering in the movie itself so as usual open at your own risk.
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That's the first thing people say when they see the movie. The first movie was about Peter Quill, and the second movie has every single character have a complete arc, a complete story. They each learn something. It's a story about Peter Quill, with his father, but also his abusive step-father, Yondu.
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It's about Nebula's relationship with her sister, Gamora, and how that's not all that we saw in the first movie. It's a lot deeper and more complicated than that. We thought in the first movie that Gamora was the good guy, and Nebula's the bad guy, but that really isn't the whole story.
Rocket Raccoon wrote:
I think it's a story about this poor little Rocket, who is in search of a father and in search of a somebody to give a ****, who cannot find it - and maybe does a little bit with Michael Rooker's character.
Drax wrote:
It's about Dave Bautista and Mantis together, who become on the one hand close friends, and then on the other hand she's a surrogate daughter for the daughter that was murdered.
Baby Groot wrote:
And of course Baby Groot's relationship with all of them, they are the worst parents in the entire world! Who else brings a two-year-old son into a giant battle with a giant monster? Terrible parents! And maybe Gamora and Rocket are better than the other two. The other two are terrible. All of those things come together in a way that seems pretty magical.


And finally, wow is Iron Fist taking a beating from the critics. One star, 14%.

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#1010 Mar 11 2017 at 6:17 AM Rating: Good
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I found out today that David's actor is playing Beast in the new Beauty and the Beast movie.

I've not scene any of his movies, pretty sure Legion is the first time I've seen him on screen. And not that I have any interest in this remake, but if he was recognizable at all behind that Beast costume/makeup/CG, I don't think I could watch the movie without continually hearing the interrogator's voice... "Daaaviiiid."

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Ok, thinking about the Interrogator made me remember something: His death scene at the pool. Everyone is burned to crispy skeletons. But where did that power come from? The only people in the room were Female-Karey(Carey? How do they spell it?), Memory-Man, and Syd. Maybe Melanie, but so far her possible powers, if any, haven't been explained. Unless hers are actually Fire-based... and is a polar opposite of Oliver's seemingly Ice-theme?

But anyway, it was implied a few times that Syd was the one who burned the D3 people to a crisp. But her having those powers is never shown. And the only other time that burning powers are shown is when Lenny-David assaults the D3 group who has his sister. Flamboyantly strutting around, burning people with claps of his hands, reducing them to ash with snaps of his fingers.

So, I'm thinking this is another link between all these possible characters in his mind. Syd almost has to be, at the very least. Even the name alone is enough to make you question her reality. And if Syd is, then many of the people interacting with her and David are suspect. Either actually inside David's mind, or David is manipulating reality so much without even realizing it that everything in his mind is being projected for others to experience as well. And in the end, would that be any different? If individual persons existed in a reality shaped by the mind of a single person, would that be any different than if separate personalities existed within the mind of a single person?

I'm also thinking of a scenario where Syd is a manifestation of David's mother. (Which, gets kind of creepy with some Oedipus stuff there, definitely after this last episode, but still could work). Early on there were some flashing memory and overlay imagery that seemed to leave that trail. If King really did take control of Child-David, and WABitW emerged, and he killed his Mother, and possibly even Sister, and now Syd and Amy(? sister's name, can't remember 100% sure there) are manifestations from his mind of those persons.

Can't think how any octopus could/would fit into this all. Probably an imagined link, or possibly a Red Herring. I just can't think of anything that would fit. Still going to have to keep a lookout in the episodes for more octopus images.


There really are just too many routes for this stuff to take.

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#1011 Mar 13 2017 at 9:22 AM Rating: Good
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Samurai Jack: Weird seeing him as a gunslinger. That scene at the river was creepy, as were the Akulolis though I felt a little bad for the runt of the litter, as it were. Sammy Davis Jr the Robotic Lounge Assassin was a neat guy, though.

More Legion: I've been going through the few X-Books that I haven't quite completed, because like I've mentioned I have a ridiculously moronic obsessive compulsion to read books to completion regardless of quality and comic books are the worst for that kind of thing since they're interconnected through like hundreds of other titles. Anyway, and I'll double (or triple, I guess) spoiler this in case no one wants to potentially get spoiled but I've been going through X-Factor and Legion showed up, reminding me that originally there were three personalities: Jack Wayne the telekinetic, Jemail the telepath, and Cyndi the pyrokinetic. So far the three powers that David has shown to have. With what Tirith said about how we don't know who actually set the people at the pool on fire, combined with the name Cyndi, and that pretty much puts far more credence to this being all in David's head. Maybe "Syd"'s didn't so much trade places with David as she took control of the body. Like she was steering. It doesn't quite explain how she took over Milky Eye, but maybe that's just because she's a "main personality" and they're capable of doing things like that? Also doesn't really explain why we saw Yellow Eyes while David was whimsically nuking people. It's kind of a weak theory trying to use two sources which isn't the best of systems. But I now think they're purposefully changing the spelling of her name to throw us off course. Syd, Cydni. In other words:
TirithRR wrote:
There really are just too many routes for this stuff to take.


Finally they've given the show a name. The X-Men Family Drama is now known as "X-Men: Gifted", though probably without the X-Men prefix. Easier to keep track of, though. Like Wolverine. Also, last month Blair Redford was cast as mystery character "Sam." Well, it has been revealed that was just code, and that he'll actually be Thunderbird. No clue if it'll be John Proudstar or his brother James, but most likely not Neal Shaara since Neal is an actual Indian and not a Native American like "Sam" was described as. So we've got Polaris, Thunderbird and Sentinels confirmed, and possibly Sunspot.

Christine Adams joins Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce's ex-wife Lynn on CW's Black Lightning. She was Agent Weaver during the first couple of seasons of Agents of SHIELD.

Finn Jones responded to the negative reviews over Iron Fist, and like an idiot took the "made for fans" approach. Sure, some movies are made for critics. Those are the ones that are being pushed for Oscars and Emmys and such, but even they're made so the audience can enjoy them. All movies are "for fans," especially movies and shows like in the MCU and DCEU. While I am a little annoyed that several of the negative reviews revolve around Finn's skin color, I'm always much more annoyed by the production's responses to negative reviews. So far I've cleared my calendar for Netflix shows so I could binge them over the weekend, but I might not with Iron Fist. I'll watch it all, certainly. Just probably over the course of two or three weeks. Also according to Mr Jones that Shou Lao won't be showing up, but Steel Serpent might. Kind of disappointing, considering just how important Shou Lao is to the story.

Isabelle Cornish suited up as Crystal on Inhumans, complete with black hair stripe.

New Wonder Woman trailer. Rumor has it that there will be an R Rated Director's Cut, which basically means if true that there's no reason to see it in the theater. Good trailer, though. Not spoilery like the usual movie trailers.


Along with that, Marvel felt the need to get into the Kid's Choice Awards and released a minute clip from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 to compete. I liked it better than the last trailer but I'm extremely juvenile and find poop jokes hilarious.


Speaking of trailers, there's a commercial for The Belko Experiment, which had John C. McGinley and Micheal Rooker walking by, which it immediately caught my attention. Doesn't hurt it's a James Gunn flick. Kind of a mixed bag, that one. You have Guardians of the Galaxy, but he also has Scooby Doo on his resume. Though I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, he also did Slither and the Lollipop Chainsaw game.

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#1012 Mar 14 2017 at 8:18 AM Rating: Good
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Some leaked footage of The Defenders, a scene filmed in NYC of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Colleen Wing rushing to find aid for an injured Misty Knight. Maybe this is how Misty loses her arm? I'm guessing the green screen is for some kind of damage. Smoke, fire, pile of dead ninjas.


Speaking of Defenders, Finn Jones is now saying that the reason critics don't like Iron Fist is because of El Presidente 45.
Finn Jones wrote:
I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show. I’m playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the US. We filmed the show way before 45’s election, and I think it’s very interesting to see how that perception, now that 45’s in power, how it makes it very difficult to root for someone coming from white privilege, when that archetype is public enemy number one. Danny is a fish out of water, and you don’t really understand where he’s coming from. But I think there’s also a level of intrigue. People need to see the full series–’Iron Fist’ doesn’t end until the last episode of ‘Defenders.’ He really goes on a journey of self-discovery, and grows into the role. It’s paced out; it’s a long journey.
Now I kind of don't even want to see it.

Director Patty Jenkins revealed that Ann Wolfe will play Artemis (not to be confused with the Green Arrow character of the same name) in Wonder Woman. She's a kick ass champion boxer. And hey, if Gina Carano (MMA champ, Angel Dust in Deadpool) and David Bautista (MMA, WWE, Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy) can do it I can believe Ann can as well. Oh, and Dwayne Johnson, John Cena, Terry Bollea, Roderick George Toombs ...

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#1013 Mar 14 2017 at 2:28 PM Rating: Decent
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I've been following some of the reviews on Iron Fist, and Finn's whining aside, it looks like most of the criticism rests on some combination of "why didn't they make him Asian?" and "slow paced". And honestly, I found all of the Marvel Netflix shows to be pretty slow paced anyway, so I'm not sure if that's a huge deal. I'll watch the show and see for myself. I doubt I'll have issues with falling asleep and having to rewatch the last 2/3rds of an episode any more often than I had to do when watching Luke Cage (seriously, fell asleep sooooo many times watching that series). But you never know!

As to the first issue, are people actually arguing that it would have been less problematic to apply a racial stereotype instead (all skilled martial artists musts be Asian)? I get that the whole "white guy learns martial arts and Asian culture (and is actually good at it!)" is a tired trope today, and thus project an assumed racial connotation on such stories, but back when the comic was first introduced, it wasn't. The idea of a white guy learning super secret Asian whatzit was new and was a way to bring such things to an American audience. And I think the primary point that is missed here is that if Rand isn't a white American (or at least American), then there's not much reason for him to go to New York and thus not much reason to have the character make sense in the setting they're in. Having the American kid who randomly gets lost in a plane crash and find himself at the super secret monastery of whatzit also just randomly happen to be Asian American would be pandering IMO and just as (if not more) offensive.

So yeah, I actually do agree that it was a case where Marvel was going to be criticized no matter what they did. Doesn't mean that the show wont suck, but it wont (or shouldn't) for that reason.

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I think Legion may have made my interest in CW shows dwindle.

I found very little in Flash tonight all that interesting. I sat with my Switch playing Breath of the Wild during the episode, and half paid attention to it.

Biggest events, they find out Savitar is just a guy wearing armor. And Barry fucks his relationship with Iris (And not in the good way). I found the speed force portion to be a big boring. Not-Dad sacrifices himself so Barry and Wally can leave. Apparently Speed-Ghosts can phase through floors and stuff, but hiding in an elevator and the doors closing just in time is just fine.

I hope that the musical cross over is fun.
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As to the first issue, are people actually arguing that it would have been less problematic to apply a racial stereotype instead (all skilled martial artists musts be Asian)?
They've been making that argument since Daredevil Season 1, when the "rumor started" that Madame Gao was connected to K'un L'un in some way started. (A) She kicked Matt's butt like it was nothing and (B) the symbol on her drug packets are the Steel Serpent's emblem and (4) There is absolutely no way she's not the Crane Mother) and fans got excited for the possibility of an Iron Fist show. They also made a similar argument that Doctor Strange should be Asian, because most of the origin story is in Tibet.
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Apparently Speed-Ghosts can phase through floors and stuff, but hiding in an elevator and the doors closing just in time is just fine.
That's easy to explain.

Victor Garber / Dr. Stein has a pretty lovely singing voice in Legends of Tomorrow, though "Day-O" is an ass of a choice since it's been earwormed for the last twelve freakin' hours. Mick singing along was the icing, though. Brilliant. Coincidence that next week is the musical episodes?
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and then he's cut off. Pure speculation, of course. Hugo Weaving has insisted he has no interest in reprising the role, after all. Could be Mr Jackson just throwing things out into the wild for us feral fanboys to drool over. Would be kind of neat if Thanos used the Mind Stone on the Avengers and each member had to fight their worst enemy, with Red Skull cameoing for Cap. Loki and Thor, Hulk and Banner, Widow and a solo movie contract.

There's murmurs in the world of Warner Brothers that they're working on rebooting The Matrix, with Zak Penn (Ready Player One) in talks to work the script. And the rumor within that rumor is that Michael B Jordon is being eyed for a role. Also on the slab to be remade, The Fly, with JD Dillard will direct. Kind of a hard sell, that one. Who would they get that can match Vincent Price (1958's version) or Jeff Goldblum (1986)?

Some more news from the world of Batman, the posterchild of white American billionaire superheroes.
Ben Affleck's Facebook wrote:
I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.
A few months ago he stepped down from directing the solo Batman feature film because he felt that both acting and directing in the movie required focus, passion and his very best performance and he just couldn't. Good on him. He knew he had a problem, he took steps to work on that problem and stepped back from responsibilities he felt would be compromised. Now if only they had a version of Alcoholics Anonymous for his tendencies to pick crappy scripts. * Which, speaking of scripts, there's a new rumor that The Batman is going through (another?) rewrite. If true (again?), it's most likely to better fit for the new director, Matt Reeve.

Speaking of Batman v Superman, Henry Cavill recently posted on his Instagram.
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Since I came off the ol knee injury I've been steadily increasing my training work load. I know it's irritating when people say this but it genuinely does feel so good to be back in it. I'm not destroying myself every day. Just working towards improvement by pushing hard enough to elicit change. Nothing funny to post here, it's deadly serious because I've got to make sure that I'm bigger than Green Lantern....Wait whaaat?
Great, more speculation to drive myself mad with.

Suicide Squad 2 has a writer, Adam Cozad of the recent Legend of Tarzan. Maybe he'll remember to add something resembling a plot in the script.

New trailer for Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Bloody.


Most important news of the day: Legion has been renewed for a second season already. Smiley: thumbsup

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#1016 Mar 15 2017 at 9:37 PM Rating: Good
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Legion: The two Careys, playing ping pong without the ball, but still hearing the ping pong ball sound. Lenny/Yellow Eyes makes reference to David's father, and knowing him. His father trying to hide David from him. The role reversal from the first episode between David and Syd. "The Eye" got all Rapey with female-Carey there.

The lyrics to the song during the ending credits... at first I thought I recognized it, then I listened to the lyrics a few times. Looks like it's David Bowie's "Oh You Pretty Things." And I really think it uses those lyrics as more hints to it all being in David's head. Not just this current hospital incarnation, but everyone from the start.

I think there is going to be a connection between all the people yelling at him in the opening montage that they've used a few times (presumably in his head) and what ever happened with WABitW as a child. I got a couple ideas but don't feel like expanding on them yet.

I did not spot any octopus images this time. But instead, I think I've connected them to the nautical theme of Oliver, his suit, and when female-Carey mentions 20,000 leagues. I think it would be fitting then that the possible Octopus image from episode 5 was displayed in the mental image of his brain activity.

Oh, and Eyes in the Wall are creepy. Plaza in fishnet leggings was pretty good though.


Only two episodes left. But it did get renewed for another season. I'm glad this is an FX show. They seem to do a good job with their shows. Nice budgets, and won't cancel a show half way through it's first season and force the writers to half *** an ending.

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Oh, and I keep seeing trailers for this "Belko Experiment" while watching Legion. I can't tell if it's trying to be a serious movie or not? Definitely not watching it in theaters, but would probably check it out on a movie channel if it aired.

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Legion: But instead, I think I've connected them to the nautical theme of Oliver, his suit, and when female-Carey mentions 20,000 leagues.
I think there's two competing themes. First you have the forest. The hospital has a foresty theme, the hideout after they escape is in a forest, David's early memories are of him running through forests and fields. And then you have the nautical themes, like at the lighthouse with Dr Poole (and his name), 20,000 Leagues, when he was captured by the Milky Eye's group the pool had a nautical theme, and Oliver and his deep sea suit. Or I'm just overanalyzing trying to make connections with this crazy sith.

There was even more weird things in this episode. Like at the beginning when the Careys are playing ping pong. One second there wasn't a ball, and the next it was there, and it was gone again. And then when David went into Syd's room his feet were missing. And the frosted glass between rooms? That means for whatever reason someone was doing handstands and spreading their legs behind Syd's head when she first went to bed, and now I have to rewatch the first episode to see what they were doing behind David. I remember they were doing something right before the bed levitates and crashes, because I remember thinking how weird it was. The music was a nice touch though. It was playing normal, but when people started questioning reality the music started becoming distorted.

Apparently there is a promo for he next episode, and it has a pretty substantial spoiler type name drop.

Belko Experiment looks like it's going to be a slightly less serious Purge type movie. I mean, it has Dr Cox.

There's a new Esquire interview with Chris Evans, and while it doesn't provide a quote from the actor, it does go on to imply that Captain America is out after the second Avengers: Infinity War movie. Not a new rumor, as for a while there's been talk about Evans exiting acting all together and start directing. There's also no reason to believe Marvel couldn't convince him to extend his six picture deal. But if true, we'll most likely get Sebastian as BuckyCap to take over.
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Legion:

David's feet not being visible is a direct scene replacement from the first episode. When Syd walks in, her feet are not visible as the door opens/closes, but she is standing there over him as the camera pans up.

The ping pong ball appearing and disappearing may be related to the ball being the only thing left after Syd-David's power release on the residents in the first episode.

Episode 1 also had the frosted glass with silhouettes doing things behind them. But they also showed that same action during the empty pool, fake building, interrogation of David. They had two people purposefully set up outside this frosted glass of the interrogation room, apparently "acting" to make it look like something seemingly normal was going on outside, presumably to hide what was really going on outside. This similarity may be hinting at these rooms and the hospital, both times, being fake. The Interrogation HQ also had a strange theater stage setup that they walked by where normal looking people were sitting on normal looking living room furniture watching what appeared to be a normal TV. (Not to be confused with the "Command Center" which had the old man, later trapped in the floor in episode 5, and the caged dog under the blanket, watching the interrogation on a monitor).

Much of the imagery used existed in the first episode. Frosted glass, silhouettes, the ping pong ball, etc.

I did like the interactions between the two Careys in the hospital. When explaining their relationship to Syd, Female-Carey says "He makes me laugh, I keep him safe." I always thought it was weird cause nothing about that relationship up to that point had confirmed that "He makes me laugh" part. But then as they are walking he starts clowning around, doing the "never-ending handkerchief" routine. The second half though. Seems like she is the one in danger, and male-Carey is now going to use Oliver to try to save everyone.

I think Oliver is a key figure. Maybe a main personality. One that knows the most about it all.
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Yeah. I'm kinda approaching this in two directions.

1. It's all in his head. The role swaps, repeating themes and actions, etc, all point to that. I'm still not sure how satisfying this would be from a storytelling pov, but it does "work", and makes it much easier to explain everything (cause it doesn't really need an explanation, it just has to be strange and weird). For this to work though, there would have to be multiple layers of awareness going on inside his own head. It's easy enough to accept each of the characters as part of his own shattered mind trying to work things out with perhaps the shadow king characters being a force trying to prevent this for some reason. But that doesn't fully explain why there seem to be at least three completely distinct "realities" going on, and not all of them seem related to each other (two versions of the same hospital, with things muddled up, the various memories of his childhood and life, and the "outside" involving the rogue mutants. Sure, you can just explain this away as "it's in his head", and even "the shadow king is messing with him", but again, I'd like more of a story direction to move in.

2. Some of it's in his head, but some of it is real. He was really in a hospital, but some of the characters he saw and interacted with were inside his head. He's really possessed by the shadow king who is trying to keep him in a confused mental state for some reason (to fully take over?). There really does exist a Department 3, and rogue mutants who fight against them, and he really was rescued by them. But he continues to have hallucinations and slips into his own mind and experiences things there that aren't real. I actually think that this current hospital is entirely in his mind. He went there instinctively to protect himself and Syd from the bullets, and pulled everyone else in the room into his mind with him (like the character did in the comic book). Oliver is himself real, but trapped on the astral plane, but this allows him to interact with David when he's there (like right now). He's trying to help free the people currently trapped in David's head (or wake them up to what's happening enough to try to free themselves).

If it's number 1, then nothing really matters, since nothing is really "real". The bullets aren't real. He's not really in any danger (except mentally). And the plot can cheerfully move in any direction it wants and have stuff happen "just because". Again though, I'm not sure how satisfying this will be, nor how long before I lose interest in that. So I'm hoping it's number 2. I find the story of someone who has a hard time telling reality from fantasy trying to function in the real world far more interesting. Add in an external mind intentionally messing with him and fighting him for control of his very real and very powerful mutant abilities and it's even moreso.

Based on some of the final dialog it looks like it's heading in that direction. The shadow king is going to try to take direct control to save David's life, and I suspect that David and the other characters now trapped in his mind will have to work both to save his and Syd's lives while preventing said takeover (and David maybe mentally "dying", whatever that may mean).


Oh. Speaking of the ping pong. I didn't actually notice the ball disappearing, but did anyone else notice that the paddles were square? Or at least one of them was (and now I can't remember which one was holding that one, but I'm pretty sure it was male-carrey, which maybe makes sense).

I do have to say, grousing about "it's all in his mind" aside, I do really love the detail they put into the scenes. It's a show I'll definitely have to go back and watch all the way through a second time just to see all the little details that I missed the first time around.

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That's the most frustrating thing about Legion. Every new episode you end up having to go back and watch older episodes as well. Smiley: motz

Aquaman has been pushed back in the schedule again, this time from 05October2018 to 21December2018. Which means it'll be competing directly with the animated Spider-Man movie. Most probably a good idea, as Jason Momoa will probably have a better chance against a cartoon Miles Morales than another Disney live action movie, The Jungle Book with Christian Bale and Beezlebub Chuckecheese.

According to the Exhibitor Relations Twitter account, Sony has penciled in the Venom movie for release on 05October2018. Maybe that's why Aquaman moved? Doubt it.

Henry Cavill joins Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 6, which considering the height difference I guess means the next mission is in the Land of Giants. And according to James Gunn Sylvester Stallone and Michael Rosenbaum are going to show up in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 as key Marvel characters. Rosenbaum was probably the best live action Lex Luthor, and Stallone has been rumored to be seen on the set of the movie for forever now. If I had to guess, I'd say one of 'em as Richard Ryder, or a real Nova corpsman of some sort, not the Galaga reject spaceshippy guys from the first movie. We've got two Elders of the Universe (Collector and Gamemaster) so I would be tickled if they made Stallone another one: Tryco Slatterus, the Champion.

Iron Fist is officially out in the wild, and ready for binging. Also, Into the Badlands returns this Sunday after The Walking Dead, for those of mes that like Wire-fu shows. "Forum Talk" says it's not as bad as critics say it is, but "forum talk" says that about everything cape related. Also, Marvel went ahead and released the soundtrack along with the show, so that's out in the ether as well.

While I was digging through various webpages for this nonsense, I saw an article titled "Why Star Wars Is Looking To Get Away From Legacy Characters" and my immediate reaction was "Because they're old and dying."

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My DVR box has decided that I don't really want to watch Powerless. I could have sworn that it was in the "Future Recordings" list, but for the past two weeks nothing actually shows up the day after. Doesn't even show up in the "DVR History" as some sort of generic "Not Recorded Due to User Settings" BS. It's just like it never existed.

Adult Swim abandoned the older Samurai Jack series. Shifted their line up around. They didn't think that one through very well.

As a side note, apparently there was a small "fappening 2.0" this week. Including some Laurel Lance images, if one was so inclined to partake in that type of internet media.
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Samurai Jack episode 2. Really liked the bits with Jack's inner self. And his struggle against what he thought were just machines. And his reaction when he realized they were human, as he slices the throat of one, and it bleeds to death.

But, Aku... I'm not sure. I get a feeling the reason he was portrayed like he was, was to show a contrast between Jack and Aku. Both of them going crazy for almost the same reason, and how it manifests. But while 50 years is a long time for a human, I can't imagine 50 years being all that much for a nearly immortal, almost all powerful, demonic being. Maybe it's more that Jack has been alive for 50 years tormenting him, but 50 years should feel like a blink of an eye to Aku. So I get the contrast, but hope they don't leave him as this comedic character going mental, it just doesn't fit with the rest of it so far.
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So I'm getting what the critics meant when they said Iron Fist had pacing problems. The second episode alone feels like it's somehow going backwards it's so slow. The whole hospital scene just drags. It's a martial arts character and there's barely any martial arts. And the way they handle flashbacks, with a flicker effect sure isn't doing any favors for me. Finn does a pretty good job as Danny Rand, but the script doesn't really help and the Hobo Zach Galifianakis hair and beard just makes it worse. Spends more time fighting with corporate law than kung fu. When there's action it's pretty good (Especially with Jessica Henwick), but there just isn't much of it, and even less use of the Iron Fist, and no Kirby Krackle at all. The biggest problem is there really isn't an antagonist. Jessica Jones had the Purple Dressed Man Kilgrave, Cage had Cottonmouth, and Daredevil had both Kingpin and Punisher. Iron Fist just doesn't have anyone. A couple of smarmy jerks at best so far, but noone to really root against. The Meachums and everything involved with their storyline have been just so painfully dull. Ward's story starts to pick up about the fifth or sixth episode. And the music is so boring. It just doesn't help the show in the least. Just finished with the sixth episode, and so far it's the highlight. Dog Brother karaoke assassination at the start of the episode alone was worth seeing for me. That, and Bride of the Nine Spiders was a little too easily identifiable but still got a squeal out of me. Now we just need Fat Cobra. The fight with the twin Russians was pretty weak, though. But so far there just isn't enough over the top comic book action you'd expect from Iron Fist. As it stands Into the Badlands is a better Iron Fist than Netflix. Which, speaking of: Is that Nick freakin' Frost? Now I want him to play Fat Cobra. Overall I'd say it's not a bad show, but it certainly is disappointing considering the bar set by the other Netflix shows and the greater MCU.

I don't know who said that you couldn't tell the difference, but I sure as **** could tell that didn't sound like Mako at all. Aku just seems ... completely out of place for the show now. But wow at least the music is hauntingly amazing. I wonder/hope they release the soundtrack soon. Pretty spectacular roaming fight scene and ending.

"Sandwhale and Me", or as my wife called it "What the **** did you put in the hot chocolate?"
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My opinion notwithstanding, I don't know what to say about your DVR and the week before but there wasn't a new episode on the 16th due to basketball.

Warner Bros is confirmed to have a large panel at WonderCon, which leads people to believe they'll be showing some new footage, most likely the first look at Justice League. And some unfortunate rumor type speculation from both JK Simmons and Joe Manganiello. With the rumored rewrites and delays Joe is unsure if he'll even be in The Batman, while JK Simmons isn't sure if he'll have a place beyond one movie as Commissioner Gordon.

Some leaked footage from Korea of one of Black Panther's Dora Milaje, or one of T'Challa's royal guard.


Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have said that "there are definitely some more obscure characters that people know or that real diehards know that will be in there just by virtue of we need a new villain, and we need some new good guys to compliment" in Deadpool 2. Personally, I'm hoping for T-Ray as the main badnik.

Every time I think there are dumb arguments about these movies I end up getting kneecapped. I had spent the last two years believing the people that insisted Doctor Strange should be black because a colorist painted him as a slightly darker Vincent Price as the dumbest of the dumb, but a trap door opened beneath me this weekend. Apparently there is outrage, outrage over a recent Wonder Woman trailer because, get this, she didn't have any armpit hair. This after she was made an ambassador to the UN and then had her diplomatic status revoked when people said her boobs were too big and she was an "unrealistic standard of beauty." Apparently being made of clay in the image of Aphrodite is a job killer on the ol' resume.

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I don't know who said that you couldn't tell the difference, but I sure as **** could tell that didn't sound like Mako at all. Aku just seems ... completely out of place for the show now. But wow at least the music is hauntingly amazing. I wonder/hope they release the soundtrack soon. Pretty spectacular roaming fight scene and ending.


If it's the same person who replaced Mako when he died during Avatar (I haven't looked), then it's probably I who mentioned it. His work as Iroh was a lot closer to Mako than his work as Aku seems to be. You could tell with Iroh (he went heavy on the accent when he took over). But it was not shockingly different.

At the end of the episode though, how did Jack make the walls explode by tapping them with his "tuning fork" dagger? Did I miss him planting small explosives? Like that belt of grenades he used as a distraction while fleeing those "Daughters of Aku".

I do like the gun toting Jack a lot more than I thought I would. It seems to work since he has been stuck in this time for 50 years, and would adapt to it.
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If it's the same person who replaced Mako when he died during Avatar (I haven't looked), then it's probably I who mentioned it.
I think you mentioned something about it, but I was thinking Genndy Tartakovsky who said the guy they got for Aku "does a pretty good imitation" of Mako, which I guess is true enough. I was wrong about him saying we wouldn't be able to tell the difference (at least according to what I posted a few pages back, but I could have been paraphrasing and am not interested enough to look up more than that). Either way, I am nitpicking.
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how did Jack make the walls explode by tapping them with his "tuning fork" dagger? Did I miss him planting small explosives?
It was the dagger's "special ability" that Robo Sammy Davis Jr used in the last episode. It's frequency made things like Jack's weapons, armor, and hiding spaces spontaneously explode.

Some Inhumans leaked footage. Here we have Black Bolt running from the cops. And here's one of him getting arrested. Note on the second one what looks like glass and debris.

Luke Evans, Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton compete in a Gaston sing-off on The Jonathan Ross Show because why not.
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Not sure how I forgot Mr. Beep-bop-diddly-bop Robot.

Supergirl: No surprise, cross over starts at last 1 minute of the episode. This Music Meister character just hypnotizes people with his flashy eyes. Not a single lyric sung. Not sure I recognize the actor. Just that it's not NPH. Guess we'll see how it goes.

So does another Kara love interest show up to fill the gap while she and Mon El take a drama filled break? Or maybe she goes running to the arms of Lena... give the other side a try for a few episodes.
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Not a single lyric sung.
Yeah, almost guaranteed I'm not going to enjoy that tonight. I could live with it not being NPH, but magic Naruto eyes and not a single hum from a guy whose powers are literally music based? Nuh uh. This is "Mutant Whose Powers Are To Never Die Dies" levels of wrong. I'm ... I'm still bitter over Darwin.

Cutthroat Bitch Anne Dudek joins the cast of The Flash as Tracy Brand, a character described as "a smorgasbord of quirky idiosyncrasies" from the future. In other words, another Felicity Smoak.

Ghost in the Shell Water Fight, but while the action certainly looks top notch you'll note ScarJo in a skin tight body suit soaking wet.
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I've seen the first three episodes of Iron Fist so far. Honestly, I'm not having any issues with it at all. Even the bit in the hospital didn't bug me because they did sufficient switching back to other characters (and there was enough "new" information going on) that it didn't drag. Dunno, the pacing actually felt just about right to me. The hobo look was a bit "odd" at first, but actually worked with the way they established the character. Maybe I'm also more used to the stereotypical "beach bum" look as well. Looked and acted like a pretty normal person I might run into in Ocean Beach, in fact. Well, for certain definitions of "normal". I do have to say that he basically nailed that persona, so there is that.

I agree that the absence of an immediate and obvious "big bad" was a slight negative, but honestly if you go back and watch the early episodes of Daredevil, he's basically beating up random street thugs and gang members for most of the early episodes. IIRC, it's a good 4-5 episodes in before you ever even see the Kingpin. Whereas the fact that daddy Meachum is still alive shows up in episode 1 (or was it 2?), and his connection to the Hand is hinted at in episode 2, and clearly stated by episode 3. If anything, I've felt more of a sense of solid plot direction in this series than I've felt in other Netflix Marvel shows. I honestly felt that Luke Cage was far far worse in terms of meandering plot. Jessica Jones featured a bad guy that she was terrified of, and thus spent more time focusing on that fear as her enemy than the actual bad guy (which wasn't "bad", but made for a very dark and somewhat tangential story line). So far (and again, this is only 3 episodes in), things have progressed pretty much in a straight line in Iron Fist. The reveals have come at a comfortable pace IMO. And character development is... well... developing.

Not sure why the show got panned so badly. It's not perfect, but I'd say it's about on par with the other Marvel TV shows Netflix has put out there.
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Flash: Music Meister was a disappointment. Just absorbed everyone's powers, and put people in comas to syphon their powers. No real mind control, nothing music related at all. The only reason it was a musical was because it was in Barry/Kara's minds.

Mon El x Iris was kind of obvious.

And Stein x Joe... kind of a laugh. (You got a problem with that? No, I like musicals...)

I didn't care for the way the songs were done. Related to the lack of mind control forcing them to sing vs them just deciding to sign. And I cannot say I enjoyed any particular song. Barry/Kara's Superfriends song had a couple funny spots. I didn't care for Stein/Joe/Captain Jack's song.
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I'm not saying Iron Fist is a bad show. On it's own in a vacuum it's okay. But when you combine that it's an MCU show and that it's about a martial artist then the quality feels wanting. Lofty expectations, I guess. I'm ten episodes in, and without giving too much away, the Meachums just never really feel villainous. They're all certainly manipulative but they're basically just business people, with slightly elevated comic book morality. Ward and Harold both get a bit more interesting as the show progresses, but Joy just remains the same. The Hand are barely a presence, and while they and Madame Gao are "doing bad things," they're just not really antagonistic. Everyone is so busy being duplicitous (triplicitous even, just to invent a word to mean "more than duplicitous") that they forget to actually do anything. Really, it's Danny that's going out of the way to find trouble in this case. Colleen is the highlight of action scenes, and Ward's story arc is probably the best of the show, but the overarching storyline never seems to congeal.

If anything I'd say Iron Fist is just setup for Defenders, or a second season.
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Yeah, almost guaranteed I'm not going to enjoy that tonight.
Sometimes being right is a curse. That wasn't Music Meister. At all. I refuse it. His powers had nothing to do with music, it was just a coincidence he was in a musical setting. Literally zero. That was ... that was Control Freak from the Teen Titans cartoons with some Parasite thrown in.

Why the Home For Infinite Losers was Control Freak even dimension jumping, and how did he have intimate knowledge of both worlds? Looks like Darwin is no longer the least accurate character. Joe x Stein scene was amusing, yes, and I actually liked their song and the BarryKara duet, but beyond that I found myself yelling "No" at the TV every time they said "Music Meister." He wasn't. Now I have to rewatch Brave and the Bold to get the bad taste out of my ears.
Next week's Supergirl is directed by Kevin Smith, who at the very least you can say he's nerd enough to stick to source material.

Legends of Tomorrow stayed pretty close to the source material ... of Lord of the Rings.

Trailer for Netflix's Death Note looks interesting enough. At least this time the complaints about the casting are legitimate. Still, liked the trailer.


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Legion: Silent film setup was great. And Oliver conducting Ravel's Bolero was a nice touch. It was almost as if Oliver was summoning David. And I don't think that was a coincidence. Once David awoke in the "real" world, Oliver vanished. Yet he returned afterward in Summerland.

The Eye got trash compacted. Quite the gruesome way to go. And when he was placed back in his body with time still frozen, it wasn't until after time was moving again that the compacting effects happened.

Edit: Oh, and can't forget about the Shadow King vs Xavier classroom.

There's something going on here. Everyone seemed to know the name Farouk. Carey knew it, Syd knew it, etc. So either he was a famous telepathic mutant in this world, or they knew him someway else... (like, being part of David. And innately knowing this stuff, if not actually knowing why/how). Shadow King is looking for "It" from David. Something David hid, even as a child. I am thinking he was looking for the memories David had of his real Father. Which is why Shadow King was poking around with Amy and the memories around the time David was dropped off at her home. The globes and maps and control room type setup, just symbolism for Shadow King's attempts to navigate David's Mind/Memories.

And there is still the unanswered question of what it was that Shadow King did with David as a child, and the WABitW, Cutting off the mother's head, burning the city to the ground. I don't think those were just stories. But I am starting to think those answers won't be in season 1.

There was so much imagery in the first few episodes at the hospital and summerland that made the reality of those situations questionable. I can't accept them being a "real world" situation.


One episode left. I know I'm going to be disappointed next Wednesday. Not because of the finale itself (which, I'm sure is going to be as good a finale as you could expect). But more just because it's over.

And, I'll leave this here. Song from the episode. Kind of spoilery, I guess, cause it seemed better to know it wasn't coming:

Ravel's Bolero.




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Legion: Silent film setup was great.
While the music selections have been great every episode, and I do love me some Bolera (seriously, every episode had some kind of musical sequence) it's Aubrey's performance that's really knocking the show out of the park for me. Her and whoever is doing wardrobe for her, especially this episode. Something about her body language and facial expressions sells psychopath. That whole nightmare realm was great.

I think David creating "Rational David" while trapped is pretty significant. He created a personification of his personality without a second thought to help him out of a bind. Again knocks into the theory it's all in his head. As Lenny became more and more powerful David started to subconsciously create people, like the Summerland people to combat her. I think Oliver coming "back to life" looking basically unaged and The Eye getting squished "in real life" kind of supports it as well. Also, I'm thinking it was less stopped time and more at the speed of thought.

The "drooling guy was actually dying the whole time" was a nice touch. Also "The guy we're not supposed to realize is Xavier"'s X Wheelchair briefly showing up.


In some great news, Michael Pena confirmed he'll be reprising his role as Juan Punch Man Luis in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp. Those narration scenes were some of the best in the first movie, so his return is welcome.

Apparently Sony hasn't learned a damn thing, as yet another spin-off has been announced hot after the Venom announcement. This time a female-led story starring Black Cat and Sable. They could, you know, wait a movie or two to see if anyone is going to bother seeing them first before trying to branch out, yes? Yes? No, of course not.

Paramount Pictures is jumping on the R rated capes bandwagon with Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's The Pro. It's a parody story of a prostitute who is granted superpowers, and must juggle her day job, her night job, being a parent, and learning to use her new abilities responsibly. If the premise sounds juvenile ... well, it is. This was the guy who wrote Preacher's excuse to be silly. She's blowing a Superman expy who ends up knocking a plane out of the sky. I guess considering R Rated Capes are 2 for 2 so far it's a good idea to jump in early, but it's a small sample size so you can't exactly say they're successful because of the rating.

Justice League to premiere a trailer Saturday, and here's a trailer for the trailer.
Also the movie has a webpage that I haven't delved into. I'm still not fond of Flash's tacticool uniform and Zack Snyder in general. I delved. Took a moment to convert from mp4 to gif to show my genius.

And almost instantly, a second trailer to the trailer. Because you can't have a DC movie without Batman being the focus.


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I think David creating "Rational David" while trapped is pretty significant. He created a personification of his personality without a second thought to help him out of a bind. Again knocks into the theory it's all in his head. As Lenny became more and more powerful David started to subconsciously create people, like the Summerland people to combat her. I think Oliver coming "back to life" looking basically unaged and The Eye getting squished "in real life" kind of supports it as well. Also, I'm thinking it was less stopped time and more at the speed of thought.


Eh. Or he really is a powerful mutant with a combination of telepathic and telekinetic abilities that allow for the kinds of effects in the "real world" that we've seen. The Shadow king is possessing him and trying to take control of those powers so he can once again live in the real world. There really is a fight between mutants and some evil government types. Oliver really was in some kind of suspended animation (got lost in his mind on the astral plane, so Melanie froze his body to keep him from dying). Which explains his interactions to date, and why he hasn't aged. The Eye being squished in real life is because the Shadow King used David's powers to kill him. We just don't see the effect in the real world until after they leave David's mind. If what was happening happened in a short enough time that the bullets hadn't yet reached David and Syd, it's reasonable that the squishing effect, while already represented in his mind was just starting when they came out, and finished in the first second after that point.

I'll fully admit to my assessment being somewhat biased because I'd honestly prefer that to be the case than "it's all in his mind". But so far I have not seen anything that's happened in the "real world" that could not be explained by David's mutant powers and mental manipulation by the Shadow King. But hey. You never really know right?


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The "drooling guy was actually dying the whole time" was a nice touch. Also "The guy we're not supposed to realize is Xavier"'s X Wheelchair briefly showing up.


Yeah. That was a great touch.

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it's Aubrey's performance that's really knocking the show out of the park for me. Her and whoever is doing wardrobe for her, especially this episode.

Ya, she's probably my favorite character. Hope she and her outfitters win something for it.

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Also, I'm thinking it was less stopped time and more at the speed of thought.

Agree'd I just found it easier to write it the other way. Though, one thing I couldn't explain: Due to the whole "we are moving so much faster" the forces involved were all messed up. They couldn't move people, trying to stop a bullet causes sparks, etc. But Dr. Carey was able to move the anti-SK headband without issue.


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The "drooling guy was actually dying the whole time" was a nice touch.


But only for this version of Clockworks. Episode 1 drooling guy was not the same as Episode 6+7 drooling guy. And we already knew that Clockworks 2.0 drooling guy was Rudy, and that Rudy had been attacked by The Eye (who was then using Rudy as the disguise to get closer to David). Melanie saying something to the dying Rudy in the side closet of the "real" word is the only thing that really changed. And what ever she said allowed him to gather enough strength to mount the attack on Shadow King to save Syd and Female Carey.


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I'll fully admit to my assessment being somewhat biased because I'd honestly prefer that to be the case than "it's all in his mind". But so far I have not seen anything that's happened in the "real world" that could not be explained by David's mutant powers and mental manipulation by the Shadow King. But hey. You never really know right?


Episode 8 preview had some hint toward a connection between David and Oliver. I believe Oliver is part of David (already). That Oliver's Bolero event was key to bringing David out of his trap. And that Rational David appearing is directly related to what Oliver was doing outside. The events in the Classroom and the Breakout, and Oliver's Bolero performance were occurring simultaneously.
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I'll fully admit to my assessment being somewhat biased because I'd honestly prefer that to be the case than "it's all in his mind". But so far I have not seen anything that's happened in the "real world" that could not be explained by David's mutant powers and mental manipulation by the Shadow King. But hey. You never really know right?


Episode 8 preview had some hint toward a connection between David and Oliver. I believe Oliver is part of David (already). That Oliver's Bolero event was key to bringing David out of his trap. And that Rational David appearing is directly related to what Oliver was doing outside. The events in the Classroom and the Breakout, and Oliver's Bolero performance were occurring simultaneously.


Sure. None of that precludes Oliver having some mental abilities of his own, which resulted in him drifting off and getting lost in the astral plane years ago, only to be contacted by David (as seen a couple episodes ago), which led to him being aware of the conflict in David's mind, which led to him heading into his mind to help out when they were all trapped there. I saw the whole Bolero thing as his (overly dramatic of course), use of his mental abilities to help David break away from the Shadow King's control. Which is exactly what happened. When the Shadow King became aware of this and popped into the room to stop him, he basically "banished" Oliver from David's mind, the shock of which actually woke Oliver up in the real world and caused him to come out of his stasis. Heck. It's entirely possible that the Shadow King realized that he had to wake up Oliver to prevent him from remaining in the astral plane, and thus interacting with David's mind. Who knows? We don't know enough about Oliver and his powers to know. It could be that he can only roam around mentally while asleep. And if he found the astral plane more interesting than the real world, he may just have decided to stay there (again, backstory we don't really know yet).

I don't think Oliver is part of David at all. I think they have a connection because they're both telepathic, but that's about it.

Again though, I'm basing this on the comic character, in which he was real and was really possessed by the Shadow King. And while he did have the ability to pull people into his mind, they always came in two varieties. People he'd killed (accidentally) and he imprinted their personality into his own mind such that they operated semi-separately, and people who were very much alive, but he pulled them in for some reason (exactly like what happened at the hospital).

IIRC (and it's been years and years since I read the stories), the only actual created characters were representations of his own fractured mind and powers. One controlled his fire abilities. One controlled his telekinesis, I think? And I think the imprint of the one terrorist guy he killed controlled his telepathy (and was actually trying to repair David's mind as it turned out). So yeah, I suppose Oliver could be such a construct, but I'm at a kind of in for a penny in for a pound situation. If Oliver isn't "real", then none of them are. Because Melanie and the rest certainly know about Oliver from the past, well before they ever met David, and he's been in suspended animation the whole time. I suppose the whole thing could be a literal head fake, but again, I'd find that incredibly unsatisfying.
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My cable box recorded an episode of Powerless last night. Or so I thought.

Pressed play when I woke up before work, and it was actually "Trial and Error". Which I'll admit I enjoyed more than Powerless. Mostly due to John Lithgow. Not sure exactly how this series will work, because it's about a man accused of murdering his wife, and his grossly inept defense team. You'd think eventually this trial would end, and then of course the series.
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One controlled his fire abilities. One controlled his telekinesis, I think? And I think the imprint of the one terrorist guy he killed controlled his telepathy (and was actually trying to repair David's mind as it turned out).
Right, originally, but then his mind further splintered because COMIC BOOKS and he's (currently, as of 2013's "X-Men: Legacy at least) got an infinite number of, let's call them "power personalities," ranging from psychic claws similar to Psylocke's sword to full on omnipresence reality warping like the Beyonder. They're, you know, literally legion. So far he's only demonstrated the original three powers, but we haven't seen the associated personalities. The Summerlanders could remember Oliver from the past if that's what David's subconscious decided their memory should be. To make a "more complete narrative" for his mind to accept as reality while it's fighting for control. Like the Matrix. But like you said "You never really know," and I kind of doubt next week's season finale is going to truly answer anything.

Which, speaking of source, it is kind of weird now that I think about it how "real" David has a mostly American accent while the "fake" Rational David we were just introduced to is the one with the Scot/Brit accent his character normally has.
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You'd think eventually this trial would end, and then of course the series.
Couple of good jokes, but nothing that'd really convince me to go out of my way to watch. Maybe stay tuned when it's on accidentally or I cleared out my DVR of all the other shows and had it left. I'm starting to believe that just maybe I'm not a sitcom kind of guy. Not sure why Powerless wasn't on. It looks like it was a last minute decision, since apparently everyone's DVRs recorded it meaning the providers weren't informed of the change.

While I haven't seen it, from everything said and reported Assassin's Creed was a below average to huge disappointment of a movie, which means it's perfect for a television series. Ymar Azaiza, during an AMA on Reddit, revealed that Ubisoft is still interested in producing a TV series set in the universe of Assassins and Templars. "We will take our time to get sure we deliver something we can be proud of." Back in 2016 Ymar revealed that they were negotiating with Netflix for a new series.

Aaaand now another trailer for the trailer of Justice League, featuring Robo-Flash. The footage itself looks pretty exciting, but ... hell cards on the table I just hate the costume with the force of a million exploding suns. It's like a reminder of the dark ages of comics in the 90s where everyone had power armor of some sort. And pouches. So many pouches.


And one for Wonder Woman. I wonder if Henry Cavill is upset over his being shoved to the side of the franchise he launched and for all intense porpoises should be the main character of. Should be another two of these trailer trailers before tomorrow's trailer, which will probably just be all these mini trailers combined to form Ultra Mega Megaman. Anyway, Diana's trailer is pretty average. Batman, Aquaman and Flash's are all better so far.


Now Cyborg. Poor guy. First he lost his movie, and now he's stuck with the least interesting trailer trailer of the bunch. Of course, we still have one more to look forward to, and the actual trailer tomorrow.


Two posters for Spider-Man: Homecoming, one for the US and another for the UK. While I think the US one better captures Parker's character better (as a kid) personally I like the UK one better since he's sticking to Avengers Tower in that one. Still not a huge fan of the weird blue "stripes" that break up the costumes red sections, but I guess it could be worse. Could be powered armor.

Extended TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. Much better than the previous trailers. Though "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am" just doesn't have nearly the impact of "OOGA CHAKA."


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One controlled his fire abilities. One controlled his telekinesis, I think? And I think the imprint of the one terrorist guy he killed controlled his telepathy (and was actually trying to repair David's mind as it turned out).
Right, originally, but then his mind further splintered because COMIC BOOKS and he's (currently, as of 2013's "X-Men: Legacy at least) got an infinite number of, let's call them "power personalities," ranging from psychic claws similar to Psylocke's sword to full on omnipresence reality warping like the Beyonder. They're, you know, literally legion. So far he's only demonstrated the original three powers, but we haven't seen the associated personalities. The Summerlanders could remember Oliver from the past if that's what David's subconscious decided their memory should be. To make a "more complete narrative" for his mind to accept as reality while it's fighting for control. Like the Matrix. But like you said "You never really know," and I kind of doubt next week's season finale is going to truly answer anything.


Oh yeah. I'm not sold on anything at this moment. It's entirely possible that this is kinda like the Beirut situation in his mind in the original comic story. Where there was an entire war going on, which he thought was real, but was just inside his head. The conflict between the mutants and the government folks could be this show's take on that conflict, just set differently (and they probably don't want to go with the terrorist angle that was in the original story, for a few different reasons). I'm still holding out hope that at least some of the characters in the show exist as more than just figments of his imagination, but you never know.

I do agree that we'll probably have as many new questions as answers after next weeks finale. Probably more. Judging just from the teaser, I suspect we'll be left in some form of cliffhanger with nothing resolved. Hard to know for sure though. The show does seem to use a variable plot speed methodology. It'll crawl at a snails pace, then suddenly "zip bam boom!", bunch of stuff happens. It actually works well since they do a great job building up suspense and mystery and "WTF is going on?", then give you whiplash with the action/resolution stuff. Leaving you still kinda wondering what really just happened.

I'm definitely liking it though. Whatever the heck is going on.
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Justice League trailer. Looks awesome. I mean, really. Except the music choice. I get the choice, the words match the theme of the movie, but the trailer is pretty heavy on the action and the song just ... isn't. It's a minor nitpick, and if it weren't for the last two movies I'd be far more excited about seeing this one. After all, their trailers looked amazing as well.
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Ok, at first I thought it was this song:



But then either it changed, or the song was a cover that made it sound the same in the beginning? Not sure.
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Something else about Iron Fist in general, and the Netflix shows overall. There seems to be three "evil" factions. One with super elite undead ninjas that fight Daredevil and Stick, Gao's faction that pushes drugs, and now Bokuto's faction seems to be the Foot. Getting kids into a ninja army. The whole time I expected someone to offer Danny some cigarettes (Regular or menthol ).90s Ninja Turtle movie, if you're lost. Anyway, it takes about ten episodes before they finally reveal that all the bluster and awkwardness is from Danny's inexperience and that he doesn't even really want the job and not just a subpar script. Which is a good twist for a movie, not so much after ten hours to finally get there. If the tenth episode were the third or fourth episode the series as a whole would probably be much better paced. Obviously you'd also have to change some other things around. Ward and Harold Meachum certainly have grown on me.

Aww, Samurai Jack made a friend. And promptly went on a loli murder spree. Metal. I'm guessing one Akuloli will survive and be adopted by Jack.

New video leak for Avengers: Infinity War, showing Vision either awkwardly escaping or being thrown in the air by someone with what looks like a staff. Apparently the rumor is that it'll be the Black Order, a group of super powered generals for Thanos' army. So if true, I'd venture to guess either Proxima or Corvus. Whoever they are, their goal is pretty easy to guess. To try and take over the world, Pinky! take the Soul Gem stuck to Vision's noggin.


Also new, a flick featuring Batman and Harley Quinn. Just a picture so far, with the art style from the last season of the old 90s animated series. Complete with the harlequin Harley Quinn costume. Hopefully this version brings back Arleen Sorkin's delicious 30s gangster moll thick Long Island accent.

Reports speculate that the Venom movie will start filming this Fall, which makes sense considering the movie is set to release October 2018. The site, My Entertainment World, also states that it'll be a "Action/Horror/Sci Fi" movie. Which would be neat if it weren't also speculated that unlike Spider-Man it won't be a part of the MCU at all. How that's going to be a "spin-off" is anyone's guess.

CinemaCon is taking place in Las Vegas and things kick off tonight with Sony Pictures' presentation, which means there could be a new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming tonight. Looks like Sony confirmed there will be a new trailer coming some time tomorrow. To celebrate, they released a six second teaser for it. God do I hate this trailer for a trailer nonsense ... but here it is. Has a neat Spider-Drone thing, which I guess takes the place of the old Spider-Tracers he's known to use in the books constantly?

More from the world of Homecoming, Michael Keaton recently did an interview with USA Today about his character, Adrian Toomes / The Vulture. According to him the old man is less a tech engineer and more involved with the salvage efforts dealing with the incident with the Chitauri and Avengers 1. Toomes is less than thrilled when a government-backed company, owned by Tony Stark, takes over his contract (after some sort of accident). According to Keaton, Toomes feels like a victim. "Some people see themselves as victims - he sees himself a little bit like that. He probably would have a strong argument that he never got a fair shot - a lot of ‘Why not me? Where’s mine?’" Director John Watts adds that it was fun to pick over past Marvel films for the tech that Vulture, The Tinkerer and Shocker would be using in Homecoming, calling it, "Neat junk from all the other movies. [...] It’s a really great starting point for the villains to have the Vulture picking over the stuff and finding the valuable exotic elements and having the Tinkerer assemble into something that could be used."

Some movie posters. First, individual character posters for Justice League. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Next up we have the Inhumans IMAX/ABC poster.

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Yeah, it was and then mixed into Come Together by The Beatles. I imagine the Beatles were in part to draw in the Guardians of the Galaxy crowd with some Dadpop, which is such a bad idea since the music in Guardians was actually part of the story and it just doesn't have the same appeal in other movies.

I'm just wondering why not even a flicker of a red cape? We know Supes is going to be there. They've already done a bunch of promotional images for him with Cavill. I'm all for keeping plot out of a trailer, but generally it should be things we don't already know are going to be there. It's not going to be a surprise that the boyscout is going to be there, the only question is when and how. I think making Aquaman a bro is going to work out, but giving the one-liners to Batman not so much.

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Aww, Samurai Jack made a friend. And promptly went on a loli murder spree. Metal. I'm guessing one Akuloli will survive and be adopted by Jack.


It will be Ashi (sp?). The runt of the litter, and the last one to be knocked off the cliff before Jack himself fell. I think she was the only one not wounded before falling. They set it up for her to be the one with an inkling of morals.

My suspicion is she will come to understand that the Daughters of Aku lied to her. As she sees more of the world, and of Jack.

Though, the preview for the next episode seemed to be Jack stuck in what I assume is the insides of a giant creature. Maybe something big lived at the base of the cliff?


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Something else about Iron Fist in general, and the Netflix shows overall. There seems to be three "evil" factions. One with super elite undead ninjas that fight Daredevil and Stick, Gao's faction that pushes drugs, and now Bokuto's faction seems to be the Foot. Getting kids into a ninja army. The whole time I expected someone to offer Danny some cigarettes (Regular or menthol ).90s Ninja Turtle movie, if you're lost. Anyway, it takes about ten episodes before they finally reveal that all the bluster and awkwardness is from Danny's inexperience and that he doesn't even really want the job and not just a subpar script. Which is a good twist for a movie, not so much after ten hours to finally get there. If the tenth episode were the third or fourth episode the series as a whole would probably be much better paced. Obviously you'd also have to change some other things around. Ward and Harold Meachum certainly have grown on me.


I think I'm 9 episodes in (honestly lost count). Just escaped from the Hand compound and had the whole "how could you?" "You don't understand" bit between Danny and Colleen. I am getting the whole "this is less a story in itself as a lead in to Defenders" vibe, as you mentioned earlier. Again though, I got that same sort of vibe will all of them so far (except maybe the first season of DD). Jessica Jones more or less existed solely to introduce Luke Cage and tie him into DD via the lawyer and the nurse characters. And Luke Cage itself was more just an introduction to the character, with a pretty clear set up for Iron Fist. So yeah, I'm not surprised by that aspect of it.

I'm speculating here, but I suspect that Danny's lack of really wanting to fulfill the assumed duties and responsibilities of the Iron Fist is actually the whole point. It's still a bit early to tell, but the impression I get is that the monks hanging out in their own closed off city, avoiding all contact with the outside world, and in fact somewhat violently "defending" it from outsiders has effectively removed them from the conflict for centuries. The Hand doesn't need to beat them. They've already retreated and made themselves a non-issue. I suspect Danny was chosen to receive the Iron Fist precisely so he would head back into the world and fight the Hand. Anyone else would have dutifully stood at the gates and defended it from an attack that the other guys have no reason to make.

I have a feeling that the whole "your flaws are what make you the exact right person to bear the Fist" is going to be a bit of the theme, and presumably lead into his presumed decision to stay in the outside world at the end of the season (and join/form the Defenders perhaps?). While I suppose the whole journey of self discovery may be a bit boring for most, I'm actually finding it quite interesting. Because even as unsure of his role as he is, he's still chock full of bias and assumptions, presumably repeated in a vacuum for centuries by folks who don't actually know what the heck is going on in the world outside. He questions his teachings and how they fit into the reality of that world, but that's the point. He can at least question them. The others would not. And thus would fail.

Well, that's my guess anyway. Dunno. I am actually enjoying the series quite a bit. I did doze off once (I tend to watch them late at night, and sometimes my "I'm really sleepy" timing isn't quite synced with the episodes start and stop times). But far far less than any of the other Marvel Netflix series so far. Not sure if that's the most scientific way of measuring things, but for whatever reason I'm finding myself more interested in whatever new thing is happening in this show, where there were whole sections of each of the others where it felt like the same drum being beat over and over.

Oh yeah. I'm not sure how the whole "multiple hands" thing will shake out. But again, it's at least interesting to watch. To be honest, they were always presented in this almost cardboard cutout manner previously, so it's refreshing to have at least *some* character to them and their organization.
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I got that same sort of vibe will all of them so far (except maybe the first season of DD).
Slightly maybe, except Luke Cage, but they were all pretty self enclosed stories, they could all be watched without really watching other characters' shows. Even Daredevil's first season didn't hinge on introducing the second season. Gao and the Hand were both introduced, but they felt more like filler than actual future plot points. Even in the second season the Hand's story was pretty much complete while leaving a cliffhanger. Iron Fist just feels like the whole show is one big cliffhanger. Maybe the last two episodes wrap it up better, I still need to watch those. Just having a hard time bringing myself to do so. Probably tonight, after finishing my daily dvr list and starting my Wednesday Reading List.

True to their word, Sony released the next Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, and true to being a trailer it's both exciting and makes one want to see the movie. Of course, much like Justice League the movie does have some negative association baggage with Sony's past attempts at Spider-Man making it slightly more difficult to want to see it unquestioningly. But they did ask the MCU for help, which is always a good step, and Tom Holland was good in Captain America: Civil War so two pros one really big con scenario. Also it's Spider-Man and I'm stupid for that. Anyway, lots of new footage, including an almost exact copy of the Train scene from Spider-Man 2. No doubt they'll also have a "New Yorkers Help Spider-Man" scene as well.

Director Watts confirms that the Tony Stark-owned clean-up crew that butts heads with Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes is indeed Damage Control, a group started by Tony Stark and the Kingpin to clean up collateral damage during cape fights in the greater NYC area. A while ago there was actually talk about an ABC spin-off featuring them, which I guess this is why the talk fell through. Watts also reveals that there will be plenty of Easter Eggs to look out for, as well as a post-credits scene.

Also during CinemaCon some Dark Tower footage was shown, but unlike Spider-Man that wasn't released into the wild as a trailer or a leak or anything. Yet.

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Also during CinemaCon some Dark Tower footage was shown, but unlike Spider-Man that wasn't released into the wild as a trailer or a leak or anything. Yet.


It had been awfully quiet in the media about Dark Tower, or The Stand movies. And I'm not one to really care about White-Washing, (or what's the inverse... Black-Facing?), I like both actors. But I really am curious how they'll handle the race interactions between key characters when it's removed from the character. Would they make Odetta's interactions with Roland minimal in that aspect, and focus instead of her and Eddie, keeping the same race relations in the character development. Or just make her an angry bitch in general, no reason other than mental illness.

I guess overall I'm not too optimistic about the movie. Not due to the race change, but just do to how huge the source material is, and how incomplete any movie adaptation would inevitably be, and unlikely that they'd adapt many of the more interesting scenes to the big screen properly. But my mother was really excited about a possible "The Stand" movie. She loves that older mini series / movie. Though she wasn't too keen on Matthew McConaughey playing Flagg. But if the Stand did happen in the same generation as Dark Tower, they really should cast the same actor.

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I got that same sort of vibe will all of them so far (except maybe the first season of DD).
Slightly maybe, except Luke Cage, but they were all pretty self enclosed stories, they could all be watched without really watching other characters' shows. Even Daredevil's first season didn't hinge on introducing the second season. Gao and the Hand were both introduced, but they felt more like filler than actual future plot points. Even in the second season the Hand's story was pretty much complete while leaving a cliffhanger. Iron Fist just feels like the whole show is one big cliffhanger. Maybe the last two episodes wrap it up better, I still need to watch those. Just having a hard time bringing myself to do so. Probably tonight, after finishing my daily dvr list and starting my Wednesday Reading List.


Ok. So apparently, I was finished with episode 11, not episode 9 (never said I could count). Finished watching the last two episodes. Er... Yeah. Big Cliffhanger.
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Some casting confirmation for Black Panther. Danai Gurira will be playing a Dora Milaje member, Okoye, while Lupita Nyong'o is Nakia, who starts out as a fellow bodyguard of T'Challa's but eventually turns against him and joins forces with Killmonger. Forest Whitaker has also been confirmed as one of T'Chaka's old friends, Zuri. Letitia Wright will play Shuri, T'Challa's half-sister. Shuri also took up the mantle of Black Panther in the comics for a while.

Also there's a rumor that Gwyneth Paltrow might reprise her Pepper Potts role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. That'd be interesting, maybe a triangle between her Stark and hot Aunt May Marisa Tomei.

Stephen King's It reboot has a trailer. Hope you like clowns. Because it's some freaky stuff if you don't.


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Legion: Zero answers given. But, in my opinion at least, more evidence toward the entire thing being in his head. SK's romp through the team, while retaining much of his borrowed mutant powers, seems to suggest that since SK would have more control of the "whole David" he would be able to retain and use those powers even while entering other personalities.

So now Oliver-SK is out and about. With Oliver potentially being one of David's more powerful personalities.

Overall I must say I was underwhelmed by the finale in comparison to the rest of the season, and definitely the last few episodes. I found myself asleep (admittedly long day at work prior) between the 20 and 35 minute mark, and had to rewind and watch it all again.
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Legion: Zero answers given.
Ha, David Voltron'd the guards. We still have no idea who exactly set the people on fire at the pool and how Syd knew it would happen. Why is the world an amalgamation of modern and the '60s, and not just Oliver? What is up with David's stepdad, why can't he remember him, and what's with the Worlds Angriest Boy In The World? What is and isn't real? Was that Lenny at the hospital at the beginning of the show or was it Benny and she just overwrote everyone's memories to believe she was there in his place? Will we survive waiting for season 2? That whole speech about how schizophrenia makes you believe you don't have it certainly didn't help. Not only that, but now we've got another question: Is Oliver being controlled or is he working with the Shadow King? When they showed Lenny and Oliver driving away he seemed awfully in control of himself. Yeah, okay, that weird ball thing too, but I figure that's the "Equinox" Division 3 General dude was talking about earlier in the episode.

Josh Boone, director of the New Mutants spin-off instagramed a picture of scene scouting, which indicates the movie might have a scene or two in Boston.

Also, barely any information beyond a headline, but a rumor of a rumor says that Josh Whedon is in talks to write, produce, and direct a Batgirl movie. Can't even find a director for The Flash and WB is already expanding on the freakin' Batfamily. Also, considering this weekend is April 1st I'm being far more skeptical of this than my usual not believing anything.

Speaking of rumored directors, Jordon Peele is also rumored to be in talks to direct the live action Akira movie. Get Out was such a surprisingly good horror movie, considering Peele is best known as a comedian so I think he could do it if he were given a script and capable actors and a genre that wasn't anime related at all. At the very least it's been a while since there's been a decent Cronenberg movie.

At least Agents of SHIELD and iZombie return next Tuesday.

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Legion Stuffs Yeah, okay, that weird ball thing too, but I figure that's the "Equinox" Division 3 General dude was talking about earlier in the episode.


That was out there, even for this show.
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It had been awfully quiet in the media about Dark Tower, or The Stand movies.
Good news, there was some news. It's been pushed back a week to an August 4th release, to "give The Emoji Movie more time to play in theaters while children are home from school over the summer." Somehow I don't think a Patrick Stewart talking poop is really aimed at my kid.

Finally got around to watching the final two episodes of Iron Fist. It's the kind of ending you make when you know there's another season, or in this case another series, where you can complete the story. Under normal television circumstances I've no problem with that, but somehow for the Netflix MCU it just doesn't do anything good for me. I wasn't fond that Daredevil Season 2 did it either. But the most infuriating thing for me is how they still refuse to acknowledge that Gao is the Crane Mother. Not fooling me, Netflix! Smiley: motz I stand by what I said earlier: By itself I felt it was a good show, but within the confines of the MCU universe it just feels weak. Neither Gao, Bakuto, or Harold ever really feel like real antagonists. Especially Bakuto who at best was a deranged school counselor. For what it's worth, everyone gives a pretty good performance, but Claire does feel out of place. She's had like a month of self defense training and she's holding her own against Hand bodyguards and footsoldiers? Yeah, no.

Opening credits for American Gods on Starz. I imagine this is what acid trips in Vegas looks like.
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