June 30th, 2016
It’s the end of an era, Castle is no more, having been cancelled at the end of this season and honestly, it’s time. As much as I love the series, I think it’s done as much as it can do, it’s time to hang up the mantle of Richard Castle and call it a day.
Unfortunately, they got word the series was being cancelled after all of the episodes were in the can and frankly, their finale… well… sucked. But more on that in a bit.
Let’s see how this final season of the writer turned detective finished up.
June 28th, 2016
Usually when people think about tokusatsu, they think about either Kamen Rider or Super Sentai, with the occasional person remembering Ultraman. But there was once another series, called Metal Heroes, which ran from 1982 to 1998. It slowly faded into obscurity, but recently Toei has been trying to relaunch the series with both theatrical movies, direct-to-video films and some appearances of old Metal Heroes in some of their regular shows. I recently reviewed the Kikaider Reboot, here’s my take on the “next generation” of Sharivan.
June 26th, 2016
Hey, haven’t reviewed a Takashi Miike movie in a while and with a lot of TV ending this week, we decided to sit down and watch his 2008 tokusatsu spoof, Yatterman. And if you know Miike, you know that his movies are completely crazy. So let’s get started.
June 25th, 2016
I did a review of the last Old Man Logan series last summer and my biggest problem with it was that it turned into a “Logan vs. fill-in-the-blank”. I ended up giving it a middling review and said I’d look forward to seeing how Jeff Lemire took on the character.
Well here we go.
There have been some obvious changes, after all, this isn’t the middle of Secret Wars anymore, but can these changes improve what I thought was a pretty mediocre book? Let’s find out.
June 23rd, 2016
Once a show goes on for a while, it can get a bit stale as the same thing happens over and over again. Some shows manage to remain fresh, some keep trying to return to their roots, as Elementary did this year. But trying to recapture what made you great to begin with only works if you can spark the same creative spirit that you once had without becoming derivative of what you once were.
So, did Elementary manage to breathe new life into what has become a staid police procedural? Read on and see.
June 21st, 2016
I’m not the biggest fan of time travel stories, especially badly done time travel stories. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done right, but far too often it is done very, very wrong. I think Legends of Tomorrow is one such example, where they haven’t set up any ground rules, then they keep throwing around reasons why they can’t do what clearly and obviously they ought to be able to, because… reasons. Warning, spoilers ahead.
June 19th, 2016
One problem with moving is you run out of time to do any reading. That’s been the case for me in the last couple of weeks, I’ve spent all of my time packing and none of my time with my nose in a book.
Not too long ago, I reviewed Wesley Chu’s first book in the Tao series and enjoyed it. There are two more books in the series that explore the adventures of Roen Tan, this one taking place several years after the conclusion of the last. As Roen becomes more seasoned in the alien war, how has being a host to an alien entity affected is life? That’s what this book explores. So let’s take a look at The Deaths of Tao and see if Chu can keep up the pace.
June 18th, 2016
Wow, when you get behind, you get behind. I’ve been doing so many Marvel comics lately that I realized I have DC titles I need to review and one of the first ones I took a look at was Teen Titans, only to realize that, as I write this, I’m 12 issues behind! I did a review of the first 5, so expect to see a bunch of reviews for this title as I catch up.
Anyhow, Teen Titans was one of my favorite titles, probably my favorite DC title, back in the 80s and although it’s gone through a lot of ups and downs, and I’ll explain a little of that below the fold, I try to keep up on it, maybe just for nostalgia purposes, so here goes my take on the first arc of this new(est) incarnation.
June 16th, 2016
Comic book shows are all the rage now, although mostly they come in the form of comic book series and Lucifer is not that. It started off as a character in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and got a 75 issue solo spinoff called, obviously, Lucifer, written by Mike Carey. While you can’t do everything that the comic did, the TV version takes a significant part of the setup and even though religious groups whined loud and hard about the show, not only was it made, not only did it complete its first season, it got renewed for a second. Go #TeamLucifer!
June 14th, 2016
I ended up seeing Gattaca again recently, riffed in fact, and was reminded what a really stupid movie it actually is. A lot of people seem to think it’s wonderful, but I think it’s dumb.
For those that don’t know, Gattaca was a 1997 distopian flick starring Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law, about a man born “natural” in a world of genetically perfect people and having to “fake” his way through life so he can achieve his dream of being an astronaut. And yes, it is every bit as stupid as that sounds.