Friday, May 20, 2016

This Week...: Arrow, Harley Quinn, Legends of Tomorrow, Ghostbusters & More

 
 
Hello and Welcome to the Basement…

It’s FRIDAY! Time to go over THIS Week with the Superheroes!


So right off the bat, let me give a shout out to Jay Taylor of the Square Comics, for not only autographing my copy of Centralia 2, not only sending me a copy of the 2014 Stormwatch Sketchbook, but for also putting this epic sketch of Harley Quinn from Atlantic City Boardwalk Con for sale. If you get a chance to check out of his stuff at www.onthesquarecomics.com

Now let’s check out this week’s news…

Saw the second Ghostbusters In Name Only trailer… and… yeah it still looks like crap. The humor is forced, the effects look stale, and it looks completely manufactured without soul or passion. Now I will still see the film, because if I’m wrong about it, I’ll admit it… but more than likely I’m going to be right, and I will want to rip it apart in glorious fashion.

Jeff Goldblum has joined the cast of Thor Ragnarok, playing the Grandmaster… seems to be a big time for Goldblum for blockbusters, with him reprising his role from Independence Day. The Grandmaster debuted back in 1969, is one of the ageless Elders of the Universe and that’s all I really know, I don’t think I’ve ever read comics where he was the lead villain, if I have, none are sticking out to me.

It’s reported that Michael Keaton is back in talks as the lead villain for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which means that Marvel probably has a very narrow view on who they want to play the part.

There is reports that there is going to be a Harley Quinn movie, and Tara Strong (who has voiced the character in numerous projects in recent years) would love to have an on-screen cameo. I’m all for that! Make it happen! 

Captain America Civil War has more than trumped Batman V Superman at the Box Office, actually hitting the Billion Mark… goes to show if you have a movie in color, make it fun and have a plot that makes some sense people will go to see it in droves!

And Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 is going to involve my favorite Superhero team of all time… the Justice Society of America! (Yes I popped big when seeing Hourman show up at the end of the season finale)

Speaking of which… let’s go over this week’s shows

Gotham: Wrath of the Villains: A Legion of Horribles
Plot: Hugo Strange manages to bring Fish Mooney back to life in Indian Hill; Bruce teams up with Gordon, Alfred and Lucius to help a friend who is in danger.
Rating: 2 out 5 – Talk about an episode that just didn’t mesh well at all, yes it introduces the Court of Owls, yes Fish Mooney was brought back…but this episode felt more like filler for the start of a season, not something for the end of the season… the problem is that you want to line up everything with the GCPD to face the creatures Hugo Strange has been working on while tying it all in with the death of Bruce’s parents, but the mixture wasn’t wall that good. Next week is the season finale

The Flash: Invincible
Plot: Zoom unleashes an army of Earth-2 meta-humans, the leader of which is Black Canary's doppelganger, Black Siren; Joe worries when Wally goes out to help The Flash.
Rating: 3 out of 5 – Hey The Flash got out of the gutter this week… because this actually seemed like a season finale which a shocking ending to carry over into the next season, the death of Henry Allan at the hands of Zoom… the reason why this wasn’t higher is that Barry’s ‘The Speed Force is with us’ schitck got real old, really damn quick, and resolution for the meta-human army was too ‘simple’… and Black Siren felt wasted… but hey at least she wasn’t killed off. It was nice to see  Caitlin and Cisco in the Killer Frost and Reverb costumes, and Wally’s steps towards becoming Kid Flash is progressing nicely. However the season ends next week… and by the looks of it, it’s going to be a foot-face

Agents of Shield: Absolution/Ascension
Plot:  With Hive's master plan known, the team must spring into action and get ready for a deadly battle.
Rating: 2 out of 5 – A two-hour season finale… and boy did it drag… this relied a lot of plot convenience to get things from point A to B to C and so forth, ok, they capture Hive and bring him to the base… then he is freed, gets a way to deploy his virus to make primitives out of human race by launching it from space… and through an unofficial game of hot potato, a crucifix is used as misdirection to indicate who was going to die to save the day… in this case Lincoln… after teasing it’ll be Mack, Yo-Yo and the least likely Daisy, who ends up going rogue. The only positive here is that this should be the last time we see Ward or anything that looks like him… cause if he’s brought back in the fall, I’m going to be pissed.

Arrow: Lost in the Flood
Plot: Oliver and Diggle work to save Thea; Felicity, Curtis and Noah team up to stop Darhk
Rating:  4 out of 5 – Arrow has a lot of momentum heading into its season finale, the Ark pace that Darhk and Hive was going to use to keep their chosen people safe was destroyed, Darhk’s wife was killed, and how Darhk is desperate, he is willing to just burn the world… yes this episode had some bad moments, primarily anytime John Barrowman was on screen… but overall it does its job setting up the finale episode of the season with everything focusing on it. This is where both Flash and Gotham failed. But can Arrow deliver? We’ll see next week

Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary
Plot:  Rip decides the team has sacrificed enough and returns its members to Central City to pursue their own destinies; Sara receives devastating news from her father.
Rating: 5 out of 5 – THAT IS HOW YOU END A SEASON! You bring resolution to the big bad, but killing Savage not once, not twice but THREE Times over, you see up the next season with indication who’s staying (Firestorm, Atom, Rory & Sara), who’s leaving (Hawkman, Hawkwoman) and who’s joining (Hourman) while having a conclusion that raising questions about the future (the name drop of the Justice Society of America, having Hourman say that Rory told him where the team would be) AND giving closure to a number of elements (Sara finding out about Laurel’s death, Rory having one last talk with Snart). This was perfect in every sense of the word in my opinion, and I can’t wait till season two!

And on that note… Next’s Week’s show will be on Thursday, because I do intend to see X-Men Apocalypse either week, and I’ll give the run down on that as soon as I see it. Tomorrow is Saturday, which means Tales From The TARDIS… and we’ll be going over part four of the The Keys of Marinus!

Catch ya then!

 

Let's Play Poker Night 2

Some how I feel out of my depth...

Hello and Welcome to the Basement...

So what happens on a night where I just feel like taking it easy and vegging? Well I head on down to the Inventory to play some high stakes poker with the like of Brock Samson, Claptrap, Ash Williams and Sam... Of course that sounds like I'm insanse right? Well thankfully it's a video game... Poker Night 2 from Tell Tale Games.

It's basically computer poker with four opponents from four very different franchises... and yeah, this is the only setting that would make sense for them to appear in... well other than a comic book. Anyway this is the sequel to Poker Night at the Inventor... and it's straight up Texas Hold 'Em (with the option for Omaha Rules). Nothing fancy, just got to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em... which I doubt, I try to bluff my way through every hand... I do know how to play poker, but the random factor always comes into effect.

Still the real charm of this game and its predecessor is the witty banter between the four opponents and also GLaDOS from Portal... from Brock finding this whole thing weird, to Sam wondering about Ash's hand... to Claptrap being... annoying as all hell... to GLaDOS snarky way of telling the player (in this case me) that something will bite me in my ample posterior... I want to know how does she know I have a fat ass?!

Anyway, the game is a lot of fun... and I manage to win a hand here and there... if you want to see the live stream replay, it's included below.

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