Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CW's Flash, Arrow, Legends

Hey there DC fans and other superhero lovers!

First off, *SPOILERS*  Lots of them if you aren't caught up on your CW shows.

How awesome is it that CW has become this awesome Super Hero channel?!  I think it's amazingly cool!  I just finished watching the second season of The Flash last night and it was amazing!  I was a Flash fan back in the 80's & 90's when John Wesley Shipp was the Scarlett Speedster & I was beyond happy when they rebooted the Flash & included him as the new Barry's Dad.  If you haven't seen the season finale yet, skip down to the next part of the blog because I have a spoiler here.  SPOILER ALERT  This season I got my fan-girl wish and they put Mr. Shipp in the JSA Flash costume as Jay Garrick!  I won't lie, I cried!  Seeing my generation's Flash honored in this Flash was awesome.  Mr. Shipp is one of those people that gave me courage to be me, so it was a little more emotional than just him being the Flash.  There was a bit of controversy after Mr. Shipp was outed and the original Flash was canceled.  To see this new generation embrace him and give him that hero status again just hit me in the feels.  Great job Flash team!

The Arrow finale was tonight.  I have liked Arrow since it started.  I was always a big Oliver Queen fan, but never thought I'd get to see the Green Arrow come to life on the big or small screen.  The Arrow team seems to be having a little trouble this season.  The writing isn't as tight and honestly, it's gotten a bit boring & tedious.  The characters keep making stupid choices over & over, not learning from them.  The woman on the island *Spoilers* Ollie kills because she begs him to because for some reason she can't handle the power, unlike Damien Darhk or the other male character.  Another very tired trope.  Men can handle power, woman cannot.  Now, I give these guys credit.  They have tried & succeeded sometimes really giving the ladies a voice & just as much action & consequences.  It's just hard to get past all that trope/stereotype history when storytelling has relied on it for so long.  Good rule of thumb, trade the characters and see how that works.  If Arrow begged the woman to kill him & she did, would you buy it?  If Diggle was stabbed by Damien Darhk and then taken to the hospital, made it through surgery then seizes & just dies, would you buy it?, have they dumbed him down this season.  *sigh* One of the side characters, Felicity,  that became the Arrow's love interest has taken up way more of the show's time than I care for.  Even during these last few episodes where the world is about to be nuked, we've spent at least 15 to 20 minutes watching this side character's parents fight over who is best for her and who she is most like.  UGH.  WTF does this have to do with Arrow or the world ending?  We've got characters making really dumb decisions, like repeatedly allow super villains go, only to have to fight them again & let them go again for very weak reasons.  The finale this season did not deliver and left us with about 10 minutes that the writers didn't seem to know what to do with.  Then, we've got one of my biggest problems of all.  *SPOILERS*  Actress Katie Cassidy played Black Canary.  She's the 2nd Black Canary in the series.  After bringing her up and convincing us all she could be Canary, they killed her.  This was Arrow's last connection in the present to the island incident.  This was the last character we started with to be allowed to put on a mask.  This was Black Canary. If you're a Green Arrow comic fan then this really bugs you.  You see, Canary & Arrow have one of the tightest relationships in comics.  They were made for each other.  Not to mention that, as a viewer I wasn't fond of Katie's character, Laurel, at first, but she really won me over & really came into her own and I just feel like they didn't follow through with her development once they got her to the point where her character & Arrow could really start bonding and we would've gotten to see this amazing relationship start to blossom.  Incredibly disappointing.  Black Canary & Ollie's relationship was one of the reasons I first started watching.  I couldn't wait to see this unfold on TV.  Now we are stuck with this mouthy tech girl who never shuts up and is basically bossing the Arrow around as our only love interest.  The show-runners say they felt Ms. Cassidy's character had reached an organic end, but I really felt like she was just coming into her own.  Those last few scenes between her & the Arrow were some of the best they had written.I'm not sure how much longer I can stay invested in this show.  The flashback scenes have grown tiresome & most of the show seems to be getting incredibly repetitive.  Not a single person I know has stuck with it besides me & T this season.  They are in trouble.

Last, but not least...well, yeah, least, is Legends of Tomorrow.  Good gods, where do I start?!  A villain that Arrow was unable to beat (sound familiar?) is transported to this show to be the main villain. Vandal Savage.  There are so many problems with this show.  Let's take a look at Hawkgirl.  Hawkgirl is the stereotypical "Damsel in distress".  She gets kidnapped, kidnapped, kidnapped and kidnapped.  Her destiny is tied to her lover and the guy that wants to be her lover, who happens to be our villain.  She starts a romance with one of our other heroes once her soulmate is killed.  One of her past selves tells her she will never be happy without the right guy, her soulmate.  PUKE.  Such an old worn out trope.  For a reincarnated leader of Egypt this gal is pretty lame.  She's timid, unsure, and very submissive which is just the opposite of the way she's been portrayed in the past.  I loved hawk woman in the comics and what they did with Hawkgirl in the animated series, but this Hawkgirl is just so sad & pathetic in this series.  Very disappointing.
     Rip Hunter.  We've got the actor that played one of Doctor Who's companions as a Time Master.  Rip Hunter isn't too off the mark.  He's a dishonest ass.
    The Atom.  Ray Palmer was introduced in Arrow, had an interesting relationship starting with Felicity and they killed him.  We find out he isn't dead and then they put him in Legends.  He spends most of the series trying to romance Hawkgirl & sulking.
     Firestorm.  Probably the one of the best characters in the series, but because he requires lots of CGI, we don't use him a bunch.  He's out of the picture either injured or unconscious often.
    Mik Rory.  Great character, used well & the bromance with Snart was fun.
   Snart or Captain Cold.  Wow.  They *spoiler alert* killed the best character of all in a way that I could've figured out to survive.  He had to hold a handle down.  What?!  He could've easily wedged something in there to hold the handle down.
    White Canary.  This was the original Black Canary, played by Caity Loitz.  Everyone loved her so much that they decided to keep the actress on & moved her over to Legends.  On Arrow she was resurrected in the Lazerus Pit & was the girlfriend of Nyssa, daughter of Ra's Al Ghul.  Unlike on Arrow, her acting was slightly cringe-worthy from time to time, but I like the character and loved the crush Snart developed on her.
     The characters not only repeat mistakes in this series, but repeat dialog.  A bunch.  Often.  Over & over.  Not only that, but the writers would use the first 15 minutes recapping that last episode.  It began to make me nuts.  I'm surprised it got a second season.  I seriously doubt it'll get a third unless major changes happen.

Overall, I love that these shows are happening.  They just need to get back to the tightness they had in storytelling like the first season of Arrow as well as Flash.  Flash has been the most satisfying this season.  Next year, we're adding Supergirl to the mix.  I hope they aren't spreading themselves too thin.  I'd rather have one show that was solid & tight then 4 mediocre shows.

What do you guys think?  Which show are you disappointed in this season & which one had you most excited?  Let me know in the comments below!  Thanks for stopping by!

May the 4th, Revenge of the 5th, & Star Wars Rogue One

Hello there!

One of my favorite weeks of the year passed recently! Star Wars day as well as Free Comic Book Day and today is the 39th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope!  It's always fun to see the world come together in celebration & Star Wars day is one of those times.  People post pictures of pastries & other goodies in Star Wars shapes or themes, dress in costume, or simply wear something that quietly says, " I'm a fan". They make work polos and button up dress shirts with embroidered Star Wars images just for those business casual folks that have to go to work but still want to be a part of the fun.  You can even find ties & bow ties with Star Wars themes.

Check out these Star Wars polos!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is the first Saturday in May every year. What is that you ask?  Well, (almost) every comic shop in the country sets out free comics that publishers have shipped so that readers can get an idea of what they offer.  It also helps get customers into the stores.  It's a win/ win for everyone.  There's often buttons and other swag that you can get as well. It's fun and you often can get into fun conversations about comics or movies with other fans. Cosplayers often make appearances as well. Get out there & support your local comics shop. Comics often open the door for literacy where other books might not.

My favorite free comic this year: 

I have yet to mention Star Wars Rogue One.  OMG! Mon Mothma! Mon "freakin'" Mothma!  If you read my Force Awakens review, you know how much I love Mon Mothma.  Ever since Force Awakens I have been researching & searching and investigating and trying to figure out if Mon Mothma died when the New Republic was destroyed.  Apparently not.  It seems the latest novel sheds some light on Mon Mothma's fate.  It's very close to the original EU, but with a less happy ending.  BOO!  Still, I am ecstatic that I get some Mon Mothma in Rogue One.  Not to mention the main character is named Jyn!  Yeah, I freaking LOVE that.  It's like all my Star Wars wishes are coming true.

I seriously cannot wait to see this film!  What do you guys think?  Did you participate in Star Wars Day or Free Comic Book Day?  Let me know by commenting below!