Stargate SG-1 Minicaps / Season 3, Eps. 9-12

27 Apr The Stargate SG-1 Season Two Minicaps only used that extra Gate once, and it was for business purposes only.
The Stargate SG-1 Season Two Minicaps only used that extra Gate once, and it was for business purposes only.

The Stargate SG-1 Season Three Minicaps will be hosting a funeral today. Bring your best robes and scarfes.

Stewart here…

Remember back when SG-1 had some other missions beside exploring strange new worlds, namely stopping Apophis, rescuing Daniel’s wife, Sha’re, and rescuing Skaara? Well, Apophis has been vanquished, so how is the rescuing part going? Well, we get the answer to one part, and another makes us regret we broke out the celebratory champagne…

“Rules of Engagement”

As SG-1 is searching a planet for a missing SG team, they find themselves stopping a skirmish between a SG team and Jaffa, and things get really twisty from there. The SG team AND the Jaffa are actually human servants of Apophis, who clearly didn’t get the memo their master is dead, and have been running training exercises since. So SG-1 tries to convince them that there’s no need to keep doing these exercises, which is easier said than done. With the games now escalating to real weapons, the team has to keep this from getting really messy.

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“My followers…I really liked the Get Well card first off…second, uuuuugggggghhhhhhhhh…”

 

–So we find out late in the episode that the missing SG-11 was captured, tortured for information, and eventually killed. And also, those soldiers were meant to infiltrate Earth for Apophis, which in itself seems a mission doomed to failure (I would assume it wouldn’t be too hard for SGC to notice a SG team that didn’t look familiar).

–SG-1 manage to stop that final challenge, although not without some deaths in that group of unknowing warriors. At least there’s no deus ex machina that made it a lossless fight.

–The Intar (the fake training weapons) are short for…Intar. Sometimes, there’s that lucky alien device that doesn’t need it’s name shrunk for convenience.

–“He also wanted me to tell you that the whole, “invasion of the Tau’ri” idea has been cancelled due to… rain.”

–“Just a huge honkin’ Apophis, Major. Nothing to be worried about.”

“Forever In A Day”

An unexpected reunion with the possessed Sha’re ends tragically as Teal’c kills her to save Daniel’s life. Daniel gets so shaken up emotionally by this event, that he decides to leave SG-1. But his dreams reveal something else: an important piece of information Sha’re gave him before she died. And things then get really twisty and revelatory in this emotional episode.

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Nice of Daniel in his desert gangsta outfit that he didn’t pour out a 40 for his dead wife.

 

–The conceit of this episode is all of it is happening as Sha’re is using that device on Daniel, which is a nice little grace note given to Daniel for the end of the episode to say goodbye to her.

–So Daniel has a purpose to find this “Harsesis” child, which is supposed to be some Goa’uld wunderkind host or something.

–I’ll admit it, I got a little misty eyed hearing Teal’c was honored to have Daniel talk to him again.

–Man, the team’s Daniel replacement had it rough. He had a lot to live up to.

–“Why?” “Because I’m insulted by your intelligence.”

“Past and Present”

SG-1 discovers a planet wracked with amnesia, and a possible culprit: Lynnea, the criminal doctor they inadvertently helped escape in last season’s “Prisoners”. Then we discover the amnesia is a by-product of an experiment Lynnea was running an experiment to de-age people, like the doctor Daniel starts becoming attached to. Before the planet falls into chaos, the team looks for a cure to this amnesia. But they also discover Daniel’s new doctor friend is a de-aged Lynnea, which does complicate the whole cure-finding mission.

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The Stargate takes us to wondorous alien worlds, like…Industrial Revolution World?

 

–So once “Ke’ra” discovers who she really is, she tries to kill herself. SG-1’s solution? Give her the same stuff that caused the amnesia in the first place to wipe her memories clean. So that’s taken care of, right?

–For the fear of a sociological collapse, that place seems to be quite busy, amnesia or not.

–So, Daniel really has some bad luck on his first woman after becoming a widower. I would hope that improves.

–“Don’t expect supper waiting.” “I never do.”

–Jack’s reaction to piecing together who “Ke’ra” is: priceless.

“Jolinar’s Memories”

When Jacob/Selmak is captured by Sokar and dumped into a hellish prison planet, Sam may hold the key to rescuing him. Jolinar was the only escapee of that planet, so Sam’s brain is scanned for that information. And even when it seems their daring last minute escape could be pulled off, there’s one more surprise. The new head cheese of the prison is the not dead Apophis! Uh-oh! And it’s “To Be Continued” next episode! Double uh-oh!

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AGH! PUT THE MASK BACK ON! PUT THE MASK BACK ON!

 

–Teal’c pulls the short straw and gets left behind on the ship to extract the team when the escape plan goes into effect. Of course, with this episode ending with Teal’c trying to evade Sokar’s forces, that doesn’t look good.

–So yeah, Jolinar and Martouk had a thing way back when, and of course, Carter gets to relive that, along with that prison torture, of course.

–Sokar’s guards have some really unwieldy shoulder guards. Must be a pain to raise your arms up in that thing.

–Apophis doesn’t seem to have all his face back from…well, whatever happened to him. Whatever it was, it left exposed skull.

–“By all means…to Hell with us!”

NEXT TIME: SG-1 and Jacob try to escape the hell planet in “The Devil You Know”, Teal’c discovers some kind of alien infiltration at the SGC in “Foothold”, the team try to save Skaara from an alien inquisition in “Pretense”, and an alien spore endangers the minds of SG-1 in “Urgo”.

ARROW Season 3×20, “The Fallen” recap

23 Apr

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Welcome back, Arrowheads! So, Team Arrow is dealing with all the fallout of Ra’s machinations to get Ollie to be the next League of Assassins president. Quentin has cracked down on everyone, Roy had to fake his death and leave town, and just when things couldn’t get more messed up, Ra’s stabbed Thea with a sword! Some companies refuse to take “no” as an answer when it comes to hiring people. I wonder how Ra’s new sales pitch to Ollie works out this episode. Continue reading

Stargate SG-1 Minicaps / Season 3, Eps. 5-8

19 Apr The Stargate SG-1 Season Two Minicaps only used that extra Gate once, and it was for business purposes only.
The Stargate SG-1 Season Two Minicaps only used that extra Gate once, and it was for business purposes only.

The bounty on the Stargate SG-1 Season Three Minicaps is not that high. Barely worth the effort to hunt it down.

Stewart here…

SG-1 has been busy. They killed Hathor, negotiated the safety of Earth from other System Lords, and managed to kill an ancient Goa’uld on Earth. Not too bad, considering how much time laid out they’ve been clocking in the meantime. Let’s see what they do with this round of minicaps…

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Here comes…Daredevil, the season review without fear!

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Stewart here…and slight spoilers ahead…

Being a longtime comics reader, I have a certain affinity for Daredevil, the blind hero of Hell’s Kitchen. I would drop in and out of the book in the last twenty plus odd years, but the most consistent I’ve been with Daredevil is during an insanely great run in the 00’s from writer Brian Michael Bendis, and subsequently writer Ed Brubaker. In that run, lawyer Matt Murdock and his crime-fighting alter ego went through an insane ringer of stuff, like his identity being made public, basically taking over Hell’s Kitchen, getting sent to prison, getting married, going crazy, and ending up running the lethal clan of assassins known as The Hand (I could mention what happened after that where he was possessed by a demon and tried to take over New York, but I rather not). In recent years, he’s gotten a better break in things, moving to San Francisco of all places, but clearly that’s not where this Netflix based Marvel TV show is placing itself. Like the eponymous movie of the same name (and for a better word on that than mine, check out the How Did This Get Made podcast episode on that), we’re staying in New York for this new take on Ol’ Hornhead.

The results? Pretty good.

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The Whedon camp talents of Drew Goddard (who developed the series) and Steven DeKnight (who runs it) clearly pull from the grittier Daredevil of the Bendis run. Although there are pulls from other Daredevil incarnations as well, like the outfit he wears throughout 99% of this season is almost verbatim from the Frank Miller written Man Without Fear. What is more surprising about Daredevil is how more grounded it is than say the relatively safer network based Agents of SHIELD is in relation to Marvel shows. That’s both a plus and minus in many cases throughout the season, but more on that later.

While the first episode moves more like a pilot episode than say a lot of Netflix based shows have in the past, things ease off once we get to know almost all the players in this run of episodes. We don’t go full on crime drama luckily, thanks to some really good action sequences (like the thrilling hallway fight that closes the second episode) and some nicely placed cliffhangers. It also helps we are given little glimpses into Matt’s past to figure out the broad strokes of how a blinded boy became a tough vigilante, but enough details are left open to keep him enigmatic. In fact, the closest we get to truly comic book-y is in the final episode when we get our hero in his titular duds.

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As for the cast, I quite enjoyed Charlie Cox as Matt (although he does get dangerously close to Christian Bale Batman voice as Daredevil) and the other actors laced throughout this, like Rosario Dawson and Scott Glenn, to name a few. And Matt’s friends, like Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) get chances to shine in all the chaos. But the MVP of this is Vincent D’Onfrio as Wilson Fisk, the “Kingpin”, who is one of the more layered Marvel baddies since Loki. He clearly is a measured character, but once Daredevil and a new love enters his life, the insecurities and monstrosities that he holds under explode in truly gruesome ways.

And here’s where we get into MAJOR SPOILERS:

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It’s a surprising turn to see reporter Ben Urich (a staple in the comics even now) get murdered by Fisk in the penultimate episode, although from his build-up in that episode, it was hard to see an outcome where he did survive. I understand the need to ramp up the stakes in the last few episodes, but considering what has happened because of Fisk, I debate whether that last turn was needed. What impressed me was how minimal supporting characters in this episode turned out to be more influential in the plot, like Owsley’s plan to cut loose of Fisk (which only backfired because he forgot Fisk is an impulsive sociopath) and Foggy’s lawyer friend providing a key piece of information that brought down Fisk. Which brings me to the Daredevil costume…sigh.

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Considering the Daredevil costume in the 2003 movie (and that Daredevil in that TV movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk), I suppose this is a step-up in Daredevil costumes, but its barely a step. I hope if the show returns (before or after the big Marvel/Netflix miniseries that unites these shows comes out) they refine the costume because its serviceable, but not quite there. To the credit of the show, the movie rarely gets too splashy in terms of villains, save the fight with the Japanese gangster late in the season. On the downside, his villains are limited to gangsters, as opposed to other types of baddies (once again, another thing I hope gets balanced better in another run of episodes).

I actually like where we get left in this by the end of the season, with Fisk in prison and Daredevil finally getting a name. And there’s also some fun little threads to pick up on for another season, like Vanessa, Karen killing Wesley, and Stick’s mission to prepare Matt for some coming event. I would like to think this will lead to the Hand in the future, and dare I say it, Elektra? But this is all speculation because it hasn’t been confirmed Daredevil will come back for a second round on his own yet.

I had my own ambivalence about this line of Netflix/Marvel shows, but Daredevil managed to give me hope for the future shows involving Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Just fix the suit and I might be even way more amped for a second season!

ARROW Season 3×19, “Broken Arrow” recap

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arrow302 Welcome back, Arrowheads! Previously: things went galactically bad for Team Arrow as Quentin decided to hammer out his betrayal issues by hunting them down. Then he found out from Ra’s (a reliable source, I guess) that Ollie’s the Arrow, and things got not remotely better. To save everyone else, he turns himself in in a plea deal. But the rest of the Team didn’t like that, and so, Roy appears in front of the convoy transporting Ollie…as the Arrow! Way to go, Roy, with lifetime imprisonment?

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Final WonderCon 2015 post- the Comic Arts Conference panel video

13 Apr

Joined a panel of mental health professionals, along with a novelist and journalist, to discuss the “struggle to survive and hang onto their humanity in the worst situations”, through the lens of The Walking Dead.

WonderCon 2015- panel fun times for all!

11 Apr

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WonderCon 2015 was a celebration of popular culture and nerdery. It offered fans a chance to meet creators and artists, to see props and replicas, to meet some treasured celebrities, and even to attend panels for creators, mental health considerations, and favorite TV shows or upcoming films. (Also- lots of cosplay fun)

Essentially- any bit of nerdy fun was available. Continue reading

Stargate SG-1 Minicaps / Season 3, Eps. 1-4

9 Apr The Stargate SG-1 Season Two Minicaps only used that extra Gate once, and it was for business purposes only.
The Stargate SG-1 Season Two Minicaps only used that extra Gate once, and it was for business purposes only.

The Stargate SG-1 Season Three Minicaps hasn’t gotten promoted yet, and after all the work it’s done.

Stewart here…

We ended last season on a cliffhanger (naturally) as O’Neill and company awakened from a cryo-slumber to find themselves in the far future. But, it was all part of a staged trap by old nemesis Hathor to get information. Meanwhile, Teal’c awakens at SGC and wants to search for his missing comrades. When he’s ordered not to, he takes his leave of the SGC to go on his own. And Hathor has a symbiote for a lucky member of SG-1. It’s just like The Bachelorette, but with controlling parasites as the prize (kinda like the actual show). So, let’s jump into season three, shall we? Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: the continuing adventures of this nerdy bunny

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Trekked south this past weekend for the annual WonderCon event in Anaheim. The con continues to be a wonderful midsize event that draws a great crowd of awesome nerds. It’s certainly a smaller event than the summer shindig that is SDCC but that works in several ways- easier to breath without quite so many people, it’s easier to get in to events and panels, and without the major studios cramming the exhibit hall it gives fans a chance to actually chat with creators.  Continue reading

Stargate SG-1 Minicaps / Season 2, Eps. 21-22 and Season Two Overview

3 Apr
The Stargate SG-1 Season Two Minicaps only used that extra Gate once, and it was for business purposes only.

The Stargate SG-1 Season Two Minicaps time traveled to 1999 to write this.

Stewart here…

This season, SG-1 managed to fight and destroy Apophis as a System Lord. Of course, they’ve had to contend with other System Lords in the interim, meet new allies (like the Tok’ra and the alien Asgard), and deal with enemies way foreign and domestic. So where will the remaining episodes of season two leave our heroes?

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