Archive | May, 2016

ARROW Season 4×23, “Schism” recap

26 May

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Welcome back, Arrowheads, for the season finale! With that underground HIVE complex being destroyed, it looks like Damien Darhk’s plan to rebuild the world after burning it clean with nuclear fire has hit a massive snag. But with his wife dead, he’s down to zero craps about that and seems to just want to lay waste to humanity anyway. His first stop: going to Ollie’s loft, where Felicity, Donna, and Curtis really don’t want to receive this evil gentleman caller… Continue reading

Legends of Tomorrow, “Destiny” recap

22 May

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Welcome back! While we seem to have gotten Carter back, we also dropped off Vandal Savage to the Time Masters, who we have discovered are aligned in Savage’s plan for world domination! Also, the team has been detained by the Time Masters, minus a missing Snart and Sara. Rip is also locked away, and Savage lets his adversary know he has to go to a long awaited appointment to kill Rip’s family! So yeah, everyone’s boned…except Jax, who got sent back to 2016 to cure his time rapid aging problem. Where did he end up, anyway? Continue reading

Legends of Tomorrow, “River of Time” recap

21 May

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Welcome back! Last time, the team finally got Vandal Savage where they wanted him, but had to take him prisoner when they made a startling discovery. Their teammate, Carter, has been reincarnated and turned into a brainwashed drone of Savage, and only Savage can cure him! So how can they get Savage to cure Carter, while dealing with the whole threat of Time Masters still breathing down their backs? Continue reading

Another WonderCon survival story!

20 May

I’ve been sitting on my thoughts about WonderCon 2016 for a bit now¬†because I was bitter about being there alone this year… but that wasn’t WonderCon’s fault. So I’ve decided to draft my thoughts and just move on.

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ARROW Season 4×22, “Lost In The Flood” recap

19 May

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Welcome back, Arrowheads! When last we left Team Arrow, they were trying to prevent Damien Darhk’s plan for global Armageddon! While they prevented wholesale death, they weren’t able to prevent a small town of thousands from getting vaporized. Bad news, since Darhk has now collected those souls to give him super dark powers now. Meanwhile in Darhk’s suburban ark, Thea just lost another boyfriend, this time at the hands of crazy Speedy super fan Lonnie Machin/Anarky. And Felicity is having to deal with her hacker criminal daddy, Noah, being back in the scene. Oh, and A TOWN IN THE U.S. JUST GOT NUKED. Just saying, we got priorities bigger than family crap. Continue reading

Legends of Tomorrow, “Leviathan” recap

16 May

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Welcome back! With the Time Masters’ attempts to stop Rip and his team of heroes reaching dangerous levels, the team is left with no option but to face Vandal Savage in the time where he has the most power: the year 2166. Continue reading

Legends of Tomorrow, “Last Refuge” recap

15 May

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Welcome back! So the mission to stop Vandal Savage is running into some delays thanks to those pesky Time Masters. They sent a band of bounty hunters to kill them, and instead, they got themselves killed. And now, the newest plan to stop our heroes is by sending an assassin to kill them all…as their younger selves! So how do they stop a killer that can strike them anytime in their past? As you’ll discover, not as complicated a task as you may think… Continue reading

ARROW Season 4×21, “Monument Point” recap

12 May

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Welcome back, Arrowheads! Things are really revving up for the endgame of this season, as HIVE’s big plan is finally coming into shape. And that plan is stealing an ARGUS program that controls all the world’s nuclear arsenal, and annihilating Earth’s population! Meanwhile, Thea learns that HIVE is making their own super duper bomb shelter underneath the city, that happens to look like the suburbs, which, that’s a thing. Will the rest of the Team stop Darhk’s final plan? Will Thea get out of that giant shelter? Will Diggle get past killing his little brother? And oh yeah, how’s Quentin Lance doing after burying another kid? Continue reading

What’s So CIVIL About CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Anyway? (SPOILER TALK)

9 May

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Stewart here…

So for those of you who had a chance to see Captain America: Civil War over the weekend (or you’re one of those readers who lives outside the U.S. and had a chance to see it over the last few weeks), I’ll be talking about my brief opinions on the movie. Before we get too spoilery though, here some of the broad non-spoilery stuff that I really dig about Civil War, and later on, go into the pluses and minuses (the few there are) of it:

–We had to eventually get to a storyline like this in the MCU with events of late (I mean, AN ENTIRE CITY was almost used as a giant meteor of death in the last Avengers movie) with having some kind of global response to the collateral damage of these big fights. And it’s good to see the arguments for and against it have strong points that you can understand.

–This movie may have the most incredible fight scene of any Marvel movie (let alone maybe any superhero movie) and also one the most emotionally traumatizing and personal of any Marvel movie.

–It’s nice to see RDJ get some more shades to play in Tony Stark here, as his frustration and inner turmoil finally starts to boil over in a truly heartbreaking way.

–Vision and Scarlet Witch feel more like characters than I think Age of Ultron ever succeeded at doing, which is not as much a slam on that movie, because there was a lot of balls in the air there.

–I was looking forward to a Black Panther movie, but with Chadwick Boseman’s performance as T’Challa and the setup of Wakanda here makes me really excited to see this character in action on his own.

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–Spider-Man is the greatest part of the brief scenes he’s in, but without spoiling too much, there are some concerns.

–Zemo isn’t as good as say the villain in the last Captain America movie, but his big plan is certainly one of the more creative ones, because of what he doesn’t do.

–We really haven’t cracked the Black Widow solo movie code yet, Marvel? Because, sheesh.

–Also, Ant-Man. Better here than in his own solo movie. Note that when doing his next movie, Marvel.

–Hey, a big budget superhero throw down movie in 2016 that remembers to be funny?

–Chris Evans pretty much IS Captain America. And you need a hero like that in a movie like this.

–Out of the two movies regarding superheroes fighting each other, setting up future movies, and packing in multiple characters and motivations in 2016, this is the one that works. Take notes, competition.

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So the remainder of this is SPOILERS for the whole movie, so if you don’t wish to know any more, stop here.

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Really, stop here because we talk about the WHOLE MOVIE. Okay?

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–“That shield doesn’t obey the laws of physics!”

–GIANT-Man, everyone! I think his laugh when it worked was pretty much my laugh when it happened. Also, regular Ant-Man shrinking and expanding tricks throughout the fight (“I thought that was a water truck.”) were awesome!

–Okay, great to have Spidey in this, but here’s my concern: Tony decides to take this teenager into a fight (across an ocean!) with a bunch of veteran adult heroes that could easily go bad (and does), and what part of this doesn’t seem like stupidity and endangerment on Tony’s end? On the positive end, making him a nervous chatter mouth nerd is a wonderful note to have this version of Spidey be. He’s a fanboy, and his reactions really help the extended airport fight.

–“We’re still running at each other. We’re not stopping!”

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–Scarlet Witch doing all those quick saves of her buddies during the big fight was great.

–We get Crossbones briefly, before he suicide bombs himself. Also, that the explosion is contained, but briefly we see it actually burning him up alive as Scarlet Witch gets him clear is really disturbing.

–You get the feeling that Bucky and Black Panther are the only two heroes in this group everyone else combined would have difficulty fighting.

–Black Panther’s security lady? I kinda agree with T’Challa, that I would love a fight between her and Black Widow.

–Bucky using his metal arm to turn a battering ram into a baton? Ouch. And that catch of that motorcycle and flipping it into his escape vehicle was amazing.

–That whole chase scene in Germany was impressive, like when Cap got out of the SUV, started running with the SUV flipping and crashing behind him.

–Rhodey gets crippled…by accident and by his teammate, Vision, no less!

–“We’re still friends, right?”

–The hilarious combo of Sam and Bucky.

–The Falcon and Redwing. And it being called a “bird costume”.

–“Where are you from, kid?” “Queens.” “Brooklyn.”

–“It’s your conscience. We haven’t talked in a while.”

–The Wes Anderson-esque titles to show locations was a nice touch.

–Laying out a trap for Vision before he returned to the base? NOW Hawkeye is awesome.

–Vision in sweaters. And trying to cook.

–“Something just flew into me!”

–So Tony and Pepper are on the outs, huh?

–If you need an actor to make one scene where a parent expresses her anger over losing her child work, call Alfre Woodard!

–Hi, Martin Freeman! Bye, Martin Freeman!

–Thunderbolt Ross, as not a military man, but still kind of a jerk.

–Peggy Carter’s funeral. Sniff. And hey, if that bummed Steve out, at least he’s got a future hook-up with Peggy’s niece to look forward to.

–“The living are not done with you yet.”

–Zemo is definitely in the top tier of villains in the MCU because his plan to avenge his family’s death in Sokovia, as convoluted as it is, is not about fighting the Avengers externally, but internally making them fight each other. We think he’s after supersoldiers, but when they are found dead, its a real surprise. And he actually succeeds in his plan at the end, for however long that will be.

–Which brings us to the reveal that I really should have seen coming, since the hints have been throughout all the HYDRA-based plots of the films: the brainwashed Bucky killed Tony’s parents! And the real gutpunch that Cap never voiced his suspicion of that to Tony!

–“He killed my mom.” Just stabs you in the heart right there.

–The final fight with Cap and Iron Man is so brutal, especially when both have that reaction near the end that they almost killed each other.

–Does Steve leaving the shield behind mean we may get some pretender take up the Captain America mantle for the next Avengers movie?

–“Yes, that’s him. Tony Stank.”

–We get a Only You reunion with RDJ and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May.

–Of course Steve wouldn’t leave his allies to rot in a prison in the middle of the ocean. You know him.

–Bucky goes under stasis, because, surprise, he rather get all that secret HYDRA brain tampering out of his system for good before doing anything else.

–Wakanda’s kick ass giant panther statue, guys. This place looks awesome.

–Spidey gets that logo light from Tony. And when it read “Spider-Man will return”, big applause from the audience I was with.

–That “old movie”, The Empire Strikes Back. Sadly, he’s right.

–De-aged RDJ was a trip.

–We didn’t get another Spidey origin/Uncle Ben death scene. That’s right, BvS, we already know the story with these guys. We’re not idiots.

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–So are we thinking this rift gets patched up by or after the next Avengers movie?

So, what did you guys think of Civil War? Where do you rank this in the Marvel movies to date? Got any questions or stuff you want to chat about? You hyped up for a solo Spider-Man movie again or a Black Panther movie? Let’s talk about it below…

ARROW Season 4×20, “Genesis” recap

5 May

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Welcome back, Arrowheads! With Laurel Lance dead, Team Arrow is hurting hard from the loss of one of their own, but are determined to take down Damien Darhk and the rest of HIVE. But how can they stop Darhk’s magic and whatever this so called “Genesis” plan is? And what will happen when Diggle faces his turncoat brother? And will we get any flashbacks this week? The answer to the last one, thankfully, is NO. The rest, though… Continue reading

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