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CW's Arrow

CW’s Arrow

Review: Arrow (1S04) An Innocent Man

I’m just going to start calling this tv show Plot Hole… cause that’s pretty much how everything gets done. The most glaring was how the hit man, with little to no prompting, suddenly decides to confess off camera. Say what now?

Not to mention Laurel or Dinah, whatever, flip flops so badly it’s not even character development, it’s a mental defect. Seriously?

The only saving grace in this episode is Diggle who is awesome. His dry wit really shined in this episode. Also, finding that momma had the boat brought up from the sea bed and apparently step-daddy doesn’t know anything about it… I admit, did not see that coming.

Nice cameo from Captain Jack Harkness as well, but not enough to go by really.

So far this show hasn’t gotten any worse but it hasn’t gotten any better either. Its contrived plot points which create big gaping holes is worse than any comic book. If they can tighten things up then we really got something here, but until then, Arrow is still good filler before Supernatural.

On a completely random side note, every time I see an ad for Vampire Diaries, I keep thinking how great of a Gambit Ian Somerhaulder would be…

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I know, this is an X-Men/Marvel blog, but after hearing the news that Disney bought Lucasfilm, I had to say something. See, I’ve had what can only be described as an abusive relationship with Star Wars. Every time I try to break it off it sucks me back in. I thought I had it this time. I stopped any and all connects with Star Wars outside talking to the friends I made in the community. I thought I was free…

And then Disney buys Lucasfilm, announce Episode 7 in 2015 and I’m sucked back in again.

Disney and Marvel gave us the current Avengers and related movies (so this kinda related?). These movies have been spectacular but these were Disney AND Marvel. Will the same dynamic work with Disney and Lucasfilm? I want to say yes, after all, Disney made a great movie in John Carter (even though the marketing was crap) and they have/had a great relationship with Pixar as well.

So does this mean that Episode 7 will be good?

Define good.

Binary Disney

Binary Disney – Stolen from Facebook – Artist Unknown

My fandom goes deep into the expanded universe (EU) and I have come to the conclusion that Episode 7 will wipe the EU into alt universe land. Why? For one, they already said that they were left a whole bunch of stuff from Lucas and Lucasfilm regarding Episode 7 and where the franchise is supposed to go. I seriously doubt that Lucas (who has a history of ignoring the EU in the prequels) made any considerations for the EU in his ‘series bible’ as it where.

Secondly, if they wanted to go EU, where to start? If they want to recast, they could go back to a few years post ROTJ (aka Thrawn Trilogy) but as much as those books rocked, they will want to go with more contained and sweeping stories because this would be more accessible to new viewers (not to mention that TT would have to be rewritten in a lot of places to be Prequel consistent). I know, I sound like a heretic, but TT was great books but they won’t play on the big screen the same reason a lot of books adapted for movies just don’t work in the end.
Now, if they don’t recast and manage to get everyone back, well, sorry Mark, Carrie and Harrison, but you are all old, which means this would largely be about your kids… and yeah, the EU kinda screwed you over on that one. There is way to much to have happened to try to explain and just starting from scratch is better.

So the EU will be turned AU. I accept this. In a way, I want this.

See, the EU went down hill the moment they got an editor who, since they couldn’t kill off Luke Skywalker, decided to do the next best thing. The Vong was just stupid, and the stupid continued until there was so much stupidity abounding that only so hardcore they’re disillusioned, or those who actually think this is so stupid it must be brilliant, actually like the EU any more.

But there is a small hope. Just cause the storylines are gone doesn’t mean the characters are.

Boba Fett surviving the Sarlacc is a given seeing as he was shoe horned into the Prequels.
As for the rest… anything is up for grabs. I’d like to say Mara is a given as a Luke love-interest but her background would have to be adjusted (I could see her as a former member of Imperial Intelligence)… but for all we know Lucas had other ideas for Luke’s future and Mara (or any girlfriend) isn’t a part of it. She could still rock as a Jedi student… but again, where are they going to take this? Will him setting up a new Academy be a vital plot point or mearly a passing comment between fighting the big baddy? Speaking of big baddies… if the Vong show up, that’s it, I quit. As for other baddies, there are a lot to chose from but again, they may want to go original.

In the end, we may get characters from the EU but will they be those characters or shadows of their former selves? Too early to tell but the fact that they are going off notes at least opens the possibility for whatever screenwriter they get to polish off the script to perhaps embrace the EU.

That’s the thing isn’t it… it’s all too early. Disney could do so much good… or they could do so much wrong. Could they do any worse than Lucas? Actually, Yes. They really could. Will they? I have enough faith that it won’t go that far…

but at this moment, I’m once again sucked back into this abusive relationship with Star Wars and unless the words Vong are mentioned I will be right there to watch Episode 7 at its midnight showing…

All this… and right when I fully dedicated myself to another fandom…

Damn you Star Wars!!! Why can’t I quit you!!!

Mel Brook's Spaceballs

“When did we get to Disneyland?”


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It’s official. According to, Bryan Singer will take over the helm of X-Men: Days of Future Past. While Vaughn staying on would have been better, can’t say this troubles me as all.

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Fox released the new teaser one-sheet for The Wolverine and I snagged it thanks to CinemaBlend. Now, Fox has had a bad run of X-Men posters lately, I mean, all of their FC posters were bad photo-shops and completely devoid of any imagination. But with The Wolverine… I think they have a winner.

The Wolverine Teaser One-Sheet

The Wolverine Teaser One-Sheet

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Thanks to our new Production Designer Sheepykipz, we have a new banner for the site which is sssoooo much nicer than what I made. We’ll have a new background and avatar soon as well. Yay!

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As CinemaBlend pointed out, in this still from The Wolverine, Logan is sporting bone claws.

still from The Wolverine

Now, we’re pretty sure Magneto isn’t in The Wolverine. If McKellen has been tapped for this movie, we would all know by now, and I doubt him losing his metal ala the comics is something that would be more than a cameo anyway.

So that leaves flashback…

But why? At first I thought ‘they really need to bring in more Origin stuff?’ but then it occured to me that he’s not so much in a cave but a pit. This is probably related to the scenes where he is in that POW looking camp. Odds are this is background/setup as to why he’s in Japan and attending a funeral, probably of someone he met at this moment in time.

So I’m cool with this.

Random thought: Would it be cool if this was actually the Easter Egg, Logan trapped in a cave with bone claws and Jean comes to save him but Logan is all “you’re dead”… tantalizing… but yeah, not gonna happen.

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CW's Arrow

CW’s Arrow

Review: Arrow (1S03) Lone Gunman

We get an all new episode of Arrow in which rich guys are getting killed by someone named Deadshot who apparently likes to ink himself with his victims… and that’s a real shame, Deadshot seems like he’d be a cool character to get to know but instead he’s just there, a plot device for fan service and nothing else.

Instead of Deadshot goodness, we have to sit through more bad voice over and a sorta/kinda love triangle. And not only is Deadshot wasted in this story but he’s been killed off? Seriously? Just pick off the Rogue’s gallery one by one why don’t you? It doesn’t even leave anything that could be picked up later. I suppose they don’t want to leave everything opened ended, but there are more ways to close this up without killing off the character.

Oh, and another thing that bugs me about this series (other than its editing issues) is his face paint. Oliver runs up to the roof, gets dressed, applies all that face paint perfectly, then zip-lines over well before the police even think about getting into the building the shooter is obviously coming from? What? Seriously? The body guard gets over there faster than the cops and somehow I think he didn’t zipline but had to go all the way back downstairs then across the road and up that building. This makes no sense!

But there was some good moments. I like Dresden being a smart cop. I like the exchange between him and Oliver at the auction. I like how Oliver kinda forgot who he was talking to with the body guard, wish they would have played that out more before turning the body guard into the side kick, cause that’s basically what’s gonna happen.

Again, still listing this as ‘not a bad show’ but waiting for it to move up into ‘it’s a good show’ territory.

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X-Treme X-Men #5

X-Treme X-Men #5

Review: X-Treme X-Men #5

X-Treme X-Men has really picked itself up in these last two comics. With a steampunk vibe and more reliance on storytelling than being completely random (which can be fun if done right), this two issue arc was fairly good on all corners.

You had a nice rounded story, the characters were well played, and the quirky part was just the right level. As I said with #4, it felt like a full fledge story that could have come out from any comic, and that’s a good thing.

Governor Howlett had a great moment in this too which is just underplayed enough to make it pretty darn awesome. The kind of scene we need to see Earth-616 Logan to address what with recent events.

It looks like in the next one we’ll be getting some background on this version of Kurt, so that should be fun and I find myself looking forward to it.

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Review: Gambit #4

Gambit #4

Gambit #4

Review: Gambit #4

Finally we wrap up (for the most part) the story of the strange girl who somehow needed to do something that involved ancient demons and… you know, I’m not all to sure really.

Gambit did get his shirt ripped off, does that count for something?

As much as I love Gambit, this first four issues, while being important in showing our hero in a current state of limbo, just didn’t go anywhere story wise that was fun or adventurous. Sure, it was cool to see Gambit fight Quetzalcoatl’s half-cousin, but it was just your typical man-fight-demon-with-style.

Don’t get me wrong, I like that Asmus has gone away from the Gambit tropes of Belle and Rogue and that he’s really trying to get into the mind of Gambit. For that part, I think he’s done a great job. Gambit really is tired and restless. He’s a Rebel Without a Cause who’s settled down and become a school teacher, unable to emotionally get over Rogue.

While in a way this does emasculate Gambit a bit, it’s just too close to the truth in how Gambit would be feeling in this position.

This needed to be done, but let’s hope that now the story and his mood can pick up because I do not want another half-dozen issues of Gambit being moppy/boarderline-emo. We need to see the arc of Gambit taking back his life on every level. Not necessarily returning to a life of crime and quitting the X-Men, but realizing that he is better than all this. We all have that moment in our lives and this is Gambit’s. So far Asmus seems to understand this, let’s hope it continues.

And more shirtless Remy, can’t have enough of that…

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A-Babies vs X-Babies

A-Babies vs X-Babies

Review: A-Babies vs X-Babies

I love the X-Babies, they are just so CUTE! And this holds true even as they are fighting each other in the biggest baby-battle since… erm… ?

I laughed out loud several times as I read this, both from the dialogue and the visuals.

While it’s not quite as funny as the mini battles in AvX Limited #6, it’s still an awesome read that everyone should get a copy of. I picked up both the original and the variant!

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