Legion: "Chapter 2" Review

Legion: "Chapter 2" Review

Spoilers follow for this episode and the comics on which Legion is based. David Haller’s slightly less crazy adventures (when compared to the amazing pilot episode from last week) continue in this second episode of FX’s Legion, which kicks things off more or less right after that first tale. Well, more or less being the operative term because the series continues to play with time and narrative so that we’re never fully sure where Dan Stevens’ David is at all times. Still, we are getting a better grasp of things now, so as the episode begins with a cover (performed by series star Rachel Keller) of Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere,” the lyrics seem to sum up where David is at the moment quite aptly: “Well we know where we’re going/but we don’t know where we’ve been.” David is going to Summerland, the hidden retreat of Syd (Keller) and the mutants led by Jean Smart’s Melanie Bird (glimpsed at the end of the pilot) who rescued David. Continue reading…
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Arrow: "Spectre of the Gun" Review

Arrow: "Spectre of the Gun" Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. Arrow made it four-and-a-half years and over 100 episodes before its writers finally decided to buckle down and do an “issues” episode. There’s a good reason that approach has more or less fallen out of vogue over the years. It’s generally pretty hard to boil complex, hot-button issues into 45-minute conflicts without either boring viewers, getting preachy or dumbing down the arguments. Case in point – pretty much every episode of Law & Order: SVU from the last five years. That being said, if there’s any thorny topic Arrow should delve into, it’s the gun control debate. This is a show about a group of vigilantes who take it upon themselves to wage war on crime, often employing lethal force with no authorization or accountability. At some point you really have to address the issue of gun violence and the fact that Team Arrow might be part of the problem, not the solution. “Spectre of the Gun” hardly explored these issues in the depth they deserve, but it did about as much as can be expected in the course of one 45-minute storyline. Continue reading…
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "PTSDee" Review

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "PTSDee" Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. Having made huge strides with Mac last week in “Hero or Hate Crime?,” Always Sunny had a harder time carrying the ball here in “PTSDee” – a satisfyingly dark, yet also clunky, chapter about The Gang’s inability to deal with their varying buried traumas. A funny thing here is that this premise would have also made for a great Mac “coming out” episode, but he seemed fine and more or less adjusted to his new life as a gay, or bi, man. In fact, Mac’s new life wasn’t even brought up at all by The Gang and the only glimpses of it we caught were the smile on Mac’s face when he had a male stripper’s ass right in front of his face and the dream he had of dancing Dennis. Continue reading…
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The 100: "The Four Horsemen" Review

The 100: "The Four Horsemen" Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. A busy episode this week with a lot going on in both Polis and Arkadia. Indra has a daughter! While it feels like you can guess where this will likely go (some sort of showdown between her biological daughter, Gaia, and her spiritual one, Octavia), it’s a fun curveball to introduce for Indra, suddenly giving us more insight into who she is. While the Flame being stolen from Roan off-camera felt odd (hey, Roan, get better security, maybe?), I love that he’s quickly realized just how valuable Octavia is – and her new “Skairippa” name is awesome, complete with its “Death From Above” translation. Perhaps Octavia can join the Mobile Infantry next? Continue reading…
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How Arrow's Gun Control Debate Episode Impacts Oliver's Future

How Arrow's Gun Control Debate Episode Impacts Oliver's Future

Arrow offered up its first issue episode in “Spectre of the Gun,” which used an attack on Star City’s City Hall to launch into an exploration of the gun control debate. Including an issue episode into an otherwise more entertainment-focused season is something executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle have been itching to do for a while now, and they entered into Season 5 with the intention to touch upon a more topical conversation. IGN participated in a group interview with the EP to discuss the goal with “Spectre of the Gun” and how it will continue to impact Arrow going forward (along with some other teases of what’s to come later this year). Read selected quotes from the conversation below. Continue reading…
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The Walking Dead #164 Review

The Walking Dead #164 Review

The Walking Dead #164 might just pack in more zombies per square inch than any issue of the series to date. That’s what happens when Alexandria runs afoul of the Whisperers. But even as our heroes battle for their very lives against a massive horde of undead, this issue finds a surprising amount of room to explore character dynamics and get a little closer with a few key players. It’s a weird combination of elements, but one that works pretty darn well all the same. The series has seen its share of ups and downs lately, but one thing that’s remained constant for the past couple years is that Negan is really the book’s shining star. Negan has lost none of his foul-mouthed charm since the days where he still qualified as the main villain of The Walking Dead. But lately that hard edge has become tempered. There is indeed a depth to Negan that’s begin to reveal itself, and never to better effect than in this issue. Robert Kirkman focuses a significant chunk of his script on Rick and Negan’s interaction as they find themselves holed up in an abandoned house. Negan, ever the conversationalist, takes the opportunity to pick Rick’s brain and prove that the two men aren’t so different. Continue reading…
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Suicide Squad 2: Mel Gibson Approached to Direct

Suicide Squad 2: Mel Gibson Approached to Direct

Warner Bros. is reportedly eyeing Mel Gibson to direct the sequel to Suicide Squad. According to The Hollywood Reporter, no official offer has been made yet, but Gibson is currently in “early talks” with the studio and “familiarizing himself with the material.” The film star’s latest directorial work was last year’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, which received several Oscars nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson. Warner Bros. is said to still be considering other directors as well, including Safe House and Life helmer Daniel Espinosa. Variety reports that Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, The Night Before) and Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad, Zombieland) are also being eyed. The trade added, “Insiders say that list could grow and that there is no front-runner at the moment.” Continue reading…
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New Hasbro Star Wars Toys Revealed

New Hasbro Star Wars Toys Revealed

Hasbro is making three new Star Wars deluxe toys to help fans prepare for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The three new toys were revealed by Yahoo and include the Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet, Bladebuilders Path of The Force Lightsaber, and Nerf Glowstrike Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster. The movie-accurate Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet features a surround sound speaker system that emits X-Wing and TIE fighter noises as well as communications from BB-8. The helmet will retail for $80 USD. The Bladebuilders Path of The Force Lightsaber ($50 USD) comes with an expandable hilt as well as Jedi and Sith connector pieces, which activate blue or red light effects, respectively. The lightsaber will also be compatible with previously released Bladebuilder components. Continue reading…
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