Television

Fri
28
Jul

Descendants 2: Was it Rotten to the Core or Another Huge Hit for Disney?

On July 21, Disney debuted the long-awaited DESCENDANTS 2 on pretty much every channel Disney owns. You had your choice of watching it on Disney Channel (with limited commercials, unlike the other channels), Disney XD, Freeform, ABC, Lifetime, and Lifetime Movies.   

Sat
22
Jul

The 100 Season 4 - Now Available on DVD

"In the latest season of The CW's hit show, the 100 are still fighting for survival after suffering devastating hardships that have almost completely torn them apart. The fight has taken countless lives and set Earth's survivors against each other, but can this group of heroes protect each other from the most dangerous threat yet? Join members of Skaikru as they work to save the human race when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases the exhilarating The 100: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD on July 18, 2017. The 100: The Complete Fourth Season will feature all 13 episodes and will be available to own on July 18, 2017 for $24.98 SRP."

Fri
21
Jul

Uncertainty Looms Above Paladins in Voltron Season 3 Teaser

With VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER seasons 1 and 2 currently available on Netflix, season 3 arrives on August 4th and we have a trailer!

In addition to that news, it was announced that fans will only need to wait TWO MONTHS before watching season 4! Which is expected to drop on Netflix in October! That being said, it appears that Dreamworks Animation has opted for shorter seasons in order to accomodate the increased frequency.

Because many people bing watch a season in just a few days, splitting up the seasons may actually benefit Dreamworks. It should extend the life of social interactions so it doesn't die out after the first month. Once fans have finished watching season 3, they can begin their excitement for season 4.

Fri
21
Jul

Marvel releases new Inhumans trailer at SDCC

 

I want to be upfront and say that I've really never had much of an interest in the Inhumans.  I do think some of the characters can be cool at times (like Karnak and Maximus), and I do like Ms Marvel and Moon Girl, though the least interesting thing about those characters is "They happen to be Inhumans."  But on a whole, I mostly skip reading comics featuring the Inhumans.  I even stopped watching Agents of SHIELD when it becomes "All Inhumans, All the time."  They just are a pale substitute for mutants, to me.  Been a huge X-Men fan since I started reading comics more than 25 years ago, and the Inhumans will just never replace them for me as a reader or watcher of superhero movies/TV shows.

Fri
21
Jul

Bloodlines: SyFy Releases KRYPTON Teaser Trailer

SyFy has released a teaser trailer for their mid-season series KRYPTON and it's faster than a speeding bullet. You'll want to give this several viewings to take it all in.

Which, given the fact that its only 20 seconds long should be pretty easy. But we're here to break it down for you anyways.

The trailer starts off with the destruction of Krypton, going in reverse. You see a huge city landscape (Kandor?) and a ship flying towards its destination.

Someone gets rocked with a punch that's similar to MMA's 'Superman Punch', where the assailant jumps in the air and comes down with a massive blow to the head. Fitting.

Mon
17
Jul

SMALLVILLE Alumni Joins the Cast of CW's SUPERGIRL

The trend of actors making a return to DCTV continues as season 3 of SUPERGIRL on The CW brings in an alumni of the hit series SMALLVILLE.

Having already brought in two former Supergirl's (Laura Vandervoot, Helen Slater) and one Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), SUPERGIRL has added another former Lois, Erica Durance!

Check out the video below for more...

 

Who would YOU like to see added next?

Sun
16
Jul

Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor Who

As promised, BBC announced the newest actor to play The Doctor after the Wimbledon finals.  And the winner is: JODIE WHITTAKER!  In a interview with the BBC, Whittaker commented that "It's more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait."

Thu
13
Jul

Huge Spoilers for The Flash Season 4!

From Comic Book Resources:

Filming of the fourth season began just last week, and already photos have surfaced from The Flash that signal significant changes for the CW drama.

The photos, which are circulating on Twitter, reveal Wally West actor Keiynan Lonsdale wearing the red costume that Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen has sported since Season 2.

Wed
12
Jul

Trailer for Amazon's The Tick

It feels like we have been covering the return of THE TICK forever on Critical Blast.  I had posted a review of the pilot last August.  This morning, Amazon gave us a trailer for the first season which debuts August 25. Check it out!


 

Tue
11
Jul

Still Funny After 50 Years? You Bet Your Sweet Bippy!

Laugh In Complete Series Review

Editor's Note: TIME-LIFE is releasing LAUGH IN: The Complete Series on DVD. This review is for the unreleased version of Season One only.

Say lines like “Sock it to me,” “You bet your sweet bippy,” “Here come da’ judge,” “One ringy dingy,” “Veeeery interesting,” or “And that the truth” to someone over 50, and you’re likely to garner a smile and a laugh from them as you see them look back into their minds remembering where they heard those lines.

Rowan and Martin’s LAUGH IN began in 1968 and ran for six seasons through some of the most turbulent years in our country’s history. It was both groundbreaking and, by today’s standards, rule-breaking--and that is why it is still so much fun to watch today as it was almost 50 years ago.

The 4 DVD set in review here from Time Life--Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In: The Complete First Season--captures the first season complete in all its glory.

Mon
10
Jul

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny - Bounty of Trouble

Sabine stages a fake bounty hunter attack on Princess Leia in order to allow Leia to turn over a data tape of Imperial base locations to the Rebellion.  But then IG-88 arrives to disrupt the operation.  Leia manages to convince her Stormtrooper escort that IG-88 is the real enemy here. Leia and Sabine make the trade.  Sabine promises to keep fighting the Imperials from the outside, even as Leia keeps fighting them from the inside.  Sabine is one of my favorite STAR WARS character, so I was glad to see her get the focus here.  And adding Leia was a great touch.   Definitely one of my favorite FORCES OF DESTINY episodes!

 


 

Mon
10
Jul

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny - The Stranger

When Imperial forces try to take a little girl's "cat", Jyn jumps into action to rescue to rescue it.  It's not really clear what the timeline here is, but it felt a little out of character.  I can't see Jyn exposing herself just to rescue someone's cat. This felt a little cookie cutter, like they wrote a plot and then picked random Star Wars heroine to fill the role.  It wasn't a particularly bad episode, it just didn't quite feel like Jyn.  The other episodes seemed to be a lot better about fitting the story to the character involved. 


 

Sat
08
Jul

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Episode 6 - The Imposter Inside

Ahsoka is back, and this time she teams up with Padme to stop a shapeshifting bounty hunter.  Loved this combo and this was a very fun episode, though it felt way too short.  Would have loved to get an extra minute or so here.  By the time we get past the opening sequence and intro the characters, there was only like 90 seconds left for the core of the episode. They made the most of this short time, with both characters getting some good shots in.


Fri
07
Jul

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Episode 5 - Beasts of Echo Base

This episode is set just before THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and features Leisa, R2-D2, and Chewbacca.  Chewie has gone missing in the not-quite-constructed Hoth Base.  Leia and R2 go looking for him in a nearby cave system, and find an angry Wampa.  Leia orders the others to go seal the cave off to keep the Wampa from getting in to the base.  Leia manages to dodge the Wampa (showing she is far better at this hero thing then her brother), and they seal him up.  Honestly, this was my least favorite episode so far.  It sort of made Chewie look a little lame, and I always thought Chewie gets a bad wrap anyway. 

 


Wed
05
Jul

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Episode 3 - Ewok Escape

Today's episode features Princess Leia and Wicket in what really feels like a deleted scene from RETURN OF THE JEDI.  Of the three episodes aired so far, this one is definitely my favorite.  It always felt like there was something missing from when Leia meets Wicket to her showing up in a pretty nice dress just in time to save Luke, Chewie, and Han from being Ewok chow.  I definitely felt this was a worthy tribute to the great Carrie Fisher.  


 

Tue
04
Jul

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Episode 2 - BB-8 Bandits

Star Wars Forces of Destiny episode 2 once again features Rey and BB-8.  I am pretty sure this episode originally aired in the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando.  As far as I know, the episodes will cover a wide variety of Star Wars characters (primarily the women of Star Wars).  But Rey and BB-8's time on Jakku seems to have been full of little adventures we missed on.  These almost feel like deleted scenes from THE FORCE AWAKENS...which is not a bad thing at all.  This time they find themselves being pursued by the scavangers who tried to steal BB-8 in the first place.  I did like how the solution built up from the last episode.  I did like the first one a touch better, but I still enjoyed this episode.


 

Tue
04
Jul

Rey featured in debut episode of STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY

Disney has started a new series of shorts called "FORCES OF DESTINY" that are supposed to give a wider focus on the Star Wars universe.  The series debuted yesterday with SANDS OF JAKKU, featuring Rey and BB-8 shortly after she finds him wandering in the desert.  You can watch the debut episode below.

 


 

Mon
03
Jul

Jennifer Muro: A Force of Destiny Behind New Star Wars Series

Jen Muro -- Star Wars Force of Destiny

(photos: Ricky Middelsworth)

This week Critical Blast sat down with Jennifer Muro writer for the much anticipated “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny” which debuts on Disney's YouTube Channel today and on The Disney Channel Sunday, July 9, 2017. Jennifer is working on some amazing projects and was able to share some awesome information about all the things she has in the works.

J.K. Elison: As a female engineer and a writer myself, I'm super excited to see strong female characters at the forefront of some new stories in "Star Wars: Forces of Destiny." What have you enjoyed most about writing some of the most iconic female characters from the Star Wars Universe?

Thu
29
Jun

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Lead Winners at 43rd Annual Saturn Awards

Saturn Award

BURBANK, Calif.

Thu
22
Jun

American Gods as Fascinating, Inscrutable as the Deities Themselves

American Gods teaser poster

Once upon a time (goodness, was it really 15 years ago?) I had the opportunity to interview Neil Gaiman, who was just coming off of publishing AMERICAN GODS. Assuming it to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (and so far time has supported me on this), I kept him forever and asked him everything about everything.

And now, lo these many years later, AMERICAN GODS has made its way from the page to the screen, from the literal to the visual. And visually, it's divine.

The long and the short of AMERICAN GODS is this: When people immigrated to America, they brought their beliefs, and thus their gods, with them. The gods have had to adapt over time, and make room for new gods that we've created (unwittingly or not). And now one of the old gods wants to reestablish his place in the cosmos by going to war with the new gods.

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