Television

Tue
21
Feb

Taking Flight: SUPERGIRL 213 Mr. & Mrs. MXYZPTLK

Mxyzptlk and Supergirl: Man and Wife?

Last night's episode of SUPERGIRL explored Valentine's Day through the eyes of many of it's characters. While the title villain Mr. Mxyzptlk sought Kara's hand in marriage, one former romantic interest was mysteriously missing.

The absence of James Olsen only confirms my thoughts that, while moving him into the role of 'Guardian', the show just isn't quite sure what to do with his character. That's not to say they haven't given him a lot to do, running Cat Co is quite a chore, but a lot of what he does takes him away from the central plot of the season.

Tue
21
Feb

AMC Claims Best TV Show of 2016 with The Walking Dead

TWD The Walking Dead AMC Best TV 2016

A streak has been broken. While CW's THE FLASH has taken this award for 2014 and 2015, the so-called Fastest Man Alive gets beaten this year by a horde of shamblers.

Mon
20
Feb

Smashing Win for Best TV Actor of 2016

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan on The Walking Dead

Continuing our series of announcements for all the Best of 2016, as voted on by the readers of CriticalBlast.com, we come to our Best Television Actor of 2016 award.

Among the nominees, the CW made a powerful, powerful showing. Nominated for this award were both Carlos Valdes and Grant Gustin for their roles on THE FLASH, Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards for their work on ARROW, and last year's winner, Melissa Benoist, for SUPERGIRL. Also in the running this year were Kit Harrington for GAME OF THRONES, Thandie Newton for WESTWORLD, and -- Sweet Christms! -- LUKE CAGE made a last minute entry, garnering Mike Colter a nomination for that series!

Fri
17
Feb

Secret Identity: NBC's POWERLESS Ep 103 'Sinking Day'

NBC's POWERLESS has coasted to it's third episode, where 'Da Boss' Van Wayne hopes to get Atlantis to sign an agreement with Wayne Securities after losing his firms biggest client Ace Chemicals.

In a very Michael Scott (THE OFFICE) way, Van Wayne continues his incompetence by dropping the ball with Ace Chemical company. When he forgot to forward an important email to Emily, they built something that Ace didn't want; this led them to take their business to LexCorp.

Not wanting to disappoint his father, Van taps Emily for advice. Meanwhile the team tries to figure out if the new guy, Alex, is actually a superhero in disguise.

Thu
09
Feb

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 211, "Turncoat"

Legends of Tomorrow, Turncoat

The introduction to this episode is delivered by Mick Rory (DOMINIC PURCELL), and it's the most brilliant thing ever! If anything sets the tone for this series, this did it. "Who writes this crap, anyway?" That's just genius.

Rip Hunter (ARTHUR DARVILL) has returned -- only he's not Rip Hunter any more. No, he's not "Phil" the hippy movie director either. The Legion of Doom have restored his memories from a backup, but not without having made some alterations to his personality. He's now no longer the hero he used to be -- he's with the Legion of Doom, and to attract the attention of the Legends team, so that he can retrieve the portion of the Spear of Destiny from them, he decides to make a big change to history. He assassinates General George Washington on Christmas Day, 1776. And he arms the British soldiers with automatic weapons. The United States now will never exist.

Wed
08
Feb

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 312, "Untouchable"

Flash Episode 311, Untouchable

The evolution of Kid Flash (KEIYNAN LONSDALE) continues this episode as Barry (GRANT GUSTIN) works on furthering the training of his protégé. To that end, "Untouchable" opens with a race between the two, with sensors around the city set up to track their movements back at S.T.A.R. Labs, where Cisco Ramon (CARLOS VALDES) is taking bets on the outcome, quoting HUNGER GAMES. We learn that gambling was banned on Earth-19 after an unfortunate incident with Vice-President Al Capone), but H.R. (TOM CAVANAGH) nonetheless seems quite adept at it. It's neck and neck, despite all the talk that persists about Wally getting faster at an accelerated rate, but in the end Barry cross the finish line first by vibrating through a building while Wally has to run up the wall. He still hasn't learned how to phase yet, and it's something that Barry tells him he's going to have to learn if he's going to defeat Savitar in a few months and save Iris.

Wed
08
Feb

Colleen Wing Takes Center Cage in Latest IRON FIST Promo

In the comic books, Colleen Wing is a descendent of a family of Samurai who avenged her grandfather's death with the help of Iron Fist. In the latest promo, we get to see her take down two thugs.

One of the big draws to the NETFLIX series IRON FIST will be the martial arts action. Fight choreography will be essential to it's success and even though there's no shortage of inspiration to draw from, many times fight sequences fall flat. That's not the case in the latest promotional video released for the upcoming series.

Tue
07
Feb

"The Final Defender Arrives" in Official IRON FIST Trailer

It's here! And it's HOT! With a little over a month before it's release (3/17) on NETFLIX, the official trailer for Marvel's IRON FIST packs a punch!

The opening sequence has Danny returning to reclaim his company, only to face some opposition from security, and he doesn't take lightly to be manhandled. While security is just doing their jobs, his instincts kick in and immediately takes them down in a heartbeat. Like brushing dust off his shoulder he easily moves past the security team.

There's enough action and mysticism in the trailer to give you the full effect of what to expect from IRON FIST. We're even treated to the activation of his chi as he destroys walls and crushes a room full of opponents with a single fiery punch to the ground.

Tue
07
Feb

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 210, "The Legion of Doom"

The Black Flash, Legends of Tomorrow

Given that the focus of this episode is on the so-called Legion of Doom -- comprised of Damien Darhk (NEAL MCDONOUGH), Malcolm Merlyn (JOHN BARROWMAN) and Eobard Thawne (MATT LETSCHER) -- it's fitting that this episode's introductory narration would come from Darhk's perspective. We get to see a repeat of eight months back, when Darhk was killed by Green Arrow. The video of the events are being watched by a morose Malcolm Merlyn, live as they happen, which is when he is approached by Eobard Thawne and Darhk. We know now that the Damien Darhk we are seeing in the series is from earlier in the time stream than that moment, and he is trying to change his future. Merlyn has been taken from the present so that he might be able to change his past. And Eobard?

Well, we learn quite a bit about Eobard's motivations in all this as well.

Fri
03
Feb

The Secret Identity of NBC's POWERLESS is Super

Last night the new workplace comedy from NBC, POWERLESS, debuted. With much fanfare, months of anticipation, a change in direction and lots of social media presence; how did it do?

The opening was VERY comic book oriented as we see top members of the DC Pantheon interspersed with comic book versions of the main characters. And while it was brief, the post opening sequence narration by Adam West was a real treat. Much of what we witnessed had been released via social media, which hurt the show for those of us who were following along. Many of the jokes had been told a hundred times already. The less informed audience may have found more amusement in what the first half of the episode had to offer. Overall, there wasn't anything that didn't work, it was just watered down because we were already treated to much of the humor via previews.

Wed
01
Feb

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 311, "Dead or Alive"

Vibe vs. Gypsy in Flash 311, "Dead or Alive"

We all know that H.R. Wells (TOM CAVANAGH) came from Earth-19 because he's an author looking for inspiration. Here's three things we didn't know. One, he's been writing down all of Team Flash's adventures, casting himself as the hero. Two, he's been beaming these chapters back to his Earth, one at a time.

And three, dimensional travel on Earth-19 is a crime punishable by death.

"Dead or Alive" finds The Flash (GRANT GUSTIN) and Kid Flash (KEIYNAN LONSDALE) chasing "The Electric Gang" at high speed. Their teamwork results in them saving a busload of cheerleaders. (If they save the cheerleaders, do they save the worlds?) Wally is basking in the admiration, and Barry is happy to let him have the attention.

Tue
31
Jan

A Funny Look at the Wayne Security Team for NBC's POWERLESS

In just 2 days DC's first comedy, set in their expansive universe, will premiere on NBC. POWERLESS will give us a hilarious look at what's it's like to live in a world of superheroes, from a citizens perspective.

This featurette introduces us to the members of Van Wayne's (Alan Tudyk) team at Wayne Security. I suspect his interactions with the team will create a bit of a hero/villain dynamic within their workplace. The character is like a cross between Michael Scott from THE OFFICE and Lex Luthor. He's in charge, a little full of himself and has his eyes on a much bigger picture.

"Look at THAT picture...that picture's huge."

Mon
30
Jan

Peter Capaldi to leave Doctor Who after this year's Christmas Special

Radio Times announced today:

Peter Capaldi has confirmed that he will leave Doctor Who at the end of the show's current run, bowing out to make way for a new Doctor.

Capaldi will leave at the end of series 10, with the 2017 Christmas special serving as his last hurrah.

Mon
30
Jan

Adam West Narrates Latest Promo for NBC's POWERLESS

NBC's latest comedy, which airs Thursday February 2nd, takes place in the DC Universe where superheroes are known for their heroic deeds. Unfortunately, other than the villains, innocent bystanders tend to be the most affected by the use of super-powers.

Originally pitched as a workplace comedy centered around insurance adjusters, the theme of the show has been shifted to a team of inventors working for "Wayne Security". Their task is to find ways for the 'cowering commuters' to protect themselves when a super-battle occurs.

The latest promo has the iconic Adam West (Batman 1966), narrating. This can only lead to a small bit of hope that perhaps he'll cameo in an episode along the way. Starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alan Tudyk, POWERLESS will reference many of DC's heroes with its comedic narrative.

Mon
30
Jan

Nocking Point: ARROW Ep 510 asks "Who Are You"?

Welcome back arrow fans! The return to Star City was quite an emotional rollercoaster. With the return of Laurel Lance there were certainly a lot of questions crying out for answers. I felt that there was a lot of different storylines to keep track of this week.

Mon
30
Jan

Power Rangers Ninja Steel Episode 2: Forged in Steel

Picking up where the first episode ended, after Brody and company's escape from Galvanax's ship via the trash chute.  As a result, a lot of garbage ended up getting dumped on Earth.  This garbage lands on the road blocking two teenagers from Summer Cove High Schools named Hayley and Calvin.  As they try to clear the garbage from the road, they find the shapeshifter Mick.  Mick explains how he ended up on Earth, and they are attacked by Galvanax's foot soldiers.  They manage to fight them off and head back to Summer Cove High School to try and fix Mick's broken wrist communicator.  Mick ends up getting hired as the shop teacher.  Clearly Summer Cove is pretty lax on teacher background checks...

Fri
27
Jan

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 209, "Raiders of the Lost Art"

Legends of Tomorrow Raiders of the Lost Art

So LEGENDS OF TOMORROW has moved to a new timeslot for the week. Now what am I going to do with my Thursday nights?

Ahem.

Six months ago (if such measurements can mean anything at all in a show where the characters are hopping about in time), Rip Hunter (ARTHUR DARVILL) and the Waverider were going down for the count. The team was scattered. So Rip grabbed a non-descript piece of wood from under the flooring of the timeship that even Gideon didn't know about, shut the ship's AI down, and stuck his hand directly into the power of the time drive.

Fri
27
Jan

End of the Innocence: CW's RIVERDALE a Subversive, Adult Spin on Comic Book Champion

Riverdale

If you were a fan of DAWSON'S CREEK, you're in luck: it's back, only under a new name with different characters. The characters may suspiciously sound and look like they come from a familiar comic book, but names and appearances are where the familiarity ends.

It's been a long summer for the teens of Riverdale, highlighted by the mysterious death of Jason Blossom (TREVOR STINES) while on a pseudo-romantic boat trip with his twin sister, Cheryl (MADELAINE PETSCH). Cheryl was found crying on the riverbank by Scout Troop leader Dilton Doiley (DANIEL YANG), but Jason's body was never recovered; and his death has an impact the entire town -- a tragedy for many, and an answered prayer for others, like Alice Cooper (MADCHEN AMICK) who tells her husband that she hopes Jason burns in hell. It's the mystery at the heart of the series, and we learn all about it through our narrator and blogger, Veronica Mars Jughead Jones (COLE SPROUSE).

Thu
26
Jan

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 310, "Borrowing Problems From The Future"

The Flash Episode 310, Borrowing Problems From the Future

In the weeks since Christmas, Wally (KEIYNAN LONSDALE) has been shadowing Barry (GRANT GUSTIN) as he does his Flash duties. He's learning by observing, which has led some -- like Detective Tom Patterson (GREG GRUNBERG) -- to assume that "the guy in yellow" is not so super-heroic after all. Wally overhears this but tries not to let it affect his patience.

Wed
25
Jan

Taking Flight: SUPERGIRL 'Lives' with Kevin Smith Ep 209

SUPERGIRL has returned with episode 2.10 titled, "Supergirl Lives" directed by Kevin Smith. After a long layoff it's time to get back to protecting the world (particularly National City) from alien threats.

The episode starts off with Supergirl chasing down a couple of low level jewel thieves. An event that really shouldn't have her racing to catch up to the van, as we've seen her run alongside The Flash. It's a sequence that's necessary to work itself into upcoming events. As she topples the van by blowing out it's rear tire, the two thugs in the back miraculously escape unharmed. As they flee the scene, Guardian appears to cut them off but is distracted by one who wields a knife; allowing the other to run in the opposite direction.

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