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Thu
13
Oct

Nocking Point: Arrow Episode 502, "The Recruits"

Arrow, The Recruits

Last week, we saw the first appearance of the big bad whom we assumed to be Prometheus. This episode, he confirms the name, but again only in the brief amount of time that we see him. However, that time is enough to conclude affirmatively that he has a grudge against Green Arrow, with the warning that he gives to the new criminal kingpin in town, Tobias Church (CHAD L. COLEMAN).

But that's not the focus of this week's episode, "The Recruits." Oliver (STEPHEN AMELL) decides he can't go it alone after all, and relents to recruiting local would-be vigilantes Wild Dog (RICK GONZALEZ) and Evelyn Sharp (MADISON MCLAUGHLING), as well as volunteer Curtis Holt (ECHO KELLUM). His training is harsh, and harkens back to yet another "5 Years Ago" flashback when Oliver was infiltrating Russian gangs.

Naturally, they hate him for his methods, and almost quit.

Wed
12
Oct

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 302, "Paradox"

Flash Episode 302 Paradox Barry and Jay

When Barry (GRANT GUSTIN) reset the timeline in last week's episode, he learned that Iris (CANDICE PATTON) was no longer speaking to her father, Joe West (JESSE L MARTIN). This week, in "Paradox," he finds out why -- and what other tragic changes have been wrought by his attempt to save his mother from being murdered.

Tue
11
Oct

Killing Reagan Director Rod Lurie: "...Even Democrats Nostalgic for Ronald Reagan."

Killing Reagan Promo

Rod Lurie wrote and directed the widely praised Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated political thriller THE CONTENDER, which took the first-ever Alan J. Pakula Award. For the small screen, Lurie also created the series COMMANDER IN CHIEF, which was nominated for the Best Drama Series Golden Globe, and for which Geena Davis won the Best Actress Golden Globe for her depiction of the first female president of the United States.

Lurie's latest project is the made-for-television movie, KILLING REAGAN, based off the book of the same name by FOX News commentator Bill O'Reilly, which airs Saturday, October 16, on the National Geographic channel.

Bill O'Reilly's book, KILLING REAGAN, is done in a very "outside looking in" documentary style. How is the film going to be in comparison -- a documentary style or a more traditional dramatic reenactment?

Tue
11
Oct

Taking Flight: SUPERGIRL Soars with Ep 201 "The Adventures of Supergirl"

Last night SUPERGIRL debuted as the highest rated show ever in its time period among men (18-24), on The CW, and tripled the network's performance in total viewers in all key demos.

That's not to say Supergirl did it alone. She had a little help from a certain Kryptonian kinsman who seemed as though he were sent to us in a pod directly from the Donner-verse.

If you haven't yet watched last night's episode you can check it out on The CW app available on itunes and Google Play.

***Minor Spoilers Ahead***

Mon
10
Oct

Iron Fist Trailer Packs a Punch (an elbow and a few kicks)!

One of the most talked about events coming out of NYCC was the Iron Fist panel where fans of the long-awaited show finally got some insight and were treated to a flashy trailer.

And by 'flashy' I mean the scenes flash so quickly on-screen that you'll want to have the pause button ready to really appreciate the work being done. The fight sequences are sure to be 'lit' with more martial arts action than you can shake an escrima stick at.

Finn Jones may not look like a traditional version of Marvel's Danny Rand, with his curly hair and beard, but at least the signature chest marking is still there. Season 1 is set up to be his origin story so don't expect to see a full-fledged costume right away.

Mon
10
Oct

DAREDEVIL Season 1 is Coming to Blu-Ray This November!

The critically acclaimed Netflix original series, that paved the way for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, is arriving on Blu-ray November 8th.

DAREDEVIL was recently honored as Best New Media TV Series, at the 42nd Annual Saturn Awards, hosted by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Earning every accolade the series has collected, with it's realistic vision of a popular street-level crimefighter, Daredevil, season 1 ignited fan excitement about Marvel properties on Netflix.

Fri
07
Oct

Voltron Season 2 Release Date Announced!

During today's Voltron panel at NYCC, they announced that season 2 will premiere on Netflix later than originally anticipated.

While it was initially said that the second season of the popular animated series would be released late 2016, the official announcement comes as a bit of a surprise. Season 2 will be available on January 20th, 2017.

Fans of the show that made it to the panel were treated to a sneak peak at episode 2 of the upcoming season. From the reaction on twitter, it appears everyone in attendance approved. Among other things discussed at the panel's Q&A, fans discovered that Lance is actually Cuban and Pidge is a bit of a hoarder.

Thu
06
Oct

Nocking Point: Arrow Episode 501, "Legacy"

Arrow Episode 501 Legacy - Wild Dog

Stop me if you've seen this one before: A CW hero begins a new season of a much-watched show, and the premiere ultimately reveals a new villain with a set of abilities exactly the same as the hero.

With THE FLASH, we started with the Reverse-Flash, moved on to Zoom, and are now potentially facing off against The Rival and/or Savitar. In ARROW we've been up against the Dark Archer, Damian Darkh (who admittedly was a bit more than a weapons master), and we conclude "Legacy" by meeting another hooded character who leaps off buildings and fires arrows. It's a big DC Universe out there, writing staff. You don't always have to have an equal-but-opposite villain.

But I'm moving too fast -- something I usually reserve for the show with the red-suited character.

Wed
05
Oct

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 301, "Flashpoint"

The Flash Episode 301 - Flashpoint

For those wondering if the events from "Flashpoint" would last all season long or just for the first episode -- well, you're both right.

The second season of CW's hit superhero drama THE FLASH ended with Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) traveling back in time to prevent the Reverse-Flash from killing Barry's mother, setting the stage for what fans of the comics knew to be the "Flashpoint" paradox. And, certainly enough, when The Flash returns to the present day, his world has been changed. Both his parents (John Wesley Shipp, Michelle Harrison) are alive, but nobody remembers that Barry Allen is The Flash.

Instead, there's a new Flash in town -- Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale), who battles his own super-speed villain, The Rival (Todd Lasance). Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) is a billionaire, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) is a pediatric eye doctor, Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) is a drunk, and Iris (Candice Patton) hasn't seen Barry since middle school.

Tue
04
Oct

"Are You There?" Long-Awaited SDCC Voltron Footage Released!

Voltron has finally released the preview footage for season 2 and combined the ominous score that accompanies it, it appears that darker days loom ahead.

When season 1 ended, the 5 lions of Voltron were split up. My theory has long stood that since Shiro was a new character for this updated version, eventually Keith would step into a leadership role. Given his time spent with Shiro during season 1 he has had time to learn from his mentor.

Tue
04
Oct

"Breathe Deep": IRON FIST Strikes on March 2017

In the early hours of the morning the official twitter account, for Marvel's IRON FIST on Netflix, awoke after a 3 month hiatus.

Starring Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) as Danny Rand, the show follows the story of a young man who is "bestowed with incredible martial arts skills and a mystical force known as the Iron Fist."

Thu
29
Sep

Super Hero Fight Club 2.0 Ups the Ante for Supergirl

With Supergirl landing on The CW, the network has significantly upgraded it's 'Superhero Fight Club' promo from last year.

Seeing the entire gang together for the first time is enough to make any geek burst with excitement. It's the shortest of previews into the window of the upcoming 4 episode crossover that will have all four shows following the same story.

Rather than keep you in suspense with all the "mysterious mystery" we'll get you right into the video and provide commentary afterwards:

You can watch the entire episode on The CW App.

Wed
21
Sep

Chyler Leigh on Supergirl S2E7: "Sh*t Gets Real"

Earlier today, Larry Teng, executive producer turned director for The CW's Supergirl, tweeted his thoughts on this season's seventh episode, after giving it a read.

Needless to say he lacked a filter:

Just read @TheCWSupergirl 2.07... Holy shit. @DavidHarewood @chy_leigh @JeremyMJordan @MehcadBrooks @MelissaBenoist

— Larry Teng (@larryteng) September 21, 2016

Thu
15
Sep

Fighting Crime, Fighting Time: CW Converts Frequency into Cop Series

Frequency debuts on the CW Wednesday, October 4

Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) is a police officer celebrating her 28th birthday. But for the past 20 years she's lived under a cloud. Her father, Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith), also a policeman, was killed days after her 8th birthday. The story was that he was so deep undercover that he forgot what side he fought for.

When a lightning storm reactivates her father's ham radio (you have to love lightning; that's two series now on CW that rely on it as a kick starter), Raimy finds herself talking to someone who claims to be Frank Sullivan. As the two converse the next few nights, it becomes undeniable to either of them that they are indeed conversing across the space of twenty years. And with that, you have the new CW series, FREQUENCY.

Thu
08
Sep

Our Most Noble Ideas Given Substance: Star Trek Turns 50

Star Trek at 50

Critic’s Log 2476.5…I was six when Star Trek: The Motion Picture came out. Talk about old, nobody calls a film based on a television show a “motion picture” anymore, and rightly so—who would pay $40 for a ticket, a bucket o’ popcorn and a bladder-buster sized Mr. Pibb to sit for two-plus hours to watch a picture that doesn’t move? You whippersnappers with your Technicolor and your special effects…ahem! I digress…My father took me to the Cross Keys Theatre in North St. Louis at that impressionable young age. I lasted about 10 minutes before I wanted nothing more to do with it. Not long afterwards Star Wars was re-released ahead of The Empire Strikes Back, and what a difference another six months to a year made! I was a fiend for anything to do with space stuff. Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and this goofy old show my grandpa used to make me watch sometimes with this pointy eared dude with a lame haircut.

Tue
06
Sep

Whole New World(s) for The Flash in Season Two now on Blu-ray

The Flash Season 2 on Blu-ray

 

 

 

The second season of CW's breakout superhero show (and two-time winner of Critical Blast's Best Television Show of the Year) THE FLASH is now available on for home video on Blu-ray and DVD, including the crossover with ARROW (but not the crossover with SUPERGIRL). Maybe next year.

Mon
05
Sep

Don't Waste Time, Pick up DC's Legends of Tomorrow on Blu-Ray!

The CW's ARROW and THE FLASH have provided an embarrassment of riches, when it comes to talented actors portraying lesser known characters. So what happens when you have characters, that nobody cared about, suddenly become fan favorites?

You give them their own show!

Wed
31
Aug

Arrow Season 4 on Blu-Ray Really Hits the Mark

Anyone who knows me knows my love for Ollie Queen and Team Arrow!! I was hooked from the very first episode and have enjoyed every season since; each one being more enjoyable than the last. As we sit and wonder what season 5 will bring, we have a chance to relive every exciting moment from season 4 as it is now available on Blu-Ray.

Season 4 had it all. From controversial romance and action packed fights to the Dahrkest of villains.

Mon
29
Aug

Gotham Season Two Highlights the Rise of the Villains

Gotham Season 2 on Blu-ray

The pre-Batman stories of Gotham City continue in the second season of GOTHAM, now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Ben McKenzie (SOUTHLAND) continues his role as Gotham City Police icon James Gordon, now busted down to traffic cop after his stint last season taking down corruption within the ranks. But when he is finally ousted by the crooked Police Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari -- in an outstanding dramatic contrast to BOSOM BUDDIES and NEWHART), Gordon makes a deal with the devil in the form of the Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who now finds himself with a tenuous hold on the throne of all Gotham City crime. All Gordon has to do is collect a debt for Penguin and he'll see that Commissioner Loeb is fired and he gets his old job back. But things go horribly wrong in a way that will haunt Jim forever.

Fri
26
Aug

The Triumphant Return of the Tick

My first exposure to THE TICK was when the cartoon debuted way back in 1994.  After the success of the X-Men cartoon, I just assumed this was another superhero cartoon on Fox.  But from the first episode, it was clear this was something very different.  Something funny and ridiculous and just brilliant.  I immediately went out and picked up the 5 omnibus trades from my local comic shop.  THE TICK would also later get a short-lived live action show starring Patrick Warburton, who was brilliant in the role.

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