Television

Mon
15
May

First Full Trailer for FOX's THE GIFTED Brings a Torn Family, Together

Last week Marvel and FOX gave us a teaser for their upcoming tv series THE GIFTED and promised a full trailer today.

As with most made for tv comic book properties, THE GIFTED is grounded in reality to deal with more dramatic themes so the focus can be more on the characters than their 'gifts'. While SFX continues to improve on most of these shows, the more fantastical they become, the harder it becomes to deliver without appearing campy.

The series will deal with siblings who have a 'gift' due to a genetic mutation. And while they're afraid to let their father know, because he apparently hunts people like them, when he finds out that his organization is after his children, he opens his eyes to acceptance.

Mon
15
May

David Tennant and Billie Piper to reunite as the Tenth Doctor and Rose for Big Finish

Radio Times has announced:

Billie Piper will join David Tennant for her first ever Doctor Who audio episodes from Big Finish productions, in Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2. Piper's Big Finish debut is the first time she and Tennant have worked together on Doctor Who since the 50th anniversary television special The Day of the Doctor in 2013, and the first time she has appeared as the Doctor's regular companion since 2006 TV episode Doomsday.

Fri
12
May

Will SyFy's KRYPTON be a Prequel to 2013's Man of Steel?

While no official word has been given from Warner Bros, we take a look at whether or not KRYPTON should be considered a prequel. Set two full generations before the birth of Kal-El, the series will focus on his grandfather Seyg-El, played by Cameron Cuffe. With David Goyer assisting on the series there seems to be a connection, whether WB wants to openly admit it or not.

 

Thu
11
May

A New Monster Stalks the Dark Forest - Call In Arnold!

Mountain Monsters

So why is Jeff meeting secretly with Trapper in the woods, without telling the other members of the AIMS team? This Saturday is going to reveal that particular secret. Is it really Trapper? If it is, is Trapper running the rogue team?

Or is it something more sinister at work -- like a branching plotline!

The AIMS team is in disarray. Feeling betrayed and left in the dark about Trapper's plans, Buck, Huck and the rest of the team reluctantly agree to give Trapper's plan a chance -- which involves using Jeff as a spy!

But there's a problem. Jeff is still getting nosebleeds, he apparently really has been taken over at times by the Woman of the Woods -- and while on a night investigation, Huck does the unthinkable: he gets lost in the woods! And when the cameraman finds him...he's not Buck anymore.

Wed
10
May

FOX Has GIFTED Us With a Teaser Trailer

Fox is getting another comic book based show titled THE GIFTED. Brought to us by Marvel and mutant mainstay Bryan Singer, the teaser gives us a couple of kids stealing popcorn from a vending machine.

Now, there are a couple of flashes of other mutants using their powers but nothing is as obvious as the portal that opens up. Already confirmed for the show, it’s nice to get a glimpse of the portal popping power from the mutant named Blink.

Tue
09
May

Psych is coming back! Fans of delicious flavor rejoice!

Some very unexpected news from Variety yesterday:

 

USA Network has staged a “Psych” reunion.

The original cast and creator are returning for a two-hour holiday movie, “Psych: The Movie,” this December, Variety has learned.

The news comes more than three years after “Psych” went off the air in spring 2014, after airing for eight seasons and more than 120 episodes.

Fri
05
May

Pep Talk: Riverdale, Episode 112, "Anatomy of a Murder"

Riverdale 112 Anatomy of a Murder

Ask any millennial the question, "Who shot J.R.?" and you'll likely get a blank stare. But after last night, they can finally relate to that expansive generation gap, as RIVERDALE serves up the real murderer of Jason Blossom.

Last week, Riverdale law enforcement searched the trailer of F.P. Jones (SKEET ULRICH) and found the gun that killed Jason Blossom. The problem with that? The trailer had just been searched moments before by Archie (KJ APA) and Veronica (CAMILA MENDES), at the behest of Alice Cooper (MADCHEN AMICK), and the gun was not there then. Which means someone planted it. But who? And why does F.P. confess to the crime?

That's the mystery that Archie, Veronica, and Betty (LILI REINHART) have to solve, before a dejected--and now parentless--Jughead (COLE SPROUSE) leaves Riverdale for good.

Wed
03
May

Catching Up: The Flash, Episode 320, "I Know Who You Are"

I Know Who You Are

Everything has been leading up to this point. Armed with knowledge from the future, Marty McFly Team Flash has to convince Doc Brown Tracy Brand (ANNE DUDEK, THE MAGICIANS) not to give up on developing the flux capacitor her practical applications of speed force theory. That's because four years from the present, she develops the technology Flash can use to imprison Savitar in the speed force.

But...isn't that what caused this in the first place? If Flash 2024 managed to trap Savitar in the speed force after he killed Iris, then when does Savitar get the imprisonment that creates him and turns him into what he is? (That question gets even more twisty at the end of this week's episode!)

Thu
27
Apr

AIMS Encounters the Rogue Team Leader, and You Won't Believe Who It Is!

Mountain Monsters Black Wolf

The AIMS team has been challenged by the Rogue Team to return to the Dark Forest and capture the Woman of the Woods -- a legend who, among her other talents, can mimic anyone else's voice. She's out there with the Raven Mocker (another Bigfoot) and now apparently also with the Black Wolf, who has made its presence known. According to Shawnee folklore, the Black Wolf arrives to escort a departed soul to the afterlife.

Tue
25
Apr

Is NBC's POWERLESS Getting Cancelled?

It sure seems that way.

In a tweet last night, writer-producer Patrick Schumacker, revealed that POWERLESS would not air this week or next. He also indicated some doom-and-gloom on the horizon and thanked fans for watching.

While this particular writer at Critical Blast really enjoyed POWERLESS, many felt that the humor fell flat and was just written poorly. I contend that the writing was actually quite good and the show was full of heart and fun. Unfortunately, I wasn't in the majority.

Mon
17
Apr

At long last, Doctor Who is back with "The Pilot" (Season 10, Episode 1)

Doctor Who Series 10 - Episode 1 – The Pilot

Writer: Steven Moffat

Director: Lawrence Gough


Cast:

Fri
14
Apr

Pep Talk: Riverdale, Episode 110, "The Lost Weekend"

Riverdale 110, The Lost

I'm used to seeing Archie Andrews with red hair. I'm used to seeing him drive a red car.

But I never thought I'd see him with a red Solo cup.

But that's just how things roll in RIVERDALE, the edgy, angsty version of the classic comics characters where everybody is broken, everyone has a secret, and the best people are the ones who live in the morally lighter gray areas than others.

At issue this week is Jughead's birthday party. The thing is, Jug (COLE SPROUSE) doesn't like celebrating his birthday. He really doesn't like celebrating it. So when Betty (LILI REINHART) decides she's going to throw him a party, Archie (KJ APA) tries his best to talk her out of it. But Betty is headstrong and won't be denied, so Archie volunteers his house -- which is going to be empty this weekend, because his dad (LUKE PERRY) is out of town to finalize divorce papers with his mom! So, yeah, Archie is at the top of his angst game right now.

Mon
10
Apr

The Invasion Is Back | Invader Zim Returns

Read On You FILTHY STINK BEAST!

As a kid growing up, I was very fond of Nickelodeon cartoons. This was during the good days, before it all became preteen Junior High drama shows for kids learning about the cruel fate that awaits them all as they climb on up there. Nickelodeon used to host a wide variety of amazing cartoons which where ahead of their times, like ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE, ANGRY BEAVERS, CATDOG, and my all time favorite REN AND STIMPY. But there was one show that gave REN AND STIMPY a run for it's money, and that show was none other than INVADER ZIM.

Thu
06
Apr

Did DC's Legends of Tomorrow Just Open the Door to CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS?

Legends of Tomorrow Crisis

DC's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW has been, overall, a fun show to watch. The characters are a disparate bunch, their origins are slightly (okay, more than slightly) different than what we've seen in the comics, but for the most part it's been enjoyable to watch them band together and travel through the history of the DC universe (or the Arrowverse, specifically). We've seen them travel back to work with Jonah Hex and even the Justice Society of America.

Granted, the rules of time travel for our band of adventurers don't seem all that consistent. For instance, they're told by their founder, Rip Hunter (ARTHUR DARVILL) that they can never go to an event in time where they've already been, to avoid interacting with their other selves. This is something that could break time. This is also something The Flash does about every half-dozen episodes or so, but his actions never seem to cause a time-quake detectable by the Waverider.

Wed
05
Apr

Go Nuts! Squirrel Girl and the New Warriors Comedy Coming to Freeform

While we highly doubt that 'Squirrel Girl and the New Warriors' will be the name of the newly announced comedy on Freeform, she appears to be the frontrunner to lead the team.

In their news release they describe Doreen Green (aka Squirrel Girl) as "a totally empowering fan girl—tough, optimistic and a natural leader. Doreen is confident and has the powers of a squirrel… She’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is that she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves."

With her increased cult following and the good publicity that comes with promoting a female lead, having Squirrel Girl be the face of the franchise makes perfect sense.

Wed
05
Apr

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 217, "Aruba"

Legends of Tomorrow, Episode 217, Aruba

The Legion of Doom got the Spear of Destiny. Eobard Thawne  (MATT LETSCHER), the Reverse-Flash, used it to alter reality to his liking, and then destroyed it, stranding the Legends in a world irrevocably changed.

Their only hope lies in time travel, so that the Legends of Tomorrow can team up with... the Legends of Tomorrow?

Wed
05
Apr

AIMS Team Confronts Biggest Monster in the Mountains: Humans

Mountain Monsters Returns

It's been a quiet nine months for the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS). Their adventures chronicled on the last season of Destination America's MOUNTAIN MONSTERS found the AIMS team facing brutal competition in the woods from another team that always seemed to be a step ahead of them, ruining their traps and possibly having even killed the Stonish Giant. The season concluded with a rebus and a message from this so-called "Rogue Team" of Bigfoot hunters.

Since that time, Team Leader Trapper ( click here for our exclusive interview with Trapper has elected to wait them out until they make a mistake. But the team's youngest member, Buck, is tired of waiting, and has taken matters into his own hands.

Mon
03
Apr

From Spy to P.I., Archer Season 7 is not P.U.

Archer Season 7

ARCHER Season 7 takes our dysfunctional “family” of spies into a new direction with this 2-disc DVD set from FX and 20th Century Fox.

After failing as government agents-turned-drug-dealers and being blacklisted by the CIA, the team tries their hand at being private investigators. The only one able to get his Private Investigator’s license is Cyril Figgis (voiced by CHRIS PARNELL), so they all reluctantly (except for Cyril) now work for the “Figgis Detective Agency) and set up shop in Los Angeles.

Fri
31
Mar

Pep Talk: Riverdale, Episode 108, "The Outsiders"

#Bughead Getting #Busy

It's been a few weeks since we've had a new episode of RIVERDALE, so thankfully we get a really quick time capsule of the Pregnancy of Polly Cooper (TIERA SKOVBYE) that comes with a bit of new information as we see her talking with Sheriff Keller (MARTIN CUMMINS): Jason Blossom (TREVOR STINES) truly was delivering drugs before he was murdered, but as a one-time deal to make cash for him and Polly to start their new lives. He took the job from the South Side Serpents.

Thu
30
Mar

History Notes, Legends of Tomorrow Episode 216, "Doomworld"

I think we can all agree that, for the course of the series, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW has leaned more toward the silly than the serious. That's by design, and it works for this show, but it's certainly had something of an impact on the episode gradings here.

Not this week. For this reviewer, "Doomworld" was firing on all cylinders, and I couldn't be happier with the final product.

The Legion of Doom -- Damien Darhk (NEAL MCDONOUGH), Eobard Thawne (MATT LETSCHER) and Malcolm Merlyn (JOHN BARROWMAN), now joined by a past version of Leonard Snart (WENTWORTH MILLER) and former Legend Mick Rory (DOMINIC PURCELL) -- have used the Spear of Destiny to rewrite reality to their own whim. Thawne himself gives the opening monologue to this episode, which is fitting and sets just the right tone.

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