Television

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.

Thu
30
Mar

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer is Chilling

Today is heating up and it seems like we have more trailers than a park in Kansas! Hit HBO series GAME OF THRONES has released a new trailer for the highly anticipated and long awaited Season 7!

Along with it came an announced release date of 7.16.17. So as the Summer months get heated up, expect the realm of the seven kingdoms to start cooling down. Winter is Coming after all.

Whether you're a fan of the books or just the tv show, the trailer shows what many of us knew was coming. A showdown of leaders from all over the realm. The trailer focuses on Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister. It also appears to include our first look at Dragonstone's throne room.

Thu
30
Mar

Jenna Elfman Returns to Sitcom TV with IMAGINARY MARY

Imaginary Mary

JENNA ELFMAN returns to manic comedy in the new ABC comedy, IMAGINARY MARY.

Elfman portrays Alice, a single career woman whose life was put on its current track through the help of an imaginary friend she created when she was six, Mary (voiced by RACHEL DRATCH), to help her cope with her parents disastrous marriage and divorce. Mary helped Alice be independent, get into some trouble, and then disappeared when Alice "became a woman" (in just the way you're probably thinking I mean).

Wed
29
Mar

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 318, "Abra Kadabra"

Flash 318 Abra Kadabra

Finally we get the introduction of a classic FLASH villain who's gonna reach out and grab ya. (Sorry, but I've been watching the whole episode with The Steve Miller Band song running through my head. If you don't know which one, hie thee to the Googles.)

DAVID DASTMALCHIAN (ANT-MAN, MACGYVER) plays the larcenous legerdemainiac from the future, Abra Kadabra, as the DC Universe gets a little broader with references to Stagg Industries and Kord Industries -- known for their prominence with DC superhero characters Metamorpho and Blue Beetle, respectively. But what does a guy from the future, with technology so advanced it is indistinguishable from magic -- and yes, Caitlin (DANIELLE PANABAKER) and Cisco (CARLOS VALDES) both acknowledge Arthur C. Clarke's law in the episode -- need with technology from the 21st century?

Fri
24
Mar

Weekend Blast - Recap of the Week and Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death

My Two-Bits: Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death

We are about a month out from Doctor Who Season 10 (APRIL 15th)!  This season is the last season for star Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat. But what some people may not know is that Moffat got his start with Doctor Who way back in 1999.  As part of Comic Relief, BBC had put together a very funny Doctor Who parody written by Moffat and starring Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor, Julia Sawalha as his companion, Jonathan Pryce (as the Master), and Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley as later incarnations of the Doctor.

Thu
23
Mar

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 215, "Fellowship of the Spear"

Legends of Tomorrow Fellowship of the Spear

One spear to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them.

The Legends team have managed to outpace the Legion of Doom when it comes to collecting pieces of the Spear of Destiny -- the spear that pierced Christ's side and embued it with the power to rewrite reality. But the Legion has the final piece and have hidden it in the one place where it can't be found in time -- outside of time, at Vanishing Point.

You'd think a whole episode could be devoted just to obtaining that piece, but it's actually thieved away in a matter of minutes, with Firestorm (FRANZ DRAMEH) showing off to Rip Hunter (ARTHUR DARVILL) his new transmutation powers by turning the safe into jellybeans and revealing the last fragment. Eobard Thawne (MATT LETSCHER), the Reverse-Flash, finds out too late that the fragment has been stolen, and goes ballistic.

Wed
22
Mar

Gonged at Last: Chuck Barris, 87

Chuck Barris

I have long had a sense of humor that finds me making jokes that leave others looking at me like they're still waiting for the punch line. I blame that on Chuck Barris, whose schtick I would often try to emulate, after years of watching him host the hilarious, oddball, and frequently non sequitur variety contest, THE GONG SHOW.

The man who made so few people laugh, but laugh loudly nonetheless, was also the brains behind THE DATING GAME and it's post-coital follow-up, THE NEWLYWED GAME, both of which were Q&A sessions designed to test the tenuous boundaries where the sexual revolution met the television censors.

Chuck Barris passed away March 21, 2017 of natural causes.

Part of me thinks he did this as one final joke, to continue the verbal confusion of those who interchanged his name with Chuck Berry, who also passed this same week. If I were named Charles Bears right now, I'd be staying alert.

Wed
22
Mar

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 317, "Duet"

Perhaps the most anticipated, most dreaded episode of THE FLASH has come upon us -- the musical crossover with SUPERGIRL.

Things kicked off in SUPERGIRL when a mysterious person puts Kara (MELISSA BENOIST) into a coma and then jumps through a breach, declaring he is looking for "the fastest man alive."

Fri
17
Mar

Weekend Blast - Recap of the Week and Commentary on Stephen Colbert

My Two-Bits: My Love of Stephen Colbert

A few weeks ago, my daughter asked me the question, “If you could spend the day with anyone, who would it be?”  I started to talk about family and all that, and she said, “I mean famous person.” And without hesitation, I answered “Stephen Colbert.”  Colbert is a source of endless fascination and entertainment for me.  

Thu
16
Mar

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 214, "Moonshot"

Legends of Tomorrow, Episode 214, Moonshot

Rip Hunter (ARTHUR DARVILL) scattered the Justice Society of America across time to protect the fragments of the Spear of Destiny, which, if assembled, could rewrite reality. He leaves Henry Heywood (MATTHEW MACCAULL), aka Commander Steel, in 1965 Manhattan, with the realization that his family will think he died in the mission to Liepzig. Mere seconds after they part ways, Rip Hunter reappears with the Legends trying to intercept Henry. This was a nice bit of time travel, nearly running into yourself, which you could theoretically do decades and seconds apart simultaneously. But Henry is a master chameleon, and if he wants to get lost, he's going to be lost.

Wed
15
Mar

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 316, "Into the Speed Force"

The Flash 316: Into the Speed Force

Greetings, Flash fans! So here's where we are to date: Kid Flash Wally West (KEIYNAN LONSDALE) got tricked by Savitar into releasing him from the Speed Force prison only to end up trapped there himself. The Flash (GRANT GUSTIN) takes it upon himself to zip into the Speed Force and break Wally out, by hook or by crook. Cisco (CARLOS VALDES) whips up some techno magic called a Goldtooth (an interdimensional Bluetooth) so that Team Flash can pull Barry out if they need to do so. You can probably guess how that's going to work.

Fri
10
Mar

Pep Talk: Riverdale, Episode 107, "In a Lonely Place"

Riverdale 107, A Lonely Place

With Jughead (COLE SPROUSE) and Betty (LILI REINHART) discovering Jason Blossom's hidden car, only to find it a burned out husk when the Sheriff arrives, things couldn't get much weirder in RIVERDALE. And then they find that Betty's sister, Polly (TIERA SKOVBYE), pregnant with Jason's baby, has escaped from the home where her parents placed her.

Thu
09
Mar

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 213, "Land of the Lost"

Legends of Tomorrow, Land of the Lost

The crew of the Waverider have captured Rip Hunter (ARTHUR DARVILL) in the hopes of restoring him to his former personality, his current one being the product of mental tampering by the Legion of Doom. However, what they did not expect was that Rip still possesses the override codes to Gideon, the ship's AI computer, which easily lets him escape his cell, take back the Longinus Medallion that guides them all to the missing pieces of the Spear of Destiny, and destroy it so that the Legends can never find the final piece before the Legion of Doom gets it and rewrites all reality.

Oh, and he starts up the ship's self-destruct sequence, because every good spaceship has one of those built into it.

Wed
08
Mar

Taking Flight: SUPERGIRL 215 "Exodus" Gets Political

Supergirl 215, Exodus

We here at Critical Blast do not cover politics but you'd have to be living under a rock to realize the issues that are facing America today. If you're watching TV from under that rock, you'd notice that Monday's episode of SUPERGIRL unearths a lot of important issues from the current political landscape.

Wed
08
Mar

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 315, "The Wrath of Savitar"

Flash Episode 315, The Wrath of Savitar

Wally West (KEIYNAN LONSDALE) is still seeing images of Savitar, but hasn't told anyone, even as he runs through a speed trial with Barry (GRANT GUSTIN) and Jesse (VIOLETT BEANE) in which he manages to cover the required distance to save Iris (CANDICE PATTON) in the future in the right amount of time. He's fast enough. But he's haunted.

Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the entire team is brought together but they don't know why. Barry and Iris address the group to announce their engagement. Joe (JESSE L. MARTIN) is happy for his kids, but takes Barry aside to ask why he didn't go through the tradition of asking him first. Barry is rescued from the awkward situation by a fire emergency that he and Wally speed off to take care of. (Jesse is too "preoccupied with the ring" business of the engagement. So much for International Women's Day.

Fri
03
Mar

Pep Talk: Riverdale, Episode 106, "Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!"

Josie and the Pussycats - with Veronica

Despite my misgivings with the pilot of RIVERDALE, I've nonetheless continued to check in on the CW take on the Archie Comics gang. And with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at the helm, I at least understand why it can't be a lighthearted, kid-friendly rom-com. It's how he views the Archie world, through a lens darkly. It worked for AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, and so long as I view RIVERDALE as another alternate look at Archie, I can make peace with it. I just can't let my nine year old boy watch it, much as he wants to, having seen the ads in his mountain of Archie digest comics he reads endlessly.

Thu
02
Mar

DuckTales First Look Trailer

Disney XD posted up a trailer for their new Duck Tales reboot! 


Commentary: Okay, first the "negatives."  The animation reminds me of the Mickey Mouse shorts. I like that in small doses, but not sure it would work for a full length cartoon.  And Huey, Dewey, and Louie's voices already annoy me. 

Wed
01
Mar

Taking Flight: SUPERGIRL 0214 "Homecoming" Unravels Family Ties

Monday's episode of SUPERGIRL brought the Danvers' dad, Jeremiah, home to be reunited with his family. But did everyone welcome him back with open arms?

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD

The episode starts off with some funny moments as Mon-El awakens from a night spent at Kara's. Wondering why she wasn't there when he woke up, he opines on whether that means 'it' was really bad...or really good.

When she returns, she comes bearing flowers and coffee for Mon-El. She also requests that when they get to the DEO, he says nothing about their relationship. She wants to keep it under wraps for now. When they arrive Mon-El makes his announcement in a way that Ron Burgundy would be proud.

Wed
01
Mar

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 314, "Attack on Central City"

Love is in the air as Team Flash revels in having thwarted Grodd's gorilla invasion by heading it off at the pass on Earth 2. Barry (GRANT GUSTIN) is sure the headline for the future will change, and that the team is on the right path to saving Iris (CANDICE PATTON) from being murdered by Savitar.

It's Valentine's Day, but H.R. (TOM CAVANAGH) is calling it "Friends Day" as it is referred to on his home on Earth 19. H.R. has S.T.A.R. Labs all decked out in finery, much to the chagrin of his doppelganger from Earth 2, Harrison Wells. Jesse (VIOLETT BEANE) takes this time to tell her father that she's going to stay on Earth 1 with wally (KEIYNAN LONSDALE). They expect him to lose his cool, but he dissolves into a disgrunted "Okay," then remains taciturn for the remainder of the episode.

Wed
22
Feb

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 313, "Attack on Gorilla City"

Attack on Gorilla City

In the previous episode, we ended with the arrival of Jesse Quick (VIOLETT BEANE) from Earth 2 with the message that her father, Harrison Wells (TOM CAVANAGH) had been kidnapped by Grodd and taken to Gorilla City. So now we know that Gorilla City is on Earth 2. He was invited there via a mathematical cryptogram (apparently Grodd is taking notes on how Team Flash recruits other Wellses from across the multiverse), but the team that accompanied him went missing, and all searchers found were their bones.

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