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Let the slash fic begin!

Let the slash fic begin!

“Not everyone gets sent to Tahiti.”

“It’s a — magical place.”

“He’s acting like a robot version of himself.”

“Trust the system.”

Alright, show, we get it. Coulson is a magical robot reincarnation of himself!  Dammit, if this shit doesn’t pay off in the season finale, I’ma go Mye Mye on some Midgard shit!

I really liked the Total Recall nose thing at the start of the episode.  They even use the same damn tool that Arnold uses!

Despite half of the episode being devoted to Ward while the other half was devoted to Skye, I quite enjoyed “The Hub.”  We’ve figured it out by now, but the team’s time at the Hub just drives home the point that S.H.I.E.L.D. is not to be trusted.

Ward and Fitz make a pretty good field duo while Skye and Simmons make somewhat decent spies, although Simmons could stand to work on her bullshitting under pressure skills.

But the best duo is, of course, Coulson and May.  I would not be sad if the entire series was about them.  They are the heart of the team and for me, the heart of the show.

We get some answers about Skye’s parents which I actually found pretty interesting.  There are details that need to be filled in, but she’s connected to S.H.I.E.L.D. perhaps more deeply than she may want to know.  Also, we learn that there’s a clearance above level 8 which Coulson doesn’t have.  It’s a shock to him and further cements the idea that something isn’t right in his mind.

Overall, I think the show is picking up.  Last week’s episode was a good jump start and that momentum is continuing.  I have to say, much like Legend of Korra, S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting to win me over.

The Legend of Toddler Korra

Legend of Korra: “A New Spiritual Age” S1

So clearly I’m on board with Legend of Korra now.  Granted, it’s only been two episodes since the Legend of Wan, but still, I’m excited about the direction they’re taking the show.  For the most part.

If you were curious as to what Korra learned from Wan aside from how bending came to be, the answer is… not a whole lot.  She’s still hot tempered, lashing out at anyone or anything that doesn’t agree with her.  She’s like a super powered toddler which the Spirit World happily reveals to us when she gets separated from Jinora.

I think that’s how the writers have viewed Korra and looking back on the first part of Season 2, I can totally see it.  She may be physically older than Aang, but she has yet to gain any of his maturity.

Uncle Iroh makes a cameo in this episode. Thematically, it makes sense.  I can totally picture Iroh chilling with the spirits drinking tea.  Though Tenzin has done his best to guide Korra, I think she really needs someone like Iroh in her life.  It made me sad, though, to hear him not voiced by Mako.  I always imagined that I’d be at a convention that he was booked and that I’d get to meet him somehow to tell him how much his work has meant to me.  Ah well.

Who are you?

Who are you?

Wan Shi Tong also makes a cameo as well as Professor Zei.  It was cool to see the grumpy owl back in action.  Although, it’s dismaying to see how easily he’s duped by Unalaq.

No Mako or Asami or Bolin in this episode which I’m not too sorry about.  The whole Varrick is a little too obvious.  And though I understand how he got there, I really don’t like Bolin as Nuktuk.

Looking forward to this week’s episode!

The Return of Myeh Myeh

Point Break, The Dark World

Point Break, The Dark World

If you got sucked into the trailers for Thor: The Dark World, you might have expected a very grimdark sequel.  If that’s made you wary of the film, have no fear. Though there are bits that are pretty dark, the overall tone of this movie is much more playful and fun than the trailers have implied.  It almost crosses the line into comedy were it not for those darker, more sinister moments.  The tone shifts jumped me out of the movie from time to time, but I think overall, it was a good installment to the franchise.  I don’t think they should make a third film unless it’s a Loki movie.  But I didn’t feel like I wasted a movie ticket.

So I’m going to review things based on the characters and I’m listing them from my least favorite to most favorite.  There may be a few spoilers here and there, but I will warn you WITH BIG BOLD LETTERS AND SHIT!

THE HAMMER IS MY HAMMER. AND POSSIBLY MY PENIS

Ani? My goodness, you've grown.

Ani? My goodness, you’ve grown.

Movie Jane Foster is supposed to be a super nerd.  We don’t get to see any of her science powers until the very end of the movie and it’s a bit disappointing.  I like my leading ladies to do more than just moon over lost love.

In less capable hands, Jane’s dialog probably would have fallen flat.  But Natalie does what she can with the material and comes off very sincere.  She has some real chemistry with Chris Hemsworth and the two of them are enjoyable to watch together as a couple.  I just wish we saw her science more.

Thor has grown since his time with the Avengers.  No longer is he the cocky, arrogant jock.  He’s thoughtful, reflective.  It’s great to see that the events of previous films have made a lasting impact on him.

ONE BROKE GIRL

Now, the intern has become the master.

Now, the intern has become the master.

I thought Kat Dennings was hysterical in the first one and apparently so did Marvel.  Darcy gets a lot more screen time.  She’s kind of a scene stealer.  Whenever she and Jane are on screen, we’re watching Darcy.  She also takes a much more active role in the film than Jane.  Things happen to Jane.  Darcy makes things happen.  It’s an interesting role reversal which makes it hard for me to think of Jane as anything but something for Thor to protect.  Something. Not someone.

THIS IS MY BOY’S GIRL. STAY THE FUCK AWAY

Talk shit, get hit!

Talk shit, get hit!

We hardly got to see any of Frigga in the first one.  This film makes up for that in a pretty surprising way.  Frigga gets to kick quite a lot of ass and almost ends the film early were it not for evil intervention.  She’s super badass and I kind of wish we got to spend more time with her.  Rene Russo has some pretty good sword skills.  Y’all better take notice!

THE DARK ELVES

I'm the Doctor and this is my companion, Rose.

I’m the Doctor and this is my companion, Rose.

The aesthetics of the Dark Elves were amazing!  I loved their uniforms, their masks, their tech.  I really want a Cursed mask. So fucking amazing.  They looked scary as all fuck.  I totally need a Kursed mask.

That said, I felt that their leader, Malaketh played by Christopher Eccleston, was a bit of a punching bag.  He kind of really sucks at fighting which is terrible for a Big Bad.  He looks like he can eat your soul.  He sounds like he can rip the flesh from your bones.  But he’s a total pushover.

His right hand man, Algrim, was so much more intimidating.  I guess that’s part of the point of a second in command.  The setup implied that Malaketh was so much more badass than he turned out to be which totally lowered the stakes when it came time for the final battle.

STACKER PENTEGOD

You brought a ship to a knife fight? LOLZ!

You brought a ship to a knife fight? LOLZ!

Idris Elba is back as Heimdall and is amazing as always.  And this is the part I can’t help but spoil.

HE FUCKING KILLS AN DARK ELF SPACESHIP WITH A FUCKING KNIFE!!! A KNIFE!!!!!

Can he please be in more things?!  I think it would be cool if there was a Heimdall Tales series where he tells us stories of some of the more interesting things he sees.  It would be so fun to hear Idris narrate something like that.  Also, more spaceship stabbing.  Fuck the haters, Idris is perfect as Heimdall!

THE WARRIORS THREE AND LADY SIF

Hey, Warner Bros. I'm pretty much Wonder Woman so get your shit together!

Hey, Warner Bros. I’m pretty much Wonder Woman so get your shit together!

The movie kicks off with some great action from the Warriors Three and Lady Sif.  In general, they get much more to do in this film so it’s a bit disappointing when they all but disappear from the third act.  I kind of want to spend more time with them.  They are so much more interesting than Thor which is pretty bad if it’s your movie.

There are so many adventures I want to go on with them which I think is a triumph of the actors.  I would love to see a television series starring them.  It would be so much more fun than Agents of S.N.O.R.E.  Also, I kinda want to see Jaime Alexander as Wonder Woman.  Sif is pretty much the Marvel version of Wondy.  It just needs to happen.

THE REAL REASON YOU’RE SEEING THIS MOVIE

Kneel!

Kneel!

Let’s face it, there’s only one real reason you’re watching this thing.  Though it’s Natalie, no one really cares about Jane Foster.  Darcy is cute, but not enough to buy a 3D ticket.  Eccleston certainly has his lot of Whovians, but there’s no TARDIS in this theater.  We all bought tickets to see Tom Hiddleston’s smoldery eyes in that green costume.

This is a film for Loki fans.  There is so much Trickster God goodness in this movie I could almost hear tumblr swoon.  Hiddleston really is the breakout star of the Marvel films and he’s absolutely fantastic.  Honestly, I could have done with more him and less everyone else.  I don’t know if Marvel would ever dare to make a Loki film, but I think it would be box office gold.  I’d love to see him in a battle of wits against Hela.  So many good moments from him.  Sure, he didn’t KILL A SPACESHIP WITH A KNIFE, but he has some truly amazing moments.

THE BATTLE OF NEW YORK

The thing I really like about the Marvel universe is that these movies build upon each other.  The Battle of New York is referenced more than once.  If Warner Bros is smart and wants to cash in on DC movies like Marvel, all of their movies from Justice League to Superman 2 will make reference to the Battle of Metropolis.  You turn entire city blocks into dust without the entire world noticing.  They have to acknowledge that in order to build a movie universe.  It helps make all these Marvel movie re-watchable.  You can binge all of them any time a new one comes out.  Warner Bros has to build that kind of world for their comic movies to perform as well as Marvel’s.

Overall, I thought it was a little uneven.  The tone made some wild swings and the final battle just didn’t feel like the stakes were high enough.  Malaketh wasn’t as scary bad as I thought he should have been.  But I definitely enjoyed sitting in the theater and seeing it on a big screen.  Not sure I’d bother with a third Thor in the theater.  I think they’ve worn out their welcome.  But a Loki movie, FUCK YES I’d see that!

After a Week Off, Let’s Check in With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Oh, paleeeeeeease. Of course I'm more interesting than Skye.

Oh, paleeeeeeease. Of course I’m more interesting than Skye.

It’s taken six episodes for me to warm up to this damn show, but the latest episode “F.Z.Z.T.” of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had me yelling at the screen, “NOOO!! DON’T YOU FUCKING WHEDON SIMMONS YOU SADISTIC BASTARDS!”

JEMMA

In Super Sentai, every member of the team will get at least one episode dedicated to them. In much the same way, “F.Z.Z.T.” is Jemma Simmon’s episode.  This was the first time we’ve really heard her first name thrown around.

Though her life has been at risk in previous field missions, this is the first time the danger has come so close to home for Simmons.  In previous episodes, it seemed like she looked forward to the danger with a seemingly childlike enthusiasm.  This time around, it really hits her and we really get to see the impact take hold.  It’s a great episode for her.

SON OF COUL

Coulson proves to be the emotional center of this show.  Clark Gregg continues to impress me.  I loved his heart to heart with the fireman.

He’s starting to recognize that something is wrong.  He feels different.  And although Melinda May reassures him at the end of the episode, I have a feeling that it’s not going to satisfy Coulson.  There’s also some hint that Melinda May has gone through a similar life and death experience, but that’s all we get. Hints and whispers.

I’M AGENT BLAH BLAH BLAH

Agent Ward and her bestie pal Skye time was kept to a minimum.  I don’t know if the writers are reacting to early complaints or if this was the plan all along, but I’m all for it.  Any chance to let everyone else shine, I’m all for it.  Skye is pretty useless which was aptly demonstrated in this episode.

Ward has his uses, but I also feel that Melinda May can do anything he can do better.

GET ON THE BUS

If you’ve been holding out on S.H.I.E.L.D. because of all the things you’ve heard, I don’t blame you.  If I didn’t stay up to ungodly hours working on comics, I wouldn’t have bothered myself.  But I think this episode is worth a watch.  Hopefully, this marks a turning point in the show.

I, Frankenstein Looks Sufficiently Ridiculous

So if you’re a pedantic nerd like me, you’ll be shaking your fist at the fact that they call him Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein created the creature.  The doesn’t have a name, at least not in the novel.

Well, apparently, in this version he does.  The creature, Adam, took his creator’s surname as his own and for 200 years, has walked the earth.  And now he’s got to fight an army of creatures that are like him.  Sounds kinda exactly like Underworld.  But who cares. Aaron Eckhart looks great all scarred up in leather.

I, Frankenstein is based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel.  I’ve never heard of either until just now so I have no idea how closely the movie will follow.  But I don’t think we’re looking at real deep character development here.  I think we’re looking at Aaron Eckhart chopping mother fuckers in twain with his ax blades.

Looks like a fun, interesting take on Frankenstein’s monster and probably worth a ticket in a theater.

On Dragonfly Bunny Spirits

Legend of Korra: “The Guide” S2

 

It seems like the “Legend of Wan” was just what this show needed to get back on track.  I’m still puzzled as to why it’s taken so long, but whatever.  Last Friday’s episode, “The Guide,” was actually quite good.  Korra’s time within herself proved humbling.  Not sure why the first season didn’t stick with her, but it seems that her meeting with Wan, the first Avatar, has made a lasting impression.  She FINALLY apologizes to Tenzin for being such a jerkface and asks for his help.

BUNNIES!

BUNNIES!

We also see some growth from Tenzin who has been pretty stubborn during his family vacation.  I love that its his daughter, Jinora, who is tuned in to the Spirit World.  There’s something very zen about it.  Tenzin has been studying and trying so hard for so long that he’s somehow missed the point.  These are the kinds of subtleties that I loved so much about the original series.

I still roll my eyes whenever Mako is on screen.  And I’m pretty dismayed that Lin Bei Fong is so easily duped.  Maybe Lin is playing along to entrap Varrick.  But I have a good feeling about the second half of this season.  It kinda feels like a whole new show.

At 59, Jackie Chan Can Still Kick Your Ass

Longtime Jackie Chan fans are well familiar with the Police Story films.  This is a reboot of the franchise.  Instead of a Hong Kong cop like the previous version, Jackie will be playing a mainland cop.  I’m not too versed in Chinese cop culture so I don’t know the significance, but I do know that this looks absolutely brutal.

Jackie is know for his acrobatics and physical humor, but I love seeing him in dramatic roles.  And the way this thing is cut, I get the sense that this is going to be a very serious Jackie.  Hopefully, we’ll get a US release in theaters at some point.  I’ll be keeping an eye out.

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