Well, the sentiment has been certainly brewing for a while. I’m less and less interested in doing a weekly review of the CW’s superhero shows. It’s not a given, but I feel less motivated to do it. Also, I’ve been reviewing the stats. Superhero weekly barely gets a view. People are more inclined to find my Fantasia movie reviews or the cosplay galleries for the Montreal ComicCon or the Otakuthon.
Yes, the new Black Lightning is certainly a refreshing but sour take on the superhero mythos. I say that, because although things seem more serious and at stake in the not-so-fictional city of Freeland, it really drives home the point on how little the conscious but average citizen can do against both the criminal forces and misguided law enforcement at the same time. It can feel too depressing at times.
On the other hand, the week-to-week same flavored shows of The Flash and Arrow lack enough substance to maintain interest. Supergirl has slighty more to offer but sometimes feels like it panders too much to a certain political view. Don’t misunderstand, it often matches a lot of my political views but that doesn’t make the plots better. The show needs more shades of grey. I think Legends of Tomorrow gets closer to doing that, despite the convoluted plots and the recycled villains from other shows.
I’ve also returned to comics in a very roundabout way. After being out of the loop for a long time, I got back into Transformers toys from a collector’s perspective last year. I don’t how how long this trend will last, but I’ve been quite enthralled with masterpiece versions, including some third party offerings.
I’m also reading the current Lost Light, Optimus Prime and Till All Are One comic book series in digital form. I don’t necessarily want to write a weekly comic review (or perhaps I’ll change my mind) but I think I do want to try some essays on my favorite characters. Perhaps it’s just nostalgia, but any motivation is welcome.
On a short note, a couple of people discovered my Hogwarts detective fanfic, The Filch Factor and read it the whole way through. That was surprising! Makes me feel like writing again. If you want to read something of mine more recent, try the scary Dance With A Spider original story on Reddit. If you liked it, check out my tidbits on the story.
That will do for now.
Spoilers as we’re going for another format change this week.
I believe I’m starting to suffer from superhero fatigue again. Black Lightning showed us yet another shade of Peter Gambi, the start of Anissa’s path as a superhero in training and possibly Black Lightning’s hero status being compromised in the eyes of the public. With the death of Lady Eve, things are starting to roll downhill a lot faster. Some key scenes were amazing, some were good and a few did border on repeated stuff but overall this show still edges out in front to the rest of the CW lineup.
The Flash went for the gut giving us a scenario in which Jesse Quick and Jay Garrick must join forces with Barry. The enemy this time was not DeVoe but a nuclear explosion. It was good, but why I didn’t quite find it that… moving… is another question. Yes, fine performances by all, but still a good episode not a great series make. Also, time-traveling girl is back as Jitters’ barista.
I also revisited Arrow this week. Katie Cassidy is playing Black Siren quite nicely, but the heartstrings tug comes via Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance and his desperate act of saving a dream that seems hopeless. I can’t help but think this was the inner struggle that I appreciated much more than the growing animosity between Team Arrow and the Ex-Team.
Finally, a little time traveling with Legends of Tomorrow gives us a much heroic but naive Ray Palmer in an almost comedic kidnapping-turn-alliance with the Dahrks. Same as in Arrow, there are episodes where Damien is as evil as they come and there are episodes in which he’s just cartoonishly evil to the point of almost being endearing. Unfortunately, I believe in the end he feels either a) bipolar b) very badly written or c) both, sometimes in the same episode. Also, Wally West! Couldn’t he grab Amaya’s Spirit Totem too? Still, it was so cool to see Wally again. And of course, Rip Hunter could not depart without a little mystery… What is the truth about Ava?
That will do for now.
I kinda sweared off Transformers for a long time after Michael Bay started his movie run. Sometime last year (2017), I really got back into them full force. Nowadays, I can’ recommend the Lost Light series enough, but you can’t just jump into it. That would be a disservice because you’d just be skipping the best part of the series which started a long time before in a comic book called More Than Meets the Eye.
I strongly recommend the digital 10 volumes if you really want to get into it. The whole series feels like an irreverent TV show parody where we travel the galaxy with a faction from the Transformers, some whom you know and some that have usually been relegated to the background. There’s a lot of hilarity, a lot of ludicrous plots, some ominous foreshadowing, progressive storylines and really engaging storytelling.
I don’t really think it’s worth it for me to spoil anything, but let’s make something clear – things are no longer black and white. The war between the Autobots and the Decepticons is over and now we have a load ton of consequences to face. Or we can take the Lost Light and travel halfway across the galaxy looking for the Knights of Cybertron.
Seriously recommended for the grown-up Transformer fan who wants to read a decent storyline. And in case you want to know any highlights to watch out for, here’s a shining recommendation…
Don’t open the coffin. Don’t let them take Skids. Don’t go to Delphi. And do not – I repeat do not – look in the basement. And for the sake of the Cybertronian race itself, please don’t…
Huh? Ok, guess that was the wrong message. Don’t worry about it, it will all be fine.
That will do for now.