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Things To Come: No more Superhero Weekly? More Transformers features?

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.

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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.

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Superhero Weekly: March 7, 2018

Spoilers as we’re going for another format change this week.


(Source: The CW)

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.

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Superhero Weekly: Book of Green Light

If you think there’s a lot to digest in this week’s episode, start with just the episode’s official title. And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light is a little too long. One could say the same about the events this week, but let’s not judge a book by its cover… As large as it might be for such a long description.

With Supergirl and The Flash on hiatus, it’s up to Jefferson and crew to deliver.


(Source: The CW)

Black Lightning, Green Light & Blue Spandex:

  • The Green Light drug has hit the streets hard and Black Lightning is out there to make sure the cops don’t forget these are kids. Where was the mace? Where was the tazer? Jefferson was right on the money there. Cops went right for the firepower. That’s one more first for this show: this superhero is not chummy with the police, nor is the police squeaky clean either.
  • Lightning has a history with our Inspector Henderson. Apparently they have sort of, kind of, collaborated in the past. I still don’t trust Henderson, but he seems to be willing to help somewhat.
  • Gambi has a deal with Tobias Whale because of course he does. The tailor seems to have connections everywhere and Whale knows it. What exactly does Gambi have over Whale to make it through that scene without getting clobbered into oblivion? More important, Tori seems to know that Tobias visiting Gambi could cause friction with Lady Eve. How deep does this rabbit hole goes?
  • Jennifer gets jumped by two girls from her school at a skating rink but as it turns out she knows how to handle herself fine. One of the girls ends up with her hand in a cast and her family pays the Pierce a visit for a cash grab. First time I sided with Jennifer here. She gets attacked but she’s the one to end up grounded?
  • Anissa dons a superhero costume. It’s kind of a stretch (not a pun on spandex btw) because… Why would you wear something flashy if you are going to go skulking for information about your own grandfather? Too soon, I think.
  • Anissa’s investigations reveal Alvin Pierce was close to the truth about an experiment to give children special abilities. She’s bound to discover her father’s secret soon enough, which means it will eventually happen but they will drag it along for some time. The part I don’t like about this is the whole “when will they find out” where the audience already knows and we’re just supposed to have expectations on the reaction. This has happened on every CW superhero show.
  • On the other hand, Anissa’s snooping should end up revealing the origin of Black Lightning. What is that vial she found?
  • The nerdy looking kid that hangs out with Tobias is Joey Toledo. It’s hard to believe this punk is a threat, or that he could be a suspect in Jefferson’s father’s death.
  • Lightning gains hover capabilities thanks to the suit but he’s got these headaches that keep getting worse. It’s every superhero’s nightmare: What if your powers are unreliable? What’s worse, what if they incapacitate you at the worse time?

That will do for now.

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