Powerless S:01 E:04

Episode Title: Emily Dates a Henchman
Original Airdate: 2-23-17

While I’m still not entirely sold on either the continued reliance on Batman or the overall chemistry of the cast, I will say right here at the start that this has been my favorite episode of this show so far. It had the right mix of absurdity, comic book references, and self-deprecating humor that totally worked for me. The episode itself is pretty self-explanatory after reading the title as Emily inadvertently starts dating a henchman. Of course, not just any henchman, but one played by Robert Buckley of iZombie fame.
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Powerless S:01 E:02

Episode Title: Wayne Dream Team
Original Airdate: 2-9-17

One thing I’ve already realized about why I decided to stop writing reviews on this site was that it was difficult for me to stick to a deadline each week when my evenings end up being so busy. So here I am, several days past my self-imposed deadline to discuss this past Thursday’s episode of Powerless. I will say that the episode did minimize the amount of Batman references, and I will also say that I re-watched the first episode with my wife and there were a couple non-Batman DC references that I overlooked. This episode also focused more on the entire office dynamic in general with very little in the way of actual superheroics which was mostly relegated to the office fantasy superhero draft.
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Powerless S:01 E:01

Episode Title: Wayne or Lose
Original Airdate: 2-2-17

It feels like I’ve been away from this site for way too long despite the fact that when I stopped watching the shows I was covering, I was fully enjoying them. But the concept of Powerless, and the fact that it’s a half hour comedy has brought me back. I hadn’t watched any of the trailers and barely knew who was in it, but when I saw that it was premiering yesterday, I decided to check it out and see what it had to offer. While there wasn’t a whole lot to it, and it stuck with random superheroes and villains plus a couple Batman references, it was funny and I mostly enjoyed it, despite having some concerns over the directions when reading up on the differences between the original pilot and this one that actually went to air. Notably the fact that they dropped a large number of general DC universe references in favor of sticking Batman in yet another DC property because they just can’t get away from Batman.
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Jess Archer Vs. S:01 Ep:07

Jess Archer Vs 3After Jess Archer(Emily Williams) sets a trap for football captain Jason(Carmen Carfagna) and he was caught trying to steal answers instead of Lacrosse Team Captain Troy(Michael Fraser).  Things, have been bothering our teen hero and it’s more than she’s a little put off by everyone giving her praise between classes.  Or that both Chase(Stefan Kumor) and Troy are now visiting her in the bathroom and are giving her the huggies.  It’s just that something feels not quite right for her.  How did Jason get those answers into Troy’s locker in the first place?  He does end up revealing the name Casey or was it Kacy, maybe it’s K.C.  I don’t know but I do know that this is a perfect opportunity for Jess and Chase to have a montage and get more facts. Continue reading Jess Archer Vs. S:01 Ep:07

Jess Archer Vs. S:01 Ep:06

Jess Archer Vs 3Before I tell you about the latest adventure of Hudson High’s great teen detective Jess Archer.  I want to express just how important it is to support independent media.  Weather it’s a musical artist you find on SoundCloud, or a filmmaker who is promoting their project via Indigogo.  We should all do our part to like and share these talented people with the rest of the world.  I’m not saying you haft to give every single project your hard earned cash, although it’s great  that you do.  It just would be cool if more people took an interest in seeing original content, instead of reboots and remakes.  TV now is starting to turn old movies into TV shows.  Do we really want a Lethal Weapon or The Exorcist as a series.  I know I don’t, so let’s get out there and help support original content. Continue reading Jess Archer Vs. S:01 Ep:06

Jess Archer Vs S:01 Ep: 03

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As you can tell from the last few episodes, Jess Archer(Emily Williams) and Officer Turner(Joel Stigliano) are not big fans of each other.  Turner is upset because Archer doesn’t give him the proper respect an officer like him should receive.  While, Jess sees this man abusing his powers and knows the only authoritative job he’ll ever achieve is that of security at a retirement home.   Jess and Turner are easily continuing that same hero /villain dynamic that made other great characters such household names.  Bugs Bunny vs Elmer Fudd, Doctor Who vs The Darlecks, and Yakko, Wakko,& Dot Warner vs that security guy who keeps locking them away in the tower. Continue reading Jess Archer Vs S:01 Ep: 03

Jess Archer Vs S:01 Ep:02

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Hooray; we are back with another exciting episode of Jess Archer Vs.  When we last left our dynamic duo of Jess(Emily Williams) and Chase(Stefan Kumor).  They were being hired by Troy the captain of the lacrosse team who claims he was being framed for giving away the answers to the mid terms.  I mean, he wasn’t just giving them away.  He was accused of selling them at a reasonable price.  At least I’m guessing they were reasonable.  I know nothing about the market of test answers for high school academic tests.  Wait a minute,why am I making any accusations on this person whom I barely have any knowledge of.  Let’s leave the interrogation to our two gumshoes, shall we. Continue reading Jess Archer Vs S:01 Ep:02

Jess Archer Vs S:01 Ep:01

 

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Hello everyone and welcome to the first episode of the series Jess Archer Vs.  In the last post we were introduced to high school student Jess Archer as she solved the mystery of her best friend Chase’s missing Phantom comic book.  Now Jess is back with a brand new mystery, new characters, and even more of that great wit and Archer charm.  Remember that one movie Brick where it was set in high school but everyone talked like they were in a Phillip Marlowe crime novel.   Jess Archer Vs feels like its a film noir that was played out on the holodeck via Star Trek by the characters of Archie comics.  Better yet, Jess Archer Vs is Velma and Scooby Doo(if he were human) solving crimes at the same high school that the scooby gang from Buffy The Vampire Slayer attended.  Even better, Jess Archer Vs is a fun series that has characters who are well written and one day will be referenced in other shows.  But enough of this chatter, let’s get to this week’s episode. Continue reading Jess Archer Vs S:01 Ep:01

iZombie S:01 E:03

Episode Title: The Exterminator
Original Airdate: 3-31-15

iZombie is back with another strong episode, if you’re not watching this show yet you really should be. It reminds me of Buffy in several ways besides the fact that it has a strong female lead and plenty of quick, witty dialogue. What it really does well that Buffy also did is to take aspects of real life and filter them through this extremely bizarre premise to make it allegorical. Besides that, there’s great characters all around and still a bit of an overarching mystery that is inching its way along in the sidelines. Plus, this episode has a small role from Brian Krakow from My So-Called Life, I haven’t seen that actor in ages, and boy does he look extremely different. I’m sure my wife would tell me that he could give Jordan Catalano a run for his money now. But I’m getting a ways away from the subject at hand here.
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Webseries Spotlight: We Might Be Superheroes S:01 E:01

Welcome back to another Webseries Spotlight where we share a superhero webseries along with a few behind the scenes questions with the creators. This time around I’m happy to be able to share We Might Be Superheroes, a great comedic series following a couple would-be superheroes who are new to the business and end up with the names Hope and Faith. We will be sharing the episodes starting from the very beginning where you can get some insight from creator Pat Bishow and lead actors Alex Covington and Rica de Ocampo, but if you can’t wait feel free to check out all the rest of the episodes over at their website.
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