Legion S:01 E:03

Episode Title: Chapter 3
Originally Aired February 22nd 2017

“Have you heard the one about the poor woodsman and his wife?” A simple story about things not being what they seem and leaving well enough alone, told to us by a Pee-Wee Herman inspired coffee maker, hints at the underlying themes of the show. Is everyone who they say they are, or are they even who they think they are?

An aggressive visit from Lenny makes David question Melanie’s motives and his own reasoning for not going to save Amy. Is he unwilling to risk this new life where he is surrounded by people who don’t think he is crazy, they even think he is important, and of course Syd is there.  By the end of the episode, we no longer wonder where his loyalties lie, Amy and Syd are one and 1a in a distant second is Melanie’s compound. Who is David is he just a misunderstood powerful mutant who will one day be the one who turns the tide in the war against Division 3, is he a scared child stuck in an adult’s body? Is he James McAvoy from Split, with an untold number of personalities fighting for control, or is he actually the yellow eye demon? How does the thing with the yellow eyes have so much control over what is going on in David’s head, is he trying to control him, steal his powers or is he just an underlying personality trying to exert itself.

Those three possibilities give us an idea of who the villain of the season actually is. If he is trying to steal David’s abilities, he may be a reimagining of the comic character the Shadow King. The Shadow King is a powerful psychic who is always trying to challenge other telepaths in an effort to control them and increase his power. We have no idea how powerful David actually is, each week we seem him do something we’ve never seen before. At one point Ptonomy even asks David “what are you” after he teleported the three of them 600 feet into a building while he was in a trance.

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If they wanted to tie the show into the movies in a small way then the demon could be Professor Y. He is a comic character that is the manifestation of David’s resentment for his father Professor X. This seems unlikely for multiple reasons, most notably because it would be the only major tie in to the X-men other than hints and random x’s around the building; it is its own story. We also got a strong indicator to the time that this story is taking place. Melanie’s husband inherited the compound in the 1940’s and he spent 30 years building it with Cary. That means we are somewhere in the 70’s or early 80’s at the most. That would explain the outfits and most of the technology. The items we cannot explain can be chalked up to mutants made it or secret government agencies kept it to themselves.

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If the true identity of the yellow-eyed devil is Mojo then the most popular fan theory will be correct. Mojo is a character known for putting others into battles to the death or other intense situations all for TV ratings. In a previous episode, we see a field of TVs showing moments of David’s life, which could hint at this being true. Maybe every time they access David’s mind they are coming one-step closer to revealing the truth and releasing David from the Matrix. All three outcomes have something different and exciting to offer that at this point I still cannot decide if I have a way I want it to go. We could end up with a psychological thriller as a man battles his own mind because of his past. Alternatively, we might get a different take on how our society views TV and the harm it could be doing to us, and the people behind our favorite reality shows. Finally, we could end up with an all-out psychic battle, which would be the most exciting to watch. With the reliance on visuals that has played a large role in the series to this point, a psychic battle could give us some very interesting images.

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The relationship between David and Syd is still my favorite part of this show. The funny moments as they discuss what they did or did not do while in control of the other person’s body. They also have an intimate moment when Syd wants to be there when they go back into his mind and David is terrified that when she sees him at his worst she won’t want him anymore. The confirmation of the existence of the soul was particularly fun, as we hear about some of the other bodies Syd has taken for a ride.

Luke Cage S:01 E:12

Episode Title: Soliloquy of Chaos
Originally Aired: September 30th 2016

The penultimate episode of Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage is upon us and it did not disappoint. From a great celebrity cameo by Method Man to multiple double crosses and a gang war, I was entertained from start to finish. As most of you probably know each episode this season has been titled after a Gang Starr song, I had to bring it up this time because if you just look at the title it doesn’t make much sense. Yes, the song is terrible, and it is a poor title because it is hard to cause chaos when you are alone, but if you listen or read the final verse of the song, you see that it is about retaliation and a circle of violence that can apply to this episode.

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Luke Cage S:01 E:04

Episode Title: Step in the Arena
Originally Aired: September 30th 2016

The fourth episode of Luke Cage takes us back to the man’s origin and reveals multiple surprises about his past. The bulk of the show takes place in the past but it is juxtaposed to a situation that finds Luke and Connie in a tight spot just like Luke was while doing time at Seagate Prison. One of the biggest surprises is that Luke Cage is not his real name; he is actually Carl Lucas former police officer and member of the military.

lukecage-arena-crownNot only did this episode explore the backstory for Luke, as we know him it also hinted at his comic book origin as well. We got to see him in his original costume from when he debuted in 1972, and as Luke himself said, he looked like a damn fool. Don’t worry I won’t forget about the swear jar, I’m just a little light on cash right now. There are three bright spots to this episode make it entertaining even if it does drag a little at times.

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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: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:00

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Starting on Wednesday June 1st, I am going to start reviewing episodes of the new web series Jess Archer Vs.  The best way I can describe the show to those who have never heard of it is that it’s part Scott Pilgrim Vs The World meets Veronica Mars.  Set at a High School during an undetermined period.  The series focuses on our two heroes Jess Archer(Emily Williams) and her BFF Chase Pollard(Stefan Kumor) .  Two friends who are in love with comics, enjoy quoting movies and, playing pranks on the school security guard Officer Turner(Joel Stigliano) Continue reading Jess Archer Vs S:01 Ep:00

Supergirl S01:E18

Episode Title: World’s Finest

Original Airdate: 03-28-2016

Otherwise known as The One Where The Flash Guest Stars. If it’s possible for two shows to poke meta-referential fun at each other, “World’s Finest” does the job well. It has to be remembered that at one point a crossover between CW’s The Flash and CBS’s Supergirl was never even on the table: producer Greg Berlanti stated that bringing either hero into each other’s respective universes was a pretty big long shot, and yet here we are, 18 episodes into Supergirl’s first season (and a dozen or more into Flash’s 2nd) and both Barry Allen and Kara Danvers trade interdimensional references and powers in one of the “fun” episodes of the series’ run thus far.

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