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“The Walking Dead” Season 7 Premiere Reaction

Yeah… so THAT happened. Before I begin, I’m going to start off by giving a major spoiler warning about what happened on Sunday night. If you think it’s okay to read this because you don’t get what the deal was over what happened on the Season 7 premiere, get catch up on the show. For the rest of you, let’s gather to try and cope with the rapture of the shit that went down a few nights ago. I wasn’t even going to do a post on this episode. I thought everyone online would be fine and anxiously await next week’s episode as always. But nope, they had to pull the rug from under us and reduce us viewers to sniffling little creature! *Sigh* Sorry about that. I’m just still reeling. Right after it aired, I figured I should do a reaction post. Okay, so what happened? At the very end of last Season, Rick, Sasha, Abraham, Eugene, Aaron, and Carl were all trying to get a sick Maggie over to the Hilltop Colony to get her pregnancy checked out. But on their way, they are abruptly stopped by a small army of survivors called the Saviors, who gather them and all of the other group members, with the exceptions of Morgan and Carol, in front of their leader, Negan. After giving a speech about the new world order, Negan plays a sadistic game of eeny, meany, miny, moe to randomly select a group member to viciously kill with Lucille, his baseball bat wrapped in barb-wire. And… that was it. Fans all theorized about who it could be over the summer, but now we know. However, the majority of this premiere was Rick and Negan riding around the woods, with Negan trying to get it to Rick that he owns him. It wasn’t until after the second commercial break that we discovered who won the game of eeny, meany, miny, moe… it was Abraham. It was a particularly gruesome affair, but stubborn as always, his last words were, “Suck my nuts.” And Negan bashed his little brain bits into the gravel even after his death. Right now, I will praise the makeup and design crew. Each week they impress me more, but this one particularly was standout. Now for a brief moment, we all believe that we’re safe. But then Daryl Dixon stands up and decks him in the jaw out of anger. Even though Dwight seems determined on killing him, I knew that Daryl dies, we riot. Negan reiterates that he will shut that shit down, no exceptions. And as camera tilts to the right you think you can tell who will get punished. He then turns right around and pummels Glenn with Lucille. He’s in terrible shape afterwards. Blood is trickling down from skull, his left eye is popped out. He tries saying something, but can only make out,  “Maggie, I’ll find you.” And with a few more blows, the would-be father is killed off like he’s nothing more than an insect to be crushed. That is the reason why I made this post. I jumped from my seat when this happened onscreen. In the comics, Glenn is the one who gets killed in the sadistic game, but the fact that both he and Abraham got killed shows me one thing: no one is safe. I know that sounds like a cliché but honestly there hasn’t been an original cast member killed off for a few seasons now. Steven Yeun and Michael Cudlitz will be fine and have good careers. It’s been a fun run with you guys, and it won’t be the same without you. This is looking like only the start of potentially the darkest season of The Walking Dead yet. Jeffrey Dean Morgan absolutely slays his role of Negan, and I can’t wait to see him more over the show. If you like what you see here, please leave a comment and be sure to Follow my blog for more awesome content.


“Luke Cage” T.V. Show Review

Knocking down a few doors in the projects doesn’t just make you Harlem’s Hero. It actually makes you a legend. This critically acclaimed superhero web television series released all 13 episodes of its first season on Netflix on September 30th, 2016. The third collaboration between Netflix and Marvel Entertainment for adapting street-level superhumans, there were many reports of it being so popular, that many Netflix servers crashed due to overcrowding. Set a few months after the events of Jessica Jones, the titular ex-convict relocates to the city of Harlem, New York with bulletproof skin and enhanced strength. Initially wanting to lay low, he soon finds himself thrust into taking action against notorious gangster Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes and Mariah Dillard, the latter’s scheming politician cousin. Cage must take the pair down while battling the police system, fronted by Mercedes “Misty” Knight. Even though it’s just come out, Luke Cage may be my favorite Marvel/Netflix show to date, at least since season one of Daredevil. There is not a single actor in the cast that gives a dull performance. Everyone brings their A-game to the table. Mike Colter is absolutely perfect as the title character. Charismatic and convincing to a fault, I hardly think that they could have picked a better actor to portray Luke Cage in this universe. Simone Missick as Misty Knight is a particular standout, arguably the breakout star of this entire show. Her sarcasm makes for some funny moments, while her analytical skills make the audience feel like they are a genius detective as well. Rosario Dawson returns for the fourth time in the universe as Claire Temple, a no-nonsense nurse for enhanced beings. She makes a great love interest for Luke Cage, amplified by their fiery chemistry. Let’s get into the villains. Previously, Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb jokingly referred to both Cottonmouth and Dillard as “the other heroes of the story.” Netflix veteran Mahershala Ali does give us a violent, yet still human antagonist out of Cottonmouth. Similarly, Alfre Woodard channels her inner activist to depict a calculating, conflicted and despicable politician who will do anything to paint Harlem in her own black image. However, I did not find these two to be as menacing a presence as Kilgrave from Jessica Jones, or as physically imposing as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. The soundtrack is fantastic as well. The showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker, was originally a music journalist and was one of the last people to interview the Notorious B.I.G. before he died. He utilizes this old occupation to great effect, with a score by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad that is reminiscent of hip-hop songs from the 70’s and 90’s. The Wu-Tang-ification of the Marvel world, you yourself will come to love the hip-hop genre by the last episode. It’s also fascinating in its approach to race and other social issues. This is the first property under the Marvel name to use the “n” word. It is used casually by quite a few characters in normal conversations, although some, like Cage or Dillard, prefer not to use it often. And the way they handle certain situations, such as police brutality and wrongful imprisonment, is respectful to victims without being preachy to those unfamiliar with the subject matter. Let’s be honest; the world needs a bulletproof black man right now. He shields fellow Harlem residents from certain death (literally) and singlehandedly takes down a small army money-hungry thugs simply by flicking them on the forehead. And yet, Luke Cage still professes, “I’m no hero. I’m just trying to do right by Pop.” And that’s what makes him a complete hero, and the most emotionally sympathetic protagonist of the Netflix shows. In the end, Luke Cage is the smartest, most socially relevant show to come out of the Netflix/Marvel partnership. Much like listening to a hip-hop album, you can just take a good chunk out of your day to binge-watch as many episodes as you want. It gives me hope for future Marvel shows such as Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. Oh, and I guess people have asked me to hear what I think of how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is introducing Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider in its fourth season. The answer is no, I’m not going to review it. I couldn’t make it through the first season. It was just dull, repetitive, and too much “Freak of the Week” kind of stuff, even for a superhero show. But many friends have told me it really improves in the next two seasons, so we’ll see what happens.

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“Firefly” T.V. Show Review

What did I do? I watched Firefly. And if a show is able to make me content being that slothful and doing nothing else for an entire week, it was worth doing a post. This space western drama by nerd icon Joss Whedon originally aired for a brief 3-month stint on Fox before getting canceled; for all intents and purposes, it was dead upon arrival. I’ll dive further into detail about that, but let’s dissect the series as it was. Set 500 years in the future, the Solar System we currently live in has been used up, and all of the human population has migrated to a new one. Dozens of new planets and moons were terraformed to match the likeness of Earth. The “core” planets are very lush in technology, while the “outer” planets are quite forbidding and desolate- the primary setting of the series. Shortly after colonization, the United States and China formed a supergovernment known as the Alliance and began a war against outer planet colonies for total dominance. The rebels, widely called Browncoats, got stomped in the war, thus the Alliance now maintains control over the vast system. Six years later, the main character Malcolm Reynolds, who fought on the losing side, embarks on a series of quests onboard his Firefly-class smuggling ship, Serenity. He goes on adventures alongside one of the greatest ensemble casts in the history of television. The very first thing to address is that Firefly is more like a Western than it is a sci-fi. There are no alien species, most people in the galaxy use powder weapons rather than lasers, and most of the outer planets feel like deserts for people to run around on horseback. In that sense, it’s arguable that Firefly is the grounded and plausible depiction of the far future yet, no disrespect to Star Trek. Now let’s break down each crew member aboard Serenity. First of all, Malcolm Reynolds is one of the greatest characters Joss Whedon has ever written. He’s such a bitter, cynical space pirate after losing the Unification War. You really get the implication that not only did he lose the war, he lost his faith entirely. Actor Nathan Fillion was able to bring a likability and a sense of humor that made Mal feel like a complete person. He does put up a lot of walls on himself, but that’s because he absolutely has a heart of gold underneath. It just got ripped out a stomped. His second-in-command is Zoe Washbourne, a war buddy who is incredibly efficient with firefights. What makes both her and Mal complete badasses is that Greedo would never stand a chance; they shoot first. Her husband, Wash, is more or less the comic relief of the show. He never fought in a war, he never lost anything, so he’s not bitter. He pilots Serenity and manages to get the crew out of tricky scenarios. Then, there’s Derrial Book, a Shepherd or priest. Mal is initially reluctant about letting a preacher on board, but they mutually respect one another. Book is the voice of reason among a ship full of criminals and wackjobs. It’s implied that he has some high priority status with The Alliance in the past, but since the show was canceled, we’ll never know. (Unless you read a graphic novel) Jayne is the mercenary aboard the ship, meaning he will do anything you tell him as long as he’s paid. His personal love is Vera, a custom firearm of great power. Next, is Inara, the credible person aboard. She’s a Companion, which is more or less the Buddhist version of a prostitute. That’s right, prostitution has been made legal in the future, thus they are seen with high members of society. Another strong woman is Kaylee, the engineer that helps run the ship and figure out the kinks. Though a Firefly is  not prestigious, Kaylee is still highly optimistic and the only genuinely sweet crew member. Now fo the Tams. Simon is an extremely intelligent doctor from the Alliance, who brings a mysterious crate on board. You find out it’s his sister, River. He gave up his entire fortune to find her and get her to safety. River was experimented on and is quite confused throughout the show. Even with such a big ensemble, everyone on the show feels relevant at all times. Projected by the fact that everyone on the show loved each other as a family in real life. So why did Fox break up a family? Because they didn’t like it. They chose to air all of the episodes out of order, and ultimately cancel a show that was before its time. It’s almost a slap in the face. It’s an example of a drama that can still be funny due to good comedic timing. However, when the show wants to be creepy and uncomfortable, it’s definitely that. A few times, Serenity runs into the Reavers, a sub-populace of cannibalistic humans that will rape you to death and sew your skin onto their clothes. Scares me every time I see a ship of theirs. Despite the short run, Firefly still has relatable characters, a fantastic musical score, a unique style, and realistic dialogue. After finishing, you’ll be watching the movie Serenity. Joss Whedon did get a chance from Universal Pictures to wrap up his story in cinematic form. But that’s another review for another day soon.

“Daredevil” Season 2 T.V. Show Review

There’s really nothing better than a good show to binge watch. The second season for Marvel’s Daredevil premiered all of its episodes on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, continuing Marvel’s deal with Netflix on producing MCU properties on its service. I apologize for never reviewing Jessica Jones after the first season, but I really enjoyed it. And like that show and the first season of Daredevil, this season shows a really good and fresh dark tone that contrasts their cinematic counterparts. Some time after the events of Season 1, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen has watched over his city as its savior and protector. But a new player named Frank Castle, A.K.A. The Punisher, starts slaughtering the local gangs with brutal military precision in an effort to avenge his murdered family and replace Daredevil. Reflecting on his “normal life,” Matt Murdock encounters Elektra Natchios, an old flame who comes to him with a business proposition. He eventually gets tangled with his old mentor Stick in a plot regarding a secret organization called The Hand. First, let’s start with the negatives, which many fans seem to be either avoiding or erasing from their own reviews. Season 2 feels like a major step-down from the first season, which I generally view as near-flawless. I don’t mean to mislead you; it’s still great entertainment with many memorable moments. There’s just a large void left by Vondie Curtis-Hall and Vincent D’Onofrio as Ben Urich and Wilson Fisk, respectively. And while the first season was almost entirely story-driven, the pacing in the first few episodes feels a bit slow and underwhelming. Now on to the positives, and there are many. The whole cast is still stellar from last year with new additions. Let’s get right into it: Jon Berenthal as The Punisher. He completely (and quite literally) slays every single scene he’s in. Similar to Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead, he’s violent, sociopathic, unpredictable, determined, intelligent, fearful, yet also tortured. Once you get an idea of his motivations and backstory, he becomes far more tragic and relatable. The French actress Elodie Yung also did what I thought was impossible: she actually made Elektra interesting. To be honest, up to this point, Elektra has been one of the most truly boring and disposable characters in Marvel Comics. But now, she’s like a mysterious femme-fatale with unclear motives and feelings for our titular protagonists. Their relationship sparks great chemistry and sexual tension, allowing for some playful back-and-forth banter the two of them. The English actor Charlie Cox continues his convincing role as Daredevil and Matt Murdock. Despite his violent alternative persona, (and still-crappy costume) he’s really likable and funny around Foggy and Karen. And in the second half of the season, Vincent D’Onofrio makes a surprise appearance as Wilson Fisk, who has become the kingpin in prison. He’s still intimidating and powerful as ever, even in his current position. And the violence in this show, oh my God. This version of the Punisher is sadistic and R-Rated. A few times, I averted my eyes when either he or the Hand were getting busy with those in their way. So don’t watch your little kids. All in all, Season 2 of Daredevil isn’t the smooth and swift show it’s predecessor was. But it’s still smart, engaging, and surprisingly emotional, especially after the fourth episode. If you stick it out to the end, there’s even a 30-second teaser for Marvel’s Luke Cage that plays after the final episode. Because of that, I’m more excited for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Defenders miniseries.

“Daredevil” T.V. Show Review

I know it’s unusual for me to review a T.V. show, but I had to make an exception, as there was a lot of hype surrounding Daredevil. This critically acclaimed superhero show from a Marvel Studios and Netflix collaboration aired its episodes on April 10th, 2015, and almost instantly was renewed for a second season. After the lackluster and disappointing Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck, Marvel wanted to make sure they would never make a mistake like that ever again. And they achieved that goal with flying colors. About 20 years after losing his eyesight in a car accident, Mathew Murdock becomes an attorney at law in his adulthood. But, after confessing to his Catholic priest, Murdock becomes a masked vigilante in Hell’s Kitchen. He must contend with Wilson Fisk, an extremely wealthy and up-and-coming crime lord who wants to paint the city in his vision. We’re also presented with a wide cast of interesting and relatable characters. These include Murdock’s best friend, Foggy, their secretary, Paige, a reporter, Ben Urich, and a number of memorable villains. This show is unlike anything Marvel has ever done before. This is a dark, gritty, mature, and realistic superhero story I have been waiting for. It may not be fair to compare the show to the films, but it’s set in the same universe and the show makes several subtle references to the Avengers, so I’ll just run with it. Since this a Netflix show, I’m obviously going to binge-watch Daredevil;that is until I have to turn the T.V. off. No God forbid, you’d get up off you’re butt and leave the couch. And with that in mind, I would recommend watching a few episodes at a time as it can be a lot to handle. Without spoiling too much, at one point early in the season, Kingpin is able to decapitate a man with a freaking car door. And what I find fascinating is that, just like Game of Thrones, despite a pretty large cast, there’s not a single dull performance from any of the actors. And there’s never a throw-away character.(Bring it on Foggy Haters) Each and every person is presented as and developed into flawed, interesting characters worth investing in. There will be a few moments where you’ll despise the main villain, and then others that you want him to succeed. In fact, there were a handful of moments when I was frustrated with the writers’ decision on certain characters’ fates. Spanning 13 episodes and each one lasting me at least 50 minutes, I fell love with every moment. I’m so pumped for the second season, even if that means I have to wait for nearly a year for it to come.