This week on TV… The Flash and Arrow wrapped up their second and fourth respective seasons. Barry Allen had a final showdown with Zoom after the loss of his father, and Oliver Queen once more used the power of hope (and Felicity’s hacking skills) to stop Damien Darhk from destroying the world. Both were powerful finales, but The Flash threw us a final twist, while the world Arrow almost felt at peace. My full recaps and thoughts on each finale are below!
Back in 2010, everyone and their mom was waiting for the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It was the movie that every Hot Topic kid had fantasized about since their first purchase of a Nightmare Before Christmas wristband, and with every new image and trailer, the anticipation grew and grew. But some 6 years later, many viewers of the original still debate about whether Burton’s take on the famous tales of Lewis Carroll was actually good or not. But what cannot be denied is it made a bucketload of money, and as a result, we now have a sequel: Alice Through The Looking Glass, now directed by James Bobin and starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen, along with many other familiar residents of Burton’s Wonderland.
In January 1993, during the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiered. It was the second spin-off of Star Trek and the first to be created without direct involvement of Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry did approve the concept shortly before his death in 1991. Rick Berman and Michael Piller, who had been heavily involved in TNG, created the new show to follow the crew of Deep Space Nine, a former Cardassian space station.
The crew of Deep Space Nine is more diverse than the Enterprise. The space station is jointly run by the Bajorans and Starfleet. Commander Benjamin Sisko, a human Starfleet officer, manages the station with Kira Nerys as his Bajoran First Officer. Joining them is Dr. Julian Bashir, also human, as the chief medical officer. Jadzia Dax is the chief science officer. Jadzia is Trill, and knows Sisko from a previous Dax incarnation. The chief of security is Odo, a Changeling who can assume any shape he wants. And Miles O’Brien transfers from the Enterprise.
The internet is blowing up right now with news that Captain America is… a Nazi. Or at the very least, Hydra. Supposedly, Steve Rogers has been Hydra all along, and readers are just now finding out about it. Why is this such an issue for Marvel readers? Steve Rogers has been the voice of the American comic fan since his creation during World War II. With the popularity of the recent movies, that patriotism has had a huge resurgence. There is so much vitriol being spewed at the book’s writer, Nick Spencer, as well as Marvel executives, and this is just the first issue! Geekettes Kayla and Carly teamed up to pen a calmer, but no less thought-provoking examination of the topic.
Yes, my friends! The day (and teaser trailer) is here. Disney has finally given us our first look at their live action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans (along with a excellent supporting cast.) And though this is nowhere near full of all the BatB goodness this movie has in store, this is an excellent taste of what is in store for this magical movie going experience.
Maggie Stiefvater’s four book series, The Raven Cycle, has come to a close with the release of The Raven King. The series follows a group of friends as they search for a long dead/sleeping Welsh King. Along their journey, they’ve made new friends and comrades, created enemies, discovered secrets, and confronted fears. Also, they’re seniors in high school. And kind of magic. In my excitement for the release of The Raven King, I’ve tried to explain this premise to many friends and colleagues, and always feel like I fall short of capturing exactly what these books are. Continue reading Make Way For The Raven King
The hype was strong this past week as rapid-fire announcements were made about Black Panther‘s expanding cast. Unfortunately, we have to wait two years to see Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan accompany Chadwick Boseman on the big screen. To keep the hype train going, Marvel confirmed the actors and characters for a closer MCU installment, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Welcome Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
This week on TV…Once Upon a Time wrapped up its fifth season with a two-part finale that was both cheesy and convoluted. The Flash did everything it could to tear down Barry’s newfound optimism. Arrow saw new developments in Damien Darhk’s Genesis plan…for the worse. Read on for more of our thoughts, and a link to a full post about the OUaT finale!
In the modern day, we are constantly panicking about how we will complete our “journey” – and by that I mean, will we die alone or with someone holding our hand. Yes, “Love is a Battlefield” is a truer statement than ever these days, and that continuous struggle is perfectly represented in the new film The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. And if by this description you are assuming this is some sort of throw away romantic comedy – goodness gracious, you got a whole thing coming for you.
After the Underworld arc wrapped up last week, it was a little unclear where Once Upon a Time was going to take its last two episodes. We got a lot of callbacks to seasons One and Two, but mostly everything is a set-up for season Six. It really shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone paying attention over the past five years, but hey, sometimes the writers don’t even pay attention to what they’ve produced, so it gets hard to keep up.
Basically, we’re officially expanding beyond fairy-tales. And expect double the amount of Lana Parrilla next season.