I’ll be honest: while I’m not really feeling DC’s movie angle lately and I would prefer a more classic look for the Joker after one (excellent) deconstructionist take from Nolan and Ledger, I don’t think this looks all that bad. If DC’s really dead set on doing dark and gritty pseudo-realism (which they do indeed… » 4/25/15 5:12am Saturday 5:12am

So there are good reasons for Valve to have power, assuming they use it correctly. Right now, however, it sure doesn’t seem like they are. That said, nobody’s ever done anything like this before, so props to Valve for diving headlong into the fire, even if it means getting burned. There were bound to be issues,…

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I kind of agree with this. If the episode fulfills a useful purpose then it isn’t really filler. But how do you define what’s useful and what isn’t? The truth is you can’t because different people will value different parts of a story. A character-building episode might not seem like filler to someone who loves… » 4/23/15 7:20pm Thursday 7:20pm

My brother and I used to sometimes joke/pretend the Stargate franchise and X-Files (which we were watching simultaneously) were all part of a single universe, just from different perspectives vis a vis the conspiracy (Stargate was from the perspective of those in on the alien incursions while X-Files was from those… » 4/23/15 12:54am Thursday 12:54am

Honestly I agreed during the first half of season two, but now she grates a lot more on me and I’ve actually grown to like Hunter. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and as it turns out Morse really was keeping a pretty big secret and one that would be difficult to forgive in real-life (though hardly… » 4/21/15 12:11am Tuesday 12:11am

From what I understand Perlman’s script was a lot less goofy than Gunn’s final version but that doesn’t really bother me. Danvers strikes me as a more serious character and as long as it doesn’t go overbearingly dark I wouldn’t mind seeing a version of cosmic marvel with more gravitas. It also strikes me as a pretty… » 4/20/15 7:58pm 4/20/15 7:58pm

I do like the look of this more. Like I’ve said before, I don’t have a problem with the Fantastic Four—who in their classic form always reminded me a bit of Star Trek—going the sci-fi route. I just don’t want them to go the “all is woe and being superheroes is awfully awful” route. » 4/19/15 3:14pm 4/19/15 3:14pm

But given the rumors of a “Cold War” storyline, it’s entirely possible that the New Republic still exists, and is a formidable power in its own right. So maybe the Republic and the First Order are two distinct entities, and the Resistance is a rebel faction within the Order’s boundaries with ties to the Republic, much…

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I’ve said it before but the marital restrictions do actually make a lot of sense for an ascetic religious order so I don’t really count that as a mistake on Lucas’ part story-wise (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc. all have their own celibate traditions). » 4/17/15 9:34pm 4/17/15 9:34pm

I’m not 100% sold but the idea that Secret Avengers is the Agents of SHIELD spin-off is a tempting one, especially now that the show’s making a big deal about how Coulson might be continuing Fury’s plan to recruit superpowered people to work for SHIELD. Such a team could also conceivably include Deathlok, who seems to… » 4/17/15 3:25pm 4/17/15 3:25pm

Honestly the “it’s the 19th century in space and this solar system has dozens of habitable planets” doesn’t strike me as wildly plausible either. Maybe it’s not a warp drive but it’s astronomically and culturally implausible. And Joss Whedon isn’t exactly know as a “gritty and realistic” writer.
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Supposedly Superman was actually supposed to be a Moses figure originally and a stand-in for Jews more generally. He’s one of a few survivors of his people’s decimation and he’s raised in a foreign land where he’s forced to assimilate in order to blend in. Also Kal-El roughly means “voice of God” in Hebrew IIRC. » 4/17/15 2:20pm 4/17/15 2:20pm