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Top 5 Superhero Movies

By June 23, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Marvel, Movies, Reviews, SuperHeroes

So, what are the top 5 superhero movies (currently) of all time?  Are there more Marvel movies on my list, or DC movies?  And, importantly, what makes a movie, one of the BEST superhero movies?

Here’s what I have to say about that.  Are you ready?  Here’s number 5!

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DC Movie Review: Catwoman

By June 4, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Movies, Ramblings, Reviews, SuperHeroes

“It all started on the day that I died.”  Ominous words to start a movie.

What can be said about Catwoman that hasn’t already been said a thousand times.

It was a poor movie, with terrible characters, and even worse plot.  We all know this.  It was rated as one of the worst movies ever, getting a whopping 9% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.  Even Plan 9 from Outer Space got a 67% Rotten Tomato score.  Even Reefer Madness a pure propaganda piece that was insultingly bad, and rated as one of the worst movies of all time by critics managed to scored 46%!

So, you know it’s got to be a terrible movie to get a worse rating than THOSE stinkers!

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Wonder Woman Wows

By June 2, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Movies, Ramblings, SuperHeroes

So today, Friday, June 2nd, is the official release of Wonder Woman.

And, from all reports, it is a glorious celebration of the character, and a ‘fantastic comic book movie’.  This is good news, considering the much-maligned WB studios has struggled with their DC movies.

This movie, however, is an astounding reversal, and may go down as one of the iconic movies of DC’s entire movie-line (and yes, that includes Superman with Christopher Reeves and Dark Knight with Ledger and Bale).  From all reports, it is fun, entertaining, and doesn’t leave the audience wondering “WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST SEE??” like some of the previous movies (Batman v Superman).

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Episode Review – The Flash S3E24 – “Finish Line”

By May 24, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Reviews, SuperHeroes, TV

So here it is, friends.  The last episode of The Flash, until next season.  Typically, they have left off on a big cliffhanger, making me wonder where exactly they go from here.

How did this year’s finale stack up against previous years?

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Episode Recap: The Flash S4E22 – “Infantino Street”

By May 17, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Reviews, SuperHeroes, TV

Last nights Flash was, to say the least, the payoff to what has been growing since we first saw Barry travel into the future.  We see the showdown at Infantino Street where Savitar stabs Iris and kills her.

They have shown flash backs, and flash forwards of Savitar stabbing Iris, since the first time Barry flashed-forward.  Savitar raises his arm, Barry tries to run, Savitar says “Finally, I am free of you!” and stabs Iris.  We’ve seen it in Cisco’s Vibe-visions, as well as the multiple times they’ve replayed it and re-visited the time.

The circle keeps looping, and Iris is stabbed.  No matter what Barry tries, Iris always ends up dead.

Last night, was their last chance to save her.

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Episode Recap: The Flash S3E21 “Cause and Effect”

By May 10, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Stuff I Like, SuperHeroes, TV

Last week, Barry discovered who Savitar was – and it was himself, from the future, sort of.  Turns out he is a Time Remnant.

This week, we get an explanation, as to what exactly happened that caused Barry to become Savitar.  The two Barrys’ have a nice heart-to-heart, and Barry learns how Savitar is created.

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Episode Recap: The Flash S3E20 “I Know Who You Are” – SPOILER EDITION

By May 4, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Ramblings, Reviews, SuperHeroes, TV

I’ll just go ahead and say it.

******SPOILERS FOLLOW!******

Ok, so, if you’re still here. let’s talk about the episode last night.

I said in my last recap, the Flash should stop using so much time travel.  It’s starting to get weary.

I’ve done my best to try to figure this out, and it’s starting to make my brain hurt.  Try to stay with me.  Better, if you have any ideas about what is going on, share them!  I want to hear it.  I need to talk it out!  I hope Greg Berlanti has a great overall plan, because right now, this is a tangled mess.

In this episode, we get to find out who Savitar is.  And it is a Future!Barry, from some unknown timeline.  But before we get to that, let’s talk a little about how much I enjoy time travel movies, books, and other forms of entertainment.  I like it A LOT.

I’ve been into time travel books since my first Choose Your Own Adventure book.  The Twilight Zone, The Time Tunnel, even Star Trek had time travel!  So I’ve been familiar with concepts of time travel from a closed loop where everything you do, you’ve done, and you can’t undo anything.  I’ve seen Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, where they simply SAY they’ll do something in the future, and so they do it later, and it gets done, so they can do things like escape their dad’s jail.

That being said, The Flash has forgotten simplicity with this reveal.

Let’s start off by saying, the episode wasn’t bad.  They introduced someone who, potentially, could end up sticking around, as she seems to have some valid theories on the Speed Force, and it looks like HR is trying to get with her.  So, hopefully, she is a character who has more longevity than the end of a season.  That and she was the doctor who was able to trap Savitar in the Speed Force, which is an important bit to remember later.  Last episode, Future!2024 Barry said this Doctor took 4 years after Iris’s death to invent the trap, and then he was able to put Savitar into the Speed Force.

So, once in the Speed Force, trapped there, he sat for…some length.  Then he influenced Julian to become Dr. Alchemy via the Philosopher’s Stone, who created the powered villains formerly from Flashpoint and inadvertently give Wally his powers.

So, before Flashpoint, there was no Savitar. No Philosopher’s Stone, and no Wally West with speed.  Wally was hit with the dark matter, just like Jessie Quick was.  He was hoping he could somehow get speed powers, too.  But, once Flashpoint happened, and he learned that he DID get powers from the dark matter explosion in that reality, and was the Flash, not Wally, he wanted ‘his’ powers badly.

So, due to Savitar influencing Julian, and others, mind-controlling them into doing his bidding (how exactly?  Now that we know it’s Barry, how exactly did he make Julian do all of what he did?), Barry and the rest of them fight the villains, ad try to stop Alchemy.  That leads to Wally getting his powers, under the control of Savitar.  So no Alchemy, no Kid Flash, right?

Kid Flash, of course, is the one who delivers the missing piece of the Philosophers Stone that Caitlin had hidden from the rest of the team.  He throws it into the Speed Force (why, I still don’t understand), and that is how Savitar gets out of the Speed Force.  So, he gave Wally his powers, just so he could use him to get out of the Speed Force.  Why?

So, the biggest problem I have, is how the timeline is supposed to fit all together.  I mean, there’s the timeline where Harrison Wells didn’t get murdered by Eobard Thawn, he creates the STAR labs later, same explosion, Barry gets his powers later, and his mom and dad are alive and well.  This one is immediately changed when Eobard kills Harrison, and takes over his life, killing his wife, and finishing STAR labs early, so he could help Flash get his powers, and get fast enough to send him home (which is still a strange plan).  So the entire show is predicated on this NEW timeline, from day one.

So, in this timeline, we get the TV show, with all the shenanigans of the last two seasons.  No Savitar.  then, we get Flashpoint, which creates another new set of timelines for the show.  Once back to his ‘normal’ timeline, he sees all the subtle changes (Caitlin gets her powers, Joe and Iris were fighting, Cisco lost his brother), and just accepts it will never go back to normal, after a conversation with Jay Garrick, the Flash from Earth-3 who looks exactly like his dad, and is played by the Flash from the 90’s, John Wesley Shipp.  And where is Jay now, I might ask you good reader?  Jay is in Speed Force Prison.  Because when Savitar escaped, he forced Wally into the Speed Force in his place.  And Jay took his place, instead, so Wally could go back to Earth-1.

So, after Flashpoint, Alchemy exists.  This, then, is the timeline where Barry becomes Savitar.  Barry accidentally goes into the future, a few months, and sees Savitar kill Iris.  This future is then further explored when Barry goes to 2024, where Iris is dead, and Emo Barry has given up on being the Flash after trapping Savitar in the Speed Force with the help of Dr. Tracy.  So current Barry goes back to 2017, finds Tracy, not a Doctor yet, and HR recruits her to help make the speed trap NOW.

So, this then, MUST be a new timeline, as Dr. Tracy in the future stops Savitar, but now she is already involved.

In the showdown in the warehouse, Savitar knows word for word what is going to be said, and tells Killer Frost to repeat it.  She knows it’s Future!Barry, and he has been pushing her to kill Tracy Not a Doctor Yet, but he also knows she fails, be cause he knows the warehouse scene word for word, which is only after Killer Frost fails to kill her!  So, he must know that no matter how he pushed her, she was destined to fail.

And that the future 2024 Barry, who didn’t know who Savitar was, and who had the help of Dr. Tracy, and where Cisco lost his hands, has never been the ‘real’ future for Barry.  iris being killed, never happens, because that entire reality is wrong, including Savitar being trapped int he Speed Force.

And my eyes just went cross-eyed.

Because Barry cannot be Savitar and know every word from the warehouse scene, AND be 2024 Emo Barry.  So how did Current!Barry travel to the wrong 2024?  Shouldn’t he have been able to meet the Barry that DID find out his identity, and DID (I am guessing by the end of the season) defeat Savitar?  Or is that no longer a thing?  And if the 2024 Emo Barry saw Iris die, by the hand of Savitar, the future Current!Barry saw when he accidentally went into the future isn’t a reality that exists.  Because if Iris dies, then 2024 Emo Barry exists, but doesn’t know Savitar’s identity.  If Iris lives, then 2024 Emo Barry doesn’t exist, and the future Current!Barry went to originally on accident wasn’t ever real to begin with – and there go my eyes again.

And what about Legends of Tomorrow?  I mean, last season, Captain Cold died destroying the Oculus, which is the device the Time Masters used to keep the timeline un-fractured.  They’re different than the Time Wraiths that chase Barry and other speedsters down when the muck about with the timelines.  It’s a whole other story to go into detail, but suffice it to say, they destroyed the device that kept time on a single path…whatever that meant.  Will this ever effect Barry?  Will the writers even remember that the Legends even exist?

So, Savitar is Barry from a timeline where, by the looks, he is scarred up, and has black hair.  So, speedsters have the ability to heal, most of the time.  How can Barry be scarred up?   Perhaps his armor does more than just help him go faster without blowing up in a giant ball of static electricity.  Maybe it gives him his speed, instead of just protecting him from excessive speed (but it does that too).  This would explain why he is trying to change the timelines.  He is trying to avoid some type of event, where he ends up losing his powers.  His entire intention has been to cause Barry to….realize the power of love, and that without those around him he is a loser, destined to become Savitar?  Is 2024 Emo Barry the real SAvitar, just from further in his own future?

And who built the suit?

So many unanswered questions.  Some don’t even make sense.

What do you think?

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Recap of The Flash Episode S3E19 “The Once and Future Flash”

By April 26, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Ramblings, Reviews, SuperHeroes, TV

 

 

So, I’m a fan of The Flash.  I was a fan of Arrow when it came out, and with this addition, I was hooked.  Not only was I a fan of the Flash from when I was a child, as a comic book reader, but when they introduced Grant Gustin in Arrow, and gave him a kind of back-door pilot (intended to be, originally, but that’s another story), I was ready for this to break all the rules of Arrow.  Arrow had a firm “no powers” rule in the first season.  Even characters who would normally have powers, didn’t.  China White, Bronze Tiger, both should have had superpowers.  Instead, just highly skilled.  Which worked perfectly for early Arrow.  It needed that limitation.  I expected Flash to remove that limit.

I was blown away.  If you have been watching every week, like I have, you will know that this show has taken any limit, and just thrown it out the window.  Time travel was just one small part of season one’s craziness.  We also had the introduction of Grodd, the super intelligent, giant, telepathic, mind-controlling ape, among other classic Rogues like Captain Cold, and Heat Wave.  It just got bigger, and crazier from there.

But this season, we get Savitar, and the death of Iris.  More time travel, of course.  Like this episode, where Barry just casually goes into the future to get some information he thinks he can get from himself.  Yes, he goes into the future to ask himself for an answer he doesn’t have in the past, hoping to change the future where this information would come from, and ultimately, wiping this world out.  Sort of.  Timey-Wimey, and all.  Time travel shows make my brain hurt when they don’t follow any of their own rules.

For Flash, there should be one big rule.  It should be in neon letters, shining brightly in the writers room so they don’t forget.  This one rule would help the show tremendously, and bring some form of control back to an out of control power.  That rule should be no more time travel.  Not into the future, nor the past.  Not Barry, not Wally, not Jesse Quick, and not the villains.  Especially not the villains!

So, this episode dealt with Barry trying to stop Savitar from killing Iris in the next episode or two.  He decides he can get the information he needs by going to 8 years in the future.  Why 8 years?  Because, in the room built by the future villain Reverse Flash (Eobard Thawne), had a future newspaper with the Flash disappearing into a red sky.  Barry decides, that is the time he is going to go to, so he can ask himself how to stop Savitar, and ask him the identity of Savitar.  Only, he can’t get to the future, without the help of Kid Flash, Wally West.

Now, as a young boy, the Flash was an adult, so I had a hard time relating.  But Kid Flash, of course, was aimed directly at me!  A little hero worship, a little surrogate fantasy, and I was Kid Flash!  And as I got older, amazingly, they got rid of Barry, and Wally became The Flash.  I loved it, and loved how his maturation matched my own!  Of course, he was introduced in the 60’s as a teenager, and I was in my 20’s in 1990, but hey, it’s comic book time!

So, I like Kid Flash.  This particular version is ok, just a little too mopey for me.  I know, it’s on the CW, and it’s kind of necessary to have mopey people.  And since Iris and Barry are happy (until she dies), then they had to have someone be mopey.  So I get it.  But he’s made some really dumb decisions.  I wouldn’t call them “rash” because rash can be excused.  Maybe I just think it’s lazy writing for someone to do stuff, like open the doorway to the speed force and throw in the missing piece so Savitar can be released.  That kind of stupid decisions.

So, Barry asks Wally to push him, because Kid Flash is faster than Barry.  So Wally pushes Barry into the future, where Barry finds himself exactly where he thought he wanted to be – 8 years in the future.  He makes some dumb decisions, he finds out everyone’s fate, and discovers, LO AND BEHOLD, no one knows Savitar’s identity.  He made the trip for nothing.  But, he sticks around to get future!Barry back on track (he was all mopey because Iris died), reforms Team Flash, and then goes back to the past.

So, he doesn’t need help to go to the past, just the future.  Which really…makes no sense.  Because we all time travel into the future, one day for every day.  Ha ha, I know.  But going backwards in time, that should be much, much more difficult, and take much more energy.  But he does it all the time, almost casually.  (Remember the rule?  Yeah, they really need to remember the rule.)  But the future, he needs help.  Hoooo-kay.  Let’s just remember, the show is, most of the time, FUN!  So, some things can be forgiven.

Anyhow, Barry fixes the future he intends to erase by changing the past, then heads back to the past to save Iris.  When he has been told over and over, he cannot do.  So, of course he will.

He gets back to the past, gives everyone a big hug because he’s been gone for days, and to them it’s only been a second.  Which makes no sense, as when he goes into the past, it doesn’t instantly change everything.  ANYHOW.

The show ends with the big reveal of who Savitar is – only we don’t get to see it.  Killer Frost does, and she’s like “woah”.  And, future Killer Frost even said when Barry finds out it’ll blow his mind.

Which makes no sense, because future!Barry didn’t know who Savitar was, so why would Killer Frost think Barry would find out who he was?

So that’s the Flash.  I still love the show, it’s still off the rails crazy, and they revel in their comic book origins.  I’ll be back next week, that’s for sure.  Will you?

The Flash — “The Once and Future Flash” — FLA319a_0096b.jpg — Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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