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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Agents of SHIELD premiere: The Day After

Note: last night I live blogged the premiere. Now that I've slept on it, I've put together a little more coherent review. Be Warned - there ARE mild spoilers.

Okay, so its a day later. I've read some initial responses to the premiere, ranging from "it was awesome," to "it was underwhelming.". I'm falling along the awesome side of the continuum, though not necessarily saying it was perfect. Strong, yes. Perfect, no.

What I liked:
I loved the way the events of THE AVENGERS were tied in to the opening, establishing a world where superheroes and aliens are now revealed in full.

I enjoyed the way Agent Coulson was shown to have somehow survived. Stepping out of the shadows and making a quip about a "bulb out" was perfect.

The writing was fun, especially the dialogue. Joss Whedon has a golden ear for the spoken word.

The message about character, responsibility and who you are trumping what you have gave me a lot to chew on.

A cameo by Ron Glass and a "special guest" appearance by Colbie Smulders made me smile.

The effects were almost too good for television.

One word: Lola.

What I wasn't crazy about:
Actually not much.

I didn't care much for the hints that Coulson doesn't the whole story of his near-death experience. I'm worried where they might go with that.

I was concerned that the story was almost too connected to IRON MAN 3.

I do plan to watch the premiere again before episode two to refresh my memory and follow the story better. A very, very solid effort, and one of the best new shows on TV.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere

Tonight, I'll be live-blogging the premiere!

Nice cameos of the Avengers!

A hero is a guy running into (or climbing up) a burning building when everyone else is running out...

Special guest star Colbie Smulders

No wonder this guy gets recruited by Level 7

"We stand between the world and a much weirder world"

And there he is!

"When you get shanked by the Asgardian Mussolini you can tell it your way."

What is the Rising Tide?

Ron Glass!

He can never know what?  My wife is afraid he might be a LMD....

"With great power comes...a ton of weird crap"

That IS a nice bus!

And there's Lola!

So Skye is "The Rising Tide?"


Love the drones checking out the lab!

Great truth drug!

But a hero doesn't kill....(not even Super- oh, wait)
So, this centipede device is messing with his moral compass?

I'm not liking this origin story.

Extremis. Huh. So they're coupling this with IRON MAN 3?  And Extremis is a reverse engineered Super Soldier serum? Tying all of the stories together. This could be very good or very bad.

"Don't ever tell me there's no way!"

"Nobody's nobody, Mr. Ward."

Great message. Its not what we have but what we do with it that matters. It matters who we are on the inside.

LOLA IS A FLYING CAR! "Lola can handle it!" You bet she can!

Friday, September 6, 2013

[Fandom Friday] Six-Gun Gorilla Reborn!

Oh, my.  I'm actually giddy with anticipation.  I just received word that a character that I'd considered nigh-legendary in the sub-sub-genre of speculative fiction, that of the Weird Western, has been rebooted.  I speak, of course, of none other than Six-Gun Gorilla.

Regular readers of the stuff I throw up on this virtual wall will recall that I have a short list of characters that I would love to see rebooted.  As of now, what I have written about are radio characters, like Chandu the Magician, Rocky Jordan and the lead characters from the Ghost Corps.  I never expected that Six-Gun Gorilla would get a reboot in the form of a comic, because, while I loved the idea, I thought he was such a niche figure that almost no one else would be interested in him.  In my mind, he would remain a lone pioneering figure, back when the idea of the Weird Western had not been fully articulated as it is now.

The plot is simple. An old west miner has a pet gorilla that he teaches to do things, including shoot guns.  The miner is murdered by claim jumpers, and the gorilla embarks on a quest to avenge his friend's death.  Pretty much a standard Wild West story, except that the main character is an honest-to-goodness gorilla. 

Which brings me to today. I saw a notice about the comic, which apparently has been out for some time.  According to the companion blog site, issue #1 is available via email for the low, sweet price of $1.99.  I could not help myself. I had to order it.  

I will be reviewing this in an upcoming post.  Look for it under the heading of [Monday Reviews].