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Black Lightning: The Book of Secrets Chapters 1-3

We're winding down folks and unless something changes soon, Black Lightning might have to go the way of Gotham. Unfortunately, "The Book of Secrets" isn't officially done (chapter 4 doesn't drop until March 4th) so we can't definitively say this chapter was better than The Book of Rebellion but watching the show by book was a slight improvement.

Tobias disappointed with the reveal of his master plan. While it seemed like he was gearing up for a massive takeover of Freeland, his goals are pretty small potatoes. Tobias plans to rent out the pod kids and a group of special pods from Markovia to the highest bidder. He's gone from dealing drugs to dealing metahumans. We had higher hopes for him too.

Anissa is focused on Grace who can't control her powers. Grace leaves town so Anissa uses the resources of the Black Cave to dig into Grace's past. Turns out she was trafficked and forced into prostitution as a child and Grace Choi is the identity she created for herself once she escaped. This is a great potential storyline (especially if Tobias captures Grace and tries to force her into his Rent-A-Meta program) but we're not sure if the writers will capitalize on this or drop the ball again.

Lynn and Jefferson are finally getting it together in their personal lives but their professional lives are a mess. Jefferson has the opportunity to get his school back from Massa Lowry but lets him stay in charge because Jefferson doesn't feel that he can fully give his attention to the school. This would be noble if Jefferson and everyone else would stop blaming him for not being around ONCE! One whole time he was being Black Lightning instead of Jefferson Pierce and he almost died and everyone is acting like he's been a consistently negligent principal.

Lynn refuses to work with Dr. Jace who has been brought back into the fold since the Markovians want to abduct her and Lynn to work on their secret metahuman project. Because Lynn refuses to be in the same room as Jace, she doesn't realize that Jace is secretly working with Tobias and when Tobias comes to take the pod kids, Jace escapes as well. Currently, Jace is needed because she knows about the pods and she was the scientist who started the Markovian project. Only one of the Markovian pods has been opened and it contains one of the Masters of Disaster, Shakedown (Hosea Chanchez). This partnership is ripe for disaster (no pun intended) since Shakedown is holding a grudge against Jace and Tobias will get rid of anyone who becomes expendable (R.I.P. Todd, we hardly knew ye)

Finally, Jenn is holding down the only truly compelling storyline on the show. Despite Reverend Holt's prayers (R.I.P. Rev), having his spine pulled out is the final nail in Khalil's coffin. He dies after a lovely scene where Jenn goes into his mind and gives them one last dance at prom. But now that Khalil is dead, Jenn is filled with a lot of rage. Combined with the fact that she may be more powerful than a nuclear bomb, Perenna tells Jenn she has to get this under control before she literally explodes. Right now, Jenn's struggle to control her powers and her quest for vengeance is the best reason to watch Black Lightning. China's acting is great and for a superhuman teen, Jenn as a character is pretty relatable.

We'll see what happens in March as we close out The Book of Secrets but right now, Black Lightning isn't the show we fell in love with even with its moments of fun. Check out the full podcast and let us know how you feel.


 
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We're back with another Black Critic Roundtable. This time we're discussing the actresses and actors nominated for the Best Lead and Best Supporting categories. We go through the list of nominations and discuss who we want to win, who we think will win and who we think should have been nominated. One thing that stands out this year is that Lead Actress and Supporting Actress are super competitive this year. Listen as we give our thoughts on the race this year. Let us know who you are rooting for in the comments.

Best Supporting Actor
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Adam Driver
  • Sam Elliott
  • Richard E Grant
  • Sam Rockewell
 
Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams
  • Marina de Tavira
  • Regina King
  • Emma Stone
  • Rachel Weisz
 
Best Lead Actor
  • Christian Bale
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Rami Malek
  • Viggo Mortensen
 
Best Lead Actress
  • Yalitza Aparicio
  • Glenn Close
  • Olivia Colman
  • Lady Gaga
  • Melissa McCarthy
 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

This week's Arrow episode hits us with a big reveal: Mia is really Mia Smoak. Which means we have a lot of questions about how things work out in the future. How is it that William wasn't aware that he had a half sister (How did no one else know for that matter?)? Why does Mia use Felicity's last name and not Oliver's? What happens to cause such a split with the Queen family?

The flash forwards this season have brought us back to the feeling of having so many questions and theories about what is going to happen. Is it possible at some point the show does a flash forward and we are following the kids of the original Team Arrow? So many thoughts. 

William snitches to his grandparents on Oliver & Felicity while Oliver's old prison buddy Stanley shows up proving William's point. Dinah’s never going to get her shot as a contestant on The Voice and Curtis gets the fuck outta dodge. And Felicity got all that protection for the front door of her home but didn’t think to use any in the bedroom. Oh and….necessary roy flips back dawg

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Joi. It's been a busy (and exhausting) 2 weeks and we got a lot to talk about. Biggest thing? WTF is going on in Virginia? Just when you thought it couldn't get worse...it did. Much much worse.

Topics:

Guest: Joi

  • @JumpedforJoi 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

Kriss, Ro and Brandon review Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to the 2017 Happy Death Day. We really do enjoy these films and while the sequel isn't as tight of a story as the first, it's still pretty good and enjoyable. The secret to this film is that, like the first, it doesn't take itself too seriously. Jessica Rothe is once again great in this film and knows when to switch from physical, silly comedy to portraying more serious and heavy emotions. It also helps that they seem to be pulling a Justin Lin/Fast & the Furious and moving the film out of just being a slasher and to incorporating more Sci-Fi elements.

Bottom line: If you liked the first film, you're going to enjoy this one as well. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:49am EDT

Kriss, Ro, Brandon and Shanna get together to review Alita: Battle Angel. So full disclosure, Kriss is NOT happy about this film and he's not necessarily wrong. But it really comes down to what you're looking for in this film. If your only focus is a film that looks beautiful (probably one of the best looking films you'll see this year) and some really kick ass action sequences, this might be worth checking out. The problem is, it's still a James Cameron script and with that comes all the issues that accompany James Cameron movies. Ro discusses what the film should have been about had they been more faithful to the Manga and that probably would have been a better film. 

We have a good (and sometimes heated) discussion about this film. Give it a listen.

A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

 


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This week's flash gives us the staple of the Flash universe: Time Travel. This season has done a good job of having Nora learn some of the same lessons that Barry had to learn early in his career as the Scarlet Speedster but they also have larger implications. After Barry gives Nora the same talk Jay gave him after Barry created the Flashpoint timeline, Nora realizes Thawne might not be telling the whole truth about the changes they're making. Also, why does Thawne need Cicada's dagger destroyed? We're very intrigued. 

We also talking about Carlos Valdes leaving the show and end by laughing at Ehtan Van Sciver's online temper tantrums.

Kriss Synopsis: It’s so hard to find good help these days.  XS and the team can’t keep themselves alive for 52 minutes while Barry goes to speed up the meta cure; Meanwhile The book of Ralph returns and Cisco does a remake of 50 first dates called 52 Worst First dates

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

The 150th episode of Arrow is here and that means Kriss & Dpalm are back to review. Dpalm was a little disappointed in this episode. He was hoping for the entire episode to be shot like a documentary and not filming them shooting the documentary. And he has a good point cause there are some things that could have been handled better if done that way. But there are still some good story elements in this episode and we're getting Team Arrow back together officially for the first time this season. Much like The Flash we're intrigued by the possibilities with the storyline taking place in the future. We see the return of Connor and we're seeing how the future shown in the Legends episode Star City 2046 is changing but still familiar. The possibility of the show moving on without Stephen Amell is looking more and more possible. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:07am EDT

MTR and UDPod are proud to present a very unique walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a lead into this April and Avengers: Endgame, DPalm and his much better half SPalm are rewatching the entire MCU. Over 10 years of movies have led to Endgame, and we are back with the big event that the MCU had been building towards: 2012's Avengers. We talk about this first high point of the universe, and revisit two movies that are oft cited as growing pains, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Has time been kind to these red headed stepchildren of the MCU or has nostalgia told a whole lot of truth?

 


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Brandon, Ro and Kriss review and discuss What Men Want. After a bit of Kriss slander, Brandon and Ro discuss what surprised them about this film and why they enjoyed it so much. 

A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts.


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