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Supergirl continues to weave the reality of our society into a powerful narrative that is eye opening and sobering.

This week's episode is set in the backdrop of the lead dispersal weapon being used to seed the planet with Kryptonite.  While Kara fights for her life back at the DEO, we see in two years worth of flashbacks how Professor Lockwood became Agent Liberty.  Starting off as someone who tried to preach tolerance of alien life on the planet, his father's rhetoric, combined with the changes the arrival of extra terrestrial life and materials caused in his family's fortune, turns him into a virulent xenophobic murderer.  It also shows that while we often root for our heroes, they can be completely tone deaf and indifferent to the impact of their fight for justice and world peace on the common citizen.

Be forewarned-this is a difficult watch.  It hits very close to home with the rise in fascism and virulent bigotry we are seeing in America today.  Some may make the mistake of believing this episode paints a sympathetic picture of those who resort to hate-it doesn't.  It paints a realistic one, showing how even small actions, combined with a feeling of helplessness, causes the true nature of an individual to rise to the surface.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:15pm EST

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms should be called Clara and the One & a Half Realms. The movie is dry and feels like only the bare minimum attempt was put into making the film. The story feels completely trimmed down (may come from the replacement of the director and most of the film being reshot), the ballet number (signatures of the Nutcracker) aren't shot in a way to draw the audience in and even the look of the film doesn't stand up to the typical Disney standards (Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Jungle Book, etc). In the end we're not sure who would really find this film appealing. It doesn't capture the moments from the countless plays, movie adaptions and books. It also doesn't have enough spectacle to hold the attention of kids. So who is it for? We're not sure.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:41am EST

The #RalphHive train is here. This is your last chance to get onboard or get left behind. Seriously, the writers this season have done a great job turning the character of Ralph around and in this episode they show us how good this character can be. The Flash has picked up on something that we've been mentioning the last few seasons and that's pairing off characters to tell their own stories. They've really picked this up with Ralph who they've paired off with different characters this season. Not only that, but they've showed that Ralph is actually a competent detective and is really good at his job.

And in addition to Ralph, there's some really great things in this episode:

  • Barry Allen the Husband: Barry dodging trouble by supporting Iris (even her terrible cooking)
  • Casually dropping that Nora is sexually attracted to women
  • Meta Tech: Now we're putting meta-powers into objects and every day people can have them. This opens up a whole new world of villains
  • Cicada is getting more powers? He's even more terrifying 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Legends of Tomorrow is such a special show. This show does something that a lot of other shows struggle with. It manages to jump between the silly, fantastical elements and very serious, grounded in reality elements. Witch Hunt bounces between these two tones and elements extremely well. We get a fairy Godmother straight out of a Disney movie from Hell and Mick & Ray getting turned into pigs, mixed in with Zari's very real emotions about her mother and unfair persecution. There's never a dull moment.

We discuss:

  • Unexpected teamups: Ava and Nate teaming up
  • Remembering everyone has a role: Ray makes the comedic jokes, Nate "Natesplains history" and Mick...Mick is grumpy
  • Mick & Constantine bumping heads
  • Who knew a fairy Godmother would be terrifying?
  • Zari can be a problem. How much of her future is going to happen? Is this another Amaya situation?
  • What is coming after Constantine that's so bad that the fairy Godmother would rather be banished to Hell than help him

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:35am EST

This week on Black Lightning the pacing is off as the show tries to set up storylines and move various pieces around the board. Khalil is struggling to please Tobias who is still mourning Syonide and carrying out his own nefarious plans. Anissa continues to play Robin Hood, now for a community hospital.

Lynn and Jennifer have the most dynamic storylines. Lynn is experimenting on the pod children and Agent Bill Duke has given her a new partner, Dr. Jace. This doctor specializes in neuropathy and ended up in jail because she illegally experimented on 11 people and they lost their feet. Oh, and one died. So Lynn is working with a mad scientist and her morals are starting to slip.

Jennifer starts sessions with her new therapist, Perenna (guest star Erika Alexander). Perenna has the power to create a reality where Jennifer can process her feelings. Though we only get two scenes of Jennifer's therapy, it's clear that her fear of her powers is also what's causing her powers to go haywire.

And finally, Master Lowry. I'm going to spend as much time as the show did talking about him. He showed up and told Jefferson to clean out his office. The end.

Listen to us discuss all of this and the science of feet falling off on the latest podcast.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

What's better than one Black Canary? How about two? Even better, how about two Canaries versus one Longbow Hunter? Yeah Arrow season 7 is really going places we didn't think they would go. First off, this episode has no one in the Green Arrow suit all episode long. Not even flashbacks of Oliver in the suit. And you know what? It still worked. This season so far is really making us think about how things will turn out. Thanks to Legends of Tomorrow, we've seen part of the future before and how vigilantes are treated. Will all that come to be? Will Oliver lose an arm? Is William in the future the current person running around as Green Arrow? We don't know but they have our attention. And these Longbow Hunters aren't playing around.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

Kriss & Phenom are back, this time to review the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. So, first off, it's better to look at this film as a Freddie Mercury & Queen appreciation film, and less of a biopic. This film kicked off it's production with all kinds of issues and controversies (What part of Mercury's life were they going to focus on, how much of it would be in there, who would play Freddie, etc). Then, Hollywood piece of shit and director of the film, Bryan Singer decided he was just going to stop showing up on set to make the movie. So Dexter Fletcher had to step in to finish the film. All that to say this film was a mess going through production and the end product is definitely a mess. Characters aren't fleshed out, the lip syncing for the hit songs is completely off and none of the characters outside of Freddie really matter (which is weird when this is also supposed to be a Queen film). 

It's not all bad though. Rami Malek puts on one hell of a performance as Freddie Mercury and  for that along the film is worth checking out. The film doesn't "straight-wash" Freddie but overall the film feels very, clean. It's better to consider this film a half-baked musical that does it's best to not offend any of the members of Queen or their families. That makes this a pretty bad biopic but doesn't remove the entertainment value for fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:39am EST

Legends of Tomorrow is Back! The last show in the Arrowverse to return and of course it's the most fun. This episode even opens up with a meta discussion about their ratings and doing the "same thing as last year". Then they end up fighting a hippie-eating unicorn. How can you not love this show? Here are some of our favorite moments that we discuss during this review:

  • Sara and Ava are great together
  • Constantine fits perfectly into the show as the new "I work better alone/people close to me get hurt" character
  • Ray and Nate are Brony Bros? Of course they are
  • When Nora returns will she be evil?

Listen to the full review and let us know what you thought of the season premiere. What are you looking forward to the most this season?

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:00am EST

The Death of Vibe shows us that Nora's stint in the 21st century is causing some larger ripples than we thought. Cicada not only is appearing earlier than he should but he isn't David Hersh. This is giving us the same feeling that season 5 of Arrow did when they kept teasing us Adrian Chase only for him to turn out to be someone totally different. We're really enjoying how they're pulling off this season so far with things like that. 

  • Ralph has been on fire this season. The way they're using him this season is great
  • Ralph and Caitlyn make a great team
  • Cicada is terrifying and is a real threat (Barry gonna have to learn to throw hands)
  • We got a new Wells (and he's another scammer...are all Wells scammers???)
  • Nora & Iris' icy relationship
  • Who sent Nora? Why did she finally reveal herself?

Also, we're on Jesse L Martin watch. Damn you Dpalm.

Kriss and Dpalm record the Mailbag at the end of every month. Our next mailbag is scheduled for October 31st.  If you want to send in your own questions and thoughts, email us: Mailbag@MTRNetwork.Net


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:43am EST

We are back again and Supergirl is still moving full speed ahead.  From Nia showing the world how to be a proper ally, to Agent Liberty moderating a straight out of Trumpland MAGA style rally, to Jensen broadcasting to the world he was about to take a heel turn, the show has found a way to balance threads of the same story into a seamless narrative.   We learn more about Mercy's connection to Lex, Nia's history and coming out to James, and J'onn investigating the disappearance of Fiona.  James is being a little too much like Van Jones for our liking, and the only drawback is Rhona Mitra doesn't know how to be anyone but Rhona Mitra.   They handled Kara's eternal optimism working against her and the very people she's trying to help masterfully, and the comedic moments in the midst of a heavy episode were well placed.  

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Direct download: Supergirl_Review_4x02_This_Is_How_You_Ally_-_Super_Tuesday_Recap.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:00am EST