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Man...it's good to be back.

We forgot how much we loved Legends of Tomorrow until it came back. This is the best of the Arrowverse shows (Black Lightning doesn't count since it's not in the Arrowverse yet) and its not even close. We've always loved Sara Lance but what they do with her this episode is legendary. From seeing her and Ava flirt with each other, her seducing John Constantine and then tying in her previous death and loss of a soul...it's just amazing. The only thing better might be Mick spending the entire time watching a football game. 

And all that's before we get into the meat of the episode. It was a great return, they're handling their villain and story better than the other shows and we can't wait for more.

John Constantine pays the Legends a visit; they agree to accompany him to a present-day psychiatric hospital and are surprised to discover who Constantine is trying to help; Amaya and Nate once again come face-to-face with Kuasa.


We said we were going to do it and now we're making good on that promise. Kriss & Phenom kick off their Award Season 2018 show by talking about the actresses up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the 2018 Academy Awards.  They also throw in a quick discussion about the films up for Best Visual Effects.

So here's how these shows will go. Kriss & Phenom will discuss each category by first discussing who they want to win, who deserves to win and who they think will actually take the prize home. You'd think that would be the same person for all three but nope. Particularly this year. This is a really competitive year among the nominees and it's going to be really interesting. We also discuss who we think shouldn't have been nominated and who got snubbed and left off. 

Nominees:

Best Actress

  • Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  • Margot Robbie – I Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep – The Post

Best Supporting Actress

  • Mary J Blige – Mudbound
  • Allison Janney – I Tonya
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  • Lesley Manville -Phantom Thread
  • Octavia Spener – The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
  • Kong Skull Island
  • Star Wars the Last Jedi
  • War for the planet of the Apes

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Going into break Arrow usually pretty strong but, The Devil's Greatest Trick is uncharacteristically weak for this show. We end up having a lot of questions about a lot of stupid choices made with this story.

  • You call Barry as an Uber Service but not to search for the bomb (or the individuals you need to find)?
  • Why is Renee allowed to pop off at the mouth like he's not a snitch?
  • Someone send William to boarding school before he gets killed. He was afraid so HE WENT TO WHERE THE GIANT CITY DESTROYING BOMB WAS?
  • Ricardo Diaz is now some criminal mastermind but before that, he was skipping town just like everyone else cause he couldn't stop Cayden James? Huh? What?

The Flash and Arrow are both struggling right now. We know they can do better and we hope the run up to the end for both shows is much better.

We also talk about the Venom trailer and how it was exactly how we thought it would be. Watch Kriss' reaction video to the trailer here.

Cayden James launches a full out attack when he uncovers a secret about the Green Arrow that puts him over the edge.


On this week's Supergirl, we have a case of Kara and Alex being the epitome of the 53% and Mon El joining in as the other half of the Trump supporting squad to break down the door of a sister who was minding her own business and jamming to some 90s tunes. Mon El also gets a CW pep talk from J'onn about his conflicting feelings for Kara and Imra.  Lena also seems to know what the deal is with Samantha, which causes some to wonder...what side will Lena fall on?

On Black Lightning this week, Lady Eve has a heart to heart while it seems she's dissecting/embalming a formerly dead individual who comes back to life.  What you know about that #BlackGirlMagic?  Of course, she had to balance that out with a little bit of an ism, talking to Tobias about being an individual with albinism and being magical.  At the same time, we have Jefferson trying to figure out who is supplying the kids at the school with the pill form of the super soldier serum and Anissa feeling herself while taking on some of those same individuals.

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We have so many questions with this episode. But first, we talk about Kriss & Dpalm's #VillainAgenda2020 plans. Hey, they're now making fully functional Batman suits, hoverboards and flamethrowers. We're trying to get in on the ground floor of franchising out super villains.

But onto this episode of The Flash. True Colors could have been and should have been a much better episode. But much like many of the episodes that have happened since coming back from break, the writing is lazy and rushed and things just don't make sense. Oddly enough, while some will definitely not like the amount of Ralph in this episode, he's not the problem. 

  • Why didn't the judge ask for them to check the morgue to see DeVoe's body?
  • How do you have a super secret meta-human wing to a prison but leave an unalarmed manhole exit?
  • WHERE WERE THE FUCKING GUARDS?
  • Why was Marlize sitting at the table with the prosecutor?
  • Why have Harry making it a big deal that they haven't freed Barry then this week when they do...he's back on Earth-2?
  • What was the whole point of introducing Wolfe just to kill him unceremoniously this episode?
  • WHY IS IRIS WEARING A BATHROBE TO GO SEE BARRY?

And there's a lot more that doesn't make sense. It's frustrating because big picture, we liked what this episode was doing. We just don't like how it was executed and that's becoming a problem AGAIN for The Flash. 

We end the episode discussing all the trailers that have been released the last couple weeks:

  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Deadpool 2
  • Infinity War
  • Jessica Jones
  • Solo
  • Venom (upcoming)

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Stray bullets are flying everywhere this week.  Random assassins caught strays on Supergirl, where Lillian Luthor returns to avenge her daughter, attempting to take out Morgan Edge.  On Black Lightning, in the wake of Lawanda's funeral, Tobias plans to make a statement during a planned march.

The shows continue to be good, but we took some issue with some of the directing choices on Black Lightning this week that caused some confusion.  This did not take away from our enjoyment of either episode.


As always, Agents of Shield is at it's most fucked up when its either going into a break or coming out of one. Honestly, this might be a really deadly 3 episode arc since this episode goes into a month long break, then we come back from one then have the 100th episode. Expect a lot of tears forthcoming. 

In this episode, we were right about YoYo being the seer, Coulson is dying and while the Agents make it back to their timeline, it's not without some casualties.  Dek and Enoch go out like heroes while Pebbles...I mean Flint, might just end up putting the world back together piece by piece.

Some things we have to think about going forward:

  • How much is Daisy going to hate Coulson for forcing her to come back?
  • Does Daisy ever get her powers back?
  • What's killing Coulson and how does trying to save him lead to the beginning of the end?
  • What parts of the time loop do we see? Will Mack and Coulson end up dead? Does Simmons die? 

We truly have no idea what's going to happen next and it's so exciting.

The team has one final chance to return to their timeline, but their actions may have deadly consequences.


The theme of Arrow Season 6 has to be "Oliver is right" or "Just listen to Oliver". It's easy to pin down why people might not be too happy with this season because it feels like a rehash of previous seasons. But the truth is, we're getting a season that shows not only the growth of Oliver Queen but also why he's in charge. Yes, the new team is annoying and they are making a bunch of bone headed mistakes but these are mistakes that Oliver used to make and he's trying to show them the right way. Growth is Oliver not putting an arrow in Renee (he deserves it) or rubbing it in to Dinah that she made the wrong call to go after Vincent instead of stopping the bomb. The team is going to learn some harsh lessons real soon.

Oh and sorry Quentin, Earth-2 Laurel is now a full villain. Ain't no saving her now.

Oliver continues to battle Cayden James; when Dinah and Oliver have a major disagreement, one of their own is put in danger.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

So since coming back from break we’ve been pretty hard on The Flash but Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash put the show back in the right direction. First, the preview for the episode didn’t really do it justice. This episode was more even toned and less campy than The Elongated Knight Rises. Speaking of that, this was the right amount of Ralph Dibny. He wasn’t the center focus like last episode, he wasn’t overbearing but he worked when used. 

There were three big things that worked for us with this episode:

  • While the episode doesn’t focus on Devoe, it begins and ends with Harry drawing the connections. First he’s upset that they don’t have a plan to get Barry out of jail and then at the end he starts drawing the connections between Dwarfstar and how this all can’t be random and has to relate to Devoe’s overall plan. So while Barry is “off the board”, the main story still has connections and moves forward.
  • The focus and heavy lifting was done by the Team Flash members we’ve always cared about. Cecile’s temporary telepathy gave us some good Joe West moments. Harry’s insecurity about not being smart enough to stop Devoe and feeling responsible for Barry being in jail was good as well.
  • Barry and hope. Barry Allen (or any Flash) and their overwhelming need to believe in hope despite all the terrible things that happen to them might seem like a flaw but it’s a key feature of the character and is straight from source material.

We definitely enjoyed this episode. There are still some issues (inconsistencies with Barry’s powers) and the end of the episode with Warden Wolfe should guarantee that Barry has to reveal his identity to the public (but it won’t), but overall, this puts The Flash back on track for us.

The team battle a meta who can shrink anything he touches; Cecile's pregnancy gives her temporary powers.


First Mailbag of 2018 and it’s extra spicy, just as we promised. We’re tackling head-on the idea that T’Challa and Ororo (Storm) represent black love and excellence and should be together. That’s wrong, very wrong and we break down why. From the shoehorned way it was done and bad writing, to erasing Monica Lynne to the hard truths that no one wants to talk about (Ororo was raised in Harlem not Cairo). We’re taking on the Storm/T’Challa truthers and holding nothing back.

Topics:

  • Emails
    • Everyone is excited for Black Panther
    • Who makes for a better couple in a movie than T’Challa and Ororo?
    • Favorite “Back of the closet” series
    • 5 X-Men movies/storylines for getting the X-Men back to where they should be
    • Jon Malin doesn’t understand the X-Men
  • Topic of the Day: Storm deserves more respect than slapping her into a marriage with T’Challa

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