Archie Comics Rejuvenated in Riverdale

River Dale

Photo from Netflix

This is probably one of my favorite categories on my blog to write about. I love binge watching TV shows because once you watch a good show you become obsessed with it for weeks. I am devoted to all my shows especially if they end on a cliff hanger which angers me yet gets me excited for the new season. A couple days ago I was browsing through my Netflix “list” and stumbled upon Riverdale and decided to give it a watch. Turns out I finished it in two days. I wanted to type my final thoughts on this Archie Comics reboot.

I can’t say I have ever been a fan of the Archie comics. They just didn’t intrigue me and it seemed like a comic about two beautiful women fighting over one guy and I was just over that cliche. The TV show though… I want to go back and read the comics.

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Let’s dive into the characters first if you are unfamiliar with the Archie comics. Archie Andrews is a conflicted teen who is committed to the football team along with writing music. Betty Cooper is the stereotypical girl next door, literally as she lives next door to Archie. She’s cute, sweet and innocent. Veronica Lodge is the opposite of Betty as she’s sophisticated and edgy. She’s entitled and privileged as she grew up with money and nice clothes. Jughead is the social outcast or the “weirdo” of the group.

The TV show revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Jason Blossom whom later is found shot to death in a river. All of the characters mentioned above have somehow been interwoven into solving Jason’s murder. Just when you think you have an idea of what’s going on, the show basically delivers a scene leaving you asking yourself what the fuck did I watch? Which is surprising since this seems like a creepy/eerie Gossip Girl show.

Usually in my Bizarre Brunette Binges posts, I talk about spoilers, but I’m going to leave out all spoilers in this post. I am encouraging all of my readers to watch this show before the season premiere on October 11th.

 

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Team Scorpion Geniuses for Hire

Summer is meant for binge watching new TV shows. Currently, I’m attempting to binge watch Capaldi’s season of Doctor Who which I had been meaning to do for a while now. Recently, I finished my binge watch of Scorpion which is a fantastic show that my friend introduced me to. We were hanging out one night at her apartment when she nonchalantly mentioned this show. After pulling up Amazon Prime, we watched the first episode, I was instantly hooked into the premise of the show. By the way, my friend purchased all the seasons to Scorpion, it’s not included with Amazon Prime. Scorpion will be on the fall TV line up for CBS, but I have no idea when the fourth season will air.

Cabe Gallo

Agent Cabe Gallo Home Land Security. Photo by CBS.

Happy Quinn

Happy Quinn, mechanical prodigy. Photo by CBS

Sylvester Dodd

Sylvester Dodd photo by CBS.

Tobias Curtis

Tobias Curtis, photo by CBS

Walter O Brien

Walter O Brien photo by CBS.

Scorpion tells the true life story of Walter O-Brien, a man with an IQ of 197 who hacked NASA when he was younger. Walter recruits other genius’s like him to join a group titled Scorpion. His recruits include Sylvester Dodd (human calculator), Happy Quinn (a mechanic prodigy) and Tobias Curtis (behaviorist/psychiatrist reads people like they’re an open book). In the pilot episode we meet a young waitress named Paige Dineen played by the gorgeous Katherine McPhee. She is raising her young son Ralph who is also a genius. Walter with his team get recruited by Cabe Gallo, a homeland security agent to save the world which sounds corny, but in some cases this statement is genuinely accurate.

One reason why this show is addicting is because of the on screen chemistry between the cast. Walter is cringe worthy at times because he doesn’t understand human emotion. However, Paige teaches Walter what’s appropriate in emotional situations so he can learn from his past mistakes. Sylvester is the cute nerd of the group and I adore his love for board games. Happy provides the negativity at times, while Toby is usually the one who is inappropriate for the most part. Cabe tries to control his team, but ultimately, he’s proud of the team he put together.

Scorpion is one of my all time favorite TV shows. It’s worth taking the time to watch all three seasons especially to get emotionally invested with each character. Scorpion can be purchased through iTunes or Amazon. CBS under their CBS All Access subscription service has 6 free episodes of Scorpion waiting to be watched.

“You Have Failed This City” Arrow Season #5

My fourth post in “Bizarre Brunette Binges” spotlights another DC superhero TV show. Arrow was the first DC superhero show to air on the CW in 2012 during my freshman year of college. I already briefly explained how I became hooked on Arrow in my Flash Season 3 Review, but I have yet to watch the current seasons of Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. The boyfriend couldn’t stop talking about the Arrow season finale so I made watching Arrow a priority. My all time favorite season of Arrow was season #2 with Deathstroke and so far the most recent seasons of Arrow couldn’t top season #2. However, this season was epic and I’m still shocked about the season finale.

Wild Dog

Photo by Screen Rant 

Season #5 starts with Oliver Queen attempting to assemble a new team after Thea and Diggle quit. Laurel died in the last season and her void means there needs to be another Black Canary. At first I was skeptical of new team members as I was attached to the old team. The new crew includes Curtis the tech genius, Wild Dog the rebel, Evelyn the one obsessed with revenge and Rory the survivor of the nuclear attack Damien Darhk launched. Wild Dog is someone who I originally despised, but after learning his back story and how he connects with Quentin throughout the season, I really think he adds to the Arrow team.

While Oliver is recruiting team members, Star City is being plagued with a series of murders by an archer titled Prometheus. He is specifically targeting Oliver and reminding him of his past. The season revolves around uncovering Prometheus’s identity and reminding Oliver why he became the Green Arrow.

The reason why I rave about season #2 so much is because Slade Wilson was terrifying. Oliver felt his family was constantly unsafe because Slade killed his mother so his sister could have been next. Slade with the mirakiru became a formidable enemy for Oliver to fight and the back story of how Slade evolved into Deathstroke was told brilliantly. I will say Adrian Chase who is Prometheus is as horrifying as Slade Wilson which I wasn’t expecting.

Lian Yu Season 5 Arrow Photo by IGN

Photo by IGN

Let’s talk about that season finale though, how did the Arrow characters make it off the island? Adrian Chase kills himself in the last moments of the season finale triggering the explosion of all the bombs on the island. Except all of Team Arrow and everyone Oliver cares about is still on the island. I don’t believe all of them were killed off, but the boyfriend has a theory where Cisco vived them off the island. I’m certain with the combined intelligence of Curtis and Felicity, they probably came up with some escape plan we don’t know about. Regardless, October cannot come around fast enough.

Arrow is my favorite DC superhero TV show. It has some fantastic seasons and some mediocre seasons, but Green Arrow is getting the TV show he deserves. My ultimate wish is for Green Arrow to appear in the Justice League movie coming out in November, but sadly, Green Arrow is only for our TV screens.

 

 

 

Feel Savitar’s Wrath in Season #3 of the Flash

I was sitting at my desk in Sheehan Hall on the 9th floor watching the first episode of Arrow. I thought the premise sounded interesting since Green Arrow hasn’t had a lot of spotlight in cartoons or movies. Season #2 premiered the next year and that’s when nerdy Barry Allen appeared on the screen. Grant Gustin is the exact person I would have pictured for the Flash and I appreciated his lightness that he added to Oliver’s team. Soon after the CW announced the Flash spin off and I was all on board. Yesterday I was able to catch up on the Flash and I have to admit that season #3 was one hell of a season.

Barry Allen at the end of season #2 runs back in time to save his mom from the Reverse Flash. In the season #3 premiere, Barry is seen living a different life with both of his parents alive and trying to date Iris. Barry realizes his mistake when he feels his memories of his old life disappearing. His uneasiness makes him realize that he has to have his mom murdered to restore peace. As he goes back in time to stop himself from saving his mom, he returns to a future that’s completely different. Barry created an alternate reality existing on the same plane as his old reality. This is called Flashpoint which is a well respected Flash comic story complete with an animated movie. Savitar is an enemy that emerges along with his partner; Doctor Alchemy. To make things worse, Barry accidentally travels to the future and witnesses himself trying to save Iris from Savitar, but ends up watching her die by Savitar. Barry must try and alter the future to save Iris’s life or try and get faster so he can save her.

Savitar Image by Inverse

Savitar! Photo by Inverse.

SPOILERS STARTING NOW!

 

 

Killer Frost from Buddy TV

Killer Frost! Photo by Buddy TV.

So I wasn’t expecting Savitar to be a future time remnant of Barry Allen. I was surprised because I was expecting someone else in Barry’s life to play a role in betraying him. It all made sense though and it shows how much of a mistake it was for Barry to mess with time. Also I really like Caitlin’s transformation into Killer Frost. Her outfit is edgy without being too sexy and her powers are frightening especially after that vision of her freezing Cisco’s hands off in the future.

This season is my favorite one to date because there was so much at stake; I ended up binge watching 7 episodes on 4th of July. One thing I absolutely could not stand was that Barry at the end had to enter the speed force. Are you kidding me?? He can’t have at least one happy ending??! After finally saving Iris which was the whole point of the entire season, he can’t spend one moment with her. I was disappointed. 😦 I wonder how season #4 will explain how he reappears back in Star City.

My next show to catch up on will be Arrow because the boyfriend keeps telling me this past season was decent. Unfortunately, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl weren’t that appealing to me in their respective seasons. I cannot wait for fall TV to see how season #4 of the Flash will play out.

 

Bizarre Brunette Binges: Iron Fist

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Welcome to my second post on a new category I like to call, “Bizarre Brunette Binges” On this series, I will discuss the latest TV show I finished watching. All of my posts under this category will include spoilers.  Let’s talk about the show that caused the most uproar; Iron Fist.

Iron Fist is about Danny Rand who becomes a trained warrior titled the Iron Fist after his parent’s plane crash in the Himalayas. After 15 years he returns to modern New York and is quickly shocked to find that the Hand (terrorist organization that is the sworn enemy to the Iron Fist) has infiltrated Rand Enterprises/Danny’s company. The show basically tells Danny’s story as he takes back his company and uncovers what happened to his parents.

To make this post easier to read, I decided to put bullet points for my initial thoughts of the show. Another reminder that there will be spoilers after this paragraph. 

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Cast of the Defenders!

 

 

  • Finn Jones did an okay job being Iron Fist, but I think it would have been really cool if Marvel added diversity to the cast of the Defenders and cast an Asian American actor. Yes, this isn’t an example of white washing, but there are so many white male superheroes that we could have altered Iron Fist a bit to have an Asian descent.
  • Ward Meachum is an asshole in the beginning.
  • Wow Faramir is a bad guy and is portraying an evil dad, how ironic.
  • Iron Fist does a better job explaining the back story of the Hand than Daredevil Season #2.
  • I was shocked that Colleen ended up being a part of the Hand, I wasn’t expecting that. It goes to show how you can be so devoted to a cause without really understanding what you pledged yourself to.
  • Iron Fist goes at a slower pace than the other Marvel Netflix shows
  • Colleen Wing was my favorite character in the show along with Ward Meachum.
  • I felt bad for Joy Meachum because I feel she didn’t get the character development that she deserved.
  • This show isn’t mediocre because of Donald Trump’s presidency (Finn Jones blamed the show for being bad because of Trump being elected as president)

As for ranking the Marvel Netflix superheroes, Iron Fist is my least favorite. I don’t think the show was horrible like other reviewers stated, but it definitely has its weak moments. I will say that I was disappointed because I had high hopes for the show. I’m still excited for the Defenders, but if Iron Fist does receive a second season, I hope it will be better in quality.

 

 

Bizarre Brunette Binges. . . The Following

I never used to watch copious amounts of TV shows. Moving to college I found that my free time was cut into shorter chunks of time. So I had plenty of time in that time slot for a 40 minute episode. I’m always looking for a side show to watch and thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime, I have access to quality content. The Following sparked my interest because when the first season aired, I heard it was a thrilling show with dark characters. I gave it a watch on Netflix and soon enough the first season was finished. Yesterday, I watched the last episode of season 3 which was the series finale since The Following was cancelled. I liked the show, but as the seasons progressed, I feel the quality of the show was decreasing.

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The Following opens with Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) a famed FBI agent pouring vodka into his flask. He arrested literature professor Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) for killing numerous young college women. He had been killing for some time, but Ryan was the only one who found out about his secret. Joe sees Ryan as his equal, someone who has the intelligence to keep up with his games. Joe doesn’t stay in prison for long and it’s revealed that he escapes, but has a league of followers who will kill for him. The first season revolves around Ryan trying to capture Joe’s cult members and stop Joe from committing more heinous crimes.

The relationship that Ryan and Joe have is what makes the Following a hit series. They have great chemistry together in their respected episodes. Season 1 goes by quick because every episode leaves off on a cliff hanger however, season 2 was okay. It focuses less on Joe, but on a new cult leader with her adopted children although Joe appears in the season quite frequently, but at parts he isn’t the main character. I do like the introduction of Max Hardy (Jessica Stroup), Ryan’s niece as a fellow companion. Season 3 was mediocre at best. Joe doesn’t really take front and center, and there’s this group led by someone named Eliza. I don’t know what she was trying to accomplish because the series ended, but it wasn’t the show I enjoyed back in season 1.

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OTP ❤

It’s unfortunate that the Following was cancelled, but after watching season 3, I can respect why it was. This show did help develop my OTP which is Max Hardy and special agent Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) because they are perfect together. If you enjoy FBI dramas/detective shows and want something that’s binge worthy, the Following should go on your list. Sure season 3 isn’t all that great, but season 1 is entertaining. I love the feeling of finishing a show because then you can devote time to more TV. It’s a never ending cycle.