Game of Thrones: “The Red Woman” (S6,E1)

game-of-thrones-season-6-premiere-date-jon-snowOver the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing each episode of Season 6 from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Season 6 is a milestone for the franchise as it will be the first to continue the story beyond George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice books. Fortunately, Martin provided showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss with a rough outline of his vision for the rest of the story. As such, we’re in an odd position in which the show might spoil the story for fans of the books. Continue reading “Game of Thrones: “The Red Woman” (S6,E1)”

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Happy Alien Day!

Aliens_ver1_xlgFox has declared that henceforth April 26 shall be known as “Alien Day” in honor of the planet featured in the movie Alien (LV-426). In addition, this July marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens (which also takes place on LV-426). The Alien franchise holds a special place in my heart and is well worth celebrating (at least the first two movies, Alien and Aliens. I pretend the rest don’t exist). I loved the action and special effects in the films as a kid, but in many ways my appreciation for them has actually grown over time. Continue reading “Happy Alien Day!”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer First Reactions

Rogue-One-A-Star-Wars-Story-3Originally published on Legendarium Media

Ever since Disney announced Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last March, fans haven’t seemed sure what to expect of the film. All seven previous Star Wars films focused on the Skywalker family saga. However, Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, has been advertised as something different. It’s the story about the Rebellion’s attempts to steal the Death Star plans before A New Hope. No Skywalkers or Jedi are expected to appear in the film (with the possible exception of Darth Vader). How would fans react to a Star Wars film lacking many of the elements that made the franchise what it is in the first place? Continue reading “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer First Reactions”

Daredevil (Season 2)

12794707_1719825021587067_5890561489880274871_oSeason 2 of Daredevil was released on March 18 via Netflix. This review contains spoilers for the first few episodes of Season 2.

The first season of Marvel’s Daredevil explored what it means to be a hero in a world wracked by moral ambiguity. Matthew Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil) wrestled with his conscience at least as often as he fought against crime lord Wilson Fisk’s cronies. Season 2 continues with this theme by pitting Daredevil against other vigilantes. This season introduces the Punisher and Elektra, superheroes who don’t share Matthew Murdock’s aversion to killing criminals. Continue reading “Daredevil (Season 2)”

“Jessica Jones” (Netflix)

Marvels-Jessica-Jones-posterAs I prepare for Season 2 of Daredevil (March 18), I decided to go back and share my thoughts on Jessica Jones, Netflix’s other Marvel series. (originally posted on Legendarium Media)

Jessica Jones is Netflix’s second journey into the Marvel universe and has much in common with Daredevil. Both shows are set in Hell’s Kitchen, although the crossovers are for the most part minimal and subtle. Both shows feature heroes defined as much by their imperfections as by their superpowers. However, in some ways, Jessica Jones is the opposite of Daredevil, serving as a sort of mirror to its predecessor.
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