Doom Patrol episode 5 on DC Universe kinda spoiler free review

March 19, 2019

We are now on episode 5 of what we like to call "Why is Cyborg here". This episode is titled Paw Patrol for a reason you will find out later.

At the end of episode 4 we saw Mr. Nobody forging a kinda truce with The Chief in order to stop the Decreator. The only reason Mr. Nobody agreed is if there is nothing left he can't rule over it.

This episode has a lot of Crazy Jane's Doctor Harrison persona. The Chief and Mr. Nobody go back in time and have her create a cult to oppose the Decreator. Mr. Nobody names this entity.... The Recreator. Admittedly not one for catchy names.

Their plan works and the Decreator is stopped from destroying all things. We get to see a little more about The Chief, like his relationship to Baphomet, A little more about Rita's emotions is dealt with, Negative Man has another pity party for himself, Robot Man does a bit more swearing, and Cyborg takes up space without really contributing again.

This was not our favorite episode, but it is still a pretty good episode in comparison to other shows on TV. Doom Patrol is a weird show just like it's namesake comic book. The characters are really starting to discover themselves and we are introduced to new characters each week. We also get to see new Crazy Jayne personalities quite a bit. Doom Patrol has been a good series so far and there are still ten episodes left in the season. DC Universe has another hit on their hands with this show.

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Doom Patrol episode 4 on DC Universe kinda spoiler free review

March 13, 2019

Episode 4 of Doom Patrol drags us a little deeper into the weirdness.  Our intrepid heroes put their search for the Chief on the back burner while they help Willoughby Kipling avert the Apocalypse. Who is Willoughby Kipling?  Glad you asked.

He is a member of the Knights Templar.  He uses chaos magic to get the job done.  He has a history with the Chief which is how he ends up with the Doom Patrol.  If Willoughby gives off some Constantine vibes... that is intended. Back when DC tried to keep Vertigo characters separate from their DC characters, Grant Morrison wanted to use Constantine in his Doom Patrol story.  DC Comics told him nope.  So he did the next best thing and invented a similar character to fit his needs.

We get a little bit more backstory on Larry Trainor/Negative Man.  We also see Rita start using her elastic stretchy powers rather than just becoming a gelatinous blob.  Another of Crazy Jane’s personalities comes out as well. The episode ends in a cliff-hanger so we will have to wait until next week to see if the Doom Patrol is able to stop the Cult of the Unwritten Book from summoning the Decreator and ending the world as we know it.

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Marvel MCU Captain Marvel review and audience reaction at Alamo Drafthouse

March 9, 2019

Fans of Marvel Comics MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) have been waiting for this Captain Marvel movie ever since the end credits of Avengers: Infinity War. When Nick Fury pulled out that paging device that displayed Captain Marvel's symbol the internet went crazy with fan theories. Fan theories and speculation are what helps ease the anticipation until the next movie, so that is not a bad thing.

There was a lot of hype building up to Captain Marvel. The MCU had been taking heat for it's lack of screen time for it's female characters. DC proved there is enough demand for a strong female lead character when Wonder Woman did so well at the box office. Some backlash about Brie Larson's comments caused a huge online down-vote campaign against the movie. The audience rating on Rotten Tomato and the User rating on IMDB were both very low before the movie had even aired at one theater.

Thankfully the movie going audience actually showed up to watch the highly anticipated film. Captain Marvel pulled in $20.7M on Thursday preview night, $62M Friday and is on pace for a $160M opening weekend. That is good enough to put it third for the month of March after Beauty and the Beast ($174.7M) and Batman v. Superman ($166M).

Patrick and I really enjoyed Captain Marvel. There are lots of little references and cameos sprinkled throughout the movie. The most heartfelt is what is likely the last time Stan Lee will make his famous cameo. There is also a very touching homage to Stan Lee at the beginning of the movie. It is a nice gesture to thank the man who was without question the ambassador for comic books, regardless of the publisher.

You don't need to take our word for how good the movie is. We asked members of the audience their thoughts on Captain Marvel. Everyone we talked to both on and off camera gave praise to the newest entry into the MCU. We are predicting a surge in Captain Marvel costumes at comic cons and especially during Halloween this year! If you haven't seen Captain Marvel yet, we highly recommend it. If you have watched it, let us know what your favorite part of the movie is in the comments.

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Titans season 1 on DC Universe streaming review

March 8, 2019

The DC Universe streaming service is really hitting on all cylinders. They started out with having most of their comic book library available under the service. Then they added all their excellent animated movies/series. Then they started making exclusive series for their streaming service. Titans was the first live action exclusive series they added.

The early trailers for Titans were a bit sketchy. There was the whole "F#@& Batman" scene from Dick Grayson that caused a huge uproar. Then there was Starfire's questionable outfit that made her look like a streetwalker. We decided to give the streaming service a shot, mostly for the comics and animated series. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the Titans series. If you are a DC Comics fan in the slightest you will probably like this series. The story is good, the action is good, and the costumes are believable.

There is a lot of name dropping and cameos in the first season as well. Some of them are in your face while others a little more subtle. Keep your eyes and ears open or you might miss a few of them.

If you are on the fence at all about getting the DC Universe streaming service there is a one week trial period you can use. That is how they hooked me.

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Hellboy Red Band trailer review

March 7, 2019

If you are old enough to remember the first Hellboy (2004) or even Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) you know what a perfect fit Ron Perlman was to play the title role. Not only did he look the part when in costume, but his demeanor and swagger was a perfect portrayal of the character. Add in Guillermo del Toro as the writer/director and it was a recipe for success.

For some reason, the powers that be decided to not use del Toro for the third installment of the Hellboy franchise. Ron Perlman told them, if del Toro is out… so am I. Which is what led us to getting David Harbour as our new Hellboy.

I think David Harbour is a great actor. He is a believable Hellboy. My issues come with what I have seen in the trailers for this movie thus far. There seems to be an abundance of CGI rather than practical effects. CGI is great when done correctly and not overused. The CGI in the trailer kinda pulls you out of the moment. The look of Hellboy in the first trailer was alarming. They did make him look better in this most recent trailer, but there is still something not quite right. The face appears to be very mask-like. Not a lot of movement in the face. It's almost like he got too much Botox at the plastic surgeon's office.

The story is one we have seen before as well. An evil entity shows up and wants to team up with Hellboy to bring the supernatural creatures to prominence in our world. The writers should have dug a little deeper into the Hellboy library to find one of the many great stories that haven't been brought to the big screen yet.

Hellboy is one of our favorite comic book characters. We are hoping they are able to correct the shortcomings that appear in the trailers before the movie hits theaters. Do you agree with us about what you saw in the trailer? Let us know in the comments.

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Doom Patrol episode 3 on DC Universe kinda spoiler free review

March 6, 2019

DC Universe pushed out Doom Patrol episode 3 and hoo boy… It keeps getting weirder. It is weird in a good way, though. We are still wondering just what Cyborg is doing in this story. We are considering Cyborg the Jar-Jar Binks of Doom Patrol.

In this episode more is revealed about Larry Trainor's relationship with the entity (Negative Man) inside him. We also get a little glimpse of the connection between the Chief and Eric Morden (Mr. Nobody). Most importantly we see the Evil Nazi mastermind that created Mr. Nobody. He has turned his skill into a theme park where prospective villains can come and pay to receive the super power they'd like to have.

We are still liking the show, just not Cyborg. Again, Cyborg seems like he is forced into the story. Nothing about having Cyborg in Doom Patrol feels right. Unfortunately, it looks like we are stuck with him at least for most of Season One. Somebody please tell Batman to call him up to the Justice League so we don't have to keep seeing him.

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Umbrella Academy Season 1 on Netflix Review

March 4, 2019

It seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of trying to turn the non-mainstream comics into hit series. There have been lots of promises of series in the works (Chew, Locke & Key, Hack & Slash, etc.) There have even been a few that made it into a series that just didn't catch on with the public (Iron Fist, The Tick -2018, The Inhumans). But every once in a while all the stars align and a lesser known comic book gets made into a spectacular series. Netflix has done that with Umbrella Academy.

The Umbrella Academy is Dark Horse Comics title developed by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater for Netflix. The comic book was created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. The whole premise of the story is so weird that it is intriguing. It is weird in a good way. This is one of those Netflix shows where you are happy the whole season is released at once…. cuz you will want to binge watch it.

If you've read the comics, then you noticed there are a few changes here and there. The changes aren't anything big enough to alter the plot. I especially like how they dealt with Cha-Cha and Hazel ( you will learn who they are pretty quickly in the series).

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Doom Patrol episode 2 on DC Universe kinda spoiler free review

March 1, 2019

Doom Patrol is a new series on the DC Universe streaming service. They are a misfit group of reluctant heroes. The first episode was released February 15, 2019. It was a good episode even with having to explain all the characters backstories.

 

Episode 2 started right where episode 1 left off. They introduced a new character to the mix, Cyborg. Most people will recognize him from the Justice League movie. Him being part of the Doom Patrol team feels kinda forced to us. He is not a good fit on this team. The whole dynamic of the team is changed with him in the picture.

 

Even with us not liking the addition of Cyborg, episode 2 was still really solid. The narration by Alan Tudyk is spot-on. There are a lot of subtle little things he says that are meta, but if you aren't paying close attention you may miss them.

 

So far, Doom Patrol has been worth the monthly subscription price to DC Universe. That doesn't take into account the other great shows and all the comics that are available on this service. Titans and Young Justice are definitely must watch shows as well. You don't have to take our word for it, take advantage of the one week trial subscription and see for yourself (just remember to stop the recurring billing if you don't want to continue past the free trial).

 

We highly recommend Doom Patrol. Only 2 episodes in and we are already hooked. Give it a watch and let us know what you think in the comments.

 

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Doom Patrol episode 1 on DC Universe kinda spoiler free review

February 20, 2019

Doom Patrol has been around since the 1960's yet they aren't part of the mainstream DC Universe of characters. Their line-up has changed over the years with Robotman (Cliff Steele) being the only character in every iteration. They are a group of super-powered misfits whose "gifts" caused them alienation and trauma. They were given the moniker of the "World's Strangest Heroes" and they wore the mantle well. At the end of their original series run they were all killed off. But as you know, no one stays dead in the comics… except Uncle Ben.

When they announced that Doom Patrol would be one of the new exclusive series for DC Universe I was a bit skeptical. This is a team of unsung and sparsely used characters from DC's line-up. Then I saw the early pictures of what Robotman looked like and I moved from skepticism to outright disbelief that the show would work.

Nevertheless, I gave the first episode a chance because I desperately wanted to see some new DC characters break into the mainstream. After finishing the first episode I decided to binge-marathon the whole series. I was disappointed when I discovered that DC Universe was releasing the episodes one each week rather than all at once like Netflix. Oh, the unfairness of it all.

DC Universe has a potential hit on their hands with Doom Patrol. The voice acting of Brendan Fraser was much better than I expected. He gave emotion to a non-moving robot face. Alan Tudyk was… well, he was Alan Tudyk. I really enjoy watching him bring characters to life. You might also recognize an old James Bond actor in Doom Patrol. Timothy Dalton plays the man who brings them all together, the Chief.

If you haven't seen the first episode of Doom Patrol yet, you should. The first episode does a lot of character introduction and it still keeps you wanting to see more. If the rest of the season is just as good, I will be renewing my DC Universe membership.

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Alita: Battle Angel review & audience reaction at Alamo Drafthouse

February 15, 2019

We have been promised an Alita Battle Angel movie for several years. James Cameron had it on his plate to make but then he got busy with Avatar and making the sequels to that blockbuster. He enlisted the help of his friend Robert Rodriguez.

Robert had a daunting challenge ahead of him to make the movie capture the human side of Alita while still having stunning special effects that capture all the action of the manga.

The story is your typical love story between two people from very different backgrounds. Robert Rodriguez was able to walk that fine line between making you care about the main character while also blowing you away with action and graphics. The two hours seemed to whiz by.

Keep your eyes open for an uncredited appearance from a prominent actor near the end. The movie also leaves it wide open for the possibility of a sequel. So far, Alita is performing better than expected at the box office so the probability of a sequel is pretty high.

We admittedly have not read the manga for Alita so we can't speak to it's accuracy to the source material. Let us know if the movie is true to the manga. Do you agree with us that it is a very entertaining and action packed movie? Let us know in the comments.

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