Elementary (Season One) – Overall Thoughts

kinopoisk.ruI don’t know if i want to call this a review. My Smallville posts were a “review”….this? Probably not so much.

 

Earlier in the year, I fell in love with a new CBS Drama called “Elementary”. The premise was a former heroin addicted Sherlock Holmes was in New York in 2012-as a consulting detective for the NYPD. Watson is a girl, named Joan…played by Lucy Lu.

 

I want to preface this: I am not super familar with Sherlock Holmes. I dont think I’ve ever read the books. I haven’t watched the BBC’s “Sherlock”, and I haven’t watched EITHER of the Disney Sherlock Holmes movies starring Iron Man. I am familar with the character, and the jist of his mythology-but for the most part I went into “Elementary” blind.

 

I also despise police prodecural shows. I loathe CSI, NCIS, ABC, 123,…all of those shows. I detest them with an utter passion.

 

“Elementary” felt like the bastard love child of “House” and a police procedural. But it was fun. The lead actor is astounding funny, quirky and has this slightly crazed quality about him that my wife and I absolutely fell in love with. We don’t watch alot of TV-so it’s pretty much been this, Arrow, and American Horror Story for us…

 

The first season lasted 24 episodes-with the finale two being aired together as a 2 hour finale movie. I don’t know if the producers knew they were getting a second season-because the story line with Moriarty wrapped itself up pretty nicely at the end of the series-granted it felt a little forced.

 

“Elementary” suffered the same complaint i had with Arrow (which I will be posting an article about this weekend-ish maybe).

 

The pacing was WONKY. There were at least half a dozen “murder of the week” episodes in Elementary, that didn’t serve much use other than fluff and filler. The show was originally signed for I believe 18 episodes, than expanded to 22, than to 24….so that means the producers had to scramble to stretch their story for the whole season. The same thing happened to Arrow-where the first season kept getting extended.

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This made key plots, like the whole Moriarty plot drop like flies for several weeks on end-while Sherlock went to solve the crime of the week. From my understanding, Moriarty is to be the Joker to Holmes Batman, the Lex Luthor to his Superman, the Sinestro to his Hal Jordan, the Elmer Fudd to his Bugs Bunny (i..guess?)…it didnt really play that way in “Elementary”-because of the fact that they introduced the concept mid season, and than it vanished for several episodes before being the central focus of the final six or so episodes. There was definatly a dissconnect between the second half the season-as certain episodes felt like the actual show, and the other ones felt like the writers were saying: “Meanwhile…..at Stately Wayne Manor…”

 

The whole subplot with Sherlock training his sober companion-Joan Watson-who is a disgraced surgeon-to be a detective on his caliber is interesting. They downplay the obvious romantic tension between the two-presumably because they knew it would just brow beat the story into a stand still.

 

I love when they give the hero a real, tangible weakness…something relatable. You can’t relate to being hurt only by a glowing meteor rock. You can’t relate to being hurt by the color yellow. You CAN relate to being a human in a suit.

 

You CAN relate to the psychotic genius of Sherlock Holmes being a former addict. Everyone is an addict-not always to heroin, but to something. I’m addicted to comic books, I’m addicted to film, you may be addicted to porn, or to crystal meth, or whatever. Everybody has vices, and vices are relatable.

 

So giving us a hero with such an identifiable-but relatable achilles heel-was a stroke of brilliance. It made the character relatable, and allowed the viewer a way into his oft damaged psyche.

 

Overall, the show is on Hulu Plus now…at least the most recent episodes. Im sure it will dump on Netflix sooner than later, as well as hit DVD / Blu Ray sooner than later. Network dramas tend to be out very quick.

 

I will DEFINATLY check it out on blu ray, as the potential bonus features for this show excite me.

 

Check it out. I loved it-and you probably will too!

 

4 / 5

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Superman Unbound (2013) – A Review

product_wide_supermanunbound_uji876t5re_“Superman Unbound” is the second DC Universe Animated Film to be released in 2013. Following January’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2”, and preceeding July’s “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”.

The story is based on Geoff John’s “Superman: Brainiac”-which retells the first encounter between Superman and the Alien Cyborg entity known as Brainiac. We also get a teenage Supergirl, who is still adjusting to life on Earth, and a firey Lois Lane-who flips Brainiac off.

The voice cast is actually really good. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer when WB uses the voices of the DC Animated Universe for these projects. I like Tim Daly or George Newburn as Superman. I like Kevin Conroy as Batman, i like Dana Delaney as Lois Lane, I like Loren Lester as Dick Grayson-so I havent been really psyched for movies when they dont involve my ideal voice casts.

However, Matt Bommer (White Collar) does a fantastic job as Superman. Much the same way I felt about Bruce Greenwood’s Batman in “Under The Red Hood”-I feel he’s doing as adequate of a job as Tim Daly or George Newburn would of done. The rest of the voice cast is really good, and the voices fit the characters.

The animation is tight, and the movie moves along at a nice pace. Not to fast, not to slow. The scene where Superman travels to an Alien world to get a glimpse of Brainiac in action COULD of been shortened a hair..but its not too terrible.

They tie in a subplot with Clark being very controlling of Lois in their relationship. It’s done as an analogy of how Brainiac bottles cities like Kandor (and eventually Metropolis). It was a fun parallel to explore.

 

The script kept the amount of profanity down this time. I find it odd when Lois calls the bad guy a “son of a bitch”-although I’m not OPPOSED to such words, it feels weird for an animated Superman movie.

 

Overall, I enjoyed the film. I actually have no complaints about it. It was an entertaining 90 minutes. The bonus features are interested. We get a pair of 30ish minute documentaries. One about Superman and one about Brainiac. We get FOUR DCAU episodes, two from “Superman: TAS” and 2 from “Justice League”. Audio Commentary (Blu Ray only), and a preview of “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”.

 

My son watched it with me-and the attached “Man Of Steel” trailer made him lose his shit. He’s pumped up. I’m usually more of a Batman fan (yes, I realize I didn’t review Dark Knight Returns, what else could I of said though that wasn’t said. Best. Batman film. Ever.)

 

All in all, check it out! It’s available on Blu Ray for around $20 from all your favorite brick and mortar stores, or online retailers like Amazon! Also, you can buy it digitally via iTunes, Playstation Store, Xbox Live, Google Play! Check it out, and check back in July-when we unravel the Flashpoint Paradox!

 

4 out of 5

 

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REVIEW: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2011-2012)

And there came a day unlike any other

Where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes found themselves united a common threat

On that day, they became…THE AVENGERS!

So I’m going to start this by saying: I’m a DC guy. DC overall has had better television, better animation, better toys, and just more interesting characters to me. That said, I do enjoy some Marvel characters. Spiderman, Gambit, Deadpool, Venom….characters that in no way are involved in this show (well, Spiderman…). However, I enjoyed the Marvel movies-and decided to give “Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes” a try, since Season 1 was available to me on Netflix. I made this descison after getting swept up in “Avengermania” leading up to seeing the movie in May (which may or may not be reviewed a few posts below).

Since than, Avengers; EMH has become a regular watch for me, to the point that I’ve gone as far as finding rips from episodes that have not aired in the US yet (on Disney XD)-because America is the only country that stops shows in the middle for no apparent reason.

So how did it stack up? Did it become the first Marvel series to be put in my top animated comic book films of all time? Find out, as we Assemble….after the jump!

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TOKU REVIEW: Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War MegaMax!

Ah yes, the 2011 Rider team up movie is FINALLY subtitled, courtesy of Over-Time….and to sum it up: HOLY SHIT!

Join us now as we count up our sins, where anything goes and we tackle this one on one..and we dive into KAMEN RIDER x KAMEN RIDER: FOURZE & OOO: MOVIE WAR MEGAMAX!  SWITCH ON!

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TOKU REVIEW: Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful: Shogun & The 21 Core Medals

Hello guys! it’s been awhile, but I’m back with another Tokusatsu movie review!

Today we take a look at KAMEN RIDER OOO: THE MOVIE WONDERFUL: THE SHOGUN AND THE 21 CORE MEDALS. Yes, I’m not kidding…that’s the whole movie name. Jesus H. Christ Japan…first we had Kamen Rider Double The Movie A to Z: The Gaia Memories of Fate, than we had Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider: Double x OOO Movie War Core featuring Kamen Rider Skull, and now this…..

So beyond the amazingly long title, how does OOO: 21 Core Medals send up as a stand alone movie? Find out-after the jump….and remember…YOU COUNT THE MEDALS ONE TWO AND THREE. ANYTHING GOES WHEN YOU’RE COMING UP OOOs!

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Retrospective: Daria (97-02)

So, my Christmas presents were few and far between last year-but one present that I did get, that immediately got open and tore into was “Daria: The Complete Animated Series” on DVD (sadly, no blu ray.).

Now I’ll be the first to say this: I hate MTV. I loathe MTV. I despise everything MTV stands for. I thought-and still do-that “Beavis and Butthead” was one of the single most redundant and intellectually void creations of the 90s. Think about that for a second, when you consider this is the same decade people kept giving Rob Liefeld work in comics. So yes, Beavis and Butthead were INCREDIBLY stupid to surpass that on my list of “things I hate about the 90s”. Which is sad, because I am a child of 90s and proud of it.

 

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