Television

Mon
29
Aug

Gotham Season Two Highlights the Rise of the Villains

Gotham Season 2 on Blu-ray

The pre-Batman stories of Gotham City continue in the second season of GOTHAM, now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Ben McKenzie (SOUTHLAND) continues his role as Gotham City Police icon James Gordon, now busted down to traffic cop after his stint last season taking down corruption within the ranks. But when he is finally ousted by the crooked Police Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari -- in an outstanding dramatic contrast to BOSOM BUDDIES and NEWHART), Gordon makes a deal with the devil in the form of the Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who now finds himself with a tenuous hold on the throne of all Gotham City crime. All Gordon has to do is collect a debt for Penguin and he'll see that Commissioner Loeb is fired and he gets his old job back. But things go horribly wrong in a way that will haunt Jim forever.

Fri
26
Aug

The Triumphant Return of the Tick

My first exposure to THE TICK was when the cartoon debuted way back in 1994.  After the success of the X-Men cartoon, I just assumed this was another superhero cartoon on Fox.  But from the first episode, it was clear this was something very different.  Something funny and ridiculous and just brilliant.  I immediately went out and picked up the 5 omnibus trades from my local comic shop.  THE TICK would also later get a short-lived live action show starring Patrick Warburton, who was brilliant in the role.

Wed
24
Aug

TV Classic Variety Show HEE HAW Delivers Boxed Set of Laughs

Hee Haw Collector's Edition on DVD

The Kornfield Kounty citizens and their classic cornpone routines -- not to mention some of the most outstanding country music performances ever recorded -- are now available (at least in part) in this 14-disc collector's edition from Time-Life, proving again that picking and grinning never go out of style. Buck Owens and Roy Clark kick off and wrap up each episode as well as give their own musical performances and comedy contributions, standing alongside some of the legends of country music who guest-starred on the series. And it's always heartening to see the musical guests partake in the comedy aspects -- it humanized some of these towering figures. Seeing Johnny Cash participate in the silly, running gag song "You Were Gone" is one of the highlights of the long-running series, and one of the many skits included in this boxed set.

Tue
09
Aug

Supergirl Season 1 on Blu-Ray Isn't Just For the Girl Who Has Everything

***Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-Ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.***

I know what you're thinking: Oh, look at that disclaimer in bold lettering, he's totally going to suck up to WB; this reviewer is in their back pocket!

Tue
26
Jul

What an A.I. Wants: Tamsen McDonough of Syfy's KILLJOYS

Tamsen McDonough (LUCY) on Syfy's KILLJOYS

Science fiction has no shortage of Artificially Intelligent spacecraft. Coincidentally, it also doesn't have a shortage of A.I.s that enjoy the name Lucy (see HOMEWRECKER, HACKERS, and RED PLANET).

On Syfy's KILLJOYS, Tamsen McDonough provides the voice for the ship's computer, Lucy, providing personable (and smartass) dialogue to interact with the crew of the show's bounty hunters, earning her the unofficial title of the show's Fourth Killjoy. We spoke with McDonough about her role, and the role of A.I. in science fiction -- and modern life -- to get her perspective on things from the inside.

On KILLJOYS, you provide the voice of Lucy, the ship's computer. You have such a chemistry with the cast and your vocal interactions with them, I have to wonder -- even though you're not on screen, do you work physically with the other actors, or are you working solely out of a recording studio sound booth?

Tue
19
Jul

The 100 Season 3 - Now Available on DVD

The 100 Season 3 on DVD

**review includes spoilers for seasons 1&2, and mild spoilers for season 3**

I’ve been a huge fan of The 100 for the last couple years. There is so much to love about this show, including a suspenseful dystopian / post-apocalyptic world, moral grayness, diverse characters, and strong and complex women.

When we last saw everyone at the end of season 2, Clarke and Bellamy just radiated Mount Weather in order to save their friends, who were being harvested for their bone marrow. Unfortunately, killing the bad guys also meant radiating a few good guys – including Jasper’s girlfriend, Maya. Clarke left camp in order to deal with her guilt, while Jaha and Murphy went on a trek in search of the mysterious “City of Light.” The Grounders violated their pact with Clarke by abandoning the “Sky People” at the last minute, fracturing the friendship/maybe more relationship between Clarke and Grounder Commander, Lexa.

Fri
01
Jul

ABC's "Greatest Hits" (1980-1985) Recap: Messin' Around Kept to a Minimum

ABC's "Greatest Hits"

The perfect summer series, IMHO, is mindless, full of music, has plenty of dancers, and is unabashedly nostalgic. ABC's six-week summertime event, Greatest Hits, fits the bill. When I heard about it from Steve Spears over at Stuck in the '80s I immediately thought back to the summer of 2005, when the limited series Hit Me Baby One More Time trotted out bands from the '80s to sing one of their hits, then tackle a newer pop song. Greatest Hits blessedly skips the "competition" format and just presents the musicians to let them do what they do best: perform in front of an appreciative crowd, just like the good ol' days.

Thu
23
Jun

Game of Thrones 'Battle of the Bastards' Leaves You Gasping for Air

In all my years of watching television, never have I felt such despair after watching what should have been cause for joy. But in the end, the epicenter of 'Battle of the Bastards' was portrayed with such dark reality, that it needs to be discussed.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

In the second to last episode of this year's GAME OF THRONES, we witnessed the liberation of Winterfell and the defeat of the 'Masters' at the hand of Daenerys and her Dragons. And while I'm always up for Dragon's raining down fire on slavers (or anyone for that matter), the focal point of the episode, 'Battle of the Bastards' was the most powerful of the two themes.

Wed
22
Jun

And The New President of the United States is...Wonder Woman!

Ever since it was announced that SUPERGIRL has been moved to The CW, news about the show has been coming faster than a speeding bullet-point list.


Let's round up the news so far:

Tue
21
Jun

Archer survives!!! Renewed for three more seasons!!

From Archer's Facebook Feed:

The hit animated comedy series Archer has been renewed for three more seasons, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. Archer will return for an eight-episode season 8 in early 2017, followed by two additional eight-episode seasons. FX Networks has also reached a new overall production deal with Floyd County Productions.

Fri
17
Jun

Set Your DVR's, The CW's Superhero Schedule Announced!

Ever since it was announced that Supergirl would make the move from CBS to The CW, anticipation grew to find out when fans would begin their week long trek of superhero syndication.

Wait no more!

October is famous for a certain day where everyone dresses up in a costume, so it's fitting that it's also the month for superheroes on TV. The CW announced the debut dates and times for each of their comic book based shows and we have them, listed for you, in order of premiere date:

THE FLASH

Thu
09
Jun

[VIDEO] The Pilots of Voltron Get New Weapons/Armor!

In a clip released on its Facebook page, the pilots for VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER receive new weapons; of which were not seen in the original series.

I absolutely love the idea of modding out their flight suits with weaponized tech. It adds to the science fiction of the show and offers the pilots more flexibility in what they can do, when separated from their Lions. They will need to leave their Lions behind at some point and allowing them to have the tech to support their efforts, when they do so, was a good choice by the shows producers.

Wed
08
Jun

Villains Spotlight for Voltron: Legendary Defender (With BONUS Video Clip)

Every hero needs a villain, and with VOLTRON launching on Netflix this Friday, we spotlight the antagonists for the 'Legendary Defender'.

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While 'Robeasts' are more popular and marketable, they tend to be throwaway creatures. Created to battle Voltron, they would not have a purpose if it weren't for these three ruthless baddies:

EMPEROR ZARKON – voiced by Neil Kaplan (“Power Rangers,” “Naruto”)

Tue
07
Jun

Titan Brings Sherlock: A Study in Pink Manga to Western World

Sherlock Holmes Study Pink Manga Titan Comics Critical Blast

The BBC instant hit series, SHERLOCK, has already seen adaptation into manga. However, unless you can read Japanese, you probably did not know this nor did you care.

But now Titan Comics has released the English language version of the story for the first time in the US and the UK -- and the game is afoot. Okay, technically it's a comic, not a foot, but you get the idea.

SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK is a straight up adaptation of the television pilot episode, released in chapter format. The script by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss loses none of its urgency under the adaptive care of Jay (just Jay). The minimalistic manga rendition of the characters nonetheless manages to completely capture the likenesses of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in their roles of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in crisp, bold lines.

Mon
06
Jun

Superman to ACTUALLY appear in CW's Supergirl!

According to TV Guide's "TV Insider:"

Proving once again that she can pull off the impossible, Supergirl has landed the Guest Star of Steel: Superman! Speaking on behalf of fellow executive producers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg says in a statement just released by Kara Zor-El's new home planet, The CW, that "Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl. Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!"

Source: TV Insider

Thu
02
Jun

Supergirl: The Complete First Season Coming Soon on Blu-Ray and DVD!

Supergirl, Winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama, will arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 9th 2016!

The series arrived on CBS with a great amount of fanfare. Delivering 10.9 million Total Viewers weekly, Supergirl is the #2 series on CBS amongst Men 18-49, just behind The Big Bang Theory and a Top 5 series on the network with Men 18-34, Men 25-54 and Tweens 12-17*.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View  L+7 US AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, and <5 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16

Tue
24
May

Melissa Benoist Flies Off With 2015 Best TV Actor Award

Melissa Benoist Supergirl Best 2015 Television Actor Critical Blast

Everything is looking up -- up and away, that is, for former GLEE alum Melissa Benoist. The rising star not only found herself wearing one of the most recognized and respected symbols ever to come out of American pop culture, not only found herself the lead on a hot CBS property...but as SUPERGIRL she won the hearts of our readers and flew off handily with our Best TV Actor of 2015 award.

Benoist plays Kara Danvers / Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin sent to Earth ahead of him to care for the infant Kal-El upon his arrival. But due to science fiction space travel and timey-wimey things, she ended up getting here several years later after he'd already grown up. Taking on an adorkable human guise, she works as an intern for media mogul Cat Grant (Callista Flockhart), hiding the fact that she has the same abilities as her more famous cousin.

Mon
23
May

Lightning Strikes Twice for CW's THE FLASH: Best TV Show of 2015

CW Flash Best 2015 Television Critical Blast Readers Poll

The results are in from this year's Critical Blast Best of 2015 Reader's Poll, and lightning has struck twice for the fan-favorite television show, THE FLASH.

After having defeated the Reverse-Flash in Season One, the second season of THE FLASH finds the hero, Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin), opening a rift to an alternate Earth -- Earth-2 -- paving the way for an historic meeting of the Flash of Two Worlds, bringing Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) into the cast. But with a new hero comes a new villain, and Earth-1 is now the potential new battleground for Zoom -- a speedster who is faster than either Flash.

Thu
19
May

Safer Than Most: A Tribute to Morley Safer

Morley Safer Obituary Critical Blast

I remember once, when I was a kid no higher than a grasshoppers knee, and I was taught a simple lesson. Our television, in its black and white glory, loudly played an interview between a seemingly elderly man and some subject who’s name and face were completely forgotten by a small child. As I sat on the floor at the foot of my father’s easy chair, I heard words that my tiny, inexperienced ears knew should be paid attention. “Now there’s a guy I could trust”, I heard.

Thu
19
May

Could Booster Gold, Played by Nathan Fillion, Spark The CW Crossover Event?

When it was announced that SUPERGIRL was moving to The CW, I predicted a four-part crossover event that brought all the DC shows together. Today, comicbook.com is reporting that the crossover event is in the works.

While I may not have been accurate on the 'four-part' comment, it only makes sense for these shows to each get a chapter in the crossover. Starting with Supergirl on Monday and ending with Legends of Tomorrow on Thursday.

That's almost a whole week dedicated to one continuing storyline! It is my sincerest hope that there is some mention of the JSA (Justice Society of America).

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