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Agent Carter

Bridge week

tvgothamIt’s kind  of been a big filler week it seems.

Gotham really felt like one of those bridge episodes where they weren’t actually telling the story as much as they were just trying to move people around and get them  fit in to place. The scarecrow story didn’t need two parts  to tell it, but all this shuffling around did.

The big problem was how much of it was redundant. Yes, the penguin gets his club, but didn’t we see this two weeks ago? re we really doing that again? Yeah Gordon  and Tompkins are a couple,  didn’t we cover this ground last week?Why couldn’t we just have firmed up her transfer then?

Even the stuff that was original, the whole bit of Bruce in the woods, we get a really great emotional moment, but then when he tumbles down the side of the woods, was anyone else disappointed he didn’t fall down into a cave? I was certain that was it and to not get that was a bit of a tease.

Still, the end was really good, that CG scarecrow haunting Johnathan crane was terrifying.

I’m not thrilled with the promo for next week though. The original plan was to tease the jokagent-carter-768er, presenting a myriad of possibilities as to who it could be. I was good with this idea, but apparently that idea has been jettisoned. He’s up front and center this coming week….and I don’t like that. The Joker is better when we don’t know where he comes from…unless this entire episode is a gigantic tease… and this series has gleefully shown us that’s not out of the question.

Agent Carter also has a bit of a feel of filler. It’s a shift of Carter from agent to outlaw, but I feel like it could have been accomplished in less time. It’s odd, last week I was still on board, but this is where I think I might have fallen off the series if it weren’t a mini series as it is.

The Flash on the other hand was an interesting episode this week, though we’re still obviously setting Firestorm up for his own series. They really came  up with interesting effects for the character, but they are also really dragging this  out. I kind of  want to NUP_159570_729.jpgsee him become part of the cast or just go away for a while. I’d really like to see him show up on Arrow actually…

I’m still enjoying wizard wars, although I was actually disappointed by the Ohioan that won the first round this week. He and his partner’s routine just felt sloppy. Their Canadian competition was much tighter – including a great bit with turning a soap bubble into a light bulb (a variation on catching and hardening soap bubbles in the air – it’s a bit I do myself and  I may build a while new routine around this stuff….). I was pleased when the resident wizards defeated them.

That’s it for this week, I’ve been sick the last few days so I’m catching up on bad movies and old Deep Space 9 right now and you may be seeing some of those reviews coming soon.

by the way, for anyone in the Cleveland area, if you’re looking fore a diffrent kind of valentines day  party, check out the zvzombie valentines day party happening tonight at the 5’Oclock lounge  in Lakewood!

This event is 21+ only….Who’s looking for a reason to get all dressed up in their best bloody and gory costume in the dead of winter?
Who’s DYING to frolic and party and forget about all the stress of this sometimes sad, romantic holiday?
WE ARE!!!
Weather you are a single zed hunting for a meal, a mated pair of ghouls looking to dance the night away or a whole hungry horde of undead pals trying to find strong drink… You should come spend this Valentine’s Day night with the Z.E.R.O.S.
We are having an “EVERY COSTUME WELCOME” Costume Party and it’s gonna be as simple and carefree as it can possibly be. No stress, no worry..You see, There will be NO bands that you’ve never heard of, to sit through… NO Acts that you have to sit and watch… No Hassles… NO frills… Just a bloody good time, laughing talking, drinking and dancing… between a bunch of US… Us freaks… that look for any reason to dress up and act like the characters we are.
In fact, we are going to reward just that…


zv3THERE WILL BE A COSTUME CONTEST!!!!!
There will be a $5 (or possibly $10) admission fee to the contest and the winner will get 75% of the total money brought in, 2nd place will get the remaining 25%, 3rd place will get the boobie prize… hee hee heeee…

The lovely Juliet Blind offering her spfx makeup talents for a reasonable fee for application. I am also very proud to say we will have a Blind 7 Photography photo booth~ prices of photos will also be more than reasonable! I am so happy and humbled by everyone showing up and participating. Remember folks there is NO cover charge for this so tip your makeup artist and your photographer,….. and the bartender.


Like I said, it’s just gonna be us… so one of us.. DJ Tankgrrrl was gracious enough to agree to spend her holiday playing music to keep you monsters dancing and taking your requests (within reason) to keep our night rolling…
All of this monster-ish… zombie-ish fun…brought to you and watched over by… your friendly neighborhood Zombie Eradicators…. The Z.E.R.O.S.

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Agent Carter

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agent-carter_612x816These days, I tend to gravitate far more to film than I do to TV. I just don’t watch that much anymore. Some of that has to do with the serialized nature of modern television as opposed to the stand-alone episodic format I grew up with. Having to sit down at the same time every week is difficult for me.

That may have been one of the reason Agents of SHIELD was such a challenge for me. I wasn’t invested and quite frankly, I kept forgetting that it was on, although I’d stop and watch it if I happened to find it while flipping channels  if it was near the beginning.

I’ve been aware of the hype behind Agent Carter but wasn’t really planning on watching it. It seemed like more of the same, and my attitude was the similar, that I would probably watch it if I happened across it while flipping channels.

Amazingly, that’s exactly what happened.

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I urlreally like that this has such a firm connection to Captain America : the first Avenger. I remember spending a lot of the early day in SHIELD expecting it to feel more like a spin off of the Avengers, but it never really managed to feel like a proper sequel. In this show however, we see carter browsing that Steve rogers file that was shown at the end of the first Cap movie, and we even get a flashback to it. This is exactly the kind of payoff I wanted and it makes it feel very connected.

I love Howard Stark in this. I really wish we’d see more of him, but I suspect that’s not going to happen and that’s a shame really, even a mentor part – a bookend to the episodes would really work well for me. It’s my hope that if this series goes somewhere that he will become a regular member of the cast after his name is cleared.

There are nice touches here. I happen to love this era and I’m really focusing on that. Throughout the episode we hear bits of a Captain America radio play which is another one of those agent-carter-768great ties to the character, not to mention being a good juxtaposition between the perception of the agent – the Myth and the actual person. It’s not subtle by any means, but it fits, rather than the forced way Agents of SHIELD used to try and shoehorn a reference to “Gamma Radiation” or “Stark Industries” in every episode. Indeed, a lot of Agent Carter works in great part I thin, because the producers have better learned how to put a show like this together, and have a better feel for what the fans want, and how to tie it to the cinematic universe while grounding it for a broader audience.

If you like Agents of SHIELD, then It’s safe to say you’ll like this. They are both very much the same genre, while each having their own distinct personality and it’s interesting to see that Marvel is really developing their own sub-genres here, their own CSI franchise if you will.  While Agents of SHIELD wasn’t my thing, I do believe I will probably follow this one all the way to the end. The fact that there is an end helps for me, and I can more  easily make a commitment to seven episodes than I can to 22 and beyond.