Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David talk about a show they just caught up on: Stranger Things season 2! They try and fail to do much of a spoiler-free discussion, then it’s off the deep end talking about the season.
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It’s interesting to think how often this sort of concept is used in storytelling, maybe especially in things like TV shows where character growth and change is often the hardest and longest in coming. But you get a scenario – a dream, or out of body experience, a near-death experience – and the character confronts some fact that changes their outlook. And then they come back, changed and hopefully for the better.
Anyway, that’s been my meme lately! How about you?
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, hosts Holly and David run through a review of the 4-show CW crossover event: Heroes vs. Aliens! Also possibly known as the Invasion. Then they wrap up with the mid-season finales for all four shows – so yeah, expect spoilers. All the spoilers.
As David mentioned yesterday we went and saw Suicide Squad this weekend. I had been looking forward to this movie, but after reshoots and a push back on the date I was a bit concerned about what we were getting. In the end I generally enjoyed the movie and there were some moments that really drew me in, but in the end I feel like the movie was not quite sure what it wanted to be. There were starts to all of these different stories that seemed interesting, but none of it felt quite fully realized. The best comment I heard from someone is that it felt like the cliff notes version of like 10 movies. Now this does not mean that it was not generally enjoyable, but I think my biggest complaint is that none of the storylines felt very fulfilling for me.
Now I think some of the problem seems to stem from the fact that this movie seemed to start down one path and seemed to switch part way through. An example of this can be seen by simply watching the progression of trailers, which starts out somber and then all the trailers after that go an entirely different direction. In the end you can still see elements of the original somber movie, but with these weird cuts and jokes overlaid and then you have the added element of being shown after Batman V Superman, which just adds a bit of unnecessary elements.
Last week, Netflix released the latest iteration of the Voltron franchise. I’ve been cautiously optimistic about the new series, Voltron: Legendary Defender, since I heard about the project. The more I saw animation clips from Dreamworks and interviews with showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, the more torn I became. Legendary Defenders looked amazing. It sounded like the folks involved were on the money and trying to create a show that both old and new Voltron fans could enjoy. Still, I couldn’t let myself get too excited. I’ve been burned by too many lackluster reboots and updates, and Voltron is important to me. I don’t think I would’ve made it through fourth grade without Voltron. I debated whether I should tune in on June 10, and after much angst, I decided I would watch the first three episodes. I ended up watching the whole series. This post is not so much a review but a reaction. I’ll have reviews and more indepth commentary in upcoming weeks, once Comparative Geeks makes its move to self-hosted.
Editor’s Note: post includes a few excited expletives.