David and I had wanted to watch Supergirl, but when we dropped cable we no longer had access to CBS. While visiting my grandma we were able to watch the show from the beginning to see if it would be worth it just to get it on iTunes. We watched the first two episodes and are already hooked – we bought the season pass on iTunes. I never really knew the origin to Supergirl so I do not know how accurate the show’s storytelling is in terms of the comics, but I like the story that the show presents.
The show, so far, has done a lot of things really well. I really like that the show is exploring what it means to become a hero and how to define yourself. The big thing though is that they are doing a female superhero right. If you have not started watching this show I recommend that you do.
Posted in Catching Up, Comics, Feminism, TV Shows
Tagged CBS, DC, Kara, Kick Ass Females, origin story, Review, Strong Female Characters, Supergirl, Superheroes, Verdict
Note: Minority Report aired in the UK before the US, so here is Melissa’s review of the pilot – which airs tonight in the US!
Minority Report is one of my favourite movies, so when I learned there was to be a television programme I was understandably intrigued. If you haven’t had the pleasure, the movie is set in the future. Basically, thanks to three siblings (Agatha, Arthur and Dash) – precognitives who can predict the future, a special police unit known as Precrime is able to arrest murderers before they commit the crime.
The pilot episode, set ten years after the end of Precrime, focuses on Dash, one of the three precogs. Dash is alone in the city, and tormented by his premonitions of murder. Without his siblings, these visions are unclear. He only gets bits and pieces of the crime (mainly faces), which he draws compulsively in a notebook.
Stark Sands as Dash.
Understandably, Dash becomes obsessed with preventing the murders and, until he meets Det. Lara Vega, all his attempts at intervention fail. Miserably.
I enjoyed Stark Sands’ portrayal of Dash; a man tortured by his abilities, and his past. Since he’s spent most of his life in isolation, his social skills are underdeveloped and this makes for some awkward, and often amusing interactions. It was refreshing to get to know one of the brothers, especially as the movie focused on Agatha.
Meagan Good as Det. Lara Vega.
It’s an interesting twist too, the fact that his abilities are more of a hindrance than a blessing. As his visions are incomplete, he has no choice but to fumble through and try to fit the pieces together. This makes for a great dynamic between Dash and Vega. She’s an experienced detective with technology on her side, and together they can solve the crime before it even happens. In theory.
Posted in Movies, Science Fiction, Tech, TV Shows
Tagged Dash, Lara Vega, Minority Report, murder mystery, police procedural, Precognition, Precrime, Review, Verdict
David and I caught the first episode of the new show iZombie and people need to watch it. We both loved the first episode and it is definitely something we will continue watching. It definitely has it’s campy moments, but I think that adds to the charm. Part of what is great about the show is that it is a bit of Veronica Mars and a bit of Pushing Daisies (according to David). It has the wit of a young girl trying to deal with being a zombie, but not being bloodthirsty all the time. At the same time she discovers that she can get visions from the people that she eats and since she is working in a morgue her visions tend to be of how they died. This creates an interesting dynamic where she actually gets to help the police. The whole being a zombie just adds a level of quirkiness that makes the show fun and different then other sorts of crime dramas or procedurals. (Mild spoilers for iZombie after the jump) Continue reading