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This movie had some very neat visuals, a few of them ripped right from the pages of some of Batman's most memorable comics, and the dynamic between Superman and Lois was great to watch. However, I kept waiting for the story to start. For all its explosions, this movie had me checking my watch.

For a movie that is explicitly about Superman and Batman fighting, it skimps on foundation for why they would fight. The source material has plenty.

While this is an improvement over Man of Steel (no weird birth scenes) I found myself comparing it to Superman Returns, which, for all its flaws, really felt like a Superman movie. The question of what gives Superman the right to interfere in human affairs, which is a major issue in Batman vs Superman, is there answered very simply: Because people keep asking him to. Next!

Although Wonder Woman held her own, I would have liked to have seen more of her character and less sexy posing in high-cut costumes. Her characterization was skimpier than her armor.

However they did miss one great opportunity. By placing WW in WWI rather than WWII, she could have expressed her disillusionment with the world of man by saying, "Their great league of nations collapsed within two decades," giving Batman a very timely setup.

One (very) brief bright spot: The crud-eating grin on the presumed Flash's face on the video.
10 September 2015 @ 07:54 pm

Epsilon said goodbye this time, but that wasn't all he left behind. There is something about the fragments that Tucker and the others haven't realized.

Wash made sure his boot made a noise against the gravel. Tucker didn't look up. The sky over the communication temple seemed very empty today. Two feet away, a full-size figure in regulation blue was curled up on his side, arms around a modified rifle, completely silent.

"How's he been?" asked Wash.

"How do you think?" answered Tucker.

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13 August 2015 @ 08:30 pm
There's a huge backlog, but I feel like posting some of my RvBfic.

—RvB12-8, "Thin Ice"

Felix and Locus had always been competitive, but when your job title changes to “professional manipulator,” what do you compete for and how do you prove who really won? Rated M for language and implied sexual situations. Rated D for dark. AO3

Set just before season 12. It is influenced by but contains no spoilers for any part of season 13. Posted before I watched RvB13-2.

Inspired by this conversation with nursemz87​ but this didn’t hurt. (Both links contain spoilers for RvB13-1.)

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13 June 2015 @ 10:40 pm
Jurassic World was one of those frustrating movies that could have been much better just by moving a few things around.

The first thing I noticed was the music. They kept that amazing Jurassic Park score. To my memory, the music gives us a taste as the helicopter with Drs. Grant and Sattler are seeing the beautiful island for the first time, but it doesn't really start tumbling over us like that golden string section waterfall until they see the sauropods for the first time. "This doesn't live in a swamp!" and she stands on her hind legs. The music is perfectly timed to bring the audience's emotions into harmony with the characters'. Not so with World. The music goes full-blast when we see ...a theme park no different from any other, and it's been established that one of the two perspective characters is bored and doesn't want to be there.

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"You must understand one basic fact for all this to make sense, my dear Chairman. These AI, they all come from somewhere. They are all based on a person."

Former Director of Project Freelancer, Dr. Leonard Church

As far as I’m concerned this episode, RvB13-6, just told us what’s going to happen to Felix.

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05 May 2015 @ 06:59 pm
On every other level, this movie was stronger than the last one. Great cameos, great portrayal of Ultron, funny dialogue, good pacing.

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02 May 2015 @ 01:49 am
Marvel is Star Trek now.

Marvel is a popular, highly recognizable franchise with a large, well-organized community of devoted, enthusiastic, sometimes multi-generational fans. Like Star Trek’s, Marvel’s showrunners know that no matter what they put on TV, a large number of people will watch it even if the writing or casting is mediocre. It’ll have a guaranteed audience, at least for a while.

Sometimes the show turns out to be intellectually relevant or culturally groundbreaking. Sometimes it takes a few years to get good. But it doesn’t always get good. After a boring or overly safe first season, many viewers just don’t come back. Most projects can’t get away with this. Anyone else who offered iffy content without the name recognition wouldn’t last two seasons. Even strong shows don’t always make it.

Star Trek contributed a lot to the culture of the 1960s, 1990s, and 2000s, and Marvel’s in a position to do the same now. The original Star Trek confronted racism and held a mirror up to the politics of the Cold War. DS9 dealt with the aftermath of empire and gave us the first on-screen same-sex kiss. Because of its strong, loyal, established fandom, Marvel has the opportunity to experiment with unusual or risky storylines or jump outside the Hollywood mold with respect to casting and most of the fans will still show up no matter what. Now that’s power. What comes with great power again?
19 April 2015 @ 11:13 pm
It seems Game of Thrones is continuing its tradition of making every female character smarter and more interesting. Hello there, Lollys. Book Lollys had an IQ of around seventy. She was a plot device, there to be mistreated and married off.

“We do not mutilate little girls for vengeance.” Well I like this guy. He has no idea what show he’s on.

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06 April 2015 @ 09:44 am
Okay can’t get over this episode. 1) Acknowledging that a common enemy doesn’t suddenly make the rank-and-file Feds and News best buds. 2) Kimball the rebel being more concerned about limited supplies than Doyle who presumably had better access to Chorus’s infrastructure. 3) Whatever the hell that was between Wash and Polomo. 4) Doyle tells Kimball about the report all ominous and Kimball’s thinking “Oh no!” and we’re ready for another installment of this whole depressing episode and then—!

I love how depressed the space pirates are and the middle one looking up at him like, “I’m pretty sure whatever Locus is going to do to me for failure will hurt more than this but I think it might be easier for me to process.”
20 December 2014 @ 10:03 am
October Daye still meets her objective by having more powerful friends do most of the work, but these books are getting better, and not in the way I expected. So he claimsCollapse )
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