Agents of SHIELD spinoff
‘Kingsman’ Actress Sofia Boutella Nabs Lead Role in ‘Star Trek 3′
Stephen King’s Dark Tower is a go (Special guest joins me on this topic)
April is Poetry Month – Futurama Haiku
The BIG 3 topics this week:
Twin Peaks – Is it on or is it off?
Deadpool – Movie has begun filming and the comic is dead
Daredevil 1st episode review
This past weekend, I was in a rare state of geekiness. Friday, Netflix released all 13 episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil. For Sunday, Game of Thrones Season Five aired at 9pm and watched it on the new HBO Go app. Going forward, in the coming weeks, there will be new episodes of The Flash, Arrow, Agents of SHIELD which I can see the next day on my Hulu Plus service. I have three different options to watch my favorite shows and yet, I have to make a conscious choice on how to view them; to binge or not to binge?
Back in ye olden days, when there were just the big three networks: ABC, CBS and NBC and programming that I wanted to watch had to be done on the networks schedule. There were no vcr to record and watch my shows later. Flash forward to know, the choices of how to watch programs are now in control of the viewers; or at least a definite shift in our favor.
The traditional formats of network shows stretch their shows over the course of 8 to 10 months. Granted, I love this free model but when a show is getting really good towards the end of the season but I can’t stand the long waits between new episodes. Luckily, I can watch it on Hulu Plus and can play catch up with a couple of episodes already in the queue. This is great to do some mini binge watching during the week for a geek pick me up.
With the HBO GO app, I was able to watch the stream of season five of Game of Thrones at 9pm. Now, before I got the app, I did watch Game of Thrones through other options which required time to find it in the first place especially since I did not have cable. I am thrilled at having the HBO access due to watching the first episode. There were some bonus materials that I would expect on a DVD box set. Being new to HBO, I’m hoping that HBO does not follow traditional networks and delays episodes. There’s no need to follow the traditional tv models and for $14.99 a month, HBO Go better deliver.
Lastly, Netflix has the entire Marvel’s Daredevil series already for me. 13 episodes of uber-geekdom at my control. I can choose to watch the damn series in one seating or watch it when I feel like it; this is more satisfying. Sure, it’s not going to be the water cooler talk with your co-workers the next day but that’s okay because of you now have the online communities that’s 24-7. Even better, there will be less spoiler accidents on social media; in my opinion. Sure the first release of Daredevil reviews were out in force but so far, I have not met the same problems like when I miss watching a Walking Dead episode. (Which I have not seen the 2nd half yet so don’t tell me a damn thing!!!)
Before I can agree with the title of the article, I wanted to put it out there that I was one of the early deserter of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I’m not sure that I mentioned this but when a show that I had high hopes for lets me down rarely do I continue. For example, Heroes season one was one of amazing shows that won over me right from episode one. With season two, the series was dealt with a harsh blow with the writers’ strike which curtailed the season and rushed many of the plot points too quickly. Back to a full season, season three wandered and meandered until Hiro’s mind was turned into that of a 10 year old. I was deeply offended at this level of incompetence from a storyteller’s point of view. I had stopped watching Heroes and moved on.
Season One of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suffered right out of the gate. Until the events of Captain America The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. had not direction or focus. I came back to the series after colleagues told me how great the show became and as well as listening to Clark Gregg on the Nerdist Podcast. Could this momentum carry over into season two? And the short term answer is yes.
This series has finally found its voice and with it came one of my favorite villains – The Absorbing Man. By this gesture, this comic book fanboy was pleased with nerdgasms galore. To boot, we also get Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos. There was finally some payoff to syncing these series to being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and not just treated as an after thought like cleaning up Thor’s mess after his second movie. And now, if that was not enough, this series is laying down the groundwork for the Inhumans to appear later. Now this is a series that I could watch and go along for the ride between the MCU movies. It has come along way to win my respect.
So the big question is, will Coulson appear in Avengers Age of Ultron?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a complex one. It’s one that’s scheduled out its roadmap of movies for the next five years, and is unprecedented in its thoroughness. No other film franchise has ever even attempted to be as expansive and inclusive as this one, making it a model for any studio looking for its next big cash cow series. Perhaps the most ambitious cog in the MCU machine has been ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, charting the escapades of Marvel’s shady government organization tasked with saving the world.
The way events have transpired in Agents has been nothing short of impressive. The events of the show have run parallel to major events in sequels to both Thor and Captain America, with the plot finding itself directly effected by events of the films in major ways. The Winter Soldier especially changed things up, wrapping up with the complete dissolution of the entire SHIELD organization. The show has existed in a post-Winter Soldier universe since then, where we’ve seen the fallout of that movie change and grow every character.