Powerpuff Girls #8

by Alan Rapp on April 15, 2014

in Comics

Powerpuff Girls #8The second-half of the “Monster Day” begins with the Powerpuff Girls defeated and dejected in their room and Steve‘s monster swarm destroying the city of Townsville and preparing for the night’s final festivities: eating the Mayor! Getting the kick in the butt they need from Professor Utonium, Bubbles comes up with a plan to even the odds by taking control of the remaining Mojobots and leading them into battle against the monster horde.

Although the Girls suffered momentary defeat at the end of last issue, Powerpuff Girls #8 allows the threesome to return with a force thanks to a little fatherly push and a brainstorm by my favorite member of the group. Once again the day is saved by the Powerpuff Girls, but despite the monsters eventual defeat Steve’s reign continues as his subjects admit that this has been the best day ever (meaning, if the comic stays around long enough, we may get another Monster Day somewhere down the line). The lastest issue delivers on action, wackiness, and a nice message about never giving up no matter the odds. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Silver Wings of Time
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The Mentalist - Silver Wings of Time

The investigation into the bombing of a bus stop planned to kill only a single victim leads the FBI to look into the case of a death row inmate (Oscar Torre) who the recent victim was trying to get released from prison before his schedule execution in only three days time. Tracking down the woman (Angelique Cabral) hired by a private eye to steal the victim’s briefcase seconds before the explosion doesn’t deliver any hard answers but does lead Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar) to suspect the proof the victim was gathering to stop the state of Texas from executing an innocent man must have been worth killing for.

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The Counselor

by Alan Rapp on April 15, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: The Counselor
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The CounselorDespite the talent of director Ridley Scott, screenwriter Cormac McCarthy and an all-star cast, The Counselor is a mess. To be sure it’s a well-acted and well-produced mess with stand-out scenes, but it’s a mess none the less. The movie’s major flaw, other than McCarthy attempting to over-think a drug deal gone bad, is the less-than-believable dialogue from several of the film’s stars who come off as reading lines they haven’t quite fully bought into rather than delivering it naturally from the the mouths of fully-embodied characters.

Michael Fassbender stars as a character only ever referred to as “the Counselor,” a lawyer who makes the bad decision to get into the drug smuggling trade only to put the lives of himself, a friend (Javier Bardem), associate (Brad Pitt), and his beautiful fiance (Penélope Cruz) in danger.

Unfortunately for the Counselor, his friend’s crazy girlfriend (Cameron Diaz) has her own plan for the drugs, leaving everyone else to take the fall after executing her plans from the shadows.

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – The Jolly Roger
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Once Upon a Time - The Jolly Roger

While an important subplot revolves around Regina (Lana Parrilla) beginning to properly teach Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) about magic, the majority of the storylines (both current and in flashbacks) of “The Jolly Roger” center around Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and his interactions with the returning Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) once again in search of her missing Prince Eric.

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The Pretender – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Pretender – Pilot
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“There are Pretenders among us. Geniuses with the ability to become anyone they want to be. In 1963, a corporation known as the Centre isolated a young Pretender named Jarod and exploited his genius for their research. Then one day, their Pretender ran away…”

The Pretender - Pilot

Premiering in the Fall of 1996, The Pretender was a new take on the man-on-the-run premise with the wrongfully chased hero stopping along the way every week to help those in need. The show cast Michael T. Weiss as Jarod, a genius with the ability to adapt to any situation and in a short amount of time pick up the skills necessary to perform any profession he puts his mind to from doctor to race car driver. The “Pilot” episode finds a newly-escaped Jarod on the run from The Centre, a shadowy think tank which procured Jarod as a child through questionable means and use his genius for decades for equally questionable ends.

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Continuum – Minute Man

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2014

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  • Title: Continuum – Minute Man
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Continuum - Minute Man

While trying to hide one Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) from the other, Kiera (Rachel Nichols)  tries to determine which one offers the time-displaced cop her best hope at getting back home. After only a few hours of returning, the future Alec has already made major changed to the timeline beginning with accidentally causing Kellog (Stephen Lobo) plan the assassination of Mr. Escher (Hugh Dillon), who he only learns later is actually Alec’s father. Kiera and the police also must deal with the reunified Liber8 as Garza (Luvia Petersen) returns home to find have made nice, and who Sonya (Lexa Doig) and Travis (Roger R. Cross) have made nice, and who the newly-elected Mayor (Tahmoh Penikett) wants desperately to distance himself from.

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Samurai Jack #7

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2014

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Samurai Jack #7With Samurai Jack and the Scotsman both turned into females by the Leprechauns the pair’s two-issue gender-bending adventures continue as Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman seek to complete their bargain with the devious imps and confront the giant Cuhullin the Cruel.

Only after confronting the massive creature in battle do Jack and the Scotsman uncover just how much they’ve been played by the evil imps and decide to do what they can to set things right. With the spell broken due to the giant’s wailing breaking the music of the curse (which is only slightly less awkward than it sounds), the restored Jack and Scotsman come up with a plan to help Cuhullin and teach the Leprechauns a much-deserved lesson.

Available in a cute variant cover by Agnes Garbowska, Samurai Jack #7 wraps up the bizarre adventure that despite its unique set-up stays true to the style and themes of the original cartoon. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Hawaii Five-0 – Ku I Ka Pili Koko

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ku I Ka Pili Koko
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ku I Ka Pili Koko

On a bad tip by an ATF informant (Alvin Joiner) Five-0 helped put in prison, the group is lured into an explosion leaving McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) trapped under several feet of rubble. While Catherine (Michelle Borth) and Grover (Chi McBride) help with the rescue effort, Kono (Grace Park) and Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) head back to the prison to find the source of the tip and the reason someone was willing to blow up and entire building to take out members of Five-0.

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All-New X-Men #25

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2014

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All-New X-Men #25The “monumental” 25th issue of All-New X-Men feels much more like a forgettable annual rather than an important issue of an ongoing comic. Centered around the Beast‘s conversations with an over-talkative Watcher, the framework is a relatively weak excuse to bring in a variety of artists to give takes on their version of various X-Men characters in the present and possible futures (including Magik as Sorceress Supreme) all put in jeopardy by McCoy’s decision to bring the younger versions of his friends into the present.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s some very nice artwork here (highlighted for me by Bruce Timm’s showcasing Jean Grey in her various forms), some of it quite funny, but as a fan of the original idea of The Watcher as a silent observer I’m less than satisfied with this verbose version that even goes so far as to insult the X-Man after speaking his mind. For such a momentous issue All New X-Men #25 can easily be skipped by those not willing to pay $5 for a story that doesn’t do much of anything to further ongoing stories and whose absence won’t be felt going forward if you choose not to read it. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $4.99]

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  • Title: Wander Over Yonder – The Birthday Boy
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Wander Over Yonder - The Birthday Boy

Playing on the running gag of the series that Wander (Jack McBrayer) doesn’t understand that Lord Hater (Keith Ferguson) really, really doesn’t like him, “Birthday Boy” finds Wander and Sylvia (April Winchell) invited to Hater’s birthday party inside the villain’s new Doom Arena as a surprise by Peepers (Tom Kenny) in an attempt to try and please his lord.

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