May 2018

Krypton – The Phantom Zone

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2018

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Krypton – The Phantom Zone
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Krypton - The Phantom Zone television review

This show gives me a headache. Like Gotham, Krytpon is set years before one of DC’s trademark heroes makes his debut. And, like Gotham, writers of Krypton can’t stop themselves from shoving references and canon for his tenure as a hero decades prior to his tenure as a hero (when it makes any sense to introduce them). In Krypton‘s case that means Brainiac (Blake Ritson) attacking the planet, and Zod (who should be a contemporary of Superman’s father) establishing his rule both in the time of Superman’s grandfather. The main thread of the first season was for Seg (Cameron Cuffe) to save Superman’s timeline. While trouble is momentarily averted, with Seg stuck in the Phantom Zone with the Collector of Worlds to end the season, once again Kal-El’s birth has been wiped from the timeline. And now Zod is somehow part of Superman’s family tree? And Doomsday is on Krypton? WTF is going on?

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Here’s Florence + The Machine with the official video for “Hunger.”

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Anon

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2018

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  • Title: Anon
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Anon movie reviewThere’s an interesting idea inside of writer/director Andrew Niccol‘s (Gattaca, In Time) Anon but the film, released straight to Netflix without a theatrical release, flounders. A sci-fi whodunit, Anon takes place in the future where every person has a camera inside their eyes which records every waking moment of their life. When a crime happens, police are able to view the events from the victim’s perspective. However, a hacker has learned how to hack the cameras not only giving them access to an incredible amount of sensitive data but also allowing them to kill without leaving a trace.

Clive Owen stars as Police Detective Sal Frieland who searches for a hacker (Amanda Seyfried) who can alter a person’s recorded history for a price. Going undercover, Sal hopes to find the hacker and murderer who the department believes is the same person (although Sal’s bosses are far more interested in plugging the leak into how the hacker is breaking into the network than solving the murder). Part post-noir mystery and part attempted indictment on social media and sharing your life online, Anon fails on both counts.

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #37

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2018

in Comics

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #37 comic reviewThe Scooby Gangs heads to Midvale in Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #37 where Supergirl is being haunted the ghosts of her Kryptonian family. Revealing her identity to Mystery, Inc., the Maid of Might asks for the team’s help in solving a mystery that turns out to be a hoax by Nasthalthia Luthor in order to prove that Linda is Supergirl.

While the team works on solving the mystery and providing some misdirection to keep the niece of Lex Luthor from discovering the truth about Supergirl’s real identity, a good portion of the comic features dust-ups between Scooby-Doo and Supergirl’s cat Streaky. Exposed to the same odd version of Kryptonite that gave the super-cat its powers, Scooby gets some temporary powers of his own which come in handy later in the issue to thwart the villain’s scheme.

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Legion – Chapter 16

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2018

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  • Title: Legion – Chapter 16
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Legion - Chapter 16 television review

The race to find the Shadow King‘s (Navid Negahban) body continues in “Chapter 16” as both David (Dan Stevens) and Farouk discover its location. Getting there, however, proves to be a problem as David and Syd (Rachel Keller) find themselves in a desert with no end searching for a building that somehow continues to move. Meanwhile David and Farouk both begin laying chess pieces in place for the end game as both set various characters within Division 3 on specific paths.

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