April 2019

Game of Thrones – The Long Night

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2019

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  • Title: Game of Thrones – The Long Night
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Game of Thrones - The Long Night TV review

“The Long Night” provides the extended battle between the Night King‘s (Vladimír Furdík) army and the North as the undead arrive at Winterfell. Aside from the opening few minutes, showcasing the growing tension prior to the battle’s beginning, and few shots of those hiding in the catacombs for safety – including a couple of nice moments between Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Sansa (Sophie Turner), nearly the entire episode is focused on the battle itself. Some well-known characters fall, but there’s surprisingly little death concerning the core characters. I thought there was even money that Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), or Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) would fall given the contentment each found the previous week (often foreshadowing death on the show). Speaking of which, given his talk last week with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Jorah‘s (Iain Glen) death was one of the easiest to predict, and the character goes out in heroic fashion defending his queen to his dying breath.

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The Wild Storm #22

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2019

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The Wild Storm #22 comic reviewAuthority, assemble! Jenny Mei Sparks and her friends head out to team-up with Apollo and Midnighter as The Wild Storm #22 delivers Warren Ellis’ re-imagined Authority together at last. Although Apollo and Midnighter are initially wary, you’ve got to admit that Jenny makes a pretty solid pitch as the heroes band together to stop Skywatch who decides to rain down fire on the heroes.

They may not be a cohesive team yet, but Sparks, Hawksmoor, Angela Spica, and Shen Li-Men are able to convince Midnighter and Apollo they are on the same side by their actions. And as good as her pitch was to win over the two heroes, there’s just something about seeing Jenny Mei Sparks in action to convince anyone that they don’t want to be on the other side of her wrath. Shen proves not too shabby, either.

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Supergirl – American Dreamer

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2019

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  • Title: Supergirl – American Dreamer
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Supergirl - American Dreamer television review

With Kara (Melissa Benoist) focusing on exposing Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) and clearing Supergirl’s name, it falls on Dreamer (Nicole Maines) to fight the good fight and help out aliens targeted and rounded up by Ben Lockwood‘s (Sam Witwer) fully-deputized Agents of Liberty. Lockwood’s star continues to rise inside the government, but the episode does offer some heavy blows to his ego in defeat at his attempt to capture Dreamer (thanks to some timely help by a couple of friends), in his son seeing through his father’s hate speech, and in the tragedy of his wife (the source of which he unintentionally put in motion).

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The Triumph of the Green Goblin

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2019

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  • Title: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – The Triumph of the Green Goblin
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Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to 80s Saturday morning cartoons and the world of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The first episode of the series to air, “The Triumph of the Green Goblin” features longtime Spidey villain the Green Goblin (Dennis Marks) who reappears when Norman Osborne’s plane crashes causing his alter-ego to take hold once more. Despite disappearing for a rather long segment during which Spider-Man hunts down the Goblin and escapes the second of two death traps the villain leaves for him, Iceman (Frank Welker) and Firestar (Kathy Garver) show up at the end to freeze the local reservoir and remove the villain’s formula from mixing with the water and transforming others into goblin creatures like him.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 comic reviewBuffy the Vampire Slayer #4 teases a major deviation to the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer continuity. One of the themes in the comic so far is Xander‘s loneliness. With Willow having a girlfriend in this version, and still burdened with his unrequited crush on a certain blonde vampire slayer, Xander is more on the outside looking in than ever. And that just happens to play into Drusilla‘s plans.

Given the stress over recent events, Giles gives Buffy the night off allowing for Buffy to spend time with her friends (and a potential new love interest in Robin). The surprise of Buffy’s night off is only matched by her terror of a date and concern for the missing Xander (who unwittingly has walked straight into Drusilla’s trap). Still, things see to be looking up for Buffy who even finds common ground with her mother’s boyfriend.

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