Television Reviews 

  • Title: Super Dinosaur – My Best Friend’s a Dinosaur
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Super Dinosaur - My Best Friend's a Dinosaur TV review

The first episode of the CGI-animated Super Dinosaur, adapted from the all-ages comic of the same name, introduces us to young genius Derek Dynamo (Valin Shinyei) and his best-friend SD (Deven Christian Mack) – a genetically-altered Tyrannosaurus rex with a robotic harness. The two live with Derek’s absentminded father (Alessandro Juliani) in the Dynamo Dome, working for Earthcore to prevent other walking, talking Dino-Men under the control of Max Maximus (Marco Soriano) from taking over the world. The show premiered on Amazon Prime to such little fanfare that I wasn’t made aware of its existence until two-years later happening upon it on a completely different platform.

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  • Title: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – Quest of the Red Skull
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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends - Quest of the Red Skull television review

Today’s Throwback Thursday post takes us back to 80s Saturday morning cartoons and the world of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The Spider-Friends help out Professor Hiawatha Smith (Michael Ansara) whose apartment is ransacked by the goons of the Red Skull (Hans Conried) for the Scorpio Engraving which will lead the villain to the lost Nazi treasure. Smith is armed with the the mystic knowledge of the Native American nations and a trusty boomerang. A character created for the show, Smith makes his only appearance here helping the Spider-Friends track down the Red Skull both to the location of the treasure (inside a temple with a single booby-trap) and later to Skull Island.

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  • Title: Harley Quinn – Til Death Do Us Part
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Harley Quinn - So You Need a Crew? television review

After being upstaged by the Joker (Alan Tudyk) and his henchmen, Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) decides she needs a crew of her own. In an episode full of both subtle and overt references towards society’s treatment of women, “So You Need a Crew?” humorously features Harley’s struggles where henchmen are more likely to sign-up for the clueless Kite Man (Matt Oberg) than a woman in spandex and super-villain agencies are far less willing to help once they realize Harley no longer works with the Joker. The episode even features the example of the Queen of Fables (Wanda Sykes), the last female super-villain who attempted to break through the super-villain glass ceiling only to suffer a far worse fate than her male counterparts at the hands of the Justice League.

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The Flash – Pay the Piper

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2020

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  • Title: The Flash – Pay the Piper
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The Flash - Pay the Piper television review

Everything old is new again. While offering glimpses into Iris (Candice Patton) finding Kamilla (Victoria Park), who the show finally remembered is also trapped in the mirror universe, and Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) offering some encouragement to Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), the show mainly focuses on the lack of team morale for Team Flash given their recently loses. Enter yet another version of Godspeed to terrorize the city. With Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) speed waning the team looks to an unlikely ally as the episode also introduces a Crisis-rebooted version of Hartley Rathaway (Andy Mientus) who agrees to help Barry and friends in return for the team fixing his henchman and boyfriend who was injured during one of the Pied Piper’s run-ins with the Flash in the rebooted timeline.

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  • Title: Star Trek: Discovery – Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad
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Star Trek: Discovery - Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad television review

“Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” offers a time loop episode featuring the return of Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd. Through the use of an injured, and endangered, space creature and a time crystal, Mudd is able to sneak on-board Discovery and keep resetting time as he searches for the secrets of the ship which he plans to sell to the Klingons. He also spends quite a bit of time killing Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) over and over as revenge for the captain living Mudd in a Klingon prison. While not as clever as something like “Cause and Effect,” and problematic for glossing over how Mudd acquired (and could figure out how to use) such technology, the episode does have its moments including the use of a Trojan Horse and making use of Stamets‘ (Anthony Rapp) altered physiology to explain why he alone remembers the various loops.

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