Friday, April 15, 2011

The Trickster and More Twisted Fun

Man, how could it get any more fun than this?  Megan, the lawyer who discovered Barry's identity while falling for him, is being stalked by a wacko who decides that getting his own costume will make him irresistable.  And thus is born ... THE TRICKSTER!

Read the caption in the ad above.  Now, really -- How can you resist anything involving an EVIL SCHEME !?!?

Then we have some really, really, really superspeed running, ending up a decade in the future.  Where, after the Flash's disappearance, bad-guy Pike moved in and took over.  Talk about always winter and never Christmas!

Mext we have "Deadly Nightshade," where Central City's first vigilante has his identity stolen (twenty years ahead of you or me) and has to reclaim his name, with the Scarlet Speedster's help.

Plus, kudos to the headline department.  "Trias by Fury!" -- doesn't it just give you the chills?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Flash Listings

Here are the synopses for episodes 4, 8, and 9, "Watching the Detectives," "Shroud of Death," and "Ghost in the Machine," the latter of which introduced us to the wonderful character of "The Nightshade," Central City's FIRST vigilante.  Shades of the Minutemen!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Superman Movie Officially Sucks

With the announcement that an actor has been hired to play the role of Zod in the new Superman movie, I have sighed and hung my head in defeat.

There's a picture of this guy Michael Shannon as Zod on this page:

The idea of Zod cannot be good.  It brings images of huge hams laced with cheese.  It brings memories of a unmasculine screechy tenor voice whining, "KNEEL before Zod ... and admire my freshly painted fingernails!"

Zod was invented for the 1970s Superman movies.  There had been a Kryptonian general in the comics, but he was a heartless villain, not a swishy-boy in leather with self-image issues.

On the bright side, I guess I will now be a lot easier to impress if the movie gets ANYTHING right.

Tomorrow we will return to TV's the Flash . . .

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Profoundly Titled "Pilot"

Here's how TV Guide presented the (2-hour) first episode of the Flash TV show.  It introduced Iris West and waved her into the past, established Tina McGee as the second lead, and introduced the great character of Julio, Barry Allen's assistant in the crime lab -- played by Alex Desert.  Desert played the thankless part of clueless citizen who is presented with all the evidence that his boss has a secret crime-fighting life, but *just misses* the proof.
In its original listing, here, the show is listed as "Fantasy," you'll note.  Soon after that, it became "Adventure."
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