Twitter
Facebook
Email
Rss

Author Archive for Matt Fowler

Marvel’s Runaways: “Metamorphosis” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

There were no huge revelations in "Metamorphosis," but a nicely-timed fundraiser/gala helped mold and shape this chapter into a concise package - putting ever major character in the same place so that various truths could be revealed.

That's not to say that we didn't learn a lot more about - say - Karolina, who not only discovered by accident that she could fly, but also that she had feelings for Nico. No, I'm guess not saying she accidentally found out she was in love (or like) with Nico, but it's definitely a secret she's been closely guarding and a truth that, maybe because of her "church," she's been denying. This wrinkle added a new (needed) complexity to the character and her stubborn refusal to acknowledge Gert's intuition on the matter created another possible schism in the team - as Karolina then doubled down on Chase, who didn't know he's being used.

Continue reading…

TWD: How Alexandria’s Fate Compares to the Comics

Walking Dead episode 808, "How It's Gotta Be," gave us a big character death and tons of action, with an ambush that came directly from Robert Kirkman's "All Out War" arc from the comic series. Of course, part of this episode's battle was already covered in a different section of the TV show, plucked and pulled out for use back in Season 7's finale, "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" with all that went down with Sonequa Martin-Green's Sasha.

Continue reading…

Why THAT Original Walking Dead Star Finally Left the Show

Warning: Full SPOILERS for The Walking Dead up through Season 8's midseason finale, "How It's Gotta Be."

This week, The Walking Dead pulled the trigger on one of the story's main characters - an O.G. VIP from the start of the show, young Carl Grimes.

Now, Carl's not dead-dead. Not yet, but there's no escaping a walker bite. If it was on his arm or some other cut-offable limb, maybe there'd be a chance, but considering it's on his stomach, and that he's been hiding it for a long while (the bite happened before the events of the episode aired), Carl's fate is sealed. He's going to die.

Continue reading…

The Walking Dead: Fall Final Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

The Walking Dead brought Season 8's long-form Rick vs. Negan battle to a head in "How It's Gotta Be," an exciting, intense, but also flawed midseason finale.

"How It's Gotta Be" distinguished itself from its Season 8 predecessors by having real weight, real consequences, and a certain sense of closure (thanks to the fatal wounding of one of the show's founding characters) - so in that regard it sort of towers over the other chapters a bit. Still, nothing came to a complete close here. We're leaving this Fall run still in the middle of this conflict and there are many elements and arcs still lingering and limping into the back half of the season.

Continue reading…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: “A Life Spent” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

"Alright, Phil. Enough sightseeing."

Coulson's words right at the end of this week's SHIELD chapter, "A Life Spent," were notable in that it represented a central character, after an entire episode dealing with future minutia, recalibrating his priorities. Because what are the stakes here in space? In future space? There are always the immediate dangers but then there's the larger "get back home and erase this entire timeline" issue.

During a nice moment from earlier in the episode, Phil wondered if his fate, as someone who'd cheated death, was always destined for the stars and a mission to save all of humanity. May had other ideas. More grounded ideas. She knew, as we assumed she would, that everything here was sort of a facade - not unlike the Framework (which I compared this storyline to last week). Bottom line: May wants to go home. And her touching Phil's hand, which was already on her shoulder, let us know she was craving a bit of peace and tranquility. And - well - Phil.

Continue reading…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: “A Life Spent” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

"Alright, Phil. Enough sightseeing."

Coulson's words right at the end of this week's SHIELD chapter, "A Life Spent," were notable in that it represented a central character, after an entire episode dealing with future minutia, recalibrating his priorities. Because what are the stakes here in space? In future space? There are always the immediate dangers but then there's the larger "get back home and erase this entire timeline" issue.

During a nice moment from earlier in the episode, Phil wondered if his fate, as someone who'd cheated death, was always destined for the stars and a mission to save all of humanity. May had other ideas. More grounded ideas. She knew, as we assumed she would, that everything here was sort of a facade - not unlike the Framework (which I compared this storyline to last week). Bottom line: May wants to go home. And her touching Phil's hand, which was already on her shoulder, let us know she was craving a bit of peace and tranquility. And - well - Phil.

Continue reading…

Gotham: Midseason Finale Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Ugh, teenagers.

"Queen Takes Knight" was mostly successful in its attempt to wrap up Gotham's "A Dark Knight" arc - especially as it pertained to Jim's original quest to take down Penguin and end Pax Penguina. The Bruce Wayne arc, the downward spiral the young lad's currently on, only managed to get worse though, and Bruce wound up kicking Alfred to the curb after he got embarrassed following a royal ass-whooping.

When the drinking/partying Bruce story started, I didn't see the harm. Knowing Gotham though, I knew the show would find the harm no matter what. Bruce should be allowed to have a good time with friends and blow off his life for a little bit. It actually seemed healthy at the time. What I don't get though is why he almost immediately started treating Alfred like trash. It just didn't ring true after all they'd been though, particularly in the final episode of last season.

Continue reading…

Marvel’s Runaways: How ‘Jonah’ Compares to Doctor Doom

Warning: Spoilers for Marvel's Runaways up through Episode 5, "Kingdom."

On this week's episode of Marvel's Runaways (catch our review of "Kingdom" here), which airs exclusively on Hulu, Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon debuted as a mysterious man named Jonah - an imposing supernatural figure who's most likely the key to the entire mystery, and the reason Pride sacrifices one poor unfortunate soul per year.

This isn't the first time McMahon's played a nefarious Marvel character before, having portrayed Doctor Doom in both Fantastic Four movies. When I had the chance to speak to him about Runaways, I asked how Jonah stacked up against Doom, the character's new lease on life, and his worries about meeting Virginia Gardner's Karolina.

Continue reading…

Marvel’s Runaways: “Kingdom” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Marvel's Runaways opened up its story wide this week, introducing some big stakes and huge concepts to the mystery, placing everything under the shadow of a potential apocalypse.

Sorcery, power gloves, and telepathic dinosaurs are a comic book-y concepts to begin with, for sure, but this week's chapter, "Kingdom," gave us some elements that were far above the teens' pay grade. For now, anyway. While Alex, Nico, and the rest attempt to sort through their here-and-now issues, a much larger world was hinted at with the introduction of Julian McMahon's "Jonah" - a mysterious figure who, via (Bad Wigs, Thomas Guide!) flashback, kicked off this entire story when he offered Geoffrey millions for a garbage strip mall.

Continue reading…

The Walking Dead: “Time for After” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

While "Time for After" contained a few crucial moments, as one would hope for/expect from a penultimate midseason episode, it also focused waaay to much on Eugene and his "will he?/won't he?" crisis of conscience.

Why in the hell did Eugene and the turmoil inside the Sanctuary get the focus episode right before next week's half-year finale? This felt like another instance of the series, now almost delusional in its eighth season, sort of arrogantly presuming that anyone cares this much about Eugene's dilemma. Or Eugene, in general. Everything that went down within the Sanctuary walls this week, if it was important for plot's sake, didn't have to take up as much time as it did. How is almost all of the tension on the series now mostly hinged on Dwight's mole storyline and whether or not Eugene turns him in? Or whether or not Eugene decides to help Gabriel rescue Maggie's doctor? This all feels so distant now from what's actually important.

Continue reading…