Thursday, March 16, 2017

Comic Book TV Recap (3/14/2017 - 3/15/2017)

Supergirl, Powerless and Riverdale are all taking the week off.

The Flash: "Into the Speed Force" - Barry heads into the Speed Force to save Wally, but the Speed Force uses faces of people who have died to tell Barry that a speedster must stay trapped in the Speed Force. Jessie takes on Savitar and discovers a secret about him.

Legends of Tomorrow: "Moonshot" - The Legends find Henry Heywood (Captain Steel) working on the Apollo 11 mission, and he reveals his piece of the spear is on the flag that will be left on the moon. There's just one little surprise for the Legends: Eobard Thawne is on board the spacecraft, and soon, so is Ray. The Legends and Captain Steel work together to prevent the Legion of Doom from getting the spear and helping history go on as usual. Vixen discovers something about her future.

Arrow: "Checkmate" - Oliver discovers that Adrian Chase is Prometheus and desperately looks for ways to corner him. Felicity's new hacker friends make a dubious request from her.

Legion: "Chapter 6" - David and his new friends find themselves back in Clockworks Hospital, but things have changed, raising more questions from all of them.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Widely considered one of the worst X-Men movies, this movie was the first produced after X-Men: The Last Stand. It was supposed to be the first of a series of X-Men prequel films, the next being set to focus on Magneto before that project was folded into the soft reboot X-Men: First Class.

The movie shows us the early days of James Howlett (Troye Sivan as a child, Hugh Jackman as an adult), who has claws that come out of his hands. After fighting in several historic wars, James and his brother Victor Creed (Michael James Olsen as a child, Liev Schreiber as an adult) join a taskforce of superpowered individuals that completes a strange task. After splitting up, the team begins disappearing. Going by "Logan," James finds romance until his new lady friend is apparently killed. Taking a strange offer for revenge, he has adamantium fused to his skeleton. Discovering he's been tricked, Logan flees and plans revenge.

The movie is a little overstuffed with a plot about William Stryker (Danny Huston) putting the powers of multiple mutants into a singular mutant, which gives us an X-Men team prequel that was immediately retconned by the next X-Men movie, as Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tim Pocock) is one of Stryker's abductees and leads a group of escapees as he hears telepathic commands by a wheelchair-less Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). And the mutant they dump the powers into? It's a former katana-wielding assassin named Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), and he is called the Deadpool.

So, the plot isn't exactly original or exciting. It's serviceable. But the clumsy reworking of fan favorite characters really killed it for fans.

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