Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Comic Book TV Recap (3/6/2017 - 3/9/2017)

Arrow is taking a week off. Due to inclement weather, I had to wait until Friday to watch the Thursday shows.

Supergirl: "Exodus" - Kara and Alex are both tested at their jobs as Cadmus rounds up aliens from the DEO's registry, intending to send them to the other side of the universe.

The Flash: "The Wrath of Savitar" - Still trying to stop Iris' future death at the hands of Savitar, Julian helps the STAR Labs team contact him.

Legends of Tomorrow: "Land of the Lost" - While Nate, Ray and Amaya search the Cretaceous period for a missing piece of the Waverider, Sara and Jax enter Rip's mind to find where the next piece of the spear is.

Legion: "Chapter Five" - David's friends discover more about his powers and just how dangerous they are.

Powerless: "Cold Season" - While Cold-themed villains besiege Charm City, Van enlists Ron to help impress his current girlfriend by having him assemble toys for her children. Emily convinces Teddy to submit his heated gloves for a contest.

Riverdale: "In A Lonely Place" - The town searches for Polly as Jughead attempts to reconnect with his father.

Logan - The movie set to say goodbye to Hugh Jackman's take on Wolverine is set in 2029. Most mutants are dead. Logan (Hugh Jackman) drives a limo (Uber-style) to pay for medication for Charles Xavier's (Patrick Stewart) medication to stave off seizures, which makes everyone nearby have them as well. He gets a job to take a little girl (Dafne Keen) and her "mother" up to Canada, and his hand is forced when it's revealed that she has mutant abilities rather like his own, including adamantium-coated claws coming out of her knuckles and feet when she fights.

Logan is the second lower budget R-rated entry in the X-Men film franchise. (Unadjusted for inflation, it is the third-lowest budget of the franchise, behind Deadpool at $58 million and the first X-Men movie at $75 million. Logan's budget is $97 million.) The film is allowed to go all-out, but director James Mangold has taste. The violence is graphic, but not gratuitous and branches out of the story. The characters use profanity not as highlights, but naturally in their dialogue, which for Charles and Logan, feels very organic for where they are now, the tired, aged and broken-down men that they have become.

Which is very good. We have a movie from a superhero franchise that treats its main characters not as superheroes, but as people. The story is well-paced, very character driven, and even has quite a few twists. It's a well-done film that makes us say, "Keep this up, and we won't mind that you're keeping the X-Men from joining the MCU."

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