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  1. I've not seen this pilot or the show in easily twenty years, so it was a trip to re-watch before listening to the commentary. In all the Best Lois Lane talk, I'll throw in Erica Durance as I don't think she got mentioned. But I'd also like to hear you guys talk more about the George Reeves series, as I've never seen any of that. Since it's on DC Universe, I'll likely get to it soon.
  2. I've said it before but IMO Thor should go down as the most underrated of the Phase One MCU films. If there was no larger Cinematic Universe for it to be apart of, it would be hailed as a solid CBM in its own right.
  3. That's right, I remember that visual. Dean Cain asking "You didn't sleep with Jimmy did you?" And I'm like "If this were either of their Silver Age Comic Titles, she would've."
  4. I still wanna re-watch Lois and Clark as well, but was there a line in the pilot where Lois admitted to sleeping with someone to get a story? Teri Hatcher looks just like Post-Crisis John Byrne Lois Lane, but I had memories of her being kind of goofy. IDK, I'll need to rewatch too.
  5. Brad Pitt's an entertaining actor, but that is not the role I would've given him an Oscar for. I thought Leo did more of the heavy lifting when it comes to giving a performance.
  6. "I just picture Gene Roddenberry writing this in a Jacuzzi full of cocaine." -Dan Toland, the line of the episode.
  7. Robin 80th Anniversary Special: Dick Grayson stans have argued that the special should be squarely on him, and they're not *wrong*, but the other Robins aren't going to get this much appreciation, so I don't mind. Dick gets the bulk of the stories anyway, whereas everyone else gets one-to-two. Overall the stories were pretty good, with some classic writers like Chuck Dixon and Devin Grayson returning to the characters which I didn't think would ever happen considering how much they were burned by DC. (Granted Dixon did the Bane series but nevertheless). The Jason Todd and Steph Brown stories were my favorites. I complained on Twitter how try-hard a couple of the Dick stories were in trying to distinguish him and Bruce by writing Bruce as this inhuman monster, but even then they almost redeem themselves by the end. It's weird that the first one was written by Marv Wolfman, with yet another retelling of how Dick left the Batcave to become Nightwing. I think this was more consistent than the Batman special, which was good but a couple of the stories in that were not as interesting. All of the Robins in this had at least one I liked, if not all of them.
  8. Cujo: S'alright. I was actually interested in the domestic story, but the threat of a rabid killer dog never landed as all that terrifying to me.
  9. Ronnie Coleman: The King: Documentary presenting the general history of bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, inter-cut with a lead up to an impending back surgery to help with his constant chronic pain from injuries he accumulated over time. I don't think this did a great job going to specific detail as to why Coleman was such a legend, just that once he won Mr. Olympia, he was. Felt like a lot of details were missing.
  10. Justice League Elite #1-#12: One of the most emblematic of mid-2000s DC, this is vaguely implied to result from the fallout of Identity Crisis, Action Comics #775 and the like where the idea of superheroes and the lines that need to be crossed became more of the central concern. Recently revived Green Arrow, Wally West and Cassandra Cain (disguised as an assassin named Kasumi) team up with scant members of the Elite led by Vera Black (Manchester's sister) to run black ops missions, with the one rule being that they don't kill anyone. It was slow going for me at first, with Joe Kelly's writing feeling too much like Judd Winnick's which I generally don't prefer. Lots of swearing and a not-slight amount of racism involving all kinds of cultures. But early on a dictator is killed and the JLA want to know how it happened. That begins to drive the team apart and you get to see what they're really like when push comes to shove. Having not read the JLA run that predated this, I wasn't aware of the Apache characters Manitou Raven and Manitou Dawn. They were pretty interesting. The members of the Elite I could give a shit less of, although Vera was fairly sympathetic. And I do think the DC mains had their voices right for the most part. Ultimately I dug this, but it reminded me a lot of Winnick's Outsiders run which was almost good but went on too long indulging in the worst try-hard impulses at the time. A lot of "tHiS iSnT' yOuR dAd'S sUpErHeRoEs!"-ness going on in the wake of Identity Crisis, which is an infinitely better story.
  11. Nah, that happened in Phase 3 with Dr. Strange where every movie became a comedy.
  12. I was actually discussing this with my brother a few days ago, and he winced at the idea of a Peter Parker who's a millennial. But the weird thing is, Nightwing's generally presumed to be no older that 25-26, putting him perennially younger than Spider-Man, which sounds weird.
  13. I'm not set against this retcon at all but I want answers like Jameson wants pictures of Spider-Man.
  15. If this is true, there's gonna be a L000T of 'splainin' to do on Chibnall's part. Pretty much the entire Moffat era did everything it could to get away from what might've been presumed as a Cartmel's type of origin.
  16. I'm surprised with all of the negative feelings Pandy had for Demolition Man, Commando never came up as a comparison. I wonder how he would contrast the two, and whether it comes down to tonal balance. Commando has a sense of humor, but it's not an active comedy, whereas Demolition Man is definitely more intentionally comedic, and overplays it to where it's unintentionally funny.
  17. I'm just know fans are up in arms over the Cartmel-esque retcons in this season's finale, and they're 100% entitled to be. We still don't know everything, or even if The Master was telling the truth, so a lot of that is still up in the air for me. Me? I LOVED this episode. Easily the best one I've watched from this era. Sacha's Dawan's Master really brings out the best in Jodie Whitaker's Doctor. He was so full of rage, conviction and charisma, he made me question how I compare him to Missy, who I also love. Maybe Missy's goofy humor got old for me after I while, IDK. But this Master was definitely OTT and comedic, but he never came off as silly or irreverent. That scene between him and the Ashad Cyberman was killer. I loved how he wasn't BSing him, but he had no time to appeal to the Cyberman's ego. Why would he? He's the fucking MASTER.
  18. The Best Man Holiday: Sequel to the 1998(9?) film about Morris Chestnut beating up Taye Diggs for penning a book detaling how he slept with Chestnut's fiance. It's a'ight. Melodramatic all over, but nothing embarrassing like in a Madea film. Terrance Howard is drunk and high throughout the film, and makes it bizarrely funny.
  19. This entire scene is perfection. There's been a lot of try-hard Joker portrayals in recent years, but this is the best one since Jeff Bennett's portrayal in Brave and the Bold. And I LOOOVE the anecdote of Joker and Harley doing a Nyotaimori on Gordon. I genuinely want that to be canon.
  20. Definitely interesting stuff. Here's a great article on it.
  21. Since the New Year, I've started the anime Psycho Pass, and have killed seasons one and two. It's an engaging show that's pretty bingeable and sucks you right in, but it's also a thoroughly transparent anime in how it's constructed. I do enjoy it, but the sum of its parts leave me wishing it was better than it is. Still, I've the movie and season three to check out as well. Last week I watched the first season of "You", based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. This was also a highly bingeable show, with only ten eps. I really dug it, but the ending kind of chafed me. Not that I disagreed with how things ended up, but the delivery was anti-climactic and not nearly as definitive as the book it's based on. That makes me more hesitant to start season 2, as it felt like the show did a bait-and-switch in how they were presenting their lead character. It's tough to talk about without spoilers, but I really did get hooked on the show all the way through up to the end.