Jun 15

the Punisher on Netflix

If you are wondering why people are excited to see the Punisher on Netflix’s Daredevil (starring the Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal), check this comic excerpt.  Also check out #dirtylaundry on YouTube, a short with Thomas Jane, star of the 2004 movie.

Jun 15

Locutus of Borg

A history of the fifth season cliffhanger on the Hollywood Reporter, via MetaFilter.


You can find the full video on HuluPlus, with IMDB information here.


Mar 15

Cookie Cutter Tropes

Don’t know what it says about modern television quality that your prime time lineup can be replaced with clips of stock videos

Jan 15

Sons of Liberty (and Fiction)

It appears that the History Channel’s Sons of Liberty is quite the action filled work of fiction playing fast and loose with the facts (as well as frequent ads for Samuel Adams beer).

Jan 15

Are you watching Star Wars Rebels?

If not, you should be (on Disney XD).  The entire series has been great, infinitely better than the prequels, with animation better than the Clone Wars, and nicely sets up both the Original Trilogy (Rebels is set between the Prequels and Original Trilogy) and the forthcoming Sequels.

I especially recommend the last few episodes, Empire Day, Gathering Forces, and the Path of the Jedi.  Empire Day (watch) sets the tone and reveals the background to Ezra’s story. Gathering Forces (watch) ends with Jedi Kanan Jarrus saying “We have to talk” about Ezra’s readiness to become a Jedi after a harrowing encounter with the Inquisitor on the asteroid (nice review on the AV Club on this episode). The Path of the Jedi has me wondering if Ezra Bridger (or his descendants) plays a part in the sequels, as this fan theory suggests. There is a scene with an old master that definitely hints that “fear leads to the dark side” and that “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”.  Ezra seems to be firmly on the Skywalker continuum between the good (Luke) and the evil (Anakin). Disney is clearly applying the principles of the Marvel cinematic universe, drawing us in deeper and deeper.