Sunday, September 29, 2013

Thoughts on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It was pretty good. It didn't blow my socks off, but then again, I was barefoot at the time. I thought the references to the movies and each Avenger was nice and Phil Coulson was the best part of the episode, hand's down. I would still recommend watching it.

Speaking of the Son of Coul, I was intrigued by the explanation for his resurrection and a secret. Head down below for more, because there might be a few people who haven't seen the pilot yet. Poor dears.

Okay, so here's the bit that got my attention about Coulson not being dead. Maria Hill and a S.H.I.E.L.D. doctor, Streiten, have a brief conversation after Coulson leaves the room where they are. Coulson had mentioned being revived by medics after getting shanked by Loki and that Fury had used his "death" to motivate the Avengers into acting as a team, and after that, he had been sent to Tahiti to recover. Streiten asks Hill that "he really doesn't know, does he?" to which Hill responds "No, and he can never find out." Now, I had a theory about how Coulson survived his encounter with Loki in the Avengers movie, that he had used a LMD - Life Model Decoy, an android designed to be as an exact duplicate of a person as possible - and that was what Loki "killed". The pilot trashed that theory, but part of it might still be relevant.

I think Phil Coulson is an LMD. I think he died in the movie and Fury had an LMD built to take his place. Maybe they somehow transferred his memories or even his entire consciousness into it, then simply told Coulson that the medics had revived him. Who knows, maybe the revelation could cause him to have some sort of breakdown or critical systems failure.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Music Monday: The Cranberries - Linger

Do you have to
Do you have to
Do you have to let it liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinger

Infographic: Batman's bat-suits through the decades

Created by Benjamin Moore for Screen Rant, the infographic charts the evolution of Batman's costume from its first appearance in 1939 (Detective Comics #27) to about 2011. It also includes the bat-suits from the movies, cartoons, the '66 TV show, video games, and from The Dark Knight Returns. Dick Grayson's (Robin, Nightwing) and Azrael's bat-armor are in there too.

Click to enlarge.
I've always been fond of the gray and blue versions of the bat-suit. In all honesty? Never been a great fan of the movie costumes. Just not digging the whole rubber suit thing. I mean, it's pretty bad when Batman can't turn his head, isn't that a major liability when you're fighting gun-toting criminals and supervillains armed with all sorts of deadly weapons?

Then again, I'm more than a little bit of a grumpy cat when it comes to this nerd stuff.

Monday, September 16, 2013

My DVD collection is smaller than I thought

Didn't realize it until I went up to grab a DVD so that my dad could test a player he got at a yard sale. I knew it was small, but I didn't realize how measly it was. The list:

Star Wars Original Trilogy box set
Seasons One & Two of Red vs. Blue
The Untouchables
Three Monty Python's - Life of Brian, Holy Grail, and Meaning of Life
Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King special editions (never have gotten a chance to buy The Two Towers)
The Shawshank Redemption
Blade Runner
Clerks and Clerks II
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
The Last Samurai

I wasn't joking when I said it was small. I've never been much of a DVD collector, even when I have the money to buy them. Usually, I would end up buying games or books instead. I also plan on getting Netflix at some point, so buying DVDs might be a moot point.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hot diggity damn, there's already a picture from the set of the Batman vs. Superman movie!

via Darth Sebious.

A new Sherlock Holmes enters the arena: Sir Ian McKellen!

I've heard of an Abundance of Katherines, but never bushel of Sherlocks. Or maybe it would be a peck? Is there even an accurate unit of weight?

Anyway, according to Geek Tyrant, Sir McKellen is set to play an elderly Holmes in an adaption of a book by Mitch Cullen called A Slight Trick of the Mind. Here's the description:
In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life - a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart.
Man, Sherlock has certainly exploded back into popularity over the past decade, hasn't he? Two TV shows, two movies (soon to be three, counting this one) and played by three great actors - Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downy, Jr., and Jonny Lee Miller. I have to wonder, is this resurgence because the stories and character are entertaining or because they're in the public domain and thus cheaper to adapt and reuse? I'm about 60/40. Hey, I'm a cynic.