ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
ABC just cancelled Agent Carter. It's just like Peggy's funeral all over again.

They also decided to not produce Most Wanted. After the whole game of will they/ won't they and writing Bobbie and Lance out of the Agents of SHIELD it's not going to happen. What was the point of any of that?

And to make it even worse ABC also passed over Spark - the steampunk series with Antonia Thomas and Tracy Ifeachor. I had high hopes for it.
ellestra: (big gun)
I, as everyone else, saw Captain America: Civil War and it was as fun as the trailers promised. And like all the reviewers promised it didn’t feel overcrowded as Age of Ultron did. And the introduction of both Black Panther and Spiderman was superbly executed and left me wanting to see their own movies. Good job marketing!

I also saw it in IMAX 3D and it was OK but not really worth it until the big battle. That was filmed with IMAX cameras and there is big difference between this 3D and the upgraded 3D. In that battle all the details are so crisp and everything is shinier and everyone’s prettier and there is more depth. That was cool to see on the big screen.

One of the things that surprised me when I was watching Civil War was that I disagreed with Cap. This doesn’t mean I’m Team Iron Man exactly but I see the point of view of the governments and the public opinion that drove them to it as completely rational. After all, at least in democracies, governments are selected by people and armed forces (and spies) are, at least nominally, under the rule of those governments and all of them answer to law. Avengers operate on their personal discretion and don’t answer to anyone.

Captain America freely admits that he does what he thinks is right and anyone else’s opinion is not as good as his. And if they disagree he will use force to push his agenda. Trial by combat is not how the world is supposed to work.

Of course, he is a really nice guy and really wants the best for everyone but everyone, even the bad guys, believe they are doing the right thing and that ends justify the means. However, one - intentions are not the same as effects of your actions (after all, road to hell is paved with the best of them). And two - the public in MCU isn’t privy to all the information we are - they don’t know Steve like we know him so why would they trust him. He doesn’t trust them.

Of course, Tony Stark isn’t much better as he basically just acts on his feelings - guilt, remorse, hurt (and the whole Ultron mess happened because he ignored everyone’s objection to satisfy his curiosity) and picks a side or a fight based on them. Until a new one comes along that is. He kept being wrong and losing control despite trying to do the right thing and stay in control of everything. His life and his life's work is unravelling here and all he does is ju7st making it worse. Friends gone or hurt. And damage count keeps rising.

I also don’t think that a force defending Earth from threats like that should be steered by a committee - that never works. However, I do think that they should be more directly responsible for the damage they cause. Just not by being stuck in a secret prison without trial.

In the end I was left with a feeling that only Natasha and T'Chaka turned out to be grown up. Black Widow just tried to do all she could to de-escalate the situation. And Black Panther understood the trap that revenge is and chose the law instead off his feelings.

And to my surprise I felt sad about Zemo (one nitpick though - noone but English speakers would say that as Zeemo). He was consumed by his grief and the revenge left nothing but ashes. What's left when nothing's left? I'm hoping Daniel Brühl gets to be a villain again - instead of being killed off in 5 minutes in the next film.
ellestra: (once upon a time)
Today's Supergirl episode was the Supergirl/The Flash crossover. And it was glorious. It was filled with friendship and joy and geekiness and it's something you can watch when you're sad to feel better.

This is even better than I thought it will be. The way they are instant friends. The way they love the same things like eating a lot of food and saving people. The sharing about being from another dimension and another planet. And how they make their powers work together. They’re even both adopted.

I loved how Barry got all excited about Kara being an alien and her spaceship. And she was excited about meeting another hero. And Winn was excited about multiverse. And James was jealous.

I loved that Barry just went and introduced himself to the whole team. He was geeking out with Winn about science. He took tour of DEO in superspeed. And gave them metahuman tracking ideas. And Lucy was pragmatic about the team-up and the relationships.

I loved people standing up for Supergirl and that the firemen she saved (just before she was poisoned) were the ones who saved her. Also the villain team-up was pretty fun idea too.

And Cat, as always, had the best line - comparing the four of them to a typical cast of a CW show. Perfect meta on so many levels.

I love this episode so much.
ellestra: (slingers)
The one good thing about CW shows killing many cool secondary characters is watching the actors go for better things.

I was very happy to learn Tracy Ifeachor is going to be on new ABC show Spark (since it's only been written about on Deadline and for some reason Livejournal hates that site and flags any link to it as spam you have to just believe me - or replace @ with a in this url http://de@dline.com/2016/02/tracy-ifeachor-cast-abc-pilot-spark-brianne-howey-the-exorcist-1201708583/). But there is finally a little more known about the show and io9 picked up the story so I can link to that. The lead will be played by Antonia Thomas (Misfits) and the show is to be set in alternate Steampunk universe.

Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires.
...the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and Pin (Thomas), a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Thomas’ Pin is the smart, driven, fiercely independent young woman whose mission it is to bring back electricity to the masses no matter the cost.

Lincoln is still alive but Ricky Whittle has been announced to be the lead on Starz's adaptation of American Gods so his death can't be far off (it seems like the actor actually quit because he was fed up of being sidelined to 5 seconds in prison every 2 episodes and disagreements with the producer). Ian McShane has been cast as Mr. Wednesday. He was pretty popular fan choice and I can see his Kings character when I think about this.

In more news about British actors finding work - Finn Jones, the guy who plays Loras on Game of Thrones, has been cast as Danny Rand the title character in Iron Fist. This of course means a great disappointment to everyone who hoped they would change his race. Hard not to agree - it's not like MCU has a shortage of white guys from all over the English speaking world so one less wouldn't make a difference. On the other hand, while there are some Asian women in MCU the only male, non-evil one is also an alien. Marvel seems to want to placate fans by adding supporting characters some of whom are Asian. Also Mike Colter has announced the premier date for Luke Cage - it's coming to Netflix on September 30. Daredevil is of course dropping this Friday.
ellestra: (tiger)
Finally a trailer for Civil War showing new Spiderman. That read is very bright - probably why he needs to squint.

All their movies are great but Kubo And The Two Strings looks better than anything they did so far. I can't wait.

I like this Ghostbusters trailer much better than the last one. Except for that cringe worthy bit at the end.

More Agents

Mar. 5th, 2016 10:30 pm
ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
ABC had some renewal announcements and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting another season (and some other shows too). This is nice to know before the 3B starts. There are also some rumours about Agent Carter getting renewed too which would be awesome. I hope it will turn out to be true - I want to see where that cliffhanger leads. But right now I just can't wait for the second part of season 3 of AoS. Especially after they started dropping sneak peaks for the Tuesday episode:

Who will Coulson put in the machine (my bet - young Stryker as he was in a coma last we saw him so alive)

We meet Slingshot andsee who on the team tried the Inhuman pills.
ellestra: (slingers)
Well that ending was just like that time with Doctor, Rose and an interdimensional invasion. This season of Agent Carter was great and I want more.

I loved the scientists team up and then Peggy taking the lead and giving that thing a name. In a way the Howard, Wilkes and Samberly are just like Tony and Bruce. But this also one thing I felt bad about in this episode. In this battle of scientist there were 3 guys on the good side against an evil, possessed woman. And she goes crazy in the end. Women in STEM, right?

I’m so happy Jason is alive and well and that he rejected Zero Matter and become himself again. He never wanted it was happy to let it go. Unlike Whitney he wasn’t seduced by it’s power. I loved that Peggy believed in him to the end. And that she believed in Jack Thompson too. I think that’s her biggest strength believing in people. She still sees all their faults and always comes prepared but is also always ready to do anything to help them chose the right thing and not be defined by their mistakes.

I get why Whitney was seduced by power of Zero Matter. After so many years of being ignored and powerless and being only recognised for he looks it must’ve felt good to have power to make the world see the real her. But that was a power that corrupts absolutely and it took everything from her.

I also loved Dottie in it. She has a heroic part in her and in a way she cares about Peggy. And Peggy dresses Dottie in black and red and she risks her life to get her out even when everyone tells her to let her die (or even kill her by the safety measure). Maybe it’s really almost like friendship. They are the best frenemies forever.

I can't fully put in words how much I loved the development of Rose this season. She is so awesome and I loved everything from how she dealed with the cover job, Samberly (Alysious) and bad guys (good hook).

Peggy and Daniel :). I liked all the alternates but we all knew where it was going. She even left Angie in New York.

I’m surprised how sorry I feel about Jack’s death. I think it was about that file and the M. Carter agent who did something very bad during the war (they didn’t put that in the previouslies for nothing). I suspected it since that file became a thing - Peggy’s brother isn’t dead - the M. Carter means Michael and he came for get his file. Besides someone needs to be Sharon’s grandfather.

I'm still convinced the club men were part of HYDRA offshoot so I wonder what that key opens. I hope we'll see it again.

The thing I hate about it all that few months ago I was so bumped that I had to wait 3 months for the next Agents of SHIELD and now that they are just a week away all I want is more Agent Carter. These two are my two favourite Marvel things.
ellestra: (tiger)
Since I'm back here is a first trailerspam - both new trailers for second season of Daredevil


ellestra: (big gun)
And I mean bad in both senses - the bad because the story was lousy and the bad ending opposite of happy ending.

The first one is much more upsetting. I was so angry at the Once Upon a Time winter finale. I liked the Dark One storyline. It went back to the first season format but it worked well with the story and I loved Emma's Dark One. I loved Regina in the saviour role and Merlin was great (but I'm still upset they just killed him off like that). I rolled my eyes at Emma did it for love but Killian's Dark One was fun and I sat through worse story lines in OUaT. However, the way they went and undid everything with Gold. The way he just went back to being Dark One and lying to Belle and how Emma lets her stay with him for her own ends - it all made me fill like I just wasted the last several months on nothing. We are right were we where a year ago just before Belle found out his last betrayal and kicked him out of Storybrooke starting this whole thing.. They keep going back to status quo - with Regina and especially Gold - but this one really pissed me off. I'm on the edge of quitting this show. I'm just so annoyed that we just went through half of season for nothing. And the pairing off of Mulan and Red doesn't help. I understand they give fans the lesbian love story they asked for but they do it by putting spares together. And they do it by making them go on a quest together in a story that is so side that it's a side story to Mulan's side story. But for me the most annoying thing is that's another repeat. It was strongly implied when Mulan shown up the first time that she fell for Phillip when they were searching for Aurora. Then she fell for Aurora when they were searching for Phillip. Now she's off searching for more werewolves with Red. It's like she falls in love with whomever she happens to help in a quest. That's kind of offensive (to the character and viewers).

Then there is the whole slate of CW shows that decided to end on depressing note.

The iZombie winter finale took everything that was good and turned it to dust. They've been amping the side effects of brains this whole season and it finally fully hit. Liv was so happy when she and Major got back together but it tried to be the same thing it used to be and they are not the same people and their relationship cannot be the same again. This wasn't that bad since I was really upset by Major this season and he is still lying to her (for her own good - just like she did to him last season - those two need to quit with this abuse or quit each other for good). I would not be able to forgive if he was really killing all those people but this is barely better - he basically kidnaps people and stores them for later hoping the problem (Max Rager evil owners and zombies) will go away. This is not a real solution (neither was his weirdly short dip into addiction that he just quit when Liv gave him the right pep talk). And we now also know that there is no real solution. At least not long term. And that both he and Blain can turn back into zombies at any moment. So both Liv and Major relationship and search for cure goes back to square one but at least, unlike OUaT, the emotional and scientific journey actually progresses and that makes iZombie much less frustrating. Here people at least learn something.

The Originals made me the most aggravated because they gave me Rebekah (my precious, evil ray of sunshine) back and then took her away. Making her crazy evil along the way. She is once again staked and put in a box somewhere. The even worse alternative to her being put on a bus again. I understand that Claire Holt doesn't want to commit full time and Maisie Richardson-Sellers is in Star Wars now but I still wish there was a better way to disappear her character (I liked the previous reasons for Rebekah to leave so much better). And then they go and kill Cami after Klaus pretty much admits he loves her (at least to himself). I can't say if they just fully fridged her or is she coming back as vampire or whatever but she is going to e another excuse for him to go on a murder rampage anyway. What even worse she gets murdered by Klaus' psycho ex-girlfiend. They even gave her actual mental illness and then made her into the most ridiculous psycho ex-girlfiend stereotype. Ughhhh.

The Arrow has been teasing us with death of one (or several) members of Team Arrow the whole episode. Then we get some pretty impressive display of teamwork and nicely outsmarting the bad guy while not giving away Oliver's secret identity. But then Felicity gets shot anyway. This is why I didn't want Olicity. It's because I hate Felicity becoming The Girlfriend. This is what always happens to The Girlfriend - kidnapped, shot, at least not killed (but if she was pregnant and lost the baby I will need to hurt someone). Writers just love this trope - two CW shows ended with this one.

At least The Flash was mostly happy. The big secret is out and Joe got to meet his son and Iris her brother Wally. There is only that little issue of them setting up Harrison Wells as traitor. I think we are supposed to think - again - but my main pet peeve with this season is that they keep blaming Harrison Wells for what happened last season. But they never met real Harrison Wells. Not a single one of them. Just an impostor. Real Harrison Wells got the worst deal of them all. Not only he, and his fiancée, got murdered by Eobard Thawne. He also gets blamed for all that guy did. From devastating the city and creating metahumans to killing Barry's mum. And even the people who know he wasn't guilty blame him instead of at least trying to clear his name. Would it really be so hard to convince people a guy took over his face in a world full of people with superpowers (one of them actually even had that power)?

And now that I thought about it Agents of SHIELD also had a bad ending. I mean Fitz and Coulson are back but Will is dead, all the imprisoned Inhumans are dead and Lash and Maveth parasite are on the loose. HYDRA got everything they wanted and our heroes only managed not too die. Well, at least Ward is dead. That’s one good thing that came out of all of this.
ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
OMG! I'm so glad this was not the last episode before spring because I couldn't take over 3 months of waiting to see someone harm Ward in the most horrible ways. Man I love hating him. He's such a perfect douchebag.

One of the things that makes Ward such a fun villain to hate is that he considers himself the hero of his story. He is the one wronged. His actions are justified by his bad childhood. By abuse. By Garrett. But most of all by his love - of his brother, Skye, Kara. He is going to be the hero for them whether they want it or not. Even when they ask him to stop. Like Skye did when he kept kidnapping her against her will. Or like when Thomas was so creeped out by his promises to save him that he hid and changed his name. Or like when he was saving Kara so hard he killed her. He doesn't want to loose them but he does every time because of his own actions.

He kills and tortures people but there is always justification for it. It was my parents fault, my brother's, Garrett's or simply you were mean to me so I will come and murder you and/or people you care about. And of course bad things that happen to him are never his fault. He takes no responsibility for Kara's death - it's May's fault and Coulson's - never his own. Burning his family alive - it's like he doesn't get why his brother doesn't appreciate the gesture. He can't seem to understand why noone gets it.

But the thing is they do. As Daisy said - she understands but she doesn't forgive. This is a thing about the bad past. It is a cause but it is not a justification. What he does is not OK. No amount of bad past makes it OK.

I wasn’t sure about Phil/Roz before but they were precious together tonight and then Ward came and destroyed it like only he could. I'm a little angry about this. She was basically fridged so that Coulson could go off deep end because of this. I also dislike that after all that teasing about whether ATCU is evil or not they just went and killed both Roz and Banks the moment after we finally learn they were good all along.

I wonder if the AoS showrunners get to watch other Marvel series before all of us (or read the scripts or something) because this episode had a lot of parallels with Jessica Jones. From the large thematic ones between Ward and Kilgrave (justifying his own shitiness with bad childhood and not excepting responsibility for his actions) and Ward and Simpson (failed attempt to be a hero that just kills and turns people around him against him) to small visuals like Banks death when he is forced to kill people against his will and just manages to say "it wasn't me" before he dies. All this in the first episode after JJ premiered.

But it did make them fall right into HYDRA plan. Phil is loosing it - he gets reckless and stupid. Thomas play was clever but his tunnel vision has put Fitz and Simmons in peril and left him unconscious on an alien planet with evil Inhuman and HYDRA running around. Good thing he made one sane decision before he left. He made Mack acting director (that's a nice career - mechanic, traitor, superhuman supervisor, director of SHIELD) and after few moments of adjustment he gets hold of this disaster in the making. The Secret Warriors are a go.

Poor Fitzsimmons - it looks like the Universe (the writers) really have something against them. Jemma is the only one who knows how bad the thing out there is so she doesn't break. She is even contemplating leaving Will there if it means that thing stays put too. But Fitz is right how can you leave another human stranded there? He can't leave Will to die there and he certainly cannot let Jemma suffer. I hope he has a plan to kill two birds with one stone by taking HYDRA there. He's got pretty badass when Jemma was gone. And he has Caulson as back-up now.

I know there are theories Will is that thing. That he was it all along. But then why would he sabotage the portal finding trip with Simmons - it would've taken him to Earth. Why would he try to stop her from leaving with sandstorm instead of going with her? But I like the theories it will take someone over - hopefully Ward.

There is only one more episode left before the break. I'm excited for Agent Carter coming back but it will be a long wait for this show to come back.
ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
I can't stop fangirling about Agents of SHIELD. Things are happening. Mysteries are bing revealed. All the plots today lead to the same result - learning about HYDRA.

I was right - Roz didn’t know Mallick was Hydra. He was on World Council and advises president. He used to give orders to SHIELD. It’s not surprising he knew how to get himself embedded in ATCU. This is what HYDRA does.

Coulson office has that axe on the wall. And we get a better look at his love of historical gadgets (I also wonder if the watch thing was a jab at Clark Gregg's commercials). I wonder if some of them are the ones that used to belong to Tripp.

It was nice see Daisy Johnson the hacker - telling Hunter what to say to sound smart. Too bad she couldn’t type for him. And Lincoln was really impressed by her skills.

After today’s episode I really warmed up to that Bobbi and Hunter spin-off. Between Bobbi using her degree and her new flying batons and Hunter turning up the stereotypical Britishness (Damn the Yanks - Red Coats fan, God Save the Queen, asking for tea) until Americans give up and leave. Also he did basically the same thing to Banks he did to Ward. Only without shooting anyone. And they are so cute when they fight people together.

May apologising to Lincoln killed me. He thought she was mad at him (so did I) but, despite the unfeeling exterior she projects, she deeply empathises with people. She gets Lincoln point of view and she apologised. She feels guilty for missing what happened to him. And Lincoln thanked her for saving him.

Fitz and Simmons are stuck. Now that they know how bad Will’s fate was supposed to be. Fitz said what we all were thinking about the curse but Will still has it worse.

I really enjoy Ward as evil Hydra head - recruiting the guy he just tortured, announcing destroying the plane, plotting with Mallick. I mean I hate him and find him despicable and have no problem with someone taking him out. But I enjoy watching him being evil. Well except the parts where he hurts people I care about (like what he did to Andrew while gloating about hurting Melinda - not cool) - I mostly want him to die then.

And we also learn that he really didn’t have much to do with HYDRA and it’s true goals.Garret really didn’t care (or at least didn’t care about Ward knowing it). I suppose it’s fitting for Ward to be once again committed to a cause he doesn’t even know. He us truly the most clueless of extremely skilled evil killers.

And now we know why the large stone had all those holes.

My prediction for the rest of the season:

Lash’s power will be used to stop that Inhuman on the alien world when he (inevitably) comes back. It will cost Andrew his humanity.
ellestra: (slingers)
The creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 has taken it to kickstarter to bring the show back for one more season. Now that the legal problems have been solved all they need is 5.5 million dollars to make it happen (not a lot for 12 episodes). If they don't get there they have shorter season in mind depending on how much they can get. The minimum is 2 million and they are already over 1.3 with 30 days to go so I think that it should at least reach funding.

There is only a little over a week left and here's Jessica facing her biggest nemesis

The Expanse premiere is only a month away and I'm getting more and more excited with every trailer. Look a real proper science fiction in space.
ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
Finally, sunshine is back and so is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I suspected Andrew to be Lash since the episode 3 weeks ago when we learned Lash can turn back into human. That episode had a lot of clues that separately meant nothing but together made him seem very suspicious. It started to add up.

It looked like Lash had insider knowledge but from SHIELD not ATCU as Lash attacked Inhumans only SHIELD knew about - Alisha’s friends and Lincoln (the virus guy only found their addresses - not the list of names). He also knew about them finding his IT guy and killed him but he didn't kill Daisy. So it clearly suggested someone close to the SHIELD team.

Andrew never let any Inhumans on Daisy’s team and his reasons seemed like stalling. He mysteriously disappeared on May during their getaway so when May said that my first thought was “he probably disappeared because he was going through the Inhuman transformation and couldn’t show you”. He only came back once he learnt how to change back into human. So I was pretty sure he survived that Hydra attack by turning into Lash and scaring the shit out of little Werner von Strucker (we never see him dead just some legs and scared little Nazi).

The other popular suspects were on ATCU team. But both Rosalind and Banks were on the train with Coulson when Lash attacked Lincoln and Daisy.

Then we skipped two weeks later and the clues kept piling up. His miraculous survival seemed very fishy (especially since he basically recovers in no time). Then little Werner says monster (I know he might be talking about Ward but with other clues I was pretty sure that was about why he run away from that store). So by the time Andrew and Daisy talked I was sure. He was all so interested how much she saw of Lash and even more in Lincoln’s whereabouts all I could think was “no, please don’t tell him anything - he’s going to kill you or Lincoln or both”. By the time May learns about it I just felt relief I won't have to go through that horror screaming at your screen for the heroes to stop doing something stupid.

So the question remained why he would kill all these people and that's what we saw today. Despite having his abilities much longer than Joey Gutierrez it's Joey who got hold of his powers. He was running around scared and causing destruction all around him and now he makes sculptures.
The look of envy (and disbelief) on Andrew's face when Joey shows him how he learned to control his powers was very telling. And so was the way he wanted to find a hole with Joey's ability and control to not let him be on the team.

And we see Andrew flash to killing Joey. So he kills other Inhumans because he needs to - as a part of his power. And this is how he explains it to May after she confronts him and he ices her and chains her in an abandoned building. His explanations are weak - I feel the need and they deserve it - so it's no wonder she doesn't want to listen but then she appeals to their love and you see her break. After all he isn't at fault this happened to him but when the lives of people are at stake she is still the Melinda May who killed that little girl to save her team. And she uses the same love to make him turn back and then shoots him. Not knowing if he would survive.

This is why Melinda May is the most badass character.

I was a little mad at Lincoln for triggering this rampage but on the other hand Lash murdered a lot of his friends and he doesn’t know Andrew. He is not invested in his well being like the rest of the team. And he saved May because he figured out it was someone inside the SHIELD and wasn't scared to ask Mack for help and they figured out it was Andrew together. I wasn't fond of his story this season. I liked him last season but the whole thing with suddenly hating being Inhuman and not wanting to have anything to do with any of them, including refusal to help the new ones seemed out of character and wrong. And the fugitive, addicted boy on the run that Daisy will tame with her love is just made of so many bad cliches I started to back away from the ship I fully supported last spring. However, I see a potential in his character, especially paired with Mack (or preferably Deathlock - they were great together last season) and I like Like Mitchell so lets see the new Secret Warriors with Daisy, Joey and Lincoln.

Fitz and Simmons continue to be heartbreaking and perfect friends. So she did love him even before. And she made all those recordings for him so he would know if she didn't survive (will commented about how she said his name) but there is Will now stranded on an alien planet and no matter who sent him there it's not OK to leave him. This is where Hunter was wrong last week. Alone on alien planet isn't like Phoenix. There is one reason to save Will - he is human stranded alone on an alien planet. This is reason enough for any half-decent person to want to do all they can to bring him back. This is The Martian scenario and we know the right way to go about it. So does Fitz. But now it looks like it will also allow Jemma to chose without feeling guilty.

Bobbi is right Hunter. If you both keep risking your lives to stop Ward from hurting you you may end up dead and that would defeat the purpose. But, of course, Ward isn't just going to go away so they will need to do something about him anyway. He's coming to try to kill one of you again.

Now the big question is does Rosalind know Gideon Malick is Hydra or does she just report to him because he is part of the World Council?
ellestra: (sunrise)
It's cold, dark and raining outside. The election results are even more depressing and I'm swamped by work. But at least there's TV.

Yesterday it was the time to meet Supergirl.

It was so much better than watching Gotham (which is now bordering on masochism). It was fun and it was enjoying being fun. But of course everyone already said that. It made me a little anxious about how cheesy it was going to be but it was mostly great. Some of the effects made Supergirl look like a ragdoll and some of the plot suffered from pilotitis (when they try to pack so much to pilot that the time only allows for tropes) but most of it was absolutely endearing.

From Kara's optimism and joy at her accomplishments and powers to her reaction to meeting James Olsen. Her joy at trying flying again was infectious. I wanted to scream at her sister who just put it out. She could've at least say thank you. Of course it turned out she just wanted her out of the cross-hairs of the super secret, anti-alien organisation she works for. But at least we know that there are those in US government who consider Superman and Supergirl illegal aliens who should be deported or at least observed at all times.

But I liked how Alex turned around to chose Kara's side. It might be a shock to Kara to not to be invulnerable but the possibility of loosing her sister clearly shown Alex where her loyalties really lie. And the she talks her to keep being superhero and helps her figure out how to defeat the bad guy and it was awesome.

Also her crush on James Olsen, complete with stammering and not knowing were to look, was adorable. So was her general tendency to explain things in very excited way. In fact it reminded me of Jemma Simmons (just little less coherent) and we all know she does ramble in most lovable way.

The WB rules on separation of big and small screen action make some iffy choices - like Clark apparently hasn't spoken to his cousin in years (no calls, texts, internet? he could've at least like her on facebook) so he sends her messages second hand by other people and she has to ask them what he is like.

And the co-worker with crush veered a little into creepy territory (even though the costume part were funny the first try was "ugh") so I hope they'll fix that. And I hope Calista Flockhart's boss character will become less of a caricature as now she seems kind of on Miss Piggy level and that only works for felt characters.

Today on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. we learn what really happened to doctor Jemma Simmons.

I waited for this the whole week. After all the search for her and then that sudden rescue. After seeing what that world did to her we were to see what happened there.

And look at her start - it's all about the science. It's a way to deal and stave panic and keep hope. There is always an explanation and a way to figure out a way out. So Simmons. Look at how much hope she still has.

But we all know it’s not going to last. First, there was just dehydration and hunger and loneliness (a monster from the deep). Basically like The Martian only with an atmosphere. There is even stranded astronaut.

So now with more resources she figures a way back. She figures how the portal works and where it will open next. She sacrifices the rest of her battery and with it the memories of the life she left on Earth but it is to go back to Earth. And they fail. They fail to even send the message.

So she seeks comfort in Will. This is what happens when you lose hope and the two of you are the only humans on the planet. When your one hope of going back is lost and there is some benevolent force with you there that will do anything to stop you from going back and will try to kill you whenever it can.

I never expected Fitzsimmons to be the will they/ won’t they couple of this show though. You know - the one when they keep throwing obstacles at so they never get together. Until the series finale, of course. Or everyone getting tired and abandoning ship.

But I did expect Jemma and Will to become a thing since they met (the only two people in the world) and it was obvious she wanted to back for someone important to her) so I’m not surprised . But the sound of all the Fitzsimmons shippers hearts breaking was deafening. Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll be back together eventually.

But we know the Fitz never stopped looking for Jemma and that he would do anything to get her back. And when the flare comes she instantly knows who send it through.

And because Fitz is the best person (one she believed in for so long) - he is ready to do all he can to rescue Will. Will who just saw the sunshine for a brief moment first time in years before it disappeared. Just like Jemma Simmons and hope.

When I thing about it both of them are pretty similar. I'm sure they'd be great friends if not for living in Universes further apart than Earth and that dust planet (or Krypton).

And when all fails here's a cat burglar
ellestra: (sunrise)
This is the week when they tease us with the incoming attractions but we al know that not all that looks good in trailers fulfils the hype. We are grown ups well acquainted with disappointment. We can manage our expectations. We can... Oh, fuck it. So let's just allow ourselves enjoy it.

Jessica Jones full trailer is finally here and it's awesome (we don't even see much of him and I'm already revolted by the Purple Man)

And here's another thing that will premiere on 20 November - Amazon's The Man in High Castle. I loved the pilot (you can see the first 2 episodes here for free) and this makes it look even better than I hoped. I want it to succeed so badly it hurts.

All the Star Wars trailers put together in one - looks pretty epic, doesn't it?
ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
Marvel has delayed Captain Marvel once again. This time it's to make space for the Ant-Man sequel. At least it will be Ant-Man and The Wasp this time. Also the Internet is buzzing with Kevin Feige comments about fan-casting, especially in the context of casting Carol Danvers. Many think it means he wants Ronda Rousey to play the role but I think he just means the they like to look at what fan propose for ideas but it daoesn't mean they will agree. They do sometimes (Chris Evans was a massive favourite for Cap) but in the end they will pick whoever they like (and even if that's not going to be your favourite it's going to be fine - most actors are going to be fine in those roles).

The Charity DubsmashWars between Team Carter and Team SHIELD has posted it's last round. It's all about group effort and I'm sorry to say that it looks like SHIELD is still being infiltrated by HYDRA. Team Carter on the other hand is backed by Disney. We all know who has the better chance at world domination (All Hail the Mouse).

Here is Jessica Jones' day from waking up till working till early. In teaser trailers.

ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
If you told me that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be a series that I'm most excited to see back during most of season one I would laugh at you. Now it was and difficult wait. There were good distractions in the summer but last couple of weeks seemed way too long.

Skye now officially goes by her birth name (and only Phil can't get over it - put that money in the jar). She always wanted to know that and she did get along with her dad in the end. He no longer remembers her but she can at least keep the name.

And she's all about being Inhuman. While Lincoln wants to leave it all behind. He took Jiaying's betrayal harder than I though (that was one character development that seemed a little weird - he seemed to care a lot about his fellow Inhumans last season and said they were just misguided and now he just abandoned it all) and now wants to lead normal life of a hospital intern. Unfortunately there are new Inhumans popping everywhere due to fish oil all over US (and soon everywhere due to contaminated sea waters and wild life - I wonder if that will lead to Attilan inhabitants showing up in The Inhumans).

And there are a lot of people chasing those with powers. SHIELD obviously - but Joey is the first one they got to first. Then there is the new secret agency that just went public. They are much less friendly but they are not the ones killing the new Inhumans (and it seems some of the old ones too). Or at least it's implied the big spikey guy is behind the murders. In the comics Lush finds new Inhumans and judges them. If he finds them unworthy he kills them. Apparently, he recruits the worthy ones for his Inhuman supremacy team. Lovely guy.

Mack is still all about the list and keeping the powered sequestered and under control. That explains Lincoln's attitude much better. And doesn't make a good impression on Joey. But he has to deal with all these powered people and keep reckless scientists from throwing themselves into a dangerous artefact. No wonder he feels a need for bigger gun. Or and axe. Or a shotgun axe combination.

Bobbi the scientist. Biologist ♥ And she and Hunter are adorable. Go, fight Hydra and Ward together. Do something horrible to that asshole. Get yourselves that spin-off.

Fitz is getting his inner badass out. The last time he did stuff like that . Last season it was Simmons getting her revenge on Hydra for what happened to him. This time he risks his life to find out what happened to her. He knows it's something that can transport you far, far away. And that's true. It's also apparently taking you to your death but Simmons doesn't give up that easily. Whatever that planet is, where ever it is, whatever is chasing her she is still alive. And I think I know who will help them find her. On the promo our most obnoxious Asgardian on permanent vacation on Earth is back.

May unfortunately is still on vacation. We miss you May. Please come back. This show needs less exposition.

They keep Coulson's petrified hand in the lab.

MCU connections:

The US president is still the same as in Iron Man 3.

The mention of Ant-Man events. The whole disappearance of Pym Tech main site didn't go unnoticed.

And of course everything is still influenced by Sokovia events.
ellestra: (lightning)
I was supposed to write about Doctor Who but there is something more important happening tomorrow night - Lunar Eclipse. This is the last on of four happening in the two year period and this one will hit over the Atlantic so people living on both sides of the Atlantic will see it in full (Western Europe and Africa, The whole of South America and Eastern half of North America. The people in Eastern Europe and rest of Africa and most of North America should see the full length of total Eclipse of the Moon but will miss some part of the end or beginning of the eclipse. Unless like me you are in the third day of non-stop rain and there is no hope of a break in the cloud cover. I really wanted to see this one - it will be Supermoon Eclipse so the moon looks slightly larger then usual full moon and the total eclipse hit US East Coast at very reasonable hour - just before 11 PM - so no need to wake up in the middle of the night. It woud've been perfect. But with this weather I will have to watch it online - like west Pacific coast people (don't worry Japan, Australia - you'll get your own lunar eclipse in January 2018).

And if you don't care bout any of these here something else to wait for (my dad says Netflix should start services in Poland by December).

It's almost as if she sleeping off the night spent watching lunar eclipse.

The movies

Aug. 24th, 2015 06:54 pm
ellestra: (muppets)
In the past two weeks I saw two movies that will most likely be recorded in history as giant flops and I loved them both. I knew they were failing as soon as I walked into the cinema - The Man From UNCLE audience was skewing toward 60s age range (not that it's bad but usually means little repeat views) and American Ultra showing was mostly empty - and it made me sad in both cases. They were both fun, summer movies - action, explosions, humour and a little romance.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was so very pretty - the clothes, the settings, the cars and most of all the people (also very tall people - everyone talks about Armie Hammer but Elizabeth Debicki towers over Superman and Henry Cavil is not short - except of course Alicia Vikander who is normal sized woman and therefore looks tiny in this). I loved the humour (and the rest of audience did too) and the whole cast had great chemistry together. It's all very predictable - two guys from opposite sides who start hating each other but learn to be partners (eg every cop buddy movie) and the whole fake engagement plot (but they are really falling for each other - from the first sight) and the of course the evil Nazis (with the atomic bomb) - but I didn't care as the whole thing was deeply enjoyable and beautifully packed. The whole thing with Solo and Kuryakin trying to one up each other at who is the better spy (even though they both are basically forced to do it by their respective governments - tragic backstory is a thing in this movie) and of course the famous fashion fight. The completely over the top villains (remember Nazis - and rich ones at that). And I'm still surprised how invested I got into the Illya/Gaby romance in such a short time. They only just met each other and never even finish that kiss and I was totally sold on that romance from that first eyefuck. And then there are final credits and the files say Gabby is learning Russian and I just went awww. It was also funny because they got Brit to play American, American playing Russian, a Swede as a German and Australian playing Italian (but at least the secondary characters are mostly genuine as the foreign dialogue was pretty good - I got most of the Russian and German). I wish we could've have sequel.

American Ultra was a weird mix of a stoner comedy, office comedy and superspy films. Connie Britton and Walton Goggins were probably the best parts but the main couple was pretty likeable and Jesse Eisenberg plays confused nerd to perfection even while killing people with a spoon (hey, it's in every trailer). The whole amnesiac superspy who government wants to assassinate and he kills tons of people have of course become an overused trope long ago but this really sold the confusion. And the contrast between boring life without much opportunities in some place that civilisation forgot and the whole giant supertech government conspiracy. And stores are really full of deadly objects. I only wonder what happened to Laugher (they didn't simply let him disappear - someone is hunting him, right?)

I also saw Ant-Man this summer. It was OK. That's really all I have to say about it. (Also Peggy Carter was the best part.)
ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
OMG! OMG! OMG! I don't even know where to start! At the end maybe...

JEMMA! NO! Just when Fitzsimmons finally were to talk about Fitz's last year's declaration. Just when he finally asked her out. And she agreed. I refuse to believe she is dead but what will that artefact do to her? Will she become dangerous too Inhumans. Jemma who was so scared of powered people and alien artefacts and now she's going to be part of that world. At least that's what I'm telling myself because the I can't accept the alternative.

Bobbi! She got free and kicked Wards ass but she couldn't make it against both of them. And then she used herself to stop the bullet and saved Hunter's life. Because she's awesome and never gives up. Everything she tells Ward - absolutely true.

I believe Ward and Kara really loved each other in their own messed up way. I think he thought he was helping her but his not the most sane person himself. So instead of helping her just made thing worse. He dragged her down into the spiral of hate with him. He poisoned her mind and finally killed her. He didn't do it on purpose but everything he touches turns to dust. And now he's rebuilding Hydra. I didn't think they could make Ward any worse but look they can. I like it. It's something different than the redemption arks everyone else is doing.

Skye parents were monsters. That's what people said about both of them. Both of them. And now we know why. Cal may have anger issues. But Jiaying is the one who does this in a cold calculated manner. She is the brain behind the destruction. Hyde is the rage. Of course she had a long, long time to get detached from humanity and get used to sacrificing others. We learn how she stays young and alive all this time and that's by using other people lives. Even if they sacrificed themselves to keep her as a living embodiment of their history against her wishes (I doubt she couldn't stop it if she wanted it) she got used to ends justifying the means. And then Whitehall came along.

She doesn't see humans as people any more. They just fodder. She kills them to stay alive and when they go to close to her precious Inhumans. She planned to kill the whole SHIELD to make sure they cannot track and harm her people. Like they did to her (for her there is no difference between SHIELD and HYDRA no matter what they say). In her mind she's saving her people. But she does that by murdering anyone who isn't one of them. The Mists tell the truth - you either find your heritage or die. For Jiaying it's Us against Them. And people who follow her believe in this because all she did for them. They can't see the cold inside.

What Whitehall did destroyed her and Cal tired so hard to put her back together. Never really succeeded. Turned himself into a monster in the process. For love. Of Jiaying. And Daisy. To have the family back together. He never stopped loving them. She did so he stopped her. Bur with her power I wonder if she is truly dead or only until someone pours a new life into her (she had all her organs removed - even heart and she survived so what is being crushed?).

It was great to see Coulson use the love they both have for Skye to stop Hyde and convince him to switch sides. For Cal Daisy is the priority and anything that could harm her needs to be stopped. Even if it's her own mother.

I wondered about keeping the story with Ward through all of this Inhuman plot but it all together nicely. Not by influencing each other but by how nice the stories of Grant/Kara and Cal/Jiaying parallel each other. Both women were tortured and destroyed by Whitehall. Both had men who tried to help them get back their lives and never succeeded. Both died by the hands of their lovers. And yet the Cal story was story of redemption even though he killed Jiaying on purpose. Ward killed Kara by mistake and he keeps falling. Love doesn't solve anything. It's not enough. You still need to understand how to be a good person to be a good person.

I love Skye's two dads getting together to help her. I got or teary eyed at Cal and Skye goodbye. And I'm sad now because he doesn't remember her. TAHITI gave him a happy life but there is no Daisy in it. No wonder she didn't tell him - he probably wouldn't agree. But I think Ward is missing out by not agreeing to go through with this.

I knew Ruth Negga was going to leave the show but I was hoping Raina would lead Inhumans into hiding. Not die. I'm sad now despite all that she had done she really found herself there. I was also sad to see Gordon go but he was too deeply sold on Jiaying view of the world. But Lincoln understood she was wrong and tried to make others see it too. I wonder what happened to all of them. Skye says at the end she is the only one in the special division so far so did he leave? Are they all imprisoned? Put on the List and released? Where did all the Inhumans go?

The fights once again were awesome. I can't decide which one I liked more Bobbi vs. Ward and Kara or Skye vs. the Inhuman legion but both were awesome. I just know Bobbi would've won if it wasn't two on one. And Skye was fighting like 5 of those redheads at once.

May takes her gun even on vacation. And she and Andrew talk again. It looks like she finally could let the girl go.

Mack is staying but Bobbi and Hunter might be leaving.

Coulson lost hand - will he get a cool bionic one?

All that Terrigen in fish oil. I think this filtered out the Deviner pieces out finally so humans won't have any reaction but anyone with Inhuman heritage... I think that the emergence of all that new Inhumans will eventually lead us to Attilan.

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