DFWRob

DFWRob

Name: Gary Roberts

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November 20, 2017 3:24 pm Between the iFanboy brain trust and the feedback received so far from Randal and Bionic Dave I am probably closest to Randal with my opinion. I was surprised how much of it I enjoyed and it did exceed my rock bottom expectations of it being terrible. I do have a fresh hope though that the next Justice League or Wonder Woman/Batman/Flash movies will have better villains to create a real story around.
November 14, 2017 3:30 pm I saw that too. Congratulations Ron!
November 5, 2017 10:08 pm Calling this an "Annual" issue is as accurate a description as I've heard. Not just because of the mash-up of characters but because there are whole sections of the movie that feel like they are different stories by different creative teams. But like the best annuals it all comes together and I felt like the end with Thor sitting on the throne he rejected at the very beginning of the first movie to show how far the character has come. Overall I enjoyed the movie even though it did focus at times on a character laying in a one liner instead of highlighting any dramatic tension. I've also read a lot that a lot of people found this to be the funniest Marvel movie which I disagree with. Spider-Man homecoming had me dying laughing at some points and unlike Thor the humor felt natural as the character is meant to embrace humor.
October 16, 2017 5:35 pm Every now and then I think about picking up G.I. Joe or a Transformers book from IDW and i'm actually intimidated. I have no clue where to start. No clue which books are connected. They seem to reboot every year. Seem to be in a constant state of crossover. And the art on a lot of it is pretty ugly. If i'm wrong please let me know. But I guess now I know how a new reader for Marvel or DC must feel making sense of their continuities. As for Patrick's question about binging, just like TV shows I think it depends entirely on the book if it works better or not. I got Marvel Unlimited this year and also "binged" BMB's and Brubaker's entire Daredevil run and thought it was an excellent read as a giant story. There were mini-arc's mixed in there so it never felt repetitive or like it dragged on. Alternatively I read the first two giant volumes of Walking Dead one after the other. Something like 75 issues in a row. And I got bored with the repetitive story line of the group finding temporary shelter and running after volume one. I've never felt a need to go back to the comic book or the TV show since. Whereas if I was reading it monthly I don't think the story would have felt as borning.
October 6, 2017 5:15 pm I really enjoyed the 3rd episode just like the first two. Again, I had no problem with the technical inconsistencies like side-to-side transporters or that they are working on a mysterious transportation method that never carried over to the other series. Discovery feels self contained and we don't know the whole story yet. The end of the season could see the ship mysteriously destroyed scaring Starfleet from trying it again. Or it's successful and classified top secret through the TNG era because if it fell in the hands of another alien race it which could be disastrous. At the same time though the show feels like Star Trek to me. A number of plot points have been used in previous series. -Mutineer rejoins Starfleet - Ro Laren in TNG -Starfleet experimenting with mysterious tech - The Pegasus in TNG or The Equinox in Voyager -Commanding officers with dark intentions - too many to list. And even if Captain Lorca and some of the crew may have bad intentions we spent enough time in the first two episodes to establish that the Federation does have good intentions.
October 6, 2017 12:10 pm I only watched the Gifted and took everyone's advice and skipped Inhumans. Although I am a fan of Agents of Shield and disagree with Connor that A.o.S looks cheap. The special effects for Daisy, Ghost Rider and Hive over the past couple of seasons have been really impressive for a TV show. But onto the Gifted - I enjoyed it. I liked the family dynamics of the show and hope that as a TV show they'll have time to let the characters breathe and explore the parallels between Mutants and real world minorities in a way the movies sometimes don't have time to do (like the comics traditionally have). You can already see them alluding to the plight of illegal immigrants today. I'm glad they didn't immediately make the parents muthantphobic bad guys and put the kids on the run. While i'm sure it would have been fine it would also draw too many comparisons to Runaways which is also coming soon. Making it a show about the Struckers and Lorena and her baby does make it unique compared to the terrible family dynamics of the CW shows. The cliffhanger certainly worked too. I'll be back next week. Whether I stick with the whole season is a tougher answer with sooo much on TV nowadays. I also haven't even finished Legion...
September 29, 2017 4:26 pm For context for my comments, I'm definitely a Trekkie. I watched reruns of all five previous series over and over again when I was growing up and have read dozens of the books. And I absolutely loved Star Trek Discovery. There was certainly a small piece of me who felt irked by some of the canonical inconsistencies that Mike and Ron commented on like the holographic projectors. But I am so much more impressed with the amazing look and feel of the show. The only thing that even comes close in my mind to the visuals is Game of Thrones. I was immediately hooked with the story and i'm really interested to see Michael's journey from here and what the discovery is doing that needs her skills. I'm also so use the practice of creating my own continuity from comics that I have no problem just saying to myself this is a different star trek than TOS or the Kelvin timeline. The rest is all marketing BS.
September 5, 2017 4:56 pm Great show guys! Thank you for the countless hours of entertainment you've provided over the last 10+ years. A couple of thoughts I had. 1. I found it kind of sad that Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns are still the "go to" books seen as the very best of the art form. There really hasn't been anything better after 30 years? I guess i'm in the minority that as I've grown up these books have lost a lot of appeal for me. Especially DKR. I can't stand Millers version of Batman (and all the other writers who have done an ultra violent Batman since). 2. Thanks for turning me onto the Great Albums podcast. I've already listened to a few and found it terrific.
June 5, 2017 1:24 pm I thought as a singular film it was terrific. I didn't think it dragged at all and never found myself looking at my watch. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine really shined on screen and played off each other and the rest of the cast so well. From a plot standpoint I thought they made a smart choice setting it at the very end of WW1 and that even the final battle with Ares was earned as they emphasized Diana's singular focus on him throughout the movie. But as a "sequel" to BvS it raised some questions and created some missed opportunities. 1. Where was Diana throughout the rest of the 20th century? Giving up on humanity and living a life of seclusion flies in the face of the character we saw here. 2. Why have Ares kill off the rest of the Gods? Athena, Hermes, Apollo and the rest have been key players in the comics for 75 years. By killing them off I feel like they lost a lot of storyline opportunities.
June 5, 2017 1:09 pm It didn't even seem like Ron was talking that fast. I've heard him go much faster in other podcasts.