[ Stop reading here if you have not seen the show but plan to. ]
I had seen a few episodes of Arrow and thought it was decent enough. Just the fact that the show made me like Oliver was a feat in itself, considering how shrill and annoying he was in the comics (in recent years, DC Comics has gone not just from having him be an alternative viewpoint to other heroes, but now proudly boasts of him as the “left-wing crusader”).
So when I heard a spinoff was coming out starring the Flash, I had to check it out. The promotional shots of the costume looked awful. The first couple episodes were very shaky. But around the third episode it started to, uh, find its footing. It’s fun, inventive, and only mildly bogged down by CW Network teenage soap opera nonsense. They’ve even taken some near-execrable plot points from the comics and made them work.
And true to the comics, the show has a firm moral center. It’s a little wobbly in places, but even then not overly so, and Barry Allen is clearly a good guy who wants to do right.
A central point of the story arc is time travel. Unlike most stories based on such, Flash seems to be starting from a point where history has already been changed. Perhaps more than once. It’s a credit to the creative team that the plot is complex, yet still accessible to a mainstream audience.
But you wanna know “Does it look Awesome?” Let’s look.
An episode of the one-season 1990 Flash series went to town and had a sort of reversed clone of Flash with all his powers, and got the two into a high speed fight –
… yeah. Although the bullet-catching bit was nice. The series did manage to pull off some good super-speed scenes now and again, but by and large, they just didn’t have the means to portray someone like Flash on screen too well.
Compare and contrast. High-speed combat –
Not quite FX on the level of Man Of Steel or Avengers, but they don’t have a movie-level budget, and they make the most of what they’ve got.
And I don’t hate the costume anymore. Not super fond of it, but I don’t hate it.
I am very much looking forward to the season finale tomorrow night, and hope the showrunners can pull it off.
….and yours too.
My wife just now got her Vile Faceless Minion badge and number as part of the Evil Legion Of Evil, as seen over at Vox Popoli –
Having joined the ranks of the anonymous illustrious, she was assigned Badge No. 0187. When I informed her what “187” means, she burst out laughing so hard she literally bounced up from her chair.
John Hawkins of Right Wing News presents some of his uncensored hate mail. It’s all from self-styled “liberals” and is all a variation on one theme – “Fuck off and die!”
Honestly, I’m disappointed with the selection Hawkins shows… I was hoping for some actual flair or creativity among the h8fest, since it’s from people who fancy themselves pillars of intellect and wit. Some insults involving lighter fluid, a pack of condoms, and a goat, at the very least. No dice. But I did discover what is probably a typo and has now become my new favorite word –
Racisy! That is going to be my answer to everything. Vague enough to throw at anything and harder to deflect than a concrete charge like “racist.” Girl won’t call you back? She’s racisy! Didn’t get the promotion? Boss is racisy! That is my default response from now on.
Clearly, we need legislation against the use of super-speed. Because career criminals always obey laws.
4 + 1 + 1 + 5 = 11
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That’s gotta be my clickbaitiest title ever.
So Yahoo’s homepage asks the question, “Why is Taylor Swift buying a .porn Web suffix?”* Obviously clickbait, but one worth investigating. The full story is that a new domain suffix – .sucks – is on the near horizon. The suffix .porn is already out there. Swift, Microsoft, and Harvard have reportedly already bought into .porn. While Swift.porn sounds tailor-made as a service for speedy, uh, delivery, something about combining “micro,” “soft,” and “porn” just seems meta-contradictory somehow.
I’m waiting for someone to start a nightskyradio.sucks site. I’ll know I’ve hit the big time once I’ve attracted hatefollowers.
* The little thumbnail teaser read “Swift buys Web’s .porn”. You know you would have clicked it too.
Stolen without shame from John C. Wright –
Tomorrow at 9.26 and 53 seconds, it will be
Which is pi.
This will happen only once in the history of time.
The world ends. Prepare yourself.
(unless you are not on military time, in which case it happens twice, am and pm)
A bit more numerologizing at his site. No mention, however, regarding apple pi, American Pi, four of fish and finger pi, or private investigators. Disappointing, as one would expect a man of his intellect and wit to have a finger in every pi.
Not sure what to buy your special someone for Valentine’s Day? Find the perfect gift for any significant other here –
…whether they want a gift or not –
… as well as gifts for the entire Facebook LGBTISMAQEDR&B spectrum –
… or however “other” your significant one is –
I’m not even gonna tell you about the chocolates.
So I just heard that Beck won the Grammy award and Kanye West is mad about it because he thinks Beyonce should have won it.
Quoth West, after the ceremony …
I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.
Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.
Beck? Not a real artist? Like his songs or not, he is an artist, who plays multiple instruments and writes his own music. As for feats of music, he’s had two gold records, one platinum, and one double platinum, won several awards, and got every Gen X kid in America chanting “Soy un perdedor” in the 1994.
I’m also pretty sure Beyonce never had the Grim Reaper squeegeeing windshields in any of her videos.
I’ve not heard either Beck’s album or Beyonce’s, but I would bet sound unheard that Beck’s is at least as good or better. In the next day or two I’ll hunt them up and give each one a listen and see if Beck really is “disrespecting artistry” somehow. [ Addendum: I forgot, posting very late at night as I did, to mention that Beyonce’s singing ability is far better than Beck’s. Gotta give her that. ]
My favorite part of this nitwittery is how social media lit up like a Christmas tree on fire in a mirrored ball warehouse wondering who this Beck guy is. Not like he’s ever had a hit song on the radio or videos on MTV or anything.
And why is Kanye white knighting for Beyonce? Last I heard, Kanye was married to Kim Kardashian, why’s he out there reppin’ for another (married) woman? Again? Does she snap her fingers and he comes yapping, or does he do this on his own?
Shirley Manson of the band Garbage wrote an open letter slamming West –
“Dear Kanye West,
It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.
P.s. I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”
Heh. Seems that Shirley agrees on the white knighting.
There needs to be one of those “Real Men Of Genius” ads for Kanye and his idiotic showboating. There’s already a perfect theme song lying around by some no-name hack.