In this golden age of superheroes on television, fans are getting to spend hours and hours with their favorite heroes, or even being introduced to new ones they might not have been as familiar with before.Each of these shows are traditionally built upon decades of comic book history. The benefits of series like these, other than their immediate popularity, lie in the fact that they have such a rich history of talented storytelling that they can in all likelihood continue to mine their source material for years and years. Even 21st century titles like Runaways and Jessica Jones have at least a decade of comic history to their name, which is no small amount and plenty of material to still power those shows for years to come. Comic book storytelling, in general, is like a tapestry. There are so many moving pieces. So many elements introduced early on that will connect to a larger event as the story progresses. Comics make the most out of foreshadowing, and the TV shows are no different. … [Read more...] about 15 Spoilers You Completely Missed At the Start of Superhero Shows
Marvel future fight hack
When the pilot aired in 2011, Teen Wolf surprised viewers by completely distancing itself from the beloved, but cheesy ‘80s film of the same name. Much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show took the premise of the film that inspired it, but very little lese. In fact, the series has more in common with BtVS than you might think. Both used literal demons as metaphor for figurative ones, had ever expanding mythologies, and were significantly darker than the movies that preceded them. Lasting for six seasons, the series became MTV’s first bonafide hit in terms of scripted shows.Oft overlooked and underrated, Teen Wolf forged a unique path for itself. The show began as a story about the friendship between two lovable losers trying to fight their way through both high school and supernatural threats. However, over time it evolved into more of an ensemble piece and the problems faced by this “pack” rose to epic proportions. While it is true that the majority of … [Read more...] about 15 Dark Secrets Behind Teen Wolf
The second trailer proves Ready Player One will have more Easter Eggs and cameos than any movie before. How else can you sum up the sheer volume and variety of pop culture references contained in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the novel, when early trailers already contain more than most feature films? It may take years to find them all, be they superheroes, classic films, video games… or anything else that the generations who lived through the 1980s and onward saw define “pop culture.”The wealth of references and blurred lines between real life and fiction is a credit to Ernest Cline’s novel, upon which Ready Player One is based. But it’s one thing to read about a movie hero living a life filled with immortal fictional characters, and something else to see it brought to life. And just to make sure that fans don’t miss out on some of the most well-hidden, easy to miss, and secretly brilliant cameos and Easter Eggs, … [Read more...] about Ready Player One: EVERY Trailer Easter Egg
The new April issue of Uncut, out now, features David Bowie peering from the cover in his guise as sleazy space-star Ziggy Stardust. To celebrate this look at Bowie’s greatest creation 40 years on, here’s a fantastic piece from Uncut’s 18th issue, in November 1998, in which Chris Roberts looks back at the glammed-up, transgressive superstars who changed his adolescent world.Like, I could’ve cared less.For into this world of On The Buses and Lift Off With Ayshea, of much fuss about some guy named Tutankhamen and newly decimalised currency, came a psycho-cultural force so irresistible, so spectacular, that one could only roll over and experience puberty as an absurdly hallucinogenic riot.Into this world came strange news from another star, came men singing of cops kneeling to kiss the feet of priests, and of queers throwing up at the sight of that, and of girls who were slim, weak, windy and wild, and had the teeth of the Hydra upon them.Into this world came Glam … [Read more...] about The Rise And Fall Of Glam
I wanted four things from the Agents of SHIELD finale.1. Don’t redeem Ward.What I got was an episode that had no idea what kind of tone it was going for, and firmly established Agents of SHIELD Season One as just a big set up for the show that it should have been from the first episode.We open at a Cybertek cubicle farm where a new employee is being shown around the operation, which turns out to be the allegorical control center for a bunch of allegorical drones: Ian Quinn’s super soldiers. The new guy was wooed by their “incentives program” which is code for “we kidnap and threaten your loved ones.” This should be obvious, since it’s entirely Hydra and Cybertek’s MO for Deathlok so why shouldn’t it continue, but the show dances around it all episode as characters who have no reason to sugar- or sarcasm-coat the reality to whoever they are talking to still use the euphemism. It’s kept a mystery just to make things sound … [Read more...] about Recap: “Beginning of the End”
Jessica Jones could lift your car and stop it with no effort. If she’s ever knocked down, she’ll punch back several times harder. No matter who she’s talking to, her snarky attitude will come through, because she doesn’t give a shit about formalities—but if you whisper in her ear while she’s sleeping, that attitude turns vulnerable. You’ll find her trembling because of reminders from a hidden past, murmuring, “Birch Street … Higgins Drive … Cobalt Lane,” under her breath to calm down. As another female superhero leads the small screen, she’s much bigger than any of the ones you see in movies.With the debut of Jessica Jones on Netflix, Marvel offers a female protagonist who’s darker and grittier than anyone in their cinematic universe. A no-nonsense private investigator, Jones (Krysten Ritter) is someone who acts like she doesn’t care but is constantly haunted by her villain’s manipulative … [Read more...] about How Television Provides Better Female Superheroes Than Film
This Friday, Microsoft will release its new Xbox One video game console, competing directly with longtime rival Sony, whose PlayStation 4 console launched last weekend. The two machines are comparable in gaming power, but the Xbox One offers some never-before-seen options regarding television watching and other entertainment possibilities. Microsoft is unmistakably making a bid for “Input One” on your television, to be the primary device through which you consume all living room media.However, in practical terms, the specs and performance of the two machines are very comparable (Xbox One has a faster CPU, while the PS4 has more GPU cores and faster RAM). The Xbox contains an eight-core CPU, 8GB of DDR RAM, an 853 Mhz Radeon GPU and a 500GB hard drive. Microsoft has touted the future ability for their machines to offload computation to the cloud, allowing for a “virtual upgrade” to the Xbox One’s hardware, but those features will not be implemented at … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Xbox One: Does It Live Up to the Hype?