The Shadow Hunters, Season Finale

The Shadow Hunters are based on the books that I have not read. I have watched the movie, The Mortal Instruments, but I don’t think that’s important to my thoughts about the TV series. The series is it’s own thing. I have no idea what differences there are between it and the book, so let’s go!

I will start with the alternate dimension episode. That was a TV original, right? Dunno. But it was fun. There was enough time throughout the season to get to know the characters, so seeing them in a nice, normal life with all different personalities was great. I mean, I might be alright with one alternate dimension episode each season with different circumstances.

The show started off pretty standard. It’s not until we start really digging into the characters that it becomes rather enjoyable. The initial episodes were a bit heavy on just having characters act a certain way to hammer in what they are like. It’s once Clary gets to know them more and they move past all of that does their interactions become more enjoyable. Alec, especially, is great over the course of the season.

Each of the characters got to develop over the course of the season. Of course, with Jace, it was becoming super angsty about everything. Come on, dude. Come on. I enjoyed Izzy just because she’s actually nice to non-shadow hunters. Simon got some nice badass parts while still being dorky. Really pleasantly surprised with Lydia’s character and hope she gets some screentime next season. I am glad to see Clary steadily growing more competent with fighting as the season went on, thoguh I sort of wished they showed more of her training. I mean, it probably happened off screen, but some more on screen would be better.

The actions scenes, though, they’re merely serviceable. Could have been better. They had weird speed effects, I guess to show that these are super-powered fighters, but still, the moves look weak.

One thing I thought was weird was how they changed up the institute. I have no problem with them modernizing it, giving them computers and stuff. The strange thing is them adding in an entire staff of other shadow hunters and IT guys (I assume). Yet, no one does anything useful. It’s like the institute is ran by three teenagers. No wonder Valentine is winning. No one else is capable of doing anything.

So, the series started off a bit standard, but gets fun once they really start getting to know the characters. I enjoyed it.

Next year is going to be the year of Malec! Unless the books dictates that’s not so. Because happiness is boring, apparently.

Supergirl

Ah, Supergirl. I was quite excited for this show when I first heard of it. I really like female super heroes, so I was of course going to check it out. The show started out a bit hit or miss, and I think the writers never really got past that. However, each high point got progressively higher while the lower points remained the same, so the quality of the episodes got better as the show went on.

It’s like the writers have certain scenes they want to do, and those are done great. But they have less of an idea on how to actually get to those scenes, so the transitions are just thrown in there any way possible. One of the most ridiculous ones would have to be when Kara is kidnapped. She comes back. No one cares she was kidnapped, even the guy standing there seeing it happen!

And I find it oddly strange how much time Kara has during crisis to attend to her boss.

I am enjoying the show, I just hope they tighten up on the writing a bit. There are several great characters, and most episodes are the good kind of cheesy. It’s the kind of hope you want from the S symbol.

Melissa Benoist is perfect as Supergirl. I cann’t imagine anything better. She is adorable and awkward when needed, but then when she shows of anger, it is scary. She seriously makes this show so great, and I want more just for her alone.

Alex, Kara’s Earth sister, is pretty good as well. I never disliked her, and as the series went on, I enjoyed seeing her more and more. I think she interacts with Supergirl wonderfully. Hank Henshaw is really enjoyable, too. I’ll talk more about him in the spoiler section. I also enjoy Winn and his interactions with Kara and James.

I am pleasantly surprised by both Cat Grant and Maxwell Lord. I think Cat was a character I thought would be all obstructive, but she gives more advie to Supergirl than anyone else, and there are several scenes showing she does care for people. Maxwell, I think that if he sticks in the more ambiguous mode instead of just irrational villain not liking Supergirl, he will be a really interesting character going forward. He could be the lead challenger on having Supergirl solve everything. Just don’t make him cartoony who wants to destroy all aliens at all costs. Come on.

James and Lucy, hmm. I think James could have more to do not related to who he dates. Sure, he snuck into Maxwell Lord’s labs, but that was only that one time. As for Lucy, now that she’s working for the DEO (I hope) I think she’ll get some more interesting things to do.

Finale Spoilers

Wow, this was so cheesy. But I think the show is aiming for the old Super Man where the power of hope and family wins out. I mean, I certainly felt it work in terms of the tone of the series. Supergirl should be inspiring from more than just her ability to punch bad guys. And I think it was set up well with her earning people’s admiration all through the season.

The final battle, while short, had some great moments. I think it might be budget keeping them from doing anything longer, and that’s a shame. Supergirl is really the kind of character that needs a lot of effects to sell how powerful she is. There’s a punch, and then there’s a punch that leaves gouges in the ground because the person you punched has slid a hundred feet away. The Martian Manhunter fights were short but sweet.

I think a large problem is that the show can’t use Superman for anything other than quick, unimportant shots. It just makes things awkward when they invent strange ways to take him out of the action. After this season finale, they should commit to Superman accepting that Supergirl can handle planetery disasters and no need to come running in for the next one. Just have him conveniently off world.

In closing, the show has been getting better each episode, but each episode still comes with a lot of convenience and low points. I hope the writers tighten those up, but keep the same upbeat and hopeful tone of the show. I don’t need doom and gloom from Supergirl.

Sleepy Hollow, Season 3 Finale

Huh, this season. It keeps most of the Crane I enjoyed watching previously, and his interactions with Abbie are still fun. The secondary characters have their own B plot most of the time now, which is cool. Though I do really want them to work together more.

The season doesn’t really pick up until the Hidden One appears. After that, it starts to feel a bit less formulaic. Each episode is still dealing with a monster of the week, but it just seems to hide it better with a main threat going around.

This might be a budget thing, since most TV shows that rely on heavy special effects seem to have lackluster fighting, but defeating the monsters still seems to easy. They find random item and bring down all those mythical creatures. And I think this season suffers from a lot more of super powerful bad guy stands around just watching, and I’m not talking about the Hidden One. There are multiple times when Pandora is there and decides not to do anything. This is especially noticeable in the final episode.

Overall, I think the setup to the confrontations with monsters are fine, they just don’t have the something extra to make the actual fights feel like a good payoff.

Onto the plot of the season, it was alright minus all the really convenient stuff going on to stop the badguys from just obliterating Crane and Gang. Pandora and the Hidden One actually had an arc, which was nice. Jenny and Joe (Corben’s son) was nice, as was Abbie and Danny (her boss). I actually liked the mid-season introduction of a new cast member. What I thought was underdeveloped was Betsy Ross and Crane.

More direct thoughts on the season finale. There will be spoilers.

Wow, they got rid of a lot of the main cast of potentially interesting people. Betsy, back to the past. Joe, dead. Abbie(!) dead. Abbie was a witness, and now she’s gone? I mean, I read that the actress wanted out of the show, but I can still blame the show creating that kind of environment. Pandora is also gone. Assuming they don’t get rid of the FBI, that would leave Jenny, Danny and the other FBI woman as main characters.

The first season of the show was fun. It was dark, mysterious while still being awesome. The headless horseman being Death riding around wielding a shotgun? The goofy kind of awesome. Individual monsters bring creepy? Nice.

It felt as if that formula would be unsustainable  in the long term. But everything they added after the first season seemed to bog things down. And now they lost one half of the main characters? It could either be a great shakeup or the end. They really need better main villains, though.

iZombie, Season 2 Finale

This show, man, this show is so good. The initial concept is goofy, but they ran with it so well in such great ways. I’ll start with general thoughts on season 2. I am really glad that they picked up with what happened in season 1. Almost nothing was forgotten. Major killing all those people in Meat Cute? Now the topic of a major investigation. Heh, major.

And I was really surprised that Peyton came back on the show. I was so glad when that happened. I thought when she left at the end of season one, that would be it. I mean, she was and still is a guest star. But Peyton is great and her interactions with Liv are fantastic.

The cases of the week are alright. It’s always a highlight seeing Liv act differently. I feel that this season, they toned up her personality shifts. In season one, it was more 75% live with 25% other guy. Now, it’s maybe 50, 50. It leads to some hilarious situations, and Rose McIver (actress playing Liv) does each personality so well.

I just find it odd how other zombies don’t exhibit as much of a shift, though it might have to do with Liv actively trying to get into the brain’s personality to help her solve cases.

The other characters are great as always. Babineaux’s incredulous looks at what’s going on is always fun. Major still can’t catch any breaks, no breaks. Blaine had a somewhat interesting development that I hope he shifts out of soon. It does look like that’s happening, though. Ravi will always be there for you.

This season adds two possible antagonists, Mr. Boss for Blaine and Max Rager for Liv. Both of them being around does not make the season feel too busy at all, and both are really threatening in different ways. The balance leans more towards Max Rager, but I hope Mr. Boss gets more focus next season. That guy is creepy.

As the season goes on, the case of the week gets less and less important when compared to the main plot, and that’s great. Zombies are coming to the forefront!

Now, onto the two hour finale. This will contain spoilers, so stop here and go watch the season already! iZombie is fun, serious, sad, all that stuff at all the right times.

Finale thoughts.

Totally awesome. It was such a shake-up of the normal episode. They went full on zombie movie style with guns, rampaging zombies attacking cilivians and badassitude. Thank you trained soldier brain. And Clive is finally in on what’s happening! That will make for interesting future dynamics.

The action scenes were done really well, and it was such a fitting end to Max Rager. But from there, a new villain emerges! I still have hope for more Mr. Boss focus, though. He was still shown to be a threat for a reason!

And I actually liked Gilda/Rita. So sad she’s not around anymore.

Yep, want a season 3 so much.

DC Movie Universe

This post will just be some random thoughts I had about the DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU). It will go to whatever I can think about at the time. Then maybe I’ll come back and add in stuff later since I always think up new stuff when I am nowhere near my computer. And yes, this will have comparison to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Anyway, I think they have sort of a disadvantage to it in that both Batman and Superman have been done so many times before on film alone. I don’t know if that influenced their decision to change the tone of their universe to being more grim and dreary or if they are trying to do the character a different way, thus all the changes to what people know and like.

Now, I’m not saying they have to do it the same way as before. I mean, every adaptation changes something, it’s just that not all changes are well-recieved. But doing Batman and Superman again might get old for people. For the MCU, they’re doing heroes that never had a big screen appearance before, or not a well-known one (*cough*Captain America*cough*). Marvel is all new, all fresh and fun. On the other side, DCCU is telling another Superman story or Batman story.

This is also why I am more excited for Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad. They are new big screen appearances, and I was also really impressed with Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman. So I’m still looking forward to future DCCU movies, and I hope they do it better. I just hope the movies will flow better.

Now, it’s clear the DCCU is trying to play catchup and getting their Justic League rolled out as fast as possible. The MCU already has 2 successful teamups of their major heroes, so DCCU is trying to introduce theirs as fast as possible. Does having a major teamup first and then breaking off into solo movies work? It’s hard to say.

I mean, it certainly can work, but it will be a lot harder. Introducing them all at once could lead to them not getting enough individual character moments, especially since you need to have a badguy, too. If there’s one thing DCCU could do, it’s having their badguys be more threatening and last for more than one movie.

As of right now, I am still looking forward to the DCCU movies, though if I had to choose, it would have to be the MCU for me. The MCU is more fun with lots of great movies already there. the DCCU provides a different feel, and that’s alright.

Star Wars Rebels

Yay Star Wars. The second season of Rebels does some great stuff with many different locations and new alien creatures. I find that more interesting at times than all of the empire stuff going on. That episode with Zeb finding a new planet was fantastic and gorgeous. It had some of the best visuals around. I enjoyed the Purgills, too, just for being cool and magical.

Star Wars always has been a fantasy series more than a science fiction series. It’s nice to see strange creatures dueling with saber wielding wizards.

The episodes are mostly self-contained with some references to past events here and there. At times, I feel that isn’t enough. The problem would take like 20 minutes to set up, which meant the solution came about in the last 5. Toss in a few multi-episode arcs and mix that up with a few breather episodes and I think the series would be that much more compelling.

The finale, though, that was awesome. Great atmosphere, returning characters and a whole lot of lightsaber action! It had all the emotions going on. I won’t go into spoilers in this piece, but the episode was a very worthy finale to this season’s journey. And it was a double episode! That made it so much better that they don’t need to rush out a resolution. They can take the time to build up atmosphere and tension.

This is a finale that gets me really excited for the third season of Rebels. And the entire concept of Rebels is interesting since you don’t know where these characters will end up, only that they no longer factor into the equation by the time the movies come around. What’s going to happen to them?

So, second season I enjoyed more than the first season just because of the more varies locations and fantastical elements of the universe. And more hidden temples are always a fun experience.

Helicopter lightsabers are still ridiculous, though.