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THE FLASH: What Gets Left Behind

The Flash’s finale (“Legacy”) was pretty damn charming. I loved Cisco telling Camilla his secret – especially her reaction. I mean, she brought up comic books and was super reasonable. I also think Carlos Valdes did a great job conveying Cisco’s fear and vulnerability when confessing to her: “I’ve seen how hard it is to […]

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Driven by Rage

Excited at the appearance of Professor Hulk in AVENGERS: ENDGAME? I know I was. So what better time to get to know everyone’s favorite Green Goliath a little better? Our story begins, as many of these columns seem to, with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Stan Lee. It was 1962 and Stan was looking to follow up the […]

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SUPERGIRL: The Mirror Has Two Faces

Supergirl’s 21st episode (“Red Daughter”) was full of interesting moments. I mean, I still don’t care about Ben Lockwood, even if he did tango with Otis (I really wanted Alex to kick his butt, ugh). But I enjoyed Lena confronting her mother, roping her into helping, armed with snark, a toxin, and a baby truth […]

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Leveling Up on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 21st episode (“The Girl with The Red Lightning”) had a lot going on and a lot of great moments. The main plot revolves around finding Cicada II to stop her from killing all metas. But that was used to introduce an interesting real-world concern: vaccines. While the show is a lot less heavy-handed […]

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Avengers Assembled

In a lot of ways, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, directed by the Russo Brothers and starring pretty much everyone who has ever been in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, is kind of review-proof, in the sense that it’s less a single film and more of a grand finale to the entire Marvel Studios experiment. Can a new […]

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Family Troubles on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 19th episode (“Snow Pack”) was insanely well acted. It totally blew me away from the start. The initial fight between Barry and Iris was nothing short of brilliant. Both Grant Gustin and Candice Patton sold each hurt look, each bit of anger, each unshed tear. It was also an incredibly real fight in […]

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Emotions and Confessions on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 20th episode (“Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?”) fell a bit flat for me, unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong – there were charming moments. The humor was on point. I mean, watching Nia and Brainy test out Jimmy’s new superpowers was fun. Seeing Kara save the plane that Lena thought she landed […]

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Therapy and Other Support Systems on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 18th episode (“Crime and Punishment”) gave us two very good things: Alex, Lena, and Kara teaming in the best girl power way AND therapy (with Jimmy) shown in an excellent light. First, let’s talk about the ladies. The trio of them talking in the beginning was excellent. Kara being defiant in the name of […]

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All Good Things

So I got a call from a friend a couple of weeks ago. He’s not much of a pop-culture guy, more of an academic who sticks to his studies and rarely looks up. But he’d begun hearing about something a lot and it had piqued his interest. So he asked me: “What the hell is […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2019 at Blastoff!

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 am to 8 pm 5118 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood, California 91601   FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is here again at Blastoff Comics on Lankershim Blvd.! As always, we’ll be giving away comics all day, both new FCBD releases as well as VINTAGE comics! Also back this year is our FCBD […]

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Team-Ups and Takedowns on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 20th episode (“Gone Rogue”) gave us two brilliant things: Ralph, trying to help everyone with their dating issues and grief (a mourning manual!), and Cisco and Sherloque getting kidnapped together. First, Ralph is a precious cinnamon roll, who must be protected at all costs. I mean, my heart broke when he told Caitlin, […]

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Rise Up: Heroes and Trauma on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 19th episode (“American Dreamer”) had a lot of interesting moments. For one, Dreamer/Nia got to shine, and I loved it. So much. Not only did she kick all kinds of butt (using “American Woman” during the bar scene fight was brilliant), but the humor was on point (“I’m your worst nightmare.”). It’s so fun […]

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The Past is Prologue on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 18th episode (“Godspeed”) was an interestingly framed look back on Nora, her motivations, and her experiences. It was a good, and heartbreaking way, to explain the choices she’s made. Meeting her hilarious friend Lia (Kathryn Gallagher) was so much fun. I mean, up until she got murdered by Godspeed (Lia had Cisco’s gift […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.