#Geek #TV #Schedule #Listings 2017

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Every TV cycle (season, half season, quarter season..) there is increasingly more geek tv options to watch. This is great for geeks. I remember a time when only one or two shows a week graced the geek genre and everything else was cop-lawyer-doctor drama. BUT..are there too many options? Nope. We have the agonizingly bad geek tv shows like the Shannara Chronicles-why are you making a season 2 Mtv? Is it another attempt to once again avoid airing music videos? We have shows like Supergirl, which I LOVE loved in season 1, but now has become more like Arrow once it crossed over to the CW; I still like it, but without the Kat Grant dynamic, it lacks the female empowering aspect and focuses more on Kara having to prove herself in a man’s world. Also, major plot errors and too many superheroes? Did I just say that? I wish it was less like Arrow, with flashy gimmicks, and focused more on a better story.

riverdale-poster1TV Shows I LOVE love this season are RIVERDALE (it’s just beautiful to watch; maybe the cinematography will wear off & be less appealing, but after 3 episodes, I love it), and THE MAGICIANS (you just keep getting pulled deeper into the plot, with no signs of slowing down). Although the Santa Clarita Diet (netflix) was similar to iZombie, it was enjoyable to watch and VERY FUNNY. I enjoyed Legion, but not as much as Fox advertised I would. I will continue to watch it of course, and hope more New Mutants besides Canonball grace the screen, like Magik, but we may have to wait until the spinoff tv series, now proposed movie, New Mutants, promised in 2018. Yes, Fox still owns the broadcast rights to Marvel’s mutants; this is why Marvel has introduced The Inhumans on Agents of SHIELD.

magicians_trioAnd don’t forget about Geek TV on streaming networks, like Netflix, Crackle and Amazon; ok, mostly just Netflix, but SuperMansion is one of the funniest things online or television (I would have added Rick and Morty season3, but no one knows its air date:/

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Who is #DanielWest ? #TheFlash season3 villain REVEALED!! #BlackFlash #BlackRacer

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The Flash season 3 villain has been revealed, Danny West (from DC Comics). With the ending season 2 of The Flash, DC Comics superhero television show on the CW,  we saw two very important things setting the stage for season3, the mention of Earth3, and Flashpoint (also Black Flash, but we’ll get to that later). Earth 3 deserves a mention, as it is the Earth where the good guys are bad, the Justice League is now the Crime Syndicate, with The Flash as Johnny Quick. In The Flash season3 finale, we learn the true identity of The Man in the Iron Mask is actually a new speedster, the real Jay Garrick, who is from Earth3. No doubt we will see more of Earth 3 in season 3 of The Flash. The last few minutes of The Flash season2 finale, we see Barry Allen, using the Speed Force, to go back in time and save his mother from being killed by Reverse Flash, Eobard Thawne, who then wore the face of Harrison Wells and set in motion the plot for the first two seasons. In the DC comics realm, when Barry Allen goes back in time to save his mother, Barry inadvertantly reconfigures the events and characters of the entire world, to where Batman is now Thomas Wayne (Bruce & Martha were killed in that alley by Joe Chill, instead of Thomas & Martha Wayne), Wonder Woman and The Amazons have invaded Europe and Aquaman and The Atlanteans have waged war on humanity and begin an invasion of Europe (It was Reverse Flash’s (Professor Zoom in the comics) plan all along. (warning, spoiler alert if you haven’t read the comics. ‘Flashpoint’ is one of the top 10 DC comics series of all time, so read it, if you haven’t already). We, of course, wont see all that in The Flash season 3, but we will see Barry, The Flash, navigating an alternate timeline of events and characters, struggling to reset the timeline, even if it means allowing his mother and father to be killed. We saw some of that conflict in season 1, where Barry resolves not to reset the past, but I guess The Flash writers just borrowed from Arrow character’s flip-flop motivations.

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As we see, in the set photo above, by Canadagraphs, The Flash villain costume looks just like Daniel West. Who is Danny West? During an accident with The SpeedForce monorail, Iris West’s brother, and/or cousin, gains speedster powers. Daniel West adds fragments of the Speed Force Monorail to his costume, acting as armor and giving him additional powers. Daniel West, as Iris’ brother version, is responsible for paralyzing their father. This alienates Iris, which Daniel laments, as he attempts to go back in time to kill their father, in hopes (weird) to win the heart of his sister(no, not Jaime-Cersi weird, just sibling caring). Later, in DC comics fashion, Daniel West is rebooted, via the New 52, as just another story arc for Wally West.

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In true CW storyline style, The Flash season 3 will change the comics enough to keep the viewers guessing, like rebooting the Central City timeline with Eddie still alive, Iris putting Barry back in the friend zone and combining Black Flash and Black Racer (see below) in varied ways. Consider the above for The Flash season3 plot spoilers, as well as adding Earth3 “heroes,” actually villains (does that include the true Jay Garrick from Earth 3? probably) into the mix, and don’t forget Jesse Quick, Harrison Wells’ daughter, now equipped with Speed Force powers, and you have an exciting nest season of The Flash. If you are not caught up on season 1 & 2 of The Flash, Netflix made a recent deal with The CW for exclusive viewing of CW television shows, where geek meets television.

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Season 3 of The Flash will also introduce villain/character with a similar costumed superhero suit, The Black Flash. The Black Flash appears when a speedster is about to die and reclaims their Speed Force. We saw a glimpse of Black Flash, when Hunter Zoloman Zoom was attacked by the Time Wraiths (those ghosts, like Harry Potter Dementors, that reclaim individuals who abuse the time travel using the Speed Force. Yes, Barry Allen did that, but it was just really convenient, plot-wise, for the Time Wraiths to only attack Zoom). As the Time Wraiths attack and grab Zoom, his costume and face change. Many viewers thought it was just a disintegration of human flesh as a consequence from being touched by the Time Wraiths, but really it is the appearance of Black Flash reclaiming the Speed Force as Hunter Zoloman dies. Yes, we will see more of Black Flash in season 3 of The Flash.

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The Black Flash is an amalgam of Black Racer and The Flash. After Jack Kirby left Marvel, due to a superhero character rights dispute with Stan Lee, he went to DC Comics and went on to create many prime characters in the DC Universe. One of these character was Black Racer, a paraplegic Vietnam vet, named Willie Walker (odd choice of names don’t you think?), who became merged with Death itself, equipped with cosmic skis and ski poles; yes Black Racer is very similar to the Silver Surfer, whom Jack Kirby also created. Modern depictions of Black Racer have him wearing cooler cosmic boots & staves, instead of skis and ski poles. Also to note that Darkseid was the first to merge Black Racer with a corporal form. The Black Racer has had many hosts, including Mr Miracle. Much later, The Anti-Monitor merged Black Racer with Barry Allen / The Flash as a successful attempt to kill Darkseid. Black Flash remained and now reclaims the Speed Force whenever a Speedster dies, like a superhero version of the Law of Conservation. We will most likely see Black Racer posses Wally West in The Flash season 3.

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I’m still expecting to see Barry Allen’s twin brother Cobalt Blue, Malcome Thawne, separated at birth and raised by the vindictive, future enemy of The Flash, Eobard Thawne, but we may have to wait for a season 3 finale plot twist for that. I keep tweeting The Flash writers and producers with this story arc, so it may still happen. The Flash writers are uber secretive, but they have inadvertently revealed that they have mapped out story arcs for future seasons. Looking forward to more Team Flash.

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#Supergirl in latest episode of #TheFlash! also 1st pic of #JonahHex!

Supergirl appeared on ‘The Flash’ yesterday! many people missed it. When Barry Allen, The Flash, crossed over to Earth2 with Cisco, now the Metahuman, Vibe, and Earth2’s Dr Wells, we caught a glimpse of many teasers, including Supergirl, Jonah Hex and Arrow Earth2.

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Legion of Superheroes Ring (thanks Antonio Padilla!), “it allows its wearer to travel through time.”

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Supergirl-The Flash crossover is real!! Thanks to Twitter & Greg Berlanti

CBS-Supergirl‘The Flash’ – ‘Supergirl’ crossover will actually happen, despite all the discounting from top CBS executives when the ‘Supergirl’ series was first announced and their continued downplay, even responding with statements like “That is ridiculous,” and “There will never be a crossover between the two shows, there aren’t even on the same network.”

the_flash_lightningThis is one case where Twitter shines. As soon as CBS announced it’s ‘Supergirl’ series, fans responded everywhere on social media, especially twitter, with inquiries and requests for a crossover. Some popular geek and comic book blogs even mapped out the possibilities: The Flash and Supergirl are obviously both in the DC comic universe and  Time -Warner owns both CBS and The CW networks, so in theory, it was always possible. Greg Berlanti, producer and co-creator of all things DC on television, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, listened to fans and the never ending tweets and started work on the crossover. Do you have any other thoughts of ideas for the DC comic book universe on television? tweet to Greg Berlanti @GBerlanti or to the writers of ‘The Flash,’ @FLASHtvwriters @CW_TheFlash, ‘Arrow,’ @CW_Arrow @ARROWwriters, ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ @LoTWritersRoom @TheCW_Legends or to ‘Supergirl’ @SupergirlStaff @supergirlcbs.

‘The Flash’ – ‘Supergirl’ crossover will take place on Monday March 28 on an episode on ‘Supergirl.’

Dark Supergirl revealed on tonight’s Supergirl!

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Maxwell Lord, at the end of the episode, revealed several important things. First, we learn where Red Tornado‘s missing arm went; I actually thought it was just a plot error, oversight by the writers.

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Next we see Maxwell Lord walk past Red Tornado’s arm (hologram display), to a brain dead “patient,” that, not surprisingly looks a lot like Kara / Supergirl. Next, we see an IV of black liquid, then her eyes open, revealing black eyes. Is this Dark Supergirl?

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In the DC comics, Darkseid gives Lex Luthor Black Kryptonite, which he then modifies in his Battle Suit & beams Supergirl with it, in hopes to control her. What actually happens, is that the Black Kryptonite beam splits Supergirl into two Supergirls, all of Kara Zor-el’s rage and darkness is now another Kryptonian, a dangerous Dark Supergirl with no limits and no holding back. The kind, good-hearted superheroine Supergirl remains in the original Supergirl body.

Dark_Supergirl.jpg It appears as if Maxwell Lord has found a way to create Kryptonians, at least temporarily. Did Maxwell Lord find and/or create Black Kryptonite? Did Maxwell Lord create Dark Supergirl? Or did he just retro-engineer technology from Red Tornado’s arm and make Bizzaro Supergirl? We will find out next week.

‘Vixen’ the animated series. watch it here before Vixen appears on live-action ‘Arrow’

vixen_animated3.jpg‘Vixen,’ the animated series, set within the CW TheFlash and Arrow universe, Watch the entire season 1 here. (FREE on CW Seed website).

 

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Vixen will soon appear on CW’s live-action Arrow superhero series. Vixen, on Arrow,  will be played by, Megalyn Echikunwoke, the same actress who voiced Vixen the animated series.

 

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‘Vixen’ was created by ‘Arrow’ creator and writer Marc Guggenheim.

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#XMen #AgeofApocalypse #trailer! Apocalypse is amazing! watch it here:

Apocalypse is one of the greatest villains in the Marvel universe and quite possibly the coolest mutant (but “best mutant” is a much heated debate).

So who are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? it appears from the trailer, that they are Storm, Archangel, Psylocke & Magneto.

more on ‘X-Men: Age of Apocalypse’ and Apocalypse soon, with a more extensive blog post.

‘X-Men: Age of Apocalypse’ premieres May 27, 2016.

#LegendsofTomorrow #Trailer!

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The Legends of Tomorrow are an elite team put together by time traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), yup he’s from the DC comics, as are the rest of the team, consisting of White Canary / Sarah Lance (Caty Lotz) from CW’s ‘Arrow,’ The Atom / Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) also from CW’s ‘Arrow,’ Captain Cold / Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) from CW’s ‘The Flash,’ Heat Wave / Mic Rory (Dominic Purcell) from CW’s ‘The Flash,’ Hawkgirl / Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee) also from CW’s ‘The Flash,’ Hawkman / Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel), FIRESTORM / Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) & Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), also from CW’s ‘The Flash.’ Not sure why they need two fire guys and two hawk people. Why not get a Kryptonian, like Powergirl, a speedster, like Impulse, someone to deal with magic, like Dr Fate or Zantanna Zatara, and a Green Lantern, like John Stewart or Jade? Seems like that would be a much more powerful team, you know, if the fate of the world is at stake.

Quote from ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ trailer: “I’ve seen men of steel die..”-Rip Hunter (did he just say he saw the Death of Superman?).

‘Legends of Tomorrow’ premieres on the CW, on  Jan 21 2016.

‘Jessica Jones’ Netflix / Marvel’s next great thing. Just watch it.

Jessica_Jones copy.pngJessica Jones, Marvel superhero, based in Hell’s KItchen, New York. I’ve waited to write this because I wanted everyone to watch it first. Don’t worry, this post contains no major spoilers. All this weekend, everyone has asked me, what I loved about Jessica Jones, was it as good or better than Netflix Marvel Daredevil? or even, should I watch it? Um, yes, WATCH IT! It is amazing. It is different than Daredevil, not another chapter of the Marvel Universe; it is unique and tells a very different story, even the lighting and camera angles are different to distinguish Jessica Jones as its own story. What I love most about Jessica Jones is the characters. Every character on Jessica Jones, all 13 episodes, is simply amazing, the character development was so thorough, I feel like I know these people. Jessica Jones brought real characters to the Netflix small screen. All of them had their flaws, their weaknesses and their strengths. Some, like Jessica Jones, had the ability to rise above and keep going, even when there was very little hope.

_1442511657[may contain spoilers here]: The villain, Kilgrave, was also flawed. In the beginning of the ‘Jessica Jones’ series, Kilgrave was this unstoppable force, who could do anything and was untouchable. But as the series progresses, more is revealed about Kilgrave, his personal nature and things/events [not going to say exactly which, just watch the ‘Jessica Jones’ series] that make you sympathize for him. You really get to understand Kilgrave and his motivations, and late in the series, you get to watch his obsession overcome him and watch him begin to unravel.

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I have never watched such great writing with characters and story in any superhero movie or tv series as I have with ‘Jessica Jones.’ It is my hope that this is the future of story telling, no more episodic, weekly 45min shorts, or even an hour and a half 3 act retelling of a comic series. There is such a rich history of superheroes in comic books, going back 14 years, (for Jessica Jones), even 75 years for some superheroes. Watching a few episodes on regular television or even a movie just isn’t enough to understand the characters. Marvel has once again mastered superhero story telling on the Netflix platform.

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The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix will include a ‘Luke Cage’ series, ‘Iron Fist’ (yes, ‘Iron Fist’ is back and will be an original Netflix series), along with season 2 of ‘Daredevil,’ (featuring Punisher and Elektra) coming February 2016, and quite possibly a ‘Defenders’ series, with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist. We will definitely see a team up of these four characters on one or more the ongoing Netflix series, but we may also see an additional series of the ‘Defenders.’ Also, Marvel has ordered a ‘Moon Knight’ series from Netflix, premiering 2017.

‘Jessica Jones,’ just watch it.