Saturday, April 12, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Take Two

Watched the movie a second time last night, and I appreciated it as much as I did the first time around. The awesome part of this watch was that the projectionist just cut the credits after the mid-credit scene and just jumped to the post-credit scene, so we didn't have to wait through the credits.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Turn, Turn, Turn

Warning: Spoilers for AoS and The Winter Soldier

I don't know if it was someone's screw up, but for some reason Agents of SHIELD's next episode was already up on Hulu before it aired –– would probably be taken down at any time though.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Can't wait for what's next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Warning: spoilers on Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier

For the past few weeks, I've been going through all the MCU movies to build up to The Winter Soldier. I had fun along the way, but I was mostly pumped by how good TWS ratings are. Even though I've managed to avoid its trailers, I read a few rumors of what The Winter Soldier's storyline might be. And it builds up from the last couple episodes of Agents of SHIELD.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

The first episode was actually live simulcast by FOX around the world. The problem is, prime time in the US means it aired early morning here. On a Sunday too! I was at church then, so I couldn't watch it on TV. We also don't have DVRs here, so I had to find a different way to watch the episode. Therefore, I didn't get to see President Obama's much talked about intro. Although, I'm not sure it was shown on TV here either.


The episode was like a summarization of the two Astrophysics courses I took in college, presented in a fun and beautiful way. My favorite part was when host Neil deGrasse Tyson walked through the "cosmic calendar." Telling us about the big bang, and how the universe evolved, the birth of galaxies, stars, planets, and everything else. "We are made of star stuff" is a great line.

Watching the episode did make me want to go back to school and study Astrophysics. There were a few moments back in college when I thought about switching majors. The observable universe is so vast, so mysterious, so scary. Yet, there's so much more beyond it.

The one thing that I didn't know, was the existence of orphan planets. From the Wikipedia article:
A rogue planet, also known as an interstellar planet, nomad planet, free-floating planet or orphan planet, is a planetary-mass object that orbits the galaxy directly. They have either been ejected from the planetary system in which they formed or were never gravitationally bound to any star or brown dwarf.[1][2][3] Astronomers agree that either way, the definition of planet should depend on its current observable state and not its origin.
I mean, now that I do, it just seems logical, that in this massive universe there are planets not attached to stars. I just assumed that solar systems are systems (hah!); one of the laws of the universe. Planets are attached to stars, and they, along with a bunch of other stuff, form the solar system.

The episode was very entertaining and fascinating. I'm definitely watching this one weekly! Hopefully on TV from now on.

Friday, February 28, 2014

ABC to air Marvel special with 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' sneak peek

From EW:
An early glimpse of Marvel’s eagerly anticipated Avengers sequel will be on ABC next month.

The network will air Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, a one-hour specials that goes behind the scenes of the comic-media empire.

The special promises a “sneak peek” of an undisclosed nature from next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, plus new footage from other Marvel Studios future theatrical releases — including April’s Captain America: The Winter Solider and August’s Guardians of The Galaxy.

The show will also delve into ABC’s freshman drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., including new preview footage from upcoming episodes.

The docu-special promises to give viewers a “front row seat to the inception of Marvel Studios, the record-breaking films, the cultural phenomenon, and further expansion of the universe by Marvel Television.”

Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

This is exciting and all, especially with the sneak peek, but I'm a bit worried about the fact that this will take Agents of SHIELD's slot that week. Hopefully this doesn't mean that ABC is worried about their numbers. Plus, I actually quite like the show and hate how many breaks they've been getting. I would remain positive and believe that it's just for scheduling purposes, so the crossover episodes line up with the movies.

Agents of SHIELD vs Arrow

With every news of a comic book movie, or new series, or anything, the comparison between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow seems to always come up. For the most part, people seem to agree that Arrow is the current benchmark for live-action comic book series, while Agents of SHIELD is a below average procedural, and is a disappointment.


The thing is, I could barely get through the first episode of Arrow. And while I have to agree that AoS could be much better, I'm enjoying the show so far. The show is getting better and better, too. However, the thing that I don't understand is people say that Arrow wasn't that good in the beginning either. The first half of season one was very campy and soap-opera-y, from what I gather. It got better by the end of season 1, and season 2 is much better (I assume they're focusing more on the action than the relationship stuff). Then, why isn't AoS given the same chance? It's only about halfway through its first season, and I think their last episode was really good. I can't wait to watch the next episode, which should be coming out next week. It took Arrow a while to get going, and it seems to be the same case with AoS. So there's a chance that AoS would end up being the benchmark for live-action comic book series, if only more people would give it a chance.

Anyways, this was a rant-y post, and I apologize for that. I guess I should give Arrow another shot, because people speak quite highly of it. Also, because John Barrowman was in a few episodes.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I have no words...

Warning: season 2 spoilers

I honestly don't know what to say. Season 2 is just so good! Shocking in so many ways. I have no idea how Frank Underwood keeps getting away with all these things. Or how politicians get anything done when they all they do seems to be trying to screw each other. Maybe nothing gets done and that's why. Everyone just wants power for themselves.