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Doom Patrol Season One Review

This review contains minor spoilers!

AWESOME, Awesome, awesome, and did I mention, awesome?! I’m late to the party, as this show has been out for months now, and I’m so happy that I finally got around to watching it! Doom Patrol is easily one of the best shows this year. The characters are all fresh, their storylines are beautifully written, and the character development – man, the character development, was done right! This show is weird, in the right possible way. Did I mention it was awesome?

Created by Jeremy Carver, and based on the comics of the same name, Doom Patrol is a DC superhero show, with some non-traditional heroes. Well, they’re not “squeaky clean,” how superheroes are usually portrayed, and they all have their own demons to work out. I mean, this one, Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), has 64 personalities, each with their own ability:

Yep, a lot of that goes on in this show! It’s packed with action!

But, let’s start from the beginning! Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), aka The Chief, is a genius level medical doctor who takes care of our heroes. Before they formed the team, Niles provided(or orchestra..nevermind*cough*) them sanctuary, in his mansion, to protect them from the outside world. The show starts off with the introduction of one of our heroes, Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser), a former NASCAR driver who was in a bad car accident, with his brain being saved, and then transplanted into this robot, or cyborg:

Now, he’s like a baby, having to learn how to walk, and do things again in his new body. That’s when the other heroes step in, and help him deal with his new life and help him learn.

Meanwhile, the others are still trying to control, or learn, their powers. The Chief has hidden them from the world for decades, so they’ve never really got a chance to go out, and learn how to deal with their powers, or themselves, for that matter.

When they try to take a stroll through town, Rita Farr (April Bowlby), aka Elasti-girl, lost control of her powers, or self, and started “blobbing” out. I mean, she literally turned into The Blob. The Blob movie terrified me as a child, so I cringed a little, when I saw Rita turning into this thing. I mean, just look:

Though, Rita easily becomes one of the best characters by the end of the season! She’s very E&E – elegant and entertaining!

Here you have Larry Trainor (Matt Bomerpast self, before accident), aka Negative Man (Matthew Zukwrapped in bandages), who has a negative energy entity, from space, living in him. He’s a former pilot, who crashed, and body was badly burned. The energy inside of him is what keeps him alive. He has a lot of inner demons to deal with!

Actually, that’s how all of the Doom Patrol members received their powers. They were all involved in tragic accidents. This sort of unites them even more, as they can all relate to each other.

Vic Stone (Joivan Wade), aka Cyborg, also joins the Doom Patrol team! He becomes a great asset, who also has a lot of his own issues to deal with. It’s only befitting due to the fact that Cyborg received his enhancements through a tragic accident. He too, can relate to the other members!

The Chief is captured by Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk), the main supervillian of the season, who’s able to move through dimensions and alter reality. He narrates most of the show, like literally, narrates what everyone’s doing, and he can influence, or manipulate events. He’s crazy, but in the best way! He’s very thrilling, and you cant help but to laugh at some of his narrations. The team unites to save The Chief and stop Mr. Nobody.

There ya’ have it! That’s the jest of it, and it’s an awesome ride! A really good show, packed with drama, fantasy, and comedy! A combination that works really, really well. DC shows are taking over! The CW is full of them. Now, we have shows on the streaming apps like Titans, and this gem! A lot more happens on this show! I’m not going to spoil everything, so you guys should definitely check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

Doom Patrol has been renewed for a second season, set to premiere on HBO Max and DC Universe app in 2020. Check it out, you guys! You’re in for a marvelous treat!

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Movie Review

This review contains minor spoilers!

Diana Prince is the hero we all need. This direct-to-video animated movie was beautiful. From the graphics, to the action-packed fight scenes(which Wonder Woman ALWAYS deliver), to the voice acting, and a magnificent script, this movie covers all the bases. If anyone’s familiar with the comics, this movie passes the torch from The New 52 to Rebirth. This movie is a prequel to the Justice League: War movie, and also a sequel to the movies that came after. This was truly a great story.

As with most of Wonder Woman’s (Rosario Dawson) stories, we have Steve Trevor (Jeffrey Donovan) crashing on Themyscira. Wonder Woman, or Diana, rescues Steve, and takes him to a chamber to be healed. In doing this, Diana breaks the oath of no man being allowed on the island, and Steve is taken prisoner. Well, this can’t stand with Diana, who breaks Steve out of prison. If there’s evil in the world, Diana is going to help fight it. Another reason why she’s awesome. She steals her armor and weapons, including the lasso of truth, which leads to an altercation with her mother, Queen Hippolyta(Cree Summer). After their little battle(yes, they battled!!), Diana is disowned and soon travels to Man’s World with Steve Trevor to fight evil. There ya’ have it, thats the premise. I know this sounds just like every Wonder Woman movie, but I promise you, this is an amazing, and refreshing story! Diana eventually goes up against most of her villains, some including Doctor Poison (Courtenay Taylor), Giganta (Kimberly Brooks) and Silver Swan (Marie Avgeropoulos) – who she battles the entire movie.

That’s not even the half of it. Diana battles most of these villains while they’re juiced up on some serum that makes them even stronger!! I mean, look at Cheetah:

Yes, Cheetah (Kimberly Brooks as well) was also in this movie! She already gives Wonder Woman a run for her money, but to be juiced up on serum that increases her strength, she was moving as fast as The Flash. No kidding. It’s Wonder Woman, though, and with thousands of years of training, she’s going to battle this one out!! This leads to her final battle, with the one and only Medusa.

Who was also juiced up on this serum!! Also, we all know if you look at Medusa (Cree Summers as well), you turn into stone. Wonder Woman did the unthinkable, and blinded herself, and went to war. This was one hell of a battle!!

I’m not going to spoil the whole movie for you guys! That wouldn’t be fair, or fun. Everyone should seriously give this movie a watch. It’s a reminder of why Wonder Woman is apart of the trinity that also includes Batman and Superman. She’s a beast and certainly a force to be reckoned with!!

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is available on digital platforms, and will be out on Blu-ray, October 22, 2019! Make sure to check out the movie, everyone! Full of great action!

Raising Dion TV Show Review

This Review contains minor spoilers! 

Raising Dion is an amazing, “ahead of it’s time,” superhero show. From beginning to end, the characters in this show has a grip on you, and doesn’t plan on releasing you until you’ve binged the whole first season! Raising Dion is based on a short film, of the same name, by Dennis Liu. It has a comic book series as well. I never knew any of this until watching this show, and now I’m eager to learn more about the series! That’s how good, and addicting, this show is!

Raising Dion follows the main protaganist, Dion Warren (Ja’Siah Young), and his mother, Nicole Reese (Alisha Wainwright), as they navigate their new life without Dion’s dad, Mark Warren (Michael B. Jordan). Mark died, which left Dion without a father, and Nicole a widow, and a single mother. I love how this show deals with real issues, although Mark’s death isn’t exactly something that happens everyday – unless you’re a Marvel/DC character. Part of the show is the mystery surrounding Mark’s death.

Dion eventually starts manifesting powers, which throws his mom into disaray. I was seriously worried about Nicole, but just like a strong mother, she pulled through it all, and even found a way to help Dion with his powers.

Having powers is one element of the show. Loyalty, racism, betrayal, family and friendships are more elements to the show.

Here you have Pat (Jason Ritter), who was the best friend of Mark, and also god-dad to Dion. He steps up as a father figure for Dion, which Nicole greatly appreciates. Though, she does find him annoying, and doesn’t hold her tongue in telling him. He’s also the first person who Nicole shares Dion’s secret powers with. Pat is…definitely a character full of secrets. That’s all I’m going to say!

While in school, Dion deals with racism, and yes, racism happens to people of all ages – kids included. It’s truly sad. A bully tried to steal Dion’s watch, which led to an altercation, that the assistant principal blamed Dion for, because he’s black. This led to Nicole having to explain to Dion about the harsh realities, of the world, that he’ll face being a black boy. Serious stuff, and very sad indeed. Dion’s best friend, Esperanza (Sammy Haney), is the kind of best friend everyone needs. She’s wheelchair bound, and yet that doesn’t stop her from getting around and learning everyone’s business. Which she states is because she’s invisible. She uses this as a weapon to help her friend, and doesn’t let it bother her. She’s always there for Dion and has his back all the time. She’s an awesome character and a great friend to Dion. She also knows about Dion’s powers.

Dion deals with a lot. Nicole tries her best to protect Dion through it all, yet there are people in the world who’s going to want to exploit Dion somehow. Whether if it’s for experimentation reasons, or even survival, as Dion can also heal – people are going to eventually try to come for him. There’s also a giant thunder storm after Dion.

No, literally, a big storm that shoots out lightning bolts is stalking Dion. This giant storm murders super-powered people, and absorbs them to stay alive. Yes, you heard right. He’s like Cell from DBZ, only scarier. The reveal of who this…creature is, is shocking too. You’ll never see it coming. Spoiler: Mark went up against this thing too.

Well, there you have it. That’s the jest of the show, and that’s not even the half of it. So much happens in this show that I didn’t talk about. You guys will be so surprised when you watch! Check out the trailer! Raising Dion has nine episodes, and they’re available on Netflix to watch. I highly recommend checking it out! It’ll leave you wanting more!

Carnival Row TV Show Review Part Two

This will contain only minor spoilers.

So, I’ve finally finished the entire show, and let me tell you – this show is unpredictable, in the BEST way, and I loved every part of it!

Vignette(Cara Delevingne) and Philo(Orlando Bloom) rekindle their love, after a backstory showing why Philo originally deserted Vignette. Philo was also outed as being half fae, and then wrongly accused of being the monstrous serial killer. That too, was revealed in the season finale! Believe me everyone, it was a really good reveal!

The show also touched on an incest plot. The two sibling lovers are definitely showing elements of Cersei and Jamie Lannister from Game Of Thrones. If the two pair of siblings ever fought, it would be hard to tell who the victors would be. I’m not going to reveal who the sibling lovers are yet – it would spoil almost everything for you. Like who the killer is, motives, etc., so you guys should definitely check out the show! It’ll leave you wanting more!

The show does couples so well. Whether it’s friendships, enemies, or lovers. Speaking of, these two together are the highlights of season one, for me:

The characters, Agreus (David Gyasi) and Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) make a deal to help one another: Agreus needs accepting from the human faction, and Imogen needs money. Seems like a fair trade right? Their relationship and banter with one another is addictive, comedic, and has its fireworks. It’s one of the best storylines of the season!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a show, without a rebellion of some sorts. These guys decide they’ve had enough of the way they’re treated, and decide that it’s time to fight back, and what they start doing is shocking. You can’t really blame them. The humans are really disgusting in their treatment of the fae. I’m kind of on their side here! 🤷🏽‍♂️

So, there you have it. There are quite a few deaths, the identity of the monstrous serial killer is revealed, relationships are formed and tested, discrimination with political play is at an all time high, a new power rises, and a rebellion has begun. Looks like Season Two is going to be very explosive! Can’t wait!

Carnival Row airs on Amazon Prime Video and consists of eight episodes. It has already been renewed for a second season! If you haven’t watch this, I highly recommend that you do. With Game of Thrones gone, it’s been hard to find a really good show to watch. And now we have one! Check it out you guys!

Titans TV Show Review (Season Two)

This review contains spoilers!

Season Two is already underway, and it’s off to an awesome start! First things first, it’s about time that they fixed Starfire’s (the gorgeous Anna Diop) hair. She finally looks like the beautiful princess that she is. *Clap Clap* I just had to get that out of the way.

This season starts off where season one ended. Trigon(Seamus Dever) is still trying to break his daughter’s, Rachel/Raven’s(Teagan Croft), heart and start an apocalypse on Earth. If you haven’t watched season one, Trigon is a demon entity that can’t enter Enter, and start an apocalypse, unless his daughter brings him there. Once she brings him to Earth, the only way he can remain is unless he breaks her heart. Whelp, he’s definitely not getting any father of the year awards!

This leads to the Titans(Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Wonder Girl, Starfire, Robin/Jason Todd, Gar/Beast Boy, Hawk and Dove) coming together and preparing to kick some Demon God’s ass. This didn’t work out as they imagined, as Trigon quickly corrupted them all..

Of course he still doesn’t succeed, and ends up making his daughter even more powerful, just for her to use that power to stop him! It was a great magical battle, but Trigon should’ve known his daughter’s human side would prevail! It’s what makes us humans so great – we’re emotional and stubborn beings.

After the magical showdown, the Titans decide to split up, for now. Now, a little more happened than that, but I don’t want to spoil everything for you guys – I want you guys to check it out when you have time!

Dick Grayson(Brenton Thwaites) Rachel, Beastboy(Ryan Potter) and Robin(Curran Walters) decide to kick ass together, and they form their own Titans team.

Dick visits the one and only Batman(Iain Glen), who hooks Dick’s team up with some Batman wisdom. Which leads to the reopening of the Titan Tower.

Wonder Girl/Donna Troy(Conor Leslie) and Starfire decided to hit the road together, forming their own Titans dual, which is really cool! These two didn’t get along at first, so it’s cool to see them together. It’s also nice to finally see Donna Troy in something Teen Titans related! She has always been one of my favorite Titans, and I’ve always felt that she didn’t get the recognition she deserves. Now, she is!

Hank/Hawk(Alan Ritchson) and Dawn/Dove(Minka Kelly) decided to continue as the loving, badass, fighting couple. They’re so sweet together.

So, now we sort of have the Old Titans and the New Titans. This season is really good so far. I enjoyed both episodes released. The latest episode showed the introduction of the Wilson family.

Badass Deathstroke(Esai Morales)is going to be the main villain, and that’s his daughter, Ravager(Chelsea Zhang), trying to get the hell away from him – this leads her right in the path of Dick’s Titans. Now, they better be careful. Deathstroke is not someone they want to battle. We’ve all seen the cartoon, right? He kicks their ass in every variation. Though again, they now have Wonder Girl! Look, you guys, I’m a HUGE fan of the Wonder family – bare with me!

Great start to season two! They still haven’t introduced Superboy, Aqualad, Cyborg, and Jericho(Deathstroke’s son). That goes to show how amazing the show is, and how well written the characters are. They haven’t introduced everyone, and yet, you’re still on the edge of your seat every week. At this point it’s like eating cake. You can’t just take one bite!

Titans premieres on the DC streaming app DC Universe. You do have to pay a fee, which can be monthly or yearly, and it’s worth it. It’s DC’s version of Netflix or Hulu. Again, it’s so worth it! There’s so much material on the app that you’ll always find something to watch, or read, as it also has comics. You can’t get that from any of the other apps, and plus, DC is awesome! Just sayin’! Titans airs every Friday. S2/EP 3 was released today, so I’ll be watching after work. Check out Titans everyone. It’s action packed with great fight scenes!!

Carnival Row TV Show Review

So far, so good! I’m currently on episode four, and I’ve been hooked ever since I started watching!

Seriously, who needs cable when you have cheap streaming apps?! Hulu, Netflix and Amazon are really coming through with original programs. Carnival Row is a great show brought to you by Amazon Prime Video. Created by Travis Beacham and Rene’ Echevarria, Carnival Row is a fantasy show, that’s a little on the darker side!

Starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, Carnival Row revolves around mythical creatures – like faeries, different fae species, witches, an unnamed creature(that literally tore apart and ate a faerie, and left her guts in the street), and humans. Now, I’m going to be honest, as I’m only on episode four, I’m not too sure about all the different species, but there’s A LOT. It’s not really a manual on this, so you have to really pay attention when watching. It’s part of the show’s charm. We’re use to the same ol’ species, but this show is bringing out some new ones! It’s really good.

The show starts off with the faeries running for their lives, trying to escape their homeland, which is at war. The show takes place in a town for humans, but with the fae homelands being attacked and stripped of their resources(thanks to humans….), they have fled to this town as refugees. Once in the town (The Republic of Burgue), the fae are forced into low level professions. Some are forced into servitude, some are escorts, some are just throwing other faes off of buildings. That last one is a spoiler, buttttttt it’s crazy, so I had to mention.

Carnival Row is a great take on immigration, discrimination, political power, politics, war, serial murders, and even, LOVE. I haven’t watched a fantasy show, based on mythical creatures, add this much realism since Buffy The Vampire Slayer – which is saying something, because Buffy set the blueprint! The show mixes everything together perfectly, which makes it unique in this generation of shows.

The show premiered on Amazon Prime Video, August 30th, 2019, and has already been renewed for a second season, so you won’t be wasting your time getting invested. Season 1 consists of eight episodes. This show is definitely worth a watch. It’s new, refreshing, and I guarantee, there’s nothing quite like this on TV right now. It’s really good. Check it out!

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – Book 1 Review

What a wonderful start to a creative, informative, mystery-driven, and action packed series. I loved everything about this book!

As a big fan of the author, Rick Riordan, I went into this book already ecstatic. I’m a big fan of the Percy Jackson series – rivaling my time, with Harry Potter (J.K Rowling – you’re awesome), during my teen years. I have a fascination for Greek mythology, so the books are like readable sugar to me. After Percy Jackson, I moved on to Rick Riordan’s Egyptian themed series, The Kane Chronicles, which are just as good.

Magnus Chase, the son of Vanir deity Frey, is the hero of this book. The series is all about Norse mythology, so if your not caught up on it, you can wait until the end of the book, which explains the words and terms. Though, if your like me, just have your wiki, mobile encyclopedia, or dictionary ready, and I guarantee by the end of this book, you’ll be well informed!

Magnus Chase is simply awesome.

In this book, Magnus is a homeless orphan, who dies, goes to Valhalla, soon comes back to life, and then goes on the quest of his life. His mom died, gruesomely, two years ago, and his father is the God, Frey – who Magnus has never met. As a child of Frey, it’s prophesized that he finds the Sumarbrander (Sword of Summers), the most powerful sword in the Nine Worlds (created by his father), and must stop Fenris Wolf from starting Ragnarok.

Accompanying Magnus on his quest is the Valkyrie, Samantha, who’s a child of the trickster God, Loki. Next are Magnus’ homeless companions, Blitzen and Hearthstone – a crafty dwarf and a magical elf. Though at the time of Magnus’ homeless period, he wasn’t aware of Blitzen’s and Hearthstone’s true natures.

This book is equally informative and imaginative! I learned so much from start to finish about Norse Mythology. That’s what I love about Rick Riordan’s literary work – it’s informative and you learn a bunch of new knowledge. A fictional book that’s also teaching you. It’s ingenious.

Magnus Chase starts off as an orphan, but by the end of the book, he forms a new family, and together they stop the world from ending. If anyone loves fictional, mythological based books, I recommend reading this series! It’ll leave you wanting more. I’m about to start book two now!