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There’s No Real “Turncoat” in this Week’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

8 Feb

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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The premise of the latest episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “Turncoat,” has the potential to be a commentary on the “problems” with the state of troublesome affairs going on in the States. What’s said would have been spectacularly great when considering how influential Rory was the first president. I’m sure some people are wondering what’s going behind a certain new president’s head, and who shaped his philosophies … but instead, this latest story creates a diversion, a trap, for the Legends team who are out to save history yet again. The Legion of Doom wants them out-of-the-way so they can reshape the world.

At the same time, this late entry is also the Christmas episode. To see this episode nearly a month later after the day feels odd. We can blame the broadcasters than the show creators, but this is a holiday episode. Sara Lance said we’re supposed to be at our best during the yuletide season and I liked this moment of clarity. Jax wanted to go postal, but thankfully he’s not the type to commit cold-blooded murder.

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CW’s Legion of Doom, er Legends of Tomorrow, is Not Necessarily Doomed

2 Feb

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"The Chicago Way"-- LGN208a_0307.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights ReservedBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler alert

“The Legion of Doom” is showing their true colours in this latest episode of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. Viewers almost got to see them torture poor Rip Hunter to death. Although most of it was handled off-camera, actor Arthur Darvill had to put himself into the right psychological head-space to sell those scenes. I was cringing when it came time to pull his tooth out.

But this group of deviants is not really keen on each other since day one. The divide has been obvious since their introduction and the question of why Eobard Thawne has always been so dodgy is finally revealed. This later half of season two is far more satisfying to follow but I’m starting to find a few weaknesses in the handling a massive all-star cast. Darhk wants to prevent his death in the future but his one-sided nature of wanting to kill everyone is reminding me of the days Vandal Savage was the stock villain. Malcolm wants to change his past and he’s doing fine on screen. Thawne, the least visible, is running away from … well, I won’t spoil that detail. You just have to see it. In this universe, the question is if anyone’s destiny can be changed at all.

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Stop the Presses! He-Man & The Masters of the Universe is Coming …

30 Jan

28394.jpgBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

All the newspaper strips from 1986-91 of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (MotU) is getting printed by Dark Horse Comics into a hardcover book, and I will be there when it hits shelves Feb 1st! Amazon lists it for Feb 15th, but I’m not waiting that long. By the power of Grayskull, it shall be mine, and that’s not because I still enjoy the cartoon series. I heard of the strips, but my local paper did not print it.

The forward in this book explains how archivist Danielle Gelehrter became an enthusiast. The real search began when the strip’s primary writer Chris Weber and wife Karen Willson, who edited it, wanted to create an online archive of their work. After talking to Gelehrter, they were hard at work scanning all the material they had all through the night. Around this time was when Dark Horse announced Art of He Man and the Masters of the Universe. Gelehrter was one of the advisers and interest was reignited for the strip. Flash forward to now, what they managed to find and compile represents 98% of the full four and a half year run. To fill the missing bits, scripts fill in the missing panels, and there’s approximately 520 pages of goodness to savoir! The interviews are particularly enlightening because it revealed some of the ideas that did not make it to the strip and how the process of creating a syndicated comic strip worked back then, when public access to the Internet was at its toddler stage.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Last Crusade in “Raiders of the Lost Art”

25 Jan

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Just when I thought DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is to air on Thursday, I realized today that it aired yesterday. I glad my PVR is on autopilot. Now that intro is said and done, I’m loving the latest episode, “Raiders of the Lost Art.”

George Lucas (nicely played by Matt Angel) is pivotal to this episode. When I first saw the episode title, I wondered if it would play and riff on another fond episode, Magnum P.I. “Legend of the Lost Art.” Fortunately, it was not. This Legends episode has its own charm by showing how much an impact this filmmaker had on Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood. They would not be who they are without Lucas. This episode is a love letter to this filmmaking genius and contained plenty of moments to inspire him to make those memorable moments in A New Hope.

As most fans can attest, Star Wars and Indiana Jones were huge influences to many a geek, A bit of reference is made to Hamlet and I had to chuckle at Howard the Duck. Well, if Lea Thompson is in the film, I’ll see it. When this series does not take itself too seriously and has the two nerds being goofy, the episodes shine.

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