Agents of SHIELD S5: Still Going Strong Despite Some Stumbles

Genre: Action/Superhero

Synopsis: Our SHIELD agents find themselves thrown into the future, where the Earth has been cracked apart and rendered uninhabitable, while humanity is enslaved by an alien race. They must find out how they got here, what happened, and how to get back in order to stop the end of the world. 

Their information about the apocalypse is incomplete, and each agent must make their own decisions about what they think it will take to save humanity–and whether they’re willing to do that.

Series: The fifth season is over, there will be a sixth.

I’ve Watched: All of it.

Verdict: Totally worth it, though not everything worked for me this season.

Agents of SHIELD is always a good, solid watch. The first arc of the season, where the team ends up in the future and witnesses a post-apocalyptic world, was less enjoyable for me because the character reactions to their situation felt off. But the action was still exciting, and the moments when the characters were on point were totally worth it. Then everything was back on track after that first arc—the space arc—ended. Continue reading “Agents of SHIELD S5: Still Going Strong Despite Some Stumbles”

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Wonder Woman: Refreshing and Emotionally Powerful

Wonder Woman stands on a battlefield, deflecting a bullet with her gauntlet.
Image: Warner Bros via Wikipedia

Genre: Superhero

Synopsis: Diana has grown up in a land of Amazons, isolated from the rest of the world. They are the keepers of a weapon that can defeat Ares, the god of War, waiting for the time when he returns to wreck chaos and slaughter. Then World War I intrudes onto her island, and Diana takes this as a sign that Ares had arrived. She sets off on a mission to kill him, believing that without him, the war would end and the world would know peace. Continue reading “Wonder Woman: Refreshing and Emotionally Powerful”

Terminator: Genisys Reboots the Franchise for the 21st Century

A picture of a man with parts of his skin wounded enough to reveal metal underneath, holding a smoking shotgun, in front of a black font with some fog. The words "Terminator Genisys" are written over him.
Image: Skydance via Den of Geek

Genre: Action/Sci-fi

Synopsis: John Connor is the leader of the resistance in a world where humanity is being obliterated by Skynet, a self-aware artificial intelligence. Without him, humanity stands no chance. In the original Terminator movie from 1984, Skynet sends a Terminator back in time to kill John’s mother Sarah before he can be born. John sends back a trusted colleague, Kyle Reese, to protect his mother. However, in Terminator: Genisys, this has already happened. Continue reading “Terminator: Genisys Reboots the Franchise for the 21st Century”

Pilot Season: Blindspot Has Some Potential

Borrowed from nbc.com

Synopsis: A woman (Jane) is found with tattoos covering her body, each one with some hidden meaning, possibly related to a crime-in-progress. One of those tattoos has the name of an FBI agent–Kurt Weller–and no one knows why. She can’t remember anything about who she is, where she learned her skills, or why this might have been done to her. Continue reading “Pilot Season: Blindspot Has Some Potential”

Mad Max: Fury Road, and the Melding of Action and Character Work

Mad Max: Fury Road

Borrowed from posterposse.com

Genre: Post-apocalyptic/Action

Synopsis: Mad Max is a wanderer through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, when he’s captured by War Boys of Immortan Joe, a powerful and tyrannical warlord. He becomes unwittingly embroiled in an escape attempt consisting of other captives and one of the warlord’s top officials. Now the motley group needs to actually get away without stabbing each other in the back, and then figure out how they’re going to live. Continue reading “Mad Max: Fury Road, and the Melding of Action and Character Work”