RE: Comic-to-TV adaptations -Gotham & The Agents of Shield Series mid-season finale continued…

Agents of Shield -A bit slower, but seriously gaining momentum. Giving otherwise unused, unsung ‘second stringers’ a chance to rightfully hold the center stage. Also -and this is new -effectively weaving continuity with their cinematic universe counterparts (guest features from the big screen do add weight); the on-screen equivalents of crossovers! Sins of the Past: though comics boast a virtually endless list of characters, many stay in the abyss or never reach full potential -Coulson and his team, team Hydra, even the gadgets would’ve remained footnotes. It was also frustrating & confusing -especially to non-fans -to see TV versions & Big-screen counterparts with unnecessary skewed continuity. [The Guilty: i) Xmen films that $$@@ed the ‘Dark Phoenix’ & ‘Weapon-X’ story-lines, each of which could’ve easily carried a Trilogy ii) Hulk films which keep changing the on-screen Bruce Banner. Now we’re afraid to like any of them -after all, we could have ‘Brangelina Smash’ next!]

Gotham -Tricky to say, it being both early in the game & a prequel of sorts. Still… so far -great! The real star is The City -grim, gothic, dangerous, the darkest of New York & Chicago rolled in one -the best depiction thus far showing us why Batman must be so dark. In a ‘Life before That One Dark Knight’-prequels present a heady challenge -carved-in-stone backstory, with little room to maneuver. But this has been turned into unseen opportunity –enriching the mythos of characters already explained -Cobblepot has never been better! Sins of the Past: settings in which the locale is so badly imagined that we recon it to be on another planet -or at least Disneyland! Also, nuking any hope of expanding a legend by putting it in the wrong hands. [The Guilty: the list is too long and sadly, mostly in the Bat-franchise; so-called scribes who’ve never bothered to pick up past literature on the projects they’re entrusted –and it shows!]

Ah, it’s good to be alive…­­

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RE: The Flash, Arrow, Gotham & The Agents of Shield Series…

At mid-season finale for a few Comic-to-TV adaptations, seems fitting to throw in a word or two.

The Flash -Has my vote. First season & already at breakneck speed introducing new characters & sub-plots faster than we can keep up(Firestorm was a pleasant surprise), can’t wait for more! Sins of the Past: wagging the bone by dragging us thru endless, pointless fillers till end of Season -as if to say ideas have run out, when the reverse is true. [The Guilty:10 agonizing seasons of Smallville when the best stuff needed -at most -fit 2 or 3!]

Arrow -Casting: from Oliver to Diggle, Thea, The Lance Family, Amanda Waller, Ray Palmer etc -it’s getting hard to imagine other Actors in these shoes. Balls: killing Oliver’s Mom, Sara Lance & adding other main characters to the series so soon -did not expect to see Ra’s for a while. Sins of the Past: making the show hinge on the same 1 or 2 clowns till we pray for their deaths & actors who were the wrong age, physique, sometimes even gender! [The Guilty: apart from Lex Luthor; virtually all the Smallville villians. Plus, I respect tradition, but -Adam West?!?] 

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cheers.