N.O.T.: Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ Ep 5-8

nacion.comI finished the series Saturday evening and I must say, after the slow start Marvel’s The Defenders found it’s pace and never ceased to amaze. Once our foursome finally faced their enemy – The Hand – things popped off. Some highlights from the latter episodes without spoiling everything.

  1. Sowande should have been Diamondback | The mysterious man in the white suit recruiting footmen in Harlem should have been Luke’s arch nemesis. It would have connected the Cage series to The Hand from jump, and given us a far more formidable villain after Cottonmouth. He was menacing and cruel without coming off hokey. And he could fight Luke without the help of exploding bullets or juiced up armor. A definite missed opportunity to make Luke Cage a great series rather than just good.
  2. Matt Murdock doesn’t deserve Karen or Foggy | At every turn Matt has to dodge their criticism of him wearing the Daredevil mask. As if he does not know the risk. I don’t know why they could not accept what Matt had long ago realized. It’s who he is and will forever be. Can’t stand the heat, get out of Hell’s Kitchen.
  3. We have to get Daughters of the Dragon | Misty and Colleen have met. The inevitable better be coming. Especially since Rand is handling Misty in her time of need near the end of the series. Give us their show and let us watch Misty and Ms. Wing put in work. They both deserve.
  4. A Problem Like Iron Fist | I still haven’t watched the series, but Danny Rand — at least this iteration — is annoying AF. If he isn’t proclaiming his name like Captain Obvious to anyone who will listen, he’s self-sabotaging his namesake by being a complete idiot. How can the catalyst for this series be the weakest link? By the end he’s more tolerable, but he’s also missing from at least three episodes which helps.
  5. Bring on Jessica Jones S2 | The nonchalant delinquent detective shines throughout the series. Krysten Ritter nails Jones’ perfectly unbothered by everything mentality. And made me thirsty for her story again, which is hands down the best single season of any of the series. ARGUE WITH YOUR MOTHER!

Those are all my points. Let me know what you thought in the comments. Oh, and btw – The Punisher is coming….

N.O.T.: Supergirl, S2

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Recently completed season two of The CW’s Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El. The show originally aired on CBS before making the shift to the more viewer-friendly sister channel, also home of The Flash and Arrow. This season was much stronger with the arrival of Cadmus, White Martians and other aliens threatening Earth. I’ll highlight my highs and lows, and what I hope to see in season three. Continue reading →

Hate Me Now: Olivia is COMMAND Now

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Last week’s two-hour finale of Scandal felt like the beginning of the end. And that’s because it was. After six seasons Shonda Rhimes’ birther of live-tweeting prime time will air its final season in the fall. What better send-off than the show’s hero living long enough to transition to a villain. Olivia Pope forever relinquished her White Hat when she summoned newly-appointed Vice President Luna Vargas to take her own life. That’s right. The former #Gladiator-in-chief pressured the second-highest powerful individual in the land to commit suicide. A somber tribute to her husband – the late president-elect – whom she had assassinated. Because you’re nobody ’til somebody kills you.

Granted Olivia’s track record isn’t clean. We’ve witnessed her the past five seasons fix an election, carry on an affair with the president and murder a man with a metal chair. But in fairness, he had it coming – and these other acts were for the greater good. Regardless of her methods, Olivia always retreated back to her haven of light whenever her gut tip-toed too close to the darkness. But this time Olivia didn’t retreat. She dove in head first, swimming, treading, inviting the darkness to dwell within. The White Hat is dead. Long live Command.

I believe Olivia was destined for diabolical greatness – it’s hereditary. Both Rowan and Maya are evil personified. Cold, calculating parents who taught their only offspring to want nothing but the best. Liv’s thirst for power had always been evident. She possessed the Force, stemming her Jedi mind tricks with Pope and Associates. But the closer she was to the White House, the stronger the dark side begged her to loose her defenses.

Her aligning with the Empire was first evident when she and Fitz went “public.” She never really loved the man; she loved the access he possessed and worked her black girl magic on him like white on rice. The lust surfaced again in the attempt to cast Mellie as the first female president. She could taste the blood in the water. Now that the mantle is finally hers, nothing and no one wills stand in her way.

I adore this newly, self-aware Olivia. She’s embracing the monster within. She sees the blood on her hands and isn’t washing them off. She’d rather licks her hands clean, enough for her next target.

N.O.T.: Chewing Gum 2

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So I finished Chewing Gum series 2 in one sitting Sunday afternoon. I sat alone in my house, scream laughing at my television as Tracey seductively danced in a homeless shelter’s bathroom before vomiting all over her now ex-boyfriend. I haven’t laughed that genuinely since Happy Endings. Not only is it HIGHlarious, but the genius that is Michaela Coel writes all of it herself, flexing the totality of her #BlackGirlMagic. The tale of London’s last two virgins and their misadventures is witty, heart-warming and flourishes a spectacular latter 90s and early 2000s soundtrack.  Continue reading →