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#14 – Krang

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (various cartoons, comic books, and video games 1987-now)

Here is a character with a commonly misunderstood background. If you grew up watching the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon without reading Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s original Mirage Comics, you’d probably think that Krang, the brain-like alien from Dimension X, has always been around in the franchise’s mythos. If you watched the TMNT cartoon series that aired in 2003, you’d think Krang was an Utrom, a race of brain-like aliens that became allies to the Turtles. If you are a kid and watching the new Nickelodeon TMNT series that began in 2012, you’d probably think I was spelling Krang wrong and the “Kraang” are a race of brain-like aliens from Dimension X that are enemies of the Turtles. If you’ve only watched any or all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies without really caring too much about TMNT in the first place, you’re probably thinking “Who the hell is Krang?” Well I have some answers for you! (No, No, No, and GTFO).

Okay, so Krang started off as a talking brain from Dimension X in the 1987 cartoon series. That was his first appearance, not the Mirage comics AKA the source of the TMNT. Although the original comics featured aliens that looked exactly like him piloting humanoid android bodies (exactly like him), Krang was mostly unrelated to Mirage’s Utroms but I will get back to that. While the 1987 cartoon was infinitely childish and downright moronic (80’s cartoon style!) it’s what made the TMNT franchise BOOM in success, so it holds a lot of weight in the fans eyes regardless. That being said, this Krang was established as a LIZARD-LIKE warlord of an army of rock soldiers from Dimension X. For whatever reason, “Lizard Krang” was banished from his home dimension into “ours” with his mobile battle station, the Technodrome, and lost his body in the process. Luckily for him, lizard warlords from Dimension X have the anatomical capability to speak, breathe, see, hear, eat, and operate machinery with just their face-brains (I guess). During his time on Earth, he allied himself with the Foot Clan (namely Shredder) and they shared their resources in hopes to respectfully help each other conquer both of their own dimensions. It’s silly that a ninja could just find a banished alien warlord and make an army of robots, mutants, and rock soldiers… but it’s badass (if not in practice, in theory). Also I have no idea why this cartoon would purposefully stray from Krang being an Utrom to the point of making him a lizard creature as his background while good source material was available, but it happened.

Shredder and Krang were notoriously bad partners in this series as they constantly bickered with one another in a comical fashion. Where the Shredder had long standing rivalry with the Turtles, Krang only thought of them as nuisances to get rid of and pretty much only cared to conquer Dimension X. It took five episodes of constant begging on Krang’s part for Shredder to finally build him a mechanical body of his design in which he could operate from the abdomen area (like the UTROMS!). Although this body was seriously goofy looking it proved to be just as threatening to the Turtles as Shredder’s fighting skills and mutant/robot army. It had many shape-altering/weaponizing functions (mostly in the arms), It could fly, grow to massive proportions (when it had a molecular control chip installed), and many other robot-like things you would expect. While he was never portrayed as “scary” or menacing in this children’s show, he was definitely creepy (because he was a bulbous veiny talking brain with a squiggly high pitched voice that sunk uncontrollably low at times… AKA incredible voice-acting).

While Krang did not officially return in the much more Mirage Comics-oriented cartoon in 2003, the Utroms were finally established beyond the comics. *SPOILER ALERT* (seriously this series was kinda good, try watching it as a whole). These inherently GOOD Utroms were aliens who had crash landed on Earth in feudal Japan many years ago largely due to an Utrom criminal, Ch’rell, tampering with the ship after escaping confinement. As the years pass, Ch’rell adopts the persona of Oroku Saki AKA the Shredder, learns ninjistsu while operating his humanoid armor, and amasses the Foot Clan as his loyal followers. That’s right. The Shredder in the 2003 cartoon was predominately an Utrom/Krang/brain-thing… Kinda bizarre but this “Utrom Shredder” was a merciless killer who destroyed the Turtles lives time and time again. The only reason I’m talking about Shredder during Krang’s highlight time is because in a way, the writers of the 2003 series obviously found a way to combine aspects of both Shredder and Krang into one super evil character and it worked gloriously. Some people hate Utrom Shredder, I say he’s awesome. Once the Utrom’s got ahold of Ch’rell, a trial was conducted finding him guilty of committing near genocide on at least two different alien worlds prior to crashing to Earth.

After that intense upgrade, Krang “downgraded” to a new low during the 2013 Nickelodeon TMNT cartoon by becoming not one character but a new alien race called the Kraang (which completely ignores the character gold that is Krang and the Utroms). I have not enjoyed this cheap monotone retro sci-fi interpretation so I will skip talking about it altogether in order to highlight my favorite version of Krang. The newest official comic book continuity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles under IDW publishing has reestablished Krang as his own character while making him part of the Utrom race (See? That wasn’t so hard! Tons of confusion erased with that minor detail change). Unlike the super smart Krang from the 80’s, “General Krang” from IDW is a military tyrant bent on enslaving other worlds and commanding scientists to build his army and create fun destructive technology for him. That means instead of engineering space-age technology himself he could scare someone shitless into building it for him through his iron will and commanding presence. This Krang was the son of the former ruler of planet Utrominon, Quannin, a vicious dictator (and father) who damned the planet to destruction and left the Utrom race near extinct. After Quannin’s death, Krang made it his purpose to rebuild the Utrom Empire and fix his crazed fathers mistake while his people remained in stasis. After years spent ravaging different planets he conducted a war for slaves on the planet Neutrino while employing Baxter Stockman on Earth to find a means of developing expendable mutant soldiers.

When the front on Neutrino failed, Krang focused his efforts on building the Technodrome on Earth, which in this context acted as a planetary terraformer that he would use to wipe out the human race and make Earth habitable for his remaining people. IDW’s Krang took a lot of “take no prisoners” pages from 2003’s Utrom Shredder while retaining the likeness of the 80’s Krang to a degree (but WAY more menacing and practical). So why is Krang such an awesome villain? You can’t really go wrong with a creepy-ass sadistic brain alien controlling an Iron Man-like suit of armor packing an arsenal of heavy weaponry. On top of that, he leads soldiers made of stone and rock. That’s an army of Things from the Fantastic Four with lazer guns. It’s also stunning to see such a small creature wreak so much havoc on so many planets (the 2003 Ch’rell and the IDW version especially. They have the blood of multiple planets on their… tentacles). Then just look at the Technodrome and all of it’s glory… That’s his house for goodness sake!



#15 – Dr. Doom

Fantastic Four (various comic book titles, movies, cartoons, and video games 1962-now)

The name says it all, right? Dr. Doom is Marvel’s most iconic genre spanning villain and with good reason. He was originally conceived as a genius rival of Reed Richards, AKA Mr. Fantastic, and arch-nemesis to the Fantastic Four but in his lifetime he’s put up fights with Spider-Man, tons of Avengers teams, and basically all of the greats. He has no powers except the brilliance and craftiness of his own mind coupled with a vast amount of wealth. How smart is he? Well, he was the first person in the Marvel Universe to invent a time machine (this was in the 1960’s during his first appearance) without the aid of alien or future technology paving the way.doom
Victor von Doom was born into a cadre of gypsies in the fictitious European country of Latveria. His mother, Cynthia, was considered a “witch” and his father, Werner, was a medicine man. In young Victor’s eyes they represented perfection in the arts of mysticism and science. When Victor was still a boy, Cynthia’s life was taken by Mephisto, the representation of the devil in the Marvel Universe, as the result of her gypsy sorceress lifestyle. On top of that, Werner was accused of murdering the Baron of Latveria’s wife when he failed to save her life from cancer. Werner died while on the run from the Baron’s forces while Victor combined the arts of his parents to develop ways to defend his gypsy camp from the Baron. Eventually the news of his accomplishments traveled to the United States and Empire State University offered him an opportunity to develop his talented mind at their campus.

At ESU, von Doom roomed with Reed Richards and attempted to develop a device that allowed it’s user to speak to the dead with hopes of seeing his parents again. In the early days it was believed that Victor had wrongfully programmed the device which resulted in an explosion as a highlight of his arrogance in defying Reed Richards when he offered some suggestions, but it was later stated that Ben Grimm, the future Thing, had secretly tampered with it prior to it’s use. Regardless of whose fault it truly was; Victor’s face was left “disfigured” by the explosion and he blamed Richards. His face has rarely been fully revealed since the blast (at least in the comics) but Doom’s co-creator, Jack Kirby, argued that the disfigurement was merely a tiny scratch on his face but due to his obsession with physical and mental perfection, Victor regarded it as a hideous flaw that needed to be hidden as a form of body dysmorphic disorder. It was later written that despite this theory; his face was completely damaged while donning his self-forged armor and applying the metallic mask piece on too soon before it was able to cool (which scalded the metal onto his flesh, but I’m guessing he took it like a champ). After traveling the world and making his “Dr. Doom” armor in the Tibetan mountains, Victor returned to Latveria and seized his power as it’s absolute dictator all before attacking the Fantastic Four with a lame 60’s style time traveling plot.

In his earliest comic book appearances, Doom discovered an alien race called the Ovids that taught him a mental technique to transfer his consciousness into other bodies with extreme concentration, he also siphoned the Power Cosmic from the Silver Surfer for a short time through technological means, and attempted to regain that power by trying the same trick on another herald of Galactus; Terrax the Tamer. Unfortunately his body was destroyed by Terrax and only survived by using his Ovid mind transferring ability and later getting his old body reconstituted by a cosmic being called the Beyonder just in time for the mega event, the Secret Wars. During this storyline Doom ends up using Galactus’ planet eating ship to siphon off the powers of the Beyonder unto himself yet again practically making him omnipotent. Eventually the Beyonder fooled him into giving the power up and reverted back to a mortal human being again… Because it’s the Beyonder, what are you gonna do, right?

Dr. Doom was also among the Avengers and Fantastic Four when they sacrificed themselves by jumping into a portal created by Franklin Richards intended to eradicate the psionic energy body of Onslaught. Doom and the heroes were not dead, just remolded into Franklin Richards’ “Counter-Earth” reality he created as a pocket dimension (Franklin can warp time and space like that… I guess). Eventually the heroes returned to the regular reality (probably because the Heroes Reborn thing didn’t sit too well with fans) and Doom was able to seize control of Franklin’s made up world simply by convincing him to hand it over (then he left, probably realizing how lame Counter-Earth was like the fans did). Sometime after that, Doom attempted to broker a deal with demons that ended up backfiring and condemning himself to hell. Coincidentally, this event took place close to the time Ragnarok happened on Asgard and Thor was legitimately dead for a while which allowed Doom to grab ahold of Thor’s hammer as it was aimlessly soaring through different dimensions. Although Doom isn’t considered worthy to lift the hammer, he was able to piggyback ride it back to Earth. Just a day in the life of Victor von Doom…


Since then Doom has been seen mostly as a political figure who is equally respected and feared by heroes alike. He’s had shaky alliances with the Red Skull, Namor, Loki, and the rest of Norman Osborn’s Cabal. He’s went to war with Wakanda in order to secure their supply of vibranium metal (which was said to have the potential to enhance his magical abilities on top of it being an indestructible sound-absorbing metal) and as a result severely injured T’Challa into temporarily retiring from being the Black Panther. He was also seen manipulating and being engaged to the Scarlet Witch after her episode of amnesia following the events of House of M in order to siphon off her reality altering mutant powers unto himself. That’s what makes him cool. He doesn’t need superpowers, he just steals them from everybody else. Doom was also recently betrayed by the Intelligencia, a group of Marvel’s smartest brain trust of supervillains, when he basically told them that he was more intelligent than all of them combined.

As a result of the Leader leeching on his brain during Intelligencia’s betrayal, Doom was left brain damaged and forced to join the Fantastic Four’s Future Foundation in order to repair the mental damage. Even though Doom despises Reed Richards, it’s no surprise that he would at times fight beside him (brain damaged or not). Doom has a strong sense of honor and is often depicted as a hero just as much as he is a villain. Truth be told, the people of Latveria love Doom as their dictator and it’s a thriving nation. All he really wants to do is free his mother from Mephisto, prove he’s better than Richards, and rule the world under order as it’s savior (which he would probably be really good at if it weren’t for his biggest flaw in letting too much power go to his head.)

Oh yeah, he’s also died like a billion times but it’s almost always retconned by explaining that the Doom that died was a robot duplicate Doombot that he created with an artificial intelligence matching his own… But that’s more of an annoyance than anything else.


Warner Brothers Has Announced DC Comics Movie Schedule Through 2020


If DC and Marvel are flashing dicks, DC just laid theirs on the table.

At this year’s Time Warner Investors Day, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujuhara laid out Warner and DC’s Cinematic Battle plan to take on Marvel at the cinema. Earlier this year we learned that DC had plan to release a ton of films between now and 2020, but today we were given not only a full list of those movies, but even some announcements as to who will be playing some of our favorite heroes!

Here’s the official press release:

As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry’s broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises. Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The LEGO Movie” ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in “The LEGO Batman Movie” in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, “The LEGO Movie 2,” will debut in 2018. 

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. 

And, in a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies–as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films–from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters: 

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016) 

“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016) 

“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017) 

“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017) 

“The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018) 

“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018) 

“Shazam” (2019) 

“Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019) 

“Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020) 

“Green Lantern” (2020)

As a DC fan….I’m having heart palpitations. Suicide Squad?! Ezra Miller is the Flash?! A Cyborg standalone?! Great Caesar’s Ghost!

I can only imagine the amount of hype and disdain this announcement shall bring, so stay tuned here at ACR as the news continues to develop!


#16 – Mumm-Ra

Thundercats (various cartoons and comic books, 1985-2011)

Ancient Spirits of Evil! Transform this decayed form to MUMM-RA, THE EVER-LIVING!” Yep: badass. All jokes aside, Mumm-Ra is a force to be reckoned with. Although the original Thundercats cartoon from the 80’s was very cheaply underdeveloped feeling in terms of story (it was a kid show no matter how seriously we look at it), it had incredible concepts one can take pieces of and improve upon. This happened when a brand new animated series of the Thundercats came to life in 2011 but was, in my opinion, WRONGFULLY cancelled after its first season because its lack of merchandizing sales… But damn, was it good. While the original show had its flaws, Mumm-Ra was intensely awesome in both re-imaginings regardless.

mumm_ra_high_res__by_thezork-d5wj8msOriginally the Thundercats came from a distant planet called Thundera until they were forced to leave via spaceship as their home world exploded until they crash-landed on “Third Earth.” I believe Third Earth is meant to be a future interpretation of the Earth we now live on only after one or two cycles of apocalyptic events and humanity’s attempts to rebuild. When the Thundercats arrive on the planet with the coveted and powerful Sword of Omens, Mumm-Ra, an ancient decrepit magical mummy residing in a pyramid presumably in what used to be Egypt, is alerted to their presence and allies himself with the Thundercats alien attackers, the Mutants. After the mutants fail to claim the Sword of Omens, they brashly taunt Mumm-Ra into stealing it himself. Unaware of his ability to call upon the Ancient Spirits of Evil to transform his… decayed form into a muscular all powerful sorcerer form, the Mutants were quickly put in their place after witnessing his potentially all-powerful might at hand. Although he was crazy powerful, this version of Mumm-Ra had two main weaknesses; 1. The sight of his own reflection somehow reverted him back to a weakened state, and 2. His “Ever-Living” form (as well as his many other disguisable forms) quickly drained him of the mystical energies used to maintain the forms causing him to constantly hibernate within his sarcophagus to rejuvenate.

Aside from the need for constant replenishment, his lifespan seems to be infinite even claiming that he is the “ever-living source of evil” and that as long as evil exists he would not die. Despite being immensely more powerful than all the Thundercats combined, Mumm-Ra would always find ways to be defeated (especially because the Sword of Omens refused to work properly in his hands because of a mystical enchantment banning its use in an evil manner… But that didn’t stop him from trying OVER and OVER again). Over the course of time, Mumm-Ra was granted more evil power by the Ancient Spirits (even overcoming his reflection weakness permanently) and eventually ended up switching the roles of his masters and subjugated the Ancient Spirits under his command. In a comic book adaptation continuing the story of the original cartoon, Mumm-Ra took over the planet New Thundera and enslaved the Thunderian populace in Lion-O’s absence. Speaking of comics, an origin story was given to Mumm-Ra in his time as a human living in ancient Egypt. As a human his name was Wahankh and he attempted to overthrow the pharaoh by selling his soul to the Ancient Spirits of Evil gaining their supernatural powers. Somehow the pharaoh defeated his ultra-powerful form and condemned Wahankh to “death” by locking him in a pyramid. However Wahankh was immortal thanks to the Spirits although they refused to help him out of the pyramid viewing his defeat as a tribute to his own incompetence.

Enough of the old stuff though, here is where it gets good! In 2011, Mumm-Ra strayed away from the 80’s style supervillain-type that never learned from his mistakes and became a RUTHLESS COSMIC THREAT. This version was a super bat-like humanoid that flew around in a giant pyramid-like spaceship that housed tons of alien races he had enslaved. All the races were humanoid Earth animals from different planets like the Lizards, Cats, Dogs, Elephants, Birds, and whatnot. In this continuity, the Thundercats originally served Mumm-Ra as his personal army that enslaved the other races he came by as he searched for four powerful objects called… (wait for it…) Power Stones! In a surprisingly adult level of horrific-ness, Mumm-Ra used a star to forge and weaponize one of the Power Stones which caused the star to explode WIPING OUT AN ENTIRE STAR SYSTEM! Think about that for a little bit… That’s multiple planetary acts of genocide just to make a weapon to kill MORE people with. I told you Mumm-Ra was no joke! Seeing this act as the ultimate injustice, the leader of the Cats, Leo (ancestor of Lion-O), had the Sword of Omens created to house the “War Stone” in its hilt to be used against Mumm-Ra and led a rebellion against him resulting in the pyramid crashing to Third Earth. Here the animals could go their own ways free from Mumm-Ra’s dormant rule and form their own cultures over time. Eventually the history of these events were long forgotten until Grune the Destroyer betrayed the Thundercats and reawakened Mumm-Ra to further ally themselves with the subjectable race of Lizards.

With an army of Lizards using Mumm-Ra’s forgotten space-age technology the Cat’s kingdom of Thundera was toppled in one night. Now that his Power Stones have been scattered throughout Third Earth, Mumm-Ra has made it his mission to acquire them one by one and rebuild his empire as well as become the most powerful being in existence. This Mumm-Ra’s weakness was switched from being frightened of his reflection to burning in direct sunlight like a vampire. Although the 2011 Mumm-Ra was astronomically more direct about showing no mercy, he was more reliant on his subjects because of his daylight weakness. Midway through the season Mumm-Ra recruited homicidal mercenary generals Kaynar and Addicus (formerly known as Jackalman and Monkian) to do his bidding along with Slythe of the Lizards and Grune. Additionally at some point in time, Mumm-Ra recruited Pumyra as one of his minions and used her to infiltrate the Thundercats and earn the trust of Lion-O. It was pretty shocking when this was revealed because the series was gearing her in the direction of the main love interest before her betrayal. So we can add cock-blocking to Mumm-Ra’s list of villainous acts. 2011’s Thundercats definitely wasn’t the Thundercats of yesteryear (yesterdecade?) and all for the better. I WISH IT WASN’T PREMATURELY CANCELLED!!!!


IN REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere “No Sanctuary”

NOTE: This review contains major spoilers. So for all that is good and holy, turn back now if you haven’t watched the season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead. If you dont mind… continue on.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has become cable television’s highest rated show for its spectacular story telling, captivating character development, and its fantastic and very gruesome special effects and makeup.

Last night’s season five premiere, “No Sanctuary” was by far the best return to the series we have seen yet. It capitalizes on every aspect mentioned above and then builds upon it by leaps and bounds. It especially surpassed by expectations on its clever weaving of plot-heavy drama with subtle statements about mans malleability. It covers all spectrums of human nature, good and bad. Another thing that also impressed me about this episode was its ability to take me on an intense emotional roller coaster. Once the credits rolled, I found myself and the friends I was watching it with completely stressed out to the point of a headache, and the only thing that I could think of in response to what I had just seen was simply, “HOLY. SHIT.”

We ended last season with Rick’s hilariously ominous warning, “They’re screwing with the wrong people,” after he was forced into a container by Team Terminus and reunited with Glenn and gang.

This season opens with the word, “THEN,” alluding to a simpler time, before cannibalism, child molestation and kid murderers, and all the world had to worry about was free-spirited zombies and finding food and shelter. Some people we don’t recognize, and Gareth is trapped in a container, and we hear screams from outside. They talk about taking back something, presumably Terminus, from some people.

Cut to “NOW,” and it’s possibly the same container but this time, its occupants are our heroes. They’re sharpening shanks of wood–making weapons with what they can find in there. Michonne is hilariously fashioning something spear-like that gives her the same range as a katana because girlfriend needs herself some long instruments. Rick is telling people to go for the eyes first, then the throat. Because we all know Rick is a fan of going for the throats right?!

Then we hear a warning from outside and the group gets ready to stab some man-eaters. Only instead of the front door opening, we get a flash bang grenade being thrown in from the top and then chaos and confusion. When we return, we see Rick, Daryl, Glenn and Bob being dragged in front of a trough along with four other random in what’s clearly a slaughterhouse for the living.

The short of this scene is that Team Terminus gets way, way, way too close to slitting Glenn’s throat, and Bob makes a valiant attempt to talk Gareth out of bleeding them dry. The only thing that saves them is the sound of a large explosion from outside.

After the title sequence, we see Carol and Tyreese (with Judith) walking along the railroad. They’re forced off the tracks by a giant herd of walkers, who are fortunately distracted by the gunfire coming from Terminus. Carol astutely determines that Terminus is not safe, and they take another track towards the place. They come upon a person from Team Terminus setting up fireworks (to distract zombie hoards away from the sanctuary). He’s talking into his walkie, bragging about “the chick with the sword” and the boy with the hat.

Carol then takes over the entire episode. She leaves Tyreese behind in a shack with Fireworks Guy and Judith, then scopes out Terminus. She sees the walkers heading there, and through some tactical magic she blows up a giant chunk of fence creating a gaping entrance for the walker parade headed Terminus-way. Then she disguises herself in zombie blood and mud, and storms Terminus with her gang of walkers.

At the same time, Rick has broken free of his wire-tie shackle with a shiv he had hidden in his pants leg. He stabs Lackey 1 in the neck and Lackey 2 in the throat. Freeing the other two, they get out, arm themselves with morgue equipment and go back to free the others.

Back in the container, everyone’s filled with the faith of the truest believer. Carl’s all, “Dad’ll be back,” Maggie’s all, “Glenn’ll be back.” I’m not going go into details about everything else that transpires at Terminus, but suffice to say every minute is packed with zombie- and people-killing action. It’s amazing and rewarding and awesome. I would just like to give a quick nod to the makeup team on the extreme close up of the Terminus baddy having her face gnawed on, epic.

Side-Plot: Back at the cabin Tyreese almost screws it up for him and Judith when he lets his teddy bear personality get the best of him and is seconds away from having Judith killed by the Fireworks Guy. In the end, Tyreese saves the day but realizes that killing is something that everyone now must do.

It pits the human manifestation of good — the ostensibly hulking Tyreese — against his stark counterpart — an unnamed other, a man who nearly strangled Judith as a desperate survival strategy.

While the former refuses to kill, the latter rolls ever-apathetic with a clan of psychopathic killers. His comments on goodness’ futility, his past life of friends and Sunday football work in synchrony for an especially unnerving effect: They humanize — and yet just as quickly dehumanize — him, which is a push and pull recurrent throughout Sunday’s episode.

Everyone is eventually rescued and reunited (not with Carol yet), and they go back to the woods where Rick and gang hid their arsenal of weapons and supplies. Rick immediately insists that they must go back and make sure not a single person from Terminus escapes; the majority of the group quickly talks him out of that crazy idea.

Carol quietly slides up behind Rick and Daryl during this discussion, and the second Daryl sees her, he runs to her and hugs her in tears. They embrace for a while, both of them crying. Daryl is so overcome with emotion to the point that I can only describe as simply beautiful. Rick, too, has trouble believing what he’s seeing. He stumbles towards Carol, asking if she was responsible for the chaos at Terminus. She sorta nods, and he wraps her up in his arms too.

She tells them, “You have to come with me,” and brings them back to Tyreese and Judith. Rick nearly trips over himself running towards his daughter. Tears of joy are streaming down his face while holding his daughter. With Carl at his side, the Grimes families miraculously are back together.

We close the episode with Rosita and Abraham saying they have to tell Rick something, “but not now,” and everyone taking a breather and reuniting. We also get another look at “THEN” in Terminus. We see Gareth and his people scared out of their mind held up in the same train car from the beginning. There is a group of men that comes in and takes one of the women. One of the men has slicked-back black hair. When Gareth tried to reassure his mom that everything’s ok, the black-haired man bends down and says, “No, it’s not.” The black-haired man bears somewhat of a resemblance to the comics character Negan the leader of The Saviors. However, the man was not Negan. On Twitter, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman offered the following clarification, “That was NOT Negan at the end of the episode. Note the face tattoos.”

All, and all I was EXTREMELY impressed with this seasons premiere. I’m calling it now though, near mid-season we will see one of our favorites Carol die. After watching “No Sanctuary,” I’m convinced that Gimple has written the definitive Carol episode — even though last season’s “The Grove” seemed to be that episode. A character that has suffered so much loss, banished from her people and forced to become an exile/guardian angel has finally saved the ones she loves. Carol even has the best lines on the show, ones that symbolize death and vanishing. Her powerful words to Mary, “You’re not here, and neither am I,” seconds before she slips past the zombie horde. Bring on Season 5!

PlayStation Network’s POWERS Has A New Trailer

When Sony revealed at this year’s E3 conference that they would be releasing a new series based upon the Brian Michael Bendis comic Powers, fans were worried that the show might loose the gritty aspects adored in the comics. Well, you can (probably) rest easier now, because the trailer released this weekend at New York Comic Con, is definitely NSFW. Perhaps Sony Entertainment is taking advantage of their console-only release strategy, and going no-holds-barred in their adaptation.

Which brings me to the only negative point to make about this show, and it’s trailer. Sure, it looks great, but some of us are nerfherders who don’t pay for a Playstation Plus subscription, so is there a way to watch it elsewhere without procuring it illegally? Rumor has it that the show will be available for stream on the Sony Entertainment website, which would most likely require you to pay for each episode individually. I think it would probably be within their best interest to shop the series around to services like Netflix and Hulu also, to broaden their fanbase.

But who am I but a measly consumer?

Powers is set to air on the PlayStation Network this December.


NYCC: Marvel’s Daredevil Reveals First Stills


Call this one half opinion piece, half news….cause poppa’s gotta rant.

This weekend at New York Comic Con, Marvel treated fans to two separate stills from the Daredevil television series to appear on Netflix next summer. Instead of saying “Hey wow, that’s really great that we live in a day and age where we get to see stuff like this over a year before it’s released,” the collective internet turned into an angry cat meme, and all hell broke loose. Here are a few of my favorite whiney quotes (the posters will remain anonymous):

“I got a bad feeling about this… I didn’t like it in Trial of the Incredible Hulk. I don’t like it now. Is he a cat burglar or a low budget ninja?”

“I hate it, it’s WORSE than Ben Affleck already.”

“My anticipation just came to a halt.”

Internet, please….shut up. Believe it or not, fandom is going to eventually ruin the superhero franchises. How? Because sneak peaks are so common at this point, there’s literally no element of surprise. You already know what Ben Affleck looks like in the Batsuit because you begged for it and they delivered, you already know what Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are wearing in the Avengers movies (and guess what, you complained), and now you’ve been given a picture of what is clearly Matt Murdock in an early iteration of what will eventually become the Daredevil getup…and you’re whining about it.

To make an analogy; If fandom were like “A Christmas Story,” then you need to stop asking for the damned Red Rider BB Gun, because eventually-you’ll shoot yer eye out, kids.

Anywhoozles, here are two stills released this weekend at New York Comic Con for the highly anticipated Daredevil series:


This photo, the picture of Matt Murdock in a black suit, is the topic of the above rant. It’s actually a rather iconic getup in the Daredevil mythos, as it is the first suit worn by the vigilante during Frank Miller’s The Man Without Fear, which is considered to be the quintessential Daredevil story arc. Here’s a pic for comparison:


Our advice? Be patient. Wait it out, see it for yourself. And more importantly: HAVE FUN. It’s a comic book TV show…no need to get all serious about it.