Marvel’s Iron Fist – Teaser Trailer

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Gotta admit, I like the logo though it’s especially good to see because for awhile there were members of the online community that were saying that a series based on Iron Fist wasn’t going to happen.

That being said, Finn Jones?

That’s not even that I think Jones is a bad actor–I’ve heard that he’s appeared in Game of Thrones, which I don’t particularly care for–more so than I haven’t anything to base a decision on.

Though I am not sure it would matter all that much because what puts me off is sort of silly; almost dumb, really.

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It’s the curly hair.

Danny Rand in the comics typically have very straight hair.  I know it’s a minor point, but having followed the adventures of Power Man and Iron Fist for awhile, it’s part of the image I’ve carried in my head.

 

Voltron: Legendary Defender – Trailer

Netflix is bringing back Voltron, though it appears that he might have got a demotion from being the ‘Defender of the Universe’ to a ‘Legendary Defender.’

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the robot, though for some reason when growing up I thought that it was selfish that only one of the four lions could be Voltron’s head, when they were all essentially identical, except for their color.

Then there’s the practicality, or the lack thereof.  Most robots, no matter what they transform into, tended to retain important physical features, like hands.

But not Voltron, which were replaced by the heads of lions.  I guess I shouldn’t be very critical, after all it is a children’s cartoon, and besides, he always managed to hold a sword pretty well.

Which is all a giant robot assembled from four lion robots needs.

Marvel’s Luke Cage – Trailer #1

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why the Marvel series being produced for Netflix are so successful.  After all, they’re working with characters that I wouldn’t exactly call ‘first-stringers.’

Though that’s not by any means to imply that they aren’t beloved to many people, only that they’re plenty of more popular superheroes that have yet to appear in either the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), or what I like to call the MTU–or Marvel Televised Universe (too late to copyright ‘MTU,’ I’m guessing)–or who’s rights aren’t tied up with other entities, like Sony, Twentieth-Century Fox or Universal Pictures.

And speaking of Netflix, I should mention that I take umbrage to attempts by other entities, such as NBC, to determine how it is their ratings–which they apparently keep track of, though they don’t release–work.

I suspect that the numbers for their series are in toto significantly larger than any estimates that have yet been reported because, unlike domestic networks, Netflix has a huge international scope, which means that when a series like Daredevil premieres domestically–I believe that it is doing exactly the same, at the same time, all over the world.

So it stands to reason that premieres on Netflix would–when total audience numbers are taken into account–decimate the numbers for a network that relies entirely on domestic consumption.

Which begats another question, which is how to separate domestic viewership of Netflix programming from international numbers.

Whomever can figure that out in a fashion that is close to accurate will probably make a lot of money, be it in Dollars, Euros, Pounds or whatever.

Marvel’s Daredevil S2:E10 – The Man In The Box

IMG_1990.jpgFor awhile, despite my serious love for everything that was unfolding in Daredevil, I was wondering how they were going to manage to embrace the more fantastical aspects of the Marvel Universe.

In the world that exists in Marvel Televised Universe, the heroes are much more grounded than they are in its cinematic brethren so for awhile I was thinking that those fantastical elements would be gone (or at the very least minimized).

And while a part of me was okay with that, I would have liked to see them here as well.

Though it looks like I might be getting my wish.

As I mentioned a few posts ago, the First Season introduced the idea of a ‘Black Sky’ for a few episodes, then pretty much ignored it, which made me think that it was an abandoned plot thread.

Boy, was I wrong because it’s seriously bearing fruit as we see Daredevil embrace not only the brutally realistic, but the ritualistic and hopefully, the magical as well.

And it might be just me, but it looks like the budget must have gone up significantly because this episode features at least two helicopter shots, and they’re not cheap.

 

Marvel’s Daredevil S2: E3 – New York’s Finest

“Why didn’t you take off my mask?”

–Daredevil

“I don’t give a shit who you are.”

–Frank Castle, aka the Punisher

Those aren’t the words that begin the third episode of Daredevil’s Second season, though they might as well be because if there’s one thing that makes Frank Castle the most dangerous opponent Daredevil has ever faced, it’s his shark-like focus on whatever the task at hand happens to be.

And if you happen to be under attack by those wolves of the sea, it doesn’t help that it didn’t intend to attack you, or maybe your movements are vaguely evocative of a seal.

What matters most at the time is that it’s a dead-eyed demon is trying to use you as a blood-filled chew toy.

And remember the hallway fight scene for Season One?  They go bigger and badder this time around, as we get a glimpse of how dangerous a possessed by anger Daredevil can be.

Marvel’s Daredevil S2:E2 -Dogs To A Gunfight

“Even has a code name.”

“Like what?  Kill-dozer?  Or ‘dumbass with a gun?'”

“Not quite.  They’re calling this one ‘The Punisher.'”

Or

“Hold on.  Sure I can’t get you anything else?  You know, I’ve got it all, man.  Yeah, bondage, backdoor, grannies, or maybe you’re in the market for something younger.  She’s barely 12.  Guaranteed.”

IMG_1983What a quote-worthy episode!

And speaking of quotes, an invitation to buy child porn is maybe the right thing to say to Jared Fogle; definitely the wrong thing to say to an vigilante with a moral code as uncompromising as a razor’s edge, or as blunt as the business end of a baseball bat.

Every since Daredevil assumed his new duds, he’s been brimming with confidence, which has a lot to do with with their being no one–beyond Fisk or Nabu–who’s at his level.

Well, the holiday is over because Frank Castle has rolled into Hell’s Kitchen, and he’s not only taking no prisoners, he’s skilled enough to take on the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

And win.

This episode sees the return of Melvin Potter (Matt Gerald), which makes me think an appearance by Gladiator might be in our future!

Yeah!

What’s pretty amazing is that somehow the producers (it should go without saying that I mean writers, directors, costume artists and makeup and whomever does the cinematography) somehow manage to make Charlie Cox–who normally seems like a pretty unassuming actor–look like a total badass.

 

Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 2 – Official Trailer – Part 1 – Trailer

Screenshot 2016-01-07 19.25.43Marvel Television, in the shows that they have made for Netflix–so far we’ve seen Jessica Jones and Daredevil, soon to be followed by Luke Cage and Iron Fist and culminating in The Defenders–have created some of the most addictive television in recent memory.

It’s worth mentioning that since you’re getting an entire season all at once, most viewers are going to watch as many episodes as they can stand at one time, which is more akin to actively consuming them more than the passive act that television viewing typically is.

This latest trailer–in two parts, by the way, which is odd in that the trailer has become the event in and of itself–is more Punisher/Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal)-centric as we see him causing all sorts of trouble for Daredevil/Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox).

And speaking of the Punisher, I get the feeling that we’re not going to see the Punisher’s iconic skull where the (Marvel) Universe intended, over his chest and abdomen.  I hope I’m wrong, but then again, in the more realistic way Marvel Television is handling these characters, I can at least understand it (Daredevil only wears a costume because it shields his identity and provides protection against bladed weapons).

Though that doesn’t mean I have to like it.