We can be more than the things that people label us as. I find this to be a central theme of Marvel’s Agents of Shield compared to the CW’s Tomorrow People. I do find quite a bit of meat for discussion in the contrast between these two shows, so Curt and I hash out just what separates these two shows in both tone and structure. And of course we’re going to sound off about which one and which kind of storytelling we prefer. Arrow gets a brief mention in this treatment of superhero television. We know what we think. How about you?
Curt and I take a look at three shows we’re really excited about for the fall season: Arrow, Sleepy Hollow, and Agents of SHIELD. I do a bit of complaining about the fact that Sleepy Hollow is almost – but not quite – inspired by multiple real-world mythologies. We lament the fact that The CW has to fill every single show with twenty-something angst and enough interpersonal drama to give “Passions” a run for its money. We take a quick look at the character dynamics at work in Agents of SHIELD and how it has the potential to go very *right* for once on television. And through it all we share our hopes and fears for the upcoming viewing season. No fear, I suspect we’ll revisit this topic with regularity.
I was surprised to find “Planet Hulk” on the new movie shelf this week, not having seen any trailers for the project at all. Given Lion’s Gate’s track record with Marvel properties, and especially with adaptations of existing stories, I didn’t hesitate to slip the Blu-Ray version in between the laundry soap and frozen pizzas, where my wife would hopefully overlook it until we’re at the checkout lane….
I didn’t follow the Planet Hulk stories in the comics when they were current, but made the opportunity to read the back issues once World War Hulk exploded into Marvel continuity. The dozen-plus issues worth of adventure on an alien world brought the Jarella stories of the 70’s to mind, though without the trademark storytelling of Harlan Ellison or Len Wein. I found it especially intriguing to see the differences in popular culture that 30 years has wrought on a very similar story.
Marvel Comics has really dominated the animated movie landscape for the past three years or so. I take the time to look at the recent offerings from Lion’s Gate and break down the subtext of my favorite films. They’re all good stuff, and I recommend any of them. This week introduces a few new things, including the Fanboyarama section of the Amazon store, and the podsafe album of the week. This week, we’re doing Marvel Heroes in animation, and the music selection is “Manifestations” by Synaecide. Check it out in the tabber box!