The Badger On: iZombie (TV Series)

I have been a fan of this show since it premiered in 2015 and watch it through the Australian streaming service Stan. We are now into its third season but I am not going to review the season per say but the show as a whole.  I am not sure I will call it a review either as I did considering putting this up on my other blog but thought it was be better situated here.

Though I am not really a zombie person, despite watching the first 4 seasons of the Walking Dead, I was attracted to this show for a couple of reasons. Two of the main character were involved in another show that I enjoy in Once Upon A Time that being Rose McIver and David Anders. The second being that it is based on a comic book by the same name distributed by Vertigo which is an imprint of DC comics.

Well any who the show follows Liv Moore (Rose McIver) who was well on her way to becoming a doctor when is scratched at boat party by a zombie and as such becomes one. The zombie thing works a little different in this universe as a zombie can look and act like a normal human being but will become more like a stereotypical one if deprived of brains. When brains are consumed they take on the personality traits of the one who has died and will occasionally have flashes of their lives.

Liv quits her promising career and takes a job in the city morgue so that she can have ready access to brains. She also breaks her engagement to Major Lilywhite (Robert Buckley), who Liv turns into a zombie later on to save his life. Her boss at the morgue Dr Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) works out that she is a zombie and assists her while also trying to find a cure. With the flashes that she gets from the deceased she then uses what she knows to help police detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) solve murders. She passes herself off as a psychic to begin with though by the end of season 2 Clive finally finds out that she is a zombie.

The show is a comedic police procedural with the supernatural thrown in. Though there is a case of the week there is an over-arching story involved. Seasonally it tends to change a bit though usually it has to do with finding a cure and David Anders character Blaine DeBeers is usually involved as the antagonist though he is kind of an uneasy ally at the moment as he is no-longer a zombie as Ravi found a cure but the side-affects result in retrograde amnesia.

This is a great show. It is funny, has heart and the acting performances are wonderful and the concept as whole is wonderful and fresh. It also has a wonderful opening theme in Stop, I’m Already Dead by Deadboy & the Elephantmen. Another plus is that David Anders gets to sing every now and again and that is a treasure on its own.

 

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The Badger On: Riverdale (TV)

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Two in one week, I am not sure if I have done this before and if I have it is definitely been a while. Admittedly my writing motivation/inspiration has been waning a bit. I think my depression for the first time is overtaking my anxiety. Hopefully I will kick both in the ass and my need to write whether it be reviews, my regularly blog, general writing or return to Harry Potter RP will return.

 

Well any who, todays review is on the Archie comics TV series Riverdale which is shown here in Australia as a Netflix original series though in America it is shown on the CW, the network responsible for all those wonderful DC related shows that I do love so much. I can’t say that Archie is a big thing here in Australia, I mean I am aware of who the characters are and their character tropes, if that is the right word to use. I think though it is more through cartoons and such and not the actual comics that I am aware of who they are.

 

This show has come as a little surprise to me as I expected that I would treat it very much like I did the Shadowhunters TV show, a guilty pleasure, but it is so much better than that. The characters are well defined and that acting is generally very good and the writing is also very good and the show seems to be run well but then Greg Berlanti and his crew generally do a good job.

 

This show is narrated by Jughead (Cole Sprouse of the Sweet Life of Zack and Cody from Disney TV fame) and tells the story of the mystery of high school football star Jason Blossom murder and the general goings on small town Riverdale. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) a normal boy who is/was having an affair with his music teacher Miss Grundy and was on the riverbank when they heard a shot fired. Jason Blossom was reported missing and then found dead from gunshot. Due to their illicit relationship they did not report hearing a shot, though Archie wanted to due to guilt.

 

The story follows the various relationships in town and what involvement if any they might have on the death of Jason. Surprisingly enough it is not so much Archie that it is the most interesting character of the show but the females of Riverdale and Jughead. Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) though is still the girl next door and in love with Archie is stronger than I thought her to be. Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is strong and not as bitchy and more vulnerable than I thoughts she was.  Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) and Valerie Brown (Hayley Law) make up the other interesting and strong girls of the show.

 

All the parents in this show are horrible except for probably Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) Archie’s dad and Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols) Veronica’s mum, though admittedly Hermione can be questionable unlike Fred. All the other parents seem to be more interested in themselves and their image than actually anything beneficial to their children.

 

Even if you are not a fan or overly aware of Archie comics I would recommend this show as it is enjoyable and dramatic and well-acted.

 

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The Badger On: Doctor Strange (Movie)

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I am going to admit right from the beginning that I was a bit ambivalent about seeing this movie. I am not one to avoid spoilers and with this one I didn’t seek out anything like I might have done with any of the other comic book movies or any other movie that I had been planning on seeing.

I saw this one because my bf wanted to see it as he has a bit of a man-crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. Even my niece who is always eager to come see a comic-book movie or any movie with us for that matter was not super eager to see. They both came out of it liking it better than I did but then I guess being a DC girl I am getting tired of the Marvel/Disney team getting it ‘right’ while DC/Warner Brothers are not so much. Maybe also I am trying my best to find fault with it just because I want to.

I am not saying that I didn’t like the movie, because like all Marvel movies it was well made, written well, acted well and the effects were great. A little background maybe. I am not overly familiar with the character so what I know comes this and cartoon movie that I had seen.

Doctor Strange is an arrogant, ego driven neurosurgeon who has a car crash and damages his hands. After spending all his money on trying to fix his hands so that he could perform surgery again he ends up in Nepal where he is taught magic by the Ancient One and eventually becomes a sorcerer supreme and a protector of the Sanctums, three building found in London, New York and Hong Kong, from Dormammu of the Dark Dimension who wants to take over the earth.

Now back to the movie. The whole movie Benedict Cumberbatch reminded me of someone else with his well-done but fake American accent and it wasn’t until the last third of the movie that I finally figured it out who and it made me a little disappointed not only in him but the movie as well. I don’t know if it his choice or he was directed to do so but his accent and performance to an extent reminded me of Robert Downey Jr and in particular his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man. Even his appearance kind of reminded me of him. The characters do have things in common with their arrogance and egoism but still I am sure that Benedict could have found a way to portray that. Merlin knows that his version of Sherlock Holmes has enough of those characteristics  to pull it off.

All other performances were great. Though there was a lot of uproar in relation to Tilda Swinton playing the Ancient One because in the comic books it is a Tibetan male. Changing the character to a white female was seen as white-washing and also changing the sex for the change itself. Despite this she did do a really good job as did Benedict Wong as Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer. The stand out character however was Benedict Cumberbatch Cloak of Levitation as it was truly amusing along with Wong.

The movie despite have two female characters will not pass the Bechdel test as they don’t interact, I don’t consider the Ancient One’s death scene to be an interaction, let alone have a discussion to talk about a man. Of course if they did they would most likely talk about Strange and his arrogance and egoism.

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The Badger Compares/Reviews: Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse

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I am not a Marvel girl at all and though I have seen all the movies and have watched some of the Marvel television I still prefer DC. I feel more emotionally invested in DC characters than I do with Marvel and never really got excited for Civil War or X-Men the way I got excited for Dawn of Justice or the upcoming Suicide Squad or anything TV related within the DCU.

The one property of Marvel that I do have an affection for is the X-Men. My older brother read the comics when he was a teenager and we both were fans of the cartoon. I have seen all the X-Men movies at the cinema and do have an affection for Bryan Singer as a director as he directed one of my favourite movies of all time in the Usual Suspects. He was also an Executive Producer on one of favourite TV shows in House MD which he also directed a couple of episodes in the first season.

Despite this affection I can’t honestly say that X-Men: Apocalypse was a great movie in this franchise. On the other hand Captain America: Civil War could be considered such a movie and it is definitely the best of the Marvel movies under the Disney banner that have been released.

That’s not to say that I don’t have some quibbles with it. I don’t particularly like how they treated Wanda/Scarlett Witch  (Elizabeth Olsen) but then Marvel has never been great in treating their female characters right. I thought it was a little long and I didn’t care too much about how they flashed up the locations up on the screen. I have to say Captain America (Chris Evans) and his Avengers for and against sure did travel this time around and you could say that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr) could be up for kidnapping considering he took a minor in Spiderman out of the US without a passport or Auntie May’s (Marisa Tomei) permission.

Speaking of the Peter Parker I thought that Tom Holland did a wonderful job considering that I have absolutely no love for the character what-so-ever, actually I have only ever seen half a Spider-Man movie and that was the second half of the Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Also the introduction of Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) was delightful. That whole airport scene was spectacular. T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) was wonderful and another great addition to the line-up and I am looking forward to his stand-alone.

Apocalypse on the hand was also a little long and the they never once referred to Oscar Isaac’s character by any name what-so-over, actually I think he dodges the question when asked. Also his mutant powers were not really defined except that they seemed to be sand related, that he could forcibly inherit powers and give other power that could make them stronger.  A little too much time was given over to Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and that was probably because it is Jennifer Lawrence.

The new/old mutants in Jean Grey/Phoenix (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Kodi Smith-McPhee), Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp) did well with what they had as did Psylocke (Olivia Munn). My niece particularly loved Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and I have to agree that his slow motion scenes were as good as the ones from Days of Futures Past.  

Eric Lensherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) was wonderful and his scenes with his family where wonderful and their deaths were incredible heartbreaking. Though there acting was not bad I really can’t say much about Professor Xavier (James McEvoy), Moira McTaggert (Rose Byrne) and Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult). Hugh Jackman’s cameo as Wolverine was a good follow up from his part in Days of Futures Past.

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