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Posted by Abigail Brady at 08:00 on 10 Apr 2015
Nearly 12 hours later: Well, that was certainly the best Daredevil film I have seen. It could stand to lose a few hours.
My recommendation: don't marathon it, don't even rush it. Eke it out. There are some big spoilers out there but you should be kinda able to see them coming anyway, and while I wouldn't recommend seeking them out, I don't think your enjoyment will be substantially reduced by it.
The boldest thing about this series is the decision to entirely dump the overall tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that mix of humour, action and emotional truth, that everything from Iron Man to Thor to Agents of SHIELD to Agent Carter has been going for (with varying degrees of success - I'm as fervent in my dislike of SHIELD as James is). This feels very different. There's a combination of tenseness and violence to it quite unlike any of the MCU stuff, with a kind of stylised approach that's also not like any of the grim crime dramas I've been watching lately. It's its own thing. I'm still not sure whether I liked that thing. But it absolutely did what it was trying to do.
Posted by Ian Grundy at 12:40 on 21 Mar 2015
"I've had it with these motherfucking quakes on this motherfucking plane!"
There's something deeply unsatisfying about the way the plot of Agents of Shield lurches onwards. Every episode, every scene, and every subplot seems like it was started with absolutely no idea where any of it is going. Plots are frequently resolved by different plots showing up without warning overriding the previous plot. It's like jangling keys at the audience to distract us from the previous jangling keys.
Posted by Ian Grundy at 22:50 on 11 Mar 2015
This week's episode guest-stars Jamie Alexander as Sif. Finally, a Sif episode! Sif's presence means there is a chance that someone might at some point actually say "Thor" out loud in a scene, as part of actual dialogue, to another character! As unlikely as it sounds this show actually started off as a tie-in with those popular Marvel movies, so it's always nice when someone from them actually shows up for a bit.
Oh wait, she's lost her memory. Never mind.
Posted by Seb Patrick at 11:24 on 05 Mar 2015
(Spoilers: they don't.)
Posted by Seb Patrick at 11:45 on 18 Feb 2015
Posted by Seb Patrick at 11:13 on 10 Feb 2015
Posted by Seb Patrick at 17:25 on 07 Jan 2015
BECAUSE WE'RE NERDS.
Posted by Seb Patrick at 19:38 on 12 Oct 2014
Posted by Abigail Brady at 22:19 on 13 Sep 2014
Well, neither was I, really. Not until I heard that Hayley Atwell was in it. Lord knows the regular cast is not enough.
I never gave up on Agents of SHIELD in the sense that I stopped watching it. Not because I wasn’t disappointed with it, not because I had faith. (Faith is why I continued watching Dollhouse.) What was it, then? I think perhaps sheer stubbornness in wanting to finish what I’d started, with a modicum of terror about finding another show for our weekly telly-watching group. But I gave up hope in it improving.
Posted by Seb Patrick at 21:50 on 24 Jul 2014