The Defenders Season 1 Review

The culmination of the Netflix/Marvel universe is here! The Defenders brings together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but does the show live up to the hype? Griffin gives you his thoughts on The Defenders Season 1! Support Men vs. Movies by purchasing Blu-Rays through our Amazon Affiliates links!

'Legion' Episode 8 Review: It All Comes Down To This..

'Legion' Episode 8 Review: It All Comes Down To This..

It’s incredibly hard to fathom the amount of time that has flown by because Legion: Season 1 has come to an end after a very swift eight weeks. Oddly enough, this was easily the most grounded episode of Legion yet and how fitting for finale night? 

'Legion' Episode 7 Review: The Great Escape!

'Legion' Episode 7 Review: The Great Escape!

Legion has not only premiered its best episode yet, but one of the best episodes of television ever created. What a shame that there is still one episode left because there’s almost no way in the world that the finale will be as good as Chapter 7, but this show is full of surprises and who knows what kind of tricks Noah Hawley has up his sleeves?

'Legion' Episode 6 Review: Through The Mind's Eye

'Legion' Episode 6 Review: Through The Mind's Eye

Well, it APPEARED that Legion had its first bad episode, but of course with this show anything can happen within a matter of minutes. After getting to the end, this is definitely the weakest episode thus far, but that’s not really saying much because in the end this episode had multiple layers beneath what was on the surface. 

'Legion' Episode 5 Review: Lenny, Lenny, and did I say Lenny?

'Legion' Episode 5 Review: Lenny, Lenny, and did I say Lenny?

Lenny, Lenny, and did I say Lenny? Episode 5 is by far the most confusing chapter of Legion, but for all the right reasons. Even though this episode is difficult to follow, there are many revelations that came out of it. BUT as always with an episode of Legion, there are still so many questions and of course what’s an episode of Legion without a massive cliffhanger?

'Legion' Episode 4 Review: Down The Rabbit Hole We Go!

'Legion' Episode 4 Review: Down The Rabbit Hole We Go!

Nobody was ready for tonight’s episode of Legion. Somehow it has outdone itself and the show is not even at its halfway point. Wednesday nights have become the new Friday nights because of what Noah Hawley and his creative team are doing with this source material. On a side-note, if the video game Bioshock is ever adapted into a film, call Noah Hawley and let him direct it immediately!

'Legion' Episode 3 Review: FX's superhero show continues to dazzle with Inception like vibes

'Legion' Episode 3 Review: FX's superhero show continues to dazzle with Inception like vibes

Legion: Chapter 3 continues to dazzle with unique storytelling and as always takes us even further into David’s psyche because this episode was all about trying to find out what exactly makes this guy “tick.” 

'Legion' Episode 2 Review: David has some dark demons

'Legion' Episode 2 Review: David has some dark demons

FX’s Legion continues to impress with daring visuals and nonlinear storytelling. This episode was written once again by Noah Hawley, and directed by Michael Uppendahl, who is not foreign to directing episodes for television shows that premier on FX.

'Legion' Review: FX's Mind Bending Thriller Reinvents The Superhero Genre

'Legion' Review: FX's Mind Bending Thriller Reinvents The Superhero Genre

Legion has reinvented the superhero genre and the world has only been exposed to the first episode. Noah Hawley, the creator of the highly successful anthology series Fargo, has crafted a mind-bending (no pun intended) experience to say the least.

The Flash Returns with 'Borrowing Problems from the Future'

 

The Flash falls short this week rehashing familiar and heavily used ideas of whether or not time travel should be used to change the past, and now the future.  

With Flashpoint's repercussions still reverberating throughout the DC Television Universe we get to see a little more of the problems that were generated by Barry changing the past.  

This episode focused heavily on Barry's fear that he is going to lose Iris to Savitar, after seeing her death in the future at the end of episode nine.  This inevitably leads him towards pushing the team away so that he could spend more time with Iris and think of a plan to save her from her inevitable doom.  

The problems present in this episode were mainly that it was a repetition of pretty much every Flash storyline, losing Iris, changing the timeline, an easy throwaway villain, Killer Frost coming back out of Caitlyn, and Wally not being ready to be a hero.  Leaving some of these arcs simply tired out in need of being severely updated, or finally retired.  

Although this episode had it's faults in it's story line some of the existential questions that it posed were refreshing, like is the future fixed or is it malleable.  Another refreshing aspect of this show was showcasing some more of the slow motion that we love so much from this show, while also showing different weaponry that seemed to be more of an adversary to Flash and Kid Flash then their wielder.

By the end of the episode I was still ready to get this season back up and running and I hope that this episode was just the Flash's writing team's weakest episode for a while because I am slightly worried that the Flash might fall into the same slump that Arrow fell into.

Ultimately this episode was fun at points and had it's cool moments with the villain Plunder and his weapon but it just was a tired episode that didn't really set up much of a new story with a tangible threat and the DC CW Universe really needs to stop telling people these superheroes secret identities! With a little bit of going back and forth, I would say that this episode of the Flash was...

 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives us the proper introduction for 'The Patriot'

 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. furthers the Life Model Decoy plot in the latest episode of the show, while also creating some much needed character development for Director Jeffrey Mace, played by Jason O'Mara, and finally revealing why we were supposed to be so wary of this character.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. picks up right where last week ended with both an exciting and dramatic intro showing the true strength of the "Inhuman", The Patriot.   While also showcasing exploding bullets that were made known in the Marvel Netflix Series, Luke Cage (which I highly recommend if you have yet to see it).

As this episode progressed it showed us yet again that S.H.I.E.L.D. is not afraid of getting darker and grittier with every step they take through the seasons.  If this track record continues we are in for incredibly TV over the next few years, as the episodes now are better and more violent than when the show originally aired, ten times over.  

The character development of Jason O'Mara's Jeffrey Mace  was outstanding throughout the episode and although we find out the deception, we also find out the reason for it, which is one that I feel like is incredibly justifiable even if it did put the lives of Coulson and Mack in greater danger than they were ready for.  I personally cannot wait to see what they do with The Patriot in further episodes and I hope that they do not simply sweep him under the rug now that the secret is out, because I feel like his charm and political intellect are traits that can serve both the show, and the organization of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, well.

On the LMD front we see more of the mad scientist Radcliffe's motives and although this just seemed as a time place holder as we only learned that his plan is somewhat falling apart and he needs to change what he is doing.  So, next week might be when we get to see more of the LMD story plot thicken and whether or not he will have the means to acquire the Darkhold.

Needless to say that the main story of 'The Patriot' in this weeks episode was necessary and shed light where it needed to be shed, with stunning graphics, amazing character development, and an even greater story. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the right track this season and like The Patriot this episode was... 

 
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Next Week's Episode: "Wake Up"