It's embarrassment, generally, and a fear that finding a typical name could seem forced, so a lot of superhero films have tried to smuggle the names in: The Incredible Hulk did that with both 'hulk' and 'abomination', and Iron Man 2 halfheartedly used 'war machine' in a sentence just to get his name in there. It's… » 10/29/14 5:22pm Wednesday 5:22pm

I think the crucial detail about whether Ward can/will be redeemed is whether or not he killed the agents in the van with him. The agents he killed last year were as part of his orders, and his only feasible way to complete his mission(s). He was just a soldier (for an inherently evil organisation, working for a… » 10/29/14 8:58am Wednesday 8:58am

DC have the world's most famous female superhero, their third most famous superhero overall. Sony only have the one major superhero, who they've already used a lot; they might as well go to one of their (much lower tier) female assets next. Marvel (Studios)'s most famous superheroine is pretty much Captain Marvel, who… » 10/28/14 4:21pm Tuesday 4:21pm

Aw, man, this show almost had me. After the initial goofiness of the Spirit of the Goat, this was actually starting to look like a real television show, with realistic characters and compelling conflicts... until the last five-ten minutes which were back to the usual glorious stupidity. A hypnotist? A triggered attack… » 10/28/14 2:22pm Tuesday 2:22pm

"I can say unequivocally that I do NOT want a privileged white woman on tv using my people as characters where their "race" matters. Or even as characters where there race does not matter. (Because it's always context!)" » 10/24/14 11:47am 10/24/14 11:47am

It was the tone that sank the Hitchhikers movie more than anything: it wasn't quite a Douglas Adams story and it wasn't quite a family fantasy adventure. It was actually not that bad as the latter, but it was terrible as the former, and that's why most people wanted to see a Hitchhikers movie realised, for a full,… » 10/22/14 5:59pm 10/22/14 5:59pm

I enjoy some prequels. I loved X-Men: First Class, and thought it was better than the original trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed Monsters University, while accepting that it wasn't as good as the original. I thought Caprica, once it got going, was fantastic. » 10/20/14 5:43pm 10/20/14 5:43pm

Quantum Leap used amnesia very well, but more as a subplot (and expositionary device) than as a plot itself. The first episode uses it heavily, as Sam has to learn how he got where he is and what his role is, but it was also used expertly throughout the series as Sam learned more about his own life. One quietly… » 10/20/14 5:09pm 10/20/14 5:09pm

What I found most frustrating was that almost all the way through you could see what they were TRYING to do... and how they were utterly FAILING to. Moments like the neck snap, or the schoolbus, they seem to be trying to test Clark but manage to totally botch any actual discussion of the ethics or consequences. So… » 10/15/14 3:53pm 10/15/14 3:53pm

This seems a lot more rushed than I'd have expected. I was presuming we'd get Thanos dealt with up to and including 2019, with the conclusion of Phase 3, and THEN Civil War when there's been enough time to introduce plenty more heroes. Starting in 2016... isn't that pushing it? » 10/14/14 4:24am 10/14/14 4:24am

I'm enjoying this show. It's Sharknado bad: it's big and dumb and ridiculous, and the people behind it seem about 50% aware of just how big and dumb and ridiculous it is, and the fun comes from trying to figure out which 50% you're watching. Is the Balloonman meant to be so ridiculously stupid? What about Fish Mooney?… » 10/07/14 7:01pm 10/07/14 7:01pm

Avengers is a terrible example, given that the scientist isn't a bad guy, merely an [unaware then unwilling] accomplice, and that the good guys comprise an engineer who's basically a scientist (he discovered/created a new element, for Pete's sake) and two men enhanced by science. I doubt anyone can come away from The… » 10/06/14 3:55pm 10/06/14 3:55pm