She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

It’s not easy being green.

Well that’s a strange one. She’s the Hulk’s cousin. One things lead to another, and she gets all Hulked out… but without any of the downsides?

The contrast between being a Hulk and being a lawyer (and being a big green lawyer) is pretty cool, Tatiana Maslany does a wonderful job in the titular role, and it was great fun to see Tim Roth’s Abomination again, not to mention Charlie Cox’s Daredevil. Fun casting.

Plotwise, it’s a really weird show. And they’re rather solidly into the whoe 4th wall breaking thing, which is kind of amusing. Weird. But amusing.

Overall, I enjoyed the show. Not my favorite of the MCU TV shows, but I’m glad to have watched it.

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The Boys: Season 1

I’ve previously watched the first season and read the comics, but with season 3 out now (and I haven’t reviewed the show previously), let’s watch it again. Should be interesting seeing what’s different this time.

Wow that’s violent. Just as bad if not worse than the comics, since you get to see it all on screen. But in a way that actually has some solid visuals and crazy scenes.

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Shadow and Bone: Season 1

Saints become martyrs before they get to be heroes.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I hadn’t actually read the books (although now I really wanted to) and for the first episode or two, I really thought it was some sort of cheesy YA fantasy, a la Hunger Games and the ilk.

But a few episodes in… and it really started to grow on me. The world building is fascinating, primarily the basis on a broad Asian setting, but with an emphasis on Russian roots, with some influences (in other nations) from China and India. The magic system is a bit cheesey and somewhat unexplained (so far), but at the very least it’s pretty?

On top of that, you have absolutely wonderful characters/actors. Jessie Mei Li nails it as lead Alina Starkov, Ben Barnes as General Kirigan–plays his character rather well (he actually has the gravitas of old, powerful, and twisted, which not everyone can pull off ). But the ones that really shine are the Crows (I don’t think they’re referred to as such in the show?): Freddy Carter as Kaz, Amita Suman as Inej and Kit Young as Jesper. There are rumors that they might get their own show and that would be awesome.

In any case, worth a watch. And we’re getting Season 2, hopefully sometime next year? Onward!

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Star Wars: Visions

That’s a fascinating expirment. I’m not sure who got that made, but I’m glad they did. Take Star Wars, give it to a bunch of different Japanese (or Japanese inspired) animators, and make sure that nothing in this will be canon (so you can tell all sorts of stories). There aren’t any particularly deep, they’re too short for that. But beautiful, oh this series has that in spades.

Worth a watch!

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I Am Groot

They’re ~3 minute shorts (with 3+ minutes of credits each) about a young reincarnation of a tree-person who can’t talk, other than to say ‘I Am Groot’. I don’t know what I was expecting, but for what they are… they’re cute.

Worth the 15 minutes to watch them all. :D

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Fruits Basket: Season 2

I don’t know why I started the second season…

On one hand, we do get a bit of backstory with parent issues (oh so many parent issues), the rest of the zodiac (more or less), and some answers about Akito.

On the other hand, there are piles of weird age issues (I know this is apparently an anime staple; that doesn’t make it better) and episode after episode dedicated to … the student council of all things.

We made it through 15 episodes of this season. Fin. Onward.

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Fruits Basket: Season 1

I expect there are those who really love it, but … this is not a show for me. I don’t like most of the characters (and really don’t like some of them), most of the plots are entirely too high school, and the magic of the world/zodiac is criminally underused/explored.

So it goes.

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Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel is not particularly earth-shattering. It doesn’t deal with the end of the world and only barely with the greater MCU (although there is a decent bit of ‘how the world changes with superheroes in it, like Ant-Man’s podcast and Avengercon).

What it is though? A awful lot of fun. Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan is just an absolute delight and really looks like she had a great time in the role. The whole supporting cast is great as well, especially Kamala’s family and friends Bruno and Nakia.

Kamala Khan: [whispers] I’m a super hero.

[She runs off gleefully]

I really enjoyed this. Especially when it leaned into the Muslim + Pakistani culture and the family dynamics of the whole thing.

Sheikh Abdullah: I don’t need anyone on my side. I’m not even concerned if God is on my side as long as I am on His side. God is always right.

Agent Deever: I don’t have time for Quranic quotes. Excuse me.

Sheikh Abdullah: Actually, that was Abraham Lincoln.

The big fights and greater threats were kind of cheesey and didn’t mesh as well (especially the big showpiece in the final episode), but the down to earth human parts of being a teenager superhero? Awesome.

It’s so hard to rank these any more, since there’s just so much to love in the MCU. I think Ms. Marvel ends up pretty squarely in the middle of the pack… but I’d still say it’s worth a watch. Onward.

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Locke & Key: Season 2

Daaang things escalated. We’ve got more history, more direct interactions with the demons (and slight humanization to them, which is an interesting choice), and more character building with both the family and those around it. Man, I just want to give them all a big hug.

I so very look forward to Season 3! (see the end)

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Altered Carbon: Season 2 (Altered Carbon #2)

So… that’s a huge bummer. They swapped out most of the cast, kept one that… is a weird choice, and mostly changed the entire style of the show. It’s a fascinating choice and I wanted to like it… but I just couldn’t. Made it two episodes in. So it goes.

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