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Day: January 13, 2021

The Boys – Promising The Gross and Gruesome Heroes

The Boys – Promising The Gross and Gruesome Heroes

The Boys – Promising The Gross and Gruesome Heroes – Based on the ultra-violent comic book series by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson Amazon’s. The Boys takes a dark view of a world where superheroes are commonplace. Sadly the probably more realist view of humankind sees many of the “heroes” taking whatever they want from society – in often corrupt and disgusting ways. Certainly not the first TV show or comic to explore this dim world (Watchmen, Powers, even Umbrella Academy) this take is betting heavy on gross and gruesome. joker123

The Boys – Promising The Gross and Gruesome Heroes

The first episode of The Boys was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. While I personally didn’t attend I got the firsthand breakdown from someone who did. She confirmed the exploits of the characters leaves one wishing they hadn’t eaten that greasy burrito before watching. Heck even the heroes vomit in their own show.

But the celebrity hero assholes of this world do have a counter balance. A group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” are forming to take down the corrupt superheroes with little direction but a willingness to fight dirty.

The Boys brought to TV and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen will be an eight episode order exclusively on Amazon.

We will be at Comic Con in a few weeks with invites to both Amazon’s The Boys and Carnival Row premier parties. I’m hoping to see for myself and let you know more on the other side.

Daredevil Season 3 – The Kingpin

Daredevil Season 3 – The Kingpin

Daredevil Season 3 – The Kingpin – Daredevil V Kinkpin.

Daredevil is clearly the best of the Marvel Netflix TV endeavors. Cutting an almost perfect line between action, style and substance.. This show probably set the bar too high for the follow-ups like Luke Cage and Iron Fist. While Jessica Jones was pretty great, Daredevil was awesome, save for the season finale in season 1. What was that? daftar joker123

Daredevil Season 3 – The Kingpin
Marvel’s Daredevil

Now that sophomore season is over and the somewhat lackluster The Defenders behind us, it’s time to think about Daredevil Season 3. (so much happened in Defender how did it feel to flat?) Filming starts early next year and the big news is apparently King Pin aka Wilson Fisk is back stomping concrete. Concept artist James Holland (via ComicBook.com) has shared two looks of the return of the villain in a double breasted suit.

Kingpin’s Concept In Daredevil 3

Pure white, a color not often associated with bad seems to be the direction his tailor is suggesting. You know why Deadpool wears red right? So the bad guys can’t see him bleed. Why would he wear white, to blend with the righteous maybe? Notice the purple in concept two, curious to see how much purple Fisk will wear this new season (see also Kilgrave’s complete wardrobe from Jessica Jones). Good to see Kingpin won’t be getting a What Not To Wear makeover, just a tweak for his return.

Speaking with We Got This Covered, actor Vincent D’Onofrio (I just saw him in the CHIPs movie) says Daredevil season 3 will “blow fans away.” Well no one has ever promised that before, but I have high hopes. According to Vincent the story will be more emotional this time around.

D’Onofrio joins the other perfectly cast members in the Daredevil storyline “Born Again.” At least that is what I’ve been reading on THR. It will acknowledge the events from the end of The Defenders and go from there, but it will not follow the comic series page for page. Hopefully we will also learn Elektra’s fate. I feel bad for her.

SyFy’s Happy! Is F-n Surreal

SyFy’s Happy! Is F-n Surreal

SyFy’s Happy! Is F-n Surreal – SyFy Happy! Delivers.

Holy shit SyFy’s TV show Happy! is pretty crazy messed up – and that’s a very good thing. It proves SyFy gets the twisted mind of Grant Morrison’s (Hellblazer, Batman Incorporated) original story. The story of Nick Sax, a soulless, mostly intoxicated ex-cop (just to name a few traits) who is now playing for the other side as a contract hit-man. And that is simple normal part. Sax lives a morbid life, separated from almost all reality. But it is far from an ordinary life, especially the stuff in his mind. In the TV show we first meet him in the bathroom of a dive bar where he’s destroyed the toilet (yes like that) and is now fantasying about shooting himself in the mirror. This leads to a cut-away dance sequence where blood gushes from the top of his missing head while he sways to a disco beat. With accompanying dancers no less. http://tembakikan.sg-host.com/

SyFy’s Happy! Is F-n Surreal

Adapted from Morrison’s 2013 comic by the same name Happy!, the SyFy adaptation strikes new ground for the science fiction network that recently promised more sci-fi. Happy! Delivers on this promise and challenges us to come along for a gruesome yet sometimes funny and touching ride. Although it’s a little light on the “touching” so far.

The Image comic follows the strange events that send a small cartoon flying horse to Mr. Nick Sax.  Going by the name “Happy!” he (it?) is the imaginary friend of a small girl who has been kidnapped by a sadistic Santa Clause. Yeah this is some of the the weird stuff I mentioned.

SyFy takes a mostly unflinching look at this very adult comic and has created a faithful adaption of the original books. I’m going to caveat that by saying SyFy is not a premium cable channel like HBO and therefor some of the most terrible features (if you can call them that) of the book won’t been seen. And there are far less occurrences of F-word compared to the comic.

But overall I’m enjoying the rapid fire ever changing approach. Events happen quickly in the story and are told in compressed bite sizes. The ex-cop genre which this story is based, is stacked with overused and campy ploys and gimmicks. Happy! attempts to hopefully eventually leverage all of them. The blue horse (voiced by Patton Oswalt) expands Happy! into a cop buddy flick at times with Nick perfectly played by Christopher Melon. He calling the drunken shots while blue plays the sober  and naive moralistic rookie. The love hate relationship ventures into well traveled story territory with bickering, snappy one-liners and comebacks. But in this version it lives contained within this bizarre construct. Where a drunk ex-cop can cheat at poker because this imaginary friend can read the other players cards.

Looking for something new, not turned off by dialog like “Can I go take a shower? I’ve everything that can come out of a man all over me.” then check out Happy! on SyFy.

Breaking Down New Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshots

Breaking Down New Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshots

Breaking Down New Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshots – The game is delayed, lets talk about screenshots. Did anyone really think that Red Dead Redemption 2 would arrive this year (and sadly it isn’t) but to keep us all interested Rockstar released over a half dozen Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshots. Let’s take a look, while we wait… for sometime after March 31st 2018.

The next installment (rumored to be a prequel) will be the third in series and it looks absolutely gorgeous. The Wild West looks down right awesome in these captures. Sure they are promotional still images, but damn they do look good. joker123

Breaking Down New Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshots

Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.

Four riders at midnight, a moon glow silhouette. Does this imply a day – night cycle? Not sure but this image certainly captures the essence of big sky country.

Train heist, before… and after (maybe during). Gotta believe this implies some good ole’ train heisting.

Speaking of rhyming and stealing, here is a stage coach. Possibly armed with the latest in anti-theft devices – aka shotguns. I count at least four guards riding, two on-board and maybe two inside.

About them guns, check out the detail in the Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshot. Beautiful, wonder if that is a legendary skin.

Apparently it won’t all be happening in the dry high plains. Those trees look pretty big, I going to guess Redwoods – sounds like we are going to Cali.

Finally back in town to sell my loot, and upgrade my skills.

Looks good can’t wait. RDR2 will arrive in 2018 for Xbox, and PlayStation. Per an exclusivity agreement with Sony Interactive Entertainment, certain online game content will be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation Vue Launching

PlayStation Vue Launching

PlayStation Vue Launching – Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, said Wednesday the PlayStation Vue service will be launching in Beta form within the next two weeks. The test will only be available in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia via invitation-only. Full service in the USA will launch by the end of the year.

PlayStation Vue Launching

Sony’s PlayStation Vue allows subscribers to watch “cable TV channels” without the inflated cost of cable or satellite service. The new service will have about 75 channels including CBS, NBC, FOX, FX, Comedy Central, and Discovery. And will work on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Sony plans to eventually offer the service on other devices – both Sony and other brands (assuming not Xbox). An iPad version of the service is rumored to be coming.  One notable omission in the channel line up is ESPN, but Vue does contain Fox Sports. joker388

Sony has been working hard to broaden the appeal of it’s flag ship console extending the entertainment value in many areas. Recently Sony announced that the popular Spotify service will be available for music streaming.

As Critics Overreact, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Fans Don’t Care

As Critics Overreact, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Fans Don’t Care

As Critics Overreact, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Fans Don’t Care – Star Wars Battlefront 2 Fans. Star Wars Battlefront 2 launched on November 19th but the first critics had already begun raising hell days before. Reviewers and some fans reaction was swift and loud. Ultimately forcing EA to quickly make adjustments even before the game went live to the general public. The biggest problem as we all know was the reward system. Rewards were going to require money – in the form of pay loot boxes. Turns out your $60 (even $80) wasn’t going to get you the full game the critics argued, but EA is more than happy to sell you the rest, one micro-payment box at a time.

As Critics Overreact, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Fans Don’t Care

The price gauging complaint prompted EA to remove the in-game loot box purchases completely. The only remnant was the unused button on the home screen. But this was only the first salvo. It didn’t take long for critics and gamers to start realizing how much grinding was needed to unlock the free rewards. And now that buying loot was out of the question, fans broke out new ways to unlock the goods – rubber bands. joker888

The Overreaction

Numerous articles, reviews, videos, and posts slammed the greed of EA, especially when it affected their sacred IP Star Wars. Some gamers have called on Disney to take Star Wars back from EA. Well some less successfuly than others…

With all this perceived hate the investors got worried. Sending EA’s stock down almost 9% wiping out $3 billion in shareholder value. Yes you read the right.

The Reality

Everyone was ready for the fall of Star Wars Battlefront II, but it didn’t happen. The game seemingly only built to frustrate somehow didn’t tank. According to NPD Group Star Wars Battlefront II ranked 2nd in sales last month. Right behind the juggernaut Call of Duty WWII and honestly what game was going to unseat a non-space COD at this time of year? With all this controversy packed into November the game edged out Assassin’s Creed return, Destiny 2, NBA2K and the everything Nintendo.

It’s Star Wars Damnit

Fans might be disappointed, but dammit they love Star Wars! The game does look amazing, the details are precise, and there is a single player mode too. While sales were initially slow, it appears there is a significant amount of fans (or parents of fans) who either don’t agree with the critics or just love Star Wars too much to let all this get in the way.

Maybe they don’t care (that much)

I think there are a few tiers of PvP gamers. There are the CSGO type who analyze every pixel on a map and gun detail, and there are the run-n-gun noobs. (And many levels in-between) But I think the SWBF fans might not really care if they have every attachment unlocked. It doesn’t keep them from enjoying the game, they might not even know what they need to accomplish to unlock the 4x ACOG site (or whatever it’s called in this DICE game). Good for them, I own the game too and I’m not going to unlock everything. But I do hope EA (and other publishers) did learn a small marketing lesson as in how far is too far, and this was really too far.

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