DVR Weekly: 5-7-12

Life can get pretty busy, so the invention of the Digital Video Recorder, aka DVR, has been a godsend for those of us who love television programming. Well, I’m one of those people. In this weekly article, I’m going to talk about some of the shows I am keeping up with on my DVR. Pretty straight forward, right? Well let’s get started.

Due to some weird confluence of synapse firings or the alignment of some stars, I missed out on Thundercats and Sherlock this week. I’ll get caught up on those ASAP, but until then, let’s see what I have watched.

Community – Ep. 3.18 “Course Listing Unavailable”

Before I get into this week’s episode, let me acknowledge the wonderful spoof of Law & Order from last week. It really stuck to its guns as far as spoofing. And it led us to the tragic loss of Starburns.

And now this week’s episode: I’ve loved Community from the beginning, and I believe that the focus shift to Troy and Abed is one of the best decisions made since coming back. Having said that, this episode fell a little flat. It was a build up episode to what may be the series finale. However, the episode won me back a little at the end with the reference to “Remedial Chaos Theory”. It almost felt like a finale on its own, but there are a few episodes remaining before the big question of renewal or cancellation is left hanging in the air.

Young Justice – Ep. 2.02 “Earthlings”

Young Justice lives up to being an excellent follow-up to both Justice League and Teen Titans. In this episode, we get to join the “away” team’s visit to Rann. In terms of redesigns, I am loving the look of Beast Boy. The fact that he has also altered his appearance so he wouldn’t look like his original appearance from last season adds an interesting twist to the tragedy surrounding his origin. Adam Strange is also in a redesigned costume, but I was left wishing for the Pascal Ferry armor. Adam Strange is definitely a lot of fun to watch as little as he actually makes it on-screen. The mystery of the “missing 16 hours” will be revealed soon as the surprisingly brutal Miss Martian has discovered the truth. So many things to love about this series.

Green Lantern – Ep. 1.10 “Regime Change”

What is it about Warner Bros. that they make their animated media so good, but they cannot make a decent superhero movie to support a franchise (Batman not included)? Green Lantern: The Animated Series is a new add. I wasn’t sold by the mini-movie that launched the series, but I went back and watched a few episodes on demand and was blown away by how much they are squeezing in. Comic book fans, keep in mind canon is slightly different, but they are doing a fine job of inserting Geoff Johns’ run. Previous episodes have featured the likes of Iolande, Mogo, Saint Walker (pre-Lantern), and of course, series baddie, Atrocitus. This episode is no different as the Guardians are taken to task for their history, and the lines are being drawn between Appa Ali Apsa (C’mon, Nerds…. you know!) and Ganthet. In fact, we get our first glimpse at the effects of hope.

Ultimate Spider-man – Ep. 1.07 “Exclusive”

This episode managed to hit all the wrong notes. The use of the Hulk was fairly standard. The “found footage” look was really annoying. It begged too much of the viewer. Keeping this short and sweet, I didn’t like this episode that much and the series as a whole is falling short, in my opinion of course.

I’ll see you all next week… same DVR channel… same DVR time…

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