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Blackmeal describes itself as a “creative production company developing and producing projects… from television and cinema to web and multiplatform…” I love Marvel Studios tag, but if they expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe into animated features, then maybe this would be more appropriate?

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…

DVR Weekly: 4-30-12

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.

Short list this week, as I’ve fallen behind on some shows.

Up first, Young Justice. This has been a great animated show. It definitely maintains the standard set by the Justice League animated series. This past weekend saw the season premiere. Felt a little weird considering the previous season finale was the week before, but I digress. This season pulls a “Five Years Later” on us. Dick Grayson/Robin has graduated to Nightwing and has also passed the mantle onto Tim Drake (a personal favorite). Aqualad, Artemis, and Kid Flash appear to no longer be members allowing room for new members such as Bumblebee, Blue Beetle, and Lagoon Boy. Zatanna and Rocket have also achieved League membership which Miss Martian, Superboy, and Nightwing have all turned down. Definitely a status quo shake up for the new season. I look forward to finding out more of the missing years especially with the slight hint of Jason Todd’s death as Robin. This episode we also get to meet Lobo (with a cool redesign), Wonder Girl, and Batgirl. Next episode looks like we’ll get a peek at Rann and find out about the missing sixteen hours of the six Leaguers.

And, Ultimate Spider-man. A few episodes in, and we’ve yet to see Spider-man’s rogues gallery really take some action. Doc Ock is still meddling in the background for Norman Osborn (aka Green Goblin, but not yet). The series has a fun feel to it, similar to the Teen Titans series from a few years back, but I’m not completely sold on the illustration style of the characters. I felt like last week’s episode was stronger with its ties to the Marvel movie universe, but this week fell a little flat. Taskmaster is the villain of the week, and they do some cool/overdone things with mathematical equations as he learns the heroes’ moves. This episode also highlighted the relationship between White Tiger and Spider-man which is being hammered to death. We get it… she takes everything more seriously than him. I’m gonna leave this on the DVR for a couple more episodes, but it may become a dud.

Check back in next week, hopefully I’ll be caught up with shows like Once Upon a Time, The Voice, and Thundercats. If not, I will definitely be able to talk about series two of Sherlock.

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