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Warning … spoilers ahead.  In fact, one could say those wanting to avoid spoilers have “no sanctuary.”

Get it?

Ahem … anyway, finally got a chance to watch this last night.  The best word I can use to surmise the episode is this: Exhausting.   Each scene escalates the tension from the one before.  And when the good guys finally get a chance to breathe, you breathe with them.

Usually the kind of slow roll stuff in this episode bothers the ever-loving crap out of me.  But I felt like it was just enough to be interesting, without going into full-on annoying.  Also, and maybe just because I didn’t give it a lot of thought, it surprised me that we eventually had two deaths instead of one.  Which is good.  A story SHOULD surprise you.  And then it surprises you again near the end when we know–because of all the “crap” that’s happened in the “crap day”–that Carl was about to lose a hand, and doesn’t.

As for Dean’s take on Negan.  What can I say? It’s awesome.  He delivers an engaging performance and manages to make me both utterly despise his character, yet I still can’t wait to see more.  For a villain, I can’t think of higher praise.

As for the deaths themselves … I don’t know.  The episode seems to be very polarizing.  Then again, good art often is.

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I picked up this book at HeroesCon after attending a panel by some of the authors.  If you’re interested by the nuances of Star Wars, the ideas of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, or would just enjoy thinking about the ideas of Star Wars through a super-interesting and thought-proving psychological lens, definitely check this book out. It would be easily at home in a college classroom, a geek’s bookshelf, or a self-help section at Barns and Noble.

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Don’t let that keep you from the movie though.  It’s still fun and getting the chance to see a live-action Harley Quinn is worth the price of admission alone. Just don’t go in expecting a dark action comedy on the level of Deadpool.

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I know this is probably for his upcoming role as Gordan but–whenever I see it–I can’t help but think J. Jonah Jameson is getting ready to put the beat down on the wall-crawler …

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batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice_bb788b6f.jpgFinally got to see it last Saturday.  I went into it with one eye shut, simply because of the harsh criticism that’s been leveled against the movie for a while.  A large part of the Internet actually seems to be enjoying reporting the declining percentages in ticket sales, week after week.  Before I get into spoiler territory, let me just say the movie wasn’t bad.  Nor was it mediocre.  It was a good Superhero romp that delivered a lot of interesting ideas and wrapped them in a cool package, full of spectacle and bold artistic choices.

Now, into spoiler land …

In much the same way BvS was a reaction to the Man of Steel, I think a large part of my opinion about the film came out as a reaction to the critics.  A reaction that didn’t seem to surprise Zack Snyder one bit.  But the dude made it for his own inner fanboy which, in the face of such a passionate audience, demands respect from at least an artistic standpoint.  Even if you don’t agree with his choices.

A Batman and Superman that kills people is nothing new.  Keaton’s Batman did it.  So did Reeve’s Superman.  Nobody thought anything about it then. And if you don’t dig this spin on these characters, that’s cool.  Just do what I did when Andrew Garfield put on the Spidey suit: skip it.  Go back to the stuff you enjoyed.  Nobody’s taking that away.  These characters are myth and the thing about myth is that they’re going to be reinterpreted again and again, long after all of us are gone.

Character motivation was also a common problem people had with the film.  The motivations are there for everyone.  They’re just complex in the case of Superman and Batman.  Really simple in the case of Wonder Woman.  And … well, even though we thought we knew Lex’s motivation, we find out in his jail scene that we really don’t.  Not yet.  Which leads to the biggest–or at least loudest–criticism against the film: it being a commercial for future movies.

Like or not, these shared universe flicks are becoming more and more like the comic book counterparts–an ongoing serial.  And serials need hooks.  They need something to maintain interest while story tellers get to work on the next thing.  The major pro is that we always have something to look forward to.  The major con is that, essentially, it’s always act 2.  These stories are never going to finish.

All of this isn’t to say that the movie is perfect.  No story is perfect.  All you can do is tell the best story you can in the amount of time you’re given.  But I think BvS deserves more respect than it’s getting.  If you dug Man of Steel, I would at least give BvS a shot.

If not, just wait.

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