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Don’t Touch Lola: One Fan’s Reaction to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Trailer.

There it is. The first look at ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

My first reaction: COULSON LIVES!!! While I was pretty sure that Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson would be back in one form or another, it’s nice to see the Bob Newhart of the Marvel Movie Universe headlining the series.

I think the premise seems pretty solid, too. S.H.I.E.L.D. has the Avengers to deal with alien invasions and Asgardian war machines and gamma-powered engines of destruction. But, you don’t call out Captain America to deal with Stilt-Man, if you know what I mean. (If you don’t know what I mean, you’re probably better off.) Sure, Fury is going to want these smaller “incidents” investigated and he’s going to want his top man to head the investigations. I like that the titular agents are all new characters created specifically for the show, like Coulson was back in the day.

Now, about that one bit of speculation that has been floating around the internet. What speculation, you ask? The speculation that this–

CAGE

–is Luke Cage. I’d be totally happy if this turns out to be Luke Cage for two reasons: (1) I really like Luke Cage and (2) I really like J. August Richards. I admit that the evidence in support of this theory is pretty flimsy: African-American dude, super strength, seemingly invulnerable. I’d also add that Cage has been known to sport a hoodie from time to time–most recently in the animated Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (I’m certain I’d seen him wearing a hoodie in one of his recent comic appearances, but I can’t find any images. Any assistance would be appreciated.)

The arguments against this theory are, in my opinion, equally flimsy. First, they say that Richards doesn’t have the right build to play Luke Cage. Yes, in the comics, Luke is freakin’ huge. But, you know what? So is Steve Rogers. So is Thor. Both Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth got in ridiculously amazing shape, but they’d still look puny compared to the unrealistic portrayal of human anatomy that is the “superhero physique.” My point? Mr. Richards can certainly play Luke Cage even without being built like a brick shithouse. I’d also note that the Luke Cage that appears in Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon is a significantly slimmer version of the character.

The other argument against this character being Luke Cage is that Luke Cage is “too important to be on a TV series.” That…kinda depends on your personal point of view. Yes, Cage is well-known to comic book fans, but a large portion of the potential viewers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are probably coming in as fans of the movies, not the comics. And, Cage’s role as a prominent figure in the Marvel Universe is something of a new thing, coming after a decade and a half of relative obscurity. Furthermore, the synergy between Marvel’s cinematic universe and its television universe means that there’s no such thing as “too important to be on a TV series.” This isn’t like when DC prevented Bruce Wayne from appearing on Smallville because it would conflict with Batman Begins.

Anyways… I’m really excited for this show. The Marvel Movie Universe has made me happier than most other things, and I look forward to seeing it expand to television. In a perfect world, the success of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would lead to Heroes for Hire, Daredevil, and maybe even Ghost Rider.

Random Final Thought: I’m not sure exactly how copyrights and such work, but could Marvel’s expansion to television be a way to circumvent outside studios holding the rights to certain characters? They might not be able to mention Spider-Man or the X-Men in their movies, but they might be able to incorporate them into a television series in preparation for the day the rights return to Marvel. Just a thought.

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A Dimension of Sound. A Dimension of Sight. A Dimension of Mind.

This past New Year’s Eve, as I do every year, I sat back and indulged in SyFy’s super-mega-marathon of The Twilight Zone. In 25+ years, I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen every episode of Rod Serling’s classic series at least once, and dozens of them too many times to count.

I think it’s safe to say that The Twilight Zone is a major part of American pop culture. People who have never seen a single episode are still familiar with basic plots–yes, mostly because of the Halloween episodes of The Simpsons…but, I think that still counts. And, for the most part, I’d argue that all of the episodes are more or less equally awesome.

However, while I was watching this most recent marathon, I realized that there are a handful of episodes that I must watch every year. I guess you could call them my favorites…but there really isn’t such a thing as a bad episode of The Twilight Zone. (Okay, I don’t really care for the ones that were broadcast live, but that’s mostly an aesthetic thing. Oh, and I could do without the ones with evil dolls or dummies because…creepy.)

5. People Are Alike All Over

“When a space exploration crashes on Mars, the surviving passenger is surprised to find that Martians are human-looking, very friendly and apparently just like us…”

4. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

“Troopers follow the tracks from a frozen pond, into a diner. Inside they find a soda jerk, a bus driver and his seven passengers. The bus driver is certain only six people boarded his bus…”

3. A Nice Place to Visit

“After being shot to death, Rocky Valentine encounters the amiable white-haired Mr. Pip, who gives Rocky everything he wishes for.”

2. The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street


“Paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood.”

1. The Howling Man

“A man on a walking trip of post-World War I Europe gets caught in a storm. He comes across a remote monastery with a mysterious prisoner.”

An Exciting New Obsession (Which Makes Me Very Special)*

For some reason, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days poking around YouTube–watching theme songs of old TV shows, a few old Doctor Who Children in Need clips, and (it would appear) fanvids. But, not just any fanvids.

No. I’ve fallen into a black hole of Parker fanvids.

I make no attempt to conceal the fact that Leverage is (to paraphrase Jayne Cobb) my very favorite show. And, I’ve also made absolutely no attempt to conceal the fact that Parker is my favorite character. She’s awesome. I love Parker. I love Parker as much as she loves money and…pretzels. Yes, it’s partly because she’s adorable. But, it’s also because I kind of identify with her social issues.

And a little something extra. (Possibly SPOILERY and such…)

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*: The title of this post is, of course, an homage to “The Zeppo.”

The Greatest Thing I Found on the Internet in 2010

The Internet is full of many things–cats, tubes, porn–but, the greatest thing to be found online in 2010 was Upright Citizens Brigader Rachel Bloom’s hilariously inappropriate ode to sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury:

I have:

  • watched this video more times than I can count.
  • bought this song on iTunes.
  • repeatedly wished I were Ray Bradbury.

It’s Cartoon Day!

Apparently all of the networks decided that a lot of kids would be sitting around today and tonight itching for something to watch, which is really the only explanation for these four–yes, four–cartoons to be premiering today (technically, three are premiering and the fourth is a special hour-long episode).

Check ’em out:

Transformers Prime (The Hub, 4-5 pm EST)

As a rule, I hate CG animation on television. It looks worse than it does in feature films (which is pretty bad, in my opinion). But, this is Transformers and Beast Wars/Machines were both pretty cool, so what the hell.

 

G.I. Joe Renegades (The Hub, 5-6 pm EST)

This looks like a weird combination of G.I. Joe and The A-Team, with several well-known Joes (and Tunnel Rat) being forced to go underground in their fight against COBRA Industries. This show already gets points for including Scarlett.

 

Young Justice (Cartoon Network, 7-8 pm EST)

I saw some footage from Young Justice at New York Comic Con and it was SO GOOD.

 

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes “Gamma World” (Disney XD, 8:30-9:30 pm EST)

I love this show. And, this two-parter (airing back-to-back) has Jeffrey Combs as The Leader.

 

*Transformers Prime appears to be a 5-part mini-series, while G.I. Joe Renegades will have a 26-episode season. Young Justice is a special one-hour preview episode, with the series premiering sometime in January. It looks like Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will finish up its first season on December 5 with “Masters of Evil.”

How the Hell Do I Get Myself Into These Things?

No, this isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, I get that. But, I’ve somehow* managed to find myself re-watching four–Count ’em. Four!–shows on DVD.

We’ve got two of my all-time favorite sci-fi shows (I’d be willing to say all-time favorite shows, period) Farscape and Babylon 5. Look! Spoilery videos!

Then, we have Veronica Mars…a show that not only has one of the best TV dads ever (it’s true…even Joss Whedon says so), but also introduced me to my future wife:

And, finally, we have the underrated sci-fi/action/comedy The Invisible Man:

*: Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s all Ashley’s fault. Even if it isn’t, I’m just gonna blame her anyway.

Happy Halloween!!

Truly the greatest time of the year…