My Quick Takes

Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

TV Shows

Invincible – Season 1 (2021)

Small start and big finish

Mark Grayson is the only child to Nolan and Debbie Grayson. The three appear to live the typical suburban lifestyle but they share a very big secret: Nolan is actually the world’s most powerful superhero, Omni-Man. Just after his seventeenth birthday, Mark discovers he has inherited his father’s powers. Mark learns of his Viltrumite heritage and trains with his father to become a superhero known as…Invincible.

Shadow and Bone (2021)

A solid addition to fantasy television

Shadow and Bone is a unexpectedly good series on Netflix. The story is set in the fictional land of Ravka which is divided by a permanent wall of darkness known as the Shadow Fold. An orphan mapmaker named Alina Starkov is discovered to be the fabled Sun Summoner and is forced to join the Grisha army. Her magical skills are needed to destroy the Shadow Fold and all that live within it. However, Alina’s new power comes with unexpected reactions. Some worship her, some want her dead, and others want her captured and used. Shadow and Bone follows different factions after Alina is discovered to be the Sun Summoner.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2021)

Legacy and Identity Explored

After the success of WandaVision, I was nervous about Marvel’s next MCU series on Disney+. Could they recreate the cult-like fan obsession with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier the way they did with WandaVision? Or was this follow-up series doomed to pale in comparison because of its more grounded subject material? There’s some strength-enhanced individuals and a lot of political commentary here. But the show doesn’t have the witches, body possessions and reality warping of its Disney+ predecessor. Still, Falcon and the Winter Soldier manages to carve out its own niche in the Marvel Universe and stand on its own two feet.

Superman and Lois (S01/E1-5) (2021)

Lois and Clark have twins now?

If you’ve even just casually browsed this blog, you’ll know that I’m a Superman fan. I’m also a fan of the Arrowverse shows on the CW. But I never thought I’d be happy to see Superman get his own CW show. After all, quality isn’t what the Arrowverse is known for. Instead, DC’s CW shows are generally enjoyed for their cheap, cheesy campiness. So naturally, I was pretty nervous when Superman was announced as the latest addition to the Arrowverse. Superman is a member of DC’s Holy Trinity and deserves a bit more effort than what the CW normally gives the DC properties. Fortunately, it looks like HBO Max might have pitched in with the budget for this one. Superman and Lois, it turns out, is actually well-written and looks great too.

WandaVision (2021)

Grief explored

Arguably the most memorable line from WandaVision comes from an intimate conversation between the two titular characters. Vision asks Wanda What is grief, if not love persevering? It’s a question that sums up the entire show. Wanda’s grief following the events of Avengers: Endgame has manifested into something much bigger than herself.

Ted Lasso – Season 1 (2020)

A fun, easy watch

I’d heard about Ted Lasso in a video from a famous YouTube reviewer. She made it sound like an easy watch with a lovable lead so I thought I’d give it a shot. Watching an American football coach move to England to train a soccer team sounded like fun. Her description was spot-on. Unfortunately, there’s not much else to the show beyond that.

Watchmen (Mini-series) (2019)

A very well-constructed mini-series

Released on HBO in 2019, the Watchmen mini-series is like a jigsaw puzzle being revealed piece by piece without knowing what the picture is until the very last moment. There isn’t a single wasted scene. If you’re a fan of good writing, you’ll appreciate the effort that went into intentionally fracturing the story. The end result is a show that handsomely rewards viewers who’ve been paying attention.

Harley Quinn (Seasons 1-2) (2019-2020)

Harley done right!

I’ve loved Harley Quinn ever since she was first introduced as the hopeless love interest and sidekick to the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series from the 1990’s. Since then, she’s become a headlining antihero at DC Comics and has had a number of animated and live action interpretations. The most popular of those is Margot Robbie’s adaptation of the character in the DCEU (2016-Present). And while Robbie’s take is admirable, it pales in comparison to Kaley Cuoco’s version in the Harley Quinn animated series.