TV Show Review: Steven Universe

Details: First aired in 2013. Almost all episodes are about eleven minutes long. As of May 7, 2018, there are five seasons and one hundred forty-six episodes. I’ve watched them all. Still currently airing episodes from season five on Cartoon Network.

Score: 8.3/10

In American animation, there is a long list of television cartoons that appear to appeal to children, but secretly have enough depth for adult audiences. Sometimes they deliberately target adult audiences. Some cartoons that come to mind are Recess, Rick and Morty, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time and even My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Steven Universe is another one of these cartoons and it does a great job of appealing to children and adults alike. I now understand why fans are so crazy about this show.

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Comic Book Review: S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Rebirth

Details: Published in 2018. Written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Dustin Weaver. Published by Marvel. Official site is http://marvel.com/comics/issue/67033/shield_by_hickman_weaver_the_rebirth_2018

Back in 2010, Jonathan Hickman was having a fine time at Marvel Comics. Often times, one comic author is so successful in what they do that Marvel let’s them pretty much shape the entirety of the Marvel Comics Universe, at least for a few years. Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar come to mind as writers who had their eras at Marvel. Hickman’s era focused mostly on the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. I read pretty much all the stuff he wrote during this time period.

One sore spot was that he wrote a story about the prolific history and origin of S.H.I.E.L.D. While many of the stories Hickman wrote at Marvel were more restrained, this story was classic Hickman in that it was epic and full of convoluted science fiction ideas that referenced a lot of inane shit and largely made no sense. I enjoyed the book. What really sucked about this story was that for the last couple of years, it remained unfinished. It ended at issue six and Hickman and Marvel seemingly dropped the story to go work on other things.

Lo and behold, about eight years later, Hickman, Weaver and Marvel have decided to revisit the story and finally write an ending. S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Rebirth is the first of two books that will finally conclude this story and give us that ending.

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Anime Review: Steins;Gate

Details: First aired in 2009. Twenty-four episodes with each episode at around twenty-five minutes. Here’s the myanimelist.net site with more information: https://myanimelist.net/anime/9253/Steins_Gate

I was looking up top ten anime lists on the internet and Steins;Gate came up many times. Steins;Gate is based on the visual novel video game of the same name. While I enjoyed Steins;Gate, I did not feel that it was one of the best anime’s I’ve ever watched. This is mostly because I’ve consumed a lot of fiction regarding time travel and I found the plot points predictable.

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Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War *NO SPOILERS*

Details: Directed by Anthony RussoJoe Russo. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo. About two and a half hours long. The imdb site is https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154756/

I’ve watched every single movie in the Marvel cinematic universe since the first Iron Man movie. In that context, I really enjoyed Avengers: Infinity War. I think that if you have not kept up to date or watched a substantial number of the Marvel superhero movies, then you may still enjoy the film, but not as much as someone who has. No spoilers ahead and no discussion of the plot.

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Anime Review: Made In Abyss

Details: Aired in 2017. Thirteen episodes with each episode about twenty-five minutes long and the thirteenth episode twice as long. Here’s a site with more information: https://myanimelist.net/anime/34599/Made_in_Abyss

This is not a kid’s show. The art is cute and childish, reminiscent of a Studio Ghibli movie, but this is not a kid’s show. As the episodes progress, the subject matter of the show get darker and more adult. With that said, this show is still a grand adventure that does a great job creating an interesting world and in evoking emotion.

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Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Details: Released in 2017. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Dane DeHaanCara DelevingneClive Owen. Directed by Luc Besson.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comes from the director of The Fifth Element and obviously so. If you’ve seen The Fifth Element, then you can clearly see the influences in art direction from that film, except updated with the computer effects of today. Also like The Fifth Element, Valerian is a beautiful movie with incredible imagery, but a mostly nonsensical plot.

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TV Show Review: Star Wars Rebels, Season 4

Details: First half aired in 2017 and second half aired in 2018 on Disney XD. Fifteen episode with most episodes at under thirty minutes long. The final episode was around forty-five minutes long.

Star Wars Rebels has come to an end. I am sad to see it go as it has been one of my favorite shows on television.

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TV Show Review: Star Trek: Discovery, Season 1

 

Details: First aired in 2017 on CBS All Access, CBS’s streaming service. There are fifteen episodes in this first season with each episode at around forty-five minutes to an hour-long.

When I first heard that they were making another Star Trek show for television, my first response was one of dread. After reading through some comments on a few online forums, I found that I was not alone. My fear as well as the fear of many others was that they would try to make this “dark.” How many times has it happened already where some show business executives take an existing franchise and try to make it “gritty,” or more violent, or more “real?” Too many times by my count, and many of those times resulted in shows that mostly sucked. Surprisingly, Star Trek: Discovery is not one of those shows. It is actually surprisingly good and remains surprisingly loyal to the tone of prior shows in the franchise.

Very few spoilers ahead. Just a brief description of the premise.

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Anime Review: Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series

Details: Also known as Kino no Tabi -the Beautiful World-Aired in 2017. Twelve episodes with each episode a little over twenty minutes long.

Kino’s Journey can be considered a second season or a remake of the similarly named anime that was released in 2003. A few of the episodes are remakes/upgrades to episodes in the prior anime series. Personally, this never bothered me because I’ve mostly forgotten everything from the prior anime series since I watched it so long ago. For me, this newly released series of Kino’s Journey is an interesting, tense adventure that often times dips into the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres.

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