The Couch Nerd – Updating the New Year!
What a pleasure to be back in 2014 at Bag and Bored! I am really looking forward this year for both personal and entertainment reasons. Personally, I will become a dad in the month of March! As far as entertainment, there are a million reasons to be pumped.
This year welcomes in some magical Marvel movies in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4), The Amazing Spiderman 2 (May 2), X-Men: Days of Future Past (July 18), and Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1). Other comic-related titles that I find interesting are RoboCop (February 7), 300: Rise of an Empire (March 7), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (May 16), Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27), and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August 22). Stay tuned for reviews and more news throughout the year on all these films from Bag and Bored.
What I am really stoked about this year is the television world. When we left 2013, television audiences were left with crazy cliffhangers in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead, and Arrow. Although my editor finds comic television to be as dry as pavement paint, I still must report on the excitement that us faithful still enjoy.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Would I ever drop this show from my weekly watching? No! Would I hire an entire new cast and kill Coulson again? Yes! This show could have been the worst idea at ABC outside of deciding to renew the Bachelor for another season with a Hispanic dude that looks like a white guy.
If you aren’t up to date on Agents then don’t worry because I can catch you up in just a few sentences. Nothing has happened and Coulson still doesn’t know how he came back to life. Tahiti is still a magical place. At least this was the case until last week’s episode when all was revealed about how Coulson died and Nick Fury forced him back to life with some weird voodoo magic machine created by the top secret organization. I left last week’s episode with my mouth wide open and once again filled with anticipation for what is to come next.
Also, a major spoiler that I want to claim now is that by the end of this season an appearance will be made by none other than The Vision. Mark my words because I know French and I know the word “clairvoyance” means “clear vision”. Just wait and see!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on Tuesdays nights on ABC at 8/7 CT.
Arrow – So Arrow returns this week and what a huge wait it has been for me on this show. I never cared about Green Arrow until the CW launched this masterpiece last year. Since then, I have found myself collecting old GA comics (ex. Justice League of America 4 and Green Arrow/Green Lantern 76). I love this show more than any other on television because the acting is superb and they have pretty decent storylines.
Season 2 has introduced so much more of Oliver’s origin on the island and has shed more light on the monster crime realms that surround Star City. The show has brought in tons of recognizable DC characters such as Black Canary, The Flash (soon to be), and what I hope is sidekick Speedy in Roy Harper. Without giving away major spoilers on this show, I would recommend going back on Hulu Plus to watch these or read up on some fan site. This week’s episode should pick up with “supposedly dead” Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke with a hit out on Oliver in the present day. Expect this current story line to be drug out through the end of this season and into a cliffhanger for Season 3.
Arrow returns to the CW on Wednesday, January 15 at 8/7 CT.
The Walking Dead – Finally, the last comic book show that I feel deserves a spot in this article. The Walking Dead left everyone in disarray as our band of zombie fighters are once again on the run. The big battle that everyone waited for last season between the Governor and Rick’s company finally took place.
What happened left tons of people dead with the Governor being slain by his “new girlfriend” and show favorite Hershel finally taking the plunge into the zombie afterlife. The Walking Dead was getting to be a little stale for me with all the drawn out dialogue and lack of action over the past 6 episodes.
It was a pleasant surprise to see that at the mid-season finale the crew was sent on the run once more. I believe that the characters chosen for this show work better without the confines of a pseudo-normal lifestyle (ex. Woodberry, The Prison, The CDC). I say leave them on the road with only their lives to fend for and the possible reappearance of Carol. If she shows up again then I say Rick or Carl should drop her like a bag full of zombie brains.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, February 9th at 9/8 CT.
Ladies and Gentleman thank you for reading and have a wonderful time watching TV. See you on the couch!
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