An Arms Race
This Wrasslin’ State of Mined will be a little less blow by blow and a wee bit more the inner workings. Sorry in advance, but the various paints that made up this last week of WWE content seemed more insular than ever, at a time when they were actually doing a great job of showing they were going the opposite direction leading up to the Royal Rumble. This week, instead of being a wrasslin’ show, WWE came off like a family drama that had wrasslers in it. Continue reading Wrasslin’ State of Mined: Undertaker And Shawn Michaels Return To RAW, Cena Puts His Stamp on Smackdown Live
They Always Fight Back
When will scientists learn that making our lifelike robots smarter is only asking for them to buck against the life of subservience we’ve subjected them to. The Winter Finale for Agents of SHIELD , “Broken Promises” is running full force into the LMD(Life Model Decoy) Apocalypse they teased earlier in the season, and they’re not only aware of how well tread this material is, but of how they could put their own spin on it. Continue reading Agents of SHIELD Review: “Broken Promises”
Champagne for My Real Friends
Heeeey, we’re back! Yes, i’m using the royal we, since we’re all in this together people. How was your New Year, good I hope. The wrasslin’ world left 2016 strong and came into 2017 swinging like a toddler with nunchucks. As did Lucha Underground and New Japan with Wrestle Kingdom 11. If you’re a fan of dramatic fisticuffs, then this is still a wonderful time to be alive. But let’s get things started with the big story, and that’s the end of a triumphant championship reign by on Mike “Miz” Mizanin. Continue reading Wrasslin’ State of Mined: What’s Old Is New Again on RAW and Smackdown (01.04.2016)
Feel The Rain On Your Skin
The Flash, heart and soul of the Arrowverse in my opinion, had been in a bit of a holding pattern this season. Certain story elements felt like retreads, while others felt largely inconsequential. Part of that is on the audience. I’d find myself getting bored of personal drama because it wasn’t addressing Flashpoint enough, then it would dawn on me that THAT was the point. Barry was trying to tie his life back together. Accepting any sense of normalcy he can get while catching small reminders that he altered space and time. The cross-over event addressed this more than Flash proper, but “The Present” brought it back to the forefront, in an episode so good, you almost forget that Mark Hamill basically makes a cameo as The Joker.
Continue reading The Flash Winter Finale Review: “The Present”
The Killer In Me, Is The Killer In You
Agents of Shield came into season 4 touting a darker tone, thanks to a later start time, and some high expectations due to the introduction of the Ghost Rider. By the time we got to the winter finale, “Laws of Inferno Dynamics”, not only had they successfully melded the supernatural and sci-fi elements, but they’d also created a genuine connection between the audience and the newer characters. Ghosts and mad scientists hellbent on world domination and destruction will only get you so far. Good thing SHIELD had the story to back it up. Continue reading Agents of SHIELD Winter Finale Review: “Laws of Inferno Dynamics”
Refinancing The Demon Mortgage
After about a month away due to debate coverage and the Thanksgiving break, Agents of SHIELD returned to tie up some lose ends from their cliffhanger and connect a few threads to both Doctor Strange and Agent Carter(RIP). “Deals With Our Devils” offered a few twists and turns to go with the typical dramatic espionage that the show offers, and managed to give us a dream combination in Mack transforming into the Ghost Rider. Continue reading Agents of SHIELD Review: “Deals With Our Devils”
Gas Up The Honda!
Boy, things got a little hairy while I was gone. Sorry for the absence, had to put on a tux and stand next to folk I care about while they got married, which timed out perfectly with the UK tour. If we’re being honest, not much of note goes down across the pond, so I didn’t have much to say about it either way. Survivor Series on the other hand had all sorts of events pop off, which then bled over onto RAW and Smackdown Live. See, with The Beast bested, there is now a power vacuum, in addition to bouts of insubordination and rampant hypocrisy. WWE wrasslin’ is fun, some of it by design, and other instances by happenstance. Either way, the map has been partially filled in for a good amount of WrestleMania clashes. Continue reading Wrasslin’ State of Mined: Guess The Road To Wrestlemania Starts Now, Lucha Underground Shatters The Glass Ceiling (11.23.16)