Work has me pretty beaten down right now, so I’ll try to keep this brief.
This year has seen a pretty heavy increase in comic book based TV series and I’m just now getting caught up with all of them. Daredevil was, to me, pretty overhyped. The Flash was fun but uneven. Arrow is doing more with their extended cast but trading narrative logic for twists and cliffhangers. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced an almost entire new cast at the beginning of the season which was, hilariously, more interesting than the original… which says something about how utterly mediocre it is. I refused to watch Constantine on principle and I dance on it's grave.
The big surprise to me was the (somewhat loose) adaptation of iZombie. Writer and showrunner Rob Thomas, much like Kevin Smith or Joss Whedon, has a very love-it-or-hate-it style of dialogue. However, Veronica Mars and Party Down were both fantastic so it was worth a shot. After a very cookie cutter couple of opening episodes, I was surprised to see how much and how quickly it grew into an interesting show with likeable characters and actual character arcs.
There are definitely aspects of it that are a bit too cute (the lead character’s name got changed to Liv Moore. Ha?) but while the characters start off as one thing, the whole status quo gets upended by the end of the season. Someone like Liv’s ex-fiance, Major Lilywhite (no shit, that’s his name), starts out as a bland Abercrombie & Fitch model but by goes through a total transformation once he starts getting nudged into the main plot.
The premise of the show fits the procedural aspects perfectly so the case-of-the-week never feels shoehorned in (unlike, say, Constantine) and they’re perfectly willing to speed things up to get on with the overarching plot. It all culminates in a drum tight humdinger of a season finale. After watching shows like S.H.I.E.L.D. lurch around looking for cheap drama, it was refreshing for a show to let it’s characters earn it.
It’s definitely not for everyone (especially those turned off by super snarky dialogue), but it’s a damn solid genre show. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do this fall with a full season to work with.
So, anyway… games!
Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.
If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.
If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.
Battlefield 4 Nanashi 10:00pm Nanashi707 Battlefriends! Try out Gun Master mode with Nanners!
The Last Of Us: Remastered Darren Nakamura 11:00 Dexter345 High likelihood of inappropriate haikus and smoke bomb assisted shiv kills.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare The Defenestrator 12:00 The Defenestrator