December 17, 2014

Social Media | Blackstone 4.6 Live-Tweet

Apologies for never coming up with clever things to write about for this show. To be honest, I wouldn’t know where to start. Blackstone runs the gamut this season – prostitution/sex trafficking, gambling addiction, fallout from a murder, life in the remand centre, a chief in the untenable position of fixing a corrupt municipal government, drug and alcohol dependency…I’m astonished I stuck out this long with live-tweets for this show. I won’t even call Blackstone a “native soap opera”, as that ignores how bleak this show gets at times.

In Blackstone’s fourth season, I see a show that attempts to be more dramatically ambitious than Canadian television usually gets. I don’t say Blackstone is the only “real” show on Canadian television, shit no – bleak shows have a tendency to degrade into self-parody if that’s all the show offers, and I find Blackstone edges close to self-parody at times.

On the other hand, one rarely sees a Canadian dramatic series that wants to tackle as many Big Issues as it can in a season. With television as a whole shifting into its annual skein of holiday specials, Blackstone is the only show I live-tweet that is still in first run. That doesn’t make live-tweeting this show any easier. “Wolves vs. Sheep”, indeed.


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December 13, 2014

Social Media | The Zeta Project 1.1, 1.2 Present-Tweet

This is an experiment to see if “virtual” tweets for a long-cancelled show are viable for Gloryosky. The Zeta Project was chosen due to me watching the show’s first-season DVD set while recovering from pilonidal cyst surgery (i.e., why the site was suddenly bursting with content around August 2014, after not updating past the June 2014 Canadian television upfronts).

The Zeta Project is an anomaly among DC Entertainment animated shows, especially from the Bruce Timm/Paul Dini/Alan Burnett DC Animated Universe (DCAU, 1992-2006) – an original concept spun off from an existing show. In this case, Batman Beyond begets Robert Goodman’s TZP. While I don’t claim that The Zeta Project is on Batman Beyond or Batman: The Animated Series’ level – TZP aims for a younger demographic than Batman Beyond, and its first season has at least one episode that is among the worst in DCAU history – The Zeta Project isn’t bad for what it is. I preferred it to Static Shock at the time, though Static Shock lasted longer, and brought Milestone Media’s Dwayne McDuffie to the DCAU. Anyone who watches Justice League and Justice League Unlimited knows how important McDuffie is to those shows. The voice of Zeta, Diedrich Bader, eventually became Batman on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. It all works out.

Oddly enough, Static Shock has a six-episode “volume” set, while The Zeta Project has a first-season DVD set. That makes no sense to me. I doubt Warner Archive will finish up either show, yet it should. When DC’s Filmation shows and the 1988 Ruby-Spears Superman has more sales presence than the DCAU…pointless rant, I know, yet it still irks me.



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Social Media | Constantine 1.8 Live-Tweet

Gloryosky will resume Constantine live-tweets on January 9, 2015 (tentative date; taken from The Futon Critic). “The Saint of Last Resorts” is Constantine’s midseason finale. Hell, Constantine isn’t the first DC Entertainment live-action show this week to base a cliffhanger on the wounding of the show’s title character.

I didn’t spoil either Arrow or Constantine. The blueprints are in the comics. Just saying.


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December 9, 2014

Social Media | Blackstone 4.5 Live-Tweet


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Social Media | The Flash (2014) 1.9 Live-Tweet

Gloryosky will resume The Flash (2014) live-tweets on January 20, 2015. “The Man in the Yellow Suit” is The Flash (2014)’s midseason finale.

Also, spoiler alert: Grant Morrison is Professor Zoom. Grant Morrison is also Firestorm, and Iris West. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.


MULTIVERSITY


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Social Media | Strange Empire 1.9 Live-Tweet

Gloryosky will resume Strange Empire live-tweets on January 12, 2015. Strange Empire is on hiatus for the holiday season.

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December 8, 2014

Social Media | Constantine 1.7 Live-Tweet

TV by the Numbers claims Constantine is cancelled. Granted, this is Cancellation Bear stuff, if you’re into that sort of thing. I don’t actually disagree with the sentiment – when a DC Entertainment television show in a boom period for comic book/graphic novel adaptations gets its ass kicked by 20/20 and Blue Bloods every week, there’s no hope for the show returning. DC Entertainment has The CW’s iZombie waiting in the wings, and a few prospective pilots in the television system. Even David S. Goyer has Syfy’s Krypton prequel (spoiler: the planet dies). If Constantine isn’t dead, it passed out and vomited on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the berk.

I still say Constantine needs a home on cable. Every week, I wonder how Constantine will do on a channel that won’t fucking neuter it. The Flash, Arrow, and Gotham are natural fits for network television – characters that are familiar to audiences from prior TV adaptations, appeal to the 18-to-34-year-old demographic (which I am still in), and play to as wide an audience as possible. Constantine, being a former Vertigo title with a prior film adaptation, plays to a more “grown-up” niche audience. Obviously, the best home for a show like Constantine is a broadcast network whose top-flight prime-time offerings are Football Night in America and The Voice. I worry for Fox’s prospective Lucifer pilot.

The only way Constantine survives is if DC Entertainment eats most of the costs of a second season, and/or if a streaming service like Netflix feels DC Entertainment is a safe enough risk to defray Constantine’s budget. I’m not saying the show is dead after one season, but get Constantine off NBC. Hellblazer ran for 300 issues, and most of that run was under the aegis of an imprint that worked outside of the Comics Code Authority. Think about it.


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December 3, 2014

Social Media | Arrow 3.8 Live-Tweet

The first part of the Flash/Arrow (the kids call it Flarrow) crossover, “Flash vs. Arrow”, is better than I thought it would be. It hangs on the Brainwashed and Crazy trope, and it’s supremely obvious in doing so. Basically, Rainbow Raider’s red eyes make Barry Allen angry. The Flash (2014) actually names the villain Rainbow Raider.

As a bonus, John Diggle is near a lantern. Even though Geoff Johns doesn’t write “Flash vs. Arrow”, the episode is one big elbow poke to the “emotional spectrum” concept he hung a near-decade of Green Lantern stories on. A character named John, a former military man, lantern…if you’re a fan of DC Entertainment’s television output, you already have Phil LaMarr’s voiceover in your head.

The name of tonight’s episode? “The Brave and the Bold”. (winks)

Seriously, “Flash vs. Arrow” is an hour of glorious, top-rank comic-book stupidity. I’m sure there are holes in the episode, yet it doesn’t matter. “Flash vs. Arrow” gives the audience what it promises. It’s as if Berlanti Productions says “we know exactly how absurd the superhero subgenre gets, and we play to that.” The last DC Entertainment show to do this is Teen Titans Go! Hell, Justice League Unlimited did what “Flash vs. Arrow” does at the drop of a batarang.

Speaking of aerodynamic weaponry, Nick Tarabay plays Digger Harkness tonight. Harkness is classic Flash rogue/Suicide Squad member Captain Boomerang, so Arrow threatens to continue the Flash/Arrow crossover fun…unless Arrow decides this is the night to be even more angst-filled than it usually is. There’s a reason I dropped Arrow live-tweets after six episodes.


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