This Just In…

Posted in Uncategorized on December 1, 2015 by The Local Crank

I’ll take Background News Stories of the Zombie Apocalypse for $500, Alex.

North Korea-Linked Boats Carrying Corpses Turn Up Off Japan


Doctor Who: Sleep No More

Posted in Uncategorized on December 1, 2015 by The Local Crank
SLEEP NO MORE (By Mark Gatiss)

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 10/11/2015 – Programme Name: Doctor Who – TX: 14/11/2015 – Episode: SLEEP NO MORE (By Mark Gatiss) (No. 9) – Picture Shows: ***EMBARGOED UNTIL 10th NOV 2015*** Nagata (ELAINE TAN), Doctor Who (PETER CAPALDI), Clara (JENNA COLEMAN) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

Yeah. This was…not good. Sentient eye-boogers. Even by the admittedly low standards of Doctor Who monsters this was pretty amazingly stupid. The found-footage trope, while new to Doctor Who, has pretty much been done to death by now. David Gerrold also made an excellent point that the Doctor essentially runs away at the end of the episode, having resolved nothing. I agree that this isn’t very Doctor-like

Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 19, 2015 by The Local Crank


The best Capaldi episode yet, coming into his own as the Doctor, fierce pacifist and cynical optimist, culminating in one of the best Doctor speeches ever. With a distinct Invasion of the Body Snatchers feel, the episode hits on issues of terrorism, fanaticism and reconciliation. So much good here, from Osgood’s mastery of Who-Lore to Clara attempting to psyche out herself (Bonnie), to my surprising observation that Capaldi looks damn near exactly like Eccleston when he grins maniacally.

“I’m over 2,000 years old. I’m old enough to be your messiah.”

“Five rounds rapid.”

“Why does peace-keeping always involve killing?”

“Nobody wins for long.”

“I will not change my mind.” “Then you will die stupid.”

“You must know, I’m a very big fan.”

“I’ll be the judge of time.”

This Is A Thing of Beauty

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 11, 2015 by The Local Crank

Doctor Who: “The Zygon Invasion”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 7, 2015 by The Local Crank

Sequel to “The Day of the Doctor,” which was itself a sequel to “The Zygon Terror,” with nice callbacks to both. A solid “monster of the week” episode with a very Third or Fourth Doctor feel. Features the return of Kate Stewart and fan-favorite fangirl Osgood, now in a very important position. A good twist at the end and a cliffhanger, though I think it’s clear where it’s going. Overall, enjoyable.

Supergirl: Pilot

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 31, 2015 by The Local Crank


In just one charming episode, “Supergirl” has shown clearly everything that’s wrong with the DC Cinematic Universe. While “Man of Steel” wallowed in darkness and angst as bad as any comic from the late 1980’s – early 1990’s, “Supergirl” (and “Flash”) are bright, hopeful, cheerful and engaging without being boring or campy. Melissa Benoist is warm, dorky, lovable and determined as Kara Zor-El. She can have personal issues (trying to find her place in the world, clashing with her adoptive sister) without wallowing in pain and misery. She rescues innocent people at the risk of her own life and fights bad guys without murdering them. In short, she behaves like a superhero. The series also features an engaging supporting cast, including Calista Flockhart as Kara’s boss, channeling Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada” and Mehcad Brooks as a new take on Jimmy Olson, Superman’s ally as opposed to pal. And now I have another series I won’t have time to keep up with…

Recent Comics I Have Read

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2015 by The Local Crank


Avengers #0: Yeah, I have no idea whats going in the Marvel Universe anymore but this was a helpful starting point. Not a big fan of having so many different teams and I absolutely hate the idea of Deadpool, the single most overrated comic book character in the last 25 years, as an Avenger

A-Force #5: Good art, nice attempt at camaraderie and I love the idea of an all-woman Avengers team, but the individual characters seem…off? Especially She-Hulk. Good art.

New Avengers #1: Good art, good storytelling, love the idea of Sunspot growing up to be a leader.

Batgirl #44: Concept good, though I still don’t see the point of retconning Barbara into a teenager, art so-so. Lame generic villain writing not so good.

Batman #43: Good art, creepy villain, absolutely hate the Alan Alda-fied Bruce Wayne. At least there’s no Bat-robot in this one.

Batman #44: Flashback story, interesting experimental artwork, message of the story a little heavy-handed

Batman/Superman #24: I have no idea what’s going on here. The new Superman looks idiotic.

Captain Britain & The Mighty Defenders #1-2: I like the new Captain Britain, Dr. Faiza Hussain. The Battleworld concept is silly and I expect it’s some kind of buildup to rebooting Marvel into the MCU or something close to it. Which is stupid. In this one, an alternate Iron Man universe fights an alternate Punisher universe that’s really just a ripoff (too blatant to be an homage) of Judge Dredd. Good art.

Bombshells #3: Eh.The art isn’t doing it for me and I think the Nazis were clearly evil enough on their own to avoid dragging demons into it. I still like the overall concept, though.

Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1: Clever concept, following the day-to-day travails of a low-level flunky. I think it would’ve been funnier without the setting on a Battleworld where SHIELD and Hydra agents know each off duty and their kids play little league together, but it was still funny. Wish Amanda Conner had done the whole thing and not just the cover as she has an incredible command of facial expressions. Snappy writing.

Invincible Ironman #1: Yet another re-imagining of Iron Man, again apparently an attempt to blend into the MCU. Good art, good story, cool wraparound cover.

JLU #13-14: No idea what the hell is going on here nor why anyone thought Batgirl would be a good fit in a cosmic time-travel story. Nice to see some of the characters I used to read in old WW2 comics. Artwork uneven.

Justice League #44: Again, no idea what the hell is going on. Very good art, though. Darkseid always makes a good villain.

Manifest Destiny #17: Still good, still creepy. Some background on Sacagawea. I have appreciated the non-stereotypical portrayal (for the most part) of the Indian characters, but this goes a little far with the whole “stoic warrior” bit.

Sensation Comics #15: Indifferent art but a good story about mental illness and the criminal justice system. Wonder Woman is convincingly portrayed.

Suicide Squad #11, Annual #1: I like the Suicide Squad and this was a decent story, though I really dislike Harley Quinn’s look and portrayal. Good art.

Wonder Woman #44: Another good WW story with good art, involvement of the gods, bad-assery, all the things you would look for.