So let it be known I’m a novice to comic book culture. My other half, Chris Roy has introduced me to a world (or worlds, as it may be) of so many “f” words. Future, Family, Fighting, Fortune, Fortitude. (What did you think?) These words and values are hallmark to the core of the many characters in the comic book universe. As I am a serial pessimist and one who has let harsh reality shape them, it is extremely welcoming to be entertained by a world where there are underdogs interested in the greater good. Knowing that I am less of a reader and more of a viewer, Chris showed me this universe in viewing comic book based movies and TV shows (in sequential order, I may add) he was patient with me when I asked a lot of questions, and urged me to seek out the answers myself. So, I have chosen to rate and review comic book inspired shows. From a former non-nerd. (But totally a nerd now, totally, and always a secret nerd... (Hit Read More To Continue)
Note - As I introduce Lexi to different shows we play the Netflix/Hulu/VOD game to binge and catch up on series. So parts of this article are based on past episodes without knowledge of current show events. Keep this in mind as she poses questions and ponders mysteries and think to yourself as I do like "OMG wait until she gets to Season 3 or Episode 17". Also missing from the list are Constantine and Gotham, we'll get there eventually. - Chris
Okay I'm going to catch a lot of flack for rating this at my 5th but please don't think I love it any less. We're getting to know each other. Takes time. ;)
The first couple episodes, wow, I'm a sucker for action. that fight scene with the 8 Russian guys that lasted a good 10 minutes was AWESOME. But I feel like the progression of episodes has become more Tarantino-esque, become more about the drama communication than the violence. While I follow the story and crave the self only leaked details of everyone's personal vendettas, I'm craving more action! Maybe that's just me. But I looove Rosario Dawson and am so happy to see her character with Matt.
Favorite character: I love the tension between Foggy Nelson and Karen Paige. I think they'd be perfect. It's like a strawberry blonde hair wonderland of couples. (Side note: Chris made me a daredevil themed dinner complete with Hell's Chicken, Battlin' Jack Cheddar Fries, a Foggy Nelson smoothie and Karen Page "Strawberry Blonde" Shortcake) also how does a 110 pound women drink an entire bottle of whiskey and not die the next day? TV magic.
Yes, it’s ranked 4th on my list but I do love me some Arrow. This is actually the first comic book based show I have ever watched! The origin story of how Oliver Queen (Arrow) became to be really intrigues me. The secrets uncovered as to why a billionaires yacht sank somewhere in the Asian tropics and the violent island that made a warrior out of a playboy. It’s almost as if the Arrow had finally found purpose in a silver spoon world. But we find that the silver spoon also is the culprit of Star Cities crime ring. To which, the Arrow is simultaneously the protagonist and the enemy. This show has its draw on less of the martial arts and more of the mental deception and understanding of why the Green Arrow needed to save the city.
Also, Laurel is the worst. Girl stop with your 1999 eyebrows and overreaching.Favorite character: Black Canary - She is an international assassin. Smart sexy and savvy. And hello! Sign me up for that full black leather! A character I can cosplay right from my closet. ;)
2nd favorite: Felicity Smoak - she is every 90s cyber punk's dream girl. The ability to hack in sexy clothing and glasses!
Barry Allen in the TV series is easily the most likable character because he is as innocent as he is capable. He has a clear and understandable vendetta (his mother’s murder and his father’s wrongful imprisonment) that makes us really feel for him. Also, the fact that he is mostly a no-kill Superhero. He prefers to outwit and outrun his opponents and trap them rather than defeat them. But, evil is still at play here. Star labs monitors his abilities, run by Caitlin, Cisco and leader Dr. Wells. Dr. Wells has shown a darker side in his genius and could very well be the cause of Barry’s spiral into crime investigation.
What interests me about this show is Barry's fight between revealing he is the Flash to those close to him and the constant quest to get his father out of jail. Oh, and did I mention that he’s in an unrequited love situation with a girl who he grew up with like a sister? They are meant to be together.
Favorite Character: Caitlin Snow - She is sharp as a tack and her boyfriend is a villain. Also I love the whole fashionable scientist vibe.
One of the most girl friendly comic book inspired shows. Think tank girl but less deranged and more intelligent, all of the sarcastic humor. Liv Moore is a perfect anti-hero and totally believable in a role of a living zombie just trying to make sense of the after current life (that's what I'm calling it) My only gripe is that her constant ability to solve crimes by consuming the victim might get old, hopefully there is a twist involved but this show is new, it shows promise and I already want to be her best friend.
Favorite character: Liv, obviously! - But side note her sister is played by a former Disney star.
1. Agents of SHIELD
Wow, do I love this show! It takes off where the first Avengers movie left off at the Battle for New York and focuses on Phil Coulson’s efforts with his own ragtag team of SHIELD agents, traveling the world on a giant luxury airbus, with all the amenities a tactical team may need. The show started off as most do, with a group of characters with totally different personalities and abilities placed together in close quarters (of course a hint for drama) but all with personal back stories that we flash back or forward to throughout the series. Everyone has their own agenda and everyone has their own secrets. When they are uncovered it always leaves me baffled. No one can be trusted in SHIELD! What kept me going with this show, is it started off feeling a lot like the problem at minute one was fixed at the end of the show. It is now more of a saga, or miniseries, every single episode is a cliffhanger. I’ve become very invested in the characters, and also am able to project what I think will happen, and what I want to happen. A show that keeps me wanting more. The bridge between science and supernatural is done so flawlessly.
Favorite Character: Skye - I want to know why she’s an 084, is that why she can hack so well?I may now be a comic book show nerd (officially). I've found myself on occasion getting emotionally invested with characters and shouting out at my TV. It's got me thinking and believing in a world where the SHEILD operatives and science centers are real academic centers you can apply to, where there are 084's out there you can come in contact with that will change your life's path. Where vigilantes stand up for what's right at the cost of societal rules and lastly that the supernatural has a place with science. Maybe it's not real life, but it's a pleasant and welcome escape.
About the Author
I'm Lexi and I'm best-known for accidentally talking off-mic on the podcast. I like weird dancing, bad jokes, and cats; sometimes combining all three.