First off, there was no Daredevil which I totally expected and was perfectly okay with. Secondly, this episode wasn’t as funny as last week’s episode but it was still fun and delightfully goofy. Third, this might be the shortest review I’ve ever had of a series episode before but I don’t have much to say other than that ending gave me WandaVision vibes and now it feels like the series is starting to get into villain territory. And that, of course, has me intrigued to see what’ll happen in next week’s episode (where Daredevil will, once again, not appear.)
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This is not The Mandalorian. It doesn’t begin with an episode filled with action scenes. This show is about building storylines, introducing a bunch of characters, and letting these stories coalesce into something that will become a great television series.
Cassian Andor, in the first three episodes, is a man with a lot of problems. He kind of reminded me of Han Solo when we first met him in that regard. He’s Wanted by the Empire, he’s got a bunch of outstanding debts, and like almost every character in Star Wars in one way or another, he’s got a haunted past.
The last few weeks of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law have left me feeling mixed about the show. This week’s episode, however, was the first one that felt like maybe the story was finally hitting its stride.
With another guest star appearance from Wong and plenty of interesting characters, this episode felt fun/funny to watch.
What was most promising about this episode was its entertainment value. This undoubtedly was the best episode so far and if this trend continues (and I’m saying this knowing Daredevil is coming which is going to be awesome) this show, by its conclusion, could be really good. It’s not meant to be something as profoundly defining as Loki or as psychologically interesting as Moon Knight but it will mark its place in the MCU as a welcome addition to the franchise.
And this week, thankfully, made me like Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk again.
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It’s here folks! She-Hulk has now made its highly-anticipated premiere on Disney+ and yes, it’s already a blast. Consisting of nine 30-minute episodes, She-Hulk is an action-comedy and that’s exactly what the pilot details in an exciting fashion. Jessica Gao, a writer for critically-acclaimed comedies like Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty, has imbued this show with distinct feminism and hilariousness.
Even though Jennifer Walters is a brand new character Tatiana Maslany and Jessica Gao have created a character who feels fully established. The fact that she’s Bruce Banner’s cousin doesn’t seem weird or forced, she feels like she’s always known him, we’ve just never spent enough time with Banner to contemplate that he had family members. And their dynamic in this show is absolutely fantastic.
Star Wars is one of the most successful stories ever created and part of that reason is because of its remarkable escapism. For a couple of hours, you are literally transported to another galaxy where heroes and heroines larger than life fight evil on a movie-to-movie or show-show basis. And while Disney has given us so many wonderful Star Wars stories lately there has been something that has been really missing for me with these new stories; the aliens.
In the Original Trilogy, three of the main characters were not human: C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca. They were extraordinary characters with intriguing backgrounds and what they added to the overall story cannot be overstated. Jar Jar Binks isn’t a fan-favorite but his presence reminded us that this was a story set in a galaxy where aliens do exist. And don’t get me started on The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels which gave us a plethora of fascinating alien characters: Ahsoka, Hera Syndulla, Zeb, Asajj Ventress, Cad Bane, Savage Opress, and so many more. And then I think about the live-action movies and series Disney has given us in the last few years and the lack of alien characters is almost criminal.
Last week a magical documentary series was released on Disney+ about the iconic, groundbreaking visual effects company Industrial, Light, and Magic and how their work has literally changed cinema.
It’s a six-part series that documents their inception all the way to their work now, shining a light on the cinematic magicians that have brought so many iconic films to life besides just Star Wars. I’m talking Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and so much more.
If you want to see history literally being made and how George Lucas has done more for the world than just bringing Star Wars into existence then I implore you to watch this series. It’s so good that I hope it gets an Emmy next year because it was absolutely incredible.
I don’t want to share too much information because each episode is filled with so many fantastic details and delightful insights into this company that it’s best to enjoy it for yourself. I can say this with absolute certainty though. George Lucas is one of the most incredible figures in history for his contribution to cinema and how he completely changed the world.
Yes, Light and Magic is a perfect show and it’s one of the best things I’ve watched on Disney+.
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