Post by Aimee Nicole on Feb 23, 2013 9:58:16 GMT -6
Okay, so, I thought about supporting Marvel's "All-New X-Men" series, but the more I see of it, the more I'm re-thinking that decision entirely. I loved Brian Michael Bendis' work on Ultimate Spider-Man, but he really needs to step off the X-Men because he doesn't know them at all. I mean, Emma Frost talks like she has a awful Southern accent and she is totally out of character in almost every line she speaks. I like what he's doing with Jean Grey, from what I've seen, but...I dunno, it seems like the rest of them fall flat compared to what they used to be. So I don't think I'll be supporting that book. However, I'm really interested in the all-female relaunch of the X-Men series. That is gonna be pretty awesome. Also thinking about supporting Fearless Defenders as well. If I do, this'll be the first time I've actually subscribed to a comic series as it comes out and I think I'd feel pretty good about supporting those books.
Post by Aimee Nicole on Feb 23, 2013 9:46:51 GMT -6
Omg, Darrin do you still play this game? I've been thinking about either re-installing it on my PS3 or downloading it onto the computer to pass the time until Marvel Heroes comes out this spring. I've fallen off the World of Warcraft train again (dunno how long that'll last, given that the next big content patch is due out in the coming weeks) and I need another procrastination tool. I will totally play it with you if you're still into it XD
Post by Aimee Nicole on Feb 18, 2013 2:50:35 GMT -6
Review:"Waning & Waxing" - Little Red
MJ! I come to you with yet another review! Just like the last, I'll be reviewing this as I read along so again, beware!
Audrey is really ballsy, just running up there like she owns the place and knocking on the door. I saw Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters on Friday night so I assume that is why, when you described Ethel's house, my mind immediately went to the witch's house in that movie, minus the fact it was made of candy. My mind has a way of doing the randomest shit XD I have a feeling that Renwick is right to be concerned about this weird fascination Audrey has with Ethel.
And of course, going into Act One, my suspicions are confirmed. Ethel, what the hell are you doing, fraternizing with hooligans! Mountain hooligans at that! Those are the worst kind! Well, next to the ones who sit across the street blasting music at 2-3 in the morning, but I digress.
"You should buy it". Just like a damn jewelry salesperson. Uh oh, Audrey. Buuuusssteeed. Look at her, lying out her ass. Audrey, Audrey, Audrey. What are we going to do with you.
I really like Audrey and Renwick's interactions. You can tell they're pretty close and they've got great chemistry. I enjoy reading their scenes together.
I like this nameless woman. She amuses me, and the way she talks about Ethel made me laugh. Poor Hunter, he has no idea what the hell is even going on. Not like we do either, except Ethel is being a weirdo again. But that's not surprising.
Oh my God, Ethel. Are you serious? That is just asking for trouble. Turning them into Wolfmen? That nameless woman was right. This isn't going to be good at all. I hope this woman sticks around. How am I so attached to a nameless character? Who knows.
And boom goes the dynamite. Audrey you better stay the hell out of the woods now.
"Band of merry misfits", I like that. Ethel, you are going to be the death of me. "Sludgy brew" gross. Who would drink that? Apparently mountain hooligans, that's who.
Ethel, go cover your house in candy and stay there before you get yourself killed. Good lord.
Jesus, I thought one of the little girls got killed for a second. That had me concerned for a second there, omg. I would have smacked those little boys with that stick if they'd grumbled at me like that, little brats.
I really like the way you describe the transformations of the wolfmen. I can see it in my head pretty clearly and you've done a pretty good job of capturing how painful it is to them. I like that the way you have it is pretty gruesome and ragged, I guess is the word to use.
Leave it to Ethel to be sitting off and being a party-pooper after she just caused a mess in the mountains.
You are killing me with these little cliff-hangers, MJ! Regardless, great way to end the episode and keep us coming back for more. The wolfmen (or, a wolfman, at least) have made it into Fae. This is going to be interesting, that's for sure.
This episode had a few typos and places where the dialogue was a little wordy, but nothing too distracting and it didn't take me away from the script. Most of them were Braxton and Ethel's lines, but at the same time, I understand that some characters can be wordy with their dialogue so I'm not gonna hang on to that too much. This was another enjoyable episode, for sure! I think I actually liked this one even more than the pilot, and I loved the pilot. Also, can I just say that I really love the way you set up and maintain the atmosphere of the setting in these episodes? It's fantastic, and it really puts you into the story, in my opinion. This episode definitely deserves a 10/10, especially considered I enjoyed it more than the pilot and you can't really get any higher than that! Looking forward to reading the third episode sometime tonight or early tomorrow and leaving you another review!
Post by Aimee Nicole on Feb 4, 2013 17:41:38 GMT -6
I have a few reservations about this pitch, however, I don't think it compares to the potential that I see in this series. It does come off as a typical teen drama, which especially shows in your episode descriptions. I'm not a huge fan of teen dramas, but I've gotten in to a few over the last few months so I've no doubt that this could be something I could definitely get in to if it's done right. Which, to judge, I'll have to wait until we see a pilot for it.
Now, on to the stuff I really like. First off, I love that you've decided to focus on gay characters. It's definitely refreshing when you take in to account that most teen dramas focus primarily on straight characters. There may be an odd gay couple thrown in here and there, but your main focus is on the gay characters and that's awesome. Not to mention, you've gone with gay men, which is relatively new territory -- especially for the VPN. I love it.
You've got a nice set of characters as well. I love that you've gone with different qualities for the gay characters and you don't seem to let their sexuality dominate their character. I think a lot of people get hung up on that. They let the sexuality (when it comes to gay/lesbian/bisexual characters) dominate the character and don't really think of them or see them as a person with real thoughts and feelings and such, who just happens to be attracted to the same sex. You don't seem to do that, which I totally commend you for. You've also seemed to have kinda obliterated a lot of the "gay stereotypes", which I also applaud you for. That always seems to be an issue when focusing a show on gay characters, but you've avoided that.
As for the story itself, I think it'll be interesting. The concept of a show that (seems to be) driven on the romance and sexual aspect pushes the boundaries of the network, in my opinion. You've stated that it would be explicit in it's language and sexual content, which is new for the VPN. I think it'd be a nice change, and perhaps bring in a new type of audience as well. A teen drama that's driven by sex is also an interesting twist to things. I mean, sure, they all have a little bit of sexuality but for it to be so upfront like how you seem to have it, well, that's different.
I'm looking forward to a pilot for this series, and I wish you the best of luck, Tom!
Post by Aimee Nicole on Feb 3, 2013 21:26:38 GMT -6
Awesome spoilers, Kerry! I really need to go play catch up on Bad Wolf, omfg. When I get a break from Outcasts, that is definitely what I'm going to be doing. Good luck on getting your groove back, I know how much it sucks to be in a writing rut.
Post by Aimee Nicole on Feb 2, 2013 2:01:28 GMT -6
Review:"The Howling" - Little Red
First off, I was so glad to wake up to Little Red's premiere. I've been really excited about this series, and now that's finally here I can't wait to read it. So, that said, I'm gonna be writing this review as I go along so beware XD
The teaser was really good. I liked the first look you gave us at the village. I could really picture a small village bustling about and see it all in my head. Your descriptions are really good with doing that.
Ethel seems like that kinda person that comes off as nice and everything but like, when she's not looking you kinda side-eye at her like she's up to something or just one of those potential weirdos. If that makes sense.
God, Galwin. On one hand, I understand him and totally get why he's all upset and stuff but at the same time, I want to shake him and tell him to tell it go, she's grown enough to be doing things on her own! Regardless, their little father/daughter moment was nice, and gives a small yet pretty good insight into their lives in the fact that Audrey's lost her mother.
So Ethel's got a dead husband, huh? This is totally probably terrible but my weirdo sense is tingling. Or, creeper rather than weirdo, maybe. There's something about her, I just can't put my finger on it. She seems a little too happy to be in Fae, I think. She's gotta be up to something, for sure.
God she is so weird!! After that scene in the woods she totally has to be up to something. I definitely wanna see what her business is in Fae.
Lord, leave it to Audrey to bump in to the fugitive. And to let him go, too! But I guess she had reason to let him go. I hope he was telling the truth, otherwise, hoo-boy.
So I guess the whole murderers and thieves on the mountain weren't just tales, huh? There's a whole camp full of those assholes. This'll be fun, I can just see it now. Poor Hunter though, maybe he was telling the truth and now look what he's gotten himself into. Great end to the episode, by the way. You got me intrigued, wanting to learn some more about these mountain people and then you cut it off on me! Now I can't wait until next week's episode so I can found out more.
This was an awesome premiere episode, MJ. It set up the characters for us, gave us an idea of the village, Fae, and how it operates and how the villagers are with each other and stuff. You can really feel how "homey" the village is, I guess would be the way to describe it. I really liked the language you used in the script, it really gives off that old timey-ish, fantasy feel. I think you captured that really, really well. It doesn't come off as stiff or awkward or anything at all like it does when I've seen other people try to do it before. So props on that, for sure!
Your descriptions and word choice are amazing as well. I always love reading your writing because of how much effort and care you obviously put in to it. It's always great when you can tell that a writer loves to write and loves the story they're telling. I couldn't find anything wrong with the episode, even if I tried.
This is definitely a show I'm going to be sticking with week to week. It was exciting and a great story, and I really can't wait to see how it unfolds. I love your characters, especially Audrey and Renwick, as well as what we saw of Malven. You've got something great here, MJ! I give the premiere episode of "Little Red" a complete 10/10. Looking forward to next week's episode!
Post by Aimee Nicole on Jan 29, 2013 18:49:54 GMT -6
I'm so excited for Little Red, MJ, you have nooo idea. I've loved this concept since the moment you pitched it and I'm so glad that it's finally about to premiere! This series has so much promise and I can't wait to read it week to week. Friday can't get here fast enough.
Post by Aimee Nicole on Jan 22, 2013 20:42:25 GMT -6
Gaaah, dammit ABC! I really liked Apt. 23. It was one of my favorites, along with Happy Endings. If they cancel Happy Endings as well, I'm gonna be pissed. They ALWAYS cancel the shows I get invested in and actually really enjoy. I should just stop watching TV XD
However, as someone else commented on earlier, I have found myself shaking my head at times because of a particular flaw in the show's 'mythology' - that being Lana's apparent ability to 'remove' the Prometheus suit, which was actually grafted to her permanently and CANNOT be removed, hence the reason she had to finally leave Clark behind. I'm sorry, but that really ruins my enjoyment of the show, because to me it's a major flaw in the writing. When I read the scene where Quentin actually makes a point to Lana about her not wearing the suit after 'Extract', I was shaking my head in disappointment. That suit is the source of Lana's powers, she CANNOT be Trinity without it, at least not in any superpowered form, and that was the whole point of her getting it - wanting to HAVE power in order to make a difference.
I know Chris'll probably respond to this himself when he gets the chance, but as someone who has really enjoyed what I've read of Trinity, I thought I'd come make a point. I'm sure Chris probably made this change on purpose. I wouldn't call it a "flaw". Like, this isn't Smallville, it's Trinity, I think he's allowed to take the mythology and build upon it in the way he wants and the way that fits his show and that includes being able to build up on Lana and her suit. It's not far-fetched in a series like this to be able to twist and change things, you know? And being a spin-off, it doesn't have to follow canon if Chris doesn't want it to.
But on top of that, I can't really see how it'd change the character that much? Like, she's still Lana Lang no matter which way he goes with it. For lack of a DC-related example, I'll turn to Marvel to kind of show you my point XD It's like saying Tony Stark is ruined because instead of keeping the suit he built, he's become more machine than man with his Extremis and Bleeding Edge Armor. The way the suit works has changed, but the character has not. Or, Cyclops, when he was able to control his optic blasts for short amount of time instead of having to use protective lenses to keep him from destroying everything he looked at. It doesn't change the character, it just changes the way the game is played, you know?
Basically, what I'm trying to say with all of this is don't let one aspect ruin the show for you. I'm sure Chris has a reason for doing it, and if it fits the story of his show, then it's totally fine. It's an evolution to the character, not an end to it.
And, Chris, sorry for hijacking your thread. -scuttles off to own thread-
Post by Aimee Nicole on Jan 11, 2013 16:28:31 GMT -6
I really hope this show gets picked up to series. I'm excited for it, even if it isn't the "Heroes For Hire" series I was hoping for. But I'd love, love, LOVE to see a Marvel-related live action TV series and this seems like it'll be pretty awesome.
Why did you go and do that to yourself, Aimee? I haven't seen it and I don't plan on it, but it's gotta be double torture for someone who actually loves the games.
My cousin spent the night tonight and he rented it and wanted to watch it with me. It...was pretty damn awful. Though I will say those "dragon things" we all saw in the trailer? They were actually from the games, and were not dragons. They were bug things.
The best part of the movie, I will say, was the return of Michelle Rodriguez's character (I absolutely loved her in the first one) and the fact that Jill Valentine beat Alice's ass up and down the street. It was very, very nice to see that happen.
But as far as the actual movie goes in relation to "Resident Evil", well...you can hardly tell it's "Resident Evil". It looks like any other big budget sci-fi action film. It's disappointing. Luckily there is only one more, and then they're rebooting the franchise.
Post by Aimee Nicole on Jan 5, 2013 23:29:38 GMT -6
I was really iffy on their selection for Mary Jane as well, but I think, since they seem to be going a more...Ultimate Spider-Man route, she might work. I think she could definitely pull off Ultimate Mary Jane Watson. Mainstream MJ? Not so much, I don't think -- but Kirsten Dunst DID give her blessing on it, which is kinda cool. I'm just afraid I'll judge her in comparison to Kirsten Dunsts' MJ, who I loved for several reasons, even if she wasn't always sassy and fun-loving like she is in the mainstream comics.