Upcoming Stuff for This Week For August 26-September 2nd 2013

Third and final blog post of the day.  I haven’t fully accomplished everything I posted on last weeks Upcoming Stuff, but I certainly think I’ve made up for it with all the recent blogs.  So here’s the tentative schedule this week for my posts

Wednesday(No Dexter posts!  Hoooray!)

What Comics You Should Be Reading

Supernatural Season Nine:  Hopes, Fears, Spoilers, Speculation

Thursday

Devil’s Advocate:  Maria LaGuerta(Dexter)

Devil’s Advocate:  Carl Grimes(Walking Dead)

Friday

Nothing planned for Friday.  Might be a no blog day.

Saturday(Will probably be my comedy review day)

Mindy Project Season One Review

“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me(And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling Review

Sunday

Following Season 1 Review/SPOILERS

Dexter Season Eight “Goodbye Miami” Review/Spoilers

Monday

The Road So Far: Smallville Season Eleven Review/Spoilers

Netflix Reviews: Archer, Parks & Rec’, Doctor Who, Dollhouse, & More

A little info on Netflix reviews.  I’m catching up on a lot of shows right now, and would really like to review those.  However I know not everyone may be interested in that so I’ll combine them into a big combination of reviews.  This feature will probably only be posted once a month and likely focus on different shows each month. 

A special thanks to my first follower and fellow television review blogger polarbears16 and also to blogger Jack Flacco for liking my two Walking Dead related post.  I’ll also use this weekly Upcoming stuff post to thank new followers and people who like my posts. 

*Also make sure to check out my Dexter spin-off theory blog about Doakes.

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Dexter Spin-Off: How about Doakes?

So recently Showtime signed Dexter showrunner Scott Buck to a two year contract, and Showtime execs hinted(or pretty much flat out stated) that it may be for a Dexter spin-off.  Lots of guesses have been made(Zach, Deb, I guessed Batista, Elway, & Miami Metro), some have already been shot down(Zach).  Some people have even guessed that it could be a Trinity Killer show, but what about Doakes?

When it comes to Dexter characters everyone wants to come back Doakes is probably number one on everyone’s list.  James Doakes was and always will be Miami Metro’s best detective and certainly the coolest.  People I know who don’t even watch “Dexter” know who Doakes is. 

“Oh but 1ronhawk Doakes is dead, and don’t say Cyber-Doakes!”  Indeed he is, but the spin-off I’m suggesting would focus on Doakes during his special ops days, maybe even show the beginning of his relationship with LaGuerta.  Doakes past has only been mentioned a few times, but when it was mentioned I always wanted more. 

I’d like to see the writers flesh out Doakes, his family, his wife, LaGuerta, and his time in special ops.  After the Season Seven finale I have no doubt Erik King could still play Doakes in flashbacks convincingly, as he hasn’t aged much.  It would be familiar enough but also completely different from Dexter. 

Tell me what you think in the comments.  Would a Doakes spin-off work?  Who would you rather have in the spin-off?  My top picks right now are Doakes, Batista, Miami Metro, and Lundy flashback spin-off. 

“Superman/Wonder Woman” Is a Book For the Ladies!

NOTE THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS HUGE AMOUNTS OF SARCASM!

When I think of groundbreaking feminists the first people I always think of:  DC Comics.  This past weekend at Canada’s Fan Expo when asked about upcoming series Superman/Wonder Woman, the series artist Tony Daniel said it appealed to the mythical female audience and “hits on the Twilight audience.”.  Of course so called “feminists” have struck back because apparently females only want good stories!

Pssshhh…  Women don’t know what they want, men do(just ask Robin Thicke).  It’s a proven fact that ALL women absolutely love Twilight, and any who say they don’t are liars!  You’ll see when Superman/Wonder Woman #1 comes out and the females all come pouring in at the promise of a Twilight like super-hero book.

LESS SARCASM NOW…

Just in case you missed the two sarcasm warnings and were severely offended, I’d like to let you know that was just me being sarcastic.  I actually found it quite sad(yet also hilarious) that DC’s way of bringing in ladies is to make it like “Twilight”.  Especially considering companies like Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image are able to do the same thing without making it “sparkle”. 

Look at the all female X-Men team for example.  The book is getting a lot of success with both the male and female demographic because it’s a well written story with strong female leads, great character interaction, and to say the least beautiful art.  While the book is filled with great character interaction, none of it is romantic.  Yet still it’s one of the many big successes Marvel’s had this year. 

Marvel had previously tried to cash in on the major success of the “Sex & the City” franchise with Marvel Divas to little success.  I feel that if the goal of this book is angst filled forbidden romance it too will get cancelled soon enough.  The reason I feel so strongly about this as a guy is that quite frequently I hear non-comic reading people call comics sexist which is a fairly unfair claim.  Companies like the aforementioned Marvel, Image, and Dark Horse are making real strides in creating strong female characters and pulling in all sorts of female readers.  DC on the other hand is furthering the stigma with their many decisions.

 

Dexter “Make Your Own Kind Of Music” Review/SPOILERS

SPOILERS!  IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS, WELL IT’S SELF-EXPLANITORY!

If I knew how there would be a gif of Raven having a vision from That’s So Raven.  I called it, I called it, I called it!  Saxon *ahem* David Vogel is the Brain Surgeon!  I’m not going to repost my theory from “Are We There Yet”‘s review, you can just scroll down a bit and look at that.  I literally called pretty much every single detail of who Saxon is and why he’s the Brain Surgeon. 

“Make Your Own Kind of Music” is in my opinion by far the best episode THIS SEASON SINCE EPISODE TWO.  The dialogue is a million times better than all of the other episodes this season, there are some silly moments but it wouldn’t be season 8 if there wasn’t,  but it also had some great moments too. 

To start: ARLENE LIVES!  Arlene being Hannah’s old best bud from last season makes a return this week, and I couldn’t be happier.  I liked her last season, and it was nice to see the Dexter writers reference an old storyline.  One thing I didn’t get was why did Hannah even have to go, couldn’t Dexter have just gone and picked up the money.

I feel for Vogel in this episode, but she also looks like a total idiot as well.  We learn her psychopath son used to love Make Your Own Kind Of Music(which was heard playing when the BS forced that guy to kill that one guy) and leave her brains in boxes as a sign of endearment(Awwww how sweet).  He was believed to have perished in a fire, but good old Doc’ Vogel never saw the body.  Vogel don’t you know if you don’t see the body that means they’re still alive?

In all seriousness though Doctor V., this all would have been at the very least nice to know when this all started.  Perhaps David had a friend or someone who knew him, blaming Vogel for Daniel’s death.  She should have told Dexter about this a long time ago, I get why she wouldn’t want to believe and possibly be disappointed that her son may be alive but it would have been helpful in the investigation.

Side story talk!  I must ask, what was the point of introducing Masuka’s daughter?  She’s added absolutely nothing to the show, and appears like once an episode having a brief humorous exchange with another character.  It’s weird to see Batista and Deb talk knowing that Deb killed his ex-wife, but their little scene together was really sweet.  Batista’s like the glue that holds Miami Metro together, and I hope he’s the focus of the spin-off if there is one(though I’d also like to see him return to Fox’s “The Following” perhaps in a main or recurring role).   

Speaking of Deb, there’s a lot of Deb and Quinn in this episode.  I got to say while I was never a huge fan of the romance that’s one thing the writers have sold me on this season.  Quinn, and his relationship with Deb is finally something I can root for, whereas before I couldn’t stand Joey and his relationship with Deb.  Still Quinn kissing Deb after interrogating Saxon came out of the blue.

Dexter’s hunt for Saxon was kind of ridiculous, he was standing up staring at Saxon in a neon green shirt.  “He’s good at this”, he wouldn’t have to be to see Dexter staring at him through a glass window.  I kind of feel like the writers are  trying to make Saxon into a Trinity/Ice Truck Killer mix, and I don’t know how I feel about it. 

Hannah and Dexter’s relationship continues to take center stage, as a Marshall who was alerted by Elway zeroes in on Hannah.  Hannah is forced to move in with Debra which leads to one of the best scenes this season, as Deb and Hannah eat dinner.  It’s a quick scene but it’s a fun one.  Deb’s reaction to Hannah making dinner was hilarious, and I liked how the two opened up to each other. 

That scene where the Marshall walks in and asks Harrison who the blonde woman in the picture is was intense.  I too wonder who it was:  Hannah or Rita?  Harrison wants Hannah to be his “mommy”, which only increases my fear that poor Hannah will bite the dust before the credits role. 

I liked Vogel wanting to save Saxon from Dexter, and that final scene was very creepy.  I don’t see this ending well for Vogel though, I really don’t trust Saxon.  I can’t wait to see what happens between Saxon and Dexter in the coming episodes.

I hope yall aren’t sick of my Dexter coverage, because that “Devil’s Advocate:  LaGuerta”(yep, Laguerta will be the focus of the article) and a “Why is Season Eight of Dexter Failing to Impress” article coming this week.  Overall, good episode and Hannah was slightly better written this week.

7.00/10.00

 

 

Where’s Serenity? Firefly Season Two(Three?) Comics Coming Soon…

I’ll admit I’m only on episode five of Firefly, and so far it’s my least favorite of Joss Whedon’s shows(please don’t burn me at the stake).  Still I really enjoy it, and it’s a shame it ended so soon.  Now it appears browncoats may have reason to rejoice. 

#WHERESSERENITY?  Where indeed?  It appears Dark Horse is about to go all in on a full “second season” of Firefly.  With Angel & Faith going on hiatus soon, I could use a little extra Joss Whedon produced Dark Horse comics in my life.  Hopefully it focuses on Kaylee a bit more, who is by far my favorite character(though Inara is great as well).  Less so on Jayne, he’s a jerk.

There’s likely to be another post soon.  Very, very soon.

Dexter “Are We There Yet? Review featuring Spoilers

SPOILERS FOLLOW, SO Y’KNOW DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS!

Goodness that ending.  I can’t say I didn’t see it coming, because I kind of did.  This late in the game though, a bit strange.  No more vagueness.  Spoilers start here!

Cassie’s dead apparently at the hands of Zach, Dexter’s newest protégé.  According to Doc’ Vogel it’s 100% Dexter’s fault, you can’t expect Zach to go two days without killing.  Really Vogel, because last I recall Dexter wanted Zach dead and you convinced him not to do it.

Either way it’s irrelevant because as I suspected:  ZACH, YOU ARE NOT THE KILLER!!!  Dexter takes Hannah to the Keys for a little smooth jazz, fast food, sweet talking, with a little bit of attempted murder thrown in for good measure.  Yvonne Stahovski and MCH make the best of some pretty lame dialogue.  I liked how squeamish Hannah got when they saw the cops. I liked them poking fun at Dexter’s voiceovers.

Deb is the standout part of this episode.  Jennifer Carpenter just owns each and every scene she’s in.  Her calling Dexter, and subsequent reaction to him lying about being with Hannah was priceless.  Despite the fact that she’s gone from drug addicted party Deb, to suicidal Deb, and now back to Season Seven Deb all in one season she remains the best thing show has going for it. 

Sorry Hannah, you’ve lost your edge.  Yvonne hasn’t been given any great material to work with this season which sucks.  I was watching “The Dark…Whatever” the other night(which guest stars the always stellar Jim Beaver of “Supernatural) and there’s a huge difference in how the then Dexter/Hannah relationship felt and how it feels now.  Then it was this natural love, you could tell they loved each other.  Now it feels like it’s happening because the plot demands it, so they can *POSSIBLE FUTURE SPOILERS* kill off Hannah at the hands of the Brain Surgeon by the end of the season.

The Deb and Hannah conversation was absolutely terrible.  This was a scene I was waiting for, after their excellent(which feels almost like an understatement) scene in last seasons finale I was excited to see what would happen.  Hannah’s reasons for why Deb shouldn’t turn her in were pretty lame(“I don’t like killing, and I love Dexter”), and the fact that this two minute conversation made Deb change her mind, after there were dozens of other scenes with better justification that could of, just pissed me off.  Deb has been dead set on taking down Hannah since she poisoned Sal Pryce last season, and this is what changes her mind. 

By the end of the episode Deb makes a major decision, or insinuates one that is confirmed by the “NEXT WEEK ON DEXTER”:  She’s returning to Miami Metro.  I got to say I’m happy about this, while I initially liked Elway he’s turned into a total jerk(another instance of inconsistent characterization).  Still it appears Elway’s still going to be involved in the next few episodes which sucks.

Now onto Dexter’s ersatz family of killers.  Zach’s got a new characterization now(God, they should just connect the show to “Dollhouse” as to explain the constant personality shifts).  He’s now all “Golly gee Dex, can’t believe I made such a silly mistake”.  I must say I like the Jimmy Olsen/Robin like Zach the best out of all of his characterizations as silly as it is.  Figures they make him likable, only to kill him off. 

Mama Vogel is much more involved this week, and somewhat likable(with the exception of the aforementioned scene at the beginning of the episode).  Too bad I don’t see her living past the next few episodes.  Their dinner table conversation is as cheesy as some of the earlier Dexter, Hannah, and Zach scenes but it’s a nice scene regardless.  Has a calm before the storm feeling to it.

The ending which I kind of already spoiled a bit.  Dexter returns to his apartment where he hears “Make Your Own Kind of Music” playing(which has been played twice so far this season) and see’s Zach’s lifeless(and brainless) body.  The moment I heard that song I knew it, something bad was gonna happen.

The Brain Surgeon’s back* and he killed Cassie(oh hey didn’t I say that on my last review, oh yes I did.)  Well in a way, I said I didn’t think Zach killed Cassie and her boyfriend did, and my current theory is Oliver is the Brain Surgeon and Vogel’s son.  Like Brian(the Ice Truck Killer) before him, he dated a girl only to keep an eye on Dexter, his identity was withheld from the viewers, and was one of the main character’s previously unknown relatives.  We already know she had a husband, perhaps she had a son. 

A son who despite being the so called “psychopath whisperer” she never knew was crazy.  Or perhaps she did, and his condition is what drove her become what she is.  Her profile for the killer fits too:  30’s, single(at the time) and male.  It all makes sense, unlike Yates who made no sense whatsoever(one could say it was…B.S hahaha).  He also told Quinn he didn’t recognize Zach, when he had sawn him just the other night talking to Dexter.  

Not much else happens.  For the last fifteen to twenty minutes alone the episode was pretty good.  Most of the episode is pretty boring, and at times laughable.  Either way I’ll keep watching.   

 

 

 

Upcoming Stuff!

It’s been two days since my last post, so I just thought I’d let you know what I’ve been working on.  I wrote and finished a blog reviewing the latest episode of Dexter, but due to some technical malfunctions that will be delayed for a little bit.  Fear not though, I shall be posting a Dexter related article which is the beginning of a series:  Devil’s Advocate, where I talk about generally disliked characters, and talk about why I like them.  This isn’t limited to Dexter though, there’ll be some for The Walking Dead(comic and show, though sorry even I don’t like television show Andrea) and other shows. 

I’m also going to do another “The Road So Far”(which is indeed a reference to Supernatural) where I review Smallville Season Eleven from “Guardian” to “Haunted”(which will include “Effigy”).  While I have read “Argo” and” Valkyre” I’m going to review those two at a later date, also “Haunted” kind of serves as a mid-season finale of sorts.  Amazing comic, I strongly suggest you pick it up. 

There will likely be some speculation posts(one of which is certain to regard Supernatural, and my upcoming Dexter review has a lot of speculation at the end).  Don’t expect any Pretty Little Liars reviews, though I may give Ravenswood’s pilot a shot.  We’ll see.

Comic wise I’ll be doing some reviews.  Maybe doing a “What you should be reading” post.  Stay tuned folks.  Lots is coming in the not so distant future.