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Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy Chapter 1: Siege Review [Spoiler Free]

I was browsing Netflix the other day when I didn’t have anything to do and this show was recommended to me.  I’m a Transformers fan, so figured I’d give it a go and was pleasantly surprised.  This show has a lot of depth, a well-paced plot, and great characters.  Good voice cast as well, and with audio description too!  But how does the show hold up under a microscope?  Let’s see, on to the review!

 

Technically this one is a trilogy of episodes?  I thought it was going to be a trilogy of movies, but then this first chapter wound up being six episodes so we’ll go with it being a mini series of sorts.  The first chapter of this, I really enjoyed.  Now keep in mind, I’m going in as a casual Transformers fan.  I watch the live action movies and like about half of them, I grew up watching the old franchise but I was super young so don’t remember it super well.  I watched episodes of Cybertron back in the day, and liked it well enough.  I’ve seen people complaining about this show destroying their childhoods, that it wasn’t good because it wasn’t like the old Generation 1 cartoon and can we please just give this a rest?  I get tired of people wearing nostalgia glasses and ruining new experiences for viewers that enjoyed somethings newer take because maybe they just want to watch something and enjoy it without comparing it to the original.  I prefer Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon over Sailor Moon Crystal, but you don’t see me crapping all over people who may think differently, do you?  But ahem I went on a bit of a tirade there.  It’s just that I went to read discussion threads about the series when I finished it because I enjoy doing that, saw people doing nothing but complain about it not being like the original instead of talking about how the show was on its own and it just bothered me so much.

 

But anyway!  I really enjoyed this take on the franchise.  It’s nice to see a robot-centric version of the show when for years it’s been about the humans more.  Optomus and Megatron’s relationship is the focal point of this series, and already I think they’re doing a good job with its execution – though be prepared for some heavy handed handling when it comes to Megatron allegory.

 

There are a lot of characters in the series, and they do a decent job of giving us supporting casts that are fleshed out enough, but not taking the spotlight from the main group of bots.  This is a darker take on the war for Cybertron, with a lot of action and it doesn’t shy away from really heart wrenching plot beats, and deaths.  And for this show, I think it works.  The storytelling is really well done, as well as the character work, and the conflict feels real, and raw, and it just captures a war time story really well.

 

The ending of this six episodes was a bit of a cliffhanger, while at the same time finishing up the storyline set up in this first chapter.  There are enough mysteries laid out for the second chapter, and I can’t wait to see what happens in chapter 2.
This show has audio description yaaay.  It describes the fight scenes really well, and also describes what’s happening in each scene really succinctly.  One thing I have to dock it points for however, is it just expects you to drop into this universe and know which bot is which.  So instead of describing the bots, it says “RC, Bumblebee, and Mirage all stand on a cliff” and it really doesn’t give you a nice grasp of their new designs, or what they would look like other than they are robots.  It also bothered me that they didn’t tell us what Megatron turned into, which is weird?  Like every time a bot transforms, it says they turn into a jet or truck or something, so why not Megatron also?  I’m assuming he has his classic design of turning into a motorcycle, but at the same time there are so many different Megatron designs that maybe it isn’t.  And I had vision when watching Transformers as a kid so would know this, but for a person coming into the series blind, it’s kind of a glaring error to not describe every robot’s look and transformation.  There are also new characters in this, so what do they look like?  I get it’s a huge cast, and it’s hard to cram all the aesthetics into a description when a scene is going, but it took me out of the viewing experience a bit not knowing at least basic details of how they looked in this iteration.  It makes you have to look up descriptions on the wiki, and while doing that extra legwork is something I do anyways when I like something, it’s also avoidable if the description described the characters a teeny bit more throughout scenes.  Other than that, solid plot beat and battle narration.

 

So would I recommend this series?  I really enjoyed it.  I didn’t find anything wrong with the series at all.  Voice cast is superb, plot is really deep and well-paced, character work great.  If you like anime, I’d best describe this as Transformers if we just turned it into a mecha anime, because it hits all of those plot beats from the genre.  If you’re new to the series I feel like you’ll like it more than old timers with the franchise, but who knows?  Needless to say I super enjoyed the first chapter and can’t wait to follow this show to its conclusion.

 

Did you watch Transformers:  War for Cybertron?  Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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She-ra and the Princesses of Power Season 5 Review [Spoiler Free]

She-ra is over guys.
Such a great final season, such a wonderful ride.  While I wasn’t on board entirely for the first 2 seasons, I was hooked by season 3 and the finale of this show was fantastic.  I’ll warn you now: this is pretty much going to be me gushing about how much I liked season 5.  There were a few nitpicks I’d have here and there, but nothing can sour my overall love and emotions I have for this show.  So with that out of the way, let’s get into it!

 

The first thing I really enjoyed and noticed, was how well plotted the season was from the start.  We were bouncing between 2 plots throughout the entire season, and neither felt neglected or out of place.  Every character that has been established as important in the show had their time to shine, and bouncing between both plots paved the way for a very cohesive final climax that made perfect sense and hit so many emotional beats, I can’t even get started on breaking them all down.  I was a bit nervous about what they were going to do with Catra, but  they handled her story arc perfectly and while I wasn’t on board for what most of the fandom wanted  with her character, it turned out well and I was so happy to see it happen.
There’s so much tension in this season from the get-go.  The atmosphere, and animation and character beats just were so well done in that regard.  There’s a certain thing that happens mid-season, and it truly amped up the horror factor of the show.  Truly not knowing who to trust, trying to fight against all odds, and that tension just hanging over the main cast of the show was an amazing ride and kept me watching, without fail.  That isn’t to say there isn’t humor in this season:  There’s tons of it, and all of the jokes land perfectly.  But there’s never a sense of too many jokes taking away from the severity of the situation they are in, but the light of their bonds and friendships just shine through so prevalently that it was so natural to see them joking around from time to time.

 

This show has always been about the characters, and this season was no exception.  In fact, I think it does the best job of developing the characters, and fully fleshing out their story arcs that have been running throughout the series.  You’d think with such a huge ensemble cast, someone would fall through the cracks.  But no, every Princess and side character who has been in the show, has a clear identity, and isn’t relegated to one-dimensional side characters.  My favorite has always been Mermista, with Perfuma as a close second and both of them shined so much in this season that I ate it up.

 

And that climax!  With the themes of love, bonds, and different relationships in the series, the ending was so perfect.  I feel like Dreamworks learned from the mistakes of Voltron, and decided to not try anything flashy, stick to a generic enough ending but at the end of the day, it was always going to be the natural conclusion of the show.  That however, doesn’t take away from the building tension of this series, as you feel every sacrifice and decision the characters have to make as if you’re right there with them.  It’s powerful, it’s poignant, and made the ending so dang beautiful.  I was cheering at certain points, I was crying at certain points, everything was just so dang perfect.  Bravo to the show runners, bravo!

 

One thing I will say, is the audio description was a bit wonky with this season.  There were some times where it wouldn’t describe something rather important, and I was left a bit confused until another scene.  And for the weirdest reason, in a few scenes when Frosta was in them, the describer said it was Glimmer.  Of course, you’re using your common sense, and know Glimmer isn’t in the scene so it meant Frosta, but just going over the script again and making sure minor mistakes weren’t in there would have been nice.  Overall though, the experience with the description was good – I especially loved how it captured all of the animation beats of Catras cat-isms, that was a really fun touch to the show   and all of the Catra as cat jokes cracked me up.

 

Ugh, I can’t express how much I enjoyed this final season.  The pacing was great, the character beats given to us throughout the series were ended well, and the open ended nature of the ending was so nice to see.  We can imagine all sorts of adventures for our characters now that they’ve secured their future, and that’s so great to see in animation.  I hope we get an epilogue series, I really do.  But if this is all we’re going to get out of the She-ra series, I’m completely happy we got it.  I’d totally rewatch this entire series again, just to see the plot beats play out in all of their glory.

 

Wonderful job with the show as a whole.  I wasn’t quite on board with seasons 1 and 2, but after all of the ground work for the lore and story were laid, it turned out to be a fantastic series.  I highly recommend watching this if you enjoy great characters, beautiful relationships of the romantic and platonic sort, and a well-crafted world and lore based fantasy world.  You won’t regret it!

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 4 Review [Spoiler Free]

We interrupt our regularly scheduled posting to gush about She-ra season 4.  But seriously, I didn’t want to wait to talk about this season, and in the future if I find something is too exciting to wait to talk about on a scheduled posting day, a surprise post will pop up with me talking about something new.  So this is the first post like that I guess.  Going to stay as spoiler free as I possibly can in this one, because this season was just so fantastic that you really have to experience it   yourself.

 

Before I said season 3 was the season that totally got me invested in the show.  It wasn’t that seasons 1 and 2 were bad, they just had a few things I had some gripes with, and wasn’t as fleshed out as I would have liked them to be.  Season 3 took that, and started on the road to a good show – the foundations laid in the first 2 seasons were taking fruit, and there was a clear vision for the show that made it a really fun watch.
Season 4 advances the spectacular groundwork season 3 put forward.  We got so many great character beats, a number of really fantastic plots, new characters that made sense in the show…season 4 was just a really great package that kept me on the edge of my seat.  The first half of the season was “filler” – but really, every episode counted.  Even if the plot in the episode was more light hearted and fun, there was some sort of plot or character beat that advanced the plot and character arcs forward.  This was the first time I felt the entire season was evenly paced in She-ra, and you can tell that the writers really upped their game and have a clear goal in mind for what the end of the story is going to be.  No middle book syndrome in this show – it just was such a joy to watch this season progress, and I can’t wait to see what will happen in season 5.

 

The characters get pushed to their limits in this season as well, and it was interesting seeing where situations took them, and seeing how they’d react.  Neither plot nor characters were set aside to further one or the other – it was well balanced all around.  The multiple character arcs didn’t feel like we were neglecting anyone either, and it was nice to see more spotlight on the overall universe, and on the Princesses that weren’t part of the main cast.  That doesn’t mean the main cast was set aside either:  Adora, Bo, Glimmer, and Catra all have really strong character arcs in this, and are pushed to their limits.  What they’re willing to do to stop this war is super interesting, and honestly I could write entire articles alone on Glimmer’s story arc this season.  The writers weren’t afraid to take certain character tropes and subvert or push them, and because of that the writing in season 4 is stronger than ever.

 

Some new characters were brought in that I don’t want to spoil, but they are welcome additions and I can’t wait to see what will happen in season 5 with them.  It’s more and more apparent  that our heroes are going to have to make crazy decisions to end this war, and what decisions they make are more interesting to me than the over-arching plot.  The world building was super good in this season also, and we got a lot of questions answered about an ongoing plot in the show since season 1 that is a very satisfying conclusion to the mystery given to us in prior seasons.  It also leaves it open to “What are our characters going to do now?”.  It’s just, wow, so amazing, I enjoyed it so much.

 

I keep on thinking, well the theme song says “We’re gonna win in the end” but the more this series develops, the more I get worried that that may not be the case.  That’s such amazing story telling right there:  I don’t feel like anyone is safe in this show, and just because our heroes are the heroes, it doesn’t mean their choices are necessarily the right ones.  This show truly is showing us a war story here, full of morally gray situations and I can’t get enough of it.

 

If you haven’t started watching this series, do it.  I mean, you may want to wait for the end of the show since I think the next season may be the last one, but like this show has improved so so so much from season 1.  It’s a reboot worthy of praise and attention, so I’m doing that here.  Give She-ra a watch if you like character driven, action fantasy shows.  You won’t regret it!

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 2 Review [Spoiler Free]

I watched She-ra season 2 over the weekend, and it was good.  I wasn’t impressed by it by any means, but it was a natural progression of the plot of the show, the characters are fun, and all in all, the episodes were cute.  I’ll be going into more detail about the shows construction more than the episodes here, because I have more to say about that.  But if you want a short answer to should you watch season 2, I’d say yes.  The character work is far more impressive than the writing, and it carries the plot onward, all be it a bit slowly.  If you watched season 1 and enjoyed it, season 2 will be very much of the same.

 

My major problem with season 2…is I’m seeing a lot of the issues we saw mid series in Voltron:  The Legendary Defender.  Voltron had a problem with plot execution, and shotty character work.  Where as in She-ra, I think they have the character work and growth down, but the plot and world building is very under developed.  My biggest issues here, is with the Horde as a whole.

 

We get these glimpses of the Horde throughout season 2, that are a bit deeper than in season 1.  Before, we only saw Catra and Scorpia, but in season 2 we’re getting a bit of a wider scale on their end.  We got to see Hordak and more of his plans, and we got the full backstory of Shadow Weaver.  But, for me, hordak isn’t an interesting villain.  Like I don’t see him as an imposing figure at all, even though he’s totally played off as such.  It isn’t the voice acting, it isn’t’ his presentation, but if we’re going to be having this super “intimidating” figure in the shadows, then I think we need to either have him shrouded  completely in mystery, only revealing his motivations later, or just put all of his cards on the table and let us know what he’s planning so we can get a better look into his character.  As he stands now, he’s half and half and not at all interesting.
This has a lot to do with the world building for me.  We found out something about Hordak that just opens up all of these questions about Eternia, but these questions fall apart once you throw in all of this First Ones tech being more high tech than what Eternia knows.  So what exactly is the angle with the world building here?  Is Eternai going to wind up being a destroyed Earth, or is it going to be something else.  The writing is trying to lead us somewhere, but there’s no clear line to the somewhere we’re supposed to be being led to, and it just comes off as the writers not knowing what exactly they want to do with the plot, and caring more about the character work.  I enjoy character based stories, but in this case, the plot needs to be a bit more basic than She-ra is trying to do.  Of course, this is just season 2, and one of those annoying 7 episode seasons, so maybe the writing will get better as the show progresses, but after Voltron I’m far more skeptical than usual, and aren’t putting a lot of trust in these Dreamworks reboots again just yet.
Shadow Weaver’s plot, once again just screams Hagar’s plot in Voltron to me.  I feel like after what happened to her in season 2, we’re going to get exactly what happened in Voltron”  she’ll pop back at the end of the show and be the true villain.  Once again, it may just be me being a skeptical viewer, but it’s not boding well for me as a viewer.  I’m hoping beyond hope, that I’ll be wrong and this writing team has learned from Voltron’s mistakes.

 

Like I said at the beginning  of this review, I like watching She-ra Princesses of Power a lot.  It feels so much like a modernized version of the 80s show, which is what keeps me watching the show.  I have enough hope for the writing team knowing what they’re doing for these issues I stated to not be long lasting ones, so I highly recommend giving She-ra a chance if you haven’t.

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She-ra and the Princesses of Power Season 1 Review

In my older years, I got into watching old 80s cartoons.  When I watched She-ra, I was like “This show is so great, I’d love to see it redone as a more dramatic, fantasy show” so when She-ra and the Princesses of Power was announced, I was beyond excited.  Reboots are something the internet is so divisive about, but I don’t really care about the whole “It ruined my childhood shows” garbage that tends to spew when they’re announced.  The old version exists, you can still watch it.  The new version is made differently in most cases, so you can enjoy it, and it’s older counterparts equally, for different reasons.  Did She-ra and the Princesses of Power pull that off successfully?
I think so!

 

Let’s break this review down into 3 different parts:  Plot, characters, and my overall thoughts of the 1st season of the show.  I won’t be comparing it to the 80s version, because it’s such a different entity from the 80s version that you can’t really compare them.  I will say that what they did with the plot works, and they do a wonderful job of paying homage  to the themes of the original show, while modernizing them at the same time.  Both stand alone as their own thing, so if you’re in the mood for some glorious 80s camp that has a lot of heart, watch the old She-ra.  If you want a really good fantasy/sci-fi narrative, with fleshed out characters, watch the reboot.

 

PLOT

 

The plot of She-ra is very much like the plot of the old version.  Adora finds herself as part of the Horde, the bad guys, only to find out during a mission that she’s been chosen to be the next She-ra to defend the planet…from The Horde.  She decides to turn against her home and join the Rebellion to stop the Horde, and that’s the basic plot.  Now She-ra and the Princesses of Power takes this premise further, because She-ra doesn’t have He-Man to play off of in this.  So in this one, Adora is just an orphan, and still turns on the Horde.  I find this to be extra interesting, because this way she’s turning on her family that she grew up with, and they really drill that home in the narrative, both with Adora’s arc and how the members of the Horde treat her.  This more adult handling of plots and themes is prevalent  throughout, and it just shows a major care for the source material, and wanting to expand on it.
I kept on explaining the show to my family as “This is basically fantasy Buffy” and I still hold to it.  The characters are slightly different, but the core group of characters you can easily point at and be like “Adora is Buffy, Glimmer is Willow, Bow is Xander”.  This isn’t’ a bad thing, but the theming of the show in general just feels like it borrows a lot from that.  The supportive friendship between those three, to the final decision Adora makes in regards to holding the mantel of She-ra:  everything is very Buffy-esk, but in a fantasy setting and it culminates into this really interesting, dynamic story.  If you like a fantasy world, with some sci-fi thrown in, and really good character building, then defs give the plot a try.

 

CHARACTERS

 

I find this problem with most Dreamworks shows, but the good guys are all good, and the bad guys are all bad.  They try to use the dynamic of Adora and Catra’s relationship to make it more of a character piece for the bad guys, but still at the end of the day Catra is bad, Adora good.  Now that’s not to say that the characters don’t have their own arcs, and aren’t interesting on their own merits, but I do hope that we get out of that mold that is very noticeable in Dreamworks shows.

 

They did a really good job updating the characters though.  No longer is Glimmer just the annoying fairy, and Bow the incompetent archer.  They aren’t sidekicks by any means, but them and Adora stand together as their own friendship unit, or “Best Friend Squad” as Bow puts it, and it totally works.  You can see why they are friends, and how they strengthen and grow each other, and how individually they are fleshed out characters on their own.  The supporting cast are no slouches either:  all have super defined personalities, and I can’t wait to see how we expand on them more as well.  Just a really well done job modernizing the core concepts of the 80s  characters, once again the writers knew what they were doing.

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

And that’s the biggest thing I can say about this reboot:  It modernizes everything that we loved about the old She-ra.  Like I said earlier, both stand alone on their own rights as shows, but you can see the love and care put into this reboot with the plotting and character development.  If you like a dramatic, fantasy/sci-fi magical girl adventure show, definitely check out season 1 on Netflix!  Fingers crossed we get an animated Jem and the Holograms reboot XD

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Voltron Season 5 Review

So it looks like we’re stuck with this 6 to 7 episode format for a “season” when it comes to Voltron, thanks a lot Netflix.  I totally get why they’re doing it though, they get more content and can spread it out over a few “seasons” and it’s more lucrative for them.  I will say that season 5 fixed the format a little, and gave us a concrete beginning and end to the season, even with its short run time.  But with only 6 episodes to a season, was it enough to make season 5 worth the watch?
Spoilers:  Yep!  Now onto the review~

 

All in all, we were given a pretty solid season.  The character development front was a nice boost from prior seasons, where I feel we had a pretty big focus on plot centric stuff, and a back burner to character growth.  Did season 5 strike the perfect balance between good plot pacing, and good character development? I don’t think Voltron quite hit the mark there.  I find that it has a problem with giving us a plot point, having a few episodes not even remotely related to a certain plot point, and then bam out of the blue hey that plot point came back even though it wasn’t mentioned at all because we were focusing on other stuff.  Like a good example is the whole Shiro plot point from season 3.  We had all of these other plots going, and then hey at the end of the season, remember that Shiro plot?  Here’s how it’s going to go down!  That, along with the Pidge’s Dad plot I feel like just came out of the blue when we were focusing on other, more interesting plot points and characters.  I think it has a lot to do with wanting to have a conclusive “season 5” but come on Netflix, why not just give us 13 episodes so the pacing is a little bit better?

 

But plot pacing aside, I really enjoyed the characters in this season.  The strongest writing in this season was the relationships between Lotor, and the Paladins.  Spoilers ahead, you have been warned!
SO I really enjoy what they’re doing with Lotor in season 5.  He’s the most interesting character by far, just because of how unpredictable he is.  He sides with Team Voltron for self-preservation purposes, but does wind up gaining their trust.  But the real question is, is he manipulating them?  Is he sincere in some aspects of his words, and others not?  Or is he 100 percent on board with helping Team Voltron win the war.  It’s a really interesting dynamic that keeps the viewers on their toes, and even though I’d like Lotor to have genuinely changed sides, I also have a feeling of unease that the other shoe is going to drop as soon as Lotor gets what he wants.  I do believe his feelings towards Allura  are genuine, at least, but I’m just waiting for him to kidnap her, or try and lure her over to his side or something.  Lance in that regard grows immensely, along with his feelings for Allura (to me, at least, I love that ship but LotorXAllura I love too so I really really hope he’s legit).  Lance’s development in this season reached a point that I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the pilot of the Black Lion, just really enjoy how he’s matured over these five seasons.

 

Now the writing isn’t flawless, by any means.  The one thing I’m going to call out with the writing is how predictable it is.  We always know the paladins are going to win, we always know that even if a situation gets dire, they’ll come out on top.  Other than Lotor being more of a neutral chaotic, anyone else who we have heard about and assume is good, we meet and is good.  There was one character in particular that I would have liked to see them do something different with, and had be a secret Zarcon loyalist when they thought he was on their side but alas a missed opportunity and of course he turned out good, because that’s how he was initially presented to us.  I still enjoy the show, but it’s just such a predictable good vs. evil battle, granted with awesome fight scenes in it, but still some diverse character motivations would be nice.

 

So We find out something interesting with Keith in this season as well that I can’t wait to see what happens next.  Was a little bummed he only got one episode, and as of now he isn’t a Voltron paladin, but at least we got to see him a little in the season, even if it was one full episode with him.  But once again his character is developing nicely, so can’t complain.
Voltron season 5 seems like it’s a transitional season towards more heavier material to come in later seasons, it was a lot slower paced and focused more on the characters than anything else.  Since I enjoy character pieces over plot, I liked this season immensely, and can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Have you seen season 5 of Voltron:  Legendary Defender?  I binged it all in one sitting!  If so, what did you think of the season as a whole?

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Iron Fist Episode 3 Thoughts

This show is so frustrating because it has so many interesting ideas, but just tries to do all of them at once.  Does it want to be a court drama?  An action show?  A mystery?  Because episode 3 was all three of those things to varying success.  I like what I’ve taken to calling the Marvel Cinematic New York Universe (MCNYU) just fine, but Iron Fist is trying entirely too hard to be its own thing, while trying to fit into the MCNYU and it shows.
I liked seeing the connection of how small this Universe is by having Jerry, who has been in Jessica Jones, and Daredevil pop up.  My problem with that was how they just sort of threw a reason in for her to know Danny.  “Your Dad gave me my first job!  Let’s do dis” when Danny could have just gone to her, said, “I’m Danny Rand and I have a case for you” and that could have made sense too.  Would it have been as believable?  Probably, since we’re dealing with a universe full of super heroes.  I kid though:  really, I just wanted more of an explanation than I knew you once forever ago!  It just added to the paper thin world building Iron Fist has already had.
The entire episode, I kept on internally shouting just get a DNA test already!  So when that reveal happened at the end I was like finally!  The first piece of good writing in this show.  Also Danny trying to teach the kids how to properly fight in the dojo made me lol, because when Coleen was like “This place is a safe space for them to not be beaten up” I was just like but it’s a dojo they should be learning martial arts I 100 percent agree with Danny here.
That restaurant scene with Joy and Ward ugh…why are they being so jerky?  Like I get wanting to hold onto something you’ve worked hard for, but the lengths they are going to completely erase Danny from existence is really pissing me off.  They aren’t very likable characters you can empathize with either, so they just rub me the wrong way and I hope they get what’s coming to them.

 

A theme the show has been tackling I find interesting, is what makes family?  What makes you, you?  Joy and Ward are both jerks who are trying to hold on to something they built, but it wasn’t there’s in the first place.  Meanwhile, Danny is just trying to find his sense of self, which is tied to this company, and to them, but they keep on denying it, in a way denying part of their identity.  Is either mindset wrong?  Saying Joy and Ward are jerks is easy (and I honestly think they are being entirely too stubborn and narrow minded) but is it so wrong to want to hold on to something you’ve worked for your entire life, even if it isn’t rightfully yours?  This plot seems like it will be coming to a head soon, and I’m really curious to see where it’s going to go.  Ward’s internal crisis was 100 percent predictable, but I still really want to see where his character arc is going to go.

 

I like the layers Harold is getting also, like what crap did he get into with Madame Gao?  They tried to hide her in the shadows, but I know that voice!  I love Madame Gao in Daredevil so I’m really excited to see her face off with Danny later (I hope).  I’m also waiting for the eventual Claire Temple cameo, because I freaking love her and if we’re getting cameos from other shows she better pop up soon.

 

I’m guessing this reclaim Rand Industries plot is going to end soon, because I can’t see it carrying past episode 5 or 6. We’ll see if I’m wrong.  If I remember correctly Danny has this company in the comics, so it’s inevitable he’ll get the company back:  Just a matter of when.
The show is trying to give Coleen a plot but…her novelty is wearing off on me.  Misty was an actual layered character, who’s interactions with Luke made sense.  With Danny and Coleen, I can’t tell if it’s just because it feels like they’re trying to push a romantic relationship or what, but their chemistry doesn’t gel with me, and this new story arc they’re going to give her seems like it’ll be boring.  Or resolve quickly, we’ll see which happens first.

 

Only entertaining audio description note in this one to me was:

In the cage fighting scene when it opens, they call one of the fighters Tank Top, like it’s his given name the entire time and I was like looool.

 

So once again, an episode that was passable, but not really…interesting?  It sort of was?  I still have such mixed feelings about this show.  The best way I can describe it right now is Luke Cage light:  It feels like it’s trying to be grounded in reality, but at the same time not and without a cast of likeable characters to carry this, like Luke Cage had its falling flat.  Plus, the lack of fight scenes, and when the fight scenes do happen, they are so uninspired.  Luke Cage had way better fight scenes, and he’s not half as nimble as Danny is supposed to be!
On that note, the Iron Fist powers turning on and off like a light bulb is so strange.  What’s the deal, does he have full control of it, or not.  Does he need the power of friendship to have full control?  Maybe a strong sense of self?  Does it just activate when he’s in super perilous situations?  I need answers, stop being convoluted show!
Ugh I told myself these would be short posts, but here’s another long one XD if you’ve watched episode 3, would love to hear your thoughts!