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Nerd Bytes 68 – Top New TV Shows This Season

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Nerd BytesCaptain America 3 BYTE: Marvel Studios has had another successful year and is marching on into the future. Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise success to everyone except Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige, who has had the master plan in motion all along. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man are underway for 2015 releases and more news comes out seemingly every day about those films and their characters. Feige is not standing pat on those projects. Work has already begun on Captain America 3, and although they have not released the full title for the movie yet, they did give a few hints. In a recent interview with Joe Russo, the Co-Director said of the full name of the film, “If you’ve been talking to Kevin [Feige] the title has been in place probably for ten years in his brain. It’s all part of the road map that he’s laid out, and it’s all part of the bigger plan.” Russo also intimate that the title, and the story that they have been working on since February, will be another game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If the Civil War story-line is planned for the future of the Avengers movie series then The Death of Captain America is probably not the game-changer they have in mind. Sentinel of Liberty seems too general to be that impactful. Fallen Son has possibilities but would be out of sequence as it happen after Civil War. This one has me a bit stumped but I have a feeling it will introduce a plethora of characters, good and bad, possibly from the era written by Mark Gruenwald between 1985 and 1995. Characters like  Diamondback, Super PatriotDemolition Man, and even U.S. Agent along with villains including the terrorist Flag-Smasher, and serial hero killer Scourge. This would certainly lay the ground-work for the governments’ mistrust of people with powers which will provide the impetus for the Super-Human Registration Act that will begin the Civil War. As soon as Marvel Studios releases the title Nerd Bytes will bring it to you.

 

MARVEL BYTE: Violence in comics just comes with the territory, but that doesn’t mean that comic companies are oblivious to real-life problems experienced by kids every day. Bullying is a problem of epidemic proportions in our society, especially among school-aged kids. Marvel Comics has had incredible success over the years with their comics, movies and television shows. They are now using that visibility to bring needed attention to the problem of bullying. Marvel Entertainment in association with STOMP Out Bullying will release a series of covers to promote National Bullying Prevention Month in October. Here is my favorite of those covers depicting the Rodney Dangerfield of the Superhero set, The Legendary Star-Lord! Who?

 

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Nerd Bytes SCREEN ROUND-UP: In the last issue of Nerd Bytes I listed my top five most anticipate returning television shows for this season. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD made that list for a couple of big reasons. First, the writers found their groove in the second half of Season One after the downfall of SHIELD in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The second reason is casting. With the almost complete dismantling of SHIELD at the hands of Hydra, it left the creators with a fairly clean slate and they took advantage of it. They hired B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot (remember him Hulk fans?), Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Patton Oswalt as Agent Billy Koenig, Lucy Lawless as Isabelle “Izzy” Hartley, Wilmer Calderon as Idaho, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, and Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel (Absorbing Man?). There was one strange announcement and that was the inclusion of Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. As you might remember Carter was Steve Rogers’ love interest in Captain America: The First Avenger, which took place during World War II. So how is the character in the current day SHIELD? The simple answer is, she’s likely not. My guess is that while Agent Coulson rebuilds the decimated anti-terrorist organization he will take some cues from Agent Carter’s trials in the past as a lead-in to  upcoming spin-off series.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice continues filming in the Detroit area. I continue to wonder if they chose the beleaguered city just so they could destroy it as they did Metropolis in Man of Steel. Before you judge me for that comment, know that I live less than an hour from Detroit and nothing is more disappointing to me than the city’s reputation, except for the fact that it is well deserved. Maybe this film can help the city finally turn the corner financially and give its citizens a much-needed source of pride. Recently some pictures have been revealed of an important cast member, The Nerd BytesBatmobile! This one is reminiscent of the tumbler from the Christopher Nolan trilogy but less bulky.

A new digital series is in the works for next year featuring the Justice League.  Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have given exclusive rights to Machinima to produce a three-part animated series called Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles. The digital series, a first for the online network, will not feature the Justice League you’re familiar with. It will revolve around darker versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their allies from a different reality in the DC Universe from the film of the same name from executive producer by Bruce Timm and co-producer Alan Burnett. Is a Green Lantern reboot in the works from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.? There has been much speculation in both directions. Recently a timeline was released for DC Comics based movies which included an un-named Green Lantern/Flash team-up movie. This goes completely against DC/Warners’ statements that the Movie and television universes will be kept separate. The 2011 Green Lantern was a huge let down and with Geoff Johns, the comic book writer for over a decade, in charge now you would think a mulligan is in order. I fully expect a Green Lantern to be included in the Justice League movie. The real questions is will they try to rehabilitate the character’s image before that film or use the certain box office hit to do the job for them?

 

Nerd BytesBULLET GAL BYTE: The hardest working writer that I know is at it again! Andrez Bergen, the scribe that brought you such masterful novels as Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth, and Who’s Killing the Great Capes of Heropa, is now releasing the 4th issue of his noir comic book Bullet Gal. Not only does Bergen flex his muscles as a writer of noir goodness’, but he also provides the pictures in this series in a form of sequential art that he refers to as, “pictures, mixing in photomontage, painting, digital manipulation and left field techniques”. The pictures definitely compliment the writing creating the noir feel of his Heropa. If you love great writing, cool stylized art and weird characters galore head over to iffybizness.weebly.com where you can get Bullet Gal, Tales to Admonish, and other great comics, trades, and books in print versions (while supplies last). The digital versions are an even better deal at just $1 each. Get over there and check it out, you will not be disappointed! If you’re still not convinced, here’s a synopsis of the story so far;

“Over the past 3 issues some of us have become acquainted with Mitzi, a teen armed with two polished nickel, pearl-handled Star 9mm revolvers. Recently arrived in Heropa from parts unknown, she’s been involved in a personal crusade against gunsels and organized crime in this bustling old school metropolis. But a man named Lee stepped in, offering to help our heroine in her cause. Trouble is Mitzi has feelings for him and he’s not alone — this Cape has 7 identical doppelgänger, leading Mitzi to suspect he keeps other secrets close to his chest. Finally, at the end of last issue, a sniper calling himself the Big Game Hunter had just entered the fray…”

 

Nerd BytesNERDITORIAL: I’m sure you have been anxiously awaiting the second part of my “what to watch” segment for the new television series. In the last issue of Nerd Bytes I brought to you my Top 5 Returning Television Shows. Based on the responses I got, I think I hit some of your favorites. This issue I want to focus on the Top Five New Television Shows. Feel free to join in on the discussion on Facebook or through the comment links, I’d love to hear your opinions.

4. Constantine may not be new to you. The character did get a shot at the silver screen in 2005 starring Keanu Reevesand while they got the basic character right it wasn’t a great movie. John Constantine gets another shot this Fall on television. Described on IMDB as, “A man struggling with his faith is haunted by the sins of his past but is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness” this show has me intrigued but skeptical. If true to the source material from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint John Constantine is an amalgam of Hugh Laurie’s House combined with the Dean and Sam from Supernatural with the snide humor of Wolverine. If they get the character right this show could be a hit. If they don’t it may not last long. I really hope they get it right.Nerd Bytes

3. Red Band Society is a show that wasn’t even on my radar until I saw the pilot on 9/17. I’m not even sure what made me watch it but I was certainly glad I did. It is the story of a bunch of kids struggling with illnesses ranging from bulimia to cancer. Interestingly it has a bit of a spiritual twist as the kids are tied together by a boy in a coma named Charlie, who they see during near death experiences. The kids can be selfish and immature at times as you would expect but even after just one show you feel the uplifting themes pushing forward through them. The commercial for the show calls it, “A Celebration of Life” and after one episode I’m a believer. This dark horse made my must see list.

2. Flash is more than just another of the comic book offerings from DC Comics and Warner Bros. this season. This show spun out of the hit show Arrow last season and will be up to light-speed immediately. DC/Warner’s other offerings are more human, dramatic, and cerebral, Flash, starring Grant Gustin, looks to be a thrill ride of the highest order. The creators of Arrow have set a high standard for story telling and the inclusion of comic book lore and characters. If Flash follows in their footsteps we should see some wild villains and crazy fight scenes the like of which we have yet to see on television. After all Flash is well-known for his rogues gallery of villains which include Captain Cold, Pied Piper, Mirror Master and so many more. Certainly something to look forward to!

Nerd Bytes1. Gotham is NOT the Batman television show that everyone wants to see, but it may be the closest thing you’ll ever see on the small screen. This particular Bat-tale will be completely Bat-less. Gotham will be the story of the city of Gotham before the appearance of Batman. Focusing on the crime fighting of James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the criminal underworld that would one day corrupt the city to such a degree that only Batman could save it. Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) will be just a young boy during this time period and I hope we will see a more in-depth look at his transformation into the Bat. Watch for it on Monday nights starting September 22nd on Fox. For my more in-depth look at Gotham check out

TV Review – Gotham (SPOILERS) “The Good. The Evil. The Beginning.”

I know I promised my Top 5 new series, but after reading a ton of material, watching endless trailers, and even watching a few of the shows I have to change my mind a bit. There is one show that I really was looking forward to based on the premise, but have very mixed feelings about after seeing the first few episodes. Utopia is a reality television social experiment, and I use social loosely. After the first few episodes I have major doubts that humanity could survive a reboot. The producers seem to have found many of the worst people in America. This social experiment has, thus far, resulted in only selfishness’, laziness, and tantrums. It is truly embarrassing. The poor pastor in the group has openly wept on multiple occasions his fellow citizens seem unable to have an adult conversations, agree on anything, and can barely even keep their clothes on. Somehow they have bumbled through thanks to some hard work by a few to gain electricity and plumbing while the majority of the citizens seem more interested in free love. I am bypassing my 5th “must see” in order to give you fair warning about Utopia. This could have en a great show, equally educational and uplifting. Instead it has been a joke, and not even a funny one.

 

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John Kowalski

John is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He is currently a retail manager in a company who shall remain nameless. He is the father of three awesome children, despite his parenting. He has loved comics, books, television, movies, and gaming for as long as he can remember, and uses any excuse to escape into worlds of fantasy and intrigue. His Dad called his room the Bat Cave when he was growing up and had no idea of the significance.

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