Batman over the years: Kane to Noland

The Batman series has had its ups and downs through out the years. Because of this, I have decided to acknowledge how far the series has come since its creation from Bob Kane. Rather than telling the story of the Dark Knight of Gotham from start to finish, I have decided to just post a picture that I found on http://www.geektyrant.com. You’re welcome.

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Which was your favorite era of Batman? Let us know in the comment section below!

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5 Must-See Doctor Who Episodes

The madman with a box has stolen the hearts of people worldwide.  Doctor Who, now nearing it’s 50th anniversary, has grown from being a cult British sci-fi show, to being a global fandom phenomenon.

So, how, exactly, does a new fan get started on their own adventures in the TARDIS?  What episodes should a new fan watch first?

Here, a ranking of the five must-see episodes for any new Whovian!

5 Must-See Doctor Who Episodes

5.  Blink

Of course, this countdown is not complete without the most famous episode of the relaunched (2005-present) Doctor Who.  Blink gives us our first look at the Weeping Angels, one of the most terrifying, memorable monsters in the show’s history.  While the Doctor is not featured very prominently in this episode, it is still a fan favorite (and, actually, it has been many a fan’s first episode.)

So why should a new Whovian see it?

“Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff.”  Need more be said?  Blink is, without a doubt, one of the most quoted episodes.  It has been ingrained into the show’s folklore, becoming one of the most recognized and referenced episodes, and, essentially, a must-watch for those new to the show.

This episode also features the adorable and talented Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow (who, sadly, has not made a second appearance on the show.)  She alone makes this one worth the watch.

4.  Army Of Ghosts/Doomsday (two-part story)

Rose Tyler was the first companion of the relaunch era, and is, inarguably, one of the most beloved.  Doomsday marks the character’s (unwilling) departure, marking one of the most pivotal moments in the series.  Also, this two-episode story pits two of the Doctor’s most famous foes against each other — the Daleks and the Cybermen.

So why should a new Whovian see it?

This is definitely one of the most emotional stories of the relaunch era.  Among the most memorable moments is the goodbye between Rose and Ten at Bad Wolf Bay, a scene that has moved many a Whovian to tears.  David Tennant and Billie Piper deliver, their performances in this episode are brilliant (yes, pun intended, fellow Ten fanatics.)  Just keep the box of Kleenex nearby.

Also, watch for the verbal battle of wits between the Daleks and Cybermen, another must-see moment.

3.  Turn Left

Turn Left is the “Butterfly Effect” episode, exploring the concept of a small decision’s ability to drastically alter one’s life.  A Time Beetle attaches itself to Donna, reversing her decision of where to turn at an intersection one morning, causing her, thus, to never meet the Doctor.  Chaos ensues as Donna’s life — and the entire world — spiral out of control, with no Doctor to help.

So why should a new Whovian see it?

This episode really showcases Donna Noble — and it’s a wonderful episode.  Catherine Tate steps up to the plate and brings her A-Game to this one, and Donna really shines as a character.  It’s also worth it to see how Doctor Who handles the somewhat-cliche “Butterfly Effect” plot.

Another thing that is often overlooked about this episode, is the fact that it sheds some light on the importance of the companions, as it shows what would become of the Doctor if he traveled alone (spoiler — it’s not good!)

2.  Silence In The Library

An immense library containing every book ever written, a little girl with a huge imagination — and a thrilling episode that will leave anyone who watches it counting shadows for a long while.  This is what Silence In The Library offers us.   This episode also marks the first appearance of River Song,  a character that will be of extreme importance later on (though, if you ask why or how that happens, well… spoilers!)

So why should a new Whovian see it?

River Song.  There really is no bigger reason to watch this episode.  Fated to become the Doctor’s “equal”, River is one of the most mysterious characters in recent Who history.  Love her or hate her (the fandom seems to be very polar about her), this is a crucial River episode.

1.  Vincent And The Doctor

While most episodes of the show go for more towards the sci-fi route, Vincent And The Doctor is one of those rare treat episodes, where, instead, the focus is on a “real life” historic person or event.  In this episode, the Doctor, along with Amy Pond, visit famous painter Vincent van Gohg.  This episode explores the meaning of art, the impact of it, and a process that many an artist will be familiar with — dealing with pain and suffering through their craft.

So why should a new Whovian see it?

Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful episodes of the relaunch era.  Even for those who are not fans of van Gohg (or not even art appreciators in general), this episode is a must-see.  It showcases the emotional depth Doctor Who is capable of, not to mention this one gorgeous special effects sequence with The Starry Night.

Of course, the humble opinion of every Whovian is that all the episodes are worth watching.  But, for those wanting to get a small taste before deciding if a marathon is worth their time, these five stories should serve as a good starting point.  So, if you are looking to hook a new friend on Doctor Who, or you are curious about it and wondering where to start, these are definitely five to watch.


Andie is the resident Doctor Who expert (read; “obsessed fan”) of The Nerd Nexus.  Other notable fandoms of hers include Resident Evil and Harry Potter — expect plenty of blogging about all three from her.  You can also catch her on Twitter (@OhHiAndie).

Review: The Newsroom “I’ll Try to Fix You”

Ringing in the New Year with Bigfoot! That’s the start of this week’s episode of The Newsroom. This episode will make you laugh, and possibly make you cry in this sex scandal filled montage aptly titled for a culmination in a galvanizing moment that instills the fervor within the Newsroom.There are two overarching themes throughout this installment of The Newsroom. They are led by Neal (Dev Patel) and Will (Jeff Daniels), respectively, and like Don (Thomas Sadoski) says: It’s time to start the New Years with a bang!

Bigfoot is real; just ask Neal Sampat. Throughout the entirety of the episode he desperately tries to get Will, and the other members of the Newsroom to believe in the man, myth, legend, that is Bigfoot. Going so far as to create an entire presentation to illustrate the information available on the apex predator; Neal finds this task of convincing Will to do a story on this lovable oaf is harder than he thought.

That’s not the only hard thing on this episode, and to Will’s detriment a flurry of women with whom he’s dated have been seen splashing drinks into his face and forcing stories about him to appear on page six of the daily news. Problem after problem and mishap after mishap riddle Will’s personal life full of meaningless holes that he can’t seem to fill without the obvious necessity of the lack of an intimate Mac (Emily Mortimer) in his life. Although he is the star, this isn’t the only love story that’s taking place. There’s also a nicely timed piece concerning Maggie (Alison Pill), Don, and Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.).

It begins on New Year’s Eve, like all train wrecks do, with Don forcing Maggie’s roommate to go out with Jim. Everything boils down to a lie, of course, and when Maggie finds out Jim lied to her about spending the night with her roommate; tensions flare on an early Saturday morning where Jim is force to use his position to take control and order her into a timeout of sorts after he apologizes for his betrayal of her trust.

With the revelation between Jim and Maggie and Will’s negative status on the cover of tabloids coming to a head; Charlie (Sam Waterston) realizes the key to all of their problems. That key was that ACN owns that tabloid, and the owner of ACN is trying to deliver on her promise to fire Will if he doesn’t cool off on his reports on her Tea Party friends. Just as things seemingly couldn’t get worse; they do, but they all come together to produce a broadcast of brilliance on reporting the near fatal shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, January 8, 2011.

Rating: 4.8/5

Don’t miss The Newsroom Sundays at 10pm on HBO

Review: The Newsroom “The 112th Congress”

Spanning six months, this episode delivers astute political criticism towards the Tea Party and news that ceases to be informative to the modern voter. This shows seeks to explain, or at least try to, the decisions of voters and how educated they truly were in the 2010 American election. It begins with the most simply complex thing possible: An apology.

Aaron Sorkin delivers another masterpiece in this; the third episode of a series that is making leaps and bounds in an attack on the politics that corrupt own daily news broadcasts. This idea that is so eloquently delivered throughout the broadcasts of News Night is that the facts are what matters and not the spin on stories that are of little concern.  This point is made clearly as we begin talking about the “Times Square Bomber” which, on News Night got fairly little coverage due to the fact that the system actually worked in capturing the bomber while little consideration was given to the actual person that reported the bombing, an immigrant from Senegal, who turns out to be Muslim.

This show takes big risks by attacking certain political parties, but does so brilliantly in exposing the flaws in not just one party, but all parties as everything is fair game in the political arena. This does however cause great distress to the network which causes another main focal point of the episode in a time skipping meeting involving Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) and the CEO of Atlantis World Media, the parent company of ACN, Leona Lansing (Jane Fonda). This episode, and the conspiring events, is what led to this eventual meeting that had taken place after these six expedited months of newscasts which all culminated with the coverage of Election Night 2010.

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy is brilliant in his delivery of information and retaliation against political extremists, but also towards MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) as he brings date after date into the Newsroom to more than entice McHale into retaliating with her own solution–a secret boyfriend–which is discovered by Will during the Election Night newscast which sends his tripping over his own feet on the way back to his desk in a troublesome disbelief, but with everything it did to him it didn’t distract him from his job: delivering the facts. This isn’t the only love-line on this show; as time goes on and the multiple break-ups and get-back-togethers of Maggie (Alison Pill) and Don (Thomas Sadoski) influence his actions, Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.) tries to keep his cool long enough to ask Maggie out, but every single time he is shot down before he can take off with the appearance of Don to sweep Maggie away before he can even arrive.

This episode is a fantastic piece of political examination from the previous election. I would highly recommend you start watching from the beginning as this is still a new series, and it gives you insight into facts that you may have not known had you been otherwise misinformed.  I have to give this episode a 4.6/5. Don’t miss an episode on HBO Sunday nights and 10!

Review:True Blood “Let’s Boot and Rally”

Being caught about to screw a Werewolf is one thing, throwing up on his shoes is another. This is where we find out protagonists this week in the HBO series True Blood. After being captured and released by The Authority for the sole purpose of hunting down and killing the malicious Vampyr; Russel Edgington (Denis O’Hare)… again. Having escaped from his cement burial with the help from an unknown woman from The Authority. This episode, however, is probably the least bloody episode I’ve seen to date.

Starting with Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) finding Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) about to get busy, this episode is more of a preparation for next week rather than a true story line of its own. If there is a story line here, it’s Sam (Sam Trammell) finding his support group–excluding Luna (Janina Gavankar)–shot dead at their usual meeting spot. After alerting the police, who are having supernatural problems themselves, Sam decides it’s best to warn Luna, but as he’s leaving her house gunshots ring and both of the remaining shifters in the cast are wounded and presumed dead on Luna’s front lawn with her daughter shifting into her wolf form to escape unharmed.

All the while this is happening Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is struggling to come to terms with the evil inside of him that he absorbed from his recently murdered boyfriend Jesus (Kevin Alejandro). Lafayette’s visions of the demonic face and Jesus’ severed head riddle his conscious moments. This, however, is a severely under-told part of the story this week.

Another significant turn in “Let’s Boot and Rally” is the acceptance of Tara (Rutina Wesley) being a Vampyr. She and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) hashed out their problems as any child and parent would while getting Tara to realize her new place as a Vampyr. This new life doesn’t come without costs, however, and thus a friend finds her and begins to relate and express concern. This friend is non-other than Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), who had gone through the same things after being turned by Bill in the first season. Still with feelings for Hoyt (Jim Parrack), Jessica–now trying to move on–ends this latest episode in finding Tara feeding on him in the stall next door.

I would say the true main story for this episode would have to be the one involving Terry (Todd Lowe) and war-buddy Patrick (Scott Foley) as they go to uncover the fire starter that had killed the other men in their previous unit. They find, to their dismay, a crazed friend who was convinced that it was a demon all along from a cruse long ago before they all left the Corps. Little did they know, the demon is real!

This episode receives a 4.3/5

If you haven’t seen it yet tune in to HBO Sundays at 9!

Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend!

The Walking Dead, an AMC hit series based upon a graphic novel, has brought the horror of a blockbuster zombie films to television and does it over and over every week! Telling the story of sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who wakes from a coma to find the civilization destroyed, and the world over run by decomposing corpses that move and feast on the living. We follow Rick as he seeks out his family and safety from what may very well be the end of the human race. With two seasons under its belt, the show is priming for a third season which is said to be even more heart pounding than its predecessors.

Season 2 of Walking Dead ended on such an intense note, that it left viewers crying in outrage as they were forced to wait until Season 3 to see the fate of what was left of the team that we met in Season 1. Well, cry no longer my friends, as AMC has announced that on this weekend (July 7th and 8th) they will be hosting a special Preview Weekend to help placate the fans.

This weekend will include a 19 episode marathon of the hit series, showing from beginning to end of the road which we have walked on so far. Each episode will be introduced by Chris Hardwick from the Season 3 set in Atlanta. Following the marathon, an original episode of ‘Talking Dead’ hosted by Hardwick, which will air once and only once. In this Talking Dead Hardwick will show a scene from Season 3, as well as new interviews with members of cast and production. After the Talking Dead, AMC will place the cherry on top by showing a never before seen black-and-white Walking Dead pilot episode, which will follow the original story of to the comic series which inspired the show.

While this is not the type of preview week I would like (personally, I think the name is a tad bit misleading), it will probably keep me comfortable until Season 3 starts in October. The team decided to release this preview a week before ComicCon. Will this weekend help gain the show even more popularity, or alienate more fans of the comic? There is only one way to find out. Barricade your living room, turn on your TV and get comfy for this Zomb-tastic weekend.

Below is a preview for Season 3, with interviews from various cast members. Beware, there are spoilers that hint at the events of Season 2, so if you have yet to finish up, don’t watch this video.

Check out the original article from AMC’s blog Here.

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Targaryen Family Tree

I thought this was interesting enough to post. I got it from the Song of Ice and Fire Wikia. Did you know that house Baratheon is a direct line from the Targaryen family?

Click here for the full sized version (so that you can actually read it): http://awoiaf.westeros.org/images/c/c6/House_Targaryen_Family_tree.jpg

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Review: The Newsroom “News Night 2.0”

Is this information we need in the voting booth? Is this the best possible form of the argument? Is the story in historical context? Are there really two sides to this story? These are the new rules introduced in the latest episode of The Newsroom. This episode begins on what would seem to be the established order of events in each episode. First; the preparation. Starting out we find our newly formed newsroom in a meeting to lay out the allocated minutes per segment of the News Night broadcast. The aptly dubbed meeting of News Night 2.0 claims the title of this episode, although the real story of this episode is; the email.

Starting their meeting with a note from the tech support, the staff finds out a new format for sending emails to individuals and to the whole staff–which is used throughout the episode to a fault to release personal information between MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer) and Will (Jeff Daniels)–concerning their break-up. The ensuing drama occurs as a fight about who should be broadcast on the segments, and who will replace a proponent of the Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act–which requires immigrants to carry alien registration documents at all times, requires that state law enforcement officers attempt to determine an individual’s immigration status during a “lawful stop, detention or arrest”, or during a “lawful contact” not specific to any activity when there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is an illegal immigrant–that Maggie (Alison Pill) had lost during a phone call. With tensions on the rise and an overall resignation between Will and MacKenzie about the state of this night’s show their problems were magnified across the whole office when an email was mistakenly sent that described why–in fact–their relationship ended and was, again, mistakenly sent out to all of corporate which amounts to over 100,000 people.

There was a bright side to this episode, however, which introduces a new member of the main cast in Sloan Sabbith played by the taunting Olivia Munn of whom the job of hosting a five minute segment during News Night was offered by MacKenzie due to Sloan’s looks and personality. She made a point about being educated with a degree in Economics from Duke University in response to a comment about gathering an audience to watch her legs. Of course, in the end, she understood that her brain wasn’t the only part of the show that had to be exploited to attract viewers. All in all it was a very solid episode to complement the rush of the previous one. With some time to get somewhat established; the staff still found a way to screw up, but not without a serious warning from Senior Producer, Jim Harper (John Gallagher, Jr.). He greatly emphasized the need for this show to prosper, or he would get “very unhappy.”

In my opinion this show gets better and better every week as it tackles the real life issues that had struck the United States over the recent past. Each week I wonder what will be next, and each week I find myself enthralled with the politics–be it in house or on show opinions–and stunned by the beauty of the female leads who manage to put their brains before their looks to get ahead in the workplace.

For this episode I give it a 4.3/5

Catch The Newsroom on HBO, Sunday nights at 10!

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Better Late Than Never: Strike Back: Project Dawn

Kicking off this new series of reviews (Better Late Than Never) I’m starting with the latest season of Strike Back–a British-American television series newly hosted by Cinemax which pits Section 20–a covert branch of the British MI6–against a global terrorist known only as Latif (Jimi Mistry).

The Season Two cover of the Strike Back Blu-Ray.

This season starts with Section 20 on the tail of the notorious Latif, and their captured undercover operative John Porter (Richard Armitage), in a race against time to save their comrade. In their quest they enlist Porter’s former partner, and former Delta Force Operator, Damian Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) to aide the ex-Special Boat Service (SBS) Sergeant Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Captain Kate Marshall (Eva Birthistle) in finding and identifying Latif after their original mission concludes in failure after the execution of Porter over a live video feed. With a wish for revenge and a need to save the world from the terror of Latif and his mysterious Project Dawn; Section 20 with Colonel Eleanor Grant–played by the ball busting Amanda Mealing–scour the world in exotic locals such as India, South Africa, Kosovo, Chechnya, and Budapest, Hungary.

This season is remarkably short for all of the action-packed power and performance that enthralls you despite the moderately shallow dialogue. Violence isn’t the only thing this show delivers as one of the leading men, Damian Scott, is a roving sex addict to the mimicking of an American James Bond. However, in the ten episode season they do manage to pack a clearly centralized storyline into the realm of spies and international intrigue.

Their mission does not come without costs. During the course of events they lose a handful of agents including Captain Marshall, but overall the plethora of terrorists that the two ex-special forces men dispatch are without equal and are almost out of the realm of possibility if it were not from the excellent use of real life tactics and maneuvers. The character of Scott was obviously cast to be a daring and careless rogue to the tune of a Han Solo or John Rambo. Often rushing into situations without careful thinking has cased more than a few problems for his counterpart in Stonebridge, but the Sergeant’s calm and cool demeanor has allowed him to swoop in and save the day multiple times, often in the same episode!

On the other end of the radio are the intel and analysis wing of Section 20. Starting with the Colonel’s second in command–Major Oliver Sinclair (Rhashan Stone) and going down to Sergeant Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes)–is an integral part of the show’s screen time. Code-breaking, satellite surveillance, and identifying targets are just a few of the responsibilities tasked to this marvelous secret agency. Suspicion and treachery lie in the ranks of Section 20 and insubordination came to a head before being easily dealt with in what seemed to be a quick fix for a problem that could’ve lasted for another season.

If asked for one word to describe this season of Strike Back; I would have to use: Rushed. This show has the promise, but not the budget to last a season that’s on par with most basic cable television shows, and even being on a premium cable network can’t help it enough to last for too much longer in an American market. That is a sad point indeed as I feel that its generally exaggerated characters are a breath of fresh air to all of the stoic seriousness of series such as 24 and even Burn Notice. In my opinion, in order to improve the ratings and viewers, is to move it to a different time slot for Spartacus and add more than ten episodes to a season. This show has all the potential to be a great spy/military thriller, but seemingly little opportunity to prosper.

Rating: 3.8/5

Stay tuned to Cinemax on 17 August 2012 for the continuation of Strike Back in Strike Back: Vengeance (Also known as Season 3 in US)!

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Review: The Newsroom “We Just Decided To”

Created by Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom stars Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy–A news anchor for the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) with hostile tendencies and a attitude that is suggestive of a man that has it right, but dumbs himself down in order to communicate to a larger audience–who seemingly snaps during a panel interview at Northwestern in which he claims to have had vertigo. This is where the story starts and the dialogue gets smart.

At this interview he attempts to deflect every question that comes his way until he is force to give an answer to which is explodes into a political frenzy that, in fact, mirrors my own opinions on the current political system and a hope for improvement, which all started with the question: “Why is America the greatest country in the world?” The simple answer; it’s not, but it can be. This outburst leads to nearly his entire staff to jump ship with the Executive Producer (EP) Don Keefer–played by Thomas Sadoski–thus leaving Will with a new EP that he is all to familiar with: His ex-girlfriend MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer).

This series features newscasts from real-world events that have occurred with the added spin of a retrospective about the knowledge gained over time. They search for information, pester sources, and come together to form a broadcast of which isn’t at the level of Jay Leno–as Will McAvoy was compared to by his lack of opinions and having “not bothered” anyone.–but in fact spearheading the mainstream media to inform and educate rather than talk about easy to understand concepts and ideas. As the episode continues it’s filled with turmoil with interoffice relationships and old habits dying hard as the new mix of personalities juxtapose to form a beautiful piece of action and information that is penned wonderfully by the show’s creator; Sorkin.

I would recommend this show to anyone with indifference and an ability to be unbiased about past news, as some of the topics touched upon are rather harshly pursued from multiple points of view that could upset some people with their political ideals. I plan on watching and review an episode each week, and I leave you with the first episode in its entirety. Be sure to tune in Sundays at 10 PM on HBO!

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