Saturday Morning Cartoon Challenge

CoverImage-790x428   As a few of you know, I was born in 1970. Saturday morning cartoons were already of, almost any American kid’s childhood. Until a few years ago it still was. I will admit that there were a few shows I would watch and enjoy. Once the tradition died, though, there was this gaping hole. Sure I could go out and play, or work on a “Honey-Do” list, but damnit if I didn’t miss those damn shows.

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Gallery: Superheroes Done Right

   So there I was, again, searching through random image on Google when I came up with the idea to do a post about the WORST attempts at live action Superhero shows ever. Well, I found several lists along with images and the world has enough negative posts about everything.

   I decided to post a few images of, what I feel to be, the best executions of  superhero(ish) characters to make it to the small screen. I won’t list (Green) Arrow, the Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or the bad-assness of Dare Devil, since they all go without saying that they are some of the best shows to date based on comic book material. So without further ado I bring you, in no particular order, my favorite heroes that can be found on television.

‘Agents of SHIELD’: Patton Oswalt reveals Marvel’s sexy new character

   

This is AWESOME! Now maybe we can see Clint Barton make an appearance on the popular weekly program. Technically, she IS his future Ex-Wife.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

   So we are a few weeks into the new series which airs each Tuesday night. The first week was strong and the second with action packed but with an added dose of Nick Fury. There is Agent Coulson’s ongoing mystery as to his recuperation from being, well, dead and that is highlighted by some of his field skills being “rusty”. Still a pretty good show.

   As of this third episode, however, the only thing tying the program to the Marvel universe is Clark Gregg. If he were not a part of this show then I wouldn’t know that it occupies the same universe as the Avengers and that is a bad thing. I am a die-hard Marvel and DC comics fan (yes Arrow is back tonight on the CW!) so I will support this show with every fiber of my being since it is pretty good. That being said, as an hour long action/drama program it would be on my “I’d watch it if there wasn’t something better on” list if it wasn’t Marvel. Bring in more Super Beings! Showcase some of the B-List heroes. Marvel doesn’t apologize for super powers it their movies so let’s not tip-toe around them on the small screen. This would be a perfect place to introduce Heroes For Hire and test the waters for spin-offs or whatever. Bring the heat, Marvel!

Once Upon a Time Gathers the A-Team of Fairytales

   When the show first began I wasn’t all that into it. My wife, on the other hand, loved the whole thing from start to finish. So as the old saying goes “Happy wife, happy life.” Now the damn show has pulled me in. Well it had been ever since the end of the first season. As far as last night’s premiere I wasn’t too impressed with Pan, the actual flesh and blood Pan not the shady specter that rips peoples shadows from them. Other than that and the glowing mermaids, who are apparently related to the vampires from “Twilight”, I enjoyed the show. I am really excited to see more of Mulan and Robin Hood in the mix and hope that they have larger parts to play in the unfolding story. Also the dynamic of heroes working hand in hand with villains is pretty interesting. I am not sure how it will all play out but it should be a fun ride.

   ABC is really producing some great stuff and I hope they continue the trend 🙂

S.H.I.E.L.D. FTW!

   The months of waiting for Marvel’s gents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to an end last night. This show had just enough of the humor, action and charm that we have come to expect from anything out of Marvel Studios. The show rested almost completely on the shoulders of Agent Coulson and he doesn’t even flinch under that weight. There is already a secret mentioned early in the show, something that Coulson must never find out. What is this secret?  Is Coulson a clone? Is he a Life Model Decoy Android? Perhaps he is not even alive. Time will tell and I will be there every week to follow along and find out.

#CoulsonLives

   Tonight is the big night. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiers tonight on ABC at 8 PM. I can’t wait to see what Marvel does after a prime-time absence of a few decades. The last Marvel show was probably The Incredible Hulk. They’ve produced a few made for TV movies since then but nothing that great. Back in the early 2000’s there was a show called Mutant X that was produced by FOX but had NOTHING to do with any Marvel property other than Mutants. Now the time for apologies for comic book geekery is at an end. Superheroes and comic book plots are very mainstream now and that is awesome. Tune in tonight to show your support 🙂

Sleepy Hollow on Fox

   So while watching football, yesterday, I saw a commercial for Sleepy Hollow. I didn’t watch it last week when it premiered. I knew about it from a few sites but it didn’t grab my attention until the advertisement. I promptly found the show on Hulu and my wife and I watched it. It seems that since Once Upon a Time (ABC) became popular with it’s fairytale characters and fantasy action that opened the door for other prime-time shows based in fantasy, legend and mythology like Sleepy Hollow. I am not much on Judeo-Christian mythology but I have to admit that this show grabbed my attention. The time period of the colonies and the War of Independence has always been an interest of mine. While the show started stronger than it ended it has potential, and we’ll be watching the second episode this evening to see if it is worth revisiting each week.

   It’s has been a very long time since there has been a reason to watch anything on the main networks on a Monday, let alone Fox at all, other than sports.