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Something Greater Not So Far Away

After close to 20 years since its predecessor concluded, Dragon Ball Super (the official canonical sequel to Dragon Ball Z) has arrived on American shores and given us 20 episodes thus far. While Dragon Ball Z has never truly left fans’ minds, either from nostalgic memory or the fifteen animated films (plus the live action abomination Evolution), many had to assume its time was over. Yet, creator Akira Toriyama decided to return to his beloved creation and so Dragon Ball Super was born…

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This Week’s Finest: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual 2017

 

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By Kyle Higgins, Goni Montes, Ed Dukeshire, Jamal Campbell, Tom Taylor, Dan Mora, Trey Moore, Frazer Irving, Jim Campbell, Caitlin Kittredge, Dajung Lee, Sarah Stern
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a strange property. Its superheroes are originally from Japan. They’re teenagers, but the wholesome kind. The 90’s show had an air of camp about it, but as the fans grew older they envisioned it through a darker lens.The dystopian fan-made film is one example of this.  Either way is a valid approach, but die-hards will insist the camp way is the only way. This Week’s Finest runs the gamut between the two extremes, as different creators put the characters in different stories set with varying tones.

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Justice League’s Biggest Hurdle

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One of this year’s most scrupulous films, aside from possibly Patty  Jenkins’ Wonder Woman (the first female-led comic book film in more than a decade), is the sequel to the much maligned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice directed again by Zack Snyder. While casting, story, tone, editing, and promotion all garner examination for the final product, they miss the single most monumental challenge the film faces: so far, it seems like a repeat of The Avengers.

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Series 10, When Dr Who gets Woke

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Since it returned after a decades absence from television, Doctor Who has become a pop culture giant for sci-fi fans across the world. Under the guidance of showrunner Russell T Davies, the show gained huge emotional depth and sly relevance with its depiction of queer characters like Captain Jack Harkness or Cassandra. In 2005, this was ahead of its time.  Under Steven Moffat’s purview, the show has repeatedly come under criticism for its depiction of female or POC characters. This season has finally righted the show in more ways than one… Continue reading Series 10, When Dr Who gets Woke

Women in Badlands and on Thrones

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HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s series of novels, Game of Thrones, was taken a large space in pop culture for a variety of reasons. It’s intricate plotlines, long-form storytelling, deep character acting, complex motivations, and its very brutal depiction of women. AMC’s Kung-Fu/Mad Max infusion Into the Badlands receives much less attention, yet, both share some striking similarities now that the former has entered into its second season.  Continue reading Women in Badlands and on Thrones

What Logan and Legion get about the X-Men

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The X-Men occupy a precarious position in the comic book franchise war between Fox, Marvel Studios, and DC/WB. While the live-action comic book blockbuster owes a debt to 2000’s X-Men, the sequels, prequels, and spinoffs have been of varying quality that now Fox has fallen far behind its more recent rivals.  Fox holds the rights to one of most complex and popular Marvel comics mythologies, but its only with two of the most recent adaptations that we see the true potential to be tapped.  Continue reading What Logan and Legion get about the X-Men