Category Archives: ITHO’S SPHERE

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

Danny Rand’s Search for Identity

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As a young boy, Danny Rand traveled to the mountainous region of Asia with his parents before their tragic deaths. As a result, he was welcomed into the fabled city of K’un Lun and trained to be a martial arts master as well as the welder of the power of the Iron Fist. As he’s recently been adapted to live action, he’s taken the blogosphere by storm in a way that Marvel possibly regrets: A hot and cold reaction of hate, apathy, or lackluster reception.  Continue reading Danny Rand’s Search for Identity

A Man Called Logan

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Logan. Jamie Howlett. Weapon X. The Wolverine. He’s known by many names, and he’s the best at what he does. A restless outsider whose an unstoppable killer, a masterless ronin whose often become a reluctant leader. Hugh Jackman has played the character consistently in live-action for close to 20 years now and made the role his own, and he’s apparently ready to hang up his claws after Logan. Over the course of four X-Men movies and three solo adventures, the man called Logan has survived many battles over his long life… Continue reading A Man Called Logan

Make Gotham Great Again

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Out of all the comic book shows on the air, Fox’s Gotham stands apart from them all. Not just because it involves Batman characters, but also it’s a  procedural starring Batman characters ideally before they become who we know them as. Every season is a buckshot of quality, bizarre motivations, and awkward takes on iconic residents of Gotham City. The show has moments, like when Oswald Cobblepot runs for Mayor of Gotham on roughly the same platform as President Trump and wins. Everything else is up for debate… Continue reading Make Gotham Great Again

The People vs Simon and Schuster

Publishing company Simon and Schuster has faced backlash and threats of boycotts for their decision to publish Alt-Right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulis’ latest book. While Mr. Yiannopoulis’ politics are undeniably repulsive, the boycott merits examination on how it could impact the comics field in addition to Simon and Schuster’s other publishing deals… Continue reading The People vs Simon and Schuster

Riverdale Pilot Review

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The CW adds another comic show to its lineup, starring broody teens in an overcast setting doing sexy things, because they’re teenagers. Based on the classic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale represents an audacious attempt at making Archie Andrews and his gang “hip”. But does it work?  Continue reading Riverdale Pilot Review

The Spectre Looming Over Star Wars

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Fans know these words by heart, as they’re usually the mood setting for a story involving good vs evil, space ships, lovable rogues, and easily familiar archetypes. Star Wars is one one those IPs that has become a cultural mainstay. Despite thematic blunders, it exists as this expansive and ever evolving universe to visit and explore. If there’s one downside to it now, or even 10 years ago, its a universe obsessed with the past.  Continue reading The Spectre Looming Over Star Wars

East of Westworld

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HBO’s latest Sci-Fi smash hit Westworld proves that the network continues to offer engrossing programs to watch, while also melding the tricky territory of science fiction and western genres. While the finale was light on actual payoff, season one was 10+ hours of free will vs programming, destiny vs determinism, right vs wrong; basically a decent primer for the Image series East of West by Johnathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta…  Continue reading East of Westworld