The Comic Book: The TV Show: The Thread


What went wrong with season 2? I only saw season 1, and season 1 ruled.


it really did!

uh, short list:

  • way too much convoluted 90s comic book style plotting; the first season was surreal and inventive but not in a way that ever required you to trust that they’d connect what was happening from scene to scene several episodes later, and the second really overindulged
  • farouk is incredibly hammy and not really in a good way and not nearly as scary compelling as aubrey plaza
  • they do a lot of needlessly horrible shit to the characters (especially syd and amy and lenny) without really justifying much of it narratively
  • jemaine clement chews up too much of the scenery
  • it feels a lot harsher without the forested sets

I was blown away by the first season and didn’t like the second very much at all


The first time I recognized a YouTube Star on a Real Professional Television Commercial I was on my way between mine and my friends’ adjoining hotel rooms in Fresno (we were there for a wedding) and I had to sit down on the carpet and think about things for a while.


also just for emphasis now that I’m thinking about it, legon s1 actually had some of my very favourite “can I ever be good again” moments of any recent work I can think of, and I really missed that in 2


um. hm.

Well, it can’t be worse than Zack Snyder.


I share the numbness for s2 of legion but s3 is apparently the last one and xavier is a character now so let’s a go


Wh- a GIRL BATMAN?!?!?!



I heard it wasn’t that great but I loved her design and vibe from the comic solely based on the art and paneling. This show should replicate using her flowing hair and cape to transition between scenes.


Looks to me like they’re being evocative of the original BTAS trade dress aesthetics, which is a pretty daring thing to directly compare yourself to.

I do know I am vastly more interested in a batwoman show on paper than most of the other DC TV show characters, especially if she’s still lesbian like the comics.


it blows my mind that weve gone from the justice league on smallville being assembled teenagers in hot topic superhero hoodies to this

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I don’t think CW really has an excuse to change that, especially considering the casts they’ve built up for their shows already.

I don’t know how Batwoman was portrayed in the Arrowverse crossover event she debuted in, but I also believe this is the case because I rememeber there was big kerfluffle when the casting was announced revolving around Batwoman’s actress being genderfluid and not a gay cis woman.


Agents of Shield has gone full on Deep Space and I’m into it

Also into Mad Max Phil Coulson

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god ruby rose is such a specifically singular kinda presence but i kinda wish she had a lead role outside of the weird formula of the arrowverse

also they really just made luke fox into curtis 2.0 lol


The LoT finale’s Monitor cameo had me in stitches. Also, the “hard pass on the crossover” call back. Also also, nice-guy Vandal Savage in hell playing jenga with Ray-Ray. Hopefully the crisis will bring back Zari somehow, she was my favorite legend .


I wonder if the producers approached Echo Kellum to reprise his character, and decided to just go ahead and “do Curtis anyway” when he turned them down.

Oh and hey, Dougray Scott! I guess he’ll disappear after the pilot because there’s no way they can afford him in a reoccurring role.


the tick is so well put together, season 2 feels like it managed both it’s literal and narrative budget expertly

genre shows almost always have moments where people act out of character to move a convoluted plot around or things that feel like filler and it’s nice to watch something that’s just all around solidly put together and funny and well performed

also if i’m not wrong the majority of eps in s2 were written/directed by women which is just kind of a neat thing

shame amazon’s not picking it up hope it gets renewed

sneakily funniest gag was how bronze star had no apparent onscreen powers or skills of any kind outside of everyone loving him

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My theory is Bronze Star’s power is that everyone loves him, all the time. I’m almost certain nobody actually knows him, or has history with him.


I remember saying to someone maybe two or three years ago about how I would love to see a netflix-style swamp thing reboot

Damned monkey’s paw