Trailers You Might’ve Missed – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Trailer #1)

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So this leaked on Thursday night, after the Star Wars trailer dropped. Warner Bros. eventually just gave in and released the trailer online, after making plans to introduce the trailer to special theaters.

You’ve probably already seen the leaked teaser from SDCC from last year (although WB has been pretty thorough about deleted it), but this is far better. If you haven’t seen it (I’d be surprised if you haven’t), do check it out.

One thing keen-eyed viewers may have noticed is that it makes Superman out to be almost a tyrant-like God, with people worshiping him as such. There’s even a shot of a swat-like team with the Superman shield on their shoulder plates. I think this is purposely throwing us off. I don’t foresee the Superman they created for Man of Steel, who was raised by Martha and Jonathan Kent, to be capable of ruling the world like the Kryptonians wanted to. It’s also being made to look purposefully very dark, with Batman apparently willing to kill – Again, I feel this is a red herring to get us talking.

The Wheel of Time, #1: The Eye of the World (BOOK REVIEW)

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With the Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan set out to do something truly epic. Although he set out to write a six-book series, he would eventually write 11 books and a prequel before he passed away, with another author finishing the series’ last 3 installments. At the time of it’s arrival the series was extremely popular, becoming the second most successful fantasy series after Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Now nearly 25 years later, after an onslaught of brilliant fantasy literature that constantly evolves, builds upon itself, with strong deviations from clichés and stereotypes, the first work of Robert Jordan’s long-winded series struggles to keep up.

The first and most egregious err on Jordan’s behalf was his attempt to try and fix Tolkien. He attempted to beef it up with more factions, with more realistic scenarios. But the parallels between the Wheel of Time and the Lord of the Rings are truly astounding. If only his lack of understanding language didn’t show so clearly, this may have been a more manageable copy. It feels like he ripped off the entirety of the layout for The Fellowship of the Ring, switched the team dynamics (sans Boromir) and turned Gandalf, Pippin and Legolas into females.

And that’s where Jordan’s greatest accomplishment lay, believe it or not. He does a really good job of making strong female characters. Actually, I’d say the majority of the novel’s most capable characters are women. In fact, females are far more receptive to the book’s magic system, known as the One Power. Moiraine Sedai is essentially the all-knowing, all-powerful wizard who leads the Hobbits out of Emond’s Field-ers out to Mount Doom The Eye of the World, in Mordor The Blight, and she ends up making plans to tutor some of the other gifted females in the group to use such an ability. The monarch is also a queen instead of a king, and her daughter the princess is also a very strong character. Stuff like this was very forward thinking for the turns that fantasy fiction would take in the years to follow.

That said, despite enjoying myself very much throughout the book, not a lot happened. To be fair, the beginning 200 pages or so are important, as are the last 150. The other 500 pages in the middle? Fluff I had to sit through. Very poor character development. It seemed all the characters were good for was getting themselves in trouble and then out of it, only to find themselves in even graver (yet still no more perilous) danger than the last, in repeat succession. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the characters. But being such archetypal copies of Tolkien roles… There was very little for me to get out of them. Very little growth.

This review is proving harder for me to continue writing as I literally have nothing to say about it’s ingenuity, creativity, or other. I enjoyed the romp. And perhaps the series gets better from here. But I was more than a little relieved to move on after I finished it. It’ll be a bit before I pick up the next.

Grab this in Hardcover | Paperback | eBook

Or listen to it on Audible, as narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.

The ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Chronological Timeline

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[Last edit – April 17, 2015]

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So, I’ve changed my Chronological timeline again. This time I’ve decided to just go ahead and make an infographic. Thought it would be easier to manage. Well let me tell you, making an infographic on an iPad this size was a nightmare.

Some recent changes are as follows:
The Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter is now placed after the television series.
Added more episode titles to both Daredevil and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Daredevil is now placed before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2.
Removed everything after Ant-Man – to be added at a later date. Was just too messy.

For those who don’t understand why I placed Daredevil before AoS s2, here is my reasoning: we know that Daredevil takes place after the events of Avengers, because the Battle of NY helped create the landscape in which this aspect of the universe exists: Hell’s Kitchen. That said, there are two instances that help identify when this takes place, after the fact. The first is the most obvious, an off the cuff remark about the destruction that occurred two years ago (in episode 1). The second is when Foggy Nelson references the Colorado Amendment 64, which passed November 6, 2012 – about six months after the Avengers. So we know it begins in the ballpark of at least two years after the Battle of NY. But then again, so is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s2. It can be inferred that the events in the 13 episodes of Daredevil take place over the course of several months (I estimate between 3-9), so to guesstimate which episodes arrive before or after S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes would be torturous and pointless. One can infer this with the gradual way in which the characters act as the seasons change. The last batch of episodes, many characters react to the fact that it is getting very cold, from showiung it to outright mentioning it. It also appears that after the fight in Speak of the Devil, it can be inferred that he hasn’t gone out saving people for some time. My guess would be a month absence at least. Also, for the sake of not wishing to break up the shows (as they really have nothing in common), I’ve separated them accordingly. And since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. overlaps with Age of Ultron, where Daredevil definitely doesn’t, it only makes sense to place it before.

Ver. 1.01 – Added A.O.S. s2 finale.
Ver. 1.02 – Placed ‘Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant’ after Thor.