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  1. While Christopher Nolan might have believed that a symbol is incorruptible, history is filled with countless examples of symbols that were corrupted and distorted to suit one's convenience (including Harvey Two-Face's name being used to hide the ugly truth of his murderous deeds in The Dark Knight trilogy). America's history was dug up again this week to remind us, as Sam put it, that the legacy of that shield is complicated. The shield is literally stained with blood this week, but it wasn't the first time the symbol of the shield left a victim, as we've seen from the case of Isaiah Bradley (
  2. Been rewatching the first-half of the first season because I never watched the show beyond that, and I'm finally all caught up. Finally got to watch "Hanky the Christmas Poo" for the first time, and it feels like this is where the show would finally become the iconic no-holds-barred shit-talker in the neighborhood of adult animation that earned its reputation. Even though my first exposure to the show was a handful of clips I saw on the Internet, I think my first true engagement with it - in that I directly sought out something South Park-related - was the Hanky the Christmas Poo soundtra
  3. Last week's episode was a little slow, so I'm glad things picked up again this ep. Even the closing credits let you know that s*** just got real. I also particularly liked how the Civil War theme is used in a slower, more sinister way to show Walker's descent into darkness. The ambiguity level of the morals at play here is really impressive. I knew that this show had to play by a different set of rules now that America's changed (perhaps even more so since The Winter Soldier), but damn, the way Karli is portrayed, the way Walker is kinda-but-not-really a bad guy/loose cannon, it's re
  4. Started the greatest season of all time, season 7, just last week, and man, I'm having a blast! Now THIS is the kind of Simpsons I want to watch: witty comedy blended with tearful emotional resonance and excellent character development. I also love how grounded it is too, something people found to be a flaw than a selling point. Season 2-4 were among my favorites too for their grounded (and relatable) storylines, so I'm glad it's returned to that realistic down-to-earth feel. I think the best part of the Oakley and Weinstein era for me so far is just how much effort is being pushed onto t
  5. A number of people were bummed out about the Civil War theme being used for John Walker/Fake-Cap, and I initially found it off-putting too, especially after he showed his true nature at the end. But after thinking about it, what the theme represented in Civil War (the movie), it was an expression of the conflict within the Avengers team, so in a way, having John Walker who's supposed to be an ally to America having conflict with Falcon and Winter Soldier (also allies to the country in different ways), it was also a similar conflict within, so the theme was appropriately inserted. Similarl
  6. The new Cap feels like a homage to Ultimate Cap: hot-headed, antagonistic, "patriotic" in the wrong sense of the word: everything 616 Cap isn't. Oh yeah, and let's not forget this: \ The whole "cop giving Sam a hard time 'coz he's black" scene was a little on-the-nose and annoying. I hope we see less of those scenes. Even though it's relatable and realistic, man, why drag that kind of racial politics into this, especially with the chaos BLM has left behind? Edit: Okay, never mind; turns out John Walker is his own Marvel character: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Age
  7. The AV Club's review of this episode remarked that this final two-parter is too rushed and should've had more time dedicated to the finale, and I definitely agree. Giles coming back to confront Willow, Jonathan's redemption, Willow finally confronting Buffy about being the sidekick, all these feelings should've been expressed throughout the entire season. Dark Willow should've been the seasonal Big Bad, not only appearing in the last three episodes. What a waste.
  8. Yeah, I have my issues with Xander (especially early seasons Xander), but at least he's more of a lovable dolt than consciously misogynistic. I can see now why folks would take the trio threat seriously, even if I still think they've been pretty lame prior to this ep. I especially love the line that Buffy threw back at Warren, "Goodnight, bitch." Ooh, someone get that man some burn heal.
  9. Holy shit, that ending. Most impressive. Didn't see that coming. I had thought that Willow would kill Tara accidentally through her magic addiction or something, but as I approached the end of the ep, and Tara and Willow still seemed fine together, I started to realize that it's gonna be an external threat... Damn. Whammer. That Willow scream in next episode's promo... oh, this is gonna be good! Not really as offended by Spike as I expected. Perhaps I just have that low of an expectation for him, demon and all. I'm more surprised it didn't happen earlier.
  10. Finally reaching the peak-level quality stuff in season 3. I say "peak-level" instead of just "good stuff" because man, this season's full of good stuff. Definitely loving it more than season 2. It's kinda ironic, how I feel towards this season, especially when I compare it to how I'm feeling towards Buffy season 6 (which I'm watching alongside of). These two shows have very drama-focused plotlines that deal with the characters' anxieties. Granted, their anxieties are related to very different issues; the Scoobies were dealing with addiction and existentialism, while AI was dealing with
  11. Finally, an episode in the season that I could wholeheartedly praise since... well, "The Body", maybe, in season 5 (maybe also "The Gift"). This was such an ambitious episode by one "Diego Gutierrez" (Whedon's former assistant apparently), and it stood on the levels of those experimental episodes like "Hush" and "Once More with Feeling". Naturally, I dug this episode much more than Once More, especially with how eerie that ending is. I love alternate realities in stories, and I love metafiction, so this is the best of both worlds. The idea of Sunnydale being this delusion is an interestin
  12. Well, finally, an episode that I semi-liked more than every episode so far in season 6. The whole comedy schtick was indeed dragged out too long (as opposed to how Angel S3E16, airing around the same time, handled matters of not being in control of your fate), and it ruined what could've been interesting explorations of Xander's anxieties. But even so, I don't think such explorations are quite needed... this ending was a long time coming, Xander's insecurities exploding into the open. This outcome was inevitable from the first time I watched the show and met Xander. His abusive father was
  13. Pretty much done with this season. I've reached Hell's Bells, got the ending spoiled for me on some review site, and yet, I'm not that fazed. Just going through the motions with this season until I'm done with it. I've just been so bored watching this season. I thought it would've been more high-tension, darker and more depressing. What a disappointment that nothing's gone to hell yet, and I'm just bored waiting for Seeing Red so that I could actually get excited about something. And god, those geeks are so boring as antagonists. I thought Glory was bad enough as a generic superpowered vi
  14. Uh, she just mind-raped her friends for her own convenience. I think we're done with this conversation here because her actions spoke for themselves. Putting you on the ignore list because you seem to be very high-strung when it comes to my opinions.
  15. She's been an insecure and needy little girl throughout the entire series. It's sympathetic, but still nonetheless self-entitled. It didn't become irritating until some time around season 5, when Willow believed her magic made her superior over others. Ignorance is no excuse. Messing with supernatural forces of afterlife comes with obvious consequences one should consider, but Willow didn't even consider the possibility that there would be any consequences that might affect Buffy's mental or physical well-being, or whether if Buffy isn't meant to be resurrected. She just chose t
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