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Last year, the network TV season began while I was still in a hospital bed recovering from a burst appendix and the complications that followed. Working at half-speed, I decided the only way to weather the deluge of new shows was to give all but a handful the capsule review treatment, offering up a paragraph or so on each, often with several shows in the same post, figuring I would revisit the ones that got more interesting down the road. An approach born out of medical necessity turned out to be one that made sense to continue even with improved health. The fact is, most new network shows don't warrant a 1000-word review based on a single episode simply because that's the way every TV critic (myself included) used to do things. Some are strong enough, or intriguing enough or — in the case of something like "The Mysteries of Laura »
- Alan Sepinwall
Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick, SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and SoS lead TV critic Randy Dankievitch with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.
Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.
Forever (10 pm Est, ABC)
Premieres Sept. 22nd and Sept 23rd , 2014
Among ABC’s new fall shows is Forever, a series set to focus on a medical examiner in New York who has a distinctive trait; unlike the rest of the population, he is immortal. Every time he dies, Dr. Henry Morgan finds himself waking up naked in a nearby body of water, and he teams up with Detective Martinez to help solve the city’s crimes.
Based on the pilot, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Sons of Anarchy’s seventh and final season opens with Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) behind bars, beating up a Neo-Nazi in an effort to meet with the leader of the Aryan prison tribe Ron Rully (Marilyn Manson). Meanwhile, Gemma (Katey Sagal) is watching his sons and Unser (Dayton Callie) is at Tara's grave.
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At County, Jax gets a visit from Da Patterson (Cch Pounder) and Gemma. Gemma, acting as a sort of go-between, tells Patterson that Jax isn’t going to be eager to talk, having found the woman he loved – loved enough to turn himself in – dead just 10 days ago. Understanding Jax’s pain, having lost relatives to gang violence, Patterson says he can empathize with wanting to exact revenge on those who took loved ones away from them, but that tallying up his own kills will only breed ongoing chaos and death.
In the car ride home from Country, »
Given its initial premise and appalling body count, the fact “Sons of Anarchy” has credibly reached a seventh and final season is in itself an accomplishment. Yet this fall’s driving theme — unrelenting revenge and retribution — practically ensures a series already characterized by over-the-top violence will be even more steeped in creatively conceived gore. Few programs seem more closely linked to the id of their brain trust than this one, and showrunner Kurt Sutter has set the stage for an operatic finish. That said, watching “Sons” ride toward the sunset — taking its excesses with it — evokes as much relief as regret.
Without giving too much away (and Spoiler Alert only to those not fully up to date on last season’s events), the Samcro motorcycle club, under the stewardship of Jax (Charlie Hunnam), is grappling with some beyond-usual family issues. Sure, Jax killed his stepfather, assumed control and tried to »
- Brian Lowry
Here’s the thing about the final season of Sons of Anarchy. It’s simultaneously everything I love about the show and everything I hate about the show encapsulated in the first three episodes that were sent out to critics. It’s like this: You know something is bad for you, but despite all protestations, you still hope that you can overlook all the glaring problems and see all the redeeming qualities, as if the show were some sort of proxy for a real person. The problem is, I’m having a hell of a time overlooking all the problems because for every one thing that gets cleared up, a thousand seem to crop up in its place.
That makes me so sad to say.
Because I loved Sons of Anarchy for the first four seasons. Then, the luster started to wear off in the form of things that seemed great once, »
- Nathan Smith
Coinciding with its DVD and Blu-ray release today, Warner Bros. has dropped two new clips from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Batman: Assault on Arkham featuring The Suicide Squad; check them out after the official synopsis, and read our review of the film here…
“Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.”
- Gary Collinson
With Batman: Assault on Arkham debuting today on Blu-ray and DVD, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released two more clips which showcases the Suicide Squad. a not-so-friendly rivalry between Suicide Squad members Deadshot (voiced by Neal McDonough) and Captain Boomerang (voiced by Greg Ellis), where Deadshot showcases his incredible accuracy. The second showcases the entire team in action as they take out a number of Arkham Asylum guards, under the watchful eye of Suicide Squad leader Amanda Waller (voiced by Cch Pounder).
Take a look at these new scenes where Deadshot before picking up this animated adventure on Blu-ray and DVD.
When the government teams up a group of supervillains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information the Riddler has stolen, Batman soon becomes involved. But things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, »
As the Riddler might ask: When is a Batman movie not a Batman movie? Answer: When it stars the Suicide Squad!
The popular team of DC Comics supervillains unleashes its special brand of (in)justice in Batman: Assault on Arkham, the latest DC Universe original movie from Warner Bros Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Government operative Amanda Waller (voiced by Cch Pounder) assembles a dirty half-dozen — master hit man Deadshot (Neal McDonagh), ice queen Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale), Australian rogue Captain Boomerang (Greg Ellis), bloodthirsty King Shark (John Dimaggio), vigilante assassin Black Spider (Giancarlo Esposito) and criminally insane Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch) — to break into the world's scariest asylum and retrieve a flash drive stolen by the Riddler (Matthew Gray Gubler).
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- John Hogan
Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) confronts Harley Quinn (voiced by Hynden Walch) in a new clip from the animated adventure Batman: Assault on Arkham, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, August 12.
Watch as Harley tears through dolls in a toy story before showing off her fighting skills against The Dark Knight, while the Suicide Squad members watch the action unfold remotely.
Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains - code named the Suicide Squad - and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.
Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad. Kevin Conroy voices Batman, and joins forces with several Hollywood greats to bring the legendary characters to life. Adding to the celebrity-laden cast is Neal McDonough as Deadshot, Troy Bake as Joker, Matthew Gray Gubler as Riddler, Cch Pounder as Amanda Waller, Greg Ellis as Captain Boomerang, and Giancarlo Esposito as Black Spider. Batman: Assault on Arkham is available now digitally and will debut on »
Warner Bros. Animation’s steady assault of direct-to-Blu-ray superhero movies continues at a frenetic pace, so much so that the subjects keep pushing further into the fringes of the DC Comics universe. So it is with “Batman: Assault on Arkham,” which assigns the Dark Knight top billing, but really focuses on a thrown-together team of lesser villains given the suicide mission of conducting a raid on Arkham Asylum. Yes, Batman shows up, as do a number of better-known members of his rogues gallery. Still, the movie will play best with those who don’t need to consult Wikipedia to identify King Shark.
Aimed squarely at hard-core comics fans (and given the carnage and implied sex, clearly not intended for bat-tykes), these Warner Bros. titles are defined by their frenetic, near-nonstop action, and the short-hand they can employ. Unlike live-action features, there’s no worrying about crossing over or pausing to explain anything, »
- Brian Lowry
Batman: Assault on Arkham, 2014.
Based on the hit video game series, Batman must find a bomb planted by the Joker while dealing with a mysterious team of villains called, The Suicide Squad.
I’ve been on record before as a fan of the DC Animated offerings. Marvel seems to have perfected the theatrical experience while DC has managed to successfully parlay their characters into television, animation, and video games. The newest animated movie from DC takes a cue from the extremely successful Arkham video game series to deliver a fairly good offering in Batman: Assault on Arkham.
Fans of the video games will be happy to see this rich world given a little more exploration, though to »
- Anghus Houvouras
Based on a video game, Batman: Arkham, which I do not play, I came into Batman: Assault on Arkham, without any particular predisposition. As the first editor of the Suicide Squad, I was intrigued to see how they would operate. As I feared, screenwriter Heath Corson totally misused the team in this violent, pointless direct-to-animated mess which is unleashed on Tuesday.
Amanda Waller (Cch Pounder) played within the gray areas of the DC Universe, picking damaged heroes and villains, as needed for missions. She made sure there was a field leader to keep them in line, and offered the heroes something they wanted and the villains a chance at clearing their records. Here, she collects a motley assortment of villains without a real rationale for each, putting them together for a mission that makes little sense. The silly MacGuffin here is that the Riddler (Matthew Gray Gubler) has stolen »
- Robert Greenberger
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC Cinematic Universe, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Young Justice, Teen Titans Go!, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, Black Panther, Daredevil, Deadpool, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom Carnage, Kick-Ass 3 and more….
Well, the big showdown between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America 3 is no more, with Warner Bros. blinking and shifting the release of BvS away from Marvel’s May 6th 2016 date to March 25th 2016 (a wise move, considering it will now face very little in the way of competition). The news was followed by the announcement that Warner Bros. has finally pulled the trigger on a DC Cinematic Universe by setting a further Nine »
- Gary Collinson
After releasing a poster over the weekend, FX has now dropped the first trailer for the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy ahead of its premiere next month, and we’ve got it for you below…
Season seven of the Kurt Sutter-created drama sees series regulars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Mark Boone Junior, Theo Rossi, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera, Jimmy Smits, Drea de Matteo and Peter Weller all returning alongside guest stars Cch Pounder, Kim Dickens, Robert Patrick, Emilio Rivera, Billy Brown, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Lea Michele, Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love.
Sons of Anarchy season seven is set to premiere on FX on September 9th.
The post First trailer for Sons of Anarchy season 7 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Sons of Anarchy returns for its final season on September 9 (with a 90-minute episode), and this new trailer has, well, exactly what you expect from Soa: Bikes! Gunshots! Punch sounds! Knives, tattoos, garish highlights, a wailing soundtrack, sad hoodies. Ominous koans. Sunglasses. Extremely ratty beards. A body being dropped into a hole. Cch Pounder getting serious. For any other show, the inclusion of both barrels and hay bales could lend an unfortunate paintball-facility-vibe to everything, but that's brought back to the dark side by all of Soa's talk of revenge. »
- Margaret Lyons
A new Sons of Anarchy Season 7 trailer offers our first real look at the final episodes set to premiere on September 9th. Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is in prison, where he desires revenge as part of the grieving process. We see him talking with his counselor, played by Cch Pounder, who attempts to guide him through these troubled times. Jax has already lost the woman he loves, he's not going to lose his club. Watch as he does everything in his power to save himself and his men. Sons of Anarchy returns with an epic 90-minute premiere this fall. We also get a second trailer, which teases the return of Jax's club and the coming of the 'crows of death'. Who will live and who will die? Find out as Sons of Anarchy Season 7 brings everything to a close on FX this September.
Every animated character has a voice actor behind it, giving it life. Actor Kevin Conroy has been associated with the Batman character since he voiced him over the course of 86 episodes on Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), and through many spin-off series’ and feature films that have followed like The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999, 24 episodes), Batman Beyond (1999-2001, 48 episodes), Justice League (2001-2006, 55 episodes) and the video games Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) and Batman: Arkham City (2011). Warner Bros. has continued using Conroy as Batman’s (and Bruce Wayne’s) voice in direct-to-video feature films over the years, and in the new film Batman: Assault on Arkham, Conroy once again lends his distinctive baritone to give the Caped Crusader that familiar voice fans have comfortably accepted and embraced.
david j. moore: Is your performance »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. has released a new clip from their upcoming animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham. The scene features Amanda Waller (Cch Pounder) as she explains what "Task Force X" is to the Suicide Squad. This looks like it's going to be a fun movie that fans will enjoy, and the animation actually looks really solid.
When the government teams up a group of supervillains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information the Riddler has stolen, Batman soon becomes involved. But things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who has the means to not only blow up the asylum, but most of Gotham City as well.
Batman: Assault on Arkham will be released on Blu-ray on August 12th. It's currently available to watch on Digital HD. »
- Joey Paur
Voice director Andrea Romano has been involved with Warner Bros. animation department for several decades, voice directing as far back as the seminal program Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), working alongside voice actors like Mark Hamill who played The Joker for many years and Kevin Conroy, who has continued voicing Batman and Bruce Wayne up to the present day. Here Romano discusses her involvement with the Batman animated franchise and shares some information on the new DC/Warner feature Batman: Assault on Arkham, which follows in the footsteps of a line of creatively and financially successful Batman animated films to premier on home video.
david j. moore: You’ve been the voice director for various Batman projects for decades now. There’ve been some new people; there have been some familiar faces. »
- Gary Collinson
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