by Billie Doux
DC versus Marvel: Let's discuss
There's an article on Salon today about the differences between the DC Comics and Marvel franchises. It's a long read and interesting, but in a nutshell, it pretty much says that Marvel may have the movie bizz tied the heck down, but Agents of SHIELD is their only television show (until Agent Carter arrives) and it's not a very good one, while DC has a confusing movie mess of hits and flops, but they're killing on television with Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Constantine -- all of which, they say, are much better than Agents of SHIELD.
And I'm going, "Huh?" That's debatable. While Arrow has taken a lot of storytelling risks and has done some excellent work with making their characters compelling, it's soon to be making such sweepy statements about the rest of the stable. Yes, the fun and flashy Flash is doing great and smells like a hit, but it only has four episodes under its strange-looking helmet, and the jury is still out on Gotham and Constantine. Or is it? I dropped Gotham almost immediately because it did nothing for me, and Constantine had something of a second episode ratings plummet, which doesn't bode well. Agents of SHIELD has steadily improved after a somewhat shaky and disappointing beginning, and while it's true that it's in something of a storyline box because of the tie-in to the movies, the terrific cast led by Clark Gregg and Ming Na-Wen and the Whedonesque humor have successfully pulled me in.
Or maybe it's that I can't imagine not watching a Whedon show. Am I giving Agents of SHIELD a pass?
At any rate, the article made me think, and possibly fume. I'd love to have a discussion about it. What do you guys think? Post a comment!
General TV stuff
-- There's a trailer now available for the new Netflix show, Marco Polo. It obviously wants to be Game of Thrones when it grows up, only without magic. Pun intended.
-- Neil Patrick Harris just got his own variety show. I love Neil Patrick Harris. Unfortunately, variety shows haven't done that well since, what? The seventies?
-- Arrested Development appears to be up in the air when it comes to another possible season or a possible movie because of difficulties with tying down the cast. Creator Mitch Hurwitz has taken criticism of season four seriously, though, and is currently recutting it so that it flows the way it was supposed to. Interesting info if you're a fan of AD.
-- The Colbert Report will be ending on December 18. Colbert will be taking over The Late Show from David Letterman at some point in 2015. If I were Stephen, I'd take a nice long vacation and then start doing a ton of prep.
-- And of course, there is still no freaking news on freaking Continuum being renewed or cancelled. Although we did learn that the third season had serious ratings problems, which we sort of knew already. I don't care. I want a fourth season, and I want it now.
This week in casts
-- Game of Thrones has its cast locked down for a seventh season, and the fifth hasn't even aired yet. It sounds very much as if seven is going to be all she wrote. So to speak.
-- Taylor Kitsch has joined Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughan for the second season of True Detective, with more casting news waiting in the wings.
This week in cats
Wednesday, October 29 was National Cat Day! Did you know there was a National Cat Day? Shouldn't it be a National Cat Week?
The best story I saw about National Cat Day was about Kittens on Demand. In some big cities, you send in your order, and fluffy cuteness will arrive for a fifteen-minute visit in your office. And yes, they're available for adoption and profits benefit the ASPCA. Plus it won't freak out your cat at home.
That's it for this week. Can you believe it's November already?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for a ridiculously long time. More Billie Doux.