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Despite Reservations Black Lightning Really Delivered

Despite Reservations Black Lightning Really Delivered

Seeing the initial information for The CW’s newest DC comic series, Black Lightning, I was a little skeptical. I’m a big fan of Cress Williams’ previous work (Friday Night Lights, Living Single, ER), but seeing him in the glowing super suit wasn’t really reassuring. Damn, was I wrong? The pilot episode of Black Lightning seemed like the CW took everything they learned from the success of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and crafted a nice 42-minute episode that was both action-packed and moving. The acting is topnotch, and the story was grounded in reality, keeping this superpowered hero on the street level without feeling unrelatable.

There’s a lot that could’ve gone wrong, being a show based in an African American microcosm. In the current social/political climate, it would be more than easy to go over the top and overdose on drugs, thugs, and police bashing. But the showrunners do a good job of presenting the current struggle in African American communities.. mainly showing how the people inside these communities are dealing with the aspects of drugs and violence and not just having a Black man in a costume swooping in and unrealistically cleaning up the streets.

Don’t get me wrong, this show is not perfect. No pilot is. There’s a lot they needed to fit into less than an hour of content. Establishing characters, plot, and leading the audience to tune in the following week. What I see is a very ground story about a former hero who’s trying to live his life, raise his family, but at the same time be a force for justice in his community. Saying Black Lightning is a take on The Dark Knight Returns can be argued. It’s going to be interesting seeing where the series is by the end of Season 1.

Listening to: Cunninlynguist “Rose Azura Njano”

Listening to: Cunninlynguist “Rose Azura Njano”

The 3rd Black Panther Trailer Keeps The Anticipation Going

The 3rd Black Panther Trailer Keeps The Anticipation Going

It’s not as good as the last two trailers, but it’s still slick enough to make you spend $10 on a ticket. A lot of riding on this movie. It’s the Wonder Woman of 2018 with a lot of Black people praying this predominant African superhero is given the same treatment as the others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

#Gadgets The Roli Blocs Music System

#Gadgets The Roli Blocs Music System
It’s a new year, with a lot of creative opportunities. Since I’m at An impasse on make mg music, maybe I should build a whole new workflow to get more creative. Earlier today, while waiting for my wife at Sephora, I ducked into the Apple Store to look at the new hardware and see if there were any new third-party peripherals I should consider purchasing. What I discovered with the Roli Blocks Modular System. It’s a custom made set of music, production modules that fit together to create a complete production studio.

We Bid A Fond Farewell To Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who

We Bid A Fond Farewell To Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who

A lot of folks had some serious criticism for Peter Capaldi’s interpretation of the Time Lord. Even though his three seasons as The Doctor weren’t my favorite, I have to say I think he’s my favorite portrayal of The Doctor. There were some great moments, but I don’t think the writing measured up to David Tennant and Matt Smith’s runs. Regardless, for me, Capaldi did some great things. I think he legitimized Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald more than Matt Smith did (in my opinion), he gave us Bill.. arguably my favorite companion.. even in her short 1 season run. And then there’s Missy! She was possibly my favorite Doctor Who character, right behind River Song.

Fox’s Gifted Could Be Another Gem In The X-Men Cinematic Universe

Fox’s Gifted Could Be Another Gem In The X-Men Cinematic Universe

With uneven responses for 20th Century Fox’s handling of Marvel’s X-Men Cinematic Universe, lowered expectations might be just what this connected universe needs. The reboot of the XU started great with both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. But the third installment, X-Men Apocalypse seemed like those movies might’ve been anomalies. That is until we got excellent comic gems from both movies and tv with Deadpool, Logan and the FX Channel’s surprisingly superb Legion. At this point and time, it feels like Fox might be righting the mutant ship.How are all of the properties connected? That’s kind of sketchy. I just chose to believe they are smart enough to keep them in the same universe.

#E3 Wishlist: Anthem

#E3 Wishlist: Anthem

One of the biggest things to come out of Xbox’s E3 Keynote event was the 3rd person shoot Anthem from Bioware. It looks and plays the the game I thought Destiny would be. Let’s hope the game measures up to the hype.

“Legend Has It” Is My Joint of The Moment. Thanks Black Panther Trailer!

Bad Reviews And All, I Can’t Wait To See Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Bad Reviews And All, I Can’t Wait To See Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Being a huge fan of the Resident Evil game series, I can honestly say that the movie versions have never really been that ‘good’, but they’ve been a lot of ‘fun’. Why  Paul W. S. Anderson diverged so widely from the game plot, I’ll never know. But I hope they reboot it with a more centered, gritty horror feel. Nevertheless, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has been in he theaters for a while now, and I haven’t gotten a chance to go see it.

Logan Could End The X-Men Cinematic Universe With A Huge Bang

Logan Could End The X-Men Cinematic Universe With A Huge Bang

Man, I wish movie trailers were a good litmus test for the quality of a movie. Because the anticipation for Logan, the third Wolverine stand-alone film in Fox’s X Cinematic Universe has just been amped up. But we know better. After Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman and that every other mutant-based movie after X2: X-Men United, a trailer can be incredibly misleading.

But Hugh Jackman’s final romp as wolverine could break that curse. For one, it looks like they’re trying to stay as close to the source material. Loosely based on Mark Millar’s eight issue comic masterpiece, Old Man Logan, I’m hoping that they keep the story small and impactful. We know two other X-Men favorites, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Laura “X-23” Kinney (Dafne Keen) will be companions. I hope they don’t try to squeeze in too many others. Let’s hope that Bryan Singer’s propensity to bypass comic book source material stays away from this movie.