Netflix’s The Defenders is finally out! My pre-Defenders blog became obsolete so fast! (If you’re not interested in this series, I recommend streaming the following international films on Netflix, depending on your region: Tag, The Forbidden Room, Wetlands, Filth, Look Who’s Back, Bon Cop/Bad Cop, & The Treacherous.) I was impressed by Daredevil season one, loved Jessica Jones, disappointed by Daredevil season two, & pleasantly surprised by Luke Cage. Instead of bothering with Iron Fist, I watched Crazyhead, which has the best title sequence so I regret nothing! Last chance to defend yourself from The Defenders spoilers!
After thirteen hours of binge-watching, I’ve concluded Daredevil season 2 wasn’t nearly as good as its first season or Jessica Jones. Those two had the benefit of telling a single (albeit sometimes overlong) story whereas this tries to do too much at once. It’s still better than Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice though, although that movie is less of a time-sink. Since I don’t have a word limit, prepare for extensive SPOILERS.
Not only does it have too many subplots, they’re also CONSPIRACIES! If they were going to load it with that many elements, it would’ve been better to keep them simple. The DA can’t just prosecute Punisher for his crimes like you’d expect. She has to be a corrupt DA involved a cover-up of of the very public death of Punisher’s family. Then the Kingpin plots to rig the trial so he can conquer prison. The Punisher discovers his family’s death was a conspiracy of coincidence & snuffs it out so there won’t be an overarching plot for his eventual Netflix spinoff. This is all on top of the vague shadow war between the Chaste & the Hand ninja cults. This somehow involves the Hand using the Yakuza to infiltrate Roxxon. Why did the Hand dig a ginormous hole in midtown?
There are no Robin memes this week because I’ve opted to zag instead of zigging as if expectations are a hungry crocodile with a pocket watch in its tummy chasing me. You still have time to tell me which captioned Catwoman you like best because they’ve been handily numbered for just such an occasion. You’re not going to force me to learn how to integrate polls before participating, are you?
I’ve been doing a bit of tinkering with The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose, but for the most part I’m working on its paintings. Ever have one of those moments when you’re really proud of how a Chimera turned out but you’re iffy on the rest of a piece? (Seriously, please tell me in the comments section if you have for solidarity.) I want to post more art here soon, but it feels a bit awkward since you don’t have context for it. I could explain, but will that dampen your enthusiasm to see the book published by spoiling some twists too far in advance? It’s really hard to gauge things like that given how seldom I get feedback here & on social media (HINT HINT).
I was also at a wedding. (Not mine; interested parties submit offers.)
Aside from that, I’ve been watching television, which has mutated considerably within the past few decades. Modern televisions no longer contain cathode ray tubes. You can even bypass that appliance altogether by watching programs directly on computers. It’s getting to the point where it’s almost a completely different medium like how most modern movies aren’t really films. I suppose the terminology is still technically accurate since we still view shows that are assembled remotely.
That got really meta like that awesome “Oil Drums” episode of Teen Titans Go! where Cyborg extols the virtues of 80’s television.
I had the pleasure of watching all of Daredevil in a single day, & it’s ruined Agents of SHIELD & Agent Carter for me. It’s that well executed. I was pleasantly surprised by how great Karen Page was compared to the comics. She’s is awesomer than Laurel Lance, Iris West, Barbara Kean, & Skye combined! Of course Daredevil isn’t a perfect show. I’m still pissed off that it took Matt until 3/4 of the way through the final episode to put on the Daredevil costume. They can make it up to me by having Stilt-Man hydraulically kick people through skyscrapers next season. I also recommend you watch Gravity Falls, the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Flash, & Orphan Black if you’re not already doing so.
To add some value to this entry of meandering banality, here is an unfortunately non-rhyming poem inspired by various things I’d observed on the television. See if you can guess the references! I’ve forgotten a few of them so your input may be helpful. It originally ran along the bottom of the final Zeitgeist magazine one line to a page: