Legend of Korra, Enemy at the Gates review

This episode we finally got the crossover between the two storylines of Korra’s return to strength and Kuvira’s quest for world domination. And I liked this episode, but it really felt like it was setting up the next one and not in a way that the past few episodes have been. More that this was the first of a two parter. We finally got to see Korra back in the thick of things, though she is taking a bit more of a pacifist approach now,  an approach which Suyin has no interest in, instead she wanted Korra to go into Avatar mode and take out all of Kuvira’s troops. Why not?

When Korra does go to speak to Kuvira, Kuvira does not seem phased by Korra’s presence, instead of giving in she tells Korra to convince Suyin into giving up Zaofu.  Kuvira managed to continue her terrifying streak by holding up Varrick, Darth Vader style, over train tracks while on a moving train. Oh yes Varrick, Varrick had some of my favourite moments in this episode, including his units of measurement of weight and power. Instead of kilograms or pounds we got Zhu Li’s and instead of volts we got Varricks. Varrick found out how crazy Kuvira is after he gains a conscience, finally, will it last, doubt it. After he protested over the continued production of the spirit vine technology, Kuvira insists that he carry on, after some convincing, such as a threat of death.

Kuvira decides that Bolin will be the go between between her and Suyin and at first Bolin tries to go ahead with it in a hilarious reconciliation scene between Kuvira and Baatar JR. and the Suyin family. But after the confrontation between the two clans, Bolin also realises that Kuvira and goes to visit Varrick. The two bond over their revelation and decide to try to escape with Zhu Li. The three attempt this by getting in Mecha suits but are stopped by Baatar JR. and we get a fun mecha fight scene.  Upon being brought back to Kuvira, they are all sent to be punished and then the biggest betrayal of the century, I didn’t see it coming, Zhu Li reveals that she agrees with Kuvira and joins her, it was like WrestleMania 17 all over again. I hope it’s a ruse, it has to be a ruse right, please be a ruse. Varrick was then sent back to work on the spirit vine technology while Bolin was sent to a reeducation camp which scares me.

One part of this episode was completely away from the action, but I’m sure there was a reason for it and that was the reconciliation of Asami with her father. Asami went to go visit him to return letters, unopened to him, Hiroshi seemed hurt but then told Asami she was the greatest thing he ever created which brought tears to my eyes . After seeing a daughter and her father playing in a park, Asami went back to the prison to give her father another chance. I wonder what this means for the wider storyline? Could Hiroshi help invent something to defeat Kuvira.

All in all, this was an action light episode but with the ending revealing that Suyin and the twins have gone to confront Kuvira, we’re sure to have an action packed episode next week.

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Is LL Cool J joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Yesterday, Ladies Love Cool James AKA the GOAT tweeted this:

setting the internet ablaze. This is very exciting, being a huge rap fan, there’s nothing like seeing 2 worlds you love collide, like when the WWF released the Aggression album or Ghostface turning up in Iron Man 2.

Speculation of course has already started on who he will be playing, with Luke Cage being the favourite despite LL’s tweet of it being a movie, maybe it’s an indication that Luke Cage won’t just be turning up on the Netflix shows but in the movies as well. Others think he may turn up in Black Panther.

Can we get Canibus as his villain though?

Ascension trailer sparks the hopeful resurgence of SyFy

In an interview with Entertainement Weekly, Bill McGoldrick, the programming chief for SyFy laments on the fact that while shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, hard hitting genre stuff, became huge hits, SyFy was producing lighter shows such as Warehouse 13 and Eureka, this coming after the success of Battlestar Galactica. Now I loved Battlestar Galactica, but it was really dark and somber, hardly any light hearted moments in the show. I’m not saying I want a comedy, but you need the release every once in a while. So I hope Syfy can find the right balance as opposed to going all the way to the other side of the spectrum, for instance, Alphas dealt with it quite well, dealing with heavy topics and situations but having moments of comedy to lighten the mood slightly.

SyFy have 5 shows coming that EW claim will be the 5 shows to lure people back to the Syfy channel, here they are with descriptions:

Ascension. Mini-series; possible series. Six hours. Stars Brian Van Holt, Tricia Helfer. The show sets up an alternate version of reality in which, in 1963, President Kennedy and the U.S. government, fearing the Cold War will become hot and lead to the destruction of the Earth, decided to launch a covert space mission. They sent 600 men, women and children into space on a century-long voyage aboard the Ascension, a massive, self-sustaining generation ship. Their mission is to populate a new world, known as Proxima, assuring the survival of the human race. Nearly 50 years into the journey (i.e. in the present), as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman—the first homicide since their departure—causes the ship’s crew to question the true nature of their mission. Premieres Dec. 15, 2014.

12 Monkeys. Series, 13 episodes. Stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull and Kirk Acevedo. A complete re-imagning of the Terry Gilliam film. A time traveler from a decimated future journeys back to present day in a bid to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will pretty much annihilate the human race. Premieres Jan. 16, 2015.

Childhood’s End. Mini-series, 6 hours. Stars Charles Dance. Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic, follows a breed of aliens called the “Overlords,” who manage to peacefully invade and rule Earth, and create a pseudo-utopia that comes at the price of human identity and culture. Premieres 2015.

The Expanse. Series, 10 episodes. Stars Thomas Jane, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Steven Strait. Based on the series of books by James S.A. Corey, a thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. No date.

Hunters. Series, 13 episodes. Based on Whitley Strieber’s novel Alien Hunter, a Philadelphia cop searches for his missing wife leads and discovers a secret government unit that assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists who may not be from this world. Premieres 2016.

 Some good stuff here, I like the idea of a miniseries as well, not everything needs to go on for 5 seasons, if a story can be properly told in 6 hours, let it be told in that amount of time.
I’m also excited for Ascension, as we’re getting space opera again, something that TV is severely missing at the moment, but with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Star Wars, I’m sure more space opera TV and movies are being greenlit.