Appreciation post:

I, Gabbler, previously recommended season 2 of Daredevil, but forgot to mention my thoughts on Foggy and Karen (the two main mere mortals in this series).

Karen grows a lot more in this season, reflecting off of the Punisher in a way that shows she’s really a badass lawbreaking crime stopper. You only got a taste of that badassery in season 1; but here, the Punisher would be a poorer character without her. While it still sucks that she’s used to prop up male characters, it feels more like he propped up her despite the (likely) true intent of the writers. But I’ll stop assuming.

Foggy is still a barfy goody-goody who “cares too much” about his friends, to the point where when he finally gets enough of Matt’s crap you’re like Thank God! He has a backbone. He’s a much better character when he’s moping about and no longer happy-go-lucky. You want Matt to include him in on the secrets. You wonder why he doesn’t.

I’m still holding out for less Foggy face-time in season 3. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]

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GABBLER RECOMMENDS: Daredevil Season 2 (of course)

While at times the characters got too chatty and analytical (making the pace dip), this season was still just as good as season one. At times I felt like I didn’t entirely know what was going on, maybe because I wasn’t paying close enough attention. I could barely remember Nobu from the first season, so that tells you I need to rewatch some parts…

Scott Glenn is still a jarring actor to watch as Stick, missing punchlines by a hair so that it takes you out of the story. But you still forgive him, as his role in the story arc starts to make more sense (cue Elektra–AKA dear little “Ellie” in this series).

Jon Bernthal as the Punisher was a good choice, though his lines were a bit too melodramatic and used to fluff up the time (“I miss my family sooooooooo much”–that kind of thing. We get it). Elektra’s lines, too, were a bit over the top. She comes off as as an intelligent, calculating woman until the writers have her open her mouth. She asks Matt with childlike panic “Do you still love me?” after killing someone he tells her not to and I cringed–perhaps the delivery was just a bit too off to make that line work as something she’d say aloud. It’s as if the writers couldn’t decide whether or not her childhood trauma would keep her childish.

When Matt Murdock is cleaning blood off of Stick’s lips with precision, you can see his eyes following his own finger. HOW DOES HE KNOW THERE IS BLOOD ON HIS FACE HE CAN’T HEAR IT. But I can make excuses for it; Maybe Stick told him where the blood was, whatever. 

The climax and wrap-up went too quickly–another problem with the pace. It was also, perhaps, too neat: the Punisher’s storyline twist was a bit too intricate and tidy for me–I had to resist rolling my eyes.

But all of these finger-waggings aside, I find myself still making excuses for the show. They’re little nit-pickings that I happily overlook. I just hope the writers and producers read this and are reminded not to get too sloppy, now.

[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]

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GABBLER RECOMMENDS: Aziz Ansari’s Master of None

 

master-of-none-posterI have never enjoyed a show about people just chatting and hanging out so much. Maybe not since, what, Seinfeld? Another show about nothing that seems to say everything.

While the use of Ansari’s real parents to play Dev’s (the lead character’s) parents led to some cringe-worthy moments (because of the acting), they were still really cute and the greater purpose of the Netflix episodes made it all very forgivable.

It’s refreshing to see “TV” tackle topics like diversity, feminism, and ageism with such fluency and ease.

We’re looking forward to season 2.

[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]

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April Roundup: Goodbye Spring Showers, Hello Maia Flowers

Vulcan and Maia. Maia is not very ticklish, clearly. “Git ur smith hands off may!”

Here are our April highlights, mortals:

Gabbler rewrote some Mumford and Sons lyrics because s/he’s pretentious like that.

We binge-watched Netflix’s new show Daredevil.

We found out we are part of a rising trend of nameless narrators. Who knew we were so trendy? 

And, of course, you can always check our tweets of the week for weekly news if this monthly blast isn’t greasing your gears.

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[BLA and GB Gabbler (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]

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GABBLER RECOMMENDS: TV show Daredevil

We recently finished watching the series, and my conclusion is: It’s the second best TV show Netflix has ever produced (Orange Is the New Black being the first, mind you).

The opening theme is hella sweet.

It verges on the melodramatic at times (the “Stick” episode really made me cringe for some reason, but I shoved past it), but it always makes up for its extremes in some fashion.

Also, I sometimes found myself rooting just as much for Fisk (Kingpin), in an American Hustle sort of way (does that make me a bad person?).

Now if only Netflix would pick up The Borgias I’d forgive them for what they did to Arrested Development. But I guess for now I’ll have to stick to my… 

[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]

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