So I’m Watching Season 1 of “Nikita”…

And Xander Berkeley (Gargoyles‘ Coldsteel / Iago) is rather fantastic as Percy, the head of the rogue black-ops organization The Division and the season’s Big Bad.  The series itself–as of episode five–is also quite enjoyable, in a more-serious-but-still-ridiculuous-Season-1-of-Alias kind of way.

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TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread (Spoilers)

Metalhead Rewired

I think I’ve been on the record before about not being a fan of doppelganger turtles running around.  They seem fundamentally misguided, and feel a bit too much like creative crutches.  While this show managed a rather excellent version of Slash–which succeeded, in large part, because of Raph’s existing relationship with Spike–it was nowhere near as successful with Metalhead, who beyond his recurring role as comedic extra, has done nothing but serve as yet another third-act for the turtles to fight, and worse, seems to have nothing to offer beyond that.  Here’s hoping I’m proven wrong.

As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments.

ETA: My thoughts below the cut.

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TMNT (2012) Open Thread (Spoilers)

Fungus Humungous 01

Oh my gosh!  April!  In an episode occurring directly after a major revelation about her!  Could the series actually be –GASP!–following up on her development in a consistent manner?

(Answer: not really, since the episode that was actually supposed to follow “The Kraang Conspiracy” was apparently “The Good, the Bad, and Casey Jones”, which featured April in a more or less disposable role.  Still, progress of sorts.)

In any case, we have another monster episode, which actually makes me somewhat optimistic, since these generally turn out to be somewhat inoffensive.  Plus, mushrooms, and a non-zero chance that the episode will not be horribly ableist.

By the way, I realize I haven’t posted anything beyond the open threads for most than a month.  I’ve been working on stuff–the piece on “The Price”, and several fan fics–but right now, I’m spending time on a rather more time sensitive essay on something else.  Once that’s done, there should hopefully be a more steady stream of new material–including, yes, an essay on last episode’s fuckery with the April clone.

As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments.

ETA: My thoughts on the episode below the cut.

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TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread (Spoilers)

The Kraang Conspiracy

In case it’s not immediately clear, that’s a dude behind the water tower, taking pictures of the turtles.  They are like, canonically bad at stealth.

As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments.

Note: I would very much appreciate if y’all please refrained from referring to the April clone by its official name.  That shit’s grody.

ETA: My thoughts below the cut.

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Today, TMNT (2003) became 11

Soon enough, it’ll enter its rebellious teenager phase, and it’ll become intolerable.  As always, I’d like to thank Lloyd Goldfine, 4Kids Entertainment, Peter Laird, and Playmates for making the show happen.

TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread (Spoilers)

The Good, The Bad, and Casey Jones

Thus far, Casey Jones has been one of this seasons’ most pleasant surprises.  Thanks in part to his isolation from the turtles, the character has been a breath of fresh air, as he provides April–and some viewers–just what they needed: someone who wasn’t the turtles.   Of course, given his importance to the mythology, he wasn’t going to stay in the periphery forever, and it was just a matter of time before he met the guys.  That moment is now.  Also, Foot Ninja.

As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments.

ETA: My thoughts below the cut.

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