Friday, March 23, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Mar 18-21)

Please, world, let me enjoy this without reservation.
Fairly mild week, as the road to Wrestlemania firms up beneath our tires. Oh, except for that one thing. The event of such significance that it dwarfs all other EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Runaways: “Fifteen”

Making things with 
The plot thicks...

Agents of SHIELD: “Principa”

Axe me again if I have a shotgun.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (3/12-15)

Yeah, I don’t mind him going over at least half these schlubs.
I don’t know why, but this week’s wrestling really resonated with me and got me excited. Either the stuff they’re doing is working better, or turning 49 has somehow opened my cold, cynical heart up to wrestling. That means a lot of EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE.

Black LIghtning: “Revelations”

Loved the part where she actually tries to calibrate her super-strength.
Holy shit, a lot went down in an hour of Black Lightning.

The Flash: “Run, Iris, Run”

Why is her lighning purple? Who knows.
Oh, hey, Ralph had a crisis of faith again.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Agents Of SHIELD: “The Real Deal”

The show needed more Mike.
The only real problem I had with the 100th episode of Agents of SHIELD is that they started with a bunch of stuff they wanted to have in the episode and then worked backwards.

Arrow: “Doppleganger”

Mostly more fun than a phone book to the ribs.
Last week’s Arrow was the anti-Flash.

Fastlane 2018

I have to say, I enjoyed the wrestling on Fastlane more than I expected to. Some weirdness, some questionable booking decisions, but except for the US Title Match, I enjoyed the matches. There was a pointless six-man tag on the kickoff show that I never had time to watch, but apparently Tye Dillinger pinned Mojo Rawley, and I’m always in favor of that.

Friday, March 9, 2018

PREDICTIONS: Fastlane (2018)

Sure do make you lose your mild.
“The last stop on the Road to Wrestlemania” is, as usual, more of a speed bump. For the most part, we know what the Wrestlemania plans are, and the odds of Fastlane changing that are slim to none.

Black LIghtning: “Equinox: The Book Of Fate”

Gone too soon, methinks.

The Flash: “Enter Flashtime”

Speedster Party!
This week’s Flash is evidence that not every show needs or should have season-long fights against a single, overarching villain.

Agents of SHIELD: “All The Comforts Of Home”

EVIL MILLENIAL (who’s too young to be an actual millenial probably)
Nicely done, Agents of SHIELD.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wrounup (Mar 5-7)

Theyre really making Asuka a star. 
It’s the go-home week for Fastlane, and Smackdown is once again two hours of mostly useless garbage with decent but meaningless wrestling. EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE:

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Tick: “Season One, Part 2”

So. Goddamned. Good.
My intent was to gradually work my way through the rest of The Tick’s first season, but after watching one episode, we watched three more, and then watched the last two the next day, because it was damn near impossible to stop. I know two friends who had the exact same experience.

Arrow: “Collision Course”

Wow, that was some bullshit.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Feb 26-28)

OK week of wrestling coming out of Elimination Chamber, as we head toward a dull Fastlane and who knows what kind of Wrestlemania.

The Tuesday Shows

Brings a whole new layer to the “two heroes accidentally fight” thing.
Not much to say about the Tuesday shows this week, albeit for different reasons.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Elimination Chamber 2018


Raw is done with PPV events between now and Wrestlemania, and they ended up with a pretty decent show. Only one real clunker on the main card, a couple of outstanding matches, but the utter predictability of the main event and some questionable booking choices knocked it down a few notches.

Friday, February 23, 2018

PREDICTIONS: Elimination Chamber (2018)

One of these days, the WWE is going to build a forgiving structure.
I don’t have high hopes for this year’s Elimination Chamber, since most of what’s at stake seems to be set in stone. Fsatlane is going to have a similar problem soon, but at least it makes some things easy to predict.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wrouindup (Last Two Weeks)

Still the best thing to happen either week.
I skipped a week, because the only three things that happened last week were Braun Strowman wielding an upright bass like a guitar (awesome), Mark Andrews and Drew Gulak advance in the Cruiserweight Tournament (fine) and Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin move into the championship mosh at Fastlane (boo). As we head toward Elimination Chamber, you’d think there’d be more Events Of Significance, but...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Black Panther (No Spoilers)

Nothing But wakanda
Black Panther is a good movie, in every sense of the word.

Black Lightning: “Some More Bullshit About The Devil”

Still not buying it.
Black Lighting gets its own overly long title about the devil that I’m not going to fucking type out or try to remember, but at least it’s a better episode than Arrow’s was.

Runaways: “Rewind” / “Destiny”

Hijinks With Mom’s Jarvis
There’s something very compelling about Runaways that I can’t quite place, given some of the weaknesses in execution (some clunky writing and acting in the early going).

Friday, February 9, 2018

Arrow: “Some Bullshit About The Devil”

Enjoy this for the rest of the season, I guess.
Small man in suit murdered and replaced by large man in suit. Alert the media!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Weekly Wrassin’ Wroundup (2/5

Another OK week on WWEk, with a lot of good matches making up for the boring stuff and weird booking. Plus, Heavy Machinery were on NZXT this week, defeating and possibly breaking up Sabatelli and Moss, which is like the best twofer in the business and thus goes above even the EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE.


Post-Raw 25, both shows have established some new production ideas, and they’re all very distracting. Raw is now going with a bold, red and white color scheme full of boxes and sans serif and an almost sort of comic booky feel to it. Also, no theme song/intro? I can’t imagine this is permanent but it’s been two weeks in a row. Aparently the new Raw theme is by Papa Roach so mabye it’s divine intervention. Smackdown, meanwhile is putting big words all over their promos like they’re shitty YouTube videos and it’s super obnoxious.


I’m disappointed. Rusev is super over, so I was really hoping this title match would mean a program, but it doesn’t look like it. Also, they seem to be doubling down on Rusev and English being heels English even insulted the hometown crowd in his song, which is a thing they already have just fine on Raw. But you’re not going to turn crowds against Rusev at this point, so fucking roll with it for a change, WWE.


Almas goaded Gargano into a rematch - if Almas wins, Gargano leaves NZXT forever. This could mean a Gargano callup, but I hope it means Gargano triumphing over Almas, Vega, and Ciampa to win the belt, at least for a little while. Otherwise they’re just doing Tye Dillinger’s final run in NXT all over again.


This week it was against Bayley, and led to some more Bayley-Sasha rivalry hints.


I forgot to mention last week that in addition to being named Drake Maverick, Drake Maverick set up a sixteen man tournament leading up to a finale at Wrestlemania to determine the new champ. Last week, Cedric Alexander defeated Gran Metalik and TJP defeated Tyler Bate. This week, Kalisto defeated Lince Dorado and, in a shocker, NXT’s Roderick Strong defeated Hideo Itami. ALl the matches have been high quality stuff, and the tournament element means they matter more than these matches usually do on 205.


He RKO’d Roode, English and Rusev after the Roode-Rusev match. I hate Randy Orton and I hate this Randy Orton most of all.

Black Lightning: “Black Jesus”

Dispensing street justice in a hoodie? Nobody will buy that.
OK, the weak link in Black Lightning continues to be the whitest guy on the show, who is, funnily enough, not the albino.

I am, of course, referring to James Remar as Peter Gambi, who started out as a weird tailor sidekick and in the past couple of episodes is now more of an unconvincing badass sidekick who’s keeping a bunch of secrets from Jefferson. In this case, the existence of a new vigilante who is also Jefferson’s daughter. Whether Gambi knows Thunder’s identity or not is as yet unrevealed.

Anyway, Gambi constantly seems like a character from a different, worse show. The rest of the show was good, with Anissa figuring out that vigilanting ain’t easy, Black Lightning sort of discovering the organization that Tobias is a part of, and a really disturbing scene where Tobias’ mysterious boss, Lady Eve, vacuums(?) the insides out of a living dude on a slab and/or a zombie? Anyway, it was fucked up.

Eve suggests a psychological attack, so Whale is going to try to turn Jennifer’s now-paralyzed boyfriend against Black Lightning to turn the public against him. Since we’re four episodes in, I suspect the plan will work around epiisode 6 and stop working around episode 10. But I look forward to seeing Jefferson handle the approbation of the community, since it’s something completely new to him.

The Flash: “True Colors”

Not everything about Mary Poppins is cool.
All I really ask of any given episode of The Flash is that it not be egregiously stupid. Give me that and I will forgive almost anything else. And so it is with “True Colors”.

Runaways: “Reunion”

So, in the increasingly competitive (sort of) world of cellular service providers, various companies have been bundling streaming services with their plans. The bad news for Sprint is that by the time they got around to it, all that was left was Hulu. The good news for me is, I’m on Sprint and free is the only way I’d every be into Hulu. So now I can watch Runaways!

The premiere is pretty good, for what it is. And what it is is the setup. It has to introduce six different characters, their relationship, the mysterious death that drove them apart, two different emerging superpowers, and of course, the revelation of the show’s premise - that all 12 of their parents are part of a secret, evil cult.

That’s a lot for an hour, and Runaways handles it deftly, for the most part. Yes, all six characters fall mostly into Breakfast Clubby tropes, updated for 2018. A nerd, a jock, a goth, a pretty girl, an activist, and a dancer. But the pretty girl is also part of a Scientologesque religion, the jock used to be a nerd, and everyone else gets some bits that show that they’re at least a bit more than their trope would have you believe.

I’m looking forward to the rest of this, and have my fingers crossed that I can get through the whole thing in the next few weeks, since they just announced that Jessica Jones II drops on March 8.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Jan 29-31)

What’s your name again?
As post Royal Rumble weeks go, this was a pretty slow week, but there were still a couple Events Of Significance.

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Another Catch-Up Post)

Right. A bunch of TV to catch up on because I didn’t have time to write/post over hte week.

Royal Rumble 2018

So much right, and yet, so much wrong.
Oh, hey, this has been sitting in Chrome waiting for me to hit POST for like five days. Neat.

On what was, overall, a pretty successful show, the WWE earned a lot of credit by making history, then spent that credit by how they made it.

Monday, January 29, 2018

NXT Takeover: Philadelphia

Despite only having one out of three champions I would qualify as “strong” champions, Takeover Philadelphia managed to put on a pretty strong show, albeit one with what I think is a huge misstep at the end.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

PREDICTIONS: Royal Rumble 2018

Good thing I waited and they finally got around to announcing the kickoff matches. Let’s see if I can get some predictions right.

PREDICTIONS: NXT Takeover Philadelphia

A lot going on in Philly right now.
Technically this is already in progress, but I made these predictions two days ago and forgot to post them and Im’ avoiding all social media and news until I watch it tomorrow anyway. Takeover!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup ( 1/22-24)

D-Gereiatric X!
RUMBLE TIME! But first we have to get through the 25th Anniversary episode of Raw, a mediocre Smackdown, a scandal-ravaged 205 Live, and NXT. Events Of Significance:

Black LIghtning: “Lawanda: The Book Of Hope”

They will regret this.
Having set the stage and tone in the pilot episode, Black Lightning picked up where it left off, building up some more characters and bringing our hero around to being a hero again, despite the damage it’ll do to his personal life.

The Flash: “The Elongated Knight Ris

Oh, hey, it’s... a costume.
Someday, The Flash will find the right level of goofy dumb fun, but this week was not that week.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Punisher: “Danger Close” / “Home”

Weird-lookin’ dude.

Agents Of SHIELD: “THe Last Day”

Everything’s going to hell around them, by the way.
Agentts of SHIELD managed to make their hopeful destination of a bunch of rebels living and making plans in the remains of the Zephyr on the shattered earth last nearly 20 minutes before blowing the whole thing up again.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Black Lightning: “The Resurrection”

It’s a weird costume but a good show.
Black Lightning is, if you’ll pardon the expression, shockingly good.

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Oh, The Catchupanity!)

I’ve been behind on discussing the superhero shows, so with Flash and Arrow premiering this week, it’s a good time to get caught up on Agents of SHIELD and Punisher. I still need to watch this week’s AoS, so this covers the last three or four where stuff blew up real good.

I know I’m like four episodes behind on Agents of SHIELD, but basically it turned into the Fitz Is Awesome show with a bunch of episodes about how Fitz Is Awesome, and you don’t need to know much more than that. This season has been firing on all cylinders, and has been a joy to watch.It’s like everything good about last season with none of the weak stuff.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Jan 14-17)


There’s one more week of shows before Takeover and the Royal Rumble, but only NXT feels like it. Raw and Smackdown were slow as hell this week, and 205 Live was a mess. Still, there were a few EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Yes, I Am An Old Nerd

On the off chance any of you in fact question either my old or nerd bonafides:

I appear to* have cracked a rib last night. Not in an undergoround fight club, not in a sporting situation, but by stretching too far over the arm of a chair to reach a charging cable for my iPad. An actual thing that happened to an actual person.

*Unconfirmed medically because it’s not that bad and I’ve cracked a rib before and it feels like that and it’s not really treatable and all the urgent care clinics are inconvenient as fuck and yes I’ll go in tomorrow if it seems necessary

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (GRAPPLING HOOK)

Surprisingly dull week given that we’re building up to a Takeover and a Royal Rumble. EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE:

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Punisher: “Crosshairs” And Before

This was fun.
We are DEEP into the Netflix Mushy Middle on The Punisher, so much so that I can’t remember where I left off reviews and/or recaps.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (The Holidays)

Sure, go with that.
The holiday weeks of WWE were more eventful than I thought they’d be, but still pretty light on content. I could mention stuff like The Not Bullet Club reunion, but that doesn’t really mean anything now, does it? EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE: