Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Defenders: "The Other Five Episodes" (SPOILERS)

So, That Hpapened
Because the spoiler situation was getting out of hand, I just barreled through episodes 3-8 of The Defenders yeseterday. It's all a bit of a blur, but here's what I think.

Mae Young Classic: "Episode 2"

Episode 2 of the Mae Young Classic continues with more first round matches, but this is probably the weakest episode of the bunch in terms of talent.

Mae Young Classic: "Episode 1"

The first four episodes of the Mae Young Classic dropped on the Network this morning, and as I work through them, I'm going to focus less on the results and more on who impressed me and who I hope to see more of going forward. As the CWC and UK torunaments showed, these events are less about who wins and more about showcasing the talent.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Tick: "Where's My MInd / Secret Identity"

Hugs and drugs.
Am I done with Preacher? Nope. Am I done with Defenders? Fuck no. Did I let any of that stop me from watching two episodes of The Tick shortly after it dropped on Amazon? Nope. I've been a fan of The Tick since the beginning. That other shit can wait.

Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground! "The Cup Runneth Over / The Cueto Cup"

Damn fine match to close the Cup.
Goddammit, so close.

Preacher: "Pig"

OK, Preacher Season 2, we may need to have a talk about Tulip. She's spent almost the entire season scared or moping or traumatized about or by something. That's an uncomfortable amount.

Defenders: "Worst Behavior"

Still a dumbass.
Goddamn, Danny Rand is still a naive dumbass.

Preacher: "Sokosha"

Hop on board the soul train.
I have a huge problem with this episode, which is all about the Saint of Killers coming to New Orleans, wreaking havoc, and being presumably semi-permanently dealt with by Jesse Custer.

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (8/21-24)

GLORIOUS jobber squash.
The fallout from Summerslam is surprisingly muted, especially on Raw.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Summerslam 2017


Summerslam! Six full hours of championship matches. Started good, ended good, and sprinkled a LOT of garbage through the middele.

NXT Takeover Brooklyn III

Blacktight Invasion
Turns out Takeovr Brooklyn III was almost exactly as good in reality as it was on paper. Certainly the weakest Takeover in recent memory.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Defenders: "The H Word" / "Mean Right Hook"

This photo clearly taken sometime after Episode 2.
If you liked Daredeevil, liked Jessica Jones, and liked Luke Cage, you'll probably like The Defenders, or at least the first two episodes. It doesn't matter if you liked Iron Fist, because nobody liked Iron Fist.

Anyway, Episode 1 is basically Where Are They Now, and episode 2 is They Start Getting Together. It's a bit odd that we're 25% of the way through an eight episode show and we still haven't gotten to the part where they meet up in a Chinese restaurant and Stick tells them what's going on, but this is Netflix Marvel, the land of deliberate pacing.

Preacher: "Viktor" & "Dallas"

This ends badly.
Preacher S2 slows down for episodes 4 and 5 to give us the saga of Tulip's husband and spend a lot of time on the backstory of how their relationship fell apart after the Dallas job and Tulip's miscarriage.

PREDICTIONS: Summerslam 2017

No Sleep During Brooklyn
The next of the Big Four is this weekend, with thirteen matches over six plus hours because WWE hates us.

PREDICTIONS: NXT Takeover Brooklyn III

Least inspiring one yet...
I won't be watching it until tomorrow, but need to get these in under the wire. ON paper, this is the least thrilling card they've had in Brooklyn yet, but maybe they'll surprise me.

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (SS Go Home Week)

Summerslam is imminent, and we had some pretty good build going into it, too. Events Of Significance:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Post-Mortem: Seeso

See Ya
 Seeso is shutting down any day now, but when it shuts down is irrelevant, because I have slightly less than a month to watch what I wanna watch, because of course the monthly charge came through like two fucking days after they announced the channel was ending.

Post-Mortem: @midnight

Seacrest OUT
It's been about a week now, but @midnight ended a 600 episode run recently, and  I thought I'd look back at what it did, what it was, and the hole it leaves in the comedy landscape.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Week of 8/7)

First the Punjabi Prison, now this.
The Events Of Significance from WWE programming this week, as we head into the second-biggest show of the year, Summerslam, in just two weeks.

Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground! ("The Hunger Inside / Bloodlines""

Lucha Underground has been on fire the past two weeks. With the Cueto Cup winding up and not dominating the entire show, there's been time to pick up long-dangling plot threads and reintroduce things like Gift of the Gods medallions. But the end of Wednesday's episode demands a spoileerific scream of nerd joy.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

They! Were! (Mostly!) N! X! T!

Goddammit, Funk, stop making awesome wrestlers.
The new line of WWE POPs dropped at the end of July, and I had to be judicious and only get, um, five of them.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (7/31-8/3)

This week, we're just going to discuss the Events Of Significance across all four shows.