What started of as one of the most promising takes on a major comic book character on television has slowly slid into a lesser show with limited prospects. When Arrow started, it was the only show of its kind about and I drank it up, now it has a lot of competiion, made even worse by the fact that It has told almost the same story four times in a row.
I used to think that every new entry into Marvel’s Cinematic universe needed to change the game. I’d be disappointed if I came out of one of their movies and some game changing event hadn’t happened, something that would send ripples throughout all following productions. As the shared universe has grown and spiderwebbed out into more compartmentalised stories, I’ve come to realise that this was a silly thing to expect. That’s not to say that some things that come from Marvel probably should have more far reaching consequences than they end up showing.
The Netflix produced Marvel series have fast become a highlight of the superhero yearly calendar for me. Both the first season of Daredevil and Jessica Jones knocked all other competition out of the park in terms of their story, tone and production quality. It was a given that I was itching to see season two of Daredevil as soon as I possibly could.
I wasn’t disappointed either. While a much less focused series than the first, the story is spread out amongst three primary characters in Daredevil, The Punisher and Elektra. This has the benefit of adding two new fantastic interpretations of known Marvel characters to the series. It’s not without flaws though, as the final few episodes of the series lack a solid goal or antagonist to rally against, especially considering the strength of the finales of the previous two Netflix series.
I’ve been watching Dragonball Super on and off. I wrote about it once before on here, specifically to talk about the lack of quality animation and their choices to retell the Beerus and Resurrection F movies again in the anime. Of course I still watched them, maybe hoping for some minor changes to fix my gripes with some parts of those movies. But mainly I have been looking forward to the original plot for Super
Well they’re a few episodes into a totally original arc now and I’ve got to say, Dragonball Super still isn’t all that great. It’s a sad story I’ve seen many times before; fondly remembered series gets a revival, then proceeds to be fantastically mediocre. As strong a thing as nostalgia is, it can blind people from seeing that sometimes, things run their course. That they end for a reason. Continue reading “Dragonball Super still isn’t that great”
When it comes to Dragonball, my opinion is a great big double-edged sword. I think the perfect place for the series to end, from a storytelling perspective was with Goku defeating Freeza on Namek. It ended the Saiyan arc that started with Z and had Goku fulfilling a legendary prophecy to become the strongest fighter in the galaxy. Problem is, if that had happened, we wouldn’t have had any more Dragonball.
And while it wasn’t as tight as the series before, I still liked the Android Arc, it introduced some cool characters and had a ton of cool moments. It also came full circle on Gohan’s arc with Goku passing the torch to his son to become the new hero, thanks to the power the series had been eluding to since his introduction. Then again, if that had been the end, we wouldn’t have had anymore Dragonball. No Battle of the Gods, no Dragonball Super and no… Majun Buu saga.