"Snap, Crackle, Pop" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #88

Heads up: Technical issues are afoot in this episode!  Due to circumstances explained at the top of the show, we had to move the studio and now my equipment is acting all wonky (by the way, if you are an audio expert and can tell me whats going on, email me).  That aside, we've got Kickstarters to talk about, jokes to be made, and GenCon is quickly approaching!

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Heroscape, DC Dice Master, Miniatures Talk - Boards & Swords #41

I've got a very special episode for you guys this week, as Peter aka @popculturecube on Twitter joins me to talk about miniature gaming, Dice Masters, and a whole lot more!  I had a blast recording this episode, and I know you guys will enjoy it!

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DVR Disorder: Pilot Episode

It's the start of a brand new podcast!  Check with me every week as I go over the latest in geeky TV!  Make sure to send me feedback and let me know how I can improve the show!

On This Episode:

Gotham, episode 3

Doctor Who, episode 7: “Kill the Moon"

The Flash, episode 1: “Pilot"

Arrow, episode 1: “The Calm"

Agents of SHIELD, episode 3: "Making Friends and Influencing People"

Still to come: The Walking Dead, Constantine, iZombie

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Gotham Review (Pilot): "I'm Batman...Or Maybe I'm Not"

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I am a huge Batman fan.  On Monday, Fox aired the pilot episode of its new show “Gotham”, a show focusing on Jim Gordon and to a lesser extent Bruce Wayne long before he decides to become Batman.  I’ve been…nervous…about this show for awhile, and now its time for me to give my thoughts on the Pilot.

The reason that I have been so nervous about this show is that the premise is somewhat flawed: we all know what Gotham looks like when Batman arrives, so we know that no matter what happens in the show, it's always going to be worse, not better.  That and the previews made it seem like the Batman references would be way over the top.

After watching the pilot, I have mixed feelings. First, let's talk about what the show did well.  The pilot sold me on the premise that the show would work best as a crime procedural focusing on future  commissioner Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock.  During the pilot, the tension and drama between the two was set up very well and was interesting to watch.  If the show had focused only on these two trying to solve the Wayne murder, I think it would have been a great pilot.

Where the pilot falls short is the Batman references.  First of all, there's way too many just in the pilot.  We've been told that in future episodes it will not be as bad but Gotham needs to take a page from the Arrow playbook.  The DC nods in Arrow work because they are subtle but visible enough for even the average fanboy.  In Gotham, the references are so obvious it just feels like the show is screaming "HEY THIS IS A BATMAN SHOW DID YOU KNOW THIS IS A BATMAN SHOW LOOK BATMAN!". I mean, you can have Oswald Cobblepot  and Edward Nygma in the show as supporting characters, but leave it at just their names.  Don't have thugs tease Oswald and call him a penguin!  And don't have Nygma trying to make a riddle every time he opens his mouth!  There are so many other ways that you can build up their characters, but making the obvious reference straight out of the gate just makes it feel campy.

Also, Ive seen several interpretations on screen of Alfred in my years, but jeez the one in Gotham has to be the worst version I have ever seen.  He sounds more Australian than British, and just the way he talks and acts just pulls me out of the show every time he is on the screen.  Its like nails on a chalkboard to me!  Can we get a descent actor in this role please?

Overall, it was a pilot, and we all know that pilots can tend to be pretty rough.  I am intrigued by the show and will continue to watch the show over the next few weeks to see how it goes.  If the producers are smart, they will make it more of a procedural set in Gotham than the lame Batman prequel that keeps trying to come out.

Quick Fix #19: Nightwing #25 (DC Comics)

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Today marks the last Quick Fix for awhile - let me know if you liked them and perhaps they will come back!  Today I'm looking at Nightwing #25, another Zero Year tie-in.  Can Dick Grayson make it back to his family when he's stranded in Gotham City when all hell breaks loose?

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Quick Fix #18: Action Comics #25 (DC Comics)

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Today, I'm talking about *another* Zero Year title, Action Comics #25.  Can Superman use his amazing powers to help the people of Gotham from the oncoming super storm heading their way?

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Quick Fix #17: Batgirl #25 (DC Comics)

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Today we have a Zero Year tie-in: Batgirl #25.  Can Barbara Gordon save her brother and herself from the oncoming flood - in addition to other Gothamites who have their own ideas for survival?

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Quick Fix #16: Justice League of America #9 (DC Comics)

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Another Forever Evil issue today, Justice League of America #9!  Can Stargirl and Martian Manhunter pull the Justice League out of their prison, or will their own weakness keep everyone locked inside?

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Quick Fix #15: Batman #25 (DC Comics)

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Welcome back for another week of Quick Fix!  Today, I look at Batman #25, a "Zero Year" issue.  Batman's on the run from the cops as he and Detective Gordon both try to figure out who is killing Wayne Enterprises scientists.

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Quick Fix #14: Green Lantern Annual #2 (DC Comics)

Our review of Lights Out comes to a close today as we talk about Green Lantern Annual #2.  Can the Lantern Corps come together to stop Relic?  Will they be able to deal with the harsh new realizations of the emotional spectrum?

Quick Fix #13: Red Lanterns #24 (DC Comics)

The Green Lantern event "Lights Out" continues as Philip reviews part 4: Red Lanterns #24.  Kyle Rayner has all the emotional entities except for two: Fear and Rage.  What will Atrocitus, current host of the avatar of Rage, do when Kyle shows up looking for it?

 

Quick Fix #11: Green Lantern Corps #24 (DC Comics)

Philip continues on his review of Lights Out - the latest Green Lantern event.  It's Part 2 today: Green Lantern Corps #24.  The Green Lanterns make their final stand on Oa against Relic, but will it be enough? feedback@ocdcast.com http://ocdcast.com http://twitter.com/ChrisTheProf http://twitter.com/Philip_OCD http://facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder

Quick Fix #10: Green Lantern #24 (DC Comics)

This week, I turn the wheel over to my friend Philip to get the inside scoop on the latest Green Lantern event: Lights Out!  Today, Part 1: Green Lantern #24.  Relic is sucking all the energy out of Lantern rings - who is he and why is he doing this?? feedback@ocdcast.com http://ocdcast.com http://twitter.com/ChrisTheProf http://twitter.com/Philip_OCD http://facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder

Quick Fix #9: Forever Evil: Arkham War #2 (DC Comics)

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While the Bat's away, the villains shall play!  Gotham's worst seem to be split down the middle, eager to take the city for themselves.  Today we are talking about Forever Evil: Arkham War #2 of 6 by DC Comics.

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Quick Fix #8: Forever Evil #3 (DC Comics)

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More details are revealed on where the Justice League have gone!  What's this?  Lex Luthor and other villains are banding together against the Crime Syndicate?  Today, we look at Forever Evil #3.

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Quick Fix #6: Batman And Two Face #24

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The woman who turned Harvey Dent into Two Face is back in Gotham!  Can Batman put aside his grief over Daiman's fate and help bring her to justice?  Today, we look at Batman And Robin Two Face #24.

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Quick Fix #5: Batman, Incorporated (DC Comics)

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This week, I'll be going back to talk about a few comics that aren't necessarily "new" releases, starting today with my thoughts summarizing Grant Morrison's Batman, Incorporated run in the new 52.  When Batman decides to take his mission global. a new terrorist group known as "Leviathan" decides to strike back, having a score to settle with the Dark Knight.

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