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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINDER SOLDIER – You gotta hand it to the folks at Disney. When they take something under their wing, they really know how to make a franchise out of it and do it well. Gives us all hope that they do the same thing with the future STAR WARS trilogy. After THE AVENGERS, the world is not the same place as we knew it before. I guess when a whole slew of nasty aliens come down from the sky and terrorizing New York, the game changes. Now, S.H.I.E.L.D. is hunting bad guys again but this time with members of the AVENGERS in tow. But when Hydra, the same Hydra that was run by the Red Skull in the first CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, shows their cards, everything gets turned upside down and the private military organization is fighting for its life. THE WINTER SOLDIER may be the best of the Marvel movies to come along since the franchise went over to Disney. It is a superhero movie but really a political thriller where there are lots of twist and turns and plenty of cool action. Plus, we finally get to see just how much of a bad ass Cap really is – while it was shown a bit in his other appearances, here he really goes off. With a cool follow up from THOR, this excellent movie with Cap, hopefully the horrific IRON MAN 3 was just a blip on the radar screen and future movies will be just as good.
THE WORLD WARS – A really good three part mini-series looking at how both World Wars that took place in the first half of the twentieth century were actually connected in more ways than you have probably ever known before. THE WORLD WARS looks at all the major players in the Second World War – Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, Musssolini, Patton – in how each’s future views and attitudes were influences heavily by their involvement in the First World War. While this mini-series doesn’t get too wrapped up in the details of how the wars were won or how politics played a role in how each country acted, it is a nice overview of both wars and how essentially it was one war that took place over the course of 30 years. History channel did a nice job as well with the production values of the show in giving re-enactments their due. If you enjoy military history, particularly European warfare in the early 1900s, this is something you will definitely enjoy even if you know the material. More than likely there is something in here you never knew or thought about.
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON – The first season of AGENTS OF SHIELD was a tale of two seasons. The first half of the season was slow. And by slow, I mean so horrifically boring that ABC at one point had to flip a coin as to whether it would keep the show on the air. The second half of the season did a complete 180 in every possible way. Piggybacking on the events that happen in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, the series took the full scale invasion of Hydra into the show and turned the entire organization on its head. Some of the characters on the show turn out to be not so nice guys and paranoia runs wild. It was a nice turn of events given the show really struggled in the first half of the season. Now with the second season approaching, it will be interesting to see if the show continues its strong momentum or if it will fall into the same pattern of boredom that it struggled with early. I hope that it will be the former and with all the news of the casting for the show in the second season it has a strong potential to do so.
SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON – SUPERNATURAL keeps on trucking. Nine years of the Winchester brothers fighting evil, getting in some really bad situations, eating crazy food, having crazy one-liners and we are setting up for another season coming this fall. In Season 9, there was a two-fold focus. One was the whole plotline of one angel kicking all of the other angels out of heaven to walk the Earth, then creating a division between angels so he could become the new God. The second plotline revolved around the super powerful demon, Abaddon, being on the loose and threatening the world as well as Crowley’s hold on Hell. Along the way we get the normal funny episodes and the obligatory Winchester brothers fighting. But whatever happens it is always a fun show that appeals to a variety of viewers from tweens, to adults to everyone. With Season 10 on the way, if you missed out on the previous year, this is a great chance to catch up and get prepared for the new season.
Other titles available this week:
- VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE COMPLETE FITH SEASON – Another season of the venerable vampire drama is coming this fall, catch up now.
- THE GOLDBERGS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON – The funny sitcom about a crazy family in the 80s made it to a second season and now you have a chance to catch up before it debuts.
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