AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: HEAVY IS THE HEAD: Life Can Be a Mean Drunk

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Heavy is the Head” – Season 2, Episode 2, Story 24 (September 30, 2014) – Written by Paul Zbyszewski; Directed by Jesse Bochco – Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Ruth Negga, Adrian Pasdar, and Kyle MacLachlan.

Two episodes into the second season of AGENTS OF SHIELD (oh, how I hate typing S.H.I.E.L.D. – almost as much as I hate looking at it) and we’ve got a confident, strong, engaging show on our hands. It’s striking just how different the show is from last season not only in terms of its tone, but in the characters it focuses on.

Take Brett Dalton’s Agent Ward. He went from being a rock sinking the show to not a disastrous teammate to an interesting traitor to being sidelined. He doesn’t even appear in “Heavy is…

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Trike House Party Blood Feud: This is Excitement!

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Nothing to see here folks. After Week 4, The Buzz-Saw and The Hyphen are still deadlocked, this time at 30 correct picks. Neither man was brave enough to gamble, as neither man wants to lose ground to the other man in this…this…BLOOD FEUD. Check back next week.

B Hyphen: 30 correct picks
Buzz-Saw: 30 correct picks

GOTHAM: PILOT: Shiny Shoes, Mother of God!

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Gotham – “Pilot” – Season 1, Episode 1, Story 1 (September 22, 2014) – Written by Bruno Heller; Directed by Danny Cannon – Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, John Doman, Richard Kind, Victoria Cartagena, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

I admit I’ve had a bit of fun at GOTHAM’s expense over the past few months, calling it things like NO BATMAN and KID BATMAN and GOTHAMVILLE and THE INEVITABLE FAILINGS OF JIM GORDON, but it’s all been with tongue planted firmly in cheek. The truth is that I have been very much looking forward to GOTHAM and agree with the decision to de-Batman the show, as long as it also keeps little Bruce Wayne at the periphery and does not turn into a darker SMALLVILLE, where we watch Bruce endlessly learn lessons and endure experiences…

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: SHADOWS: Go Dark

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Shadows” – Season 2, Episode 1, Story 23 (September 23, 2014) – Written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen; Directed by Vincent Misiano – Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Lucy Lawless, Reed Diamond, Adrian Pasdar, Brian Patrick Wade, Patton Oswalt, Nick Blood, Neal McDonough, Kenneth Choi, and Hayley Atwell.

The first season of Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD resisted embracing the superheroness of its universe, wanting instead to focus on a particular slice of Marvel’s brand of espionage. The show clearly did not want to be what so many fans wanted it to be: a chance to see as many Marvel Universe characters brought in as possible to be given the live action treatment. (Of which, some would inevitably bitch about how the show had gotten a character wrong, as if what was really important was…

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Atomic Drops: NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS (2014): There’s More To Being Champion Than Destroying People

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Night of Champions (2014) – Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN) – September 21, 2014 – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Interviews: Byron Saxton; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Big Show.

One month previous, Brock Lesnar and John Cena put on one of the most unbelievable title matches in pro wrestling history. Lesnar dominated Cena in a way that title matches simply do not unfold. It was, as I said in my review of SUMMERSLAM, a terrible match and an amazing story as Lesnar and Cena turned their WWE Heavyweight Championship match into a squash match.

Over the past month, Cena arrived like no beat down had been given, back to his typical old cartoon self. (I’m pretty sure if Cena gets his hand flattened by a…

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Shiva Season: Week 3 Must Have Stars and Diamond Players

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Different variations of the old adage “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone,” kept popping into my head this week. With all the dumbassery (props to the Lex and Terry show for that word) that has come out not just this week, but all season about football players at both the college (Jameis Winston) and pro level (Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Adrian Peterson), it just seemed like a fitting phrase. Not to mention the injuries that piled up in week 2 for many teams.

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Geeks of Gridiron: Week 3 – Setting the Pace

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Week 2 Review
Week 1 ended with everyone within two games of each other. After two weeks, the lineup is still the same, with two games still separating the leaders from the bottom feeders of the group. Nobody was able to stand out as the best record for week 2 was 8-8, accomplished by B Hyphen and the rookie Diamond Jim. The .500 performances was enough to put both into the four way tie for first. The reigning champ and Nocturne Tom Deja, both of which led after week 1, went 7-9 in week 2 and are the other two fighting on the top step of the ladder with B Hyphen and the rookie. The Buzz-Saw and Triple S also went 7-9, while the Howitzer double G had a case of bad choices, going 6-10. He’ll look for some medication to remedy the problem in week 3.

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Promos By Hyphen: The WWE Network, The Present & The Future

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When Stardust and Goldust became heels a few weeks ago, my opinions on hating that Cody Rhodes had become Stardust did a 180 and I was onboard immediately. I made a mental note to dedicate my next column to THE BALLAD OF CODY RHODES.

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