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December 28, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman #15/Justice League #15/Batwoman #15/Aquaman #15

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Wonder Woman #15

As we head into the new year, for Wonder Woman, it seems an appropriate time to say, "Out with the old, in with the new."

For starters, in Wonder Woman #15, not only do we have the much-heralded, full-on return of the New Gods to the DC Universe, we also have some new characters - including, naturally enough, a new relative for Wondy - and new powers for her as well.

But over in Justice League #15, the flip remark I made when reviewing Justice League #14 turns out to have been prophetic, too: Wondy has a new secret dating identity. Yes, 'Diana Prince' is back. Woo hoo!

Justice League #15

And since our Wondy seems to be getting some proper 'screen time' in the DC Universe for a change, this month, she's also popping up in Aquaman for the first time since the nu52 reboot. Although, it has to be said, it's a less than edifying experience for all involved. And it's not just because of the usual Aquaman fish jokes.

Aquaman #15

And, just for fun, she flies a bit in Batwoman #15. Well, falls, flies, it's much of a muchness. But it does give us the chance to ask a vital question that DC seems to have been posing for a couple of months now: is Wonder Woman a goddess? And to answer another vital question that DC seems to have been posing for even longer: do its writers really do any research?

Batwoman #15

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December 21, 2012

Preview: Deception (NBC) 1x1

Posted on December 21, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Deception on NBC

In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, NBC. Starts January 7 2013

With NBC doing so well in the ratings right now, it's tempting to forget that it essentially churns out derivative rubbish. It even rips itself off with Go On, which is an imitation - albeit a not bad one - of Community.

As if to prove a point, here comes Deception, a show that practically screams, "We wish we'd thought of that, ABC!" Combining two of ABC's stand-out shows of last year - Scandal and Revenge - Deception is a relentlessly monotonous show of ridiculous proportions. Marrying Revenge's "crime, East Coast rich people and the poor outsider woman" soap opera with Scandal's mystery/thriller and black female lead (when only one network show has a black female lead, you know something's wrong with the entire industry), Deception sees an FBI officer go undercover to solve the mystery of her former rich girl best friend's apparent drug overdose. Except it's really murder - as if you couldn't see that coming.

Okay, might be good, you might think, except being NBC, it's the blandest, dullest possible combination of those two shows, offering neither excitement nor vicarious thrills to get you through the fact that despite a decent cast that includes Victor Garber and Tate Donovan, there is absolutely nothing remarkable about the plot, the dialogue, the characters or their relationships. Even the tag line "To find the truth, she'll become a lie" is boring.

Here's a trailer. Stay awake if you can.

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December 18, 2012

Preview: 1600 Penn 1x1 (NBC)

Posted on December 18, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

1600 Penn

In the US: Thursdays, 9.30/8.30c, NBC. Starts January 10

In US TV, there's the thing called 'development'. It's when someone comes to a TV network with an idea for a show, except it doesn't quite work. So the idea goes into development so that the problems can be solved, ideally before it goes into production.

Of course, even then, it's not too late for the show to change. Take The West Wing. Originally, the president wasn't going to show up at all - he would only ever be talked about, but would never appear. But come the pilot episode, the President needed to appear, the producers cast Martin Sheen and the rest is history.

But sometimes, despite all these safety valves, one big, looming, giant black hole of a problem can't be removed, usually as a result of politics, sometimes because it's one of the executive producers or it's even the person who came up with the idea for the TV show in the first place.

To preserve some air of mystery and suspense, I'll let you guess what the problem is with 1600 Penn - a sort of West Wing meets Modern Family set in the White House - that couldn't be removed before it aired. I'll give you a clue: have a look at the cast photo.

Here's a trailer if you need any more clues:

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