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April 22, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman #8/Justice League #8

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WW#8

It's here. The cover we've all been waiting for is here at last. Isn't that cool?

But would it surprise you, long-time reader of either these reviews or the new run of Wonder Woman, that events depicted on the cover may not actually occur within the narrative itself? Of course not. In fact, this issue, the exact opposite of what's shown on the cover happens. To find out what I mean by that and to take a gander at Wondie's new cossie, follow me after the jump.

We'll also be discussing the Wonder Woman bits of Justice League #8, in which finally, you will believe a (Wonder) woman can fly. At last.

Justice League #8 cover

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April 17, 2012

Review: NYC 22 (CBS) 1x1

Posted on April 17, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

NYC22

In the US: Sundays, 10/9c, CBS

Have you noticed how much US network TV is like Las Vegas? As soon as one Las Vegas hotel gets something (e.g. an IMAX 3D ride), suddenly every Las Vegas hotel has to have it?

So stop me if you've heard this one before. A cop show on CBS (why haven't you stopped me yet?) all about rookie cops (why haven't you stopped me yet?), their love lives (why haven't you stopped me yet?) and the thorny dilemmas they face on the streets that academy hasn't prepared them for (why haven't you stopped me yet?).

Do you see where I'm going with this? I hope you do. Because I have to ask myself, you and CBS: Do we really need another Rookie Blue? Do we really need a show that isn't even half as good as Southland, simply because these shows aren't on CBS and CBS is the home of the procedural?

No, it doesn't matter that Robert de Niro is one of the producers, or that this features a surprisingly diverse cast, including Adam Goldberg (Friends), Leelee Sobieski (Joan of Arc) and Brit actor Tom Reed. Why? Because ultimately, despite a slight hint of the Southland in terms of detail, this is no better and no different than any other generic cop show, put together because all the other networks had one and CBS wanted one, too.

Here's a trailer:

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April 17, 2012

Review: Girls (HBO) 1x1

Posted on April 17, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

HBO's Girls

In the US: Sundays, 10.30pm, HBO

And so HBO's quest for the new Sex and the City continues. Take four women, stick them in a city, let them talk to each other a lot, particularly about sex. Hey presto! You have a new Sex and the City. Magic or what?

Clearly, it's not as easy as all that, though, or Cashmere Mafia, Lipstick Jungle, Women's Murder Club, and all the other SatC knock-offs US TV has thrown at us over the past half-decade or so all would be hit TV shows and movies by now.

However, HBO's Girls has a lot better chance of being the new Sex and the City. I think. Trouble is, unlike Sex and the City which really was a truly universal show (if you took the trouble to watch it), Girls is a show that maybe only girls will watch. And I mean girls - or at least young women, here - because this is a show that (probably) has its finger so close to the pulse of young American women's lives (or at least East Coast, white, straight, middle to upper-middle class women's lives) that if it gets any closer, there'll be arterial spray hitting the walls in thousands of houses. And by girls, I also mean girls who love indie movies since this is effectively Sex and the City if it had been written by Ibsen on one of his cheerier days.

But I'm not a girl, so how should I know?

If you're in the US, you can see for yourself with the whole of the first episode on YouTube:

Otherwise, you'll have to make do with this trailer:

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