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Supergirl S1e6: Red Faced

Supergirl learns that with her great power comes great responsibility and she has to learn to keep her emotions in check. Cat Grant receives a visit from her mother. Sam Lane shows up with a new android which is very powerful. It takes all of Supergirl’s efforts to stop it when it goes wrong. Meanwhile Kara & Alex continue to look into their father Jeremiah’s fate and they find out who the last person him alive was. In the end a small accident leaves us with a nice little cliff hanger.

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Supergirl returns to good form with this instalment after a slightly less than impressive performance with the previous episode. The series seems to work best when stories about family are involved.

Here we see Cat’s mum come onto the scene, also Lucy Lane’s dad & Kara & Alex continue to dig into the mystery of the fate of Jeramiah Danvers. Clearly with all this family related content this episode shines. Add to it an awesome fight against an android and this episode was always going to be a winner. Melissa Benoist gives a really strong performance in this entry.

One of the strongest entries of the season so far it continues to build things up for the coming episodes.

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Leonard Nimoy: One year on

Often when an event happens or someone passes away and a year goes by we find ourselves saying “I can’t believe it’s been a year already”. Well this is exactly what is going through my head right now as I write this post. I can hardly believe it has been one year already since we lost this multitalented and creative man & artist.

Despite my very public fandom of Star Trek as a franchise it was not in from this work that I became aware of Mr Nimoy. It was through his voice acting work in the 1986 Transformers The Movie that I first encountered his work. In this title he played the role of Galvatron  the leader of the Decepticons after Megatron is transformed by Unicron. Mr Nimoy also did some voice work for the role of Unicron when  Orson Wells passed away towards the end of production. It was nearly a decade later in the mid 1990’s that I first saw Star Trek & Mr Nimoy’s most famous on screen role Spock.

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In the role of Spock Mr Nimoy created a character which is very unique and special and is loved all around the world. Spock is a character which a lot of people can identify with because sometimes we have all felt like the outsider or the one who is different. He played a character of two worlds Vulcan and Earth while he elected to follow a Vulcan way of life he sometime felt as though he did not fit into either culture. He was most at home on the Enterprise with his crew.

Mr Nimoy also was a director. He directed an episode of TJ Hooker (William Shatner in the title role). He also directed Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, Star Trek 4: The Voyage home and Three Men and a Baby to name just a few.

Mr Nimoy would also make a return to the Transformers franchise in the 2011 Michael Bay film Transformers: Dark of the Moon where he provided voice talents for the character of  Sentinel Prime

Among his other interests he was a photographer. One story I have read was Tom Hanks & Leonard Nimoy had attended an event together when they were approached by a fan in the carpark who wanted to have his photo taken with Tom Hanks. When the question was asked who would take the photo the fan said ” Mr Nimoy you are a wonderful photographer would you please take our picture”.

Leonard Nimoy left with world with such a wonderful legacy of talent which I have no doubt span many more decades. I for one am very honoured to have been alive to see his some of his work as he created it. Thank you Mr Nimoy for what you gave the world. You are a legend for all of time.

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Supergirl Pilot Review

Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) was sent to Earth as well as her cousin Kal-El (Superman). Kara’s mission was to protect her younger cousin. However on it’s way to Earth her ship was knocked off course and she ended up in the Phantom Zone where time does not pass. By the time her ship arrives on Earth her cousin had already grown up and become The Man Of Steel.

As her cousin did not need her protection any longer Kara went and lived with her adoptive human family the Danvers where she grew up into a young lady however as she did not need them she hid powers from the world.

Kara while currently in the employ of CatCo Worldwide Media as the personal assistant to Cat Grant a situation forces her to reveal her powers to the world and the story of Supergirl begins.

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I first discovered that a Supergirl series was being made when I saw the 6 minute long preview which was released online sometime before the pilot aired. While the pilot to Supergirl leaked before it’s air date I did not watch it until it came out through proper channels.

Allow me to continue by saying firstly that over my many years of watching shows and in particular genre shows. As an example I have seen the pilots to 3 Star Trek shows (Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise), The X-Files, Babylon 5 & Sliders just to name a few. So how does Supergirl stack up against these other titles?

Firstly the casting, which I think on the whole was done very well.

Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl: Melissa was an excellent choice. Her only other big role was Marley Rose on Glee for two seasons. Which for television audiences means she is mostly an unknown quantity. She does also have a theatre career spanning 15 years which does show through in her work on screen. as she is able to not only act excellently in scenes but allows her to play the double life of Kara & Supergirl well.

Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen: Again another good casting choice here. Jimmy Olsen connecting events in National City with those in Metropolis through is work at the Daily Planet and his connections with Superman. Brooks has a reasonable body of work behind him and is well cast in the role of Olsen

Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers: Leigh has one of most impressive bodies of work in the main cast having stared in Grey’s Anatomy for 112 episodes. She is quite well suited to the action role that Danvers plays through her employment. However Leigh is also quite good at playing the other side of her character being Kara’s adoptive sister and all that comes with that.

Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott Jr: Winn is a tech expert at CatCo who works near Kara’s desk. She befriends him straight away and he helps set up her out fit and a hideout. He also has a crush on her. At the moment in the series this is the character I am finding the least interesting Jordan is a good actor however. Perhaps over time the character will grow on me.

David Harewood as Hank Henshaw: Having recently rewatched the Doctor Who two parter The End of Time I realised where I had seen Harewood before. He played Joshua Naismith in it. In Supergirl he plays Henshaw the head of the DEO. While he appears to he a hard ass he does want what is best for Alex & Kara.

Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant: The most well know actor in the main cast Flockhart was the lead in two other major shows being Ally McBeal & Brothers & Sisters. She is well suited for the role of the CatCo CEO as she has an heir or elegance about her and can play her character with ease.

While I’m not going to go through all the recurring cast I will make two mentions which I felt were special

Dean Cain as Jeremiah Danvers: Obviously Cain played The Man of Steel himself in the 90’s tv show Lois & Clarke: The New Adventures of Superman. In this series he plays Kara’s adoptive human father.

Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers: Slater starred in the 1984 film Supergirl. She is Kara’s adoptive mother in the series.

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The pilot itself was good I felt it outlaid the story in a way so those who don’t know the story of Supergirl could very easily pick up the story. However it was done in such a way that those of us who are familiar with the story feel entertained and are not left bored by something they already know.

The range Kara goes through in this episode is awesome, from officer worker to revealing her powers. Then to be badly discouraged and then finally saving the day. It was excellent acting on the behalf of Benoist.

I did notice that the pilot was only the length of a normal episode, which is a testament to the creators to be able to tell the story they needed in 45 min instead of 2 hours like tv pilots of old use to run for.

The action and effects were good and all the actors came to the party and performed very well. This is  series that has quite a lot of potential. I hope to see it do well.

Daisy Ridley: A Rey of light for Star Wars

While  I am scheduled to do a generalised Force Awakens post on Thursday after seeing an article online last night I felt compelled to make this post ahead of the other one.

For the article I referenced above please see the following link

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-28/missing-star-wars-hero-has-fans-asking-wheres-rey/7056480

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It is not often that history repeats itself. Only through careful design and planning can it have a chance of doing so. However history has indeed repeated itself when you look at casting choices in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope & Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

For A New Hope all three actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had a small body of work before staring in Star Wars. With the exception of Ford who’s biggest release prior to Star Wars was the 1973 movie American Graffiti, both Hamill & Fisher had only really done work domestically in America.

The creative force (no pun intended) behind episode 7 have done the same thing taking three relatively unknown actors and putting them firmly in the spotlight. In this case its John Boyega, Adam Driver & Daisy Ridley. It is the latter’s performance that I shall focus on now.

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As mentioned above the casting choices for the new Star Wars introduced us to relatively unknown actors naturally as a result of this I had not seen any of the work that Daisy Ridley had done before episode 7. Which results in my initial option of her skills as an actor were based solely on her performance in The Force Awakens.

However with playwright and actor Arnold Ridley (The plays The Wrecker, Ghost Train in 1927 & Dad’s Army as Private Godfrey) as her great-uncle one suspects Daisy is of a strong acting lineage.

Being cast in episode 7 was exactly the global exposure the Daisy not only needed but also deserved. Here is why.

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The Force Awakens gives Daisy the widest pallet possible for an actor to portray a huge rage of acting skills all packaged together in one movie.

There were plenty of action scenes where she was running and climbing and dodging fire from the enemy which shows her skills for action movies. However she was not only able to show her credentials as an action star but was able to convey the full range of emotions all in just over two hours of film including sadness, fear and anger as shown here.

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Daisy has the skills to act in almost any movie which will be a huge asset to her as role come her way and her profile continues to grow. She is certainly a rising star of the movie industry. She is an amazing talent and I for one will watch with great interest to see her career grown and bloom as time goes on.

As a side note for the anime & Studio Ghibli fans out there Daisy is providing voice acting work for the character Taeko Okajima in the English dub of the Ghibli release Only Yesterday due for release in 2016.

Thanks should be given to those who cast episode 7 for putting Daisy in the role of Rey she is a strong female main character who is played by a very talented young lady. Who I hope will be a role model to all the young kids out there seeing the movie both girls & boys.

Hopefully Disney and Lucusfilms realise the awesome potential they have in this character and they change their marketing strategies to include more Rey products  and unlike in the article I referenced in the beginning we won’t be asking “Where’s Rey” in the future.