, Season One
: In the beginning, when The CW started bringing real superhero shows to television, The Flash
was my favourite show right out of the gate, but recent seasons have seen Supergirl
take the top spot.
However, hitting the ground running, way better than any of the other CW shows did, the new girl on the block, Stargirl
, has taken the crown and shows no sign of letting it go.
Proper superheroes, proper superpowers, proper costumes, and proper villains - this show proudly wears its geek cred on its sleeve.
However, unlike the other CW superhero shows, it benefited from a tight, 13-episode season, which meant no filler plotlines or episodes.
In a broad sweep, Stargirl
is Buffy The Vampire Slayer
crossed with Marvel's Runaways
You have legacy characters and a town, riddled with secret lairs and tunnels, that's home to a coterie of supervillains and their families.
This isn't a comic book superhero show that's embarrassed to be a comic book superhero show.
In fact, it fully embraces comic book zaniness (but lovingly, not in a piss-take, post-modern ironic way
) as well as its source material's history, diving deep into the world of Stargirl, the Justice Society of America, the Injustice Society of America
, and the Seven Soldiers of Victory
I can't wait to see where creator Geoff Johns (who created Stargirl on the comic book page as well, as an homage to his late sister
) and his team take the show next.
The first season, which is now available in the UK on Amazon's Prime Video streaming service, is close to being a perfect.
But the seemingly hurried finale left the ultimate fate of too many of the villains undisclosed.
And whatever happened to Cameron (Hunter Sansone), the son of the main villain, who was clearly being set up as a potential love interest for Stargirl herself, Courtney (Brec Bassinger)?
He just disappeared from the story about two-thirds the way through the season and was never mentioned again.
And what about his creepy grandparents, who were clearly in on the bad guys plot?
Given the sweet denouement at the end of the season, to skip over the fate of these key supporting characters seems a disappointing oversight.
Unless, they're all coming back next season?
Kingdom, Season Two
: Continuing the amazing story established in season one
, the new season of the Medieval Korean zombie series, Kingdom
, managed to achieve in its six episodes more than both The Walking Dead
and Game of Thrones
The main characters managed to discover not only a wholly convincing scientific explanation for - and ways to combat - the plague, but all against the backdrop of some serious Westerosi-level court politics.
The totally evil and bonkers Queen Consort Cho (Hye-Jun Kim) could give Cersei Lannister a run for her money as the queen of badasses.
The cause of the zombie plague is brilliant in its simplicity and totally fits the established verisimilitude of the show.
However, the biggest twist was the season's wrap-up, that initially gives you the impression that everything is over.
Only for the story to reinvent itself and head off in a new direction.
Batman - Year One
(2011): In preparation for the eagerly-awaited - but more than a year away - The Batman
, I thought it was time to check out the animated adaptation of Frank Miller's classic Batman: Year One
To be honest, we don't need any more origin films (and the upcoming The Batman most definitely isn't that
) because this hour-long animated movie has given us a definitive take on that story.
Telling the parallel stories of billionaire Bruce Wayne's (voiced by Ben McKenzie, Gotham's Jim Gordon
) return to the city of his birth, years after the murder of his parents, and downtrodden police lieutenant Jim Gordon's (voiced by Breaking Bad
's Bryan Cranston) relocation to the city, with his pregnant wife.
Both men are horrified by the rampant crime and corruption in the city.
Gordon battles daily with his brutal and bent colleagues in the GCPD, a stain of corruption that runs all the way up to Police Commissioner Loeb (Jon Polito).
Bruce, as we all know, instead opts to don a cape and cowl and take to the streets and rooftops as the vigilante Batman.
It is inevitable that their stories will eventually collide.
The film, directed by Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery doesn't slavishly copy Frank Miller's distinctive art style, but certainly embraces it.
While Batman: Year One
concerns itself primarily with Gordon and Batman trying to root out police corruption, we get to meet one of the city's most famous gangsters, Carmine Falcone (Alex Rocco), and Selina Kyle (Buffy
's Eliza Dushku) suits up as Catwoman, it isn't really concened about introducing Batman's tradional rogue's gallery.
As the final moments hint, that treat is to come in "year two".Batman: Year One
is currently available to stream on Sky Cinema in the UK.