Reviews

In Defence of Supernatural’s “Bugs”

May 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

Hate-Watch is a column by FAN/FIC Editor Malory Beazley. In this column, Malory defends some of the most hated episodes of popular fandom shows, including Supernatural, X-Files, Firefly, and Sherlock. Two brothers road-tripping across America in a ’67 Chevy Impala, killing witches, demons, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Mythology, lore, rebirths, and reincarnations — the premise alone is fodder for hundreds of stories. Indeed, the CW’s Supernatural itself is //

REVIEW: Logan is a Harsh, Grounded, and Psychologically Complex Superhero Film

March 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Logan (2017). If you haven’t seen it yet, retreat back to your abandoned smelting plant and rest your adamantium-weary bones. The seeds for Logan are planted in The Wolverine, James Mangold’s 2013 take on the eponymous mutant superhero portrayed by Hugh Jackman. An adaptation of the Silver Samurai storyline from a 1982 Wolverine limited series comic book, it sees the clawed Canadian travel to Japan to say goodbye to an old friend, only to //

REVIEW: Rogue One is a Fun, Nostalgic, and Unnecessary Addition to the Star Wars Canon

December 16, 2016 // 5 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven’t seen it yet, encase yourself in frozen carbonite and come back when you’ve recovered from hibernation sickness. A Star Wars film used to be a rare occurrence. George Lucas’ original and prequel trilogies, separated by 16 years of fan theorizing and expanded universe literature, only released their individual episodes at intervals of three years, stretching out the anticipation factor for as //

REVIEW: A Year in the Life Marks a Joyful Return for the Gilmore Girls

November 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. If you haven’t seen it yet, have Jess Mariano rip out your wireless router now. Winter, spring, summer or fall All you have to do is call And I’ll be there You’ve got a friend. ~ Carole King We didn’t get the joyful chorus of Carole King’s “Where You Lead,” but we got her four seasons instead. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call (Rory Gilmore may have a spare cell…) and //

REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond is a Fun and Familiar Homage to the Original Series

September 12, 2016 // 2 Comments

Likely the most common complaint about J.J. Abrams’ two Star Trek films (2009’s eponymous reboot and 2013’s Into Darkness) is that they felt more like Star Wars than Trek – perhaps signifying Abrams was actually auditioning to take the reigns of George Lucas’ beloved space opera franchise. That Abrams went on to direct 2015’s The Force Awakens, spurning this third entry in the reboot series he began, is not irrelevant information, but it begs the question of just how dissimilar //

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

August 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you haven’t seen or read it yet, whip out your Time-Turner and spool backwards now. The time has come for yet another article reacting to the strange tale that is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’ve been an avowed Potterhead ever since I received The Philosopher’s Stone as a gift for my thirteenth birthday. As such, I have been nervously anticipating the release of Jack Thorne’s The Cursed //

REVIEW: Ghostbusters is a Crowd-Pleaser that Occasionally Misfires

July 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

It would be easy to dismiss Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters as just another 21st century remake. The sentiment behind the film is similar to other recent reimaginings: tap into viewers’ childhood nostalgia by updating familiar material with modern actors, special effects and pop culture references, creating a work that bridges two generations of moviegoers. It’s the rationale behind the redos of fellow ‘80s genre hits Robocop, Red Dawn and The Thing (technically a prequel, but structured like //

Early Review: What Will Captain America Civil War Mean for Its Fandom?

May 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Captain America: Winter Soldier turned the Marvel cinematic universe fandom upside down with new pairings and the fall of SHIELD. Will Civil War do the same? In the run-up to Civil War’s release, the Marvel fandom has been throwing around “Civil War” memes and using tags #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan. Will this movie makes us hate one side or the other and cause a massive fandom war? Will the fallout be similar to the comics run of the same name? Despite all the rhetoric the two //

The X-Files Revival Review: Episodes One and Two

February 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

WARNING: This article may contain spoilers. My love of The X-Files series can be traced back to its beginning episodes. The storylines drew me in every week, until the last couple of seasons, when the writing fell a little flat for me. I have vivid and distinct memories of specific episodes, like when the Cigarette Smoking Man (played by William B. Davis) and several other government officials were deciding who will win the Superbowl. To say I was looking forward to The X-Files revival would //