Not the Hero of World War II — Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon

Like the two movies we covered last week, Captain America and Captain America: Death Too Soon were TV movies intended as pilots for a new series. Hoping for the success of Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Spider-Man, these two movies starring college football player turned actor Reb Brown as the star-spangled hero did not go to series, though unlike Dr. Strange and the first attempt at Wonder Woman (which we’ll get to next week), Cap at least got a second movie out of it—and it had Christopher Lee as the bad guy!

This is probably for the best, considering that the first thing they did was take the hero of World War II and remove him completely from that war, though that’s only the start of the problems with these two movies…

 

“Jam Captain America down their throats!”

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Big Heroes, Big Characters, Big Villains, Small Plot: Marvel’s The Defenders Season 1

The Defenders season 1 overview review

By the time we get to the end of Marvel’s The Defenders, that word (“defenders”) has never been used. It’s kind of fitting, really, since the original comic book version of the Defenders were a so-called “non-team” featuring a rotating and inconsistent cast, and the team was never really formalized or set.

In that same vein, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage never really become a formal team. Hell, the “team,” such as it is, isn’t really just those four, as Claire Temple, Misty Knight, and especially Colleen Wing are important components of the fight, too.

And that is what makes The Defenders particularly strong, as the characterizations of all its players, big and small, is superb.

If only the plot was stronger…

SPOILERS for The Defenders season 1.

Probably the most impressive feat of this series is that it manages to pick up and tie together ...

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Secret Identity as Role Model: A Look Back at Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman

The Wonder Woman TV show—which ran on ABC from 1975-1977 and on CBS from 1977-1979—is remembered quite fondly by many, even those who didn’t actually like it much. The cheesy theme music, the spinning around to change identities, the different suits for different needs (a swimming suit, a motorcycle-riding suit, a skateboarding suit), the snotty IRAC computer, Lyle Waggoner’s perfectly unmoving hair—it’s all grist for the fond nostalgia mill. Most of all, though—and this is the main reason why the show is remembered with a certain fondness even by those who disdain it—there was the absolutely picture-perfect casting of Lynda Carter in the title role, who ended almost every episode with a bright smile. This was the third attempt to do Princess Diana of the Amazons on the small screen. William Dozier, trying to ride the wave of the 1966 Batman’s popularity, filmed a promo piece for his appallingly ...

An Action Hero without Action or Heroism: Iron Fist Season One

After watching the first three episodes of Iron Fist, my initial impressions were that Finn Jones was engaging and mostly harmless in the title role, that Colleen Wing as played by Jessica Henwick was a breakout character with whom you do not mess, and that the show started out as an unfocused mess. Well, ten episodes later, and the first two impressions are soured, and the third has held true, sadly. This is not to say that season one of Iron Fist is a complete disaster, but it is the least of Marvel’s Netflix offerings so far, and there are three primary culprits—the treatment of the lead character is a scattershot mess, the show can’t make up its mind who the villain is, and there’s very little fun to be had. SPOILERS AHEAD FOR IRON FIST SEASON ONE Here’s the biggest issue with Iron Fist: this is a ...

An Action Hero without Action or Heroism: Iron Fist Season One

After watching the first three episodes of Iron Fist, my initial impressions were that Finn Jones was engaging and mostly harmless in the title role, that Colleen Wing as played by Jessica Henwick was a breakout character with whom you do not mess, and that the show started out as an unfocused mess. Well, ten episodes later, and the first two impressions are soured, and the third has held true, sadly. This is not to say that season one of Iron Fist is a complete disaster, but it is the least of Marvel’s Netflix offerings so far, and there are three primary culprits—the treatment of the lead character is a scattershot mess, the show can’t make up its mind who the villain is, and there’s very little fun to be had. SPOILERS AHEAD FOR IRON FIST SEASON ONE Here’s the biggest issue with Iron Fist: this is a ...

This Morning in Publishing: February 3, 2017

Norra Wexley propaganda poster Snap Wexley’s mom Norra Wexley was a badass! And now we get our first look at the crucial character from Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy: io9 has the propaganda posters of Norra and Imperial Rae Sloane, inspired by Wendig’s latest installment, Empire’s End. Also in this morning’s publishing roundup: Connie Willis on why telepathy is an awful idea, John Darnielle on the perfect dice roll, and the first pages from the American Gods comic. Crosstalk Connie Willis Subterranean Press new cover
American Gods comic preview

This Morning in Publishing: February 3, 2017

Norra Wexley propaganda poster Snap Wexley’s mom Norra Wexley was a badass! And now we get our first look at the crucial character from Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy: io9 has the propaganda posters of Norra and Imperial Rae Sloane, inspired by Wendig’s latest installment, Empire’s End. Also in this morning’s publishing roundup: Connie Willis on why telepathy is an awful idea, John Darnielle on the perfect dice roll, and the first pages from the American Gods comic. Crosstalk Connie Willis Subterranean Press new cover
American Gods comic preview