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Not a bad week to go on a one-week break on, especially with Jim Norton, John Hodgman, Kristin Schaal, and a Muppet knocking it out of the park. There's some new science going on behind the scenes of the Power Rankings, which should prevent things like me skipping a week because oops I forgot to rank the shows when I watched them and then forgot how much I liked them a few days later. Anyway. Rankings!
1) Kristen Schaal (T)
2) Jim Norton (Th)
3) John Hodgman (T)
4) Fozzie Bear (T)
5) Jonah Ray (W)
6) Wil Wheaton (W)
7) Rhys Darby (M)
8) Robert Kirkman (W)
There's a lot to talk about in the WWE this week, but we need to talk about the impending brand split first, because that shadow is going to hang over everything for the next couple of months.
And we wrap up the rest of our WB shows this week, but rest assured, OTM will continue. I still need to finish the back half of Daredevil Seson 2, and I'll also be watching Preacher any day now. But on to the finales.
The Flash: "The Race Of His Life" (25% Stupid)
Oh, The Flash. How can you manage to make the best two things in the episode Barry being locked in a cell and Barry and Iris kissing? This episode oscillated between Smarter Than Usual and Dumber As Usual so fast it gave me a couple of concussions. Two examples.
Man, few things in this world feel better than Lucha Underground returning to form.
Two big matches, plus an entertaining small match this week, but first, a couple of storyline revelations revealed in vignettes.
First, Cortez Castro and Joey Ryan, aka LAPD officers Reyes and, I think, Joey Ryan, raid Dario Cueto's office. Ryan is pocketing some of Cueto's cash because HE'S JOEY RYAN when they get walked in on by Mr. Cisco. This leads to them breaking cover and arresting Cisco. No idea what this will mean for the Undercover Cops storyline going forward, but it's fun stuff.
Thanks, HBO! Instead of things I could be doing, I decided to pull up the most recent Fantastic Four movie off the DVR and hate watch it. Enjoy my stream of consciousness notes as I went along.
Ugh, the childhoods of the Fantastic Four. Reed's a nerd! Ben's an abused kid from the wrong side of the tracks!
Misunderstood teenage genius. Ten minutes to establish that Reed is weird and smart and Ben Grimm is his unlikely friend. Well paced, movie.
The Baxter Building! Somehow containing both a top research facility and a college for super geniuses.
Let's talk about NXT first this week, and the WWE observations can be folded into Extreme Rules predictions after that.
The big doings in NXT are the main title, where a feud between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe has largely taken place at house shows for some reason, and has been so intense that their match in three weeks will be the first ever NXT steel cage match "to protect the NXT fans". No idea where they're going with this but they may be giving Joe his traditional two wins over the champion before the champion moves to the main roster.
So, I'm about halfway through the campaign, and the new Doom isn't perfect. But it's the shooter we need, even when it's not always the shooter we want.
Doom 3 was an attempt to take the very old-school Doom formula and translate it to a Gears of War world full of grim darkness and serious story and did I mention darkness because darkness. It had it's moments, but it didn't feel like Doom. Doom isn't scary, Doom is glorious and goofy.
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Lucha Underground.
Two Wednesday's ago, Mil Muertes and The Monster Matanza Cueto faced off in a four-coffin Graver Consequences match that did not work at all. It played to the in-ring weaknesses of both guys, and didn't even rise to the level of the previous week's No Mas match between Sexy Star and Mariposa. It was slow and plodding and lacked oomph except for a few key dramatic and planned spots.
And Legends of Tomorrow Season One is on the books. The books are called Fuck That Noise Volumes One Through Eighteen Or Whatever. So let's start with a much more successful season finale.
Agents of SHIELD: "Absolution/Ascension" (10% Stupid)