Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Pre-TLC Edition)

I skipped a week on the Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup, putting the lie to the word "Weekly", because, well, it looked like WWE was debuting a bunch of awful new ideas, and I wanted to see if maybe they were just new and clumsy and would get better. Nope!

Main Roster

The biggest awful idea is, of course, the League of Nations - an alliance of Sheamus, Rusev, Alberto Del Rio, and King Barrett. Sure, it seems like Del Rio's work with the League is putting an end to the awful MexAmerica idea, but that's literally the only upside.

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Winter Break Edition)

Mid-season finales abound this week, and all three took their strengths and stretched them too far for my tastes. And I'm a little behind on the Jessica Jones, so that'll have to be part of a separate future update.

The Flash: "Running To Stand Still"

Flash tried to be goofy fun while moving the plot forward, and was probably the most successful of the three at what it tried for. Except for the bomb thing.

@midnight Power Rankings (Nov 30-Dec 3)

There are two kinds of shows I love on @midnight - shows where established comedians come on and kill it, and shows where the show steps a little outside its comfort zone and surprises me. Wednesday's was the latter. The show's always had a bit of a... shall we say identity politics problem, both in casting and in red-lighting, so Wednesday's show, with all black comedians, was unfortunately out of the ordinary. But it gave us Tiffany Haddish, who shone once you realized her dress was secure. Also, Emily Heller and Marc Maron are always awesome.

1. Tiffany Haddish (W)

Monthly Free Games - December 2015

Six days in, woo. Gonna try something a little bit different this month - the games are listed in a sort of rough best to worst, based mostly on how much I liked them but a little bit on how much I think society at large might like them, hence the somewhat high rankings for SSX and Freedom Wars. For me, the only one I'm even likely to play with any regularity is Gauntlet.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PS3)

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Dec. 1-3)

Surprises abound on this week's relevant superhero shows. I am not a fan of most of the big twists from this week, but I am a big fan of the episodes they were in, which is an odd position to be in at least twice in one week.

The Flash: Legends of Today

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Nov 23-26)

What's this? New Day stealing both shows? Happy Thanksgiving indeed.

Main Roster

We start the week right off the bat by setting up Reigns/Sheamus at TLC. I have to assume the plan is to put Reigns over for good at TLC. Sheamus isn't positioned for a long reign and he's someone everyone hates more than Reigns both from a storyline and workrate perspective, so nobody's gonna really boo Reigns beating him the way they hated Reigns beating Ambrose in the tournament.

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Thanksgiving Edition)

Thanksgiving week means a bit of a dead zone, as everything on regular TV takes a week off. While we wait for Flash and Arrow, though, Netflix provides. Netflix always provides.

Jessica Jones: AKA Crush Syndrome

This episode was largely transition - the aftermath fromt he events of the first episode, and setting things up for the future. We establish that Luke Cage is Luke Cage, that he has superpowers, that Jessica Jones knows he has powers, and that he knows Jessica has powers.

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Nov 16-22)

The story of main roster WWE this week is the story of Survivor Series, and the story of Survivor Series is the story of the tournament.

Main Roster

The tournament was great on Raw, with three great matches between Owens and Neville, Reigns and Cesaro, and Ambrose and Ziggler. Only Del Rio vs. Kalisto was a mess.

@midnight Power Rankings (Nov 16-19)

Right, Bryan. It's important not just to watch the episodes and rank the players capriciously and arbitrarily, but actually write up the results and post them. Arden Myrin won last week by about half a mile with her gleeful run of utter filth. Ron Funches and Heather Anne Campbell turned in their usual strong performances, and bonus points to mostly regular actor guy Michael Shannon for doing pretty good. Seth Rogen was a pretty impressive "get" as a guest, and did fine. Another strong week overall, so the bottom of the list isn't that bad.

1. Arden Myrin (M)
2. Ron Funches (Th)

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Nov 17-20)

Woo, new Netflix show time! I'm going to try to work through Jessica Jones one or two episodes every week, both because I don't quite have the time to blow through it, and also because if it keeps up like the premiere, I think breaks between episodes will be in order.

The Flash: "Gorilla Warfare"

Gorilla City! Well, proto-Gorilla City. On Earth-2. That I can't imagine we'll see again for another season, if at all. But still.

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