DC’s smartest move when conceiving of the One Bad Day series was to hand the reins over to different creators for each installment (though maybe this is standard operating procedure for comics; sue me, I’m new to this). The strategy makes perfect sense for a series like this; whereas a straightforward series that focuses on one character’s origin story would benefit from a singular voice, this kind of anthology series allows more creatives to give their own unique takes on the subject. For One Bad Day: Two-Face, Mariko Tamaki is the credited writer, and Javier Fernandez provides the artwork.
Starring: Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Markella Kavenagh, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman
Warning: Reviews of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 1 will contain spoilers.
With the conclusion of Partings, we’re officially more than halfway done with The Rings of Power’s first season. Which makes it all the more frustrating that little has changed since the beginning of the season to now, and this week’s episode feels like a perfect encapsulation of that frustration. There are some moments to like, but overall, I can’t help but feel like the episode spins its wheels on virtually every front. I’m truly struggling to figure out what has changed from the beginning of this episode to the end, and coming up mostly short.
In my mind, Community is a show that has had a lasting footprint across the pop culture landscape, and feels a bit like an afterthought at the same time. The show essentially launched the careers of many big names still working steadily today, both in front and behind the camera. And yet, I don’t know how many people outside of my age group point to the show as one of the sterling examples of the Golden Age of TV that kicked off in the late 2000’s. So this season should prove to be an interesting experiment to determine where I land on the show’s lasting legacy. After the success of the back half of season one of the show, Dan Harmon had the wind at his back with season two, in spite of the show’s poor performance in ratings and the general lack of support from the NBC brass.
Starring: Natascha McElhone, Steven Love, Michaela Farrugia
When we’re first introduced to Carmen, the titular heroine of writer/director Valerie Buhagiar’s film, she seems to be in the throes of a comfortable life. She’s the sister of her Maltese town’s Catholic priest and, despite the fact that nobody in town likes or respects her, she’s mostly content. She’s live with him in the parish’s rectory since she was 16, and she considers her role as his care-taker her own full-time job. Naturally Carmen is a woman of strong religious conviction, so when her brother suddenly and unexpectedly dies, leaving her essentially homeless, she begins to question exactly how big a role her faith should have in her life going forward.
Starring: Ana de Armas, Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Evan Williams, Xavier Sameuls
Has any Hollywood star loomed larger over pop culture since their discovery, and lingered even longer after their death, than Marilyn Monroe? Whether directly or indirectly, the blonde bombshell has appeared in too many biopics and fictionalizations to count in this column since her untimely death. Her life is the stuff of legend, and her tragic exploitation at the hands of virtually everyone that she trusted is well known by now. So what could be gained by making a new account of her life, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name?