Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Five actors of Asian descent we’d rather see play Iron Fist

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So Marvel and Netflix just announced the casting of Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell on Game of Thrones) as Iron Fist in the upcoming series rounding out The Defenders. We think Jones is great–but we’re sympathetic to the growing chorus of voices arguing that the role should go to an Asian actor.

There are two main thrusts to the arguments we’ve seen: We need more Asian leads across the board, and the Iron Fist character in particular is a troubling example of the lame old trope of the white guy being a natural at the other guy’s cultural heritage–and is therefore in dire need of revision. Agreed! With that in mind, and knowing full well that the casting is locked and loaded, here are our suggestions for any alternate universes still in need of advice:

UPDATE
Check out this interesting alt-take by Albert Ching from Comic Book Resources.

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Episode 55 – Agent Carter, Season 2

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Welcome back, Carter.
Welcome back, Carter.

Agent Carter is back! We gab about her new LA adventures–what we love, what we almost love, and what we love a lot. While we loosely discuss the plot, this episode is spoiler-free.

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  • Agent Carter on Hulu
  • Season 1 on Amazon
  • We got curious about ratings mid-chat, and it turns out that while AC mapped pretty closely to Agents of SHIELD‘s numbers last year, it’s lagging quite a bit this year. Add that to Hayley Atwell’s new gig and we’re pessimistic about the chances of a season 3. Prove us wrong, Marvel and ABC!
  • You know we’re all huge Fallout 4 fans, so when AC chose “Pistol Packin’ Mama” to highlight the awesomeness of Team Peggy as they started out on their heist, we lost our shit. Unfortunately, we can’t find a decent clip. Check it out midway through episode 6!
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Episode 54 – Star Wars

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Make Star Love AND Star Wars!
Make Star Love AND Star Wars! (On the set of The Force Awakens)

The Force awakened recently, and no doubt most of you have already seen the new, largely Lucas-free flick. Paul and Mary have plenty to say, while Rob listens attentively and occasionally highlights his ignorance of the franchise. The bottom line: We can maybe forgive those terrible prequels now.

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Episode 53 – Soma, Legends of Tomorrow, Kingdom Rush

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Legends of Soma Rush!
Legends of Soma Rush!

It’s another delicious Nerdhole Sandwich! Mary delves deep into the underwater horror game Soma, Rob explains his tentative endorsement of Legends of Tomorrow, and Paul shares his delight for the tower defense game Kingdom Rush. So filling.

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Shannara Chronicles: It’s complicated

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Pretty, vacant.
Pretty, vacant.

I watched the first two episodes of The Shannara Chronicles last night, and my feelings are well and thoroughly mixed. Please remember that I’m the illiterate one here at Nerdhole, so of course I haven’t read the books despite their near-ubiquity when I was a teen. That means I’m unencumbered with baggage related to characters or plot or setting–but it seems as if the producers of the show may have the same issue.

Don’t get me wrong–it’s not bad through and through, and there are elements that stack up well against the best genre television out there. The production design is gorgeous, with sets and costumes and makeup that draw in the viewer just as well as another famous fantasy production filmed in New Zealand. But once the beautiful actors open their pouty little mouths, the jig is up. If you’re the sort of viewer who wants your intelligence respected, you’ll have to look elsewhere. The writers seem to resent exposition as much as the most hated chore, like a frat bro’s approach to foreplay. This makes some of the dialogue jarringly bad, and when it’s paired with some of the less-talented actors in the cast, it makes for an excruciating, eye-rolling grind.

So yeah, disappointing, right? But somehow, despite myself, despite my self-respect, I’m in. It really is beautiful, and the overarching story does seem cool and worthwhile even if it is layered in occasionally crappy dialogue. I don’t like that side of me, or of nerd culture a whole, but I will accept it. Provisionally. Same goes for The Shannara Chronicles.