So, a question for you all, faithful readers. There’s yet another redesign coming (I don’t want to say it’s “major,” but you’ll certainly notice it), and I’m debating whether to keep the name “Poe Ghostal’s Points of Articulation” or just go to plain old “PoeGhostal.com”.
I’ve always been fond of the “Points of Articulation” pun, but “Poe Ghostal’s Points of Articulation” is kind of a mouthful for a name (though an easily-identifiable acronym, PGPoA). I’m leaning toward just going with “PoeGhostal.com,” but I can be easily swayed. Thoughts?
So, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered last night. (Spoilers ahead, I guess.)
The episode was promptly followed by this morning’s revelation that DC “Me Too” Entertainment has inked a deal for a Gotham Central-like TV show, although from the way the press release reads it doesn’t actually sound like Gotham Central, which kind of annoys me since the comic is perfect for a television translation. Casting Bryan Cranston as an older Commissioner Gordon rather than an origin (bleh!) story for Gordon would also be awesome, but that won’t happen.
Either, I am already more excited for Gotham than I was by AOS. I wanted to like it a lot. There were moments of great Whedonesque dialogue; Coulson, Melinda May and Maria Hill are cool; it was great to see Ron Glass; the flying car was a little much for me but I get it, I get it. I also liked the Extremis connection and can really see how neat this show could be if it builds arcs around upcoming Marvel movies. BUT – aside from the three aforementioned characters and possibly J. August Richards as not-(but maybe is)-Luke Cage, I found all the actors and their characters to be uninteresting CW-teen-drama types. The Brits’ technobabble was so rapidly mumbled through accents it was incomprehensible (was Fran Kranz not available?), and the young dude – whose name I can’t even remember – was, well, forgettable. And the story, while it had some interesting ties to Iron Man 3 and the rest of the Marvel flicks, was pretty thin.
But the ratings were huge, so there’s plenty of time for these characters to grow on me and for the stories to get more interesting, with more intriguing (note: not necessarily higher) stakes.
I’m also watching Sleepy Hollow, and I must admit I found that show’s first ep a bit more compelling, although mostly because it’s just not staged on such a massive scale. Not that they’re in competition with each other, anyway. There’s room for both, at least until Sleepy Hollow finds its footing just in time for Fox to cancel it as usual.