[Review] Luke Cage Episode 1×13: “You Know My Steez”

written by Kiara Williams

SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT

I think it matters a lot that the battle between Luke and Diamondback is only a slightly superpowered one. A city-wide, throwing-the-opponent-through-a-skyscraper, explosion-filled fight would have only taken away from the full meaning of it. It may seem anti-climactic to some, but the closing of this chapter of Luke’s life was vitally important and it needed to happen this way.
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[Review] Legends Of Tomorrow Episode 3×02: “Freakshow”

written by Kate Spencer

SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside! There behind a glass is an immortal jackass, be careful as you pass. Move along, move along! Come inside, the show’s about to start. Guaranteed to blow the timeline apart. Rest assured you’ll get your money’s worth, the greatest show in Heaven, Hell, or Earth. So don’t call them heroes, they’re…Legends?

Sorry, I kind of ran out of steam there.
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[Review] The Flash (2014) Episode 2×22: “Invincible”

“Metapocalypse” is the best portmanteau I’ve heard since they invented beer monsters called “Alementals” in World Of Warcraft. Anyway, here’s this week’s all-Becky recap of CW’s The Flash.


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Episode 22 opens on absolute chaos. The city is a literal war zone between the CCPD and an army of unidentified metahumans, although longtime DC Comics fans might be able to identify a few. The Flash is running everywhere, fighting back against the “metapocalypse” and Caitlin is back with Team Flash.

Spoilers under the cut.
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[Review] Luke Cage Episode 1×12: “Soliloquy Of Chaos”

written by Kiara Williams

SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We apologize for this review taking so long to come out due to a series of unfortunate setbacks, but we’ve got newcomer Kiara Williams here to step in and help us finish off the series!]

“There ain’t no Iron Man comin’ to save us.”

Method Man, a Staten Island native who plays himself in this episode, spits this line while rapping what I started calling “The Ballad Of Luke Cage”. It’s a line that has many meanings. New York’s most prominent heroes, the Avengers, are always seen in wealthy areas with towering skyscrapers that look good on TV when blown up. They’re not ever seen in smaller towns, and definitely not in a low-income, highly black area like Harlem. For all of Harlem’s problems, superheroes aren’t going to go there. White superheroes aren’t checking to see if Harlem has problems, just like in reality where powerful white people aren’t usually checking to help the less privileged.

Iron Man ain’t comin’ to Harlem. That’s why Harlem needs Luke Cage.
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[Review] Legends Of Tomorrow Episode 3×01: “Aruba-Con”

written by Kate Spencer

SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT

We’re back for another season of crazy time travel hijinks and extremely loose definitions of the word “science”. Last season, the Legends defeated the Legion Of Doom by visiting a timeline they had already been to and teaming up with their past selves. That caused big old timequakes which landed them in 2017 Los Angeles where dinosaurs roam the Earth.

They broke a perfectly good timeline is what they did.
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[Review] The Flash (2014) Episode 2×21: “The Runaway Dinosaur”

It could have been worse – Barry could have been sucked into the Speed Schwartz in this week’s recap of CW’s The Flash.


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When I watched this episode when it first aired, I remember not liking it. I felt it moved too slowly and, after the last couple of episodes, was lacking in excitement. Rewatching it, that first complaint goes right out the window.

Spoilers under the cut.
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[Review] Crash Override by Zoë Quinn

written by Dayna Abel

This is going to be a biased review.

I’m stating this right at the start because, two years ago, I needed Crash Override, the nonprofit from which this book takes its name. (Technically it’s from the movie Hackers, about which the less said the better.) While it wasn’t anywhere near on the scale of what happened to Zoë Quinn – it was about two months of harassment, threats and slander from one internet edgelord with a medium-sized following – it was enough to unnerve me to the point where I turned to Crash Override for help.

I ended up chatting with Zoë for about twenty minutes about the abuse, listening to her advice on damage control, and maybe another ten minutes fangirling over the latest World Of Warcraft expansion with her. Zoë Quinn and Crash Override helped me through an extremely shitty time in my life, stopped it from getting shittier, and provided invaluable resources which I would, in turn, use to help out a friend later on down the line whose sister had been targeted and doxxed by an internet hate mob. I am extremely grateful to Zoë for her kindness and her sincere help.

I’m stating my bias at the start because one of those people who have a hate-boner for Zoë will more than likely come across this on page thirty-seven of Google search results for her name and act like a predictable dick. To which I state: I do not pay myself for any content I produce for Made Of Fail and also I’m not a real journalist so piss off with your “ethics” horseshit.

Gosh, the internet is fun. Let’s talk about the book.
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