Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Problem with The Thinker: A Look at the Villain of Season 4 of The Flash



So this upcoming Tuesday is the 4th Season Finale of the Flash. Now for those not in the know The Flash is a show currently airing on the CW about the Comic Book of the same name. Back when it started I really enjoyed it but during these last two seasons it's gotten a bit dull. Last season suffered due to the villain (Savitar) who was threatening but his motivation was a bit lacking especially when his identity as a future version of the Flash was revealed which made everything more complicated then it needed to be due to time travel shenanigans. Plus there was the fact he was yet another evil speedster just made the whole season feel a little been their done that.
Still looks like Megatron

As for this season it's improved a bit some of the episode were really good like "Enter Flashtime" where Barry has to figure out how to stop a nuke and can't stop running or else it will explode. Though it still has problem's such as the good old Meta-of-the-Week formula, and the constant need to have drama which just makes it seem like a 22-minute show that they need to pad out with scenes of people getting upset over trivial things and storming out of rooms for 20 minutes. One thing they dropped that people where complaining about though was this season's main villain isn't another speedster. Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker has been a pretty good villain all things considered, at the very least he's better the Damien Darhk. However his plot doesn't make much sense when you think about it which is what I'm here to talk about today.

DeVoe's plan is to enlighten the world by erasing everyone's memory's so that he can teach them the error's of their ways and make the human race smarter. Now I say erasing but it's more like, as he put's it, Rebooting every human's brain on earth. So what this means is essentially everyone will be reduced to what would be the mind of an infant, having to to learn everything they know all over again. Presumably walking and talking as well as proved by Harry Wells who accidentally caused himself to undergo what DeVoe call's the "enlightenment." He keep's tripping up in the cortex and keeps forgetting what people are telling him. What Devoe want's to accomplish with this plan is peace and the removal of pesky things like Emotions. I am not a scientist however even I am able to see there are massive issue with this plan.
No one expects Evil Sugar from the Zone

First off let's deal with the whole getting rid of emotions thing. It's is very clear that DeVoe thinks emotions are a weakness and believe's that he should focus on getting rid of them however that isn't how are brain's work. A common misconception is that are brain's are like computers when in actuality they are much more complicated. You can't just delete things. Getting rid of memory's wouldn't get rid of emotions because emotions aren't learned. Sure some more complicated emotions like Love would be affected due to the fact you wouldn't be able to remember your loved ones but your primal emotions such as Happiness, Sadness, and Anger will be there with or without your memory's. Besides even if you can't remember your loved ones you wouldn't be incapable of falling for the same person again or someone else. We're still human beings with hormones and a desire to procreate that is embedded in our brain chemistry. Remember he isn't altering anyone's brain just their memory's. That's not to mention the people with mental disorders or hormone imbalances, is he just going kill those people? Cause that's alot of people. Speaking of...

 Now that we established that we would still feel emotions my second point is what make's him think that anyone would listen to a work he says. Think about it even if they do listen what's stopping someone from trying to rebel against him. DeVoe is trying to reestablish humanity's innate curiosity of the unknown however when you erase everyone's mind you get adults with the mind of children only able to comprehend there base survival instincts. Essentially Cavemen, lacking morality and only looking to survive. DeVoe's plan wouldn't cause Enlightenment it would cause Moral Degradation. I wouldn't call this a plot hole though cause it's been established that DeVoe can't comprehend how a person acting purely on emotions instead of logic and rationality would react to any given situation, and that's what all the people who underwent his "Enlightenment" would be.

Plus there can be an argument made for the fact that the people might on some level, Conscious or Unconscious, understand what has happened to them once again like Harry Wells who while getting stupider can still comprehend that he use to be smarter. With that mixed with humanity's ego it wouldn't surprise me if they rebelled against DeVoe. Admittedly though it would be hard to fight DeVoe with all his powers as shown in the beginning of Episode 22. But there are still billions of human's and only one DeVoe. How is he planning to re-educate that may people anyway? He would have to teach them all how to talk, read, and walk all over again. What about people in other countrys? Is he just going to leave them to themselves until he Re-Educates America one town at a time? There is still one episode so maybe they'll address the issues I've brought up but with Flash's track record on explaining some of there more complicated science plots *cough* Savitar *cough* it doesn't look like that's going to be the case. It just bugs me because for someone called the Thinker he really didn't think this one threw.

--The Mystery Theatre
Should of just took Flash's Body

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Comic Panel(s) of the Week: No Justice

Justice League: No Justice #1 was actually pretty good, weirdly enough it kind of reminded me of Infinity Gauntlet. Maybe it's just because it's a a someone gathering a bunch of heroes together to fight a cosmic threat. Or maybe I just had Infinity Gauntlet on the mind, can't imagine why...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Forgotten Megaman Comic: Megaman X Down Time

So if you have been reading this blog at all you may have noticed that I like the Megaman video game series. So In order to celebrate Mega-May I thought I would talk about an old comic that may be lost to time. Before the days of Megaman Megamix or The Archie Megaman comic little old pre-teen me had to turn to the internet for my Megaman Comic Fix, and that is where I discovered a little comic called Megaman X Downtime.

I discovered this comic threw the Megaman Homepage's link section it was hosted on the Stage-Select site. As the title would suggest it takes place during the downtime of Megaman X Command Mission, and stars the various characters from that game. It was a pretty funny comic from what I remember and had the cast participating in a whole lot of hijinks. The art was pretty good for a web comic as well.

Now sadly though the full comic might be a bit hard to find. Around 2011-2012-ish the Stage Select site went down and for what I was able to find out the full comic may be lost to time. I looked through google and forums and every link I could find only turned out to be a dead end. Thanks to the Wayback Machine though I was able to get find some of the pages however there wasn't much most of the pages were broken or were unable to load.

Out of the 71 pages I could only find 7 and some art. I also tried to look up the Author/Artist and was able to find a twitter account with the same name and went to their site because they were also an Artist but I couldn't tell if it was the same person and I saw nothing about Downtime. To be honest if it was the same person though I can't really blame them if they don't want to talk about this comic that they apparently did when they were in Highschool, according to the post on the site. (Man I wish I was that talented in Highschool) I can speak from experience that you are alot more harsh on your earlier stuff because you've grown so much in that time. Or maybe I'm just projecting.

Either way if for some reason you are reading this I just wanted to say that I loved this comic when I was younger and I hope you all the best in the future. I just wanted to share something that meant alot to me in and maybe lost to time. Have a Happy Mega-May!

Friday, February 9, 2018

"Batman: Gotham by Gaslight" First Thoughts


Gotham by Gaslight has always intrigued me. While it's not my favorite Batman story the world and concept was always interesting to me, an industrial revolution era version of Batman trying to solve the Jack the Ripper murder is just full of possibilitys. So when this animated movie was announced It was probably the most excited I've been for one of these direct to DVD Batman Movie since Killing Joke, maybe even since Year One, and I think it simultaneously holds up to and completely destroys my expectations.

I suppose you are wondering what I mean by that? Well while I did enjoy the movie it changed alot of things from the book. In fact despite the aesthetic and some story beats it's completely different. However that isn't really a bad thing and I think it stands on it's own. First off it would seem that alot of people have a problem with the way the film looks but it didn't really bother me, it did kind of remind me of Spectacular Spider-Man though. One problem I did have though was the cameos. In the book it used the references to the regular Batman characters very sparingly however in this everyone is somebody from the comics.

I really liked Bruce Greenwood as Batman. Plus like in the comics I love his costume, the Batman with a Duster cape just looks awesome. I also liked Jennifer Carpenter as Selina Kyle, I liked her being the champion of the downtrodden and her relationship with Bruce is one of the more believable I've seen. Plus I love that she gives no f*cks about Bruce Wayne's secret identity, if telling the police that he's Batman will get him out of jail and save peoples lives she's going to tell them. Iris West on the Flash TV Show could learn a thing from her. I would also like to mention Harvey Dent voiced by Yuri Lowenthal as the District Attorney who becomes a Misogynistic asshole when he's drinking as the obvious Red Herring. They set it up like he's The Ripper but he's obviously not since he was passed out drunk while the Ripper was killing Sister Leslie.

So now it's time to talk about Jack the Ripper. Now I'm going to give an extra Spoiler Warning here because this is a mystery and I'm going to Spoil who the killer is. So for those who have not read the book, it's revealed that the Killer is Bruce's Uncle Jake who also had his parents killed. Halfway threw this movie it's obvious that isn't the direction they were going with this, which I'll be honest made me worry a bit. I was worried that it would just be some guy or turn out to be The Joker or something stupid like that. However I apparently didn't give them enough credit.

So after Batman escapes from jail he goes to stop Selina from telling Commissioner Gordon that he's Batman and while he's in Gordon's house he finds a secret room full of surgical equipment. Then Gordon's wife Barbra goes full Yandere on Batman revealing that Gordon scarred her really bad cementing the fact that Gordon is Jack the Ripper. Now I know some people might not like this twist since there making Commissioner Gordon a bad guy however I love it. I really didn't see it coming and there were enough hints not to make it come out of nowhere but also not make it obvious. Plus watching it a second time you realize you never see the scarred side of Barbra's face, during the entire movie the left side of her face is always facing away from the camera. This movie was okay but after this twist it is amazing.

I also wanted to mention the fight scenes were great. Specifically the one in butcher shop between Batman, Selina Kyle, and Jack the Ripper as well as the final fight between Batman and Jack the Ripper on a burning Ferris wheel. In fact the movie ends with a very well animated scene of Batman and Selina fleeing with Alfred and the Orphans (Named after the first three Robins) on Horse Drawn Carriage as the entire World Fair burns to the ground. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. I'm really interested in if other people liked this the same way I did or hated it. Only time will tell but I think this will be remembered as one of the better DC Direct to DVD movies.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Comic Panel of the Week: Dark Nights Metal Titans Together Again

"Dark Nights: Metal" has been hit or miss for me but this moment from the "Bats Out of Hell" Tie-In put a huge smile on my face since I'm a huge Teen Titans Fan.