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The Cape

Nerd Premiere: The Cape

The Cape NBC Monday superheroLast spring NBC gave the ax to the one-time cultural phenomenon, Heroes, despite the fact that the channel was desperate for any random TV show due to Jay Leno failing to get the ratings that local affiliates needed for their evening news.   During this time of serious upheaval at the corporate level, NBC decided that they needed another superhero show to fill the void of their DVR juggernaut.  This nexus of unfortunate circumstances has led to the production of The Cape, an original show that pulls from the tropes of our beloved graphic medium in order to entertain us in a serialized, weekly format.  But how successful is The Cape in standing on its own, outside of the shadow of past events?

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Nerd Premiere: The Walking Dead

AMC, the channel that brought us Mad Men, surprised comic book fans last year when they announced that they were adapting Eisner Award-winning comic book, The Walking Dead into a serialized television series.  More shocking was that it would be helmed by Frank Darabont, scribe of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist.  In the year since the show was announced, fans of the comic waited with bated breath as the production slowly leaked cast, crew, and locations while keeping production stills and video footage as under wraps as possible.  Much of the press that has had the opportunity to take a look at the show as it filmed heavily praised it for what they saw.  Since the show has aired,  positive reviews have lauded AMC for producing another top-tier drama.  But how does this fare for someone who is totally unfamiliar with the source?

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Nerd Premiere: Iron Man

At Comic Con 2009, Marvel announced four comic-book properties that would see translation into an anime format by Madhouse, one of the largest studios, and probably one of the more eminent producers to casual audiences.  The studio has been behind critically acclaimed hits like Black Lagoon, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and all of CLAMPs animated shows as well as disastrous efforts like as Chasos;Head, Rainbow,  and the CLAMP shows no one likes to remember.  With the announcement came a trailer for Iron Man and Wolverine, and since then, the former has premiered.  How well does Madhouse present Tony Stark for Japanese audiences?  Does the show live up to the hype created by the trailer?

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Nerd Premiere: Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-O first aired in 1968 and ended in 1980.  That was while my mother and father grew from 3 and 5 to 15 and 17 years old, respectively.  Six years before I was born.  Thirty years later, Hawaii Five-0 (note the difference between ‘O’ and ‘0’) is back, with the power of writer/developers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers, Mission Impossible III, Fringe), important collaborators of JJ Abrams.  Carrying the show is Alex O’Laughlin, former star of Moonlight (the sad vampire detective show that was canceled before every network clambered to air shows about bloodsuckers), supported by Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen) and nerd favorites Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Angel) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica).  Imbued with the makings of geek might, how well can Hawaii Five-0 grasp an audience who are all too young to understand the nostalgia of the reboot is supposed to evoke in the first place?

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Nerd Premiere: Nikita

Nikita is the new-ish show that premiered on the CW this month.  I say ‘new-ish’ because I have lots of memories of watching Weird Science on USA as a child and seeing the ‘adult’ block of programming they had at night with Silk Stockings and La Femme Nikita, the latter of which is also based on a French film of the same name when I was only four.  Anyways, when I heard that Maggie Q was taking over the role of the titular spy, I thought it could be pretty cool.  Q, whose credits include various Chinese films, Mission:  Impossible III, and The King of Fighters (as Mai Shiranui), is supported by Chad West (Tom Sawyer in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Aaron Stanford (Pyro in Bryan Singer’s X-Men films), and Lyndsey Fonseca and Xander Berkeley who were both in Kick-Ass.  With all these actors having familiarity in action films, and adaptations, how does the pilot for Nikita fare as a total production?

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Nerd Premiere: No Ordinary Family

No Ordinary Family is the latest television show from Greg Berlanti, creator of Eli Stone, Brothers and Sisters, and Everwood. The show will be the first that the public gets to see of how Berlanti is able to write superheroes, which is important because he is the screenwriter for the impending Green Lantern and Flash films.  The cast has names and faces that nerds may be familiar with:  Michael Chiklis was Ben Grimm/Thing in the first two Fantastic Four movies; Julie Benz was Darla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Jimmy Bennett played a young Captain Kirk in Star Trek; and if you think Kay Panabaker looks familiar, it’s because her sister controlled plants in Sky High.  So with so much going for it how does No Ordinary Family stack up on its own and against it’s predecessor, Heroes?