By Scott Murray
I've been a big fan of Overwatch since I first purchased the game over a year ago. However, the Skill Rating concept in the competitive game is beginning to take a toll on my passion. In this audio commentary, I share my frustrations and offer some solutions.
The explosion of geek culture has had several effects on the entertainment industry. We can now count on comic book movies being made every year. More and more geek themed television shows are hitting mainstream and on-demand channels. Not to mention, comic conventions are growing and expanding.
Case and point: Salt Lake City launched their first comic convention back in 2013, and over 70,000 people attended it. Since then, they've topped over 125,000 attendees at their event. This year Las Vegas is hosting The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention, and they've already booked guests like Adam West, Burt Ward and Stan Lee.
With new conventions popping up all over the country, many people will finally get the chance to experience one for the first time. They can be fun and memorable, as well as tiring and overwhelming. That's why it's a good idea to plan ahead and try to prepare yourself for the experience. Here are some comic convention tips to consider:
Take pre-convention arrangements
Be sure to read up on all of the parking, shuttle service, convention times and entrance/exit information. If the event is taking place in your hometown, it might be a good idea to drive by the location and get a sense of where you need to go. If you're coming from out of town, take advantage of hotel and travel packages for the event. For example, if you're going to travel to that Las Vegas convention, look for hotel and flight deals on places like Vegas.com.
Be prepared to re-charge
With everything that is going on at a convention, it's easy to drain a cell phone and gain an appetite. However, it isn't always easy to stop and get food if you've got a full itinerary planned for the day. Plus, food lines at conventions can be long and time consuming. So, bring snacks to keep your energy going, and bring a portable charger for your phone.
Be sure to know the autograph rules
Autograph guidelines can vary based on the show size and the management of the convention. Sometimes, it's as easy as walking up to the table, paying and getting a signature. Other times, you might have to pre-pay for an autograph ticket, and those might be limited. There are even times where only certain guests require a ticket. So, it's best to become very familiar with how your convention handles autographs.
Lines don't have to be just about waiting
While at a convention, you're with like-minded friends. A lot of times, standing in lines is an opportunity to make new ones. Feel free to strike up a conversation with someone as you wait for a panel, autograph or photo op.
Be patient with the staff
Sometimes comic conventions can be a little chaotic (especially brand new ones). New circumstances and situations can sometimes challenge the staff. If you get frustrated, try not to take everything out on them. Many of the people that work these conventions are volunteers, and the situation may not be directly their fault.
At the end of your convention experience, you'll probably develop some of your own likes, dislikes and strategies for your next trip. At least these tips well reduce some things many people learn the hard way.
By Scott Murray
Some of the best movies are the ones that provide us with several memorable lines. Without question, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is such a movie. It was tough picking just a handful of them to feature here, but here goes nothing:
It seems to be that the only thing you've learned is that Caesar...was a salad dressing dude.
It's always funny when older adults try to repeat contemporary high school vernacular. However, Mr. Ryan needs to do that in this scene in order to make a point. When he does, his delivery is sincere...and hilarious.
How's it goin', royal ugly dudes?
To me, this line is about comedic timing and choice of words. Things seem to be going well for the guys as they attempt to rescue the princesses from having to marry against their will. However, when King Henry suddenly appears, it takes the air out of the room. At this point, anything could be said coming out of the awkward silence, and Bill picks something that mixes a common greeting with a funny insult.
All behold, he ate the pig. Thus proving that he's a...Ziggy Piggy!
I'm not sure the REAL Napoleon would've tolerated the crazy Ziggy Piggy waiters, but who cares? It's amusing seeing them get in his face, poke him, stick a button on him, call him a pig and oink at him. After all, those guys have no idea who's in front of them. While suspending disbelief, I also tend to wonder what it would be like to have to act like that as part of your job.
Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t!
I know it's just one word said over and over again, but it's Napoleon bowling! As a bowler, I've never had this particular thing happen, but I've been mad at my ball enough to want to repeat the words.
Tell me about your mother.
Aside from, "You can call me Siggy," Freud attempting a random therapy session at the police station is quite hilarious.
The only true wisdom that consists of knowing...that you know nothing. That's us, Dude!
I loved these lines so much, my wife bought me a t-shirt with them on it.
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.
The line itself isn't original, but the use of it was GENIUS. Nobody could see it coming, and I remember the movie theater bursting out in laughter when Socrates said it. Bill & Ted probably don't watch soap operas and had no idea what he said, but we did. I love that kind of random and unexpected humor.
Here's the deal...what I win, I keep. What you win...I keep.
All of the historical figures have their moments, including Billy the Kid. It was clear when he walks into the room that people were intimidated. Yet, our clueless heroes just thought he was cool enough for their report. In my interview with Dan Shor about Billy the Kid, he mentioned that he did research on the real man, but was told to throw it all out the window. Nonetheless, his card game rules made for a great line.
San Dimas High School Football Rules!
While many of the historical characters probably weren't rooted heavily in fact, we all know that this guy exists in several high schools. He didn't do the work, and it was apparent to everyone. However, he still had to get up and do something. So, why not leave the stage with a bang by turning the presentation into a pep rally?
By Scott Murray
I don't need to tell you that movies can generate emotional responses. Films that make you laugh and cry are nice, but the ones that generate an epic geek-out can be even better. With geek movies now hitting theaters every year, we get plenty of geek-out opportunities, but not all of them will last. In other words, you may geek-out the first time you see it, but after that, as B.B. King would say - the thrill is gone.
That's why I wanted to highlight three of my classic geek-out moments that continue to generate a geek-out response every time I see them. They just never get old.
"General...would you like to step outside?"
I was 7 years old when Superman II hit theaters, but that was old enough to be really mad at General Zod for causing havoc all over the country. It was really tough to sit there and watch all of that happen while powerless Clark Kent could only stand by and watch. That is what made his re-emergence at the Daily Planet so epic.
Once Superman asked Zod to step outside, I had a geek-out moment that internally said, "YEAH! Party's over, bitch." Okay, maybe not those exact words at age 7, but you get the idea. This scene still generates a response today.
"Here it comes."
I've said it for years - I'm a Kirk guy. I love his swagger, cockiness, and confidence - especially when it comes to sticking it to the bad guy. There was arguably no better time to witness that then in Star Trek II when Khan thought he had beaten the Enterprise crew. Unfortunately for him, Kirk doesn't believe in a no-win situation.
I remember seeing this movie in theaters. As Kirk, Spock and Saavik pull up the prefix code, the fantastic music of James Horner began to swell. An over-confident Khan thought he was going to get a transmission of Genesis information, but when Kirk says, "Here it comes"...it drops Reliant's shields and allows the Enterprise to counter attack.
When this happened, the crowd in the theater burst into applause. I still feel like doing that every time I watch this scene.
"Jabba...this is your last chance. "
Speaking of over-confidence...Jabba the Hutt exuded plenty of that, especially when he had Luke, Han and Chewie standing over the Sarlacc Pit. Luke was my hero growing up, and nobody wanted to see him master The Force more than me. Watching him enter Jabba's Palace and making quick work of two Gamorrean Guards was a pretty good indicator.
Yet, watching him stand on that plank as Jabba scoffed at his threats to free them or die...I have to admit I was a little panicked. There seemed to be no way out. Then suddenly...
and whoa, GREEN LIGHTSABER!
Then opening a can of Jedi Whoopass on Jabba's cronies!
It was just so awesome. It remains my favorite Star Wars moment. The best part about seeing this scene today is that I not only geek-out a bit, but I still feel some of that child-like emotion from the first viewing (though I like experiencing it better without the EXTRA Sarlacc mouth in it).
I guess you could say there's a common thread here. All of these scenes involve the good guys turning the table on the bad guys. So, yeah, I guess I'm all about the heroes. Don't get me wrong - I think Zod, Khan and Jabba are cool too. They're just not supposed to win.
By Scott Murray
In last week's Geek Directive Podcast, we discussed the new subscription box that Disney is putting together. Evidently, it will include movies, TV shows and video games all in one place. So, GANNIN asked us if we could create our own content box...what would we put into it? The answer for me was easy - I'd want one called RETRO BOX, filled with 1980s greatness. Here are some of the stuff I'd want inside of it.
I miss the days when "MTV: Music Television" was about actual music. It was so great to be able to turn it out and basically get a visual radio station featuring great bands and some very creative music videos. I've wanted to have a channel on satellite TV to offer hours of classic music videos for some time, and I think a retro box would be a great place to queue them up! I'm talking everything from Huey Lewis & the News, The Cars and Cyndi Lauper to Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Midnight Oil and ZZ Top.
I realize that a lot of classic shows are available on DVD and Blu-ray, but it sure would be nice to scroll through them all in one place. It would have to include the original V television series. I would also want The Muppet Show, The A-Team, and Knight Rider. I'd want comedies like Silver Spoons, Different Strokes, Night Court and The Jeffersons. Finally, I want some of the shows that are hard to find today like The Powers of Matthew Star and The Wizard .
AFTER SCHOOL SHOWS & CARTOONS
I would definitely like to have some of the programs I watched before/after school, as well as some Saturday Morning Cartoons. Granted, some of these shows may not hold up in my adult brain, but it would be fun to re-visit most of them. I would want some classic shows produced by Sid & Marty Kroft. There would have to be some Battle of the Planets, Masters of the Universe, and Star Blazers included in the mix. I'd also like to queue up some Fat Albert, and some classic Bugs Bunny and Tom & Jerry.
How could I have a Retro Box without movies? The 1980s were an awesome time for movies, and there are several titles that still hold up. Naturally big franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, Terminator, Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones would be in there. I would also need The Last Starfighter, Wargames, Back to the Future and E.T. It wouldn't be complete without classics like Weird Science, License to Drive, The Breakfast Club, Can't Buy Me Love and Coming to America. The list could go on and on, but they would all have to be there.
No Retro Box would be complete without video games. I would want the manufacturer to produce produce more of these than the Classic NES consoles. Considering it felt like Nintendo made 12 for the whole country, that wouldn't be a tough order. However, I would also want games from classic systems like the Atari 2600. This means titles like Ka-Boom and MegaMania. I would also like to play stuff from the arcades, including the classic Star Wars games, Spy Hunter, Drangonslayer, Galaga, Phoenix, Afterburner and Tempest.
It seems as though Disney will sell their new box for about $100, and this box would definitely be worth that price. I'd feel like a kid in the 1980s again...only with a hint of 2017 kids since I would be on it all day and would never go outside.
By Scott Murray
In a recent episode of the Assembly of Geeks podcast, we discussed which movies pleased and disappointed us the most. With the new year offically underway, I have some specific hopes tied to some of the geek movies coming out in 2017.
The Lego Batman Movie
I am a big fan of The Lego Movie. More importantly, I am a big fan of Lego Batman's role in it. In fact, I once set Batman's self-made theme song as my ringtone for a short time (much to my wife's chagrin). Will Arnett brought the perfect blend of self-deprecating humor and badassery to the character. So, I was pretty stoked when I heard they were giving him his own movie.
The first two trailers for the movie made me laugh out loud and took my anticipation to a whole new level. However, the most recent trailer for The Batman Movie seemed more like a typical Batman animated adventure (with the exception of things like Robin ripping his pants off).
My hope: Is that the movie will have that perfect balance of parody humor and awesome Batman antics.
After Batman & Robin (and the movie lull that followed), my Batman fandom was buried in the weight of disappointment. In a way, the last two attempts to make Spider-Man movies have done the same thing. They never felt completely like Spider-Man to me (or as they say today - it wasn't MY Spider-Man). Tom Holland's appearance as the web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War gave me hope.
The first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming was decent and had its moments. I'm hoping they just held back a little bit as I have big expectations for this one.
I am a fan of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. However, I am not a fan of Man of Steel or Batman vs. Superman (even though I liked the heroes that were featured in it). To me, the DCCU has a messy track record, and it didn't have to be this way. I want 2017 to be the start of something better, and I think Wonder Woman is the perfect character to put things into a better place.
After a failed television revival, a Smallville-style TV show idea that never saw light of day and executives who couldn't figure out what to do with her...I'm so glad she has this movie. However, that makes success even more important. Warner Bros. has shaken things up, and this will be the first film on Geoff Johns' watch. I'm hoping for the best!
I've seen the other Thor movies, and I'd say they were "okay". I find them to be a little underwhelming or just a little "meh". I think the approach to Ragnorok has the potential to improve those feelings. The additional actors like Cate Blancett, Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson and Jeff GoldBlum, along with characters like The Hulk, Doctor Strange and Captain America, gives Ragnarok the chance to easily become my favorite Thor movie.
(See Wonder Woman comments.) Just...get better. Just do it better.
Star Wars Episode VIII
I'm saddened to think that I'll be watching Episode VIII with a heavy heart this year. I loved the idea that General Leia could be instramental in the possible redemption of Kylo Ren. Who knows how things will change. However, I hope we'll get more answers this time around - especially if they will END the Snoke theories. I also hope this will be a fantastic addition to the saga that doesn't feature anything that remotely resembles a Death Star. Oh, and more Captain Phasma, please!
By Scott Murray
Overwatch has quickly become one of the most popular video games on the market today, and deservedly so. It's a simple but brilliant concept that features fun characters to play in a FPS-style setting. The random maps, colorful characters and challenging situations keep everything fresh. I've played it more than I've played any other game for some time.
I wasn't sure if I was "ready" for Competitive Play when it was launched, but I immediately jumped in and played it. When the first 10 placement rounds were complete, I finished with a player rating of 41 (on a 1-100 scale). That's about where I thought I'd place. While I used to play FPS games all the time (and I love MMO PVP), I knew I was still getting used to it all again.
However, it wasn't until the I started playing games after the placement rounds that I noticed some frustrating flaws. Before I get into these, let me just point out these things:
1. I have never, ever been one of those players who constantly complains about games and developers in public, private or online forums.
2. I have no delusions about my skill level. I think I'm in the mid-range....not elite, but not someone who doesn't belong in Competitive Play.
3. I love the game itself.
So, with that out of the way. Here's what's making things a lot less fun.
The player rating algorithm penalizes me for bad teams
It didn't take long after getting a 41 rating, to end up in the 20s. The worst part of it was that I had very little control over what a team game did to MY personal rating. I could medal (even gold medal) in categories like heals, eliminations, objective time or objective eliminations and it would still dramatically lower my rating due to a team loss.
On July 4th, I had a run where I lost about 10 out of 12 games. In a game where I was voted EPIC, led in team damage and got 3 gold medals...and I dropped to 23.
That isn't right.
I got into a match with a friend, and he had multiple medals in that match. He was basically an Overwatch Rambo...killing it in damage, kills and objective time. The player rating algorithm said, "Meh, so what. Your TEAM lost, so we're going to make your rating suffer."
If you you're stamped with a SKILL RATING, that implies it represents YOUR skill...not the team's skill.
The player rating has a confusing purpose.
I'm not saying there should be no penalty for a loss. Nor am I saying you should be rewarded for losing. What seems to be causing the confusion and frustration is assessing personal and team penalty. Since the only thing the game has attached to Competitive Play is personal rating, it's the only win/loss stat that is affected.
Here's the other problem - Blizzard is either just as confused or is simply offering canned answers in response. I tweeted them about my frustration with MY rating taking a big hit over a team loss. This was their response:
Right. Knew that. So, why is a bad TEAM going to affect my rating so much?
Okay, fine. Then why is there a PERSONAL player rating? Why are there PERSONAL medals awarded? Why is there even a PERSONAL level you can achieve? If it's more about TEAM and less about PERSONAL achievement...then, should we not care about our personal rating even though you gave us one?
Whether Blizzard likes it or not, the personal rating becomes a goal.
They say it might be about team, but people care about that rating number attached to their account.
I can say this from not only personal experience, but people I've talked to in game - once you drop into the 20s, it becomes seemingly impossible to get back into the 30s or 40s again. Due to the hits the game makes you take via losses (no matter how good you were), you are likely not going to win enough to get back there again.
Losing streaks seem more common than winning streaks, and if you're trying to get your rating back up...you feel like you're gambling. I might think:
Is that the experience Blizzard wants players to have? I figured they'd want people to play for hours on end. What good is it to encourage players to learn and improve, when you can do just that only to get heavily penalized when your randomly selected team plays like they still need improvement?
If it was a little easier to move up or not so automatic to move so far down, I think this would all be a lot better.
Your rating suffers for disconnects and teammates bailing on you.
So, as if a bad TEAM experience couldn't make your PERSONAL rating worse...get in a group where 2-4 people leave you to take on an entire team. You're screwed, and so is your player rating.
If you disconnect accidentally, when you log back in...your lowered player rating is waiting for you. Or you might get a situation like I had where:
1. You get disconnected
2. You log back in, only to see your rating has already been reduced.
3. Your'e able to jump back into the same match
4. You win, but it still shows you a graphic of your rating getting lowered. So, you won...but you're rating goes down.
Again...you might not deserve it, but you're going to get hit.
Look, I understand it's a new game and changes will be made. I just hope the Tweets above don't fully represent Blizzard's attitude about these issues. Like I said, I know I'm not the only one bothered (and sometimes demoralized) by this. Also, let me reiterate, I'm not saying I deserve to be in the 60s or 70s. I AM saying that I'm a better player than to be unfairly stuck in the twenties. I also understand ratings are ways they can attempt to match up equally skilled teams.
However, if your rating is 25, but in reality you're 39, the system isn't doing it properly anyway.
I think some of this could be improved by changing the 1-100 system. Maybe it needs to be 1-500 so that there's more room to take a hit and not feel like a bad team just put your performance in the cellar. Or maybe just a new and improved algorithm could make a difference.
What if your team lost badly, but you spent quality time in the objective getting kills? Is it possible for your PERSONAL performance and your TEAM performance to cancel each other out? In other words, your rating doesn't move up or down?
If team play and winning is the main goal, I'm just saying Blizzard needs to help us continue to be driven to achieve that goal. I'm already enjoying the game, and I care about my player rating enough to keep trying to get it back into the 30s or maybe 40s.
I'm putting the time and effort into playing hard, and better yet - improving. That is a PERSONAL goal I know they want people to have. So, I'd like them to help us believe we can improve by not penalizing us for certain game elements that are way beyond our control.
Back in September, when we were all buying up new Star Wars stuff, I said on the podcast that I hoped we were all going to like the new movie. After all, it would kind of suck to spend money on things attached to a movie we didn't like.
Well, now we've seen The Force Awakens (many of us have seen it more than once), and the reactions have been mostly positive. What does that mean? It means we're all waiting for the next stuff to come out!
For me, I'm ready to add some Rey figures that include the lightsaber, and I want a Maz Kanata figure asap. However, I am all about the geek tees, and I love some of the Funko Pop shirts I've seen (and acquired) in recent weeks.
So, you can imagine my excitement when I realized new The Force Awakens Funko Pop tees are going to be coming out this month!
You've probably seen Funko Pop tees appear in stores like Hot Topic, and I've already spotted a few that are tied to the original trilogy. As with other merchandise waves to come, I hope we'll see Rey and Finn shirts as well. I think a Rey on her speeder and Finn in his stormtrooper armor would look quite cool.
I love the Marvel themed Funko Tees I've received from the Collector Corps boxes, so a couple of Star wars shirts would be welcome additions. That's it! I don't have any Star Wars FUNKO shirts. That's a perfectly legit reason to add them to my t-shirt stock.
Scott Murray is the creator the Assembly of Geeks, Comic Book Noob, The Peggy Carter Podcast and The Gamer's Dominion podcasts. He is a writer, host and producer whose passion for geek merchandise and gear earned him the name "Merchman"!
By Scott Murray
With Back to the Future celebrating its 30th anniversary (Whoa, that is heavy) I thought it would be fun to go BACK and revisit a couple of interviews I conducted with cast members.
I launched my first podcast in 2011. It was called The Critic Show, and the concept for it was a little too broad and simplistic. I didn't know that then because I was very new to podcasting. However, I also didn't know just how much success I was going to have getting celebrity interviews. As it turns out, I ended up having a guest on almost every episode, causing me to eventually change the name of the podcast to Beyond the Screens.
James Tolkan was on my fifth episode. I booked both him and Efran Ramirez (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite), and it was then I realized I was developing quite the track record for getting guests.
The first thing I remember about this interview was how James chuckled during my introduction. When I was done reading it, he could tell I was a well-prepared interviewer. Actually, he said I definitely wasn't a "slacker". He was a nice, down-to-earth guy who seemed to really like talking about his career. I not only enjoyed hearing him talk about Back to the Future, but it was also fun to hear what inspired the "Your ego is cashing checks your body can't cash" line from Top Gun.
Here's my 2011 interview with James:
I love it when I get the chance to do an in-person interview. I met Claudia Wells (Jennifer) at a local convention. She was funny and very full of life. One of the things I remember from this interview is how sometimes even the simplest questions can generate interesting answers.
The truth is, her character isn't in the movie all that much. So, I had to work harder to come up with questions to ask. I remembered she was in the scene where Huey Lewis was judging rock bands, and I decided to ask about working with him. It seemed like kind of a lame question at the time...but it generated a fun conversation.
Here is my interview with Claudia:
Universal just announced that Back to the Future will return to theaters for a one-night event on October 21st.
By Scott Murray
When it comes to TV pilots, I've learned that negative knee-jerk reactions aren't always fair. After watching the first episode of Gotham, I was deeply concerned about how long I would stick with it. I love that show now. After watching the first episode of The Flash, I knew I liked it...but wasn't sure how much my passion for the series would grow. I loved it more than Arrow this year.
See the pattern?
Fortunately this has better prepared me for watching and reacting to a TV series pilot. With that in mind, I bring you my initial reactions to the first episode of the upcoming CBS series, Supergirl.
The stamp of Berlanti is definitely present
It's been a joy watching Greg Berlanti show TV networks how to effectively produce a series with a fully-costumed hero - no origin series needed. It's a formula that has definitely worked, and if you watch Arrow and The Flash, you will see some familiar elements to his recipe.
This includes how Kara's secret identity looks a bit like Felicity Smoak, the nods to Superman/Supergirl stories of the past and well-placed lines of humorous dialogue. However, the thing that stood out the most in this familiar formula was the fact that just like Oliver and Barry, Kara has her own "Control Central". Though this time instead of a lab or basement computer center, she has a mini-NORAD.
The special effects are...SUPER!
I've often commented about how solid the visuals are for The Flash. Supergirl wastes no time showing audiences that this series will have it too. There are scenes where the flights, heroic feats and fight sequences are complimented with great special effects. And yes, you see all of those elements in the pilot.
But they could be a little better.
Supergirl has superhuman strength and we need to feel that when she kicks or throws a punch. It's not enough to have her swing or fly into someone and quickly cut to a shot of the badguy hurling away. A common theme of this show is it's HER time to shine. Let's make the most of that, please!
The character standouts
It's the first episode, so obviously some characters are going to connect to us quicker than others. There's going to be those we like, and perhaps, those we need more time with. In my mind, the three standouts are Melissa Benoist, Mechad Brooks and Calista Flockhart.
Melissa is is a charming, engaging and even fun Kara/Supergirl. I like her enthusiasm, her ability to pull off the "everyday" working girl and a superhero. There was only one time where she said something that made me raise an eyebrow. At one point in the show, she's on a date and a guy asks here were she's from originally. She struggles with the answer and eventually says, "Um...up North?" I have to think she'd be a little more prepared for a question like that nowadays. It seems it would be the type of thing she'd even sort out before leaving her (Earth) home and going into the real world.
I think Mechad Brooks was already a likable James Olsen after seeing him in the preview trailer. I can tell you that he definitely carries that likability well into the pilot episode. It's also fun to learn more about his relationship with Superman and how he ended up in the same media company with Kara. I really think that he is going to be an audience favorite.
There has been some debate about Flockhart's character and by the way - I get it. Does it come off a little Devil Wears Prada? Yes. Does it come off a little bit much (almost trying too hard to be this characterization)? Yes. Yet, do bosses that talk and act like her exist? YES. I've worked for them. And yes, they were female. I think she effectively embodies some of the traits I've experienced.
The villains idea is a good one
I love how the writers figured out a way to drop Supervillains into this show. Without giving too much away, I thought it was very Superman II of them. I also thought the first hero/villain fight scenes were pretty darn good - way better than what we got from the first episodes of Smallville. The first villain doesn't have the gravitas of a Lex Luthor or General Zod, but he's not supposed to. This is all about letting you know what's to come.
Now the real work begins
The pilot for Supergirl shows promise, but there are some things that will need to improve for it to be a long lasting show on a major network. I recently voiced concerns about the Supergirl trailer on the podcast, and I will say I feel a little better about the show after watching the first episode. However, my concern about the tone of the show remains. While I like Benoist as Supergirl, I don't completely buy her as a Superhero just yet - and that's okay.
As Kara continues to learn how to use her powers to help people, I hope we'll see a much more serious side to her persona. I'm not saying she has to be Bruce Wayne, I just want to believe the happy-go-lucky character can flip a switch and become serious hero when she has to be one. If she can, it will be easier to get invested in both personas.
I remember feeling somewhat similar after the pilot for The Flash. Back then, we just knew it was going to be a lighter/less dark tone than Arrow. I worried about how seriously I could take the show, how invested I would become in the supporting cast and how strong the villain element would be.
All of those questions have been answered in big positive ways. Since Berlanti has a successful formula to work with, I think there's reasons for optimism.
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