Harley Quinn Show #9 Review: A Seat At The Table

“I will always smash something you need smashed” says Harley Quinn to Poison Ivy, immediately inspiring thousands of more pieces of rule 34 shipping between the two characters.

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Star Trek Picard Episode #1 Remembrance Review: Spoiler Free

Star Trek Picard has been a long time coming with high expectations and a big heaping pile of trash behind it. In terms of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, it continues a legacy that ended in disappointment; that being the mediocre line of films that culminated in Star Trek: Nemesis which boggles the mind to think that it came out in 2002 and not in the more appropriately timed never.

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Harley Quinn Episode 8 Review: L.O.D.R.S.V.P

The Harley Quinn Show is quickly making its way to the plot line we all saw coming from episode numero uno: Harley gets accepted into the League of Doom, realizes that her real legion is in the friends she made along the way, and ditches those assholes to be with her soulmate Poison Ivy who presumably will ditch Kite Man around the same time. In terms of filmography, we have no entered act two of this three act play.

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Harley Quinn Episode 7: The Line Review

The Harley Quinn show is seven episodes in and continues to absolutely be a thing that exists on the internet.

Harley Quinn may be jarring for DC Universe fans not used to characters throwing around curse words and gratuitous comic violence for the sake of comic violence. The first season of the series has so far centered itself on Harley’s never ending quest to join the Legion of Doom following her breakup with Joker. She lives in an apartment with Poison Ivy and has built up a crew consisting of Dr. Psycho, King Shark, and Clayface. Oh and Poison Ivy has a wise-cracking plant named Frank played by none other than J.B. Smoove.

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How About Notflix Episodes #1&2: Iron Sky: Coming Race and Lady and the Tramp

Thanks to my own habit for procrastination, we’ve managed to get through two episodes of the How About Notflix podcast before I got around to publishing them. The audio quality isn’t studio-level, but we’re working on that.

Check it out, and stay tuned for more episodes. We are looking at a new episode every Wednesday.

Netflix: Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

I’m going to get in so much trouble for this.

Now I’ve been around the block long enough to see a lot of comedy films and TV shows, and one thing I can say right off the bat with Astronomy Club is that it definitely subverts your expectations. Generally comedy films/shows have a habit of placing their best and in some cases only funny scenes in the trailer. Astronomy Club, judging solely from the trailer, looked like completely cringeworthy garbage. Imagine the worst Wayans brothers film and then multiply the suck by ten.

The show itself actually wasn’t that bad.

Safe to say there are large swaths of the internet that are not going to like Astronomy Club. It’s not that those people are automatically racist, it’s just that Astronomy Club is a show primarily focused around black humor and is mostly intended for audiences that relate to that kind of stuff. There’s a cultural element to the show’s line of comedy that a fair amount of people aren’t going to connect with and it’s not because they’re racist.

And then there’s racists who won’t like this show because the cast is almost entirely black. But those people won’t admit that’s not why they hate the show. They’ll whine about identity politics and anti-white racism, despite there having been a show by a comedy troupe literally called “The Whitest Kids You Know.”

There is an overarching plot, that being the actors involved in the sketch show are in a house for some reason but there’s no prize. Running gags make this the most consistently funny part of the show, like a bit where the actors make up some nonsense and follow it up with ‘and that’s why we’re called the Astronomy Club.’ James is the self-proclaimed leader and gets absolutely no respect from his housemates who routinely interrupt his confessional scenes. He also eats mayonnaise because he acts the whitest of the group.

As a sketch show from an improv group, it comes with the territory that not all of the sketches are going to be a hit. Unfortunately the sketches that don’t work seem to be the ones that the crew is intent on pushing the longest. Maybe it’s just because the show is only twenty minutes that each sketch feels so much longer.

The first season is six episodes at 20 minutes apiece, and you can power through the whole thing in two hours.

Best sketches:

  • Magical Negro – Sketch centered around a rehab center for black characters in films whose only reason for existing was to help a white person. Funny, topical.
  • Robin Hood – Topical humor of a white Robin Hood robbing a rich black home and giving to the poor whites.
  • Dungeons & Dragons – Urban fantasy party sets off on a quest to a store across town to buy ingredients to make cheese grits. The end brings it all together.
  • Child’s Play – An adult takes questions on how he killed Chucky because he’s an adult and Chucky is a doll.
  • Auditions – A group auditions for an all-black film that still seems to be incredibly racist.

Worst Sketches:

  • Gingerbread House – Gingerbread family gets murdered by children. There are no jokes.
  • Twilight Zone – “parody” of Twilight Zone, man sees a woman twerking on the wing of his plane. It goes too far to over explain the joke.
  • DJ Reparations – A DJ talks about reparations and racism until everyone leaves the dance floor. No jokes.
  • Date Night – A group of men and women independently talk about how hard it is finding someone who likes being rolled in a rug and trampled.
  • Good Ol’ Days – Old people reminisce about the old days, but they’re talking about being kids.