Getting Up To Speed With The Flash, Gotham, King of the Nerds, And More!

The World Of Television

The CW has a definite hit on its hands with The Flash.  Much like Arrow (which I seriously need to catch up on), it has taken a character that could have become either extremely excellent or terribly silly on the small screen and turned it into one of the most enjoyable new shows of recent memory.  The CW took more of a lighthearted turn with the Scarlet Speedster when compared to Arrow, and I’m glad that they did.  With so many recent heavy-handed shows and films centered on superheroes (Gotham, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel, etc.), it’s nice to have a few laughs while watching the blurry one bring justice to Central City.

Grant Gustin has won me over as Barry Allen/Flash, and I look forward to seeing him interact with his brilliant costars on each episode.  The special effects are very good for the budget, and as long as the show is successful, I see these effects getting better.  The writing is superb, easily navigating the waters between young adult drama, superhero action, the ever-present danger of making a hero or villain look hokey or silly, and moving the story along with just enough laughs, thrills, and suspense.

Also, considering the fact that most of the Flash’s enemies have names like Captain Cold, Heatwave, Pied Piper, and Weather Wizard, this makes the writing and acting that much more important to a story that is trying to reach beyond the comic reading audience.  Overall, The Flash is no flash in the pan.  It’s going to be around for awhile.


Fox has a hit of its own with Gotham, although that show definitely has a few wrinkles to iron out before it becomes a sure thing.  Much like The Flash, a second season has been ordered.  Unlike the speedy series, however, Gotham still seems to be finding its footing, especially with writing and a few of the characters and/or actors that portray them.  Robin Lord Taylor is the breakout star of the series.  His portrayal of the Penguin has made me look forward to his presence in the show.  He’s intelligent and lethal, but just enough of of goof up to sometimes get in trouble with Fish, Falcone, Maroni, or others.  He’s still learning the ways of being a crime lord, but he’s well on the way to becoming the villain that runs the show in Gotham City.

Ben McKenzie does a solid job as Jim Gordon, as does Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock.  However, the writing for these two characters sometimes gets jumbled in my opinion, and leaves the actors’ performances a bit wanting.  Sean Pertwee is brilliant as Alfred, and the younger cast portraying Bruce Wayne, Ivy Pepper, and Selina Kyle are also excellent.  The bulk of the supporting cast, particularly Cory Michael Smith (Ed Nygma) and John Doman (Falcone), are also coming into their own and I expect more of them as the series rolls along.

Unfortunately we are still having to put up with the train wreck that is Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.  While it appears that her character is meant to be a cornerstone in the rise of the Penguin, I feel that Fish is just too outrageous and unnecessarily overacted.  Now, whether or not Smith is directed to overact is unknown to me, but she’s definitely not helping her career with this role.  Erin Richards is also rather disjointed as Barbara Kean.  I feel that it’s not so much her fault, though, as the character itself (so far) is bland.  She’s basically the polar opposite of Fish.

I will say that recent episodes have shown that the writing is starting to develop a solidity that was lacking in early episodes.  The direction is also improving.  Hopefully we’ll see these improvements continue as the show goes into its second season.


The last show that I’m going to talk about today is TBS’ King of the Nerds.  The first season was fun until the finale, in which the “king” was determined not by the actions of the final nerds, but by a popularity vote.  It left a lot of fans with a bitter taste in their mouth,  especially those who felt that Genevieve Pearson was robbed considering the fact that she competed in (and won) more nerd-offs than any other nerd.  She’ll always be the king of season one in my opinion.

The second season attempted to somewhat remedy the whole popularity vote situation and succeeded to a degree, but it also introduced a “villain” element in the program with certain nerds.  I understand that first and foremost this show is a game, but to make certain nerds look like villains (intentionally or unintentionally) seemed a bit too much in my book.  It felt like the show was hoping to make viewers cheer harder for certain members of the  cast than others.

The newest season seems to be cranking up the villainy a bit as well, but there’s no definite villain yet (there’s only been one episode).  However, Ori seems to be well on his way to being a potential thorn in the side of some of the nerds and Kaitlin’s attitude seems ripe for villainy as well.  Hopefully things will even out a bit and we’ll see nerds leave the show with no ill feelings towards any of them.

In other news, I’ve been a bad boy when it comes to my exercises lately and, as a result, have put a few pounds back on.  I’m jumping back on the Insanity wagon again and hope to get myself back on the straight and narrow soon enough.

Next month I’m headed to Louisiana Comic Con and Mary Kate Smith of the second season of King of the Nerds will be there.  That in and of itself is pretty cool.  I’ll give a full report after the convention.

That’s all for now folks.  If you agree (or disagree) with anything I’ve posted, lemme know!  Thanks for reading.

February Can’t Get Here Fast Enough!

Lake Charles, LA

I am soooooo ready to start hitting conventions this year.  Since I started going to conventions a few years ago, this has been the longest stretch between conventions for me (excepting the year-long wait I had between the now defunct ConDuLac I and ConDuLac II).  By this time, I’ve been to Wizard World NOLA, but that didn’t happen this year, so I’m really stoked for Louisiana Comic Con in Bossier City next month.

The Discount Dark Knight has also been very busy rounding up a sweet prize for his first-ever “live” contest that he will be executing at Louisiana Comic Con.  The winner will receive a Funko Pop Heroes Earth 2 Batman figure just by following three simple steps.  For those of you that aren’t in the know, here they are:

  1. Attend Louisiana Comic Con.  I should state here that the convention, Funko, Facebook, nor WordPress have anything to do with this contest.  The Discount Dark Knight purchased the prize with his own money and will happily give it to a fan that follows all three contest rules.
  2. Find DDK at the convention.  That’s pretty easy, right?
  3. This is the most important step, as the first person to complete it properly will win the figure.  Whoever says this line, “The Discount Dark Knight is my favorite superhero,” first and loud enough for those congregating around DDK to hear will win the prize.  After winning, DDK will get a photo with the person.

Now, if anybody else performs all three steps above after the prize has already been given away, DDK will say “Thank you” to them and then give them a handshake, fist bump, hug, high five, or even a peck on the cheek if they ask nicely!

So if any of my readers plan on being at Louisiana Comic Con next month, be sure to hunt down the Discount Dark Knight.  He’ll be roaming the convention all day and will be more than happy to hang out with everybody there.

See you soon!

It Has Begun!!!

Lake Charles, LA

It’s convention season again, and my alter ego, the Discount Dark Knight, will be in attendance at a few conventions this year.  He has a little contest going on over on his Facebook page,, so feel free to check it out if you’d like.

The first event that DDK will hit is Louisiana Comic Con.  It will take place at the Bossier Civic Center in Bossier City, LA.  Louisiana Comic Con looks to be a pretty cool event, especially for a first year event.  Guests include author Greg Burnham, illustrator Marcus Williams, comic artist Rob Guillory, anime voice actress Trina Nishimura, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake of old school WWF fame, and the lovely Mary Kate Smith, best known as a contestant on TBS’ King of the Nerds Season Two.  Of course, there are tons of other artists, celebs, and cosplayers attending, so be sure to check out the convention’s website at

The second convention on my hit list is CoastCon in Biloxi, MS.  Although it’s one of my favorite conventions, it has been a couple of years since I last visited this wonderful event.  CoastCon will take place March 20-22 and I’m positive that it will be a great event.  This year guests will include Battlestar Galactica alum Aaron Douglas, Tony Amendola who has portrayed a multitude of characters in film and on television, author James S.A. Corey (Daniel James Abraham and Ty Franck), anime voice artist Tiffany Grant, cosplayers Destine Magique Cosplay, and other artists, authors, and gaming gurus.  Hopefully I will be able to attend this year.  To find out more about CoastCon, visit

One event that I will be sure to attend after Louisiana Comic Con is CyPhaCon in Lake Charles, LA on April 17-19.  It’s the best convention in the Lake area and one of the fastest growing conventions in the Gulf South.  It’s a little convention with big aspirations, and they always go above and beyond for their guests and attendees.  This year is their fifth anniversary and to celebrate, they’re bringing in Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel from Game of Thrones), anime voice over artist and actor Chuck Huber, Larry Nemecek, who knows just about everything there is to know about Star Trek, and cosplay guest Marie Doll.  Also in attendance will be the Suzaku 7, an epic anime band that has played the convention before.  They do not disappoint!  CyPhaCon is still adding to their lineup, and it looks to be a big year for this convention, so check them out at!

Late last year I blogged about my reasons for skipping over Wizard World New Orleans, so my only major event this year might be Comicpalooza in Houston, TX.  I won’t nail down any plans just yet, but you can definitely check out this event

Whether or not I make it over to Houston for Comicpalooza, I definitely plan to attend Bayoucon in Sulphur, LA June 19-21.  This event has bounced around venues over the years (all of them were in Lake Charles at various locations) but this time it will take place at the West Cal Arena & Event Center in Sulphur.  Guests for this event will include anime voice artist Todd Haberkorn, Michael Koske, a featured Walker from The Walking Dead, and stuntman/actor/cosplayer John Mangus.  Hopefully Orion’s Envy will also be returning.  As of right now, Bayoucon has not had a lot of updates or additions to their website,, but hopefully my favorite green ladies will be added to the mix soon enough!

Last year I attended the Houston Con in Houston, TX in August.  The website for that particular convention has been very quiet (their Facebook page, too), but the bunch over at were very quiet last year as well until right before the convention.  When they did speak up, they did so loudly and proudly.  The Houston Con was one of my favorite conventions last year and I hope they return.

I’m also going to attempt to attend a few other conventions this year that I’ve never attended before.  MechaCon and Louisianime are on my “to do” list and hopefully I’ll get to them this year.

I’ll be sure to post reviews of all of the conventions I attend this year and will definitely post photos.  If you’re attending any of these events this year, let me know and maybe we can meet up and chat for a bit!

Thanks for reading.  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, but now that the new year is a few weeks old, I’m ready to blog my brains out!  See you all very soon!