Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v. 2

It’s been another busy week in geek, and I’m back to shine a spotlight on the highlights and low points. From more zombie love to some serious time line angst, comic book chops to new planets, it’s a pretty eventful list. Let’s jump right in:

WIN: Digital zombies
The Walking Dead is going digital, and I am a-twitter with anticipation of whether or not this will mean new content that’s exclusively digital, in addition to the print comic. While after viewing the rather disappointing AMC motion comic version of the title’s first issue I’m not exactly anxious to see the comic go the motion route (the live action TV show will suffice), a simple digital comic will be convenient and exciting.

FAIL: Verti-go-bye-bye
DC’s massive restructuring has seen three of Vertigo’s editors, Joan Hilty, Pornsak Pichetshote and Jonathan Vankin, suddenly jobless. What’s more is in the shuffle, as many as 80 of DC’s 250 employees could find themselves without a job. We call this move a fail for the staggering proportion…80 out of 250 could be gone…how well does that bode for DC? It certainly bodes poorly for Wildstorm, another DC imprint, which will put out its final title in December.

WIN: Extraterrestrial Life
Scientists from UC Santa Cruz have discovered a planet three times the size of Earth and likely to be as hospitable to life. Planet Gliese 581g was found while they were keeping track of the neighboring red dwarf star Gliese 581. Since it’s neither too hot nor too cold they’ve dubbed it the “Goldilocks” planet. My question is, when we send voyagers the 20 years it takes to reach Gliese 581g, will aliens be the three bears?

WIN: No Ordinary Family
Despite fully expecting the new TV show No Ordinary Family to be nothing but a giant Fantastic Four flashback with Michael Chiklis in the starring role, I was pleasantly surprised. The family-cum-supergroup pilot episode aired on the 28th and while there’s still much to be uncovered and much to be explained, the superpowered family storyline is shaping up well. It was an enjoyable watch, and that’s not something I can say about most fall premiers.

FAIL: Temporal Inconsistency
The world has now been subjected to 2 episodes and some major Jason Ritter boystache, so we can fairly well reveal that what The Event boils down to, aside from odd facial hair, is an inability to stick to one time line. The creators just can’t stop themselves from jumping 23 minutes, 8 days, 13 months, or any other nonsensical quantity of time away from the actual plot and action. The end result is a show that’s virtually unwatchable. What a pity.

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