The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

ABC’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ to Receive an Encore Performance Tonight

Review of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD"
The cast of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Photo: ABC
Compared to the hoopla surrounding NBC’s “The Blacklist,” ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” promotion has been quite tame. With that said, the show’s premiere on Tuesday, debuted as TV’s highest rated new drama in nearly four years. What does the show do for encore? Play it again Sam. The pilot episode of “SHEILD” will be re-broadcasted tonight at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

According to ABC, the show also received one million Facebook fans before the show even aired. So, if you missed the premiere, is it 
worth watching? In a word, YES.

While other networks have forgotten how to present family programming, it increasingly becomes ABC’s cornerstone. Although rated TV-PG V, “SHEILD” is still pretty tame. It joins the network’s others shows like “Once Upon a Time,” “The Middle” and “America’s Funniest Video’s” as truly family entertainment. Of course, you kind of need to like superheroes to enjoy this show.

While based on Marvel’s current movie universe (“Ironman,” “Thor,” “The Avengers,” etc.), “SHIELD” does stand on its’ own. The show mentions some of the icons by name, and even features Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) who was presumed to be dead in “The Avengers” movie, but apparently, was just enjoying vacation.

The premiere episode takes place right after “The Avengers” movie and  just after the battle of New York. The myths of super heroes and aliens have turned out to be real and public knowledge. Is the world ready for this new reality?

Agent Coulson is eyeing a mysterious group called The Rising Tide. In order to track this unseen, unknown enemy, he has assembled a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division). The group’s first assignment is to track down a seemingly ordinary man who has gained extraordinary powers, in a storyline that is similar to the one in “Ironman 3.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is Marvel’s first television series since it was bought out by Disney. It is co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen. Like the current movies, this show doesn’t take itself too seriously. The characters are not “dark” and they all seem to have a good sense of humor. They are simply the “good guys” fighting the “bad guys.” No sex, no swearing - just a lot of “Thwack!” “Pow!” and “Smack!” Some parents may be offended by the violence, but it really is a lot less than what you would experience on the big screen and actually presents kids with true role models for a change.

In addition to Gregg, the show stars Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.


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