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I kind of like how omni-man kind of looks like Simmons but still looks like the original character.

I enjoyed the Invincible series for sure.

I'm amused every time an actor from Kirkman's other famous show, The Walking Dead, shows up.

Invincible must be traumatized for life after that last episode.

Sound of Metal was pretty good. Not your typical addiction story.

Without Remorse is 'ok'

It's funny even in their xray comments they state that it does not follow the plot of the book. Which had been licensed since the 90s!

Greer they made her Jim Greer's daughter and took care of that issue I had.

It's set up for them to do RB6 which I hope is better overall.

Spoiler:

They let Ritter be a good guy after all, but i'm pretty sure he becomes a bad guy in another book.

ranalin wrote:

Without Remorse is 'ok'

It's funny even in their xray comments they state that it does not follow the plot of the book. Which had been licensed since the 90s!

Greer they made her Jim Greer's daughter and took care of that issue I had.

It's set up for them to do RB6 which I hope is better overall.

Spoiler:

They let Ritter be a good guy after all, but i'm pretty sure he becomes a bad guy in another book.

I thought I heard niece instead of daughter, but I may have not been paying enough attention.

I'm with you. I enjoyed it but it does not rise to the level of some of the original Clancy movies. Or maybe even the TV show. It's a mostly fun dumb action movie with a revenge motive. Not a techno thriller like Clancy was known for in the books.

And changing the bad guys was more confusing than modernizing to me. Not that Clancy hadn't gone to the direction they went here in some of the books, but it just didn't pay off here for me.

BTW, I hadn't put together in my head the plot similarities of Jack Carr's Terminal List with Without Remorse until watching this. I'd just read a couple of those books after seeing Pratt was doing a series based off these books. I enjoyed the first two books and could see the TV show working if done correctly, but didn't connect the plot points that line up until just now.

Finished Invincible. I dunno. It just felt... empty. Soulless. It wasn't saying anything new, it was just a rehash. Its exaggerated superhero world didn't reflect anything interesting about the one in which we live.

I did see a blurb about it the other day. Superhero kid comes into powers and living up to dad's reputation. And I was like yeah I saw that movie: Sky High.

I mean maybe there's more to it than that but I wasn't intrigued.

I think some of the issue with Invincible is that since the comic came out almost twenty years ago and was fairly popular and influential, a lot of the ways it’s deconstructing superhero tropes have become tropes themselves.

99% of movies and tv are are hash of some idea. The questions I ask myself are Is the telling of the rehashed idea in this way interesting to watch? Any cool characters? Do I wonder what will happen next? For me the answers were yes for Invincible.

MannishBoy wrote:
ranalin wrote:

Without Remorse is 'ok'

It's funny even in their xray comments they state that it does not follow the plot of the book. Which had been licensed since the 90s!

Greer they made her Jim Greer's daughter and took care of that issue I had.

It's set up for them to do RB6 which I hope is better overall.

Spoiler:

They let Ritter be a good guy after all, but i'm pretty sure he becomes a bad guy in another book.

I thought I heard niece instead of daughter, but I may have not been paying enough attention.

They mention "your uncle" so she is the niece, not the daughter.

I'm with you. I enjoyed it but it does not rise to the level of some of the original Clancy movies. Or maybe even the TV show. It's a mostly fun dumb action movie with a revenge motive. Not a techno thriller like Clancy was known for in the books.

Yup. I felt the same. It was just a generic action movie for me. A "Bourne Identity" lite style of movie. Clancy's books, even the ones that are full of action, always had a lot more plot in them. I think this movie would have been better as a series, they would have been able to dig more deeply into the plot.

Stele wrote:

I did see a blurb about it the other day. Superhero kid comes into powers and living up to dad's reputation. And I was like yeah I saw that movie: Sky High.

I mean maybe there's more to it than that but I wasn't intrigued.

It's got a lot of The Boys in it too. And I think Invincible's origins were older, so it's more that The Boys have some Invincible?

Stele wrote:

I did see a blurb about it the other day. Superhero kid comes into powers and living up to dad's reputation. And I was like yeah I saw that movie: Sky High.

I mean maybe there's more to it than that but I wasn't intrigued.

If you're not worried about spoilers (this show takes a few very surprising turns that I don't want to ruin - I went in blind and enjoyed them) check out this article that explains one of the themes that I haven't really seen addressed in many media.

Spoiler:

Family members who are basically Nazis io9 link

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I finished Invincible over the weekend and went from thinking it was just okay to really loving it by the end.

I have read the comics series, so through the first few episodes I was just checking off the boxes in my head--oh yeah I remember this plot, I remember this character and this conflict and this idea, etc. But by the end, especially that closing montage, it reminded me just how much I enjoyed the comic so many years ago, especially the first 50 or so issues. Aside from the core plot around Invincible and his dad, the comics did a wonderful job of constantly seeding things that don't wrap up in just one short arc but instead continues to move forward and change and really matter in the future, and the montage at the end of the final episode shows they're sticking to that. I love how big the world is and how no problem is ever resolved perfectly cleanly without meaningful fallout. Everything that happens matters and has consequences that are felt and remembered.

I understand the thinking behind comparing Invincible and The Boys--they're both pretty violent and feature one or more "heroes" who aren't what they seem. But Invincible is so much less cynical, and is much kinder to its characters, even if bad stuff does happen to them. Shocking stuff happens and people are flawed and make mistakes, but most of the characters are fairly well-developed humans (er, humanoids?). I like The Boys too--well, the TV show much more than the comic, mostly because the TV version isn't quite as cynical and punishing as the comic--Invincible is just more of a heartfelt superhero story in the traditional mold, it just happens to depict the consequences of violence and destruction in exaggerated fashion (I wanted to say more realistic, which doesn't seem right, but it is probably closer to an accurate amount of exploding heads in its world than in Batman or The Avengers or whatever where everything is quite bloodless despite the violence).

I really went into this show thinking it was unnecessary, but I hadn't realized how much I liked Invincible and how long ago it was that I read the first 3-4 hardcover collections. It's good!

Without Remorse was pretty by the numbers to be honest. It had some good set pieces and what felt like a level of authenticity to the battles I wasn’t expecting, but the story was plodding and predictable and overall I thought it was a little dull.

Because I have very fond memories of Three Days of the Condor, I watched the two free episodes of Condor. I feel like as a series it would probably be better enjoyed by somebody who never saw the original - specifically Max Von Sydow as the assassin Joubert. I won't be subscribing to Epix to see the rest anytime soon.