(00:34) – The Good; (01:04) – The Bad; (03:27) – Recommendations; (03:51) – The DCEU soft reboot

Hey everyone, this is Tendani and Welcome to another episode of The Female Blerd Podcast. This episode is just going to be me giving my thoughts on what I consider to be the best and the worst of 2021 films and shows. Starting with the bad which includes the Matrix Resurrections and Titans Season 3 and the good which includes Arcane, Squid Game, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Witcher Season 2 and Loki Season 1. Some of the things I’m discussing are going to be new and you should check them out before listening to this episode.

Let’s start with the bad cause I want to end on a good note (00:34):

  • Titans Season 3: I have a review up for this on my blog. I have also spoken extensively about what I think about Titans as a whole as well as Season 3 in previous episodes of the podcast, namely episode 14episode 13 and episode 12. This will be the last time the show makes a feature on my blog.
  • The Matrix Resurrections: I gave my thoughts on this film in the previous episode of this podcast, so check that out but spoiler alert: I did not enjoy it.

On to a happier note with the Good (01:04):

  • Arcane: This is an animated show based on the League of Legends games. I’m going, to be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this show as much as I did but the story was well thought out, the characters were complex and the animation was stunning. Truly my favourite animated show this year.
  • Squid Game: A Korean drama about adults competing in children’s games to win a huge cash prize. Things take a turn for the worst when the players realise the deadly stakes. Each game leads the characters to make decisions about themselves that ultimately give us, and them, insight into who they are and what they are capable of.
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League: I have a review up for this on my blog but I am not surprised that this film has shown up in multiple people’s end of year lists as well as being one of the biggest surprises of the year. I loved it. I would suggest watching it in parts because it is long but it is also so good.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home: I have a review up for this on my blog but another surprise hit for me this year. It is an emotional rollercoaster for a film and a tribute to Spider-Man the character and Peter Parker. It’s still in theatres so check it out.
  • The Witcher Season 2: I liked the second season of this show. I think the kinks of the first season have been ironed out. Usually, fantasy shows don’t do that well in their second season because the allure of the world has worn off and the characters have to be developed well enough so that people no longer get bored. I think this season worked well, I loved the chemistry between Henry Cavill’s character Geralt and Freya Allen’s character Princess Ciri. I loved that a character like Fringilla got to be explored more because I often think it is lazy writing to make someone a bad guy with no remorse or backstory. Fringilla craves power but not just the magic kind. I think her failing is that she doesn’t realise how other people can use her ambition and her powers against her. Do I think that she is going to be killed by Emhyr AKA The White Flame? No, she is too useful as a mage. Although her life might be in danger if Emhyr AKA Ciri’s father, does eventually get what he wants.
  • Loki: I have a review up of this on my blog, I have gone into it as well on a previous episode of this podcast, episode 13. Please check it out. It’s an MCU Doctor Who show.

Recommendations (03:27): If you liked Loki, I would check out the latest series of Doctor Who, or all of Doctor Who if we are being honest. If you liked Arcane I would check out Invincible, an animated show on Prime Video. And if you like Zack Snyder’s Justice League or Spider-Man: No Way Home, I would check out The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Dune or Eternals.

Officially saying goodbye to the DCEU as we know it (03:51) – There have been talks about the new Flash film and considering it will be focusing on the Flashpoint and establishing the multiverse. The film aims to be a soft reboot of the DCEU and wipe out everything we have come to know of the universe from everything after Man of Steel except Aquaman, Shazam and Wonder Woman. I used to be such a big DC fan and although the films have not been the best, I always felt like if DC would just do the work to fix what was broken it could be a great franchise. Thor had 2 average-to-terrible films but Thor: Ragnarok was able to save the franchise and is considered by a lot of people to be one of the top MCU films. You do that by not abandoning something but instead fixing it. DC just doesn’t want to do the work and that is sad. I will be keeping up to date for The Batman, Shazam: Fury of The Gods, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom and the Black Canary show. Sending love to the three actors of colour who I KNOW are out of a job now Ray Fisher, Henry Lennix and Ryan Zheng, who played Victor Stone, J’onn J’onzz and Ryan Choi respectively. 

I think the next film or show in my upcoming episodes are going to be about The Expanse Season 6, maybe some thoughts on the book I am currently reading, Blood Like Magic, and The Batman. You can stay up to date with me on here whether that is Spotify or Apple Music or head on over to thefemaleblerd.blog. Follow my Twitter account @female_blerd, I also have a Tumblr page which is skewedlights.tumblr.com. Please stay safe this year. Peace out.