The end of Blake Seven is one of my formative childhood sci-fi memories. I have no other memories of watching it bar that.
You can probably see its...
OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE
THEIR SLOGAN IS “STRONGER THAN GREASE”
AND I WAS LIKE OKAY YEAH...
…and while I didn’t hate it, it’s basically the Spider-Man mythos in excelsis: not quite enough humor to balance out the pathos/melodrama & dodgy character motivation. (Basically, all
Doctor Manhattan Electro wanted was someone to notice him, and they play it as if he’s mentally ill, which I had problems with - even within the context of the story.) Andrew Garfield, though, is note-perfect as Peter/Spidey, but Emma Stone’s role as Gwen Stacy is largely thankless and lacking in her trademark ebullience. (And the less said about Jamie Foxx’s Max Dillon/Electro, the better.) Marc Webb frames the whole megilla quite well, but much like its predecessor, it feels rote and cranked-out.
It’s an okay film. But given how largely consistent and entertaining the Marvel Studios films have been, ‘okay’ doesn’t really cut it for Marvel’s flagship character.
Never been invited, but it’s certainly possible. Australia is hard, for obvious reasons, but I’ve made the trip before for something else, and dug the place.
Actually, Gillen’s name came up in conversation at Supanova last weekend as someone Aussie fans would like to see make the trip (back) Down Under, especially so given the number of JiM/Young Avengers fans I know. So hopefully one of the local cons will take note and make it happen sooner or later!