Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi

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Subj: Re: Legends of Tomorrow...
Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 at 08:18:04 pm EDT (Viewed 2038 times)
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Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 at 12:50:45 pm EDT (Viewed 2008 times)

    And suddenly...I'm not quite so enthusiastic about seeing the JSA.

    Hourman, Dr. Mid-Nite and - at a push - Stargirl I'm okay with. But Obsidian? Steel? Vixen? At the expense of more essential JSA members like Dr. Fate, Starman and Wildcat?

    And the costumes! What's this obsession with dark and colourless?

    And what on Earth - ANY Earth - possessed them to made Dr. Mid-Nite look like Biggles? Seriously?

I am hesitant to prejudge on this as the finished result might be rather surprising with the actors and direction making the chemistry of it work to an acceptable standard, but at a first glance of these publicity images I do agree that the design looks underwhelming and, with Stargirl clad in bright blue & white, uneven.
Still, I think there is a logic at work here. As with Doctor Mid-Nite, Obsidian, Commander Steel and Vixen what you have here is more of an espionage squad than the proper JSA - here is a small group that is predicated to working in secrecy and stealth. Which is why the bright bubbly Stargirl actually looks very out of place, but perhaps that in itself is a deliberate plot point. It may be she is not meant to be here at all.

Kwesi Ameyaw as Doctor Mid-Nite seems an unfortunate casting choice, far better if he had been given the Commander Steel role I think, but on the other hand I remember the actor who played Nightshade (Sandman) in the original Flash television series showed just how good unexpected casting can be. Nightshade was one of the standout characters and performances from the original series of The Flash, so while the costuming may seem too cheap and unimaginitive for Doctor Mid-Nite here please do give this actor, and the rest of the cast, the benefit of the doubt. I have no idea what Kwesi Ameyaw has done before but he wouldn't have been picked out of a hat for this role, the producers had to have had a specific reason for thinking he was the man for the job...

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