Friday, September 30, 2016

Archer guy should definitely wrap it up after season 10

Archer creator Adam Reed plans to bring his animated secret agent action-comedy series to an end after its tenth season.

Some great bands go on too long and only become sad pathetic embarrassing hollowed-out shells of their former selves. They tarnish their image by electing to ride the gravy train long after the creative juices have stopped flowing. The Rolling Stones definitely fall under this category. Ditto REM before they mercifully split up a few years ago. U2 hit their peak 25 years ago and have been going steadily downhill ever since. Call it quits guys. It's time. It's been time for awhile.

On the other side are those bands that break up at just the right time. The Beatles are the prime example of this. Their best music was clearly behind them at the time of their split and there would have been no reason to continue except to milk the cash cow. The Clash broke up just as they were beginning to tail off. The Pixies packed it in at a perfect time but Black Francis decided to bring them back. Their new Kim Deal-less incarnation...sorry, it's just not the Pixies.

TV shows like bands have a certain shelf life. The Simpsons, we're all agreed, has gone on far far too long. Probably South Park too. Breaking Bad on the other hand wrapped up at exactly the right time. Mad Men may have gone on one season too long but at least it didn't entirely wear out its welcome.

Archer creator Adam Reed certainly realizes his show has peaked out and has nowhere to go but down, hence his decision to wrap it up after season 10. A few more seasons and then kaput. No reason to press your luck. Kudos to Mr. Reed for his perspicacity and good sense. Reed gets it. Archer has been a consistently hilarious show for years but every joke eventually gets old. This past season felt a little tired out, a little repetitive. Even brilliant dudes like Reed only have so many good ideas, and he may have gone through all of them with Archer. Better to call it quits when you're still more-or-less ahead than keep on pushing for nothing but commercial reasons and becoming an annoyance. As a matter of fact, pushing until after season 10 might be too much. But I trust that Reed knows what he's doing. Identifying an end-point can be helpful from a writing standpoint as well. I look forward to seeing how Reed plays it out. I bet he has one last burst of brilliance left in him. But after mas.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wonder Woman is queer. Oh.

Wonder Woman is queer because it's a necessity in her world, says comic book writer Greg Rucka.

Wonder Woman enjoys the company of other women? "There have been many Wonder Woman origins, but [writer Greg] Rucka works on the new flagship title Year One with artist Nicola Scott," explains Collider. "During an interview with Comicosity, he explained why it’s not enough for Diana [Wonder Woman] to be gay, bisexual, or queer, but that she has to be."

"When you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, ‘How can they not all be in same sex relationships?’ Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise. It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women. But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, ‘You’re gay.’ They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist."

I get it. It's important nowadays to make these statements. This inclusiveness is part of the deal now. Race. Sexuality. It's all on the table, all the time. It's all part of the game. Fine. I remember the old days when the sexual orientation of super heroes didn't matter unless you were making a joke about Batman and Robin, but it's cool. This way is fine too. Wonder Woman is a lesbian? I bet that makes a lot of people happy. Not just lesbians.

Josh Gordon is a long way from getting it

Josh Gordon is headed back to rehab, the Cleveland Browns announced.

It's back to rehab for troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon. "25-year-old Gordon just issued a statement saying, 'After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility,'" says TMZ. 'This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, and the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.'"

In-patient is the way to go for Gordon who clearly can't stay sober out in the world. It's hard but sometimes the only solution is to retreat, shut down, clean out and try to get straight. Will Gordon succeed this time and get back on the right road? Impossible to say. But here's one thing I know: Whatever Gordon is using, he is a true addict. He has so much to lose and yet can't get get clean. That tells me he loves the pot and the booze more than football, more than fame, more than wealth. It's like that sometimes. Having something to lose is not necessarily enough incentive to get straight. Those who've never struggled with addiction don't get that. I've been guilty of it in the past. But I get it now.

I hope Gordon gets it together, but there's a very good chance he won't. That's the harsh reality. There's a better-than-even chance that he'll never kick it and never get back to being a superstar receiver. But the football part is irrelevant now. All that matters is Gordon kicking his habits. After that he can worry about football.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Minnesota Vikings can't win it all without Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings fans are delusional if they think they can win the Super Bowl without Adrian Peterson.

Fans thought the season was over when Teddy Bridgewater went down with a torn ACL, but Rick Spielman seemed to save the day by swinging a huge trade for Sam Bradford.

Bradford played great in the Vikings' week 2 win over Green Bay, and fan enthusiasm went even higher.

And then Adrian Peterson went down with a knee injury of his own and despite the euphoria associated with beating the Packers, fans found themselves holding their breaths.

Now we've learned that Peterson will miss at least this season and may be done for good. And we've looped right back around to where we were after Bridgewater's injury.

With Peterson gone, the Super Bowl now seems out of reach.

This may sound like an overly-pessimistic view, especially in light of the Vikings' week 3 win over defending NFC champs Carolina and overall 3-0 record, but let's face facts: the Vikings can't keep winning with the formula they used against Carolina.

As great as the Vikings' defense appears to be, they are not going to keep stuffing people the way they stuffed Carolina.

Eventually Minnesota must complement their great D with a viable offense. And without Adrian Peterson drawing attention from defenses, they have zero chance of mustering that offense.

The Vikings' offensive line is brutal right now and the running backs they have are not going to be able to overcome that.

Sam Bradford is getting pounded behind that line and he will continue getting pounded.

Rick Spielman may have seemingly saved the season when he rolled the dice on Bradford, but unfortunately he can't make a similar big trade and apply a quick fix to the O-line.

Peterson could have still put up numbers and kept defenses honest, even with a terrible line. Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata and Ronnie Hillman can't put up numbers and won't keep defensive coordinators up at night.

With no running game, Bradford will have an even harder time staying on his feet. Without Peterson drawing attention, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph and company won't find as many opportunities to get open.

Face facts Vikings fans: Minnesota's hopes of a Super Bowl vanished the second Peterson's knee gave way.

The Vikings will still have a good season and in all likelihood will make the playoffs, but until they can get that offensive line fixed and find a viable running back who can take pressure off the QB, they will remain a second-tier club.