Well… it’s starting to happen. People are taking a look at their options when it comes to entertainment and making a more smarter financial decision. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and all the other major streaming services are starting to take a rather large percentage away from traditional cable and satellite providers such as Direct TV, Comcast, Time Warner, etc. People are finally asking themselves why they are paying over $100 a moth, in some cases, for a lot of shit they don’t need or really use to its fullest extent. It’s a little late in my opinion, but I believe that a major shift in the way people receive their entertainment is on the ridge, or in your home already for some of you that are ahead of the curve. The fact is, streaming services are here to stay, unless of course Facebook buys them out or something (hehe).
We here at Nerdwest would like to speak to the over 40 million Netflix subscribers and give you some recommendations that might fit your nerd interests. this isn’t a new thing. If you go back in the blog you’ll see a few recommendations here and there, but we would like to attempt to give you something to watch every single week. So, that being said, if you are into comic books, scifi, or just good TV, you need to check out Green Lantern: The Animated Series. First off, this is nothing like that pathetic excuse of a film we got in 2011. DC Animation veteran Bruce Timm has taken everything good about the Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern comic series and transformed it into something that is interesting, fresh, and easily accessible to all ages. this isn’t a shot by shot remake of the comics by any means. It’s more like a love letter to the fans that have been keeping up with the series. there are a ton of references to things that happen in the comics, but aren’t necessarily happening in the TV series. The animation isn’t the most ground breaking thing you have ever seen, but the story telling is so good it completely negates the obvious budget limitations.
I haven’t finished the series yet, so I don’t know how it ends, but after about 10 episodes I just wanted to let you guys know how awesome it is. I have been a Green Lantern fan since I was a little kid (seriously, Emerald Twilight was the first graphic novel I owned) and watching the way Hal Jordan interacts with Kilowag makes the eight year old me tear up. I don’t want to get into a slam fest about Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern flick, but it is so hard not to compare the two. My main issue with that film was how poorly the character Hal Jordan was presented. It wasn’t Hal. It was as if the writers of the film wanted to see what Green Lantern would look like if Van Wilder got the ring. It was horseshit. There, now that I got that out of my system… Hal Jordan in the Animated Series is the Hal Jordan of the comic universe. But it wasn’t just Hal, there we many characters for the comic series that made appearances and every single one of them were true to form.
Unfortunately, the series only lasted one season, being cancelled along side fan favorite Young Justice (which is also on Netflix). It wasn’t about the quality of the product, I believe that DC Animation just wanted to take a different direction. Why? Who fucking knows? It was a shitty decision that was made by people who weren’t involved in the creative process. Either way, it is something we have to deal with from time to time. I am not one of those people who thinks that DC should copy Marvel in the way they produce films. As a matter of fact, in the realm of animated features, DC has Marvel beat hands down. But it doesn’t matter if you are a DC fan or a Marvel fan, go watch Green Lantern: The Animated Series. It’s a rare product that transcends brand alliances and presents you with a solid series.