By Todd Campbell
Got some interesting ones, Patrollers! The DVD Patrol is taking a break from movies this week with the exception of a certain caped crusader with an all new look. Also, the Toddster has returned from his vacation catching some new TV shows and movies in the theater.
New on DVD
Beware The Batman (Season 1-Part 1) – Even heroes need a new look now and then. Batman returns in an all new computerized style with some new stories, new enemies, and allies that will blow your socks off. Bruce Wayne is around spending his nights running around the rooftops as everyone's favorite Dark Knight. Batman becomes aware of a string of kidnappings that have been happening by two mysterious figures known only as "Professor Pyg" and "Mr. Toad." Events become even more intense when they come after him but take his faithful butler Alfred instead. Can he figure out what they really want? Season 1- Part 2 will be coming to DVD in stores soon along with new episodes airing on the Cartoon Network beginning in March.
New on TV
Intelligence – Sometimes even the good guys need an edge to get the job done. Gabriel (Josh Halloway) was a member of an elite Delta Force team but he decided to give it up and come home to his wife Amelia. Gabriel also knew she worked for the CIA and she had her job to do too. Some time later, Amelia disappears while on a mission. Gabriel decides to volunteer for a top secret experiment called "Project Clockwork." The Government will install a new type of computer chip into his brain what will give him control over anything electronic. Gabriel thinks this will give him what he needs to find Amelia. Commander Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger) knows he's trying to do this so she brings in Riley, a former Secret Service Agent, (Meghan Ory) to protect him and act as his babysitter. In the Pilot episode, Dr. Cassidy (John Billingsley) who invented the chip is kidnapped. Can they find the Doctor in time? Catch new episodes of "Intelligence" at 10PM on CBS Monday nights.
Now in Theaters
Vampire Academy – Being a protector is never an easy job. Especially when you have to do it for a Vampire. Even Vampires have to live by rules. Based on the best selling book, being a Dampir (or Vampire protector) becomes a part of life. Ask Rose Hathaway (Zooey Deutsch). Being part human and part vampire was never an easy thing either but it became her destiny to protect Lissa (Lucy Fry). Even when they decided to leave the Academy that was their home. Lissa was part of the Royal Family of Vampires called the Moroi. It was Rose's job to protect Lissa and her family from the Strigoi who were the other faction of bloodthirsty vampires that they had been at war with for many years. Now the academy sends Dimtri (Damila Kozlovsky) to being them back and to teach Rose a thing or two. Rose later learns there is a deeper reason why they had to come back and now there are forces at work trying to get rid of Lissa once and for all. Will Rose be able to find out what happening and keep Lissa safe.
The Toddster's Take: This movie reminded me a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Deutsch really pulled off her role well along with her smart alec point of view and doing things her own way. The movie lagged a bit but it was a great story and a bit different from the Vampire stories we've been exposed to of late. It's not too scary but does give you a bit of a ride. Go see it!
Robocop (2014) – Good guys come back now and again. Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnman) was a no nonsense cop who wanted to get the bad guys even when he had to bend the rules to do it. He may have made the wrong people mad when his car is sabotaged and he's left for dead. A hightech company called Omnicorp has developed a new way of combining robotics with Human tissue and they want to use Alex as their first test subject. Dr. Dennet Norton (Gary Oldman) does everything he can to help Alex but the powers that be only see the potential of the dollar. They also do what they can to erase Alex's memory. Norton see it what they're doing but only Alex's wife and son keep him from losing what humanity he has left. Now Alex will do whatever he can with his new abilities to stay alive and find the people who tried to kill him. Can he do it?
The Toddster's Take: This was a good way to bring an original to a new generation. However, I wish they would stop taking good movies and redoing them. Hollywood used to be able to come with original ideas but they have to use movies like this as a crutch to make a quick buck. They made a good attempt at it but if you're interested in it, check it out. Otherwise, look somewhere else.
Got some good ones for next week. My favorite show "Arrow" has just been picked up for Season 3. Yay! Hoping Marvel's: Agents of Shield" does too. Stay tuned. The Toddster returns next time.