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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

THE FANDOM ZONE 214: "Truth" Is Up!

 
"Mr. Bradley, we gotta do something.  We gotta tell somebody."
"No.  Leave me dead.  My name is buried."
"But the world's different now.  I know people."
"Man, that's why you're here?  You think things are different?  You think times are different? You think I wouldn't be dead in a day if you brought me out?  You wanna believe jail was my fault because you got that white man's shield.  They were worried my story might get out, so they erased me -- my history.  But they've been doing that for five hundred years.  Pledge allegiance to that, my brother.  They will never let a Black man be Captain America.  And even if they did, no self-respecting Black man would ever wanna be."
-- Sam Wilson and Isaiah Bradley, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: "Truth"

Hello again, everyone!  It's time for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, my co-host DJ Nik and I discuss "Truth", the fifth episode of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, featuring Anthony Mackie as The Falcon/Sam Wilson, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier/James "Bucky" Barnes, the return of Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley, and the introduction of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like our mutual concern for our good friend Jesse Jackson, The Walking Dead's "time out" episodes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus originally being scheduled to debut as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in the Black Widow movie, the Marvel Comics limited series Truth: Red, White & Black, some comics background on Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, differences between Earth-616 and Earth-199999, why Marvel Studios isn't sticking to Marvel Comics continuity, some background on Marvel Comics prison The Raft, wondering if The Thunderbolts are being set up, Sam finally taking steps toward becoming the third Captain America, Sam & Bucky taking the shield away from John Walker, wondering where Sam Wilson got his shield bag, Isaiah Bradley being too jaded by his experiences that he can't see a Black man becoming Captain America in 2021, Sarah deciding that she doesn't want to sell the family boat, Bucky flirting with Sam's sister, Sam leaving his broken Falcon wings to Joaquin Torres, Sam's training montage with the shield, Isaiah Bradley telling the story of his tragic past, Bucky showing Baron Zemo that he has control over the Winter Soldier programming, our surprise that the Dora Milaje didn't take Baron Zemo back to Wakanda, Sam and Bucky saying that they're not friends even though they are, wondering if Bucky will play more Battleship, John Walker being stripped of his military pension and title as Captain America, John Walker forging his own Captain America shield and taking steps toward becoming the USAgent, our theory that Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is recruiting the Dark Avengers, Norman Osborn and the "Dark Reign" comics storyline, Sharon Carter releasing Batroc the Leaper from prison, Karli feeling completely betrayed by Sam, wondering if Marvel Studios will announce a new Captain America movie starring Anthony Mackie, our favorite quotes of the episode, Dominic Purcell quitting Legends of Tomorrow, new Fandom Zone Fanmail from Holly Mac and Dave Proctor, and more!

You can now check out episodes of The Fandom Zone using...

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And if that isn't enough for you, you can also check us out on YouTube, Soundcloud, and the official Southgate Media Group website!  Oh, and if you're interested in an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt that all the cool kids are wearing, you can get those on TeePublic HERE as well!  Feel free to post a picture on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back next week for Episode 215 as DJ Nik and I discuss the final episode of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Monday, April 19, 2021

First Trailer for SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS Teases The Mandarin

 
You can't outrun who you really are.

On actor Simu Liu's birthday, Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for his upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  In the film, Marvel Comics superhero Shang-Chi is forced to confront his past after he is drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

The two-minute teaser trailer opens with Shang-Chi remembering his past during a stormy night.  We see Shang doing push-ups in a small basement garage that has been turned into a single room apartment.

As a stylish red sportscar pulls up, we hear the voice of Wenwu, The Mandarin, played by Tony Leung.  "I gave you ten years to live your life..." Wenwu begins, presumably to his son, Shang-Chi.  We then see the owner of the sportscar tossing the keys to Shang, who working as a valet, followed by Shang singing karaoke with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) and having fun with her and their friend Jon Jon (Ronny Chieng).  "...and where did that get you?"

We flash back to Shang-Chi being trained as a child by The Mandarin and his henchman, Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu), which seems to continue until Shang becomes a teenager.

"You walked in my shadow," Wenwu continues, as we continue flashing back to see a younger Wenwu smash a table with a forceful blow, followed by teenaged Shang-Chi fighting several masked fighters.  "I trained you...so the most dangerous people in the world couldn't kill you."

We then see Jon Jon bringing Shang-Chi and Katy to some sort of fight club, then glimpse Shang preparing to fight someone in the arena.

Next, we see Shang-Chi and Katy arriving at his father's compound by helicopter, as Wenwu continues, "Son...it's time for you to take your place by my side."  This is followed by Wenwu in much longer hair, now fully garbed and menacing as The Mandarin.  Following this, we see Shang, Katy, Jon Jon, and Xialing, Shang-Chi's sister (Meng'er Zhang) staring a large spray of water that somehow becomes motionless in mid-air.

"That's not going to happen," replies Shang-Chi.  We then see Razor Fist swan-diving out of a helicopter towards Shang and the two are shown fighting.  More fights follow, including Shang fighting a mysterious woman in a forest, several armored warriors charging into battle, and Shang battling Xialing.

Wenwu remarks in another voiceover, "You can't outrun...who you really are."  This is followed by Shang-Chi fighting some men inside a passenger bus in California, with Katy asking, "Who are you?"  Shang strikes a formidable pose inside the bus, which is followed by the movie's logo.

In the trailer's final scene, we see Shang and Katy are still aboard the bus, which is now careening through the city streets out of control.  The bus runs over a parked car as Shang-Chi goes "Oh, God" while Katy, who is now driving the bus, is screaming "Hold on, everybody!" as the bus is tilted sideways.  Shang grabs a woman to save her from falling out a busted window and Katy continues screaming until the bus finally stops.  Now safe, Katy smiles and says, "We made a good team!"

If you'd like to check out the trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official Marvel Entertainment account on YouTube...


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on September 3, 2021.

Friday, April 16, 2021

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 227: "Captain Jack Harkness" Is Up!

 
"Why does that man have your name?  I'm lost enough here without you holding back on me."
"It's not my name, it's his.  I took his.  But I didn't realize he was...so hot."
-- Toshiko Sato and Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: "Captain Jack Harkness"

Hello again, everyone!  I'm back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, Torchwood Month continues as I'm joined by special guest companion Holly Mac from The Five-ish Fangirls Podcast and we discuss "Captain Jack Harkness", the twelfth episode from Torchwood Series One in 2007, featuring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato, Murray Melvin as Bilis Manger, and Matt Rippy as The Captain!

In this episode, Holly and I discuss things like Jesse Jackson not being able to join us, Holly's Top 3 Torchwood episodes, Tosh getting the spotlight, the first appearance of the "Vote Saxon" posters, the four Jack Harknesses active in the 1941 time period, Jack's real name being revealed by Big Finish Productions, Jack constantly keeping secrets from the other members of Torchwood, Torchwood Jack vs. Captain Jack, Torchwood Jack encouraging Captain Jack to kiss the girl crushing on him goodbye even though he's gay, the unrealistic scene of Captain Jack taking Torchwood Jack out on the dance floor in 1941, Torchwood Jack's reluctance to go back through the rift, Matt Rippy looking like Captain America, the welcome story pairing of Jack and Tosh, the awkward moment when Tosh realizes she's a woman of Japanese descent in 1941, Bilis Manger looking like Mr. Burns, Bilis Manger needing a collar with a bell on it, Polaroid cameras not existing in 1941, not getting Bilis Manger's motivation for trapping Jack and Tosh in 1941, Tosh finishing the formula by writing it in her own blood and leaving it in an airtight cannister, Owen annoying the living hell out of us, Owen calling out Ianto for his Cyberwoman girlfriend, Owen being consumed with opening the rift regardless of the danger just to reunite with Diane, wondering why Ianto didn't shoot Owen with a tranquilizer dart, Owen only searching Bilis' office for the missing piece of the rift manipulator, Torchwood Three being an HR department nightmare, our favorite quotes of the episode, my Reverse the Polarity segment, Holly's recommendations for Torchwood audios from Big Finish, new feedback from Dave Proctor, Xan and I talking The Five(ish) Fangirls Podcast on Ghostwood, Holly returning to discuss "Something Borrowed", and more!

If you'd like to check out our latest episode, you can find us on...

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We have a NEW Next Stop Everywhere t-shirt with our current logo, which you can find on TeePublic right HEREThis spiffy new shirt looks great when you're listening to your favorite Doctor Who podcast and travelling through time and space!  Or your could order all sorts of cool Next Stop Everywhere merch there as well!

And hey, if you'd like to pick up our classic logo Next Stop Everywhere t-shirt, you can also find it on TeePublic right HERE!  Help support the show and feel free to post pictures on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back next week, as Torchwood Month continues as Jesse Jackson and I are joined by special guest companion Holly Mac from The Five-ish Fangirls Podcast and we discuss "Something Borrowed", the ninth episode from Torchwood Series Two in 2008, featuring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Burn Gorman as Owen Harper, Nerys Hughes as Brenda Williams, and the wedding of Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

THE FANDOM ZONE 213: "The Whole World Is Watching" Is Up!

 
"The Dora Milaje don't have jurisdiction here."
"The Dora Milaje have jurisdiction wherever the Dora Milaje find themselves to be."
-- Captain America/John Walker and Ayo, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: "The Whole World Is Watching"

Hello again, everyone!  It's time for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, my co-host DJ Nik and I discuss "The Whole World Is Watching", the fourth episode of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, featuring Anthony Mackie as The Falcon/Sam Wilson, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier/James "Bucky" Barnes, Wyatt Russell as Captain America/John Walker, and Clé Bennett as Battlestar/Lemar Hoskins!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like Nik serving as my Jewish mother, my having a 101-degree fever, Sam being in a very transitional phase as a character, Sam and Karli seeing themselves as shades of grey rather than hero vs. villain, women getting higher profile writing and directing gigs, Ayo stepping up in the Okoye role, the episode's title being taken from Black Panther, my theory that Doctor Faustus is mind-controlling Sharon Carter, our live response to a question from Christine Peruski, the flashback scene where Ayo helps Bucky prevent being controlled by the Winter Soldier protocol codewords, the Dora Milaje initially refusing to return the shield to John Walker, Sam and Bucky reaching the mutual acceptance stage of their buddy cop movie, Sam's background as a support group counselor, John Walker barging in and spoiling Sam's attempt to connect with Karli, Sam's sister Sarah telling Karli that the new Captain America doesn't represent her, Sam relating to Karli's goals but not her methods, wondering if Karli will become a martyr for her cause, Baron Zemo knowing how to get information from the Latvian kids, Nik's love of Turkish delight, wondering who's the better manipulator between Baron Zemo and Loki, Mads Mikkelsen as Doctor Doom, Baron Zemo smashing vials of super-soldier serum, Karli killing Battlestar, John Walker murdering Nico in full public view and having a PR nightmare, John Walker not having Lemar around to rein him in anymore, wondering if Walker's superiors will quickly launch a search for a third Captain America, wondering if John Walker will become the USAgent by the end of this series, our favorite quotes of the episode, new Fandom Zone Fanmail from Holly Mac and Dave Proctor, and more!

You can now check out episodes of The Fandom Zone using...

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The Fandom Zone on Twitter -- @FandomZoneCast
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And if that isn't enough for you, you can also check us out on YouTube, Soundcloud, and the official Southgate Media Group website!  Oh, and if you're interested in an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt that all the cool kids are wearing, you can get those on TeePublic HERE as well!  Feel free to post a picture on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back next week for Episode 214 as DJ Nik and I discuss the fifth episode of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 226: "They Keep Killing Suzie" Is Up!

 
"Are you always this dressy for a murder investigation?"
"What, you'd rather me naked?"
"God help me, the stories are true."
-- DS Kathy Swanson and Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: "They Keep Killing Suzie"

Hello again, everyone!  My partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, Torchwood Month returns as we discuss "They Keep Killing Suzie", the eighth episode from Torchwood Series One in 2006, featuring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Yasmin Bannerman as DS Kathy Swanson, and the return of Indira Varma as Suzie Costello!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like not having a special guest companion, Jesse playing on the disabled list, getting more backstory about ex-Torchwood member Suzie Costello, Indira Varma reprising Suzie Costello in Big Finish audio adventures, my being a Mission: Impossible movies, Yasmin Bannerman as Seventh Doctor companion Roz Forrester, The Avengers episode "They Keep Killing Steed", original plans to have Suzie come back in Series Two, Emily Dickinson's poetry, DS Kathy Swanson having zero time for Torchwood, Jack having to ask DS Swanson and the police for help getting out of their own headquarters, Jack's easy decision to try and kill Suzie, the initial reaction to Torchwood being for older audiences instead of the whole family, Tosh calling out Suzie for dishonoring Torchwood, Team Torchwood feeling guilty because they like Suzie's replacement Gwen better than Suzie, Suzie's insane arranged plan to have someone kill innocent people to manipulate Torchwood into bringing Suzie back to life, Suzie manipulating Gwen into taking her to see her dying father so she could kill him, Gwen realizing that Suzie is stealing her life energy like a Silver Age comics supervillain, wondering why the Resurrection Gauntlet exploded when Tosh shot it, Suzie's ominous warning for Jack, our favorite quotes of the episode, my Reverse the Polarity segment, new feedback from Holly Mac and Dave Proctor, psychotic fans issuing death threats against Wyatt Russell for replacing Captain America, our three attempts to finish recording this episode, and more!

If you'd like to check out our latest episode, you can find us on...

Apple Podcasts -- RIGHT HERE
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Next Stop Everywhere's Instagram account

We have a NEW Next Stop Everywhere t-shirt with our current logo, which you can find on TeePublic right HEREThis spiffy new shirt looks great when you're listening to your favorite Doctor Who podcast and travelling through time and space!  Or your could order all sorts of cool Next Stop Everywhere merch there as well!

And hey, if you'd like to pick up our classic logo Next Stop Everywhere t-shirt, you can also find it on TeePublic right HERE!  Help support the show and feel free to post pictures on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back later this week, as Torchwood Month continues as I'm joined by special guest companion Holly Mac from The Five-ish Fangirls Podcast and we discuss "Captain Jack Harkness", the twelfth episode from Torchwood Series One in 2007, featuring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato, Murray Melvin as Bilis Manger, and Matt Rippy as The Captain!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

GHOSTWOOD 096: "On the Air: Episode 1.5" Is Up!

 
"Now, that's what I call...entertainment."
-- Bud E. Budwaller, On the Air: "Episode 1.5"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  In this episode, we celebrate Twin Peaks' 31st Anniversary, pay tribute to the late Walter Olkewicz, and discuss "Episode 1.5", the third and final transmitted episode of the short-lived ABC sitcom On the Air from 1992, written by Mark Frost and featuring Ian Buchanan as Lester Guy, Miguel Ferrer as Bud E. Budwaller, and David L. Lander as Valdja Gochktch!

LET'S ROCK!

In this episode, Xan and I discuss things like both of us talking longer before our podcast than the actual podcast itself, my voice turning into Barry White's, Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes", actually recording on Twin Peaks' anniversary day, ABC's weird decision to air the pilot of Twin Peaks right after America's Funniest Home Videos, everyone needing to give Xan music for her upcoming 45th birthday, paying tribute to Walter Olkewicz, Richard Beymer & Russ Tamblyn appearing in West Side Story, the obscure '80s Dungeons & Dragons TV series Wizards and Warriors, The Bermuda Depths. Chuck McCann on Far Out Space Nuts, Anne Bloom as Parker Lewis' mom on Parker Lewis Can't Lose, the Blue Beetle on The Electric Company, Buster Keaton, the Doctor Who parody The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, Lester flirting with Sylvia Hudson, Betty's stuffed dog tissue box holder, Budwaller chosing to focus the camera on Mr. Peanuts crying, the entire cast singing the Mr. Peanuts song, Xan's old mixtapes, Jesse Jackson vomiting during the recording of Next Stop Everywhere, Xan having a panic attack thinking about Captain Jack Harkness buried alive, where you can watch the 1993 David Lynch anthology series Hotel Room, Xan obsessing over the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 097, as Xan and I discuss "Tricks", the first episode of the HBO series Hotel Room from 1993, directed by David Lynch and featuring Harry Dean Stanton as Moe Boca, Freddie Jones as Lou Holchak, and Glenne Headly as Darlene!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

THE FANDOM ZONE 212: "Power Broker" Is Up!

 
"They cleared the bionic staring machine, and he's killed almost everyone he's met."
"I heard that."
-- Sam Wilson and James "Bucky" Barnes, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: "Power Broker"

Hello again, everyone!  It's time for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, my co-host DJ Nik and I discuss "Power Broker", the third episode of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, featuring Anthony Mackie as The Falcon/Sam Wilson, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier/James "Bucky" Barnes, and the return of Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo and Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like DJ Nik becoming Uncle Nik, writer Derek Kolstad being the creator of the John Wick franchise, Daniel Brühl stealing every scene he was in and being very reminiscent of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, some comics background on the Power Broker and Baron Zemo, the classic Avengers storyline "Under Siege", where Madripoor is supposed to be located in Southeast Asia, the Kimiyo Beads from Wakanda, Latvia being filmed in Prague, Sharon still being a fugitive from the United States, being glad that Zemo wasn't able to take control over the Winter Soldier again, Zemo trying to sow the seeds of division between Sam and Bucky, Baron Zemo quickly slipping back into his normal lifestyle, Baron Zemo busting a move on the dance floor, Sharon's nice Madripoor apartment, Sharon becoming more cynical and a better fighter, Bucky quickly adopting the Winter Soldier persona, Sam being very resentful toward Captain America's shield, whether Sam or Bucky will become Captain America after John Walker, John Walker playing the "Do you know who I am?" card, the impending schism between John Walker and Lemar Hoskins, wondering why Sam didn't mute his phone while undercover, wondering who killed Selby, the Power Broker becoming the Big Bad of this series, Zemo suddenly killing Dr. Wilfred Nagel, Bucky flipping the "move your seat up" gag from Captain America: Civil War on Sam, Karli Morgenthal finally getting some backstory and proving she's an extremist, our favorite quotes of the episode, The Flash casting Jordan Fisher as Impulsenew Fandom Zone Fanmail from Holly Mac, the unexpected Ayo cliffhanger, and more!

You can now check out episodes of The Fandom Zone using...

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Direct Download MP3s/Libsyn -- HERE
Spotify -- HERE
Stitcher -- HERE
The Fandom Zone on Facebook -- HERE
The Fandom Zone on Twitter -- @FandomZoneCast
The Fandom Zone on Instagram -- HERE

And if that isn't enough for you, you can also check us out on YouTube, Soundcloud, and the official Southgate Media Group website!  Oh, and if you're interested in an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt that all the cool kids are wearing, you can get those on TeePublic HERE as well!  Feel free to post a picture on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back next week for Episode 213 as DJ Nik and I discuss the fourth episode of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!