Tuesday, June 28, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 065: "All Alone Now" is Up!



"Smoke bother you?"
"No, it's great.  Adds to all the wonderful smells in this car."
– Reverend Anderson and Kyle Barnes, Outcast: "All Alone Now"

You guessed it, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Preacher 1x04 -- "Monster Swamp"
Outcast 1x03: "All Alone Now
Wynonna Earp 1x02 -- "Keep the Home Fires Burning"

This time, we talk about things like throwing down (No, not really) over our out of sync episode ratings, the proper pronunciation of Odin Quincannon, waiting for some actual payoffs on Preacher, Mr. Freeze as Jesse Custer's father, major liberties with the source material, the difference between fraking and fracking, Tulip's bloody first meeting with Cassidy, Jesse's big screen TV obsession, Cassidy's explanation fail, Odin Quincannon playing Q*Bert in his '80s Throwback Office, Mark going full CSI in the woods, Mark as Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters, Megan not doing her one job, Mark being forced to cuddle, Karen wanting Outcast to be more accessible to people who don't read the comic, over-the-top Shadow Assassins, Waverly's gratuitous wet t-shirt, Waverly's awkwardness at being hit on by Officer Haught, Douchebag Dolls' dick move with wind chimes, needing to be in my bunk, Grant Gustin confirming Flashpoint for The Flash Season 3and more!

You can now check out episodes of The Fandom Zone on Google Play Music right HERE, or for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us!  If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well.  In addition, you can Like us on The Fandom Zone Facebook show page, which you can check out HERE.  And yes, we're also on Twitter with our account @FandomZoneCast.

And if that isn't enough for you, you can also check us out on YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, 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, as we review Episode 4 of Outcast, Episode 3 of Wynonna Earp, and Episode 5 of Preacherright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 061: "Planet of Fire" is Up!


"I am The Master!"
"S-so what?!  I'm Perpugilliam Brown, and I can shout just as loud as you can!"
-- The Third Master and Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown, Doctor Who: "Planet of Fire"

With my partner in time Jesse Jackson back from vacation at last, we're finally back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, we review the 1984 Fifth Doctor classic, "Planet of Fire" starring Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Nicola Bryant, and Anthony Ainley!

This time, Jesse and I discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers finally giving me and the City of Cleveland a long, long, long awaited championship, Jesse and his son Chris sharing the Dallas Mavericks championship win, Klytus from the Flash Gordon movie, Jesse's second Fifth Doctor adventure, Turlough being the reason the Doctor wants to be ginger, Fiona Cumming's director's cut on the DVD release, the Fifth Doctor vs. the Third Master, helping Jesse with Dalek Overload, Turlough's Secret Civil War Origin Identity Crisis, remembering obscure modern era companion Adam Mitchell, Kamelion's wasted potential, bedrooms in the TARDIS, how Kamelion could've worked as a companion, what Peri did on her summer vacation, wanting the Fifth Doctor's question mark suspenders, the Master almost being revealed as the Doctor's brother, my Reversing the Reverse the Polarity segment, some listener feedback, The Fandom Zone being nominated for a Parsec Award, and more!

If you'd like to check out this episode, we're now available on Google Play Music RIGHT HERE, or you can find us on iTunes RIGHT HERE, or Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and rate us!  If you're looking for direct MP3 downloads, you can find them RIGHT HERE as well. Oh, and don't forget we have an officially official Next Stop Everywhere Facebook page and Twitter account, so be sure to Like and/or Follow us, okay?

And hey, if you'd like to pick up the officially official Next Stop Everywhere t-shirt, you can 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 soon as Jesse and I review "Technophobia," the first Tenth Doctor audio adventure from Big Finish Productions, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

FULL FRONTAL Has David Tennant Read Scotland's Tweets to Donald Trump


I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed Tennant didn't say "We didn't want to go."

On last night's episode of TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Bee opened with a segment on Brexit, the popular term for the United Kingdom's controversial withdrawal from the European Union.  Part of Bee's epic satire was focused on none other than equally controversial Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, who congratulated Scotland for Brexit while visiting his new golf course there the morning after the Brexit vote...even though they voted overwhelmingly to stay.

Naturally, there were a number of Scots offended by Trump's comments that took to Twitter, so who better to read their responses to Trump than Scottish actor (and former Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who) David Tennant.  Tennant rattled off a few harsh replies to Trump, including "Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in Europe, you toup├ęd f—trumpet" and "They voted Remain and they hate your guts, you ludicrous tangerine ballbag."

Bee thanked Tennant for reading the tweets, then asked him for one last favor of going back in time and save people from voting for Brexit.  This was immediately followed with a clip from the Doctor Who episode "The Fires of Pompeii," in which Tennant's Tenth Doctor tells Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) "Can't you understand, if I could go back and save them, then I would, but I can't.  I can never go back!  I can't!  I just can't!"

And in another nod to Doctor Who, Bee advised her audience to take this year's Presidential election seriously "and for God's sake, between now and November, don't blink."  This was accompanied by the following picture of Donald Trump as a Weeping Angel, which is truly the stuff of nightmares...


If you'd like to check out the full, uncensored segment (which also includes current Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi), you can view it below thanks to the official Full Frontal with Samantha Bee account on YouTube...



Thursday, June 23, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 064: "Purgatory" is Up!


"Wanna know how batshit I am?  Nobody shoots my family, but me."
– Wynonna Earp, Wynonna Earp: "Purgatory"

Now that our editor Rob is back from vacation, Karen Lindsay and I are finally back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Preacher 1x03 -- "The Possibilities"
Wynonna Earp 1x01 -- "Purgatory"

This time, we talk about things like our new show opening for the summer, watching Wynonna Earp by special fan requests, teasing Herr Starr, Jackie Earle Haley as Odin Quincannon, Jesse trying to make Cassidy fly, Cassidy wondering if Jesse is a Jedi, wondering why everyone these days wants to have everything explained in the first episode of a new series, women's restrooms being just as gross as men's bathrooms, wanting Cassidy to be revealed as an Orphan Black Clone Club fan, some Fandom Zone fan mail, getting a Buffy vibe from Wynonna Earp, a new Justina review, Wynonna Earp passing the Bechdel Test, some comics on TV news, and more!

You can now check out episodes of The Fandom Zone on Google Play Music right HERE, or for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us!  If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well.  In addition, you can Like us on The Fandom Zone Facebook show page, which you can check out HERE.  And yes, we're also on Twitter with our account @FandomZoneCast.

And if that isn't enough for you, you can also check us out on YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, 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!

Be sure to come back next week, as we review Episode 3 of Outcast, Episode 2 of Wynonna Earp, and Episode 4 of Preacherright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GOTHAM Recasts Maggie Geha as Poison Ivy


You can look but you better not touch.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that the Fox series Gotham has recast Maggie Geha in the role of Ivy Pepper, who becomes the DC Comics supervillain Poison Ivy.  Geha takes over from Clare Foley, who portrayed the character in Seasons 1 and 2.

According to the article, "Season three of Gotham will see Ivy Pepper finding herself reborn following an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill and one step closer to the DC villain she is destined to become: Poison Ivy.  Now a 19-year-old woman who has harnessed the full power of her charms, she sets her sights on Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz)."

Geha has appeared in the movies Ted 2 and Winter's Tale, and on episodes of the television series Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, and All My Children.

Created in 1966 by by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, Poison Ivy first appeared in Batman (vol.1) #181 as Dr. Lillian Rose, Ph.D., a promising botanist from Seattle, who was seduced by Marc LeGrande into assisting him with the theft of an Egyptian artifact containing ancient herbs. Fearing she would implicate him in the theft, he attempted to poison her with the herbs, which were deadly and untraceable.  She survived this murder attempt and discovered she has acquired an immunity to all natural toxins and diseases.

The character's origin was revised by Neil Gaiman in 1988's Secret Origins (vol.3) #36 as Pamela Lillian Isley, who grew up wealthy with emotionally distant parents.  She later studied advanced botanical biochemistry at a university with Alec Holland under Dr. Jason Woodrue.  Isley, a timid shy girl, was easily seduced by her professor.  Woodrue injected Isley with poisons and toxins as an experiment, causing her transformation.  She nearly died twice as a result of these poisonings, driving her insane.  Later, Woodrue fledfrom the authorities, leaving Isley in the hospital for six months.  Enraged at the betrayal, she suffered from violent mood swings, being sweet one moment and evil the next.  

She began her criminal career by threatening to release her suffocating spores into the air unless the city meets her demands.  Batman, who appeared in Gotham that very same year, thwarted her scheme, and she was incarcerated in Arkham Asylum.  From this point on, she developed something of an obsession with Batman, with him being the only person she could not control.  Over the years, she developed plant-like superpowers, the most noticeable being a lethal toxin in her lips; she is able to literally kill with a kiss.

Geha will be the third actress to portray the character in live action, after Foley and Uma Thurman in the 1997 movie Batman & Robin.  The character has also appeared in a number of animated projects, including Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Static Shock, Gotham Girls and Justice League (all voiced by Diane Pershing), The Batman (voiced by Piera Coppola), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Jennifer Hale), and Young Justice (voiced by Alyssa Milano).

Gotham returns to Fox on Monday, September 19th at 8 p.m. EST.

KRYPTON Character Casting Breakdown Revealed


Superman's ancestry is about to get interesting.

TVLine has revealed a casting breakdown for the Syfy pilot Krypton, which explores the homeworld of Superman generations before the planet's destruction.  After two years of development, the pilot was officially ordered by Syfy last month and production is expected to begin in Montreal later this summer.

According to the article, here are the characters we'll be seeing if the pilot is picked up as a full series...

SEG-EL -- Envisioned here as athletic, quietly confident and in his 20s, comic fans are familiar with an older (and a bit grumpier) Seg from his appearance in the classic Starman No. 51, written by James Robinson with story by Robinson and David S. Goyer, who is executive producer/writer of Krypton. But Seg’s a good guy at any age; in the comics, he and son Jor-El (Kal-El/Superman’s father) helped Starman get away while other Kryptonians wanted to detain – and dissect – the Earthling.

LYTA ZOD -- This twentysomething beauty will likely have some familial tie to Superman’s future foe, General Zod, while she herself is a (reluctant) warrior.

VAL-EL -- Seg’s genius grandpa defied death by going into the Phantom Zone, and is a staunch believer in space exploration. (We know that’s a lesson he’ll pass along to his great-grandson.)

Other characters include:

ALURA ZOD -- Lyta’s mom happens to bear the same name as Kara Zor-El’s mother on Supergirl, while “Zod” always raises an eyebrow because of that whole “kneel before” thing.

DEV-EM -- If anyone is going to survive Krypton’s inevitable fate, it’ll be this chiseled, twentysomething bad boy. In the comics, Dev escapes the doomed planet, abuses Superboy on Earth and eventually becomes an ally of the Legion of Super-Heroes… in the 30th century.

TER-EL -- AKA Seg’s father. We didn’t get him to play Supergirl’s Man of Steel, but maybe Tom Welling (Smallville) could play Clark’s great-grandfather on Krypton?

Created in 1988 by John Byrne and Mike Mignola, Seyg-El (note the spelling) first appeared in World of Krypton (vol.2) #3 as the father of Jor-El and grandfather to Kal-El, who becomes Superman.

Seyg-El was a noble Lord of the House of El, one of the most respected families on all of the planet, Krypton.  The Master of the Gestation Chambers selected Seyg-El from the Register of Citizens to mate with a woman of compatible genetic lineage.  Together they sired a son whom Seyg-El named, Jor-El.

Seyg-El's relationship with Jor-El lacked any true familial passion, and he regarded his son as an embarrassing maverick who was ignorant of proper Kryptonian traditions.

Jor-El brought his father additional embarrassment when he requested to actually meet the woman with whom he would procreate.  Seyg-El considered such an appeal extremely unorthodox by the sterile traditions of Kryptonian culture, and subsequently flew into a rage. However, the Master of the Gestation Chambers granted the request, and Jor-El soon married the young librarian, Lara.

Created in 1961 by Jerry Siegel and George Papp, Dev-Em first appeared in Adventure Comics (vol.1) #287 as Kryptonian juvenile delinquent who took Jor-El's warnings of Krypton's impending doom seriously enough to place himself in suspended animation in an orbiting space capsule.  

When the planet Krypton exploded, Dev-Em's ship was blasted into space, where it eventually landed on Earth. Dev-Em imprisoned Superboy in the Phantom Zone and assumed his identity in an effort to destroy the Boy of Steel's reputation. Eventually he freed Superboy and departed from the twentieth century, traveling through time to finally settle on the more advanced Earth of the 30th century.

Dev-Em soon joined the Interstellar Counter-Intelligence Corps of the 30th century.  He was reluctantly offered membership in the Legion of Super-Heroes but turned it down.  Despite his occasionally abrasive nature, Dev-Em aided the Legion on several occasions, most notably in the "Great Darkness Saga" against Darkseid.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LUCIFER Casts Tricia Helfer as Charlotte, Mother of Angels


Lucifer officially has a mom.  Heaven help us...

TVLine has revealed that the Fox series Lucifer has cast Tricia Helfer as Charlotte, Mother of Angels, and the mother of Lucifer Morningstar and Amenadiel.  The character was teased at the end of Season 1 in April, with showrunner Joe Henderson saying that while Season 1 "was the story of a wayward son dealing with his father issues, Season 2 is Mom."

The official character description reported in the article describes Charlotte as "Trapped in Hell for thousands of years by God (her ex-husband), the Mother of Angels is now free on Earth.  Once reunited with Lucifer, it will become clear that she’s the one he takes after. Mom is fearless and has a strong conviction for who she is and what she deserves. However, mother and son do not share the same opinion when it comes to humanity. Everything that fascinates Lucifer about people repels Mom — a disdain that’s highlighted by that fact that Mom’s trapped in a human body for her stay on Earth.  Lucifer’s desperate to find out what Mom’s up to, but she claims that all she wants is to spend time with her sons again. But can the devil’s mom really be that innocent?"

Helfer, 42, is best known as the sexy Cylon Number Six on Battlestar Galactica (2003) and has appeared in a number genre television projects, including Jeremiah, Supernatural, Green Lantern: First Flight, Chuck, Warehouse 13, Human Target (2010), No Ordinary Family, Community, TRON: Uprising, The Librarians, Ascension, Falling Skies, Powers, and Rick and Morty.  She also voiced the Black Cat on the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man and reprised the character for the videogames Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and Marvel Heroes.

Henderson previously teased that there are a number of directions Lucifer and Charlotte's relationship could go, saying "In the comics and common mythology, it’s really not something that’s been established, so this is us doing a little world building.  This is us taking a step and exploring the answer to a question a lot of people never asked and staking our own claim.  There are a lot of directions we can go and we’ve chosen one that we’re really excited about."

Lucifer returns to Fox for Season 2 on September 19, 2016.