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Thursday, October 18, 2018

THE FANDOM ZONE 150: "A New Beginning" is Up!


"We're not just fighting to survive anymore.  We're making a new beginning."
-- Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead: "A New Beginning" 

Believe it or not, Karen and I are FINALLY back with our 150th episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 9x01: "A New Beginning"  (Season Premiere)
The Gifted 2x03: "CoMplications"
The Flash 5x01: "Nora"  (Season Premiere)
Black Lightning 2x01: "The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies"  (Season Premiere)

In this 150th episode, Karen and I talk about things like why it took two months to record this episode, why you should listen to Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast, Karen trying to become an extra on The Walking Dead, me being an extra in an episode of The Adventures of Superboy, Anne/Jadis talking like a human being instead of a Vulcan, the passing of Scott "Herschel" Wilson, the tension-filled covered wagon heist, Ezekiel getting sweet lovin' down by the fire, Daryl being asexual, Rick not caring about a horse's life, Brett Butler as an emasculating wife, Gregory trying to turn the Hilltop against Maggie because Gregory, wondering if Maggie is turning into the Governor, that awkward moment when Reed's powers flare up and he disintegrates his steering wheel while driving, Reed needing to be REALLY careful during his "personal time", Eclipse being kidnapped to heal his ailing baby daughter Dawn, Andy embracing the dark side, wondering why Blink doesn't just tell Thunderbird that Erg wants her to spy for the Morlocks, Nora West-Allen being a hybrid of DC Comics characters XS and Tornado Twin Dawn Allen, XS having her own Flashpoint moment, Barry finally getting a Flash costume ring, wondering if Ralph and Caitlin will hook up, Cicada killing Gridlock, Jefferson admitting to Detective Henderson that he's Black Lightning, Kara Fowdy's garage fight with Syonide, Jennifer not having control over her new powers, Lynn's flip-flopping about being okay with everyone having superpowers, some new feedback from Justina, saying goodbye to those crazy kids on the Google Plus, and more!

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And if that isn't enough for you, you can also check us out on YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, 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 Karen and I review the season premieres of The CW's Supergirl and Arrow, and Netflix's Daredevil, along with a new episode of The CW's Black Lightningright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 120: "The Ghost Monument" is Up!


"By the way, welcome to what I presume is your first alien planet.  Don’t touch anything."
-- The Thirteenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Ghost Monument"

That's right, I'm joined once again by my partners in time, Jesse Jackson and Karen Lindsay, as we review "The Ghost Monument", the second episode from Doctor Who Series Eleven, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin "Yaz" Khan, and Bradley Walsh as Graham O'Brien!
 
In this episode, Jesse, Karen and I discuss things like Karen's alien finger puppets, the new Doctor Who opening credits and Segun Akinola's new theme arrangement, Jesse not being impressed by opening credits and themes, the British show Misfits, the Thirteenth Doctor being inclusive and her interest in Ryan, the Fifth Doctor as a moderating force, the return of Venusian aikido, Angstrom and Epzo, DC Comics supervillain Roulette, Chris Chibnall being a Lying Liar Who Lies, the sentient fabric monsters known as the Remnants, more of the Stenza, the first tease of "The Timeless Child", the new crystalline TARDIS interior, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, the Doctor's moment of vulnerability and hopelessness, the console room lighting, how to run away from a crashing spaceship, our favorite quotes from the episode, my getting kicked off Skype right in the middle of recording this episode, some Series 11 newsnew listener feedback from Holly from Wisconsinand more!

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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 next week as Jesse, Karen and I review "Rosa", the third episode from Doctor Who Series Eleven, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, and Bradley Walsh as Graham O'Brien!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TITANTALK 008: "Titans" is Up!


"This is yours?"
"Family heirloom."
"From the circus?"
"Not the one you’re thinking."
-- Rachel Roth and Dick Grayson, Titans: "Titans"

You guessed it, my fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, we discuss "Titans", the first episode of the new DC Universe series, featuring the introductions of Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy!

TITANS TOGETHER!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse's anticipation for the release of the first episode, my marriage being based on DC's New Teen Titans series, comics legend Gerry Conway calling out the Titans executive producers for not crediting Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Twin Peaks actress Sherilyn Fenn as "Rachel's Mother", Titans getting a second season, Titans not being the show many Wolfman and Pérez fans wanted, the Titans needing to be the light against the darkness instead of complementing it, Raven's struggle against the darkness inside her, Raven being the catalyst to bring the Titans together, the mystery of whether Rachel's "mother" is actually Arella from the comics, wondering how Dick Grayson became a police detective so young, Chuck Dixon's Nightwing comics run, the impressive Robin costume and his R-shaped shurikens, wondering why Dick Grayson set up shop in Detroit instead of Blüdhaven, Robin's excessive violence towards criminals, changes to the alley fight scene from the controversial first Titans trailer, Starfire losing her memory and looking like a '70s hooker, the decision to change Starfire's powers from the comics, Anna Diop being a great actress asked to portray a poor version of Starfire, Starfire speaking German and flirting with the hotel concierge, wondering how Starfire came to Earth in this version and whether she's an actual alien or an alien that took over the form of an Earth woman, Beast Boy changing into a tiger to steal a video game, Beast Boy's American Werewolf in London type transformation, the unexpected appearance of Covington, Ohio, some Doom Patrol casting news, my wife Lori's take on the first Titans episode, younger viewers comparing Titans against the Teen Titans animated seriesand more!

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Be sure to come back next week for Episode 009 as Jesse and I discuss "Hawk and Dove", the second episode of the new DC Universe series, featuring the introductions of Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Minka Kelly as Dove, and the first appearance of The Nuclear Family!  Look for more of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 119: "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" is Up!


"Hold on there, please, Madam.  I need you to do as I say.  This could be a potential crime scene."
"Why are you calling me madam?"
"Because…you’re a woman?"
"Am I?  Does it suit me?"
"What?"
"Oh yeah, I remember – sorry, half an hour ago I was a white-haired Scotsman!"
-- Yasmin "Yaz" Khan and The Thirteenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Woman Who Fell to Earth"

It's a bold new era for Next Stop Everywhere as my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are joined by our NEW partner in time, Karen Lindsay, as we review "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", the first episode from Doctor Who Series Eleven, featuring Jodie Whittaker's first story as the Thirteenth Doctor, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin "Yaz" Khan, and Bradley Walsh as Graham O'Brien!
 
In this episode, Jesse, Karen and I discuss things like Karen becoming our new partner in time, what our spouses thought of Jodie Whittaker's debut episode, Chibnall wanting the Doctor's "companions" to be thought of as "friends", what we thought of Jodie Whittaker's performance as the Doctor, this episode being exactly what we needed in the United States, the Doctor building her new Sonic Screwdriver, the loss of Grace O'Brien bringing Ryan and Graham closer, Ryan having dyspraxia, Graham as the common sense voice of reason, Yaz as the first companion of Indian descent, why Grace wasn't "fridged", Jesse and Karen crushing on Jodie Whittaker, Carl being Stuart Smalley, T'zim-Sha (a.k.a. Tim Shaw) revealing his true face, why it's okay to not bring back classic monsters for a while, my wanting to see more of the Stenza, Chris Chibnall's bad creative decision to not include the Doctor Who opening credits, David Bowie being a good Doctor, my Reverse the Polarity segment, some Series 11 news, Jesse's rant about not judging people who aren't happy with Jodie Whittaker, new listener feedback from Paul from Australia, Holly from Wisconsin, David K. Proctor, Fred Firestine and a bunch of other people, waiting for the Heart of Gold to appear to rescue the Doctor and her companions from orbit, and more!

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

Google Play Music -- RIGHT HERE
iTunes -- RIGHT HERE
Stitcher -- RIGHT HERE
Direct MP3 downloads/Libsyn --  RIGHT HERE
Next Stop Everywhere's Facebook page
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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 next week as Jesse, Karen and I review "The Ghost Monument", the second episode from Doctor Who Series Eleven, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, and Bradley Walsh as Graham O'Brien!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

James Gunn to Write & Possibly Direct SUICIDE SQUAD 2


Looks like Marvel's loss is DC's gain.

Deadline has revealed that Warner Bros. has hired James Gunn to write and possibly direct the sequel to the 2016 DC Extended Universe film Suicide Squad. 

According to the article, Warner Bros. had director Gavin O’Connor lined up, but he's now directing Ben Affleck in the drama Torrance, which is also at the studio.  Reportedly, Warner Bros. has been in talks with Gunn to step in and develop Suicide Squad 2, and the deal was made after he settled out of Disney/Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.  

Disney let him go in July, following a series of old, controversial tweets compiled by alt-right journalists and sent to Disney.  Fans and various Guardians actors lobbied Disney to have Gunn reinstated as the director for Vol. 3, but Disney remained adamant in their position.

Gunn, 52, is best known as the director of the hit Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which made $773 million and $863 million worldwide, respectively.  In addition, he's directed the films Super and Slither, and has also written these four films, along with Dawn of the Dead (2004), Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Specials, and Tromeo and Juliet.

The first Suicide Squad film, written and directed by David Ayer, made over $746 million worldwide with a reported budget of $175 million, so a sequel was inevitable.  However, the film was critically panned, receiving a 28% approval rating based on 341 reviews.

In the meantime, Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie will be reprising her character of Harley Quinn in a film adaptation of DC Comics' Birds of Prey, directed by Cathy Yan.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

DAREDEVIL Season 3 Trailer Introduces Bullseye


We've never seen a talent like his.

Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming third season of Daredevil, based on the Marvel Comics superhero and starring Charlie Cox.  The new 60-second trailer gives us our first good look at Wilson Bethel as the supervillain Bullseye.

The trailer opens with Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter (Bethel) speaking with a counselor, about an ambush Dex was involved in.  "Talk to me about the ambush," says the counselor.

As we get a glimpse of the Kingpin/Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) in the back of a police cruiser, we then see Dex firing his weapon at someone.  "This isn't the first time you've used lethal force," continues the counselor.

This is followed by a quick glimpse of Dex taking out two masked criminals by hurling knives into their throats.  "If I were wearing a mask, the press would be calling me a hero," replies Dex.  We then see two more criminals saying they surrender, only to have Dex kill them as well with his weapon.

"I work for the federal government," says Dex in a separate scene as we see him setting a wastebasket full of tapes marked "Poindexter" on fire.  "FBI helped keep me on the straight and narrow...but now, I'm drowning in deep water."

Dex appears to hear a female voice repeatedly telling him to "Do it, Dex", which is immediately followed by glimpses of his rage and apparent mental illness.

"I've never seen a talent like yours," remarks the Kingpin as we see Dex wearing a replica of Daredevil's uniform and attacking people in a church with billy clubs.

"We're in danger," says Matt Murdock (Cox) as we see him bloodied and battered.  "He found someone to kill me!"

We see a glimpse of Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) cradling an unconscious Matt, who is wearing his Season 1 black costume once again.

In the final shot, we have Dex in his Dexdevil costume saying, "Hello, Karen.  I'm Daredevil."  This is quickly followed by a shot of Dexdevil stomping his boot hard at someone on the ground.  Yeah, that doesn't sound good if you're at all familiar with Bullseye from the comics.

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




Daredevil returns to Netflix for Season 3 on October 19, 2018.

Friday, October 5, 2018

GHOSTWOOD 042: "May the Giant Be with You" is Up!


"Better to listen, than to talk."
"I believe you."
"Don't search for all the answers at once.  A path is formed by laying one stone at a time."
-- The Giant and Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks: "May the Giant Be with You"

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!  This time, we continue our commentary tracks as we watch "May the Giant Be with You," thTwin Peaks Season Two premiere, featuring the first appearances of Carel Struycken as The Giant, Hank Worden as The Waiter, Alicia Witt as Gersten Hayward, Mak Takano as Jonathan Kumagai, and Mark Frost as Cyril Pons!

LET'S ROCK!

In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like Xan and her husband Chris' trip to affffffffricaaaaa, Weezer's "Buddy Holly" video, my theory that The Giant and The Fireman are opposites in the Black and White Lodges, Steven Spielberg almost directing Twin Peaks, what if David Lynch directed other directors' films, Xan being excited about Jordan Peele's upcoming revival of The Twilight Zone, the Great Northern Hotel needing exterminators for wood ticks, the insanely frustrating Old Waiter, David Lynch trolling Twin Peaks fans, wondering why Ben doesn't recognize his daughter Audrey's voice, fear being the mind killer, wondering if Cooper didn't have "genuine affection" for Caroline, Jerry Horne's serious dance moves, Shelly Johnson being able to move a console television, Andy smacking himself in the face with a loose wooden board, Maddy getting fed up with her glasses, Donna trying to be a bad girl like Laura, Donna coming on to James while he's behind bars, Cooper forcing Andy and Lucy to work out their issues with porn magazines, Doc Hayward being salty, Dr. Jacoby smelling engine oil, the overdone bad hospital food gag, Albert trying not to burst out laughing at Ed's story of him shooting out Nadine's eye, more uneaten doughnuts, Pete being in love with Catherine even though she's a horrible person, my hatred for Guy Fieri, the Hayward Supper Club, Harriet's depressing poem about Laura, Leland picking up the tempo, The Giant waking Cooper up, The Giant's great advice of listening and not talking, Ronette waking up from her coma and remembering Laura Palmer's murder, an email from Fred Firestine of the Psych Rewind podcast, the passing of Xan's grandma, and more!

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Be sure to come back in three weeks as Xan and I continue our commentary tracks as we watch "Coma," the second episode from Twin Peaks Season Two, featuring David Lynch's son Austin as Mrs. Tremond's grandson Pierre, Major Briggs' message for Agent Cooper, and Maddy's horrifying vision of BOB!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!