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Friday, June 5, 2020

GHOSTWOOD 076: "No Knock, No Doorbell" Is Up!


"You're a fine man, Bushnell Mullins.  I will not soon forget your kindness and decency."
"What about the FBI?"
"I am the FBI."
-- Special Agent Dale Cooper and Bushnell Mullins, Twin Peaks: "No Knock, No Doorbell"

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 provide our commentary track for "No Knock, No Doorbell", a.k.a. "The Return, Part 16" from the 2017 Showtime revival of Twin Peaks, featuring the return of Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Chantal Hutchens, Tim Roth as Gary "Hutch" Hutchens, and the final appearance of Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne!

LET'S ROCK!

In this episode, Xan and I discuss things like me knowing nothing about cinema and music compared to Xan, Xan making Google irrelevant, Generation X appreciating Napoleon Dynamite, Xan trying to get home before the Columbus curfew, David Lynch promoting Black Lives Matter during his daily weather report, our concern about the Minneapolis cops getting away with George Floyd's murder, Richard's failure to kill Mr. C before he gets killed, the final appearance of Jerry Horne, the final appearances of Chantal and Hutch, finger sandwiches being eaten with fingers like every other sandwich, Chantal's technique for eating Cheeto dust, the Polish Accountant trying to get into his driveway, the sudden increase in pacing once Cooper returns, the Diane tulpa getting a text message, Diane telling the horrible story of the night Cooper's doppelganger visited her, Cooper saying goodbye to Janey-E and Sonny Jim, Eddie Vedder in the Roadhouse, wondering if Audrey is still in her coma, why David Lynch really needs to announce Twin Peaks Season 4 NOW, my appearance on Jesse Jackson's Bruce Springsteen podcast, and more!

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

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 077, as Xan and I provide our commentary track for "The Past Dictates the Future", a.k.a. "The Return, Part 17", from the 2017 Showtime revival of Twin Peaks, featuring Dale Cooper's confrontation with Mr. C and BOB, the revelation of Naido's true identity, and the rescue of Laura Palmer!

Monday, June 1, 2020

THE FANDOM ZONE 178: "S.T.R.I.P.E." Is Up!


"Come on, sidekick. Don’t flake on me now."
"The last time I was a sidekick, my partner got killed."
"Yes, but this time you have a freaking robot!  You can do this, Pat.  The staff chose me and I choose you.  Stargirl and Stripsey.  What about Stripe?  Ooh, like an acronym.  Um... Subatomic Tactical Robot Internet Pat Enhancer.  Nailed it, yes!  That’s cool."
-- Courtney Whitmore and Pat Dugan, Stargirl: "S.T.R.I.P.E."

Hello again, everyone!  My co-host Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, we discuss "S.T.R.I.P.E.", the second episode of the DC Universe/CW series Stargirl, featuring Brec Bassinger as Stargirl, Luke Wilson as S.T.R.I.P.E., Christopher James Baker as Brainwave, and introducing Eric Goins as The Gambler!

In this episode, Jesse and I talk about things like the easter egg of Geoff Johns' sister Courtney, the second episode feeling like the second hour of a two-hour pilot, the Injustice Society running Blue Valley, not knowing who Mike's mother is, the importance of your show's leads having chemistry with one another, Courtney's youthful enthusiasm vs. Pat's older experience, the Golden Age Starman (Ted Knight) being the creator of the Cosmic Staff, my theory that Jack Knight is Courtney's father, paying tribute to the sewing machines that Courtney trashed making her Stargirl costume, hoping the Injustice Society's plan is better than the Cylons' plan on Battlestar Galactica, Courtney having a natural talent for being a superhero, Courtney the Injustice Slayer, waiting for Henry King Jr. to become Brainwave Jr., DC's Starman Omnibus hardcovers, the Wizard being responsible for his kid by having a wall safe for his wand, the odd "meet cute" of Pat meeting the Wizard's wife, wanting Pat to have his damn cookie, the Gambler being a really bad office team leader, Solomon Grundy locked away in the Injustice Society's secret bunker, needing Stargirl right now like we needed Smallville after the events of 9/11, our favorite quotes of the episode, Tom Ellis closing a deal for Lucifer Season 6, the first image of Dorothy Spinner for Doom Patrol Season 2, 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, as Jesse and I discuss "Icicle", the third episode of the DC Universe/CW series Stargirl, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 186: "Terror of the Zygons" Is Up!


"But you can't rule a world in hiding.  You've got to come out onto the balcony sometimes and wave a tentacle."
-- The Fourth Doctor to Broton, Doctor Who: "Terror of the Zygons"

Hello again, everyone!  My partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we're joined by special guest companion John Takacs to discuss "Terror of the Zygons", the first serial from Doctor Who Season 13 in 1975, featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan, and the first appearance of the Zygons!

In this episode, Jesse, John and I discuss things like gradually reopening the TARDIS, John's Cyberman mask for dealing with the Coronavirus, Doctor Who Action Figure Theatre, how John is coping during the Coronavirus, another TV show I need to start watching, the launch of HBO Max, the alternate opening to "Terror of the Zygons", Nicholas Courtney laying into Tom Baker for his unprofessional behavior on set, the Jesse Jackson Pacing Drinking Game, feeling bad for Doctor Who cosplayers in Atlanta, Peter Cushing's Doctor becoming canon, the Fourth Doctor wearing a long tartan scarf, more of Sarah Jane being the Lois Lane of Doctor Who, the Fourth Doctor's self-confidence, the Fourth Doctor putting Sarah Jane into a trance so she doesn't have to breathe, Harry facing off against the Zygons, UNIT going Zygon hunting in the forest, UNIT soldiers vs. Star Wars stormtroopers, wondering why Angus' "second sight" wasn't used, the Zygons' really cool design, the great cliffhanger at the end of Part One, the Skarasen being one of the worst-looking Doctor Who monsters ever, hoping for a new CGI Skarasen in a future video re-release, wondering why the Zygons were never brought back in the classic era, the creepy Sister Lamont, the Fourth Doctor electrocuting himself, the greatness of the score, "Terror of the Zygons" being a good gateway episode to the classic era, our favorite quotes of the episode, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, new feedback from Holly Mac and David K. Proctor, Jesse FINALLY having me on his Bruce Springsteen podcast, the penultimate Doctor Who Lockdown global rewatch, Jesse celebrating his birthday, why weren't not discussing "Arc of Infinity" next, and more!

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

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In honor of our 5th anniversary, we now 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 in two weeks, as Brigadier Month concludes and special guest companion Hannah Skorapa returns to help Jesse and me discuss "Mawdryn Undead", the third serial from Doctor Who Season 20 in 1983, featuring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, the return of Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier and Valentine Dyall as the Black Guardian, and the introduction of Mark Strickson as Vislor Turlough!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

THE FANDOM ZONE 177: "Stargirl" Is Up!


"So, your name was Stripesy?"
"Because of all the stripes."
"Yeah, I got that.  Someone really should have helped you brainstorm a better code name."
"What’s wrong with it?"
"Well, for starters, I highly doubt it intimidated the bad guys.  I mean, 'Look out, here comes Stripesy!'"
-- Courtney Whitmore and Pat Dugan, Stargirl: "Pilot"

Hello again, everyone!  My co-host Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, we discuss the pilot episode of the DC Universe/CW series Stargirl, featuring Brec Bassinger as Stargirl/Courtney Whitmore, Luke Wilson as S.T.R.I.P.E./Pat Dugan, Joel McHale as Starman, and Christopher James Baker as Brainwave!

In this episode, Jesse and I talk about things like the CW cutting ten minutes out of the first Stargirl episode for commercials, Geoff Johns' personal connection to the character of Courtney Whitmore, Luke Wilson in Idiocracy, Courtney and Pat's blended family, the creative decision to give the Cosmic Staff a personality, Geoff Johns toning down Courtney's treatment of Pat from his original comics, Pat being more secretive than he is in the comics, Blue Valley being the hometown of the Wally West Flash, Bruce Springsteen making everything better, wanting to see more of the Justice Society of America, Sylvester Pemberton in the '80s DC Comics series Infinity, Inc., wondering if Ted Knight (the original Starman) and his son Jack Knight (the greatest Starman) exist in this show's continuity, the Injustice Society deciding to remain in Blue Valley, Courtney's first fight with Brainwave, teasing upcoming members of Infinity, Inc., homages to The Goonies and Back to the Future, Courtney wondering if Starman was her father, our favorite quotes of the episode, wondering if Pat's convertible becomes the Star Rocket Racer from the comics, Ruby Rose leaving Batwoman, Doom Patrol returning for Season 2, and more!

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

Google Play Music
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iTunes/Apple Podcasts -- HERE
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, as Jesse and I discuss "S.T.R.I.P.E.", the second episode of the DC Universe/CW series Stargirl, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Friday, May 22, 2020

GHOSTWOOD 075: "There's Some Fear in Letting Go" Is Up!


"I’ll have a coffee…and a cyanide tablet."
-- "Big Ed" Hurley, Twin Peaks: "There's Some Fear in Letting Go"

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 special 75th episode, we provide our commentary track for "There's Some Fear in Letting Go", a.k.a. "The Return, Part 15", from the 2017 Showtime revival of Twin Peaks, featuring Everett McGill as "Big Ed" Hurley, Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings, Wendy Robie as Nadine Hurley, and the final appearance of Catherine Coulson as Margaret "The Log Lady" Lanterman!

LET'S ROCK!

In this episode, Xan and I discuss things like my amazing Jackie Daytona disguise, the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, nobody knowing what Dan Castellaneta looks like, Margaret Lanterman getting a special closing credits dedication, Big Ed and Norma FINALLY hooking up, David Lynch's new animated short film Fire (Pozar), Nadine giving Big Ed permission to move on with his life, the greatness of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long", hoping that Norma is still alive even though Peggy Lipton is no longer with us, not wanting Big Ed to come back if Twin Peaks Season 4 ever happens, why it's a really bad idea to fill up your gas tank at the Woodsmen's convenience store, Phillip Jeffries' CAPTCHA test, the convenience store being a TARDIS, how Steven Burnett keeps getting women, Mark Frost returning as Cyril Pons, The MC being really excited about ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man", James still hitting on married women, wondering why James was arrested even though Freddie McRubberfist punched Chuck into a seizure, Hutch and Chantal being perfect for a Fox News talk show, wondering why Janey-E gave Dougie chocolate cake without anything to drink, Gordon Cole in Sunset Boulevard, my parents still having a landline phone, the bravery of Catherine Coulson saying she's dying as the Log Lady while she's dying in real life, Audrey and Charlie being active-aggressive with one another, the Veil's performing "Axolotl", Ruby getting kicked out of her Roadhouse booth, some new feedback from listener Nick Solan, bars getting shut down for allowing crowds of people during the Coronavirus, and more!

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

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 076, as Xan and I provide our commentary track for "No Knock, No Doorbell", a.k.a. "The Return, Part 16", from the 2017 Showtime revival of Twin Peaks, featuring the long-awaited return of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, the final fate of Richard Horne, and Audrey Horne's dance at the Roadhouse!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 185: "The Ambassadors of Death" Is Up!


"You're not surprised to see me?"
"Not particularly, no."
"I'm surprised to see you, Doctor.  My instructions were that you were to be killed!"
"Well, somebody disobeyed your instructions, didn't they?"
-- General Charles Carrington and the Third Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Ambassadors of Death"

Hello again, everyone!  My partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we're joined by special guest companion DK Nik from Happiness in Darkness: The Superhero Movie Podcast to discuss "The Ambassadors of Death", the third serial from Doctor Who Season Seven in 1970, featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, Caroline John as Liz Shaw, Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier, and John Abineri as General Charles Carrington!

In this episode, Jesse, Nik and I discuss things like Jesse getting an email from a listener about him talking over me, Nik finally being able to go outside and hang with his friends, our thoughts on the Zack Snyder Cut of Justice League coming to HBO Max, Jon Pertwee's fashion choices as the Third Doctor, the poor recolorization of Episodes 2 through 7, David Whittaker's script being completely rewritten for the Pertwee Era, The Second Master being married to Liz Shaw, Nik's criticism of Liz's fashion choices, Liz getting her own action sequence, Doctor Who capitalizing on the world's interest in space after the 1969 Moon landing, Peter Capaldi paying homage to Jon Pertwee in his Twelfth Doctor, UNIT getting their asses kicked, Ralph Cornish being a bad head of the British Space Center, Carrington and Reegan having different agendas for the Ambassadors, Carrington's fixation with doing his "moral duty", John Wakefield being a terrible newscaster, Elvis' Aloha from Hawaii album, Bessie's Anti-Theft device, our favorite quotes of the episode, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, Steven Moffat writing a poem based on his episode "Listen", new feedback from Holly Mac and David K. Proctor, Jesse never inviting me to be a guest on his Bruce Springsteen podcast, our Unofficial Brigadier Month, and more!

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

Google Play Music -- RIGHT HERE

iTunes/Apple Podcasts -- RIGHT HERE
Direct MP3 downloads/Libsyn -- RIGHT HERE
Spotify -- RIGHT HERE
Stitcher -- RIGHT HERE
Next Stop Everywhere's Facebook page
Next Stop Everywhere's Twitter account
Next Stop Everywhere's Instagram account

In honor of our 5th anniversary, we now 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 special guest companion John Takacs returns to help Jesse and I discuss "Terror of the Zygons", the first serial from Doctor Who Season 13 in 1975, featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan, and the first appearance of the Zygons!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ruby Rose Leaves BATWOMAN, Show Will Recast for Season 2


Time for Gotham City to fire up the Bat Signal for a new Scarlet Knight.

Deadline is reporting that Batwoman star Ruby Rose is leaving the CW Arrowverse series after just one season.  The series is expected to return for Season 2 after recasting a new LGBTQ actress in the lead role of DC Comics' Batwoman/Kate Kane.  The series produced 20 of its planned 22 episodes, after Season 1 was cut short due to the Coronavirus crisis.

"I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season," said Rose in a statement.  "This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles."

She continued, "I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created.  Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me.  Thank you to everyone who made season one a success – I am truly grateful."

Rose, 34, is an Australian model, DJ, recording artist, actress, television presenter, and former MTV VJ.  She came out as a lesbian at age 12, and has identified herself as genderfluid.  In 2015, she wrote, produced, and starred in the short film Break Free, a tribute to gender fluidity, which became a viral hit, garnering more than 25 million views on YouTube.  In addition, she's appeared in the films John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick 3: Parabellum as the assassin Ares, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage as Adele Wolff, The Meg, Pitch Perfect 3, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.  Also, she has appeared on episodes of Orange is the New Black as Stella Carlin, Dark Matter, and Mr & Mrs Murder.

According to the article, "the two sides mutually decided to part ways after recently reflecting on the first season and its challenges", and the decision "is not related to the stunt injury she sustained during filming of Season 1, which left her facing paralysis and needing emergency surgery."

"Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best," said Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV in a joint statement.  The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months."

Batwoman is currently expected to return to The CW for Season 2 sometime in January 2021.