Wednesday, September 20, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 114: "The End of the Road" is Up!

"I didn't sign up for this shit."
"Spoken like a true Messiah."
– Jesse Custer and Herr Starr, Preacher: "The End of the Road"

Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, Karen and I are finally back with a special Preacher themed episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Preacher 2x11: "Backdoors"
Preacher 2x12: "On Your Knees"
Preacher 2x13: "The End of the Road"  (Season Finale)

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like Karen's life being a dumpster fire, Preacher's closed captioning fail, why Miss Mannering needs to guest star on Lucifer, Cassidy having zero effs to give about what he wears, Jesse's escalating prayers, Young Jesse being lowered to the bottom of the swamp in a coffin, Hitler's epic man fail, a personal Dan Quayle anecdote, Jesse and Cassidy being sexist, that awkward moment when you're trying to scalp Jesse Custer and Miss Mannering shows up to bring you back to Hell, Cassidy's unicorn story, Herr Starr wanting Jesse to be the Messiah, teasing Gran'ma, T.C. and Jody for Season 3, confusing Charon with Sharon, Hitler's inevitable betrayal of Eugene, Cassidy's daydream of making out with Tulip and biting her, Banjo from Space Ghost Coast to Coast, our rant about people not recording cell phone video in widescreen, finally seeing Cassidy with his fangs out, Jesse and Cassidy's fight over Tulip's life, Cassidy telling Jesse that he hates him, wondering if AMC is burning through Fear the Walking Dead, convincing Karen that she's awesome, Karen hoping to see Peter Capaldi at New York Comic Con, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the Season 4 premiere of Gotham and more episodes of The Defendersright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 094: "The Caves of Androzani" is Up!

"You better turn this ship around, Doctor!"
"Because I'll kill you if you don't!"
"Not a very convincing argument actually, Stotz, because I'm going to die soon anyway, unless of course I can find the antidote…I owe it to my young friend to try because I got her into this.  So you see -- I'm not going to let you stop me now!"

-- Stotz and The Fifth Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Caves of Androzani"

That's right, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are finally back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, Jesse and I review "The Caves of Androzani", the sixth serial of Season 21 from the original series of Doctor Who in 1984, starring Peter Davison in his final story as the Fifth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like "The Caves of Androzani" ranking highly in Doctor Who Best Story Ever polls, my recent trip to London and my Doctor Who filming locations pics, my wife's Outlander fan experience in Scotland, Jesse's final chemo treatment, running down other Robert Holmes stories, Peter Davison's final season being his best, Nicola Bryant's American accent, Peri being a better Fifth Doctor companion than a Sixth Doctor companion, the Fifth Doctor feeling responsible for Peri and his determination to save her life, Sharez Jek as The Phantom of the Opera, David Lynch's film adaptation of Dune, almost having Tim Curry and David Bowie as Sharez Jek, the Fifth Doctor's heroic sacrifice to save Peri, the old comics newspaper Comics Buyer's Guide, whether the Fifth Doctor had the best regeneration, finally getting an explanation for the celery in the Fifth Doctor's lapel, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, Jesse attending Dragon Con in Atlanta, new feedback from Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australia, our anticipation for the upcoming DC Comics series Titans, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Jesse and I review the 2015 Big Finish audio adventure "The Brink of Death", the fourth story in the Doctor Who: The Last Adventure set, which features Colin Baker's final chronological story as the Sixth Doctor, Bonnie Langford as Melanie "Mel" Bush, and Michael Jayston as The Valeyard!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

GOTHAM Season 4 Dark Band Trailer Teases The Scarecrow

Gotham City is a getting a bit more scary this fall.

The Fox series Gotham has released a new "Dark Band" trailer approved for "Gotham citizens ready for a Dark Knight", recapping some of the show craziest moments and giving us a good look at what's coming up in Season 4.

The four minute trailer opens with fleeting images of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) as a prototype Batman, standing on a rooftop at night wearing a black mask and some body armor.  We hear a voiceover from Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), who tells Bruce "You gotta find something that you really care about, and you protect it at all costs."  From, there we get an edited recap of the show's first three seasons.

At around the 2 minute, 14 second mark, we hear those same words from Alfred once again, as we begin to see new footage from Season 4.

"I can make a difference in a Gotham, Alfred," says Bruce.  "I know I can."

"It's dangerous," replies Alfred.  "You are engaging villains, Master Bruce."

Next, we see The Scarecrow, who was previously introduced as Jonathan Crane in the first season episode "The Fearsome Dr. Crane", played by Charlie Tahan.  "Jonathan Crane isn't here anymore," says the villain as he sprays various people with fear gas.  "It's just The Scarecrow."

One of Scarecrow's victims is left for the GCPD, trussed up in a field like an actual scarecrow, and he warns Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) that the Scarecrow is coming.

The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) confronts Gordon at GCPD headquarters as the press takes pictures and scribbles notes furiously.  "The GCPD can no longer keep us safe," says the Penguin.

"I am not giving this city over to the Penguin," Gordon tells Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue).

"This is a war," replies Bullock.  "Not one battle."

Meanwhile, we find Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) cornered by a street gang in an alley and she asks them to let her go.  "Not a chance," says the gang leader.

"Don't say I didn't warn you," replies Selina as she pulls out her bullwhip and proceeds to take out the entire gang.

Next, the Scarecrow corners Gordon menacingly.  "All right, Mr. Cop, let's have some fun," he remarks, spraying Gordon with his fear gas.  "I wonder, what scares you the most?"

From there, we go to the Penguin's new Iceberg Lounge, featuring the still-frozen Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) as the club's centerpiece display.  Presumably, this is the Iceberg Lounge's opening night, because Bruce, Alfred and Selina are in attendance.  Alfred tells Bruce, "There is a time for masks and there is a time for Bruce Wayne."

Bruce and Selina share a moment on a rooftop, as Selina balances herself on the edge. "You don't know anything about me," she tells Bruce.

Next, Bruce talks to Alfred about his new nighttime crimefighting activities.  "Alfred, I feel more alive than I've ever felt before."

Later, at GPCD headquarters, Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) confronts Bruce about his battered face.  "Rough night, Bruce?  Get into a fight?"

"Rock climbing," lies Alfred as we glimpse images of Bruce in action.

After we hear some various lines delivered by several characters and glimpse Selina wearing a mask, Lucius opens a briefcase, showing Bruce and Alfred some body armor he's designed.  "It is a thin kevlar weave with reinforced forearm protection.  Extremely lightweight, and actually, bulletproof.  You know, for rock climbing."

Bruce is shown on another rooftop, fully garbed in the black mask and body armor.  "I'm going down for a closer look," he says to Alfred over a radio.

Alfred sits in a car nearby, listening to Bruce over a headset.  "How did I know you were going to say that?"

If you'd like to watch the "Dark Band" trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official Gotham YouTube account...

Gotham returns for Season 4 on Thursday, September 21st at 8 p.m. EST.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

KRYPTON Casts Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange

Things are about to get a little strange on Krypton.

Deadline has revealed that the upcoming Syfy series Krypton, based on lore from the DC Comics character Superman, has cast Shaun Sipos in the role of Adam Strange as a series regular.

According to the article, Adam Strange is described as "a world-weary human, who finds himself stranded on Krypton as the unlikely mentor to Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather."

Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel's home planet and will follow Superman's grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family's honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

The character was first teased at this year's San Diego Comic Con, where DC Comics President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns recited Adam Strange's introduction speech from memory.  "I'm from a planet called Earth, my name is Adam Strange.  I come from a time long after this and I need you to help me save the legacy of your grandson."

Sipos, 35, is a Canadian actor probably best known as Devon Taltherd on the Syfy series Dark Matter and as Aaron Whitmore on the CW series The Vampire Diaries.  His other television work includes episodes of Smallville, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place, Southland, ER, and Complete Savages.  He's also appeared in the movies Texas Chainsaw 3D, Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Grudge 2, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, The Skulls III, and Final Destination 2.

Created in 1958 by Julius Schwartz and Murphy Anderson, Adam Strange first appeared in Showcase #17 an archaeologist suddenly teleported from Peru, Earth to the planet Rann through a "Zeta-Beam".  Upon his arrival, Strange was attacked by one of the planet's predators and rescued by a dark-haired woman called Alanna.  She took him to her father Sardath, who explained that the Zeta-Beam was transmitted at Earth in the hopes that whatever form of intelligent life lived there would trace it back to Rann, and theorized that in the 4.3 years it took the Zeta-Beam to reach earth, it was altered by space radiation into a transportation beam.

Called on to protect the planet from extraterrestrial threats using Rann's technology, Strange grew to care for the planet and its inhabitants, especially Alanna.  Eventually, the effects of the beam wore off, automatically returning Strange to Earth at the exact point of departure, but not before Sardath had given him a schedule of beam firings allowing him to periodically return to the planet.  Using mathematical calculations, he was able to determine the exact times and precise locations where the Zeta-Beams would arrive.  Strange travels the world and intercepts them, to defend Rann and be with Alanna.

In the current DC Comics Universe continuity known as The New 52, Adam Strange is now a Canadian archaeologist who has a relationship with Alanna Lewis, a former student of his. He was briefly a member of the group Justice League United.

This will be the first time the character has appeared in live action, although he previously appeared in the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Michael T. Weiss) and Young Justice: Invasion (voiced by Michael Trucco).

Krypton is expected to debut on Syfy sometime in 2018.

David Lynch Says TWIN PEAKS Season 4 Could Happen...Eventually

It could happen again.  It could happen again.

Welcome to Twin Peaks has word that Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch said Twin Peaks Season 4 could happen...in a few years.

According to the article, Lynch participated in a public Skype session projected onto a cinema screen in support of his "Small Stories" photo exhibition currently on display at the Belgrade Culture Centre (Kulturni Centar Beograda) in Serbia.  This was the first public event where Lynch discussed Twin Peaks since the divisive Season 3 finale aired on Showtime on September 3, 2017.

Lynch took several questions from the audience face-to-face, but declined to reveal the fate of Sherilyn Fenn's character Audrey Horne, whose final moments in "The Return, Part 15" seemed to hint that she had been in a coma all along.  "What matters is what you believe happened," said Lynch.  "Many things in life just happen and we have to come to our own conclusions.  You can, for example, read a book that raises a series of questions, and you want to talk to the author, but he died a hundred years ago.  That’s why everything is up to you."

Lynch also stated that it's too early to say if Twin Peaks Season 4 will happen, adding that if the series continued, fans would need to be extremely patient.  "It took me four and a half years to write and film this season," he remarked.  

Considering Lynch is now 71, here's hoping Season 4 doesn't take another 25 years...

GHOSTWOOD 018: "The Return, Part 15" is Up!

"Good night, Margaret...Goodbye, Margaret."
-- Tommy "Hawk" Hill to Margaret "The Log Lady" Lanterman, Twin Peaks: "The Return, Part 15"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are finally back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we review "The Return, Part 15" from the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!


In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like my Showtime Anytime app being region blocked overseas so I had to wait to watch the final three episodes of Twin Peaks, something beautiful on Twin Peaks always being followed by something horrible, Nadine and Big Ed finally having a little chat about their marriage, Nadine being self-aware about how she treated Big Ed all those years, Big Ed finally asking Norma to marry him, Mr. C meeting with the long-lost Phillip Jeffries, Richard falling for Mr. C's ol' "Hock a loogie on the pavement so I can take your gun" trick, Steven freaking out in Ghostwood Forest, James' really dumb move of hitting on Renee in front of her husband, Freddie's punches making ZZ Top skip, Freddie McRubberfist being in a cell next to Drooly McBloodyface, James finally being the first person to be weirded out by Naido having no eyes, Chantal casually putting Hutch on hold as she finishes off Roger, Tim Roth resetting some of his Pulp Fiction restaurant scene, Dougie watching Sunset Blvd. and playing with an electrical outlet, the downfall of silent movie stars, Hawk having a final phone call with the Log Lady, Catherine Coulson's amazing final moments on screen, Xan's Porg problem, Showtime pushing Twin Peaks as their lead product in commercials, Xan taking sides in the Backstreet Boys/*NSYNC debate, our favorite spies in Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy, Ruby's Laura Palmer worthy scream, the Las Vegas FBI director yelling at Wilson again, M&Ms' epic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial fail, and more!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

J.J. Abrams to Write & Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

J.J. Abrams is strong in The Force once again.

StarWars.com has officially confirmed that J.J. Abrams is returning to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, replacing outgoing director Colin Trevorrow.

According to the announcement, Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio.  Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

"With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy," said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

Previous reports claimed that Trevorrow was becoming difficult to work with, presumably why Lucasfilm and Trevorrow parted ways earlier this month.  Lucasfilm released a statement saying "Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ."

Abrams, 51, previously directed the seventh installment of the Star Wars film saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made over $2 billion worldwide in box office and remains the #1 domestic earner of all time with over $936 million.  His other films include Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible III, and Super 8.  In addition, he created the ABC series Alias, and co-created the television series Felicity, Lost, and Fringe.

Star Wars: Episode IX is currently scheduled to be released on December 20, 2019.