Thursday, February 14, 2019

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 132: "Inferno" is Up!

"So that's the contraption, is it?"
"The console, Mr. Sutton, the console."
"Well, I thought it'd be a bit more impressive than that."
"What did you expect?  Some kind of space rocket with Batman at the controls?"
-- Greg Sutton and the Third Doctor, Doctor Who: "Inferno"

This time, special guest companion Lee Leonard joins me for a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast, as we discuss "Inferno", the fourth serial from Season 7 in 1970, featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, Caroline John as Liz Shaw, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, and John Levene as Sergeant John Benton!

In this episode, Lee and I discuss things like a brief Karen update, our previous Jon Pertwee episodes, the last appearance of Liz Shaw, Sgt. Benton deserving an official first name, how Lee became a Doctor Who fan and a Next Stop Everywhere listener, Lee's favorite Doctor, the secret real life attempt to actually drill through the Earth's crust that inspired "Inferno", the Third Doctor's early obsession with escaping his forced exile on Earth, explaining how the TARDIS console transported Bessie to the alternate Earth but not anything else, the Doctor's first experience with a parallel dimension, the Mirror Universe versions of the Brigadier, Liz and Benton, the Brigade Leader's sweet eyepatch, wanting to see a modern era prequel to "Inferno", the Brigade Leader being exposed as a coward, seeing Sgt. Benton as Chewbacca, Liz getting up in the Brigadier's grill, everyone butting heads with Professor Stahlman, the werewolf-like Primords, wondering why no one locked up Stahlman in a room somewhere, our favorite lines of the story, Greg Sutton harassing Petra, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, some feedback from Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australia, the upcoming return of Christine Peruski, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as special guest companion Christine Peruski returns to Next Stop Everywhere and we discuss "Planet of the Dead", the 2009 Easter Special, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina de Souza, Lee Evans as Malcolm Taylor, and Daniel Kaluuya as Barclay!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

GHOSTWOOD 050: "Arbitrary Law" is Up!

"Leland, the time has come for you to seek the path.  Your soul has set you face to face with a clear light, and you are now about to experience it in its reality.  Wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky, and the naked spotless intellect is like a transparent vacuum, without circumference or center.  Leland, in this moment, know yourself and abide in that state.  Look to the light, Leland.  Find the light.  Into the light…"
-- Special Agent Dale Cooper to Leland Palmer, Twin Peaks: "Arbitrary Law"

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 celebrate our big 50th episode as we watch "Arbitrary Law," the ninth episode from Twin Peaks Season Two in 1990, featuring a return to Mrs. Tremond’s apartment, Catherine visiting Ben in jail as Mr. Tojamura, and the tragic conclusion of the “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” mystery!


In our special 50th episode, Xan and I discuss things like sharing our love of Twin Peaks with fans all over the world, Xan tempting me with a midnight movie theater screening of Eraserhead, Xan's dental hygienist confusing Eraserhead with Eraser, wondering why Eraserhead isn't a young person phenomenon like The Golden Girls, discussing "Arbitrary Law" over Thanksgiving dinner, David Lynch not directing the finale of the "Who Killed Laura Palmer?" mystery, James Marshall in A Few Good Men, Xan not being attracted to Michael Ontkean, the Double R Diner looking weird with tablecloths, Andy practicing his French, the other Mrs. Tremond, modern Kyle MacLachlan trying to look better than his younger self in makeup, Doc Hayward watching Mike talking to Cooper, Leland planning to frame Ben with stuffed white fox fur, Lucy being turned on by Andy's assertiveness, Catherine revealing to Ben that she's alive, our favorite Better Off Dead characters, Ben being turned on by racist cross dressing, that awkward moment when Donna reveals to BOB/Leland that she knows about Laura's secret diary, Leland's orange lemonade, Ray Wise deserving a retroactive Emmy award, Donna being saved by the bell (twice!), Cooper bringing in suspects for his big Hercule Poirot scene in the Roadhouse, finally getting the payoff for "That gum you like is going to come back in style", Cooper giving the big thumbs up, the big fakeout to lock BOB in the interrogation room, Ray Wise's BOB voice, Cooper explaining how everything the audience watched led to the revelation, Leland's tragic death scene, Harry wondering where BOB is, armchair quarterbacking what if David Lynch directed instead of Tim Hunter, Sherilyn Fenn on The Magicians, James making really bad decisions, The Adventures of Danger Horse, never discussing Twin Peaks with my parents, paying tribute to Dick Miller and Julie Adams, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 051, as Xan and I discuss "The James Hurley Saga" from Twin Peaks Season 2!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

TITANTALK 020: "Young Justice: Outsiders Part 1" is Up!

"Why does Violet Harper want to sit outside?"
"There was nowhere for us to sit inside.  And I needed air.  Ugh, I feel strange."
"Yes...Strange that no students wished to sit with Violet Harper and Fred Bugg With Two Gs.  How will Happy Harbor teenagers learn about Violet Harper and Fred Bugg With Two Gs if Violet Harper and Fred Bugg With Two Gs do not interact with Happy Harbor teenagers?  Are Violet Harper and Fred Bugg With Two Gs freaks?  Because Fred Bugg With Two Gs doesn't feel like a freak.  (Sighs)  But Fred Bugg With Two Gs must look like a freak."
-- Fred Bugg (with two gs) and Violet Harper, Young Justice: Outsiders -- "Another Freak"

Hello again, Titans fans!  My fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson is unavailable this time, but I'm back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, I'm joined by Phil Perich from Capes and Lunatics to review the first 13 episodes of the DC Universe animated series Young Justice: Outsiders, including Nightwing and the Outsiders, Darkseid and The Light, Batman Incorporated, and more!


In this episode, Phil and I discuss things like Jesse scaling things back, Phil watching the original Young Justice series, both of us rewatching the original Young Justice series to prepare for Outsiders, Phil's son and other kids liking Forager, Jason Spisak taking on the role of Forager after Kid Flash was killed off, Khary Payton voicing 90% of the black male characters, the classic '80s DC comic Batman and the Outsiders, Nightwing and Tigress leading the Outsiders, Aqualad becoming the new Aquaman, Black Lightning struggling with his powers and being traumatized, Brion Markov becoming Geo-Force, Terra being teased in a version of New Teen Titans storyline "The Judas Contract", wondering if Beast Boy will hook up with Terra, the Doom Patrol Go! sequence parodying Teen Titans Go!, Deathstroke taking out everyone in "The Judas Contract" except Dick Grayson, Vandal Savage's secret alliance with Darkseid, who's who in The Light, the various New Gods teases, the disappointing opening titles, The Light killing Ocean Master, Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated, why the Outsiders need their own spinoff series, Roy Harper's security company, Nabu still using Zatara's body to be Doctor Fate, Young Justice comic writer Peter David writing an episode, our favorite episodes of the first half, Harper Row from Scott Snyder's Batman run, being tired of Nightwing telling Geo-Force to calm down and have patience, Phil watching the Doom Patrol episode from Titans, some Doom Patrol Season One news, George Perez announcing his retirement, and more!

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Be sure to come back soon for Episode 021 as Jesse returns so we can discuss the first episode of the new DC Universe series Doom Patrol!  Look for more of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Netflix Announces JUPITER'S LEGACY Cast

Netflix may no longer be making theirs Marvel, but is definitely making theirs Millar.

Newsarama has shared Netflix's announced cast list for Jupiter's Legacy, the upcoming superhero drama based on the Image Comics series by written by Mark Millar and drawn by Frank Quitely.  The series will be overseen by Steven S. DeKnight, former showrunner on Netflix's Daredevil series.

Jupiter's Legacy explores the generational conflict between a group of aging superheroes known as the Union, who used the powers they gained in 1932 for the betterment of mankind, in particular their leader, Sheldon Sampson (aka the Utopian), and their children, who are daunted by the prospect of living up to their parents' legacy.  Other conflicts and themes in the book include sociopolitical and economic differences among the older heroes and the end of capitalism, in the form of Sheldon's differences with his brother, Walter, which were inspired by Millar's reaction to the Great Recession.

Oh, look.  Here's the press release...

Jupiter’s Legacy, the new superhero epic from Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil, Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), confirms Josh Duhamel (Transformers; Transformers: The Last Knight) as Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian; Ben Daniels (The Crown; The Exorcist; Flesh and Bone) as Walter Sampson/Brain-Wave, Sheldon’s older brother; Leslie Bibb (Tag; GCB; Iron Man) as Grace Sampson/Lady Liberty; and Elena Kampouris (Sacred Lies; upcoming Shoplifters of the World and Summer Night) and Andrew Horton (Doctors; How to Talk to Girls at Parties) as Sheldon and Grace’s children Chloe and Brandon. In addition, Mike Wade (Timeless, NCIS, For the People) will play Fitz Small and Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3; Timeless; 90210) is George Hutchence. Additional cast members to be announced.

Among the first slate of series and movies based on the stories of Mark Millar and based on the graphic novels of the same name by Millar and artist Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.

Steven S. DeKnight serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Mark Millar, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott, and Frank Quitely, also serving as executive producers for the series. DeKnight also will write and direct the first episode.

Specific character details are below:

JOSH DUHAMEL is Sheldon Sampson.

Sheldon Sampson (The Utopian) is the storied leader of the superhero team The Union. But times have changed, and he doesn’t understand the world we live in anymore. Or his own family.

BEN DANIELS is Walter Sampson.

Walter Sampson (Brain-Wave) is Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody.

LESLIE BIBB is Grace Sampson.

Grace Sampson (Lady Liberty) is Sheldon’s wife and one of the most powerful heroes on the planet. She doesn’t always agree with Sheldon, but strives to balance his ideals with the reality of the modern, often violent, world they live in.

ELENA KAMPOURIS is Chloe Sampson.

Chloe Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s daughter. Rejecting everything her parents stand for, Chloe has forged her own hedonistic path far away from them. A path that threatens to go against everything her parents have sworn to protect.

ANDREW HORTON is Brandon Sampson.

Brandon Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s son. In training to assume the mantle of The Utopian and become the new leader of The Union, he struggles to live up to his father’s mythic legend.

MIKE WADE is Fitz Small.

Fitz Small (The Flare) is the heart and soul of The Union. Despite suffering injuries that ended his career as a superhero, he continues to be one of the most valued members of the team. And is often the only thing holding them together in the face of an increasingly hostile world.

MATT LANTER is George Hutchence.

George Hutchence (Skyfox) was Sheldon Sampson's closest friend and ally before turning against him and the rest of his teammates in The Union. Now considered the greatest supervillain in the world, George plots his revenge on the teammates he believes betrayed him.

The premiere date for Jupiter's Legacy has yet to be announced.

Friday, February 8, 2019

BATWOMAN TV Pilot Casts Rachel Skarsten as the Villainous Alice

Batwoman is about to have a bad family reunion.

Deadline has revealed that the CW pilot Batwoman, based on the DC Comics superhero, has cast Rachel Skarsten as Elizabeth "Beth" Kane, better known as the psychotic supervillain Alice.

According to the article, Alice is described as "If Batwoman had a Joker, it would be Alice, the leader of her Lewis Carroll–inspired Wonderland Gang.  Swinging unpredictably between maniacal and charming, Alice has made it her mission to undermine Gotham’s sense of security."

The pilot for the proposed series, starring Ruby Rose as Batwoman/Kate Kane, is written by writer Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) and directed by David Nutter.  Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.

Skarsten, 33, is a Canadian actress best known as Dinah Lance on the WB series Birds of Prey, as Tamsin on the Syfy series Lost Girl, and as Elizabeth I on the CW series Reign.  She's also appeared in the movies Molly's Game and Fifty Shades of Grey, and on episodes of the TV series Wynonna Earp, Imposters, Transporter: The Series, Beauty and the Beast (2012), Flashpoint, and The Famous Jett Jackson.

Created in 2009 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, Alice first appeared in Detective Comics (vol.1) #854 as Elizabeth "Beth" Kane, the twin sister of Kate Kane.  At the age of twelve, Beth Kane, her mother, and Kate were abducted by unknown assailants.  During their kidnapping, her mother was killed and the body of a child was found during Kate's rescue that was thought to be Beth.  It would later be revealed that the body belonged to an unidentified girl.

Years later, after Kate had become the superhero Batwoman, she investigated the new leader of the Religion of Crime, discovering almost everything about the new leader, except for who the mysteriously appointed heir was.  Batwoman confronted the supervillain Alice for the first time, just before her grand debut to the members of the cult.  Alice was subdued and taken to a rooftop for interrogation.  However, Alice avoided answering any questions by only communicating through speaking verses taken from the Lewis Carroll novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This enraged Batwoman and the two struggled once more, with Alice getting the drop on the vigilante by producing a poisoned razor blade from her mouth and slashing her across the face with it.  Alice then attempted to stab Batwoman and made a lucky escape, leaving Batwoman fumbling through the woods while intoxicated and hallucinating from the poison.

A short time later, Alice called Batwoman on her father's phone to bait her with the hopes of killing her, as the Religion of Crime has always planned.  While on a jet, Colonel Jacob Kane, Batwoman's father, was threatened by Alice with a gun, but he recognized her as his daughter, Beth.  Alice quickly covered her face and turned away from him.  Batwoman soon boarded the aircraft, quickly took out Alice's forces, and freed her father.  Alice attempted to get rid of Batwoman by coming at her with a knife, then attacked her with a brief spray of hand gun bullets.  After a scuffle, Alice almost fell from the plane, but was saved by a grappling hook.  However, when Batwoman attempted to apprehend her, Alice fired bullets at Batwoman once again.  Batwoman was forced to tackle her, knocking them both from the jet's wing.  Batwoman managed to grab hold of both the wing and Alice before she fell.  Alice then produced a knife with her free hand, intent on stabbing Batwoman's arm to free herself.  Batwoman pleaded with her not to do it, knowing fall would kill her.  Alice then spoke normally for the first time, not in verse from Lewis Carroll, saying "You have our father's eyes."  She then stabbed Batwoman's arm, with the resulting pain forcing her to let Alice fall to the water below.

Later, Batwoman tested her blood against that of Alice's, to prove that she was in fact her sister, Beth Kane.  Kate believed that Alice/Beth Kane was dead as a result of the fall from the plane, but the police never recovered Beth's body.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

GOTHAM Prequel PENNYWORTH is "R-Rated", Will Avoid Batman Villains

Alfred's swinging '60s won't swing towards Batman villains.

Deadline has a new report from the Television Critics Association, with Gotham and Pennyworth executive Danny Cannon providing some new details on what to expect with Epix's upcoming Alfred Pennyworth drama series starring Jack Bannon as Alfred and Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne.

Pennyworth will focus on Bruce Wayne's legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce's billionaire father, in 1960s London.  The 10-episode first season will also be executive produced and written by Gotham's Bruno Heller.

According to the article, Cannon described his vision for Pennyworth, noting, "It's twentysomething years before Gotham, it’s a very different world.  His is the DC version of 1960s London.  13 degrees history is different: It’s not the England we know.  It looks and feels like, but if you look a little closer, [you ask], 'Why is that like that?  Why is that building there?  What war is he talking about?'"

Cannon also promised a completely "unhinged, R-rated" series, especially compared to the often-campy Gotham.  Instead of featuring the ancestors of Batman villains like The Joker, The Riddler or Catwoman, Pennyworth will explore "archetypal villains and classic villains of British literature.  They’re all available to us."  When asked about seeing someone like Jack the Ripper, Cannon replied, "Jack the Ripper was 1880s, but he has descendants."

Paloma Faith will play Alfred’s main adversary, Bet Sykes, a character not from DC Comics, who is described as a "spirited, sadistic and sharp-tongued villain."  Bet's sister, Peggy Sykes (Polly Walker), is "one of Lancashire’s busiest and most successful dominatrixes.  The sensible matriarch in a family of maniacs, Peggy is fiercely loyal, endlessly resourceful and lives by her own strange but rigorous moral code."  In addition, Jason Flemyng will play another villain named Lord Harwood.

Cannon also mentioned that the show's test audience reacted well to what they saw.  He remarked, "We had a test audience and there were only so many who knew it was a DC-related series.  It was incredibly positive and that’s because the characters are being drawn out. There’s so much to draw from and so much to imagine.  You didn’t really know [Alfred’s] backstory."

Pennyworth is expected to debut on Epix sometime in June 2019.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

LEGION Casts Harry Lloyd as Professor X, Stephanie Corneliussen as Gabrielle Haller

David Haller has finally found his parents.

The official Legion Twitter account has revealed that the upcoming third and final season of the FX series, based on the Marvel Comics character, has cast Harry Lloyd as Professor X/ Charles Xavier and Stephanie Corneliussen as Gabrielle Haller.  Both characters are the parents of Legion/David Haller, played by Dan Stevens.

Lloyd, 35, is an English actor best known as Viserys Targaryen on the HBO series Game of Thrones and as Jeremy Baines in the Doctor Who two-parter "Human Nature/The Family of Blood".  In addition, he's played Will Scarlet in the 2006 Robin Hood TV series, and has appeared in episodes of Counterpart, Wolf Hall, Manhattan, Heroes and Villains, and The Bill.  His films include The Wife, The Theory of Everything, The Iron Lady, Jane Eyre, and Narcopolis.

Corneliussen, 31, is a Danish actress best known as Joanna Wellick on the USA series Mr. Robot.  In addition, she's played Valentina Vostok on the CW series Legends of Tomorrow and appeared in the movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.  Her other television appearances include episodes of Deception, The Exes, Bad Judge, and Royal Pains.

Created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Professor X first appeared in The X-Men (vol.1) #1 as Professor Charles Xavier, the son of a wealthy nuclear scientist who developed powerful telepathic mutant abilities after his mother remarried following the death of his father in an accident.  Earning a Professorship in genetics and other science fields, Xavier began traveling around the world as an adventurer after leaving the army.  In Cairo, he met a young girl named Ororo Munroe (later known as Storm), who was a pickpocket, and the Shadow King, a powerful mutant who posed as Egyptian crime lord Amahl Farouk.  Xavier defeated the Shadow King, barely escaping with his life.  This encounter led to Xavier's decision to devote his life to protecting humanity from evil mutants and safeguarding innocent mutants from human oppression.  To that end, he founded Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and the mutant superhero team known as The X-Men.

Lloyd will the third actor to portray Professor X in live action, after Sir Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in various X-Men films.  The character also appeared in various animated projects, including X-Men: The Animated Series (voiced by Cedric Smith), X-Men: Evolution (voiced by David Kaye), and Wolverine and the X-Men (voiced by Jim Ward).

Gabrielle Haller was created in 1982 by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum, first appearing in The Uncanny X-Men (vol.1) #161 as a woman driven into a catatonic coma by the trauma she experienced.  At a clinic in Haifa, Israel, Xavier used his mental powers to break her out of her catatonia and the two fell in love while he saw to her recovery for weeks, with the help of hospital volunteer and their mutual friend, Magnus (the future Magneto).  Over some time, the two amicably ended their relationship.  Soon after, Charles left Israel, unaware that Gabrielle was pregnant with his child.  Years later, Gabrielle became the Israeli ambassador to Great Britain, living in Paris with her young son, David.  During a terrorist attack at her home claiming the life of David's stepfather, Daniel Shomron, David's mutant powers activated, ending with him killing the terrorists and being traumatized in the process.  Haller turned to Dr. Moira MacTaggert, an associate and former lover of Xavier's, for help with David, who suffered from dissociative identity disorder and powerful psionic mutant abilities.  MacTaggert was forced to turn to Xavier for his assistance, which ultimately led to the revelation that he is David's father.

Legion will return for Season 3 on FX sometime this June.