Friday, April 28, 2017

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Casts Rekha Sharma as Security Officer Landry


A Cylon is aboard the U.S.S. Discovery.

The official Star Trek site has announced that the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery has cast Rekha Sharma as Commander Landry, the Discovery's security officer.

Sharma joins Jason Isaacs as Lorca, the captain of the U.S.S. Discovery, Sonequa Martin-Green as Rainsford, a lieutenant commander and the show's lead character, Doug Jones as science officer Saru, Anthony Rapp as fellow science officer Stamet, James Frain as Sarek, a Vulcan astrophysicist and Spock's father, Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd, Terry Serpico as Starfleet Admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as chief medical officer Nambue, and Sam Vartholomeos as junior Starfleet officer Connor.

Sharma is a Canadian actress of North Indian descent best known as Tory Foster on the Sci-Fi Channel series Battlestar Galactica (2004).  She's appeared in several genre TV shows, including The 100, Arrow, V (2009), Smallville, Dark Angel, The Lone Gunmen, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Supernatural, John Doe, The Twilight Zone (2002), and The Outer Limits (2001).  In addition, she's appeared in the films Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, The Core, Edison, and Love Happens.

Four additional cast members were also announced, including:

  • Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation.  Latif is known for his role as Dr. Henry Jekyll in the television series Penny Dreadful.  Latif was originally announced in the role of Kol, now played by Kenneth Mitchell.
  • Kenneth Mitchell as Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Mitchell’s television credits include Jericho on CBS, The Astronaut Wives Club and Frequency.
  • Clare McConnell as Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire.  McConnell’s film credits include Dim the Fluorescents, slated for release this fall.
  • Damon Runyan as Ujilli, another leader in the Klingon Empire.  His television credits include Suits, Supernatural and Gangland Undercover.
Star Trek: Discovery is currently scheduled to debut on CBS sometime in Fall 2017, possibly later, with the remainder of the episodes airing on CBS All Access.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 101: "Immortal Emerges from Cave" is Up!


"Care to choose a weapon?"
"I am a weapon."
– Scythe and Iron Fist, Iron Fist: "Immortal Emerges from Cave"

Beginning our run towards Episode 200, Karen Lindsay and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

iZombie 3x03: "Eat, Pray, Liv"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x18: "No Regrets"
Iron Fist 1x06: "Immortal Emerges from Cave"

This time, we talk about things like being glad we're only reviewing three episodes this week, the iZombie pun titles, wondering why Peyton is so dismissive of all of Blaine's crap, Doug E using a hair dryer to thaw out Angus, Karen throwing me under the bus to cover up her belch, the welcome return of Antoine Triplett, Daisy going through Terrigenesis a second time, the Patriot getting Whedoned, RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan, obscure Billy Joel songs, Claire and Colleen getting owned by The Hand, Lei Kung the Thunderer, the Bride of Nine Spiders, Madame Gao rooting for Iron Fist against The Hand, Ward's downward drug spiral, Ward's huge Daddy Issues, more feedback from Justina, not catching all the Legion easter eggs, Karen's rant about Captain America being turned into a Hydra agent, passing on Marvel's Secret Empire event, the Thor: Ragnarok trailer, anticipating Preacher Season 2, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as we review Episode 7 of Iron Fist, along with new episodes of Supergirl, Gotham, The Flash, iZombie, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Arrowright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 079: "Smile" is Up!


"Advice and assistance obtainable immediately.  You like that.  You don’t call the helpline because you are the helpline."
– Bill Potts to the Twelfth DoctorDoctor Who: "Smile"

You guessed it, my partner in time Jesse Jackson are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, Jesse and I review "Smile", the second episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like having smiles on our faces, the movie Inside Out, Apple set designing a Doctor Who episode, more thoughts on the Twelfth Doctor's chemistry with Bill, Bill's optimism and curiosity, more Skype problems, being disappointed that there will only be one season of the Twelfth Doctor and Bill, Stephen King's horribly outdated pop culture references, wondering how well the Emojibots will age in ten years, the Doctor deliberately kicking the stick out of a box trap, the Doctor running into other Earth colonist ships, wondering why the Doctor made an oath to protect the Mystery Vault, the Doctor's overconfidence in expecting the TARDIS to land exactly when and where he intends, wondering if Nardole is jealous of Bill as a new companion, my Reverse the Polarity segment, the teaser to "Thin Ice"and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Jesse and I review "Thin Ice", the third episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 100: "Justice League Dark" is Up!


"I expect the worst, so I prepare for the worst, and when the worst happens, I'm ready.  But my outlook doesn't alter the reality of the world." 
– John Constantine, Justice League Dark

One hundred episodes of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  Sweet Christmas...


In this special 100th episode, Karen Lindsay and I are joined by special guest host with the most Jesse Jackson, as we take time out from our regular comics on TV reviews to review the 2016 DC Comics animated film Justice League Dark!

The three of us discuss things like a special appearance by Jesse's dogs, the mercy killing of the TV show Castle, celebrating 100 episodes of The Fandom Zone, the series we most enjoyed discussing during our run, the series that were more of a struggle to discuss, the series that surprised us the most, wanting an iZombie cookbook, what's coming up in the next 100 episodes, our special Dorbz giveaway announcement, the return of Matt Ryan as John Constantine, Constantine and Zatanna's past relationship, building the Justice League Dark brand, seeing Doctor Manhattan's little manhattan in the Watchmen movie, Jesse's love of Zatanna, the return of Jeremy Davies as Constantine's friend Ritchie Simpson, Karen's love of Swamp Thing, wanting to see a Sandman animated movie, shoutouts to our regular listenersand more!

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Be sure to come back soon for Episode 101 as we review Episode 6 of Netflix's Iron Fist, along with new episodes of The CW's iZombie and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

DC Comics Announces Live-Action TITANS Series for New Digital Service


Titans Together...in 2018!

DC Comics has announced that a new live-action Titans series, based on the Teen Titans characters, will debut in 2018 on what they describe as an "upcoming DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service." 

According to the press release, "Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe.  In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others.  Titans is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever."

Titans will be written by Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery, Underground), Geoff Johns (President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment; The Flash, Arrow) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl) are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The series appears to be similar to the proposed Titans live-action series first announced in September 2014 that was reportedly nearing a pilot order at TNT.  In January 2016, however, the proposed series was reported to be dead at TNT, only for word to come a month later that DC still had plans for the series.  And now, it seems we know what those plans were.

The announcement that Nightwing, Starfire and Raven will be team members on Titans seems to hint that the classic '80s comic book series The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George PĂ©rez will be the basis for the drama.  The series was very successful for DC at the time, rivaling Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men in terms of sheer popularity.

First appearing in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980, the New Teen Titans were a new team of Teen Titans featuring original members Robin (who later becomes Nightwing), Wonder Girl (who later becomes Troia) and Kid Flash, along with former Doom Patrol member Beast Boy as Changeling and new characters Cyborg, Raven and Starfire.  Brought together by Raven to fight her demonic father Trigon, the seven teenaged heroes continued as a team to fight such notable villains as Deathstroke the Terminator, the Fearsome Five, Brother Blood, Blackfire, the H.I.V.E., the Brotherhood of Evil and more.

In addition, DC Comics also announced Young Justice: Outsiders, the third season of Warner Bros. Animation’s Young Justice, will also debut next year on the new DC digital service.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Marvel Attempts Rebirth in Fall 2017 with MARVEL LEGACY


The House of Ideas is about to use DC's idea from last year.

During the "Marvel: Next Big Thing" panel at the 2017 Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo this past weekend, Marvel announced Marvel Legacy, a new initiative intended to "return long running titles to their original series numbering with a renewed sense of hope, wonder, enjoyment and fun."

The Marvel Legacy initiative will explore the Marvel Universe, with storylines starring characters such as Odinson, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Man, the Avengers, America Chavez, Iron Man, Moon Knight, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, the Champions, Wolverine, Ironheart, Hulk, The Punisher, and more.

To seasoned comic book fans, however, this translates as Marvel's attempt to recapture lost sales that have shifted over to DC Comics following that company's successful DC Rebirth relaunch last June after The New 52.  The most recent Top 100 Comics chart from Diamond Comic Distributors shows Marvel only having 19 of the Top 50 comics in March 2017, compared to DC Comics claiming 28.  The Top 20 numbers slant even more in DC's favor, with DC having 13 compared to Marvel only having 5, with 2 of those being Star Wars titles.

And just like DC's well-received 80-page one-shot DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Marvel Comics will launch their own rebirth in the fall with Marvel Legacy #1, a 50-page one-shot "stuffed with twists, surprises, mysteries and revelations, plus a special four-panel fold-out cover by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada."

Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic of Thor: God of Thunder fame will be the creative team.  "This one-shot honors Marvel Comics’ past and it’s a good window into the present day Marvel Universe and then also sets the stage for where we’re gonna go in the future," said Aaron. "The main goal was just to be able to give this to someone who’s got no idea what’s going on in the Marvel right now and have that be a good entry point for them and I think it does that."

As for the plot of Marvel Legacy, Aaron remarked, "We get a peek into the very distant past here so we go back to the prehistoric days of the Marvel Universe.  [We are] seeing versions of Marvel’s biggest legacy characters and different versions we haven’t seen before and [an adventure] of, I guess I could call 'the Prehistoric Avengers.'  That adventure will have major ramifications for the Marvel Universe going forward."

Aaron added, "This one shot being called Legacy is not a coincidence.  This book is very much about that legacy so we see how that legacy stretches back to the distant past and we follow those characters who carry on that legacy in the present and we set the stage for those characters and that legacy will go in the continuing stories to come."

Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso said, "We want fans to get fired up, simple as that. Marvel Legacy will decide once and for all if the Marvel Universe is big enough for Miles and Peter, Riri and Tony, Thor and Jane Foster, Laura and, dare I say, Logan?  Spoiler alert: It
is."

Alonso also promised "a last-page reveal that just might break the Internet", while editor Tom Brevoort promised "the return of a central piece of the Marvel mythos that readers have been mourning in recent months."  The Fantastic Four, perhaps?

And after Marvel Legacy #1?  According to Marvel, long-running Marvel Universe titles will "revert to their classic legacy numbering, honoring and restoring their long history, as new and epic storylines launch under the Marvel Legacy banner.  Featuring clean entry points for every series, titles resuming their original numbering will be clearly marked with special trade dress and cover treatments."

So, just like DC Rebirth then.  We'll see if Marvel Legacy is a lasting one...

Friday, April 21, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 099: "Zombie Knows Best" is Up!


"Look at us, working together to solve mysteries.  We should get a van and a dog." 
– Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, iZombie: "Zombie Knows Best"

As we attempt to catch up after Karen's recent ear infection, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  So huge, in fact, we're splitting it into two parts!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 7x16: "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"  (Season Finale)
Legends of Tomorrow 2x17: "Aruba"  (Season Finale)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x16: "What If..."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x17: "Identity and Change"

iZombie 3x01: "Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother"  (Season Premiere)
iZombie 3x02: "Zombie Knows Best"
Iron Fist 1x04: "Eight Diagram Dragon Palm"
Iron Fist 1x05: "Under Leaf Pluck Lotus"

This time, we talk about things like the Nena song "99 Luftballoons", my custom Legion soundtrack, Jadis Iscariot and the Scavengers' betrayal, Sasha weaponizing herself into a zombie, Shiva the tiger as Rick's ace in the hole, the useless shopping cart barrier, the comeback of first-generation iPods, the Atom's fail with the blood of Jesus Christ, the Black Flash taking out the Reverse-Flash, the Marvel What If...? anthology, Grant Ward being Lucy Van pelt with the football, Aida becoming Madame Hydra, speculating about Fitz being Whedoned, wanting to fix the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme song, some feedback from Justina, Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who, word puns on iZombie, Clive finally being in the loop, the Fillmore Graves School for Undead Youngsters, Major's Starbucks fail, Vivian as the Season 3 Big Bad, Liv and Major on dad and teenage daughter brains, the iZombie Gang as the Scooby Gang, finally learning how Clive became a Game of Thrones fan, Danny getting controlling interest in Rand Enterprises, more of Colleen going to Fight Club, Ward's really bad day and painkiller habit, Claire Temple's introduction to Danny, some more feedback from Justina, teasing a special announcement for Episode 100and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as special guest host with the most Jesse Jackson joins us for our special 100th episode, as we review the 2016 DC Comics animated film Justice League Darkright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!