Friday, October 20, 2017

CW Developing PROJECT 13, Based on DC Comics' Traci Thirteen

The CW is trying to make 13 its lucky number.

Variety has revealed that The CW is developing another DC Comics drama series centered around the supernatural character Traci Thirteen, a.k.a. Traci 13 and Girl 13.  

According to the article, the series is titled Project 13, and is a one-hour drama that centers on Traci Thirteen, a twenty-something forensic scientist and believer in the paranormal who discovers her own hidden extra-sensory abilities when she joins her estranged, skeptic father to investigate mysterious cases of the paranormal and unexplained phenomena.

Traci's father, Doctor Thirteen, is a parapsychologist and "ghost-breaker" also from DC Comics lore, first appearing in 1951's Star Spangled Comics #122 and created by Leonard Starr.

Daegan Fryklind is the writer and executive producer on the project, with none other than Elizabeth Banks attached as a producer along with Max Handelman through their Brownstone Productions company.  Brownstone will produce the series in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Project 13 would be the seventh DC Comics series on The CW, after Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, iZombie, and the upcoming Black Lightning.

Created in 2003 by Joe Kelly and Dwayne Turner, Traci Thirteen first appeared in Superman (vol.2) #189 as the latest in the long line of "Homo Magi", humans born with innate powers of sorcery.  Traci was forbidden by her father, Doctor Thirteen, to practice magic, since her mother, Meihui Lan, died due as a result of magical influences.  Traci moved to the Suicide Slum area of Metropolis, determined to live on her own.  There, she began to tap into the "urban magic" of Metropolis, and assumed the name of Girl 13, becoming a superhero of sorts.  

Traci soon met Superboy (Kon-El), who was attracted to her, but the feeling was not reciprocated.  She used her magic to defend an injured Superman from a ghostly female ninja, along with two other "Supergirls", Natasha Irons and Cir-El, with whom she formed a friendship.  She later moved back into her father's home, Doomsbury Mansion, the ancestral home of her family and was involved in a brief relationship with the current Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes.  Presently, Traci is active once again as a superhero and is involved in a relationship with Natasha Irons.

Project 13 would be the Traci Thirteen's first appearance in live-action, although the character has appeared in the animated movie Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (voiced by Masasa Moyo) and will be appearing in the upcoming series Young Justice: Outsiders.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 096: "The Parting of the Ways" is Up!

"This is Emergency Program One.  Rose, now listen, this is important. If this message is activated, then it can only mean one thing -- we must be in danger, and I mean fatal.  I'm dead, or about to die any second with no chance of escape."
"And that's okay, I hope it's a good death.  But I promised to look after you, and that's what I'm doin'.  The TARDIS is takin' you home."
"I won't let you!"
"And I bet you're fussing and moaning now, typical.  But hold on, and just listen a bit more. The TARDIS can never return for me.  Emergency Program One means I'm facing an enemy that should never get their hands on this machine.  So this is what you should do -- let the TARDIS die.  Just let this old box gather dust.  No one can open it, no one will even notice it.  Let it become a strange little thing standing on a street corner.  And over the years, the world will move on, and the box will be buried.  And if you wanna remember me, then you can do one thing, that's all, one thing...Have a good life.  Do that for me, Rose...Have a fantastic life."
-- The Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler, Doctor Who: "The Parting of the Ways"

You guessed it, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, Jesse and I review the 2005 classic "Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways", the two-part Series One finale, which features Christopher Eccleston's final story as the Ninth Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, and John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like getting the announcement that Christopher Eccleston was leaving Doctor Who before the series returned in 2005, Captain Jack balancing Rose and the Ninth Doctor, UK reality TV show hosts as androids, the bittersweet feeling of watching Doctor Who's return in 2005 knowing that Eccleston was already leaving, the Ninth Doctor's moral dilemma of letting humans live only to become Daleks, Lynda with a Y as an almost companion, Captain Jack calling out the cowards not wanting to help him fight the Daleks, Rose's petulance at returning to a normal existence on Earth, Rose not knowing what ripping open the TARDIS console would do to her or possibly England, Rose as the Bad Wolf being a bootstrap paradox, our reactions to seeing the first modern era regeneration, my Reverse the Polarity segmentnew feedback from Christine from Michigan, David K. Proctor, Holly from Wisconsin & Paul from Australiaand more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Jesse and I review the two-part 2009-10 classic "The End of Time", featuring David Tennant's final story as the Tenth Doctor, Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred "Wilf" Mott, John Simm as the Sixth Master, and Timothy Dalton as Rassilon!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 118: "The Flash Reborn" is Up!

"Barry's trying to send us a message, I know it.  I mean, he spent all this time in the Speed Force.  Maybe now he knows the answers to life, the universe, and everything."
"So you think all this crazy writing is Barry's way of telling us 42?"
"Yes, exactly."
– Cisco "Vibe" Ramon and Caitlin "Killer Frost" Snow, The Flash: "The Flash Reborn"

You guessed it, we're back for a HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Lucifer 3x02: "The One with the Baby Carrot"
The Gifted 1x02: "rX"
Supergirl 3x01: "Girl of Steel"  (Season Premiere)
The Flash 4x01: "The Flash Reborn"  (Season Premiere)
Legends of Tomorrow 3x01: "Aruba-Con"  (Season Premiere)
Arrow 6x01: "Fallout"  (Season Premiere)
Gotham 4x04: "The Demon's Head"
Inhumans 1x04: "Make Way for...Medusa"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like my "Run Barry Run" Flash t-shirtMedusa's run-in with Spider-Man, Caitlin Strucker finally finding a purpose, Polaris in a women's prison porn movie, that awkward moment when Blink teleports a truck bed into your headquarters, Amenadiel and Dr. Linda still being on speaking terms, Tom Welling still not being able to act, Kara being with Lena Luthor taking away from Kara being with Alex, some background on Morgan Edge, introducing Reign, Alex asking J'onn J'onzz to walk her down the aisle, the Fearless Girl statue, Team Kid Flash a.k.a. Team Vibe, Cisco lying yet again to Iris, Barry experiencing past, present and future all at once, my love of the scene where Joe shaves Barry's beard off, teasing Blacksmith, the introduction of The Thinker, wondering why Rip Hunter is with the Time Bureau, the Legends being depicted as the Rodney Dangerfields of the superhero set, the Time Bureau using their Men in Black flashy-things, wondering what will happen to Firestorm when Victor Garber leaves, not wanting to lose Karen's Thea Queen impression, whether Samantha would've left William with Oliver if she had a choice, Wild Dog's costume upgrade, the really dumb idea of C4 hidden in someone's tooth, the Penguin's frustration with the Riddler's sucky riddles, more of Scott Buck being a horrible showrunner, Crystal having to deal with a dysfunctional human couple just to get Lockjaw healed, Louise as Felicity, Jr., some new feedback from Justina, the New Mutants trailer, an update on Karen's "Running with the Gnomes" fundraiser, and more!

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TITANS Casts Ryan Potter as Beast Boy

Titans together...at last.

Deadline has word that the upcoming DC Comics direct-to-consumer digital service series Titans has cast Ryan Potter as Garfield "Gar" Logan, better known to DC Comics fans as the superhero Beast Boy.  Potter joins Brenton Thwaits as Nightwing, Teagan Croft as Raven, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as Hawk and Dove.

According to the article, Beast Boy has the following description -- "As a child, Garfield 'Gar' Logan contracted the lethal disease, Sakutia, while on an African expedition with his geneticist parents.  Treated with an experimental drug, Gar survived but not without developing some bizarre side effects.  Along with skin and hair turning permanently green, the wisecracking, fun-loving Beast Boy is able to reshape himself into any animal of any size he can imagine."

Potter, 22, is an actor and martial artist probably best known as the voice of Hiro Hamada in the animated film Big Hero 6.  His other films include Underdog Kids and Senior Project, while his previous television appearances include episodes of Supah Ninjas, Lab Rats: Elite Force, Figure It Out, and Fred: The Show.

Created in 1965 by Arnold Drake and Bob Brown, Beast Boy first appeared in Doom Patrol (vol.1) #99 as Garfield Logan, a young child who lived with his scientist parents in Africa, who were developing "reverse evolution" to bring back extinct creatures.  Garfield contracted a rare illness called Sakutia, which was lethal to every species except the West African green monkey.  To save his life, his father used an untested serum to change him into a West African green monkey for 24 hours, so that the virus could die out.  The serum had the unintended effect of turning his skin, eyes, and hair green, and granting him the ability to metamorph into any animal of his choice.  His parents later died in a boating accident.  

After being rescued from two kidnappers who forced him to use his powers to help them in their crimes, Garfield was left under the care of a court-appointed guardian, Nicholas Galtry, who renamed him "Craig".  Galtry realized that his embezzlement from the Logan estate would be exposed when Garfield reached maturity and received his inheritance, so he plotted to kill Garfield.  The villains he hired to kill Garfield were stopped by the Doom PatrolElasti-Girl and her husband, Steve Dayton, exposed Galtry's embezzlement and adopted Garfield, who later joined the Doom Patrol as Beast Boy.  He eventually joined the West Coast team of the Teen Titans (known as Titans West), then later joined the New Teen Titans under the new alias Changeling.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as The New 52, Beast Boy debuted as a member of the superhero team The Ravagers, led by Caitlin Fairchild.  In this incarnation, Beast Boy was red instead of his traditional color green, because of a relation to "The Red", the extradimensional power source of Animal Man's abilities.  The team was formed after the Teen Titans and the Legionnaires stuck in the present day were abducted by the supervillain Harvest.  Garfield eventually left the Ravagers and joined the Teen Titans, becoming green once again after some unexplained event.  He currently belongs to a new group of Teen Titans, whose members include Robin (Damian Wayne), Raven, Starfire, and Kid Flash (the younger Wally West).

This will be the first time the character will appear in live-action, although he has appeared in various animated projects, including Teen Titans,Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo and DC Super Hero Girls (voiced by Greg Cipes), Justice League vs Teen Titans and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (voiced by Brandon Soo Hoo), and Young Justice (voiced by Logan Grove)

Titans is expected to debut on DC Comics' digital service sometime in 2018.

Monday, October 16, 2017

GHOSTWOOD 022: "Listen to the Sounds" is Up!

"Agent Cooper.  Listen to the sounds."
-- The Fireman to Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks: "The Return, Part 1"

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 change up our format a little to review the Twin Peaks soundtrack CD Twin Peaks: Music from the Limited Event Series, released on September 8, 2017 from Rhino Entertainment!


In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like Julee Cruise needing more albums, Xan being burglarized in college, Xan's impressive audio collection and organization database, the Millennial dating problem of not being able to look at your prospective love interest's music collection, Harry Dean Stanton's "Red River Valley" being a huge omission from the 2017 soundtrack, David Lynch giving cool bands you've never heard of great exposure, U2 reinventing their sound, wondering what happened to Armpit Scratching Girl, Au Revoir Simone's connection to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Ike "The Spike" as the Tasmanian Devil, Trent Reznor calling in all his favors to David Lynch to be in Twin Peaks, the Platters in the X-Files episode "Kill Switch", Rebekah Del Rio's amazing Spanish cover of Roy Orbison's "Crying" in Mullholland Dr., Xan's issues with Donna Heyward, the redemption of James Marshall's "Just You", ZZ Top in Back to the Future Part III, explaining what an axolotl is, Eddie Vedder bringing the Roadhouse audience down, the first time Julee Cruise sang "The World Spins" on the original Twin Peaks seriesand more!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 117: "eXposed" is Up!

"We need to go after Lorna.  We get a team together, we --"
"And do what, hunh?  Get one of us killed?  Marcos, we barely got away from a dozen cops. Now you want to take on a hundred?  We can't take this risk right now."
"Then when?  The X-Men, the Brotherhood, we don't even know if they exist anymore.  We are alone.  And we're getting picked off one by one."
– Marcos "Eclipse" Diaz & John "Thunderbird" Proudstar, The Gifted: "eXposed"

Everybody's happy as Karen returns to join me for a big episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Lucifer 3x01: "They're Back, Aren't They?"  (Season Premiere)
The Gifted 1x01: "eXposed"  (Series Premiere)
Gotham 4x03: "They Who Hide Behind Masks"
The Defenders 1x06: "Ashes, Ashes"
Inhumans 1x03: "Divide and Conquer"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like most men being babies, the two of us being in complete sync for 5 out of 5 shows, Lucifer pushing episodes from Season 2 to Season 3, the return of Tom Welling, Lucifer being cool if people think he has STDs, the shady Lieutenant Pierce, wondering if Lucifer and Amenadiel are swapping places, wondering what's stopping Lucifer from showing Chloe his angel wings, Max Headroom being twenty minutes into the future, Andy & Lauren going to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, Karen's issue with Stan Lee's cameos, speculation about Baron Strucker and the Fenris twins, Gotham's nods to Stephen King, Ra's al Ghul's first resurrection, Alfred's comments about Bruce's acting, wondering if Stabby Babs' insanity was cured by the Lazarus Pit, being frustrated at how poorly Iron Fist is written, Elektra taking out Sigourney Weaver's Alexandra, Jessica Jones not being able to openly express that she cares, losing Scott Glenn as Stick, Karnak going Breaking Bad, Medusa being an unsympathetic character, more of Scott Buck being a horrible showrunner, the bad portrayal of Hawaiian police, Medusa's horrible timing of breaking into prison just as Black Bolt is breaking out of prison, Karen outrapunzeling Rapunzel, learning about bezoars from The Sandman, some new feedback from Justina, the upcoming Constantine animated web series on CW Seed, and more!

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First THE NEW MUTANTS Trailer Brings Horror to X-Men Films

An X-Men movie as a horror film.

That's the premise for the first trailer for The New Mutants, the upcoming film from director Josh Boone, based on the Marvel Comics mutant superteam.  20th Century Fox released the two-minute trailer late last night, giving us our first good look at the new addition to X-Men movie franchise.

The trailer opens with inside a creepy secret facility, with Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) speaking to Mirage/Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt).  "I'm going to ask you a series of questions," begins Reyes as the camera slowly moves down a corridor.  "I want you to respond truthfully.  Have you ever hurt someone?"

"Yes," replies Danielle softly, as we see a cemetery with graves only marked with crosses and numbers in the hundreds.

We hear a chorus singing "We don't need no education" from the Pink Floyd song "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)", as we see Danielle sitting in a chair with some sort of electrode attached to the temple of her forehead.  "Have you ever experienced anything you consider...abnormal?" asks Reyes.

"Yes," answers Danielle, as we get a shot of Reyes watching a series of security cam monitors.  "Last question," says Reyes.  "Do you know what mutants are?"

We don't hear Danielle's answer to the third question, but instead switch to a scene where Reyes is drawing a blood sample from Danielle.  "Did you know baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adult ones?" asks Reyes.  "They haven't learned how to control how much venom they secrete."

We see fleeting glimpses of the other New Mutants, Magik/Illyana Rasputin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Sunspot/Roberto da Costa (Henry Zaga), Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), and Cannonball/Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton).  Reyes remarks, "All of you are dangerous.  That's why you're here."

Inside the facility's laundry room, Sam sees a washing machine jostling without being turned on.  He goes to look through the darkened machine window, but the inside of the machine suddenly ignites with fire as a hand of someone palms the window.

Next, we see an image of Reyes with the sides of her face clawed by something.  Danielle wakes up in a room, fingers a drop of blood and asks "What is this place?" as a face suddenly emerges from the wall beside her.

"This isn't a hospital, it's a haunted house!" says a male voice, as we see Illyana and Sam standing in a doorway looking stunned at a bald figure in black wearing a large white smiley-face mask.  The figure rips off the mask and Illyana screams in terror.

Illyana and Sam take off running down the corridor, and we see fleeting images of what appears to be Illyana as a little girl waking up in her bed, Sam working in a coal mine in Kentucky, Reyes forcibly injecting something into Illyana's neck, and Rahne screaming in terror at something inside the women's shower room.

"You've been through a lot," says Reyes in the trailer's final scene.  "Get some rest."  This is immediately followed by a shot of Danielle with some sort of breathing apparatus strapped over her mouth and screaming in terror.

If you'd like to check out the trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official 20th Century Fox UK account on YouTube...

The New Mutants is scheduled to arrive in theaters on April 13, 2018.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 116: "Behold...The Inhumans" is Up!

"Eventually, the universe will grow darker until black holes dominate the cosmos, and everyone, everything you've ever known will be sucked into the vast nothingness.  No one will be left to observe this, no one left to care."
"This is why nobody invites you to do their birthday toasts."
– Karnak and Gorgon, Inhumans: "Behold...The Inhumans"

With Karen otherwise occupied with paying gigs, I'm joined this time by my Next Stop Everywhere partner in time Jesse Jackson for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Gotham 4x02: "The Fear Reaper"
Inhumans 1x01: "Behold...The Inhumans"  (Series Premiere)
Inhumans 1x02: "Those Who Would Destroy Us"

In this episode, Jesse and I talk about things like Karen getting paid, why Jesse has problems with Gotham, the Penguin's decision to license criminals, nods to Morgan Freeman's Lucius Fox, Bruce figuring out how to use his celebrity to help him fight crime, Bruce getting his Batteen suit, the introduction of the Scarecrow, the Gotham version of the Gotham City Sirens, Victor Zsasz bringing more to the table than Butch Gilzean, the decision to use Inhumans story titles from the comics as TV episode titles, Jesse wanting Inhumans to be a Marvel superhero series, Anson Mount using Inhumans Sign Language as Black Bolt, Maximus being far less mad than his comics version, Scott Buck having no business being a showrunner of Marvel shows, the controversial decision to shave Medusa's head to victimize her, Hawaiian police being poorly portrayed, whether Lockjaw is just a big dog instead an Inhuman treated like a dog, great news about Jesse's colon cancerand more!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Matt Ryan Confirmed to Reprise Constantine on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

You didn't think a new animated web series was enough for everyone's favorite exorcist, demonologist, and master petty dabbler of the dark arts, did you?

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed rumors that Matt Ryan will reprise his role of DC Comics/VERTIGO character John Constantine once again, this time in a two-episode arc on the CW series Legends of Tomorrow.

According to the article, Constantine will appear in Episodes 9 and 10 of Legends of Tomorrow Season 3, which will take place chronologically after his previous appearance on Arrow in the Season 4 episode "Haunted".

Ryan, 36, began appearing as John Constantine in the short-lived (but fondly remembered) NBC series Constantine, which ran for 13 episodes from 2014 to 2015 before being cancelled.  After appearing on Arrow later in 2015, he returned to voice the character for the 2017 DC Comics animated movie Justice League DarkIn addition, Ryan will voice the character for a Constantine animated web series for CW Seed, which is slated for release sometime in 2018.

"Having Matt Ryan reprise his iconic — dare we say legendary — role of John Constantine on Legends is something that [executive producer] Marc [Guggenheim] and I have been working toward since season one, and now the stars have finally aligned," said executive producer Phil Klemmer.  "While we are working to finish our 2017 Arrowverse crossover, which is no joke the most ambitious bit of network TV that four shows have ever had the audacity and insanity to endeavor, we were looking for a way to make an equally exciting 2018 return.  That's how we came up with Matt Ryan."

"As for the character of Constantine," added Klemmer, "we knew that an alienated, chain-smoking, bisexual, world-weary demonologist would feel right at home among our Legends.  His appearance in episode 310 will involve the following: a revisiting of Arrow season four and the events following that season's finale episode; a confrontation with this season's Big Bad on Legends — the name we've only heard whispered until now, Mallus; some hot sex — something that has been in short supply on the Waverider thus far in season three; and Damien Darhk [Neil McDonough], because how can you do an episode about dark magic and not have Damien Darhk?  More than anything, the episode promises to be scary as you know what.  Tonally, it's The Exorcist meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Demonic possession in a mental institution — what's not to love?"

Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 premieres tonight on The CW at 9 p.m. EST.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Trailer Teases Leia's Death & Rey's Dark Side

Is Rey going to follow Ben Solo to the Dark Side?

That's one of several questions posed by the new trailer for the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Episode VIII of the main Star Wars saga, that debuted during last night's Monday Night Football game, where the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears 20-17.

The two minute, thirty second trailer opens with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) standing in front of a window, overlooking what appears to be a weapons plant manufacturing dozens of First Order combat walkers.

We hear a voiceover from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), who says "When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power.  And beyond that, something truly special."

We cut to Crait, a new mineral planet that now serves as a base of operations for General Leia’s Resistance.  Old school AT-ATs are on the march, along side larger versions known as AT-M6s, as well as Kylo Ren’s personal shuttle.

The next few shots show Kylo Ren leading a garrison of stormtroopers through a craggy black rock formation, then kneeling in a blood-red room and reaching down to pick up his lightsaber.

Cutting to the planet Ahch-To, we see Rey (Daisy Ridley) finally handing over the lightsaber she recovered in The Force Awakens to Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).  "Something inside me has always been there," remarks Rey.  "But now it’s awake.  And I need help."

Rey walks toward what looks like a giant, decayed tree trunk.  Inside the tree, she finds a modest bookshelf first shown in the teaser trailer.  Rey then demonstrates her will over the Force, sending cracks through the ground as she meditates.

Luke appears considerably terrified by Rey's strength in the Force.  "I’ve seen this raw strength only once before," he begins, as the trailer cuts to a flashback. Luke’s mechanical arm emerges from a heap of fiery splintered wood.  Standing next to R2-D2, Luke's knees buckle at the sight of his temple ablaze.  "It didn't scare me enough then.  It does now."

We see a close-up of Kylo Ren’s face, which highlights the scar that Rey gave him in the previous film is now covered by a black metallic strip, either for healing or simply accentuating his new facial feature.  He smashes his helmet against a wall, echoing the shot in the teaser of its shattered remains.

"Let the past die," remarks Kylo Ren.  "Kill it if you have to.  That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be."

Kylo Ren shows his family's talent for flying in his new TIE silencer, ripping through Resistance capital ships.  Snoke’s Mega Star Destroyer, the Supremacy, is visible in the background.  We then see General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren’s mother and leader of the Resistance, as she watches the carnage.  Kylo Ren aims at the bridge of a ship, his grip tightening around the firing mechanism, as it's heavily implied that Kylo Ren will murder his mother as well.

The Millennium Falcon speeds through a cave of red crystals, which may be the minerals found on Crait.  The mighty Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo) lets out a roar as a porg squawks beside him.  The camera doesn’t show us who’s in the Falcon’s pilot seat.

We then see hotshot pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), who makes a brief motivational speech.  "We have a spark that’ll light the fire that’ll burn the First Order down."

The trailer cuts to images of ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) dressed as a First Order officer, presumably in disguise.  Carrying a First Order riot control baton, Finn charges at his nemesis Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) in what appears to be the ruins of the combat walker factory from the beginning of the trailer.

Next, we see a number of fleeting images, including BB-8 shaking off an electric shock in an X-Wing, and Luke lying down in the rain, warning someone off-camera, "This is not going to go the way you think."  Returning to Crait, we see a new creature that resembles a crystalline ice fox running toward what looks like a Resistance base.

Rey plunges into a pool of water and emerges in a grotto.  Luke stands over her wearing his darker robes.  We see a massive battalion of stormtroopers and officers overseeing the factory.  Finn enters, wearing the same disguise he wears while fighting Phasma.

We cut to Snoke, presumably not a giant hologram this time, reaching out to someone off screen  "Fulfill your destiny," he says as we immediately widen to a shot of Rey being bent over by the Force and screaming in agony.

In the final scene, we cut to black and hear Rey’s voice say "I need someone to show me my place in all this." The camera switches to Kylo Ren, surrounded by sparks and ashes, with his face now missing the metallic stripe and leaving the scar behind.  Kylo Ren offers his hand, leading us to think he's offering it to Rey, but the sparks and ashes don't appear alongside Rey, so who knows?

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

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE X-FILES Season 11 Trailer Debuts at NYCC 2017

The truth is still out there...at least for ten more episodes.

The last day of New York Comic Con 2017 was an eventful one for X-Philes, with the release of the first trailer for The X-Files Season 11, featuring the return of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.  The series will return for ten episodes, once again with executive producer and creator Chris Carter.

The two-minute trailer opens with an ominous voiceover from Scully as she says "Mulder...I've seen it.  I've seen how it begins."

We then see images from the Season 10 finale, "My Struggle II", which ended with Scully traveling to the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C. to assist Mulder and FBI Special Agent Kyd Miller (Robbie Amell).  With Mulder too badly ill to survive without a stem cell transplant, Scully mentioned that William, their son, would have to be the donor.  While Scully and Miller discussed Mulder's prognosis, Mulder began to succumb to the virus killing him.  Suddenly, a beam of light shined down onto Miller, Scully, and Mulder, and a triangle-shaped UFO slowly descended and hovered above them.  The episode ended with Scully looking up at the lights of the spacecraft, shining down directly onto her and her partners.

We cut to a voiceover from the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), as we see Scully walking through a crowded hospital corridor.  "I'm here to offer you a deal," he says as we see Mulder and Scully running through Arlington Cemetery at night.  "Civilization is in its final stages.  I'm asking you to betray the whole human race."

The trailer reveals that CSM is sitting in the passenger seat of a car with FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi).  "Do you mind if I smoke?" he asks.

An older man tells Mulder to "Kill him, before he kills us all" and we glimpse Barbara Hershey as new character Erika Price.  The older man tells Mulder "You're going to save humanity."

Mulder counters, "You want to see blood in the streets, the extermination of seven billion people?"

We then see Scully investigating some sort of facility by herself as her voiceover says "I have to find our son."

Next, we see static-filled cellphone video of Richard Langly (Dean Haglund) from the Lone Gunmen as he warns "Mulder!  They know what we know!"

Mulder and Scully meet with Skinner in a parking garage at night.  Scully tells Skinner, "We need your help...even if we don't trust you."

"How did we get here?" asks Skinner.

We see an interesting action sequence of Scully diving all the way underneath a kitchen table, then overturning it to use as a shield as she fires her weapons against some attackers in black ski masks.

The older man from earlier says to Mulder, "It is the boy, Mr. Mulder."

"My son is none of your business!" replies Mulder angrily.

"He's a very special child."

We then see Scully looking back at a long-haired teenaged male standing behind her, although we can't make out his face.  "William..." gasps Scully.

We cut to Scully clutching her head and gasping in pain inside a hospital.  Weak in her hospital bed, she carresses Mulder's face and whispers to him, "You have to find them, and you have to stop him, before he unleashes hell on Earth.

Fleeting images follow of Mulder and Skinner going at each other in Scully's hospital room, someone trying to strangle Scully, and some sort of strange creature with nasty-looking claws attacking a young girl.

Next, we see Mulder standing beside some statues depicting odd figures apparently laughing as we hear another voiceover from Scully.  "The truth still lies in the X-Files, Mulder."

The last scene is a fleeting image of what appears of be a very young Cigarette Smoking Man smirking as he drags on a cigarette, with a small silvery alien standing off to the side.

If you'd like to check out the new Season 11 trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official The X-Files account on YouTube...

The X-Files
will return to Fox for Season 11 sometime in 2018.