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Sunday, May 12, 2024

THE FANDOM ZONE 290: "The Case of the Dandelion Shrine" Is Up!

 
"Being a detective is not all invading people's minds, reading objects, and ta-da, there's your answer. Sometimes, actual detective work is required."
-- Edwin Paine, Dead Boy Detectives -- "The Case of the Dandelion Shrine"

Hello again, everyone! DJ Nik and I are back for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast! This time, we discuss "The Case of the Dandelion Shrine", the second episode of Dead Boy Detectives, introducing Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki, Lukas Gage as the Cat King, and Michael Beach as Tragic Mick!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like wondering how X-Men '97 is going to wrap up this season, co-writer Shoshana Sachi joining us on TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast, Nik showing restraint on not binging the entire season, Michael Beach as Black Manta's father in Aquaman, the ensemble cast of two dead boys with two living girls, what Niko brings to the table, Nik and I both being cat lovers, Spawn working far better in animation than live-action, Alexander Calvert being replaced by Lukas Gage as the Cat King, the introduction of the Cat King, Edwin being forced to confront his sexuality, the Caging Spell Bracelet being used as a plot device to keep the Dead Boys from returning to England, the Ghost Mailman giving ghosts a jump scare, the introduction of Tragic Mick and his magic shop, wondering how Tragic Mick makes money to keep the shop open if he just gives things away, our first impressions of Niko, Jenny's butcher shop having a Sweeney Todd vibe, my Twin Peaks vibes after Niko's hair turned completely white, the Dandelion Sprites fitting in with a Terry Pratchett Discworld novel, the Dandelion Sprites dropping F-bombs left and right, Esther Finch chopping up her pet crow Monty to turn him into a human, our favorite quotes of the episode, Pulp Fiction's upcoming 30th anniversary, and more! 

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And if that isn't enough for you, you can pick up an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt that all the cool kids are wearing from 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 when DJ Nik and I discuss "The Case of the Devlin House", the third episode of Dead Boy Detectives, on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Friday, May 10, 2024

DRUNK CINEMA 060: "The Empire Strikes Back" Is Up!

 
"I love you."
"I know."
-- Leia Organa and Han Solo, The Empire Strikes Back

Hello again, movie fans!  My wonderful co-host Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Drunk Cinema! This time, we watch The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 sequel to Star Wars directed by Irvin Kershner, featuring the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and introducing Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian!

This time, Xan and I discuss things like tolerating each other's bullshit for sixty episodes, discussing the original Star Wars film in Episode 29 two years ago, the sadly tragic story of screenwriter Leigh Brackett, the various Doctor Who connections to The Empire Strikes Back, tracking down the original theatrical edition of Empire, John Williams losing Best Score to Michael Gore for Fame, period films trumping science fiction films in the Academy Awards, Xan meeting Billy Dee Williams, Star Wars movies not feeling like Star Wars movies without the 20th Century Fox intro and fanfare, Strong Bad sounding similar to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Han not caring if his tauntaun freezes and dies, the greatness of Snow Speeders, the greatness of the Imperial March theme, why you never see Snow Trooper cosplayers at conventions, Xan's pizza Star Destroyers, granola cluster bars, Xan explaining Luke's vision in the cave to her mom, the problem with Yoda buying too much into the Jedi religion, Boba Fett's ship Slave I being renamed The Firespray, the positive things about the Star Wars Holiday Special, Chewie becoming Leia's henchman, wondering what happened to the turrets under the Millennium Falcon, the downer ending, my trying to talk Xan into watching Dead Boy Detectives, watching our first Quentin Tarantino film, and more!

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Be sure to come back in three weeks as Xan and I watch Pulp Fiction, the 1994 crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring John Travolta as Vincent Vega, Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield, Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace, and Bruce Willis as Butch Coolidge!

Thursday, May 9, 2024

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 313: "Midnight" Is Up!

 
"And you be careful, all right?"
"Aww, taking a big space truck with a bunch of strangers across a diamond planet called Midnight? What could possibly go wrong?"
-- Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "Midnight"

Hello again, everyone! My partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast! This timewe welcome new special guest companion Tara Giancaspro to discuss "Midnight", the tenth episode from Doctor Who Series Four from 2008, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, Lesley Sharp as Sky Silvestry, and David Troughton as Professor Hobbes!

In this episode, Jesse, Tara and I discuss things like Jesse coming out to Columbus and having dinner with me, my wife and Xan Sprouse, Jesse seeing his 20th Bruce Springsteen concert in Columbus, how Jesse talked Tara into joining us on Next Stop Everywhere, Tara's past on Tumblr, Steven Moffat working better as a writer for Russell T Davies than as showrunner, Moffat's mishandling of the Doctor's female companions, Tara liking "Midnight" more after her rewatch than she did originally, Tara's love of the Merlin TV series with Colin Morgan, why Donna Noble was largely absent from this episode, "Midnight" being similar to the classic Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street", Russell T Davies being inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok", Christina Rossetti's poem "Goblin Market", the TARDIS not appearing for the first time since "Genesis of the Daleks" Part One in 1975, David Tennant's acting talent and range, the casual reference that Sky had a wife, the logistics of David Tennant and Lesley Sharp repeating one another, Professor Hobbes being a jackass to Dee Dee Blasco, wondering what happened to the Crusader 50 passengers after this episode, wondering why the Hostess didn't introduce herself at the beginning of the shuttle trip, my Reverse the Polarity segment, new listener feedback from Dave Proctor, Holly Mac, and Sandi from Oregon, offering Tara our services to unload about Doctor Who, Holly Mac and Rachel Frend joining us to discuss brand-new Who, and more!

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And just in time for the new era of Doctor Who, we now have a BRAND NEW Next Stop Everywhere t-shirt, which you can find on TeePublic RIGHT HERE!  This spiffy shirt looks great when you're listening to your favorite Doctor Who podcast and travelling through time and space! Or you could order all sorts of cool Next Stop Everywhere merch there as well!

Be sure to come back for the next episode of Next Stop Everywhere as Jesse and I are joined by special guest companions Holly Mac and Rachel Frend as we discuss "Space Babies" and "The Devil's Chord", the first two episodes from Doctor Who Series 14, starring Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor and Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday!

Saturday, May 4, 2024

THE FANDOM ZONE 289: "The Case of Crystal Palace" Is Up!

 
"That's all well and good, but just remember, Charles -- It's the Dead Boy Detective Agency, not the Two Dead Boys and One Sad Psychic Girl Detective Agency. A rubbish name."
"They're both bad names."
-- Edwin Paine and Crystal Palace, Dead Boy Detectives -- "The Case of Crystal Palace"

Hello again, everyone! DJ Nik and I are back for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast! This time, we discuss "The Case of Crystal Palace", the first episode of the new Netflix series Dead Boy Detectives, introducing George Rexstrew as Edwin Paine, Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland, and Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like Inter Milan becoming the Serie A champions, my joining Nik on Gold Standard: The Oscars Podcast to discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), director Lee Toland Kreiger directing a lot of comic book TV show pilots, our initial thoughts on Dead Boy Detectives, George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri being older than Doom Patrol's Dead Boy Detectives, Briana Cuoco being the sister of Kaley Cuoco, some comics background on the Dead Boy Detectives, the actors who played the characters in the Doom Patrol episode "Dead Patrol", Dead Boy Detectives being evocative of The Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Harry Potter, and Scooby-Doo, Edwin and Charles having a very Odd Couple pairing, my planning to make a custom Dead Boy Detectives soundtrack CD, the cameo by Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, the initial hints that Edwin is in love with Charles, David the Demon being Crystal's toxic ex-boyfriend, changes to the comic book origin of the Dead Boy Detectives, Edwin calling out Crystal for not taking their detective agency seriously, comic book collectors wishing they had Charles' bottomless backpack, Esther as a modern witch, being disappointed that Ruth Connell was cast instead of Michelle Gomez, our favorite quotes of the episode, new Fandom Zone Fanmail from Jesse Jackson, my being a bad influence on Nik, and more! 

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And if that isn't enough for you, you can pick up an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt that all the cool kids are wearing from 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 when DJ Nik and I discuss "The Case of the Dandelion Shrine", the second episode of Dead Boy Detectives, on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Thursday, May 2, 2024

DRUNK CINEMA 059: "Ghostbusters II" Is Up!

 
"You know, I have met some dumb blondes in my life, but you take the taco, pal! Only a Carpathian would come back to life now and choose New York! Tasty pick, bonehead! If you had brain one in that huge melon on top of your neck, you would be living the sweet life out in Southern California's beautiful San Fernando Valley!"
-- Dr. Peter Venkman to Vigo, Ghostbusters II

Hello again, movie fans!  My wonderful co-host Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Drunk Cinema! This time, we watch Ghostbusters II, the 1989 supernatural comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and featuring the return of Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz, Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler, Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, and Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett!

This time, Xan and I discuss things like Bill Murray saying they'll burn in hell for calling this film Ghostbusters II, how we rank the Ghostbusters movies, watching this movie on my 20th birthday, Summer 1989 being a great time for blockbusters, Bill Murray's feud with Harold Ramis while making Groundhog Day, the first appearance of Ray's Occult Books, Harold Ramis talking like Bert from Sesame Street, the Beach pneumatic transit system, Xan kink-shaming Egon, guys sucking in their guts, former Columbia Pictures chairman David Puttnam pissing off Bill Murray and his talent agent Michael Ovitz, wondering why Janosz has so many candles on the floor, when the Titanic was actually found, why the Ghostbusters needed the Nintendo Power Glove, new Drunk Mail from Christine Peruski and Dave Proctor, wondering if we can actually record Drunk Cinema two weeks in a row, and more!

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Be sure to come back in just one week as Xan and I watch The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 space opera sequel to Star Wars directed by Irvin Kershner, featuring the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 312: "Quantum of Axos" Is Up!

 
"Looking for mutant spaghetti monsters down corridors...Just like the old days."
"Weren’t they usually looking for us?"
"Ugh, don’t give it ideas."
-- Dorothy "Ace" McShane and the Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "Quantum of Axos"

Hello again, everyone! My partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast! This timewe discuss "Quantum of Axos", the third audio drama from Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Classic Companions set from 2022, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Dorothy "Ace" McShane, John Leeson as the voice of K9 Mark IV, and the return of the Axons!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse getting ready to come out to Columbus, a quick Next Stop News Flash about Varada Sethu officially being confirmed as the new companion, the other stories on the Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Classic Companions set, Jesse liking to figure out what's going to happen in stories just before it happens, David Tennant and Sophie Aldred having great chemistry with one another, running down the four versions of K9, Ace getting K9 Mark IV after the death of Sarah Jane Smith, the first appearance of A Charitable Earth, Jesse initially thinking the two K9s were the same K9 in different timelines, the Doctor asking Ace to travel with him again, the Doctor giving K9 Mark IV a choice in staying with Ace, K9 not being happy in a punt, pairing characters together who normally don't interact with each other, Kayla McGuire being an entertaining Almost Companion, the Doctor calling out Kayla for not reading the Terms and Conditions, the Axons turning humanity into an Axon supercomputer, the Doctor using reverse-psychology on the Axons to trick them back into their original time loop, our favorite quotes of the story, K9 throwing shade at cats, my Reverse the Polarity segment, new listener feedback from Holly Mac and Sandi from Oregon, trying to talk Jesse into joining DK Nik and me on The Fandom Zone Podcast, hoping our new Special Guest Companion joins us as scheduled, and more!

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And just in time for the new era of Doctor Who, we now have a BRAND NEW Next Stop Everywhere t-shirt, which you can find on TeePublic RIGHT HERE!  This spiffy shirt looks great when you're listening to your favorite Doctor Who podcast and travelling through time and space! Or you could order all sorts of cool Next Stop Everywhere merch there as well!

Be sure to come back for the next episode of Next Stop Everywhere as Jesse and I welcome new special guest companion Tara Giancaspro as we discuss "Midnight", the tenth episode from Doctor Who Series Four from 2008, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, Lesley Sharp as Sky Silvestry, and David Troughton as Professor Hobbes!

Sunday, April 21, 2024

DRUNK CINEMA 058: "An American Werewolf in London" Is Up!

 
"A naked American man stole my balloons."
-- Little Boy, An American Werewolf in London

Hello again, movie fans!  My wonderful co-host Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Drunk Cinema! This time, we celebrate Xan's birthday by watching An American Werewolf in Londonthe 1981 comedy horror film directed by John Landis, starring David Naughton as David Kessler, Jenny Agutter as Nurse Alex Price, and Griffin Dunne as Jack Goodman!

This time, Xan and I discuss things like celebrating Xan's last week of being 47, Rick Baker winning the first-ever Oscar for Best Makeup, John Landis being partially responsible for the death of Vic Morrow, David Naughton's song "Makin' It", Griffin Dunne as Tommy Kelly in Johnny Dangerously, the three Doctor Who connections, this being our second Frank Oz film, Xan delivering pizza to Torchwood headquarters at Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff, Wales, The Slaughtered Lamb being the worst British pub ever, the cameo by Rik Mayall from The Young Ones, wondering why the pub guys didn't shoot David right after the werewolf attack, my wondering why I didn't get a hot nurse like Alex Price when I was in the hospital, Alex wearing David's NYU shirt, the pointless scene of David pacing back and forth in Alex's flat, David's first transformation into a werewolf being amazing for the time but taking way too long, the surprise appearance by UNIT from Doctor Who, the magic bullets going around Alex to shoot David, new Drunk Mail from Christine Peruski and Dave Proctor, finally getting around to Ghostbusters II, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Xan and I watch Ghostbusters II, the 1989 supernatural comedy directed by Ivan Reitman, featuring the return of Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Ray Stantz, Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler, and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore!