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Monday, June 28, 2021

THE FANDOM ZONE 222: "Lamentis" Is Up!

 
"Love is a dagger. It's a weapon to be wielded far away or up close. You can see yourself in it. It's beautiful...until it makes you bleed. But ultimately, when you reach for it..."
"It isn't real."
-- Loki Laufeyson and Sylvie, Loki: "Lamentis"

Hello again, everyone!  It's time for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, DJ Nik and I discuss "Lamentis", the third episode of the Disney+ series Loki, featuring Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie, Sasha Lane as Hunter C-20, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like Nik's Montreal Canadiens reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, "Lamentis" feeling somewhat like a filler episode and a Doctor Who episode, Kevin Feige leaning on director Kate Herron to keep quiet on spoilers, my feeling that Marvel Studios has long-term plans for Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie, the planet Lamentis appearing in the Annihilation: Conquest storyline, the English translation of the lyrics for Loki's song "Jeg Saler Min Ganger", Loki becoming the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first major queer character, the nod to Private Hudson and Corporal Hicks from Aliens, "Lamentis" being much shorter than the first two Loki episodes, more emphasis on the word "enchantment", Sylvie interrogating Hunter C-20 using a dreamscape, Loki and Sylvie being forced to work with one another, Loki asking "What is love?", Nik's thoughts on Dean Martin, Loki's "Love is a dagger" metaphor, not being certain that Sylvie is actually a future version of Loki, the "No ticket" scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the revelation that Mobius and the Time Variance Authority employees are also variants, wondering if Sylvie isn't the series' Big Bad, why the Loki writers can't use Sylvie's "dream twist" too often, wondering if Sylvie is a Loki or an Enchantress from the multiverse, our favorite quotes of the episode, HBO Max working on the Madame Xanadu series Madame X, The Boys adding Laurie Holden as the Crimson Countess for Season 3, new Fandom Zone Fanmail from Holly Mac, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week for Episode 223 as DJ Nik and I discuss the fourth episode of the Disney+ series Loki, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

DRUNK CINEMA 013: "RoboCop (1987)" Is Up!

 
"Just give me my fucking phone call."
-- Clarence Boddicker, RoboCop (1987)

Hey there, movie fans!  My wonderful co-host Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Drunk Cinema!  This time, we watch RoboCopthe 1987 science-fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and featuring Peter Weller as RoboCop/Alex Murphy, Nancy Allen as Anne Lewis, Ronny Cox as Dick Jones, and Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddicker!

In this episode, Xan and I discuss things like why Xan loves the movie Showgirls, RoboCop being a satire of '80s corporate culture and Reaganism, Xan throwing shade on the Dutch, Xan's autographed copy of Ronny Cox's country album Cowboy Savant, RoboCop having three actors from Twin Peaks, the movie Terror in the Aisles, Paul Verhoeven's fixation with unisex shower rooms, RoboCop getting a Special Achievement Oscar, Leeza Gibbons from Entertainment Tonight, Xan's encounter with Ronny Cox at Newark Airport, Lewis' arrest fail while Joe Cox was taking a leak, Liam Neeson's racist comments, what baby food goes with wine, the 6000 SUX getting really shitty gas mileage, Xan's upcoming first appearance on Set Lusting Bruce, wondering what realtor would show a house for sale with dead flowers and burnt pictures inside, Clarence and Sal trying to out-intimidate one another, Reagan's "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative, Emil liking the military weaponry, The Incredible Melting Man, Leon not wanting mutated Emil to touch him, the Old Man firing Dick Jones, Xan getting hacked on Twitter to pimp Ray-Bans, Mark Holton as Chubby in Teen Wolf, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 014, as Xan and I watch Pee-wee's Big Adventure, the 1985 adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton and featuring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, E.G. Daily as Dottie, Mark Holton as Francis Buxton, and Diane Salinger as Simone!

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 236: "The Eaters of Light: Revisited" Is Up!

 
"It's as if his bones have disintegrated."
"Oh. What could do that?"
"Complete and total absence of any kind of sunlight."
"Hunh. Death by Scotland."
-- The Twelfth Doctor and Nardole, Doctor Who: "The Eaters of Light"

Hello again, everyone! It's time for a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, I'm joined by special guest companion Christine Peruski as we provide our commentary track for "The Eaters of Light", the tenth episode from Doctor Who Series 10 in 2017, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and Michelle Gomez as Missy!

In this episode, Christine and I discuss things like Christine being drunk for the episode, why Christine doesn't have a Doctor Who drinking game, my original discussion of "The Eaters of Light" with Jesse Jackson in Episode 087, Nardole being Christine's second-favorite companion, writer Rona Munro being the only person to write for both the original series of Doctor Who and the modern series, Peter Capaldi's cool hair, Doctor Who stars leaving the show after only three seasons, the recent passing of Dodo Chaplet actress Jackie Lane, the Atari 2600 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video games, Brian Vernel as Bala-Tik in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, "The Chase" revealing what happened to the Mary Celeste, a special cameo appearance by my wife Lori and my cat Keiko, Bill thinking she knows more about Roman history than the Doctor, Nardole saying he has invisible hair, the crows not talking because they're in a mass sulk, Nardole's emergency bag of unpopped popcorn, the Twelfth Doctor's holey sweater, Bill being called out by the Romans as "narrow-minded" because she isn't bisexual, Nardole's plaid pajama pants, the Jamie McCrimmon fanfic TV spinoff Outlander, new feedback from Dave Proctor, Christine appearing on the Buffy Earpers podcast, Christine not being able to remember the Next Stop Everywhere episode she just recorded, Elisabeth Sladen's daughter Sadie Miller playing her mother's role as Sarah Jane Smith for Return of the Cybermen, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as I'm joined by special guest companion John Takacs as we discuss "Return of the Cybermen", the first release in the sixth series from Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who: The Lost Stories range, featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Sadie Miller as Sarah Jane Smith, Christopher Naylor as Harry Sullivan, and Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen!

Monday, June 21, 2021

THE FANDOM ZONE 221: "The Variant" Is Up!

 
"I'd never stab anyone in the back.  That's such a boring form of betrayal."
"Loki, I've studied almost every moment of your entire life.  You've literally stabbed people in the back, like, 50 times."
"...Well, I'd never do it again, because it got old."
-- Loki Laufeyson and Mobius M. Mobius, Loki: "The Variant"

Hello again, everyone!  It's time for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, DJ Nik and I discuss "The Variant", the second episode of the Disney+ series Loki, featuring Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, and introducing Sophia Di Martino as The Variant!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like how I celebrated my 52nd birthday, Nik's Montreal Canadiens surprising everyone in the NHL playoffs, finally being able to play the Loki game after last episode's introduction of the pieces and rules, Sasha Lane in the Hellboy remake, OshKosh B'gosh jeans, wondering if "Lady Loki" is actually Sylvie Lushton from the Young Avengers, Hunter B-15 being the strict authority figure for Loki to rail against, Loki now wearing a tie and a green and yellow field jacket, the TVA being anachronistic in their office equipment, Loki sabotaging Mobius' salad to demonstrate his theory that variant energy can't be detected in an apocalypse, Loki and Mobius going back to Volcano Day to test Loki's theory, Mobius being the first person to take an active interest in getting to know Loki as a person, Loki's last-minute decision to jump through the time door after The Variant, Ravonna handing Mobius the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Pen, Ravonna having another secret TVA analyst on the side that Mobius doesn't know about, various references to blue that might be hinting at Kang the Conqueror, Loki trying to find out where the Time Keepers are, what's going to happen whenever we finally get Mephisto, the South getting all the cataclysmic disasters, Loki not being entirely sold that The Variant is Lady Loki, The Variant's attempt at misdirection by carpet bombing the Sacred Timeline, our favorite quotes of the episode, Disney+ shifting their new TV episodes to Wednesdays, Titans Season 3 finally getting a premiere date and a teaser trailer, new Fandom Zone Fanmail from Holly Mac and Dave Proctor, Daleks being able to go up and down stairs now unlike ED-209 from RoboCopand more!

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Be sure to come back next week for Episode 222 as DJ Nik and I discuss the third episode of the Disney+ series Loki, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

TITANS Season 3 Teaser Trailer Hints at a Death in the Family

 
Yeah, crowbars traditionally don't mean good things for Jason Todd.

HBO Max has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming third season of Titans, based on the DC Comics superteam, which features the focus shifting to Gotham City and hints of story elements from the classic Batman storyline "A Death in the Family".

According to HBO Max, the Titans will be drawn to Gotham City, where they will reunite with old friends and face new threats. The first three episodes of Season 3 will premiere on Thursday, August 12th, with subsequent episodes launching weekly every Thursday through October 21st.

The 45-second teaser trailer opens with the second Robin, Jason Todd (Curran Walters), using bolt cutters to gain access to a gated abandoned amusement park. Robin comes across a dead security guard tied to a support beam, with his face distorted by what presumably is Joker Venom. Suddenly, an old carnival booth emits a laughing sound, causing Robin to spin around and be shocked by...something.

In another scene, we see Nightwing (Brenton Thwaites) watching a group of Gotham City police officers under a bridge aiming their weapons at something off screen. "This is Gotham..." Nightwing begins in a voiceover.

We then see a fleeting image of a posing group of Titans including Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), Superboy (Joshua Orpin), Krypto the Superdog, Nightwing, and Starfire (Anna Diop), who finally has an actual costume. This is followed by further quick images of Hank Hall (Alan Ritchson), Dove (Minka Kelly), and an injector holding a strange green compound that causes a reaction in someone's eye.

"...This city breeds a special class of criminal..." continues the Nightwing voiceover as we see a silhouetted figure (presumably the Joker) beating someone to death (presumably Robin) with a crowbar at the abandoned amusement park.

More fleeting images follow, including Dr. Jonathan Crane (Vincent Kartheiser) in his cell at Arkham Asylum, the Red Hood (Walters again), and Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen).

"...People die here..." continues the Nightwing voiceover as we slowly pan to that same crowbar now resting on a wooden floor while a blurred figure in the background notices it.

The trailer music intensifies as more fleeting images follow, including Jason Todd crying while talking to someone on a cell phone, a bloodied blade, Hank in bed, someone dropping pills into a small plastic container, Beast Boy again, a bunch of criminals firing their weapons at someone above, Starfire glowing with power, Superboy in a burning building, and Nightwing fighting some masked goons.

"...People like us," concludes the Nightwing voiceover ominously.

If you'd like to check out the teaser trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official HBO Max account on YouTube...

Titans returns to HBO Max for Season 3 with three new episodes on August 12, 2021.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

STAR TREK: PICARD Season 2 Trailer Teases the Return of Q

 
As part of Captain Picard Day, Paramount+ has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Picard, once again starring Sir Patrick Stewart as Retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard.

The one-minute, five-second teaser trailer opens with Picard returning home to Château Picard in La Barre, France and looking for Laris (Orla Brady), his Romulan housekeeper.  Unable to find her, Picard laments, "What the hell is happening here?"

"Excellent question, Jean-Luc," replies a familiar, yet distorted unseen voice.  "Oh, dear. You're a bit older than I imagined."

Recognizing the voice, Picard slowly looks up in horror to find the omnipotent being Q (John de Lancie) standing before him once again.  "Mon capitaine," begins Q, "how I've missed you."

As we cut to Starfleet Command, we see Picard in his Starfleet uniform at a podium surrounded by several other high-ranking Starfleet officers.  "Welcome, my friend," Q remarks in a voiceover, "to the very end of The Road Not Taken."

We see fleeting images of Raffaela "Raffi" Musiker (Michelle Hurd) and Elnor (Evan Evagora), Laris, Soji Asha (Isa Briones), Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill), and Cristobal "Chris" Rios (Santiago Cabrera), who seems surprised to find himself in a version of a Starfleet uniform.

"Time has been broken," states an unknown female voice in a voiceover.

"We can save the future," remarks Picard in a voiceover, "and I will get us home, together."

In the final scene, we see Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) waking up in bed with the left side of her face hidden by her hand and various objects.  She gets up, stares at an ornate brooch and then looks up into a nearby mirror, startled to find that her Borg implant surrounding her left eye is no longer there, hinting that she is now fully human once again.

If you'd like to see the teaser trailer, you can check it out below thanks to the official Paramount+ account on YouTube...

Star Trek: Picard returns for Season 2 on Paramount+ sometime in 2022.

Monday, June 14, 2021

THE FANDOM ZONE 220: "Glorious Purpose" Is Up!

 
"Are you taking me somewhere to kill me?"
"No, that's just where you were. I'm taking you someplace to talk."
"I don't like to talk."
"But you do like to lie, which you just did, because we both know you love to talk. Talkie-talkie!"
-- Loki Laufeyson and Mobius M. Mobius, Loki: "Glorious Purpose"

Hello again, everyone!  It's time for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, DJ Nik takes the wheel as he and I discuss "Glorious Purpose", the first episode of the Disney+ series Loki, featuring Tom HIddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, and Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like Nik driving the Fandom Zone bus, Jesse Jackson not having cancer, the first episode being extremely timey-wimey like a Doctor Who episode, finally getting Loki's last name in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, wondering if Ravonna is going to hook up with Kang the Conqueror, Tara Strong as Miss Minutes, some comics background on Mobius M. Mobius and the Time Variance Authority, some background on the mysterious air pirate D.B. Cooper, the introduction of Hunter B-15, Ravonna being the Judge Judy of the MCU, why everyone needs to keep an eye on Ravonna, the Jurassic Park-like homage to the Miss Minutes animation sequence, my theory that Jonathan Hickman's Secret Wars limited series event and a war of the Multiverse is the new MCU Endgame, wondering why the TVA has suddenly made themselves known in the MCU, the Infinity Stones from different universes being used as paperweights, the deep dive into Loki's history and Mobius M. Mobius acting as Loki's therapist, Mobius M. Mobius wanting to use Loki to fight himself, Mobius M. Mobius as Lt. Columbo, wondering if Loki is going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline, Mobius finding a child with blue teeth in 1549 France, the female incarnation of Loki possibly being the devil in the stained glass window, our favorite quotes of the episode, Jupiter's Legacy being cancelled by Netflix after only one season, She-Hulk casting Jameela Jamil as Titania, new Fandom Zone Fanmail from Holly Mac, Xan Sprouse and I discussing Ghostbusters on Drunk Cinema, the second episode of Loki being a part of my 52nd birthday, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week for Episode 221 as DJ Nik and I discuss the second episode of the Disney+ series Loki, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

DRUNK CINEMA 012: "Ghostbusters (1984)" Is Up!

 
"I'm worried, Ray.  It's getting crowded in there, and all my recent data points to something big on the horizon."
"What do you mean 'big'?"
"Well...let's say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. According to this morning's sample, it would be a Twinkie...35 feet long and weighing approximately 600 pounds."
"That's a big Twinkie."
-- Dr. Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore, Ghostbusters (1984)

Hey there, movie fans!  My wonderful co-host Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Drunk Cinema!  This time, we watch Ghostbusters, the 1984 supernatural comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and featuring 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!

In this episode, Xan and I discuss things like the 37th anniversary of Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman's son Jason making a cameo in Ghostbusters II, Ernie Hudson in The Crow, Stevie Wonder getting the Best Original Song Oscar instead of Ray Parker Jr., Annette Bening being rumored as the woman in the Columbia Pictures logo, Columbia originally considering other titles for Ghostbusters because of the 1975 CBS Saturday morning sitcom The Ghost Busters, wondering why Venkman calls Ray "Francine", Venkman seriously creeping on Dana, cameos from Joe Franklin, Larry King and Casey Kasem, Sigourney Weaver stripping down to her underwear once again, little known songs on the Ghostbusters soundtrack, Dana losing her apartment to Gozer and becoming homeless, Xan loving Mr. Stay-Puft's cute little face, the few good movies starring Saturday Night Live cast members, Xan's story about Ricky Whittle from American Gods, my obscure "Sabotage" reference, Xan being the Gracie Allen to my George Burns, Xan lobbying for DJ Nik and I to discuss Resident Alien on The Fandom Zone Podcast, my turning 52 years old, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 013, as Xan and I watch RoboCop, the 1987 science-fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and featuring Peter Weller as RoboCop/Alex Murphy, Nancy Allen as Anne Lewis, Ronny Cox as Dick Jones, and Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddicker!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 235: "Black Orchid" Is Up!


"Why do I always let my curiosity get the better of me?"
-- The Fifth Doctor, Doctor Who: "Black Orchid"

Hello again, everyone!  I'm back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, I'm joined by special guest companion Holly Mac to discuss "Black Orchid", the fifth serial from Doctor Who Season 19 in 1982, featuring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and Ann Talbot, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, and Michael Cochrane as Lord Cranleigh!

In this episode, Holly and I discuss things like my being proud of my wife Lori on last week's episode "The Girl in the Fireplace", Jesse needing to recover from his recent surgery, the original Sarah Jane Smith spinoff series plot K-9 and Company, Holly scratching her head about why "Black Orchid" isn't more appreciated by fans, "Black Orchid" being the last Doctor Who TV story featuring no science fiction elements apart from the TARDIS and the regular cast, the abandoned plot point of Tegan being the only one who knew how to tell Nyssa and Ann apart, John Nathan-Turner originally wanting to direct this story himself, writer Terence Dudley turning his old murder mystery script into a Doctor Who story, Terence Dudley almost writing the original 1963 pilot for Doctor Who, "An Unearthly Child" having a great first episode but three dull episodes afterward, Matthew Waterhouse suggesting Adric would be more interested in the food so he could avoid dance choreography, stuntman Gareth Milne missing his target of cardboard boxes after falling from the roof, Peter Davison showing off his cricket skills, The Doctor getting blamed for George Cranleigh attacking Ann, The Doctor trying to prove his innocence by showing Sir Robert Muir the inside of the TARDIS, the TARDIS taking pity on the Doctor with an accurate short trip to Cranleigh Hall, not getting an explanation for why Nyssa and Ann are twinsies, Tegan doing the Charleston, Adric being only interested in eating, wondering why Ann didn't sense the masked harlequin was George, George escaping his room by setting fire to the door, wondering why the Doctor will treasure George's book as a gift from Lady Cranleigh, our favorite quotes of the episode, new feedback from Dave Proctor, Xan and I talking Ghostbusters on Drunk Cinema, Christine Peruski doing a Revisited commentary episode next time, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as I'm joined by special guest companion Christine Peruski as we watch and provide commentary for "The Eaters of Light", the tenth episode of Series 10, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and Rebecca Benson as Kar!

Friday, June 11, 2021

SHE-HULK Casts Jameela Jamil as Titania


She-Hulk officially has her arch-enemy.

Variety has confirmed that the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk, based on the Marvel Comics superhero, has cast Jameela Jamil as Mary MacPherran, better known to Marvel fans as the supervillain Titania.

Jamil joins Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Bruce Banner, Tim Roth as The Abomination/Emil Blonsky, and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Amelia.

Kat Coiro will serve as director and executive producer on She-Hulk. She will direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series. Jessica Gao is the head writer and serves as executive producer.

Jamil, 35, is an English actress best known as Tahani Al-Jamil in the NBC series The Good Place.  She's also peformed a number of animated vocal roles for such series as Harley Quinn, DuckTales (2019), Rugrats (2021), American Dad!, and Animaniacs (2020).


Created in 1984 by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck, Titania first appeared in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3 as Mary "Skeeter" MacPherran, who grew up scrawny and short-statured in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, inspiring a popular girl at school, Vanessa Ashwood, to nickname her "Skeeter" (a slang word for mosquito). As a high school senior, to help support her struggling family, Mary worked as a salesclerk alongside her only other friend, Marsha Rosenberg. Consistently bullied since childhood by the wealthy and cruel Vanessa and her friends, Mary grew resentful and bitter, and fantasized about gaining superpowers to become admired and exact retribution on her tormentors.

After the second Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter, made one of her early appearances in their town, Marsha remarked that the new superheroine's reddish-blonde hair color matched Mary's. Mary then falsely confided to her friend that she was secretly Spider-Woman. Shortly afterward, Mary was invited to a fancy party at Vanessa's house, where she was surprised to find that her newfound popularity was due to Marsha spreading around the false Spider-Woman rumor. However, in the middle of the party, their section of Denver was torn from Earth and became part of the composite planet Battleworld, created by the Beyonder as a stage for a selected group of superheroes and supervillains to battle each other. When the real Spider-Woman arrived on the scene to save the guests from a collapsing structure, the now-enraged Vanessa and her guests turned on Mary and Marsha, chasing them into the forests of Battleworld.

Scared and exhausted, the two women were found by Doctor Doom, who was in need of further metahuman operatives to further his ambitions. Mary and Marsha both agreed to Doom's offer of power in exchange for serving in his army of supervillains. Using the highly advanced alien technologies found in Doombase, the villains' headquarters, powered by immense energies from the ferocious alien storm outside, Doom recreated both women, inducing high-level metahuman abilities of specific and particular design. While Rosenberg, now known as Volcana, received a fiery form composed of ionized plasma, MacPherran gained powers diametrically opposed to her previous self, becoming taller, more muscular, and buxom. Taking the codename Titania because of her strength like a Titan, MacPherran's physical changes came with changes to her personality, making her brash and seemingly confident.

Titania began to work for Doom, and was one of the villains ordered by Doom to attack the superheroes. She battled Thor and the X-Men, but her most impressive conquest was She-Hulk, getting the best of her during a gang beating, which began a long rivalry between the two. During their time together, Titania grew closer with fellow villain "Crusher" Creel, the Absorbing Man, and the two began a relationship. Once Owen Reece, the Molecule Man, managed to seal off the chunk of Denver, and began to navigate it back to Earth, Creel and MacPherran revealed that they were done with Doom and his war, and simply wanted to go home.

Once back on Earth, Titania and Absorbing Man continued to work as professional criminals by joining Baron Helmut Zemo's latest incarnation of the Masters of Evil before moving on to another supervillain group, the Frightful Four. She battled numerous superheroes along the way, but became unable to stay away from She-Hulk, which resulted in a series of defeats. Currently, Titania and the Absorbing Man serve as members of Gamma Flight, a group tasked with taking down She-Hulk's cousin, the Hulk.

Jamil will be the first actress to portray Titania in live-action, although the character has appeared in the animated series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Avengers Assemble, both voiced by Clare Grant.

She-Hulk is expected to be released on Disney+ sometime in 2022.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

GHOSTWOOD 098: "Getting Rid of Robert" Is Up!

 
"You're not a nice person, you're a bitch.  You got it?  You want me to spell it out for you?  You're. Not. Nice.  You're a bitch.  B as in, as in Bad, I as in Egomaniac, T as in Terrorist, and C as in..."
-- Robert Neil to Sasha, Hotel Room: "Getting Rid of Robert"

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!  In this episode, we discuss "Getting Rid of Robert", the second episode of David Lynch's HBO drama anthology series Hotel Room from 1993, featuring Griffin Dunne as Robert Neil, Deborah Unger as Sasha, Mariska Hargitay as Tina, and Chelsea Field as Diane!

LET'S ROCK!

In this episode, Xan and I discuss things like Xan's Twin Peaks meme of a seal looking like Laura Palmer doing cocaine, my having delayed reactions to COVID vaccine shots, '90s TV episodes being turned into 2-hour "movies" on VHS home video, David Lynch doing better with Showtime than HBO, writer Jay McInerney writing what he knows, Sasha, Tina and Diane being very superficial friends, Sasha telling Tina she needs to hurry up and land a rich guy before she loses her looks, David Cronenberg's Crash and car wreck porn, Mariska Hargitay being the daughter of Jayne Mansfield, Tina bringing Sasha a copy of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by controversial feminist writer Camille Paglia, Sasha wanting to kick Robert to the curb but then being desperate when he breaks up with her first, conveniently forgotten American brass fireplace pokers, Sasha being jealous that Tina was flirting with Robert, Griffin Dunne in After Hours, An American Werewolf in London and Johnny Dangerously, that awkward moment when the Maid walks in on Sasha after she whacked Robert with a fire poker, the movie I Love You to Death, needing to be very careful of when it's appropriate to use the C word, my appreciating women who know how to swear emphatically, the F word being the most versatile word in the English language, our parents never listening to our podcasts, Xan being cool with her mom listening to her drunk on Drunk Cinema, my wife Lori joining me on Next Stop Everywhere, not being able to crush on Alicia Witt in Twin Peaks: The Return, Ghostwood getting followed on Twitter by the official Double R Diner/Twede's Cafe, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 099, as Xan and I discuss "Blackout", the third and final episode of the HBO series Hotel Room from 1993, directed by David Lynch and featuring Crispin Glover as Danny and Alicia Witt as Diane!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 234: "The Girl in the Fireplace" Is Up!

 
"Doctor...Doctor who?  It's more than just a secret, isn't it?"
"What did you see?"
"That there comes a time, Time Lord, when every lonely little boy must learn how to dance."
-- Reinette and the Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Girl in the Fireplace"

Hello again, everyone!  My returning partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a special episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we're joined by special guest companion Lori Skaggs to discuss "The Girl in the Fireplace", the fourth episode from Doctor Who Series Two in 2006, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, Sophia Myles as Reinette/Madame de Pompadour, and the first appearance of the Clockwork Droids!

In this episode, Jesse, Lori and I discuss things like Jesse returning to Next Stop Everywhere after his surgery, Lori finally agreeing to come on Next Stop Everywhere after seven years of asking, the three of us knowing one another for 28 years, Jesse walking Lori down the aisle at our wedding, Jesse making Lori a Podcast Widow, why Jesse needed surgery and his recovery, how Lori got into Doctor Who, "The Girl in the Fireplace" being Lori's favorite Doctor Who episode, my rebuffing people and saving "The Girl in the Fireplace" for Lori to discuss, Lori's appreciation for the authentic costuming, Sophia Myles voicing the S.S. Madame de Pompadour in the Lockdown short "Pompadour", Russell T Davies' work on Casanova inspiring him to want to write about Madame de Pompadour, "The Girl in the Fireplace" having no Season 2 Torchwood reference, Sophia Myles and David Tennant dating after working together, Arthur the horse not being allowed to set foot in the ballroom, differences in the original script, Lori's historical trivia regarding Madame de Pompadour, the Tenth Doctor being attracted to Madame de Pompadour's intelligence, Madame de Pompadour being the aggressor in their romance, getting a small glimpse of the Doctor's loneliness and sadness, "dancing" as a metaphor for sex, Reinette's final letter to the Doctor, Mickey's first trip in the TARDIS as an official companion, Rose being jealous of Madame de Pompadour, Rose wanting something more than Mickey, the Clockwork Droids stalking Madame de Pompadour through various periods of her life, the Clockwork Droids cannibalizing the crew of the S.S. Madame de Pompadour for replacement parts, our favorite quotes of the episode, the Doctor "inventing" the banana daiquiri, my Reverse the Polarity segment, new feedback from Holly Mac, Jesse stepping away from Next Stop Everywhere, Lori and I doing well together during crisis situations, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as I'm joined by Holly Mac from The Five-ish Fangirls Podcast to discuss "Black Orchid", the fifth serial from Doctor Who Season 19 in 1982, featuring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and Ann Talbot, and Michael Cochrane as Lord Cranleigh!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

THE FANDOM ZONE 219: "How It All Ends" Is Up!

 
"We don't govern, and we don't kill.  That's the Code.  That's not just our values, that's our system of checks and balances, so that nobody here can even think of ruling the world."
"I can't imagine anyone in this room susceptible to that."
-- The Utopian and Brainwave, Jupiter's Legacy: "How It All Ends"

Hello again, everyone!  It's time for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, my co-host DJ Nik and I discuss "Omnes Pro Uno" & "How It All Ends", the final two episodes of the Netflix series Jupiter's Legacy, featuring Josh Duhamel as The Utopian/Sheldon Sampson, Ben Daniels as Brainwave/Walter Sampson, Mike Lanter as Skyfox/George Hutchence, and Anna Akana as Raikou Sampson!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like Nik feeling smug about his theories, hoping Netflix gives Jupiter's Legacy a second season, my old Dangerous Habits: The Constantine Podcast and Constantine on Legends of Tomorrow, the 1929 flashbacks often being more interesting than the 2021 scenes, modern audiences quickly bailing on new shows if they're not immediately satisfied with the first episode, Grace telling Sheldon that he doesn't listen to the younger heroes, Sheldon controlling people through passive language and behavior, Brandon wanting to live up to his Paragon name, Brandon wanting a relationship with his father on his father's terms, the homage to Hawkeye's debut as Ronin in the movies, Raikou's estranged upbringing with her father, the Island resembling Krakoa from X-Men comics, that awkward moment when everyone but Walter can light up their multicolored glyph, Walter's feeling finally exploding like a built-up pressure cooker, the events of the Island still affecting the Union ninety years later, Nik wondering if Hutch has his dads crossed, Hutch's crew bailing on him after finding out that he's banging Chloe, Blackstar trying to force the Utopian into breaking his precious Code to save Brandon's life, Raikou's fatal mistake by trying to blackmail her father for 50 million, Walter being revealed as the Big Bad, more casting for the upcoming Sandman TV series, The CW picking Naomi up as a series, the end of Black Lightning, new Fandom Zone Fanmail from Holly Mac, my wife Lori joining me on Next Stop Everywhere, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 220 as DJ Nik and I discuss the first episode of the upcoming Disney+ series Loki, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!