H2O #154: In Which We Discuss the Premiere of DOCTOR WHO
The Doctor has returned! And he’s got a new companion (two, really). And he’s got photos on his desk! And he’s got a desk! And a vault! What’s he got in the vault? Probably the thing that’s going to keep him Earth-bound this year, very much as he was in his Third incarnation…
After having seen the episode twice, we found plenty of things to like and plenty of things to wonder and speculate about. Sonic screwdrivers. Penguins. Lectures about physics and poetry (they both rhyme). And Susan! That photograph isn’t there by accident. With the original Cybermen making an appearance later this season, it’s a sure bet that the photo of the Doctor’s granddaughter is there for a reason.
AGENTS OF HYDRA Gives Us Fits About Fitz — LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #114
Episode 418 “No Regrets” Written by Paul Zbyszewski Directed by Eric Laneuville
Finally, the introduction of Dad… and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is starting to lose a little of that self-assured swagger he’s been sporting in the Framework. Is Madame Hydra (Mallory Jansen) telling him everything? Or is she manipulating her lover at the same time she’s digging her claws into the rest of everyone’s world?
It’s clear that the elder Fitz (David O’Hara) has had a profound impact on his son’s upbringing and resulting character and personality, and it’s also clear why the “real” Fitz doesn’t want to have anything to do with the man. The lovable Leo Fitz is a product of his mother’s influence, and it remains to be seen what happens when the team gets out of the Framework and Fitz has to confront his memories of this twisted version of himself.
Likewise with Mack (Henry Simmons), who’s going to eventually have to give up the idea of being with his daughter Hope (Jordan Rivera). And though Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) is affected by that one relatively happy tableau, she’s still keenly aware that this is all just a digital make-believe world. Jemma faces a crisis of conscience, of a sort, complicated by the fact that Mace (Jason O’Mara) and Ward (Brett Dalton) don’t buy her story.
May (Ming-Na Wen) also faces a crisis of conscience when faced with the notion that Hydra will brainwash and kill people to keep them compliant. In the face of her failure at Baharain, her failure at Cambridge, and the way Daisy (Chloe Bennet) has been trying to get through to her, maybe — just maybe — there are things finally not adding up. Unless 1 + 1 = terrigenesis and a lot of whoopins…
Props to O’Mara for his very solid performance this week. His life in the Framework as the Patriot is worthy of song.
ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: Another Dose Of The SANTA CLARITA DIET
With The Walking Dead done for the season, #TeamZombie turn their attention to the darkly comedic feast that is Santa Clarita Diet!
Season 1, Episode 4 “The Farting Sex Tourist” Written by Michael A. Ross, Directed by Ken Kwapis
Season 1, Episode 5 “Man Eat Man” Written by Chadd Gindin, Directed by Marc Buckland
Timothy: I have to admit, waiting to watch this show on Sundays with you people is getting harder.
Dustin: It’s bad enough that Mindy has already watched all the episodes.
Mindy: I regret nothing.
Timothy: I regret a lot of things. But not watching this show. It’s just really good, and I’m tempted to skip ahead, is all I’m saying.
Dustin: I have three children and I have no time to skip ahead, SO DON’T YOU DO IT, TIM HARVEY.
Mindy: He seems pretty insistent about that.
Dustin: He does. I AM NOT GOING TO BE THE ONLY ONE NOT KNOWING WHAT’S GOING ON.
Timothy: Why are you shouting?
Dustin: You’ve seen my dining room, and the mountain of laundry that is vexing me. IT IS VEXING ME.
Timothy: We shall do our best not to vex you. Speaking of reducing the vexing, we do have a sponsor for our podcasts this month, the link to which you can find directly below, at HumanCharger.com. You can get a discount if you use scifi4me as a coupon code!
AGENTS OF HYDRA Will Ruin Fitz — LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #113
Episode 417 “Identity and Change” Written by George Kitson Directed by Garry A. Brown
First, a discussion of the newly released trailer for Thor: Ragnarok:
We finally catch up with Mack (Henry Simmons) and his daughter Hope (Jordan Rivera). They’re living off the radar, keeping their heads down. Only Hope jeopardizes that a bit by picking up a Hydra drone that went on the fritz. So when they get picked up, it’s very much a bad place for Mack. He ends up being set up by May (Ming-Na Wen) to expose Daisy (Chloe Bennet) as a mole within the organization.
Meanwhile, Coulson (Clark Gregg) is remembering slightly just a little more, and he goes with Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Ward (Brett Dalton) to find Radcliff (John Hanna) in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. And things do not go well. At. All.
Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is going to be one messed up dude when all of this is over…
Timothy: It’s good to have a responsible adult around. Anyway, sit back and listen to the three of us talk about a zombie show that is actually supposed to be funny, and please rate and comment on the show, wherever you listen to this podcast of ours!
BOMB SHELTER Drill #3: Jay & Kevin Get Caught in a STARCRASH
Episode 3 ~ Starcrash (1978)
Kevin and Jay travel to a galaxy far, far away to discuss the blatantly obvious Star Wars ripoff, Starcrash.
Smugglers, light swords (not sabers), a robot with an accent, and a rescue of royalty. Delivered with sincerity, but not spectacularly so. And what’s with the robot Elle coming from Texas? There are so many elements of Star Wars in this film, but it’s all haphazardly mixed, like someone made a list of plot devices, put them in a blender, and threw the switch. But it’s not all bad, right? The Hoff is in it…
Host Matt Hentges travels the neighborhoods of Kansas City, talking with Star Wars fans about their collections of memorabilia — action figures to figurines, costumes to cookie jars, and everything in between. Every other Sunday at 6p, Matt will interview a collector and take cameras into their personal Rancho Obi-Wans and see just what’s tucked away in the closet, or under the bed, or in the garage…
This week, Matt visits his friend Jeremy, who has a pretty awesome collection! Stuff from the 1990s, green cards, orange cards, action figures, playsets… and some original items from the Kenner days.
SciFi4Chicks: Disney’s Live Action Plan – Should They Adapt Every Animated Story?
[Featured image courtesy Disney]
The Walt Disney Company is known for their ground-breaking classic animated films: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, plus more recent classics like The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and Beauty and the Beast. In recent years, though, they’ve been dipping back into that same well to take those classic animated stories and rework them into live-action pieces such as Maleficent,101 Dalmatians, and Cinderella. The latest release, Beauty and the Beast, gives us a chance to compare and contrast this version and the classic animated feature.
Along the way, we discuss the other projects in the pipeline: Mulan, a sequel to The Jungle Book, Dumbo, The Lion King, and more. Should Disney be re-making all of these classic films? Or should they work to deliver new classics?
The panel: Mindy Inlow, Jennifer Wise, Teresa Wickersham, Sonya Rodriguez, Ann Laabs, Lauren Garrison
H2O #153: In Which We Discuss The Return of DOCTOR WHO
This week: the return of Doctor Who! As the tenth season of the revived series draws ever closer to our TV screens (and some cinema screens), we take a look at the upcoming teases and possible spoilers. Not only is this Steven Moffat’s last year as showrunner, but it’s also Peter Capaldi’s last season, and it looks as if Pearl Mackie may be a companion for only one season. Will Chris Chibnall do away with just about everything? Or is this a plan to give him a clean slate for the next season and the next Doctor?
Plus: what’s this we hear about John Simm returning as the Master? Along with Michelle Gomez as Missy? Could Derek Jacoby and Eric Roberts be waiting in the wings?
ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: The Rest of Your WALKING DEAD Life
It’s the season finale of The Walking Dead on this week’s Zombpocalypse Now! Mr. Adair and Mr. Harvey have thoughts!
Season 7, Episode 16 “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life” Written by Scott M. Gimple & Angela Kang & Matthew Negrete Directed by Greg Nicotero
Dustin: We didn’t talk about the bicyclists!
Timothy: Yes, there were, in fact, bicyclists.
Dustin: Because bicycles are eminently sensible means of transportation in this world of The Walking Dead. This world where you bitch constantly about the fact that all the gas would have expired years ago, so none of the cars we see all the time would actually work.
Dustin: All the time. You say it all the time.
Timothy: Not all the…
Dustin: All the time.
Timothy: Fine. I have said it, from time to time. And there were people on bicycles. Terrible people.
Dustin: The worst people. And we talk about all the worst people on the season finale! On our podcast! Right here! Zombpocalypse Now! We even have a sponsor!
AGENTS OF HYDRA Returns With No Regrets? — LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #112
Episode 416 “What If…” Written by DJ Doyle Directed by Oz Scott
The Triskelion is intact! Skye is back! Ward is back! Tahiti is back! It’s old home week, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings back a few elements of season one — and actually uses them in a way that makes the whole episode much more interesting that most of the entire first season. Even Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is watchable in this episode! Of course, it’s no surprise that he’s a turncoat still, even in this made up virtual universe.
And poor Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge). After being dumped in the bottom of the ocean, almost drowned, stranded on an alien planet… now she’s a zombie.
In the tradition of Marvel’s What If…? series of comic books telling stories in alternate universes, tonight’s episode sets up a world in which everything is topsy-turvy. How much do our heroes realize they’re supposed to be the heroes and not the villains? How much will Coulson (Clark Gregg) remember?
2 LAZY GUYS (And a Drunk) Stray Into the Beginnings of WESTWORLD Theories
Episode 03 “The Stray” Written by Daniel T. Thomsen & Lisa Joy Directed by Neil Marshall
This week, Jared and David are joined by Sam as they discuss the third episode of HBO’s Westworld and start speculating about motives, perceptions, and whether or not the hosts can actually hurt flies. Teddy (James Marsden) gets a backstory while Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) starts to investigate just what’s going on with some of the hosts. Are they not getting re-booted properly? Stray memories? Or is it something more? Plus: Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) search for a missing host.
And where is this amusement park located? Is this a national park? Is this underground? Is it in space?
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Ed Harris.
ECHO CHAMBER: Rebooting THE MATRIX Is a Terrible Idea. Or Is It?
Recently, the Internet buzzed with the news that Warner Bros. is contemplating a reboot of The Matrix to be the Next Big Franchise to Make All The Moneys.
But is this a good idea? What stories are left to tell in that virtual universe? Do we need to know Agent Smith’s origin? Do we need to see a young Morpheus? Neo as a child? And what special effects innovation can be the next Bullet Time? Or is there potential for some really good stories yet to be told? Can we dive back into the Matrix after all this time?
Episode 6:13 “The End” Written by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf
Directed by David Greenwalt
[recap by Maia Ades]
Here it is, my last Grimm episode post. We may do a series wrap up at a later date, but this is the last episode and last post covering one of the episodes. Overall I think the writers did a good job of wrapping this series up. I have some niggling issues with some of their choices, but it did bring the story to a conclusion.
Talk about cramming story in. This episode is still only 43 minutes long. I thought since it was the series finale that they might make it a longer episode. Instead they put it all in one regular length show. It manages, to not only give us some catch up scenes of what came before, flash backs of bits from the original pilot, it also manages to have the final battle and resolve it all in the end. And that is probably the highest compliment I can pay this episode. It manages to wrap up a series that has been playing out its storylines for the past five and half seasons. It does a fairly good job of resolving many loose ends. It doesn’t go back and resolve story ideas from some of the first seasons, but I’ll forgive them at this point.
Grimm has been building to a huge showdown, an ultimate battle for the world as we know it. Or actually the world Grimm has built, which, let’s be clear, is not the same world I live in. So, they had to give us a pay off for the long build up to that. They also had to leave their audience with an ending that they would be happy with. This ending probably didn’t make everyone happy, but if they’d left all our favorite characters dead, there just might have been riots in the streets.
My biggest peeves with this episode were the breaking of their own rules and the final, “Twenty Years Later” part. By my count Nick (David Giuntoli) offered the stick to the Devil twice. I thought that the rule was, Nick had to give the stick to him. Well, he tried to, twice. I don’t know why that wasn’t the end of it. It would have been a very unsatisfying ending. True. But the way it played out, they weren’t following their own rules. That always bothers me. If you create a world, create rules for that world and then break them, what was the point of making the rules? Why did the Devil bring Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) back to life? It did not serve him well. Why would he give Nick an ally to use against him?
Have you seen It’s a Wonderful Life? The end reminded me of that movie. Nick experienced the deaths of everyone that was important to him, and then they were all given back to him. Okay, everyone doesn’t die in the movie, but somehow it felt similar. I expect he will go on to live the end of his days not taking them or their friendship for granted. I do like that there are some key details that are different in the two times Nick comes flying through the mirror. The second time, Eve/Juliette (Elizabeth Tulloch) retained her Hexenbiest powers. Trubel goes to Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) house, instead of to the Spice Shop. Adalind was not wearing Bonaparte’s ring, because Nick took it off her after she was dead, and Diana (Hannah R. Loyd) remembered what happened. Oh, and of course, the Spear of Destiny made the trip through the mirror with Nick and Eve.
The whole thing at the very end with the kids now as adults seemed unnecessary. We see now grown up Kelly writing his dad’s story in the Grimm book. Not surprising that he embellished the story. While Nick is to be credited with saving the situation, he did have his weak moments. He did turn his back on his duty as a Grimm. He tried to give the stick to the Devil. In fact, if it weren’t for first Trubel taking him on and then the spirits of both his Mother and Aunt, he would have given up. He also could not have defeated the Devil without the aid of all three women.
I never did get my Baby Jack Jack moment with baby Kelly. I so wanted that. Seeing Kelly as a handsome young man did not make up for it. I still felt cheated out of that.
Can we be honest? Diana is creepy. That child could give anyone nightmares. Which makes it a bit odd when Renard (Sasha Roiz) and Adalind (Claire Coffee) agree that she is their shining achievement. That child has created a lot of chaos and death. That’s before the whole issue of the Devil coming to claim her for his bride. People were dying because of her before she was even born. Then more people died trying to either get her or protect her as a tiny infant. I wonder what her teenage years were like?
In the flash forward, we learn that Monroe and Rosalee’s triplets arrived safe and sound. But we don’t get to see them. They’re just mentioned in passing. I didn’t need to see them. But then, I didn’t need to see adult Kelly and Diana. It really could have ended with the group hug. I’d have been fine with that. Was that part necessary to other audience members? Did you feel the need to see how the kids grew up? Did you need to know that for some reason, Kelly is the one writing his Dad’s story twenty years after it happened? We’ve seen Nick adding to the Grimm books after various encounters. Why would this story have been different? Why would he not have written down his own story shortly after his re-entry through the mirror? Yes, it’s cool that his son is carrying on the tradition. I just don’t understand why he’s writing that story and not his own.
Well Grimmsters, it’s been quite a ride. Thanks for following along with me. It’s been an honor and privilege to share with you my thoughts and critiques of each episode. Maybe I’ll see you at a comic-con some day and we can chat about a Grimm world.