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 friend Dylan, who’s got a fairly impressive collection of original and later-model action figures. Plus: a STAR WARS themed room! But it’s not the one you’d expect…
ROGUES GALLERY #52: Snobs, Songs, a Sellout, and a Slog
[recaps by Jason P Hunt]
This week: Supergirl is Juliet and Mon-El is Romeo Light as the Kryptonian faces off against Lois Lane and Hercules. Then she gets whammied and has to sing for her supper, dragging the Flash into the musical mental minefield. Hijinks ensue. And J.R.R. Tolkien helps the Fellowship of the Time Ship retrieve the blood of Christ to destroy the Spear of Destiny, only it doesn’t go so well. And over on Arrow… just, ugh…
PLUS: a discussion about the new Justice League trailer.
The panel: Ann Laabs, Dave Margosian, Tim Harvey, Jeff Hackworth, Thomas Townley, Jason Hunt
Returns April 24
Episode 216 “Star-Crossed”
Written by Katie Rose Rogers & Jess Kardos
Directed by John Medlen
Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo!
This week, we get the reveal so Kara (Melissa Benoist) gets caught up with the rest of us: Mon-El (Chris Woods) is actually the crown prince of Daxam. And now that he’s been revealed as a liar, “This changes everything!” for Kara, and …
Why is the B-story with Winn (Jeremy Jordan) getting framed for stealing a Van Gogh the more interesting part of the episode?
And just like in the “Invasion” cross-over, this one has one scene at the end to launch us into The Flash musical episode with the singing and stuff…
Episode 317 “Duet”
Teleplay by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing
Story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Directed by Dermott Daniel Downs
It’s the full-episode part of the episode-and-some-change crossover (so called) where Supergirl gets taken to Earth-1, where Mon-El and J’onn enlist the help of Team Flash to figure out what’s going on inside her head — which is a mental recreation of 1940s Hollywood musicals, because of course Barry (Grant Gustin) and Kara both love musicals.
Music Meister has got them trapped inside the mental maze, where they have to play along with the script to get out. Along the way, we have several moments of exemplary musical skill (even though every song but one was a cover…). And while it’s not “Once More With Feeling” in terms of impact, it does have a way of cleansing the palate of all the angst and grimacing from previous episodes of both shows.
And in the true spirit of the After School Specials, both Barry and Kara find their own relationship answers when attempting to advise others about the same problems. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
Episode 215 “Fellowship of the Spear”
Written by Keto Shimizu & Matthew Maala
Directed by Ben Bray
Firestorm finally is using his transmutation powers! And the show acknowledges the birth, life, and death of Christ, which is kind of a big deal for a Hollywood thing, you know?
The Time Team figures out that Christ’s blood is the only thing that will destroy the Spear of Destiny, the remaining pieces of which they retrieve from the Legion of Doom’s base camp at the Vanishing Point. And Nate (Nick Zano) knows of a theory that Sir Gawain of the Arthurian Knights actually recovered a vial of Christ’s blood instead of the Holy Grail. It’s a theory developed by J.R.R. Tolkien (), who’s serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in the North of France during World War I.
So when Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) shows up to confront Mick (Dominic Purcell), everyone figures it’s just more hallucinations. Only it’s not, and Snart convinces Mick to hand over the Spear of Destiny.
Too bad there’s not a Magic Helmet to go with it…
Episode 517 “Kapiushon”
Written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen
Can this show just get cancelled already?
We spend a lot of time in Flashback Russia, maybe because the whole Prometheus thing isn’t really much of a thing? Because it’s not. It’s boring. Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) manages to capture Oliver (Stephen Amell), and we spend way too much time with Chase trying to get Oliver to admit something everyone but Oliver already knows. Even Anatoly (David Nykl), easily the only redeeming element of this show at the moment, understands that Oliver is kidding himself thinking that he can keep the “monster” isolated under a green hoodie.
And Drago Konstantin Kovar (Dolph Lundgren) still hasn’t said, “I will break you.”
H2O #152: In Which We Discuss ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK & Free Comic Book Day
We need your help!
This half-hour, we offer up an invitation for you to be a part of our live coverage of Free Comic Book Day coming up on Saturday, May 6th. We’ll be attempting to connect people from comic book shops all over the world to talk about what’s happening in your neck of the woods.
Also: there’s rumor floating about that Robert Rodriguez is in line to direct the reboot of Escape From New York. Do we need this? No, but the studio machine in Hollywood needs the next big franchise, so they’re doing it anyway. Because CHiPs was a thing… Is Rodriguez the right man for the job? Who would be the best new Snake Plissken? And how do you do the political commentary in today’s climate?
Programming note: H2O is now on a bi-weekly schedule, so every other Saturday is when you’ll get a new episode.
ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: THE WALKING DEAD Takes You To “THE OTHER SIDE”
Sasha and Rosita make some questionable travel decisions on The Walking Dead, and Mr. Adair and Mr. Harvey have thoughts on this week’s Zombpocalypse Now!
Season 7, Episode 14 “The Other Side” Written by Angela Kang Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis
Dustin: I see what you did there.
Timothy: You mean posting a picture that is from the scene we didn’t talk about this week? The scene where Jesus offhandedly confirms that the TV version of the character is, like his comic counterpart, a gay man? Where he and Maggie talk about the need to connect with the people around you, and make a community stronger by those connections?
Dustin: Yeah, that scene. How did we not talk about that scene? It was handled really well.
Timothy: I honestly don’t know. I had planned to, and then somehow we didn’t. It was a good scene though, and there are lots of people all over the internet talking about it and saying so. Not us, apparently, but still.
Dustin: I suppose we just did.
Timothy: Better late I suppose. We also didn’t talk about the confrontation between Jesus and Gregory, and the undercurrent of impending violence.
Dustin: You mean the way that Gregory is sabotaging himself, and all but pushing Jesus into backing Maggie in taking over Hilltop, something that Jesus is already inclined to do?
Timothy: That, yes. We didn’t talk about that either. What did we talk about this week?
Dustin: All the other things, Tim. ALL THE OTHER THINGS. In fact, weren’t we going to be aiming for the 35-minute episode length for these podcasts? Wasn’t that the plan?
Timothy: Yeeeaaahhh. Kinda hit and miss there, aren’t we?
Dustin: Kinda. A bit.
Timothy: Yeah. Anyway, thanks for listening folks, and please share, rate and comment wherever you listen to this thing we do. Comments, ratings and likes help us grow the audience, and that’s always a cool thing.
Dustin: And don’t forget to listen to our other SciFi4MeRadio podcasts! They’re pretty cool too!
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.
2 Lazy Guys Discuss the Pilot Episode of WESTWORLD
Episode 01 “The Original” Teleplay by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy Story by Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and Michael Chrichton Directed by Jonathan Nolan
Now that Westworld is out on home video, Jared Hawkins and David Baker take a look at the characters, story, and themes of the re-imagined series that delves deeper into artificial intelligence, reincarnation, slavery, and what it means to be a person.
In this first episode, Jared and Dave discuss the pilot, “The Original”, and how it introduces us to this new version of the original film and sets up the story moving forward. Introduction of the Man in Black, along with the notion of robots who retain the memories of their experiences inside the park and the various characters they play. Does that add up to eventually make them sentient? Are they slaves?
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Ed Harris.
Episode 6:11 “Where the Wild Things Were” Written by Brenna Kouf
Directed by Terrence O’Hara
[recap by Maia Ades]
I’m not sure there’s anything I can say that doesn’t fall under the spoilers category. So let’s just jump right in, shall we?
I got my prediction correct that Eve (Elizabeth Tulloch) would be in trouble when she stepped through the mirror. But, I thought that Diana would follow her and it doesn’t look like she will. In fact, most of the main characters are being uncharacteristically pragmatic. How odd that now, with the last couple of episodes to go, they are finally being sensible.
The title of this episode confused me. I didn’t understand why it’s called “Where the Wild Things Were”. Teresa Wickersham had a good theory about why it’s called were and not are. She thinks maybe when they stepped through the mirror they actually went back in time. It’s better than any ideas I had about it. Anyone have a good theory they’d like to share on why the Wesen are always woged in “the other place”? Perhaps they are primitive Wesen and woging at will was an evolutionary aspect of Wesen. The concern for Eve is that she will woge and be stuck in her Hexenbiest form.
I thought the parts of the episode that take place in “the other place” were barbaric and rather scary. On the other hand, it also gave us probably the best Eve scene she’s ever had. Her explanation to Nick (David Giuntoli) about who she is, her journey and their current relationship was spot on. I don’t think Elizabeth Tulloch has been given permission to express who Eve is before this. There have been tidbits of lines from her on who Eve is. But this was the biggest and most powerful speech from her.
Unfortunately Nick is still a bland character. It never ceases to dumbfound me how the lead character, the anchor of the show, can have so little character. If you’d asked me if this was possible, I would have argued that it’s not. The audience needs to be able to connect with the character. That we need to have reason to care about and for this main character. Obviously, I’m wrong. Grimm has been successful for five and half seasons. Audiences proved that they will follow a show that has interesting supporting characters even if they get very little from the lead.
My one beef with this episode is the amount of time given to bringing Renard (Sasha Roiz) up to speed. It’s a bunch of expository information that the audience doesn’t need. There just has to be a better way that could have been handled. Maybe someone could have said that they’d fill him in on what he needs to know, say as they head out to a car. We’d assume that they talked about all the stuff that Renard needed to know during the car ride. 43 minutes is precious time that we could have gotten more new information but some of it was spent on stuff we already know.
For the first time Renard wasn’t using his daughter in his own game for power. It was a breath of fresh air to see him actually acting like a concerned parent. Although, how he’s going to protect her from this Zertörer, Devil thing I can’t imagine.
Last season I was concerned about the mounting war the Black Claw was bringing on. I argued that war is too heavy, brutal and deadly to fit in this story well. I don’t think that is a concern any longer. We’ve not heard much about Black Claw. In fact the last I recall it being mentioned was when Renard declared he no longer supported their cause. Oh, and of course Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) was sent on an undisclosed mission by Hadrian’s Wall. I think we’re to presume that she has been battling Black Claw.
With only two episodes left, this one ends in classic Grimm style, “to be continued”. Hang on, this is probably going to be a bumpy ride.
ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: “BURY ME” Among THE WALKING DEAD
Mr. Adair and Mr. Harvey have things to say about doomed characters on this week’s The Walking Dead! It’s Zombpocalypse Now!
Season 7, Episode 13 “Bury Me Here” Written by Scott M. Gimple Directed by Alrick Riley
Dustin: We need to get the rights to the Invader Zim “Doom” song, and play it whenever The Walking Dead introduces a character that is clearly doomed from the beginning.
Timothy: You know that would require this podcast to have a budget, right?
Dustin: Pffft. I’ve got three kids, I don’t have a budget for anything that isn’t clothes and food.
Timothy: That’s what I’m saying. Hi folks! These two poor fools are back again this week with another episode of Zombpocalypse Now…
Dustin: Your weekly dose of things things Dead. Ish. We did talk about The Wolves Who Are Teens. And the Preacher Man. And some other stuff.
Timothy: Yes. It is, in fact, The Walking Dead this week, and we’re back in The Kingdom!
Dustin: With Carol! And a tiger!
Timothy: And Morgan. And Ezekiel.
Dustin: Carol! And a Tiger! Oh, and poor, doomed Timmy.
Timothy: Benjamin. His name is Benjamin. There is no character in the show named Timmy.
Dustin: Right. Billy. That’s what I said.
Timothy: Close enough. Anyway, check out our latest episode, and please, rate and comment on our podcast wherever you listen to us. We get download numbers from some places that carry the show, and some don’t give us that info, so your feedback is a very helpful thing.
Dustin: And check out all the other cool podcasts we have on SciFi4MeRadio, because we have a bunch of them. Lots, even.
Timothy: Thanks for listening!
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.
BOMB SHELTER Drill #2: DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW
Episode 2 ~ Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
Jay McDowell and Kevin Schumm are back to talk about the next film pulled off the shelf for watching on the drive-in screen of your mind: Dark Night of the Scarecrow, a CBS made-for-TV movie (remember those?) that aired back before anyone had ever heard of Pumkinhead… In fact, this movie was the first feature length horror film with a scarecrow as its centerpiece, according to Aaron Crowell at HorrorHound Magazine.
In a small town in the Deep South, the mentally challenged Bubba befriends a young girl, causing some consternation among some of the town folk, including the mean-spirited mailman. After an accident leaves the girl injured, several men assume she’s dead and seek revenge on Bubba, killing him in a field while he hides by pretending to be the scarecrow.
In the days following, the men who killed Bubba are themselves victims of terrible acts of violence. Is the mysterious scarecrow Bubba’s ghost? Or is it an elaborate hoax?
Star Wars Cribs will take you on a tour of some of Kansas City’s most interesting collections, with host Matt Hentges tracking down those treasure troves of all shapes and sizes. 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…
And to kick things off, Matt brings us into his collection:
ROGUES GALLERY #51: Dinosaurs and a Spaceship, Plus Kissing and a Hot Bot
[recaps by Jason P Hunt]
This week, the Rogues talk about the four shows that were on the air, plus the rumor that we might soon get a Green Lantern casting announcement. Would it mean the restoration of Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern into the existing DC Films Universe?
Complete with CGI dinosaurs, face-offs against doppelgangers, Speed Force shenanigans, keeping secrets from everyone because of reasons, and emotionally rash decisions, this week proved to be a tough slog to get through for most of us…
And Gideon needs to be seen in person more.
The panel: Jeff Hackworth, Thomas Townley, Jason Hunt
Returns April 24
Episode 215 “Exodus”
Written by Paula Yoo & Eric Carrasco
Directed by Michael A. Allowitz
So, Cadmus is using the alien registry to round up all the immigrantsmutants metahumans this week and … not kill them? Instead, Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) has convinced Dr. Luthor (Brenda Strong) to pack them all up, throw them on a massive spaceship that’s apparently evaded notice from anyone in the world, and haul them through hyperspace to a distant planet, because television doesn’t have enough “bad guys want to expel all the immigrants” metaphors…
Kara (Melissa Benoist) wants to expose the situation by writing an article, but Snapper (Ian Gomez) is the one TV journalist who actually acts like a real life journalist is supposed to act — you know, caring about verifiable sources and corroboration and fact and all — but Kara’s not having any, so she publishes the story on her own. Gets fired.
Alex (Chyler Leigh) gets benched because J’onn (David Harewood) thinks she’s emotionally compromised — and he’s right — but after she goes rogue, busts into the Luthor facility, gets trapped on the ship as it launches, and manages to break a bunch of things only for Kara to save her at the very last instant… yeah, she’s back at work and J’onn is apologizing?!
To quote the famous philosopher: “That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works…”
Episode 315 “The Wrath of Savitar”
Written by Andrew Kreisberg & Andrew Wilder Directed by Alexadra La Roche
How many times can Barry (Grant Gustin) carry the Idiot Ball on this show?
We begin with the news that he and Iris (Candice Patton) are now engaged, which is great news for everyone on Team Flash. Except Joe (Jesse L. Martin) is none too pleased that Barry didn’t ask for permission. And when Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) figures out the engagement is just one more way Barry’s trying to change the future, it gives us yet another example of a man who does stupid, terrible things for all the right reasons.
Meanwhile, Savitar is back, because when Barry threw the Philosopher’s Stone into the Speed Force, it wasn’t quite all of the stone. Turns out, Catilin (Danielle Panabaker) held onto a small sliver of the stone in the hopes of using it to get rid of her powers before she turns into Killer Frost and starts doing terrible things.
And Wally gets his time with the Idiot Ball, too, but we can all see where this is going, right? We know who’s wearing Savitar’s mask, right?
Episode 213 “Land of the Lost”
Written by Keto Shimizu & Ray Utarnachitt
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Team Time Tamper heads back to Jurassic Park! Only it’s not because they have a plan or anything. It’s a crash landing caused by Rip (Arthur Darvill) giving Gideon (Amy Pemberton) instructions that cause all sorts of mayhem and chaos.
So the ship is broken. Rip is broken.
Sara (Caity Lotz) and Jax (Franz Drameh) learn from Rory (Dominic Purcell) that it’s possible to go into Rip’s mind to fight off the bad turrible things keeping him from being himself, so they dive into the Rip Matrix, finding a gorgeous personification of Gideon hiding in there as well. Turns out when the Legion of Doom set Rip to thinking his team was all against him, they didn’t figure for Gideon.
Fighting evil versions of themselves and the rest of the team, Sara and Jax work from within Rip’s mind to restore his memory while Ray (Brandon Routh), Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), and Nate (Nick Zano) hike out to T-RexVille to retrieve a piece of the Waverider. And while Ray is making the most of his return to the era, Nate and Amaya are feeling a little awkward at feeling a little amorous. Ray reminds Nate that he can’t do anything to alter Amaya’s future, because at some point her village gets ransacked and the Vixen totem gets passed to Amaya’s granddaughter, who doesn’t exist yet.
H2O #151: In Which We Discuss the Biggest Lightsaber Battle in the World
The battle is about to begin!
This week: an extended episode in which we have guests! Stefan White and Steven Fuller from Kansas City’s Friends of the River join us to talk about the upcoming attempt to set the world record for the “Largest Lightsaber Battle in the World” — complete with representatives from Guiness World Records! On May 6th, over ten thousand people will gather on the shores of the Mighty Mo, the Missouri River, to wage the largest lightsaber battle ever. Many groups have been large, but this is the first attempt to set a world record.
More importantly, it’s a chance to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital here in Kansas City. May is also Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, and this is a chance to raise money for ongoing research to help kids live long enough to receive lung transplants so that they can live into adulthood.
Snikt: Enter LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #110 As We Discuss LOGAN
Logan Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
Story by James Mangold Directed by James Mangold Produced by 20th Century Fox Copyright 2017
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is out until April, which times out perfectly for us to gather ’round the table and discuss the latest entry in the Marvel movies — except it’s not a Marvel Studios production (that’s later this year), but the Fox production of the final Wolverine story, Logan.
Starring Hugh Jackman in what’s very likely his last performance as the Wolverine, this film packs in a lot of emotion along with a lot of action, and is already being hailed as a “not typical” superhero popcorn flick. Here, we regale you with our thoughts and reactions, plus a look at some of our favorite moments.
WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS
The panel: Sam Sentman, Chris Jensen, David Baker, Jared Hawkins, Jeff Hackworth
It’s our 50th episode! Discussions abound as we analyze the latest episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow — stupid pills are being taken by just about … everyone in all three shows. What’s up with the Mon-El story? What’s up with apes in Central City with no panic in the streets? What’s up with that Prometheus reveal?
Plus: Aquaman footage from Zack Snyder, casting news for Black Lightning, and Vertigo’s legacy is now in the hands of IDW.
The panel: Ann Laabs, Dustin Adair, Jeff Hackworth, Timothy Harvey, Jason Hunt, and guest Sari Al-Shehbaz
Returns April 24
Episode 214 “Homecoming”
Written by Caitlin Parrish & Derek Simon
Directed by Larry Teng
And it’s a good thing, right? Well, it is for everyone except Mon-El (Chris Wood), who seems to be the only one questioning the coincidence of Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) being rescued just in time to warn the DEO about the super-nuclear-fusion-bomb thingy that Cadmus is planning to drop on National City. Like National City is the only place on the planet where aliens live? Is National City in a bubble? Like Kandor?…
But wait. How many people took the stupid pills this week?
And that’s not how you destroy a computer server, Jeremiah…
Episode 314 “Attack on Central City”
Teleplay by Aaron Helbing & David Kob
Story by Andrew Kreisberg
Directed by Dermott Daniel Downs
It’s Planet of the Apes2! Except it’s not.
This week, the conclusion of Grodd’s (David Sobolov) master plan to use Gypsy (Jessica Camacho) to portal his army to Central City, where how many hundreds of apes in armor go trekking through the streets with nary a whimper from the citizenry, the media, the police, the National Guard, the old lady on the corner, the blind guy selling newspapers… Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash are almost afterthoughts this week, with the main conflict involving a lot of CGI. And Solovar (Keith David).
Meanwhile, Jessie (Violett Beane) and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) decide they’re going to be together, and after Harry (Tom Cavanagh) tries to guilt-trip them both, he agrees to let her move to Earth-1, where H.R. (also Tom Cavanagh) is still causing everyone to wonder why he’s still there…
Returns March 7th
Episode 515 “Fighting Fire With Fire”
Written by Speed Weed & Ben Sokolowski
Directed by Michael Schultz
Oliver (Stephen Amell) throws Green Arrow under the bus this week, admitting that he ordered the cover-up in the case of Billy Malone’s death. This doesn’t go over too well with Prometheus or Vigilante, who are each after Oliver for … reasons. Oliver and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) don’t agree that this is the best course of action in the face of impeachment hearings, but it’s Oliver’s play to make. Chase is ready to hand in his resignation and fall on his sword to preserve Oliver’s administration.
Meanwhile, it turns out that Prometheus is actually … Adrian Chase? So who is under the Vigilante mask? Dustin has a theory…
Episode 609 “Tree People” Written by Brenna Kouf
Directed by Jim Kouf
[recap by Maia Ades]
Seems the literary reference was dropped for this week. Unless I missed something by a famous author that I’m unfamiliar with. Which is very possible. If I missed it, please help enlighten me.
Programming note: the episode has gone missing at Podcasts.com, so until we find it (messages sent), we’ve embedded it here. Apologies for any inconvenience.
There are other stories that have walking trees. I thought of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents. And of course we’ve recently seen Groot on screen. But this didn’t really remind me of any of those references. There are two different tree things. One that catches people that have sinned against nature and then sacrifices them to a large tree thing that, absorbs them. I think. Our Grimm team tries to stop this ritual killing. I don’t think they were successful. The last shot in that story seems to say the forest protector will live to venge another day.
Adalind (Claire Coffee) is back this week. She didn’t have a big role in this week’s story, but she was back. As was most of the gang, the noticeable exception was Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni). Where oh where did HW send her off to? There are only four episodes left. Can we please have her back?
I’m not sure how well the tunnel drawings is working as a major plot point to drive us to the final episodes. It feels like a lot of hand of the writers. It’s my sincere hope that this plays out much better than it looks like at the moment.
Next week should start to give us more of our main storyline. I mean, Grimm is running out of time to tie this up and give audiences a nice wrap up. Let’s hope they use their time wisely.