ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: THE WALKING DEAD Takes You To “THE OTHER SIDE”

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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!

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Season 7, Episode 14 “The Other Side”
Written by Angela Kang
Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis

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Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Tom Payne as Paul ‘Jesus’ Rovia (Gene Page/AMC)

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.

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G33K Out: LOGAN Composer Marco Beltrami

[Header photo courtesy Marco Beltrami’s Facebook page.]

Episode 21: Logan Composer Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami is no stranger to composing movies in the sci fi and superhero world. His first major breakthrough was doing the score for Wes Craven’s Scream, and you may recognize his music from such genre favorites as Hellboy, Mimic, The Faculty, and even worked with Philip Glass for the 2015 version of Fantastic Four. He’s been nominated for an Oscar for his scores for both 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker.

In early March, I had the opportunity to interview him over the phone about his latest project Logan, the latest — and possibly last — Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman.

Basic show notes:

  • Running time is 16 minutes, 55 seconds.
  • The main interview was recorded on March 8, 2017.
  • For more information about Marco Beltrami, visit his website.
  • Logan opened March 3, and the soundtrack is available to stream via Spotify (see playlist below).
  • Mid-show plug is from playwright Pete Bakely. who I not only wrote a spotlight on, but who was also a guest on my other podcast, Stage Savvy.
  • Theme music is “Schoolyard Haze”, by Jari Pitkanen, available via the Free Music Archive.
  • This podcast is released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license.
  • Interested in hearing other episodes of G33K Out? Check them out here.

And now, time to geek out.

 

You can see more of Angie’s work (and her social media connections) over at her website.




A GRIMM Look Into Schrödinger’s Mirror


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Grimm airs Friday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

 




ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: “BURY ME” Among THE WALKING DEAD

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Mr. Adair and Mr. Harvey have things to say about doomed characters on this week’s The Walking Dead! It’s Zombpocalypse Now!

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Season 7, Episode 13 “Bury Me Here”
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Directed by Alrick Riley

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Karl Makinen as Richard (Gene Page/AMC)

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: Benjamin.

Dustin: Benji?

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.

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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?

 




GRIMM Meets the Godfather of Death


Episode 6:10 “Blood Magic”
Written by Thomas Ian Griffith
Directed by Janice Cooke

[recap by Maia Ades]

Folks, the end is getting close. This is episode ten. That means only three more are left. Are you planning your watch parties for March 31st? I’d love to hear what fans are planning for the final episode. It would also be fun to see your party pics.

 

This season has had more moral and ethical questions raised than probably the other five seasons put together. Which is interesting. It proves that Grimm could have worked on more levels all these past seasons than it did. At this point the show is well established as something else and inserting these larger issues is a bit awkward. Mostly because it’s not part of the show’s formula.

Despite what big wigs in TV production may tell you, each show has their own formula. They find a rhythm, look and sequence to their own story structure that works for that particular show. It’s much easier to repeat a set style and formula for episodic television than to try and reinvent the show on a weekly basis. Besides, audiences tune in because they’ve come to expect certain elements or style of a show. It’s not wrong, or bad. It’s the way it is. It also explains why many first seasons are more rough. The show, the crew, the writers and cast are finding their particular take on what the show will become.

In case you’ve forgotten, Grimm was no different. Don’t believe me, go back and re-watch some of the episodes from the first season. In fact to really see what I mean. Watch more than one. Take, say the pilot, one in the middle and the last episode of season one. You’ll see some variation in the formula. Oh and for grins and giggles, go then to a later season and see how they compare. The show became more set and polished in it’s look and feel.

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Our A storyline is the police case. It centers around the question about what happens when a Wesen suffers from dementia. In this case, it has deadly consequences. We have two different senior Wesen, both suffering severe dementia. One resides in a long term care facility and the other is still at home. Mr. Stanton resides at home. His wife has been trying to manage his symptoms by herself. She’s not very effective in her goal. He goes wandering off on two separate occasions and kills two people. Not only does he kill them, but he kills them with speed, strength and ferocity that doesn’t seem remotely plausible for this older gentleman. The lady in the care facility is totally out of it. She’s 91 and rambling on about hunts in the woods. She seems harmless till she woges and attacks the orderly that cares for her.

There are several problems with this script. I think they could have been solved with a longer story. But, with only 43 minutes it’s hard to work through the various plot holes. The worst is that the solution for all this is a particular Wesen based on the assassin beetle and he doesn’t seem to be solving the problem in a timely manner. He waited much too long with the lady that actually resides in the same care facility he works in as a doctor. The other is due to the wife’s reluctance to face her husband’s condition. It doesn’t make sense to me that such a flawed solution is what has helped to keep the Wesen population secret all these ages. Since in the span of maybe a week or so, just in Portland we have two separate cases in which this system failed.

The best thing this episode did was to address issues of aging and the grace of allowing someone to die with dignity. Although, dying with a bug sticking poisonous saliva up your nose could be argued to lack dignity. The final scene was very moving. It was both hard to watch and somehow very sweet at the same time. I can’t say that Mr. Stanton’s end brought any justice to the families of the two people he killed. That is not fair. It’s also not reality. Grimm brings us a different flavor of reality. By now, you either embrace this world and many of it’s quirks or you probably stopped watching several seasons ago.

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The B storyline is all about Eve (Elizabeth Tulloch). And yes, she’s earned the name Eve once again. Her hair is tightly back on her head. She can woge at will and she has a very Hexeniest oriented goal. She is driven by the idea that she must go through a mirror to the “other place”, as Diana calls it. Most of us would be resigned to the notion that we’d have to avoid mirrors for the rest of our life. Not Eve. Eve is certain that she must go and face the skull dude or he’ll come and face her. She manipulates Adalind (Claire Coffee) into handing over her mother’s spell books. She seems to promise that she won’t try to enter the other dimension on her own. But of course that’s exactly what she has in mind and manages to pull off. I’m sure she’s in danger. I don’t know if she’ll survive. And I expect that Diana will be next through a mirror. She’s the only one with enough power to pull this off. I don’t know if Adalind will accompany her or not.

How this affects the rest of our cast of characters will be interesting. I suppose that this might be the event that the symbols foretold. Or maybe not. We have three more episodes to find out.

 

Grimm airs Friday nights at 8/7c on NBC.




ROGUES GALLERY #51: Dinosaurs and a Spaceship, Plus Kissing and a Hot Bot

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[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

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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 immigrants mutants 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…”

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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?

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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.

Wow, this is heavy…

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H2O #151: In Which We Discuss the Biggest Lightsaber Battle in the World

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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.

Find out more here: Battle4KC

Programming note: H2O is now on a bi-weekly schedule, so every other Saturday is when you’ll get a new episode.

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Snikt: Enter LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #110 As We Discuss LOGAN

Hugh Jackman as Logan (Photo: Ben Rothstein)

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

 

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ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: THE WALKING DEAD Asks Us To Say “Yes”

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Sadly, Mr. Smith is away this week, but Mr. Adair and Mr. Harvey still have things to say about this week’s The Walking Dead! It’s Zombpocalypse Now!

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Season 7, Episode 12 “Say Yes”
Written by Matthew Negrete
Directed by Greg Nicotero

WORST DRIVER’S ED LESSON EVER.  (Gene Page/AMC)

Dustin: We are Curtis-less tonight.

Timothy: We may be Curtis-less for a few nights, as he has theater rehearsals.

Dustin: It was nice to have him back, though.

Timothy: It was, and I’m sure he’ll join us again, but for now, it’s you and me, buddy.

Dustin: Buddy?

Timothy: Pal? Chum? Friend? 

Dustin: Uh… sure. 

Timothy: Fine. Anyway, hi folks! Dustin and I are back again with another episode of Zombpocalypse Now, and more The Walking Dead!

Dustin: For your listening pleasure or something that resembles pleasure!

Timothy: I am so not touching that one.

Dustin: Shut it, you. As always, if you’re listening to us on the iTunes or the Podcast, please rate us and make the comment thing. Not enough of you make the comment thing. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!

Timothy: That would be grand, yes. Also, check out our other podcasts, like Level Eleventy-Seven, GRIMMly Speaking…

Dustin: H2O, Rogues Gallery, SciFi4Chicks… we have A LOT of cool podcasts.

Timothy: Like this one here, for example. Take a listen.

 

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.

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ROGUES GALLERY #50: Stupid Is as Stupid Does

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[recaps by Jason P Hunt]

It’s our 50th episode! Discussions abound as we analyze the latest episodes of SupergirlThe 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

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Episode 214 “Homecoming”
Written by Caitlin Parrish & Derek Simon
Directed by Larry Teng

Daddy’s home!

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…

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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 Apes 2! 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…

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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…

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GRIMM Goes Eco Warrior


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.

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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.

 

Grimm airs Friday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

 




8Bits: Talking About Micro-Transactions

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This month, we’re talking about micro-transactions.

Are they good for the industry? Are they bad for the industry? Did they start off with the best of intentions and then slowly drift off to the Dark Side? Our crew discusses the impact micro-transactions have on game play, extensions, DLCs, collections, upgrades, and what it all means for the wallet. Is it better to play through achievements to get the new weapon or skill? Or do you bypass that effort (and fun) and just buy that war hammer for $6?

Games we’re playing:

  • Master of Orion 2: Battle of Antares
  • Star Trek Online
  • LEGO Star Wars, X-Wing, Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Mass Effect
  • Battlefield
  • ReCore
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Destiny
  • Grand Theft Auto

The panel: Jennifer Wise, Lauren Garrison, Jared Hawkins, Thomas Townley, Chris Jensen

 




ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: The Walking Dead’s Quiet CALAMITIES

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More Mr. Smith! Greater Digressions! The Adventures of Eugene! Team Zombie talks about The Walking Dead on this week’s Zombpocalypse Now!

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Season 7, Episode 11 “Hostiles and Calamities”
Written by David Leslie Johnson
Directed by Kari Skogland

Austin Amelio as Dwight – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Dustin: I can’t believe you cut out the whole bit.

Timothy: I actually did try to save it.

Dustin: Uh huh.

Timothy: No really, I did. We were just laughing so much it kind of… turned into aural mud.

Curtis: Well, that sounds inappropriate.

Timothy: So did the bit I cut out, but it was really funny. Kinda NSFW, but funny.

Dustin: Folks at home? We had a great discussion about the photo etiquette of adult dating apps. It was very amusing, and all blame for you not being able to share in our amusement falls squarely on Tim’s shoulders. He just doesn’t love you enough.

Timothy: Yeah yeah, whatever.

Curtis: Dustin and I love you though.

Timothy: Uh huh.

Curtis: We love you a lot.

Dustin: We have the dating apps profiles to prove it.

Timothy: You have the dating app profile. Anyway, there is no shortage of us trying to be funny for our listeners, with various degrees of success. And we talk about the latest episode of The Walking Dead. Which is kinda the point. More or less.

Curtis: So sit back, grab a drink and listen to us do all of those things on this week’s Zombpocalypse Now! It’s the podcast thing we do. Sometimes we are a little inappropriate, but we’re mostly harmless. Available on iTunes and Podcasts.com! Leave a comment and listen to our other SciFi4Me Radio podcasts!

 

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.

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