Wednesday, December 7, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 085: "Invasion!" is Up!


"Back on my Earth, it's just me and my cousin.  Between the two of us, we're more powerful than..."
"Yeah, everybody in this room combined."
"No, no.  That's the point.  That's what you've all proven here.  Metahumans or not, superpowers or not, you are Earth's mightiest heroes."
– Supergirl and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow: "Invasion!"

That's right, Karen and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  So huge, in fact, we've decided to split it up into two parts!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 7x06: "Swear"
Lucifer 2x10 -- "Quid Pro Ho" (midseason finale)
Supergirl 2x08 -- "Medusa" (midseason finale)
The Flash 3x08 -- "Invasion!"

Arrow 5x08 -- "Invasion!"
Legends of Tomorrow 2x07 -- "Invasion!"
Gotham 3x11 -- "Beware the Green-Eyed Monster" (midseason finale)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x07 -- "Deals with Our Devils"
Luke Cage 1x09 -- "DWYCK"

This time, we talk about things like the Imperial March Theme from The Empire Strikes Back getting so much play in 2017, The CW hyping Supergirl as part of the "four-part crossover event", being reminded that Heath is still alive, Rick leading the inevitable resistance movement against Negan, Tara finding out that Denise is dead, why The Walking Dead needs to scale back the finales, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", the awkwardness of Lucifer's mom defending the murderer of Chloe's dad, wondering why Amenadiel is so easily manipulated by Charlotte, finally learning what the deal is with Chloe Decker, the awkwardness of Lillian Luthor telling her daughter Lena that Lex is her favorite, the awkwardness of Lena sabotaging her mother's missile to kill all the aliens in National City, wondering why Superman, Mon-El, Miss Martian and the Martian Manhunter weren't part of the "Invasion!" crossover, Alex raiding the fridge for booze, more of my theory that Mon-El is really the Daxamite Prince, finally learning what the deal is with the secret message from Future Barry, why Barry needs to start stepping up and stop relying on his S.T.A.R. Labs support, Supergirl asking Heat Wave how he got his name, 100 episodes getting you a sweeter deal of syndication money, what DWYCK stands for, the welcome return of Karen's Whiny Thea impression, the convenience of having your superhero uniforms waiting for you when escaping an alien spacecraft, why Mr. Terrific deserves better, Citizen Steel in the Millennium Waverider, a new Arrow drinking game, the classic TV series Soap, Barry being a better person than Cisco, finally getting to see Firestorm using his transmutation power, wondering how Bruce's puny arms can support Selina's weight on a tightrope, Penguin being super clingy, my fondness for Giacomo Puccini, the awesomeness of Ghost Rider Mack on a motorcycle with his shotgun axe, AIDA going all Westworld, Shades getting called out by Diamondback, Misty's big psychological breakthrough, some feedback from Justina, the upcoming FX series Legion, the greatness of Baby Groot, and more!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

New LEGION Trailer Reveals FX Premiere Date


At last, we know when Marvel's mutants invade cable TV.

FX has released a new trailer for Legion, the upcoming drama series by Noah Hawley based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.  In the new one-minute trailer "Evolve", we finally learn the show's premiere date and get a better grasp of what else threatens David Haller (Dan Stevens) apart from his dissociative identity disorder.

The trailer opens with David in a mental hospital, being given pills and wheeled around when not locked inside a room.  A voiceover from Melanie (Jean Smart) says to him, "David, your whole life, people have told you were sick.  I'll show you that it was really just a lie."

"The human race," continues Melanie as we see a glimpse of Amy (Katie Aselton), David's older sister, "is beginning to evolve.  The divisions were created by our government to track and study people like you, and the ones they can't control, they kill."

We see armed men in body armor searching through a forest, presumably for David, followed by a scene of David with a young woman named Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller). "They're looking for us," remarks Syd, not revealing anything more.

Next, we cut to a scene with David, Melanie and another man seated at a table with some form of handles for each person.  "I could help you rewrite the story of your life," says Melanie in a voiceover as we see fleeting images of David's childhood.  David, visibly upset, backs away from the table.

As David asks if what he is seeing is real, we see David lying on the floor with Lenny Busker (Aubrey Plaza), David's friend.  We see her again, now sitting on top of a small oven and asking David, "All good in the head now?"

Finally, we see David being examined inside an MRI machine as scientist Cary Loudermilk (Bill Irwin) tells him, "You have an extremely large amygdala."

Inside the MRI machine, David considers this for a moment and replies, "Thank you."

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




Legion premieres Wednesday, February 8, 2017 on FX.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Teaser Trailer Reveals Mantis


Baby Groot is happening, people!

Marvel has released the first teaser trailer to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the sequel to the popular 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy from director James Gunn.  Gunn returns to write and direct the sequel, and this two minute, ten second trailer gives us our first good look at Pom Klementieff as the team's new member, Mantis.

Opening to the classic rock goodness of Sweet's "Fox on the Run," we open on some platform on an alien world, where the Guardians are fighting a big alien monster.  "The fate of the universe lies on your shoulders," begins Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) to the toddler-like Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) as Rocket points to a nasty-looking device. "Now whatever you do...don't push this button.  Because that will set off the bomb immediately and we'll all be dead."

Rocket asks Baby Groot to repeat back what he just said, which he does in his only phrase "I am Groot."

"No!" shouts Rocket angrily.  "That's the button that will kill everyone!  Try again."

Baby Groot repeats "I am Groot" over and over in response, only to point at pressing the button once again and cause Rocket to groan in extreme frustration.

We cut to a montage of the various Guardians members fighting aliens and flying in the middle of a spaceship battle before cutting back to the scene of Rocket and Baby Groot.

"Does anyone have any tape out there?!" asks Rocket.  "I wanna put some tape over the death button."

"Nobody has any tape!" yells Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in response as laser fire is shown overhead.

"Not a single person has tape?!"

"You have an atomic bomb in your bag!  If anybody's gonna have tape, it's you!"

As Rocket and Star-Lord continue to argue, Baby Groot grabs the bomb and runs off with it, excitedly exclaiming "I...am...Grooooooot!"

"That's a really bad sign," quips Rocket.

We then cut to a second scene, this time inside a spaceship or base with Mantis, Star-Lord and Drax (Dave Bautista) as Gamora (Zoe Saldana) looks on.  "If I touch someone," says Mantis as she reaches for Star-Lord's hand, "I can feel their feelings.  You feel...love!"

"Yeah, I guess, yeah, I feel a general unselfish love for just about everybody," replies Star-Lord.

"No," counters Mantis.  "Sexual love."  When Star-Lord protests, Mantis points over at Gamora and exclaims "For her!"

Drax immediately bursts into loud, socially awkward laughter and points at Star-Lord.  "She just told everyone your deepest, darkest secret!"

"Dude, come on!" replies Star-Lord, embarrassed.  "I think you're overreacting a little bit!"

"You must be so embarrassed!" laughs Drax once again as he turns to Mantis.  "Do me!  Do me!  Do me!"

And here's the teaser trailer, thanks to Marvel Entertainment's official account on YouTube...




Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 5, 2017.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 084: "Killer Frost" is Up!


"You and I, we've been through too much together to let each other down now.  Please.  Let me help you."
"Like you helped your mother?"
"Caitlin..."
"Or Wally?  Or me?  You keep messing with everyone's lives, wrecking everything, and we're left behind to pick up the pieces from your mistakes.  Some things you break can't be put back together."
– Barry Allen and Caitlin Snow, The Flash: "Killer Frost"

You guessed it, Karen and I are back with another big episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 7x05: "Go Getters"
Supergirl 2x07 -- "The Darkest Place"
Gotham 3x10 -- "Time Bomb"
Lucifer 2x09 -- "Homewrecker"
The Flash 3x07 -- "Killer Frost"
Luke Cage 1x08 -- "Blowin' Up the Spot"

This time, we talk about things like the X-Men animated series not holding up, the passing of Ron Glass from Firefly and Barney Miller, the coolness of seeing a car being crushed by a tractor, the awkwardness of Gregory losing his stash of scotch while attempting to throw Maggie & Sasha under the bus, the awkwardness of Gregory pilfering a pocketwatch left on Glenn's grave, being amazed if Maggie's baby survives the first trimester, the awkwardness of Mon-El asking Jimmy and Winn if Kara is seeing anyone, wondering why Kelex thought Cyborg Superman was Kara, back in the day when Jack Kirby was on the Jimmy Olsen comic series, me watching the Gilmore Girls Netflix revival, Clobberin' Time for Mario, Karen's husband cosplaying as Harvey Bullock, how to make Karen sing the Super Mario Bros. theme music, the awkwardness of the Riddler cutting off Tabitha's hand, Amenadiel and Mazikeen watching Charlotte and Detective Douche having sex, Karen buying into my theory that H.R. is Abra Kadabra, why freezing a laptop doesn't fix it, Karen's disappointment at Julian being revealed as Doctor Alchemy, Diamondback as Jaws in the James Bond movies, Misty Knight being a really bad detective, some feedback from Ruthie Rink and Justina, my theory of why only Barry can see Savitar, and more!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Casts Doug Jones as Lt. Saru


Starfleet is starting to fill some key science posts.

Entertainment Weekly has word that the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery has cast Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru.  According to the article, Lt. Saru will be "a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe."  It's not known if Lt. Saru serves aboard the Discovery or the Shenzhou.

Jones, 56, is an actor and former contortionist best known as Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies, and as the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.  In addition, Jones has appeared on episodes of The Flash and Arrow as Deathbolt, The Strain as The Master, Teen Wolf, Sons of Anarchy, Falling Skies, Criminal Minds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Weird Al Show, and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.  His other film work includes Crimson Peak, Legion, Quarantine, Pan's Labyrinth, The Time Machine (2002), Men in Black II, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Mystery Men, Tank Girl, and Batman Returns. 



Meanwhile, Anthony Rapp has been cast as Lieutenant Stamets, the show's gay character who is an "astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Starship Discovery."

Rapp, 45, is a stage and film actor best known as Mark Cohen in the Broadway and film production of Rent.  His television appearances include episodes of The Knick, Psych: The Musical, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The X-Files, and The Lazarus Man.  Rapp's other films include The Other Woman, A Beautiful Mind, Twister, Dazed and Confused, and Adventures in Babysitting.

Back in August, former showrunner Bryan Fuller remarked on featuring a gay character on Discovery, saying "Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast. We're absolutely continuing that tradition. The thing that makes Star Trek such a lasting, vital part of pop culture is that it's us...and where we're going." 

In addition, Michelle Yeoh's role on Star Trek: Discovery was confirmed, although as Captain Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou, and not Captain Han Bo as originally reported.

Star Trek: Discovery is currently scheduled to premiere on CBS in May 2017, with the next 12 episodes airing on CBS All Access.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Casts Michelle Yeoh as Captain of the USS Shenzhou


Starfleet has a new captain...just not the captain you were expecting.

Deadline revealed yesterday that the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery has cast Michelle Yeoh as recurring character Captain Han Bo.  However, it turns out Captain Han won't be the Discovery's captain, but rather the captain of the USS Shenzhou, another ship "set to play a big role in Discovery‘s first season."

Yeoh was first reported to board Star Trek: Discovery in an interview with consulting producer Nicholas Meyer, published by Coming Soon, which provided no information about her character.

Yeoh, 54, is a Chinese-Malaysian actress best known as Wai Lin in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and as Yu Shu Lien in the films Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.  She's also appeared in the films Moonlight Express, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Reign of Assassins, Kung Fu Panda 2, Police Story 3: Super Cop, Mechanic: Resurrection, and Morgan.  In addition, she appeared on the 2016 Marco Polo TV series as Lotus.

According to previous reports, the show's main character will be a human but not the Discovery's captain. She is a "Lieutenant Commander — with caveats," said former showrunner Bryan Fuller.  "We've seen six characters from the captain's point of view.  In order to understand something that is so completely alien from her, she must first understand herself.  That's part of our journey on this planet to get along, and that's part of our journey in this first season."

In addition, the new series will be set in the Prime Universe (as opposed to the Kelvin Timeline used in the J.J. Abrams-produced films) and will take place about 10 years before Captain Kirk's five-year mission.  This means Discovery will bridge the first two series in the timeline, about a century after Star Trek: Enterprise (which was a prequel) and a decade before The Original Series.

Star Trek: Discovery is currently scheduled to premiere on CBS in May 2017, with the next 12 episodes airing on CBS All Access.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 083: "Outlaw Country" is Up!


"Where's Rip?"
"He's M.I.A."
"Damn.  How the hell did you miscreants manage not to get yourselves killed without him?"
– Jonah Hex and Sara Lance, Legends of Tomorrow: "Outlaw Country"

That's right, Karen and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  So huge, in fact, we've decided to split it up into two parts!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 7x04: "Service"
Supergirl 2x06 -- "Changing"
Gotham 3x09 -- "The Executioner"
Lucifer 2x08 -- "Trip to Stabby Town"

The Flash 3x06 -- "Shade"
Arrow 5x07 -- "Vigilante"
Legends of Tomorrow 2x06 -- "Outlaw Country"
Luke Cage 1x07 -- "Manifest"

This time, we talk about things like Dwight transferring his hatred for himself onto Daryl, Spencer's secret stash, karma biting people on The Walking Dead, waiting for Short Round to appear on Supergirl, Alex coming out to Kara, wondering about JImmy Olsen's lead-lined helmet, Clobberin' Time in Gotham City, David Mazouz's recent growth spurt, speculating on what the Mystery Necklace Key opens, calling Ella when Barry Allen is busy, Lucifer's concern about breaking Dr. Linda, Detective Douche's confession while under the influence of the Angel of Death's knife, wondering why Dr. Alchemy spells out ALCHEMY by etching it in glass, being disappointed by Savitar looking like Megatron in Michael Bay's Transformers, speculating if Dr. Alchemy is someone besides Julian Albert, more of my theory that H.R. Wells is really Abra Kadabra, being disappointed that The Shade wasn't The Shade from James Robinson's Starman, the hypocrisy of the Arrowlettes being mad at Oliver for killing people, why incriminating yourself to "send a message" is a bad idea, being disappointed at the modulation of Vigilante's voice, why Mr. Terrific shouldn't criticize another vigilante's fashion choice, Cherlene from Archer, speculating on Ray's new Atom suit, everybody loving Karen's impressions, Alex Ross giving Citizen Steel some serious junk, Cottonmouth's first kill, the awkwardness of Luke Cage being shot, why telling Mariah that she led on Uncle Pete was a bad idea, our failed attempt at some feedback from Justina, and more!

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