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Good Omens: Part 3

Good Omens: Part 3
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We conclude our maiden series by covering Good Omens episodes 5 & 6! Zach Story returns as we wrap-up Good Omens as a series, get all philosophical up in here, and close out the first show discussed in Spellbound!

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Good Omens: Part 2

We continue our Good Omens discussion by bring Zach Story back to break down episoes 3 & 4 from this 6-episode Amazon Prime series from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

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Special Guest: Zach Story

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

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Good Omens: Part 1

Welcome to Spellbound, a fantasy TV podcast covering series both new and old, live action and animated. Zach Story joins me for our maiden episode! We start with Neil Gainman’s Good Omens, available on Amazon Prime and starring Michael Sheen & David Tennant. This is part 1 of 3, covering the show’s Episodes 1 & 2.

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Spellbound Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

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Special Guest: Zach Story

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SH S2E14: Superhero Fall TV Prep

It’s that time of year again, time for the new TV season! With so much premiering in the months of September and October, we’ve decided just to focus on superhero themed TV series that premiere in those two months. This includes Marvel and DC related series. We’ll talk ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., FOX’s Gotham, Netflix’s Luke Cage, and The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. We’ll talk about where these shows left off last season, some expectations for this season, plus our hopes and dreams as these shows move forward, some in a positive direction and others on their way down.

Please be aware that we’ll be talking spoilers from these shows. Anything that happened prior to this season is fair game. We might talk last season’s finales, significant plot points, and where this season starts off. You have been warned.

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The Netflix Cometh

Over the course of 2016, Netflix is rumored to be releasing 30-something original programs, which more than doubles their original content available now.  They’ve managed to be the industry leader when it comes to how we watch television, seemingly always one step in front of every other channel (I know it’s a streaming service, but it’s a full blown channel too).  Its unique platform, allowing it to act without the national censors and maintaining its ability to get outside programming as well, Netflix has made itself a household staple next to a fridge and a bed.  There is literally some original programming for everyone available. Not only do they provide the content, but the content itself is some of the best stuff on television.  You can’t tell me that Orange is the New Black and House of Cards hasn’t deserved every single Emmy and Golden Globe. Netflix is becoming the only television service you need.

Wanna know what your 2016 television schedule should be? Check out some of the more promising shows in the list below:

Chelsea Does

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Chelsea Handler moves from late night to binge television with a four-part documentary series featuring subjects that she finds personal and social connections to: marriage, drugs, Silicon Valley, and racism.  Scheduled to premiere Saturday, January 23rd.

3%

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This dramatic thriller focuses on the daunting statistic that only 3% of people succeed.  It will be following characters attempting to seek the “better life” and their triumphs and struggles.  The show will both film and debut in 2016.

Fuller House

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In a brilliant attempt to tug on everyone’s nostalgic heartstrings, the 1980’s and 90’s classic sitcom Full House is retold through the perspective of a grown DJ Tanner. Recently widowed, she will be joined by her younger sister Stephanie and life-long friend Kimmy Gibbler in the effort to raise three boys, and Kimmy’s teenage daughter. Scheduled to premiere February 26.

DreamWorks 

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Among the many Netflix shows this year, we’ll be seeing multiple animated shows from DreamWorks.  This includes the recently announced Voltron reboot and Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters. These will be joining the likes of The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Dinotrux.  The alliance between DreamWorks and Netflix has only gotten stronger which means we can only expect more.

Marvel

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Marvel and Disney have also increased their bonds with Netflix by adding to their original Defenders lineup.  Originally, the plan was for 4 series, each featuring one of the Defenders in an intense story arc. However, within days of the Daredevil premiere, we knew that was going to change.  Now Daredevil has a second season beginning March 18th featuring Marvel fan favorite, Punisher.  Jessica Jones lacked the same kind of hype but received equally admirable critic nods.  Luke Cage is in production as we speak and the rights to other darker Marvel characters are rumored to be explored. Chances are the Defenders is added to the MCU Phase 4 lineup and we see a Blade, Cloak and Dagger, and Punisher series.

The Crown

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A dramatic portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign over England, this series will explore many different time periods and the prime ministers who were there to help lead the country.  With a strong cast of Claire Foy as the Queen herself, Matt Smith as her husband Phillip Mountbatten, and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, the 10 episode run will likely fulfill your every British need…unless you watch Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, or Sherlock.

The Frontier

game-of-thrones-star-lands-leading-role-in-netflix-original-western-frontier-716666Jason Momoa leads a cast of fur traders in, you guessed it, frontier America.  What plans to be a brutal look at life in the harsh elements of 18th century North America could just be the replacement for Justified and Deadwood everyone has been clamoring over.  Prepare yourself for hatchet fights and tense showdowns between Native tribes and Europeans.

 

As the year rolls on, we’ll be seeing more shows out of Netflix and you can bet that we’ll be there to cover them all.  In the meantime, is Netflix your drug of choice?

The Netflix Cometh

Fear The Walking Dead – Review

Fear the Walking Dead has some things different going for it from the start. Set in the West Coast, it brings a much different experience from The Walking Dead. In regards to post apocalyptic genre it has a more of a “bug in” approach to dealing with it, as apposed to the more “bug out”,  migrating approach of doing things found in The Walking Dead. Ethnic makeup of the group and society at large also has some great potential for drama that the writers can make good use of. But most interesting is how the show can handle the outbreak’s critical phase, the part where it goes from a mild epidemic to a full fledged pandemic with mass extinction consequences. This is what Fear the Walking Dead has going for it, at least on paper.

Much as with The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a character driven story. Many world wide problems take a back seat to the character relationships. The story starts out with three families grouping together to weather out the storm. Bonds thicker than blood are strained when families fight to stay together and people deal with this crisis differently. They all have different ideals, learning curves, and worries that they deal with during this crisis. Fortunately there are a few characters that think quick on their feet and are far from helpless.

Fear the Walking Dead - Kim Dickens The leading lady and head of one of the families in the show is a great relief from the damsel in distress cliché that The Walking Dead often finds itself in. Kim Dickens brings real street smarts, grit, and strength to the role of Madison Clark. Her character’s social skills, wisdom, and compassion give her all the makings of a great leader. Contrasting her character to the women in The Walking Dead’s first season, she looks to take charge of her own destiny much more quickly. Where the first season of The Walking Dead female characters seemed helpless at first, she is independently strong. This is a great thing to see in a show as it’s never enjoyable to have a main character seem helpless. 

Her foil would be her boyfriend, Travis Manawa. He’s an idealist who looks to be slow to adjust to the Fear the Walking Dead - Travis Manawanew world that they live in. Hopefully he’ll become the glue of the group, binding people together with his strong morals and compassion. But his strong dedication to ideals are a source of great drama for the show as his former marriage constantly strains on the group’s survival with his new family. He often has to balance his needs to protect his own with that of the groups greater good. This is one of the shows main sources of drama. Regrettably though, it comes off more as trivial, especially considering the situation that they find themselves in. This may change as the show goes on but there is nothing worse than seeing two families squabble when the world is falling down around their ears.

Fear the Walking Dead - Daniel SalazarThe third family in the group is headed by the veteran actor Rubén Blades. His character brings great experience and Blades in this role is fantastic. He plays a father of an immigrant family that has been through a lot. He has risked many things coming to this country and he knows the true face of humanity when life is on the line , when the chips are down. From the original show he is most like Dale but is much more jaded, far less idealistic, saving his compassion for his family. Rounding out the adult characters with Blades was an excellent choice and pleasure to watch.

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Another fantastic actor, channeling a young Johhny Depp, is Frank Dillane. He has a great charm and innocence
that other actors would have a hard time even attempting. Intriguingly enough, Dillane makes it look easy. He plays the troubled, drug addict, who has found himself in trouble so often that he never flinches when finding a lucky way out of it. A maverick who always plays it cool, his character looks most to fill the role of Glenn in the new show. He may even become more like Daryl, given enough lessens learned. That is if his luck doesn’t run out.

Fear the Walking Dead - Riot PoliceEssentially both shows are character driven dramas, spending little time concerning the viewer with larger world in which they live. It was hoped that more light would’ve been shed on how the pandemic happened and what were other people’s reactions outside the main group.

At first the show does a decent job of this, tying modern concerns of police brutality and riots, all while the virus spreads. All done on the side with snid bits of news clips and circumstantial accounts. But the critical tipping point is glossed over when people hunker down and close their eyes to the world. This would’ve been great to have seen fleshed out.

Many zombie films and shows take the safe way out. The Walking Dead and 28 Days later, for example,  have the protagonist in a comma, thereby skipping out on the explanation. In Fear the Walking Dead the community is quartered off and its citizens are shielded from what is actually going on outside and instead the narrative focuses on interpersonal drama. In the show so far, most conflict is internal, between family members. It can’t be helped to wonder if this was a lost opportunity.The Walking Dead Comic - Rick Grimes

           Unfortunately this inter-family arguing comes of as petty squabbling and trivial. Family members arguing, families rubbing each other the wrong way, all of this is uninteresting. In The Walking Dead the conflicts, such as between Rick and the Dixon brothers, was explosive. It could go off any second and you had to watch. The struggle between Shane and Rick, doubly so. But with Fear the Walking Dead more often than not, it’s one naive family member’s bad idea that people have to deal with. Little sis is going to go off and visit her infected boyfriend, druggy brother better stop her because she’s too smart for her own good. Not great television.

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           Ultimately the show feels like they copied and pasted the idea from The Walking Dead and haven’t really added much new to it, only shuffled things around a bit. Being in a much larger city with not as many guns would’ve been interesting. Resolving conflicts from various ethnic groups and other cultures in the locale would’ve been a more interesting source of drama than family pains. So far it feels like The Walking Dead has done this better.

           Having the scope be a little larger may have helped Fear the Walking Dead as well. Nothing too extreme, something like having one of the parents work for the government instead of both parents working for the school would’ve been interesting. Having the children and parents all tied to school is a fairly flat approach. It actually very all too ’80s. Not only is most drama caused internally, it revolves around one focal point too much. Odd for such a big city.

However The Walking Dead did pull this off with a much smaller focus, at least in the beginning. Following Rick around, slowly introducing the web of drama from his family. What is lacking may be the focus of a father returning and protecting his family. Where as in Fear the Walking Dead it’s much more diffused, splitting attention among three squabbling families. Maybe when things come to a climax and the dust settles things will come together for the show.

           The prognosis for the Fear the Walking Dead would be: wait and see. Signs are not great for it just yet but there may still be some entertainment to be found here. They may venture into explaining more about what actually happened in the world during Rick’s coma.  But it looks like they are still laying the foundation for a character driven drama and this takes time. The start is a little shaky but they have some talent on the show that could make things work. It may have stumbled a bit out of the gate but it may find its stride. 

What do you think of Fear the Walking Dead? Is it a must-watch? Does The Walking Dead still reign as champion of the zombie drama? Comment below!

 

Fear The Walking Dead – Review

Fall 2015 TV Show Blurbs

With Fall TV shows starting up, our team takes a look at a few we are most excited about. These shows consist of returning hits from networks like The CW and FOX, new shows coming to premium channels like STARZ, and even one series returning on a different service all together, Hulu. We’ve got superheroes returning and changing, old friends returning from long absences, a guy you love to hate that just might give you feels this season, and Mr. The Frog’s gang. So sit back and read up on what’s returning, what’s news, and what we are most excited for in the Fall 2015 TV season.

Arrow

Arrow

 

Last season wasn’t the best.  I stuck with the show because both previous seasons had proven to me that you can give fans exactly what they want without sacrificing all humor or changing every bit of the source material in the adaptation.  However, Arrow almost lost me.  The entire subplot of Oliver and Felicity was just downright awful.  “Are we going to be together?” “I love you, but I could never hurt you.”  Oh, just shut up and fire some arrows already.  Romance is important. I like a good romance story arc, but give it a rest.  Sorry, Felicity, Oliver’s life does not outweigh the rest of the city’s. Please stop trying to convince your ex-boyfriend of that; it’s uncomfortable for all of us.  The stories with Diggle and Layla were beautiful.  Their wedding and baby girl, Sarah, added a depth to their characters that wasn’t needed, but helped the audience connect even more.  We saw characters that had been previously one dimensional (Laurel, Thea, Roy) really come into their own and lead the show into a new realization: Arrow doesn’t need Oliver to be amazing.  The creative team at The CW has given enough lasting elements to Starling City that makes me want to come back.

The teasers for season 4 have been incredibly impressive.  As in the previous mentioned Arrow article, they’re not being shy about adding in new faces.  We’ll be seeing new big bads and little bads, new heroes, new sidekicks.  We’re also getting a taste of what NBC lost.  Matt Ryan has been seen reprising his Constantine role which was canceled earlier this spring after being shoved in an unsuccessful time slot.  Thanks to the campaigns of both fans and Stephen Amell, the incarnation of the character will not be lost forever.

Ultimately, the season has the most potential than any before.  Aside from the great character foundation that Arrow has built, it also has sister shows The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow to draw from.  Keeping all three shows cyclical and connected is to sure to bring all of them success over the years.

Written by: Rae Stewart

Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead

I think this show is the one I am most excited about due to the return of Bruce Campbell to my favorite of his roles, Ash. Our chainsaw-armed “hero” is set to return after a 30 years. The series is set to take place three decades after Army of Darkness, the sequel to Evil Dead II. Based on the premise and interviews, we can safely assume it does not follow the Director’s Cut ending where Ash oversleeps for hundreds of years and wakes up in the future. Instead, Ash sleeps the correct amount and wakes up in his own time to work again at S-Mart. The show is to air on the premium channel, STARZ and is being led by Bruce Campbell with Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Drag Me to Hell) as Executive Producer. The series is set for 10 half-hour episodes, giving up nearly 5 hours of content, which is definitely more exciting than a single two hour film. The series kicked things into high gear with the addition of female action badass, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). The new Evil Dead universe series, Ash vs Evil Dead airs its first episode on Halloween. So stay groovy and break out your old boomsticks. Oh and don’t forget to shop smart. Shop S-Mart.

Written by: Derreck Mayer

The Flash

The Flash

The multiverse is here. For those DC fans out there, you know what this can mean. For those who don’t, let me bring you up to speed. The DC Universe included something called the multiverse. Until The Flash, this concept existed mainly in comic books and a few cartoons but never in the live action adaptions either on the big or small screens. The multiverse is the concept that there are multiple universes with multiple Earths that each vary, sometimes slightly, sometimes in very large ways. Earth 2, for example, includes the Val Zod Superman and Alan Scott Green Lantern while “our” universe is Clark and Hal or Jon or Guy…. or Simon… or Kyle (yes there are a lot of Lanterns)… anyway, the idea is that many Earths exist, providing nearly endless possibilities.

Last season on The Flash, we caught a glimpse of this in two major ways. First, Mark Hamill reprising his role as The Trickster. This was a role he played in the original Flash TV series back in the day along side John Wesley Shipp who played Flash. Now, Shipp plays Barry Allen’s father. Was Mark Hamill’s casting a simple ode to fans or was there a possible connection to the 1990 series? Well, we now have rumors that one of the other universes might star Shipp back in his rubber suit as Flash! I’m beyond excited about this opportunity. The second way the multiverse showed itself to us was a little more obvious and is basically confirmed, Jay Garrick Flash. Who? Well, the name Flash has been used by several people over the years. Barry is just the most popular due to recent comic books and the fantastic cartoon Justice League. Did you catch that weird metal helmet with the lightning bolts at the end of season 1? That’s Jay’s helmet, from another universe. Did you catch the weird wormhole Barry ran through? All of those strange things we saw, statues at the Flash museum, Caitlin Snow as possibly (Killer) Frost, and so much more.

Additionally, Warner Bros does not wish to directly connect their movie and TV universes. So how can we have two Flashes? Easy, the multiverse. I am very excited about this possibility and the options that The CW now have to play with. We can see incredible characters and crossover stories us comic book fans could only dream of.

The Flash is so much more though. It’s bright, funny, exciting, thrilling, and just an enjoyable show that is part of The CW’s DC Universe alongside Arrow, Vixen (which is available on CW Seed online), and Legends of Tomorrow (coming soon to The CW).

If you haven’t seen season 1, you should definitely try to catch up with the fastest man alive. Season 2 premieres October 6th on The CW.

Written by: Derreck Mayer

Gotham

Gotham

Gotham, having premiered last week, gave us a very different direction for its second season as opposed to its first. Several things have changed that have made this show, in several ways, unlike its predecessor. The cast has been switched around with some characters bumped up from reoccurring to main and some main characters removed entirely. Several characters are also following arcs entirely different from the first season. While much of this I approve of since I don’t particularly mind when shows try new things, the one thing I take issue with is this season’s supposed focus on villains. The second season, subtitled “Rise of the Villains,” teased that several familiar villains, presumably taken from Batman’s rogue’s gallery, will appear to plague Gordon’s quest to purify Gotham. However, given that several villains have already been introduced, including Penguin, Catwoman, Scarecrow, along with others, it seems unnecessary to sudden start adding in a ton of other villains. It really depends on how much depth they are willingly to put into each episode’s story as well as the season long arc since, if done correctly, this could make for some very interesting character driven drama but it could also simply be a ploy as getting ratings by teasing Batman villain fan service without going into any real depth. So while I am excited for this upcoming season, I am skeptical of how it will be done. Here’s hoping.

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The Last Man on Earth

The Last Man on Earth

Did you see season 1? No? Then stop reading and go watch it. This show is different, to be sure. I mean, how often do you get a comedy that you actually want to watch where you hate, and I mean hate, the man “protagonist”. I put that in quotations because I am not sure we can call Phil Miller a good guy. Anyway, the show is fresh and funny. It puts a humorous and, at times, realistic spin on the post-apocalyptic world. Will Forte pulls of a character you love to hate and hate that you might just love. Meanwhile, Kristen Schaal is hilarious, quirky, and smart. The additional cast supports well, though I’m not a huge fan of January Jones’ character Melissa Shart. Not her fault, I just don’t find the character interesting.

Season 1 ends with Phil and Carol off on their own, leaving their new little community behind, Carol definitely regretting the decision almost immediately. What will happen to them? Well, I’m sure they will stumble across more people and Phil will continue to get in his own way with his dishonest and selfish behavior. Hopefully, Carol can finally get through to him.

The only way to find out if Phil gets what’s coming to him is by tuning in on FOX. Episode 1 is out now!

Written by: Derreck Mayer

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project

I am so pumped this show was rescued.  While it had been canceled by Fox (what isn’t?), Hulu swooped in to see it continue.  The show’s ratings had drooped and, as a need to push for viewers’ interest, they introduced a pregnancy story line used to hook people from season 3 to 4.  It wasn’t the best thing they could have done, but I understand why they needed to do it.  What’s so special is that while she is pregnant, Mindy is not stuck with that being her only place on the show.  She’s also opening her own practice, which as a professional, would be fodder for an entire season of episodes if the main character was male (how often do they use the pregnant story line for a male-lead sitcom?) The fact that the show is wanting to show multiple facets of a character, both as a mother and a professional, could be groundbreaking.  For some reason it’s considered a super power when a woman is both a parent and working professional.  If this upcoming season manages to balance both major aspects of the character’s life without losing Mindy’s wit and charm in the process, then I’m in for life.  I will watch The Mindy Project until it is no more and probably some more after that.

Written by: Rae Stewart

The Muppets

The Muppets

It’s time to start the music, light the lights, and put the kids to bed because these Muppets are for you, adults. The Muppets are back on the air in their new adult-themed series. The show centers around the Muppets producing a late night talk show starring Miss Piggy and produced by Kermit. The rest of our friends, and most of them at least make a small appearance in the first episode, support the show as cast and crew. The style of the series is similar to The Office or other interview style shows.

The jokes are adult. The themes are adult. The Muppets are adult. The Muppets is a show for adults, specifically, those who grew up with and loved The Muppets. We get to finally watch these characters deal with real adult problems like relationships, jobs, and social issues.

Many are disappointed at the adult nature of the jokes and themes but I am excited about the possibilities. I can’t wait to see how the series evolves, how the characters grow, and what ends up happening between Miss Piggy, Kermit, and his new love interest.

So, go get things started by catching up on the first episode of The Muppets on ABC before tonight’s episode airs.

Written by: Derreck Mayer

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Get ready all you Oncers! Sunday, September 27th marked the season 5 premiere of Once Upon A Time. This season has been teased to be the darkest the show has gone to date. That’s explainable seeing as how the savior Emma Swan has now been consumed by darkness and has become the new “Dark One” replacing Rumplestilstskin in the process. Now dubbed the Dark Swan by the creators of the show and fans around the world Snow White, Prince Charming, Belle, Henry, Regina (The Evil Queen), Robin Hood, and Hook must all band together to try and break Emma free from this darkness and return her to the light. With a quest for Camelot and to find the powerful sorcerer Merlin on the agenda, along with returning fan favorite characters such as Zelena, Mulan, and Ruby (Red Riding Hood) with also adding in Princess Merida from Disney Pixar’s Brave in the mix of it all. You can bet a whole new batch of characters, stories, and locations will be explored for this season. So don’t forget to tune in Sundays on ABC Family to see all your favorite fairytale characters and more fight the forces of good and evil.

Written by: Ian T.

Well, that’s our list for our Fall 2015 TV show blurbs. What are you most excited for this season? Comment below!

Fall 2015 TV Show Blurbs

Jessica Jones has a Trailer and Release Date

It’s time to start getting excited people.  The second of Netflix’s Marvel TV series, Jessica Jones, finally has a trailer and a release date:

Sadly the trailer doesn’t tell us much about the show or the character.  But it sure is gorgeous and the music is amazing.  If they put as much care into the show as they did in this trailer, I suspect it will be amazing.    November 20th can’t come fast enough.

And I’m so happy it’s on Netflix, so I’ll be able to binge watch the show at my own pace.  It’s going to be awesome.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you as excited for this as Daredevil? More so? Comment below!

Jessica Jones has a Trailer and Release Date

CBS Says ‘No’ to Star Trek: Renegades

Space might be the finale frontier but Star Trek is still trying to return to the small screen after the 2005 cancellation of Enterprise. Many have pitched show concepts and ideas but only a few have really made anything concrete. One of the biggest is Star Trek: Renegades, a crowd-funded fan film starring many Trek alum including Walter Koenig, Manu Intiraymi, Gary Graham, Robert Picardo, and Tim Russ who also directed the film\pilot. What is Star Trek: Renegades?

According to writer Ethan H. Calk:

It is nearly ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, effectively isolating them from any contact with outside worlds. And this phenomenon is not natural – someone or something is causing this to happen. This necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation’s normal jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues – even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it – at all costs. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?

So, the film takes place after the close of Star Trek: Voyager, leaving many of our Delta quadrant friends in the mix. The film disregards the semi-canon Star Trek Online video game and doesn’t really mess with the future prime timeline used in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film. Instead, Star Trek: Renegades takes a darker, smaller look at Trek with a focus on a small group of outcasts who are the Federation’s only hope. It’s an attempt to bend and maybe even break the rules set by Gene Roddenberry. The Federation of Renegades is surely no utopia.

Star Trek: Renegades Props

How did the Kickstarter fare? Decently well, in fact. It managed to get funded with $242,483 with an initial goal of $200,000. It was definitely no major hit like LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow campaign which brought in over five times their original million dollar goal. But, reaching a goal is reaching a goal and the film\pilot for Renegades was funded and has been produced. Backers of the Kickstarter have even received their digital versions of the film over the last week with physical copies of DVDs and Blu-Rays going into production in the next couple of weeks.

Star Trek: Renegades DVD and Blu-Ray

Everything sounds like it’s been going well for the fan-made film. Well, everything is not holodeck credits and shore-leave for Renegades. The primary goal of the campaign was to produce a pilot strong enough to pitch to CBS, the owner of the Star Trek television rights. We now know how that went. CBS has decided to pass on Renegades for reasons we were not told by the production team. Trek rights are complicated due to Paramount and CBS sharing them along with the new JJ-verse and the love for the original Prime timeline. If I were to speculate, I’d say that CBS either can’t make a show in the Prime timeline due to Paramount’s newer movies (don’t forget that Star Trek Beyond is supposedly coming out in 2016 for the 50th anniversary of the franchise), or CBS already has plans to bring Star Trek back to TV in the near future and Renegades didn’t fit with those plans. Either way, we won’t be seeing Renegades on CBS or any official network.

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This is not the end though. The Renegades team announced to their Kickstarter Backers that all is not lost. Since CBS has passed on the pilot, they are going to turn the film into the pilot of a fan-made web series, or as they put it “an independently produced fan-supported Internet TV Series!” Their plan is to leverage the pilot\film as the first episode and produce a total of 12 episodes a year using a fairly normal TV series production schedule with episodes being produced in the span of a week or so. Walter Koenig has agreed to stay on through Episode 3 which will be the conclusion to the Episode 2 cliffhanger but after that, he plans to retire his Chekov character. According to the report, the Renegades team is actively writing the second and third episodes and a new crowd-funding effort is to be announced soon.

If you’re not familiar with the production, check out the trailers here.

Are you disappointed that Star Trek: Renegades will not be picked up by CBS? Are you glad it’s staying a fan-made production? Let us know in the comments and look for our review of the pilot in the coming weeks. Oh, and live long and prosper.

CBS Says ‘No’ to Star Trek: Renegades

Arrow Casting for Season 4

There’s no argument that the CW’s Arrow has been one of the most prolific shows in the last 5 years.  To date, it has spawned a dedicated fan base that have stuck through the highs and lows of the seasons, creative merchandise, and now two spinoff series that include the very successful The Flash and the highly anticipated Legends of Tomorrow.  It’s no surprise that the wide spectrum of fans are chomping at the bit for hints of what’s to come.

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We’ve compiled all of the recent Arrow news into one handy location for it right here.  Enjoy!

Between all of the hints that Mr. Amell has dropped and the beautiful picture above, it’s safe to say that the rumor of him being called Green Arrow is accurate.  While the costume is cool, you have to feel bad for all those Arrow cosplayers.

Neil McDonough has been tapped to play Damien Darhk, a character briefly mentioned in the last few episodes of season 3.  You may remember McDonough in his brief, but underrated, turn as DumDum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. Darhk is rumored to be this season’s “Big Bad.”

Anarky to appear on Arrow Season 4

Alexander Calvert is lined up to play Anarky, a character primarily featured in Batman comics, he’s focused on using anarchism as a means to improve society.  One of those misguided youth types.  This character should create a small thorn in Team Arrow’s side, but ultimately, working with each other.

Echo Kellum, an upcoming television actor, has been cast as Mr. Terrific, a lesser-known member of the Justice Society of America.  The Michael Holt incarnation of the character holds 14 PhDs, an Olympic gold medal, and is a self-made millionaire.

Mister Terrific to appear on Arrow Season 4

Jeri Ryan has also been added to the Arrow cast as Jessica Danforth.  The CW describes the character as ” a friend of the Queen family…(her) political ambitions will place her in the crosshairs of a menacing antagonist.”  You may recognize Ryan from her popular stint on Star Trek: Voyager.

Lastly, Elysia Rotaru (the girl from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies) has been cast has an unnamed love interest for Oliver Queen.  Sorry, Olicity shippers!

We’ll be back with more Arrow, and all the other fun CW shows as the news comes rolling in!  Be sure to catch the season 4 premiere on October 4th.

What are you most looking forward to on Arrow? How about The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow? Comment below!

Arrow Casting for Season 4

DC v. Marvel – Merchandise Wars

With all the superhero movies, television shows, and comic books out there, finding merchandise that is geared to women is still absolutely a struggle in 2015. And it really shouldn’t be. I think it’s fair to say that as a woman and a geek all in one, I should be able to pick up an Avengers shirt with a female on it. Maybe a Guardians of the Galaxy poster featuring Gamora? Or how about a Justice League anything with Wonder Woman? Honestly, it’s a little insulting.
Lack of female-centric comic book merchandise

While Marvel has all but written off their leading ladies, DC is doing whatever they can to rectify that situation. By teaming up with Mattel, DC has rebranded some of their most iconic female characters, both heroes and villains, into accessible characterizations for both young and teenage girls. Beginning in Fall 2015, DC and Mattel will be launching DC Super Hero Girls, a multi-product effort to expand both on the characters themselves and the growing female market.

DC Super Hero Girls merchandise

Following in the footsteps of renowned young girls franchises as Monster High and My Little Pony, popular characters such as Wonder Woman and Batgirl will be featured at an adolescent age, discovering their individual identities and how their super powers grow. Each character will have her own story line, shedding light on both major and minor characters. While 2015 will see the release of a web series, dolls, and the first set of DC female only action figures, 2016 is already planned for the release of TV specials, books, apparel, and other merchandise. LEGO has also been brought in on the deal to create super heroine-centric building sets in order to help its brand also reach out to the widely ignored demographic: girls.

This, however, isn’t the only effort that DC is attempting in the next year to market to women. The new Gal Gadot incarnation of Wonder Woman, scheduled to make her first appearance in March’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been front and center in the last few weeks. We got to see her in action, finally, in the trailer, she was the focal point of the new Entertainment Weekly issue, and coming Spring 2016 will be her likeness in the form of a classic Barbie doll.

DC Comics Wonder Woman Barbie merchandise

Barbie has been attacked for many years because of her body, her professions, her outfits as being a poor role model for young girls. However, many neglect to remember just how important Barbie dolls have actually been to pop culture and women’s history in total. They were some of the first dolls to feature non-white women, incarnations of athletes, and social crusaders. For the new Wonder Woman to get the Barbie treatment is a huge step for DC, proving that they value the female market and can adapt to products that were already geared to them. I know I’ll be buying at least one.

Even more, DC is rolling out a new companion web series to their CW universe including Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow featuring their first female lead: Vixen. A Justice League favorite among fans but mostly unrecognizable character to the public, Vixen is an African hero in possession of the Tantu totem, giving her the ability to call on various animal traits in battle. Megalyn Echikunwoke will voice the leading character and will be joined by CW favorites Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin. The series has yet to be given a definitive start date, but will most likely debut in the fall on CW Seed. Check out the trailer here.

DC CW Seed Vixen merchandise

They may still be quite behind in film numbers, but DC is dominating Marvel when it comes to marketing and merchandise. You can’t forget an entire half of the population! Where’s the Black Widow Barbie? Where’s the Gamora web series? DC’s efforts may not all be successful, but at least they’re trying. Get it together, Marvel.

 

DC v. Marvel – Merchandise Wars

Emmy Nominations 2015

The Emmy nominations were released on Thursday, which has given me plenty of time to reflect on whether or not they got it right. I love television. It has greatly impacted my life in a way that I feel has been most enriching. Because of such, I take these awards very seriously (as should you). Here’s the list of nominations and my thoughts on the matter:

Outstanding Drama Series

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game Of Thrones” (HBO)

“Homeland” (Showtime)

“House Of Cards” (Netflix)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

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Likely Winner: Mad Men – It being a heavy favorite in the past at the awards as well just wrapping it’s last season, it will practically be handed to them.
Close Second: House of Cards – This show is recognized greatly for its brilliance by such a wide range in audience that it could easily take the award.
Snub: The Newsroom – While it hasn’t been completely forgotten this year, this Aaron Sorkin drama is often overlooked.

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Parks And Recreation” (NBC)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“Transparent” (Amazon)

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

“Veep” (HBO)

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Likely Winner: Modern Family – This category pisses me off greatly. Every year this show wins when there are much, much, MUCH better shows out there. Harumph.
Close Second: Parks and Recreation – It’s a rare occasion where the entire world is satisfied with the ending of a show. This show did that and deserves the recognition.
Snub: Orange is The New Black – I know it’s nominated in Outstanding Drama Series, but they wanted to be nominated in the comedy category. Why? Because this show would easily win in THIS category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

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Likely Winner: Kevin Spacey – His dedication to the character and the large fan base behind it has garnered enough attention for the Emmys to take notice.
Close Second: Jon Hamm – Again, there’s nothing cooler than giving a talented actor their due once their iconic role has ended. Hence last year’s winner Bryan Cranston.
Snub: James Spader – Not even a nomination for Blacklist. Sad. That show’s awesome because of him.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

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Likely Winner: Robin Wright – It’s very fitting for actor/actress winners to come from the same show, and to be honest, her portrayal is just as dynamic as Spacey’s.
Close Second: Taraji P. Henson – First time nominations are always the best winners and Henson kills as Cookie.
Snub: Maggie Smith – She’s Maggie Smith. Enough said.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Will Forte, “Last Man on Earth”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

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Likely Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – This role has really put him on the map, helped shed a lot of light on the trans community, and actually made Amazon a player when it comes to television.
Close Second: Don Cheadle – This guy’s work surprises just about everyone and this just may be the year where it’s recognized.
Snub: Joel McHale – This is a huge long shot, but Community shouldn’t even be a cult favorite anymore. McHale is in his element on this show and the driving force behind it. Pop pop.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

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Likely Winner: Lily Tomlin – Her return to television in a leading role that is well-rounded, well written, and fun to watch should be rewarded. She never did get an Emmy for Ms. Frizzle.
Close Second: Lisa Kudrow – It’s obviously a tough call between her and Dreyfus, but Kudrow really pushed for this continuation and I think it’s even better than the first go around.
Snub: Ellie Kemper – Her adorable take as Kimmy Schmidt should at least have gotten her the nomination.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”

Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”

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Likely Winner: Peter Dinklage – Who doesn’t love him? Who doesn’t love everything about him? You? Well, you can leave. We’re all going to watch Game of Thrones without you.
Close Second: Alan Cumming – I’d love for this guy to win. I’m not the biggest fan of the show, but his acting on it is top notch.
Snub: Mandy Patinkin – This one is a little difficult because there’s a lot to choose from (Scandal, Empire), but I feel like Patinkin should get a nod for his ability to act through Danes’s intense crying scenes.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

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Likely Winner: Lena Headey – Headey’s Cersei is a strong character going up against the rest of the pack here and an easy choice for the winner.
Close Second: Christine Baranski – Boy, do they love their network shows. While it would be nice for HBO, Netflix, and Amazon to stick it to the networks, there’s a good chance they won’t.
Snub: Lana Parilla – Parilla’s portrayal of Regina in Once Upon a Time is one of the few reasons to continually watch the shows. For all of its flaws, that woman is a force.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Niecy Nash, “Getting On”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”

Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

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Likely Winner: Mayim Bialik – As much as I detest Chuck Lorre’s constant repackaging of the same sitcom, Bialik is adorable and everyone knows it. Plus, did you really think they’d leave Big Bang out?
Close Second: Gaby Hoffman – For very similar reasons as Tambor’s likely win, Hoffman could easily take it. Not to mention, she’s a reformed child actor and we love those.
Snub: Anyone from Girls – Seriously? What’s up with that?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Adam Driver, “Girls”

Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Tony Hale, “Veep”

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Likely Winner: Ty Burrell – Modern Family may not dominate this year, but it will walk away with more than one of these statues. Damn them,
Close Second: Tony Hale – With the rest of the nominations going to a few newbies, Hale’s longstanding performance on Veep could create an awesome upset. You go, Tony Hale.
Snub: Nick Offerman – How has he not won for every year he played Ron Swanson? It’s just criminal.

What do you guys think about my predictions? Who else was snubbed (the correct answer is a lot)? Let us know!  And for the rest of the Emmy nominations, check them out here!

Emmy Nominations 2015