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Costume Couture: Beauty and the Beast

Costume Couture premieres with an in-depth look at the costumes and styles in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast that hit theaters last month.

In addition to talk costumes and designs, we also welcome our first Cosplayer of the Week, Shayna in Neverland! She’s known for her Alice in Wonderland Steampunk cosplay and her Lara Croft from the latest Tomb Raider video games.

Check out our first episode below and comment with your thoughts!

Costume Couture is hosted by Rae of Super Sirens Cosplay and Ian of Haus of Turner Cosplay.

What did you think of our first episode? Subscribe on YouTube and comment on the video with your thoughts about Beauty and the Beast’s costumes and design concepts. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Do you want a chance at being Cosplayer of the Week? Submit a form here!

Stay tuned for a new episode every week! Costume Couture will be analyzing all kinds of costumes and styles from Princess movies, sci-fi, fantasy, TV, and more! Plus, we’ll have even more cosplayers and prop builders featured!

Costume Couture: Beauty and the Beast

Dead Drift: The Indie Spotlight

Today we turn our indie spotlight to web show Dead Drift. You should give it a watch by clicking here. It’s a short little five minute episode kinda thing that shouldn’t take too much of your time.  Dead Drift is a futuristic sci-fi take on The Office style of comedy that pits three crew members in a interstellar mission where things, well … uhmmm, they get a little weird.

The show consist of short 5 minute episodes with interactions between Captain Ryland Banks and Technician Maurice Morris. In between the conversations or short little asides, the characters break the fourth wall and talk directly to the viewer, much in the way that is seen on The Office.

Described as a screwball buddy comedy Dead Drift is pretty darn funny. Having Technician Morris squaring off with Captain Morris is hilariously done and well acted. I couldn’t help but to chuckle at Star Trek references but what is so funny is that the two man crew is so incompetent. We all have a picture in our head of NASA sending the best and brightest out there but these two are not it. Morris is a insubordinate and a malcontent who has contempt for his Captain. Captain Morris on the other almost graduated West Point and can’t help but to be anything but inspire leadership, Captain Picard he is not.

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Almost Graduated West Point

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Sending Sass Your Way

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The Only Competent Crew Member

One scene in particular has the Captain trying to get a replicator to make him, tea, earl grey, hot, and is too incompetent to figure out the device. When he called Morris to correct the problem the technician gives him sass and says holding up a induction clamp voltmeter “I’ll just use my tricorder and run a level 3 diagnostic.” Just about any Trekkie would recognize a level 3 diagnostic. In another scene, Morris runs out of toilet paper and decides to use a technical manual to finish his business and some how manages to use it despite it actually being a tablet. Who says eBooks will replace paper print anyways?

The screwball crew is eventual joined by a sexy and competent AI named H.A.N.N.A.H. Playing the role of the comedic “straight man”, her character does a great job of punting joke set ups to Morris and Banks. And as you might imagine Hannah’s perfect capabilities make these two slobs look even worse.

 

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Attack Of The Clones

There short mission takes them to their first port of call to visit a Mars station where a German Commander named Schneider has is dead wife cloned, multiple times… things get weird for Morris and Banks.

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You Better Believe German Accents Can Be Funny !!

On the whole, this is great little show, funny, crisp, and sharp in its unique sci-fi brand of comedy. Every episode comes in at just under 5 minuets so it makes it easy to watch either on the go or in that short break between tasks. Dead Drift is a great sci-fi show that deserves to be given a chance to entertain you, if even for a few minutes. Check out there website and check out what they accomplished here.

Have you watched any of Dead Drift yet? Comment below with your thoughts on the series!

Dead Drift: The Indie Spotlight

I Ship It Ep. 02 – She-Hulk & Daredevil

Rae, co-host of our weekly podcast series Screen Heroes, continues her quest to ship fictional character couples. In Episode 02, she switches gears from the DC Universe to Marvel Comics and looks at two superheroes who were both, at times, members of the Avengers, She-Hulk and Daredevil. Daredevil has been made very popular recently with the launch of his highly successful Netflix series but She-Hulk hasn’t had the same stint on the center stage. Check out Episode 02 of I Ship It as Rae talks about why She-Hulk and Daredevil are the perfect couple while also discussing some of the other love interests both characters have had over the years both in comic books and on screen.

So what do you think? Did Rae make the case for shipping She-Hulk and Daredevil? Do you think either one is better suited for someone else? Comment below with your thoughts and don’t forget to send us couples you’d like to see Rae ship for a chance to win some goodies like t-shirts and 3D printed stuff!

Stay tuned for next week’s episode of I Ship It. Rae will be shipping two more Marvel characters, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Woman. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you get a first peek at our latest videos.

I Ship It Ep. 02 – She-Hulk & Daredevil

SH S1E8: The Grid Daily Update

Welcome to a special episode of Screen Heroes! I am here to update you on everything we have going on around The Grid Daily including our new web series I Ship It, Ryan’s adventures in Twitch, and our plans for some new Dungeons and Dragons campaigns we plan to bring you that just might include some live streaming feeds!

If you like what you hear, please check out our various new series by subscribing to our YouTube and Twitch channels. Don’t forget to comment and provide feedback so we know what you like and what you don’t. We’re trying a lot of new things and hope you guys can help us make them the best they can be!

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Derreck Mayer

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E8: The Grid Daily Update

I Ship It Ep. 01 – Batman & Zatanna

Welcome to the premiere episode of The Grid Daily’s first original web series, I Ship It, starring Rae, co-host of the weekly podcast series Screen Heroes and half of the cosplay duo Super Sirens. In this new weekly web series, Rae will Ship two characters from fictional universes including DC and Marvel comics, sci-fi TV and movies, fantasy novels, and more. Season 1 will focus on comic book characters with the first episode taking a look at one of DC Comics’ most iconic heroes and one of the founding members of the Justice League, Batman, along with one of the most powerful female heroes in the DC Universe, Zatanna.

Check out the video below, subscribe to our YouTube channel and let us know your thoughts in the comments! Help us make this show great!

There you have it folks, episode 01 of our brand new series, I Ship It! We hope you enjoyed it. As Rae said, we’ll be looking for viewer suggestions for character pairings AND if your suggestion is picked, you might just win some prizes along the way. So, stay tuned for next week’s episode and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

I Ship It Ep. 01 – Batman & Zatanna

Preview: “I Ship It” Web Series Debut

Here at The Grid Daily, we are always trying to come up with new ways to express our fandom. That’s why, beginning Tuesday, February 9th, we’ll be debuting our new web series I Ship It hosted by me (Rae of the Super Sirens)!

What’s the new series about? Every week, I’ll match-up two fictional characters whom I believe would just make the best couple ever. I’ll also take suggestions from viewers!

Now, these fictional characters can really be anyone from comic books, movies, TV, novels, etc. In Season 1, I’ll be focusing on comic book characters, primarily superheroes. So expect to see me Ship people from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and more.

Why is the series called I Ship It? The term to “Ship” two people has been around for a little while and is basically short for “relationship”. Urban dictionary defines “shipping” as:

A term used to describe fan fictions that take previously created characters and put them as a pair. It usually refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer platonic ones as well. (Just think of “shipping” as short for “relationSHIP”.)

So, while Superman and Wonder Woman have been together at times in comic books, I’ll focus on some pairings that might not have been as obvious or provided enough development. I’ll also provide some pairings that you may have never considered.

I Ship It Logo

I Ship It is going to be a weekly web series via The Grid Daily’s YouTube channel. New episodes will go out on Tuesdays with the first one being February 9th. Be sure to head over to our YouTube page and subscribe to you’ll be the first to know when new episodes premiere.  Haven’t subscribed yet? You can do so here.

Our YouTube page includes lots of other great videos like unboxings of subscription boxes like the Funko Marvel Collector Corps and Smuggler’s Bounty, as well as our Twitch video game broadcasts.

I Ship Batman and Zatanna

That’s it for now. Please join me on Tuesday for our first episode where I match up Batman and Zatanna from DC Comics. And don’t forget to comment with suggestions of couples you’d like to see Shipped!

Preview: “I Ship It” Web Series Debut

Con Man, the Web Show Review

 

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The Gist

Con Man Trailer

Con Man is a crowd funded show found on Vimeo. Its about life on the other side of the convention table, you know from that actor who is stuck in a rut. From the comedic mind of Alan Tudyk (Wash; Firefly), this web comedy is about an actor of a sci fi cult classic called Spectrum, that is exactly like Firefly. Tudyk’s character deals with the convention scene and his failures of trying to reinvent himself professionally. While many of his other peers have moved on to greater things, he is going nowhere and he knows, and unlike other celebrities who have found a niche for themselves in the convention scene, Tudyk’s character can’t even do this. He is a failure and this show is all about poking fun at it. You see Tudyk’s character can’t even do conventions right.

The Pros

-Guest Stars: The show has a speckling cult classic of stars that can often be found as satires about their real life selves. Most notably is a cool and relaxed Nathan Fillion (Firefly) who has not only moved on past the show Spectrum (or “Firefly“) but has become greater than he ever was before, all the while looking cool while he does it. Every 10 minute episode has several guest stars that are often either cast against type or are commentary on the comic con phenomena.  Actors such as Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) who is nutty and neurotic, Felicia Day as an over obsessed fan, and Michael Dorn as Shakespearean actor who forcefully inserts his theater onto fans. This show is basically a who’s who of the cult classic comic con scene. Even the smallest of roles is an opportunity for a cult classic actor to drop in unexpectedly. Seeing these actors not only cast against type but as commentary of what an average sci fi fan can only assume what is going through their favorite actor’s minds. Above all else seeing almost everyone from Firefly make an appearance is incredible. You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Kaylee wait in line for an autograph, dressed as Cpt. Reynolds, waiting to meet depressed Tudyk.Kaylee Space Cowboy
-Comedic Style: This show is sharp and witty. It never fails to come at you from unexpected angles such as seeing Tudyk’s character finally giving up and admitting to his fans “you know what, I hate Sci Fi” breaking all of their hearts. The writing of the scenes works well with the talent they have and the scenes are expertly setup, often building on established jokes and adding layers for good measure. One my favorite scenes has a gay actor, playing a man pretending to be gay just to attract conservative women who he hopes to “turn him straight.” Seeing veteran actor Leslie Jordon faking masculinity to sell this joke is priceless.

-Acting: Alan Tudyk in this is hilarious as you get to see him really cut loose. And that’s the wonderful thing about the whole indie/crowd funding; you get see actors that you know from some of your favorite sci fi, doing something very different than what your used to. A cult classic show is like a double-edged sword; you love it so much but it boxes in an otherwise talented actor. Seeing Tudyk and others be something new is a great idea. I wish I could see more of this. You often have to justify your conception of what the actor has done in the past with what he is doing now in this scene. This amplifies that punch line when its given.

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The Cons

Seinfeld Comedic Style: It often takes a heavy level of “willing suspension of disbelief” to swallow many of the joke build ups. The pay off for going along with the ridiculous setup, and it’s often worth it, but not always. In one scene you see Tudyk desperately trying to play along with a nutty woman who has a doll obsession, many times putting his foot in his mouth while going along with the charade. In another scene you have to believe that Tudyk actually believes that a ridiculous sounding charity is a real one. Many of the jokes are hard to swallow but if you go along with it, it’s a pretty good comedy. Let’s say if you just can’t swallow the Seinfeld method this show may not be for you. It’s not to say that it’s as good as Seinfeld, it just employs that 90s method. Kinda dated comedy.

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-A Bit Overpriced: With 13 short 10 minute episodes the total running time for the entire first season comes in at about an hour and half. You can rent it for $14.99. Considering most DvD films cost far less than this and this is about a month and half worth of a Netflix subscription, I can’t really justify the cost of it. Not just for one show.

Conclusion

Though Con Man is clever, fresh, and original, I can’t recommend it to everyone just yet. If you want a nod to Firefly or cult classic fandom in general then it may be worth the price. I felt this show would have fit much better as a part of another provider’s monthly deal. Maybe not good enough on its own but would’ve been a great way to sweeten the deal, with say something like CBS or Amazon’s services.

 

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Con Man, the Web Show Review