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I had to make sure of what the date was before I posted this. Back on April 1, it was reported the Netflix was getting new episodes of Firefly; I got punked for a bit. Now, the reports for a Farscape movie was months ago which I kept in the back of my head as to not to get too excited over the prospects. Reading this morning news, I could not be pleased by the news and the process of a new Farscape movie is in the works. However, after reading the article below, I was kinda dumbstruck by the “premise” of this new film. I will be talking about this in the next podcast and would like to hear your thoughts on this matter. Are you happy with a new Farscape movie? Do you wish for another Farscape series? Or should Farscape receive a rebooted treatment? Let me know on this blog and your comments might show up on the podcast.

Back in February we brought you news that a Farscape movie was supposedly in the works. Now Rockne O’Bannon, creator and showrunner of the original series, has confirmed that the movie is, in fact, happening.

Confirmation comes by way of TV.com:

Just a little bit of, maybe interesting, information to report. ;-p Texting me from WonderCon, a very good friend of mine (@PaulBurrows) just left the Showrunners Panel at [WonderCon]. A panel member, non other than Rockne O’Bannon, the co-creator ofWarehouse 13, Defiance, and Revolution… who was also Farscape’s creator and showrunner – has indeed CONFIRMED a Farscape movie is happening.

via The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening.


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One of the many ear worms that plague me through out the day, this ear worm for this post would be from the Disney film Frozen ‘Let It Go.” One part of the lyrics speaks to me, “Let it go, let it go, Turn away and slam the door,” and this is what I need to do but after this blog entry. I have given up trying to be pleased by a movie that never achieved the greatness that I expected from it. I am done beating a dead horse on the Kahn issue but for one last time, I had to understand where the writers where trying to go with this new Kahn.

This story beginning at the end of the movie – sort of. We see the proceedings of a trial to arraign Khan. As the trial begins, there is a Trek easter egg of a character from the original series that is very comfortable in a court setting. I’m not going to tell you who this person is as I just wanted to mention this little tidbit. Believe me, this nu-Trek has a lot to answer for but this little tip of the hat was a good ice breaker. But then we get this shocker.

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Ok, now you have my interest. Now, you are telling me something that I wanted to know. Why is the Kahn from Into Darkness different from the Kahn from the original series Star Trek II. The next series of panels pushes the camera on the nu-Kahn to a close up and then to black. Nu-Kahn begins to tell the story through flashbacks on his rise to power and the Eugenics war. This was the hook to get me to read the rest of the stories in this graphic novel. But I was more concerned with the question at hand, “Why were there two different looking Kahn-s?” As with all good stories, you make the reader wait for it. As the story unfolds, we see Kahn and his fellow co-horts boarding the Botany Bay and leaving from Australia. Nice touch!!!

Going back to the movie Into Darkness, we are told the Admiral Marcus and nu-Kahn had met prior to the Enterprise encounter in the movie. In the graphic novel, we get a couple of scenes where a Federation ship finds the Botany Bay and brings it the secret facility. Marcus does several voice overs on the panels, “We figured out who you were soon enough, event with the scarce records of your time. We knew that waking you up as you were would be a huge mistake.” So, if Marcus came to that conclusion, don’t you think the in the original series episode, “Space Seed,” Kirk would have come to the same conclusion? Argue among yourselves and see if I am right.

However, Marcus did not heed his own warning. He decided to use Khan to his advantage and took it a step further. Marcus ordered to have most of Kahn’s memory wiped and have “laser” facial rec-Khan-struction. BLAM!!! We get not Kahn but John Harrison aka nu-Kahn. Ok…I um… ok….. no… not ok. This is a hard pill to swallow but fine; I’ll go with it.

Nu-Kahn helps out Marcus with his superior knowledge but not knowing who he truly is until he starts getting flashbacks to his earlier life on Earth. From there, things go down hill for the Admiral and then us, the audience, that had to see Into Darkness. The nu-Kahn-clusion at the end of the book is the same as what happened in the movie; nu-Kahn goes to sleep. So, I take it that at the end of the movie, nu-Khan was put to sleep and then gets awakened in the graphic novel to have a trial, to tell his story but is found guilty, and then gets back to sleep in the same chamber as before. In this context, the ending in the graphic novel fails to satisfy the reader especially since this was already done in the movie. Think of the Richard Donner’s Superman II ending that did the same thing from the first Superman movie.

However, once more, if…. and I do mean if…. this graphic novel is placed after Kirk was “resurrected” in the film and then nu-Kahn was brought to trail, did his backstory and found guilty…again, and then put to sleep in his chamber, I would have been… ok with Into Darkness as a film. At least the missing gap as to why the nu-Kahn looks nothing like the old Kahn is explained and the ending, will not perfect, will allow nu-Kahn to be resurrected in the future.

And on that note, I will, “Let it go, let it go, Turn away and slam the door.” I’m done.

 


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Mr. Gene and I are back to review 2 Disney movies – Frozen and Muppets Most Wanted. Listen to our podcast and hear the happiness these movies brought back into our lives once more.

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PS – Mr. Gene and I mentioned Rosanna Pansino who does Nerdy Nummies. I immediately fell head over heals for her as she is a nerdy superstar. Please check her out: http://www.youtube.com/user/RosannaPansino


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Having just watched the new Muppets movie, I can truly say that this soundtrack is a must have for me. I have been saving my iTunes gift card since Christmas and it has been sitting there until yesterday. For the most part, the diversity in music styles and musical talents has made this one of the best Muppets soundtracks in a very long time. Yes, there will always be a special place in my heart for the ‘Rainbow Connection” and “Moving Right Along” (old school) and “Mahna Mahna” (really old school) which are Muppet classics but at times the other Muppets which songs are overly sweet and not catchy after listening to it several times. Below is a listing of the tracks on the cd. Those that are in italics are my favorite bits which are still stuck in my head/earworm.

  1. They’ve Ordered a Sequel* – Walter, Statler & Waldorf
  2. We’re Doing a Sequel – The Muppets, Lady Gaga, & Tony Bennett
  3. My Name First_ _ _ Your Name* – Constantine & Dominic Badguy
  4. I’m Number One – Constantine & Dominic Badguy
  5. The Casa Grande* – Kermit, Nadya, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo & Ray Liotta
  6. The Big House – Nadya & Josh Groban
  7. Stick With Me* – Constantine & Miss Piggy
  8. I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) – Constantine
  9. The Muppet Show Theme – Los Muppets
  10. Answer Some Questions* – Jean Pierre Napoleon
  11. Interrogation Song – Jean Pierre Napoleon, Sam Eagle, and The Muppets
  12. Oh Foo Foo, It’s Always Been a Fight* – Miss Piggy & Foo Foo
  13. Something So Right – Miss Piggy, Kermit, Celine Dion, & The Muppets
  14. We’re Goin’ Underground* – Kermit
  15. Working in the Coal Mine – Jemaine Clement
  16. The Gulag Finale* – Kermit
  17. Together Again – The Muppets & Josh Groban
  18. Moves Like Jagger – Scooter & The Penguins featuring Pepe the King Prawn
  19. Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) – The Flamingos & Miss Piggy
  20. Muppets Most Wanted Score Suite – Christophe Beck
  21. We’re Doing a Sequel (demo) – Bret McKenzie
  22. The Big House (demo) – Bret McKenzie
  23. What You Want (outtake) – Bret McKenzie
  24. I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) (demo) – Bret McKenzie
  25. Something So Right (demo) – Bret McKenzie

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Here’s to hoping all good things to come when Agent Carter get greenlit. If you have not seen the latest Captain America movie, **SPOILERS** Agent Carter, rather, an elderly Peggy Carter receives a visit from Steve Rogers. This scene was one of my favorites moments from The Winter Soldier and left me wanting to know more about Peggy. If done right, the Agent Carter series can help stabilize the Agents of Shield for season 2 if it gets that far. The formation of SHIELD would be compelling as we could see the Hydra connection. 2, we would have a strong female lead which Marvel really needs to their dominant male cast of heroes. Lastly, I would come back to watching Agents of SHIELD provided the two series were linked with crossover storylines and with different time periods.  Hell, I would love to see a young Agent Coulson storyline at this point. I just need a good reason to believe that Marvel/Disney can show us all good things are not always on the big screen. I promise I will come back to watch week after week; honest.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t quite the runaway success that ABC had hoped for, but the network isn’t giving up on Marvel just yet. To the contrary, it’s thinking of doubling down.

A new report indicates that Agent Carter may bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series, debuting sometime during the (as yet unannounced) second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. More details after the jump.

via Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Show: ABC Eyes Series Order – /Film.


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Mr. Gene and I ranted about things that only Nerds would understand our rage. Please note, during the making of this podcast, due to technical issues, I lost 1/2 of the podcast content. Still, I believe there is enough content to entertain our fans (all three of you.)

Enjoy,

The Monster

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On one of the rare times that I go to the movies, an even rarer times going to the movies with my wife, we decided to see Noah. I can honestly say my wife like this movie more than I did. For me, it was not so much the artistic license with the story, though this seemed I was watching a fantasy movie a la Lord of the Rings, Mad Max or some alternative Earth story. My problem lies within the context of this bible story. Since I don’t follow a religion, though I observe religious holidays, I am not a religious person. I get the idea of faith and that there is something greater than us that made the world that we live in today. How do we know all this went down the way that it did?

I know everything is up to interpretation in the bible and not as gospel of truth. We have Adam and Eve who had two sons. Cain killed Abel and Adam and Eve then had another son called Seth. So, out of the four, we give credit to them for the birth of civilization? Flash forward to Noah and the flood. Carrying out God’s will to protect the innocent – the animals, Noah believed that after his family died, there would be no more men on Earth. Yet, the barren Ila (Emma Watson) is given the ability to have children and as so upset Noah’s plan. Since the babies were girls, Noah planned to kill them as to not have any more off-springs. When the time came, Noah was unable to commit murder of his two new granddaughters. By the end of the movie, he is telling the same thing that “God” said about being fruitful and multiply. With that said, we have Noah and his wife, his oldest son with Ila and their two daughters, and then Noah’s youngest son. Noah’s middle left the family due to conflicts with his father which were very valid but are we to believe that this small handful of survivors had enough genetic material to populate the Earth? There had to be incest on some level to procreate, right? So my wife is really my sister and Noah is my father, NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! That’s impossible and no, I will not search out my feelings because I know this to be false.

For all the good the movie tried to give you a story that might have happened a long, long time ago, I for one was taken out of the movie by logic. Later in the day, I was watching Cosmos on Fox which blew me away on the origins of the Universe. Having experienced these polar opposites, there is room for both in my life. I am not about to get into the details here because I am getting physically worked up on this issue. I will try to make mention of it on my podcast which has been long overdue.


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It’s The Walking Dead episode that has everyone talking, and now the woman at the center of it all — Melissa McBride, who plays Carol — gives her take on the events of last night’s episode, “The Grove.” [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.]

via ‘The Walking Dead’: Melissa McBride on Carol’s ‘devastating’ decision | Inside TV | EW.com.

Is it wrong for me to want to live in this world where the biggest worries are zombies as opposed to paying back student loans. Life would be so much easier for me but then again, I may be replacing one problem for another. (If zombies are people and you have to kill them to survive and corporations like banks who want to see themselves as people… I smell a loophole.) Yet, I am always drawn to the problems our survivors are dealing with their new normal lives. We see people band together for the common good and others exploit for gain of power. Yet, the strength of the show are the toughest choices that have to be made which are necessary to preserve life.

Over the years, Carol has become one of my favorite characters watching this series. Her mousey demeanor to abusive husband from season one to becoming not only a survivor but a survivor that is willing to carry out the tough choices to preserve life is truly remarkable. I am not going to go in great details about her arc but refer to her appearance on last night’s episode. Carol had to put down one of the two girls she took care of back in the prison. While she tried to be more than a mother to the girls, Lizzie was never able to cope with this zombie world unlike her younger sister Mika. Carol felt as responsible for the death of Mika as Lizzie was of Mika. She kept instructing them both about the need to kill to survive and Lizzie just acted out. Carol knew that their own safety was in jeopardy even if Lizzie was to remain unarmed. Taking Lizzie out into the field of flowers to kill her was an act of mercy by Carol. Which brings us to her relationship to Tyreese.

Back before the Governor attacked the prison compound, there was a flu-like virus that was spreading and killing the survivors. Tyreese’s then girlfriend Karen was infected with the flu strain and was quarantined. Carol took it upon herself to not only kill Karen but also burn her body. For the longest time, Tyreese never knew that it was Carol that did the deed. Flash forward back to this episode, Tyreese and Carol were beyond stun by Lizzie’s action. Carol spoke up about having to kill Lizzie. As for Tyreese, for as big as he is, I don’t believe he could have done what Carol ultimately did. As such, when Carol reveals to Tyreese what she did to Karen, yes Tyreese could have hurt her badly or have killed her out right. Deep down, Tyreese knew that these tough choices are necessary to preserve life and Carol is willing to keep on fighting to survive. I am truly in awe of this show as there doesn’t seem to any kink in the show’s armor despite the many show runners over the year.

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And you are??? Any relations to Minnie Driver? Taxi Driver? Pile Driver? Ok, even of this crap. Now, could this be a good this to have an unknown actor, at least to me anyway, to play a villain role in the new Star Wars movie? Sure, there were many relatively unknown actors to play the heroes in Episode 4 like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford who had many smaller roles in Coppola’s movie. The two more established actors were Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing helped to round out the cast. Now for the new movie, the unknowns will be the stars of the movie and unknown, Adam Driver, to play the villain. My two cents, now worth less than that, is this character going to have a long lasting screen presence like Darth Vader as the article suggests below or will he be done in by the end of the new movie ala Darth Maul? (yes, I know Maul lives on in the comics and in the animated clone wars but no one cares.) I for one loved seeing Maul but they hype and the limited amount of screen time made this a less than impressive character let alone a villain. I can’t say that Adam will be doing Admiral Thrawn from the Zahn series but the cannon after Return, made clear by Disney, will not matter.

Any thoughts on this matter?

Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and LucasFilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.The big-budget tentpole, directed by J.J. Abrams, is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month.“Star Wars: Episode VII” will continue the Jedi saga where “Return of the Jedi” left off.

via ‘Star Wars’ Adam Driver: ‘Girls’ Actor in Talks to Play the Villain | Variety.


Let’s begin with a tale. Remember the days when Ryan Reynolds had a promising career. Remember when we found out that he was going to be playing both the Green Lantern and Deadpool, DC and Marvel characters respectively. How did that work out? It didn’t. Green Lantern was a major flop and Deadpool is still looking to be produce but I believe unlikely with Reynolds track record lately. Doing a live action superhero is tough to being with and trying to do two different characters from two different comic book companies is next to impossible to do. However, there is an exception – Chris Evans.

Those how know there IMDB history will know that Chris had played as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) in the Fantastic Four several years ago. Later, Chris would play Steve Rogers (Captain America) in his own film as well-being part of The Avengers movie plus another solo sequel. Chris was able to pull this feat where Ryan could not. Remember, I said that one actor could not play to different characters yet Chris did but still both characters are part of the same Marvel universe. (Technically speaking, FF belongs to 20th Century and Captain America/Avengers belong to Disney/Marvel.) Don’t cross the streams.

Now, with this late news with Jordan. I have no problems with him as I love the movie Chronicle he was in. If you have not seen it, please check it out. Think of it as Heroes (season 1, remember the good and only season to the show) meets the Blair Witch Project. Jordan is cast as the new Johnny Storm; ok, and the rumor that he might be appearing in Batman vs. Superman or Man of Steel 2: Electric Boogaloo as one of two possible characters. Those two are John Stewart (The Green Lantern) or Victor Stone (Cyborg). Considering how testy geeks and nerds have been lately for the past couple of years, I think it would be best to have Jordan stick just to the FF reboot or get a lesser known or unknown actor to play in the Bats/Supes movie. This is becoming quite the clusterfuck.

Fresh off his official casting as Johnny Storm in the “Fantastic Four” reboot, actor Michael B. Jordan may have yet another superhero role up his sleeve: a small part in “Batman vs. Superman.”Latino Review reports that Jordan may be in the running for the unspecified role, which is set to be minimal in the “Man of Steel” sequel, but recur in later D.C. Comics films.”According to sources, the production is currently looking for a black actor in his early 20s who is also physically fit,” Latino Review writes, adding that they’ve heard Jordan has already met with director Zack Snyder about the part. The site points out that The Hollywood Reporter previously noted that Snyder doesn’t cast a wide net when looking for stars, but “target[s] actors from a narrow shortlist of those they want.”

via ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Rumor: Michael B. Jordan Up for Mystery Role? – The Moviefone Blog.