The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Dr Who Series 8, Big Hero 6, MCU and DCU


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We are back; sort of. After much delay and computer problems, our latest podcast is now up and running. This is going to be a big show so I don’t expect you to listen to it in one sitting. However, you are stuck in traffic and marred by protests then by all means listen to this and forget the world… for about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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12/11/14 – Forgot to post this information about the Dr. Who article I read online on Tor.com. Click here to read it or click Emily’s name for further articles.

“My heart is maintained by the Doctor.” Thoughts On Doctor Who’s Female Master EMILY ASHER-PERRIN

‘Terminator Genisys’ full trailer hits reset button on the universe – Yahoo TV


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We have now Terminator Genisys to look forward next year; I guess? I am a bit miffed and confused and have the same look on my face as Matt Smith by this new go around in the T franchise. Let me begin with this, I really liked Terminator: Salvation. This movie really made up for the shitty #3 though the Terminatrix – Kristanna Locken was hot. The Sarah Connor Chronicles tv series was good for the first season and was tied in with Salvation. There were to be at least two more movies after Salvation before we get to see Reese being sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor thereby completing the circle with the first movie. Genisys looks that movie less one movie plus a twist.

I’ve watched this trailer several times to get a sense of what this movie was try to do plus I read something online that made me say WTF?!?

Six years after we collectively decided to forget “Terminator: Salvation” ever happened, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back to resuscitate the franchise.

In the first full trailer for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions “Terminator: Genisys,” Sarah Connor Emilia Clarke explains that somehow the Trousers of Time™ have split, and we’re in a new leg/reality now. One where Connor was raised by Schwarzengger’s T-800 and became a stone cold badass years before her alternate personality in the Prime timeline

via ‘Terminator Genisys’ full trailer hits reset button on the universe – Yahoo TV.

Before I go off the deep end, I have to remember, this is not the first time that a movie that is part of a franchise went back to its origins like Back to the Future II overlap the same events from Back to the Future I. However, the events pretty much stayed the same except for the alternate 1985 but even then things went back into place. Still, I can go one better and mention the Planet of the Apes series that started in 1968. Ok, do I need to do a spoiler alert for a 40+ year old movie?

Astronaut Taylor (Heston) believed he landed on a planet where apes evolved but to only discover, he had been on Earth the entire time. The evidence to that was him see the remains of the Statue of Liberty at the climax of the movie. He yells, “You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!” In the second movie, Beneath the Planet of the Apes the climax was a last fight between the Apes and the mutant humans. The humans had a bomb which was detonated and supposedly destroyed the world. The 3rd movie, Escape from the Planet of the Apes had 3 apes from the first two movies got into Taylor spaceship and somehow traveled back in time to present day which back then was 1971. The events from this movie on changed the future of what we knew from the first Planet of the Apes movie. So, is this was we are seeing with an alternate Terminator origin story?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One Commentary


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As my time grows shorter on this mortal plane of existence, I have to be choosy with my time and effort to watch a tv series or movie. Like Thor’s Hammer, Meow Meow, the show/movie has to be worthy. When I saw the first episode of SHIELD, I was not overly impressed. However, the introduction of Extremis plot device, as seen from Iron Man 3, was enough to make this fan boy really happy. I continued to watch the show up till episode 5 “Girl in the Flower Dress” and pretty much quit watching the series. The much anticipated series pretty much fizzled right from the start. I hoped each episode would get better but it didn’t. I think what broke me was seeing “The Asset” episode where in one scene Coulson (Gregg) in suit and tie riding in a boat and stormin’ the beach with Agent Ward, who is properly dressed, for the rescue mission. The idea that Coulson would not change attire never made no sense to me except that maybe they were pressed for time during production and did not have a whole lot of time for costume changes. Nitpicky? Maybe. When an episode is good, you can forgive some logic but the episode is terrible and the “why are you doing this?” moments keep flooding out of my mouth and that you just have to do a double facepalm to quiet the frustration; you have to just quit.

In fairness, I thought about why I stopped watching the show. I think it has to do with a certain rhythm of the show or lack thereof. In the pilot episode, you need to have your cast of characters to be clear and distinct from each other.  We already know Agent Coulson as he has been established from the movies and now is the leader of his gang of SHIELDlings. The supporting cast, we have May (Wen) who has a mysterious past and a loner, Ward (Dalton) the take charge guy and loner, Fitz (De Caestecker) nerd and geek, Simmons (Henstridge) nerd and geek, and Skye (Bennett) nerd, geek and the outsider. I’m not faulting the actors but their portrayal on the small screen seemed flat. Yes, the show, I’m sure, will flesh out these characters or have a story to showcase their talents. Still, I failed to find anyone mildly interesting. Alas, we have hooks.

Hook #1. The reveal of the how Coulson was brought back to life was not going to be shown early in the series. You want this mystery to be revealed as slowly as you can over the course of the season and series. Hook # 2, this series ties into events from MCU which during this time was Thor 2 and Captain America 2. Hook 3, just like the X-Files which had the monster of the week or Smallville had the freak of the week, with Agents, their hook would be to investigate strange occurrences around the globe. With all these hooks something should stick; right?

Since there was little to no reveal on Coulson and having to rely on his, “Tahiti was a magical place” comments, this hook failed. I did not watch Thor 2 in the theater and by this time, I already quit the show well before the movie played. Hook # 2 failed. Lastly, the global investigation never took off as they all look like they were filmed on back lots of EPCOT (which reminded me of another terrible show – Fortune Hunter that actually filmed in EPCOT). Remember, Alias? That show was exciting partly because of the action but mostly because of the exotic locales. Agents failed to get me excited on any level and I simply could not commit. Arrow, on the same token, from day 1 showed me terrific action, terrific acting and the introduction of multiple storylines. Everything felt mapped out and planned deliberately because Agents wandered. The cameo appearance of Hill and Fury still didn’t help as they would not be anything more than a cameo. There was nothing for me to latch on to Agents. To sum it up, we had three major hooks that failed to grab my attention. I wanted to see A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer short but as a one hour show week to week. I wanted that sense of coolness, fun and be along for the ride but I wanted off.

Zoom to Captain America 2 being released in the theaters. The fall of SHIELD due to the secret infiltration of HYDRA was simply well executed for the MCU. Marvel spent years to put SHIELD in all of their movies with the big payoff in the Avengers movie. Now with Cap 2, that was all destroyed and with that, I started to hear about how well Agents picked up because what happened in the MCU happened in this series. Still, this was not enough for me to come back to watching or even having a colleague telling me to give it another try but what happened to change my mind? The Nerdist podcast with Clark Gregg.

I’ve been a fan of Chris Hardwick since the days of G4 and the Attack of the Show years ago. When G4 crumpled, Chris continued with The Nerdist Podcast. For the most part, this is not the typical podcast where you expect the same nerdyness as on Attack but rather a conversation between Chris and the guest and a discussion about what ever comes to mind. Some podcasts are heavier in tone like when Chris talked about the death of his dad with actor/comedian Jon Lovitz or hearing the passionate and nerdy John Favreau talk about his movie Chef, which I recommend, but for the most part, I enjoy listening to whatever is being said regardless of the guest.

A couple of weeks ago, I finally listened to Clark Gregg which was recorded back in May. He is the easy kind of guy that goes with the flow which makes me love this guy even more as he is genuine and humble. I listened to him about an incident he created about how those who left the show SHIELD were losers. He talk about how this came to be and how someone threw a comment towards him that got under Clark’s skin. As a result, the loser comment made its round in the ‘verse. Still, when I read about this incident, I didn’t really care because the show as it was no longer on my radar by that time. However, I really like hearing Clark’s side of the story. This led me to start to reading online about the show and to give me an clue as to why it failed. I looked on Wikipedia and came across something interesting.

Development

After The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment in 2009,[23] they announced that a Marvel Television division was being formed.[24][25] In the following months, various pilots based on comics from Marvel’s catalog went into development.[26][27] In July 2012, Marvel Television entered into discussions with ABC to make a new series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though at that point it was undecided what it would be. The series was described as “‘a kernel of an idea’ with a number of scenarios being explored, including a high-concept cop show.”[28] The next month, it was announced that Marvel’s The Avengersdirector Joss Whedon, creator of other popular television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, would be involved in the series’ development.[29]

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The line, “Kernel of an idea” explained pretty much why this series was failing. From July to August, from discussion to confirmation, in just one month is not enough time to plan out and execute a tv series in my opinion; it felt rushed. I decided to give Agents another try. “FZZT” episode was better with anything since the pilot. Simmons is given something to work with as she is infected with a alien virus from a Chitauri helmet. “The Hub” Fitz get paired with Ward and is allowed to shine for a bit. “The Well” takes place after the events from Thor 2 which I hate so there was nothing for me to be happy. “Repairs” was the typical freak/monster of the week which bombed. Now, from this moment on, Agents changed dramatically.

‘The Bridge” brings back Mike Peterson from the pilot who had Extremis and is now working for SHIELD. “The Magical Place” we get somewhere with the revival of Coulson from his death. “Seeds” didn’t do much for me as college boys and their tech toys try to control weather. “T.R.A.C.K.S.” is better than FZZT and pretty much anything else on Agents. This episode had the coolness and the fun factor I had been waiting for the show to produce. We are treated to a non linear storytelling and from multiple characters and restarting the story over and over again from their point of view. Every since character had finally been used to the benefit of this episode. We then move along to “T.A.H.I.T.I.” which continued on how Coulson was bought back from the dead and with an alien cliffhanger possible connection to the MCU. “Yes Men” shows Lady Sif searching for Lorelei. Meh, considering how much I wanted to see Jamie Alexander as Wonder Woman. This outing made Jamie less Wonder Woman and even lesser Xena. Still, there was the last 1/3 of the season that made a huge turnaround with: End of the Beginning, Turn, Turn, Turn, Providence, The Only Light in the Darkness, Nothing Personal, Ragtag, Beginning of the End. The Only Light in Darkness episode was another freak of the week which slowed the momentum of the season finale. Aside from Darkness, the remaining episodes were worthy of my time to watch. Things have moved at an incredible pace and while there was a moment toward the end of the finale episode that was a classic Coulson moment that I applauded with glee.

Am I completely in love with Agents? No. Do I want to continue with the show? Yes. The problem lies now that the show has to rely on itself to continue their momentum. I’m sure there will be a buildup towards Avengers 2 but that it still a bit away. In the coming weeks, I’ll be catching up on the first 1/2 of season two though I’m in no rush…yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch claims he knows nothing of being ‘Doctor Strange’ – Orlando Geek Culture | Examiner.com


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One of the things I try to do is before I get all nerded out on casting news is to verify if it has been confirmed. While I love using IMDB, I was still dumbfounded but as to why, I felt, there was no official word from Marvel about Benedict playing Dr.Strange. Sure, we have the official release of the MCU lineup for the next several years but not everything has been confirmed.

The worry that I have with MCU is the already committed movies when there is neither an actor/actress, cast, director, or even a screenwriter attached to the project. Yet, we have an assembly line of sorts for the MCU and I feel they will bang this movies out without much concern to get it right.  Yes, MCU has a great record of treating their Marvel properties with great care… so far. Like with any company, there are bound to be clunkers along the way. A perfect example is Pixar and their strong commitment on telling on a good story. Toys Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and others were perfectly done which made Pixar a household name. However, I think the chink in the armor came with Cars. I felt no connection to anyone or anything which was odd for me loving Pixar. The movie felt a bit flat with me as I did not have the same love of cars or road trips across America as John Lasseter discuss in making Cars. No big deal as not everything is going to connect with every movie goer. Ratatouille was the next film and was better than Cars but the really winners for Pixar were Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3. These movies were Pixar at its best but then Cars 2, Brave, and Monster’s University have made Pixar dip even lower than my feelings for Cars. This goes to prove the point, no one and no company is without failure. MCU is going like gangbusters especially after Guardians of the Galaxy was released over the summer but can they avoid the same pitfalls as Pixar? I’ve already seen the chink in the armor for the MCU. Thor 2 was not for me and a complete wasted effort on the acting talent since the first movie was absolute well executed. On that note, my podcast partner felt lukewarm about Captain America 2. We also split on Iron Man 3 where I liked it and he did not. Still we both enjoy watch MCU regardless.

As for Benedict not knowing anything about this Dr.Strange project is a bit worrisome. We’ve seen issues like with Edgar Wright ultimately leaving the Ant Man movie nearly derail the project. Sure, the movie is on track but this may be a sign of further things to come. What I’m trying to say is that sure Benedict may be the ideal person for the role and for argument sake what if he declines it? Who else are you going to get? Yes, there are plenty of actors that are unknown that would love this chance but I  don’t want to see those behind the MCU group have Johnny Bravo mentality. Now, the Johnny Bravo I’m referring to is not the animated series on Cartoon Network but from the Brady Bunch. Greg wanted to be a singing artist and discovered by a music producer. In the end it wasn’t about the talent or the passion for music that Greg had but rather he simply fit the suit. Check out the clip below to see my point.

The MCU Phase 3 is going to be ambitious schedule to keep up. They do need ensure quality in their films remains paramount. I’m expecting MCU to have a home run hit every single the movies need to be enjoyable and entertainment for us fans.

According to Comic Book Movie on Saturday, actor Benedict Cumberbatch was in a short interview during the Hollywood Film Awards on the red carpet. There was a brief stint of a code breaking in lieu of Cumberbatch’s new “Imitation Game” movie and also question asked about him playing Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch said he knew nothing of the sort and even asked the reporter if even he knew. Of course, as a nod to “The Imitation Game’s” World War 2 genre, there could have also been a reference to “Hogan Heroes'” Sergeant Shultz’s “I know nothing!” to being a super hero.

via Benedict Cumberbatch claims he knows nothing of being ‘Doctor Strange’ – Orlando Geek Culture | Examiner.com.

A New Blu-Ray Release Of Gravity Will Let The Space Scenes Be Silent


One of my biggest pet peeves are when movies are released on dvd/blu ray and there are multiple edition of the same movie. The biggest culprit is the Lord of the Rings series where each movie of the trilogy released as the theatrical version but soon after a director’s cut came along and made these movies even longer. I’m not bitching about the longer version but rather, if you bought the first version on dvd and, like me, love watching the director’s cut, this means more money out of the pocket. Or to boot, Star Trek Into Darkness and how Paramount decided to c-block, (content block, you dick) us by putting the bonus material broken up via iTunes, disc format, and even stores. However, this upcoming release on Gravity may be an exception.

I love movie scores and soundtracks enormously. If a score can live beyond the visual of the film they go with then this is a worthy soundtrack to listen over and over again by itself. Before the age of DVD, there was “laserdisc” which if you saw them, they are the size of a record album. If you’re reading this and saying what’s a record album, you’ve made me feel that much older and a step closer to the grave. Getting back on point, one of the benefits of a “laserdisc” player was the feature to separate the audio from the music so one could hear the score by itself or watch the movie without the score. Doing either option does change the movie watching experience. Flash forward to today, the only movie that I own that does a score isolation was X-Men First Class. The score cue which is one of my favorite is called Frankenstein’s Monster. This is the scene in Michael Fassbender (Magneto) is in South America and stops in a little town bar. As the scene plays out, Fassbender has been looking for these particular men from the days at the camp. The music is low and slow but builds as the scene gets more tense. By the time the men realize what Fassbender is doing with his mutant powers; it’s too late. This dark theme and ominous music for Magneto can fully appreciated being separated by itself and watching the visuals play out. Honestly, the death screams really drown out the music by that point so hearing it by itself is a treat.

Moving to Gravity, I’ve only seen this movie once and it was on the big screen. Thankfully, the score and the visuals worked well together which made me want to buy it on dvd when it came out. At this time, I haven’t and I don’t know why I am hesitant to have this in my collection. After reading this news piece below, thank god I waited. There’s nothing worse than a fan and collector of movies to be stuck with a dvd that did not have all the goodies as mentioned before. So, will I be waiting for this new release? YUP. The absence of music or score does give a movie a different feel. Being that this movie takes place in space and in space no one can hear you scream…wait…wrong movie but you get the idea that in space there is no sound, so why would there be music? The tv series Firefly had no sound for the space shots of Serenity traveling though we did hear music. But my feeling, this may be the best example of not having a score to compliment the visuals. Don’t get me wrong, the score was amazingly good but seeing the climax scene from Hitchcock’s Saboteur where it’s completely devoid of any music during the lead up and the death of the villain speaks volumes. Now imagine that goodness stretched to the entire film and in this case, Gravity. Silence would not only golden but a wonderful change to the non stop ear noise carnage from most movies. I can’t wait to get my copy…. next year.

I was already kind of traumatized by watching Sandra Bullock hurtling through the vast nothingness of space in Gravity; the idea of seeing the movie without its score, where space is as audibly empty as it is visually, sounds chilling. And that’s exactly what we’re going to get in a new special Gravity Blu-ray.

via A New Blu-Ray Release Of Gravity Will Let The Space Scenes Be Silent.