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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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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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The long awaited return of Sherlock Holmes has arrived. Mr. Gene and I talk about our favorite moments from the first episode from season three. In addition, we talk about Matt Smith’s last Dr. Who episode, “Time of the Doctor.”

Check out this episode if you want a direct download or stream it below.



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As the time approaches at the end of another year, I wanted to take some time to ponder on those things, those geeky things, that make me get excited to be a geek.

  1. Podcasting – While I have made four new podcast since August 2013, I need to go beyond this number in 2014. There may be times where I have to do a podcast by myself because of schedule conflicts with my co-host Mr.Gene. I would like to be definitely more active with current shows like Arrow, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. However, to make this happen, I need to get back my internet as I have been without it at home for more than a year. Yes, I have worked this past year but I’m still in recovery mode from the year I was laid off.
  2. Blogging – I am now six months away from my seventh year as a blogger. I have been a lone voice for my blog and while it has been fun, I do need to have some extra help. That is why, my new year’s resolution is to get my co-host Mr.Gene to get off his ass and to start blogging. Eventually, I would like to add more people but one step at a time.
  3. Reading – Yes, this simple low tech approach to download information into my brain has to increase dramatically. While library school ruined my joy of casual reading, I have read very little since my last class. Plus, what I have read has been more graphic novels than real plain text. I need to retrain my brain to focus on the written word and not just quick glances like when I do research and especially at the library. I read lots of news articles on a daily basis that I have condition my brain to read things in bit sizes. Think of a marathon runner being reduced to just walking – I read so slow when it comes to just plain books. Need to work on this problem.
  4. Conventions – I’ve been to just one convention here in Miami. The problem lies, other conventions are up north like Orlando and west in Tampa. Of course, there DragonCon in Atlanta, New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con; the mother of all cons. I’m not going to spend all my time traveling everywhere but I would like to venture into new arenas of geekiness and explore new worlds, new civilizations, to boldy go… you get the picture.
  5. Writing – Yes, I have written a great deal more this year but I need to work on writing to have something published especially in the comic book field. I need to start again and learn what I can learn on my own and eventually be good enough for someone to say, “Hmm, I like your stuff.” I’ve had my moments when I would write my business and library principles with scifi examples. While those were more non fiction, I would like to see about creating some fiction on my own. I have many ideas and stories but all have been put on the back burner. The time has come to get moving again.
  6. Content – Whatever it is I am doing, I need to share this content; to a degree. My wife tells me that I’m a media whore when I post things socially. I really don’t care what she thinks because she never reads my blog or listen to my podcast but seriously, I like to share what I’ve done so it can inspire others to do the same or just enjoy. One of the things I try to get my teen patrons at the library is to not only enjoy content but creating content. This can be anything like what I’m doing like blogging, podcasting, photography, origami or anything that gets then excited.

I think these are fair resolutions to keep for the new year. What are yours???


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Mr. Gene and I sit down to discuss the best and worst in tv and movies for 2013.


 


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Having watch the mid-season 4 finale of The Walking Dead, I am finally happy to have seen the fall of the prison. While this storyline does not follow the comic exactly, I think this is what will make The Walking Dead tv series more appealing. Season 3, we get the death of Andrea which in the comics she was still around after the fall of the prison. Lori, Rick’s wife, was killed by zombies as well as their newly born child as per the comic. But in Season 3, Carl was the one to kill his own mother as she was hemorrhaging during childbirth. Since she was not going to make it due to the emergency C-section, she would have turned to a zombie had not Carl done the deed. Now, these are just some examples of where I can live with the differences. Having said all this, my only concern is how each season will build upon the last. With the comic, the story has an ebb and flow quality that goes from nothing going on to major scenes of action and drama and goes back to nothing. This is nothing new as many stories are told in the format so what needs continue, to engage us from week to week are the characters.

If there was one flaw for the opening of the 4th season were all the new faces. Basically, these were the “red shirts” of the cast that were going kill off one way or the other. That’s fine by me but for their deaths to have meaning and have a real sense of loss we need to know who they are. I was upset at the loss of Hershel because there was a history behind and we as an audience grew to care for him as one of our own. I for one can not remember the kid’s name that contracted the flu, wound up dying and then turned as a zombie. Can you? What we can hope for, now that our group is splintered, how everyone is doing in the aftermath and will they be able to join up again? If so, where and how? Michonne, Carol, Glenn, Maggie, Tyreese, Daryl, Carl, Rick and yes, there are a few more but let’s stay focused on this core for a while.

As for the extended 16 episode commitment, I’m fine with it as long as there are no fillers. Nothing slows a serious when the writer’s have an end game but stretch it out ad nausem. I remembered how the last couple of episodes of BSG’s finale season just seem to meander and wasted our time towards the last episode. Let us hope, whoever is the showrunner, there is a plan in place to deliver on the goods. One of those goods would be to show the rat killer. My suspicion would be on Carl as he has had to grow up in a short amount of time and coping in this new world, this disregard for life – any life, is truly worrisome if he is acting out like this.

Any takers on who the rat killer is?

After watching the mid-season finale of The Walking Deads fourth season, I think its safe to say that this isn’t the same show that many of us fell in love with three years ago. Considering that AMC has already gone through three showrunners in four seasons, some creative inconsistencies were inevitable. The fourth season hasn’t been terrible, but it also hasn’t measured up to the brilliance of the first two, which were more tightly contained stories that moved the plot along much more quickly. Therefore, lets take a look at three big mistakes that The Walking Dead should fix to get back on track. Spoilers ahead if you’re not up to date on your viewing.

Mistake #1: A longer season isn’t necessarily a better one

In my opinion, the shows new format of splitting a 16-episode season into two 8-episode half-seasons, which started in Season 3, is a problem. It could work if the two half-seasons had tighter and distinct storylines, but showrunners Glen Mazzara Season 3 and Scott Gimple Season 4 stretched out dull storylines with filler to artificially lengthen the seasons. In Season 3, most of these filler storylines centered around Andreas alliance with the villainous Governor. Andrea gets stuck between her loyalty to Ricks group and her feelings for the Governor

via AMCs The Walking Dead Needs To Fix These 3 Big Mistakes AMCX, CBS.


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Today is THE day not for the Doctor but for the TARDIS. At long last, the day has come to fruition to construct the TARDIS door. Why did it take so long? I needed the right paper and the right colored paper.

The blue construction paper at work did not work because of the stiffness and the size. The size was decent 11″x18″ which can take up a lot of spa but I would have to do a great deal of cutting. As for the stiffness of the paper, there are edges that I needed to make creases and the amount of tape to use to secure it would have made it look horrendous and the weight would pull away from the tape. To boot, the color was a light blue which was not the proper TARDIS blue. After some store shopping and then online, I found the perfect craft…

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seaquestdsvOkay, this is the wrong picture for this entry but it still fits a bit. If you don’t know this ship, this is from the NBC series called seaQuest DSV. I guess seaQuest could be considered the Starship Enterprise of its day because it’s mission dealt with exploring the final frontier except it was underwater. The series lasted for three years and it was struggling to find itself and how to tell stories ala Star Trek. If you know you scifi history, this was not the only water based series on tv. There was Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea which dealt with protecting Earth from any terrestrial  and extraterrestrial threats. And, to a small degree, there was UFO by Gerry Anderson that special forces on the moon, on earth and underwater. This last group had Skydiver –  a submarine with a submersible that was able to detach from the submarine and then fly out of the water. Now, that was cool.

So, this begs, will this new SeaOrbiter spark the imagination of kids today much like how Star Trek moved a generation? When I watched seaQuest, Bob Ballard, a very famous oceanographer who found the Titanic, would have a quick segment at the end of every episode. Bob would quickly discuss the science facts that was presented in the science fiction show. This format tried to make the show more grounded in reality even though we are a couple of decades away. Still, this was a novel approach and sadly, that all changed in the next two seasons as science fact was axed for more science fiction.

Now, we have the International Space Station (ISS) flying high above. Every once in a while we get to see how the astronauts conduct experiments and do a music video. Considering how important oceans play an important part of our lives, climate change, and the green movement, I think the success of the SeaOrbiter should tap into the consciousness of today’s youth. There is nothing wrong in stealing some things from Star Trek or from real life examples from the ISS. While this ship will be able to conduct research much longer out in the ocean they should be used to showcase themselves and highlight our global issues in a new and engaging showcase at the same time.

On a side note, I do not like being underwater. I have freaked out on the one and only time I rode the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride at Walt Disney World. Never again!!!!

If you want to do deep sea ocean research today, you’ll have to take a journey to the Florida Keys, where the world’s last remaining underwater research lab, the Aquarius, is housed.

But that’s soon about to change. When it’s completed, the SeaOrbiter, a spaceship-like underwater vessel, will become the first ocean lab where researchers can live 24/7 over long periods of time. (The Aquarius, in comparison, goes on missions for 10 days on average.) It’s the Starship Enterprise of the sea, exploring parts of the ocean where no man has gone before.

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The $43 million SeaOrbiter project is the result of a 30-year research and design process. Created by sea architect Jacques Rougerie and guided by experts like Jean-Michel Cousteau and former NASA chief Daniel Goldin, the vessel will hold a crew of up to 22 people when it launches. Its first trip will be to Monaco, where Rougerie hopes that researchers will gather new details about the vast underwater areas surrounding the country.

via 6 | This Starship Enterprise Of The Sea Will Launch Its Exploration In 2016 | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.


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This is one of those moments where I am going to show my age. On the left is a Dodge Durango with the cool LED lights but for a million Spaceball bucks, can you name the tv show car on the right?

AutomanWhen the original Tron came out, everyone tried to have this futuristic look but these f/x were very primitive. These computer generate f/x were amazing to look at on the big screen and then ABC had a tv show called Automan back in 1982. Here’s the premise:

Automan (the “Automatic Man“) follows the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz, Jr.), who had created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (Chuck Wagner) able to leave the computer world and fight crime. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automan

Here was the trick and the main issue or problem with the series; Automan would only come out at night when there was less power consumption of electricity. Hence, the lighted f/x would only work at night for the main character, his car or any other contrast he created. As daylight approached, he would make a comment that he can feel toasters and coffee makers coming online and that he had to go back into the computer until the nighttime. Thankfully, this Tron vampire never lasted more than one season. Granted, the cool thing about this show was to see the Autocar in action. To give the Autocar an interesting feel, anytime it had to make a turn, the car would make a quick 90 degree angle left or right. How this was achieve was through editing the film back then. The car was heading in one direction and then the film was spliced on the car going down in another direction. This was a very cheesy f/x was one that was very cheap to make.

Overall, this computer scifi look has been one of my favorite looks and wish I could created the same look on the cheap. Still, with life imitating art, there are some signs of having this look now. Take a look at the pic below from the Tokyo Motor Show

DSCF3159_verge_super_wideThis Tron-style Kawasaki concept, called the J, is an electric motorcycle where the front “wheel” splits into two. The J eschews handlebars entirely for a pair of “arms” that can be manipulated into different positions to prioritize speed or comfort.  Click here to see more


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The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a mini-series programming event.

Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York.  Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

via “Daredevil” Leads Marvel & Netflix Multiple Live-Action Show Deal – Comic Book Resources.

Wholly crap, Disney!?! Talk about launching a preemptive strike against DC. Not only does Marvel have the lead of produced individual superhero movies and the first superhero team movie under their belt but this move to the small screen and using Netflix to deliver the content is going to be groundbreaking. Yes, shows like Walking Dead and Arrow are the current darlings of traditional tv watching but Netflix has proved shows like House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Orange is the New Black are going to be the new way to deliver original content and Disney is making a wise bet.

While on the subject of Arrow, for a while, DC looked like they were going a different route, counter to Marvel’s films, and produce superhero shows like Amazon and The Flash on tv and not having straight movies. Disney has Agents of SHIELD which has sucked on the teats of the past, current and now future Marvel movies but has delivered a lot of suck ass content. This was probably not the best and fully developed idea but things can change. As for DC,  while we are getting a Superman/Batman movie, a JLA movie seems to be even more in jeopardy in light of this new Disney moves. DC and Warner Bros. do not have the financial capital to bankroll such a long-term plan all on their own. With Marvel’s Phase 2 is in progress, Phase 3 already in the works, and this Netflix deal, Disney and Marvel is already 5 to 10 years ahead of DC/Warner Bros. My only hope is that audiences won’t grow tired and bored with superhero movies.Hopefully when DC  finally gets their act together watching superhero movies will still matter like the first Superman movie with the late Christopher Reeves and not passe like 3D.