Pop Culture Download: February 18, 2018

Pop Culture Download: February 18, 2018


On the Docket
(In order of discovery this week)

Toy Story Land opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30, 2018. – [Disney Parks]

Solo: A Star Wars Story tie-in comics and storybooks have been revealed. – [StarWars.com]


Keith DeCandido continues 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch with a look at Marvel’s first theatrical success, the Blade trilogy, from 1998, 2002, and 2004. – [Tor.com]

(Otherwise, kind of a slow but busy week for gathering pop culture news.)

Into The Chronic Rift

The Chronic Rift – Episode 006 – Time Loop-de-Loops
It’s the 25th anniversary of the release of the movie Groundhog Day. There is something about a time loop that fascinates most everyone, be it for the comedy or drama potential. We’re going to discuss just what makes a good time loop story and of course talk about Groundhog Day with The Podcast Cowboy Clay Dugger and Denise Lhamon of The Weekly Podioplex.

The Shazam/Isis Podcast – Episode 36: ISIS – “Lucky”
Randy is getting ready to enter high school and he’s looking forward to it, even though it means leaving his dog Lucky behind during the day. When Lucky drowns in the ocean during a beach party, Randy struggles with his loss. And when he questions Isis for not using her powers to revive Lucky, Isis must teach him a lesson on life and death. In the most heartwarming and heartbreaking episode of either series, John and Richard discuss the dealing with loss in one’s life. Plus, they also look at the first issue of DC Comics’ The Mighty Isis comic book and rave about Joanna Cameron’s acting in light of her performance in this episode. In the end though, is this one of the best, if not the best episode of the series? John and Richard are of mixed thoughts about this.

The Weekly Podioplex: February 13, 2018


The Watchlist

Current – (Most on hiatus for sweeps and the Olympics)
The Good Doctor
The Flash
Black Lightning
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Legends of Tomorrow

Waiting room
Star Wars Rebels (returns February 19)
Designated Survivor (returns February 28)
Timeless (Season Two premieres March 11)
The 100 (Season Five premieres April 24)
The Orville (Season Two premieres Fall 2018)
Doctor Who (Series Eleven premieres Fall 2018)
The Good Place (Season Three premieres 2018/2019)
Game of Thrones (Season Eight premieres 2019)
Star Trek: Discovery (Season Two premieres 2019)

Catching up
Madam Secretary (via CBS All Access)

Marvel’s Inhumans – Episodes 5-8


Movie Night

This week
Feb 16 – Black Panther – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 6)
[Watching on Sunday evening]

Mar 9 – A Wrinkle in Time
May 4 – Avengers: Infinity War – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 7)
May 11 – Life of the Party – (A close friend of mine was an extra with significant camera time on this project)
May 18 – Deadpool 2 – (X-Men series #11)
May 25 – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jun 15 – The Incredibles 2
Jun 22 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jul 6 – Ant-Man and the Wasp – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 8)
Jul 27 – Mission: Impossible — Fallout – (M:I #6)
Oct 5 – Venom – (Sony Spider-Man Universe revival)
Nov 2 – X-Men: Dark Phoenix – (X-Men series #12)
Nov 2 – Mulan – (Disney live-action remake)
Nov 16 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – (Fantastic Beasts #2, Harry Potter #10)
Nov 21 – Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 – 11/21
Dec 14 – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – (Sony Spider-Man multiverse)
Dec 21 – Aquaman – (DC Extended Universe #6)
Dec 25 – Mary Poppins Returns

Feb 2019 – The New Mutants – (X-Men series #13)
Mar 2019 – How to Train Your Dragon 3
Mar 2019 – Captain Marvel – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 9)
Mar 2019 – Dumbo – (Disney live-action remake)
Apr 2019 – Shazam! – (DC Extended Universe #7)
May 2019 – Avengers #4 – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 10)
May 2019 – Aladdin – (Disney live-action remake)
Jun 2019 – Gambit – (X-Men Series #14)
Jun 2019 – Men in Black Untitled – (Men in Black #4)
Jun 2019 – Toy Story 4
Jul 2019 – Spider-Man Homecoming #2 – (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Jul 2019 – Top Gun
Jul 2019 – The Lion King – (Disney live-action remake)
Jul 2019 – Terminator sequel – (Terminator #6)
Aug 2019 – Artemis Fowl
Nov 2019 – Wonder Woman #2 – (DC Extended Universe #8)
Nov 2019 – Frozen 2
Dec 2019 – Star Wars: Episode IX
Dec 2019 – Wicked
Jul 2020 – Indiana Jones #5
Jul 2020 – Minions #2


Night at the Theater

This week

Coming soon
Rent at The Fox Theater in Atlanta


Literary Pursuits

Currently reading
Beta read for an undisclosed author



On the Virtual Air

I finally caught up on the Dead Robots Society farewell tribute to Justin Macumber. It was very touching. – [DRS]

I need to get some spotlights written for a few good podcasts.


Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
This week’s review is Revelation of the Daleks, and next week is the Twenty-Second Season review.

Upcoming Podcasts
I visited RetroBlasting HQ on Saturday. We discussed toys and Doctor Who. – [YouTube]

There are also plans afoot with some long-time friends and science fiction classics.

Upcoming Appearances
Aug 30-Sep 3: Dragon Con 2018


Until next time, enjoy the journey.

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