Pop Culture Download: March 4, 2018

Pop Culture Download: March 4, 2018


On the Docket

David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester from M*A*S*H, has died at the age of 75. – [Variety]

Warner Bros. has scheduled the Six Billion Dollar Man for Memorial Day 2019. – [Deadline]

Avengers: Infinity War has moved up one week to an April 27 worldwide premiere. – [THR]

Keith DeCandido’s 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch continues looking into the X-Men with X2: X-Men United. – [Tor.com]


Into The Chronic Rift

The Chronic Rift: Episode 008 – In Review February 2018
It’s that time of the month when John gets a hankering for taking a look at all things pop culture and reviewing them with a group of people whose opinion he trusts.  This month, the focus is on Marvel’s Black Panther movie.  John is joined by Denise Lhamon of The Weekly Podioplex and artist Mike Fichera.  Together they discuss Dan Persons’ assertion that Marvel didn’t really push the envelope when it came to the social message of the movie.  Plus, they chat about the glut of superhero projects in general and is the bubble about to burst with thanks to commentary from Ken Holtzhouser.  It’s all here, plus a little Bringing it to the Table for a new In Review for February 2018.

The Shazam/Isis Podcast – Episode 37: Isis – “Bigfoot”
Lee and Cindy claim to have seen Bigfoot while walking through the woods.  Is it possible?  Rick has a hard time believing it, but when the kids begin to panic and decide to hunt the beast down, Isis steps in and discovers the secret of Bigfoot (long before Steve Austin did).

John is especially excited to tackle this episode in light of his love for Bigfoot on The Six Million Dollar Man, but there are problems with it as John and Richard discuss.  Plus, they also talk about how Isis managed to debunk supernatural tropes that were popular in the 70s, wonder how a man with shoes leaves a bare footprint, and discuss the second issue of the DC Comics The Mighty Isis Series, “The Creature from Dimension X” and “Lost and Found”.

The Batcave Podcast – Episode 69: “Mayhem, Millionaires, & Minerva”
Minerva has a plan to rob the richest men in Gotham City while using her spa as a front for her operations.  It seems almost like a plausible story for the third season.  In fact, John went into it dreading it and then found in watching it and then talking about it with guest host, longtime Batman 66 fan, Robert Long, that it wasn’t all that bad.  Robert goes so far as to point out that the episode has the beats of a condensed two-part second season story.  They also discuss the relationship between Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Alfred compared with his relationship with Batman and Robin.  It may be the final review of the original series, but it’s not the end of the podcast as John explains towards the end. 

The Hornet’s Sting Podcast – Episode 14: “May the Best Man Lose”
District Attorney Scanlon is running for re-election and it looks like it’s going to be a rough one as his life is threatened.  The Hornet has to step in to investigate, but how does he do it without connecting himself to the DA?  This is an interesting episode of the series as it addresses a number of questions, the least of which is why should one elect someone who has failed time and again to catch public enemy number one, The Green Hornet?  

Presenting the Transcription Feature: The Kraft Music Hall & The College Quiz Bowl
Bing Crosby leads “The Kraft Music Hall” with special guest, Lucille Ball.  Before she was “Lucy,” the comedy legend, she was a would-be glamour girl with a knack for comedy.  Then on “The College Quiz Bowl” students from Barnard College and Syracuse University tackle topics as diverse as mythology, anatomy, and politics.

The Weekly Podioplex: February 27, 2018


The Watchlist

The Good Doctor
The Flash
Black Lightning
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Legends of Tomorrow
Star Wars Rebels
 – (Series Finale 3/5)
Designated Survivor

Waiting room
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

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
Rent at The Fox Theater in Atlanta. It was chaotic and beautiful.

Coming soon
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at The Fox Theater in Atlanta


Literary Pursuits

Currently reading
Diving into the works of H.P. Lovecraft

Captain Marvel: Volume 1 – 4/5
Captain Marvel: Volume 2 – 4/5


On the Virtual Air

None. It’s been business as usual during an otherwise crazy busy week.

Also none, though as time permits I need to get some spotlights written for a few good podcasts.


Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
This week’s started The Trial of a Time Lord with The Mysterious Planet, and next week is Mindwarp.

Other Musings

Upcoming Podcasts
I’m recording this week with The 42Cast.

Upcoming Appearances
Aug 30-Sep 3: Dragon Con 2018


Until next time, enjoy the journey.

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