Pop Culture Download: March 18, 2018

Pop Culture Download: March 18, 2018


On the Docket

Doctor Stephen Hawking, world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist, has died at the age of 76. – [BBC]

Mark Hamill has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. – [Variety]

Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next month. – [Syfy]

The trailers have been released for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mary Poppins Returns, Christopher Robin, and Avengers: Infinity War. – [In order on YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4]

Keith DeCandido’s 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch continues with the sort of sequel to the Christopher Reeve era of Superman with Superman Returns. – [Tor.com]


Into The Chronic Rift

The Chronic Rift: Episode 010 – A Chat with Author Jeremy K. Brown
Author Jeremy K. Brown returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, Zero Limit.  Before they get to that, he and John discuss Netflix and how the streaming service is moving towards feeling like a television network.  Then, they discuss Zero Limit and the parallels of motifs with his previous work, Ocean of Storms. 

The Shazam/Isis Podcast – Episode 38: Isis – “How to Find a Friend”
Tom is a troubled student who tries to make friends, but fails.  He comes up with the idea of really impressing a kid with a dirt bike he wants to ride by offering him an antique gun that belongs to his father.  The problem is the firing mechanism of the gun is rusted and the weapon could go off in the user’s hands.

This is a packed episode even though it isn’t action packed.  First, Richard relates his attending Big Apple Comic Con in New York with Jackson Bostwick and how the two participated in a panel on the history of the use of the name, Captain Marvel.  Next, John and Richard discuss the third issue of the 1976 DC Comics run of Isis.  Finally, they discuss the episode itself.  Richard likes it more than John, finding the time manipulation elements interesting, while John just finds it weird.

The Hornet’s Sting Podcast – Episode 15: “The Hornet and the Firefly”
There’s an arsonist on the loose in the city and the Hornet takes the case.  But Mike Axford has a former police investigator with a specialty in arson that he’d like to bring in.  He quickly learns that the man has more to prove than just the case.  John and Jim are at odds over the merits of this episode.  Take a listen and see. 

Presenting the Transcription Feature: Vic & Sade and Escape
“Vic and Sade” is the driest of domestic comedies.  We present two 15-minute visits to “the small house half-way up on the next block.”  First, Sade may have at last found a place to store all of her husband’s fraternal lodge regalia that’s always cluttering up the house.  Then, what did people do for entertainment at the height of the Depression?  Rush’s pal Rotten makes performance art out of a collapsed porch.  Finally, on “Escape,” we all escape to Kafiristan, via an adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic story, “The Man Who Would Be King.”

The Weekly Podioplex: March 13, 2018


The Watchlist

The Good Doctor
The Flash
Black Lightning
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Legends of Tomorrow
Designated Survivor

Waiting room
Jessica Jones: Season Two
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)
The Punisher (via Netflix)

Marvel’s Inhumans – Episodes 5-8


Movie Night

This week
A Wrinkle in Time: It looks great visually and carries the message of the book, but does take great liberties with the story. The tightened narrative was a benefit, but some of the acting didn’t quite click. Not a favorite by any stretch, but still enjoyable enough. – 7/10

Coco: Time got a little tight when this was released to theaters, so I bought it blind on Blu-ray. I’m glad I did. – 9/10

Apr 27 – 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
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at The Fox Theater in Atlanta.

Coming soon


Literary Pursuits

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

Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry – 4/5


On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
This week continued The Trial of a Time Lord with Terror of the Vervoids, and next week is The Ultimate Foe.

Other Musings

Upcoming Podcasts

Upcoming Appearances
May 5-7: WHOLanta 2018
Aug 30-Sep 3: Dragon Con 2018


Until next time, enjoy the journey.

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