Pop Culture Download: April 1, 2018

Pop Culture Download: April 1, 2018


On the Docket

The 2018 Hugo Award Finalists have been announced. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 19. – [Tor]

Powerhouse television producer Steven Bochco has died at the age of 74. – [THR]

Funko is introducing a horror/occult line of cereal, including Freddy Krueger, Elvira, and Beetlejuice. – [Bloody Disgusting]

Colin Trevorrow has been tapped for a third Jurassic World film. – [Variety]

Keith DeCandido continues his 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch with the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man film. – [Tor]


Into The Chronic Rift

The Chronic Rift: Episode 012 – A Chat with Author Chuck Harter
Chuck Harter, author of “Mr. Novak: An Acclaimed Television Series”, chats with John about the groundbreaking TV series about high school teachers and their students, the appeal of star James Franciscus, the making of Chuck’s book and more.

The Shazam/Isis Podcast – Episode 39: Isis – “The Show Off”
Steve is a student who has a serious inferiority complex. He compensates by showing off, but his recklessness gets him into trouble very quickly.

John and Richard have a lot to talk about in this episode. First, there’s the excitement over Michael Gray’s appearance on AMC’s Comic Book Men this fall. Next, they look through the fourth issue of DC Comics’ 1976 run of The Mighty Isis. It’s the last issue before the series took an interesting turn. Finally, they review, “The Show Off,” an episode of Isis that turns out to be two stories in one as the first story is abandoned early in the second act. Plus, there’s admiration of Joanna Cameron’s acting with Tut, Brian Cutler’s fishing hat, and the use of more realistic gorilla costumes if you don’t want to use a real gorilla in your story.

The Hornet’s Sting Podcast: Episode 16: “Seek, Stalk and Destroy”
A trio of Korean War vets hatch a plan to bust their sergeant out of prison with a stolen tank.  Will the Hornet be able to stop them in time? John and Jim are back with an episode that they are once again mixed on.  They both agree the episode has merit, but one of them is overly enthused by the premise.  Also, they discuss the influences of the Batman series on The Green Hornet and the music of Billy May.

The Chronic Rift Classic: Episode 33 – Time Paradoxes
Andrea Lipinski and Keith DeCandido welcome editor Ian Randal Strock, author Tim Powers, and movie critic Daniel Persons to our Roundtable discussion on time paradoxes and their place in literature and movies. Plus, Marc Macagnone reviews the PBM game, Real Politic, Keith reviews “Deadface: Doing the Island with Bacchus” by Eddie Campbell, and the Memorable Moment is from “The Avengers” episode, “The Masked Avenger”.

Originally Aired: September 30, 1991

The Chronic Rift Classic: Episode 34 – The Society for Creative Anachronism
Andrea Lipinski and Keith DeCandido welcome Ted Dillenkofer, Veda Crewe and Sondra Venableto the studio to discuss the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). They appear in period regalia and offer video of SCA events in order to give the viewers a better idea of what the organization offers. Plus, Orenthal Hawkins offers his thoughts on the animated shows, “Bobby’s World” and “The Toxic Crusaders” and Keith reviews Innovation Comics’ take on “Quantum Leap” and “Lost in Space”.

Originally Aired: October 7, 1991

The Weekly Podioplex: April 1, 1988


The Watchlist

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 Doctor (Season Two premieres 2018/2019)
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

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

Coming soon
Something Rotten at The Fox Theater in Atlanta.


Literary Pursuits

Currently reading
Diving into the works of H.P. Lovecraft
Podcasting for Dummies (3rd Edition) by Tee Morris and Chuck Tomasi



On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
This week was the summary of the Twenty-Third Series and the Sixth Doctor’s run. This week, I’ll be taking a slight detour into a couple of Sixth Doctor extras before starting the Seventh Doctor’s tenure.

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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