Pop Culture Download: April 15, 2018

Pop Culture Download: April 15, 2018


On the Docket

Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels, Marvel’s Inhumans) has been tapped as Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise for Star Trek: Discovery‘s second season. – [StarTrek.com]

Stand-up comedian and star of One Mississippi Tig Notaro is joining Star Trek: Discovery as Denise Reno, chief engineer of the USS Hiawatha. – [Deadline]

Arrow‘s Season Seven: Willa Holland is out and Colton Haynes is back in. – [THR]

Nat Geo is adapting Hidden Figures as a television series. – [Variety]

Black Panther will be released to digital on May 8 and physical media on May 15. – [IGN]

TV everyman Tim O’Connor (Buck Rogers, Peyton Place, Twilight Zone) has died at the age of 90. – [THR]

Iconic Full Metal Jacket drill instructor R. Lee Ermey has died at 74. – [THR]

Keith DeCandido continues the 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch with the third (and often possibly worst) Sam Raimi Spider-Man film. – [Tor]


Into The Chronic Rift

The Chronic Rift: Episode 14 – The 50th Anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey
One of the most influential science fiction films of all time is celebrating its 50th anniversary and we’re talking about it on the podcast.  We look at some of the trivia surrounding the film, the special effects and how they hold up today, Stanley Kubrick’s directorial choices and more.  Joining John to chat about the film are movie critic for WBAI Hour of the Wolf Dan Persons, author Julio Angel Ortiz, and writer/editor Glenn Greenberg.

The Chronic Rift Classic – Episode 37: War in Science Fiction
Keith DeCandido and guest host Celeste Hotaling welcome editor Jim Baen and authors S.M. Lewitt and David Drake to the studio to discuss the depiction of war in many science fiction novels. Plus, The Man in Black is back with a new video release update and Keith reviews Maus by Art Spiegelman. 

Originally Aired: November 25, 1991

The Chronic Rift Classic: Episode 38 – Isaac Asimov
Andrea Lipinski and Keith DeCandido welcome writer Charles Ardai, Director of Marketing for David Publications Cynthia Manson and editors David G. Hartwell & Martin Greenberg to the studio to discuss the life and works of author Isaac Asimov. Plus, Orenthal Hawkins is back to offer his picks and pans of the latest in fall television releases and Keith reviews “Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay” by Ben Katchor. 

Originally Aired: December 2, 1991

The Weekly Podioplex: April 10, 2018


The Watchlist

The Flash
Black Lightning
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Legends of Tomorrow
Designated Survivor
The Crossing
Lost in Space

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 – 5/5. A must read for podcasting newbies and veterans alike.


On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
This week was our last Sixth Doctor detour with A Fix with Sontarans before starting the Seventh Doctor’s run.

Other Musings

Upcoming Podcasts

Upcoming Appearances
May 5-7: WHOLanta 2018 (more info coming soon!)
Aug 30-Sep 3: Dragon Con 2018


Until next time, enjoy the journey.

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