Pop Culture Download: June 10, 2018

Pop Culture Download: June 10, 2018


On the Docket

Kelly Marie Tran, Rose Tico from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has been forced off social media by targeted harassment. – [Esquire] [The Guardian]

Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61. – [CNN]

Keith DeCandido continues the 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch with Man-Thing. – [Tor]


Into The Chronic Rift

Presenting the Transcription Feature: Our Miss Brooks & Gunsmoke
Eve Arden returns, or perhaps premieres, in “Our Miss Brooks,” as we present the very first episode of that comedy classic.  There’s a new principal, and Miss Brooks just can’t stop bumping into him.  Then on “Gunsmoke,” Marshal Matt Dillon tries to help a family from being unfairly run off their land.

The Chronic Rift: Episode 19 – Netflix’s Lost in Space
Netflix’s reboot of the classic TV series has been launched with ten episodes that many say feels more like a long prequel to how the family Robinson becomes lost. Does it work? Did they get it right this time in light of the other attempts that never really got  off the ground and became lost in their own right? Join us as we discuss what worked, what didn’t work, and what are we looking forward to in a second season of the new Lost in Space. 

Joining John to discuss this are educator and longtime fan Rod Deluca and The Flopcast host Kevin Eldridge.

The OSI Files: File 006 – The Six Million Dollar Man “Survival of the Fittest”
Synopsis: An assassin has Oscar in his sights, but Steve has other ideas as the two fight for their survival on a deserted island after their plane crashes during a storm.

John is joined by artist and longtime fan Ken Holtzhouser and author Bobby Nash to discuss the second episode of the weekly SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN series, “Survival of the Fittest”.  They discuss the irony of the subdued Lee Majors as the alpha male in this episode that everyone easily follows. Plus, we play a game of W.T. Zacha or C.W. McCall.

The Weekly Podioplex: June 5, 2018
Note: This is both the seventh anniversary edition and the last edition for a while as the show is entering a refit period. The Weekly Podioplex will return.


The Watchlist

Currently Watching
Taken (Final Season)
The Crossing (Final Season)
The 100

Waiting Room
Jessica Jones: Season Two
Luke Cage: Season Three

The Orville (Season Two premieres December 2018)
Doctor Who (Series Eleven premieres Fall 2018)
MacGyver (Season Three premieres Fall 2018)
The Flash (Season Five premieres Fall 2018)
The Good Doctor (Season Two premieres 2018/2019)
The Good Place (Season Three premieres 2018/2019)
Black Lightning (Season Two premieres 2018/2019)
Legends of Tomorrow (Season Four premieres 2018/2019)
Game of Thrones (Season Eight premieres 2019)
Star Trek: Discovery (Season Two premieres 2019)
Lost in Space (Season Two premiere unknown)
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (Season Six premieres 2018/2019)
Blindspot (Season Four premieres Fall 2018)
Timeless (awaiting series renewal for Season Three)
Arrow (Season Seven premieres Fall 2018)

Playing Catch Up
Madam Secretary (via CBS All Access)
The Punisher (via Netflix)

Marvel’s Inhumans – Episodes 5-8


Movie Night

This week

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


Literary Pursuits

Currently reading
Diving into the works of H.P. Lovecraft
Duel in the Dark (Blood on the Stars Book One) by Jay Allan
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline



On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
This week was Silver Nemesis. Next week is The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

Other Musings
In light of the Kelly Marie Tran news, the team at RetroBlasting has been accused of racism contributing to the actress leaving social media.

The RetroBlasting team is sincere, honest, and forthright. They believe in the highest degree of integrity, ethics, and professionalism, and have never presented themselves otherwise.

Without reservation, I trust them and I believe in them.

Creative Criticality stands with RetroBlasting.

Posted by RetroBlasting on Sunday, June 10, 2018

Upcoming Podcasts
I recorded a video discussion about fandom this weekend with RetroBlasting. I’m also in discussion with them for a future long-term project. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Appearances
Aug 30-Sep 3: Dragon Con 2018


Until next time, enjoy the journey.


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