Pop Culture Download: June 24 & July 1, 2018

Pop Culture Download: June 24 & July 1, 2018


(Due to workload, last week’s post did not happen. This week I’ll cover two weeks to catch up.)


On the Docket

Time’s up for Timeless on NBC. – [EW]

Lucasfilm has dispelled rumors about the future of the Star Wars film franchise. – [THR]

In honor of Captain James T. Kirk, a special bourbon blend has been crafted. – [StarTrek.com]

Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison has died at the age of 84. – [Deadline]

LEGO is releasing a large Voltron-themed set. – [LEGO]

Indiana Jones 5 has been delayed after Jonathan Kasdan has been tapped to rewrite the script. – [Variety]

Showtime has commissioned a new Halo television series. – [Halo Waypoint]

Disney has won antitrust approval to buy Fox’s television and movie assets. – [CNN]

Fuller House is staging a bionic reunion. – [TV Guide]

Best Buy is no longer in the CD market. – [CBS Philadelphia]

Keith DeCandido continues the 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch with Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Batman Begins. – [Tor: FF2, Batman Begins]


Into The Chronic Rift

Presenting the Transcription Feature: Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
“Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar” ran 15 minutes a day, five days a week.  The tales of the freelance insurance investigator, who had an action-packed expense account, were full of action, cleverness, and style.  In this binge-listen of a full week’s adventure, Dollar is hired to protect a very special laird, one with four legs and a tail.

The Chronic Rift: Episode 021 – Superman the Movie’s 40th Anniversary
In 1978, Superman The Movie opened in theaters.  It starred Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, and an unknown named Christopher Reeve.   The tagline for the film was, “You will believe a man can fly.”  And we did as the movie broke the mold in terms of how superheroes were portrayed on the screen and became the benchmark for movies to come.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the film and we’ve got a panel of fans to discuss it on the podcast.  We’ll take a look at how this movie set the stage for the modern superhero film and how it still holds up to this day. Plus, we’ll discuss how the late Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder were the perfect Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane.  We’ll have a special tribute to Kidder in light of her recent passing.  Joining John to discuss is The Quick and the Dad’s Ken Holtzhouser, writer/editor/critic Glenn Greenberg, and Comic Book Central‘s Joe Stuber.

The OSI Files Podcast: File 007 – The Six Million Dollar Man: “Operation Firefly”
Steve searches for the developer of a new laser weapon with the aid of the developer’s daughter, gifted with ESP.

John is joined by artist Jerry Lange and podcaster Jim Arrowood to discuss the third episode of the first season.  This is a little gem of a story that is quickly forgotten for some reason. 

The Chronic Rift: Episode 022 – Tying it All Together: A Chat with Author Greg Cox
Longtime friend of the Rift (we’re talking all the way back to 1990 and the first season of the public access show) Greg Cox returns to the podcast to talk about his career writing tie-in media fiction which has lead to his receiving the Faust Award (a lifetime achievement award) from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.  Greg points out the long history of media tie-in fiction (going back to the silent film era) and tells us about the various elements a media tie-in writer has to juggle in order to make an adaptation happen.


The Watchlist

Currently Watching
Taken (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)
Westworld (Season Three ordered)

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

Marvel’s Inhumans – Episodes 5-8


Movie Night

This week
Ocean’s 8 – 7/10

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
Beta read for an undisclosed author



On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
Recently, I have published the 25th season summary and Battlefield. Up next is Ghost Light.

Other Musings

Upcoming Podcasts
I recorded a video discussion about fandom 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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