Pop Culture Download: July 29, 2018

Pop Culture Download: July 29, 2018


On the Docket

SDCC 2018: Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning with the Siege of Mandalore. – [StarWars.com]

The Star Wars: Episode IX cast has been announced. – [StarWars.com]

James Gunn has been fired by Disney. – [THR]

Disney and Fox are one step closer to combining their mighty powers. – [THR]

Keith DeCandido continues the 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. – [Tor]


Into The Chronic Rift

Presenting the Transcription Feature: Vic and Sade and Family Theater
“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.”  Young Rush wants to host a party that will make you swallow your shoes (so to speak) and Sade gets the guys to move two tons of coal from a neighbor’s cellar to theirs.  Then, on the dramatic anthology show “Family Theater,” the cast of a radio crime drama are moving to television as part of a summer replacement experiment.



The Watchlist

Currently Watching
The 100
The Punisher: Season One
Jessica Jones: Season Two

Waiting Room
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 (Canceled, but standing by for news of a movie wrap-up)
Arrow (Season Seven premieres Fall 2018)
Westworld (Season Three ordered)
Supergirl (Season Four premieres Fall 2018)
Madam Secretary (Season Five premieres Fall 2018)

Playing Catch Up

Marvel’s Inhumans – Episodes 5-8


Movie Night

This week

Jul 27 – Mission: Impossible — Fallout – (M:I #6)
Aug 3 – Christopher Robin
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
Still diving into the works of H.P. Lovecraft
Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Beta read for an undisclosed author

Star Wars: Han Solo – 4/5
Star Wars: Lando – 4/5
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills – 4/5


On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
Recently, I have published the Twenty-Sixth Season Summary. Dimensions in Time is up next.

Other Musings
I have two new items this week.

First, in a change that is completely transparent to my readers, Creative Criticality has changed web addresses. Instead of creativecriticality.wordpress.com, the site is now located at the much easier-to-remember www.creativecriticality.net. Both lead to the same place, but the latter is much more useful.

Second, since the transition from classic to new Doctor Who is a bit rocky, I have a schedule for the Timestamps Project through the end of September:

  • Aug 1 – Dimensions in Time
  • Aug 8 – Death Comes to Time
  • Aug 15 – Doctor Who: The Movie
  • Aug 22 – Seventh Doctor Summary
  • Aug 29 – The Night of the Doctor
  • Sep 5 – Eighth Doctor Summary
  • Sep 12 – The Curse of the Fatal Death
  • Sep 19 – Scream of the Shalka
  • Sep 26 – Shada (Eighth Doctor)
  • Oct 3 – Rose

Upcoming Podcasts
I’m in discussion with RetroBlasting for a future long-term project. Also, The Weekly Podioplex will return. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Appearances
Aug 30-Sep 3: Dragon Con 2018


Until next time, enjoy the journey.


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