Pop Culture Download: September 23, 2018

Pop Culture Download: September 23, 2018


(…and, really, since August 26. Let’s play catch-up!)

On the Docket

Veronica Mars is returning, this time to Hulu. – [TVLine]

CBS exec Les Moonves steps down after even more sexual assault allegations. – [New Yorker]

Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82. – [THR]

Captain Marvel is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly… – [EW]

…with an interview… – [EW]

…and word that more female-centric Marvel films are coming… – [EW]

…and exclusive photographs/stills… – [EW]

…and a trailer! – [YouTube]

Star Trek: Discovery is bridging the first and second seasons with a project called Short Treks. – [StarTrek.com]

Disney CEO Bob Iger sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a chat about Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and the Mouse House. – [THR]

Keith DeCandido continues the 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch: The Wolverine, LoganKick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and Iron Man. – [Tor]


Into The Chronic Rift

Presenting the Transcription Feature: X-Minus-One and The Bob Hope Show
On “X Minus One,” a man continually wakes up from dreams of an explosion to find that every day is June 15th.  But this is no wacky “Groundhog Day”; it’s a tense drama in which he slowly learns that the things around him are copies and he’s being watched.  Based on the classic short story by Frederik Pohl, get ready to explore “The Tunnel Under the World.”  Then on “The Bob Hope Show,” Bob broadcasts from a Marine base in Barstow, California.  Along with joking about military habits, Bob tries to get glamorous movie star Claudette Colbert to hire him as the leading man in her next picture.



The Watchlist

Currently Watching
The Punisher: Season One
Jessica Jones: Season Two
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
(post-Dragon Con)

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 (Movie wrap-up coming soon)
Arrow (Season Seven premieres Fall 2018)
Westworld (Season Three ordered)
Supergirl (Season Four premieres Fall 2018)
Madam Secretary (Season Five premieres Fall 2018)
The 100 (Season Six premieres in 2019)
Reverie (awaiting news on renewal)

Playing Catch Up

Marvel’s Inhumans – Episodes 5-8


Movie Night

This week

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

Mission: Impossible — Fallout – (M:I #6)
Christopher Robin

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
Aladdin – This was a fun time. The actor who plays Genie doesn’t replace Robin Williams, but instead makes the role his own. Great effects and nostalgia to boot.

Coming soon
School of Rock


Literary Pursuits

Currently reading
Still diving into the works of H.P. Lovecraft
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who, edited by R. Alan Siler



On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
Things are still rolling on this front. Since we last talked, the summaries for the Seventh and Eighth Doctors have gone up, as well as Doctor Who: The Movie, The Night of the Doctor, The Curse of Fatal Death, and Scream of the Shalka. Up next is the Eighth Doctor’s Shada and Rose.

Other Musings
First, Dragon Con 2018 is in the can. You can find my debrief here.

Next, 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:

  • Sep 26 – Shada (Eighth Doctor)
  • Oct 3 – Rose

Upcoming Podcasts
I’m working with RetroBlasting for a long-term project; we think you’re going to love what we soon have to offer. Also, The Weekly Podioplex will return. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Appearances


Until next time, enjoy the journey.


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