Warning: This recap contains nothing but spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. If you are reading this before seeing the episode “The Bells” or whatever they’re calling it, you are doing it wrong.
Warning: This recap contains nothing but spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. If you are reading this before seeing the episode “The Last of the Starks”, you are doing it wrong.
We are living in a golden age of fandom. Gone are the days of hiding your comic collection in the closet when school friends came over. The time when liking sci-fi books was cause for odd glances in the cafeteria is in the past. There are incredible things happening in the world today.
Let’s take for example the things we can point at that show the geek/nerd culture is popular in the mainstream;
The best selling motion picture in the world is Avengers: Endgame. It is the epic conclusion to over ten years of movie storytelling. I was moved to tears of joy while watching it at the massive amount of comic book characters from my your being translated to the big screen. This move was highly anticipated and it shattered box office records left and right.
When it comes to the DC Universe streaming series Doom Patrol, the world can be divided up into three groups: those who have never seen it, those who have seen it and hate it, and those who have seen it and love it.
It’s exceptionally weird and based (self-referentially) more upon Grant Morrison’s work on the comics series than the original Arnold Drake / Bob Haney / Bruno Premiani creation. Why not? We’ve got plenty of straight-forward superhero dramas on television. On streaming. Whatever. It is clear to me that everybody gets paid by the number of times Brendan Fraser utters a curse word, and that might upset the uptights. After the pilot episode, there isn’t much nudity or on-screen sex. Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo #035: Niles Caulder’s Doppelgängers”
Warning: This recap contains nothing but spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. If you are reading this before seeing the episode “The Battle of Winterfell”, you are doing it wrong.
Warning: This recap contains nothing but spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. If you are reading this before seeing the episode “Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, you are doing it wrong.
Warning: This recap contains nothing but spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. If you are reading this before seeing the episode “Winterfell”, you are doing it wrong.
Are you ready for Game of Thrones: Endgame?
After a brief break of 595 days, HBO’s pop culture juggernaut is airing its final six episodes starting this Sunday. While author George RR Martin was hunt-and-pecking his way through the eternally upcoming Winds of Winter, the television series lapped the published books late in season 5, leaving readers no wiser than their fellow viewers as to their favorite characters’ fates. HBO has been marathoning the entire series to get you prepared, but you squandered that time working. You could have watched an episode a week since Presidents’ Day 2018, but you didn’t and now you have mere hours to catch up. We got you. We’ve picked one episode from each season for you to get you ready. You’ll still need to pay attention to every “previously on…” segment, but you’ll have the raw emotional wounds required to properly appreciate the last six episodes.
So, run out to the store for the GoT branded Oreos, wine, and whisky. Stop by the blood drive to donate your GoT branded blood (seriously, the American Red Cross is giving away an Iron Throne replica and free posters). Bake up a batch of lemon cakes and direwolf scones. Settle in. Continue reading “Lions Dragons & Wolves: Pregame of Thrones”
In one of those summers of my youth, my buddies and I would always wrap up our nightly mischief so that we could get home in time to watch The Twilight Zone reruns at 11 pm. The next day, my buddy David Locastro and I would eagerly ask one another, “Did you see that one last night?” With our utmost fanboy authority, we’d begin to dissect the most recent episode.
Fast forward to late March when the 44th Annual Ithacon hosted Twilight Zone expert and Serling aficionado Nick Parisi. His recent book, Serling, His Life, Work and Imagination is a fascinating and engaging work. As Rod Serling was a professor at Ithaca College and Ithacon was exhibiting treasures from the Serling Archives this year, it made perfect sense to invite Parisi as a guest.
The show was great fun but, as all shows are, it was also a blur of activities. So, it was after Ithacon that I caught up with Nick to speak more about this book.
Ed Catto: So many of us grew up with The Twilight Zone and we all have our stories. For me, I have fond memories of watching it on WPIX out of New York City. What was your interaction and how did you become so much of fan that you’re now an author and expert?
Nick Parisi: Ed, I have similar memories of WPIX. I started watching TZ on WPIX when I was nine or ten years old and I still remember the nightly schedule: The Odd Couple at 11, The Honeymooners at 11:30, Star Trek at midnight, and The Twilight Zone at 1 am. I would do my best to stay awake and I would usually make it! The show mesmerized me pretty much immediately and I became a fanatic for it pretty quickly. Then Marc Zicree’s Twilight Zone Companion came out and it kicked my fanaticism into another gear. That was a truly revolutionary book. Continue reading “With Further Ado #037: Stepping into the Twilight Zone with Nick Parisi”
After finishing the immensely satisfying Netflex-released Russian Doll, I was in need of something… dumber. As I have often dubbed it: “Second Screen Viewable”— a show that doesn’t demand my attention so much as exists wonderfully living on my second monitor while I draw. Feeling that I needed to take advantage of all my existing subscription services, I bounced back to Hulu to find myself lighter fare. And wouldn’t you know it? Seth McFarlane’s homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation was queued up on the main page… beckoning me with promises (I’d figured) of giant chicken fights in space.
Not only was I wrong, I was delightfully wrong. The Orville, now a season and a half deep, is a low-key gem of a series.
Of the many positive notes I want to denote (noting how noteworthy said denoting is…) would be Seth McFarlane as Captain Ed Mercer. Simply put, my expectations for our series center was dreadfully low prior to the pilot. McFarlane, based on his voice acting chops is fully capable of amazing range. But then he did try to make an update on Blazing Saddles with his western riff and frankly I’m still mad at him for even thinking about it. In spite of all signs that would lead you to think otherwise though. Ed Mercer is cool, calm, diplomatic, trusting of his crew, and truly a straight man to the funnier things happening aboard his vessel. I think quickly to his introduction to his motley crew— and how matter-of-fact he was in meeting each member with positivity and optimism. Even when presented with his likely too young to be an officer, but she has a super-power security chief, Mercer can only stand to welcome her and see a piece to a larger puzzle he’ll shimmy in later. It’s Picard, without any earned gravitas. And I love it. Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #033: An Ode to The Orville”