If Star Wars: The Force Awakens taught us anything, it’s that there’s no “happily every after” in the Star Wars universe. Empires fall, but they rise again. And like empires, republics rise and fall again. A cynic would add, “Especially not when there’s tens of billions of dollars to be made from Stars Wars fans, diehard or otherwise,” but cynicism has no place – or at least shouldn’t have a place – when it comes to writer-director Rian Johnson’s (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) follow-up, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the middle chapter in a third trilogy that will eventually span nine films. Temporarily borrowing the directing reins from J.J. Abrams (Abrams will direct the ninth and presumably final entry in the Skywalker Saga), Johnson has succeeded beyond even the highest expectations, delivering a Star Wars not for 2017, not for 2019, but for a soon-to-be-classic that will rightly take its place with A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back as the best the Star Wars franchise has to offer. (more…)
For years we have been hearing how The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead were two separate shows but a month ago at New York Comic Con, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman teased that there would indeed be a crossover between the two shows. This announcement caused a flurry of predictions on the internet since no details were given on who, when, or which show in the Deadverse would host a familiar guest.
On Sunday night, however, fans finally got some answers as Chris Hardwick announced on The Talking Dead that the crossover character was TWD’s Morgan (Lennie James). What followed more resembled sizzle than steak: James gave an emotional farewell speech to fans and cast members alike while acknowledging that his FTWD filming would begin the next morning down in Austin, Texas. But while it all had a whiff on finality, Hardwick tried to soothe fans with a statement from TWD showrunner Scott M. Gimple that essentially begged viewers to forget James’ seeming farewell while promising that there was more story to tell for Morgan on the flagship show. Which, okay, but how much and what does it matter now that it seems like he’s a marked man?
We still have no idea exactly when, in Morgan’s (mostly established) timeline, his FTWD appearance will occur. Will the death of Morgan’s son Duane still seem fresh? Will he be the rage-filled killer he was before he met Eastman? Or will he be channeling the zen moves that Eastman taught him? He’s already been on a hell of a journey, going mad, resisting the pull to kill, and kind of going crazy again. Will seeing the seeds of that be compelling with knowledge of where he will wind up so fresh in the mind?
Morgan’s story isn’t the easiest to work into FTWD. There were plenty of other options that would have made more sense or pleased show fans. Some were sure that they’d see Abraham return from being pummeled to death by Negan and his bat, Lucille. FTWD is moving to Texas and Abraham did have ties to the area. But maybe the creative brain trust didn’t want to do something so obvious (or maybe Michael Cudlitz was busy). Others thought Madison would continue to turn from protective mom to unruly killer, but was it really realistic to assume FTWD could shed Kim Dickens or that her schedule would accommodate double duty? Additionally, the show could have even fleshed out the origin story of one of its popular big bads, exploring Negan or The Governor’s past.
All shows have rules and patterns but it’s hard to know sometimes with The Walking Dead, which means it can be hard to get a read on where they’re going — which is a joy and a frustration. That’s the kind of reputation you get when you play with viewers’ emotions and either fake deaths (as with Glenn and the dumpster before he went down for real) or resist giving characters a definitive end so as to seemingly have the chance to walk back their deaths. It’s Travis falling out of a helicopter with a bullet wound or not seeing Lori’s body. And the increasing ridiculousness of Maggie’s non-existant baby bump. Afterall you can have your leg chopped off, your eye stabbed with glass, be shot in the head and still live to fight zombies. Why wouldn’t Morgan be capable of entering a show based halfway across the country in the middle of the Apocalypse despite being grounded in the world of his old show?
In the end, Morgan may just be the tip of the iceberg of characters crossing over. Especially if ratings respond. Who knows, maybe the FTWD cast will start to infiltrate the flagship at some point. TWD is getting to the point where ratings are dropping a little and after 8 seasons, it’s possible that costs may start to lead to a few (more) painful goodbyes. All of this is wild speculation, but what more does the Walking Dead-verse leave us to do but watch, wait, and wonder if this is really the best move for both shows or simply another random thing that may or not work out and may not even make sense when held under a microscope.
Nine years ago, two onscreen heroes had a brief conversation after the credits rolled for Iron Man. That one, small interaction between Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury has spawned a plotline that has transcended numerous individual movies and is about to meet its uncertain end. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the first ever trailer for Avengers: Infinity War! (more…)
The gift giving season is officially upon us! And let’s be honest. You either love it. Or it’s something you have to get through (heck, slamming ones genitals in a sliding door would be a preferable option to some). Either way, there’s no denying that the stress of finding something special for everyone.
So here’s a list of the very best selected finds from around the web to help you decide on the perfect little something for the nerd/geek in your life. Like, legit, the items below should make anyone’s nerdy bits tingle with joy. If they don’t well, we don’t know what to tell you… other than you’re dead inside (you gosh darn Grinch, you!). (more…)
So… cosplayers, right? There are thousands of them out there out there all dressed up in their fanciest, and often elaborate costumes showing off their love and support of pop culture’s biggest (and oftentimes most obscure) icons. Sadly, playing dress up is beyond the capability of most fan-boys and girls who’s sewing and craft skills are limited to folded paper pirate hats and projects that only require some well-placed duct tape. For the lazy, the cheap, and the not so clothing craft inclined, there is a company that is offering stylistic jackets to help you feel/look like a hero without all the hassle. (more…)
Netflix has dropped a new trailer and a release date for the 13 episode first season of Marvel’s The Punisher, the latest entry in the Netflix Marvel TV Universe which stars Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal as the vigilante Frank Castle.
Netflix had kept the release date (November 17… no need to drag this out anymore) under wraps leaving fans eager to know when they would get to see Bernthal next after his first appearance in the second season of Daredevil.
As you can see, the trailer is full of flashbacks that lay the groundwork for what appears to be a rogue military mission led by Rawlins (Paul Schulze) that transformed Frank Castle into the dangerous man he is in the present. We’re not just seeing a Frank Castle damaged by the loss of his family, he’s noticeably stricken with remorse for the acts he committed while on that mission.
There’s also a persistent hacker who tries to convince Frank to team up and take down the group responsible for their shared pain, revealing a cause behind the chaos that the Punisher is sure to bring.
While there’s still a few weeks before the premiere it’s likely that this trailer was held (or that maybe — and this is just speculation — it was recut) after The Punisher panel was pulled from the New York Comic Con lineup in early October after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Obviously, that was the right call, but there will surely be people who will wonder if the timing will ever be right for another ultra-violent series about a damaged vigilante killer in a country beset by gun violence. The Punisher isn’t alone in having to shoulder the burden of those questions. Look at the Bruce Willis-starring Death Wish reboot that’s coming, though that trailer seemed to giddily embrace violence, laughing it off at a point. Will Hollywood pump the breaks on making content like this at some point? Should it? Those are big questions, but the answer to the first is likely tied more to how many people watch The Punisher than how many people are outraged by it.
As high as the season premiere episode reached last week, this week’s episode fell short of wowing audiences again. It’s too be expected though. You can’t keep up the wow factor from opening night to the next. Titled, “Mixed Signals,” the episode sent mixed signals throughout the entire episode. After being locked up within the Speedforce one would think you’d go insane. But when Barry escaped, he had been acting as if everything was just as he had left. Of course, that was not the case, nor was it ever as viewers would discover later in the show.
Sometimes it’s hard to speak as a man. However, just because I am not “a part” of an affected group doesn’t mean I don’t have empathy.
In the wake of ousted sexual predator and now former powerful producer Harvey Weinstein, comes hordes of women sharing the two heaviest little words in history – #MeToo.
A rally cry started by Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss? She da boss!) to encourage woman to speak up and speak out – a showing of solidarity for all those who have been sexual assaulted in their lives. As of this posting that hashtag has gone viral with an astounding 12M Facebook posts and counting. (more…)