You can’t keep a good wizard down! Harry Dresden has a been a nerd favorite for years now, the TV show still has a cult following despite being off the air for a decade. Now there are whispers of a reboot and fans of the book and the show couldn’t be happier. With Dresden getting a reboot and Buffy not being far ahead of him, what other Urban Fantasy books deserve some time on the small screen? Dramatic and broody vampire shows have taken up much of that space. Could interest in shows like The Vampire Diaries and The Originals carry over into other properties?
Reboots and remakes have become exceptionally bountiful in the past few years, and that has been particularly true for film and tv. The most successful of the lot, however, have historically been reborn kids’ shows. For example, the recently ended TMNT cartoon was heavily praised, the recent Voltron, Ducktales, and She-Ra remakes have been hits, and trailers/rumors for reboots of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Teen Titans have been very well-received.
Teen/Young Adult stories have been getting more buzz in their remakes, though, as of late. With the success of Riverdale, properties like The Heathers and Charmed are getting new updates for the modern teen. The one that’s caused the most talk, however, is the dark remake of Sabrina Spellman’s teenage life: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Neil Gaiman was a busy guy this weekend. Not only did American Gods have a panel, but so did Good Omens, the Amazon program based on the novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett. New York Comic-Con gave us some great photo opportunities as well as the first real trailer for the Amazon Prime show, showcasing Michael Sheen as Aziraphale and David Tennant as Crowley. Armageddon is in full swing and this angel and demon, respectively, team up to try and stop it. The Horsemen ride, the Anti-Christ is walking the earth, and our only hope is two winged gentleman who isn’t sure they can even slow it down. Are you ready for the end times?
NBC’s The Good Place hits its 3rd season. Season 2 ended with another cliffhanger that had fans clamoring for more. Fans and critics alike love The Good Place, rotten tomatoes giving Season 2 100% fresh rating. The diverse cast, unique sense of humor and out-of-the-box format make The Good Place one of TVs current outstanding gems. What resonates most with fans? What makes The Good Place so unique in its style? How many Cheers references can we cram into one article? Warning, pre-season 3 spoilers!
August 2017’s The Defenders ended on one double doozy of shock: leader and fan-favorite Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil, perished in the collapse of The Hand, only to be late revealed alive and in recovery at an undisclosed location. His assumed death effected the other heroes tremendously, but what will his resurrection do?
This October, Daredevil seems to be back in action and ready to take on the world. However, he’s one hell of a changed man. In The Defenders, he not only learned his power as a leader but also committed himself to Elektra, til death do they part. Tragically, though, it seems Elektra didn’t survive the collapse like he did, leaving him alone all over again.
Recently, the poster for his third season was released, as well as a trailer. Throughout his run, Murdock struggled between the just hero he wished he could be and the righteous defender that darkly swarmed in his soul. He’s torn between these versions of himself, both wanting to do their best by the world but in very different ways. Both seasons it seemed that however dark he got, the just side of him always won out. This third season, however, it seems his darker side is at the forefront.
Netflix recently dropped season 2 of Marvel’s Iron Fist, a show with an overwhelmingly panned first season. As the fourth series to round out “The Defenders” hero group of New York, the first season failed to do much except set up plot for The Defenders itself. Its main hero was annoying, parts of it were boring, and it quickly became known as the worst Marvel series to exist.
But what about season 2?
DC Comics has unleashed it’s DC Universe App. Users can download the app on select devices and check out the beginnings of the service. Getting mixed reviews, the app has some kinks to work out, as fans should expect. But what’s working and what isn’t? Are there major letdowns? Fans take to social media to air grievances and give praise where it’s due. Are fans excited for the app or let down by the budding streaming service? Is it fair to judge the service in its infancy? NerdBastards presents reactions of across the web while you decide if DC Universe is worth getting.
One thing that is obvious when you do a deep dive in all things Star Trek, is that the producers love to bring back actors that “get it.” That is why actors like Diana Muldaur, Jeffrey Combs, and Joseph Ruskin appeared as more than three characters over the various incarnations of the franchise. One thing that stands out about many “regular” cast members is the fact that they appeared in Trek prior to the role they are best known for.
This time we take a look at three regular cast members of Voyager that had made previous appearances on Trek before landing the role they would spend the rest of their lives signing autographs for.
When Star Trek: The Next Generation first went into production the plan was to make sure that it stood apart from the original series. Not only would the characters be different, but the adventures of Kirk and company would barely be mentioned. Despite 76 years passing between the days of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy and those of Data, Worf, and Picard, they still played it safe by having an irascible Admiral who resembled a well-known country doctor named McCoy on the pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint” to show the connection to fans.
Over the years, the other members of the original cast would interact with this new crew. Spock, Scotty, Checkov, and Kirk would all be on some part of the Next Generation adventures on TV and film. Even Sulu would appear on Star Trek: Voyager in a very clever episode that tied into the last film for the original cast. In fact, the only member of the original series main cast that didn’t appear on modern Trek was actress Nichelle Nichols.
But a good number of guest stars from the original series crossed over to be part of the Berman era of Star Trek. Here are the highlights from those that made the jump.
This fall will see the beginning of Jodie Whittaker‘s tenure as the 13th Doctor. Regardless of arguments about if 13 is the appropriate number for her Doctor (after the meta-crisis and War Doctor, etc.), there has been quite a bit of uncertainty and outright hatred from some fan circles for a female Doctor.
However, Doctor Who has long implied this was not only possible but probable. When David Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith, Matt touches his hair and says, “I’m a girl!!!” before finding his adam’s apple.
In the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” the Doctor says,
“The mark of the Corsair. Fantastic bloke. He had that snake as a tattoo in every regeneration. Didn’t feel like himself unless he had the tattoo. Or herself, a couple of times. Ooo, she was a bad girl.”
In Peter Capaldi’s episode “Hell Bent” he shoots the General who regenerates as a woman.
So the groundwork has been laid for gender switching, but there is a more significant indicator that all will be well with a female Doctor. The Time Ladies that preceded Jodie.
Here are a few of the beloved female “Time Lords” from the Classic and New Who runs of the show.