For those you who aren’t psychologists, or enjoy the work of Leon Festinger as a hobby, cognitive dissonance means that everyone seeks consistency when it comes to the things they believe, and if an inconsistency does occur than it must be reconciled within that belief system or purged. For example, suppose you think you’re a rancher’s daughter, or a madame of a brothel in an Old West town, and suddenly you’re confronted with memories of seeing your family die more than once, or a memory of getting shot when you bear no bullet wound. (more…)
Last night’s The Walking Dead season seven premiere was brutal. Almost as brutal as the six month wait to find out who Negan would kill. The Walking Dead production decided to film each cast member getting the “Lucille” treatment in order to hide which characters actually fell to the mighty swing(s) of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Now one of those alternate versions has hit the Internet and you can relive the horror all over again.
*Spoiler alert if you haven’t watched the episode don’t click-through. (more…)
Wow. The Walking Dead premiered its seventh season last night. For those who don’t remember, last season’s finale introduced the much talked about, but never seen villain, Negan. Last season also ended on one of the most depressing and anxiety-inducing cliffhangers in television history. The audience knew that Negan brutally clubbed one of the series regulars to death with his barbed wire bat affectionately named “Lucille”, but what the audience did not know was which character met their untimely end. (more…)
The week of November 4 will be the 25th anniversary of the first airing of “Unification Part I”, the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that finally brought together the two generations of Trek in a meaningful and substantive way. Given how easily universe-building seems to come for producers in the year 2016, one can perhaps not appreciate the logistical challenges in getting one part of the franchise to crossover with another, even if it’s just one-time only, but maybe that’s what made it so special. Aside from Spock and Picard finally appearing side-by-side, “Unification” marked an important turning point in Star Trek at one of its most difficult times. (more…)
About two weeks ago, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a video on this YouTube channel where he went over his very first match in the WWE. Needless to say, it wasn’t the dream first match he thought he would always have, but it was really great hearing the insight that The Rock had regarding how things worked inside the ring and out. Now it looks like a television series based on the behind-the-scenes world of professional wrestling has been picked up by Fox Television and The Rock will be a part of it. It’ll be a comedy based on the real life experiences of Johnson and former WWE head writer, Brian Gerwitz. Will Ferrell is set to be one of the producers.
Mark Hamill has appeared as Trickster in one episode each season of The Flash, which pays respect to a role/character he originally played in The Flash TV series from the 90’s. It appears that trend will continue in season 3.
Several set photos have popped up on Twitter that feature Hamill, presumably as Trickster, alongside John Wesley Shipp’s Jay Garrick (The Flash of Earth-3). However, if you look at the photos, he’s looking less like The Trickster and more like another famous DC Villain. (more…)
Simultaneously critically acclaimed and a cult phenomenon, Black Mirror is a brilliant piece of television that satirises the modern world in a darkly comic anthology. Originally a Channel 4 programme exclusive to Great Britain, the initial two seasons and Christmas special were later released to the rest of the world on Netflix. Shortly after, Netflix outbid Channel 4 for the rights to future seasons, promising creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones complete creative control and a much bigger budget to play around with. Although a recent trailer offered eager fans a tease of the new season, due for release on Friday 21st October, the only way to really understand the show is to watch it. (more…)
Westworld seems to be the show that HBO fans have been waiting for, an expansive world with dozens of characters with their own separate ambitions, desires, and obstacles to overcome. What else does that sound like on HBO? Yes, it’s probably pretty easy to draw comparisons between Game of Thrones and Westworld, or at least they have more in common than say Game of Thrones and Vinyl. In a sense, they’re both about fantasy worlds that are as dangerous as they are lovely to look at. So how about it? Could Westwold’s cowboy robots meet Thrones’ white walkers? The creators have talked about it. (more…)
Depending on how old you are, you might have heard about a campy horror film from the 1980s called Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Yes, you read that right, that’s precisely what the film was about. The film centered on aliens who look eerily similar to circus clowns that landed in a small town and proceed to murder, capture, kill, and even eat the townsfolk. The film was cheesy, but really fun and has since then gained a cult status thanks to home video releases. With everything getting rebooted, why the hell not Killer Klowns From Outer Space?
Work getting you down this week? Then this is just the thing to get you over Hump Day. John Cleese recaps all six seasons of The Walking Dead in this hilarious video for the BBC. After watching this it will be hard not to start petitions to make John Cleese recap all our favorite shows. Can you imagine what he could do with Game of Thrones? (more…)