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5 Fan Favorites From Musical TV Episodes

Musical episodes are a wonderful break from the norm during some of our favorite shows that run seasons long. Often a fun way to get out of a storyline bogged down by drama and intrigue, a way that often forces characters to reveal secrets, confront inner demons, or express themselves in ways they otherwise couldn’t. Sometimes it’s just for giggles because you have a talented cast that’s itching to show off their vocal chops. Either way, musical episodes tend to be fan favorites that make it on playlists of many-a-nerd for years after the show has ended. And here’s 5 favorites from tv’s best musical episodes.

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While the fandom toxicity has reached an all-time high surrounding Star Wars and the DCEU, the hate has spread to TV in the last week. With new announcements involving CW’s DC shows, most fans are excited to see what comes next for the Arrowverse. But as trolls can’t help themselves, some fans decided to be critical over announcements and leaked pictures. But the actors involved didn’t take it sitting down. With fans and actors alike supporting them, two CW stars took to social media to address the issues and put the trolls in their place. Which CW stars stood up against the hate and refused to be shamed?

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Batman is hands down one of the most popular comic book superheroes to ever exist. However, some of the best parts of Batman’s comic books aren’t the caped crusader himself. It’s the people around him. Known affectionately by fans as the “Bat Family”, Batman’s various mentors, wards, partners, friends, and family are all key members of the group. This includes all five Robins, three Batgirls, Batwoman, Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin, Alfred, and of course the illustrious Batman himself.

One of the most fascinating Bat clansmen is Kate Kane, the one and only Batwoman.

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Star Trek has become one of the most influential sci-fi franchises to ever exist. Spanning decades, bookshelves, tv screens, and theaters, the exploration of where no man has gone before has marveled fans for over fifty years. While the Original Series with Captain James T Kirk started it all, the series that jettisoned the franchise to its peak was 1987’s Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The Original Series was revolutionary, but TNG made the series its most popular. TNG balanced an indulgence in scientific possibilities, while also maintaining a human element and drama that kept viewers coming back. It also famously started the trend of each Star Trek series having bumpy first seasons, only to grow into much better shows by their ends. TNG spawned several immediate spin-offs, including Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and more recently, Discovery. But more importantly, it gave fans some unforgettable characters in Data, Worf, Q, and most importantly, its illustrious Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

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A giant, prehistoric, man-eating shark and a perpetually unshaven, furrowed-brow Jason Statham: A premise-actor combo that practically writes itself. Except it doesn’t, unfortunately, or rather didn’t. Screenwriters were, in fact, needed.

Despite spending the better part of two decades in development, Steve Alten’s inexplicably best-selling dino-shark novel, “Meg,” probably needed another twenty years getting worked over and over by waves of screenwriting teams before it was ready for a big-screen adaptation. No such luck, though. Directed by Jon Turteltaub (Last Vegas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, National Treasure, Cool Runnings) from a screenplay credited to Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, The Meg, somehow manages the unlikely feat of taking itself too seriously and not seriously enough simultaneously, leaving a tonally messy, short-on-humor, long-on-passable-CGI disappointment in its wake.

Spoilers abound…

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With the exciting news that Patrick Stewart is returning to the role that made him a household name, Jean-Luc Picard, there is a chance that Hollywood can make up for the mistakes of its past by recognizing the impact he and his character had.  His training in the Royal Shakespeare Company and the recognition he received for his stage work should have been a precursor for his recognition in film and on television.

However, that is not how things worked out.

The Emmy awards have recognized the Star Trek franchise for its technical work (mostly visual effects).  The franchise has even won 34 awards out of 155 nominations but only one of those wins was a “major” award.  That win was for Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS) when it won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Children’s Series in 1975.

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Is Aquaman DC’s Black Panther? Not Really.

WB/DC seems to have listened to fans after Batman v Superman about the DCEU’s dark and dour atmosphere and messages. As Man Of Steel veered away from Clark Kent and closer to Kal-El, less Man and more Super, the film turned off a lot of average movies goers, especially those who were looking for a similar vibe to the Marvel Studios movies. But are they going too far towards Marvel with their next release Aquaman? Fans see a few similarities between Aquaman and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. Can we tell how similar the movies are before one is released? And will they be similar enough to hurt Aquaman‘s tickets sales?

 

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The genre of Cyberpunk is not a new one. The genre pulls from the Punk subculture and early Hacker culture, while usually exploring the not-so-distant dystopian future of humanity. In film, it started with Blade Runner. The pencil and paper RPG Shadowrun has found success for years. Numerous films, tv shows, video games and nearly every other medium has dipped its toes into the Cyberpunk genre. While the genre seemed to hit its peak in the 90s, there’s been a solid resurgence in the interest of the genre. What cyberpunk-y goodness lies out there for fans to consume? Jack-in, Chummer.

 

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