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MTR and UDPod are proud to present a very unique walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a lead into this April and Avengers: Endgame, DPalm and his much better half SPalm are rewatching the entire MCU. Over 10 years of movies have led to Endgame, and we are back with the movie that shook the MCU to it's very core: Winter Soldier. We talk about how this shook the world that had been built since Iron Man, and the massive left turn Marvel took with Guardians of the Galaxy. Joss Whedon bid farewell to the universe with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and we see how each of these films made everything feel bigger while servicing the individual arcs of the characters.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:40am EST

Brandon, Ro and Kriss are review How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Branon and Ro talk about the how the third is a fitting continuation of the first two movies. This is a franchise that has grown so much since the first film debuted. There is some really good character development for all the characters (even Toothless) and should be really enjoyable for the whole family. 

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.


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Black Lightning: The Book of Secrets Chapters 1-3

We're winding down folks and unless something changes soon, Black Lightning might have to go the way of Gotham. Unfortunately, "The Book of Secrets" isn't officially done (chapter 4 doesn't drop until March 4th) so we can't definitively say this chapter was better than The Book of Rebellion but watching the show by book was a slight improvement.

Tobias disappointed with the reveal of his master plan. While it seemed like he was gearing up for a massive takeover of Freeland, his goals are pretty small potatoes. Tobias plans to rent out the pod kids and a group of special pods from Markovia to the highest bidder. He's gone from dealing drugs to dealing metahumans. We had higher hopes for him too.

Anissa is focused on Grace who can't control her powers. Grace leaves town so Anissa uses the resources of the Black Cave to dig into Grace's past. Turns out she was trafficked and forced into prostitution as a child and Grace Choi is the identity she created for herself once she escaped. This is a great potential storyline (especially if Tobias captures Grace and tries to force her into his Rent-A-Meta program) but we're not sure if the writers will capitalize on this or drop the ball again.

Lynn and Jefferson are finally getting it together in their personal lives but their professional lives are a mess. Jefferson has the opportunity to get his school back from Massa Lowry but lets him stay in charge because Jefferson doesn't feel that he can fully give his attention to the school. This would be noble if Jefferson and everyone else would stop blaming him for not being around ONCE! One whole time he was being Black Lightning instead of Jefferson Pierce and he almost died and everyone is acting like he's been a consistently negligent principal.

Lynn refuses to work with Dr. Jace who has been brought back into the fold since the Markovians want to abduct her and Lynn to work on their secret metahuman project. Because Lynn refuses to be in the same room as Jace, she doesn't realize that Jace is secretly working with Tobias and when Tobias comes to take the pod kids, Jace escapes as well. Currently, Jace is needed because she knows about the pods and she was the scientist who started the Markovian project. Only one of the Markovian pods has been opened and it contains one of the Masters of Disaster, Shakedown (Hosea Chanchez). This partnership is ripe for disaster (no pun intended) since Shakedown is holding a grudge against Jace and Tobias will get rid of anyone who becomes expendable (R.I.P. Todd, we hardly knew ye)

Finally, Jenn is holding down the only truly compelling storyline on the show. Despite Reverend Holt's prayers (R.I.P. Rev), having his spine pulled out is the final nail in Khalil's coffin. He dies after a lovely scene where Jenn goes into his mind and gives them one last dance at prom. But now that Khalil is dead, Jenn is filled with a lot of rage. Combined with the fact that she may be more powerful than a nuclear bomb, Perenna tells Jenn she has to get this under control before she literally explodes. Right now, Jenn's struggle to control her powers and her quest for vengeance is the best reason to watch Black Lightning. China's acting is great and for a superhuman teen, Jenn as a character is pretty relatable.

We'll see what happens in March as we close out The Book of Secrets but right now, Black Lightning isn't the show we fell in love with even with its moments of fun. Check out the full podcast and let us know how you feel.


 
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We're back with another Black Critic Roundtable. This time we're discussing the actresses and actors nominated for the Best Lead and Best Supporting categories. We go through the list of nominations and discuss who we want to win, who we think will win and who we think should have been nominated. One thing that stands out this year is that Lead Actress and Supporting Actress are super competitive this year. Listen as we give our thoughts on the race this year. Let us know who you are rooting for in the comments.

Best Supporting Actor
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Adam Driver
  • Sam Elliott
  • Richard E Grant
  • Sam Rockewell
 
Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams
  • Marina de Tavira
  • Regina King
  • Emma Stone
  • Rachel Weisz
 
Best Lead Actor
  • Christian Bale
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Rami Malek
  • Viggo Mortensen
 
Best Lead Actress
  • Yalitza Aparicio
  • Glenn Close
  • Olivia Colman
  • Lady Gaga
  • Melissa McCarthy
 

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Another week in the books, another opportunity for me to re-write the UDPod Rundown repeatedly. Hell, by the time we recorded this, my entire initial rundown was laughing at me. Come for an oh-too-brief breakdown of the All Star festivities and stay for literally everything else that happened this week, from Colin getting paid to whatever the hell this is Kevin Durant. 

Guest: The Homie Mike

 


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Star Trek Discovery Season 2 continues to be a great season. We have so much to discuss, laugh about, cry about and celebrate. What more could we ask for for these last 3 episodes?

Topics:

  • The show keeping the Star Trek exploring elements while still working towards the search for Spock
  • Episode 4 is Saru's "Flu Game"
  • If you don't want us to think about what Kelpien tastes like, don't put Saru on a bed of lettuce
  • L'Rell and the Klingons are getting closer to the Klingons we know and we like how they're doing it
  • Emperor Georgiou back...and now she's a member of Section 31
  • Ash Tyler has the worst life ever
  • Tilly & her imaginary friend
  • Dr. Hugh Culber is officially back. Stamets' man returns and so does the most loving relationship on the show
  • and much much more!

We love this show so much and we can't wait to see where they go next. 

Reviewers on this episode:

  • @InsanityReport
  • @MusingsofaShibe
  • @TheDrIsin2015
  • @Pfunk1130 
  • @MrJoseph45

 
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This week's Arrow episode hits us with a big reveal: Mia is really Mia Smoak. Which means we have a lot of questions about how things work out in the future. How is it that William wasn't aware that he had a half sister (How did no one else know for that matter?)? Why does Mia use Felicity's last name and not Oliver's? What happens to cause such a split with the Queen family?

The flash forwards this season have brought us back to the feeling of having so many questions and theories about what is going to happen. Is it possible at some point the show does a flash forward and we are following the kids of the original Team Arrow? So many thoughts. 

William snitches to his grandparents on Oliver & Felicity while Oliver's old prison buddy Stanley shows up proving William's point. Dinah’s never going to get her shot as a contestant on The Voice and Curtis gets the fuck outta dodge. And Felicity got all that protection for the front door of her home but didn’t think to use any in the bedroom. Oh and….necessary roy flips back dawg

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Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Joi. It's been a busy (and exhausting) 2 weeks and we got a lot to talk about. Biggest thing? WTF is going on in Virginia? Just when you thought it couldn't get worse...it did. Much much worse.

Topics:

Guest: Joi

  • @JumpedforJoi 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:18pm EST

Kriss, Ro and Brandon review Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to the 2017 Happy Death Day. We really do enjoy these films and while the sequel isn't as tight of a story as the first, it's still pretty good and enjoyable. The secret to this film is that, like the first, it doesn't take itself too seriously. Jessica Rothe is once again great in this film and knows when to switch from physical, silly comedy to portraying more serious and heavy emotions. It also helps that they seem to be pulling a Justin Lin/Fast & the Furious and moving the film out of just being a slasher and to incorporating more Sci-Fi elements.

Bottom line: If you liked the first film, you're going to enjoy this one as well. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:49am EST

Kriss, Ro, Brandon and Shanna get together to review Alita: Battle Angel. So full disclosure, Kriss is NOT happy about this film and he's not necessarily wrong. But it really comes down to what you're looking for in this film. If your only focus is a film that looks beautiful (probably one of the best looking films you'll see this year) and some really kick ass action sequences, this might be worth checking out. The problem is, it's still a James Cameron script and with that comes all the issues that accompany James Cameron movies. Ro discusses what the film should have been about had they been more faithful to the Manga and that probably would have been a better film. 

We have a good (and sometimes heated) discussion about this film. Give it a listen.

A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

 


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This week's flash gives us the staple of the Flash universe: Time Travel. This season has done a good job of having Nora learn some of the same lessons that Barry had to learn early in his career as the Scarlet Speedster but they also have larger implications. After Barry gives Nora the same talk Jay gave him after Barry created the Flashpoint timeline, Nora realizes Thawne might not be telling the whole truth about the changes they're making. Also, why does Thawne need Cicada's dagger destroyed? We're very intrigued. 

We also talking about Carlos Valdes leaving the show and end by laughing at Ehtan Van Sciver's online temper tantrums.

Kriss Synopsis: It’s so hard to find good help these days.  XS and the team can’t keep themselves alive for 52 minutes while Barry goes to speed up the meta cure; Meanwhile The book of Ralph returns and Cisco does a remake of 50 first dates called 52 Worst First dates

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Carol Danvers makes her live action debut as Captain Marvel next month. To prepare, Kriss and Dpalm are tackling the mantle of Captain Marvel. We're focusing on the three main characters to hold the title in the Marvel Universe (We'll be covering Fawcett/DC's Captain Marvel/Shazam next month): Mar-vell, Monica Rambeau and Carol Danvers. 

But even before that, we start with a little bit of a crash course in the background of the Kree & the Skrull since they're not only playing a heavy role in the upcoming movie but are integral in the backgrounds of Mar-Vell and Carol. Then we focus on the life, death and legacy of Mar-Vell. His death due to cancer is probably the most impactful death and the one that will never be undone. 

Episode 2 we'll do a deep dive into Monica and Carol so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss it. 

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Carol Danvers makes her live action debut as Captain Marvel next month. To prepare, Kriss and Dpalm are tackling the mantle of Captain Marvel. We're focusing on the three main characters to hold the title in the Marvel Universe (We'll be covering Fawcett/DC's Captain Marvel/Shazam next month): Mar-vell, Monica Rambeau and Carol Danvers. 

But even before that, we start with a little bit of a crash course in the background of the Kree & the Skrull since they're not only playing a heavy role in the upcoming movie but are integral in the backgrounds of Mar-Vell and Carol. Then we focus on the life, death and legacy of Mar-Vell. His death due to cancer is probably the most impactful death and the one that will never be undone. 

Episode 2 we'll do a deep dive into Monica and Carol so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss it. 

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Checking back in with the World of Sports as we bid farewell to football (until the draft), farewell to fair pay in baseball (until the lockout) and farewell to off court basketball drama (until probably tonight). Plus, Kyler Murray, Art Briles, and National Signing Day!

 


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The 150th episode of Arrow is here and that means Kriss & Dpalm are back to review. Dpalm was a little disappointed in this episode. He was hoping for the entire episode to be shot like a documentary and not filming them shooting the documentary. And he has a good point cause there are some things that could have been handled better if done that way. But there are still some good story elements in this episode and we're getting Team Arrow back together officially for the first time this season. Much like The Flash we're intrigued by the possibilities with the storyline taking place in the future. We see the return of Connor and we're seeing how the future shown in the Legends episode Star City 2046 is changing but still familiar. The possibility of the show moving on without Stephen Amell is looking more and more possible. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:07am EST

We're finally back to review the last 4 episodes of season 2 of The Gifted (episodes 10 - 13) and...we're out of pocket almost immediately into the episode. Dpalm takes a moment to gloat about how unredeemable and evil Jace Turner (aka Evil Ass Cory Booker) is. Jace is so evil even Kriss' Villain Agenda has denounced him. And the episode goes downhill from there:

  • The optics and way this show handled Jace & race was perfect
  • Andy's dick is still not his friend 
  • Lauren getting drawn to the dark side and Kate is NOT helping
  • Lorna's crazy ass is really bad at being undercover
  • Erg aka Not-Bishop puts John in his place then steals his girl
  • Reeva hires terrorist mutants and his working with not-Bill O'Reilly...what is her plan?

And there's more! Give it a listen & let us know what you think of this season so far.


 
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MTR and UDPod are proud to present a very unique walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a lead into this April and Avengers: Endgame, DPalm and his much better half SPalm are rewatching the entire MCU. Over 10 years of movies have led to Endgame, and we are back with the big event that the MCU had been building towards: 2012's Avengers. We talk about this first high point of the universe, and revisit two movies that are oft cited as growing pains, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Has time been kind to these red headed stepchildren of the MCU or has nostalgia told a whole lot of truth?

 


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Brandon, Ro and Kriss review and discuss What Men Want. After a bit of Kriss slander, Brandon and Ro discuss what surprised them about this film and why they enjoyed it so much. 

A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:17am EST

Kriss, Ro and Brandon review LEGO Movie 2 The Second Part. Brandon and Ro saw the first film while Kriss is coming in with this being the first LEGO movie he's seen. Since Kriss never saw the other films, he wasn't bothered by some of the issues that Ro and Brandon had. The film does feel like it's trying to hard and is a bit forgettable, but it's still an overall good movie. The songs can be annoying though, so be prepared. 

It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

 


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Kriss and Dpalm are back to review the latest episode of The Flash. But before that, Kriss debuts a new way to open the show (much to Dpalm's dismay) by making up his own synopsis for the episode. This is a thing now. This is happening folks. Get used to it. Anyway, we talk about the Barry & Ralph teamup that shows that playing Red Dead Redemption can pay off in real life. We also wonder if the show will address why Iris doesn't use the team's resources and backup when she breaks into Cicada's house and almost gets caught. And finally...what's going on with Thawne? How does he know so much about Sherloque? Why is he still wearing Well's face in the future? Something isn't right here and we're trying to get to the bottom of it.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

Brandon, Ro and Kriss review the directorial debut of Emma Forrest, Untogether.  This film is definitely an acquired taste. It focuses on Tara (Lola Kirk) and Andrea (Jemima Kirk) who play two sisters who are dealing with their own varying issues in terms of getting their lives together. The film is shot extremely well and has some really great performances. But the story can make it hard to connect to or feel for any of the characters involved. Listen to our review as we discuss the various opinions on this film and who we think the audience is and who might want to skip checking it out. 

Andrea is a recently sober writer whose career has stalled since she published her debut novel several years ago. She strikes up an affair with Nick, a doctor-turned-writer who is hailed for his wartime memoir. At the same time, her sister Tara, a massage therapist dating an aging rock star, finds herself inexorably drawn to a newfound religious zeal and, particularly, to a politically engaged rabbi.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:04am EST

This week was an emotional character study of Nia and her family, as well as the true origin of her hero Dreamer.  Nia's mom (played superbly by Kate Burton) screams hippie chic and is one of the few examples of the lackluster CW wig budget being appropriate for a change.  Whereas her mother acknowledges (eventually) and affirms her woman hood, her trash ass privileged ass entitled ass sister...well, just read all the expletives and you get the idea of what we thought of her.  In a traditional parallel story, we see the impact of J'onn's mind wipe on the fundamental nature of the Danvers sisters' relationship, and James continues to make a series of unfortunate and problematic decisions. 


 
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Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by his cohost on just about everything else Kriss records on the network, Dpalm. It's been two weeks since the last show and there's been a LOT of craziness going on. From Fast & the Furious basically becoming a superhero franchise to the FBI rolling up on Roger Stone to some really out-of-touch billionaires. There's a lot to dive into.

Topics:

Guest:

  • Dpalm - @DPalm66 @UDPod

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This episode of Arrow is actually the directorial debut of Arrow's very own David Ramsey. He did a great job as this episode gets us even closer to the Oliver from the comics. We really enjoy how this show has been doing callbacks to the first season. We also discuss the path forward for the show without Oliver and how possible it could be. Oh and there's a Supernatural rant here cause...what the hell folks?

The past comes back to haunt both Oliver and Laurel. Curtis is upset when he discovers that Diggle and Lyla have restarted The Ghost Initiative with Diaz, China White, Kane Wolfman and Carrie Cutter.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:14pm EST

Kriss, Ro, Brandon and Joi come together for this first of a series of Black Critic Roundtables episodes where we discuss this years Oscars and films from 2018. For this first episode, we talk about the range of black films that came out in 2018. Last year was a really good year for black films. We talk about our favorite (and least favorite) films, ones we think should get more recognition, makes makes a "black film" and more. Give it a listen.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:04am EST

The time is finally here! The weekend which marks the end of the NFL season, and also all these strangers getting out of my city. We are joined by Nata to talk Royal Rumble fallout, NBA drama, a cold McDonald's update, questionable coaching hires and cheer for literally anyone but Tom Brady. Plus, my annual breakdown of the "National Anthem Length" prop bet. Come win some money!

Guest: Nata

 


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:52am EST

MTR and UDPod are proud to present a very unique walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a lead into this April and Avengers: Endgame, DPalm and his much better half SPalm are rewatching the entire MCU. Over 10 years of movies have led to Endgame, and we kick things off with a brief recap of Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. We talk themes, evolution, and which movie stands head and shoulders above the others as the road to Avengers starts here!

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:49am EST

First Mailbag episode of 2019. Kriss and Dpalm go through listener emails, hot topics and discuss their Pull-List for the month. 

Topics:

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:49am EST

Kriss and Dpalm review the latest episode The Flash, Memorabilia. We geek out about some of the items in the Flash Museum, wonder if the show is really going to make Red Death (the evil Bruce Wayne from Earth -52 who is connected to the Speed Force) a villain for an upcoming show and discuss what really might be going on with Grace (Is she controlling her Uncle?). This is a pretty straight forward episode but can have some big consequences later on down the line.

When Sherloque wants to use a memory machine on Barry and Nora to help gain access to Grace's memories, Nora panics, fearing her parents will find out the secrets she's been keeping from them. Nora secretly decides to use the machine on her own which ends in disaster after she gets trapped inside Grace's mind. Barry and Iris go in after their daughter and Iris is brokenhearted by what she finds. Meanwhile, Ralph tricks Cisco into going out for a night out on the town.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:47am EST

Our interview series is back for 2019, and we kick things off by talking to my old college teammate Mike DeFazio. From finding a way to balance playing two sports at an Ivy League school to a very unorthodox path to coaching, he knows the impact a coach can have on a student athlete. And when the coaches who misuse trust and authority, Mike is a good reminder of the coaches we all had who did the job for the right reasons.


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Kriss and Dpalm are back for the second part of their break down of the history of comic books. This episode we're tackling the Bronze Age and the Modern Age. Now the Bronze Age goes from approximately 1970 to 1985 and the Modern Age is from 1985 to the present. We think the Modern Age as it's officially broken out is a bit long and could technically be broken out into two more ages. We discuss key moments & books of the Bronze Age, the formation of Image Comics, the comic speculator market bubble bursting, how comics recovered and much more. These time periods in comics are personal to us because these are the conics and moments we grew up with.

Like the last episode Kriss used two audible books for sources (both are also available on Kindle or Paperback):

Superheroes! Capes, Cowls and the Creation of Comic Book Culture

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

  • Bronze Age (1970 - 1985)
  • Amazing Spider-Man The Green Goblin Lives publishes without the Comic Code Authority Seal
  • Relaxing of the Comic Code Authority Rules
  • Green Lanten/Green Arrow #85-86 Snow Birds Don't Fly story arc
  • Marvel Overtakes DC Market Share
  • The Death of Gwen Stacy
  • X-Men Giant Size #1 and the explosion of the X-Men
  • Superman The Movie and the fight for creator credits
  • Secret Wars 
  • The debate over Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • Modern Age (1985 - present)
  • Where we break the Modern Age up and why
  • The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen
  • DC and Marvel Imprints
  • Image Comics is created
  • The speculator market and the crash of Comic Books
    • The Death of Superman
  • Marvel files for Bankruptcy
  • The rebound

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In the first episode of I Talk Shit & Read, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tasha Suri about her debut novel Empire of Sand. What started out as a convo about the inspiration behind her story turned into a chat about everything from the Mughal Empire (think Taj Mahal), recognizing her own history in her writing, owning her voice, colonialism, a short geography lesson, my thoughts on the themes and relatability of her world and characters, the difficulty of fan-casting a movie when colorism is truly a thing, and why we definitely need to build a compound for supervillains.

Guest: Tasha Suri

Tasha Suri is a London-based librarian and author. Suri is witty, well-informed and hooked on good things like Bollywood films, history, and mythology. Her South Asian influenced fantasy is a blend of knowledge, heritage, and a damn good idea.

Book Synopsis: Empire of Sand is set in a world inspired by medieval India. It's the tale of a girl named Mehr, the illegitimate daughter of a powerful nobleman and a woman from the exiled and despised nomadic people known as the Amrithi. Mehr inadvertently reveals that she's inherited - from her mother's bloodline - the ability to manipulate the dreams of sleeping gods. She swiftly draws the attention of the Empire's semi-immortal and extremely powerful religious leader known as the Maha. And that's when things go left...

Shortly after we finished talking on January 17th, Variety broke the news that production companies Kronicle Media, Amyale, and Rebel Maverick partnered together to develop Empire of Sand into a television series. It's pretty safe to assume I'll be watching.

 


 

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Category:Books -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

We're back and we all kind of wish we'd stayed away. The conclusion of The Book of Rebellion is full of the inconsistencies and trite plot machinations that have been plaguing the sophomore season of Black Lightning. 

Jennifer and Khalil return home and despite the fact that Jefferson has been searching for a witness against Tobias, he and Henderson spend about two hours debating if they should help Khalil by putting him in witness protection. Once Khalil is handed off to federal agents, Black Lightning and Henderson wash their hands of the whole thing like two dumb post-9/11 George Bushes and Khalil is taken by Tobias.

Everything is coming up roses for Tobias. He gets Khalil and breaks his spine again. He also has Todd fully on his side and Todd is able to crack the briefcase MacGuffin from last season. It's an anti-climatic reveal as the briefcase seems to have information on specific Greenlight kids who may have powers. At this point, who knows if they're still alive or not. And there seems to be an implication that they were being held in the clinic that Rev. Clifton Powell refuses to sell to Tobias but if they are, who is monitoring them?

Despite some decent acting from China McClain (Jennifer) and Christine Adams (Lynn), the writing was so full of plotholes and issues, that this episode was wholly unsatisfying. We'll (hopefully?) be back at the end of the next arc, The Book of Secrets. But if Black Lightning doesn't make some improvements, this may go the way of Gotham.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

MTR's science team, PFunk & Coqui, are back combining science talk and pop culture nerdom and more. This week PFunk and Coqui are joined by special guest Dr. Layton!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

Arrow is back and we're jumping right into it like it never left. Not gonna lie, they've nailed Amell's fighting style to the point that Sea Shimooka is doing a great job emulate it as Emiko Queen. The show is also doing a good job of maintaining multiple threads:

  • Emiko and Rene working together
  • Felicity breaking the news to Oliver that he has a sister (and Oliver having to come to terms with that)
  • Diggle getting into hot water with Lyla 
  • What we see happening in the future with Rene "Trump"

There's a lot to like this episode. Just like The Flash, its clear that Amell was put on ice a bit this episode because he was shooting for the crossover but the writing handles it pretty well with him dealing with the reveal that he has a sister while Emiko and Rene handle the heavy lifting. The one issue we take (and this is no fault of the show) is the RIDICULOUS rules that WB puts on the Arrowverse shows. Ghost Initiative? IT'S THE SUICIDE SQUAD. You've called it that before. What are we doing?

Listen to our review and let us know what you think. Kriss also has a theory that the seasons of Arrow are at their best depending on how bad the wigs are. Rene's future wig might raise Season 7 up the ranks using that theory.

Oliver wants to get back to work and focus on his marriage, but Dinah wants him to track the new Green Arrow; Diggle and Lyla must answer to ARGUS about Diaz.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm EST

Star Trek Discovery is officially back for Season 2 and do that means Super Tuesday Recap is back as well to review. Before we get into the first 2 episodes of Season 2, we discuss the 4 Short Treks. We're curious to see how they (if any) will fit into this season. Calypso and Brightest Star both stand out as some of our favorites.

For the first 2 episodes, we talk about how much we love the growth of the crew of the Discovery from season 1. There seems to be a concerted effort to make sure the bridge crew is more involved this season and we love it. Also, Anson Mount is wonderful as Captain Pike (so much it makes us hate Inhumans) even more. Just two episodes in, this season is even more Star Trek than the first and we can't wait for more.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:24am EST

Welcome to 2019 all!

Shanna and the Doctor return with the newest episode of Supergirl which has our new Black woman character becoming someone so unforgivable we are actively rooting for her demise.  Berlanti and company-what are you doing to us?  I know we asked to see more Black women, but did you have to give her a role so wretched that every other word out of our mouth this episode was an expletive?  We're going to talk about how diversity means nothing when characters act just like they would if they were white men. We also get some Brainy/Nia shipping action as he encourages her to become the hero she is destined to be, and Alex making a difficult and life-changing sacrifice on behalf of Kara. 


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:11am EST

The Flash does a few things this week that give promise for the rest of the season. First, outside of the show, an explanation was given to why Grant wasn't in episode 10 a lot (he was on another set shooting for the Crossover). Giving the explanation plus taking Nora off the board this week shows a little bit better planning than in previous seasons. Also, the use of Officer Jones, a character that's been in the background since last season and we never even really knew his name, also helps create a world that feels more lived in. It was a nice callback and use of an existing character for a larger purpose.

We also really like the use of Killer Frost and her issues with Caitlin helping Cisco with the cure. The differences between Ralph's detective skills and Sherloque's allow for both characters to fill a void but not feel repetitive. And finally, we were worried that last week's episode with more on Thawne would make Cicada feel pointless but the show is still keeping him interesting (well, more deadly than anything else) and we appreciate it.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:44am EST

Welcome to MTR's latest foray into podcasting, a monthly space where we're going to help demistify mortgages for everyone out there. I know you're used to hearing me yell about comics and sports, but my biggest passion is educating others about their homeownership opportunities. To kick things off, Kriss and I take a walk down his homeownership path from first time homebuyer, to selling that home and now he's starting the building his new home as we talk.

Take a listen, and see how that way out of making your landlord rich might be closer than you think. If you've got questions for our next podcast in February, shoot me an email at udpodcast@gmail.com and I'll do my best to answer any general questions that come in.

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:51am EST

UDPod is here to recap the Championship Weekend that was. We’re joined by Justin from Three Fifs podcast to discuss his favorite player (Todd Gurley), his favorite team (The Rams) and America’s Team (not Tom Brady). We also discuss Greg Hardy and other gross things like the Saints.

Guest: Justin - @Ljay90


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:18pm EST

The first Character Corner of 2019 is here! For this episode Kriss and Dpalm do something a little different and instead of focus on a particular character, they're breaking down the history of comic books starting with the Golden and Silver Ages. 

For this episode Kriss used two audible books for sources (both are also available on Kindle or Paperback:

Superheroes! Capes, Cowls and the Creation of Comic Book Culture

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Using those two sources, Kriss and Dpalm go through what lead up to the first superhero comic of the Golden Age (Action Comics #1) through the evolution of Timely Comics to Marvel Comics and the world of Stan Lee.

  • Pre-Golden Age
    • Pulp magazines & Comic Strips
  • Golden Age (1938 - 1950)
  • Detective Comics Incorporated
    • Jerry Siegel & Joe Schuster Action Comics/Superman
    • Bob Kane & Bob Finger Batman
    • Jerry Robinson and how Robin appealed to kids
    • Wonder Woman
    • Superman & the media (radio, movie serials, etc)
  • Fawcett Comics & Captain Marvel
    • The Superman/Captain Marvel lawsuit
  • Timely Comics
    • Martin Goodman
    • Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
      • Human Torch
      • Namor
      • Captain America
  • Comic Code Authority & End of Golden Age
  • Silver Age (1956 - 1970)
  • DC Comics Revives characters
    • The Flash reboot (barry allen)
    • Justice League of America
  • Stan Lee and Marvel Comics
    • The Characters
    • The Marvel Method

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:16am EST

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Rod (@RodimusPrime) from The Black Guy Who Tips and Jeff (@JeffJSays) from For All Nerds. 

Before we get into this episode though we (Kriss, Rod & Jeff) would like to formally & publicly apologize and retract all the things we said in this episode that might upset someone of the talcum powder complexion and get them to want to seek legal action against us from their 2 - 4 person legal team. We are sorry if you found anything we said problematic and upsetting.  

Topics:

  • Shaun King threatens legal action against black activists and journalists (we apologize)
  • Justice Together Directors say Shaun King is full of shit (we apologize)
  • Shaun King's wife says she's a black woman and to believe her...and explains why they decided not to sue white supremacists (we apologize)
  • The Gillette ad has men showing their asses 
  • Great Moments in White Privilege

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you, without a podcast ep...well you get the point.

The Doctor, Joseph and Parrish are back to wrap up season 11 of Doctor Who.  We discuss our impressions of the last two episodes, the New Year Day episode, and the development of the companions.  While we love how the series book ended Ryan and Graham's story, we did feel that it ultimately wound up being at the expense of Yaz, who we hope gets more to do in the 12th season.   Confirmed for 2020 and with the entire crew in front and behind the camera returning, we have many more wonderful adventures to look forward to.  We also review the Melanie McFarland Salon article about the many attempts to tear down the series in direct contradiction to the empirical evidence of the show's success, both in ratings and popularity.  Additionally, we address the different approach to storytelling and how that worked to truly and cleanly reboot the series.

Link to the Jinx Yeo comedy clip 

Link to the Melanie McFarland Salon Article

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:40am EST

Kriss, Ro and Brandon review M Night Shyamalan's conclusion to his "Unbreakable" trilogy, Glass. This movie had an opportunity to be something but just doesn't live up to the expectations and hype. The first problem being that for a film called 'Glass', it take too long to get the title character doing anything which is what audiences wanted to see. Unlike Unbreakable and SplitGlass  doesn't stand on it's own and it's very clear that it's the end of a trilogy that was never supposed to be a trilogy. There are some elements to like (McAvoy is great and when Jackson gets to be the Mr. Glass we've waited 19 years for, he's great as well). Overall, your mileage may vary.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:12am EST

The Flash is back from winter break so that means Kriss & Dpalm are back for Super Tuesday Recap! While there are elements of this episode we like, we think it was kind of a slow stumble out the gate from break for the show. Particularly since the last 2 episodes were episode 100 and part of the Elseworlds crossover. Seems like an odd choice to come back from break and shelve Barry for most of the episode. We get what they were trying to do but that also leads to the second problem: While we love the Eobard Thawne reveal at the end of episode 100, it kinda leaves us not caring about Cicada anymore. Particularly when this episode focuses on Nora learning the wrong lesson and agreeing to give Thawne in the future a chance. It makes us think that Thawne is the main villain we should care about and while Cicada has been good, it really undermines him.

But all that said, we're willing to wait it out and see how things turn out. Particularly since there are still some good elements sprinkled throughout this episode. We get the hint that we could be getting some Young Rogues at some point in the future and Cisco turns into Hank McCoy (This "meta cure" is a bad idea).

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:06am EST

This was supposed to be it. My coup de grace. My flu game, except min actually sick, not hungover. But someone had to ruin it all by ordering a bunch of dollar menu nonsense for the National Champs. Kriss is here, so you already know.

Guest: Kriss

 


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:28am EST

MTR's science team, PFunk & Coqui, are back combining science talk and pop culture nerdom and more. Give it a listen!

The CRISPR Baby

#CatchTheseHands2018: Wild Dogs Terrorize a Small Town

 


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Category:science -- posted at: 7:31am EST

It's that time again: Time for the MTR Network Yearly Movie Preview. Kriss, Ro and Brandon go through the list films coming out n 2019 and discuss what they're looking forward to (and what they're not). There's actually a pretty good number of interesting films coming out in 2019 and we know there will be more even outside of this list. 

List of film (not the entire list of films we talk about):

January
  • Glass
  • Stan & Ollie
February
  • What Men Want
  • The Lego Movie 2
  • The Prodigy
  • Cold Pursui
  • Alita Battle Angel
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
March
  • Madea’s family funeral
  • Captain Marvel
  • Wonder Park
  • Us
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • Dumbo
  • Captive State
April
  • Shazam
  • Pet Semetary
  • Little
  • Hellboy
  • Avnegers: EndGame
May
  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu
  • The Hustle
  • John Wick Chapter 3
  • Aladdin
  • Godzilla King of the Monsters
June
  • X-Men Dark Phoenix
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Men in Black International
  • Shaft
  • Child's Play
  • Toy Story 4
  • The Grudge
  • 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter
July 
  • Annabelle 3
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • The Lion King
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
August
  • New Mutants
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Hobbs and Shaw
  • Artemis Fowl
September
  • IT Chapter 2
  • Spies in Disguise
  • Downton Abbey
  • The Kitchen
Octorber
  • Joker
  • Gemini Man
  • The Addams Family 
  • Zombie Land 2
November
  • Terminator 6
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Kingsman 3
  • The Good Liar
  • Frozen 2
December
  • Jumanji 3
  • Masters of the Universe
  • Star Wars Episode IX
  • Margie Claus
  • Last Christmas

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Ro reviews The Upside with Kriss. The film stars Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman. Those last two names probably explain why Kevin Hart is currently on his non-apology apology tour right now for his previous homophobic jokes. Ironically The Upside is one of the first films to show Kevin Hart with a bit more depth in his acting and with a character that actually grows. Too bad Kevin Hart took none of that character growth and applied it to his own life.

Overall the film is okay. Ro actually gives the film a 7 during the audio review but while writing a review for it knocked it down to a 5. The film isn't as good as the French version ("Les Intouchables") which gives a bit more depth and background to Phillip (Cranston).

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

UDPod is back in 2019, and we’re getting things started off right with SPalm joining to ring in the New Year. We’re talking missed field goals, made free throws and of course the college football playoff. Kickers man. Kickers.

Guest: SPalm of the upcoming Between Two Palms

 


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:32am EST

We're back! New year and so it's time for the return of the Insanity Check. But it's really almost like we didn't even leave. Kanye is still being Kanye, Kevin Hart is still an idiot, Louis CK is back and the Trump Administration is completely collapsing. Happy 2019 folks...we're only 5 days in and it's already a live one.

Topics:

  • Kanye went from MAGA hat wearing to apologizing for MAGA hat wearing back to MAGA hat wearing
  • Louis CK and comedians who don't understand punching down in comedy is hack shit
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes a rookie mistake: Dancing
  • The GOP's fake outrage and gaslighting over "bad language"
  • Trump resignations: The rats are leaving the sinking ship
  • Poor Nazi: Gavin McInnes feels threatened by "Hate has no place here" signs his neighbors put up
  • Surviving R Kelly: A textbook case on how everyone is complicit in rape culture and failing young black girls
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
    • A G spot robot, a fake Russian Robot and Self Driving Cars getting to determine who live or dies....oh yes...we're back!

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  • ThreeFifsPodcast.com

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! We're talking UFC, we're talking college football, and we're talking Black Monday. Plus, hear about what is coming down the UDPod pike in 2019. Thanks for listening and the best is yet to come!

I miss the BCS

 


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Kriss, Ro, Brandon and Joi get together to discuss the film Destroyer starring Nicole Kidman. This film...is a film. 

No but seriously, we have some serious issues with this film. There seems to be some really bad choices from top to bottom: From the script to who was cast and for which roles. Director Karyn Kusama did make some good choices when shooting this film to really drive home the noir feel but overall the we couldn't help but want to see more of what the film could have been (from the flashbacks) versus what we got. 

This is a spoiler review, so if you want to hear us our in-depth analysis and discussion about this film, listen below!

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:39pm EST

It's not only the end of the month but it's the end of 2018 so its time for the finale Mailbag episode of the year. Dpalm has some stuff to get off his chest and we cover some of our favorite (and least favorite) comics and what we're looking forward to next year. Oh and EMAILS!!!!

Topics:

  • Dpalm watched the Titans finale...hold onto your butts
  • Best/Favorite Comics:
    • Lost Light
    • Uber Invasion
    • Charles Soule's Darth Vader
    • Green Arrow by Benjamin Percy
  • Biggest Surprise Comic?
    • Tom King's Miracle Man
    • Gail Simone's Plastic Man
    • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps
    • Scott Snyder's Justice League
    • The Walking Dead
    • Al Ewing's Immortal Hulk
    • Donny Cates' Venom
    • Tom Taylor's X-Men: Red
    • Donny Cates' Thanos
    • Noble
    • Superb
  • Most Disappointing Comic?
    • Doomsday Clock
    • Falcon
  • What are we looking forward to the most in 2019?
    • Dan Slott on Fantastic Four
    • X-Men brand relaunch
    • Force quest in Flash
    • Tom King's Batman
    • Young Justice Season 3
    • IDW Transformers relaunch
    • Jason Aaron's War of the Realms 
    • Iron Heart & Miles Morales solos
    • AGENTS OF SHIELD COMING BACK!!!!!
  • Biggest Losers? 
    • ComicsGate losers

Kriss and Dpalm record the Mailbag at the end of every month. If you want to send in your own questions and thoughts, email us: Mailbag@MTRNetwork.Net


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

Kriss, Brandon and Ro review On the Basis of Sex, the film starring Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and is supposed to show her struggle for equal rights on her way to becoming a Supreme Court Justice. Instead we get a shell of a film that doesn't leave up to the legacy of Justice Ginsburg. This film feels like it was made by someone who didn't watch RBG (The documentary on Ginburg) and then didn't bother to watch any TV shows or movies that dealt with court cases. Legally Blonde does a better job with its climax court case than On the Basis of Sex does. This film is a let down on so many levels and is easily forgettable. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Kriss, Brandon, Ro and Joi review Vice and talk about why they actually loved this film when so many seem to hate it. Christian Bale does a terrifyingly great job of becoming Dick Cheney. And this film takes the seriousness of what Cheney and Republicans set in motion decades ago, and puts a tongue-in-cheek spin on it to make sure everyone looks horrible. This is a film where the villain wins. We know this because Dick Cheney is still out and about in the world today. But it's important to remember that there's a straight line to Trump from when Dick Cheney decided he was going to become a republican. This film will having you laughing one minute only to suddenly sober up when you realize that what you're laughing at, actually happened. Some will say we didn't need this film. But we think it's important to remember that republicans like Dick Cheney are loyal to only one thing: Power.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:55am EST

Even if you're not a fan of period pieces, The Favourite should still be entertaining enough to be one of your favorite watches this year. The three main actresses Olivia Coleman (Queen Ann), Rachel Weiz (Lady Sarah) and Emma Stone (Abigail) are absolutely fantastic in this film. They're perfectly cast for the roles they play and we can't see how anyone else would fit. If you're still feeling a bit burned by Emma Stone & La La Land (we go on a bit of a tangent about that film), rest assured she's back to the Emma we love. This film also has a Nicholas Hoult sighting and he's also as good as always. 

Listen as Kriss, Brandon, Ro and Joi talk about what they loved about this film. You're definitely going to want to check it out. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:51am EST

We took a little bit longer of a break than intended but we're back to discuss the last two episodes of The Gifted Season 2 going into the mid-season break. As always, we love this show. It does a fantastic job of not only accurately depicting the themes of the X-Men but also tying in relevance to the world today. 

We have fun reviewing these two episodes. Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • Noah and Andy learn that puberty sucks and your dick is not your friend
  • Was Rebecca always crazy or was she made crazy because of the betrayal of her parents and being locked up?
  • Turning perfectly made pancakes inside out to eat them (with no syrup) is the sure sign of a terrorist
  • The Mutant Underground is falling apart
  • Shanna's Mutant-ships are falling apart as well
  • and plenty more!

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:47am EST

The last Character Corner of 2018! Kriss & Dpalm finish out 2018 with Part 2 of Aquaman and lets just say, shit gets a bit crazy from here. For the first time ever, we have to start the episode out by recapping Part 1 just so you get a sense for how off the rails Aquaman gets from here on out. A lot of writers, some of our favorites included, owe Peter David an apology for dropping the ball and wiping out the meticulous and detailed history of Atlantis and Aquaman that he laid out in his run. Just a sample of the crazy shit that happens:

  • Atlantis gets sent back 3000 years and Arthur gets changed into a water wraith
  • Arthur meets the Lady of the Lake (yup, that Lady of the Lake) and gets his harpoon hand replaced with a magical water hand
  • Arthur Joseph Curry (don't make us do this)
  • Has his silver age origin suddenly wipe out all of what Peter David did
  • On and off again weakness of being out of the water too long
  • San Diego is sunk and the inhabitants can breathe underwater and so they changed the name to Sub Diego and Aquaman becomes their protector

And there's more. We told you this shit gets weird. Things finally start to get normal again when Geoff Johns writes the first three volumes of New 52 Aquaman. Dan Abnett's Rebirth Run as well as Scott Snyder's Drowned Earth Justice League crossover are also pretty good.

Give the episode a listen and let us know what you think. We'll be back in 2019 with the following line up to start the year:

  • The History of the Golden/Silver/Bronze/Modern Eras of Comic Books - January
  • Captain Marvel (all of them) - February
  • Shazam - March
  • Iron Man - April

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:53am EST

Steve Carell has been acting his ass off this year. Welcome to Marwen could have been the film that got him an Academy Award nomination this year but the choices made in the script really hold him back. Much like Beautiful Boy and Boy Erased, there's a much more interesting and nuanced story to tell in this movie but instead of that, the film focuses on the fictional world of "Marwen" that Mark Hogancamp creates. This is based off a true story and what happened to Hogancamp is truly horrific but the film barely scratches the surface and leaves the audience without a full picture of why things are happening the way they are.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:15am EST

Here's what you have to ask yourself with Bumblebee: Do you believe you deserve better Transformers FILMS or do you just want to see better looking transformers in a film? That's the real question. Because if you're only going into Bumblebee to see G1 accurate looking Transformers and to get the typical 15-20 minutes total of Autobots vs Decepticons action, then you'll be satisfied. But if you want to see a complete Transformers films that focused on Autobots and Decepticons...then this is just more of the same. The first 15 minutes of this film is awesome and what every Transformers fan was waiting for. Then it turns into ET and Bumblebee gets turned into a dumb pet and we're left wondering why are we sitting through this film. Just send us a supercut of all the Cybertron scenes and all the Bumblebee vs Dropkick & Shatter scenes and call it a day.  This movie has a lot of the same story beats from the first Michael Bay film. But I guess we're not supposed to mention that cause we saw Cybertron for a few minutes and got some better character designs.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

There really isn't a greater sin when it comes to comic book films than having an actor play a character but their portrayal is nothing like any iteration of the character that has ever been written.Jason Momoa isn't Aquaman, he's just Aquabro. And that comes with all the problematic hyper masculinity "Look Arthur Curry isn't a punk. He's a man's man" bs that comes with it. And that's just the first problem that Aquaman has. The score and soundtrack is bad. The dialogue is bad. The story tries to cram the Throne of Atlantis storyline, which could be a full trilogy, into one movie that's all over the place. Yes, the fight scenes are enjoyable and there are some standouts (Yahya Abdul-Mateen's Black Manta is criminally underused). But at this point, why are we still making excuses for DC & WB when it comes to their execution of these films?

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:38pm EST


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We've made it to "The Book of Rebellion" and Khalil and Jennifer are on the run from Tobias and Jen's parents, respectively. At first, Jefferson and Lynn assume Khalil has kidnapped Jennifer until Anissa lets them know that Khalil and Jen have been texting since episode one this season.

Khalil and Jennifer think they are truly Romeo & Juliet so despite the fact that their road trip starts with a shoot-out and continues with being chased by an assassin, Jennifer runs from Black Lightning and Thunder every time they show up to help.

Lynn is at home spiraling. She's gone off the Henny and between her daughter running away and having killed 14 teens, she is not in a good place. She rallies briefly and talks to Gambi (AKA the Other Woman) so she can track down Khalil's dad just to learn that he had an apartment. This leads exactly nowhere.

While his assassin Cutter (Kearran Giovanni) is tracking the teens, Tobias is making new moves and enlists the genius of Todd Green (RJ Cyler, Sierra Burgess is a Loser). Green is a boy genius who is missing out on grant opportunities because of racism and classism and Tobias is using that to win him to his side. Also in the final moments we're introduced to a new unnamed meta played by The Chi's Tosin Morohunfola. Tobias is also putting two and obvious together, and wondering why Black Lightning always seems invested when the Pierce girls are involved.

These two episodes give us a lot of good character development for Jennifer who is also learning to control her powers and she proves herself to be incredibly resourceful. That being said, Black Lightning still struggles this season. It's good tv but not great tv. Especially compared to it's CW peers. We'll see you in the new year and hopefully Black Lightning will bring it's A game when we return.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:30am EST

Time to end 2018 with the final Character Corner subject of 2018: Aquaman. The King of the Seven Seas is getting his first solo film this month and so we're taking a look at the history behind Arthur Curry aka Aquaman. Aquaman is another DC character that has been around since the Golden Age and has seen a lot of drastic changes not only to his origin but his supporting cast as well. He's a character that's struggle to get respect, with many people thinking his only powers are talking to fish and that he's pretty useless outside of water. DC didn't do the character any favors by giving the character the weakness of needing to be in water at least once every hour. All that changed in 1990 when Peter David took over writing Aquaman. First he started by building a foundation for not only Arthur's lineage but also telling the story of how Atlantis became an advanced civilization under the sea. He then takes Arthur on a journey of not only understanding who he is but what it means to be a leader & king. Also, this is where we get the iconic 90's look of Aquaman: Harpoon Handed Aquaman. 

Listen as we break down the early history of Aquaman, a quick run through of the different eras of comic books and then talk about how Peter David brought some respect to Aquaman's name.

Issues:

  • More Fun Comics #73 - First Appearance of Golden Age Aquaman
  • Adventure Comics #229 - First Appearance of Topo
  • Adventure Comics #260 - First Appearance of Silver Age Aquaman
  • Adventure Comics #269 - First Appearance of Garth/Aqualad
  • Brave & the Bold #28 - Founding member of the Justice League
  • Aquaman #11 - First appearance of Mera
  • Aquaman #18 - Becomes King of Atlantis; Marries Mera
  • Aquaman #23 - Arthur Jr (AquaBaby)
  • Aquaman #29 - First Appearance of Orm/Oceanmaster
  • Aquaman #35 - First Appearance of Black Manta
  • Adventure Comics #452 - Black Manta kills Aquababy
  • Legend of Aquaman Special (Aquaman Special #1) - Rewrote Aquaman's origin post crisis
  • Peter David's Run

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:51am EST

So...Mortal Engines happened. It continues the trend of studios attaching a big name as a producer (Peter Jackson), handing the directing off to someone with little experience, shoveling boat loads of money into it, only for it to abandon the source material and turn into a steaming pile of garbage. So who is to blame? And why do studios do this? Mortal Engines will get terrible reviews and flop this weekend. The cliff hanger ending in the movie will never be followed up on. What's it going to take for these genre films based off of young adult novels to be treated with some respect? Ro, Brandon and Kriss discuss. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:46am EST

You already know what it is. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not only the best comic book films of the year, but it's one of the best films of this year. There is an amazingly talented voice cast for this movie and the script nails what it means to be Spider-Man. Make no mistake, this is Mile Morales' movie but you'll love all the other characters too and want to see more of them. Stan Lee's cameo is probably his best and most relevant cameo. Run do not walk, to see this film this weekend. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:44am EST

It's that time of year again: The Annual Arrowverse Crossover is here. Kriss, Dpalm, Shanna and The Doctor discuss the three part Elseworlds crossover. There's a lot to love about this year's crossover and we're even more excited for how everything has been leading to next year's Crisis on Infinite Earths. 

We Discuss:

  • Why does the CW do the Justice League better than the movies?
  • Our favorite moments with Barry & Oliver switching identities
  • The perfect Superman & Lois
  • Batwoman and Gotham officially joining the Arrowverse
  • The growth of Oliver Queen
  • What did Oliver give up to save Barry and Kara?
  • The endless possibilities with Crisis on Infinite Earths

and more! Make sure you listen and subscribe to Super Tuesday Recap so you don't miss an episode!

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:45am EST

Do you all really expect us to review this episode or do you just want us to laugh at how ridiculously awesome it was? Custodians of Chronology, Sirens of Space Time and Puppets of Tomorrow. I mean seriously, what are we supposed to do with this? No other show leans into the ridiculousness as much as Legends of Tomorrow does and by being so self aware, it's truly become on of the best shows on TV. Our only complaint? We have to wait until April for more episodes. 

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Here is its. The review we hinted at in our If Beale Street Could Talk and Three Identical Strangers reviews, the problematic review itself: Mary Poppins Returns.  Kriss, Ro and Brandon break down why this new Mary Poppins film is the perfect continuous from the original. Emily Blunt IS Mary Poppins and dominates the screen. But everyone else is pulling their weight as well. Lin-Manual Miranda really takes to his role as Jack and the film does a great job of blending an all new story and songs with the feeling of the original.

So why is this review problematic? Let's just say Kriss tries to kill off Angela Lansbury, Brandon comes up with a Murder She Wrote update and Ro...well we're not sure what Ro did but we're pretty sure it was something. These negroes should never be allowed to review movies together.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Barry Jenkins does it again. This time with his adaptation of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk. This film will hit you right in the feels (as expected). Just like with Moonlight, the way black people are filmed in this movie just makes us look magical. And the story is one that is both relevant to the time and doesn't have your typical "happy ending". We discuss how that might be a problem for some white critics that don't understand the significance of how this story ends. We also talk about how Jenkins manages to balance telling the delicate story of a rape victim and the family that believes the accused is innocent and how it shows both being victims of a system of oppression. We have a lot of thoughts on this film so give it a listen.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:37pm EST

College football’s regular season is behind us, and Saturday can be for whatever you want it to be again. Since I reclaimed my Sundays a few weeks ago, we celebrate this new freedom with Stadium’s own Michael Felder. Yeah we talk college football and yeah he makes fun of the Dawgs, but we also cover Becky Lynch, MTV’s The Challenge, and Georgia high school football being displaced by soccer. SOCCER.

Guest: Michael Felder - @inthebleachers


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:19am EST

Excluding the Arrow portion of the Elsewords crossover, Unmasked is the midseason break episode of Arrow and they threw in two big reveals:

  • Emiko Queen is the new Green Arrow that's been going around saving people. Ollie's got another sister
  • Diaz is still alive

Add Oliver finally putting the costume back on (minus the mask) and we're cooking on all cylinders. We have no idea where the story is going but we love everything so far. Oliver has to deal with the changes to Felicity that are really his fault. Also how long will he be able to operate as the Green Arrow out in the open, working for the Star City police department? And what scared Diggle and Lyla so much that they would go to Diaz for help? Also...who trained Emiko? We have so many questions and we'll have to wait until January to get the answers. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:20pm EST

MTR's science team, PFunk & Coqui, are back combining science talk and pop culture nerdom and more. Give it a listen!

 


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The Flash perfectly nails its 100th episode by going back to some of Barry's roughest moments over the years. Not only that but of course it's revealed that Thawne is the one behind Nora going back to see her father. Tom Cavanagh directed one hell of an episode and it's only fitting that his most devious character is revealed to be up to no good. We have a lot of thoughts and theories on what happens in this episode. What is Thawne up to? Did he have Nora plant a time hack for himself? Will we ever see the original timeline (the one Thawne is from)? Is Sherloque really Sherloque or Thawne in disguise? We have so many questions and things running through our minds.

Also...how about that Captain Marvel trailer?

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:22am EST

It wouldn't be a Legends of Tomorrow season if the Legends didn't break time. We just weren't prepared for it to be this episode. We also weren't prepared for them to drop that Neron is the demon that's tormenting Constantine. This episode is another example of Legends balancing weird and ridiculous with very serious moments. We learn that Constantine bound the soul of his lover Desmond to Neron in order to banish Neron to Hell. At the same time we're getting the legends hunting down a demon possessed doll (that eventually possesses the Professor Stein puppet from last season) and Mona is trying to bone a Hawaiian werewolf. Oh and then Charlie & Constantine break time and turn Zari into a cat. 

This show is weird and we fucking love it.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:07am EST

We are joined this week by special guests Rod and Karen from The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast Network to discuss the most recent episode of Supergirl!

Nia reveals she's from a planet called Naltor to Kara, and that once in a generation women in the family get the genetic ability to dream the future.  Unfortunately, it isn't an ability she has a great deal of control over.  Brainy reveals Nia is important to the future, but can't reveal why.  Manchester continues on his John Wick run, confronting Ben and his wife at their home.  J'onn doesn't seem to be able to mind his own business, and Kara is betrayed by a 53% woman in Ben Lockwood's wife, who she saves, only to be thrown under the bus by her.

The season continues to discuss contemporary issues effortlessly.  Discussing the Alt-right in the Supergirl universe, the concept of passing, and the devastation that victimization can do to a person's psyche sounds like a documentary or a heavy drama, but Supergirl pulls it off with flare and style.


 
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So the podcast episodes are getting shorter-and there is a reason for that.  People need to be watching this show!  To that end, we are giving our impressions and broad takes on episodes 6-8: Demons of the Punjab, Kerblam!, and Witchfinders.  For those who were concerned about needing to watch past seasons of Doctor Who to follow along and worried about the overwhelming task that might be-fret not.  Chibnall this season has given us a Doctor and a T.A.R.D.I.S. team that is the perfect starting point for any new Whovian.  There are easter eggs in every episode that long time watchers will appreciate, but it doesn't keep a new watcher from being able to enjoy the show.  We also appreciate the decision this season not to have one threaded threat that was present in previous contemporary Who episodes-these all stand alone and work well as such, showing that Doctor Who continues to be a show that can do both serialized elements and bottle episodes successfully.  


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This week we reach the end of the Book of Blood as the fight between the Perdi and the Sange comes to a head. In many ways, this episode is a satisfying conclusion to the arc while at the same time dropping many important threads or glossing over issues that were presented for our characters.

Lynn is suddenly pulled out of her depression over the Greenlight babies in order to help Anissa with Anaya and the Sange babies. This is mainly so Anissa can give a lot of platitudes about mother/daughter relationships right before Anaya finds out her own mother is dead.

Jefferson and Gambi reunite and it's a beautiful moment but given that this "book" started with Gambi's attempted murder, it would have been nice to see more of his investigation and also WHY WEREN'T JEFFERSON AND ANISSA LOOKING FOR HIM INSTEAD OF RUNNING AROUND SOUTH FREELAND?

Finally, Jefferson and Lynn remember that they have another daughter just in time for her to have already run away. Once Khalil realizes that he ain't bout that life and he won't be killing the reverend, he has to get out of dodge and Jenn is primed to go with him after being on house arrest the past few weeks. Jenn also reveals her powers to Khalil in a Romeo and Juliet-esque moment so basically we've got two teen runaways with powers who are in love. Go ahead and make your CW jokes. I ship it.

We discuss all of this and more (warning: we totally go on a tangent about everything from Aquaman to Marvel Netflix) on the podcast. Join us in two weeks when we return to discuss The Book of Rebellion.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

Stop me when you've heard it before: a team I love has made it to a large stage, taken a substantial lead and metaphorically plunged a blade into my throat because hope is a lie. Yes the mighty UGA Bulldogs have once again lead me down a path of disappointment, but I don't let my trauma derail our discussion of what the UFC is doing, the fact that Ohio State lost to Purdue by 4 touchdowns, or why the NFL is addicted to making the wrong decision. Oh yeah, Kriss is here too.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:16am EST

The Flash has really learned from the mistakes of previous seasons and is making adjustments to previous things they've tried. Last season, Devoe wasn't necessarily a bad villain. His backstory and episodes were actually pretty compelling. But at times it felt so disjointed from the rest of the story being told. This season, Cicada/Orlin has been integrated into the story from the start. As Cicada he's been shown as a terrifying villain that can nullify the powers of Metas. And now this episode shows what motivates Orlin and it's really compelling. It ties into the entire shows theme this season of family, particularly fathers and daughters. Also, it was good seeing Barry and Nora get to the bottom of what's really bothering Nora: Barry's willingness to sacrifice himself.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:15am EST

Seriously, what do you want from us every week when it comes to reviewing Legends of Tomorrow? What more can we say about how good this show is? This episode can literally be described as: Biff Tannen teams up with Ernest Hemmingway to hunt a Minotaur in the catacombs of 1920's Paris. It's so ridiculous yet so good. Throw in Ava & Nora bonding over a bottle of wine and cake after Mona looks them all in a cell and well....it's all ridiculous and awesome. 

Hank Heywood confronts Ava about the spending habits of the Legends; Mona tries to make a good impression with Ava, but her eagerness gets her and Ava stuck in a cell together.

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Arrow really used the time with Oliver out of the suit and in prison wisely. The Slabside Redemption marks the end of Oliver's time in prison (and maybe of Diaz) but he leaves a completely changed man and probably closer to the Green Arrow/Oliver Queen from the comics. As Ben Turner says in this episode: Before you saw the world in black & white. Now you understand there is some gray. When Oliver does finally pick up the mantle of Green Arrow again, he's gonna have a far better motivation than he did when he started.

Also give it to this show: Watching Oliver & Turner beat a bunch of people up was great. Michael Jai White might be the most disrespectful fighter of all time when it comes to the way his character always beats people up. We really loved this episode and it made the payoff of Oliver being in jail worth it.

Oliver makes a choice that will affect his entire life, as well as the lives of everyone he cares about.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:59pm EST

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Category:science -- posted at: 1:28pm EST

It's the end of November so it's time for another Mailbag episode. Kriss and Dpalm go through listener emails, hot topics and discuss their Pull-List for the month. 

Topics:

  • Emails
    • Dpalm & Kriss havea  Creflo Dollar Plan
    • Venom (the comic) is better than it has every right to be
    • What comic books surprised us with how good they were? Any that we were looking forward to that disappointed?
    • Best jumping on place for the X-Men
    • Star Wars Novels
  • Topic of the Show:
    • Titans turns Dick Grayson into a mass murderer (and doesn't understand Jason Todd)
    • Venom crosses $800 million worldwide cause some people like well done steaks
    • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is so damn good (more of this Sony)
  • Pull-List (Not the complete list)
    • Ironheart #1 (buy & subscribe it now)
    • Lost Light #25
    • X-Men Red #10
    • Justice League/Aquaman Drowned Earth #1
    • Justice League #12
    • Batman #59
    • Titans #29
    • Thor #7
    • Venom #8
    • Venom First Host

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:33am EST

This week gave us an episode heavy on character development, as Lena struggles with the better angels of her nature, and Manchester embraces the power of the dark side.  Jimmy (he will be Jimmy til he gets his act together) continues on his Van Jones heel turn tour, J'onn is devastated that he misjudged Manchester, and Supergirl is stuck as a pawn being used by many.

While it is not as fast paced or action packed as this season started off, this episode provides us with a deeper look into Lena's motives, as well a heartbreaking look at what grief can do to a man who feels he has nothing left to lose.


 
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We're back! After a brief unintended break thanks to Verizon, The Doctor, Shanna, Parrish and D are back to discuss the first two chapters of "The Book of Blood", Requiem and Perdi.

Black Lightning is determined to break these books into story arcs and because of that the pacing of each individual episode has been off. Before we were rudely disconnected, we talk about the show's struggle to round out the story in each episode so that the momentum doesn't fall flat. That aside, "The Book of Blood" sets up an interesting story for all of our main characters. It opens with Gambi being run down by two hitmen in his van that has his name printed on the side, you know, just like all tailors who are secretly Nick Fury.

While Jefferson struggles to deal with Gambi's "death", Anissa is on the case of an interracial couple, Deacon and Anaya, who come into the free clinic. The boyfriend, who acts cagey and scared, later turns up dead and when Anissa shows up in South Freeland to investigate, she finds a segregated town where the white residents, the Sangee, have superhuman strength and speed granted by a metahuman who may have gotten her powers from the same vaccine that Jefferson was given. The Black residents, The Perdi, live in fear and don't mix with the Sangee. When Anaya gives birth to twins, one Perdi and one Sangee, the babies are in danger from this metahuman known as The Looker (Sofia Vassilieva)

Lynn is also trying to save the Greenlight babies but her calculations tell her that at best she can save half or lose them all. Since Lynn wants to stall until she can save them all, Dr. Jace dupes her into believing they can save everyone and Lynn is now responsible for the death of 14 of the twenty-eight pod kids. Lynn is going to have to push through her guilt, if she wants to stay in charge of this operation.  And Jennifer gives her some real talk about taking responsibility.

Meanwhile, Jenn and Khalil are getting closer as Jennifer feels more isolated and Khalil faces the brunt of Tobias's abuse. It's sad but Khalil is finally realizing that Tobias is behind the shooting that paralyzed him and with the crimes he's committed, Khalil has limited options. Hopefully, it doesn't take him (or Henderson) another six episodes to realize that Khalil is the witness they need to put Tobias away. If they don't get it together soon, Tobias is going to keep raining down insults and punches on this poor child.

We discuss all of this and more in this week's review.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:18am EST

This week we keep it in the family as my wife Susan joins UDPod to talk about the real world challenges facing the WNBA, the Warriors and being a UGA fan  

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 4:19am EST

Kriss and Dpalm review the latest episode of Arrow Season 7: Due Process. Felicity keeps going done a dark path, Diaz has some words with Anatoly and look at Earth 2 Laurel trying to be a hero (and a DA). We also are intrigued by the glimpses of the future and what it means for the end game of Arrow. We're also planting our stake in Roy being the man under the hood in the present day.

Oh and we told you not to trust Stanley. 

Slabside becomes even more dangerous after a guard is murdered and everyone is a suspect. Felicity enlists help from a surprising source in her pursuit of Diaz, and Laurel flexes her muscles as the District Attorney.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

What's this? Do your eyes deceive you? Is it true? Are Coqui & PFunk back? 

Yes...Yes they are.

It's been while but Molecules & Shit is finally back! MTR's science team, PFunk & Coqui, are back combining science talk and pop culture nerdom and more. Give it a listen!

 


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Category:science -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

Kriss and Brandon review Alfonso Cuarón's latest work, Roma. A couple things to know about Roma before watching:

  • It's in black & white
  • It's in Spanish and is subtitled

Now most people will not sit through Roma but it's definitely at the top of the list of films to beat for Best Picture this year. The film is beautifully shot, emotional and is a great snapshot of what this family went through, particularly their housekeeper Cleo. 

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:14am EST

Kriss, Brandon and Ro discuss Green Book and the controversy surrounding it. Is it a white savior film? Does it water down racism? We think Green Book is definitely a film audiences should check out. It's not a perfect film and probably would be better (or at least delve more into Dr. Don Shirley's personal life) if it had a black director. But it's definitely not a comedy and it doesn't make the racism of the 60's easier to swallow.

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EST

It's unfair how good Legends of Tomorrow is. Who would have thought that a show with a pretty rocky and formulaic start would turn into the smartest, best written and most progressive of all the Arrowverse shows? Legends has reached Agents of Shield territory with how they're able to balance weird and fantastical plot points with serious topics with real world implications. We never would have thought an episode with a giant squid monster in Japan would tackle the very real trauma of Japanese citizens in the wake of Hiroshima. But that's exactly what this episode did. And it worked. 

Not many shows can have a scene where Ishiro describes walking in the ashes of his neighbors then end with a fight between a giant squid monster and a three-breasted warrior princess. Yet here we are. The only thing that needs to be asked right now is: Are you watching this show? And if not, why not?

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Dpalm has gone full Villain Agenda (Isn't that Kriss' role?) and puts the idea of an Uncanny X-Men movie directed by Zack Snyder into the world. On The Flash side, The Flash is fun again and we're loving it. We really enjoy seeing the various breakouts of the team and we're even starting to like this Wells. Cecile is adorable and Danielle Nicolet is doing a great job filling in the role Jessse L Martin used to fill. 

The show is doing a great job this season of letting the team work as a team. Everyone is competent and therefore is trusted to go off and investigate their own piece without being handheld. And even with that, we still got a bit more back story on Cicada/Orlin. So far so good with this season. Let's hope they can keep it up.

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Professor Lockwood continues to use his historical logic to justify his bigotry, and it is FRIGHTENING how convincing it can be.  James does the worst undercover job on the planet, and Manchester Black gets his Punisher on.  Also...shout out to April Parker Jones for making sure these writers know that Black folks do Sweet Potato Pies at Thanksgiving (fight me, @ me if you want to), and for reigning in Alex and Kara's "we answer to no one" tendencies.  Lena continues to investigate the harenel properties, which apparently makes individuals or entities invincible, giving her the worst idea on the planet-create supers.  Did she not watch The Incredibles? Finally-COME THROUGH GREAT VALUE DROGON!!!!

Supegirl is the best superhero show on right now-we said it, we mean it, and we can meet on these streets if you want to counter us on it.  While other shows are using throwaway lines to tackle current events, Supergirl is hitting it head on through the storyline.


 
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We're back! This time instead of diving into your favorite, well-known characters, we're tackling a group that's a little less known: The Doom Patrol. This episode is bit different from other Character Corners we've done since there's not a whole lot of material to pull from for the Doom Patrol. This is a group that ended their first run in the late 70's with the entire team being killed off. We start off our discussion by talking about the comic landscape in the 60's and the claim from one of the Doom Patrol creators (Arnold Drake) that Stan Lee stole the idea of the X-Men from Doom Patrol. While we don't think Stan Lee stole the concept, it does lead to an interesting question: Why did creations like the X-Men & Fantastic Four take off while Doom Patrol failed to really connect? After the Doom Patrol was killed off in the 70's, other creators tried to resurrect them and get them to catch on but not with a lot of success. A lot of writers that have tried to tackle the Doom Patrol even fully admit that at the time, they weren't doing the team justice because they weren't nailing what made these characters so unique and special over at DC. And then Grant Morrison took over. 

Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol can be best described as a Clusterfuck of Weirdness and while that might seem like we're speaking negatively about it, it's just the opposite. Morrison's run is probably the definitive run one what the Doom Patrol is and what makes them so unique. Morrison leaned into his own unique viewpoint of the world and created a run that was full of unique and strange villains (Red Jack, The Brotherhood of Dada, the Scissor Men, the Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E.) and parodies like his Punisher parody, The Beard Hunter. Honestly, if you understand Morrison's Doom Patrol run on your first reading, you should get yourself checked out. That said, it's compelling, interesting and is the most significant when it comes to the Doom Patrol.

Give the episode a listen and let us know what you think. We have two more episodes for 2018 coming up so subscribe and stay tuned!

Original Team:

  • The Chief (Niles Caulder)
  • Robotman (Cliff Steele)
  • Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr)
  • Negative Man (Larry Trainor)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

We have a full show this episode as Kriss, Brandon, Ro and Shanna get together to review Steven Caple Jr's Creed II, starring Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Florian Munteanu and the return of Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago. This is a great film that feels more like part 2 of Ryan Coogler's Creed and not just a sequel. Caple manages to keep the same realness of the first film while also exploring the characters even more. This film does a better job of fleshing out Ivan Drago (and his son) more than Rocky IV did. 

We also discuss why this film has a lower critic score than the first film. To put it bluntly, we don't think white critics are fully processing what this film is showing and that the also missed the point of the first film. You're not going to want to miss this discussion and review. Listen and let us know what you think int the comments.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:12am EST

We're back on the heels of another amazing NXT Takeover event, and we're joined by PWTorch's own Rich Fann to talk the fallout from another mind blowing night of pro wrestling. But, we're also talking that NBA Drama Life in Oakland, the reemergence of greatness in Los Angeles and betting on yourself in Pittsburgh.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:03am EST

Kriss and Dpalm are back to review episode 5 of season 7 of Arrow, The Demon. We never knew how much we wanted to see Oliver choke the shit out of not-Dr. Hugo Strange until he did it. It was great watching Oliver remind all the guards that every day he's peacefully in prison not whooping their asses is a gift from him. And of course The Demon is an Al Ghul (Talia to be exact). 

  • Felicity and Laurel becoming best friends
  • Curtis getting handled in a better way and showing where he's useful outside of being a Felicity clone
  • We love how this show is tying back to previous seasons

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:38pm EST

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This will be the last Insanity Check of 2018 as Kriss goes on break for the rest of the year. But don't worry, there will still be plenty of content coming on the Insanity Check Feed.

This week Kriss is joined by Ashanti (@NotThatAshanti) and Justin (@ljay90) to talk about what's happening this week.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:50am EST