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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 Justin from the Three Fifs Podcast to talk about how the 2018 Nazis have reemerged and beating everyone at their own game.

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Guest: Justin

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

We have the Eastern and Western Conference Finals for the NBA currently trying to keep yet another Warriors vs Cavs Finals matchup happening, the Washington Capitals make it to the Stanley Cup Finals and yet, we have to put the focus of this show on Roger Goodell and the NFL's attempt to silent black NFL players. The new NFL "anthem" policy is a ridiculous. Less than 10 players were kneeling and the NFL decides it not only wants to shoot themselves in the face but also bend a knee to Donald Trump. And if that wasn't enough, they made the announcement on the same day that the Sterling Brown arrest video was made public.

What a joke.

Guest: Konata Edwards - @NataTheScribe

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

It's no shock that this season of The Flash has been a bit of a disappointment and the finale was never going to change that. The main story in this episode leaves a lot to be desired but there was some good things. This entire season has done a good job of developing characters and setting them up for season 5. It's been clunky but still the development is there. It also seems like they've been doing a lot of setting up for Season 5 (From Dawn...I mean "Nora" to the mysterious writing Barry/Nora/Wells have all done). While it might not have saved this season, it's possible that Season 5 will be 100% on the right track because of this kind of setup. Also, we have to admit, this season with all of it's problems is still way better than last.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:09am EDT

The end of season 5 is here for Agents of Shield and it doesn't go the way we thought it would but it was still great. What makes Agents of Shield so good is the way they always punch us in the gut. The inter-team relationships and conflicts always pay off. And that's on top of the super hero fight we get between Daisy and Graviton.

While the show is coming back for Season 6, this season ends in a way that could have been a series finale. Coulson and May end up on a beach in Tahiti waiting out Coulson's last days while the rest of the team goes to find the Fitz that's sitting in stasis in space (Always keep a spare Fitz). This is just such a great show

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

Season 6 comes to a close with Oliver sacrificing his freedom to save a team and a city that doesn't deserve him. Seriously, Agent Watson is the worst. How is it that Oliver does all the hard work but you still need to put him in jail? We're hoping this is a larger plot for the next season to get Oliver to root out corruption elsewhere. But overall, we enjoyed this finale. We got a good send off for Paul Blackthorne and Diaz is still around so we should get more of Kirk Acevedo in Season 7.

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Kriss is joined this week by Tim (@peoplescrtic) to talk a long week of insanity.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

This show just won't stop being good-and we will not complain about that fact.  This week we get the DEO making a series of unfortunately stupid decisions leading to an epic two part dragging from Lena about Supergirl and her shortcomings, Alex being stupid and failing to be honest with Ruby, which leads to Ruby getting herself square in Reign's sights, Mon El deciding to stay not only to help his ex triumph but to figure out his feelings, and Carl Lumbly giving an excellent performance as we watch J'onzz's father slip further away.  The elevator scene was worth the price of admission as Lena tells Kara and the audience everything that is wrong with Supergirl-shortcomings we here on this podcast have been pointing out for 3 years by the way.  Lena is the hero we need but not the one we deserve.

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

With Deadpool 2 hitting theaters this weekend we've finally recorded our Character Corner episode on Nathaniel Christopher Charles Summers, aka, Cable. Now first off, we've touched on a lot of the early years with Nathan/Cable already in some previous Character Corners. We cover Nathan's birth and being sent to the future in the Cyclops & Alex episode as well as him being genetically created specifically to be a weapon against Apocalypse in our Apocalypse & Mister Sinister episode. And if you want more on Deadpool and Cable's relationship, we covered that all the way back in our Deadpool Character Corner.

Now Cable wasn't originally created to be the grown up, future Nathan Summers. Originally Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld created him to just be a military leader who was the complete opposite of Professor X and would lead the young New Mutants. Things changed rather quickly as the character became more popular and soon it was revealed he was not only Nathan Summers but his clone was Stryfe who founded the Mutant Liberation Front. It only gets stranger and weirder from here and we cover it all. From his half sister from an alternate timeline (Rachel Summers/Grey) to Cable going becoming the protector and father of Hope Summers. There's a lot going on, it can be convoluted but it's all connected. We try to make sense of it all.

http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/6608270

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  • Uncanny X-Men #201 - First appearance of Nathan Summers
  • X-Factor #68 - Infected with the Techno-Organic virus and sent to the future
  • New Mutants #86 - First Appearance of Stryfe
  • New Mutants #87 - First Appearance of Cable 
  • X-Force #1
  • Cable Volume 1 (1993)
    • Issue #6 he's confirmed to be Nathan Summers
  • The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix - Scott & Jean get pulled into the future by Rachel Summers to raise the young Nathan
  • X-Cutioner's Song
    • Uncanny X-Men #294
    • X-Factor #84
    • X-Men #14
    • X-Force #16
    • Uncanny X-Men #295
    • X-Factor #85
    • X-Men #15
    • X-Force #17
    • Uncanny X-Men #296
    • X-Factor #86
    • X-Men #16
    • X-Force #18
    • Uncanny X-Men #297
  • Soldier X
  • Cable & Deadpool (2004)
  • Messiah Complex Saga
    • Messiah Complex
    • Cable Vol 2 (2009)
    • Messiah War
      • X-Force/Cable Messiah War #1
      • Cable vol 2 #13
      • X-Force Vol 3 #14
      • Cable Vol 2 #14
      • X-Force Vol 3 #15
      • Cable Vol 2 #15
      • X-Force Vol 3 #16
    • X-Men Second Coming
      • X-Men Second Coming #1
      • Uncanny X-Men #523
      • New Mutants Vol 3 #12
      • X-Men Legacy #235
      • X-Factor #204
      • X-Force Vol 3 #26
      • Uncanny X-Men #524
      • X-Men Hellbound #1
      • New Mutants Vol 3 #13
      • X-Men Blind Science #1
      • X-Men Legacy #236
      • X-Factor #205
      • X-Force Vol 3 #27
      • Uncanny X-Men #525
      • X-Men Hellbound #2
      • New Mutants Vol 3 #14
      • X-Men Legacy #237
      • X-Factor #206
      • X-Force Vol 3 #28
      • X-Men Hellbound #3
      • X-Men Second Coming #2
  • Avengers X-Sanction
  • Avengers vs X-Men
  • Cable and X-Force
  • X-Force Volume 4
  • Cable Volume 3

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

We've reached the penultimate episode of The Flash and we have to say, we enjoyed it pretty much. The episode opens up pretty strong with Devoe taking over an ARGUS facility using all of his powers and it was a pretty good sequence. While this season has been all over the place, they've at least established Devoe as real threat and his arc has at least been consistent enough that we care (unlike what's happened with Diaz on Arrow). 

We also love that Cisco finally calls out Barry on his self loathing and inability to accept help. Barry's had to go through this with everyone else on the team and so hopefully this will be the last of it. And Cisco was absolutely right to call Barry out.

Overall this was a good episode. We could nitpick but this show needed more episodes like this one this season and it wouldn't have felt like such a drag.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:40am EDT

Kriss & Jax review Solo: A Star Wars Story. For all the worry and talk about this film, it's so much better than anyone could imagine. The cast works extremely well together. Most people are coming for Donald Glover’s Lando, but they’ll stay for everyone else. Contrary to the rumors, Alden Ehrenreich nails a young, cocky, arrogant and ideological Han Solo. This film basically gives us a Han who hasn’t become completely jaded but also shows us that no matter how much of an outlaw he tries to pretend to be, he’s still a good guy underneath it all.

Woody Harrelson continues to be underrated and Emilia Clarke and Paul Bettany pull in great performances as well. But the real standout is Phoebe Waller-Bridge voicing the radical droid, L3-37.  If audiences thought K-2SO was a scene stealer in Rogue One, wait until they see L3. Without looking at the screen it would be easy to confuse her dialogue for that of a normal human. It’s that good.

What Solo brings to the table is something that a lot of fans might not have expected: Possibilities for other stories. This is a film that has no mention of Jedi or Sith and barely has the Empire in it. Solo shows that the Star Wars universe, even in prequel form, is pretty vast with a lot of stories to tell. Also, it’s very clear that things that happened in the Clone Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels animated series and the new line of Marvel comic books, are all part of the same canon that the movies are using. There’s a special surprise in this film that is tied to something that happens in Clone Wars (the animated cartoon). It’s clear that Disney is building something special here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to surprise a lot of people. It’s fun, expands the Star Wars lore and at the same time, feels like Star Wars. You’re not going to want to miss this one.

During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT