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

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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!

Guest: Justin - Ljay90

  • ThreeFifsPodcast.com

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

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!

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