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You know what time it is. Kriss and Phenom discuss (without spoilers) Marvel's Black Panther. Seriously, its better than it has any right to be and you're not going to be prepared. This is less of a review and more of just a non-spoiler discussion of why we loved it so much. We already know you're going to go see the film (we'll see some of you on Saturday!). 

  • The story's connection to present day struggles of Black Americans
  • #ErikKillmongerWasRight - We have a new Villain Agenda inductee
  • All the black female characters steal the show but particularly Letitia Wright's Shuri
  • Andy Serkis had fun making this movie, we can tell
  • The visuals and action were amazing
  • You're not prepared

We'll have several spoiler reviews coming out soon and don't forget to check out Kriss's solo video review!

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Shanna, D and Parrish spend way too much time anticipating seeing Black Panther and discussing which classic 70s and 90s figures should guest star on Black Lightning. 

An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences. Lastly, Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper - in all situations.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:17am EDT's good to be back.

We forgot how much we loved Legends of Tomorrow until it came back. This is the best of the Arrowverse shows (Black Lightning doesn't count since it's not in the Arrowverse yet) and its not even close. We've always loved Sara Lance but what they do with her this episode is legendary. From seeing her and Ava flirt with each other, her seducing John Constantine and then tying in her previous death and loss of a's just amazing. The only thing better might be Mick spending the entire time watching a football game. 

And all that's before we get into the meat of the episode. It was a great return, they're handling their villain and story better than the other shows and we can't wait for more.

John Constantine pays the Legends a visit; they agree to accompany him to a present-day psychiatric hospital and are surprised to discover who Constantine is trying to help; Amaya and Nate once again come face-to-face with Kuasa.

We said we were going to do it and now we're making good on that promise. Kriss & Phenom kick off their Award Season 2018 show by talking about the actresses up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the 2018 Academy Awards.  They also throw in a quick discussion about the films up for Best Visual Effects.

So here's how these shows will go. Kriss & Phenom will discuss each category by first discussing who they want to win, who deserves to win and who they think will actually take the prize home. You'd think that would be the same person for all three but nope. Particularly this year. This is a really competitive year among the nominees and it's going to be really interesting. We also discuss who we think shouldn't have been nominated and who got snubbed and left off. 


Best Actress

  • Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  • Margot Robbie – I Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep – The Post

Best Supporting Actress

  • Mary J Blige – Mudbound
  • Allison Janney – I Tonya
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  • Lesley Manville -Phantom Thread
  • Octavia Spener – The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
  • Kong Skull Island
  • Star Wars the Last Jedi
  • War for the planet of the Apes

This episode is only available here, on Youtube and on the Movie Trailer Review podcast feed so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss a show.

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Can LeBron turn a team of old parts into a young, hungry machine on the fly? He's sure gonna try. Is anyone really hyped for the Winter Olympics? More exciting than baseball's offseason. Did Philly fans live up to - or down to  - expectations? I mean, of course they did. Can I keepup this framing device? Probably not! We talk all of this and more with Nata Edwards from UpRoxx and tons of other places.


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Going into break Arrow usually pretty strong but, The Devil's Greatest Trick is uncharacteristically weak for this show. We end up having a lot of questions about a lot of stupid choices made with this story.

  • You call Barry as an Uber Service but not to search for the bomb (or the individuals you need to find)?
  • Why is Renee allowed to pop off at the mouth like he's not a snitch?
  • Someone send William to boarding school before he gets killed. He was afraid so HE WENT TO WHERE THE GIANT CITY DESTROYING BOMB WAS?
  • Ricardo Diaz is now some criminal mastermind but before that, he was skipping town just like everyone else cause he couldn't stop Cayden James? Huh? What?

The Flash and Arrow are both struggling right now. We know they can do better and we hope the run up to the end for both shows is much better.

We also talk about the Venom trailer and how it was exactly how we thought it would be. Watch Kriss' reaction video to the trailer here.

Cayden James launches a full out attack when he uncovers a secret about the Green Arrow that puts him over the edge.

Last show before Black Panther drops and Kriss brings on a special guest, the host of Secret Sauce, Latoya. Kriss talks to Latoya about starting her business, the challenges she's faced and what the scariest thing of the whole thing has been. Then it's on to the topics of the week and let's just say, white moderates need to do better.


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On this week's Supergirl, we have a case of Kara and Alex being the epitome of the 53% and Mon El joining in as the other half of the Trump supporting squad to break down the door of a sister who was minding her own business and jamming to some 90s tunes. Mon El also gets a CW pep talk from J'onn about his conflicting feelings for Kara and Imra.  Lena also seems to know what the deal is with Samantha, which causes some to wonder...what side will Lena fall on?

On Black Lightning this week, Lady Eve has a heart to heart while it seems she's dissecting/embalming a formerly dead individual who comes back to life.  What you know about that #BlackGirlMagic?  Of course, she had to balance that out with a little bit of an ism, talking to Tobias about being an individual with albinism and being magical.  At the same time, we have Jefferson trying to figure out who is supplying the kids at the school with the pill form of the super soldier serum and Anissa feeling herself while taking on some of those same individuals.

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We have so many questions with this episode. But first, we talk about Kriss & Dpalm's #VillainAgenda2020 plans. Hey, they're now making fully functional Batman suits, hoverboards and flamethrowers. We're trying to get in on the ground floor of franchising out super villains.

But onto this episode of The Flash. True Colors could have been and should have been a much better episode. But much like many of the episodes that have happened since coming back from break, the writing is lazy and rushed and things just don't make sense. Oddly enough, while some will definitely not like the amount of Ralph in this episode, he's not the problem. 

  • Why didn't the judge ask for them to check the morgue to see DeVoe's body?
  • How do you have a super secret meta-human wing to a prison but leave an unalarmed manhole exit?
  • Why was Marlize sitting at the table with the prosecutor?
  • Why have Harry making it a big deal that they haven't freed Barry then this week when they do...he's back on Earth-2?
  • What was the whole point of introducing Wolfe just to kill him unceremoniously this episode?

And there's a lot more that doesn't make sense. It's frustrating because big picture, we liked what this episode was doing. We just don't like how it was executed and that's becoming a problem AGAIN for The Flash. 

We end the episode discussing all the trailers that have been released the last couple weeks:

  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Deadpool 2
  • Infinity War
  • Jessica Jones
  • Solo
  • Venom (upcoming)

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT


We're trying new things here at UDPod in 2018, and one of those new things is periodically, we'll be running an interview series on this feed, where I get to sit down and talk to the interesting people in my life. Up first is singer/songwriter Matt Palmer who's latest project Get Lost is both a love letter to pop music and a challenge to the form. Capitalizing on the visual album format, Get Lost has got two chapters in the books, and he's excited to share his journey to this ambitious project.

Twitter - @MattPalmerMusic - MattPalmerMusic.c0m - Two Gay Matts


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