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Todays episode features Anita and Sharifa from Tranquil Ashes and Pastel Dots:

  • They were a part of Universal Fan Con and had vending tables at both WICOMICON and Great Philly Comic Con
  • Both ladies have been cosplayers for years
  • They have an event in September called The Cosgala Masquerade Ball

Please help to support these ladies who are organizing to create a fun place for cosplayers of color

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:09pm EST

We're back with our latest edition of Dope Talk, and this week, we continue to celebrate MUCH more interesting people than your loyal host! We've got Roe Hartrampf from Netflix's Game Over Man to talk the experience of shooting this film with the entire Workaholics gang. He also takes us to his origin story from local theater, to NYU, to the set of Power, all the way to present day.

Twitter - @RoeHartrampf - The Foster Portfolio - Game Over, Man!

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:09am EST

We've wondered how Agents of Shield would connect to Infinity War and we get some answers this episode and it opens up a lot of possibilities. And that doesn't even address Talbot...or rather...Graviton's power trip that's probably gonna lead to the earth cracking. There's only two more episodes left and we're excited about how this all comes to an end.

Also, Infinity War is slaughtering records like Lebron is doing to Raptor fans. Dpalm and Kriss talk some theories and possibilities.

A newly determined Talbot takes Coulson to meet the enemy and attempts to avert Earth's destruction.

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Oliver finally goes on trial and while we always knew he was walking out of that courtroom, the way he does it is probably the greatest moment in white privilege ever seen on a fictional television show. Oh and Rene is still stupid (as is Dinah) but at least Oliver doesn't really have to apologize. This season better end with everyone telling Oliver he was right.

The pressure mounts for Oliver who begins to wonder if he will lose everything in his battle to save Star City. A familiar face returns.

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It's 10 years of the Insanity Check and what better way of celebrating than by bringing on the first guest ever to be on the Insanity Check, Jax.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

We double up to talk about two episodes in which Imra tries to tell people that Pestilence has to die because, you know, she's from the FUTURE.  Of course no one listens cause they haven't figured out that the power of love can't save everything.  Lena has a lot of explaining to do when the information about her secret "guest" is out, and we get our Black Act Off with David Harewood and Carl Lumbly.  While Shanna didn't need the Kara/Mon El showdown, The Doctor appreciated the growth and maturity it took for Kara to recognize the toxicity of their relationship and call him out on it.  This show is moving full steam ahead, and the acting is rising to the occasion, along with the storylines.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

This week's episode of The Flash feels like it's placed right where it needs to be. We finally find out what Devoe is up to and the use of flashbacks to the early days of his relationship with Marlize helps. The title and theme also ties into episode 7 from earlier in the season which also gave us background on Devoe. Clearly the theme here is that while Devoe is gaining everything he wants, he's losing his humanity while Team Flash is losing things but are leaning on their humanity to survive.  We can see where this is going but that doesn't mean its bad.

We also talk about DC Universe, DC's new streaming service (that for some reason doesn't include an Unlimited service yet), Infinity War making $800 million in a week and the Ant-Man and the Wasp  trailer.

Barry and Team Flash team up with Gypsy to try to thwart Thinker's plan. Meanwhile, Cisco and Gypsy have a heart to heart talk about their relationship.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

Kriss talks with Sam Stevquoah about his own production company's flagship animated project, Mill City's Finest. Sam describes Mill City's Finest as an "urban, superhero coming of age story" in the same vein as Young Justice and Static Shock

We chat about how Sam got involved in animation, what makes this series so unique and culturally diverse and what's next to get more people behind this project. 

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Happy LeBronukah ya'll.

Topics:

  • Reuben Foster is somehow still employed.
  • Jerry Richardson somehow still owns the Panthers.
  • Roger somehow thought his confidential meeting would stay, yanno, confidential.
  • Dawgs in the NFL.
  • Round 1 recapping.
  • Sham commission on NCAA basketball.
  • PLAYOFFS
  • Lebron Raymone James Sr.

Chad Floyd - @chad_floyd

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:10am EST

This show. Makes us care about Talbot then turns him into Graviton. Between this and Infinity War, Marvel is clearly set on ripping our hearts out. We also see the fractures in the team start to happen but its because they're all happening at once. Also, they're all "betraying" each other but for the greater good of the team. Add in Fitz still hating Deke, the tone turning into a horror movie and Daisy digging up the grave of her dead mother...yeah, we're not read for the final three episodes.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

Arrow is coming up on it's end and despite some small problems, it's coming in strong. The development of Oliver this season has been pretty good. Oliver going back to Anatoly kinda brings this show full circle and showed that Oliver does still have a plan. Even the Laurel and Quentin stuff was pretty good. The only real drag is the old team but that can be fixed as long as in the end, everyone but Oliver admits they were wrong. 

Oliver turns to an old friend to help battle Diaz. Meanwhile, Rene is out of the hospital but has a hard time re-adjusting to life as Wild Dog. Also, Lance discovers something shocking about Black Siren.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

Avengers Infinity War is in theaters now and is already crushing records (and souls). While you wait for Avengers 4 to come out, now is a perfect time to catch up on Thanos in the comics to see just how accurate the movie is. But before we can get into Thanos, we first have to give a brief overview of Marvel Cosmic. We've touched on Marvel Cosmic a bit with Inhumans and when we talked Alex Summers. But Thanos throws us right in the middle of it. Jim Starlin really helped solidify the cosmic side of Marvel and so we give a condensed rundown of the Celestials, Eternals, Adam Warlock and more. Trust us, we will revisit all of this more in later episodes in more details.

We then jump forward a bit to go through Jason Aaron's Thanos Rising which while it's more recent (2013), it gives a pretty great (and dark) view of Thanos' origins. Then its back to the early 90's and Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones (or rather, Soul gems as they were called) in Thanos Quest, the Infinity Gauntlet crossover and more.

We end with the recent Thanos solo book that if you're not reading it...you're missing out on greatness.

Reading List (As usually with Marvel, most of these are on Marvel Unlimited)

  • First Appearance
    • Iron Man #55
    • Captain Marvel #25 - 32
    • Avengers #125
    • Captain #33 - 34
  • Thanos Returns
    • Strange Tales 178 - 181
    • Warlock 9 - 15
    • Marvel Team-up 55
    • Avengers Annual #7
    • Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2
  • Silver Surfer
    • #34 - #38
  • Thanos Quest
    • Thanos collecting the Soul Gems (what the Infinity Stones used to be called)
  • Infinity Gauntlet #1 - 6
  • Infinity War
  • Secret Defenders 11-14
  • Cosmic Powers
  • The Thanos Imperative
  • Thanos Rising (Jason Aaron)
  • Infinity #1 - 6
    • #1 - First appearance of The Black Order
  • New Avengers
    • Vol 3 #23
  • Secret Wars
  • Ultimates
  • Thanos

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:34am EST

It's the end of April 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. The big topic for this episode: Action Comics #1000. Bendis seems to hint at going back to Krypton to redefine Superman's origins. Can he pull it off and why it makes us nervous. 

We recorded the Mailbag a bit early this time so we didn't get to see the BEAUTIFUL artwork in The Flash #45 which after discussing how the art in the previous books was a turnoff, is a welcomed surprise. 

Topics:

  • Emails
    • What got us into comics?
    • Favorite comic henchmen and mini-bosses
    • Bringing the Bat-Family to the DCEU
  • News
    • Harley Quinn movie gets writer
    • Is Dark Phoenix the last X-Men movie at Fox?
    • Coates doubles down on the Black Panther/Storm relationship
  • Topic of the Show:
    • Action Comics #1000
  • Pull-List (Not the complete list)
    • DC
      • The Flash #44
      • Batman #45
      • Grant Morrison Batman
      • Green Arrow vol 1
    • Marvel
      • X-Men Red/Gold/Blue (basically all of them)
      • Rogue & Gambit #4
      • Domino #1
      • Thanos Rising (Jason Aaron)
      • Thanos #18
      • Mighty Thor #704 - #706
    • Other
      • The Wicked + The Divine
      • Superb
      • Noble

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:02pm EST

All roads lead to this! Avengers Infinity War is finally here and trust us, you're not ready for it. 

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

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

Did we really need yet another Laurel Lance? Ugh. Anyway, Fury Rogue isn't a bad episode. Matter of fact, the emotional parts of this episode were pretty good. Earth-X Snart (Leo) has become a bit of a therapist on these shows. He did for Barry and the team what he did for the Legends: Helping them work through some of their emotional scars. It was also nice seeing Caitlyn dealing with losing Killer Frost and Barry breaking down do the feeling that Ralph's death was his fault (it was). The problem is: We just don't care what Devoe is up to anymore. Is he building a bomb? Who cares?

We also talk about the latest issue of The Flash (#45) and the beautiful artwork in it and how excited we are for Flash War. Oh and there's a trailer for Venom. Yeah...that happened.

When Barry needs help transporting a dangerous meta, he calls on an old friend for help - Leo Snart AKA Citizen Cold. Meanwhile, Cisco becomes suspicious of Harry.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:27pm EST

Jefferson goes on a trip to the Ancestral Plane, LaLa goes boom, Proctor channels his inner Trump, Lynne packs heat, Jennifer lights everybody up, Tobias continues to provide bars, and Henderson...continues to be as mediocre as he is.  The Doctor is going on record as saying Pain Killer is the weakest villain alive, both in name and ability.  Proctor got all that hot lead from Gangsta Gambi and it was lovely in ways that cannot be explained here.  Anissa certainly approved of that message. It seems like the show did a tidy wrap up on the off chance that it didn't get a season 2.  They forgot that this was the year of Black Panther and Beychella.

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We're taking a bit of a break this week from the Insanity Check but that doesn't mean we don't have anything for you. Kriss talks to L Joy Williams from Sunday Civics about getting more people involved and increasing civic engagement. She talks about the civic engagement booth she was going to run at Universal FanCon and what she's doing to help at the grassroots level to get more people involved. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:45am EST

Welcome back luvs to a new episode of Secret Sauce! Today I had two special guests: The Doctor from our very own network and Kay from Kutula by africana a boutique located in Los Angeles California.

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In addition. PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON is honoring any ticketholder from UFC to come to their Friday show April 27 for free and half off on a pass for Sunday April 29. WICOMICON is also having a popup show on Saturday April 28 go to hardnocmedia.com/popup for more information.

The Doctor and I discuss

  • the latest in TV
  • Some reflection on our favorite Prince songs
  • Universal FanCon debacle
  • black woman shoutout

During my interview with Kay from Kutula by africana we discuss

  • the origins of her family business
  • working on the black panther set and
  • dressing celebrities
  • business lessons learned
  • black woman shoutout

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:49pm EST

I promise I had a plan. I was going to walk through a bunch of sports, and we were going to try to fix them. But, when Michael Felder is on the show, any plan is a mere suggestion. We cover it all, from hockey to MTV's The Challenge, to the NFL Draft and the NBA Playoffs. Hell, since Felder isn't the typical regional baseball fan, we even get to talk a little about America's former pastime.

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Felder - @inthebleachers - Instagram

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:23am EST

This show.

Make us think Ruby is the Destroyer of Worlds only to kill her (graphically). Since the agents have made it back to their time they've been running from one crisis to another and it's keeping us off guard for what really brings about the end of the world.

There's a lot to like in this episode:

  • Two bad ass Asian women taking on the role using reserved for men
  • The men dealing wtih their emotions by talking while the women deal with it by beating up bad guys
  • Coulson & Mack setting Deke up (lemons)
  • Daisy trying to connect with Ruby; Yo-Yo having none of it
  • Damn it...they're really making us care about Talbot
  • Fitz & Simmons are the first to finally get it: in order to break the cycle they could have just died...

The team must find a way to stop Ruby before the prophesied chain reaction that can destroy the earth is put into motion.

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This week's episode of Arrow isn't a bad episode but the problem is, because of the weird way this season has been laid out, we just don't care. Look, this episode digs into what motivates and drives Diaz and in that context is good. We see why he's a good villain to go up again Oliver. The problem is, the Cayden James distraction from earlier in the season really burned up good real estate and took away from time to really care about Diaz. However, outside of that, there are good things to like about this episode and we break those down.

Looking to expand his empire, Diaz meets with a group The Quadrant, a coalition of mafia families; after Oliver's recent decision, Felicity and Curtis double their efforts to build Helix Dynamics.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

Winn's mom comes to town in the wake of his father's death.

Mon El reveals that the third World Killer Pestilence evolves into Blight, who destroyed his future.

Papa J'onzz is still working to adapt to life on Earth while suffering from Martian Alzheimer's.

So here's the deal...the Toyman show was interesting...until it came out that the copycat was just the maintenance woman.  It would have been more interesting if it had been a lost family member like a daughter or a mistress.   I think this episode probably should have been moved elsewhere in the season-coming back off a near three month hiatus made this feel less lackluster for it's first run back.

This was a solid episode, but we are just worried that the CW chose this episode to come back off of hiatus for.  It is no fault of the show-they probably didn't realize when filming they needed to plan for a hiatus.  However, the network probably should have aired this one prior to the hiatus, and then brought us back with the World Killers episode we appear to be getting next week.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

Fifty-Two.

That's how many people were listed on the about page for Universal FanCon. A lot of them (not all) are silent as to why a fan convention that took in almost $57,000, has been planned for two years and was scheduled to start NEXT WEEK was suddenly canceled leaving fans, guests, vendors and others wondering how this got to this point. Kriss is joined by Justin from 3FifsPodcast (who was going to have a panel at Universal FanCon) to discuss the audacity and complete bullshit behind this clusterfuck.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

We finish up the Dark Knight himself with what might be the greatest and longest streak of great stories for a solo character. From the time Grant Morrison takes over Batman to today’s Tom King Run, we have what is arguably the best storytelling at DC. It gets weird, it gets crazy and it brings in things all the way from the 50’s & 60’s. If you want to truly understand Bruce Wayne and Batman, pick up the Grant Morrison Batman omnibus and strap in, you’re going to be in for a ride.

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:40am EST

Fine, we can be convinced that Ralph & Barry, two cops, were under the influence of bad luck powers and so they didn't know how the meta-cuffs worked. Fine. But what we can't accept is having most of the episode with Barry telling Ralph "killing is wrong" with no sense of self reflection when the last 3 seasons the solution has been to kill the villain. Ralph will take a lot of blame for this episode and where this season went wrong but it's not his fault.

  • They shouldn't have put the character in this position by giving Wally's arc to him. People liked Wally and Wally deserved better. To bring in another character and give them the story Wally should have had makes it hard to like Ralph
  • Even more important, Ralph wasn't wrong this episode. Barry & Iris keep coming up with the same plan and that plan has led to 7 (actually 8) Metas dying. If Ralph had killed Devoe, this would have been over and the show offers no real counterpoint.

We wish this show was written smarter. We wish Barry got back to being smart and a detective and figuring things out. This show still has some great moments, we wish it was just more consistent and felt like the show we loved in Season 1.

Barry and the team find a way into the Thinker's lair; Ralph considers crossing a dangerous line to defeat him; Joe is concerned by Harry's recent behavior.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:34am EST

This week Kriss is joined by Dalbin Osorio who is running for Montgomery County Councilperson District 1 here in Maryland. Obviously this is going to be a politics heavy episode so strap in.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:09pm EST

Gotta love this show. They handle their ensemble cast better than anyone else. This season makes it even better by doing really good callbacks to previous seasons. There's a lot to cover this episode:

  • Fitz & Simmons growth as characters 
  • May confronting Coulson and telling him she loves him
  • They made us care about Talbot only to use that to hurt us more
  • Daisy vs Ruby Round 1
  • Ruby confronting Hale and Hale realizing too late she's made a mistake
  • Coulson's reckless behavior
  • and more

While this show could end this season just fine, we're really hoping it gets a season 6 because its just so damn good.

When an agents life hangs in the balance, Fitz, Simmons and Yo-Yo attempt to neutralise a weapon that could play a role in Earth's destruction.

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Put Star City in rice folks. The entire city is corrupt. So much so we don't know if there are any solutions for Oliver in how he can fix this. I mean the entire police department (minus like 5 people), the DA and now even the City Council are all in Diaz's pocket. Maybe it's time for a Malcolm Merlyn style "undertaking" to just wipe out the entire city and start again.

This episode was pretty good. Ignoring the issue that both Arrow and The Flash have with season structure, this episode was able to have Oliver confront his choices and failings without having it feel like he's regressing. And even then, it showed that not all of the things that have happened have been his fault (Laurel & Renee ain't on Oliver). It still remains to be seen if they can stick the landing for the season.

In his darkest place yet, Oliver wonders if he has failed at everything; Oliver lashes out at Felicity and William; a surprising visit from an old friend has Oliver questioning his next move.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am EST

This week we discuss Lynn's spider problem, Lala being shooketh and Khalil's back with a new attitude and a new 'do.  It was a mixed reaction an overall enjoyable episode.

 

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The NBA regular season is in the books, and the second season kicks off Saturday, April 14th. But playoffs mean paying the piper, and that means acknowledging that somehow, someway, I lost our Over/Under NBA Picks for the second year in a row. IN A ROW. But, I got to pitch a fix for next years picks that might make EVERYTHING a bit more interesting. Plus, we got to break down the forthcoming NBA awards, and pick our way to this years NBA Champion.

Topics:

Big Mike

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Rampage is exactly what the trailers looked like. There are no surprises here. Is it a good movie? Of course not. Will there be an audience who is satisfied watching it? Yes. You already know if you want to spend money on this or not. Even those who go see it and enjoy it will forget it after a week. It'll blend into the Dwayne Johnson's catalog of bland, easily forgettable and similarly looking films.

We spend a lot of this review talking about the problem with Dwayne Johnson's solo movies and why certain movies of his just aren't good. We also talk about film criticism in general and why film critics need to evolve to also take into account the audiences a film is made for. There's the technical side of film making but there's also the side where a film should be made with the audience in mind. Films should be able to do both but for films like Rampage, there are some that can get away with it (for a weekend at least). 

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

You know why we're here. Legends of Tomorrow goes out with a bang with a ridiculous (but very enjoyable) season finale. This show gets it. Its found a way to perfectly balance serious concepts and themes but also doesn't forget to have fun. This episode also brings back a lot of elements from earlier in the season, completes Damien Darhk's arc with him finally doing something selfless (ala Malcolm Merlyn) and ends with a giant Beebo fighting a giant demon.

This show is awesome.

Rip is forced to improvise when the Legends' plan to vanquish Mallus with the totems doesn't work.

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The Flash returns from break with an episode that probably didn't please a lot of fans. Ralph's jokes, even with the explanation at the end, probably just didn't land for a lot of people. After discussing it, we think the problem comes from two places:

  • A weird order for some of the character growth moments throughout this season. When you think about it, the two episodes before barely showed us Ralph and so to come back to Ralph cracking jokes and being out in the field felt really weird
  • The breaks are killing this show. The show isn't written with the breaks in mind and so the momentum from previous episodes gets abruptly halted and it's jarring.

When you focus on just this episode on its own, this episode isn't that bad. Devoe finally becomes truly scary with the repeated drugging of Marlize and erasing her memory. The stuff with Breacher was just one hour long erectile dysfunction joke. And even the Ralph stuff has an explanation. It's the breaks though. The breaks are killing the flow of this show. Listen to get our full discussion.

Barry and Ralph try to find the remaining bus metas before DeVoe gets them. However, Ralph's attitude frustrates Barry and they clash over what it means to be a hero. Meanwhile, Breacher returns to ask Cisco for a favor.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:39am EST

Wrestlemania season is behind us, and with it, the gnashing and wailing of smark souls the world over. A not-so-quick recap of the weekend in WWE, from the Hall of Fame (Pain), to NXT Takeover: New Orleans setting the bar even higher for the black and yellow brand all the way to  Wrestlemania being taken over by the women - and deservedly so.

Topics:

  • NXT tears down the house AGAIN.
  • Wrestlemania news and notes!
  • Wrestlemania match times.

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Kriss is joined by long time MTR Network contributor, Shanna (@ShittyBonMots) for this week's episode. They talk about a wide-range of topics from WonderCon to Misdemeanor Michael getting dragged to the problems with Bernie Sanders. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:20pm EST

*I read the wrong episode number/title/synopsis at the beginning of this episode. I read the one for 15 not 16*

Here's the scary thing about Agents of SHIELD right now: Since the team has come back into the present, despite everything that's happened, the end of the world is still on track here. Jemma and Elena might think they're invincible but the truth is, no one on the team has ever really sat down and talked about everything they know about the future. To be fair, there's been a lot going on and they've been going from one fire to another. But at some point, they need to brain dump everything they know. Because right now this rogue team, plus Daisy bringing Robin into the fold, is just keeping the clock ticking down for the end of the world.

Also, poor young Strucker is thinking with the wrong body part when it comes to Ruby, who seems to be a little too enthusiastic about being the "Destroyer of Worlds". 

Coulson is forced to team up with unlikely allies to save the world, while his team try to track him down and rescue him.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

Let's get this out of the way: This episode was bullshit because the logic behind Diggle being mad at Oliver is bullshit. But it was entertaining watching Diggle dig himself into a hole and then watch Oliver smack him into it (along with his dead brother). While we get what the show is trying to do, it hasn't set it up very well because...well...Oliver's right. And not only is he right but the new Oliver has been doing the right thing for 2 years now while Diggle, Felicity and everyone else messes up. And so what should be an emotionally powerful moment comes off as Diggle whining like a 2 year old.

Oh and Kriss apologizes for ever backing Dinah. She's the worst. 

Oliver and Diggle face their biggest challenge yet; Curtis is disappointed to find out his new boyfriend has a firm anti-vigilante stance.

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Direct download: Arrow_Season_6x17_Review_Brothers_in_Arms_-_Super_Tuesday_Recap.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

This week we double up to discuss Gambi's road back into Jeff's heart, Anissa continuing to be team too much, LaLa being LaLa, Vice Principal Thotty working for an avowed racist and giving up babies, and Henderson continuing to be trash.  We also chat about some of the information that came out of Shanna's trip to Wonder Con and interviews with the Black Lightning crew, as well as certify that we aren't shit as we laugh uncontrollably at Penelope Disick.  If you want to know why-click here.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:05pm EST

Tis the season! That's right, no more waiting, not much more fantasy booking, the Super Bowl of Wrestling is upon us. PWTorch's Rich Fann joins us to break down the entire weekend -and put himself over as he calls in from WWE Axxess to preview the whole weekend. We talk NXT, we talk Hall of Fame, and because Rich is here, we also talk a good deal of indy wrestling for the weekend. Come for Rich stunting on us, stay to hear two nerds fantasy book the future of WWE.

Topics:

  • MANIA

Rich Fann - @rich_fann - The Deep Dive, presented by PWTorch

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am EST

The trailer for Blockers doesn’t do the film justice. While the promos for this film make it seem like Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz are the focus and stars of the film, it’s really the young actresses (Kathyrn Newton, Gerladine Vsiwanathan and Gideon Adlon)who play their daughters who are the standouts. This film proves you can make a raunchy, edgy coming-of-age comedy without being super problematic or focused on dudebros. If Blockers was made 10 years ago, it would have been super white, super male and aged incredibly poorly like most comedies of this time. Instead, Kay Cannon’s film is pretty diverse, inclusive and turns most of the dudebro comedy tropes we’ve seen before on their head.

Think about it. We’ve seen plenty of films where young male high school students decided that “this is the night” they lose their virginity. But we’ve never seen it from a teen girl perspective. At least not done this well. In this film, the girls are all the aggressive ones with their dates for prom going along with their plan. While yes, the parents are frantically (and hilariously) trying to stop their daughters from going along with this pact, the focus is really about young girls exploring their own sexuality and forming their own decisions about what they want to do with their bodies. Gerladine Vsiwanathan is the standout star here. She's the "Tomboy" of the trio and makes most of the crass jokes but they're hilarious, well timed and she plays off of John Cena extremely well in their scenes together.

Even the parents buck some trends we normally see. Leslie Mann plays the overprotective single mom whose real issue is, she doesn’t want to let go of her daughter. This is typically the father role in most films. John Cena is the straight-laced sports dad, but he’s also a pushover and a stay-at-home dad whose wife is the breadwinner. Barinholtz is the “problematic” dad but even his character has a few progressive traits, like the fact that he’s figured out that his daughter is gay and just wants her to feel free enough live her truth.

Like I said, this is a film that from the trailers a lot of people might avoid but that would be a mistake. This is a smart, funny, progressive film that honestly probably makes a great case for why feminism and allowing women the ability to be free and open about their sexuality is good for everyone.

Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night.

Direct download: Blockers_Review_-_Movie_Trailer_Reviews.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09am EST

A Quiet Place is what It Comes At Night wanted to be. John Krasinski directed a horror film that is so good you’ll be surprised it’s PG-13. The intensity and fear generated by moments in this are damn near unmatched by any other horror film in recent memory. From the opening of the film, the tone is set. The film doesn’t spend time trying to explain where these creatures came from or giving much explanation. It focuses on this family trying to survive the best they can, as silently as they can.

Because of the nature of the story, there’s very little spoken dialogue in this film. For most of the movie, communication with other characters is done through sign language. Despite the lack of spoken dialogue, there is solid character development as well as great acting between characters.

This is a film that deserves all the praise it’s getting and you should definitely check it out. Listen to our full, spoiler-free review to find out why we loved it so much. We also talk about the lack of condom use in apocalyptic movies. Seems like it would be the time you’d be most concerned about not bringing a child into the world.

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:09am EST

The Quick Snap is back! This time, I'm talking some hard truths about the NCAA tournament, remind people that Jim Mora Jr. is a jerk, and preview-ish the Masters. Come back tomorrow for the greatest Wrestlemania preview in the history of all time.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:25am EST

Damien Darhk was right. Not even trying to be all "villain agenda" here but he probably ended up saving the lives of the Legends by betraying them. They were going to lose spectacularly. Neal McDonough has always been great as Darhk but he's been really great this season. The mini-speech he gives Sara about the darkness inside of both of them and love was great. Everyone knew that Darhk was going to betray the team but even the reason why he does it this time shows growth for the character. 

This was another excellent episode. We start off with Grodd going after a young Barry Obama then the focus shifts to Amaya trying to save her village (and breaking time, thus freeing Mallus). And then there's the whole meta John Noble playing John Noble being asked to read a script to sound like a character...voiced by John Noble. Legends of Tomorrow is great.

The Legends must fix two anachronisms at the same time to keep Mallus at bay and form an uneasy alliance with one of their enemies.

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We’re back with Part 2 of our Batman Character Corner. Part 1 focused mostly on the early comics up through the introduction of Tim Drake in Batman #440. For this episode, before diving back into the comics, we wanted to cover the other media that Batman has been prevalent in. Considering that TV has had a big impact on Batman in the comics, we felt throwing this episode in between the two comic focused episodes was best. Both the 66 TV show and the early 90’s Animated Series have led to some characters making their way from the TV screen to the comic book pages. Also Batman’s presence on TV and in film have had an huge impact on his popularity and for many, was their first introduction to not just Batman but comic book characters.

So sit back and listen as we dive into the world of Batman from TV to Film to even Video Games.

TV:

  • 66 Batman
  • Super Friends
  • Batman The Animated Series
  • Justice League
  • The New Batman Adventures
  • Batman Beyond

Live Action Movies

  • Batman The Movie
  • Burton/Schumacher
    • Batman
    • Batman Returns
    • Batman Forever
    • Batman and Robin
  • Nolan
    • Batman Begins
    • The Dark Knight
    • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Snyder
    • Batman v Superman
    • Justice League

Animated Movies (too many to list all):

  • Mask of the Phantasm
  • The Red Hood
  • The Dark Knight Part 1 & 2

Video Games:

  • Arkham Asylum
  • Arkham City
  • Arkham Knight

Kriss is joined by Mr. Spann from The Spann Report for a long overdue show. Spann recently reporded the 200th episode of The Spann Report and they talk about the ups and downs he's experienced with getting into Podcasting the last 7 years. 

Topics:

  • Doing solo shows is hard. 
  • Finding the right people to podcast with
  • Finding your own voice and not letting what others are doing stop your progress
  • Mr. (Killer) Mike...what are you doing?
  • Apparently there will be an opioid memorial because...white
  • Laura Ingraham learns that she can't attack the white kids of Parkland like she did black people

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Hail...excuse me...Hale...Hydra

How do you follow up an incredible Fitz episode which reveals the dark side of Fitz? With Hydra Hogwarts of course. We get the backstory on General Hale and it ties everything together. We find out how Hydra trained young kids to grow up to infiltrate not only SHIELD but all other parts of government. We find out the terrible choice Hale was given (I mean its still Hydra) and why she wants Coulson to help her join Hydra and SHIELD. We even get to find out what happened to Talbot (damn it, they made me start to care about him).

And this is all before we get Daisy confronting Fitz and Fitz not apologizing for a damn thing (and dropping his own heat). THIS SHOW IS SO DAMN GOOD!

Coulson uncovers General Hale's real agenda and it could be the end of the world if S.H.I.E.L.D. can't stop her.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

Direct download: Agents_of_Shield_Season_5x15_Review_Rise__Shine_-_Super_Tuesday_Recap.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

On it's own, this episode is a great send off for Willa Holland's Thea Queen. We get Roy & Thea suiting up (the former wearing a baseball cap that sets Dpalm off) and the return of Katrina Law's Nyssa al Ghul. This completes Thea's arc and also sets us up for a return in later seasons (along with maybe a return of one Malcolm Merlyn). But there were some small annoyances with other aspects of the episode:

  • Roy's hat (it's small but a hilarious thing)
  • Dragging out Diggle & Oliver talking about Oliver being back in the hood (ITS CAUSE YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH DIGGLE!)
  • The whole "is the Captain dirty or is she not?" thing. We already knew she was, stop treating the viewers like we're kids

Overall though, we enjoyed the episode for what it was: A goodbye to a character with a great arc.

Nyssa al Ghul returns to Star City to let Thea know that a group of renegade League of Assassins members are planning to attack her.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:21am EST

It's the end of March (Is it just us or is 2018 flying by?) so that means, it's Mailbag Time. Kriss & Dpalm take listener emails, discuss topics in the news and go over their comic Pull List for the month. Normally, the episodes starts right off the top with emails, but this time, Kriss talks about the idiotic "ComicsGate" fools and the misconception that "The comic book industry isn't selling anymore". 

Also, Kriss & Dpalm have some fun by casting their own Justice League movie and giving their high level pitch of what the film would be. You're not going to want to miss this episode.

Topics:

  • Emails
    • Pick a X-Men team for a story set in space
    • Black Panther breaks records
    • Are we done with Marvel's Netflix shows?
  • News
    • Fox delays New Mutants & X-Men: Dark Phoenix
    • Captain Marvel starts production
    • Should Disney launch Secret Warriors on their streaming service?
  • Topic of the Show:
    • Who would we cast for a Justice League film? What team would we pick? What's the story?
  • Pull-List (What we were reading this month)

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:02am EST

Steven Spielberg is back at it again! This time with Ready Player One, a really fun movie that embraces not just gaming and 80's pop culture but pop culture in general. Kriss and Phenom are joined by Joi to discuss the film, what worked and what didn't, the toxic nature of gaming culture  (and how that can affect your viewing experience). 

Direct download: Read_Player_One_Spoiler_Review.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47am EST

Legends of Tomorrow handles it's ensemble cast so well. This episode basically breaks out into three separate stores: Zari teaching Mick how to use his Totem, Sara & Ray going to find Ava and Wally, Nate & Amaya dealing with saving Amaya's grand daughter and getting her totem back. All three storylines are fairly separate from each other but they work so well. It gives a great mix of fun, serious and relevant to the overall story. Oh and Mick Rory is still a national treasure.

Listen as Kriss & Dpalm discuss this latest episode, I Ava.

Sara and Ray set out to find Ava when she disappears and Time Bureau agent Gary reveals a disturbing truth about her.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

Direct download: Legends_of_Tomorrow_Season_3x16_Review_I_Ava_-_Super_Tuesday_Recap.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

I don;t know how it happened, but I promise to never subject my audience to Cameron Hawkins from PWTorch's East Coast Cast two podcasts in a row again. This time, I'll allow the exception because Wrestlemania season is upon us, and it was time to talk about all the goings on outside the. We talk the rebirth of Daniel Bryan, we bid farewell to Mark Henry, and we bury Mr. "That's not gonna work for me Brother". Plus, we make fun of March Madness and Cam reminds us all why he's the worst.

Topics:

  • Welcome Back Bryan
  • Thank You Mark Henry
  • Hmm.

Cam - @ceehawk - East Coast Cast - South Kongress

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Welcome back to Secret Sauce! On this episode my guest Diane from Blk Proverbs and I talk a lil politics in Chicago and then jump into the almost intimidating world of How to Start a Business

Starting a business involves so much:

  • Questions you have
  • Doing research
  • Development of your idea
  • Getting the dough
  • Paperwork
  • FAILURE

Diane and I also share some of the best (and worst) advice we've gotten about starting a business. We end the show talking about Ida b wells (Check out her books red record and mob rule in new orleans) and Robyn Kelly

Direct download: So_You_Wanna_Start_a_Business__-_Secret_Sauce.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:26am EST

Time for a new Insanity Check episodes and Kriss is joined by Joi whose new nickname might be "Destroyer of Worlds" since the world seems to go to shit whenever she's coming on the show. We cover a lot from SXSW to #MarchForOurLives to Killer Mike being an idiot. It's all here for you.

Topics

  • Films that screened at SXSW that you should check out
  • Black Panther becomes the highest grossing super hero film and why other studios are going to panic
  • Ava DuVernay getting tapped for DC's The New Gods 
  • What diversity and inclusion means in the film industry
  • #MarchForOurLives is a bitter pill for black and other non-white people to watch
    • Remember how Joe Scarborough felt about black activists and protesting police violence 
  • When adults lean on kids to do what adults need to do
  • Misdemeanor Mike is back at it again and it's pretty bad.
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Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EST

Didn't see that coming. Five season in and Agents of Shield is still keeping us on our toes. I mean sure we knew that Fitz was struggling to come to terms with the darkness inside of him but to see him finally give in? Man...it kinda hurts. But it also makes sense when we think of all the stress and hardships that Fitz has been through. But will Daisy and Mack forgive him? That remains to be seen. Oh and Coulson gets even more reckless and goes off with General Hale and somehow that's not the biggest story here. 

Kriss and Dpalm break down this excellent episode that might be one of the best of the series.

Fitz and Simmons are faced with one of their greatest fears as they search for a way to seal the rift.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

In this episode Jennifer confronts her family for their lies of omission (Yes Lynne, omitting something is still a form of lying), Lynne goes full Black mom on her when she tries to catch an attitude, and Gambi runs a parallel investigation to Jefferson and Anissa.  Henderson finally gets out of his feelings and does some decent detective work (well...decent for him anyway).

This is an episode that was a bit of a drag for us.  The family dynamic is off for some reason compared to the beginning of the season.  Their angst doesn't feel earnest and we are found ourselves viewing the arguments/discussions as forced and written for television instead of organic the way they were at the beginning of the season.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Pacific Rim Uprising had one job: Follow up the 2013 film with a bit more action and a more dynamic lead. That's it. And on the surface, it does that. On the surface, the action in Pacific Rim Uprising is better than the original. And John Boyega can act circles around Charlie Hunnam. Yet this film then decides to add in a bunch of character it never develops and a convoluted plot that drags everything down.

Listen as Kriss & Phenom break down what went wrong (spoiler-free).

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:01am EST

Legends of Tomorrow continues to be the best show in the Arrowverse. This episode brings back Matt Ryan's Constantine (who is rumored to be a show regular next season) and does a great job of mixing seriousness with humor. We discuss what works really well this episode and why this show handles its large cast so much better than other shows.

When Mallus' power over Sara resurfaces, she unwittingly becomes the bearer of one of the Totems. Rory must conquer his dark side in order to wield his own Totem power to help save the crew. Meanwhile, Agent Sharpe notices that something is wrong and recruits someone unorthodox to help.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 


Somehow, Kriss was burned out watching his UMBC Retrievers bust brackets, so Dope Talk is back talking to Queen Karen from The Black Guy Who Tips and we had a ball. I get to fan out a little, as Karen has gone from an inspiration to a friend to family in a few short years. She talks about her Secret Origin as a podcaster, and the different struggles she's overcome as her conversations with her husband Rod have expanded into one of the most well known podcasts on the planet.

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It all started with an idea. 10 years ago Marvel Studios launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe and nothing was the same again. Ten years and 18 (soon to be 19) films and over 15 BILLION dollars. It’s the highest grossing movie franchise of all time and Marvel Studios is one of the most innovative companies and movie studios there is. So how did it all start? We break it down and go over the history of Marvel Studios from creation all the way up to our reaction to the Infinity War trailer. So strap in and give it a listen.

Phase 1:

  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Marvel’s The Avengers

Phase 2:

  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man

Phase 3:

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers 4

Kriss & Dpalm review this week's episode of Agents of SHIELD, Principia. The last two episodes have made us want to go back and watch the previous seasons, particularly Season 3. We had to go back and remind ourselves just what happened with Werner von Strucker in that third season because he's been brought in Season 5. This is all adding fuel to the fire of our Franklin Hall (Graviton) theory. It also makes us wonder who else might show up. What if Daisy never gets her powers back but everyone just thinks she does? Could we get Eden? What is General Hale really up to and is she Leviathan? So many questions and we still have a lot of episodes to give us answers. Oh and Deke realizing Fitz & Simmons are his grandparents is hilarious.

The team goes in search of Gravitonium in order to save the world.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:50pm EST

Kriss brings on fellow friends and podcasters Phenom from Where's My 40 Acres and Rod & Karen from The Black Guy Who Tips to celebrate 16th seed UMBC beating #1 seed UVA in the Men's NCAA Tournament...

Oh and they also talk about 600 episodes of the Insanity Check, being in the podcast game for 8-10 years and sharing their keys to success and other advice for those who are currently podcasting and those looking to get into it. They talk about what go them into podcasting, the biggest lessons they've learned, when they knew they were successful and what advice they think podcasters need to know.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

This week we learn that Freeland is basically what happens when the government doesn't get checked about the Tuskegee Experiments.  Jefferson and Gambi break up, Anissa trains and saves her father, and Jennifer's powers finally manifest in the lamest way imaginable.

Gambi tells a believable story, but we aren't sure if it is true or revisionist history.  Also, Latavius comes back and gives us the refresh to the series we needed with his conversations with LaWanda and the hilarious reactions of the people around him to those conversations.   We also discuss the DCEU's most recent announcement...although we don't hedge bets on how long that news will be accurate cause...well, it IS the DCEU (where are we with that Flash movie again?)

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

Kriss & Phenom review the movie adaptation of a video game, Tomb Raider. Before we get into the meat of the review of this movie, we discuss the current state of films based off video games and just how terrible they are. It's really really bad. Thankfully, Tomb Raider is a huge step in the right direction. Yes it's flawed and has issues. It takes way too long to get into actual Tomb Raider-type things but it's clearly an origin film that's trying to reintroduce the character of Lara Croft to the general audiences.

We also end with a discussion on why its important for film critics to take into account the audience of the film and why sometimes it's okay to not review a film. Also why discussions about films can give a better view of how good a film is versus just reading a quickly put together written review.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:29am EST

Two great episodes in a row for The Flash. It looks as if going into the final stretch, this show will be back on track. Before watching it, Run, Iris, Run, seemed like an episode that was going to be a step backwards and slow down the show. But instead, it was great all around. We get some much needed development of Iris’s character, we see why Ralph has regressed a bit and we even get some really great Harry & Cisco moments. This was a great episode that solidified Iris’s place on the team as not only team leader but as a support system for Barry.

Iris is given Barry's speed when the team fights a bus meta who has the ability to swap people's DNA.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:16am EST

On this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, we find out yet another interesting fact about Mick: He’s keeping the rat that terrorized mini-Ray as a pet. Unfortunately Axl doesn’t survive showing that Legends of Tomorrow isn’t afraid to kill anyone…even a beloved pet rat we only recently found out about. But we at least got a makeshift rat funeral with a touching eulogy by Ray.

Oh and the Legends find out that Elvis is in possession of the Death totem and they have to stop him before he unwittingly turns Memphis into a ghost town.

This show is great.

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This time on the Character Corner we’re finally talking about The Batman. We’ve talked around Batman for a while now. We covered him a bit in our Suicide Squad Character Corner, then the Rogue Wars episode on is villains. We’ve also covered one Robin and all of the Batgirls and even Batwoman. So it’s about time we finally dive into discussing the big guy himself.

We’ll be breaking this out into three parts. For this first part we cover the early years of Batman up to the introduction of Tim Drake as Robin. That’s about forty years of history from 1939 when he first appeared in Detective Comics #27 to the late 80’s and A Lonely Place of Dying. We also spend some time addressing the tragic story of Bill Finger who for the longest time was the uncredited creator of not just Batman but a lot of Batman’s villains as well as the classic conceptions we associate with the character. If you have Hulu, you should definitely check out Batman & Bill that goes into way more detail over how poorly DC treated Bill Finger and how everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves.

Issues:

  • Writer Bill Finger
    • Detective Comics #27 – The Case of the Chemical Syndicate – First Appearance
    • Detective Comics #29 – First Utility Belt
    • Detective Comics #31 – First batarang and first bat-themed vehicle
    • Detective Comics #33 – First telling of origin
    • Detective Comics #38 - First Appearance of Robin (Dick Grayson)
    • Batman #1 – First Appearance of The Joker & Catwoman
  • Superman #76 – First teamup with Superman
  • World’s Finest Comics
  • The Brave and the Bold #28 – Joins JLA
  • Tales of the Demon (1971-1980)
    • Detective Comics #411 – First appearance of Talia Al Ghul
    • Batman #232 – Daughter of the Demon (First appearance of Ra’s al Ghul)
    • Batamn #235
    • Batman #240
    • Batman #242
    • Batman #243
    • Batman #244 – The Demon Lives Again
    • DC Special Series #15
    • Detective Comics #489
    • Detective comics #490
  • Strange Apparitions
    • Detective Comics #469-479
  • Batman #357 – First appearance of Jason Todd (Pre-Crisis)
  • Batman #366 – First Appearance of pre-Crisis Jason Todd as Robin
  • Batman #408 – First Appearance of post-Crisis Jason Todd
  • Batman #410 – Post-Crisis Jason Todd as Robin
  • The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller)
  • The Killing Joke
  • Batman: Year One (Frank Miller)
  • Batman: Death in the Family
  • Batman #436 – First appearance of Tim Drake
  • A Lonely Place of Dying
    • Batman #440
    • New Titans #60
    • Batman #441
    • New Titans #61
    • Batman #442 First Appearance of Tim Drake as Robin

Short list of some of Bill Finger’s Batman Creations:

  • Batman
  • Joker
  • The Penguin
  • Scarecrow
  • Two-Face
  • The Riddler
  • The Calendar Man
  • Gotham City

Part 2 of this series we’ll take a break from the comics and go into some of the other media interpretations of Batman and then we’ll return for the rest of the comic history for Part 3.

On March 12th, Marvel and Stitcher Premium are releasing a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:17am EST

Welcome back to the internet's number one resource for NCAA Bracketology, UDPod!

Just kidding. We're still us here at UDPod, and that means we're not even going to do the song and dance of a bracket challenge this year. Better late than never, we're joined by Cam from PWTorch's East Coast Cast and the South Kongress podcast to talk all matter of things. From Cam's personal heel turn to NFL's own pizzagate to the NCAA stretching more money out of March Madness, there's something for everyone. And an amazing outro.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:37am EST

It's here! The 100th episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. We thought they would go super big with this episode but instead, it's a more narrow focus but still packs a huge emotional punch. We find out the truth about Coulson and why he's dying. It brings us full circle with his death, his resurrection and what he's become since then. Mike Peterson/Deathlok also makes his long awaited return right as Coulson is faced with his greatest fear: That he doesn't improve the lives of those he meets but dooms them. 

Oh and Fitz & Simmons get married and Deke is their grandson. Yeah. That's the "oh yeah that also happened" part of this episode so that should tell you how good it is.

Coulson finally reveals the mysterious deal he made with Ghost Rider, which will impact everyone on the team.

On March 12th, Marvel and Stitcher Premium are releasing a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

 

This week on Arrow, Thea Queen dons the hood (and sword) again as Speedy and instantly everything is right in the world again. Willa Holland's Thea Queen is one of my favorite characters in the Arrowverse. She's grown so much and this episode, plus the return of Colton Haynes as Roy Harper really set up for what feels like a good bye for both characters. If that's the route being taken, then we're happy to see Thea go out as Speedy one last time.

This week felt like a step up from a lot of stumbles and we only have a few nitpicks. First, how did the Swat Team know Team Arrow was trying to rescue Roy? Also, while having Black Siren pretend to be this Earth's Laurel Lance is a good twist, we really need the writers to stop being so heavy handed and obvious that we shouldn't trust her. We get it. We didn't need that last scene with the text message.

Overall, this was a good episode and next week Nyssa returns so the hits just keep coming.

Roy Harper returns to Star City and Oliver and Thea take action to save him when they discover the reason why he's come back.

On March 12th, Marvel and Stitcher Premium are releasing a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:51am EST

WHAT WAS THIS?

The most interesting part of this show this was the side characters.  We are growing weary with the portrayal of the Pierce family, but appreciate the draw between Lady Eve and Tobias-who both lost out in the end.  Gambi gets his Zack Snyder Murderverse on, but it works this episode.  We are curious as to which person in the writing room thought it was a good idea to replace the n-word with the word ninjas and we provide a PSA for our White fans-never ever use that word in that context.  Ever.  We love you and want you to stay safe.   The show seems to be in a bit of a CW DC dive, and we hope it can pull out before the end of the season.

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There it is. There’s The Flash episode we’ve been waiting for all season. Enter Flashtime is proof that this show can be great when it wants to. This bottle episode hit all the notes. While it doesn’t focus on Devoe, there are subtle hints that it could tie to him. It addresses the new power we saw Barry use in the courtroom with Iris before the break and even gets a good explanation as to why he can’t just do it all the time. We get character development for Jesse & Harry. We get mention of another female speedster at some point. Even Killer Frost and Caitlyn get a bit of development. This episode had it all. It makes us wonder why this show can’t be like this all the time.

Anyway, we’ll just enjoy this moment and hope that the rest of the season is more like this.

Barry, Jessie Quick and Jay Garrick slow down time when a nuclear bomb detonates in downtown Central City.

On March 12th, Marvel and Stitcher Premium are releasing a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:19am EST

Legends of Tomorrow continues to be an awesome show. This show finds a way to balance being fun and silly and also giving us some serious, emotional moments. In this episode, we find out why the Legends have been having to go around fixing time and how it relates to Mallus. One simple explanation and now all the previous episodes that didn't seem to have a connection to the big bad, do now. It's been brilliant storytelling and just makes the show fun. 

Other things of note:

  • Damien Darhk in a terrible wig that we can only assume is the show acknowledging Oliver's terrible flashback wigs
  • The Wally West we deserve
  • Addressing the tension between Damien and Nora since Damien served her up to be the host to a demon
  • What's going on with Ava? Is she a robot?

 

Focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.

On March 12th, Marvel and Stitcher Premium are releasing a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 


It's been way too long but we're finally here to wrap up Season 1 of Star Trek Discovery with the last 3 episodes (What's Past is Prologue, The War Without, The War Within and Will You Take My Hand).  We discuss what we thought of these three episodes and our thoughts on the series as a whole (as well as how fast we will drop CBS All Access while we wait for Season 2)

  • Kriss trolls The Doctor over her Burnham-Ash ship crashing and burning
  • Michelle Yeoh Kicks
  • The action pakced episode 13
  • Is Lorca really dead?
  • Tilly & Saru really grew on us
  • Star Fleet almost giving up
  • How the show begins and ends with the journey of Burnham
  • Discovery meets Enterpise? yes please.
  • What we want to see in Season 2

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:29am EST

The Black Lightning crew gets together for another #ThirstCast. This time we love up on the beautiful cast of Black Panther and leave the hot takes at the door.

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

Another big week here at UDPod as MTR's editor in chief wraps up a very busy podcasting week by stopping by the sports corner of the network. We remind everyone that Conor McGregor will never step foot into the octagon again, the continued case for LeBron James as the GOAT and discuss the absolute weirdness that is the NFL Combine. Plus, is this the year that we see collective action disrupt the NCAA's biggest money making event?

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After a month break, Agents of SHIELD is back and it's all hands on deck.Gotta hand it to them, no show comes out of break better than Agents of SHIELD. This show doesn't pull any punches and just because the Agents are back in the present doesn't make them safer. Ok seriously I'll stop with hand/arm puns now.

We finally get more on General Hill and it seems that she's putting together her own team. YoYo gets closer to her comic book counterpart and Coulson isn't going to make it out of this season alive. Oh and Deke's still alive and now in this time period too because...why not.

We have no idea what's going to happen next. Episode 100 is next and we know it's going to throw us for a loop. Also, time to pick up Secret Warriors again cause with YoYo's arms gone, Creel coming back and the way this whole thing is going, there might be some clues in that series.

Coulson and his team are out to rewrite the fate of humanity but they are unaware how the changes will affect one S.H.I.E.L.D. agent's life.


So this episode of Arrow (Collision Course) isn't the greatest but we'll continue to watch it over and over again just to what Rene get what he's had coming him. Look, the new team is stupid. Real stupid. We get that the writers are trying to show that this new team is going through the same learning process Oliver did but, they're so damn dumb. They keep trying to have a moral high ground but every reason they use is just wrong. 

But hey, we got to see Oliver kick Rene into a tree and put him out of commission, so it's not all bad.

Oliver, Diggle and Felicity disagree with Dinah, Curtis and Rene on how to handle Black Siren. The two teams face off and a fight ensues.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

We're one episode away from the 600th Insanity Check. But before that, Kriss is running a gauntlet of podcasting with 7 days straight of podcasting and what better way to bring that run to a close than with the person he talks to most with: Host of the Unanimous Decision Podcast, Dpalm

Look the world didn't end with Dpalm being a guest this week but you know we can never just do a regular show. So we threw out the show notes and we covered a bunch of random (but oddly related things) from the Oscars still having a problem with black movies to Michael Steele realizing his party is racist to the stupidity with the "gun debate".  We even throw in some comic book talk. Like I said, we were all over the place but it was a great show so make sure you subscribe and listen.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

The last of our Oscar Awards shows before the actual Oscars. We’re discussing the top dog awards (Best Director and Best Picture). But before we get to all that, we have to discuss what we’ve been hinting at the last 2 shows and has become a reality: The Oscar Voters are full of shit.

We discuss the articles that have come out about anonymous voters admitting to things like not even watching Get Out and the bias that we’ve seen since before OscarsSoWhite. It also explains a lot of the strange nominations we’ve seen (Mary J Blige got nominated but Jason Mitchell didn’t? Why is Denzel nominated?).
 
So who do we think will take Best Director and Best Picture? We talk about who we are rooting for and why we know it just won’t happen. Maybe we’ll be surprised.
 
We’ll be back after the Oscars to discuss the winners and also the films that didn’t make the cut but we still want to discuss (And we’ll finally have that Three Billboards discussion as well).
 
Best Director
  • Christopher Nolan -Dunkirk 
  • Get Out - Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig
  • Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro
Best Picture
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:05am EST

Welcome back to a special episode of Secret Sauce. On today's episode the ladies of MTR (Shanna, The Doctor, Coqui, Ashanti and I) review the #1 movie in the world Black Panther.  We discuss:

  • The phenomenon of the movie
  • Thirst trappin
  • Who we resonated with
  • Killmonger
  • Our favorite moments
  • How important this movie is to black kids of all ages.

Shanna also had a black woman shoutout to @Kutula a company owned by black women who have been styling celebrities involved with Black Panther. They can be found on Instagram.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:14am EST

We are back to discuss the weakest episode of the season.  It was a little message heavy, a little problematic, and not as well acted as it could have been. However, Gambi has a lot of explaining to do-first Tobias and now Lady E?  Hmmm.

In this episode Lynn and Jefferson discover Anissa has powers as she and Jefferson go toe to toe during a rescue mission, Jennifer is betrayed by Khalil, who has jumped on the villain agenda a little too smoothly, and Tobias is not impressed by people bleeding on his floor. Also, a showdown with Lady E has to be on the horizon.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

The Flash is back from break and Kriss & Dpalm disagree on this episode, Subject 9. Both have valid points and it honestly comes down to how seriously the audience is taking The Flash right now. They just haven't lived up to their first two seasons and so if you adjust expectations then the show can still be fun.

The Good:

  • Thank you for addressing how ridiculous it is that the judge didn't question if that was really Devoe
  • While we know Ralph is the last Meta to help Devoe contain all these other powers, it's not like last season where we all knew pretty much how this ends
  • The tone and fun of the episode makes the show better than when its dark
  • Hey...we got The Fiddler on TV

The Bad

  • That southern accent was terrible
  • How did Barry not remember he had a conversation with himself from the future about the cerebral inhibitor?
  • This is a team of scientists, why is everyone so dumb?

What did you think about this episode? Did you like it or did you hate it? If you hated it, what do you think is wrong with the show and how can they fix it? Leave your answers in the comments.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:54am EST

Kriss & Dpalm are back to review this week's episode of Legends of Tomorrow. Legends of Tomorrow has been head and shoulders above Arrow and The Flash for a while but nothing makes that more obvious than Wally's appearance in The Curse of the Earth Totem. It felt natural, it was funny and it gave us a side of the character we've been missing ever since he was introduced on The Flash. At this point, CW is missing an opportunity if they don't give us short 5 minute web episodes of Wally & Rip doing funny things throughout history. I mean who didn't love Wally & Rip singing Careless Whisper in 1992 Tokyo? 

And that's not even touching the rest of the episode that gives us a first date between Ava & Sara, the team "stealing" the timeship to go find the earth totem, Blackbeard being a coward, Damien Darkh continuing to be a better villain on this show than Arrow and Ray making a dumb decision that we all understand because they set up him wanting to save Norah episodes ago. This show is just good. Period. It's fun, its consistent and always keeps us guessing full of surprises. 

While Sara takes some private time, the Legends follow a lead on the whereabouts of the Earth Totem and find themselves in 1717 on the hunt for Blackbeard's treasure.


It’s the end of February and not only does that mean that we made it to see Black Panther in theaters but we’re also around to watch it smash all the box-office records. Truly amazing. This Mailbag was a fun one because while we obviously do have some Black Panther talk in it, we actually got some pretty diverse emails and discussions going. Loads of fun and you’re not going to want to miss it.

Topics:

  • Emails
    • New Segment: The Pull-List
    • If we could develop powers what would we want?
    • Kriss & Dpalm need to watch Legion
    • Our feelings on the Injustice Comics
    • Favorite alternative versions of characters?
      • Age of Apocalypse
      • Planetary
      • The Boys (shhh…don’t tell anyone)
    • Kriss is adamant that he’s seen at least 1 full season of Young Justice
    • We sing praises to Dan Slott
    • Potential Black Panther 2 plot points
  • Quick Hits
    • Black Panther continues to break records
    • Joss Whedon is off of Batgirl
    • Marvel’s Refresh – do they need better PR or should they just keep their head down and keep doing what they’re doing?

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

We're back with another Character Corner. This time we're doing double the trouble with two classic X-Men villains: Apocalypse and Mister Sinister. It's actually pretty fitting that we do these two at this point. We recently did an episode on the Summers brothers, Scott & Alex. And we're also planning on doing an episode on Cable and the rest of the Summers bloodline. Throwing Sinister and Apocalypse in between those two seems pretty fitting considering how tied these villains are to the Summers clan. So in this episode we skip over some stuff but only because we'll be diving into more detail when we do that other episode.

The interesting thing about Apocalypse and Mister Sinister is how due to their longevity they've been incorporated into almost everything. Some for the good and some for the bad. But their tale is one that spans generations and overall, is pretty damn good. So sit back and give this episode a listen to find out just out evil these two are.

And for the record, we should make it very clear, neither of these characters are #VillainAgenda. They're just pure evil. It's like Hitler and Josef Mengele. 

Oh and Louise Simonson is a national fucking hero. Put some respect on her name.

Key Issues:

Apocalypse

  • X-Factor Volume 1
    • Issue #5 – First Cameo
    • Issues #6 – First full appearance
    • Issue #15 = First appearance of The Horsemen
    • Issue #24 – Archangel revealed as Death
    • Issues #65 – 68
      • First appearance of the Dark Riders
      • Infects baby Nate Summers with techno-organic virus
    • Cable Volume 1
      • #75
    • X-Cutioner’s Song
    • Cable Vol 2 #19 – Resurrected
    • Age of Apocalypse
    • The Twelve
    • Uncanny X-Force

Mister Sinister

  • Mutant Massacre
    • Uncanny X-Men #213 – Sabretooth first mentions the character
    • Uncanny X-M3n #221 – First appearance
  • Inferno
    • Uncanny X-Men #241 – Reveals that he cloned Madelyne Pryor from Jean Grey
    • X-Factor #39 – Cyclops “Destroys”
  • Classic X-Men #41 – 42
  • X-Factor
    • #74 & #75 – The Nasty Boys
  • X-Cutioner’s Song (1992-1993)
  • X-Men #23 – Brothers
  • The Further Adventures of Phoenix and Cyclops
  • Cable Annual 1999
  • Gambit Ties
    • X-Men Volume 2 #6 – Sabretooth suggests that he has ties to Remy
    • X-Men #41 – 45
    • Uncanny X-Men #350
    • Gambit #13 – 23
      • Explains some of Sinister’s new powers including shapeshifting (got them from experimenting on Courier)
    • X-Men 99 – 103
    • Messiah Complex
      • Mystique “kills” him
    • X-Men Legacy #211 – 214
      • Xavier Ties
    • X-23
    • Uncanny X-Men #544
    • Uncanny X-Men #14 - 17 (AvX Tie-In)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Whole lot of content dropping here at MTR, including our brand new interview series on UDPod, but today is a plain old sports show with a plain old guest. Best man and my wedding, and NegroCon 1.5 attendee Mike is my gues today, and we cover everything from the surprisingly good All Star Weekend, naturally disappointing pre-draft opinions, and the creeping apathy surrounding the Winter Olympics.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Kriss is joined by Rich (@RichJones15) to talk about the last couple of crazy weeks. From the high of Black Panther to the lows of yet another mass shooting in America. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:28pm EST

Legends of Tomorrow continues to shine and what better way to prove that than a good ole fashion time loop episode? But wait! It's not a regular time loop episode, instead it's really a clever way of doing some character development for Zari as well as moving some interpersonal relationships on the Waverider forward. Here I Go Again proves that the Legends of Tomorrow writing room really knows how to work an ensemble cast as well as make good use of their shortened season.

Of course now we need Mick's Sci-Fi romance novel to be real. Oh and the Legend of Sara Lance continues!

Make sure you subscribe to Super Tuesday Recap so you don't miss an episode. And our next Mailbag episode is being recorded this Sunday so make sure you send in your emails (MailBag@MTRNetwork.Net)

Zari finds her place on the team when she gets caught in a time loop that results in the Waverider blowing up over and over again.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:09pm EST

We’re back with episode 2 of our Oscar 2018 Award Show. This time we’re breaking down the categories for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography.  We have a lot of opinions on the Best Supporting Actor category as we think there are some significant names missing from the list. How the hell did Jason Mitchell not get nominated for Mudbound? No love for Armie Hammer? Did Woody Harrelson get nominated for the wrong movie? Should the Academy expand the actor/actress categories to match the number of nominated Best Pictures?

Just like the first show, we break down each category by

  1. Who we’re rooting for
  2. Who we think deserves to win
  3. Who we think will win

Nominees:

Best Actor

  • Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
  • Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  • Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq

Best Supporting Actress

  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer – All The Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outisde Ebbing, Missouri

Best Cinematography

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Mudbound
  • The Shape of Water

Best Film Editing

  • Baby Driver
  • Dunkirk
  • I, Tonya
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

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

Dope Talk is back, and this time we're joined by Susan Simpson from the Undisclosed Podcast and the 45th Podcast. We talk about how she got into podcasting in the first place, how they find the cases featured on Undisclosed, and how in the word you keep track of all the psychosis pouring out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave these days. Plus, we get to the bottom of a missing turtle mystery 20 years in the making.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

Ashanti (DocuDrunks and Scarestalgia) and I interview Devyn C. from Nyvedna Productions, a consummate cosplayer who made fabric to celebrate Black Panther and we discussed:

  • What got her into cosplay
  • What costumes she's created
  • How she gets inspired
  • How did cosplay translate into forming a business
  • Where she sees her business going in the future
  • Her Dora Milaje costume
  • Our current loves and hates
  • Our black women shoutouts
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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:33am EST

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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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:41am EST

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 EST

Man...it'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 soul...it'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. 

Nominees:

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

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:55am EST

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.

Topics:

Konata - @NataTheScribe - Uproxx - Jalen and Jacoby Interview

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:26am EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

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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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:50am EST

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?
  • WHERE WERE THE FUCKING GUARDS?
  • 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?
  • WHY IS IRIS WEARING A BATHROBE TO GO SEE BARRY?

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 EST