(No, not that Gambit, Shaun :P.)
Spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ahead.)
When Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD was announced, there was excitement, there was wariness, and everything in-between. An ongoing TV show as a tie-in to a powerful superhero franchise? This was something new, something different.
There have been TV->film->TV movements, from La Femme Nikita to Star Trek, Star Wars, and more. The Matrix universe delved deep into transmedia storytelling, with animated shorts, video games, and comics.
But Agents of SHIELD was something different — clearly designed as a bridge between movies, the show started weak. Really weak. The pilot episode showed some promise, with Clark Gregg as a compelling lead and Mike Peterson giving a voice to an interesting thematic question (is the American Dream a lie?). Continue reading
At the moment, I’m in Houston for Comicpalooza. It’s been a wonderful convention, but I’m short on sleep, so I’ll apologise ahead of time if I’m not making much sense. :)
Anyway, there’s a new show I’ve been watching, and it’s on AMC. If you like American Revolutionary War era history (like me,) you might give it a try. It’s called TURN, and it’s based on the true story of America’s first spy ring. Continue reading
Hi folks! I’m back from a novel-induced hiatus, and I’m excited to talk to you all about Fall 2014 Upfronts.
For those who don’t follow TV development, Upfronts are the part of the broadcasting season where networks show off their upcoming seasons, new and returning shows, in order to secure up-front advertisement buys.
These days, the side-effect of Upfronts is that debut shows get trailers, which end up on YouTube, and then end up in blog posts by geeky writers.
I’ve watched through a number of these videos, and bring you some of the most promising and most ridiculous of these Upfronts, to get everyone excited months and months ahead of when any of these shows will be debuting.
We’re solidly into the Spring 2014 TV season now in the US, so I’ve watched a few pilots, SF/F and other, to share my thoughts with you all, the Skiffy and Fanty readership. I’ve avoided all but the most basic spoilers, since all three of these shows employ the Fifth Act Twist.
The 100, adapted from the novel of the same name by author Kass Morgan, is another entry in the CW’s effort to become the new Sci-Fi channel. Just as there was a rush of YA SF/F literature, it only makes sense that there would be a corresponding wave of YA SF/F television, and here we are.
97 years after a devastating nuclear war, life support is running out on the Ark, a hodgepodge mega-space-station cobbled together when the surface world got all toasty. In an effort to buy more time for the grown-ups, and to see if the surface is habitable, 100 juvenile inmates are dropped back to the surface, despite the fact that as far as the people on the station know, the surface is supposed to still be lethally radioactive.
Maniacal colonels, space boxing, and wandering archaeologists, oh my! Mike, Paul, Shaun, and special guests, Jamie Wyman and Erika Ensign, offer their thoughts on episodes 13-16 from Season One of Babylon 5 in our fourth ever re-watch session.
We also really want to hear what you think! So feel free to watch along with us! Next month: the fifth disc of the Season One box set!
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Show notes (info about our contributors can be found on the about page):
- Babylon 5 (IMDB)
- Jamie Wyman’s Stuff
- Erika Ensign’s Stuff