The highlight for me for Daredevil Season 2 was the new vision of The Punisher. We had up till then 3 big screen versions of the deranged vigilante but none seemed to really connect with audiences. Many claimed they had softened up the character too much to reach a broad audience. For me when I heard him utter “You hit them they get back up. I hit them and they stay down.” I knew they had found the right tone for the character. It was no surprise Frank Castle would end up with his own Netflix series. We’ve seen a few teaser trailers but today the full length trailer hit the internet. It’s exactly what I wanted from a Punisher show. The Metallica music gets the tone perfect. What do you think?
Is Camila a racist? Uh…. yeah. Of course she is. But Leroy is a saint. It’s a special episode of Challenged this week as half the podcast is on vacation. Some technical difficulties this time around but hopefully they’re not too distracting. Oh, also, there was an elimination and Hunter sucks at things.
Tony and Camila are both dogs. We get the much-loved trivia challenge, but it falls flat with a lot of filler and answers with no questions. The crew prepares to meet some Challengers. Follow us on social media stuff. We’re not to proud to beg. Wanna see us cover 90’s House? Let us know.
While hurricane Harvey was making rounds all over Texas I got a chance to watch CheckPoint (2017) on Netflix. Might I say it’s action packed with an all star cast like Bill Goldberg, Kane Hodder, Tyler Mane, and some gal named Krista Grotte. Yea, don’t know her either.
The movie starts off with an awesome fight scene between Roy (Kenny Johnson) and Brick (John Lewis) but come to find out that scene takes place towards the end of the movie! Talk about a cold open. Gotta keep those movie goers entertained.
The plot to this movie isn’t so believable, in a small town in Port City, North Carolina a group of former military men and women get together to take over a small town and eventually the world. But all that falls apart when Roy, a homeless veteran finds out about some of the local higher up taking control of Port City. But no one believes him! Not even his own brother TJ who is played by former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg. He also drives a motorcycle by night and by day he’s a UPS/FedEx driver, and a dad… Plus he likes to hit on his daughter’s teachers. But that’s not even the cool part, just when you think Goldberg is gonna spear a guy, said guy gets shot. At least give me a jackhammer finish.
Kane Hodder is in this movie too as a hit man it’s a small role but he gets the job done until he gets done in, yea plot twist. This would make a good drinking movie. Take a drink when the camera is out of focus or when a serious moment is playing out and the camera starts getting all shaky. Get yourself steadicam.
Other than having former WCW United States Champion Bill Goldberg in this movie, the soundtrack is fantastic! If you like Lynyrd Skynyrd you will love this movie. Because Simple Man doesn’t play less than three times throughout this movie. Dollars to donuts the budget to CheckPoint went to getting the rights to Simple Man.
A few high points from CheckPoint is seeing Roy get shot by a bazooka and still alive and in one piece. Another bad guy shoots down a flagpole with the US flag hanging from it, flagpole just falls over, but Goldberg and his lady teacher friend who is also military with an awesome shaved head on one side picks up the flagpole and puts it back in said hole so the flag can you know do flag stuff.
Overall I give CheckPoint one star because it has Goldberg in it and it’s a cheesy action movie. Thanks to The Massive One’s good friend Rafael for turning me on to this modern day classic.
Aneesa and Veronica hook up… or do they? Injuries are sustained, or maybe faked. We get 1/2 and elimination up front, and another 1/2 at the end. So that kinda counts as a full elimination, right?
We almost get the perfect episode with a challenge, drama and elimination. An unfortunate event cuts the elimination short, but hey, there’s always next week. We push the boundaries of politically correct speech this week.
We continue Romero month by taking a look at a couple of non Romero movies that would never have been made if not for his influence. First, the Dawn of the Dead remake followed by The Return of the Living Dead. Keeping with the remake discussion, we review I Spit on Your Grave, I Spit on Your Grave 2, The Dark Tower, Riverdale, and Penny Dreadful. Be sure to stick around until the end of the episode for some important show updates.
Tim and Hill are back, and so is everyone else from the Redemption House. The gang battle it out over water. Who will be redeemed? It’s a short episode since all we’re discussing today is the Challengenation.
For every one of my generation, it’s a pretty safe bet to say that we all grew up, in one way or another with the legendary after school cartoon line up of The Disney Afternoon, and though Gummy Bears came before it, Ducktales is what brought us racing home to turn on the tube.
The show became a legend and launched a new age of television animation that focused on quality and fun and NOT cost effectiveness and toy lines. Disney upped its game big time and followed up Ducktales with shows like Goof Troop, Tailspin, Gargoyles and my own personal favorite, Darkwing Duck.
Sadly though, like all good things, Ducktales only lasted for 3 seasons and a total of 99 episodes and a feature length theatrical movie (which launched its own animation studio to concentrate on quality direct to video features) before Disney pulled the plug. However those 99 episodes were etched into our souls as some of the brightest spots in our collective childhoods.
Flash forward to 2015, nearly 30 years after the debut of the original and Disney sent the cartoon world for a spin like it hadn’t seen in years by announcing a revival the much beloved Duckberg and its inhabitants that would premiere on DisneyXD. The announcement was met with reserved cheers. What would they be doing? A continuation, a re-imagining? Would it be gritty and realistic or go anime inspired? Who would return, what adventures would they have? Disney remained pretty hush hush about the details for the next year until they had assembled an all-star cast to strut out to the fans.
The biggest get for the show was the casting of Doctor Who’s David Tennant as the beloved Scrooge McDuck. Alan Young, the original iconic voice had died shortly before the announcement, and Tennant, a crowd favorite to begin with would find himself stepping into his second set of big shoes and trying to fill them. Communities Danny Pudi, SNL’s Bobby Moynihan and Beck Bennet would also be stepping into to help round out a cast of veteran vocal performers and comedians.
But enough of the history, how was the premiere? In two words – Nostalgically Glorious! The show is a total reboot, starting with Donald Duck introducing his nephews to Scrooge for the first time and going on their first grand adventure, to discover the Lost Jewel of Atlantis. Along the way we are also introduced to Scrooge’s housekeep Mrs. Beekly and her daughter Webby.
Here is where this new version begins to get things right. The show fixes Webby. In the original, Webby was a shrill, whiney little stereotypical girl who would always get in the way and bother “the boys”. Any time she was on the screen it was like nails on a chalk board. In this new version, she is a devoted fan of Scrooge and his adventurous life and is excited to meet the Nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, but she is no longer the squeaky, helpless character. She can take care of herself and is in every way an equal to the nephews in the story.
Tennant is a joy to listen to as Scrooge. Just as he was as The Doctor, his charm and elegance shines through, but as much as Scrooge tends to be, when it is time to play the grousing old man, Tennant shines still. Yes, you do miss Alan Young in the role, but Tennant plays it with the reverence and skill it deserves. Tennant doesn’t make you forget about Young, but he does make you remember the past, but enjoy the present.
Ducktales 2017’s first episode entitled appropriately “Woo-oo” is a good, nostalgic time that will warm your heart and make you remember why Disney was king of the Afternoon for so long.
Oh, and they HAVE confirmed that Darkwing Duck will be showing up in the future which for ME personally is reason enough to stick with the show!
This week we’re down two co-hosts so Amanda and Bryan venture forth alone to tell the tales of this week’s Challenge XXX: Dirty Thirty. We talk about some drunken shenanigans, if Tony is actually a good player, and state multiple times that Nelson is a punk.
This week we honor one of the great legends of horror, George Romero. We discuss two of his lesser known films, Martin and The Dark Half. We also discuss Scanners, Play Motel, The Pit, Bruiser, Knightriders, Land of the Dead and begin Scott’s Buffy odyssey (complete with theme song).
We finally see The Presidio and see what in the world a double-cross is all about. We see CT’s Dad Bod destroy the competition and discuss Aneesa’s body slam. Some new person that we don’t care about goes home. What was her name again?
It’s drama overload with love triangles and physical altercations in the Redemption House. Cory is making everyone mad while others are enjoying Tuesday Tinis. We see a little of the nomination process, but in MTV fashion do not see an elimination or even finish the voting process. Maybe next week.
A few weeks ago (I got busy) I rounded up a crew and we sat down to discuss not only the new Netflix series GLOW but also the recently released Spider-Man Homecoming. Joining me is Doug from The Last Horrorcast, Noah from Hero Unabridged, Michael from The Awesome 80’s Podcast, and Mike Patterson of being Mike fame. There is a spoilery section but we denote it in the show so feel free to listen without worry.
Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.
The second season of Riverdale launches this October on the CW.
Tonight we discuss the premiere of Dirty Thirty including the cast, the quitters, the forgotten and overlooked old-timers who have returned. We try our best to avoid spoilers as we speculate about the rest of the season. Get pumped. It’s Dirty Thirty.
It’s episode 0 for the 30th season of The Challenge. We run down the cast for this season, speculate on the format, and give our hopes for who comes out the victor and participants we hope to see go home right away.
Doctor Who “World and Enough Time” Review
Hello and we’re back as we witness the penultimate regular episode of Series 10 for Doctor Who, “World and Enough Time.” I’m trying a bit more of structured format with this review, consider it a genesis, if you will.
The Gist of It
Capaldi’s hair is going borderline Pertwee and the Doctor is giving Missy a test run to prove she can be good because at the end of the day, Missy/The Master was his first friend and longest friend and apparently his man crush. Somewhere the shippers pump their first in the air, Tumblr goes nuts. Thusly, the Doctor is giddy at the chance to reform his friend, who is the closest person left like him. They were going to see all the stars together, but the Master got sidetracked with burning them.
Bill is skeptical because Missy really scares her. Rightfully so. Because taking Missy for a test run to answer the distress call of a massive colony ship is going to have consequences and the return of an old face or two.
The TARDIS appears in a hallway, the Doctor steps out and rushes to a locked door, hoping it’s not too late. He pulls out a sonic screwdriver from his coat pocket, click goes the lock. Door opens to find Hannah looking into a mirror.
Who are you? I’m the Doctor. Doctor who? Just the Doctor. Hannah, I know what you are about to do and I’m here to show you a future with you in it. Hannah agrees to go with the Doctor, as they walk toward the TARDIS she says, is that a police telephone box from like the 1950’s? More 60’s era.
The Doctor opens the TARDIS’ door and told Hannah to step in. She did with the Doctor following behind. So it’s bigger on the inside… Yes, you see… Hannah stops the Doctor in mid sentence. I know how this works. Imagine fitting a big cube into a much smaller cube. The Doctor looked baffled, okay then… So! Your future, seven years down the road where do you see yourself? Why do you have so many fezzes hanging from the ceiling? Because fezzes are… Seven years? I don’t know. Well, let’s find out. Hang on! As the Doctor shifts gears and knobs on his console the TARDIS begins to disappear.
The TARDIS lands outside a long gated neighborhood. Where are we? Like I said, seven years into the future. But before we go out take one of these. What is it? It’s a disguise pill. I can still see you, you can see yourself in a mirror but the great thing is, others will see someone else. It’s like the time Clara and I went to the Church of the Silence to meet Mother Superious and we were both naked. Hum… Okay.
The Doctor and Hannah stepped out of the TARDIS to a bright sunny day in a nice and wealthy looking neighborhood. The Doctor pulls his sonic screwdriver out of his pocket points it into the air. What are you doing? I’m looking for directions. Once the screwdriver started beeping the Doctor gave it a look and said, this way!
They both walk up to a two story home. Nice house, wonder who lives here? Let’s see. The Doctor knocked a couple times. As the door opens Hannah recognizes the face… It was Clay Jensen. Hi, can I help you? Yes, I’m the Doctor and this is, hum, Emma. We were hoping you could help us find Hannah Barker. Well, sir… Hannah committed suicide six years ago… She couldn’t have. I’m afraid she did… Why do you need her? The Doctor still in shock, Emma spoke up, she was a childhood friend before I moved. Sorry I couldn’t help you. The Doctor shakes it off. We must be going, thanks for your help. As they both walk back to the TARDIS, the Doctor is trying to figure out why this is happening. Why didn’t the future change?
As they step back in the blue box the Doctor pulls out his screwdriver scans Hannah and plugs it into the console. Doctor, I’m sorry but there is no future for me. There has to be, I gotta find out why. Ding! Ding! It’s ready! As the Doctor pulls out his sonic screwdriver, he looks at the monitor to see the words he always disliked. Hannah heard him say them under his breath, what did you say? Fixed Point in Time… Hannah, I’m so, so sorry. It’s okay Doctor. You tried to help but with me gone the future will be so much brighter… How is that possible? You’ll see Doctor.
It’s time to take me back. With a flip of a switch the TARDIS is back in the same hallway where it appeared not even a second later. Before Hannah left the TARDIS she gave the Doctor a hug and told him everything will be okay. As Hannah stepped out the TARDIS started to fade away… The Doctor sitting at the console weeping wanting to know why, why will it be okay?
A week later the Doctor shows back up walks into a pharmacy store. Anything I can help you with? The Doctor looks up to see Mr. Baker behind the counter and just behind him a picture of Hannah. Just the news paper. Seventy five cents. Here’s a dollar, keep the change. As the Doctor walks out reading the headline, Bryce Walker, Life in Prison. As the Doctor read his paper at the park. He sees why Hannah had to take her own life. So people like Jessica Davis wouldn’t have to go through what her and Hannah experienced. And for people like Bryce Walker to never hurt anyone again.
After watching 13 Reasons Why I thought about what would the Doctor from Doctor Who do in that kind of storytelling. He would try to help in every way he knew how. So I came up with Doctor, Welcome To Your Tape. It took me a couple days to get the story where I wanted it to go but once I wrote it down I knew I had something. Over a couple weeks I hashed it out with help from Sometime Co-Host Mike, giving me advice and pointers. I wrote a couple different drafts but decided to keep my first draft as the story I want to share. I usually don’t write fan-fic, if you will… But I did. Enjoy.
This week we take another look at some haunted house films with Jessabelle and The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. Stay tuned for lots of discussion on Frightmare, The Comeback, The Survivor, The Rezort, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Dark Touch, Don’t Breathe, Ticks, Friday the 13th (2009), Chained, Occult Crimes, and Under the Skin.
Oh, and for your viewing pleasure…