It’s the Champs Vs. Pros finale, so we discuss vomiting, running, and of course the winners and losers of this mini-season. We also dive into the bizarre Challenge microgame promoting Universal Studios. We also do our first Classic Challenge Moment feature.
We’re getting down to the end and tensions begin to rise as the finish line is in sight. Who gets voted in? Who throws the biggest tantrum?
The Ice Warriors are Back
NASA, not rogue tweeting. We haven’t hit full dystopia. The Doctor and Bill and Nardole bust in on the Valkyrie launch to probe Martian ice caps. So you know you’re getting the Ice Warriors, because ice caps + Mars= this classic Who villain.
This episode was written by Mark Gatiss, who many Whovians tend to feel can be hit or miss when it comes to writing Who. I liked “The Unquiet Dead”, “The Lazarus Experiment”, “The Crimson Horror” (horrible moment of the Doctor towards Jenny aside), less loved “The Idiot’s Lantern” and some of the others. I don’t think he’s a bad writer, though, and his stories always have an interesting concept even if I might not always like them. What Gatiss does well, I think, is writes very contained episodes that often don’t have much impact to the overall story but often do come with some great moments of tension. They’re like those nights when you just want a box of mac and cheese but add a little gouda or Gruyere for some substance while knowing full when it’s still one-off comfort goo.
We see Lolo decide who to go against in the latest elimination, then see the whole crew play a game of memory and telephone. We say goodbye to some of our favorite Champs and Pros. We also say goodbye to an old cast member who is no longer with us.
In the third and last episode featuring the Silence x Beef Jerky-like Monks, lies and truth are a big theme and this episode makes no bones about being an allegory for our current “post-truth”/alternative facts political landscape. Where we last left off, Bill consented to the Monks to save the Doctor and they now reign over the Earth, using their alien technology to alter everyone’s memories so they think that the Monks were always there. After all, you can’t complain about things that have always been what they were. Anyone who remembers the truth is taken away, and Bill has been struggling for the past six months to hold onto her actual memories, anchored by the memory of her mother and separated from the Doctor. Until Nardole comes calling.
We see the champs and pros battle it out in Out of Bounds. It’s a female elimination day, so we see some drama and some physical challenges and eliminations.
Hello Whovians! Missed a week last week due to being out of the country, but we’re back in the TARDIS again for a trip to the Vatican in an episode that feels like an odd sci-fi love letter to Dan Brown and the second episode on the story that is a pyramid episode that makes me wish it was on Mars. But alas!
Riverdale: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15 via Warner Bros. If you can’t wait, it’s currently streaming on Netflix. A second season is in the works from The CW.
Special features are listed below.
- Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
- Riverdale: The New Normal
- Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin
- I Got You – musical piece
- These Are Moments I Remember – musical piece
- Deleted scenes
- Gage reel
Two long time rivalries come to a head. The crews make hot dogs. Another exciting day in The Challenge.
Klara Issova plays Marie Curie, the only person to win the Nobel Prize in both Chemistry and Physics, in National Geographic and Ron Howards’s new TV series, GENIUS. The award winning actress who has been in over 60 films spoke with me regarding her role as Curie, Curie’s influence she had on Einstein and gave one of the best answers to my space pirate question I’ve ever heard.
Geek Nerdery: Thank you for speaking with me and Geek Nerdery. I know you worked with National Geographic in the past, what drew you to this project with National Geographic?
Klara Issova: Well I worked with National Geographic on Killing Jesus two years ago and that was great and interesting and so happy they have made so many great feature TV series and movies about strong characters and this was another one and also the second thing is that the whole thing was filmed in Prague and I cooperate with people who worked on another TV series I worked on called Legend starring Sean Bean and it was nice to work with the same crew and showrunner from Prague and the same team working on another great project.
GN: And you are from Prague so you got to work close to home.
KI: Yes, that was really nice so I didn’t have to travel around and got to stay in my own apartment so it was really lovely.
GN: Before you prepared for your role as Marie Curie, were you aware that she had such an influence on Albert Einstein’s life and work?
KI: I wasn’t aware of this specific information that they were quite close friends but I read and did research on the role I’m going to play and this it was really special and she is very famous around Europe because she is Polish and Poland is our neighbor and she is an Icon here for people and around the world and of course I read some books about her life and from her childhodd and it wasn’t easy and there were so many challenges in her way but I didn’t know about Einstein and her relationship before, it was suprising for me as well and new information that people will get known from this TV series.
GN: Especially the way Einstien worked with his wife and how influential she was with the relationship with her husband and the fact Pierre Curie wouldn’t accept the Nobel unless Marie was listed on it.
GN: What do you think Marie Curie would think of the modern woman?
KI; (laughs) That is a great question! I would like to add something about what you mentioned about the beautiful contradiction regarding the TV series which I totally love and where you can follow Einstein and his wife and on the otherhand you can follow Marie Curie and Pierre Curie’s life and quite similar destiny but both marriages ended in very different ways and that was very interesting to me but (laughs) What would she think? I think tell them we are so lucky to live in this time period with all the equipment and internet and everything and everyone has the possibilities and can do anything almost and follow your dreams and women don’t lose this opportunity and to do what you really want to do.
GN: I agree, excellent answer, excellent answer.
KI: Thank you
GN: What do you think geeks will like about this movie?
KI: I think what really is wonderful showing strong characters they have so many obstacles and they fight and they fail and they follow and they try again and again and have to be so patient and so strong and it is crazy to see all the obstacles they had in their way and still stay on their journey and you do the best that you can and with Marie Curie she was really poor and when she was young, when she came to Paris, she starved and she didn’t have any food and kind of things like this, she was cold and hungry and she had permanent obstacles in her way and she stayed on her course and finished school, she studied she became a scientist etc. etc. etc. so I would say it is very inspirational to people and people will see they had positive things in their life and they are heros, Einstein is a hero and Marie Curie is a hero and I don’t know they also had shadows and black moments in their life and people will see they were normal people everybody trying to do their best and so much information about their peronal life this will show. People will see what other people did for us and learn from the history and be thankful and to be so lucky that we don’t have to go thru what they did. We have almost everything and they didn’t.
GN: Yeah at the end of the day Einstein was a man and Marie Curie a woman and dealing with all of the problems that people deal with every day.
GN: I don’t know if this will translate but do you know what a space priate is?
KI: A what?
GN: A space pirate, a popular example would be Han Solo in Star Wars.
KI: Oh okay. I don’t know who that is.
GN: Who would be your favorite space pirate?
KI: Ohhhhhh, my favorite? I don’t know if he is a pirate but for me it, would ET count? I would say ET. I was in love with ET when I was really young and always wanted to be his friend and it was a beautiful movie always liked ET and I would say him.
GN: Technically, yes ET would count as a space pirate because he not only stole Reeses Pieces, he also stole our hearts so yes he would count and kudos to you for being the first person in history to define his as a space pirate. Well done.
KI: (laughs) Thank you
GENIUS airs Tuesdays on the National Geographic Channel, check your local lisitngs. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/videos/genius-teaser-trailer/
In the fifth episode of this season of Doctor Who, The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole find themselves caught up in new dangers as they answer a distress call coming from deep space, the sort of thing that’s never just an easy rescue. Especially when big corporate who only cares about the bottom line is involved. And so we have “Oxygen”, which feels like a space take on zombies-but-not-zombies. This review is very belated because much like the Doctor’s capers, shit happens that puts a wrench in things, like moving apartments and not having a desk or knowing where you packed your laptop for a few days. I digress.
We meet the Pros and cover the first challenge and first elimination. Did you know Lolo has her own charity? We say goodbye to some champs and pros.
We cover the Reunion of Invasion and find more reasons to hate Nelson and Hunter. We also go over our first piece of hate mail.
With the newest season of Doctor Who seeing the departure of not only Peter Capaldi as the time travelling Time Lord and Peter Moffit saying goodbye as show runner, we have another casualty to report.
Fan favorite Missy (The Master’s latest incarnation), played with villainous glee by the amazing Michelle Gomez will also be leaving the show.
“My pals are going so I’m going,” Gomez said in an interview with RadioTimes.com. “Everybody’s leaving, so I’m going too. I mean, what would I do without Peter and Steven? Who would I be? ”
Missy made her debut in the 2014’s Deep Breath only later to be revealed as The Doctors arch villain The Master and has appeared in a whopping 9 episodes over the last few seasons and is scheduled to appear in 3 more this season, including a highly anticipated appearance with the John Simms, the previous Master.
“[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, the fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure.
“I won’t miss the corset because that was agony, and I’m a woman that likes a big lunch. And that’s not fun to wear after you’ve had two helpings and dessert.
“So I won’t miss that. But I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had. I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.
“I won’t miss the rain in Wales, but I will miss Wales. And the incredible crew that work so hard. It’s not work for them, it’s a passion, and that’s wonderful to be surrounded by. It’s very inspiring and energising.
“Yeah, I’m gonna miss a lot about that job,” she concluded. “It was a great job.”
BBC wasn’t kidding when they announced season 11 would be a total fresh start for the long running series. Hopefully we don’t lose Bill and Nardol along with them.
Get ready to join the Satellite of Love when Jonah, Tom, Crow and the gang take Kinga Forester’s newest experiment to a city near you. Joel Hodgeson, creator of MST3K, announced via Youtube a 26 city tour this summer beginning in July in Boston and wrapping up in August with a stop in Atlanta with the highlight being a 2 night engagement at the San Diego Comic Con. Jonah and the Gang will be taking on the seminal teen cave man story Eegah! Check out the announcement below followed by the full list of tour stops for the Mystery Science Theater 300 Live! Watch Out For Snakes Tour.
The full tour is as follows…
- JUL 6 – Boston, MA (Eegah @ 7pm)
- JUL 7 – Philadelphia, PA (Eegah @ 7pm / Secret Surprise @ 10pm)
- JUL 8 – New York, NY (Eegah @ 6pm / Secret Surprise @ 9:30pm)
- JUL 9 – Washington DC (Eegah @ 6pm / Secret Surprise @ 9pm)
- JUL 12 – Columbus, OH (Eegah @ 8pm)
- JUL 13 – St. Louis, MO (Eegah @ 8pm)
- JUL 14 – Royal Oak, MI (Eegah @ 7pm / Secret Surprise @ 10pm)
- JUL 15 – Milwaukee, WI (Eegah @ 7pm / Secret Surprise @ 10pm)
- JUL 16 – Chicago, IL (Eegah @ 5pm / Secret Surprise @ 8pm)
- JUL 18 – Denver, CO (Eegah @ 8pm)
- JUL 20 – Phoenix, AZ (Eegah @ 8pm)
- JUL 21 – San Diego, CA (Eegah @ 7pm)
- JUL 22 – San Diego, CA (Secret Surprise @ 7pm)
- JUL 23 – Los Angeles, CA (Eegah @ 5pm / Secret Surprise @ 8pm)
- JUL 26 – San Francisco, CA (Eegah @ 8pm)
- JUL 27 – San Francisco, CA (Secret Surprise @ 8pm)
- JUL 28 – Portland, OR (Eegah @ 8pm)
- JUL 29 – Seattle, WA (Eegah @ 7pm / Secret Surprise @ 10pm)
- JUL 30 – Vancouver, BC (Eegah @ 7pm)
- AUG 1 – Salt Lake City, UT (Eegah @ 8pm)
- AUG 3 – Kansas City, MO (Eegah @ 8pm)
- AUG 4 – Minneapolis, MN (Eegah @ 7pm / Secret Surprise @ 10pm)
- AUG 6 – Green Bay, WI (Eegah @ 7pm)
- AUG 8 – Cleveland, OH (Eegah @ 8pm)
- AUG 9 – Baltimore, MD (Eegah @ 8pm)
- AUG 10 – Richmond, VA (Secret Surprise @ 8pm)
- AUG 11 – Nashville, TN (Eegah @ 7pm / Secret Surprise @ 10pm)
- AUG 12 – Atlanta, GA (Eegah @ 7pm / Secret Surprise @ 10pm)
It’s finally the finale and we’re here to break it out. We review the final, our favorite contestants, challenges and eliminations of the season. This officially wraps up Season 29 of The Challenge and Season 1 of Challenged. See you all next week for Season 2.
This week if you thought the titular “Knock, Knock” meant learning more about what’s in that mysterious vault then guess again! It’s a creepy “haunted” house story this time around and in this episode we get to see some of what makes up the best and worst of this era of Doctor Who.
We were out last week, but we make it up to you with this two-fer presenting the last 2 episodes. The Final begins, and as TJ says, it’s no joke. This episode we cover Nelson’s near death experience and Cory’s infinite disappointments.