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Sci Fi Noise: The Shepherd’s Tale

Host Derek Coward returns to talk about Firefly, Serenity, and Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, and mentions Star Wars’s Extended Universe, Babylon 5 canon, and Jonny Zero(?).

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X-Men: The Final Stand

[Spoilers in this post]

I finally saw the third X-Men movie, X-Men: The Final Stand. The movie that came out in 2006 and has been playing on FX for the past few months. The movie that most other comic book podcasters and comic book readers have seen already. That movie.

I wanted to not like it because I kept hearing that my favorite X-Man (Cyclops) had a very abbreviated role in the movie before getting killed off. I also heard that there were too many characters and most of them were underdeveloped. I heard that there were too many plots going on at once and it all combined to make a very muddled mess of a movie.

I liked it.

I started watching it on a number of occasions but for some reason never made it past Jean Grey walking down the stairs to meet with Xavier and Magneto. It might have been the crazy botoxy shiny faced way both men looked in that scene, I don’t know. This time, I sat down and just let it go.

The movie reminded me of the Claremont/Smith-Romita-Silvestri run of Uncanny X-Men. Lots of characters, lots of action, a discussion on philosophy and ethics with just the right amount of humor at just the right time.

The plot was pretty familiar for people who have read the Dark Phoenix Saga and Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men. A company claims to have the cure for being a mutant, which causes all kinds of havoc in the mutant community. At the same time, the X-Men have to deal with a Jean Grey who has returned from the dead and is not on the side of good.

The effects were excellent. The scene where Jean drops her house made me pause the movie just so that I could say “Now, THAT was cool”. I was mesmerized by the end scenes where she was deconstructing everything in her path. Even without destroying a D’Bari star, you could tell that Dark Phoenix was not someone to mess with.

I think those were my favorite scenes, but I also really liked the relationship between Wolverine and Storm. The first movie was about Wolverine’s relationship with Rogue and the second was his relationship with Jean. In both of those instances, he was a father and a potential lover. In this movie, he and Storm were equals and I liked that.

In comics, I prefer Wolverine the loner, but I also like Wolverine, part of a duo. He had miniserieses with Havok and Kitty Pryde that were both pretty good. The storyline leading to his marriage with Mariko was him and Storm and I thought that was one of the many highlights of the series. In the Morrison run, there were issues with him and Cyclops and him and Jean that were great as well.

In the movies he has to play off of other characters and with Rogue, Cyclops and Jean out of the picture, it makes sense in the continuity of the X-Movieverse that he would gravitate towards Storm. The rest of the characters are too young and he never seemed to trust Xavier.

I wouldn’t go as far to say that this movie was as good as X2, but it was definitely as good as (if not better than) the first movie and I really liked the first movie.

If you haven’t seen it and can get past all of the previous negative press that this movie got, I think that you will enjoy. If you have seen it and didn’t like it, get rid of the mental ties between the movies and the comics and I think that it will surprise you with how good it is and well it fits in with the other two.

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Indie Comic Book Noise 212: Angie Loves Gerry Alanguilan Artwork

Bruce Rosenberger returns with a look at the work of Jeremy Massie, Angie and Derek talk about apologies, Angie’s Stuff It Sale haul, “Really? Why? Really? Where?”, Nexus history, Burn Notice recommendation, Bubba Ho-Tep, Rick Remender, BTVS and Joss Whedon, Are the waits for late comics ever really worth it?, Angela ruins diets, Angela hates blondes, The return of Milestone, Musical Interlude, Batman: Joker’s Asylum recommendation, The Boy Who Made Silence trade?, Young Liars recommendation, Gerry Alanguilan history, No Madman Atomic Comics for Angela, The Perhapanauts Vol 1 recommendation, What Derek is loving, Greatest American Hero, Freakangels recommendation, Love and Capes recommendation, Spy School, The Odd Squad, AmericaJr.net, Black Terror, God The Dyslexic Dog, Rick Remender, What Angie Wanted To Talk About and Asobi Seksu.

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Comic Book Road Show 7: Trailers, Heroes, Monk and Psych (SPOILERS IN POST)

Time stamp: 00:00
Intro: Lorrie Thomas and Mark Coleman
Spoiler filled podcast

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Welcome to CBRS:
-Thank you to Racer Hex for new show logo.
-Announcement about CBRS Women’s Roundtable
-A quarterly roundtable that show a woman’s view on comics and sci-fantasy.
-First topic is: Identity Crisis
-Panel is to made up of women from the comics forums. (CGS)
03:59
Topics of the day:
-Watchman trailer
-Thanks to Dafixer for giving me the heads up on link.
-Terminator trailer
-Heroes trailer
-Two trailers
-Heroes vs Villains
-Promo trailer for season three
Highlights:
1. Level 5. What is it and how dangerous are the villains?
2. HRG telling Claire that this has been going on since before she was born.
3. Mrs. Perilli telling someone that they need to be ready for what is coming.
4. Mohinder is shooting up something into his right arm. It this the cure from being a hero or is it something different.
5. Going Postal.

“A Nifty Trick”
1st web episode for season three.

Echo De Mille is a mail man who has a very useful power. He has a sonic scream. He is being chased by a dog and when the dog refuses to be quiet he uses his power to quiet the dog. Next, Echo find two men who saw his power and they tell him that they want to help him. They also, tell him that they work for a very powerful company that could use a man like him. Next, one man whose power is to constrict wraps his arms around Echo and force him to come with them. He struggles and says no. Then Echo uses his power to get away. Leaving both men hurt. The hurt man then calls in to his people to tell them that Echo is stronger than they thought. While he is doing this he calmly shoots the other man and kills him.

15:36
-Dr. Horrible’s Sing a long blog.
-Produced by Joss Whedon and starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day.
-Parts 1,2, and 3.
-Main website crashed due to everyone wanting to see it. Now on iTunes for the price of $3.99 for all three shows.
-It a musical and it rocks.
-NPH is a amazing singer and Nathan look like a dork. Great fun.
33:41

-Comics of the week.
-Trinity # 7
-Final Crisis: Rouges Revenge part 1 of 3.
– Batman and the Outsiders #9.
-Birds of Prey # 120.
-Tiny Titans #6.
-The Mighty Avengers # 16. This is a Secret Invasion crossover book.

-Final Crisis: Rouges Revenge part 1 of 3.
-What are the Rouges up to.
-Why are the willing to risk the anger of Libra and Luthor?
-The art work is not my style but I will read this.
– Is this storyline going to matter at the end of Final Crisis?

42:50

Main Topic of the week:

The Return of USA Networks shows: Monk and Psych.

-Monk Show title: Mr. Monk buys a house
– Nice tribute to Stanly Kamel who died this past spring of a heart attack.
-A elderly man is murdered by his nurse. She is trying to get an answer out of him about something but he is to far gone to tell her what she wants to hear.
-Monk buys the old man’s house to get away from noise of a neighbor playing piano.
-New doctor says that Monk is in mourning and that he bought the house to help deal with Dr. Kroger’s death.
-Monk hires a handy man who turns out to be a hack. The man destroys Monk’s house saying it needs all sort of work done.
-Reality is that the handyman is looking for money from a bank job pulled off 40 years ago.
-Monk solves the case of the missing money. Monk and Natalie are held by handyman who is a crook. Discuss rest of show.

-Psych Show title: Ghosts
-Shawn’s mother is back in town. Shawn is angery with his dad about not telling him sooner. Feels betrayed.
-Special guest star is Cybil Shepard as his mom.
-Lassiter is being made to undergo psych evaluations due to discharging his gun too many times.
-Gus is almost fired by is boss for helping solve a big murder case.
-Gus quits Psych in a text message to Shawn.
-Discuss Gus dragging Shawn out of off building. Do not go boneless Shawn, do not. Talk about great shot from above to show action.
-Discuss how they must get VP house free of ghosts or Gus loses job.
-Discuss plot and the great Ebony and Ivory music video.
1:07:35

End of show.

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