Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 17...

In episode 17 of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast, Billy and Dave give their picks for the coolest new comics coming out on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, and review Justice League United #0 and The Flash #30. http://ia600701.us.archive.org/21/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode17/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Agents of SHIELD – S1E19 – The Only Light in the Darkness – Recap...

    In the 19th episode of Agents of SHIELD, we finally meet the cellist that Phil Coulson mentioned he was dating in The Avengers. Unfortunately, she, like almost everyone he knew, thinks he’s still dead. The cellist is played by longtime Whedon alum Amy Acker. The way the episode ends leaves the possibility for a return of the cellist, which I’m all for, as I think Amy Acker is super. I was really hoping for Coulson to revealhis rebirth to his former girlfriend, if only to see just how he would pull that off. He had a few opportunities, but cold feet held him up. The theme of this episode could be “I just called to say I love you,” except that in almost every case, the person doing the calling chickens out at the last second. Besides Coulson, Fitz finally works up the nerve to tell Simmons how he feels about her…only to chicken out at the last minute. I have to say, I’m really enjoying the Fitz-Simmons-Triplett love triangle. It’s like Ron-Hermione-Krum all over again. But the absolute best reveal of the episode? That’s when Simmons reveals herself to be a Whovian. Marvel Comics fans were given a couple of cool nods this week. First Agent Triplett reveals that he’s the grandson of a Howling Commando. I’m guessing Gabe Jones. I’m really hoping for a Captain America appearance in a future episode, with half the episode involving Cap working with Triplett and the rest of Coulson’s team in the present and the other half involving Cap working with the Howling Commandos in the past. Season 2, please? Second, the villain of the week, Marcus Daniels,  is an escapee from SHIELD jail who taps into the dark force for his power. He’s...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 16 – New Comics For April 23, 2014...

Welcome to the latest episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast. In this episode, Billy and Dave preview give you their top picks for comic book hitting comic book shops the week of Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The guys also review their favorite comics from the past week. Game of Thrones even makes into the podcast, with the 20th issue of the Game of Thrones series from Dynamite coming out this week. The guys discuss how it compares to the books and TV show show in terms of quality. Plus, Dave gets a new nickname, Roy Harper gets brought up a lot and Dave has a special request for the listeners! Help a brother out! http://ia601803.us.archive.org/17/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode16/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Game of Thrones – S4E3 – Breaker of Chains – Recap...

Welcome to another SPOILER FILLED recap of Game of Thrones! As I’ve mentioned in past weeks, I have a hard time keeping track of everyone’s name on the show, and I don’t want to Google people’s names and risk seeing spoilers, so bear with me and my use of nicknames. I haven’t read the books, so I’ll only be talking about what’s on the show. If you have read the books, please be cool and don’t spoil future events in the show. There are plenty of SPOILERS in this recap of episode 3 of season 4 of Game of Thrones. If you’d like to go in fresh, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND not reading past the photo below of Iron Man lounging on the Iron Throne. During the opening credits, I noticed that George RR Martin did not write this episode. Hear that, main characters? You’re safe this week!* Remember when Jaime returned to King’s Landing last season, and that moment when his and Cersei’s eyes met? If you’re like me, you thought, “Awwwwwwwww, wait, wait, gross. Gross!” That happened again to me this episode, when Jaime entered the Sept and saw Cercei standing quietly over the body of their dead son. “Man, can’t these two ever catch a break? Wait, wait, they’re still brother and sister! Gross!” It gets worse, as Jaime proceeds to rape his sister/lover next to the body of his son/nephew. I swear, if these Lannisters weren’t filthy rich and good looking, they’d be the swamp people of Westeros.   Oh, before Jaime raped her, Cersei tried to get him to promise to kill Tyrion, their little-person brother, whom Cersei thinks killed their son. Swamp people, I tell ya. Speaking of Tyrion, he’s locked in a dungeon. His squire, Pod, comes to visit him. The guards catch Pod’s...

Orphan Black – S2E1 – Nature Under Constraint and Vexed – Recap...

I am super excited to start recapping my household’s second favorite show about clones* for Tuesday Night Movies. So without further ado, let’s get started. We start off with the hardest working Canadian in show business, Tatiana Maslany, playing main clone Sarah, who has just found out that her daughter Kira and foster mother Mrs. S. are missing. Sarah sits in a diner where, using her special pink clone phone, she realizes that Alison and Cosima’s phones have been disconnected. She dials dreamboat monitor Paul, but only gets his voicemail. At this point, two people enter the diner: an extra from Mad Men and another from Dallas. Dallas gets into the discussion with the diner owner about whether his eggs are free-range or not. Eventually the two goons corner Sarah, leading diner owner to pull a gun on them. Unfortunately, organic food freak Dallas shoots the diner owner, and the diner owner gets in a kill shot, too. This gives Sarah enough time to head to Canada’s grossest diner bathroom before Mad Men goes in after her. Luckily, Sarah’s badass bionic clone leg lets her kick her way out of the bathroom’s wall before she inhales too much fecal matter and also before Mad Men can get in. It’s definitely time for some comic relief, so Sarah makes her way to Felix who is—of course—at a gay nightclub in his favorite assless chaps (our first glimpse of pasty man thigh in this episode). Sarah fills Felix in on Kira’s kidnapping. Meanwhile, we see Cosima and Delphine together in another location. Delphine is taking Cosima’s blood and we learn Cosima is planning to start gathering her own lab results. Straight from the nightclub, Felix visits the clone most likely to have a gun (and a velour tracksuit):...

Agents of SHIELD – S1E18 – Providence – Recap...

It was interesting watching this episode to see how much posturing SHIELD agent turned traitor Grant Ward was doing. Was this just overacting on Brett Dalton’s part? Is Ward really as callous as he was acting here? Or is Ward overdoing it in front of Hydra on purpose, in order to sell his betrayal of SHIELD to them when he’s actually playing Hydra? Part of me wants Ward’s betrayal to be a long con to infiltrate Centipede and Hydra set up by Coulson and Victoria Hand that would make Danny Ocean proud. But I just can’t figure out a way that makes logical sense for that to be the case. Here’s why I think Ward might still be on the side of the angels. Rewatching last week’s episode, Turn, Turn, Turn, I noticed that Ward shoots Hand in the gut on his first shot. His second and third shots into her are while she’s on the ground off-camera. Could these have been non-fatal shots too? That, combined with how over the top he was trying to prove himself as not a nice guy this week, made me think that maybe he’s still SHIELD. My Ward still being a good guy theory is completely blown apart by a few things. One, I’m pretty sure that before he shoots Victoria Hand, he shoots the two other agents of SHIELD on the plane in the face. And once inside the Fridge, Ward goes out of his way to unearth the hidden gravitonium, which even Garrett didn’t know was there. It was interesting listening to Ward explain how deliberately he conned everyone. Pretty much everything he did this season he claims was to further infiltrate SHIELD and keep suspicion off himself, going back to his recruitment by Coulson. Even...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast #15 – New Comics for 4/16/14, Amazon buys Comixology!...

In the newest episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast, Billy and Dave discuss the coolest looking new comic books being released on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and review their favorite comics of the previous week. They also discuss the huge news of Comixology being bought by Amazon and what this means for the future of digital comics.     http://ia601707.us.archive.org/24/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode15/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Game of Thrones – S4E2 – The Lion and the Rose – Recap...

Wow. Seriously, Wow. Well, I definitely did not see that one coming. But I’m getting ahead of myself. As I mentioned last week, I have a hard time keeping track of everyone’s name on the show, and I don’t want to Google people’s names and risk seeing spoilers, so bear with me and my use of nicknames. I haven’t read the books, so I’ll only be talking about what’s on the show. If you have read the books, please be cool and don’t spoil future events in the show. Spoilers after this cool picture of Walter White sitting on the iron throne. The episode starts out in the woods of Bolton country. Matchbox 20’s Robb Thomas is leading a hunting party after a blonde girl named Tansy. The hunting party is a brunette girl, Theon and two dogs trained by Michael Vick. Apparently they’re hunting Tansy because the brunette girl was jealous of her. It’s like Veronica’s sick fantasy about what do about Betty in an Archie comic. Betty/Tansy doesn’t make it. Pro tip: when being chased by hunting hounds, do not stop running. We cut to Tyrion and Jaime brunching together. Tyrion gives Cersei the best nickname, “The Mother of Madness.” Jaime laments that he can’t fight anymore, and can’t trust anyone to train him to fight left handed without someone blabbing. Tyrion says knows just the guy. Of course, we immediately cut to Best-Line Bronn, who is leading Jaime to a secluded platform by the cliffs to train him. And of course, Bronn lives up to his nickname when he explains to Jaime why he’s sure that no one will hear them while they’re training. Basically, this is where Bronn takes some big dude’s wife to have sex with her. She’s a...

Agents of SHIELD – S1E17 – Turn, Turn, Turn – Recap...

Unlike The Well, which dealt with the fallout of Thor: The Dark World in a very ancillary way, Turn, Turn, Turn is directly impacted by the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW for Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  If you haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet, you might want to see that first. But if you’d like to just read about how Captain America: The Winter Soldier affected Agents of SHIELD heading into this episode, I wrote up a handy guide here. But seriously, SPOILERS start after this Hydra logo. Hydra really is everywhere. They’ve even taken over the SHIELD Academy, which I lovingly refer to as SHIELDwarts. I’m hoping we get a special Red Dawn-esque webisode of the loyal SHIELDwarts students and staff standing off against the Hydra students and staff. Before the real traitor was revealed, I was convinced it would be Triplett (aka Ward 2.0). I thought his flirting with Simmons might have been a ploy for getting info on her research into the drug that helped resurrect Coulson. Plus, he’s the agent we knew the least about. When he took out his knife and flashed it at Simmons, I was completely fooled. But Ward 2.0 is on the up and up, or so it seems. I hope he’s not a traitor. After this episode, he seems pretty cool. I also liked Victoria Hand’s reverse psychology for trying to figure out if Triplett and Simmons were Hydra agents. Besides being a nice swerve about Hand’s allegiance, it was a great, tension filled stand-off and cool action sequence. Now, onto the real traitor… WARD!!!! NOOOOOOOOOO! On the one hand, I can’t believe that Ward is Hydra. On the other hand, I have to hand it to the...

Winter Soldier & Agents of SHIELD...

MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW. If you haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet, see it first and come back. And if you’re an Agents of SHIELD fan, make sure you watch Winter Soldier BEFORE you watch the tonight’s  episode! But if you don’t plan on watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier before tonight’s episode, this post should catch you up with everything you need to know. I feel more than it affects any of the other Marvel movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier dramatically affects the Agents of SHIELD TV show. In the most recent episode of Agents of SHIELD, Coulson figures out that the villain The Clairvoyant is a SHIELD agent or has SHIELD agents in his employ. In Winter Soldier, it’s revealed that SHIELD is even more deeply compromised than Coulson suspected. Hydra has secretly taken over huge parts of SHIELD (and the government) from the top down, including the senator played by Garry Shandling in Iron Man 2 and long time SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell! Sitwell appeared briefly onscreen in Thor and Avengers, but has seen the majority of his screen time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the Agents of SHIELD TV series, including in last week’s episode, where he was still thought to be a loyal SHIELD agent. The revelation that Sitwell is in fact an agent of Hydra is a huge bombshell. Before Winter Soldier, there was no reason to think Sitwell was a traitor. Now, unless he’s revealed to be a triple-agent, Sitwell will be remembered as a traitor. I doubt he survived being thrown into oncoming traffic by the Winter Soldier on a busy DC highway. That said, he may be in part of tonight’s episode, as he was still alive in last week’s episode, and...