Geekscape podcasts, news, features Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:48:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape TV-G NYCC 2015: Frank Miller’s Next Book? Another ‘Sin City’! Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:48:44 +0000 Briefly: Comic book legend Frank Miller surprised everyone at the ongoing New York Comic-Con with an appearance at a Dark Knight III: The Master Race panel.

That book hits shelves on November 25th, so of course an attendee asked what Frank Miller had planned following this latest controversial book.

“Oh yeah. My next book is set, I’m working on it now, in fact. It’s a Sin City, a love story set against the backdrop of World War II.”

He offered no further information about the characters or details on the book (including a release window), but the fact that another Sin City is on the way (in book form) is very exciting to me. As long as it turns out better than the added segments in last year’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, I’m definitely down.

Would you be excited for another Sin City book? Or have you seen/read enough of Basin City and its inhabitants for one lifetime?



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NYCC 2015: After All These Years, The First ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ Trailer Is Here! Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:25:48 +0000 Briefly: I remember being so excited for the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adaptation when it was first announced back in 2009 (the same year that the book was first published). Since then, the film has shifted stars, directors, studios, and more, and after seeing the first image from the actually happening film back in November of last year, the first footage from the long-awaited adaptation has debuted at New York Comic-Con.

really enjoyed the novel, turning something that was nearly impossible for me to get through into something funny, original, and incredibly intriguing. I really can’t wait to see how the film adaptation turns out.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is directed by 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud director Burr Steers, with a script from Steers and David O. Russell. The trailer plays out exactly how I hoped it would, looking simply like another Jane Austen adaptation at the start, and quickly evolving into something more.

Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know what you think!

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Marvel’s Phase-3 Kicks Off With ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Plus Three More Mystery Films Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:41:23 +0000 Marvel is really keeping the hype train a chugging, as their “Phase 3″ movement will begin with a sequel to this years blockbuster Ant-Man which earned the studio $410 Million globally.

The studio announced that Ant-Man and The Wasp is set to hit theaters July 6th, 2018 and has Hope Van Dyne taking up the role of The Wasp.

The announcement of the sequel comes with the news that there are a few changes to the Marvel lineup. Black Panther will be moving UP to February 16th, 2018 and Captain Marvel on March of 2019.

There are also three films coming in 2020 that I’m dubbing the “Mystery Movies”. Marvel Studios is having a release on May 1st, July 10th and November 6th of 2020.

Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War which is hitting theaters May 6th 2016.

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Geekscape’s ‘Super Mario Maker’ Course Of The Week: Walk Koopa Home Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:06:37 +0000 Week 3 already?

Are the days really going by that fast? Never mind, Let’s announce the featured course for this week. This week I was able to find a more puzzle oriented level. While it looks difficult on the outside, it is, but not as hard as you’d expect. This is the level known as: Walk Koopa Home (Don’t lose him) by former Nintendo Power editor Chris Slate.Slate 1The level starts out simple enough. You have been tasked with walking a giant Green Koopa home. You start by raising him up out of a pit he fell in and continue from there. While the level starts off pretty normal and calm, DON’T BE FOOLED! It may look like a ride through the park but it’s anything but that (probably a walk through the industrial park.) Slate 2Fire, sawblades, magikoopas, and more await you as just try to walk this poor animal home so that he can be safe once more. If you’re interested in playing Mr. Slate’s level you can do so at: 65E7-0000-0077-A6A4. Also, if you’re a fan of his older work on Nintendo Power, you can give a listen to a brand new podcast he started with another former NP editor Chris Hoffman. The podcast is called Power Pros and you can find it right HERE! Until next time, Keep playing and creating awesome levels!

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Check Out This Crazy Trailer For ‘The Jackbox Party Pack 2′ Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:38:04 +0000 Released last year in November, The Jackbox Party Pack was created as a way to bring back the somewhat dying tradition of having a group of people gather around to have a game night.

Not only were you able to play with friends and family around you, but you could also invite virtually anyone by having them play with their phones, tablets, and PC, making the game extremely easy to stream. As a result, the game ended up exploding in popularity (twitch specifically). Now, almost a year later, Jackbox Games invites you once more to gather (or kidnap) all your friends and family for another round of insanity. Old favorites such as Fibbage & Quiplash return while new games such as Bidiots, Earwax, and Bombcorp seem to take a different approach from what the previous pack offered.

And the best part? The game launches NEXT WEEK for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Amazon Fire TV! In the meantime, mark your calendars and enjoy this delightfully quirky trailer for the game.

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‘Rise Of The Tomb Raider’ Will Include Microtransactions Thu, 08 Oct 2015 22:48:45 +0000 It seems like the line between Console and Mobile games are starting to become a bit murky for some developers.

Today, it was revealed that the upcoming Xbox One title Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be doing some raiding of its own in the form of microstransactions. These optional payments come in the form of what they’re calling, “Expedition Cards.” While these will not be part of the story mode, it will play a part outside of it. By purchasing Expedition Cards in the store, you can unlock random modifiers for additional modes.

These include better weapons and armor, alternate costumes, and even a big head mode (Remember when that used to be a cheat you could put in for free?). Even though, you can still pay for these items using in game currency, having the option to pay real cash makes it feel like the game will make earning gold a slow and tedious chore. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this affects the game long term. Rise of the Tomb Raider launches for Xbox One on November 10th.

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M&M’s Reveals The Official Synopsis For ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’! Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:28:57 +0000 Briefly: The official synopsis for X-Men: Apocalypse has finally been revealed.

By M&M’s.

Yep. The candy revealed a partnership with 20th Century Fox today, which officially began with the debut of this synopsis, and a ‘cute’ photo of M&M’s dressed like Storm and Magneto.

In any case, here are the goods:

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, opening in theaters everywhere May 27, 2016.


Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.


Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

And the actual goods:

Mars Incorporated - X-Men Apocalypse

In any case, what do you think of the synopsis? Do you like what we’ve seen of Apocalypse thus far? Or are you still trying to get passed the Ivan Ooze comparisons?

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Kilgrave Speaks In The Latest Teaser For ‘Jessica Jones’! Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:03:57 +0000 Briefly: These Jessica Jones teasers are sure coming in at a rapid pace, aren’t they?

While the previous videos have focussed on Jessica and her incredible abilities, today’s teaser gives us our first look at David Tennant’s Kilgrave (aka The Purple Man).

This also marks the first teaser for the series that actually features dialogue (and Jessica’s face), so let’s hope that continues in later teasers.

Also, the show is barely two months away. Would it kill you to release a full trailer, Netflix?

Take a look at the teaser below, and let us know what you think! Jessica Jones hits Netflix on November 20th!

Taking place after a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, the new series follows Jessica Jones as she rebuilds her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

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The PS4 Has Just Received Its First Price Cut! Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:52:50 +0000 Briefly: Finally, finally, finally, just less than three years after the console launched, Sony’s Playstation 4 console is receiving its first price drop.

The drop has been rumoured for some time now, and Sony made it official last night with a short post on their official blog. Starting tomorrow, October 9th, the Playstation 4 will cost just $349.99 in the United States, and $429.99 in Canada.

For us Canadians, this means that the PS4 is priced just $29.99 higher than it was at launch. Making me super happy that I paid just $399 for mine on launch day three years ago.

Sony also detailed the plethora of bundles and choices that gamers (and gift-buyers) have this holiday season:

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 Bundle (500 GB HDD) – $349.99 / CA$429.99 (MSRP); launches Oct. 9

Limited Edition Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PS4 Bundle (1 TB HDD) – $429.99 / CA$499.99 (MSRP); launches Nov. 6

Limited Edition Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars PS4 Bundle (500 GB HDD) – $399.99 / CA$469.99 (MSRP); launches Nov. 13

Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Bundle (500 GB HDD) – $399.99 / CA$469.99 (MSRP); launches Nov. 17

Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Bundle (500 GB HDD) – $349.99 / CA$429.99 (MSRP); launches Nov. 17
NHL 16 PS4 Bundle (500 GB HDD) – CA$429.99 (MSRP); available now, Canada only

Have you picked up a PS4 yet? Is tomorrow’s price drop enough to entice you to do so? Let us know in the comments below!


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Fall TV 2015: Top 10 New & Returning Shows! Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:50:44 +0000 With shows debuting year-round now and the internet liberating us from the chains of broadcast scheduling, fall’s television premiere season doesn’t quite feel like the mark your calendar affair of yore. Still there’s some great new entertainment coming at us this time of year to gather and enjoy.

There is one trend I’ve noticed in combing through everything—there are a lot of variations on one particular theme. It feels like half the shows on television are an Unusual Genius Helps Authorities Fight Crime (UGHAFC?). It doesn’t mean we should write a show off just for falling into this category—some are doing it very well—only that I’m a little amazed to find the pattern unfolding right under my nose. Some returning UGHAFCs include Sleepy Hollow, iZombie, Castle, The FlashScorpionGrimm mostly fits, although, the authorities are more often tolerated or managed. Some new UGHAFCs are BlindspotLimitlessMinority ReportGotham‘s side plot is technically the coming of age for a future UGHAFC. I’m sure you could probably come up with some more examples. I think the strength of UGHAFC shows like Sleepy Hollow, iZombie and Castle is the amount of time we get to spend in the Unusual Genius’ world and how well developed that world is.

I’ve been dutifully consulting my Magic 8 Ball about this fall’s lineup of new and returning shows and thought it only fair to share some results with you. There’s a lot of exciting stuff popping on screens all over and I decided to cut through the noise and find the best possible feasts for the ever dwindling spare eyeball-time. First of all, I’m trying to keep the focus on those shows with some sci-fi/fantasy elements—but there may be some shout-outs and honorable mentions that lie on the fringes. That’s about it, so let me shake this ball and we’ll get started!

Top 5 Harvest of Returning Shows:


(Oct. 1st, 9pm, FOX) Dear Magic 8 Ball (is that how you address these things?), I feel like Sleepy Hollow is poised now to embrace the power of the dark side with wit and and style to become even better. Muah ha ha ha ha! Will the new season mark its entry into the television halls of greatness?! — “Outlook good.”

Watching Sleepy Hollow develop, as it tests its footing on the shaky television landscape, has been enjoyable. Their strongest element is absolutely the man-out-of-time/fish-out-of-water dynamic of Ichabod Crane as he’s forced to face off against magical monsters tied to the American Revolution each week. The handsome Tom Mison, as Ichabod is inspirational casting and he deservedly carries the show alongside the innovative creatures/monsters each week. His back in my day gripes each week, comparing America today to the first days of the nation, are an absolute comedy highlight of the show—and moments like the time he’s handed a gun which he fires once and then tosses because pistols only had one shot during the Revolution—priceless.

As for the rest of the cast—fine actors for the most part—one gets the impression, subconsciously at the very least, that they and the writers are still trying to figure out how exactly they fit into this world. Personally, I was disappointed with the decision to write Ichabod’s wife, Katrina Crane (the lovely Katia Winter), off the show. She felt like the second most solid and interesting character next to Ichabod but it became apparent that the writers didn’t know what to do with her.

The other choice I have reservations about was humanizing the headless horseman. Yes, it’s interesting to find out the monster’s backstory but the resulting manifestation of this personification of doom and destruction feels more effective when its operating out of a removed realm of all but inexplicable evil. I don’t necessarily feel the need to understand the daily emotional motivations of a headless demon (unless they are incredibly fascinating and unexpected). The fact that a decapitated creature from hell wants to kill and destroy works satisfyingly all on its own.

A really great thing to count for the plus column is that, whatever their special effects budget is, they’re using it very well to create some really stunning visuals and excellent creatures.

On the whole, the UGHAFC series had a very good start and it gets stronger and more enjoyable with each episode, even through most of its minor missteps. Considering that they’ve taken a short story by Washington Irving, twisted it with another of his short stories, Rip Van Winkle, and are managing to serve up entertainment that I look forward to each week is quite a feat in itself. I look forward to hoisting a mug of warm mead to the new season of Sleepy Hollow!—(P.S.: Bring back Ichabod’s wife!)

№ 4: iZOMBIE

(Oct. 6th, 9pm, CW) Dear Magic 8 Ball, I had a great time watching the first season of iZombie—will the second season be able to hold up and possibly be even better? — “Most likely.”

iZombie has been adorable fun right out of the gate since starting last season—which is an odd thing to say about anything having to do with zombies (see The Walking Dead below). Versatile Rose McIver is perfectly cast as Olivia “Liv” Moore (get it?!) who became a zombie after getting scratched by one at “the worst boat party ever” on Lake Washington and, after waking a little less than dead, left her budding career as a doctor to become a medical examiner’s assistant at the Seattle PD morgue—which supplies her all the fresh brains her new zombie metabolism craves.

As a viewer, you eagerly follow her through the unfolding plots. Zombies themselves are a conceptually diverse tool in storytelling, allowing for grim commentary on various aspects of modern life. The fresh take that iZombie uses is in identifying with the zombie main character, relating to the isolation and the desire to connect with others—to fit in when you feel like an outsider. Will she let her family get close to her again? Will she get back together with her fiancé? Or will she eat them all as she fears she will? Meantime, Liv is out solving the murders of the victims who come through the morgue as a makeshift UGHAFC “police psychic” because she gets visions from the lives of the brains she eats. Not only that, it’s a delight each week to watch her act in strange new ways because she also takes on the victims’ habits, skills an personalities! (You could almost say she’s the next best thing to Tatiana Maslany’s performance of over ten clones and counting in Orphan Black.)

Her two closest cohorts turn in great performances too. Rahul Kohli as the medical examiner and closest confidant about all things zombie, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, and Aly Michalka as Liv’s befuddled bestie and roommate, Peyton Charles, use the elegance of their natural comedic timing even in dramatic service to the more heartfelt scenes. The effect is laughs and “feels” at all the right moments.

After more developments than I can list here during the first season, I’m really looking forward to everything that’s poised to unfold for season two of iZombie!


(Oct. 11th, 9pm, AMC) Dear Magic 8 Ball. . . astonishment, cringing, canned food, The Walking Dead. . . More excellence? — “Without a doubt.”

The Walking Dead. Holy crap, The Walking Dead. I think we can all agree that this show has pushed television into new territory. I don’t recall seeing or hearing of anything like this on television before. Legit graphic horror as a television show that’s not really pulling any punches—and it’s not just out to shock you, it’s the thinking-person’s horror that’s exploring the nature of life, relationships and defending yourself with anything in reach. Wow. I think this likely helped pave the way for the horrifically gorgeous 3 seasons of Hannibal (til they yanked the plug on that awesome sauce).

This has the most realistic feel of all the entries in this countdown. The reason it comes in at number 3 for me is that it’s just so damn heavy—heavy drama and most times I’m looking for some more levity in my entertainment. If you’re a gloomy Gus, this could be your number one.

The Walking Dead is basically like daily American life with the volume turned all the way up. When hordes of rotting corpses lurk around every corner, hungry to rip you apart and eat you alive, what is it that’s most important to you?—and what are you willing to do to get it and protect it? The Walking Dead reveals the essence of life contrasted against terrifying death on an individual basis that exposes elemental truths of humanity—the good, the bad and the ugly. It questions the true nature of what it means to be strong and to be weak. The surprising and shocking punches these revelations land with sink in like reminders of what we’ve always felt was floating just beneath the surface of our world.

With everything (and everyone!) won, lost, taken and found in Arlington at the end of last season, I cannot wait to see what’s in store for our band of raw threadbare avatars to the richness of the human condition on the next installment of The Walking Dead. (P.S.: Someone please bring back hauntingly beautiful Hannibal!)


(Oct. 7th, 9pm, CW) Dear Magic 8 Ball, I’m addicted to Supernatural. Will my love be returned yet again with a remarkable season 11?! — “It is decidedly so.”

If you were able to take the very best things about the greatest buddy-cop teams, blend that with the cream of campfire ghost stories and then throw open the doors of possibility—you’d have only the jumping off point for the series. It continuously finds ways to keep folding in more—more character dynamics, more storytelling structures, more deep questions tastily sandwiched into monster mayhem. . . If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that they were taking notes from Doctor Who.

The brilliant minds behind Supernatural have successfully built a dynamic that feels comfortable for the returning viewer week to week and at the same time allows for amazing flexibility. Much like The X-Files, one episode may be extremely dramatic followed by one that is practically an hour-long comedy! In fact, I might describe it to a potential viewer as a healthy combo of The X-FilesGhostbusters and Starsky & Hutch. A sort of on-the-road dude version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if you will.

The Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean (irreplaceably played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles), crisscross the country “saving people, hunting things.” The entire series started as a buddy-cop, road-trip, monster/ghost of the week flavored sort of affair—with the boys chiefly fueled by burgers, unleaded, damsels in distress and the hunt for the demon that killed their mother and Sam’s girlfriend. In those early days, the season-long story arc would take a distant backseat, in their black 1967 Chevy Impala, to each episode’s encounter.

Since then, the Supernatural universe has been massively fleshed out and now each week is most often about another piece in the puzzle for the season’s storyline. The boys have graduated from tackling urban legends come to life each week to taking on hell, purgatory and even a rebellion in heaven over the course of a season.

Every time I think, “Well, that’s it. The end of the series. There’s nowhere to go after that season finale,” they pick up on some unfinished aspect I missed to spin a fresh new season around. It’s a magically delightful sort of 3-Card Monte—”Whoa, I was looking over here while they were setting that up over there!”

They’ve picked up an excellent entourage along the way of reoccurring characters, including my current favorites, Crowley (I can never get enough of Mark Sheppard), the new king of hell, Castiel (Misha Collins is awesome!—he should be cast in everything), a rebel angel who once took over heaven, and now Claire (a very impressive Kathryn Newton) the orphaned teenage daughter of Castiel’s vessel (long story), who brings a fresh new dynamic and energy to the show for each episode she’s in.

One of the remarkable feats that Supernatural has pulled off, quite a few times now, is reaching through the fourth-wall. They’ve done it in several different ways and haven’t fallen on their faces yet—if anything, it has actually enriched the experience of the show each time—extending the definition of “supernatural” in a deeper way that seems to defy the physics of television shows themselves. (Tried a couple different ways of explaining more here—but I don’t think reading about it would give the experiences justice. I would rather not rob you of those first experiences yourself, if you don’t already know what I’m talking about.)

Without giving too much away, the ancient (original?) curse that kept Dean alive in the previous season has consequences that pit the brothers against each other last season. Now, with the setup for The Darkness impending, the new season of Supernatural looks promising indeed.


(Sept. 19th, 9pm, BBC America) Dear Magic 8 Ball, will the new season of Doctor Who be some can’t miss television? — “You may rely on it.”

The idea that Doctor Who isn’t the number one show on everyone’s must-see TV list (or “rather ought to” telly queue?) is a concept I find wholly befuddling. Doctor Who is, quiet simply, the culmination of all human storytelling up to now—it is the ongoing saga that has successfully digested all other existing story structures. It’s sci-fi, fantasy, drama, horror, comedy, thriller, western, classical, procedural, ghost, love, family, monster. . . The storytelling lens of Doctor Who is so broadly fine tuned that the lucky and talented writers are able to weave any tale they wish through it. Every episode is a display of magic unfolding. It’s safe to say, if there is any kind of storytelling you like, Doctor Who has episodes for you—and if there are story types you don’t like, Doctor Who may just put them in a new light for you.

To say that Doctor Who is like The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Terminator, Alien, Indiana Jones, and even The Labyrinth and Harry Potter all rolled into one isn’t inaccurate—but it just doesn’t do the show full justice because it’s even more than that.

There are two caveats for American viewers: the first is that it’s a British show—and it becomes far more British the further back in the canon you go. British, meaning that, the pace and construction of characters, themes and interactions can take a moment to adjust to for Yankee brains. It’s just a slightly different perspective on the world that Hollywood rarely shines a light on. The second thing to keep in mind, particularly if you plan to dig into the back catalog, regards the production: producers of the show have always done their best to show all of time and space with whatever limited budget they were allotted. Since the fabric of spacetime is apparently infinite and their budgets weren’t, you can see where they might often fall short—but, if you could forgive some papier-mâché costumes and old cardboard sets you were richly rewarded by the stories. To quote the Doctor himself, “it’s more like a big ball of wibblywobbly. . . timey-wimey. . . stuff.” That said, the further decades you go back, the more you can see how it has grown from something akin to filmed children’s theatre into the juggernaut it is today. Additionally—and this is coming from two decades working in digital format conversions—although recent advancements are making it unnecessary, the British have always broadcast television in the PAL format at 25 frames per second, while American eyeballs have been tuned to NTSC at almost 30 frames per second for decades and decades. Even after conversion, what you’re watching can feel “wrong” on a subconscious level to the Yankee brain just because the flicker is different. It took me about six of those earlier episodes to adjust. These days, most entertainment is being shot at standard film speed which is 24 frames per second, a frequency the entire world is accustomed to.

Now that the show has garnered ever stronger international audiences, the “Britishness” has become a bit more universal and the production values have gone way up. You can pinpoint the change to the episode of the first season that Matt Smith took over the reins of the Doctor. The only requirement now is a tolerance for the initially perceived silliness and frequent leaps of faith (fat that comes to life, alien assassins that consume your life’s potential and then leave you to live to death, a police “phone booth” that is a whole world larger on the inside and travels through time and space)—for which you are fully rewarded. After some time as a viewer, the concepts begin to feel much less far fetched—the show succeeds in taking nearly any “wacky” setup and presenting it as honestly valid and valuable.

Last season introduced Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and, while every “regeneration” is traumatic for viewers, this one somehow felt more so. The writers weren’t exactly sure how to write for him yet? It became the Clara Oswald season, which was perfectly fine by me. Jenna Coleman as the Doctor’s current companion is really electric and has delivered some of the most powerful scenes on the show recently.  Now the breaking news of this being her last season on Doctor Who is extremely disappointing after she carried the last season. What the future holds after this season is uncertain but I’m sure it will be great—I’m just devastated that this will be the last of Clara Oswald as the companion. So catch her while you can!

I’ve often been moved to tears, fallen from the couch in peels of laughter, cringed with fright and been held breathless in astonishment—frequently in the same episode (“Blink”, “The Girl in the Fireplace” and “Vincent and the Doctor” just to name a few). I expect all of this (and more!) with the new season of Doctor Who.

Returning Honorable Mentions:

№ yeah!: CASTLE

(Sept. 21st, 10pm, ABC) Dear Magic 8 Ball, should I stay loyal to my not-so-secret crush on Castle this season? — “Yes.”

Strictly speaking, Castle doesn’t belong on this list—but I feel the need to give it a shout-out regardless. The fact that it stars Nathan Fillion is practically a qualifier all on its own. The rest of the cast—including Stana Katic, Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas—are fantastically enjoyable as well.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for Fillion, I never would have checked this show out in the first place—procedurals just aren’t my cup of tea—but Fillion as a bestselling crime fiction writer embedding himself with the NYPD?! Had to give it shot—and I’ve been far from disappointed. (Well, that and—full disclosure—I first met Seamus back when I was performing standup with his lovely, funny and talented wife, Juliana Dever [frequent guest star as Det. Kevin Ryan’s girlfriend/wife], years ago and was excited to cheer on his big break with Fillion when the show premiered.)

Castle continues to plumb the writer playing cop—with actual cops!—UGHAFC premise brilliantly. They feature enough stories that blur the lines between the realities of a police procedural and Rick Castle’s love of sci-fi/fantasy to keep me hooked and invested week after week. Episodes like the one with the man who said he was from the future, the one with the artifact that may have been a portal to a parallel dimension or the one about vampires. . . or Bigfoot—the list goes on—are often left delightfully open ended. Am I looking forward to the new season of Castle? You betcha!

№ hope?: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Sept. 29th, 9pm, ABC) Dear Magic 8 Ball, the special Agents of SHIELD have yet to uncover my devotion. Will they pull it off this season? — “Better not tell you now.”

The fun thing about season premieres (and finales) is that shows typically have bigger budgets to play with. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is a good example of that this season. Fan reaction to the show overall thus far has been lukewarm on average. Scripts are lacking strength with some plots and dialogue that can feel forced. Characters are difficult to connect with. The whole thing has a sort of manufactured aftertaste.

Fresh out of the gate this season, the show is looking pretty dazzling but will they be able to connect with viewers who are dying to love them? Being one such viewer, I’m settling in for this season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and hoping they finally open up to me.

№ zip-a-dee-doo-dah: THE FLASH

(Oct. 6th, 8pm, CW) Dear Magic 8 Ball, The Flash looks great but I think I’m missing something—should I take another run at it this season? — “Concentrate and ask again.”

There are a lot of folks that are huge fans of The Flash. I am merely a fan. For about the first 10 episodes you watched as the show sort of meandered around, testing its footing to see what tone it wanted, what kind of show it would grow into. It was interesting enough to keep me watching but, even as its direction became more focused in the final few episodes, I still wasn’t finding myself able to really connect with any of the characters. The portrayals all felt a bit too cartoony to me. I want to care, I really do, but I don’t. If I can’t invest in the characters, I can’t invest in the story—and there’s a lot of great story to work with.

To tell the truth, the show is already one of the better options on TV—but, in age of so many series that are able to make significant connections with viewers, The Flash is coming up a bit short. There is so much in the works for the series’ second season, more time travel, parallel dimensions, parallel Flashes. . . It’s all sounding very exciting—I’m just hoping The Flash‘s creators can get me to care.

№ bat: GOTHAM

(Sept. 21st, 8pm, FOX) Dear Magic 8 Ball, Gotham‘s looking good—did they lose some weight? Should we make a date this fall? — “Signs point to yes.”

Very pleased to see that Gotham recognized its shortcomings from last season, corrected course and is off to nice start this fall. Honestly, even after the last Gotham update here on Geekscape, I didn’t think the show was going to make this list. Many times, when a series or franchise attempts to make a course adjustment, creatives’ egos and/or executives’ bottom lines can interfere, making the adjustment not enough or overly extravagant.

So far, it seems Gotham’s refocus is just right—characters are exhibiting a fuller range of emotion and the whole presentation has just the right amount of silliness, inherent in Batman stories from the beginning. The dark whimsy has been blended back in to properly offset and enhance the ol’ Detective Comics‘ native flavor of gloomy dreariness on the palette. Its a balancing act that the comics have been pulling off for decades and you can feel when screen adaptations get wrong. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how the season plays out. Bravo, Gotham creators!

№ hmm: GRIMM

(Oct. 30th, 9pm, NBC) Dear Magic 8 Ball, what’s up with Grimm? Should we be watching the new season? — “Reply hazy, try again.”

Honestly, I really like Grimm. I look forward to each next episode. However, there is something I keep trying to put my finger on that keeps me from fully connecting with the show. My current theory is that there is an “underlying apology” to its presentation—maybe? A sort of, “Sorry we’re not a standard cop show—but we’ve got a really nice secret society of creatures mythology thingy we’re working on that we hope you’ll like!”

Just be true to yourself, Grimm!—be proud of the dorky/geeky genre baby that you are! If you double-down and go whole-hog with what you’ve created, your current audience will become solid devotees—and probably start dragging more people to the party!

The two characters that seem to genuinely inhabit the world of Grimm are Monroe and Trubel—with a shout-out to Bree Turner, as Rosalee, and Sasha Roiz, as Capt. Renard. Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe, the gentle, awkward and reserved big bad wolf was a surprise hit very quickly. This guy is clearly a professional actor who studied the material he was given and created a marvelously rich character out of it that is my main draw to the show each week. Jacqueline Toboni as Trubel, a runaway who discovers she has special abilities to hunt as a grimm, is another example of marvelous acting chops and has been an invigorating addition. Her take on the character is an excellent fit with the mythos in play.

The real trouble is that it seems the writers too often lean on story constructs better suited to soaps and primetime cop dramas. Even when they try and dive deeper into the secret society and the royals it comes off more like something from General Hospital or The Young & the Restless rather than exciting and mysterious, like a Frankenstein, Dracula, Indiana Jones or Goonies type vibe. I mean, Nick’s longtime girlfriend gains powers and suddenly decides to be evil?! I didn’t get that at all.

The show is inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales; I recommend returning to that source material and capturing that magic. Should you watch Grimm? I don’t know—I do—and I wish I could feel stronger about recommending it.

Returning Show Quick Takes!

THE LEFTOVERS — Damon Lindelof, I love you as a human being with excellent taste and a creative soul—but I’ve been burned by your creations too many times to give this fascinating premise a shot.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: [ANYTHING] — More like Eccentric European Fetish Story and I prefer to get my obscure French vampire sex romps from the source—Gérard Depardieu.

ARROW — A lot of people really love this show and it has clearly done well in the ratings. Maybe you’re one of these fans (or potential fans) but for my palette, I got the impression at the start that this might have that neutered and manufactured flavor to its construction and I have yet to see any clips or segments that make me think I might’ve been wrong. (Yes, I just used “neutered” and “flavor” in the same sentence and am now questioning all the life decisions that have led me to this point.)

ONCE UPON A TIME — I feel so strung-along by this show; like it’s always just about to get good—or even interesting. Once again, I’m just going to give it a few more episodes to. . .

SCORPION — This UGHAFC show is actually pretty neat and fun, I enjoy watching it—however, it’s placed pretty much at the end of my queue each week. I don’t feel like I have to watch it. I really do like it though.

Top 5 Crop of New Shows:


(Sept. 24th, 8pm, NBC) Dear Magic 8 Ball. . . Uh, Heroes Reborn? — “Ask again later.”

I was really ready to write this off out of hand but the pilot has me sort of pausing to consider. After the fizzle-out of Heroes the first time around, for its self-important meandering storylines that didn’t come to any interesting conclusions, it looks like we may be in for more of the same. The thing with Heroes is that it somehow makes you doubt if you’re really not enjoying it or just not synched up with it properly. Then once the episode’s been over for a few hours, you realize you really didn’t care about it at all and could’ve better spent that time gardening, researching French poetry or stalking your ex.

I have the feeling that Heroes Reborn is going to be more of the same. However, it’s just good enough to bite your lip and try to hang on for a couple episodes to make sure. It has started out addictive, like the first series (best story line; Zachary Levi’s serial mutant/”evo” killer—worst story line; the girl who can enter a video game with a sword), let’s hope that it’s not ultimately disappointing, like the first series. Damn, this is a special kind of hell. Just get it right, Heroes Reborn!—for crying out loud, just get it right.


(Sept. 21st, 10pm, NBC) Dear Magic 8 Ball, the setup ingredients for Blindspot‘s entertainment level seem perfect—maybe too perfect. Is this a safe bet to get into this season? — “Signs point to yes.”

Blindspot sneaks onto this list with a decent sci-fi-adjacent premise and the casting of my favorite part of the Thor movies, Jaimie Alexander, as Jane Doe—a woman who wakes up naked, zipped inside a duffle bag and freshly covered in cryptic tattoos; with no memory of anything. . . except the skills to do everything. . . especially kicking ass. Are you kidding me?!—I’m so entirely in!

Her tattoos seem to point to large scale crimes and attacks that haven’t taken place yet—so, naturally, I’m holding out that she’s actually from the future and her memories were chemically wiped to keep her from playing the lottery, retrofitting a Delorean and starting Skynet or something. So far the show hasn’t backed up my theory yet. Bullocks. Alexander’s performance in the pilot is pretty dead on as, essentially, a newborn in a frightening world, with frightening skills and the frightening realization that she has no idea if she prefers coffee or tea because she doesn’t know what they taste like. The second episode feels a little worrying, like they may allow the super-cool setup to drift into the background as they concentrate on being just another UGHAFC procedural. Let’s hope not. Creators; if that is your intention, take a look at Castle and take notes—they’ve clearly nailed the formula.

I’m already hooked on Blindspot and I’ve got my fingers crossed that they keep me seduced.


(Sept. 22nd, 10pm, CBS) Dear Magic 8 Ball, will Limitless live up to its name—with entertainment!? — “Outlook good.”

Limitless returns us to the world of the film it’s based on. Chances are, your feelings about the film is probably how you’ll feel about the pilot—and then a bit more. For example; I thought the film was fine but I’m really liking the show so far. If you didn’t like the movie you may really not like the pilot—however, it’s got some good things going for it: great cast, pretty good (and simple) setup and, somehow, the show feels a touch more relatable than the movie did. I also found it rather inspirational; not in the, “I wanna do drugs,” kinda way but in the, “I’d like to reclaim that mental and physical agility I enjoyed as a youth. Do some Sudoku. Hit the gym. Bust out some parkour. Make sure my health insurance is paid up,” sorta way. The lingering feeling at the end of an episode is one of fun—a peek at what the world might be like if it really was your playground.

Some people like the instigating premise of the plot, some don’t. Either way, the strength of the show is in the casting and the clever writing. Jake McDorman plays the guy who stumbles into the super drug NZT. I last saw McDorman in the enjoyable failure, Manhattan Love Story, and he seems to bring a certain relatable sparkle to anything he does—I’m glad to see him again in the lead role here. Jennifer Carpenter plays the FBI agent who must hunt him down and control him to contain the situation. Of course, Carpenter was previously the delightfully scene-chewing sister in Dexter and she brings her relatably pleasing hidden below the surface cocktail of damaged-goofball.

The dynamic becomes the man-boy slacker, who is suddenly made into a super-genius, being wrangled by a woman who may secretly resent having had to grow up. She seems to sympathize and identify with the chemically induced slacker savant and struggles with the conflict of wanting to follow his lead while still following her orders from the FBI.

The danger here is the show falling into that same UGHAFC mold that’s been done a lot lately. If they manage to continue keeping that in the background and focus on telling the journey of a guy thrust into knowing infinitely more than he ever should, that will make for a really entertaining series. It probably helped a lot that the first two episodes are directed by the brilliant Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man). All things considered, I’m enjoying Limitless a lot more than I thought I would.


(pilot available now, series continues Nov. 20th, Amazon) Dear Magic 8 Ball, can The Man in the High Castle really deliver on the amazing promise shown in the pilot already? — “Outlook good.”

Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle is really rather impressive. I have to admit, while I am a huge fan of the shopping perks that come with Amazon’s Prime membership (anything I want can show up at my door in hours!), I haven’t ever used it to watch anything except for The Addams Family movie and episodes of Hannibal (so good—someone bring it back!) which weren’t available elsewhere. This pilot—which was picked up for series earlier to start this fall—looks like it’ll be the show that finally puts Amazon in my regular rotation.

The show is an engrossingly complex answer to a simple hypothetical question: What if the Allied forces had lost WWII to Axis powers? The story picks up in an alternate 1960s where the US has been split into Nazi and Japanese Empire controlled states. There’s a narrow band of neutral territory between them—and their political scheming against each other—running along the Rockies. It’s within this neutral zone that the mysterious Man in the High Castle is rumored to exist—releasing films of an alternate reality where the Allies won the war. I know, right?!

Adapted from a Philip K. Dick story, I should warn you it’s probably not going to be the feel good show of the fall (take other adaptations of Dick’s works; Blade Runner, Minority Report. . .)—but if they keep working the source material properly, you can bet it’ll continue to be great. That is to say, the pilot is great and very promising already. The success of this initiating episode must be due in large part to the executive producer—who directed that richly visceral adaptation of Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? creating Blade Runner—Ridley Scott.

So it’s already impressive and it’s in excellent hands?—I think it’s a safe bet that adding The Man in the High Castle is going to enrich all our queues with some marvelously engaging entertainment.


(Oct. 31st, 9pm, STARZ) Dear Magic 8 Ball, I don’t even need you on this one. I couldn’t be more stoked for the arrival of Ash vs Evil Dead! — “Groovy.”

Ash vs Evil Dead?! Are you kidding me? No question—if you can only watch one new show this season Starz’s extension of the Evil Dead franchise is the one. To be fair, the Evil Dead flavor isn’t for everyone but if you’re reading Geekscape this is very likely your cup of tea, even if you don’t know it yet.

That “flavor” is difficult to put into words but here’s a shot: it’s a genuine horror screwball action comedy. It’s what might result if Monty Python teamed up with National Lampoon to produce a Stephen King story. It doesn’t pull punches with the horror or the comedy. You’re knocked out of your seat with frights and laughs.

The key players are back in what they are describing as a natural evolution of the material; prolific producer/writer/director Sam Raimi (Army of DarknessSpider-Man) and the irreplaceable Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.) as Ashley “Ash” J. Williams. This time out, they’re joined by another regular Raimi player, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Salem) in what sure to be one heck of a badass team up.

I really don’t know what else I can tell you—it’s “you had to be there” entertainment. You could read the excitement of our reaction at the SDCC announcement. It’s the ol’ Evil Dead made fresh and new by the very same hands that made it in the first place—including the one and only Ash, his boomstick and his chainsaw hand! If you want more than that, you’ll have to make it yourself with your own army of deadites! Ash vs Evil Dead, baby! I think it’s going to be like pillow talk for your face.

New Honorable Mentions:


(Oct. 12th, 8pm, CW) Dear Magic 8 Ball, I know this is kinda outta left field but—should I spend this fall with the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend? — “Most likely.”

This Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stalks her way on here for living in a hilarious world where she can bust out musical numbers wherever she goes. That can technically qualify as fantasy when. . . What? You say you don’t like musical numbers? Ha ha ha, I was once like you. However, I think series creator, star and certified geek herself, Rachel Bloom begs to disagree with your feelings—making her point with her hit, NSFW (without headphones), YouTube sensation: F*** Me, Ray Bradbury. See now how your feelings were wrong? It’s okay—the same thing happened to me. If that video is what she can do with a shoestring indie budget, I’m looking forward to what she’ll might pull off with a Hollywood bankroll—after she has to wash her mouth out with soap! Salacious! Sign me up for a recurring date with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

№ sooner!: JESSICA JONES

(Nov. 20th, Netflix) Dear Magic 8 Ball, Jessica Jones is absolutely can’t miss, right?! — “Signs point to yes.”

Jessica Jones really deserves to be in the top 5 of new shows—Heroes Reborn could easily be bumped to make room for such promise—but, at this point, this really is mostly just promising promise. There aren’t many details out there about what Netflix is doing with Jessica Jones. Marvel fans know it’s the story of an UGHAFC who has mostly hung up her superpowers to become a private eye but exactly where and how this series picks up the story remains to be seen. Netflix has done a fantastic job with Daredevil so the outlook is very good for this new entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m a huge fan of Krysten Ritter since Veronica Mars so I’m super excited to see her in the super title role here. David Tennant as Kilgrave and Carrie-Anne Moss as Harper are just a couple more of the excellent cast. If and when any new shreds of detail emerge you can bet that Geekscape will get the Jessica Jones nuggets to you, just as we have been. I want to put this in my eyes right now!

New Show Quick Takes!

THE MUPPETS — Hell yeah! Already into this all the way. Bit darker than I was expecting—almost like a drama with hilarious frosting. Like a slower paced Aaron Sorkin creation—with puppets.

SUPERGIRL — Man, I hope this is any good! At this time, I have yet to see anything that conclusively tips the scales—and my expectations are low. So, here’s hopin’ you fly, Supergirl.

SCREAM QUEENS — Happened to catch a clip of Scream Queens and found it delightfully amusing. Looking forward to catching up and watching this little gem. Judging by the creators’ former effort, Glee, it should be great for at least a season.

MINORITY REPORT — I’m sorry. I just don’t have any more room—especially for something that appears to have gutted all the fascination out of the original story to make this show just another UGHAFC lightly dusted with sci-fi. What I really wish is that this was another season of Almost Human—damn, that was a good show. . . bad name, good show.

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Geekscape Recaps: Arrow – ‘Green Arrow’ Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:21:01 +0000 Note: Catch our recap of The Flash Season 2 premiere! 

After a wild Comic-Con appearance, the Green Arrow was on full display in Arrow’s season four premiere. Along with the new suit, we got a formal introduction as to who Damien Darhk is. So let’s get to it!

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Over the offseason, fans were repeatedly told we’d be getting a lot more humor and that the Arrow would be more like the Green Arrow from the comics. Well, this happy-go-lucky Oliver Queen made his debut within the first few minutes of the premiere and stuck around for the remainder of the episode. Though, the transition from a more docile life to being back in the thick of danger seemed fairly easy after Felicity confessed to missing everything that made her cry last season.

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This episode also had a lot of characters putting blame on Oliver for everything bad that has ever happened to Star City, formally Starling City. However, it would seem that Lance is the main reason why everything bad is happening to Star City this season. Still, as we all know, Lance is pretty hotheaded when it comes to making decisions for the good of the city. It’s quite possible he was fooled into making a deal with the devil.

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As this season goes on, we can expect Oliver trying to adjust to a Diggle-led team while constantly looking out for his sister, Speedy. Lance’s betrayal will also be played out which will ultimately lead to Lance being okay with Oliver dressing up as the Green Arrow. Now, let’s get to the most important notes for this episode.

Damien Darhk

Darhk gave us a couple of surprises in the season premiere. First, the partnership with Lance is looking more one-sided than Lance initially thought. Second, and more importantly, Darhk displayed his mythical powers.

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Oliver made a point in saying Darhk’s powers weren’t akin to meta-humans, like we see in The Flash, but was more akin to sorcery. We saw at least three “powers” Dahrk has, which looked to be the ability to suck the life out of people, telekinesis, and super-strength. We also got a glimpse as to how Darhk might maintain his powers:

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Darhk’s mysticism will most definitely tie into Oliver’s flashbacks in one way or another this season, which is interesting considering Oliver is back on Lian Yu. However, I doubt he stays on Lian Yu for long. Although we do know he ends up back on the island for a considerable amount of time until he is rescued, as seen in the first episode of the series.



Back in August, we got word that Constantine would be making his way to Star City. But what if that’s not the only location Constantine visits this season? If Oliver has encountered mysticism before coming back to Starling City in season one, it could mean we’ll be seeing Constantine in Oliver’s flashbacks as well.

This makes the flashbacks this season more exciting, considering the possibility we’ll be seeing Slade as well.


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When Thea was resurrected using the Lazarus Pit last season, one of the warnings was that Thea’s soul would be lost in the process. We saw that Thea was overly aggressive when beating one of Darhk’s men this episode. It was enough to spook Oliver into asking Diggle if he had noticed Thea’s increased aggression. This may also play into Constantine coming back.

Hal Jordan

Those who paid close attention to one of Oliver’s flashbacks this episode will have noticed Hal Jordan standing in a bar where Oliver was meeting Amanda Waller.

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This flashback is placed at around five years ago in show time. Six months ago, in show time, we saw The Flash visit an abandoned Ferris Air in an attempt to fly Flash’s villains to Lian Yu in the episode Rouge Air. All this evidence seems to suggest that the Green Lantern is around and exists in this universe!


This will certainly be the topic to much discussion for much of the season. While it’s easy to suggest Felicity may be the victim, it would be silly to settle on that theory. That tombstone can belong to anyone. What we definitely know is that someone close to Oliver will die six months from now, in show time.

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The death had such an impact that even Barry came out to give his condolences. What was also important here is that Oliver knew of Zoom, The Flash‘s big baddie this season. It would also seem that business with their respective villains, Zoom and Darhk, is also unresolved, meaning the death will take place during the season, rather than at the very end.

That’s all for this week! Questions? Don’t be afraid to comment! Thanks for reading!

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Geekscape Interviews: Glass Artist and Graphic Novelist CJ Draden on Forging His Own Path Thu, 08 Oct 2015 03:35:23 +0000 You’ve seen CJ Draden at Comic-Con before. That fella painting stunning art on supremely bright white glass that always attracts a crowd? That’s him. He’ll be at this week’s New York Comic-Con as well as the Vienna Comic-Con later this year. If you’re going to NYCC, look for CJ and say hello. If you’ll be in Austria, say hallo.

Early in our conversation, I ask CJ how his new book, The Wooden Heart is doing. A departure from his typical superhero art, The Wooden Heart is his stylish take on the classic Pinocchio. In so few words, it’s doing pretty well. “I’m pretty happy with the response,” he tells me. “I’ve been fortunate to have Stan Lee endorse the project. That was a big change in the interpretation of how I was going to go about, being an artist. It would change anyone’s perspective of themselves.” Stan “The Man” Lee telling you he likes you’re work is a heck of an endorsement.

CJ Draden & Stan Lee

Another project of his, Atlas, represents another departure from his typical work you see at Comic-Con. “I think that at any given point in time someone decides to do something with their life, start a project, change a career, do something different, I think it marks their current comprehension of their life, and their surroundings. I think that’s true when an artist creates something, because of the things that you’re interested in or learning about at the time.”

The Wooden Heart and Atlas, CJ tells me, are resonant of specific, super personal times in his life. “I was dealing with a lot of things, and I put a lot of personal things in it. It’s a very personal project. I learned a lot from that. I grew from that and I started taking my lessons and moving on to another point in my life.”

Ahead of his presence at the New York Comic-Con, I interviewed CJ to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be an artist still trying to figure out this crazy world we inhabit.

The Wooden Heart

You said something interesting just know, that “Atlas” was kind of like a turning point for you. Did you always want to be an artist? Or did you stumble onto this career unexpectedly?

CJ: No, I can’t say that I always wanted to be an artist, I don’t really have that clicheé story where people are like “Oh I’ve always been drawing.” I have always been drawing since I was young, but it’s a good thing to bring up because I think that people have a calling, I think if you just make certain choices in life and you stick to what you feel is truthful about you, you’re going to encounter people and encounter certain situations that are going to change you, and lead you in a certain direction.

I did go to college for illustration but I dropped out, it was a struggle, I struggled with this a lot. It wasn’t something that just came naturally, which I was always concerned about. Art is used as a therapy and people enjoy it and it’s always fun to be around creative people. So I was just curious as to why it was so hard for me to do. I discovered myself in my own particular process with the way that I work, and it changed everything. So no it wasn’t something I always wanted to do, but I found a love for it, and I think that the people that follow what I do and support what I do in the past five years, it gave me a sense of purpose. Like okay this is what I’m meant to do, and I grew to love it.

Does it surprise you the amount of support you’ve gotten? You’ve said you’ve had Stan Lee and Michael Rooker praise your work, Whoopie Goldberg too. Does it surprise you that you’ve gained such a notoriety for something you didn’t expect you’d be doing?

CJ: Hell yeah. It’s shocking. Again because I think that in Western culture we have this status quo step by step process of what is gonna lead you to the light, what’s going to make you successful, and that’s through go to college, get a job, start a family, get the white picket fence, all that stuff, and it’s very rare that people promote an outside of the box thinking on how to follow your passions and create a life. So when this started happening I was going to dip out of this, I wasn’t even going to be an artist, but when Stan came around it really changed everything. I was about ready to just stop. I really knew how I was doing so I can legitimately say that I’m still an artist because of Stan Lee. It gave me the spirit to keep moving forward.

Because of all this stuff happening, like being on The View and doing work for Michael Rooker and Whoopie Goldberg and having some interviews with Stan, him endorsing the project, it’s miraculous in a way because I was continuously beat down for being an artist, that’s kind of the standard. Most creative people are like oh you know I was told this would never happen, all my art teachers in high school, my college instructors and peers thought I was a joke, so I left and I started going to the people and they said yeah this is cool stuff, and they kept supporting it, so I just followed what worked, and I just said , okay. I’m going to do what I feel is right.

There’s an interesting parallel between the way you said you lived your life and the way even your art is made. You make your art on glass and that’s a very unconventional way of making art, art. I was curious about how did you arrive at making glass art in the first place?

CJ: That is a very metaphysical and philosophical answer. I tend to over think things a lot, and I get very deep into my own head, and I guess you could say that it is a reflection of myself.


CJ: Yeah, absolutely. When people, especially some of the things that I’ve noticed when I was in part college, a lot of the things that people were struggling with were transcending information from their imagination to this reality this point of existence through sculptors or paintings or body of work, whatever it may be with a big block of getting that vision out, and I felt this whole heartedly.

So when I started discovering this process I felt that circuit just open up and things just started pouring out that I never thought I could do. So a lot of what I do is purely instinctual and I don’t even understand how I do a lot of it. I feel like I just let go of control in this world that I exist in just starts to pour out and the only way I can really describe it is a portal. When I start carving and scraping and molding and building these shapes into the glass and opening this door into a reality that only exists to me, and allowing people to see into that. I think that’s the best way I can describe it. I think you really have to connect with what you’re doing. You get what I’m saying? You really have to connect what you’re doing.

PrintI’m curious as to know why you gravitate towards the fantasy genre comic book realm, and I can assume that you have some sort of connection there.

CJ: Well it’s a two sided coin in this situation because at the time I started doing this I had no idea what I was doing. I knew that I had discovered something that made me feel like the implicate me, it made me feel at peace. Because there was a lot of depression, there was a lot of different things I was going through in college, and when I discovered this it gave me a sense of peace and I wanted to stick with it. I think that when you find something that you’re passionate about, now you have to figure out what you want to do with it. Especially art, when you have no boundaries, putting yourself in a boundary and committing yourself to a goal, committing yourself can be very challenging, but you have parameters.

So I think the hardest thing was after I discovered something I started building my own process that communicated my vision to people. I needed to do something worth it. So I chose comic-cons because I just went with what worked and people liked the way I did these things that they had been reading about and seeing for years when they were kids, and it was painting a joker, painting a batman, this is pretty wicked, it’s pretty rad. I just kept doing that till I figured out myself inside of that.

At one end of the spectrum I had no idea what I was doing, but at the other end of the spectrum I knew I was going towards something I just didn’t know what it was, and I felt that it would present itself when it was ready, I wasn’t trying to force it. So I have done a lot of the comic work and I have grown up with that stuff, so there is a personal connection with that, but in the same light there does come a point in a persons life where you have to make a step for what you do, and put your own messages out there.

 We all kind of grow up reading about Batman and Superman and these traditional archetype stories then you eventually have to get into a point where it’s like, this is what I do. So it’s a little bit of both. I think we all have connections to these archetypes but there has to be a point where you bring something to thee table. I think everyone felt my journey, it doesn’t matter what career path you’re on.

Do you hope to leave your own creations, your own creations to the table? Do you hope to create something that another “CJ” in the distant future will create works of?

CJ: I don’t think it’s viable for a creative person to think about themselves that way. I think what that does is stops you from moving forward. If I were to allow myself to believe that a character, a creature, a project that I worked on is going to be the next Sandman, then there’s no room for improvement. So I think that as long as you look at everything as a learning experience, and you commit to doing something and you finish it, you’re always going to find something that you need improvement on.

So even if I wanted to see myself as this type of hypothetical person that we’re talking about, I don’t want to think that my rational mind would believe it. You don’t learn anything from the things that you don’t finish, and you never move forward on to something else if you don’t learn anything. So there’s always something to learn, and I’m always putting myself in this retrospective self reflective process. So even if I wanted to see myself, I just wouldn’t like “I’m going to be the next so and so.” I don’t even think I would believe it.


What’s next after New York Comic-Con? What do you hope to do next?

CJ: I have a few other different shows that I’m booked for through out the year, like there’s a big horror convention down in Orlando that I used to do, I haven’t done it in four years. One of my friends, Tony Todd who was Candy Man in Final Destination, is going to be there, so I decided to pick up the show, and go see him, and kind of retouch with some people back in that side of the country. I actually got invited out to Vienna for a major launch of their convention. There’s a big demand over there for the Western art and super heroes and there is a big comic book scene, but not a convention scene. This is going to be like the huge launch of their San Diego Comic-Con. So I was invited out to do this show.

I’m pretty stoked about it because every year, and this actually ties in full circle to what we were talking about, was like where does Atlas come from, every Christmas and New Year’s I have this tradition where I travel abroad, I spend New Year’s in a different city around the world. This past new years I went through Greece and Atlas and this other project, The Zero Mirror comes from my love of philosophy and anthropology and ancient culture, because I love learning about what makes us tick as human beings. I use that as like a platform psychologically to build projects off of because there is so much in the implicate of human being that can serve as creative forces. Because motivation is the driving force to anything we do in life.

So I like learning about different anthropological aspects of cultures so going to be there for Comic-Con is going to be fascinating because it’s going to help allow me to go there for the summer I worked but also see a different part of the world I haven’t seen. There’s Vienna and there’s Prague over there, I’ve always wanted to go there. So I’m pretty stoked about it, it’s always fun to go to a place where your senses, the five senses are completely active.

It’s very rare that we ever get to experience that because we are so focused on responsibility past, present, and future, and where you can just shut off and you’re in survival mode. You don’t speak the language and geographically you have no idea where you are at, and I think it’s going to be just cool.

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Steam Machines And Controllers Are Exclusive To GameStop Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:29:48 +0000 Briefly: With Valve’s long awaited Steam Machines finally (finally) releasing to the masses this November, gamers everywhere have been wondering just how we’ll get our hands on the oft-delayed TV friendly hardware.

Well, you can stop wondering, as Valve has revealed that GameStop will be the exclusive retailer of Steam hardware come its launch on November 10th.

Yeah, we didn’t see that coming either.

Valve’s very own Steam service has been slowly putting nails in GameStop’s brick-and-mortar coffin for years, and with this announcement gamers that probably haven’t stepped foot into one of GameStop’s stores since Steam launched will be forced to if they want to pick up any of this gorgeous hardware.

Keep in mind that this exclusivity extends to Valve’s Steam Link console (for those of you that already have powerful gaming PC’s), and the gorgeous-but-how-will-it-feel Steam Controller.


I’m certainly interested to see how these machines do once they’re available to the public. I love the idea of a powerful gaming PC that I can simply hook up to my television, but if the Machine’s don’t sell, I can’t see many AAA publisher’s jumping on board SteamOS.

In any case, are you planning to pick up a Steam Link or Steam Machine when they launch at GameStop, EB Games, and GAME on November 10th?

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‘Goosebumps’ Is Getting An Adventure Game, And It’s Launching Next Week! Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:09:46 +0000 Briefly: I’m not sure how this game’s existence eluded me for so long, but WayForward Technologies has crafted a video game tie-in to the upcoming Goosebumps movie, and it’s set to launch on almost everything next week!

WayForward took to the official Playstation Blog today to tell us all about the first-person point-and-click adventure title, which they promise is true to the beloved series of children’s books and is not your typical crappy tie in.

In the game, you’ll “need to use your wits to investigate the surroundings, puzzle out clues, and outsmart the monsters before it’s too late! Survive a trek through your neighborhood, unravel the mysteries of the Dead House, and sneak through the mall after hours; only then can you confront Slappy and stop his plans for revenge! Players beware… you’re in for a scare in the exciting Goosebumps video game.”

WayForward director Tom Hulett writes that “I’m not satisfied if the game is merely Goosebumps-flavored, or brand-adjacent. I couldn’t sleep if the game felt like anything less than an authentic Goosebumps product with all the hallmarks that entails. It also helped that we were able to visit Sony Pictures to screen the film early on to provide inspiration and insight into the direction of the movie to help set up the prequel story.”

As with most 90’s kids, the Goosebumps brand was a huge part of my childhood. Over the years I ended up with boxes and boxes filled with R.L’s unique brand of child-friendly horror, and I’m beyond excited to relive some of those memories with this month’s Goosebumps movie, and now this adventure game.

Goosebumps: The Game will launch on October 13th for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and 3DS. Take a look at the debut trailer below, and let us know what you think!

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Part Five Of Bethesda ‘Do You Know What Makes You S.P.E.C.I.A.L.?’ Campaign Teaches Us All About ‘Intelligence’! Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:03:26 +0000 Briefly: They’ve already taken on StrengthPerceptionEndurance, and Charisma, and today Bethesda debuted part five of their fantastic and hilarious Do You Know What Makes You S.P.E.C.I.A.L. ad campaign for November’s release of Fallout 4.

This week’s S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video focuses on Intelligence. Study it carefully to ensure your survival and to discover what makes you S.P.E.C.I.A.L.!

Seriously, these videos have been an absolute blast so far, and I can’t wait to see the rest of them (mostly because that means that Fallout 4 is SUPER close).

You can take a look at the Intelligence video below, and be sure to let us know how excited you are for the game! Fallout 4 hits PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on November 10th!

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Geekscape Recaps: The Flash – ‘The Man Who Saved Central City’ Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:09:41 +0000 It’s been a long summer without The Flash, but it’s back now, and it got off to a great start. Season one of The Flash steadily built mystery and intrigue that lead to the creation of a singularity, which seemed to be impossible to stop. After watching the episode tonight, I can safely say the excitement around season one’s finale definitely carried over.

Warning: Spoilers ahead! 

The first episode of the second season takes place six months after the singularity event. Since then, a few things have changed. For one, Barry has since worked by himself after feeling responsible for Ronnie’s death. Before we go deeper into this, it’s important to note that the death of Ronnie is not the death of Firestorm. Firestorm, as we all know, will appear in the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow series. Still, Ronnie’s death has had a considerable impact. The singularity experience prompted a dream sequence that opened the episode with all of Barry’s friends around him, and ultimately vanishing.

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Through the episode, the group copes with Ronnie’s death and Barry eventually lets everyone back in to STAR Labs, which belongs to him now. The ownership of STAR Labs was left to Barry in the form of a living will. The message was delivered via Harrison Wells’ lawyer, who handed Barry a USB drive containing a video message. The video message also contained Wells’ confession of Nora Allen’s murder, which lead to Barry’s dad, Henry, being released.

Henry Allen

Having just been released from prison after fourteen years, it’s understandable if Henry has a hard time adjusting to normal life again. Henry tries, I guess, for approximately one evening before telling Barry he has to leave the city.

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It’s a little strange, and frankly, a little lazy if Henry has to disappear from the show just because he has to readjust for a time. It almost felt like a cop out. Almost. If there’s one constant about The Flash, it’s to never take things at face value. It’s quite possible Henry has an agenda that requires his presence elsewhere. Before leaving, he did tell Barry that he would be back if he ever needed him. With Zoom coming, that time may be soon.

Atom Smasher

Our first Meta-Human encounter became Atom Smasher. This was an interesting choice for our first villain of season two, mostly because of Atom Smasher’s history. In the comics, Atom Smasher is of Earth 2 origin and often finds himself hanging around JLA members. That’s right; for those of you non-comic readers, Atom Smasher’s allegiance is with the good guys. So why was he a villain in this Flash universe?

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We know one of the first crimes Atom Smasher committed was killing, well, himself – or a version of himself. It’s quite possible that the villain Atom Smasher is not of this current Flash universe and is instead from another universe where his intentions aren’t so good.

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We also know Zoom, the big baddie for this season, is the one who presumably brought him to this universe and most definitely promised to take him home.  Having Atom Smasher kill his counterpart of his universe could have been Zoom’s sick way of having Smasher prove himself. Whatever the case may be, it’s confirmed Zoom is here and is putting out hits on Barry.

Jay Garrick

Well, that didn’t take long. We got our first glimpse of Jay Garrick early in the episode snapping some pics of Barry at a crime scene. It’s easy to guess as to why Garrick was following Barry around, but why the pics? We see that Garrick was able to walk right into STAR Labs at the end of the episode, but it was just him. Also, if Garrick had been following Barry around, he would have presumably been at the Flash Day event. Why not help him out then?

Flash 2x1 Garrick

Back in the season one finale, we’ve seen evidence that a portal to different universes had been created and may have been open long enough for things to pass through. We’ve even peered into this multiverse when Barry was running around the particle accelerator. In that same episode, we saw Garrick’s helmet fly out of the portal when Barry was gone. Snapping the pics leads me to believe Garrick isn’t alone and, for right now, puts him in an untrustworthy light. Maybe Garrick has no idea what’s going on in this current universe and is researching everything about The Flash, or maybe not. For all we know, Jay Garrick is Professor Zoom in disguise. The pictures could have been used to show Atom Smasher who The Flash was. After all, Atom Smasher did say he had been dealt a curveball when Barry appeared at his hideout, claiming, “I thought I was going to have to come looking for you.”

Assorted Musings


Flash Signal

“I think I saw it in a comic book somewhere.”

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White Emblem

This development is interesting. Over the summer, my friend and I were debating on whether the emblem change would come naturally or because the future would influence the change. Tonight, we got our answer. It’ll be interesting to see what else the group, especially Barry, takes into account having the extra knowledge.

Questions? Comments? Fire away! As always, thanks for reading!

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Here’s Another New Teaser For ‘Jessica Jones’! Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:19:56 +0000 Briefly: If you’ve watched the last two teasers (here and here) for Marvel / Netflix’ upcoming Jessica Jones, it should be pretty clear already that Jessica is more than capable of some pretty powerful stuff.

Netflix has just debuted another teaser for the series’ upcoming first season, and this time instead of the aftermath of a night out (or a bar brawl), we get another look at just what Jessica can do.

In the series, “After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. The series stars Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, David Tennant as Kilgrave, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Rachael Taylor as Patricia “Trish” Walker, and Carrie-Anne Moss. “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight”, “Dexter”) and Liz Friedman (“Elementary”), along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.”

After Daredevil‘s incredible first season earlier this year, I cannot wait to see what Marvel and Netflix have in store for us with Jessica Jones. The first season hits Netflix in its entirety on November 20th.

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Watch The Powerful Final Trailer For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingly – Part 2’! Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:12:23 +0000 Briefly: Katniss Everdeen’s epic story is now barely a month away from its conclusion, and Lionsgate has just debuted the final, final trailer for the beyond-anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

This latest video is surprisingly powerful, and features our heroine making a desperate call for essentially, President Snow’s head.

As disappointed as I was in the first film in the series, I loved every second of Catching Fire, and though I enjoyed what I saw in Mockingjay‘s first chapter, the film felt (understandably) like an incomplete story.  As such, I can’t wait to see where things go, as I haven’t read a single word of the series of novels.

Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know what you think! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2hits theatres on November 20th!

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Celebrate The Launch Of ‘Rock Band 4′ With A New Trailer For ‘Guitar Hero Live’! Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:03:10 +0000 Briefly: All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.

Yes, the plastic instrument war begins anew this month, with the launch of Rock Band 4 today and Guitar Hero Live on October 20th.

Rock Band 4 may have Guitar Hero Live beat when it comes to release date, but none of the ads I’ve seen for Rock Band 4 have had as much influence on me as this Guitar Hero Live video does.

See, Rock Band 4 looks largely similar to the games that preceded it (though with a much, much larger library this time around), while Guitar Hero Live looks to be doing something completely different, focusing on an actual concert experience with real crowds and real reactions (as well as the social GHTV, which sounds interesting as hell).

In any case, today’s video shows James Franco and Lenny Kravitz duking it out in the game’s ‘Win the Crowd’ mode, which looks like so much fun. Take a look.

So, are you looking forward to the resurgence of these instrument-powered titles? Or is this a niche that would wish would stay dead?

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The Truth Is Still Out There: ‘The X-Files’ Gets A New Poster! Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:02:10 +0000 Briefly: Following the exciting-as-hell full trailer from just last week, Fox today debuted a fantastic new poster for its upcoming The X-Files limited series.

Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES will be a thrilling, six-episode event series helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. Production on THE X-FILES event series is set to begin in summer 2015.

THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny), as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.

Lucky New York Comic-Con attendees will have a chance to see the 6-episode season’s premiere episode far earlier than the rest of us, who will be waiting until the end of January next year.

Take a look at the image below, and let us know if you’re excited for Mulder and Sculley’s return!


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