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Fear the Walking Fanboys, our new Podcast. Debuts LIVE this Sunday at 10pm ET.

gp-radio-pic-sundayAfter you’re done watching Fear the Walking Dead, join our virtual roundtable as we discuss each week’s new episode right after it airs! Debuting this Sunday, Fear the Walking Fanboys presented by Graphic Policy Radio. The show airs LIVE at 10pm ET, immediately following Fear the Walking Dead.

What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in “The Walking Dead”? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

Ron and Brett chat about the hit AMC television series going over each brand new episode with a fine tooth comb and what it all means for The Walking Dead universe. We’ll be chatting each Sunday at 10pm ET right after the episode ends.

We also want to hear what you think. Call in with your thoughts, or Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.

Listen in LIVE this Sunday at 10pm ET.

Supergirl Challenges you to be Super

Supergirl premieres this fall on CBS. You can read our review of the pilot episode here.

Steven Amell proved the stars come out to fight at SummerSlam 2015

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As a life time Pro Wrestling Fan and Comic Book Geek extraordinaire, something very special happened last night in the Barclay Center in front of a large attendance crowd and myself watching at home on the WWE Network (For the low price of just $9.99)  WWE hosted their annual summer spectacular: Summer Slam, which is second to only Wrestlemania in terms of yearly importance. Picture if the NFL had two Super Bowls a year and you get the idea. Just like Wrestlemania, Vince McMahon and Co. always try to pad the card with as much action and grandeur as possible. Usually that means bringing in a current celebrity to add some intrigue to an under promoted match to boost interest. Now this does not always go well and I can list a few: Pete Rose, Mickey Rourke, Seth Green, Donald Trump and last night, Jon Stewart. (Although if Trump had hit John Cena with Stewart’s chair it probably would have boosted his poll numbers.)

The point is, that all too often these “Celebrity Showcases” tend to fail expectations. Well that ended last night. I’ve often said that watching the WWE is like watching real life Superheroes battle it out for supremacy in a 14 x 20 ring. So many parallels can be made: the iconic music, flashy costumes, crazy storylines and more often than not, high-flying. True it is not a real sport and should never be considered as such, it is coined as “Sports Entertainment”. It is however born from Greco Roman wrestling which is very real and it pays homage to that amazing art, albeit through acting and pageantry on a grand scale.

With that said, Steven Amell (better known as Oliver Queen/ Green Arrow from the CW Network’s hit show Arrow) gets this. He has a major key component that most “guests” don’t. He is a lifelong fan. He knows the business (terminology, kayfabe, physical demands, etc.) but most import he has respect for the heritage. I have followed Amell since he’s come on the scene with Arrow and watched many interviews with him. He has always said he is a life long fan of the WWE, and coming from Canada that’s no surprise. Like Hockey, so many of the greats have come from the Great White North. (Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Sami Zayn, Chris Jericho, Edge, Trish Stratus, I could go on but the column would never end) \

goldust_and_stardust_render_by_simonlee1-d7nmpnxWhen it was rumored that Steven Amell wanted to have a match after he appeared at Monday Night Raw earlier in the year, I was a little worried. My trepidation decreased when I knew whom he would be feuding/ working with: Cody Rhodes aka Stardust. Rhodes is a self proclaimed comic geek as well and this was a breath of fresh air. This had to be done well. They couldn’t take it too seriously and most important of all, it had to be fun. Rhodes current character Stardust is a spin off of his older brother Dustin’s iconic Goldust character from years past.

Where Goldust was more focused using bizarre and psuedo-erotic behavior to disarm his opponents, Stardust is just bizarre on a cosmic scale. For every hero you need an intriguing villain. For that villain to be effective they need to believe they are the hero. Stardust was the perfect foil for Amell’s Arrow persona for this very reason. The feud was predicated on the fact that Stardust couldn’t distinguish Amell’s role onscreen as Oliver Queen to him being a real life fan of WWE. Simple, plausible but Cody Rhodes went above and beyond for the big sell on this. Let’s just say it paid off swimmingly. The build up for this was slow and steady, with Amell showing up on Raw and then Stardust attacking him via Amell’s Twitter page @amellywood (You know like all the tough guys do these days) with both stars going back and forth jawing for months when finally August 10th it got physical.

Amell was there at the show, front row in a fan capacity when he was being taunted and then physically shoved by Stardust. Amell was not to let this stand and in a single bound he sprung to action by leaping over the top rope (which was awesome) and went right at Stardust. The fisticuffs quickly disapated as this was designed to be the tease for the eventual Summer Slam match.

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Of course we as fans knew the fight was coming, but for storyline purposes they did not yet have the “green light” for Arrow and Stardust to tangle. However then WWE COO Triple H made the match official and history was set to be made in New York. To add to the entertainment intrigue, they gave each man a tag team partner. For Amell he got red-hot newcomer Neville and Stardust got teamed with the meanest man in England now dubbed “The Cosmic King” Wade Barrett.

arrow-stardust-summerslam-530x298When these addtions were announced, I knew WWE was handling this right. Of course many would want a one on one epic showdown between Amell and Stardust, but this was the absolute right call. Amell is in great shape but he is not a wrestler and safety is key when you get in that ring. This is Sports Entertainment after all, not Bloodsport with Jean-Claude Van Dam. The stage was set and all the players ready, only one question remained. “What would Amell wrestle in?”

arrow-entrance-ef5bbWell his entrance made me and hopefully most comic geeks proud. (It would have obviously been a bit too much and probably uncomfortable for him to wrestle in his full Arrow gear, so we got a cool compromise: Leather Arrow hoodie/ jacket and black ring shorts and wrestling combat boots) I have long dreamed of seeing one of my favorite super heroes do “battle” inside a WWE ring, and thanks to Amell and WWE Creative brass I got it. The match itself was exactly what it should have been: a fun little showcase letting Amell get payback on the nefarious Stardust and live out his and our dreams simultaneously. It didn’t go too long or get silly and unlike every single other celebrity guest, Amell didn’t go all “glory hog” on us and actually let his tag team partner get the win and the spotlight. (Right call WWE. Right call.)

CNIirsDUYAAgi4_Overall it was a great spectacle and was very hard not to get caught up in the hype. It certainly delivered on my end. We even got to see Amell fly off the top rope to the bad guys on the outside! The end result was the good guys getting the win with their hands raised and sending the fans home happy.

Great scene and a classy move from a real true fan. Amell may be the hit star of one of the best shows on TV these days, but I in no way object to him doing more matches in the future. He was natural in the ring and seemed to have a lot of fun. Maybe one day he will join NXT and have Emily Bett Rickards as his manager. (One can certainly hope) Thank you Steven, for showing us that you have more than just acting in your quiver. You’ve done us proud. Take a bow (or bow) sir. You’ve earned it.

 

 

CW Seed Posts some new Vixen Videos

Premiering August 25 on the CW Seed, Vixen got two new videos posting giving us a bit more info on this animated series based on the DC Comics character that also ties into the live action Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Series Premiere Featurette

Inside Vixen, Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim previews the series.

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead S1E1 Pilot

fear-the-walking-dead-posterWhat did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

The first episode of, Fear the Walking Dead, the spin-off series to The Walking Dead, begins in a familiar way, with a person coming out of a stupor and being immediately confronted with the world around him. This world is a little different from the five seasons we’ve seen so far in the smash main series. This is the beginning, when the idea of a zombie outbreak is just whispers and hints.

The first episode’s focus is more on the characters, especially as a family unit, than its sister series as well. The Walking Dead is very much about “family” but that focus is much more on building a new one when faced with adversity. This series instead is about a literal family. The mother, her daughter and drug addicted son. The boyfriend, with a family of his own. How will they react in the face of disaster? The series very much shares that with so many disaster films like 2012 and others. It also asks the much more realistic question of what do you do as a parent dealing with all of that?

There’s also the perspective of coming to grips with reality. We see it from a couple of angles, including a drug addict who’s not sure what’s real and what isn’t. It’s enough to make us question, but we know the truth of it all.

The look of the series is interesting as well. Set in Los Angeles, I expected a much brighter hue and look. Instead we have a visual style that looks to be a cross between From Dusk Till Dawn and 28 Days Later. Browns, oranges, with an almost dusty sheen permeates the color palette and look of the first episode. Visually it stands out from its sister series.

The first episode is about so many small details. A gun on the ground. A bone sticking out. A missing sign on a wall. And the overall look and color palette of it all.

The new series has a lot of pressure on its shoulders. It spins out of a monster of a television series, so expectations are high. The first episode, is a solid debut. It has me intrigued to see what comes next… in the coming zombie apocalypse.

Overall Rating: 9

TV Review: The Strain: S2E7 The Born

the strain s2 imageIn the sixth episode of the seventh season of The Strain, Setrakian and Fet use Fitzwilliam’s info to attack the Master, but a mysterious new player arrives.  Dutch receives a surprise guest.  Eph returns to NYC frustrated but energized to go after the one person responsible for killing his friends. Teleplay by Chuck Hogan; directed by Howard Deutsch.

I’ve ragged on The Strain‘s special fx and make-up a lot of this season, but it looks like the seventh episode is where things really hit the ground full steam and running.

This episode has Fet and Setrakian heading to the industrial zone where the Master has been reborn and the bus full of blind kids wound up. There, they meet Quinlan, that mysterious vampire we’ve been teased the last couple of episodes. Quinlan, we get his history, which is actually pretty cool. And, you can see in those segments in the beginning of the episode, the production value has been increased. Quinlan is the bad ass we’ve been waiting for, for quite a while. That too is seen, with some awesome special fx.

While all of that is looking up, other things are looking down, including Eph’s return to New York City.

The episode is very much full of ups and downs and is easily the strongest episode of the season so far, and probably one of the best of the series too. The episode is full of action, some cool moments, and characters I’m starting to really like. It also is an episode that weaves the past and present quite well, spending a good amount of time on both. It also is bit more focused on fewer things. That seems to be the sweet spot for the series, a previous episode was stronger with that focus too.

Overall, the episode is starting to really pick things up, and I perked up in my interest. Onwards, now armed with a pretty bad ass character in tow.

Overall rating: 8.5

Review: Continuum season 4 premiere

It’s here. After months of uncertainty around Continuum‘s faith, in December it was revealed that the show would come back for a final, shortened, fourth season. Now it has returned and what it offers is the great, complicated and sophisticated look at what the future holds.

The show is not really back until September 4th, but there is a pre-release for the first episode for all three of Showcase’s shows coming out in September — Continuum, Lost Girl, and Mr. Robot. Once I found out about this I jumped the ceiling with my heart beating in my chest harder than it does when I work out.

The Simon Barry show picks up where we left off last summer with Kiera and Brad cutting off Vancouver’s electricity and bringing Iron Man reminiscent robocops to this timeline. To add more fuel to the fire of intensity, Kellog has taken over Piron by tricking the other Alec into signing the documents which makes Kellog the CEO of Piron.

Throughout the episode, there is one moment where you might think is a cheap way for the writers to do something, which they are not actually doing. Sounds convoluted, but once you see the episode, you will know what this is all about. It is a smart move in order to speed up Kiera’s personal need — to get back home, to her family, to Sam.

“The show returns with a bang, bringing back the great acting and masterful storytelling we have come to expect from it.”

However, do not take it that this episode is mostly drama; it’s not. It is one of the few shows, whose action scenes are indeed nail-bitingly intense. In addition, we learn more about the robocops, who they are and why they are here. The episode is well-paced and filled with a lot of action and drama. The show returns with a bang, bringing back the great acting and masterful storytelling we have come to expect from it.

I have always been the person who supported the theory of time travel that you cannot change the past, regardless of what you do, because it is bound to happen. For example, you kill someone who is crossing the street with your car unintentionally; you want to fix this. You find a way to get back in time and you stop yourself from doing this (if the other you believes it) and you turn left. However, then you take left, instead of right, and that same person is there, because he has also decided to take a left turn. You kill him. Or you might kill him some other day, it has to happen. That’s how it works — you can’t change the past… or at least that’s how I thought things worked before I watched this show.

“Continuum has changed my perspective on time travel with its multi-timeline concept, which actually makes sense.”

Continuum has changed my perspective on time travel with its multi-timeline concept, which actually makes sense. Every action in the past creates another timeline in which you don’t kill the person crossing the street (you are a really bad driver). In the other one — you do. This is thoroughly explained in the premiere of the third season.

You can watch the premiere early on one of the many platforms it has been released: Shaw Media digital properties: Action-tv.ca, ETCanada.com, MyLifetimeTV.ca, Slice.ca, Showcase.ca, GlobalTV.com, and the Global Go App; on iTunes, YouTube, set-top box with most major television providers through Global On Demand and Showcase On Demand, the accompanying online portal for Showcase On Demand, and with Canadian streaming service, Shomi (available August 25).

What did you think of the premiere? Is it good? Did you love it as much as me? Also, what’s your take on the time travel concept?

Also, for all of you fans out there, I am giving away this poster of the show:

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Fear the Walking Dead, First 3 Minutes of the Series Premiere

Fear the Walking Dead premieres this Sunday on AMC.

STARZ Releases ‘Kick-Ash’ New Key Art for Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror films The Evil Dead.  The 10-episode half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past, and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

Ash vs Evil Dead premieres Saturday, October 31st at 9:00pm ET/PT exclusively on STARZ with a 10-episode season.

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Yvonne Craig Advocates for Equal Pay as Batgirl

The world lost a trailblazer with Yvonne Craig who is most known as Batgirl in the classic Batman television series, but also was featured in Love, American Style, The Many Loves of Dovie Gillis, 77 Sunset Strip, and so much more in a career that spanned 86 acting credits from 1957 to 2011.

Above is a 1974 Public Service Announcement by the U.S. Department of Labor-Wage & Hour Division in which she appeared and advocated for equal pay for women. While that is Burt Ward as Robin, that’s not Adam West as Batman.

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