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Those Two Geeks Episode 118: Tangents upon Tangents – Brave, He-Man and Stonehenge

Alex and Joe talk about the movie Brave, Stonehenge, He-Man, a story Joe is writing, and maybe some Loki (without spoilers). This is one of the more random episodes we’ve had in a while, honestly.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Todd McFarlane’s Sam & Twitch is Being Developed with the Studio behind Mare of Easttown

wiip, the independent studio behind HBO’s hit Mare of Easttown, has partnered with Emmy-winning Spawn creator and director/producer Todd McFarlane to develop Sam and Twitch as a premium television drama series. The project will be based on two of the most prominent characters in the Spawn comic franchise, which recently broke the Guinness World Record for the longest-running creator-owned comic and has sold hundreds of millions of copies in more than 120 countries worldwide. This announcement follows the news that McFarlane’s newest comic project, Spawn’s Universe #1 is officially the biggest new title launch from Image Comics in the 21st century.

Sam and Twitch focuses on Spawn‘s two most popular human characters, detectives Sam Burke and “Twitch” Williams.

Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg will adapt the project and serve as executive producers. Smilovic & Katzberg are the creators and showrunners behind the drama series Condor, an adaptation of the 1975 feature Three Days of the Condor, which airs its second season on Epix in the fall. McFarlane and Sean Canino for McFarlane Films also executive produce with wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal.

TV Review: Sweet Tooth S1E2 Sorry About All the Dead People

Sweet Tooth Sorry About All the Dead People

The second episode of Sweet Tooth, “Sorry About All the Dead People“, focuses on Aimee, played by Dania Ramirez. It’s an interesting opening as it not only introduces a new character but gives us the world from another perspective. Much like the first episode, there’s a sadness and something magical about it all.

Aimee’s story, begins here.

Gus and Tommy’s adventure begins hitting some bumps and forcing them to find help introducing three new individuals who have been hiding out from the pandemic.

Yes, pandemic.

There’s something unerving and weird watching Sweet Tooth as we continue to experience one ourselves. Characters wear masks much like so many of us have done over the year. It’s a weird experience and in some ways Sweet Tooth feels like the first major film and show to feel like a response to our current life. Sweet Tooth was actually written in 2009.

The episode’s an interesting one as we see Gus interact with a kid his own age. It’s an interaction that feels like something so many of us will be experiencing over the next year as we reintegrate into society. The entire segment is one of fun and joy, a glimpse of hope in a world devestated.

The episode also adds a lot to the world and series. We get hints as to the villains that’ll be faced. And we get some depth to the characters as well. It’s just a fantastic follow-up full of action and emotion. “Sorry About All the Dead People” is a damn near-perfect second episode. It continues the emotional journey and adventure while expanding the world and danger.

Overall Rating: 10

TV Review: Sweet Tooth S1E1 Out of the Deep Woods

Sweet Tooth Out of the Deep Woods

Adapting the beloved and praised comic series from Jeff Lemire (along with letterer Pat Brosseau and colorist Jose Villarrubia), Sweet Tooth‘s debut, “Out of the Deep Woods“, takes us to a magical world and the beginning of a magical journey.

The world has been devestated by an unknown illness. In the destruction, a new race is being born, one that’s half human and half animal. These hybrids face hatred and racism from the survivors who blame them for what has happened.

Sweet Tooth tells the story of Gus, a half human and half deer. Gus is hidden away by his father, played by Will Forte, in an attempt to protect him from the chaos. After his father dies, Gus is forced to step into an unknown and dangerous world.

Played by Christian Convery in a star-making role, Gus has the bright-eyed wonder that makes interacting with kids so enjoyable. Convery delivers a performance that’ll have viewers going through a series of emotions in the debut. There’s a sweet innocence that feels natural and honest. It’s a believable delivery that’ll have you wanting to protect Gus from the dangers he faces.

The series knows at its core is heart. The interaction between Will Forte (as Gus’ father) and Convery is sweet. Forte’s delivery of a paranoid father attempting to protect his son shows a depth not often seen in his comedic offerings. It’s a father and son interaction that is both protective and somewhat scary as Gus’ father spirals in his fear.

Convery stands out but maybe more so is Nonso Anozie as Tommy Jepperd, his unexpected protector. Anozie delivers a tough but vulnerable character. He’s torn about his own survival and is the tough guy with the heart of gold. He could easily hurt Gus, aka Sweet Tooth, and help himself, but he has limits as he states. It’s a performance that will have viewers feeling for Jepperd’s clear sadness and wanting him as their protector and guide.

Sweet Tooth‘s debut is one that’ll have you returning to your childhood roots. “Out of the Deep Woods” feels like the heir to Jim Henson’s films and shows of the 1980s. There’s an adult nature to a story that so far is accessable for younger viewers. It’s a story of exploration and finding more about oneself. It’s a hell of a start and maybe one of the best comic adaptations ever.

Gus’ story, begins here.

Overall Rating: 10

Y: The Last Man Debuts in September

FX Networks revealed the debut dates for numerous series including Y: The Last Man. The series is based on the acclaimed DC Comics series that follows on man and his pet monkey after a cataclysmic event that decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome.

The series will debut exclusively on FX on Hulu on September 13.

The comic series debuted in 2002 running in 2008 for 60 issues. The series was written by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Pia Guerrera, Goran Sudzuka, and Paul Chadwick, with ink by Jose Marzan, Jr.

Y: The Last Man

Jupiter’s Legacy’s Cast has Been Released as Netflix Turns to Mark Millar’s Supercrooks

Supercrooks

Variety is reporting that Netflix has “released the cast” of Jupiter’s Legacy. This signals there won’t be a season two of the show as of now. It’s not too surprising as the show launched with little buzz and after launch little more. It has just a 38% critical approval though the audience has rated it 72%.

The series is one of the high-profile launches for Netflix and their purchase of comic publisher Millarworld. Millarworld is Mark Millar‘s creations that include the Jupiter series of comics, Kick-Ass, and more.

One of those, Supercrooks, is moving ahead. It has received a live-action adaptation order from Netflix.

Super Crooks is set in the same world as Jupiter’s Legacy and follows villains, where Legacy followed heroes. The show will be the “next installment” showing Netflix is focused on an attempt to build their own “cinematic universe” of superheroes. There’s also an anime series coming to Netflix of the same property coming later this year.

Netflix purchased Millarworld in 2017. Jupiter’s Legacy was the first property to spin out of the deal. A series based on the comic Magic Order is also in the works.

Oscar Isaac Confirmed as Marc Spector for Marvel’s Moon Knight

Moon Knight

With a post of “We Are Moonknight, actor Oscar Isaac has confirmed the already confirmed rumor that he’ll be donning the cowl for Marvel StudiosMoon Knight. Isaac will play the lead role of Marc Spector.

Jeremy Slater has been developing the series and leading the writing team. Justin Benson, Mohamed Diab, and Aaron Moorhead are listed as director, Slater and the character’s creators are listed with writing credits.

Moon Knight is the alter ego of Marc Spector, a mercenary who may be the conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Spector also might be crazy with multiple personalities he inhabits. Are they part of his mission? Is it part of being a conduit for a god? Has he lost his mind?

Spector is also one of the few high-profile Jewish characters in the Marvel Universe. Magneto, The Thing, and Kitty Pryde being the other three well-known characters. With the casting of Isaac, an opportunity to have a Jewish actor tap into their experiences for the role is lost. Spector’s Jewishness is central to his character. He’s the son of a Rabbi and the “slave” of an Egyptian god. Isaac has said he has Jewish ancestry on his Father’s side of the family though both of his parents are evangelical Protestant and he was raised as one.

So far, it looks like the creative team and confirmed actors lack Jewish representation. For a character whose Jewishness is so vital, this should be concerning for representation.

Slater had developed The Umbrella Academy, another comic turned television series, for Netflix. That show has been accused and anti-Semitism making the lack of a Jewish voice as part of the creative team even more concerning. Creators of Umbrella Academy pushed back against the concerns.

Whether Marvel will downplay the character’s Jewishness remains to be seen but the company’s past actions of Jewish erasure should have folks weary of what’s to come.

Oscar Isaac Moon Knight

Amazon nabs MGM for $8.45 Billion

Amazon logo

The rumors have become true as Amazon has bought MGM for $8.45 billion. The deal delivers a massive film and TV library to the digital platform and studio. MGM features a film catalog of 4,000 films and 17,000 television shows.

Amazon revealed in April that 175 Prime members have viewed movies and TV shows on the platform in the past year. In comparison, Netflix has 207 million global subscribers and Disney+ has 103 million subscribers.

To put the purchase in further perspective, Amazon spent $11 billion on video and music content for Prime Video and Amazon Music last year and $7.8 billion the year before. It spent $13.7 billion to acquire Whole Foods. Amazon is spending $465 million on one season of their Lord of the Rings series and has signed a deal with the NFL to broadcast Thursday Night Football starting in 2022.

The deal has to still pass regulatory approval.

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