What You Missed…

In Memoriam: Stan Lee was a man who believed that if you were able to entertain people, than you were doing a good thing. He excelled at entertaining. He helped make comic books fun, with characters like Spider-Man. He helped evolve the comic book industry and helped evolve the entertainment industry overall. His smiling countenance and New York accent will be missed every time we see a new Marvel movie.

Excelsior! Stan Lee Excelsior! You will be dearly missed.

Syfy Wire listed Stan Lee’s 10 greatest creations.

Deadline created a montage of all of Stan Lee’s cameos.

On a brighter note, we learned that we will be getting a Christmas episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is on Netflix.

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As we approach the holidays, The CW will be closing up shop for some of their shows, that means we will have to wait a bit to see the second half of the season for some of our favorite shows. Here are the dates to mark on your calendar:

01.15.19 – The Flash returns and Roswell, NM will premiere

01.16.19 – Riverdale returns

01.17.2019 – Supernatural returns

01.20.2019 – Supergirl and Charmed return

01.21.2019- Arrow and Black Lightning return

01.24.2019 – Legacies return

In regards to In the Dark, this show will slip into the Legacies slot, once Legacies ends its 16 episode run. No word yet for iZombie and The 100. EW

In Production:

The Library of the Dead will be adapted for TV. Read the following synopsis for the first book in the series by Glenn Cooper. Assigned to the high-profile “Doomsday” serial killer case, FBI agent Will Piper is hitting dead-end after dead end. The victims seem to have nothing in common: age, background, or even the way they die. All that connects them is a postcard each received in the mail announcing his or her date of death—all sent from Las Vegas, where a brilliant computer scientist leads a double life. Just when agent Piper finds a credible lead, he’s removed from the case. Continuing the investigation on his own, he must outwit a ruthless team of covert operatives from Area 51 protecting the government’s greatest secret. From a medieval monastery to a cutting-edge government laboratory, Library of the Dead delivers a richly detailed, thought-provoking exploration of fate, predestination, and the choices we make in life. Variety

Casting News: 

Hannah James has been cast as Nia Nal, older sister to Maeve and Scandalalum on Supergirl. Kate Burton will play Isabel, mother to Nia. Deadline

Kevin Durand has been cast to play Jason Woodrue, a brilliant but abrasive scientist who is also known as the super-villain called Floronic Man in DC’s Swamp Thing. Syfy

Movie News: 

I never gush over kids movies, but the following trailer made me want to get a Pikachu:

Recap: Riverdale – The Midnight Club

The Mayor of Riverdale, Hermione Lodge, has banned the game pf Gryphons and Gargoyles (G&G) because she has connected the recent suicides to the game. This just makes the kids want to play the game ever more, but then Dr. Curdle calls Betty to tell her that the suicide of Dilton Doyle seemed familiar and Alice tells Betty about what happened back in the 90s to her and her friends.

For various reasons, Alice, Penelope, FP, Fred, Sierra, and Hermione end up in Saturday detention a la The Breakfast Club with Anthony Michael Hall as the Principal.

We learn their secrets:

  • Penelope is adopted and is being groomed to be her brother’s life partner.
  • Alice refused to talk about her pregnancy but told everyone that FP lived in a double wide.
  • FP was beaten by his Dad, but he had aspirations to go to college.
  • Fred wanted to stay in Riverdale forever and eventually become mayor.
  • Sierra was dating Tommy, but they were keeping it quiet because their parents did not approve.
  • Hermione was dating Hiram because he was a self-starter.

After a few Saturday detentions, the kids come across the G&G game, when Hermione breaks into a teachers desk.

In that moment, these strangers eventually became friends and none of them could have guessed that their lives were about to change forever.

They start to play and  they pick the following characters:

  • Penelope is the Game Master
  • Alice is a sorceress
  • Hermione is a thief
  • Sierra is a Siren
  • FP is a Deadeye
  • Fred is a Radiant Knight

And so the quest begins at Eldervair. They soon get wrapped up in the game and they decided to go off-board with the game.

Penelope pairs FP and Hermione together and Fred and Alice together. Eventually, they played the game all the time, but late at night and in the school…hence calling themselves the Midnight Club. They group got larger as they came across a smaller group that consisted of Hiram, Tommy, and more who were also playing the game late at night in the halls of Riverdale High.

Can I just say, this episode is based in the 90s…but they keep playing 80s music.

This group of kids were invited to an ascension party, but they did not know who was orchestrating the event.

Side note: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos kid looks just like his Dad.

Eventually their is a musical moment, where the funniest bit was Penelope getting all into the music.

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That night, Alice leaves, but the next day she learns that Principal Feathestone is missing and Fred’s Dad died.

They do find the body of the missing Principal in the broom closet under the stairs and he had blue on his lips. The group turns on Alice as she was the only one that was sober that night and was the last to see the Principal. However, they decide to destroy the game and keep the events a secret.

The group changed afterwards:

  • Fred gave up music and went into construction
  • FP joined the Southside Serpents
  • Penelope grew closer to Clifford
  • Hermione and Hiram became a couple
  • Sierra and Tommy broke up
  • Alice gave up her old ways and started to court Hal.

The kids of the Midnight club became strangers again.

Alice tells her daughter that someone in the group is responsible for what happened and she begs Betty to not play the game. But, she is still on the case and when she goes to talk to Juggie, she sees that he has gone down the rabbit hole and his goal is to defeat the Gargoyle King.

Not good at all.

In the next episode, The Great Escape – Veronica devises a dangerous plan to break Archie out of juvie; When Jughead has taken the investigation into Griffins and Gargoyles a step too far, Betty finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.

 

 

 

 

 

What You Missed…

As the country is still wrapping it’s head around the post-election events. That is not the case for those of us who know when to move on to all things Geek.

The biggest news of the day revolved around Grant Morrison, the man who gave us Arkham Asylum, Happy, and Brave New World. He has signed a development and production deal with UCP.

His first project is to adapt The Invisibles. The show will follow an elite international cell of occult freedom fighters dedicated to the creation of a better world for everyone — by any means necessary. THR

Casting News:

Is Riverdale losing their Sheriff? Why am I asking that? Well, we learned Henderson Wade is joining the cast of Swamp Thing. He will be playing Matt Cable, a Louisiana lawman who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural evil threatens the town he’s sworn to protect. Deadline

In production:

The reboot bandwagon continues as The CW has decided to reboot The 4400.  The show revolved around four thousand four hundred young adults who were in their reproductive prime that have gone missing all over the world. Some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day and none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so called “4400” must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.

The show will be written by Taylor Elmore, who will be acting as the showrunner. and Craig Sweeny, who will be executive producer of the series. Variety

Since Netflix in the first Global TV network, it stands to reason that we will be seeing a wide variety of new shows from different nations that all have to deal with what goes bump in the night…

Case in point, Alma.

BELÉN ATIENZA, SANDRA HERMIDA AND JESÚS DE LA VEGA TO PRODUCE ALMA, A YOUNG ADULT SUPERNATURAL DRAMA CREATED AND DIRECTED BY SERGIO G. SÁNCHEZ

  • Logline: After surviving a bus crash that kills most of her classmates, Alma awakes with no memories of the incident or her past. Her parents seem like strangers and her home is a place filled with secrets and mystery. She gets the growing suspicion that everyone around her is lying, trying to turn her into someone else. Trapped in a world that doesn’t feel her own, she must unravel the events that led to the accident before her true identity vanishes forever.
  • Writers: Sergio G. Sánchez (Marrowbone, The Orphanage ) Teresa de Rosendo (Sweet Home, U.C.O.) and Paul Pen (The Light of the Fireflies, The Warning).
  • Producers: Belén Atienza (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Marrowbone), Sandra Hermida (Arde Madrid, Marrowbone) and Jesús de la Vega (Intruders, Hierro)
  • Quote Belén Atienza, Sandra Hermida and Jesús de la Vega: It is a joy and a privilege for us to be joining forces with Netflix to bring to the screen Sergio’s unique and groundbreaking universe. People all around the world will be thrilled and inspired by a harrowing storytelling that springs genuine emotions from the darkest places.
  • Quote Sergio G. Sánchez: Alma explores my favourite themes; the journey from childhood to maturity, the threshold between life and death, the emotional space where fantasy merges with reality. Only this time within a broader canvas that will give me the opportunity to expand the narrative into multi layered, intertwined storylines with a bigger spectrum of characters. It’s going to be very exciting to bring this rich universe to life and I’m thrilled that Netflix is giving me the chance to reach a global audience with a Spanish language series that is deeply rooted in my own obsessions as a storyteller.
  • Episodes: 10 episodes 50’ each
  • Principal photography & global release on Netflix: 2020

And then there is…Ragnarok. Not to be confused with Marvel’s Ragnarok.

FROM THE CREATOR OF BORGEN AND RIDE UPON THE STORM COMES RAGNAROK, A NEW NORWEGIAN NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

SERIES TO BE SHOT IN NORWAY AND DENMARK DURING 2019

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF – Nov 7 2018 – Netflix today announced Ragnarok, a brand new six part original series from award winning writer, Adam Price, and produced by SAM productions.

Ragnarok is a new Norwegian original series from Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment service. The six part Norwegian language series unfold in the small fictional town of Edda in the middle of the vast and enthralling Norwegian countryside and is a modern day coming of age drama rooted in Norse mythology, set in a high school arena.

Ragnarok is produced by SAM Productions, a Danish screenwriter-based production company.

“It is a great pleasure to have a hand in creating the new Norwegian Netflix series. We believe that the Nordics have their own voice when it comes to storytelling, and we would like to help prove that with this large-scale series written by a Nordic team with writers from Norway, Sweden and Denmark,” said Adam Price, creator of Ragnarok. “The series has at its core an issue that not only people in the Nordics but people all over the world in an increasing degree are forced to respond to; our climate, which has in recent years undergone considerable changes. The ice caps are melting at a rate no one had anticipated. We go through long periods of drought. The winters are too warm. More and more frequently, we experience extreme cold bursts. In all ways extreme weather conditions. The world is changing, and some might claim that we’re headed towards a new Ragnarok. Unless someone intervenes in time… “

“I’m excited to introduce our new Netflix original from Norway and to bring the story of Norse Mythology to life in a modern-day context. Adam Price is such a talented storyteller and we look forward to sharing his amazing work with Netflix audiences around the world”, said Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President Originals Europe at Netflix.

The team behind Ragnarok

Adam Price is one of Denmark’s most talented and renowned writers. He is responsible for several critically acclaimed and award-winning TV series, including the BAFTA-winning Borgen and most recently Ride Upon the Storm, both of them series that have been sold to around 80 countries all over the world. On Ragnarok, Price will function as creator, writer and executive producer and is joined by the Norwegian co-executive producer and writer Simen Alsvik (Lilyhammer, Neste Sommer), executive producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen (Antichrist, Melancholia) and producer Stine Meldgaard Madsen (Pros and Cons, Something’s Rockin’).

About SAM Productions

SAM Productions is a Danish screenwriter-based production company with the ambition of working with the strongest talent from the world of TV series and feature films, creating stories for a large audience both in Denmark and abroad. SAM Productions was founded in 2014 by creator of The Killing, Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price and Meta Louise Foldager.

 

Teasers: 

We have two new promos for Syfy’s NightFlyers:

 

What You Missed…

After a crazy few days, we get back to the business of all things Geek.

Before we start, we just want to mention that the networks are starting their renewal/cancellations phase of the traditional 18-19 TV season. If your new show is on the verge of being put on the chopping block, than I suggest you light a candle and pray to the TV gods.

For fans of The Purge, rejoice, the show has been given a second season.

Besides the announcement of a Breaking Bad movie being made and Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead series, it has been pretty quiet. Here we go…

Casting:

We learned that Kelly Ripa, wife to Mark Consuelos a.k.a. Hiram Lodge on Riverdale, will be playing Hiram’s mistress on the popular nighttime drama.

The DC Universe has found their Swamp Thing and the Swamp Thing will be portrayed by Derek Mears. But, the Swamp Thing was first Alec Holland, a passionate biologist who finds himself in nightmarish circumstances as he realizes that the bizarre disease affecting townspeople may have come as a result of his work in the swamp. This discovery that leads him to confront dark swamp forces which swallow him up, only to emerge as the hero known as Swamp Thing. Alec Holland will be portrayed by Andy Bean. Variety

Greg Kinnear is in talk to join the mini-series adaptation of War of the Worlds. The story is of a small town in California that is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion. Syfy

Writer’s Room:

Explorers the movie will be adapted for a TV series. Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery are writing the pilot. In the movie, that launched Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix’ careers, we follow a boy who is obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. IMDB

Toby Whithouse will be adapting Gormenghast for TV. The books follow the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, a sprawling, decaying, gothic-like structure with a raft of characters including Titus, the heir to the throne of the House of Groan, scheming kitchen boy Steerpike and twin sisters Cora and Clarice. Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman will be executive producers on the project. Deadline

In Production: 

Before the wave of paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy programming staked their claim as being binge-worthy, HBO aired a really great western show called Deadwood. The series lasted for 36 episodes and revolved around the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota before and after the area’s annexation by the Dakota Territory. The show featured an ensemble cast some of which were key historical figures like Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jack McCall, to name a few. The show was cancelled, but we’ve learned that filming for the Deadwood movie has begun. David Milch penned the script, Daniel Minahan is directing, and actors Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant are two of the executive producers. THR

Last Minute:

With Supernatural still trucking along, it made sense that The CW would nab the Survivor’s Club. The story is based in a world where horror franchise monsters are real, twins Jason and Jennifer barely survived a demonic childhood possession that claimed their mother’s life and fractured their bond. Ten years later, when a new evil force awakens, the siblings join forces with other teen survivors to combat the literal and metaphorical monsters that haunt them. The source material is owned by DC Vertigo. The show will be written by Jared Frieder and Frieder and Len Goldstein will executive produce the series. Deadline

Knowing that the final episode of Andrew Lincoln on The Walking Dead finally gave the series an uptick, numbers-wise, this season. Do you think the loss of Rick Grimes will be detrimental to the series or do you think it will rally?

Have a Happy Hump Day!

~M.

Recap – Riverdale: Fortune and Men’s Eyes

Dilton Doyle is dead and Betty and Juggie are on the hunt for his killer. Their first stop is meeting the town’s new coroner. They learn that the unassuming troop leader died from cyanide with three Runic symbols carved into his body. He drank the poison in an apparent ritualistic ceremony by the structure that may or may not be the Gargoyle King. What was interesting is that the new coroner, Dr. Curdle, says it is a true sign of evil. When they go to see the other person at the crime scene, Benjamin Button, they see an item hanging off of the door knob of Button’s hospital room door. It was left by a young lady who likes to wear bows, Ethel. She created the talisman to protect Ben, whom she is dating or she thinks she is dating.

This is the same Benjamin Button who was in a relationship with Miss Geraldine Grundy, who was murdered by the Black Hood aka Betty’s father. The other bit of information they learned was that another troop member had gone missing. However, if you were paying attention, Cheryl mentioned that one of the students was losing her mind because she thought that a winged creature was chasing her.

When Jug and Betty go to Dilton’s bunker to further investigate, they actually come across the bloody and moving structure that is thought of as the Gargoyle King. It chases them, but they wait for the morning to go to the Bunker and they find the items for a game called Gryphons and Gargoyles. They come to realize that the suicide was part of a challenge for the game, but they also come across the missing and hissing student.

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When Jughead and Betty confront Ethel about the bunker, Ethel has a seizure. Then the unthinkable happens when Jughead and Betty go to check on Ben, they see him awake and sitting in his window…he then happily commits suicide so he can reach ascension.

So, something strange IS afoot.

Tie that into the weirdness that is the Evernevers and something is definitely off in Riverdale. Especially after the first meeting between Betty and Evelyn Evernever, who wants to hold the info about Betty’s seizure over Betty’s head to ensure some level of control over her.

What is intriguing is that the parents have all gone through this same exact scenario when they were young. So, what exactly is going on?

Archie has been processed into the Leopold and Loeb Detention Center, named after the two wealthy students who in May 1924 kidnapped and murdered 14-year-old Robert Franks in Chicago, Il. They committed the murder as a demonstration of their perceived intellectual superiority which they believed absolved them of responsibility for their actions. Why did the writers choose those names to name the detention center after? Life in the hoosegow is not easy for Archie, the Ghoulies stole his Adidas, the Serpents have turned their back on him, and he is about to lose his presidency at Riverdale High, well he does not know that last bit.

How is he going to lose it? Cheryl has petitioned to take it over in order to help her with her college applications. Unfortunately, Veronica is not having it. She made a promise to Archie and she is going to make it happen. She even goes to her Mother to see if she can cut through the red tape of bureaucracy, so she can start a chapter of The Innocence Project in Riverdale. The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that is committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people through the use of DNA testing and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

We learn that the prison warden is in Hiram’s pocket and he is determined to keep Veronica and Archie apart even if that means keeping Archie in jail for an eternity or maybe even Archie’s death in prison.

I wonder what would make him stop punishing these two?

The scary thing for Archie is that he has been tapped to be the Warden’s new Mad Dog. The last Mad Dog was allowed to have items in his room that no other inmate had. He was also untouchable. Yet, he gave Archie advice about being an animal in order to survive his time in the detention center. The only reason he was given this designation was because Mad Dog “died” in the “riot.” Which was actually just a football game between the inmates.

Nothing is ever as it seems in Riverdale.

There is a side story of Kevin doing whatever he can to keep his relationship with Moose going. He even joins the RROTC, which Moose’s straight-laced Dad runs. That and Cheryl wanting to become president in order to help her college applications are the only normal high school related stories this season.

Recap: Riverdale – Labor Day

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What is most surprising about this episode is that these kids were just becoming Juniors in High School. Was the courtroom somewhere in the deep south in the 1950s?  Because there is no A/C anywhere. Also, who would allow Archie’s own mother to be his defense attorney?

Welcome to Riverdale… and it is the weekend before Archie finds out if he will be convicted of murder. This little reprieve allows Archie to have one last perfect summer weekend with his love and his two best friends, but not before we get an update about what is going on in each household.

Veronica and Hiram are still butting heads, this time over the fate of Archie. She is even willing to go after jurors to throw her father under the bus in order to save Archie. However, Hermione confessed that she is no puppet to Hiram, just a prisoner. She will never leave Veronica alone in this world.

Alice is drinking the Kool-Aid that the Farm is doling out and she is driving Betty nuts with her attempts to bring her into the fold. However, we find out that Betty has been illegally forging a prescription for adderall and lying about seeing a therapist.

Fred is at a loss over Archie possibly being convicted. He and Mary blame themselves over everything that has happened.  Yet, no matter what anyone says…Archie feels all alone in this because he feels guilty for leaving Cassidy with Andre. So, he spends the weekend prepping everyone for their new roles while he is away. Betty is to look after Fred, Reg is to look after the football team, etc…

Jughead is the King of the Serpents and thanks to Hotdog and Cheryl wanting to be Katniss Everdeen, a new war is brewing. The crown is heavy on his head, but he is committed to keeping his friends, family, and those that rely on him safe. Even if he is no longer a southsider.

The deliberations are heavy on everyone’s minds as the weekend comes to a close, but when the jury comes back in a deadlock of six to six, Archie agrees to take a plea deal that he believes would save everyone from another long and arduous trial. What he leaves behind are loved ones that are shocked and heartbroken over his decision.

But, the sexy Dads of Riverdale are working together to get back at Hiram and to get Archie out of jail. Veronica learns from Hiram that this whole thing is punishment for her turning her back on blood. This is when Veronica draws the line in the sand and declares that she is no longer his daughter. We then see Archie leaving the town with Pep as he heads to the hoosegow.

Now, this is when it gets really weird. Dilton Doyle is acting all kinds of weird, weirder than usual. Why? The Gargoyle King. He leaves behind this map for Jug and when Jug follows the map, he finds Dilton and Ben kneeling in front of a something that looks like a horned creature made out of bones. Ben and Dilton have ingested something that has them out and Jug is at a loss as he tries to help them. Think Slenderman meets D&D.

The weirdness level goes up a notch when Betty wakes up in the middle of the night and hears a noise in the yard and that is when she finds Alice and Polly in a ceremony where they hold the twins over a fire and let them go…the twins float in the air and this…well this is too much for Betty’s brain to handle, so she drops and convulses.

It is what happens in the last moments that grabbed me. While, the soap opera-like story arcs are entertaining…how much can these kids go through when they are just turning 16 and starting the whole process of preparing for SATs and thinking about what colleges they want to go to and what it will take to get into those colleges. Is there a Riverdale College?

The other cool thing about the episode is the nods to the comics, like Hot Dog, we saw the jalopy, and we heard the name of Edgar Evernever and with him…we will see Evelyn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curb Your Stranger Things Withdrawal …and more news…

I know many of us are not thrilled about waiting a bit longer to see a new season of Stranger Things on Netflix. Back in June, we learned that we were going to get a series of books in the Fall that would help us deal with with the withdrawal. Well, the books are in and they will go one sale on October 30, 2018.

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Casting News:

Alec Baldwin has decided to back out of the highly anticipated Joker movie that stars Joaquin Phoenix. He would have played a Trump-esque version of Thomas Wayne.

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He even managed to throw some shade at the movie during an interview with USA Today. However, the issue may all come down to a scheduling conflict.

Casting continues for Netflix’s Another Life. The latest to be added to the roster is Blu Hunt. THR

Shows:

The curtains will close on one of my favorites, Mr. Robot.

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Riverdale fans, rejoice! We got a new trailer:

There is a lot going on in the trailer, but the highlight is:

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What was the highlight for you?

Miscellaneous:

With a long weekend ahead of us, I was wondering if you caught up with Netflix‘s Summer of Love?

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