Scene Stealers: Fall TV Edition

Caitlin Snow on Flash“Yeah, he’s so hot. Uh, I mean, genetically speaking. Because I’m a geneticist, of course. Oh, my God, do I sound like Felicity?” – Caitlin Snow, The Flash

The Fall TV season is well under way with most series having aired several episodes by now. “Gotham” has been enjoying fantastic ratings, although I’d still rank it behind my favs: “Grimm” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (how is this show still struggling in the ratings department; it’s gotten SO GOOD!).

In reverse order, here are my top five “Scene Stealing” performances of the Fall TV Season (so far).

 

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The GAR! Podcast: Black Friday Edition

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week in our special holiday shopping edition, we’re talking about Black Friday, high school hell, and the scariest show on TV – “The Affair.” See and hear more after the jump.

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Glenn Walker On… Firefly

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Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

I’ll be talking about Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” and its cinematic sequel Serenity. Meet me after the jump, for some of my favorite stuff.

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Trailer Time – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Here it is – let us know what you think, in the comments section or on facebook.com/bbpcanada.

UPDATED: Biff Bam Pop writers have been sending in their thoughts, which we’re compiling below:

David Sanford Ward: Like many, the prequels left me a bit cold. I still like them, and I still love the originals, but the shine had worn off my Star Wars fandom. Until today. As news has been hitting us over the past few months about the next film, I’ve really not cared very much – and then I saw the teaser trailer. Consider my skepticism thrown to the rubbish bin – this next installment looks bloody brilliant! Complaints be damned – bring on the space monsters, lasers, robots, and cheesy dialogue! I may be jumping the gun here, but it looks like Star Wars is back.

Luke Sneyd: From the opening vista of Tatooine to the final light-sabre’s fizzle, this tease is built for fans. And people, we are on the MOVE. J.J. Abrams brings his signature kineticism to every frame, ready to be pored over like the geeky codex it is. If anything, Star Wars suits Abrams more than Star Trek. His streamlined action ought to make The New One (TM) crackle with energy, and jettison Lucas’s penchant for mind-numbing space bureaucratic bafflegab. And hey, droids! A funky land-speeder thingy! X-wings! The frickin’ Millennium Falcon, man! And that nasty bad-ass medieval light-saber in the woods designed specifically for hunting white walkers, I mean, no, they’re not trying to tie into the popularity of Game of Thrones, what? Trust J.J. to leave no pop-culture stone unturned as he launches The Force Awakens into the stratosphere. Can’t wait!

Glenn Walker: The trailer is really more of a teaser, and tease it does. It hits the right notes and get us hyped for what is to come. J.J. Abrams is counting on the years between then and now, as he’s showing off cutting edge cinematography and quick cuts, blending it all with our own inner child full of nostalgia to do the rest. Is it just me or every time the Millennium Falcon soars upward onto the screen, there’s cheering inside my head? I bet it’s in the theaters too. Unlike the prequels to Star Wars, for this one, I am all in. Bring it on!

Amanda Blue: I haven’t watched any of the “new” Star Wars films and I never will.

Marie Gilbert: I’m so ready for Star Wars even though the prequels were sometimes hard to swallow, the essence of Star Wars will never die. Give me a light saber and I’m in for the long haul.

Andy Burns: In 88 seconds, J.J. Abrams managed to make the world of Star Wars feel more real than the Prequel trilogy ever did. It’s easy to hate on those movies, though I do rank Revenge of the Sith as a fairly good film, so returning to a more tangible, less CG world is exciting. December 2015 can’t come quick enough.

Horrible Bosses 2 vs Penguins of Madagascar – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend for our friends in the US of A, and they’ve got some new movies to choose from. Will any of them top the box office? Here’s our predictions:

Horrible_Bosses_2Horrible Bosses 2 is the obvious sequel to the successful Jason Sudeikis/Jason Bateman/Jennifer Aniston flick from a few years ago. While that film was regarded as a breakout hit and pretty darn funny, the sequel has been getting less than stellar reviews. It’s also opening during a hugely busy weekend, which isn’t going to help its chances for success. The highest profile of the new releases, look for a third place showing with $26 million.

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The Inhuman Connection

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While we have the week off from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and the rest of the world enjoys the finals of this season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” let’s sit back and reflect on what may be the big game changer on the show, and I’m not talking about dancing – I’m talking about the Inhumans. Meet me after the jump and we’ll explore the Inhumans and their connection to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

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The Ten Percent: Wonder Woman (2009)

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Ever since Lynda Carter started spinning around on TV, “where is the Wonder Woman movie?” has become something of a perennial question. Back in 2005 fans squeed when Joss Whedon was hired to write the script for a feature film, but two years later he left the project (and despite his claims to the contrary during that period, it appears that Whedon never actually wrote a draft script). Seven years later things are looking up with a film finally in the offing, and this week it was announced that Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones) will direct, becoming the first female to direct a superhero film – assuming she stays with the project.

Only it turns out that the Wonder Woman movie we’ve all been howling for actually came out in 2009, check it out after the jump.

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Travel The Galactic Waves With ODY-C #1 On The Wednesday Run

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My essays were already about close readings of comic books before I even started higher education. The Sandman. Watchmen. Dark Knight Returns. They all made it as “Independent Study Projects” in my last days of high school. But during my time in the hallowed halls of post secondary education, I was reading the literary classics by Dante Alighieri, Sir Thomas More and Homer and, more than ever, I realized that university had come to comics long, long ago.

By the time I finished my first stint of higher education, I saw that comics had now come to the university. The bookstore was full of the titles that made up the content of all those essays I had written and were now part of course curriculums.

Today, we see another example of the university fiction-comic book relationship.

Ladies and gentlemen, after the jump, let’s go on an ODY-C.

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