Monthly Archives: September 2015
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television. This week, their examination of Jeff Smith’s Bone series continues, with guests Greg Sahadachny. See and hear more after the jump.
The world of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a brave new one in the aftermath of the S.H.I.E.L.D./Inhuman war. There are terrigen crystals in off the counter bottles of fish oil that are killing, as well as transforming humans into Inhumans, and there’s someone else other than S.H.I.E.L.D. playing clean-up. And what happened to poor Simmons? Some answers might await on the other side of the jump, along with my thoughts on the season three premiere, “Laws of Nature.”
In our house, we love our LEGO. With my daughter beside me, I’ve built a fairly solid collection of Star Wars vehicles and playsets (and there’s a Millennium Falcon and Jabba’s Sail Barge still waiting to have their boxes cracked open). For me, this is a family experience, and one that is somewhat unique to LEGO. It leads to a certain amount of bonding, though if I’m honest, my daughter often will encourage me to build while she goes off to play with something a little less complex.
One thing she loves though, are the LEGO video games. We’ve played almost all of them, from LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, to LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Batman. Some of these have been on consoles, while others have been via their iOS iterations. Whichever version she’s playing, she seriously gets into them. And she’s a good gamer, to boot.
When I told her we’d be reviewing the newest LEGO video game experience, LEGO Dimensions, the girl was completely psyched. And it’s always cute to see a psyched five-year old, believe me. If you don’t know, LEGO Dimensions is the company’s first foray into the toys as games market, similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity (a franchise that is equally beloved in our house as well). In this world, multi-dimensions are crossing over into one huge, genre spanning game. Among the popular properties – DC Comics; Lord of the Rings; Portal; Back to the Future; Doctor Who; Ghostbusters, The Wizard of Oz; the Simpsons; the Wizard of Oz; Jurassic World; and the LEGO Movie.
In the realm of sword and sorcery fiction, who doesn’t love a little world building?
A little? How about a lot?
I know there are a bunch of fantasy genre lovers out there – writers and artists, and, importantly, readers – who love the thought of world building: starting a tale from scratch and adding characters, locales and history to that original idea.
And I know there are a bunch of you out there who love to see it in comic book form.
That’s why you need to follow me after the jump and find out about From Under Mountains #1!
In 1977, when other kids were discovering The Sex Pistols, I was discovering The Love Boat. I stayed at my grandparents’ house on most weekends, so on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., I’d settle down on the sofa with the two of them to watch Aaron Spelling’s marine masterpiece. This column is my attempt to reclaim the wonder of those weekends.
Please note: I accidentally switched the discs on the DVD set! I’ll be going backwards slightly to recap episodes 5 – 8 over the next two weeks.
Lonely At The Top / Divorce Me, Please! / Silent Night
It’s the first Christmas episode of The Love Boat and it’s incredibly charming. Julie is sad because it’s her first holiday away from her Oregon family, while Doc waxes nostalgic about how “every year his ex-wives get together and treat me to a big turkey dinner” in Las Vegas. Enter Captain Merrill “Scrooge” Stubing. I swear I don’t remember him being THIS grumpy on the show when I watched it as a kid.
Born: April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota
Did You Know?
She is one of only ten actors to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies.
Has a daughter, Shura (Alexandra) Baryshnikov, whose father is Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.
When we last left our heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy had come into possession of a puzzle box, called the Cosmic Seed, with clues to Star-Lord’s true heritage. While investigating its meaning on Knowhere, the dead Celestial’s head began to return to life, shaking things up quite a bit. Meet me after the quantum jump for my thoughts on “Knowhere to Run.”
Biff Bam Pop Exclusive: Andy Burns talks to Jon Anderson about Yes, the Anderson Ponty Band, Chris Squire and more
As longtime Biff Bam Pop readers are aware, I’m a huge Yes fan. Over the years we’ve had reviews of the various recordings from the group, along with multiple interviews with the band’s current keyboardist Geoff Downes and former lead singer Benoit David. This past Friday saw the release of a new album from founding member and one of rock’s most revered vocalists, Jon Anderson. Better Late Than Never is the first collaboration between Anderson and heralded violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, who has worked with Frank Zappa, Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Together, the Anderson Ponty Band have created new music, while also reinterpreting material from both musician’s legendary catalogues.
To talk to the man who laid the foundation of progressive rock beside Yes bassist Chris Squire…well, as you can imagine, it was a very exciting opportunity for yours truly.
You’ll be able to hear the entire conversation between myself and Jon Anderson in November with the second instalment of the Biff Bam Podcast; in the meantime, here are a few choice selections from our chat. Enjoy!
When civilization crumbles around us like day old bread, the military will take every precaution to protect its citizens… even if it means putting a bullet in your head to reach their goal. On the last episode of “Fear the Walking Dead,” people are being torn away from their loved ones. The soldiers have their orders… but will they obey them? Read the rest of this entry
“Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat certainly knows how to launch a series with a cliffhanger. When last we saw The Doctor and his unconventional entourage, things were looking very bad indeed. Missy AKA The Master and Clara Oswald had been exterminated by Daleks, The TARDIS has been destroyed, and The Doctor has been confronted by his old archenemy, the dying Davros, at the dawn of the Daleks, with a chance to end the Dalek threat forever… but what are the real consequences? Meet me after the time and space jump for my thoughts on “The Witch’s Familiar!”