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Riverdale: ‘The Outsiders,’ SE01 E08

So, confession. I’ve never read The Outsiders or seen the movie based on it. So if this episode has carefully crafted references to it, I am the last guy to catch them. Mea culpa!

This episode has two plots wrapped around it like strands of DNA. Neither of them can be considered an A or B plot. So let us simply refer to them as whiteand black. They’re as equally delineated by gender as colour.

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Riverdale: ‘In a Lonely Place,’ S01 E07

Greetings, Riverheads!  Apologies for taking so long to get back to you.  So much has been happening in our little land of the gingers! Love blooms and wilts, intrigues are being hatched, treachery and subterfuge are the rule of the day! Corporate competitions turn into bloody beatings!  

You didn’t think you’d get this from a show based on characters originally appearing in Pep Comics, did you?

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Riverdale: ‘Faster, Pussycats! Kill, Kill!’

So! Everyone who had your wager on “Betty is Polly” I’ve got some bad news for you, as the mystery of Jason Blossom’s disappearance and murder grow ever deeper and Archie’s superpower of turning women against each other continues to exhibit itself.

This week on… Riverdale!
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‘Riverdale’: How’d We Get Here?

Riverdale, when you think about it, is perfectly suited for the CW. It’s about the prototypical teen and his buds, and (as we’ve seen) you can do pretty much anything with them.  Archie has been a kid, a teen, and grownup to get married to both his high school girlfriends. He’s also fought zombies.  

No, I’m serious.

So a setting and characterizations as flexible as that is going to be able to to have some interesting adaptations to a high school TV drama.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For the “Hamilton” Fans In Your Life

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Merry Christmas! Look, if you’re one of the high class tastemakers that visits BBP regularly, you’ve likely got friends and family who are fans of the single greatest musical to hit the stage since Webber decided to put dancers in cat suits. And by that, I mean Hamilton: an American Musical.

But once they’ve stepped across the threshold of artistic genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about the founding father without a father, what the heck are you going to get them?

Hold onto your tricorn, friends, because after the jump, we delve into the perfect gift list for the Hamilhead in your life.

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The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) Of Movies: Where To Now?

JusticeLeagueSo Deadpool was apparently a big learning experience for all the companies building their own Cinematic Universes. Apparently the main lesson they learned was that an R-Rated genre film could, in fact, succeed at the box office. So yay for that! I look forward to a Restricted Transformers film being released and I not having to attend it.

But that’s not the main lesson that should be learned from Deadpool’s success.

There are actually two lessons that people should take away from it, located after this cut.

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The Bitter Guy on 10 Cloverfield Lane (no spoilers!)

The first Cloverfield was sort of JJ Abrams Mystery Box ethos writ large. Inspired by a visit to Japan to create an American Kaiju tale, it very strongly reflected the times, filmed in a found footage format and featuring a horde of bystanders shooting pictures on their phones of  the disembodied head of the Statue of Liberty.

The film was previewed in front of the first Transformers film, but few details were released.  The film came out the following January and was a moderate box office and critical success.

The first film took the characters on a harrowing voyage across New York to rescue one of their friends in the midst of a giant monster attack. So what does this new claustrophobic thriller have to do with the prior film? Find out after the jump (no spoilers)!

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Dropping The S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals Questions

Warning: The following article contains justifications, backronyms, and head-canon. Reader discretion is advised.

CoulsonThe moment when the scales fell from my eyes was about midway in the first Iron Man (2008) film. Tony Stark has escaped his captors, the Ten Rings, and has returned home. Pepper Potts is approached by a well groomed civil servant type who’d like a few words with Tony Stark.

But here’s the thing. He introduced himself as Phil Coulson, agent of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. That was an ingenious acronym in a storytelling sense. By 2008 the word “homeland” had been abused so much that it would make anyone’s brain shut down. Okay, I picked it up, but for the majority of viewers it wouldn’t have meant anything.  

Coulson leads a strike force against Obadiah Stane (that doesn’t turn out so well), and eventually he asks Pepper to just call them S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we get the post-credits sequence. Spoiler: Nick Fury shows up.

Follow me after the jump where we’ll take a closer look at S.H.I.E.L.D. through its ever-changing state in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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Justin Mohareb On… Nightmares of Futures Past

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.

One of my favourite Superhero RPG accessories was the Nightmares of Futures Past series for TSR’s classic Advanced Marvel Superheros system.  Marvel Superheroes was a licensed RPG produced by the creators of Dungeons & Dragons that used a unique colour chart resolution system.

Marvel Superheroes was a big part of my nascent interest in RPGs.  It combined my interest in RPGs with my love of the Marvel Universe and provided a streamlined system to play in.  

Nightmares of Futures Past was a strange piece of RPG history.  It expanded on what was the then undeveloped Days of Future Past setting (I believe Rachel Summers was still to come or just recently arrived) and introduced me to the sandbox style of game adventures.  A sandbox RPG is a game where there’s not much metaplot to work with.  The GM & the players work with the world and decide what sort of adventures they’d face.  An evening’s excitement could be launched by a player going “my character wants to do this” and the GM building as tory with the players about the repercussions of that character’s actions. Read the rest of this entry

Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Cinematic Universes All The Way Down

NickFury-IMTen years ago, we didn’t have cinematic universes. We had franchises, and every studio dreamt of them, even though what they dreamt of would usually peter out after a trilogy.

But then 2008 happened. Iron Man came out and walloped audiences at the end with an appearance by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury and the introduction of the Avengers initiative. Rapid announcements of a series of Marvel movies came, and the concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to take shape.

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