Articles – Geekshow Your hub for geek related podcasts. Home of GeekiNtertainment, The BuffCast, Two Geeks, True Believers, MeteorGEEK!, and the AngelCast. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 05:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 News about the future of Geekshow Entertainment Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:47:06 +0000 Hi Geeks, Hayley here.

Just wanted to share a bit of news with you all…all two of you who probably still check this site. Recently, I’ve picked back up where I left off with ‘Have You Met Ted?’ the podcast I do about the show ‘How I Met Your Mother’. This has been fantastic and I have absolutely loved it. Rest assured, the show is continuing and not stopping. However, after recently trying to post the latest episode I discovered that Geekshow as a site had become inactive to the point of needing to have its hosting renewed. After some discussion with Thomas, I’ve renewed the hosting and can thus continue with the podcast as normal.

Since that means technically Geekshow is under my control as such, I’m feeling a little bit dubious about the whole thing. I love this site and have been visiting it since Randy and Wayne did the Buffcast. Who would have thought someone with the screen name ‘AussieSlayerette’ would like a podcast about Buffy ;-).

So I take the responsibility pretty seriously as I view this site as having a wonderful geeky legacy of which I am fortunate to be a part of. But realistically, the site needs a lot of work. In its current condition it is far from its former glory so the saying goes.

My plan for the future for the site is to get it back to a workable place. The biggest roadblock of course is that my technical knowledge of how to do that is very limited but rest assured I am learning and have some help from good friends who know more about it than me! So over time, expect to see the look (and hopefully feel) of the site to change a little for the better. Thus far I’ve managed to get rid of a lot of the spammy comments and have a plan to include some new content on a more regular basis, including a new podcast called simply ‘The Geek Show’.

I hope you will bear with me thru the changes and will continue to engage with the community here. With great power comes great responsibility geeks and I definitely want to use my newfound power for the good of the site.

Stay geeky!


SuperGeeks Extra—Forever Evil: Arkham War #1 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:03:45 +0000 Welcome back, SuperGeeks as our listener Don bring us another great DC comics review with Forever Evil: Arkham War #1. With the villains of Arham Asylum on the loose, what will Batman and company do to stop the oncoming war?    The first of DC’s Forever Evil tie-ins, Arkham War by Peter Tomasi and Scot Eaton catches us up with the inmates of Arkham and Blackgate as they flood the streets of Gotham City.



Be part of the show:

Check out the SuperGeeks Facebook page for more Geekiness!!!  Just search “Supergeeks”.

  • Comment on the website.
  • Leave us Itunes reviews.
  • Email us at the NEW email address:


SuperGeeks Extra—Forever Evil review Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:42:21 +0000 Check out the new Comic Review by long time Listener, Don!!  He tells you what’s been going on in DC’s newest comic event “Forever Evil.”  What you’ve missed and what epic battles are coming soon!  Check it out!

Review contributed by SuperGeeks listener Don!!!



Comics You Should Be Checking Out—I think “Forever Evil” bt DC Comics is an event that you MUST check out!  In wake of the Trinity War which we find out immediately was all set in motion by the Crime Syndicate.


Now the first thing you should know about this version of the Crime Syndicate is that it has more members than the Crime Syndicate you remember. First we have the ones you know. Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Power Ring, and Johnny Quick.

The new members are Deathstorm which is our evil version of Firestorm. The Atom which is a girl that we find out the Crime Syndicate used to infiltrate the JSA. Finally we have Grid which is a living sentient computer virus that actually infected Cyborgs armor and expelled all of his living tissue.


We open the story and the world has literally been shut down. Grid has shut down power worldwide save for a message that is being posted over the world wide web stating that the Justice League is dead and the world now belongs to the Crime Syndicate.


Obviously not every one in the world is sitting in front of a computer at this time so there are many characters that don’t know what’s really going on. One character is Nightwing who has decided to take a look at Arkham Asylum and make sure everything is still running smoothly during the power outage. Here we witness Nightwing’s capture by Superwoman with her version of the lasso of truth. Although her lasso looks like barb wire. While this is going on Lex Luther is mid-flight when the power outage occurs and his helicopter crashes. Lex obviously is okay,but is also wondering what’s going on. Now we quickly witness Ultraman break into a facility that is housing

Kryptonite. He grabs the Kryptonite suffering no ill effects. Crushes it in his hand. Heats it with his vision and inhales it.


So we come to the end of the issue and we have the Crime Syndicate hosting a gathering of a good portion of the worlds super villain community and basically reiterating that the Justice League is dead and that it’s time for evil to shine. During this gathering we have Nightwing strung up obviously been worked over and to top it off Ultraman walks over and unmasks him in front of the entire villain community. As the sun rises we finally learn of a weakness in Ultraman. He apparently can not take exposure to the sun, but he quickly remedies this by pushing the moon in front of the sun once again plunging the world into darkness and leaving many wondering including several villains with no Justice League is there anyone on Earth who can stand up to this team of evil or more importantly is there anybody who even wants too.


Obviously I wouldn’t expect you to read this word for word being that it’s rather winded, but it provides you with all the much needed info of the issue.  Check it out and have fun!

SuperGeeks #56—Fall movie reviews, the history of Horror and more!! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:55:23 +0000 Join Jeff and Thomas as they chat about movies, movies, movies.  Discussions about the new James Bond, Wreck-It Ralph, Silent Hill, and then a long discussion of Horror movies and our favorite films in the genre.With help from guest hosts, Caitlin and Alyx!  Plus a new Question of the Week and more!!!


Question of the Week: What are your Top 5 musical movies, TV shows, productions etc?  Tell us what musical productions are so great, they’re Geeky!


Be part of the show:

  • Check out the SuperGeeks Facebook page for more Geekiness!!!  Just search “Supergeeks”.
  • Comment on the website.
  • Leave us Itunes reviews.
  • Email us at the NEW email address:
]]> 16
Disney buys Star Wars!! 7th film coming!!! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:00:05 +0000 It has been confirmed!! Disney will soon own the rights to LucasFilms and the Star Wars franchise with a new movie set for 2015?!  I feel a SuperTopic coming on!!  Share your thoughts and discuss here!

Check out the full story HERE!!!


Be part of the show:

  • Check out the SuperGeeks Facebook page for more Geekiness!!!  Just search “Supergeeks”.
  • Comment on the website.
  • Leave us Itunes reviews.
  • Email us at the NEW email address:



]]> 9
Iron Man 3–Trailer is Here!!!! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:46:57 +0000 Marvel Studios “Phase 2” is a 3, 2, 1…..GO!  Check out the new trailer for the third installment of the Iron Man franchise which pits ol’ Shellhead against the Mandarin!!

Check out the trailer HERE!!!

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Quentin Tarantino’s next film is here!!! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:44:33 +0000 Tarantino returns with another blood soaked film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Check out this action packed western HERE

Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. …


]]> 3
New Sofadogs Commentary! Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:19:35 +0000 John and Hayley return for another fun Sofadogs commentary to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of ‘Trojan War’.

Check out the recording here or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Plot Summary: A High School dweeb (Will Friedle) is about to lose his virginity to the class bombshell (Marley Shelton), but must first embark on a wild, madcap journey to find a condom. Meanwhile, his frustrated best friend (Jennifer Love Hewitt) tries to muster up the courage to tell him she’s secretly in love with him.

Celebrating the film’s 15th anniversary, Hayley returns to discuss the ups and downs of this flawed, but endearing sex comedy. We talk about the absurd tone, the tight structure, the charming cast and the film’s awkward history and reception over the years. You can buy your own made to order DVD of this movie from the Warner Archive Collection. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Happy listening!

The Hobbit: Feature Trailer!!! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:48:18 +0000 Check out the Feature trailer for the first film in the Hobbit trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson!

See the trailer HERE

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

]]> 5
Marvel 10th Anniversary Heroclix set!!! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:38:30 +0000 Whizkids proudly presents a new Heroclix set featuring characters from the full history of Marvel comics.  Check out the previews of the new Clix inside!!


Check out the previews for the new Marvel 10th Anniversary Heroclix set!  See the previews HERE!!!


Hansel & Gretel—Jeremy Renner’s new movie trailer!! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:28:39 +0000 It’s Witch Hunting time!!! Check out the trailer for the new fantasy based action flick that turns the classic Grimm Brothers story on its head!.


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes place 15 years after the siblings’ legendary incident at the gingerbread house. The two are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set.

Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia), this retelling of the classic Grimm Brothers story is sure to be a bloody, violent good time!

See the trailer HERE:
]]> 1
DC 10th Anniversary Heroclix!! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:12:58 +0000 Whizkids proudly presents a new Heroclix set featuring characters from the full history of DC comics.  Check out the previews of the new Clix inside!!


Check out the previews for the new DC 10th Anniversary Heroclix set!  See the previews HERE!!!


Branded—movie trailer looks Matrix-esque!! Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:57:10 +0000 Check out the newest sci-fi movie trailer that is guaranteed to blow your mind. Do we really exist as we see the world?  Or do hidden creatures control our reality??  Find out the answers in this trailer!!!.


A dark and mind-bending sci-fi thriller into a surreal, dystopian society where mega corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive.

Check out the trailer HERE !!!

New SuperGeeks Email!!! Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:03:20 +0000 Hey SuperGeeks!  We changed email addresses!  Now you can email us all your Geeky thoughts and questions at are proud to present the new email address as it means that Jeff and I will both be able to check the email regularly and this will be a more secure email server for everyone involved.


NOTE: If you sent us an email in the last 2 weeks, we did NOT get it.  Sorry…… Please resend any old emails to the new address!  Thanks so much SuperGeeks!!!!

]]> 3
“Cloud Atlas” trailer will blow your mind!!! Sun, 05 Aug 2012 16:38:07 +0000 Check the next film by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix trilogy, a mind blowing tale that spans over 1000 years.  The film features an enormous cast of great actors.  Check it out here!!!

Check the trailer HERE!

Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.

]]> 8
What Did You Think of The Dark Knight Rises??? Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:55:45 +0000 Hey there, SuperGeeks.  The wait is over!!  Dark Knight Rises comes out at midnight tonight!!  If you saw it or can’t wait to see it, share your thoughts with us here.  And join us soon for the SuperGeeks review episode!  SPOILER FREE COMMENTS ONLY PLEASE!

Don’t forget to join Jeff and Thomas in a few days for their Dark Knight Rises movie review!!!

Be part of the show:

  • Comment on the website.
  • Leave us Itunes reviews.
  • Email us at the email address:
]]> 8
SuperGeeks Extra—DC Comics review Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:04:05 +0000 Join Jeff and Thomas as they discuss the recent DC Comics books that have come out in the past several weeks.  The guys discuss the wrap up of “The Night of Owls”, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.  Check it out and leave your comments and thoughts!

Be part of the show:

  • Comment on the website.
  • Leave us Itunes reviews.
  • Email us at the email address:
]]> 6
The Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson Manifesto Sat, 23 Jun 2012 18:08:13 +0000 Join “Blue”, regular co-host of SuperGeeks as he presents his argument for why Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson should not be considered for the role of Lobo in the upcoming DC movie.  Blue details the ups and downs of Johnson’s acting career and adds a bit of humor to prove his case.  Join him here!!

]]> 2
Amazing Spiderman–4 minute trailer!! Tue, 15 May 2012 18:00:30 +0000 This week on “America’s Got Talent”, they premiered the new 4 minute trailer for the Amazing Spiderman and it is bad***!!!!  Check it out here and share your opinions!


]]> 2
The Dark Knight Rises–Feature Trailer Tue, 01 May 2012 13:10:11 +0000 The final trailer for the third chapter in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy arrives!  And it look awesome!  Check it out here!

Check it out HERE!


]]> 3
C2E2—the costumes!! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 03:43:09 +0000 The Chicago comic con, C2E2 was awesome!! Check out some of the great costumes that were seen as well as what Thomas and Jeff wore???Hey Guys!!  So sorry about the delays recently.  We have been non-stop busy.  But we are hoping to have a new episode up soon.  Until then, check out the awesome costumes that we saw at C2E2, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo.

Check out the photos HERE!C2E2-Logo-Square-Hi-Res.png v=634248379007527373

Be part of the show:

  • Comment on the website.
  • Leave us Itunes reviews.
  • Email us at the email address:
  • Keep up with the show BEFORE we record by following Thomas on Twitter—-@ChronoFett
]]> 1
New Sofadogs Commentary Part Two Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:42:57 +0000 John Pavlich and Hayley White recorded a commentary for the 2006 conclusion to the ‘I Know’ trilogy, “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer”.

Yep, that happened too.

Putting the final nail (hopefully) in the coffin of the Killer Fisherman trilogy, we are nothing if not completists with this one. We discuss our feelings on pulling pranks, ADR and the struggle of trying to do something different in a pre-established series, while also being trapped within that territory.

Head to John’s Sofadogs Podcast site here to check it out and feel free to leave comments below.

New Sofadogs Commentary Part One Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:29:51 +0000 John Pavlich and Hayley White recorded a commentary for the 2000 spoof film “Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th”.

Yep, that really happened.

John and I love our horror movies so we thought this one would be a lot of fun…the commentary was, the movie not so much. We talk about the art and science that goes into making a spoof movie, what works, what doesn’t and why and how to possibly fix things. We also discuss the ensemble cast including Julie Benz, Danny Strong, Tom Arnold, Majandra Delfino and Tiffani Thiessen.

Head to John’s Sofadogs Podcast site here to check it out and feel free to leave comments below.

SuperGeeks #35—We’re Baaack!!! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:56:06 +0000 Join Thomas and Jeff as they return from Winter Break for more Geeky fun!  Lots of Geeky news stories, we discuss the 6 “DC 52” titles getting cancelled, as well as unveil another Prize Giveaway Contest.  Join us!.

DC announces the first cancellations of their “DC52” line.

DC Comics get a new logo.

“Smallville’s” Erica Durance as Wonder Woman in recent episode of NBC’s “Harry’s Law”.

Be part of the show:

  • Comment on the website.
  • Leave us Itunes reviews.
  • Email us at the email address:
  • Keep up with the show
]]> 15
SuperGeeks #24—Speak Out with Your Geek Out & DC 52 reviews Sun, 11 Sep 2011 14:11:33 +0000 Join Thomas and Jeff as they review the next push of DC 52 titles with the help of some guest reviewers.  Check out reviews of Flashpoint #5, Detective Comics #1, Action Comics #1, Animal Man #1, Batgirl #1, and Swamp Thing #1.  Big Thanks to Scott Carelli and Steveyschoice!  Plus, a chance to be part of the show with the event, Speak Out With Your Geek Out, to share what makes you a Geek.  More info. in the show!!.

Be part of the show:

  • Comment on the website.
  • Leave us Itunes reviews.
  • Email us at the email address:
  • Keep up with the show BEFORE we record by following Thomas on Twitter—-@ChronoFett


SuperGeeks #24

Speak out With Your Geek Out–A Nationwide Geek Pride Event

  • Check out the Facebook page HERE
  • Send us your emails or MP3 audio recordings to be on the show!!!
  • Tell us what makes you a Geek and how you like to Geek out!


Comics Reviews

  • Flashpoint #5—The end of the DC Universe
  • Detective Comics #1—A truly twisted tale of Batman and the Joker


Guest Listener steveyschoice

  • Action Comics #1–A tale of Superman in the early days.


Scott Carelli

  • Animal Man #1–One of the new mature themed DC 52 issues.
  • Batgirl #1—Barbara Gordan triumphantly returns in the purple suit!!
  • Detective Comics #1 —Scott’s take on this dark story
  • Swamp Thing #1—Big Green returns for this DC Dark mature title
]]> 29
Have You Met Ted? – The Lost Episode Transcript Part 1 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:41:30 +0000 Recovered for your reading pleasure is Part One of the discussion between Hayley White and John Pavlich that should have been episode 22 of Have You Met Ted!

The transcript is separated into two parts to make it easier to digest since the discussion ran at about 50 minutes of recorded dialogue back and forth. Please enjoy and feel free to leave any comments below.

Hayley: So we’re going to get stuck into today’s discussion. This week instead of going thru the normal episode commentary we’re just gonna have just a quick synopsis and then just discuss things ‘cause there’s probably lots to discuss and its easier rather than just going thru the whole episode, so sorry if you were expecting that but we’re not going to do that this episode.

So the plot synopsis for this episode, thanks to the lovely Wikipedia, the font of all knowledge, says:

“Ted, having given up his previous date with his supposedly perfect match (which is what happened last episode), has decided to pursue Robin yet again. Barney (acting on behalf of the Universe) slaps Ted, telling him it’s a bad idea. Ted tells them that he will try only one more time, and if it does not work out, he will accept that it is not meant to be. He then surprises her in her apartment with candy, flowers, and a group of musicians with blue instruments (in reference to the Blue French horn he stole for her on their first date). Robin, while surprised, cannot give Ted a definite answer, especially after he learned that Robin’s company camping trip is back on and Sandy Rivers is trying to date her now that he is moving on to CNN. Ted finally accuses Robin of ignoring her true feelings and urges her to “touch the ground”, but it fails to win her over. Ted walks out frustrated, but breaks his promise by trying to get Robin again by doing a rain dance. After he convinces a girl Barney hooked up with twice to help him (as she has a Ph.D. in Native American studies), Ted tries to do a rain dance, which ultimately proves successful, and he then goes over to Robin’s. Ted yells up to her from the street, telling her to come down (alluding to his previous demands for her to “touch the ground”), and the two finally become a couple.

“While Ted is finally finding success, Marshall is encountering the opposite. After having learned about Lily’s acceptance into an art fellowship in San Francisco, he begins to worry that their relationship is in danger. Marshall and Lily argue almost non-stop as to what will happen and Lily reveals that, despite having promised herself she would not go, she actually wants to, even though the wedding is only weeks away. Due to the length of their arguments, Marshall and Lily have developed a “pause function”, allowing them to temporarily drop the argument to do something else. As the argument reaches a head, Lily tries to pause the argument but Marshall refuses, which leads to the two having sex.

“As Ted heads back in a cab from Robin’s apartment, Future Ted tells his kids that although New York looked the same, in one night everything had changed. Ted’s high spirits quickly dampen when he finds Marshall sitting on the steps of the apartment complex in the rain, with Lily having gone to San Francisco and called off the engagement. Ted comforts him, knowing that Marshall has lost the only girl he had ever loved.”

So John, what did you think of this episode as a whole?

John: Well first off, I have to say that’s a pretty good synopsis of the entire episode even though we’re not going thru a sort of running commentary, I think that summed everything up.

Hayley: Pretty much. Like I was reading it before and I was thinking ‘that hits all the beats’. I don’t think there’s anything they really left out.

John: No, they really didn’t miss anything.

Hayley: No, no. There was a rating system down the bottom. There’s an option where you can say how well-written it was and it’s five star as far as I’m concerned. So anyway…

John: On the whole this is one of my favourite episodes of the series overall so far which is why I wanted to come on here and talk about it. Really for me, it does a great job of moving deftly between comedy and drama that a lot of shows don’t do this well, especially within a 30 minute and 20 minute sort of sitcom genre as this show is. I also and, it was really kind of that end moment where they had the Bloc Party song playing in the background that for me really cemented that show as something special. I had been watching it sort of casually the first season as it was going on and I was thinking ‘Yeah, this is cute, you know this is fun”. But really when I got to that end it was like wow, I really like that they did sort of take the time to deal with really serious important issues, it’s not just you know, with wacky fun and games all the time with no consequences. It kind of reminds me a little of what Friends did back in its day. It was around for like ten years. And like that’s the only kind of show that I can sort of compare this to. They’re both set in New York and they both have an ensemble cast that you love that go thru an awful lot and it’s not just wacky pratfalls and slapstick, although there is some of that here.

Hayley: (laughs) Lots of slapping in this one!

John: Yeah, yeah! And the other thing I also like… I had forgotten how early they started building their mythology. You have the slapping and in the previous episode you had the thing with showing someone pictures of, when someone picks up a glass to drink from it, then gets shown a picture of ‘No apparently I did something horrible to that glass so you can’t drink out of it’. And I hadn’t realised that they started that kind of stuff this early and sometimes they would carry that stuff sometimes seasons ahead. Sometimes we’ll get a call back to it, way later and I think that’s something How I Met Your Mother does all on its own. I can’t think of anything else to compare it to in that regard.

Hayley: I definitely agree. I keep thinking I want to write this article about how How I Met Your Mother is the new Friends and just all the dynamics so I think you definitely hit that on the head. I was reading an article the other day with the series creators and they were talking about how they were kind of the Lost of sitcoms where they take things and run with it three seasons later and you go, ‘Oh yeah. That was that episode where this happened’ and it’s very well done and they obviously have great continuity and know their characters inside out and to know where they’re going with the story and being able to just pull those tiny little threads and draw it back. As you say, this season has just been ripe with all that stuff that as we get further into the show is just really really going to open up and draw on things that they’ve laid here in this first season. You really don’t realise just how much mythology and things they’re really laying the groundwork for and just how well built up it is. I mean, in, as you say twenty five, thirty minutes, so much happens. Like, we have so much happen just in the first four minutes. We’ve got Ted talking to that gang, and then we cut in quickly to Robin and then back to them and then back to Robin. It cuts so quickly and so much happens that I just think that they’re so brilliant. I love this show. So that’s just me.

So, we’ll start with probably the lesser…what did you think of what was going on with Barney in this episode?

John: You mean in relation to his relationship with the girl that he had hooked up with?

Hayley: Yep.

John: I actually thought it was funny that they…cause I think this is actually the first time, and one of the only times, that we get one of Barney’s conquests sort of come back, and naturally she’s angry at him for you know, hooking up with her twice. And apparently he also hit on her mother. But I like that their relationship is not so far gone (chuckles) that apparently they end up hooking up again by the episode end and just immediately jumping each other and making out at the bar. The other thing that made me happy was that that character was played by Amy Acker.

Hayley: Yay! Yeah, Amy Acker, she’s gorgeous.

John: Yeah from Dollhouse and as well Angel. A Joss Whedon staple. You know, those show creators for How I Met Your Mother, they’re huge Buffy fans so in order to get Alyson Hannigan, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, who plays Sandy Rivers, all in an episode together I think is pretty awesome. And you know, also now, although not at this time, we have now Neil Patrick Harris is added to that list and we get sort of Joss Whedon…

Hayley: Whedonites.

John: Yeah. You know, they have that. I think also, Cobie Smulders is in The Avengers so there you go.

Hayley: Yes. Yeah, we’re racking them up.

John: Anytime any of those actors show up on a show like this it makes me happy, because it also gives them a chance to do that sitcom flavour of comedy. Cause, Amy Acker, I think I’d actually like to see that character show up again cause we don’t know if, like okay, did they just hook up again that one time and they just did that as a fun joke or did they…at least not at this point, they’ve never brought that character back and I’d like to see them do so.

Hayley: Yeah. She’s really sweet. I love Amy Acker so I completely agree. It’s fun having all those Buffy characters show up. I’m a big Buffy fan, I mean my username on the site is Aussie Slayerette so you know, right there, that’s a given. So I really love that in this episode. I actually realised when I watched it again that this is another time where we do see Sandy Rivers, Alexis Denisof, which I think I mentioned either last week or previous week’s that that was the final time but this is actually the final time for this season.  And I think he was really cute in that role that he plays it so well and we get to see a slightly different side of him where he’s being a bit sincere and not just the cocky sort of guy so that was really cool to see as well. Love the Joss Whedon people!

John: Yeah, you kind of find out in this episode he’s not a complete snake. He’s sort of crass and overly cocky but he’s also kind of a nice guy. He tells Robin, ‘No, I genuinely like you’ and he also goes out of his way to make sure that she gets his job that he leaves for CNN. And he didn’t have to do that. He would have gained nothing from doing that especially if he were leaving. I think that’s really cool.

Hayley: And I love the banter that they have onscreen where they’re just like, ‘Oh, you better take a rain check’ and they do the tv reporter thing which I thought was really cute. They had a nice little rhythm there.  And you guys will notice that the weatherman there which they call ‘Lou’ is actually the same guy who did ‘Vampire Lou’ in the previous episode with the award show a couple of episodes ago.

John: Oh yeah!

Hayley: Yeah, it’s the same guy. Like ‘Oh, it’s you’. Which I only worked out from listening to the cast commentary for this episode so I can’t say I’m that good. (Laughs) I was told. From the cast.

John: Well I had completely forgotten about it so that’s a new one on me.

Hayley: So that’s a little fun fact for that aspect.  So just still on Barney, what did you think of him on his relationship with Ted in this episode?

John: I think it was interesting that Barney was actually the voice of reason for Ted.

Hayley: Yeah, that’s a great line.

John: And he even says, you know ‘You’re making me the voice of reason and I don’t like it’. It’s interesting considering, especially concerning Ted confidence over his efforts to win the girl, usually Barney would be all for that and would be going out of his way to help him.

Hayley: Oh yeah. That completely. And it’s such a crazy scheme really and Barney’s all about the crazy schemes so it’s interesting to see him not jumping on the band wagon with that one.

John: Even if it was just to laugh at Ted, but no, this is the one instance where he really asserts himself as Ted’s best friend as he likes to call himself. And he says, ‘No. I think what you’re doing is awful and I think you should stop it’. I think that says a lot about Barney, about he’s approaching this because normally he would just be like, ‘Yeah. Totally do it.’ Either be like ‘I’m gonna help you achieve your goal’ or ‘I’m gonna be sitting in the background laughing at you’ when at one point, when Ted is doing his rain dance he does kind of go…he’s looking at his watching and he goes ‘Funny. Still funny. Funny. And now it’s just sad.’ But he does stay up there with Ted the whole time.

Hayley: He does, yeah, even after Penelope’s gone.

John: Yeah, she leaves.

Hayley: Yeah, and he still supports him. I think I’ve said this before on the show, I think Barney does have that depth to him that we do get to see in these shining moments where he does care about his friends, he does genuinely want the best for them and if he sees them doing something which is not going to get them there he does he will do what he can to correct them back onto what he thinks is a better path by in this episode, by telling Ted that it’s a silly idea and stuff. That the Universe is going to slap him and stuff. And I think too, on another note, this kind of plays into Barney’s thing too where he doesn’t like committed relationships, like he’s always going on at Marshall and Lily for getting married and stuff. And I think really in this instance he tries to get Ted to back down because, I mean, he’s always gun-ho for Ted to just hook up with someone for the fun of it, but when it’s something actually serious he doesn’t want to go there. Maybe that’s part of his motivation there as well. He wants Ted to stay single like him and enjoy that sort of lifestyle rather than lose his best friend to a committed relationship perhaps.

John: Definitely. I think that’s a lot of what Barney does and says. And I think also that one of the reasons why Barney in that regard doesn’t want to lose Ted is that he feels like he wants Ted to be his sort of partner in his pursuit of having these one night stands with these women. It’s interest because Barney, as we’ll learn later, is a very lonely character and not for the reasons you might think. It’s not necessarily just because of all these women that he goes thru as if they were tissue paper. It runs a lot deeper than that. There’s a lot of different layers to it. So I like…I think it’s interesting that…he’s not necessarily wrong that it’s crazy to keep going after Robin like this but there is also that aspect where he doesn’t want to see all his friends go off and have relationships and get married because he feels like they’re just going to forget about him and abandon him and he’s just going to be alone again.

Hayley: Definitely. All right. So moving from Barney, aside from the whole Ted/Robin stuff, the biggest stuff in this episode is what’s going on with Marshall and Lily. So we have the phone call from last week’s episode about the art fellowship that Lily was trying to get into and she got it, so we kind of have the fallout from that decision in this episode. What did you think of Lily’s decision and all that?

John: On the one hand I have sympathy for Lily and what she’s going thru in term of , you know, sometimes you can get married too young and it’s not that you don’t love the person that you’re with it that you feel like there’s so much stuff you need to get out of your system first before you settle down. My feeling was always just, why can’t they still be engaged and push the wedding back a little. They hadn’t set a date yet…

Hayley: No they had, because they had that dream place booked which was what pulled it forward in the first place.

John: Oh, that’s right. So yeah, I almost feel like man, you know it’s gonna be a little bit crazy and tough but support your wife like, ‘I know I think that’s awesome and you should totally go for it and I’m gonna come with you. We’ll be together on this and I’ll be there to share in this experience that you’re probably gonna have to support you and everything’. I feel like they’re making this bigger than it needs to be and into an argument which it shouldn’t be. But I also understand why Lily was doing it but it’s also unfortunate that she couldn’t just go to Marshall and talk about it with him.

Hayley: And I think that’s the stuff that Marshall is struggling with. He says, ‘I want to support this, I do, but it just feels like you’re gonna have this experience and it’s gonna change you and you’re not going to want to be with me anymore’. I think you’re right. Probably if this was a bit more real world they would have a fight and then discuss it and maybe try and make it work. It’s only for a couple of months really and if they’ve been together for like ten years at this point then really a couple of months should not shake them that much.

John: Right. I think that’s the other too is if he’s not going to go with her, if there’s a reason why he can’t or something, then with technology and communication being what it is today, I mean, for example, you’re in Australia and I’m not and we’re practically a day apart in time and we’re carrying on a conversation right now talking about this show and how much we love it. So there’s ways around this stuff even though Lily is in one part of the world and Marshall is in another, they can still interact with each other, keep in touch.

Hayley: And it’s the same country. Telephones work in the same country.

John: Exactly. The other things too, I think to remember, is that both Lily and Marshall are young. And the thing that’s there but clearly doesn’t get addressed is that Marshall feels…he’s feeling insecure. He’s having some self esteem issues about how strong their relationship is. He’s worried that he’s…if they’re separated she’ll see grass greener on the other side and not want to come back to him. He feels that he’s not enough for her.

Hayley: Completely.

John: He takes it personal for her to decide that she wants to go off and do this.

Hayley: And I think too that, which is quite warranted, the fact that she did keep it from him must hurt a lot.

John: Yeah. The fight would not have been as severe and it might not have even happened at all if she would have actually approached this situation calmly. If she’d have just come to him, like initially. The fact that she tried to hide it from him kind of raised a red flag, like ‘Why did you need to keep this from me? What does that mean for our relationship?’

Hayley: I think you can even, even from the word go and the answering machine message plays you see Marshall look at her and the look he has on his face and even just his tone of voice when he’s all ‘What do you mean art fellowship?’ and Lily’s all shocked and upset. And I think just that tiny little bit he just played so well, he’s so in the character and you can see the insecurity on his face that he’s trying to maintain his cool but he’s clearly upset by what he’s just heard and he wants an explanation because he’s been blind sighted by it.

John: Especially considering they’ve been together for so long and so they share everything so it’s really got to mess with his head when he gets something big like this on an answering machine and it’s not…he’s not aware of it, it doesn’t involve him at all so he’s really been blind sighted by it all. Like ‘I can’t even trust my soon-to-be wife to be open and honest with me’.

Hayley: Yeah. Poor Marshall. Poor Lily.

John: Yeah. I have sympathy for Lily but Marshall is the one I feel the worst for.

Hayley: Totally. She’s clearly done the wrong thing and should have spoken to him and then she just decides to bolt in the end really, and walk out on the relationship so that’s pretty crummy. I can just hear Thomas/ChronoFett just crying in this episode because of all this happening, Hi there to Thomas, but yeah. All right. So we’ve got Marshall and Lily in disarray. I love the pause function they have on their fights. I thought that was cute.

John: Yeah. Cause you at it and you think, ‘You know what? I’d really like to use that in my next relationship’. You also see it not working like when they both start breaking down in the seafood restaurant. Even butter sauce can’t save this moment.

Hayley: Yep. And they’re clapping and crying.

John: Yeah, with the Happy Birthday thing. Yeah. And it’s also kind of like a young, childish thing where they can go, ‘Yeah we’ll just pause this like a video game’. Where like, no you really, you have to deal with it. Only then, when you’ve dealt with it and hopefully had a happy resolution to that incident, only then can you go ‘Okay let’s go out and enjoy ourselves publicly in a seafood restaurant’ and enjoy butter sauce. You can’t really just stick a pin in this and then go have fun.

Hayley: (Laughs) Yeah, exactly right. And they even do it around their friends and stuff. There’s a bit where the gang leave them alone at the bar and then they un-pause and keep going on with their fight and stuff. I think it adds…something this show does well, as you said before, it cuts between drama and comedy and we’ve had all this seriousness that’s between them that sort of makes you feel uncomfortable because you do love these characters and you don’t like seeing them go thru this stuff so they throw in this little light bit to divert you from the seriousness but also to get deeper into what’s really happening so I thought that that was a really great thing that the writer’s threw in there.

John: Right. I do also like that they use the pause function, when they’re around their friends, to sort of couch it and say ‘Ok, this is about us and we’re not going to drag our friends into it’ and they take the time to go ‘Hmm maybe there is something our friends are going thru that we can take the time to help them with so we’re not going to make this about us right now’. It’s interesting how in the previous episode Lily kind of dragged Ted into everything that was going on with her and that, again like I was saying, building the mythology, that I forgot they set up some of these things this early. She will end up doing that later where instead of talking to Marshall she specifically contacts Ted and has him meet her somewhere. That comes later in the series, and I think that’s really interesting.

Hayley: Yeah, definitely. And the three of them definitely have an interesting and perhaps a little unhealthy family dynamic. I mean there’s three of them essentially in that relationship and it’s not always for the betterment of those three people. Ted gets pulled in. Brief spoilers. There’s an episode ahead next season I think, where Marshall and Lily have just come to some sort of an agreement and Ted’s gone somewhere and he comes back and they’re hugging him very smotheringly because they’re like ‘Don’t ever leave us again’ and stuff. Bit of an unhealthy relationship between the three of them, I think it’s sort of now, moving past that, we’ll see a little bit of that divulging and having the three of them broken up and Ted being forced ultimately to take a side between the two of them.

Stay tuned for Part Two of the transcript where Hayley and John discuss the characters Ted and Robin in depth. Coming very soon!

You’re Letting Me Down, AMC Sat, 06 Aug 2011 01:45:27 +0000 It’s been called “The New HBO”, but seriously. What is going on over at AMC?

Ever since Mad Men put them on the map, AMC has seen one of the quickest rises in television history. Less than four years after their flagship show’s premiere, the network has become one of the most oft-discussed and go-to places for compelling cable television, elevating basic cable as a sub-medium of television like HBO did with premium cable when that channel came on the scene with original programming in the mid-90s. AMC followed up this success a few months later with the runaway hit that is Breaking Bad (which, if you ask me, is an even better show), which is about as far away from a sophomore slump as you can get.

Breaking Bad ImageIn just three short years, both Mad Men and Breaking Bad have received seemingly limitless critical acclaim and award recognition for their respective compelling dramas and creative teams. Throw in the  massive ratings homerun that is The Walking Dead and you can pretty much call AMC one of the most successful channels on television right now.

And yet, recent developments make me ask: what the hell?

First there was the cancellation of Rubicon, with AMC refusing to give the “compelling drama” a further pickup and thusly not letting them continue the long-form story they clearly had to tell. Then there was The Killing, which started off with a promising pilot, got picked up, and then aired one of the most polarizing finales of all time, which (amongst other things) has been called “The Worst Season Finale of All Time“. Then there was the news that Frank Darabont has “stepped down” as showrunner of The Walking Dead, despite writing and directing one of the strongest pilots I’ve ever seen and helming an incredibly successful first season. And now there’s news that AMC is having trouble negotiating the forthcoming end of Breaking Bad with Sony.

As I’ve stated previously, AMC is at the foreground of every critic’s watch list. More than even HBO, people are dying to know what AMC’s going to do next. Up until The Killing, they’ve had nothing but hits (just don’t mention The Prisoner), but has The Killing hurt AMC?

(Before going on, I encourage everyone to read that last link as it’s basically a greater examination of the point I’ve been making and leads right into the notion I’m about to discuss. It’s a lengthy but worthwhile read, if you ask me, especially when you consider that many of the points made by Mr. McNutt are extremely valid and insightful into AMC’s behavior over the past year.)

Matthew Weiner ImageBut back to the point: AMC’s not played their success very well, and it can all be tied back to shooting themselves in the foot with their own golden gun, Mad Men.

If you haven’t been paying attention to the behind-the-scenes of Mad Men, it’s run by Matthew Weiner who is (to put it kindly) something of a television auteur. Every single thing that happens on Mad Men, every episode, every shot, every line is overseen by him and thusly you can say that all of the success of the show has been entirely due to his hard work and rests entirely on his shoulders. And AMC knows this, hence the many dramatic and nail biting sessions from Weiner’s increasing demands, the latest of which resulted in a six month delay for production on the show’s fifth season, meaning it’ll air in March 2012 rather than the typical August through October slot.

And for what? Weiner is doing three more seasons of Mad Men, getting paid $25-$30 million over the next three years (that’s $10 million per year), which is entirely understandable. At this point in time AMC as a brand is less than four years old. For them to lose one of the best dramatic writers working today would severely damage their claim that “We Know Drama”.

Killing PosterBut now it turns out that AMC’s deal with Weiner a couple months ago is damaging their entire brand. All the money they’re giving to Weiner means less money for all their other shows. AMC needs Sony to continue co-financing Breaking Bad. AMC cut The Walking Dead‘s budget resulting in (among other things) about $250k less per episode and Darabont’s departure, both of which compromise that show’s integrity. AMC needs to continue with The Killing because as an existing property it’s more financially viable than developing a new, untested property.

You probably know this already, AMC, but you made a really bad move. By taking a very expensive sure bet with your flagship show, you’ve compromised the integrity of the rest of your network. And for what? Three more years?

It’s this sort of short-sighted thinking that’s typically reserved for networks. That’s Bush League. But you’re not network. You’re cable. Not just cable, but THE cable, as far as most people are concerned. And yet here you are almost going out of your way to consolidate rather than expand.

Three years. That’s what you’ve bought yourselves. And then after that, what? You don’t really have many other options. You need to be pushing the envelope, taking risks, expanding your horizons to create a brand. Some of your shows will fail, but at the end of the day, that’s not what people are going to remember you for. No one remembers The Prisoner. They remember how you took a huge gamble on The Walking Dead and it’s paying off. But you shot yourself in the leg with that one, didn’t you?

Walking Dead PosterAnd now where are you? You compromise your future to save yourself in the now while your president is acting like every other blue suited penguin working for every other cookie cutter TV channel, playing the spin game and dancing circles around questions in interviews instead of answering straight-forward questions head on.

It’s disappointing, and you have to know that it is. I can’t imagine what it’s like behind the scenes right now. I just hope you can get back to producing unrelentingly great television rather than dealing with all this political, economic, squabbley bullshit normally reserved for networks and other, lesser-quality channels. You know the ones: those guys who make lowbrow, degrading, disposable entertainment.

“We know drama”. Well I guess you do now.

]]> 1
Stan Lee & Arnold Schwarzenegger present: THE GOVERNATOR! Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:52:13 +0000 Not an April Fools joke

So yeah…this is actually happening. Stan Lee and Arnold Schwarzenegger are working on an animated Governator television series as well as a comic book! After watching this trailer/test footage looking video I can’t help but express complete astonishment. It’s really one of those things you have to experience for yourself.

Play Along: How many summer blockbuster movie references are there? I counted Iron Man, Transformers, Terminator, The Dark Knight, and The Matrix

-Reid Ackerman

]]> 7
AMY ADAMS is LOIS LANE! Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:53:42 +0000 To star next to Henry Cavill in “The Man of Steel”!

After much speculation the role of Superman’s love interest and co-worker Lois Lane has been cast! Amy Adams who has appeared in The Figher, Enchanted, and much more has won the role! The film will be directed by Zack Snyder and is set for a December 2012 release. Does she have what it takes to play our Lois? Could this be the best Lois yet? Discuss!



-Reid Ackerman

]]> 7
UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Juno Temple confirmed for Dark Knight Rises Mon, 21 Mar 2011 03:44:25 +0000 As a mobster and a “street smart Gotham girl”

We’ve all been speculating for a while that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play a role in the The Dark Knight Rises. First, he was rumored to take over as The Joker, then it seemed everybody was tapping him for The Riddler, and today it was confirmed that he will indeed be playing Alberto Falcone. This character plays an extremely crucial role in the the Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale mini series Batman: The Long Halloween. If you want to know more about the character, this is the book you should check out.

In addition to Levitt, Juno Temple (Year One) has been cast in Dark Knight Rises as a “Street smart Gotham girl”. I have no idea where to begin on speculation for this role. any ideas?




]]> 2