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6
Dec

Avengers: United They Stand: Command Decision

Join Scott and Hamish as they continue their look at the Marvel animated series of the 90s and watch an episode of what some call the worst Marvel cartoon ever made: “Avengers: United They Stand”. Imagine if The Avengers we’re saving the world in the future, and had to wear hideous transforming robot suits of armor. Oh, and also Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor aren’t even on the team. Who would lead the team, then? Why, none other than Ant-Man! The fun-loving Scott Lang Ant-Man? No, the perpetually angry and insecure Hank Pym Ant-Man! And it just keeps getting better from there! Listen as they breakdown the episode “Command Decision”, a very special story where Captain America randomly shows up to help the Avengers fight Baron Zemo and his “Masters of Evil”. They’ll discuss the making of this series, how closely connected it is to the rest of the Marvel animated series of the 1990s, and why it pales in comparison to the shows that came before it. They’ll also detail the origins of the characters in the comics, and talk about why this show was little more than a half-hour commercial for a new line of action figures. So put on your futuristic armor, and grab a hot cup of coffee, because you’re gonna need it! Hey! Where’s that coffee?! 

 

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17
May

Fantastic Four (1994): To Battle the Living Planet

Join Scott and Hamish as they take a special two-part look at Marvel’s mid-90s Saturday morning cartoon block: The Marvel Action Universe! More specifically, the Marvel Action Universe block that aired on the morning of November 4, 1995.

 

In this episode (part two), they review and breakdown “To Battle The Living Planet”, an episode of Fantastic Four in which the team gets summoned by Thor to help fight Ego, a gigantic purple, sentient living planet that is mad at Earth! Oh, and if that wasn’t a big enough story, there’s cameos from members of the Avengers and the New Warriors and even Galactus joins the fight! Listen as they discuss the history of the Fantastic Four in comics, television, and film, and how they’re slowly making a comeback. They’ll talk about how this series, much like Iron Man, was disliked by critics for its first season, leading to many changes for season two. They’ll compare this version of Ego to his appearance as the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, how the Marvel Animated Universe of the 90s was as connected as the Marvel Cinematic Universe of today, the Toybiz toy line that was released for the show, and much, much more! Plus: Scott puts batteries in his Galactus toy for the first time in almost 20 years to see what sounds it makes, and Hamish and Scott re-enact the page from Fantastic Four comics that made fun of this cartoon! So wash the goo off your shoes, grab a slice of skyscraper cake, and dare to mock the living planet along with us! Excelsior!

 

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2
Apr

Iron Man (1994): Iron Man, On the Inside

Join Scott and Hamish as they take a special two-part look at Marvel’s mid-90s Saturday morning cartoon block: The Marvel Action Universe! More specifically, the Marvel Action Universe block that aired on the morning of November 4, 1995.

In this episode (part one), they review and breakdown “Iron Man, On the Inside”, an episode of Iron Man: The Animated Series in which Tony Stark shrinks down to microscopic size to perform surgery on Hawkeye’s spine. Listen as they discuss the history of the character of Iron Man from the comics and the members of his short lived Avengers offshoot team, Force Works. They’ll talk about the show’s initial poor reception and what big changes were made for season two, and for the entire block as well. Getting into the episode, they’ll talk about how this episode pretty much copied elements from the films Fantastic Voyage and Innerspace, why the villain’s plan to use the giant android Ultimo was really stupid, why Tony Stark isn’t a good friend and much, much more! So slip into something less comfortable, grab a bowl of peppered popcorn and shake your head along with us! “I...AM...!”

 

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5
Sep

Wonder Woman: Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince? (1967)

Join Scott, Shawn, Sarah, Kevin, and Matt as they have a Wonder-ful time breaking down and reviewing the very first live-action depiction of Wonder Woman, the 1967 unsold pilot presentation for a proposed Wonder Woman TV series: “Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince?” Listen as they laugh at this strange story of a 27 million-year-old woman who lives in a small apartment with her nagging mother, who also occasionally dresses up as a superhero and stops to admire herself when trouble arises. They’ll discuss this film’s connections to the great Batman ‘66 TV series, the odd decision to cast TWO actresses (one as Diana Prince, the other as Wonder Woman), why Steve Trevor being stuck at the airport isn’t really an emergency, and most importantly: What’s up with the mirror scene?! They’ll also talk about the other adaptations of the Wonder Woman character through the ages, live-action, and animated, and theorize what this series would have been like. So grab a bowl of ruffage, carefully fold your newspaper, and laugh along with us! Oh, and try not to fall off of the couch! 

 

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30
Mar

Inhumans: Those Who Would Destroy Us

Join Scott, Kevin and Sarah as they force themselves yet again to take a look at the second episode of Marvel’s newly canceled TV entry in their Cinematic Universe: Inhumans. Listen as they continue the story of Inhuman king Black Bolt and his family escaping to Earth to avoid the takeover of the lunar city of Attilan by his power-hungry brother Maximus. They’ll discuss the many problems with this series, from unlikable characters and a weak script to drab sets and unintentionally hilarious moments. Waiting around on the beach, using a Fitbit, comedically trying on suits, teleporting like Super Mario Brothers 2...this episode has it all! So relax on your concrete throne, set your phone on Black Bolt, and laugh along with us!

This is part two of our review of the Inhumans’ two-episode premiere. Look for part one in our archives!

 

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6
Jan

Inhumans: Behold… The Inhumans

Join Scott, Kevin and Sarah as they breakdown and review the first episode of the latest television entry in Marvel’s ever-expanding Cinematic Universe: Inhumans. Listen as they talk about the story behind this miniseries, from a scrapped future movie, to an edited IMAX release, to finally, a poorly reviewed series. They’ll also talk about the history of these characters, dating back to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby creations from the 1960’s and a fictional city that’s even older! What made this series get such bad reviews? Why did Marvel fans loathe this live action adaptation of classic comic book characters? Well, laugh along with us and find out. Just don’t ask “Whhhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?”

 

This is part one of our review of the Inhumans’ two-episode premiere. Look for part two very soon!

 

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9
May

Generation X

Join Scott and Hamish as they take a look back at what is technically the very first X-Men movie, the 1996 made-for-TV: "Generation X"! Listen as they review this feature length TV movie that was also a failed pilot for a possible series. They'll compare the original members of the team that are seen in the Uncanny X-Men and Generation X comic books to their live-action counterparts. They'll also discuss the new characters that were created just for this production, the interesting acting choices of Matt Frewer, scenes that were cut or reshot for television, and the possible impact that a picked up Generation X series would have on the X-Men cinematic franchise that would start only four years later. From cheesy CGI and X-ray vision, to accents and dream webs, they'll review it all! So put on your dream helmet and ride the white light as you laugh along with us! Zap! 

 

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21
Mar

Star Wars: Droids: The Revenge of Kybo Ren

Join Scott and Hamish as they take a look back at an episode of an often forgotten chapter of the Star Wars saga: "Star Wars: Droids!" Listen as they breakdown and review the eighth episode "The Revenge of Kybo Ren". They'll talk all about the chronology of the series, the status of its canonicity, and especially the curious character of the space pirate Kybo Ren, whose name seems way too similar to "Kylo Ren" to be just a coincidence. Does this cartoon have anything to do with the movies? How did C3PO and R2D2 have these adventures independent of the other cinematic characters? Did George Lucas change anything for the home video release? Wait, why is there a Klingon ship in this?! They'll answer all of these, and much much more! So wheel yourself space cake, disable your green force field, and laugh along at whatever this cartoon was trying to do! Bleep bloop! 

 

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7
Dec

Batman (1966): Smack in the Middle

Join Shawn and Scott as they breakdown and review "Smack in the Middle", the second episode of the iconic 1966 series "Batman"! Listen as they detail this story, which continues from the Batman pilot (covered in last week's episode of the podcast) in which the dastardly Riddler hatches a plot to separate the Dynamic Duo, kidnap Robin, and steal a small country's priceless treasure. They'll talk about Burt Ward's difficult performance, attempting to portray Jill St. John's character, Molly, disguised as his character, Robin. They'll also talk about the only on-screen death to ever occur on the show, why Batman and Robin needlessly caused millions of dollars worth of damage, and the stupidity of Batman falling love with a girl he only talked to for three minutes...oh, and also tried to kill him! From Batmobile chases and "La-zar" beams to well labeled instrumentation and jewel-encrusted woolly mammoths stuffed with postage stamps, not to mention the brilliance of Adam West and Frank Gorshin, this episode has it all! Plus, they rank the cinematic Batmen! So spray some "Can A" in your face, turn off the detect-a-scope, and conclude this campy bat-venture along with us! Na-na na-na na-na na-na na Batman! 
 
And don't miss our breakdown of the first part of this story, "Hi Diddle Riddle" in last week's episode! (It'll help this episode make a little more sense!) 
 
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30
Nov

Batman (1966): Hi Diddle Riddle

Join Shawn and Scott as they breakdown and review "Hi Diddle Riddle", the pilot episode of the iconic 1966 series "Batman"! Listen as they discuss the brilliance of Adam West, playing Batman as a serious detective despite the show's lighthearted campiness. They'll also discuss Batman and Robin's first adversary of the series, The Riddler, played masterfully by the great Frank Gorshin. From The Riddler's near-impossible (but always quickly solved) riddles and Batman's penchant for labeling everything, to interesting facts about the cast and two rare mentions of the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, they discuss it all, and much, much more!!! Oh, and if that wasn't enough...the "Batusi" also makes an appearance! So sit back with some fresh-squeezed orange juice, disconnect the red telephone, and speed into Gotham along with us! Na-na na-na na-na na-na na Batman! 
 
And don't worry! We won't leave you hanging! Look out for our episode about part two of the story, "Smack in the Middle": Same Bat-time, Same Bat-podcast! 
 
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