WFTM Podcast Episode 27: Looking Back on the Good of 2015

Look who's back after several weeks of painful reality? Fernando and Leslie finally discuss all the  books, comics, television and films that made 2015 fun. And we managed to find other things to talk about besides just Star Wars: The Force Awakens! So did we love all the things you did? If not, complain in the comments! Or tell us things we should love instead!

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#5FandomFriday: Fandom Deaths We're Still Upset About - GIANT SPOILERS AHEAD!

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

Way to start off the weekend with a depressing subject, #5FandomFriday. I could honestly do a much longer list just from people who died in books that left me scared for days, but I’ve decided to go by a different criteria. These are the deaths that, whenever I start to think about them or talk about them, I still tear up, no matter how long ago these deaths happened.

So let’s all commiserate together about these painful deaths because they still hurt for me. Of course, MASSIVE CRAZY SPOILERS AHEAD FOR:

-        Serenity/Firefly

-        Supernatural

-        Lost

-        Feed by Mira Grant

-        Something Strange & Deadly series by Susan Dennard

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#5Fandom Friday: Crossovers That Would Make My Heart Explode

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

This week’s topic is 5 Crossovers That Would Make My Heart Explode. It’s a classic topic of conversation in geekdom, deciding which shows or movie universes you want to smoosh together to create one epic world of insanity. I personally enjoy having my heart all in one piece inside my chest, but these are the five crossovers that would make me really happy if they were done (correctly).

The Boys of Supernatural Meet The Doctor – Supernatural Meets Doctor Who

Because I want to see Dean’s head explode when he learns not only are angels and demons real things, but so are aliens and giant space monsters. Plus he and Sam are good at running already, so they’d make handy companions to fight Cybermen.

Captain Mal and His Crew Run Across a Certain Space Rouge and Furry Co-Pilot – Firefly Meets Star Wars

I really just want to see Captain Mal and Han Solo get into a snark off while Wash stares at Chewbacca in total fear. It would be the best smugglers in space action comedy in all of existence!

The Massive Superhero Crossover No One Wants to Admit They Want – The Avengers Meets Justice League (on the big screen)

We haven’t seen Bat-fleck yet, but I think it could be fun to see Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark try to ruffle Ben Affleck’s stern-yet-cool Bruce Wayne while Superman and Captain America become besties in the background. Then Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman can swoop in and save the day because they are the best ones of all.

All the Leda Clones Run Across Two Dolls With Way Too Many Personalities – Orphan Black Meets Dollhouse

Honestly I would only want to see this if it was Dollhouse without Eliza Dushku. Can you image a half dozen Tatiana’s coming across various incarnations of Enver Gjokaj and Dichen Lachman only to find that they’re each just one person. It would be a new big bad corporation to take down and save all the dolls. It would have to retcon the end of Dollhouse, but that’s perfectly okay with me.

Agent Carter Falls Into the World of Alexia Taribotti’s Airships and Tea Parties – Agent Carter Meets The Parasol Protectorate series

For those of you not so into books, The Parasol Protectorate series is a series of books by Gail Carriger where a badass named Alexia Taribotti manages to fight monsters in a steampunk Victorian London while always making time for tea. I very much want a television series of it made right now. I also really want an Agent Carter steampunk series, so let’s just toss them together and have the most epic made-for-Leslie television show ever created.

Though if I'm completely honest, this artwork from the ever amazing Lord Mesa is all the crossover I really need. Luckily I have this print hanging by my desk every day to remind me of the potential awesomeness that could be.

So those are my five for this Fandom Friday. Which two pop culture things would you smash together to make one epic mega-awesome thing?

WFTM Podcast Episode 6: We Survived San Diego Comic Con 2015!

In episode 6, Fernando and Leslie just returned from San Diego Comic Con and after a solid 12 hours of sleep, they're discussing news, trailers and television pilots we saw, authors Leslie met, books they got, and all their favorite moment. They also air a few Comic Con grievances they hope to see fixed in 2016 and their favorite moments. It's two hours of Comic Con goodness. At some point during this recording, they decided to stop and have happy hour for dinner. Bonus points if you can tell when Leslie becomes tipsy and tries to hide it.

Download it from the iTunes store here!

We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here.

So what’s in Episode 6?

News:

Once Upon a Time announces Merida's introduction to Storybrooke and gives us a first viewing of Black Swan/Dark Emma

Star Wars news included details about the upcoming filming of Rouge One

Heroes Reborn announced an app, a prequel series, and two video games in advance of their upcoming miniseries

Agents of SHIELD announced the introduce of Lash as a Secret Warrior

Trailer Review of:

Batman v. Superman: The Fight for Robin’s Soul (or Dawn of Justice, whatever)

X-Men Apocalypse (not online, sorry guys)

Deadpool (looks like it's been pulled from the internet for now)

Fantastic Four

Suicide Squad

What We're Watching

Pilot Reviews of:

Supergirl

Blindspot

Limitless

Lucifer

Minority Report

Containment

What We're Reading

Meeting Susan Dennard & Sarah J Maas

Autograph signings with Wesley Chu, Rae Carson, Clay & Susan Griffith, & Alan Gratz

Also mentioned getting an advance reader copy of The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher and an early copy of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Comic Con Grievances

How the Hall H Next Day Line is Managed

Comic Con Being Three Weeks Early Leads to No News About TV

Figuring Out How to Avoid the Crush of Bodies Getting Into the Exhibit Hall in the Mornings

Funko Booth is a Madhouse

Favorite Moments of the Con

Fern: Star Wars, of course

Leslie: Supernatural Panel, Meeting Susan Dennard, the TV Guide Fan Favorite Panel and Matt Bomer saying Nightwing is His Favorite Superhero

Supernatural Panel

The Fan Favorite Panel


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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

What We're Watching: Supernatural's 200th Episode, "Fan Fiction"

Last night was the 200th episode of Supernatural. When this show started I had just moved into my own apartment and didn’t own a television. Instead I mainlined the series when the first season came out on DVD after a year of listening to my LiveJournal (oh, LJ…) friends go on and on about these Winchester brothers and their adventures. It helps that I tore all the ligaments in my ankle the very next day and had some free couch surfing time to mainline that series the way it deserved.

Now here we are 9 year later, four seasons post-Kripke’s original plan, and still the Winchesters are hunting things, though not much saving as many people these days. I could rant about the changes to the series since Kripke’s exit – how aimless it has seemed over the last four seasons, how repetitive – but instead I want to celebrate what Supernatural has given me over the years.

This Website

In case you’re new or just have never understood where the name Working for the Mandroid came from, it’s from a second season episode of Supernatural. It is to this day my favorite episode of the entire series, though I will readily admit that if I were to rank them on merit or story quality, it wouldn’t be on the top of my list (but in the top 10).

 

An Endless Supply of Gifs

 

 

Quotes I Insert into Every Day Conversation So I Can Determine Who My Real Friends Are

It makes me sad when I make a mess at work and say, “Confetti! It’s a parade!” I get funny looks and no one knows what I’m talking about. Or yelling “PUDDING!” at random… if someone gives me a knowing smile, I know it’s safe to befriend them.  If only more people knew I wasn’t being serious when I said, “We don’t have time for any of your blah blah blah blah… BLAAAAAH!”

 

The Starting Building Blocks with My Other Half

Yes, we probably would have discovered something else we had in common and ended up here seven and a half years later all the same, but I introduced Fernando to Supernatural after our first date and it automatically provided a reason to have a second and a third and even more until he was thorough caught up on my favorite show.

 

Comfort Television

Goofy episodes like “Changing Channels”, “The French Mistake”, “Tall Tales,” “Free to Be You and Me” and, yes, “Nightshifter” (see previously mentioned Mandroid line) are my go-to programming after a bad day. Even the more serious “Born Under a Bad Sign”, “Jus in Bello” and the end of season 1 are comfort food to me. Just don’t make me watch ”Bugs.”

 

This

 

And Now This

The 200th episode was a nice pat on the back to fans with the show in all its meta-glory officially handing over the characters and the canon to its massive group of fan fic writers and acknowledging that their version of Supernatural is just as real as what shows up on screen every week. The high school musical element was hilarious and a lot of the episode felt like it was Kripke era Sam and Dean. Things on the show have gotten pretty maudlin in the last few years, so it’s nice when the Winchesters’ world can lighten up a bit.

Are you a Supernatural fan? What did you think of the 200th episode last night? Anyone else unable to stop giggling at "A Single Man Tear"?

Random Tuesday: Happy 200th Sam & Dean! Sci Fi Book Things! Amazon Pilots! More!

It is cold and I am grumpy. I really shouldn't be because we got Comic Con tickets on Saturday and then we saw Big Hero 6, which was all kinds of lovely. But it's cold now and I hate the cold. I can't feel my toes. Let's find some random things to distract me.

This guy named Scott Park made a post with all these awesome female characters from great genre films and television. It's called Hall of Heroes and you can buy a copy of it at his Society 6 store if you love it as much as I do.

io9 has an exclusive look at Scott Westerfeld's upcoming post-apocalypse graphic novel, The Spill Zone. It includes an essay that Westerfield wrote and some sneak peeks at artwork from the book. The Spill Zone will be released by First Second at some indeterminate point in the future.

Continuing on the trend of science fiction books and io9, those awesome people have compilled a great list of awesome opening sentences in scifi books. Are there any ones missing?

Tonight is the 200th episode of Supernatural, which is insane to think about considering I've seen most episodes more than once and all of the first five seasons more times than I can honestly comprehend. EW asked 10 of the cast members which episode is their personal favorite. Of course Jared likes a silly one and Jensen liked a sad one.

Amazon has announced the 7 pilots for their 2015 "pilot season". The only one that jumps out to me is the adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, but perhaps someone out there might be interested in the other six that could be coming to an Amazon Prime account near you.

DC Comics announced some massive multi-verse crossing event called Convergence written by the guy behind White Collar (don't even ask me how that happened). I yawned. Then I heard about the Nightwing/Oracle part and now I'm all:

My fangirl shipper heart has grown three times and I'm very excited!

Speaking of being excited, Ms. Gingerhaze - Noelle Stevenson - is going to be writing her very first comic for the big 2 with a story in Marvel's Thor Annual. It will come out in February and you should buy it. Congrats to her and all her amazing, well-deserved success!

That's it from me this week. If you haven't seen Big Hero 6 yet, go see it. It's awesome.

Random Tuesday: Supernatural Boys Dress Up, Hawkeye Cosplay, Doctor Who (Non?)Controversey & More

It's been an exhausting week and it's just now Tuesday. That's not a very good sign, is it? Let's see if some random things will make it better. I haven't spent a lot of time on the internet for fun the past few days, so let's see what I can find right now...

The guys from Supernatural were working on Halloween it looks like, so they choose some work appropriate costumes.

I don't dare talk politics here at Working for the Mandroid, but considering it is election day, I don't see the harm in sharing this EW article about the television shows preferred by Democrats versus Republicans. Does it seem right to you?

If you watch Doctor Who, you might have been surprised by (or expecting) a twist involving that weird Missy lady that's been hanging around the end of all the episodes this season. The Mary Sue has a debate up about whether the twist was pandering to fans or a genuine attempt at being progressive with characters. What do you think?

Topless Robot has a good list of some new anime series coming out this fall. I'm just starting to dip a toe into anime and to be completely honest, the entire genre scares me due to its vast size. If you're interested in anime, perhaps this list will be helpful.

I'd normally save this until Friday, but this just kind of made my day. This Hawkeye cosplayer made a video to go along with this costume. I just... want to draw hearts all around it.

Hawkeye from Carl G Martin on Vimeo.

And on a sidenote, this week's' episode of Gotham was really good, probably the best one yet. You should go stream it if you haven't watched it already.

Since I haven't been able to scavenge the web for fun random things, let me know what interesting things you've come across this week on the interwebs. The comments are all yours.