WFTM Podcast Episode 20.2: Tom Hiddleston is Attractive in This Movie

Spoilers abound in this week’s television talk. Big things happened on The Walking Dead (spoilers 31:38 to 41:25) and Doctor Who finally explained one of the things that bothered Leslie about Peter Capauldi’s casting (spoilers 41:54 to 48:07). We also take some time to determine if Crimson Peak is a horror film or something else instead. Also there’s news of new shows in development (including a continuation of Gilmore Girls!), talk of Back to the Future Day and lots of Star Wars shenanigans this week.

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So what’s in Episode 20.2?

Where we just talk about television and movies!

News:

It’s Back to the Future Day! (or at least it was when we recorded this)

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters television show

Cruel Intentions sequel for television – but on NBC?!

Gilmore Girls getting a limited series on Netflix

A lot of Star Wars things happened this week – crashing Fandango, a (mock?) boycott brought all the racists out, and a new trailer that Leslie is ignoring

What We’re Watching:

We have things to say about the second episode of The Walking Dead, the most reason episode of Doctor Who (with Maisie Williams!) and the recently released film Crimson Peak

Our Favorite Thing We Watched This Week:

Fernando: The Walking Dead

Leslie: American Horror Story and as a guilty pleasure, The Grinder


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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

 

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

A Week of Random: Random Monday - Meet Norman, On My Kindle & Supernatural

I have a confession. I’ve become an awful blogger. It’s been over a week since I finished a book and I’ve become habitually absent on Fridays because I usually work late and am mentally exhausted upon arriving home. But I will not quit! It’s just taking me a little more time to get adjusted to my new job where I don’t spend copious amounts of time on the internet, my new schedule and my new miles-long to-do list floating around in my head.

Because of this, I think we’re going to have an All Random Week here at Working for the Mandroid. Five days of posts that are just random links, pictures, thoughts and babble. If you have anything you’d like to contribute, send it our way at workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com. We love emails!

Meet the newest member of Mandroid’s crew. His name is Norman. We pay him in cookies.

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Random Tuesdays: The Super Hero Squad aka The Best Cartoon Ever

I used some excess personal time to take today off. I did some laundry, some dishes, sent out some resumes, looked for new health insurance and discovered the silliest, most bizarre superhero cartoon show I have ever seen. And I watch that Iron-Man-in-high-school show on occasion. It’s called The Super Hero Squad Show and this week’s Random Tuesday shall be dedicated to this show that had me cracking up this afternoon. This particular episode was entitled “Tales of Suspense” and was epi 01.17.

First of all, this is Wolverine. During the show’s theme song (sung by The Offspring), he rides on the Silver Surfer’s surf board and has no qualms about catching a ride.

Today he was playing golf with some kid that turned into a dinosaur and MODOK. My previous familiarity of MODOK came in the form of Katie Cook’s picture of cat MODOK. He’s basically a floating head with tiny little arms and legs. But that’s not the point. The point is they spent the entire episode playing golf. At least until they set the entire country club on fire.

That was the secondary story line though. The main story came from Crimson Dynamo (who I’ve never heard of) imitating Iron Man and stealing an entire bank vault. Apparently no one in this city realizes that Iron Man doesn’t have a really bad Russian accent, so the mayor and the entire city believe the hero is now robbing banks. This causes Captain America to sideline Iron Man, saying:

Iron Man, please turn in your Super Hero Squad identity card, your corporate credit card, your key to the city, and your standard issue Squaddie undies

This is the point when I decided sending out more resumes could wait because I needed to see where this show was going. It goes on to include a fight between War Machine and the Crimson Dynamo, where the big bad Russian gets sentimental about Beaches, as it’s the only movie he’s ever seen. While tied together over boiling lava, Iron Man and War Machine decide it’s the perfect time to have a squabble about their friendship instead of, I don’t know, trying to get away. Then Silver Surfer and Thor, who has an even worst accent than Crimson Dynamo, swoop in and save the day.

It all ends with the mayor – voiced by Stan Lee and dressed like an old guy in a superhero Halloween costume – returning Iron Man’s key to the city and saying, “For your heroic service and for agreeing not to sue us for slander, I rebestow this key to the city to the most breathtaking, most sensational hero of all: the invincible Forbush Man! Eh, I mean Iron Man.”

Who is this show for exactly? Its animation looks like it’s for little kids and yet so many of the jokes were about supermodels, secret girlfriends, and old school pop culture references. Iron Man even calls out War Machine for “talking like you’re on Reading Rainbow” (he’s voiced by LaVar Burton). Then there’s Doctor Doom getting friend requests from Magneto and that kid randomly turning into a dinosaur while playing golf, and I just didn’t know what to do with myself.

Marvel, ten points to you. I’m still more of a DC girl, but I think this ridiculous show won my heart at the mention of standard issue Squaddie undies.

On a side note – how did I miss Batman Beyond when it first aired? It’s hipster teenage Batman causing a lot of property damage! His geeky friend that looks like a gopher buys a robot girlfriend who tries to kill people! It’s awesome!

I fear my upcoming unemployment might spur additional posts about random superhero cartoons or at least some Twitter comments. You’ve been warned.

 

If you want to see the madness that is “Tales of Suspense”, you can find the first half of it on YouTube here. The second half is on there as well.

 

Thank you to the wonderful IMDB community for supplying me with the quotes used. Pictures come from various Marvel websites.

Television Recap: The Walking Dead - "Pretty Much Dead Already" (02.07)

Note from Leslie: What follows is a post written by Fernando.  Yes, that Fernando – the one that redesigns the website and fixes things I break.  This is his first post and, just so you all know, he is a bit more spoiler friendly than me.  Move with caution if you’re spoiler-phobic.  Avoid the ending completely if you haven’t seen the mid-season finale, episode 7 “Pretty Much Dead Already”.

Second note from Leslie: I don’t necessarily agree with Fern’s assessment.  I’ve found most of season 2 to be tedious and all the characters other than Daryl (who is super awesome) and Glenn (who is funny) to be selfish and annoying people.  But this isn’t my review, so take it away, Fernando.

 

The Long Slow Walking Dead Finally Gives a Big Bite

Like a slow moving dead thing, The Walking Dead has been resilient, slow moving, haunting, and a disturbing introspection of the worst parts of what humanity can become. There are few shows that have better second season than their first and The Walking Dead is not there yet, but it’s inching closer.  The Walking Dead, the graphic novel, is at its heart about Rick Grimes. The television show is about a group of people going through one of the worst post-apocalyptic scenarios imaginable. There are some small spoilers, in this review though nothing specific. I will save the specific spoilers for the last section of my review. 

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Random Tuesdays: More Supernatural Thinky Thoughts (Episodes 07.03-07.05)

So I have issues.  This is not a new realization, but rather a long running fact.  However my issues preventing me from enjoying my favorite television show is a fairly new phenomenon. I loved Supernatural before Castiel.  It would stand to reason that I would love Supernatural now that Castiel is MIA (he's not dead!).  And yet is my current unhappiness with the show rooted in my missing Castiel (and to a lesser extent Balthazar and Crowley)?

I was very hopeful after the first two episodes of season 7.  I loved the idea of the Leviathans even though I didn't understand why they weren't tentacled sea monsters.  They were creepy and the fact that they are seemingly invincible added to the creep factor.  But then episode three happened.  And then four.  And then five last week.  Now I'm left whining like a six year old that they just aren't any fun anymore, which is why I haven't really reviewed the last few episodes.  But that changes now.

Spoilers up through last week's episode 5, "Shut Up Dr. Phil".  But first, cute baby Sam to put everyone in a positive mood!

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Random Tuesdays: Site Announcements, Television Talk and Other Really Random Things

This week's Random Tuesday post is a hodge-podge of television rambles, website announcements and various odds and ends that have built up in my head over the course of the last few days.  First the announcements!

 

I'm excited (and a bit nervous) to announce that Working for the Mandroid will be participating in its first author blog tour during the month of October.  We will also be participating in our second, third and fourth blog tour over the course of the next month as well.  No one has ever accused me of being an underachiever.

It starts next week with Richard Blunt's Lucas Trent: Guardian of Magic.  I'll have a review up on Monday, and the author will stop by for a guest post next Tuesday.  I just started this book and it looks like it will be an interesting YA title.  More about that entire tour can be found here.

I found out a little while ago that WFTM will also be hosting a giveaway and review of Bloodlines by Lindsay Anne Kendal as part of her blog tour on October 18.  The author might also stop by for a guestpost some time around then as well.

Then comes my attempt to break out of my angel rut with an adult take on the celestial creatures - Nephilim by Mary Ann Loesch.  We're the second to last stop on the tour with a review on October 27.  To see a list of the entire tour, click here.

And finally on November 2, as part of the blog tour for Devil's Hands by John ME Patterson, we'll have a review.  You can find more information about this tour here.

We're also participating in the Spooktacular Blog Hop scheduled October 24-31.  It's another hop hosted by the lovely Kathy at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and co-hosted by Rhianna at The Diary of a Bookworm.  These have been so much fun that I'm eager to participate again.

 

So I think those things will keep me busy for the next few weeks.  Moving on...  random (and short) thoughts about SupernaturalTerra Nova, Starbucks, audio books and comic books.

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