Episode 21.2: The Impala Is Home

On this stormy day, Leslie and Fernando are playing hooky preping for Austin Wizard World by talking about the latest episode of The Walking Dead (spoilers starting at 27:23 through the end), the Supergirl pilot and the best episode of Supernatural in a very long time. We also talk about casting for Guardians of the Galaxy, more Muppets, Ron Weasley coming to television and more.

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So what’s in Episode 21.2?

Where we just talk about television and movies!

News:

More Muppets are coming!

Norman Reedus getting motorcycle show on AMC

Rupert Grint possibly doing a comic inspired drama for NBC

New casting announced for Guardians of the Galaxy 2

What We’re Watching:

Supergirl (and where you can now watch it with commentary!)

Supernatural, episode 11.04 “Baby”

The Walking Dead, episode 6.03 “Thank You” – and some of the controversy stemming from the episode (spoilers from 27.23 until the end)

Our Favorite Thing We Watched This Week:

No favorite thing this week because we talked about them in the What We’re Watching section (Supernatural for Leslie, The Walking Dead for Fernando)


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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 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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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 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 19.2: How Many Zombies Can We Fit In This Scene?

It’s been a busy week, so not much television was watched, but our fearless heroes take a trip to the sun with Sunshine (dude, it’s old, you don’t get spoiler warnings) and face the most zombies ever with The Walking Dead season 6. But first there is a lot of news to cover, including new webisodes of DC Superhero Girls, television adaptations of comics, some Star Wars stuff and more.

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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 19.2?

Where we just talk about television and movies!

News:

First two webisodes of DC Super Hero Girls are available and they’re *adorable*

Batgirl Has a Voice in the upcoming LEGO Movie spinoff!

Is Y the Last Man Getting an FX Show?

io9’s list of the best comics to turn into television shows not movies

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will come out on Monday!

Defiance has officially been canceled – is anyone sad?

What We’re Watching:

Fernando isn’t enthusiastic about the 2007 movie of Sunshine, while Leslie lacks much emotion about the season premiere of The Walking Dead

Our Favorite Thing We Watched This Week:

Fernando: Arrow, except for the silly flashbacks

Leslie: Supernatural, except for Castiel getting beat up by stupid angels


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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 18.2: Suck It, Smallville!

It’s been a busy week and we’re late! But while we were busy, it didn’t stop us from watching loads of things! There was tons of news about lip sync battles, new Marvel television and movies, rumors about Doctor Who, and trailers. Also Captain Marvel’s movie has been postponed and Leslie isn’t happy. Then we discuss The Martian (spoilers 23:50 to 30:26) before checking into American Horror Story: Hotel (spoilers 35:43 to 44:15) and wrapping up with a whole lot of CW – Arrow, The Flash, iZombie (spoilers 52:30 to 55:41), and Supernatural.

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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 18.2?

Where we just talk about television and movies!

News:

Hailey Atwell and Clark Gregg are doing a Lip Sync Battle

Marvel’s Damage Control possibly coming to television

Doctor Who could start having Sherlock type seasons?

Sherlock Christmas Special Trailer

What We’re Watching:

We’ve been watching a lot of television, but first we talk about The Martian. Then did we enjoy checking into American Horror Story: Hotel? Finally we finish with a gaggle of CW shows, checking in with Arrow, The Flash, iZombie and Supernatural (suck it, Smallville!)

What We’ll Be Watching This Week:

Fernando is excited about The Walking Dead coming back on Sunday, while Leslie might want to see Crimson Peak if it isn’t an all-out horror movie.


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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 16: Riding in a R2-D2 Plane

In this week’s episode, Leslie and Fernando discuss changing the format of the podcast before reviewing all the things they’ve watched and the things that have been read, including the final volumes of Brian Azzarello’s run on Wonder Woman, the film version of The Scorch Trials, Doctor Who’s return, Typhoid Mary and much more.

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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 16?

We’re changing the format of the show starting next week. Instead of one really long episode, there will be two more reasonably length episodes – one about books and comics at the first part of the week and a second about movies and television towards the end of the week. This way if you’re only interested in one subject or the other, you don’t have to search through an hour+ of us yammering to hear what you care about!

News:

Japanese Airline Debuts Star Wars Planes!

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The Martian Premieres on the International Space Station to Real Astronauts

What We’re Watching:

We finished season 1 of Empire

We grumble a bit about the first episode of season 9 of Doctor Who, “The Magician’s Apprentice”

Mix Feelings on Best Night Ever with Neil Patrick Harris

Was there anything surprising about the Emmy awards this year?

Should you see The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials?

What We’re Reading:

Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Wonder Woman Volume 5: Flesh & Volume 6: Bones by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: Still playing a lot of Madden and looking forward to television starting back up again. (Leslie predicts this is his prediction for the next few weeks)

Leslie: New shows! Also reading Uprooted by Naomi Novak and Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer 

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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 15: The Television Engine

Leslie and Fernando discuss the start of binge watching Empire and Black-ish, the lackluster summer of movies, what they’re looking forward to this fall on the big and small screens, the third volume of Lazarus, the steampunk werewolf hunters of The Shadow Revolution, and much more.

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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 15?

News:

Netflix announced the November 20 as the release date of Jessica Jones and put out a teaser trailer

DARPA released some information about a robotic prosthetic arm that provides sensation and it’s awesome!

Funko announced the Smuggler’s Bounty Star Wars subscription box!

What We’re Watching:

We started binge watching Empire and Black-ish

A look back at the movies we enjoyed this summer and the ones we’re looking forward to this fall

What new and returning shows we’re looking forward to as the fall TV season starts back up next week (and Leslie learns she’s the engine driving most of their television watching)

What We’re Reading:

Lazarus Volume 3: Conclave by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

We Can Fix It by Jess Fink

Little Robot by Ben Hatke (enter to win a copy here!)

The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: Still playing a lot of Madden and looking forward to television starting back up again.

Leslie: They’ll finish up Empire and enjoy it. She’ll finish up Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson and it will end in a cliffhanger that will drive her bonkers. Scorch Trials the movie will be in their viewing future.

Leslie's Favorite Movies from Summer 2015

I have to admit it. This summer was filled with a number of lackluster movies for me. I’ve become bored by summer blockbusters that don’t provide anything new or interesting to the usual formula. Because of that, we skipped several of the big tent pictures that most people would assume we would see. At the same time, the ones we did see, generally left me unimpressed and wishing I’d spent the time binge watching something on Netflix instead. I’m honestly shocked that this was apparently the second best summer for box office numbers. But there were a few standouts this summer, so here are the top movies I actually enjoyed.

Please note that I’ve had to count April as “summer” just so I could get four for my list.

Ant-Man

I had no expectations for Ant-Man, which could be why I enjoyed it so much opposed to Age of Ultron. Paul Rudd is a charismatic actor, but a movie needs more than that to keep me entertained for two hours. Luckily Ant-Man is full of humor, sight gags and interesting action sequences. Even all the CGI didn’t bother me like it did in Ultron because Paul Rudd’s face was covered. I adored Scott’s relationship with his daughter, his grudgingness to do the wrong thing in order to do what was right and the training sequences. The only thing this movie could have done better was not force the romance between Scott and Evangeline Lily’s Hope van Dyne at the end of the film, which felt forced and unearned. Not every superhero needs to romance his badass leading lady, guys.

Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation

The dialogue is this movie is so stupid and Tom Cruise lacks any depth whatsoever, but this movie is still fun. The stunts are amazing and the scenery is gorgeous. Though I have to admit that this film makes the list because of Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust, who not only can hold her own in a fight, but also takes off her unreasonably high heels before running, climbing or fighting someone. Practicality in a femme fatale is rare and I appreciate it so much. Simon Pegg is delightful as always and Alec Baldwin did some nice scenery chewing too. This thing isn’t going to win any awards, but I didn’t feel like I wasted my time watching it either.

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Pitch Perfect 2

It’s not as good as the first one, and it’s has some seriously problematic stereotypes it leans on for jokes, but I still laughed. The music is great and I imagine the re-watchability of this one will be nearly as high as the original. I have no idea how they’re going to shoe horn a third movie into the series, but I’ll go see it just for more of Anna Kendrick’s Beca being an awkwardly amazing badass.

Ex Machina

Technically it came out in April, but it has been one of the most enjoyable films we’ve seen this year. It’s a quiet, creepy little drama about a boy, his robot and the boy he uses to test his robot until it all falls apart in the end. All the performances from Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander are nuanced and subtle, words rarely used with summer films. This film made me think, kept me captivated and gave me the creeps all at the same time. It really deserved more attention than it received.

The Biggest Disappointment: Age of Ultron

I have a hard time putting my issues with Age of Ultron in words that haven’t been said a million times over. It had way too much crammed into a short amount of time. Subplots of Clint and Natasha to “humanize” them left me cold and often annoyed. Thor’s jaunt into a random supernatural hot tub made absolutely no sense. The twins were little more than cyphers of supernatural abilities. It felt like something tying it all together was curled up on the cutting room floor, and I just left the theatre sad that I didn’t love it like Winter Solider or Guardians of the Galaxy. Maybe after a rewatch, it’ll sit with me better, but this was the first sign to me that the Marvel Universe had gotten too big and too unwieldy to cram all into one movie.

Other big disappointments could have been Mad Max: Fury Road or Jurassic World, but I had no expectations for those and being incredible bored (or car sick in the case of Fury Road) was unsurprising.


Looking through the movies that came out the last few months, the only one I didn’t see but could have possibly rounded out this list to a full five would have been Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I think it looked too YA drama for Fernando to go with me, and it was only playing at our local indie theatre for two or three weeks. I look forward to seeing it when it comes out on DVD.

I’m hoping that this fall and winter will bring far more films worth my time and money. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian and Mockingjay Part 2 still to come later this year, perhaps there will be some more blockbusters worth my time before the year is out. What films did you enjoy this summer and which ones are you looking forward to this fall? Share in the comments!