Trailer Park Friday: Game of Thrones, Zombies, Robots... The Usual Suspects

Welcome to Trailer Park Friday, where we have some fun with trailers and online videos I've stumbled upon over the last few days. This week we have animated dragons, zombies, and more.

Let's start off with the most obvious trailer - season 4 of Game of Thrones starts April 6 and Fernando is very excited about it. Craziness is going to go down.

The How It Should Have Ended Youtube channel is always good for a laugh. Here's how The Desolation of Smaug really should have ended:

The next episode of Almost Human is going to have Gina Carano playing a badass robot. Yay, lady ninja robots!

The Walking Dead comes back on February 9 at which point Michonne will kill lots and lots of zombies. Here is a trailer for the second half of the season.

I hadn't heard of Penny Dreadful until a few days ago and now I'm seeing it everywhere. Here is the trailer for the upcoming Showtime series. It's full of classic story characters like Frankenstein and his monster and Dorian Grey all in the same universe. It starts on May 11.

The upcoming DVD release of Thor: The Dark World will continue the Marvel tradition of adding a short film related to the previously released film (in this case Iron Man 3). Here is the first minute of the short.

Jack Gleeson, the boy everyone hates on Game of Thrones, spoke at the Oxford Union the other day about how much he hates celebrity culture and why he's quitting acting once GOT is done with him. Just as a warning: this sucker is 30 minutes long. The kid has stuff to say.

And that's what I have for this week. What videos have caught your eyes this week? Share them in the comments.

Leslie's Favorite Television of 2013: Robots, Clones, Superheroes & Crazy Vampires

There is something about 2013 entertainment in general that has me feeling a little down. Looking back on the year of television, movies, video games and even books, I’m having a hard time truly getting that excited about much that I consumed. So instead of a favorites list, here is part one of my random thoughts about the best (and not so great) of 2013.

Favorite New Show: Almost Human

I will admit that the most recent episodes have had some issues, particularly when it comes to portraying females, but this is still the most fun I’ve had with a new show in quite some time. The relationship between Karl Urban’s Kennex and Michael Ealy’s Dorian holds the show up even when the gender politics start becoming a little uncomfortable and plot lines get a little silly. I hope this series catches on and the writers can find their feet because this has the potential to become a really fun science fiction escape. Plus Urban on my television every week will never get old.

Favorite New Show Not Involving Robots: Orphan Black


What is Tatiana Maslany? It’s a rare talent to play so many characters and have the ability to make them all unique and identifiable at a glance. Just with a shift of posture and a subtle change of expression and she becomes a different clone. From beginning to end, this science fiction clone show is phenomenal and more people should be watching it. The second season begins in April and it can’t come soon enough. What other show will you see someone dancing in a laser-filled club while waving a man’s tale around in the air?

Most Anticipated Weekly Watch: Arrow


What has happened to Arrow? When did it become so awesome? Building out the world to include the League of Assassins, Barry Allen and assorted DC villains and heroes has worked well for the series and Oliver’s task of protecting the city while following a new moral code have been fascinating to watch. After the midseason finale, I can’t wait to see what the second half of the second season has in store and hope that the awesomeness can continue.

Show Most Likely to Have No Idea What It’s Doing: The Vampire Diaries


Don’t even ask me to tell you what’s going on this season. It’s a jumbled mess of crazy, and not necessarily the good kind of crazy either. New characters are introduced and disappear a few episodes later. Entire plot lines come and go without much effect on the rest of the story. Character development gets thrown in the trash when it’s convenient to the story, so everyone seems to be working multiple personalities. I continue to watch, but it’s no longer a must-watch-day-of type of show. (True Blood was a close second choice for this one for all the same reasons - what is up with these vampire shows?)

Most Surprisingly Awesome Import: The Returned


Zombies that aren’t zombies in a French import with subtitles? The hype was well deserved for this 8 hour mini-series. It’s French, so it’s left wide open and nothing is really spoon fed to you as far as explanations go. It makes the entire thing a little more creepy and haunting. This isn’t your standard American zombie gorefest, but something far more subtle that is way more frightening.

Show that Won Us Over After a Second Chance: New Girl


This was actually my Most Disappointing Show for 2011. The slow motion chicken dance in the third or fourth episode was far too twee for my taste. After many people recommended it to us, we gave it a second try. Zooey Deschunal is still too quirky for the sake of being quirky, but the rest of the show turned out to be pretty fun.

 

What shows were your favorites in 2013? I'm always open to new awesome!

Random Tuesday on Wednesday: WATCH ALMOST HUMAN & Other Random Things

'Tis the season to be flakey and eat a lot of pastries, right? Can I use that as my excuse for randomly going missing for days at a time and eating loads of sweets? Anyway due to family and work committments, I've been lacking in blogging time and reading time. Woe is me.

So you get random things on Wednesday because random Tuesday on a Wednesday is the best sort of random.

First of all EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH ALMOST HUMAN! The initial ratings were okay, but I NEED MOAR ROBOTS! Even if the robot makes me sad... So more people should watch it so it stays on the air for ten seasons and I get all the robots I could ever want. And Karl Urban.

Don't you want more Karl Urban in your living room every week? (Gif found via the all GIF giving Tumblr, this time from ©WHICHISNONE)

Moving on. Someone over at io9 has much more time to watch old Doctor Who and lacks my fear of impending disappointment from watching old school DW, so they decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary by ranking EVERY EPISODE of the series that hasn't been lost or destroyed. That's a lot of television.

I'm a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but if they finally are able to do an adaptation of Sandman and don't cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Dream, I may have to revolt. (from /Film)

Someone on Twitter named @WaterstonesDorking went through the five books in The Song of Ice and Fire series and flagged every page with a character death in it. Kotaku has this picture as proof of the bloodshed spilling from those pages. Considering I just started book 5, I'm a little hesitant to move forward knowing how many more deaths are ahead of me. (from just about everywhere, but initially from Tor.com's Facebook)

Entertainment Weekly's tournament of YA books is down to the final four and I'm genuinely surprised at some of the books still in the game, though mostly by what is missing. It's Harry Potter versus To Kill a Mockingbird and Perks of Being a Wallflower versus The Fault in Our Stars. Who do you think should win?

The best friend from Orphan Black (Jordan Gavaris) is narrating the next edition of The Bane Chronicles and for some reason this really makes me want to listen to it even though audio books generally lessen my enjoyment of books. You can listen to a sample at Entertainment Weekly. It comes out December 17. Felix!!

 

And seriously, GO WATCH ALMOST HUMAN! You will laugh, you will empathize with androids and you'll get to watch Karl Urban be awesome snarky and be nice to children. Don't you want that?!

Found via Tumblr AlmostHumanGifs

Trailer Park Friday: So Many X-Men, Evertrue, Creepy Mysteries & Robot Cops (Again)

No preamble for this week's Trailer Park Friday, just several trailers for books and film and the first few minutes of my new favorite show that hasn't even aired yet. On to the trailers!

Evertrue was my Waiting on Wednesday pick and conveniently a trailer for it was released this week too. It's the final book in Brodi Ashton's Everneath series and it comes out January 21, 2014.

And now for the best movie trailer that came out this week. I'm not entirely sure if I'll be able to handle so many X-Men in one movie. Based on this trailer every X-Man that was ever thought of is going to be in this movie. X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out May 23, 2014.

I don't remember how I came across this trailer for The Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh since I'd never heard of the book before now, but it sounds kind of creepy which seems fitting for the week of Halloween. It came out this past Monday, October 28.

And finally the first 7 minutes of Almost Human. I may shut up about this show eventually, but I doubt it. Robots for the win! It premieres on November 17 on FOX.

And that's it from me this week. Are you excited about the robot cops in Almost Human and Karl Urban being on your television on a weekly basis like I am? What videos have caught your eye this past week?

Trailer Park Friday: Captain America, Robot Bromance, the Doctors & Silly Supernatural

It's Friday, YAY! That means I get to sleep in tomorrow morning and read for two days straight! I'm going to be on my best behavior and not do an entire Trailer Park Friday post full of Benedict Cumberbatch interviews that I found during several hours of Youtubing earlier this week. Instead have some superheroes, some robots and some silly Supernatural boys.

First up is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which doesn't come out until next April. I thought the first Cap movie was just all right, though I did end up enjoying it more than I had expected. The preview of the second one looks far superior even if it doesn't have Peggy Carter.

Along with bumping the start date to November 17, FOX put out a new trailer for Almost Human. This video may be under 2 minutes, but it has me thoroughly convinced that this may become my favorite show. Television needs more snarky robots.

BBC finally released a teaser trailer for the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who though it doesn't show any footage and it looks like Matt Smith is wearing a terrible wig. Either way, it got my excited to see the episode on November 23.

And just because it's Friday and my hours of Youtube perusing this weekend kept bringing me back to it, have Jensen Ackles being silly. And then even more Supernatural silliness.

 

What videos have caught your eye this week? If you send me links to Cumberbatch videos, you are sending me down a black hole of life sucking propotions (but I will love you anyway).

Random Tuesday: Not So Mild Celebrity Obsession, Superhero Origins, Robots on TV & Other Randomosity

I go through these weird and obsessive phases where an author or actor or musician takes up residence in my head and refuses to leave. They normally park right in the middle of my brain for a few weeks before wandering off as randomly as they wandered in, leaving behind an imprint of fannish glee.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, it's okay. I'm not entire sure what I'm talking about either. Despite that, the actor who has recently taken residence in my brain and set up a semi-permanent shop of crazy is this guy:

It's become a bit of a problem. He's the prime reason I ended up on Tumblr and gifs snuck into my post about readership age and YA. I keep stumbling across Youtube and finding videos and that's a blackhole to nowhere. Next thing you know, it's five days later and you're twitching. 

We even went to see that movie that bombed over the weekend because he was in it and I only giggled hysterically a little bit. The movie was a bit of a mess and all over the place, but he was really good. Then again with him living in my head, I would say that, wouldn't I?

Yes, it's a problem. And now that I've watched too much stuff on Youtube, I've come to the conclusion that he's kind of a strange guy, which probably means he's probably going to stay camped out in prime brainspace for much longer than he should. Because apparently I have a thing for strange people (see ongoing obsession with Misha Collins).

Seriously - this is starting to become a problem. Somebody get me off of Tumblr and Youtube. So in an attempt to not think about that guy for ten or twenty minutes, let's think about other random things.

Like Under Armour creating superhero workout clothes that I desperately want even though my walks around the neighborhood couldn't really be considered "working out". 

Mike Maihack created another Supergirl / Batgirl comic that's adorably appropriate. (Found via TheMarySue.com)

io9 found this website that has some great Halloween costumes that will prevent you from catching hypothermia, unlike anything you'd find from Party City. 

Almost Human's debut got postponed two weeks until November 17, which bums me out a little because that pilot is pretty sweet and I want more Karl Urban right now, thank you.

I still haven't forgiven Cartoon Network for cancelling Young Justice and now all signs point to a cancellation for Beware the Batman. Boooooo Cartoon Network. I want my weekly cartoon Batman! (From io9)

This Ender's Game concept art really belongs on my walls. It's gorgeous.

Speaking of things that belong on my wall, these posters about the origins of some of geekdom's favorite characters. I really wish I'd found out about this Kickstarter when it was still active because I would have thrown money at it. (Found via SoGeekChic.com)

And now I'm going to try to be productive and read some library books. If you have random, link up in the comments to distract me from that guy living inside my head.

I'm never getting anything done again.

Gifs made by Tumblr people like this one. I have no idea how to properly credit Tumblr people. Someone want to give me an edicate lesson?

Random Tuesday: The Truly Random on Wednesday Edition

I tried to provide you random things yesterday. I tried and tried and Squarespace just didn't want me to get into the site. So here is all the random from Tuesday, but with an extra random dose because it is in fact Wednesday.

Lego has released its first female scientist mini-fig. The design is a little stereotypical, but it's better than nothing. (From TheMarySue.com)

Wonder Woman has a new look for an upcoming Justice League animated movie. One day I will do my rant about how they should do Wonder Woman's live action movie as a war movie that happens to have Wonder Woman in it as a soldier-like character, but that day isn't today. (From DC Women Kick Ass on Tumblr)

EW released a sneak peek into the final book in Veronica Roth's Divergent series. Allegiant comes out on October 22.

A million congrats to Noelle Stevenson, also known as Gingerhaze. She is one of my favorite web comic creators and she's recently sold her web comic Nimona to HarperCollins, been nominated for a Harvey Award and a million other awesome things.

Have some of Noelle's original character lady pirates just because:

This lady makes custom superhero costume hoodies. I think I almost started to cry when I saw the Nightwing and Robin ones. They seem to be one of a kind and the last one she made of Damien Wayne's Robin get-up went for $187 on Ebay. So... a bit out of my price range. (Also TheMarySue.com)

Delicious and adorable! What if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were girls and were put on a cake? (From That's Nerdalicious)

The Hugo Awards were handed out at World Fantasy Con last weekend and some of WFTM's favorites picked up some awards. Here is a full list of winners. (From Blastr)

The 5th Wave movie adaptation might have found their director. (From Variety)

Of the new fall pilots we saw at Comic Con, Almost Human was my favorite. It has that quirky Fringe feel, but with robots and Karl Urban. io9 has a great interview up with Urban and his costar Michael Ealy.

Something else random? I work in marketing for real estate. I really wish that we got more super cool houses like this one to work with. It's designed to look like a 1960s sci-fi television set. (From The Frisky)

 

That's all my random for this week. Send me more random in the comments!