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DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 46

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 46

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back for issue 46 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. And they brought all the news, reviews and previews from around the DC Multiverse with them. More

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    DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 45

    DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 45

    Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers returns this week with all of the news, reviews and previews from around the DC Multiverse. More

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      The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 163–Valentine’s Day Massacre!

      The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 163–Valentine’s Day Massacre!

      Celebrate Valentine’s Day with HOBI! The guys are in a loving mood this week but that may not be a good thing.  The guys have no idea what happened on Legion but they still review it along with the series premiere of The Walking Dead.  Jason still likes Riverdale, much to Jeff’s chagrin, but also has no idea what a sticky maple!  Jason has seen LEGO Batman, Blake advises what to do on Valentine’s Day, and the whole gang enjoys mocking the Great Wall! The guys list their Top 5 Least Favorite Holidays and a bad idea this week that everyone but Jason approves of!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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        167 Disney Love and LEGO Batman!

        167 Disney Love and LEGO Batman!

        Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

        It’s Valentine’s Day this week, and I’ve got something fun for couples, singles, and every Disney fan out there in Neverland!
        There was a lot of Disney park news to cover as well as several Netflix show announcements to keep the average Disney fan binge watching for days. Julie Andres, Jim Henson, and Iron Fist just to name a few!
        We got a new look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales during the Super Bowl last week but the Neverland Trailer Park has something different for you this week…Ninjago!
        Jeremy went out to see The LEGO Batman movie this week, and he’s going to tell you his thoughts before he and Lost Boy Eric spend some time talking about their favorite couples in Disney animated classics!

        Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 161–Free Mold!

          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 161–Free Mold!

          After three great weeks of guests, the HOBI Gang is left to their own vices this week in the BOB Studios! The guys debate Ben Affleck not directing The Batman, review the season premiere of Riverdale, and remember the greatness of Mary Tyler Moore.  Jason is upset that What About Bob? is being remade while Jeff continues to defend his wrong stance on Star Wars not being a science fiction film! Blake and Jason are fascinated with dinosaurs but Blake is creeped out by Shazam while Jeff tries to understand Jason’s fascination with television pilots!  The guys list their Top 5 Songs They Think Are Perfect and surprise, Blake disagrees with everything Jason picks! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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            165 Mickey Mouse is My Friend!

            165 Mickey Mouse is My Friend!

            Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

            This week’s journey to Neverland is a bit different. This week is a simple message of unity, love, and friendship as we unite under the banner of our fandom.

            Sure we are going to talk about the title of the new Star Wars movie, but we’re going to have some fun in with the Neverland Storytime with Charlie Brown, and enjoy Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fair!

            I’m also going to pay tribute to John Hurt with some memorable audio clips.

            Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

            Donate to enter into Chris Evan’s escape room.

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              The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 160–Not Enough Rhinestones!

              The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 160–Not Enough Rhinestones!

              The HOBI Gang is joined by Andrew Satterfield, the founder of the Cincinnati Comic Expo, to discuss some big news regarding the Expo! The guys talk news of The Last Jedi, Jeff makes a Sophie’s Choice between two classic science fiction television shows, Jason loves him some Neil Diamond and Blake can’t believe the Arrival is up for an Oscar for Best Picture!  The gang goes insane trying to figure out the timeline for the new Logan film and Andrew debates where Rogue One sits on all time Star Wars films.  The guys debate the Top 5 Favorite Fantasy Films of the 1980s, much to Jason’s dismay, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels becomes a bad idea this week! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 159–Grand Pappy Vader!

                The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 159–Grand Pappy Vader!

                The HOBI Gang welcomes Matthew McDonough from the Passers-by Podcast into the BOB Studios to tell some stories and rant about the geeky topics of the week!  The guys draft a new version of Perfect Strangers and Matthew completes his team in a very strange way!  Blake is excited about playing Dungeons and Dragons in virtual reality while Jason is embarrassed he sat through Independence Day: Resurgence and Jeff doesn’t get Jason’s movie choices.  The guys still don’t know who is watching Sing and Matthew’s love of Point Break is the origin for the Top 5 this week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 158–Doctoring the Tardis!

                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 158–Doctoring the Tardis!

                  The HOBI Gang is back after an extended holiday break and they welcome Dr. Bednar into the BOB Studios!  The guys get caught up on all their holiday shenanigans and are excited about a new beer sponsor for the podcast, Municipal Brew Works!  The gang informs everyone, thanks to the Stuff That Matters podcast, on how to buy the new HOBI shirts with proceeds going to charity.  Dr. Bednar’s impression of Jason doesn’t buy him any friendship points from Jason but still impresses the crew! Blake still hates Arrival, Dr. Bednar still is trying to get over Ohio State being embarrassed, and Jason wants to see the Director’s Cut of Rogue One.  The guys wonder why Underworld is still a film franchise and list their Top 5 Favorite Fictional Spies/Government Agents! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                    DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 38

                    DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 38

                    Welcome Back to the DC Superpowers Podcast. This week your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers is here with all the news, reviews and previews from across the multiverse. More

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                      The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 155–The Annual Holiday Roundtable Episode!

                      The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 155–The Annual Holiday Roundtable Episode!

                      It’s a special super-sized episode of HOBI as the BOB Studios welcomes Dr. Bednar, Number One Fan Doug, Nic the Gimp, the Ditt-man and Scab Jeff to join Blake, Jeff and Jason this week!  The Roundtable debate the new Batman Lego Movie, what Jeff is wearing all the while Scab Jeff has fun with alcohol!  The guys get excited about Gotham Sirens but worry about Megan Fox, travel down memory lane as they rank their favorite video games and give a moment of silence for the television shows cancelled this year.  Half of the Roundtable has seen Rogue One (no spoilers!) but the other half are trying to avoid any talk of it and the guys wrap up this holiday episode with the Top 5 Overrated Holiday-Themed Items!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

                       

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                        The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 154–Star Wars: An Alabama Story

                        The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 154–Star Wars: An Alabama Story

                        The HOBI Gang is gearing up for the holidays but still have time to catch up on Captain Phillips, three years later, and are luke warm to the awful Bengals and Browns game!  Jason and Blake debate the Walking Dead Fall Season Finale while everyone worries about the new Powerless television show.  Blake is in love with El Henno’s gift and Jason feels bad about accepting bribes for the upcoming Floppy Awards but not bad enough to send gifts back!  Jeff and Blake question what spin-offs are available in the Star Wars Universe and Jason still has no idea what Collateral Beauty is all about!  The guys divide up their Top 5 this week and Jason can’t contain his excitement for Rogue One!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 152–A Life Sized Peter!

                          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 152–A Life Sized Peter!

                          The HOBI Gang welcomes film critic Jeff Morris, aka Scab Jeff, into the studio to discuss all the latest geeky news!  Jason shows no love for Trolls while Blake still hasn’t forgotten about the Ab Fab hate from last week and Scab Jeff actually remembers what books he has written!  Jeff and Jason want the Great Indoors to be better but are not holding out hope but they can all agree on the greatness of Westworld.  The guys are tepid for the Vampire Chronicles television series and wrap up the episode by honoring Florence Henderson and talking their Top 5 Favorite Television Moms!  This episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                            The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 151–I Really Like The Mistletoe Promise!

                            The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 151–I Really Like The Mistletoe Promise!

                            The HOBI Gang welcomes Neil from Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks back into the studio to talk all things that glisten! The guys debate the newest Westworld episode, Neil betrays Bon Jovi in a fight against Ab Fab but does invite him to Thanksgiving! The gang talk season two of Stranger Things while Jason gets excited for Kong: Skull Island and Neil gives an updated weather report. The guys list their Top 5 People They Want To Show Up for Thanksgiving and a listener provides the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                              GW1 Issue 79 – Cobster’s Paradise

                              GW1 Issue 79 – Cobster’s Paradise

                              It’s our annual Con on the Cob episode, recorded in front of a live convention audience! We have some con coverage, plus plenty of talk about recent geek news. And we close things out with a great interview with game developer (and friend to all) Sean Patrick Fannon.

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                                143 Kubo Fights Typhoons in a Tugboat with Donatello

                                143 Kubo Fights Typhoons in a Tugboat with Donatello

                                Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                                It’s another great week for hearing some audio from the Kansas City Comic Con (KCCC). This week we’ll hear from Jeremy Howard who plays Donatello in the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films, and Fred Ottman, WWE LEGEND!
                                Before all of that though, I have a review of the new film Kubo and the Two Strings. This new stop motion film looks beautiful, but does it have the heart to compete with our friends at PIXAR and Disney Animation?
                                Eddie Murphy has a new film on the way, and I’ve got the trailer to talk about in the Neverland Trailer Park. I think he could be working his way toward an Oscar!
                                And while we are enjoying some fun with fairy tales, how about we take a listen to The Black Cauldron during our Neverland Story Time!
                                Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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                                  140 Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, and a Haunted Mansion FOTM 2016 Meetup

                                  140 Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, and a Haunted Mansion FOTM 2016 Meetup

                                  Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                                  Are you ready to spend some time in Disneyland with some podcasting pals at Friends of the Magic 2016? Eric (our beloved Lost Boy Retlaw) was there to represent our beloved Neverland with some tough trivia, great prizes, and a trip through the Haunted Mansion!
                                  But before we try to keep from becoming the 1000th Happy Haunt, we have some great Disney and Star Wars news followed by some reviews!
                                  There is a new Harry Potter book out there, and Jeremy (our beloved Spider-Pan) read it somewhere in between text books just so he could review it for you!
                                  Jeremy hasn’t been too excited for Suicide Squad, but he decided he’d check it out for the good of the show. Is it as bad as the critics say? He’ll tell you what he thought of it.
                                  Eric got lots of fun audio from around Disneyland, including a preview for Pete’s Dragon, and we’ll give it all a listen!
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                                    Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Film Review!

                                    Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Film Review!

                                    Written by Jason Brigger

                                    Director: David Ayer

                                    Writers: David Ayer

                                    Starring: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Will Smith and Viola Davis

                                    Suicide Squad explodes into theaters on Friday, August 2, 2016 and hopes to change the fortunes of Warner Brothers and DC Films after the marginal financial success of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The prior films did not win over film critics and left a much divided fan base in their aftermath and while Suicide Squad is not everyone’s cup of tea, it is better than the DC films before it.

                                    In short, Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) takes a nonsensical idea of assembling a team of the most dangerous supervillains and give them top-secret missions to complete that the normal person would not touch, let alone succeed.  The U.S. government is worried about the increase of meta-humans in the world and decides “why not?” which is flawless logic, and supplies weapons to Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and other villains all under the guardianship of Rick Flag (a very buff Joel Kinnaman).  This “Suicide Squad” must learn to work together and not kill each in order to stop a mysterious mystical entity.  Oh, did we mention that the Joker (Jared Leto) comes along for the ride as well?

                                    The Good:

                                    -The Squad.  Yes, the audience will be introduced to a lot of new characters in this film but despite the lack of adequate backstories for all, it’s a hot mess of fun.  Never before has a group of villains been this much fun to watch and with the majority of the characters appearing on film for the first time, the film feels fresh, something the DC Film universe desperately needs at this time.  The characters of El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Harley Quinn, the Joker, and Deadshot all receive well written back stories and the audience will feel vested in their character arches throughout the film.

                                    -The Joker.  Any fear from fans of the Joker are left in the dust as Jared Leto delivers a performance that is just a level below that of Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight.  This Joker is a littler darker than previous versions and some die-hard fans may be upset that this Joker is more mob boss than serial killer but at the end of this film, it leaves the audience wanting to see more of the Joker, which for the franchise, is a good thing.

                                    -Harley Quinn.  Margot Robbie turns a possible one note character into a superstar in one film.  Robbie is masterful as the Joker-smitten psychiatrist turned psychotic anti-hero.  Ayer’s writing allows fans new to the character of Harley Quinn to understand her broken psyche while still giving the purists enough references back to her animated roots to enjoy.  While Quinn provides most of the comedic relief of the film, she also is written as a truly dangerous person that is looking for anarchy above all else.  Warner Brothers should be commended for the casting of Robbie in this role and a role that Robbie has truly made her own.

                                    The Bad:

                                    The Enchantress.  Suicide Squad falters by providing “street-level” and “gritty” villains battling a mystical witch, who just doesn’t seem to fit in the story.  The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) would be a fine villain fighting the more mystical superheroes in the DC Universe but in a film that is more realistic, she just doesn’t fit.  The Squad is better suited for facing off against a mob boss or a domestic terrorist rather than a mystical being and her even more mystical and out of place brother, Incubus (Alain Chanoine).  It also doesn’t help that the alter ego of the Enchantress, June Moone, is in a relationship with Rick Flag that just doesn’t feel authentic to the film.

                                    -Too Much Will Smith.  Smith’s character, Deadshot, is a complex and interesting character but the “too much of a good thing” applies in this film.  My biggest worry was that the film would become a “Will Smith Film” and at times, the film certainly does transform into his film.  Smith “mugs” for the camera way too much and for an ensemble film, is too front and centered and limits the screen time for other more deserving characters.  Smith may be the biggest star attached to the film but Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Hernandez’s character of El Diablo come across as more deserving of screen time.

                                    The Middling:

                                    – The Story Itself.  The cohesiveness of the plot is not the strongest as the audience only sees the Squad have one mission to complete throughout the film and unfortunately that mission is very reminiscent of the more recent Judge Dredd and The Raid films.  I would have liked to have seen the Squad bond through a montage of several missions prior to facing the main villain but in the film’s defense, the story and the film becomes better in the film’s second and third acts.

                                    -The Lack of Character Development.  While Ayer does a commendable job for the well-developed stories of some characters (see above), the backstory for Killer Croc (Adewale Akinuoye-Agbaje) and Captain Boomerang is far less compelling.  Besides a criminal rap sheet for Killer Croc that is shown to the audience at the beginning of the film, the audience never really understands what he is or why he became that way in the first place.  While the backstory is a little better for Captain Boomerang, the character never really advances past a one note villain that much rather drink than engage in the action of his fellow teammates.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, too much backstory was written about the mysterious bodyguard for Flag, Katana (Karen Fukuhara).  Katana is definitely a fun and kick butt character but too much information was given for a character that should have been left unknown.

                                    Final Grade: C+ (A Little Above Average)

                                    Suicide Squad is not a great film but is a fun action/comedic film that is DC’s best film to-date that will leave the audience wanting to know more about the cast of characters in the Squad.  While Suicide Squad could have used a little more “tightening up” on the script and even a better main villain to defeat, the groundwork is there for a franchise that has the ability to improve in later films.  The film is reminiscent of the great Deadpool film released earlier this year as Suicide Squad is something completely different from what the audience has come to expect from Warner Brothers and DC.  If the studio can build off the uniqueness of this film, the DC film universe has a good opportunity to improve and build a bigger audience, something they need at this time.

                                    You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released at www.webegeekspc.com every Wednesday or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.  You can listen to their latest episode right here: http://webegeekspc.com/history-bad-ideas-podcast-ep-135-winona-show/

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