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Haileys and Bumblebees – Robots Root 3 Jan 2018


The only three things I can find to be positive about Bumblebee: The Damn Movie are, in no particular order:

  1. No Michael Bay
  2. Bumblebee is a Bug FFS
  3. Hailey Steinfeld

Maybe that WAS the right order.

Robot’s Root!

  • This comparison between Force Awakens and the Knights of the Old Republic storyline was pretty good. Had I any knowledge of the latter, maybe I would have detected some of this. Or not.
  • Every time Neil Blomkamp posts concept art from his axe-murdered Alien 5 treatment, I get frustrated.
  • I know this isn’t the most popular opinion, but I for one would want to see those extra hours of Blade Runner 2049… speaking of which, Ridley Scott’s elder man ego is spinning out… these comments are nuts.
  • This quote from Guillermo del Toro was amusing mostly because he criticized the design. I feel him.
  • Rian Johnson is supposedly set to begin filming scenes for the new trilogy in 2018… without a script, or even a stated concept… so at most, I hope it’s establishing shot set pieces… I mean, a road is nice. I like roads.
  • The most obvious conclusion reached from the linkbait comments that ‘Thor will undergo a dramatic transformation in Infinity Tole’ is a loss of an arm, as per the comics some years back… I’d like to see Thanos rip a Thor arm off…
  • new octopus alert. ALERT!
  • Hailey Steinfeld wants to be Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, if these misleading interview comments are to be believed. I would not mind. She’s fit, athletic, has a great expressive face, and has been acting since she was a wee one (remember True Grit? Long before the pop singer phase)… I had a different fantasy casting for this role, but maybe we’ll get to that sometime in 2018 on the podcast if a couple of other rubes get their shit together…
  • On the heels of the failed Dark Universe, Paramount is hurtling forward with the Hasbroverse, announcing dates for GI Joe, Micronauts and others… despite not having scripts or a plan. Sounds about right. Dungeons and Dragons AGAIN. Guh.
  • Here’s an interview with Neal Scanlan about creature work on TLJ… if you are into that sort of thing, which I am…
  • I still can’t even with this fever dream. It might be great. Mortal Engines…
  • I have an intense need to clean up and sort this mess… while eating THIS, of course.
  • Lung and I traded finds in this vein… this was my favorite of the Star Wars ones. Still looking for the perfect Deckard one.
  • Mark L Smith has been tasked as writer for Tarantino’s Star Trek film… I mean… someone rubbed a lamp somewhere right?
  • I enjoy radical fan theories where the main character is dead. Works with almost any movie.
  • Would Darkseid have helped or hurt Justice League? I think, as Kevin Smith described it, it would have made an effective tether for the next film.
  • Great honest trailer about Return of the Toleyou… except for the grating mispronunciation of Maori…
  • The new Annihilation trailer is already showing too much. I’m on blackout. But I can’t wait.
  • They do look pretty New Mutanty… love the Lockheed puppet…
  • Cloverfield 3 comes out in April… but with no name yet and no promos. Which is fine. They played it fast and loose with the last “sequel”… I’m still on board, ESPECIALLY if it is indeed space based as rumored. The cast alone!
  • True Detective S03 is shaping up to be pretty exciting to this guy: three time periods, the Ozarks, now Dorff joins Ali? Damn

That’s all for today. Back to cooking them Porgs…

Short Tunic and a Loooooooooong Cape – Robots Root 31 Oct 2017

Robots Root, 64 oz size!

  • Kind of obvious, but I was stoked to see D’Onofrio officially on board in DD S03, especially given the kind of underwhelming, if classic, Born Again plotline. It gives me at LEAST a Kingpin to enjoy.
  • If Gareth Evans does indeed sign on to Deathstroke, that means if nothing else a kick ass fight film. Which seems appropriate.
  • The full Runaways trailer shows some powers, familiar looks, and at least do far isn’t ruining any major surprises comic fans would know.
  • The new Justice League trailer shows Steppenwolf more fully. I wasn’t going to watch, then I realized I’d be overseas when it comes out so things will be spoiled anyway…
  • Um. I mean, I’d still buy one. I love that stuff. But hey, bonuses I guess.
  • Zachary Levi has been confirmed as playing Captain Marvel, I mean SHAZAM I guess at this point, which I’m enjoying. I like the actor, and I think he can bulk up to where it needs to be, as John Krasinski and Chris Prat did. It will be interesting to see if we get a young Billy Batson, or an older one in keeping with the apparent continuity of the DCEU. My favorite of the fan art that came out early this week is above.
  • I don’t watch Supergirl or any of the CW super shows… but wow… check out the costume for new villain ‘Reign’… that’s realllllly badly envisioned. A chattering skull in a super sigil logo on a black version of Supergirl’s costume, plus a Hot Topic mask? GUH.
  • Paramount has been auctioning off costumes and props from the recent Star Trek film. I haven’t talked mush about ST: Discovery yet, as I’m waiting for my cohorts to watch it so we can discuss on the podcast, but one positive, at least in part, has been the overhaul of the Klingon designs. Seeing these Klingon armors, especially the helms, makes me even happier with the show.
  • Best bike-based Star Wars styled Halloween costume anything EVER.
  • This R/C Batmobile is BAD ASS. I still prefer the Tumbler, but hot damn, rotating turrets (for murderdeathkill DCEU Batman!) 24″ of pure powah.
  • He was answering more broadly about his willingness to return to Marvel for another film, not specifically a Black Widow film, but Taika Waititi noted he’d like to see a funny Black Widow. I don’t doubt he’d pull it off, one of those ‘she’s the straight face with lots of eye rolling and groaning at the incompetence of everyone else’ type projects… but I still just want my urgent spy thriller.
  • Speaking of, Olivia Munn has been cast in Hummingbird, which is, you know, that.
  • And here’s the opposite of Olivia Munn, Mads Mikkelsen in Polar. Also awesome. WANT!
  • I forgot to mention this after retweeting it on Twitter… because thats what the cool kids do… but Preacher has been greenlit for S03, which is great news.
  • Our review and discussion (and befuddlement at trying to map out the plotline after seeing it in the middle of the night) of Blade Runner 2049 is forthcoming on the podcast, but this was interesting: they considered making it a two part 4 hour film. There is a definite divide in the narrative, indeed each half begins with the eye, etc. I’m glad they took it the direction they did, though.
  • This is the stuff of superhero or paranormal or alien film prologues…
  • Finally, here’s a Stranger Things candle that I love highly.


Happy Halloween y’all! Enjoy your syringes and bath salts and Charleston Chews!

Im Arresting You Thats What Im Doing – Robots Root 20 September 2017

I’m somewhat alarmed to tell you that I feel strongly compelled to buy this bottle even though I fear soul crushing debt.

Welp, in other news, here’s some Robot Rootery:

  • How Wonder Woman should have ended? Right here. And a hankering for an Honest Trailer, perhaps? HERE.
  • This Sideshow speculative Nomadic Obi Wan is all sorts of amazing and I want this movie now. This right here. All of it.
  • You may have heard that Richard Donner’s original goal for Superman was to have the majority of Superman I and II as a single film. This isn’t that, quite, but here is a Blu-Ray release of the longform version of Superman I that was originally broadcast over two nights. I can’t wait. How interesting! It’s like an alternate reality version of the film.
  • A brief history of the famously awkward Star Trek ‘double punch’ maneuver.
  • I’m kind of enjoying this examination of Tragic Photoshop on Alicia Vikander’s spine. I mean, I enjoy examining her spine in general. But also, bad photoshop. Speaking of, here’s the whole trailer.
  • So I’m thinking about Avengers 3 and 4. Loose theory: Avengers 3 (Infinity War) will involve Thanos cleaning up, brutally killing everyone. Cap gets ahold of the time gem, travels back… then we have Captain Marvel movie, set in 90s. Perhaps time travel events in Avengers 3 lead to environment where Cap Marvel now exists. Reset MCU. Then forward to Avengers 4 where we have traveled through different timelines, and are now defeating Thanos with a new hybrid team of multidimensional Avengers? This would explain why Crossbones may be back (alternate universe or time travel) and would trade heavily on the Avengers Forever stuff from years ago, swapping out Thanos for Kang.
  • Trailer round-up; This collection of trailers includes the following: gratuitous overuse of the choppy percussion coinciding with cut scenes, mini-teaser trailers preceding the actual trailers, oversharing, and surprisingly, two uses of big gun 80’s metal that I hope make it into the respective projects and not just the trailers.
    • New Jumanji stuff, which I told myself I wouldn’t watch, but did, and still loved.
    • New full Punisher trailer. At this point his chestplate looks less bustier-like, which is good, but I still struggle with his douche haircut. Release date remains randomly obscured, because Netflix.
    • Donnie Yen’s HK 70s epic, Chasing the Dragon
    • Full Tomb Raider trailer (I really enjoy a female, modern take on Indiana Jones, but it’s a bit heavy on the daddy stuff)
  • MA.K is being adapted by the producer of IT. Giant robots, so I’m in.
  • This is awesome: Tweedie Waititi has commissioned and produced a Maori-language version of Moana and held free screenings, to encourage the dwindling native-tongue speaking Maori population to re-engage with their culture in NZ.
  • And speaking of the Waititis, Taika is apparently looking at taking on Akira. I mean, CAN YOU IMAGINE. So rad.
  • I don’t know why this took me by surprise, given Schwarzenegger and Cameron have been talking up another Terminator project, but now apparently Linda Hamilton is in on it. Surprising to me, I guess, given her relationship collapse with Cameron…
  • Watchmen has begun production for HBO… given how much room that story wants to breathe, and HBO’s track record for genre projects the last several years, I’m optimistic.

One more thing:

I don’t know of this is legit…. but it is definitely L E G I T if you feel me.


Also: Dig on Bosslogic’s speculative Joker via Jackie Earl Haley..




Finally, an update on the TRDL Art Jam:


Our man Tulio will be taking on the duties of posting the TRDL Art Jam subjects each month, to our FB and dA groups… starting in October. I needed to focus on the TRDL Sourcebook production, so this is a huge help.

Ive Been Drinking With Skeletons – Robots Root 18 Sept 2017


As far as I’m concerned, the best news of last week was the reveal of two pics of David Harbour as Hellboy. Other than some initial concerns about their approach to the Right Hand of Doom, he looks 100% minimum awesome and I have much stoke. Also, here’s the first photo they released, in color and with more wet metal look for the Hand. The above shot was the second, submitted by Harbour himself.

Before we dive in, a note about con photos and cosplay radness: we are posting con photos from San Francisco Comic Con and Rose City Comic Con on our Instagram account for Robot-Kraken: @robotkraken_redtentacle so take a peek to see some of the awesome stuff we saw at the shows…

OK, on to Robot’s Root:

  • Batman Type Stuff!
    • Aronofsky compares the rumors of the Joker film to his abandoned Batman Year One. I’m not down with some of the stuff he was cooking up, though I LOVES ME SOME YEAR ONE… but hey, a Lincoln Continental with two bus engines strapped to it sounds amazing. AMAZING.
    • I really enjoyed Fincher’s The Game back in the day, not merely because of it’s epic level of fantasy-stitching-of-SF-neighborhoods-together… apparently that story was the inspiration for Affleck’s now aborted Batman script. I can imagine a very interesting film coming out of that.
    • Lastly, Aronofsky intended to cast Joaquin Phoenix as Batman. Could have worked.
  • Blade Runner 2049 Type Stuff!
    • Witness these quotes, about Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, with punching and scotch and blunt honesty, that cracked me up immensely. I mean, you can’t witness the quoted material, but you can witness the quote on paper. I’m sticking with it.
    • Here’s the second (and less interesting) short prequel film for Blade Runner 2049, set in 2048, and directed by Jake Scott. Dave Bautista Bautistaing about
  • Star Trek Type Stuff!
    • Interesting article here on how the Discovery series, at least from production and marketing components, seems unable to decide what its audience is supposed to be.
    • Now director Jonathan Frakes has slipped that Discovery will be exploring the famous ‘Mirror Universe’ thing. I wonder if that’s how they will bridge the apparent disconnect between timelines, aesthetics, and characters.
    • Quentin Tarantino posits that good ST film approaches would involve paring down to focus on a few characters instead of the ensemble each time, expand on good TV episodes and do film adaptations of them, and embrace time travel. I mean, yeah I guess, but that was surprising ranting coming from a filmmaker who understands how things work. The ensemble nature of those films, while it is certainly true is less enjoyable as a narrative than more intimate character stories, is easier to pull off in episodic TV than in film, and when they DO focus on a few members of a beloved larger cast, the backlash can be swift.
  • Robotech Type Stuff!
    • If you liked IT and you like Robotech, well you’re in luck: Andy and Barbara Muschietti are tapped to do the adaptation, after they wrap IT 2.
    • Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs is tapped as the writer for the project, as well. I wonder if they’ll change the eponymous ‘U.N. SPACY’ which always was a dumb fiddling with english in the Macross material. That said, I adore it.
  • Zach Snyder released a teaser short for a small film he apparently put together while being home after exiting JL. I quite like the look of it. Of course, the look of things was never the problem with Snyder’s projects. I’ll give it a shot, though! Snow Steam Iron… he’s maybe going back to some of the imagery that made Suckerpunch initially so inviting, but with more of an emphasis on burning man friendly steampunk stuffs.
  • Semi-related, Snyder isn’t going to be doing any press for JL, which is interesting, adding to the feeling that maybe he pulled back from the project for more than just his family strife. I wonder. The reason I bring it up, though, is actually to enjoy the photo in the article, here, which I’ve seen a million times, and every single time I see it as Batman shooting some sort of heavy artillery weapon, two handed. HA. That would be controversial.
  • Witness test footage for the aborted War of the Worlds project from Ray Harryhausen. Pretty impressive for the time, as you would expect.
  • PS regarding Hellboy, I know what I’m doing January 11, 2019
  • Adam Strange has been added to the upcoming Krypton TV series. I’m still uninterested but I think it’s a good move. The central conceit to these sorts of prequel expansions is that we need to be invested in the characters, despite knowing how it ends. With Rogue One, they were successful in making us care about characters we knew were going to bite it, which is hard. Here, I saw very little enthusiasm on the interwebs about studying the world of Krypton with Supes’ granddad as the central POV. The whole planet’s going to blow up, etc anyway. And the Snyderverse version was so glum. Anyway, adding a time traveling human space adventurer might give it a bit of pop. Also, unless the Green Lantern thing manifests out of JL, he would be the first human space type in the DCEU.
  • Red Sparrow is being described as the Black Widow movie Marvel forgot to make. I think it will be much more about sex, manipulation, and murder, and less about fighting proficiency. At least thats how it sounded in pre-production. Still, I love how it looks. The ballet-as-assassin-training thing is certainly peak Widow.
  • An interest concept: AD&D where players, or rather their characters, have to cook and eat their kills. Very, very specific interest there.
  • I love the NAME of Club 33, though I have no interest in going to one. I’m not that kind of wealthy adult Disney person.
  • I’m continually fascinated by the deep economic culture of MMPRPGs or whatever they’re called. Check out this story about a huge double cross with significant real world economic impact, in the EVE community.
  • Similarly, Blizzard is saying that policing the toxic behavior of players in Overwatch is slowing game development. So that’s a thing.
  • I REALLY like the logotype for Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft film. That arrow motif  cutting the lettering in half feels very evocative of both adventure and weird tropical death trappery.

I hope you enjoyed that data dump!

Rose City Comic Con This Weekend, pLus Robots Root 6 September 2017

San Francisco Comic Con is done, and tomorrow we head to Portland for Rose City Comic Con. Hope to see some of you there! Photos from both shows will start rolling out starting next week…keep your eyes peeled for sneaky shots of Friend of TRDL Lung at the table…

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root for 6 September 2017!

  • Lung turned me onto this last week but I never posted it. The Honest Trailer for Face/Off is one of their best yet.
  • You might think, from these comments, that Inhumans is a technical and visionary opus. I’ve heard the contrary. I’m not sure at this point if I’m even going to watch it at all. Your mileage may vary.
  • 2.5 Hours of Blade Runner 2049 goodness? I CANT WAIT I TOLE YOU.
  • Preview roundup, genre edition: Damnation on Netflix; Tin Star on Amazon; Hostiles, a feature film (yay Wes Studi); Brawl in Cell Block Whichever, a feature film; Mindhunter, on Netflix.
  • The ships, and their names, for these new SW films are really nuts. Same things but bigger and also bigger, sometimes bigger. I will give the Supremacy this, though: it says they have a shipworks on board, which could help rationalize the scale and span in the massing, if it can build Destroyers, for example. Huh. Meanehile, Poe’s new X-Wing gets a turbo boost to get past big lasers. BIG LASERS!
  • And speaking of the Star Wars, Colin Trevorrow being out for SW VIII has been spurring on some interesting speculation, in front of and behind the curtain. Calls for a female director, calls for Rian Johnson again, given his apparently smooth sailing on Last Jedi, calls for LUCAS FFS, and on and on.
  • Finally in SW news, Mark Hamill’s comments about wanting to play his own evil twin (actually a cool idea) reference a plotline in the Extended Universe books about which I was not familiar. Thrawn stuff. I’m always down with things referencing that hand.
  • Whedon apparently rewrote enough of JL to get a writing credit. Meanwhile, looking at all these photos used in the Alex Ross style poster composite, I keep laughing at how high Aquaman looks, and how appropriate that is, in a meta sort of way.
  • “That guy’s wife” saved the Star Trek franchise. Nice, Shatner.
  • There is apparently some controversy among rigid hetero fanboys or whomever about this commercial. I loved it. Start to finish.
  • Here’s your ubiquitous bosslogic manips of Leo DiCaprio as a Joker. For science. I prefer L E T O!
  • John Cena in the running for Shazam?, this was all over the con floor at SFCC this weekend. I’m not convinced this is real. However, on Sunday it occurred to me who he COULD play well, given his enthusiasm, size, and charisma: Guy Gardner!

  • This Hellboy summary, recently leaked, is sufficiently general and I like what I hear. LUNDUN ENGULUND!
  • Finally, I leave you with Key & Peele’s Sexy Vampires. Cracked me up, a little. Not out loud. But inside.

Back to the packing and the fire dodging! See you maybe in Portland!

Deadwood Meets Hellboy and All is Briefly Right with the World – Robots Root 3 Aug 2017

Ian McShane as the new Professor Broom? Say it isn’t so! No wait, say it IS so. That’s amazing casting!


Robot’s Root thus!

  • Trek giveth and Trek taketh… So, the trailers for ST: Discovery look really promising. And yet then, just to make sure equilibrium takes hold, they are supposedly developing a KHAN prequel series no one needs to see, regardless of the plastic pectorals.
  • Honestly, I expect no less from a feces bot.
  • New Vice Principals is coming soon… second and final (SAD) season… cannot wait.
  • Those newer close-ups of Domino are really impressive. She has a great jawline, and making the circle a birthmark was brilliant.
  • Jessica Chastain as a badass Shi’ar is the best thing that could happen to the Fox X-Men franchise, and at least she’s publicly admitting it’s happening now.


That’s all for now. i’m going camping and given our approximate adjacency to Donner Pass, regionally, there’s a chance I’ll be eaten. if not, I hope to be back Saturday, and prepared to get ON with it.




Welp, much like poor (presumed) Wun-Wun, winter came for us here at Robot-Kraken. Kris has been battling some family strife, and guest-host Blake Simmons and I were supposed to record tonight but entropy won. Slim chance we’ll get an opportunity to review Game of Toles S07 E03 before Sunday’s new episode, so quite possible we’ll be doing a commentary on both episodes next week.
Keep sharpening that obsidian, and check your pies for family members…


Its a Wrap – Robots Root 18 July 2017

The making-of teaser released for the Last Jedi the other day was really fun. Of course, my favorite moment was at the end…

Well that’s just, like, your opinion, man… it’s Robot’s Root!

  • This is EVERYTHING.
  • I continue to hold out hope for this project, for nostalgic, formative childhood reasons: James Wan may be out, but Robotech landed a new director, of Stephen King’s IT fame (fame is a strong word)…Andy Muschietti.

  • The ST: Discovery producers continue to fumble into their own Burmese Man Traps, metaphorically. How hard can this be?! Just say it’s the Pineverse. Or say it’s a new vision. Or come up with some sort of timeline mutation explanation. Or introduce more than one species of Klingon. I want to enjoy this pretty awesome design work without hearing them wind themselves up trying to rationalize to the ST superfans why the Klingons look this different (yes, they look different from production to production, but this is a different order of magnitude)… I mean, if I can gloss over the fact that this supposedly takes place closer to both the ST:TOS and Pike’s first appearance than the age of my CATS… I can overlook design changes that aren’t consistent with the continuity they are supposedly locked into. Ending with a preposition. But hey, let’s keep them honest, right.
  • Justice League continues to have viral buzz, but as usual, for all the wrong, surreal reasons. This time, Zack Snyder deleted all the JL material from his Twitter feed. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, they cried.
  • According to inferences made in the panel line-up for the con, Punisher may be in the Defenders. I mean, he SHOULD be in the Defenders. But anyway. That’s a thing.
  • Weapon H is the kind of hot mess that drove me away from comics in the 90s. I can’t even.
  • Thinking about the new Last Jedi posters… is it simply rad design work, or is their some meaning behind the eyes being cropped out of every shot?
  • Two excellent posters for the Revenant. Probably need to have SEEN the Revenant, but…  I did, and I love them. The tone is perfect.

Lastly, I want to note one thing that isn’t being talked about on Preacher: set design. I love most of the sets we’ve seen, and how evocative some of these environments have been, particularly with their use of color. Last night’s ep was impressing me for the huge long shelved wall of tchotchkes Jesse and Tulip had as the background at their dinner table. Amazing.

PROBABLY the greatest detective in the world – Robots Root 8 June 17

Look, I’ll admit, I assumed, probably from leftover Grand Budapest fever dreaming, that Murder on the Orient Express would be a nutty surreal comedy. But I’m still in 133%. Plus, some would say Poirot’s mustache IS comedy. Not me, friends.

Thus, with suitable Kirby Krackle, it’s Robot’s Root!

  • These Hot Toys models are so eerily realistic. I just realized, not having been in the market for such things, that these have some sort of skeleton and a skin/covering system like a Realdoll(tm)… so basically a mini-Realdoll(tm) lacking, theoretically, certain anatomical features. Ugh, I’m creeped out. That said, impressive sculpt on this Amazonian Battle Chestpiece Diana.
  • The Buck Rogers plane is killing me.
  • I think I’d be fully into Ozark on Netflix anyway, but Jason Bateman totally elevates it.
  • I didn’t think I’d be interested in a Get Shorty remake. But the CAST!
  • This looks like a hot mess compilation of every other alien invasion action movie, but done on a 2008 iMac. BUT! I’m a glass half full (of broken glass) kind of guy: as about 1:35 in the trailer, one guy gets vaporized, and Lee pace runs over and catches the weapon the guy was holding and keeps firing it. It’s total Road Runner business. Revolting. Yes I said it.
  • Red Letter Media released the single best review of Covenant ever. And I say that, after recording thirteen hours of Coveant reviewage (rhymes with sewage) for Robot-Kraken. Best part: 5:30 into this majestic video.
  • Battlecat Mittens.
  • Lung pointed out the new Coco trailer, so I pulled up the Book of Life trailer for comparison. Loved the latter, will love the former. So much win all around. Except death. Death-win!
  • Hannah John-Kamen has been cast in a ‘key role’ in Ant-Man and Wasp. Curious… She’s best known for Killjoys, but she’s been in Game of Toles and Force Awakens… and will be in Ready Player One.
  • There’s ANOTHER Trek something something coming, with a serious pedigree (aka Wrath of Khan/Undiscovered Country) and supposedly NOT a rewrite of the new untitled film script for the Pineverse. I wonder if they are plotting out series’ or films set at different points in the timeline? Seems like it would be monumentally confusing to many viewers. I mean, Force Awakens vs. Rogue One was hard enough for mainstream fans to process. Anyway, courtesy of this technicolor yawn of a web page, which makes my eyes burn even as it is often right.
  • Jennifer Connelly is on board (see what I did) the Snowpiercer TV adaptation. Quite a catch for AMC, but while the film was a refreshing surprise in its quality (I haven’t seen the original) yet ANOTHER property makes me return to the basic question os who would build a ‘global’ train track and perpetual train during an ice apocalypse. It’s very Playstation.
  • Thandie Newton just described Han Solo as a ‘dope-a-franchise’ … I love her HARD.


And with that, I leave you to tend to your furious mustache…

Sensing Death all Over the Place – Robots Root 19 May 2017

Despite it’s production problems, I’m happy to say I liked what I saw in this trailer for ST: Discovery. I like the cast, the alien designs, and the rework of the Klingons especially. I have some trouble with the ‘set 10 years before Kirk’ business, because we are stuck in that weird loop, where the technology shown in the prequel looks more advanced than the technology in the primary series, but at least this one is based on being a prequel of the Abrams-Trek*, so it’s more aligned in that regard. *WAIT now I’m confused. Two places have stated this is in the ‘Prime Universe’ aka prior to TV Kirk and the smooth as shit Enterprise, so I don’t even. There seem to be design elements nodding to TOS, as well as to Enterprise AND the Abramsverse.

Meanwhile, in space, this happened:

  • In this latest Mummy trailer, I think my favorite part was Tom Cruise screaming “MY FACE! MY FACE!” which felt meta.
  • The Alienist is right up my alley: dark business in old timey ways!
  • Mera’s revised costume is very green and so much SIMPLER than anything in the DCCU and I like it.
  • Aunt May wins.
  • Trip OUT: Steve Coogan and John C Reilly filming Laurel and Hardy…
  • This awesome Periodic Table shows what each element can be used for, which is a GREAT added detail. Kind of mind blowing. Fundamentally changes how you learn about them. Also, pretty current: Lead is used for ‘weights’ which is true, but twenty years ago the reference would be a more alarming use.
  • Another useful tool: 30 ways to die by electrocution in 1930. I found these fascinating, as in many cases i was grasping at what I was looking at. Not grasping the mystery pipe while standing in water, mind you.
  • So far, early fan and critic reviews of Wonder Woman are extremely positive. I mean, BVS was too, but still, given the early talk that this was a hot mess, maybe optimism is called for here.
  • If you don’t want to see any Han Solo anything, don’t click through. If you want to see some rad pre-CGI hoopties, tho…
  • Finn Jones let slip that Defenders takes place over a few days rather than weeks. That’s very good news, given the concept and central tension among the members of the team.

That’s all for today. Back to polishing your forehead ridges that you should or shouldn’t have in continuity.



Them Krakens be Robots – 24 April 2017

I was at the Monterey bay Aquarium with the kids last week, and was surprised to discover some Robot Kraken action!



I bring you: Robot’s Root, 24 April 2017

  • This one floored me. Three days later, I can’t wrap my head completely around it. Apparently, setting aside all the rounds of auditioning that landed Chris Pratt the role of Star-Lord.. the consistent second choice? Always Sunny’s Glenn Howerton. WHUT.
  • Shots from Defenders filming, at least so far, confirm DD is continuing with the muddy Ultimates style mostly black look. I keep hoping he’ll just suddenly show up in the same armor but the color of arterial spray.

  • Every time I look at the Thor: Ragnatole trailer, I’m reminded of that old Incredible Hulk telefilm series I loves as a kid. I was super into the cheesy, brown leather and fur Thor. So much so that in our Marvel RPG games I made him that way for science. But not cheesy. I mean, sort of cheesy. Lots of ‘I see thee NAY!’ business. But not four -color.

Also, that long gap in the couch? In the gladiator arena? It would fit precisely one lounging bronzed Jeff Goldblum. Meaning we need two, I guess.

  • I’ve always loved the concept of Xenomorph eggsacs being used as other things. I want to like this cookie jar, except I think it should have been something you actually unpeel, something softer. I don’t like the lid. Also, I don’t understand cookie jars.
  • The Batman and Bill documentary is finally arriving on Hulu. I’m really looking forward to it. Bill Finger has always been a trivia point, but I don’t know much about him.
  • Claire Temple won’t be in Punisher, breaking a tradition. Now, I love her and I like that she’s the narrative glue in these stories, but Iron Fist showed that when you have someone who knows all the other characters and DOESN’T call them for help, it becomes a distraction. I don’t hate this news.
  • This reminds me about recurring old amusing arguments with Lung about air travel: statistically, though more Red Shirts die on screen than other classes in ST, they represent a much smaller percentage of that class, meaning it is, as we’ve always said, much worse an idea to send those officers on the Away Team missions all the time.
  • Here’s the movie which will always be remembered as the project on which Jon Bernthals and Tom Holland worked on their respective Marvel audition tapes with each other.
  • I found this Samurai Iron Man online very late at night in my international travels going stir-crazy in my hotel, so I bought it. It hasn’t arrived, so common sense may prevail and I may return it like a reasonable person. But I MAY NOT.