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Recap: Into the Badlands Episode 2 — Fist Like A Bullet


Into the Badlands airs Sunday nights at 10/9CT on AMC. It all begins with the most uncomfortable looking pair of black boots I’ve ever seen. It’s The Widow. She’s in a bar. It’s dingy, dark and full of go-go dancers, one of whom is using an angle grinder on her bustier. How creative. The Widow spots who she’s looking for. It’s her former Regent, Teague. The Widow’s not impressed by how he’s spending what he pilfered, but she’ll let bygones be bygones if he helps her out. He goes for his sword, but she kicks it away before he touches it. … Continue reading

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Into the Badlands premiere recap – “Fort”


It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a martial arts series on TV. Hopefully, Into the Badlands will serve to reignite the genre, because I’ve been excited about it since I first caught an ad during TWD. Yeah, the idea of post-apocalyptic dystopia is all the rage these days, but this series presents it in a highly unique way. • Missed the series premiere? Don’t have cable? Watch the full episode here! • MORE: AMC’s genre-bending “Into the Badlands” lives by the sword Prior to the premiere, I perused the interwebs to check out the show’s buzz. As with most new … Continue reading

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AMC’s genre-bending “Into the Badlands” lives by the sword

Into the Badlands The Widow

It’s hard to pin a label on AMC’s new six-part action drama series Into the Badlands, premiering Sunday, Nov. 15, at 10pm ET/PT. It has the dystopian future politics of The Hunger Games. It has the antiheroes of Westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It has the warrior’s spiritual journey of Kung Fu. It has themes of family bloodlines and ambition like in Game of Thrones or Shakespeare’s history plays. It has the moral codes of classic samurai films, and fight sequences reminiscent of The Matrix and Hong Kong martial arts movies. Into the Badlands fuses together … Continue reading

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A new “Star Trek” TV series is coming in 2017

A new "Star Trek" TV series is coming in 2017

CBS Television Studios announced today that it will launch a “totally new” Star Trek TV series in January 2017. The show will kick off with a special preview broadcast on CBS. The premiere episode, and all subsequent first-run episodes, will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the network’s digital SVOD and live-streaming service. The program will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International. Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the 2009 reboot of Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, will executive produce the new series. “There is no … Continue reading

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“A big jolly splatterfest” — Talking “Ash vs Evil Dead” with Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless

"A big jolly splatterfest" -- Talking "Ash vs Evil Dead" with Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless

It was just past the first day of winter in New Zealand when I arrived at a location called Riverhead, just outside of Auckland, to begin watching the filming of the new Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead, which airs Saturdays beginning Oct. 31. Coming from the northern U.S., I didn’t find the weather to be quite what I was used to as “winter.” It was very pleasant: sunny, temps in the high 50s, low 60s Fahrenheit. The nice climate added to the loveliness of the filming location, a scenic pine forest. As a fan of the original Evil Dead … Continue reading

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New Star Wars trailer debuts on Monday Night Football because … Disney!

New Star Wars trailer

There was never any doubt that Disney’s ownership of the Star Wars galaxy would lead to opportunities for corporate SYNERGY!, and today brings forth the coupling of Disney-owned ESPN’s Monday Night Football with the new trailer for Disney-owned Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in U.S. theaters Dec. 18. The new trailer debuts at halftime of the Oct. 19 MNF game between the New York Giants at the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN. ESPN Deportes debuts the Spanish-language version simultaneously. For many sci-fi enthusiasts, this may be the first football game they ever watch part of. Here are two teasers for the new … Continue reading

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Sneak peek at Maisie Williams in Doctor Who “The Girl Who Died”

Maisie Williams Doctor Who

ALSO SEE: BBC America’s Doctor Who Season Preview Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones guest-stars in a highly anticipated episode of BBC America’s Doctor Who on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 9pm ET. In “The Girl Who Died,” the first of a two-part story, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) are captured by Vikings and must help protect their village from the Mire, an army of deadly space warriors from the future. The ragtag band of Vikings is outnumbered and overmatched, but the Doctor thinks Viking girl Ashildre (Williams) may hold the secret to victory. Part 2 of the story airs Saturday, Oct. … Continue reading

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Doctor Who “The Magician’s Apprentice” season premiere Saturday on BBC America

Doctor Who

In Peter Capaldi’s second season as the Doctor, the series sees the Doctor and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) going on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, and through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself. Doctor Who returns to BBC America with a two-part season premiere, “The Magician’s Apprentice” (Sept. 19 at 9pm ET/PT) and “The Witch’s Familiar” (Sept. 26 at 9pm ET/PT), written by showrunner Steven Moffat. In “The Magician’s Apprentice,” Clara needs her friend when the skies of Earth are frozen by a … Continue reading

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CBS “Under the Dome” series finale: “The Enemy Within”

Under the Dome Series Finale

Under the Dome comes to an end after three seasons with “The Enemy Within,” airing on CBS Thursday, Sept. 10, at 10pm ET/PT. As the Dome over Chester’s Mill comes down, the Resistance makes a final attempt to protect the outside world from the infected townspeople in the Kinship and their new queen, Dawn (Kylie Bunbury). From a CBS press release: “Two years ago, UNDER THE DOME broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “DOME’s event storytelling and multi-platform business … Continue reading

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Did Six Betray the Raza? Recap, Dark Matter, Season Finale

dark matter, season finale

In the season finale of Dark Matter, we discover Two’s origins and the Raza crew goes from unified team to betrayal by the last person you’d suspect: Six. It’s a two-hour rollercoaster ride. Ready? Five dreams about her discovery as a stowaway on the Raza – before all of them lost their memories. Three has her in an airlock, terrified she’s about to be spaced. Six intervenes, and she’s taken to the mess hall where the crew decides her fate. One wants her off the ship; Six says she’s an asset with technical skill and One agrees. Three wants her off, … Continue reading

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