Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Project Power 2020 8 out of 10. (Netflix Movie)


Project Power 2020 8 out of 10.  (Netflix Movie)

Finally a direct to Netflix movie worth watching. The film had a terrific cast.  It was basically an interesting Super Hero meets cop drug story.  I would give it points for originality --expect for the fact that the drugs that could give people super powers actually reminded me of the Inhumans story line on Agents of Shield from a couple years back.  The angle of making it a drug that someone could take and the powers only being temporary gave the story and interesting angle and the strong cast made for a surprisingly compelling story.  I'd definitely say that this take on a superhero tale was worth a watch.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Portals 2019 5 out of 10 (Quick Thoughts)


Portals 2019  5 out of 10

This movie had a really cool concept like something out of an Arthur C Clarke novel- but instead of trying to tell one really good story involving the concept it ended up telling 3 mediocre stories.  The idea of a bunch of mysterious portals showing up all over the earth was such a cool idea. It almost feels like the creatives behind this had this original concept --but couldn't agree so instead told three versions of what it could be instead of just really concentrating on one great idea of what it was.  It made for a movie that had potential -- but didn't live up to it.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Palm Springs 2020. 8+ out of 10. (Time Travel Movie #20)


Palm Springs 2020. 8+ out of 10.  (Time Travel Movie #20)

I'm not a huge Andy Sandberg fan --but the second I found out it was a Time Loop movie I was in.   Since 2020 has been such a crazy year and literally almost all 2020 movies have been either delayed or sent straight to streaming this may actually end up being my favorite film of the year.   It plays around with the concept of a time loop in the same way as the movie Groundhog's Day did --except the main character starts the movie out having already been in the time loop for quite some time and the twist is a couple other people have over time become trapped in the loop as well.  The way the movie has fun with and plays with this concept was a delight.  The main character almost just plays around with the world as if he is in a video game because he has been stuck in this loop for so long.   We get to see this loop more through the eyes of the girl from the wedding that he wakes up as a guest of everyday since she is new to the loop.   Just writing this blog makes me like the film better.  This may be the kind of film that I like more upon repeated viewings.   If you enjoyed Groundhog's Day and like Time Loop flicks I would rank this as a must see fun comedy film.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

It Came From he Desert 2017. 5 out of 10. (Quick thoughts)


It Came From he Desert 2017. 5 out of 10. 

The trailer and poster gave me false hope that it could be better than it was. It was an average Giant Ant film with motorbikes. I was hoping the film was going to be funnier.  The trailer gave the impression that it was more of a parody of these types of movies, but it just fell kind of flat in the delivery.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Beyond the Time Barrier 1960 4 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 19)


Beyond the Time Barrier  1960    4 out of 10

I'm a sucker for anything Time Travel Related and I got some suggested movies that came to my attention on Amazon Prime.  Beyond the Time Barrier from 1960 has a great poster -- unfortunately the movie was just so-so.   The story follows a military test pilot that ends up going through a time wrap that during a test flight and ends up in the year 2024  (the distant future back then).   Of course as in most of these old time travel movies the future is a bleak place thanks to a plague  (oh crap).  

(Apparently all the mutants shop at the same store.)

The theme of the story was cool -but the plot moved along slowly and there were too many scenes of just dialogue.  I felt like I've seen better and more interesting versions of similar stories in old Twilight Zone episodes so as a movie this left me really underwhelmed.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Terminator: Dark Fate 2019 5 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 18)


Terminator: Dark Fate 2019  5out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 18) 

I have to be honest .....  I was really disappointed with this film.  It brought back Linda Hamilton --who has been absent from the franchise since T-2.  It brought back James Cameron (at least being involved in the series again) and it brought back an older more out of shape Arnold.  Honestly watching this film made me really question whether Disney should do Indy 5 with Harrison Ford.     I don't mean to be mean --but bringing back Linda Hamilton seemed like a good idea on paper -but instead of the bad-ass I remember from T-2, I felt like I was watching someones grumpy old grandma going on adventures.  

Instead of following the events of the past Terminator (which I enjoyed) the series tries unsuccessfully to reboot itself yet again further damaging the brand.   It is like some weird attempt at doing a bad sequel to T-2.  It takes the franchise in another new direction where apparently John Connor has been killed by an Arnold Terminator after Skynet was stopped and yet further in the Timeline the robots still rise and now a new girl is the one that will lead the rebellion.    I didn't find myself liking any of the new characters that were introduced to the franchise.  The story seemed uninspired and unoriginal.   It was only watchable because there were some fun action sequences in the film.   As a Terminator fan I  would consider this film an unnecessary watch.  Box office wise this sixth installment was a disaster and may have permanently damaged a once thriving series.  

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Terminator Genisys 2015 9 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 17)

Terminator Genisys 2015   9 out of 10

The original Terminator was a terrific time travel action movie done on a low budget and starring a pretty much unknown at the time Arnold Schwarzenegger.  By the time they made the sequel T-2 Arnold was the biggest movie star in the world.  T-2 had cutting edge special effects and is one of the best sci-fi action movies ever made in my opinion.  It was a non stop roller coaster ride and a box office success.   The first 2 films were a perfect 1-2 punch--but of course like many other franchises --whether the story dictates it or not they keep trying to cash in on the franchise name. There was a third Terminator without James Cameron's involvement which was a good action packed film - but was the first piece in ruining the story laid out in the first 2 films.  It is almost like the franchise just abandoned all concept of connecting with the previous films which is why this once powerful franchise is less valuable today.  Sure some of the films were still enjoyable --but the franchise gets ruined a little with each unconnected film.

That being said I personally enjoyed Terminator Genisys as a solo film on its own.  If  T-3 and Terminator Salvation hadn't already happened this soft reboot that took some of the basic ideas from the original film and went in a new direction with them was satisfying to watch.   This film brought Arnold back deaged to look like he did in 1984.  It follows the Kyle Reese character sent back from 2029 to 1984 to stop Sarah Conners death (played by the talented Emilia Clarke).  When Kyle arrives in 1984 he finds that the past he thought he was being sent to has already been altered and the clueless girl he thought he was supposed to protect has been raised by a reprogrammed older Arnold. If the two previous films in the franchise hadn't happened this would have been an excellent addition to the franchise.  Unfortunately as a fan you pretty much have to pick and choose which films you personally consider canon to make any of the films work together.    I just really wish the franchise could have been run better from the beginning.  It is a shame that T-2 was so amazing and the franchise never even got close to being that good again.

Putting the franchise issues aside,   I really enjoyed this film much more than a lot of other people apparently did.  I thought the action and story were fun.  I actually loved Emilia Clarke way better than Linda Hamilton from the original 2 Terminator films. The old Arnold versus the younger Arnold was a cool element.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Flight That Disappeared 1961 6 out of 10

Flight That Disappeared 1961  6 out of 10

While on a flight from Los Angeles to Washington DC for an important meeting a plane that continues to climb despite the pilots best efforts to stop it.  A couple important passengers find themselves stuck in a strange dimension where they are put on trial for events that haven't occurred yet.   This movie feels like a Twilight Zone episode.  The concept of the story is cool --but it gets a little preachy during the trial which basically puts the characters on trial for creating a powerful weapon that hasn't happened yet.  The film feels at times like it could be a stage play since it basically takes place in only two sets the plane and the trial in the dimension without time,  The film is basically equivalent to a good yet not great episode of either Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits.  If you go into it with that expectation you may enjoy it.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Time Travelers 1964 5 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 16)

The Time Travelers 1964  5  out of 10 

The Story of the film revolves around a group of scientists who find their time-viewing screen allows them to travel through time as they literally walk through it and into the future.  Once through the portal they encounter some mutants (guys in store bought bald caps) that immediately made me think of the movie within the movie in Strange Brew. A long chase scene down a desert canyon leads them into a cave where the last humans are surviving and preparing to leave the dying earth.  At this point the pace of the film slows down and drags a bit as they talk and live with these future scientists. It has some interesting stuff like the strange Androids that are quite freakish looking that would have actually made for better mutants. 


(Creepy Androids)

The conclusion of the film helps to make up for the middle        section as the mutants attack just as the spacecraft is about to      leave earth.  A battle occurs between humans,  their creepy                android servants and mutants leading to a cool and intriguing ending.   All and all it was a watchable film that showed some potential (at least in some of the concept) but that fell flat in some areas that left it just so-so in the end. 


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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Gemini Man 2019 6 out of 10

Gemini Man 2019  6 out of 10

Gemini Man is a decent action film that centers on a character (played by Will Smith) who is a super elite assassin who has decided to retire.  The people who he works for don't like that idea an try to take him out as they consider him a loose end.   It turns out the assassin sent to kill him is a younger clones version of himself. 

The movie has some fun action sequences and a decent story --but I really had a hard time accepting one point in the film.  They establish at the start of the film that he is such an amazing assassin that he was able to kill a man from a long distance on a moving train and yet when he ends up battling himself both of them have the accuracy of a couple of stormtroopers shooting cans in the desert.   If you can get past that fact which I considered a flaw in the film you may enjoy it.  It is definitely worth a watch at home if you haven't seen any decent action flicks in awhile.  

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Invasion of the Star Creatures 1962 3 out of 10

Invasion of the Star Creatures  1962   3 out of 10

I came across this film as a suggestion on Amazon Prime.  The poster for this film is terrific, but the film itself is just overly silly and not very entertaining.  It is trying to be like an Abbott and Costello meet the monsters type of film or similar films from and earlier era --but is misses the point that those films had big name comedy stars and prior followings.  Abbott and Costello were a team with one character playing more of the straight man role.  The two bumbling characters in this film were equally dim and seemed to just be breaking in and out of celebrity impersonations the whole time.

The two Amazonian space woman in their space outfits were the only true highlight of this silly film --but they deserved better leading men to play off of.   The Vegatable men space creatures that were under the control of these Space Babes as the bumbling duo called them were of the quality of maybe a Jr. high school play.  They looked like dressed up potato sacks that were decorated at the last minute.   The creatures belong in the worst of sci-fi creature designs hall of fame and look like costumes that were so bad that they were rejected from Lost in Space.  

I would say to pass on this stinker of a sci-fi comedy.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020



Strike First 

  Strike Hard 

 No Mercy

Russ mentioned this show a couple years ago and the rest of us finally got around to watching it when it hit Netflix.    Check the link below as we discuss  Cobra Kai.

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The gang is back to tackle another 1980's Classic.  This time around it is Caddyshack.   Chevy Chase,  Bill Murray,  Rodney Dangerfield.   This film is a comedy goldmine and we had a blast chatting about it.

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The Podcast was back with another episode featuring Kurt Russell wearing and eye patch. 

 After previously discussing the controversial Captain Ron which had the hosts split--it was only fair to discuss Escape From New York.

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In this episode of the Podcast we discussed our picks for Top 3 Sitcom Characters.   There were some unexpected answers.

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With the theaters still closed in July we decided to tackle an 80's Classic.  The John Hughes teen comedy  Sixteen Candles.  Personally I thought this was one of the more fun discussions we have had in awhile.  

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In our recent podcast from early July:   Brad, Andy, Dave, and Russ discuss how the corona virus will affect the movie industry.  What movies are coming directly to home video because of COVID-19?  What safety measures will be in place when Disneyland/Disney World open up?  We discuss the new Scooby-Doo movie Scoob!, Disney’s Onward, and more.

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Checking up on posting some recent podcast links.
In this podcast from late May 2020 we discussed what Brad, Andy, David, Russ and Jason talk about what they’ve been watching recently.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Locke and Key 2020 Netflix Series

Of the NETFLIX series that I have watched so far, Locke and Key is probably my favorite along side Season 1 of Stranger Things. Even though I saw what happens at end of the season coming from a mile away the show was still engaging throughout.  The story focusing on a family that has moved back to their dad’s ancestral home after his tragic death.  It seems like the typical setting at the start of a horror movie.  Instead of a haunted house this house has a series of magical keys each with their own strange magical functions.   The story feels like a cross between The Goonies and The Chronicles of Narnia.

The best part of the show is what the magical keys do.  One key allows the user to go through any door and end up anywhere that has a door.   Another key allows a person or persons to go inside someone’s mind.  A fun concept and a great first season.   If you are in magical elements in shows definitely check this one out.  Season 1 left itself open to second season –although I almost wish that it had been a one season story. 

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Firefly Re-Watch on Hulu. Quick thoughts on the episode Mrs. Reynolds

After binging Future Man on Hulu I decided I wanted to do a quick Firefly re-watch (also on Hulu).   Rather than do a review of the series as a whole I wanted to just talk about one particular episode that is pretty much Firefly at the shows best.

The episode Mrs. Reynolds is just about perfect.  The crew of the Firefly lifts off of a planet with a stowaway that apparently Mal accidentally married the night before (unbeknownst to him). This episode is pretty much is when the series cemented itself to me as a favorite.   I was already a fan of both BUFFY and ANGEL,  created by Joss Whedon,  so when Firefly came on the air I was already on board.  Nathan Fillion stars as Mal Reynolds (Basically a Han Solo type character) that captains a spaceship around the fringe frontier like planets of the solar system.   This episode for me is where the cast totally clicked.  The humor of Mal trying to deal with this stowaway wife was hilarious.  I was laughing at every single nervous facial expression as Captain Reynolds tried to sort things out while the rest of the crew made fun of him.  The chemistry of the cast felt like this show was already in its 6th season. Then the fun twist in the plot happens developing simmering plot lines between some characters that would carry throughout the rest of this short-lived classic sci-fi show.  

If you have never seen Firefly ---WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU and if you have already seen it –it may be time to revisit this show.  Nathan Fillion is probably my favorite TV actor now because of this show Castle and now The Rookie.    Watching this makes me want a Joss Whedon  Han Solo DISNEY+ Series.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Dracula BBC 2020 (Netflix Series)

Brief thoughts on BBC's  Dracula

I was excited when I heard about this show hitting NETFLIX.  The reason for that excitement was that it was by the same people that did Sherlock on BBC.  Sherlock is one of my favorite mystery shows and I was eager to see what they would do with a short mini-series based on DRACULA.   Each episode is basically like a mini-movie in length. 

The first 2 episodes I found to be really enjoyable.  The pacing of the episodes was slow -but purposeful.  The first episode basically covered the Bram Stoker tale in a style that felt very much like Sherlock.  

 The second episode featured Dracula’s voyage to England that played out like a murder mystery cruise with a shocking ending that left me excited for the finale episode.

Unfortunately, the third episode felt like a terrible movie sequel that you almost wish you hadn’t seen.  I was left so disappointed with where they ended up taking the story that I probably wouldn’t watch another season if the show returned.  

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Friday, May 1, 2020

The Witcher 2019 (Netflix Series)

I’m not at all familiar with the material that the series is based on so it was all new to me.  Season 1 of The Witcher on Netflix had a lot of buzz when it came out.  I think people were hoping and wanting to be the next Game of Thrones.  For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag.   Unlike Game of Thrones, this show mixes around timelines and tells s a non-linear story.  It was unnecessarily confusing at times because of this and the fact that the show's creators want the audience to figure it out on their own like Westworld.

The show has some really cool and interesting stuff and some corny stuff.   The show at times felt like a big budget fantasy film and at other times it felt like an episode of XENA Warrior Princess.    I would say that if you are a genre fan it is a good binge-watch, but it definitely isn’t a must-see.

What I LIKED about the show:    The Witcher character himself was cool. I wish the show had just focused on this character alone.  His adventures are captured my attention despite Superman’s odd choice of talking for the character. 

What I DIDN” T LIKE about the show:   The humpbacked witch storyline was completely uninteresting to me.  I just wanted to get back to the main character.  Both this character and the young girl character's stories left me bored.  

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Futureman TV Series Review Seasons 1-3

As we discussed on our recent Podcast of things to watch during the lockdown of 2020 - Future Man Hulu was one of the suggestions.   Future Man is a Time Travel comedy that can best be described as The Last Starfighter meets Hot Tub Time Machine.  Season one was great.   A couple of time travelers from a miserable future land in the year 2017 to find the "savior". An average guy that was the only person in the world to beat their recruitment video game.  Of course, he isn’t what they expected instead he is just a video game playing janitor.    They join up with him anyway to try and fix the future by changing the past.   Time Travel fans know how good that usually works out and this show takes us on a fun journey through time.

The highlights from Season 1 include some great stuff in the 1980’s that includes one of the Time Travel warriors becoming a Corey Hart fan and getting involved in an impromptu shirtless Volleyball game a la TOP GUN.     My favorite episode of Season 1 includes this same character Wolf opening an underground sewer restaurant where he kidnaps famous people for a culinary experience of a lifetime. There is also a great scene where the main character accidentally cock blocks his dad and takes the Back to the Future mom scene a step to far.  The first season has some really funny stuff and plays around with fun Time Travel homages.

Season 2 for me was a little bit disappointing as the show gets bogged down in a dystopian future that was a little less compelling then going back in time.  The show picks back up again near the end of the season with some really good stuff and the end of season 2 sets up perfectly for a great third season.

Season 3 picks up in far future with our characters prisoners and a part of a Running Man style game show.  A hilarious start to an interesting season.   I loved some of the concepts in this season like the place they find called HAVEN.  A place where time stands still.   All in all it was a good show and a fun and easy binge-watch.  Of course, I’m a big-time travel fan.

 The finale of season 3 was a satisfying series finale.  Of course, this is a time travel show –so they could always find a way to continue on.

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Altered Carbon Season 2 2020 (Netflix Series)

I was excited to find out that Anthony Mackie would be headlining season 2 of Altered Carbon.  It is odd when a show comes back for season 2 with a new lead actor – but in the case of this show where characters come back in different bodies or “Sleeves” it makes sense.  His performance in the show was great,  unfortunately the story in season 2 just felt uninspired. 

Season 1 dropped us into a Blade Runner type future with some people living for generations in new bodies and had some interesting themes.  The plot of season 2 just didn’t seem fresh or new in anyway.  There were some cool scenes –but as a whole the whole season just feel flat for me.   I  finished the season – but this was a perfect example of a show that if it was a weekly show I may not have stayed with it.  As a short binge watch dumped all at once I worked my way through it quickly.

One of the problems I’ve noticed about several Netflix shows is that you binge them and then generally forget about them.  The gap between season 1 of Altered Carbon and season 2 was so long that season 1 pretty much is wiped from your mind by the time season 2 comes out.  Even shows that you really like become disposable in a way- because the dump the season and binge watch it model.   I’m finding that I enjoy shows like the Mandalorian and Clone Wars much better than Netflix shows.  A part of the that is that they are Star Wars and a part of that is that you get to let the episodes sink in and get excited again for the next week.  That is badly missing from NETFLIX shows that dump all at once.  With shows like Altered Carbon it is binge it and completely forget about it.   I don’t think I would have made it through season 2 of LOST in Space if it was a weekly series, so maybe NETFLIX Is getting me to watch shows I wouldn’t normally watch with this dump the season model.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

What We Do in the Shadows: The TV Series

What We Do in the Shadows Season 2 has begun on Hulu/FX and so far it is just as great as season 1.  If you aren't familiar with this show it is based on the film by the same name from 2014.   
 ( Note to self I need to watch this film as quickly as possible) 

The series was created by Jermaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame) and Taika Waititti  (Thor Ragnarok and The Mandalorian).  The series features a documentary crew that follows around a household of out of touch vampires.   The show is brilliantly written.  One of my favorite characters is an energy vampire that basically sucks the energy out of people by boring them to death.   A highlight in season 2 so far is episode 3 when they get invited to their neighbors Super Bowl party and mistake it for a Superb Owl Party.

I'm absolutely in love with the humor in the show.  If you like Flight of the Conchords style humor this show will be right up your alley.   

Here is a trailer for the show.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Angie Tribecca Season 1 on Hulu (Good Lockdown Binge Watch)

I was looking for an easy binge-watch on Hulu and stumbled across Angie Tribecca.   Created by Steve Carell and his wife Nancy of The Office fame,  Angie Tribecca stars Rashida Jones also of The Office and Parks and Recreation fame.

Everything in the world is so serious and scary right now as we shelter at home to deal with this virus situation.   So Angie Tribecca was a perfect little diversion.  If you need something silly and stupid to make you laugh this is a great easy binge-watch.  4 seasons of 10 half-hour episodes Angie Tribecca is a TV show that is a throwback to the once popular genre of Airplane style spoofs.  
To be completely honest it is basically a reboot of the short-lived Police Squad tv show that spawned the Naked Gun movies and a bunch of Airplane style films.   The best films in this genre were Airplane and Naked Gun,  many lesser rip-offs pretty much killed the genre off as a viable film genre.   The spirit of that original Police Squad show is alive and well in this Police spoof.   Season 1 was a fun quick watch that may serve as a good diversion from what is happening right now in the real world.   If you like this show --search out the original Police Squad as well.

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

For the Love of Scooby Doo: (Part 8) ScoobyNatural 2018

One of the reasons I decided to dive down the rabbit hole for the series Supernatural is because I heard they did a cross-over episode with Scooby-Doo.    Diving into a show that is filming it's 15th and final season is quite an undertaking and after watching season 1.   I put off continuing it before my wife got hooked so we could watch Veronica Mars another crime-solving mystery show.  Apparently, a good decision as we were able to binge Veronic Mars before my wife got hopelessly hooked on Supernatural.  Now we are in for the long haul.

Well currently we are about 2 episodes away from the end of Season 5 of Supernatural and I decided I couldn't wait until we naturally got to season 13 to treat myself with the reason the show originally came to my attention.  I really enjoy Supernatural, but have some criticisms of the show after 5 seasons.   What I love about the show the most are the episodes where they get a little funny, weird and silly.   Now 5 seasons into the show and the characters it was a perfect time to watch the Winchester brothers get magically zapped into the middle of a Scooby-Doo episode from season 13.

It was a perfect cross-over episode.  The Winchester brothers that hunt real ghosts, monsters, and demons thrust into an episode of Scooby-Doo.  The integration of the two shows worked wonderfully.  Dean, of course, tries to hit on Daphne with no success and Velma falls for Sam.   The scene where Dean --who is always eating burgers gets a chance to eat one of the oversized sandwiches in the cartoon was classic.   The episode had everything you want in a classic Scooby-Doo episode and seamlessly weaved the Supernatural characters into the story.  The mystery takes a tangent from how Dean remembered the cartoon as other characters actually start to die and there becomes an urgency to protect the Scooby gang and keep them safe.   

Being a fan of both Supernatural and an Ultra fan of Scooby-Doo makes this one of my favorite episodes on Supernatural so far.

Saturday, April 18, 2020


In our latest podcast, we give some suggestions on what to watch right now since everyone is stuck at home.  The coronavirus is running rampant across the world. Everybody is home. Streaming entertainment is at an all-time high.  So what are we watching during this global pandemic?

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