got-s6-facesHere’s our eleventh episode, in which we mostly don’t talk about the current Brexit-fuelled political turmoil in the UK! You might spot some frustration leaking through during the Independence Day 2 section.

But focusing on the fiction: we gaze upon the whole of Game of Thrones season 6 (5:51), before moving on to hardcore nuke-on-child action in Independence Day: Resurgence (26:24) and then Within The Wires (44:43), a new podcast from Team Night Vale – plus some chat about how Alice Isn’t Dead is holding up.

within-the-wires(Check out our initial review of the first Alice Isn’t Dead episode back in MFV #3 if you like.)

Finally, Nick introduces Alastair to Dead Like Me (54:25), a grim reaper show that warmed his cold dark-comedy-loving heart back when it first aired.

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oitnbIn a short extract trimmed from the end of our Orange Is The New Black sequence in MFV #10, find out who Alastair’s favourite character is! Then discover, yet again, that he seems really worried about shows he loves turning into Lost. Well, I guess some shows just really traumatise you.

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orange-new-black-season-4-trailerWe hit double figures, and taking the zero in the number far too seriously, cover three different TV series beginning with O. But first, Nick rates his superhero shows and Alastair has loftier viewing tastes.

And then down to business: Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black begins its fourth year behind bars (4:18), new possession horror show Outcast reaches out for us (21:26) and we look back at Orphan Black’s penultimate season of clone chaos (38:27). Then end up running a death bet.

(Oh, and if you want to see some more Orphan Black thoughts, we covered the first couple of episodes of season 4 back in MFV #7.)

orphanblackFinally, Alastair recommended Richard Linklater’s Philip K. Dick adaptation A Scanner Darkly to Nick last week – is he okay with its heady mix of animation and drugs? (55:35)

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dcrebirthEpisode nine, we’re doing fine! Or are we? After a brief opening chat about iZombie and the recent Captain America controversy, we plunge comics newcomer Alastair into the swirling heart of the latest DC superhero relaunch with the DC Rebirth and Batman: Rebirth specials (5:09), stare in fantastical bafflement at video game orc movie Warcraft (25:14) and develop crushes on Matt LeBlanc while covering the BBC’s Top Gear revamp (38:17).

Then our recommendations feature (51:48) goes on a bit longer than usual as we’re covering one of Nick’s favourite superhero comics ever: Black Panther (1998) #1-5 by Christopher Priest and Mark Texeira.

As ever, we spoil all our topics pretty egregiously. Use the timestamps to avoid any you’re sensitive about. Also, we suffered a few technical sound problems while recording it, but hopefully Nick has edited the bulk of them into oblivion.

Oh, and if you want to hear us talk more about the promotion and purpose of DC Rebirth, we did that a bit back here in MFV #2.

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psylockeA couple of slightly superfluous minutes cut from our X-Men: Apocalypse segment, as we discuss possible storylines and spin-off properties for future X-Films, along with a pondering of Psylocke’s role and a small smattering of Hardcore Ending Spoilers. (Seriously, an element of the final showdown in X-Men: Apocalypse is just casually described. Don’t listen if you don’t want to know.)

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xmenapocalypseIt’s our eighth episode, the fourth to feature a major superhero movie! But at least there isn’t another one until Suicide Squad in August! We start with X-Men: Apocalypse (3:22), then move on to cape-free TV comic adaptation Preacher (23:34). After all that, we finally watch an all-original film, namely horror-thriller Green Room starring Patrick Stewart as a Nazi (43:21).

And then we leave the realm of narrative entirely for our recommendation feature, as Alastair suggests the Cammell Laird Social Club album by irreverent post-punk band Half Man Half Biscuit (53:27).

Spoilers abound, especially for the X-Men movie. Beware!

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One thing that I have learnt from being an amateur writer, attending writers’ groups and reading a lot of unpublished work, is that there are no bad story ideas, there are only story ideas that are executed badly. Romeo and Juliet is a story that is older than Shakespeare, but it endures because storytellers create original versions. A more recent example is Avatar: The Last Airbender (a good TV show) and The Last Airbender (a bloody awful film). Both essentially have the same story, but one tells it well and the other tells it appallingly.

With this in mind, I saw Kill Command at the Sci-Fi London film festival. On paper, Kill Command seems like a generic sci-fi film: a group of soldiers are engaged in maneuvers against new military AIs. There is a problem with the software, and the machines attempt to kill the humans. The soldiers find themselves in a fight for survival against an army of robots that are intelligent, quick-learning and deadly. Continue reading

Hi! Nick here, and since there are no excess clips from our latest podcast (because we’re such fine pros), I thought I’d tap out a blog post for the website on something I’ve been thinking about lately – also a topic I can’t discuss at length on the show as Alastair doesn’t care at all. Yes, it’s the DC superhero twin shows Flash and Arrow.

I’ve been observing the difference in their love interest situations – Flash is still trying to put our hero together with Iris West, his original comics girlfriend/wife, whereas Arrow long ago ditched canon ladyfriend Laurel Lance (aka the superhero Black Canary) in favour of largely-unrelated-character Felicity Smoak. So which one has a better approach to wringing romance out of comic books? And how does one adapt long-running comic relationships into new TV shows without it getting odd? Well, let’s dive deep into that!

NOTE ON CANON: The old school canon love interest in the Green Arrow comics is Dinah Laurel Lance, so evidently the producers of Arrow do not think “Dinah” is a cool name for a main character.

NOTE ON SPOILERS: Spoilers up to and including around episode 21 of both shows’ current seasons, including any major deaths. Also a brief talk about love interests in Captain America: Civil War. You have been warned.

And now, to avoid anyone who didn’t want to see spoilers by accident, I’ll put a cutaway and a picture. Last chance to run.

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orphanblackEpisode seven is here! If it seems like it’s come around pretty quickly, well, it wasn’t that long since last time. In this one, we’ve got a look at the BBC America clonefest Orphan Black (2:56), upcoming indie sci-fi film Tourbillon (16:06) and our glorious final thoughts on Daredevil season 2 (29:05).

Then in our never-to-be-named recommendation feature (49:17), Alastair checks out early Aaron Sorkin comedy-drama series Sports Night for the first time. Can it overcome his bafflement at the strange rules/team names of American sport? (He’s a pretty big Sorkin fan, so odds are good.)

As ever, timestamps provided above if you want to skip a segment to avoid spoilers. The Daredevil segment is particularly full-fat with ending details, for those who haven’t seen season 2 yet.

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game-of-thrones-season-6-poster_1280.0d11Back to our usual deleted scenes after a couple of specially recorded EFV specials – a clip cut from our Game of Thrones chat as we try to work out where some of our favourite lesser-seen characters have gone. What does Littlefinger mean to you?

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