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Comic-Con 2017 Day One, by David Bax

21 Jul

This is my twelfth Comic-Con and, for all I know, it may be my last. I certainly wasn’t feeling that familiar jolt of con joy on Thursday morning as I navigated multiple lines that moved or didn’t move with little in the way of sense or form. I was trying to get tickets to the screening of Death Note that Netflix had planned for that evening. Spoiler alert: I didn’t get them.

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Crossing the Streams: June 2017, by Jim Rohner

19 Jun

Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of chord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

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I must apologize for the lateness of this month’s blog, which I had intended to write much sooner than I did. Because of my tardiness, you perhaps may not have been informed of the expiring of some titles (4:44 Last Day on Earth or Selma, for instance) or are only now seeing that you don’t have as much time to watch others before the expire shortly. My only hope is that your anger at my tardiness will pale in comparison to the anger of the studios that charge too much for streaming rights that ultimately will lead to the expiring of some of these following titles…

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Crossing the Streams: May 2017, by Jim Rohner

12 May

Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of chord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

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Well, it certainly has been a roller coaster month, hasn’t it? First we found out that HBO shows were leaving Amazon Prime in 2018, then we were assured that they weren’t, only to then be told, “Just kidding! They are definitely all leaving.” Springtime is finally here, so it’d be understandable were you to find a bar with an outdoor area in which you can drown your sorrows in shandy like so many Jimmy McNultys, but the healthier option for your liver would be to distract yourself with an alternate consumption – that of taking in these titles before they expire…

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Crossing the Streams: April 2017, by Jim Rohner

14 Apr

Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of chord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

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Well, by now we learned that there was no last-minute stay of execution for titles like The X-Files or Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Firefly or Angel or…well, you get the picture – the universe is a cruel and uncaring place and eventually we’ll all die and long after our bodies have decayed and disintegrated into nothing, entropy will overtake all of existence and destroy what we know of reality. On the plus side, the ratio of quality content arriving vs. expiring in April is heavily tilted towards giving you more reasons to stay in rather than go outside and enjoy the budding spring season. Still, say goodbye to these…

Batman: The Animated Series (Amazon Prime): If you’re anything like me, then it wasn’t Adam West’s goofy frolicking that first exposed you to The Dark Knight but rather the Emmy-winning animated series co-created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. On top of introducing us to Kevin Conroy, who to this day is still the fan consensus voice of Batman, Batman: The Animated Series also introduced a younger audience to the psychological and moral complexities of the Caped Crusader with a complementary blending of film-noir and art deco visual influences and emotionally mature storylines. The show would win an Emmy for the season 1 episode “Robin’s Reckoning: Part 1,” but it was “Heart of Ice,” arguably the greatest exploration of the Mr. Freeze character, that set the tone for what to expect from the show. The show was a springboard for the character of Harley Quinn, who was the exclusive creation of Paul Dini, who would be a creative driving force behind the Arkham video games, and Mark Hamill, who, yes, was already Luke Skywalker but who also reinvented himself by voicing the iconic Joker. This column will hopefully be a springboard for you to revisit the show as it’s set to expire on April 28th.

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WonderCon 2017: Class Pilot Review, by David Bax

1 Apr

Before the opening titles of the new Doctor Who spinoff series, Class, a high school student has already been killed. Immediately after the titles, two fellow students remark that “everyone knows” how often teenagers at Coal Hill Academy go missing but “they just pretend” not to notice. For fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this will only be the first wolf whistle indicating that the two series have much in common. There are so many similarities, in fact, that in a later scene, a character comes right out and says that Coal Hill, which is a “beacon” for interdimensional baddies, is like the “Hellmouth.” Ultimately, the new show (or at least its pilot) mostly lives up to the challenge of such lofty comparisons. And it’s a whole lot bloodier than Buffy ever was, too.

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Crossing the Streams: March 2017, by Jim Rohner

15 Mar

Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of chord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

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It’s important to take the news about any titles leaving Netflix with a grain of salt for two reasons: First, just because a title is due to expire doesn’t mean Netflix won’t renew the rights sometime between then and now; and second, a lot of the big titles are due to expire right before April Fool’s Day, so it all could be an elaborate (albeit neither charming nor humorous) prank being pulled by Ted Sarandos and co.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series (Netflix): The title that first made us all aware of both Joss Whedon as a unique creative voice and Sarah Michelle Gellar as a badass female vampire hunter just celebrate its twentieth anniversary. While the AV Club has been doing a stellar job of commemorating the series, there’s no better way to celebrate Xander’s ill-advised sweater decisions then by bingeing the entire series before it leaves Netflix on March 31st. Granted, all seven seasons will still be available on Hulu but if you’re not fortunate enough to have access to your co-worker’s brother’s Plus account then you’ve only got a few weeks left until you gotta start asking around to old college friends who owned every season on DVD.

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Worth Playing For: “I’m Going for a Million Bucks”

20 Dec

In this episode, Tyler and Jenny discuss fake idols, game changers, and the winner of the season.

Worth Playing For: “Slayed the Survivor Dragon”

8 Dec

Tyler and Jenny discuss Jay and Adam’s odd relationship and the double vote-out.

Worth Playing For: “About to Have a Rumble”

30 Nov

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In this episode, Tyler and Jenny discuss the family visit, Ken’s stupidity, and yet another idol play.

Worth Playing For: “Million Dollar Gamble”

25 Nov

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In this episode, Tyler and Jenny discuss Hannah’s craziness and the battle between David and Zeke.