Author Archive for Eric Goldman

TWD Cast and Creators Talk What It Means to Reach Episode 100

When The Walking Dead debuted in 2010, few would have predicted it would become one of the most successful TV series airing today. But the series not only found an audience, it found a huge one – turning it into a massive international hit.

When The Walking Dead returns for Season 8 on October 22nd, it will kick off with a season premiere that also serves as the show’s 100th episode. During a visit to the Atlanta set of the series, while episode 100 was being filmed, we got to see a couple of different scenes being filmed – scenes that would turn out to be the ones that bookend the Season 8 trailer that debuted during San Diego Comic-Con.

In the first, Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) finds himself in big trouble, as he's confronted by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who warns Gabriel he better have his “s**tin’ pants” on. The other scene certainly raised eyebrows, as it found Rick (Andrew Lincoln) looking many years older. Rick wasn’t the only character in that scene, but for now, we’ll stay quiet on who else he was interacting with…

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Preacher: We’ve Seen Herr Starr’s AMAZING Introduction

At the panel for Preacher today at San Diego Comic-Con, a sequence was shown that introduces one of the comic book’s most infamous (and popular) villains, Herr Starr – and looked like it was spot on in terms of the tone and depiction of the character.

Preacher executive producer Seth Rogen noted that the next episode, following a tease earlier, “introduces the Grail more thoroughly.” The Grail is a religiously inclined organization and through them we’ll meet Herr Starr, who Rogen noted, “Is one of the most powerful men on the planet. In the comic, he’s one of the best characters.”

The sequence shown followed Starr (played by Pip Torrens) as one of many candidates/recruits trying to join The Grail – as we see him as one of many men lined up, naked initially, in front of those who will judge them. But Starr stands out immediately with his bald head, dead eye and two nipple rings connected by a chain.

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Westworld, The Flash, Young Justice and More Announced for Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con is almost upon us and Warner Bros. Television has announced they are once more bringing over 20 different TV series to the massive convention, which kicks off with a preview night on Wednesday, July 19th. Along with their returning DC Comics-based series --- including The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, iZombie, and Lucifer -- and notable WBTV shows like The 100, Riverdale, iZombie, The Big Bang Theory and Supernatural, there will be brand new series as well, including upcoming DC adaptations Krypton and Black Lightning.

Also worth noting is that Westworld is going to SDCC this summer for the first time. Last year, in the lead up to its launch, the HBO series didn’t take part in San Diego Comic-Con, though there was a panel in the fall at New York Comic Con. Now, having had a very successful first season, the show will be at SDCC with a huge panel that includes fourteen cast members, along with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

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iZombie: Season 3 Finale Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the iZombie: Season 3 finale below.

You have to hand it to iZombie for not playing it safe, with Season 3 functioning as a huge game-changer in a way that truly earned that oft-used descriptor.

It really feels as though the series is now moving into a much more fantastical, “alternate universe” place going forward. Look, obviously any series that is about zombies is fantasy from the start, of course, but with so many of Seattle’s citizens now transformed – and the truth about their existence now revealed – we’re now much more in “What if?” terrain and a look at how society would function under these incredible circumstances.

The glimpses we got at the end of those brain distribution stations, scared/angry humans attacking said stations, and Fillmore Graves essentially running the show, all set in place a very exciting Season 4 that upends all of the “will Liv and the other zombies’ identities be revealed?” aspects iZombie was fueled by for much of its run until now.

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Preacher: Season 2 Will More Closely Resemble the Comic

This past spring, I visited New Orleans to pay a visit to the set of Preacher: Season 2. And what a set it was, as the show was filming at a huge and opulent mansion that day. I have to be vague about what exactly was occurring, but it did involve Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) once more using his “word of God” abilities to make others do his bidding – and Tulip (Ruth Negga) responding with her trademark deadpan “Really, Jesse?” vibe, in another fun and funny sequence. But as another scene I watched cast members film later in the day proved, things would get much more dramatic and intense during Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy’s stay at this place.

I spoke to Preacher’s central trio about what’s to come in Season 2, as the show more closely resembles the comic book source material than it did in its first year, the characters travel to New Orleans, and new foes surface.

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iZombie: “Looking for Mr. Goodbrain” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

 A combination of Peak TV, Peak Me Traveling and CW not regularly making episodes of iZombie available to press early stopped me from being able to do weekly reviews this season, but I definitely wanted to jump back in to review the two-part season finale, which kicked off this week.

And man, “Looking for Mr. Goodbrain Part 1” sure had a lot going on! Katty is dead, and Chase may be the killer! Harley became a suicide bomber and took out Natalie and most of Major’s buddies!

The middle of the season got a bit messy as the Fillmore Graves storyline felt somewhat pushed to the side for awhile, and it was a clunky transition from Vivian to Chase as the leader at FG. I wish Chase could have been around all season to make this reveal even bigger (if it’s what it appears to be…), but certainly Jason Dohring is great at playing charming yet dangerous, as we saw a new, seductive side to Chase... and then learned he might be a killer.

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Preacher: See the Saint of Killer’s Story So Far

Preacher: Season 2 debuts this coming Sunday, and Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and his friends need to watch out - because the Saint of Killers is coming for them.

The iconic character from the Preacher comics was deftly introduced in Season 1 through a number of vignettes focused on the character (played by Outlander's Graham McTavish) and his past, which took some surprising twists and turns along the way.

IGN has the exclusive debut of a new Preacher compilation put together at the request of the show's executive producers, which includes all of the Saint of Killer's story so far, as depicted in Season 1. On top of that, there's also a new preview for Season 2 at the conclusion, giving us more of an idea of the mayhem to come.

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Can Alicia Find Normalcy Again on Fear the Walking Dead?

Warning: Spoilers follow for the most recent episodes of Fear the Walking Dead.

Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has gone through a lot on Fear the Walking Dead. A normal, LA high school kid when the series began, Alicia ended up on the run with her family, following the zombie outbreak that began the series - and recent events got even more intense for her, as she killed a living person for the first time to save Travis (Cliff Curtis)... only for Travis to die in front of her shortly after.

However, Alicia, her mom, Madison (Kim Dickens), and bother, Nick (Frank Dillane), now find themselves at the Broke Jaw Ranch, amongst a large group of survivors, in what feels like a relatively safe environment... even as there is cause to be very wary of locals like Troy Otto (Daniel Sharman). Alicia has been embraced by a group of local teens, giving her the first moment of normalcy in quite awhile. But can it last?

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James Gunn on the Guardians Expanding into Theme Parks and Infinity War

Who would have expected Rocket Raccoon to co-exist with Mickey Mouse? The ascension of the Guardians of the Galaxy from a cult property, filled with characters few were familiar with if they didn’t read comic books, to a giant, globally popular franchise has been amazing to behold. And now that has expanded even further with the Guardians getting their own Disney theme park ride at Disney California Adventure called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout.

The guiding force of the Guardians rise has been James Gunn, who has written and directed both of the films (and is already set to return for a third installment). Gunn was also involved in Mission: Breakout, which includes most of the core cast from the film (including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista), in a very entertaining, exciting experience that finds you helping Rocket free his teammates from the Collector – as you plummet up and down an elevator, in a notably effective re-tolling of the building formerly used for Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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Disneyland May Offer Hints at Characters Coming to MCU

There are a ton of cool items on display at the new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout attraction at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure park (you can read my full reaction to the new attraction), and it's hard not to wonder if some could potentially hint at the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future - including a big nod to Thor character Beta Ray Bill.

As you queue up, the pretense of the ride is that you are inside the collection of Taneleer Tivan (Benicio Del Toro - one of many actors from the Guardians movies reprising his role here) and many familiar elements from MCU films and TV series are present, such as an Ultron drone (Avengers: Age of Ultron), a Nova Corps uniform (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Terrigen crystals (Agents of SHIELD). However, we'd also been told by Disney and Marvel representatives that we should look for items from Marvel comics that have not been seen in the MCU -- at least not yet -- with the idea that some of these inclusions could hint at what's to come in future films and TV series, while others are simply fun nods to the comics.

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