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A weary and jaded loaner is given the task of delivering an orphan to an uncertain fate. Through various trials and ordeals he becomes both a father figure and protector putting the welfare of the child above all else. Yeah … Pedro Pascal is going to have to try harder not to get typecast. This week the Regular Joes take a last look at the last episode of The Last of Us, a show that, despite a decade of human biological apocalypse scenario content, proves it's still possible to tell a compelling story in that genre. And pull in some serious audience numbers as well. Over on Disney Plus The Mandalorian delivers a great second Episode to its third season … prompting Tod and Dave to spend money. While on Paramount Plus, Star Trek Picard continues to give Treks fan a lot more of what they have been looking for. As you have come to expect, the Joes share their thoughts on all of the above. And, of course, there's also the usual Random Topics and a round of What's in the Box. Thanks for Listening!
We have arrived. The nexus is upon us! We have achieved nerd nirvana! We are at the singular moment in time when we can expect weekly streaming doses of good (no, not yet great) Star Trek and Star Wars episodes. As, for the next several weeks, both Star Trek: Picard, and Star Wars: the Mandalorian will work their way through their respective third seasons. Some people are Star Trek fans, others are Star Wars fans, but the Regular Joe's happen to be fans of both. So for the next few months anyways, they will revel in the weekly opportunity to boldly go … to a galaxy far far away. In other news Discovery is ending, so that's something. The Joes also catch you up on the streaming shows they been catching up on. The Last of Us … wow. You'll want to pace your self with that one. There's also the usual Random Topics and a round of What's in the Box. Thanks for Listening!
After calling out sick last week the Regular Joes are back. In reality they were just giving you lead time to watch Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and the first two episodes of season 3 of Star Trek Picard for which there will be SPOILERS. Depending on your perspective, the third, and reportedly final season of Picard, could either be the third strike for this coda to the much revered Star Trek: The Next Generation, or the perfect example of “third time's the charm.” As you likely know by now, opinions will vary. While we are on the three thing, the third Ant-Man film (or is it Ant-Man and the Wasp II?) out earned it predecessors out of the gate but has been less well received critically. Find out what the hosts think, and most importantly, Barry's, and M.O.D.O.K.'s reaction to Hope's new hairstyle. There's also the usual Random Topics and a collaborative round of What's in the Box. Thanks for listening!
It's the Regular Joe's annual Super Bowl post game show where the hosts run down all the best moments from the commercials vying to come out on top in this highly anticipated annual advertising competition. In between these ads, two groups of grown men also spent hours fighting over a ball. Not sure why. Also this week three, recovering former Walking Dead fans give the Last of Us a Try. From the previews the new series, based on the hugely popular video game, definitely seems to trod on familiar ground. Will first impressions indicate otherwise? There's also the usual Random Topics and a round of WHAT'S in the Box. Thanks for listening!
This week the Regular Joes take a look at Everything and Everywhere All at Once (2022) the heavily Oscar nominated film staring Captain Georgiou from ST: Discovery, Short Round from Temple of Doom, and Jamie Lee Curtis from, well … Jamie Lee Curtis. Opinions vary, but clearly If you are not at all into Marvel or the superhero genre this might be the best multiverse hopping film you saw last year … and coincidentally, the only one. Next up the Joes take a first look a The Recruit a new Netflix series about a 24 year old CIA lawyer Noah Centineo (Atom Smasher from Black Adam) who probably should not have survived his first week on the job. The Recruit, like it's protagonist, struggles to figure out which lane it's supposed to be in. Nevertheless, with strong creators such as Doug Liman, there is potential. There's also the usual Random Topics and a round of WHAT'S in the Box. Thanks for listening!
It's all Joes on deck as the regular hosts welcome Irregular Joes Derryl DePriest and Brian Mix. As they tend to do when everyone jumps in it's kind of a free for all with no set topic. Not that that matters, as these guys have no problem filling an hour or so. Hopes are universally high for the final season of Picard. But hopes have been high before. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me three times … ? Fortunately we won't have to wait long to find out. This week's round of What's in the Box features several long awaited items including Hasbro's very large and very impressive Ghostbusters Proton Pack. Thanks for listening!
This week's episode was recorded in an alternate reality where Tod doesn't watch the entire season of a TV show before Barry and Dave get through the pilot episode. First up is Paper Girls from Amazon Prime, which is based on a comic by Brian K. Vaughan, that (again alternate reality) Tod has never read. Next is Kaleidoscope, from Netflix, the Giancarlo Esposito led ensemble heist drama that breaks conventions as well as vaults. More of a heads up than spoiler, you want to watch the “White” episode last. In other weirdness, Barry gives a thumbs down on Willow the series and Dave references his favorite Tim Burton film. They also cover the New trailer for The Mandalorian Season 3, which may well be the best thing there is in a certain galaxy far, far, away. And then there's What's in the Box, where the three hosts talk about the, EXO-6 Star Trek the Motion Picture: Kolinahr Spock figure. Which is equally awesome and scarce. Thanks for listening!
This week, Barry and Dave return from vacation and catch Tod up on everything he missed. Which, based on the rundown of the itinerary from their week in Orlando, was a lot. We all know Dave hits the parks with a plan that makes the D-Day invasion look like an afterthought, and this outing was true to form. Find out what they saw, and, more importantly, bought at Disney, Universal and elsewhere. As well as details of Barry's long delayed Rise of the Resistance experience(s). Yes, there is finally balance in the force. After that they catch up on what is worth watching as we wile away the winter months in typically less hospitable place than Florida. Thanks for listening!
As we leave 2022 behind the Regular Joes, along with Irregular Joes Derryl DePriest and Brian Mix, take one last look in the rear view mirror. What TV shows and Films, from a surprisingly full year, did they like best? What were their biggest disappointments? A few of the answers will likely surprise you, like Brian's woefully misguided dislike for one show . . . just for an example. As listeners know, the Joes are all collectors, and they also cover the things they were most excited about from the past year, as well as the things they are looking forward to in the year to come. There's also a recap of last year's resolutions (never good to scrutinize those) and some likely equally well intentioned plans for 2023. Finally, the hosts bid farewell to those who left us this past year. As is tradition, this was a drinking show. So mix up your favorite Tiki drink, kick back, and take one last look at the year that was. DISCLAIMER: If you listen while commuting Regular Joes Entertainment LLC. does not condone consumption of Tiki drinks while driving. Those little umbrellas can block your view. Thanks for listening! And Happy 2023
As 2022 came to a close, the Regular Joes convened at a not so secret location (Dave's House) to break bread and to prove once again that with a little thought you can actually buy gifts for people who literally have everything, it's the annual Regular Joe's gift exchange where you listen in as we open presents! We will be back next week with the full crew for our 2022 year in review show. We sincerely thank you all for listening and hope you all have a very safe and happy New Year.
This WEEK WE WATCHED WILLOW and WEDNESDAY. The two shows, released respectively by Disney+ and Netflix couldn't be more different. Willow is a follow up to the 1988 film of the same name. Wednesday is the most recent offshoot of the Addams Family franchise whose lineage goes back to Charles Addam's cartoons dating from the late 1930s. While both are legacy properties, one seems to have a bit more life in it than the other. Without getting too deep into spoiler territory, let's just say the odds against the Regular Joe's achieving consensus on these series was pretty high. Barry has loved Willow since seeing it as a child/young adult. Dave, who has referred to Willow as “the worst film ever,” also harbors an endless pit of bile for director Tim Burton who is deeply involved with Wednesday. Tod doesn't really have a dog in the hunt, but watched all available episodes because, well, he's Tod. If you're curious how all this plays out you should listen. You may be surprised. There's also the usual Random Topics and a round of WHAT'S in the Box. Thanks for listening!
After a brief hiatus, the Regular Joe's are back. This week they dig into new trailers for two of the most eagerly awaited films due in spring of 2023. First up is Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. It's been a long time coming, but in June we will see the final chapter in the Indiana Jones saga. Clearly there's lots of action, Indy style adventure, and even Nazis to punch. Could this be the “do over” we've been waiting for since 2008? Next up it's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is reputed to be James Gunn's final take on the merry band of misfits he introduced to the Marvel Universe just eight years ago. If the trailer is any indication of what we can expect, things are about to get ugly for the crew of the Bowie. There's also the usual Random Topics and a round of What's in the Box featuring some long-awaited items. Because pre-orders don't really count as buying stuff for yourself just a few weeks before Christmas, right? Thanks for listening!
In what is clearly the most eagerly anticipated Holiday Special since 1978, Disney + / Marvel has just dropped The Guardians of The Galaxy Holiday Special. And it's everything you, or at least the Regular Joes, could have imagined. In addition to doing something no MCU property has ever attempted before, the special proves that time honored rule that, the one thing that makes everything better is, yes, Bacon. While we are on the topic Disney+ Andor, the twelve episode prequel to Rogue One, just wrapped. In many ways this was a Star War series like no other and opinions widely vary. See where the Regular Joes come down on the first of two planned seasons. There's also the usual Random Topics and a round of What's in the Box.
This week, the Regular Joes start off with a tribute to Jason David Frank, best known for portraying the Green Power Ranger. Jason was a staple at conventions all around the world and his loss has been felt across the pop culture community. Next the Joes talk about the premiere episode of the Amazon Prime original series “The Peripheral” and let you know if they think it's worth a try. There's also the usual Random Topics and a round of What's in the Box. Listen all the way to the end for an encore presentation of our 2017 interview with Jason David Frank, and as always, Thanks for listening!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Multiplex there's yet another superhero film. This week it's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which not only crushed DC's recent offering Black Adam at the box office but runs more than 35 minutes longer. Because that's better, right? This week the Regular Joes break down Wakanda Forever (Note: There will be SPOILERS) which seems tasked with giving both closure and, ever so slowly, moving the MCU forward into Phase 5. Is this the film you've been hoping for? Well, if you are the guy who has been waiting to see Namor, aka The Submariner, make his big screen debut since 1939...well, some stuff has changed. Wakanda Forever! This week the Joes take a further step toward being cranky old men as they inaugurate a new segment, The Airing of Grievances, as Barry tries to give someone you have never heard of money...and they want more. There's also the usual Random topics and a round of what's in the box. Thanks for listening!
Each year the Regular Joes record their annual RI Comic-Con podcast episode from a particular Sofa in the lobby of the Omni Providence Hotel. This year the Joes called in a Power Ranger for assistance as Rocky the Red Ranger Steve Cardenas both cleared the sofa and sat down for an interview. Some years the lobby is a gold mine for interviews, other years not so much, but it's always a good time for the Joe's to catch up in person and talk about the show. While every RJ episode is recorded live, few are quite as free flowing the the RI excursions. It's best to listen without any pre-conceived expectations, especially when they introduce a new piece of equipment, the remote mic. With an assist from Viva Mexico (not sponsored) margaritas Dave wanders the lobby and engages with several convention attendees with this new toy. Note for 2023. Margaritas and a remote mic, always a winning combo. Thanks for Listening!
With a week before the Annual (no one counts 2020 anymore) RI Comic Con/Regular Joes Meet Up the Regular hosts are Joined by Irregular Joe Brian Mix to talk about the the upcoming (happening right now actually) Prop Store Movie Memorabilia Auction. There are some truly amazing offerings, including Roy Batty's Blade Runner trench coat and the freakin huge “miniature” model drop ship from Aliens, as well as a few obscure things from films only Barry is young enough to fondly recall. Once the coveting segment is over the Joes move on to Star Trek: Below Decks, which in its third season has won all but one holdout over to its uniquely Trek centric animated goodness. There's also Random Topic's, and a partial round of What's in the Box? Which could just as well be called What's With the Fiscal Restraint Dudes? This economy isn't going to fix itself on its own. Thanks for listening!
This week the Regular Joes take a deep dive in to Random Topics, covering Star Wars, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the soon to be under new Management DCU. Which basically means, there's plenty of Marvel trailer talk, the inevitable rehashing of how recent Star Wars films may, or may not, have gone wrong, and a degree of cautious optimism for where DC goes from here. Next up it's a run down of guests for the upcoming Rhode Island Comic Con from the somewhat unique Regular Joes perspective. You won't want to miss, Autograph, Smell or Pass. There's also a round of what's in the box, because those preorders all come in eventually. Thanks for Smelling!
With dozens of films, and now several streaming series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe always runs the risk of becoming predictable. Yeah, not so much. This week the Regular Joes take a look at Disney+/Marvel's most recent offerings, She Hulk Attorney at Law, a limited run series, and Werewolf by Night, the first MCU standalone “Special Presentation.” If it were a comic Werewolf by Night would be called a One-Shot. The self contained story, with roots in Marvel's 1970's flirtation with the macabre, introduces Werewolf Jack Russell, demon hunter Elsa Bloodstone and swamp creature Man-Thing to the MCU live action pantheon. If you have any fondness for 50's horror films you need to see it. She-Hulk is a workplace comedy about Bruce Banner‘s cousin, which predictably, has been relentlessly targeted by online trolls. This is fitting, as the ultimate bad guys in the series turn out to be SPOILER … a collective of online trolls. If that seems to meta this may not be the show for you. But if you're comfortable with things, at times literally, out of the box, the hosts agree, you will want to give it a try. It wouldn't be an episode without a helping of Random Topics, so you get that as well. Thanks for listening!
A while back The Regular Joe's sifted through this season's network TV offerings and settled on just a single show to try. This year the network folks tasked with endlessly revisiting decades old air schedules in hopes of breathing new life into an old show or premise have finally gotten around to Quantum Leap. While the original series (1983-1989) was not exactly high art, it did have a unique premise. Which this successor can't claim. Does it live up to the original? Can it stand on its own? Can a cast of attractive, racially and gender balanced characters get us to actually care? The new trailer for Wakanda Forever is out, and there's a whole lot going on there. The Joe's dig in and try to make sense of this latest peek at what is now reported to be Marvel's second longest film, soon to grace a multiplex ear you. And because, random happens, there's also a fairly epic chunk of random topics. Thanks for listening!
The Regular Joes have been eagerly awaiting the start of the Disney+ Star Wars series Andor. Ok, to be more accurate, Barry has been eagerly awaiting the series, but all three of them did watch the three initial episodes that dropped on day one, and the first weekly update that followed. As regular listeners can probably anticipate, their views vary widely. There will be SPOILERS . . . sort of. Let's just say that's less an issue than in previous offerings. The series, from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, writer (or is it, savior?) Tony Gilroy chronicles the previous five years in the life of protagonist Cassian Andor . . . seemingly in real time. If that doesn't sound appealing to you the series does include the first legit curse word ever uttered in the Star Wars universe. So there's that. There's also the usual Random Topics, and a round of What's in the Box that proves particularly embarrassing for Tod. Thanks for listening!
This week the Regular Joes catch up on news from the recent Disney D23 Expo. There were numerous updates from the Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universes, allaying any fears thar the House of Mouse might be be running out of content anytime soon. While many exciting things loom on the horizon, this year was as much as what they weren't talking about, Rogue Squadron, X-Men etc, proving even the big D is capable of getting over their skis. There's also a peek at the Joes current projects with What's on My Workbench, as well as the inevitable as Thanos round of What's in the Box! Thanks for listening!
There have been several attempts to bring Wonder Woman to the screen. And while some were successful, The New Original Wonder Woman series 1975-1979 and the 2017 Wonder Woman film, others have missed the mark like a poorly thrown javelin. This week the Regular Joes, joined by noted bad film aficionado Jim Bush, provide a live commentary analysis of the rarely seen 1974 series pilot which was released as TV movie. Which was, perhaps until this episode, actually much better in Tod's head. If you wish to follow along the video is available for rental from Amazon. Note it is also available for purchase . . . but we don't recommend that. With Cathy Lee Crosby (of later “That's Incredible” fame) and Ricardo Montalban, who seems to be channeling his impending Fantasy Island role as Mr. Roarke, this is a Wonder Woman like no other. And perhaps that's for the best. On the upside, there are more phone conversations and burros than in any other adaptation. Thanks for Listening . . . and maybe watching along.
This week, the Regular Joes are joined by regular guest host Brian Mix for a very random show filled with random topics and random conversations about very random geeky stuff. It's a no homework required show for everyone, so sit back, relax and randomly enjoy the show! Oh yeah, and theres What's in the Box too. As always, thanks for listening!
Remember back in the day, when the arrival of that extra thick TV Guide Fall Preview Edition offered up all sorts of promise for the coming network TV season? Yes, that's as much a thing of the past as filling your tank for less than a $50 bill. This week the Regular Joe's give slightly more time than is due to the scant offerings served up for the fall season. Unless of course you're big into Reality TV, or endless spinoffs of police procedural‘s. There is one new show that all three hosts plan to give a try. See if you can guess. In case you have missed spending your Sunday nights in Westeros, HBO is offering up a return trip with House of Dragons. Which is proving to be, “must see TV,” as long as you've got nothing much else to watch. Remember all those crazy, unpredictable plot twists and betrayals in Game of Thrones? Remember all that time you devoted to trying to figure out what would happen next … or possibly keep track of any one of 700 reoccurring characters? Yeah, this is not that. On the plus side there's dragons. Everybody likes dragons. They just don't show them a lot. Will the Joe's keep watching? Perhaps you should look over the other fall TV offerings again. There's also the inevitable batch of Random Topics, and a round of What's in The Box. Thanks for listening!
This week the Regular Joes take a look at two very different streaming series. One wrapping up its third season and the other just out of the chute. The Joes have been on board Apple TV+'s alternate history space race drama For All Mankind since launch. As they dig in to the most recent Mars mission focused season it quickly becomes clear that the sci fi aspects of the show aren't the parts that are the most improbable. We're not saying you couldn't strap a pregnant lady to the exterior of a spaceship. It just might not be a good idea. Next up it's, She-Hulk Attorney at Law, in which Marvel/Disney+ leans into the more absurd elements of a world where superheroes are commonplace. In what is described as the first MCU comedy, Disney covers untrodden ground with a pair of giant green feet. There's also the usual round of Random Topics, and a round of What's in The Box where Dave ponies up for every item mentioned. Thanks for listening!
The passing of our childhood heroes is hard, more so the crushes of our youth. This week the Regular Joes bid farewell to Olivia Newton-John, who may not have been Dave's first crush, but certainly had a significant impact on his teen years. As well as inspiring an elaborate, and ultimately successful, effort to crash her 1982 Saturday Night Live appearance. Note: at various points people are encouraged to watch the 1980 film, Xanadu. Listeners are encouraged to dismiss these suggestions as, denial, one of the stages of grief. As they continue to work their way through the endless glut of summer streaming shows the Joes review season three of Amazon's antihero series The Boys. They also weigh in on Lightyear, which failed to make an impact on the big screen but is now making a reentry attempt in your living room … or wherever it is you stream. There's also the usual round of Random Topics, and a chance to catch up on What's in The Box. Thanks for listening!
In 1965 an actress, dancer and singer accepted a small role in a new science fiction TV drama. Her expectations for the show were understandably low. But Lt. Uhura became the defining role her long career. The Regular Joes pay tribute to the life and legacy of Nichelle Nichols who broke barriers, changed minds, inspired countless people, and looked damned fine in a mini skirt. Having given most everyone else time to catch up, the Joes also review two recent teen centric dramas. First up Ms. Marvel from Disney Plus, which both introduces Kamala Khan and her world to the MCU and sets the stage for the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel. After that it's back to Hawkins Indiana for the wrap up of season four of Stranger Things. While most people are either nostalgic about, or totally wish to forget their high school years, few have had experiences quite like Dustin, Eleven, Jonathon, Lucas, Max, Mike, Nancy, Robin, Steve, Will, and Eddie. Who you're going to ask to the dance kind of seems trivial compared to demons, portals to the underworld, and the other seemingly unimaginable horrors they just keep running into. In spite of it all, could the most implausible thing be that most of these kids are still supposed to be in ninth grade? Thanks for listening!
The San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), while no longer the largest comic con, remains the harbinger of all things nerdy. This year announcements were split between long awaited projects such as, The Sandman and the Game of Thrones prequel House of Dragons, and many others we will likewise be waiting a long time to see. The Regular Joes dive into the litany of announcements, teasers and trailers. Most notably from MARVEL, which unveiled a dizzying (if incomplete) plan for the next few years, or Phases, for the MCU on the big and small screen. There's a lot to be excited for, including Daredevil Born Again! and two Avengers films in a single year! Unfortunately that year is 2025, and we will be waiting two years for Daredevil. No MARVEL announcement is complete without the prerequisite Fantastic Four name drop, again with no details. Though curiously there was no mention of Eternals. There's also Random Topics, because, at the Regular Joes Podcast the random never stops. Thanks for listening!
It's been a while since we have had the whole crew together, and now that Brian has made his way to the east coast it's time to catch up with him and Derryl. The far reaching swath of this week's topics incudes, but is not limited to: the sudden, seeming collapse of Eaglemoss / Hero Collector, the unlikely circumstance of Dave being further into Ms Marvel than anyone else, one of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull's writers tries to claim it wasn't his fault, Brian beams down to an old school Star Trek con, the wondrous and perplexing persistence of independent hobby shops, the zen art of Succulent Legos, the resurrection of Toys R Us. And of course, Tiki drinks, because, well, Tiki drinks. There's also What's in the Box and a historic, first time ever, live Intro and Outro performance by the incomparable Barry Kay. Thanks for listening!
Thor Love and Thunder marks the first time a MCU hero has gotten four stand alone films. So, that's something anyway. We knew Thor Ragnarok 2017 was going to be hard to top, and, SPOILER this film does not. There is Thor, two of them actually, Valkyrie, Korg, and a handful of other familiar faces but somehow Taika Waititi's second outing as director seems less than the sum of its parts. The Regular Joes break it down for you like a shattered Norse hammer. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has wrapped its all to brief 10 episode run. And, much in the way The Mandalorian, quelled the bickering throngs of Star Wars folk, Trek fans seem to have finally found something they can agree on. In the season finale Paramount went deep into TOS Trek lore definitively delivering on all the promise the series holds. Again there will be SPOILERS. No Surprise, there's also the usual random topics and a round of What's in The Box. Thanks for listening!
Since Disney took over the helm of the Star Wars Galaxy fan response has been, well … mixed. And while you can't please everyone, Obi-Wan Kenobi's six episode run proved the House of Mouse can do right by a legacy character. While not a perfect series, Obi-Wan aptly demonstrated that even a story you think you know can be improved in the telling. Note: there will be SPOILERS, but since you probably saw a film called Star Wars at some point you likely knew where things were going. This past weekend Barry and Dave visited EternalCon mostly to see 1970's TV icons Lee Majors and Lyndsey Wagner AKA the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. Because, really, who wouldn't want to if you could? There's also an extra large, bonus sized Random Topics because they skipped a week. Thanks for listening!
By the time you listen to this episode the dust will have settled on the Prop Store's Entertainment Memorabilia Auction. If you are now the proud owner of a screen used Star Wars X-Wing model congratulations! In their traditional pre-auction show the Regular Joes review their personal wish lists and cinematic holy grails, including a Holy Grail, from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, along with a Grail diary, the Grail knight's sword and items from most any Sci Fi / fantasy film or franchise you can name. There's something for everyone in this sale, though not every budget, as prices continue to go through the roof. With one episode of Kenobi left the hosts process the former Jedi's journey so far (SPOILERS!) and what they expect to see in the finale… which will also have aired by the time you listen to this episode. All this, plus the usual random topics. Thanks for listening!
The firehose of streaming series content continues as the Regular Joes breakdown, digest and process what they have seen so far. Star Trek Strange New Worlds continues to be everything it promised to be. Likewise Kenobi moves towards its rapidly approaching conclusion proving there are still stories to tell In that curiously small universe. Lastly For All Mankind is back on AppleTV+ with another decade jump moving the awesome NASA alternate history drama into the realm of science-fiction. So many shows, so little time. There's also the usual random topics and a round of What's in the Box / What's on my Workbench. Thanks for listening!
Top Gun Maverick Is the sequel everyone has been waiting 35 years for. Ok, so maybe more accurately it is the sequel Dave has been waiting 35 years for. Tom Cruse”s long delayed fighter pilot action flick is finally in theaters and it is breaking box office records. Was it worth the wait? There will be SPOILERS. They knew this month was coming, but you can never really be prepared for the stream-apalooza. When every major content provider piles on, dropping crazy amounts of long awaited series all in this overstuffed month. The Joes (except for Barry who is now playing the role of Tod) lay out their priorities and strategies for keeping up. There's also the usual random topics and a round of What's in The Box. Thanks for listening!
The wait for Obi-Wan Kenobi, the six episode Disney+ series has seemed interminably long. It has been five years since it was first announced as a prequel-sequel film, and 17 years since Ewan McGregor last donned the hooded robe - which for some reason everyone in the galaxy seems to forgotten was a Jedi trademark. This week the Regular Joe's are joined by Droid expert Brian Mix as they break down the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi like a giant animal carcass in the desert. Note: There will be SPOILERS. This year, because fate, timing, and Dave's wife conspired to keep the hosts from attending Star Wars Celebration Brian went on their behalf. Find out what he heard saw, and perhaps most importantly, brought home. Thanks for listening, and may the force be with you!
Ok, so they gave you a week to catch up, now it's time to talk Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness. For the second time in six months Stephen Strange aka Doctor Strange aka the wizard formerly known as the Sorcerer Supreme follows a teenager down a path that warps, folds and spindles reality. Expectations were high for this film, which has been doing great at the box office. But even more, many people were expecting the story to go a very different way. Really trying not to SPOIL things here folks. Let's just say, not everyone gets a happy ending. Semi Regular Joe Derryl DePriest makes an appearance to help the team break down, digest and absorb what they have seen. Right now everyone is coping. But additional therapy sessions may be required. There are also new trailers out for both Amazon Prime's The Boys season 3 and the AppleTV+ series For All Mankind third season. Seriously, this streaming sh** is getting out of hand. Where was all this stuff back when we were locked down and rewatching Lost. Ok, so that was just Barry, but c'mon. There's always the usual random topics and a round What's in The Box. Thanks for listening!
This week, while the Joes are not talking about Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness, they review the just wrapped seasons of Picard and Moon Knight. In its sophomore season on Paramount+, Star Trek Picard, the only Trek series headlined by a nonagenarian protagonist, slowly goes where any number of shows have gone before. There are some good moments, which the Joe's point out, but as the show closes out year two of its three season run, we are again left wondering, is nostalgia really enough? While Picard's ten episode run seemed a little drawn out, Disney+'s Moon Knight felt like it needed more runway. Six episodes should be amble time to get to understand a character. But, then again, most characters don't come equipped with five, often conflicting, personas. Perhaps Tod, the resident Moon Knight aficionado, put it best, what Moon Knight needed was more Moon Knight. Maybe we will learn more in season two … if there is one. Of course there's always the usual random topics and a particularly diverse collection of What's in The Box reveals. And that's a wrap. Thanks for listening!
This week the Regular Joes find the stars in perfect alignment as the newest offerings from both the Star Wars and Star Trek universes seem poised to deliver on all the potential they can muster. First up is a trailer for the impending Obi-Wan series from Disney plus. This first peek pulls back the curtain on Obi-Wan Kenobi's undocumented middle years, between Jedi Knight and eccentric hermit. And damn, there is a lot to pull apart. Next we have our first slice of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as the first episode has aired, and two lucky hosts got to preview the first two installments. Strange New Worlds is the first Trek series whose genesis is directly credited to fans desire to see more of these characters. It also marks the return to the nearly forgotten art of episodic storytelling. It's a little new, it's a little old school, but it seems to be exactly what Trek fans have been waiting to see. There's also the usual Random Topics and a peek at What's On Barry and Dave's and respective Workbenches. Lastly, there's a tip of the hat to one of the true greats from the Bronze Age of comics. Thanks for Listening!
If you had previously given any thought to getting off your sofa at any point in the next two months this week's episode may convince you otherwise. The powers that be at Amazon Prime, AppleTV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, and Paramount+ have decided to convince you that May and June is clearly not the time to prune any of the the streaming services you have considered dropping. We will be going to Mars with the NASA that never was, traveling to Strange New Worlds with the crew of the Enterprise, returning to a galaxy far, far away with our favorite retired Jedi, making one last trip to the Ozark, and catching up with old friends Eleven, Billy Butcher, Number 5 and Tommy Shelby. If you are looking for something different there's an Offer you can't refuse, a chance to hang with the Sex Pistols, and a new generation of heroes with Ms. Marvel. And we haven't even mentioned The Orville, Evil or Barry. Well damn. There's also the usual Random Topics and an epically meandering round of What's in the Box. Thanks for Listening!
The Marvel movie machine is back in full on production mode and this week they served up two new trailers, one for Thor: Love and Thunder and another for Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, respectively. After whatever the Eternals was or was not, and Spider-Man: No Way Home (which is in, but not totally of the MCU) these two films carry much of the burden of getting the Marvel Cinematic Universe back on track. And not surprisingly, there's a lot to unpack. Because this week is the now monthly "No Theme / No Plan" episode, the Joes go on to cover a wide range of even more random than usual, topics. Note. This episode contains gratuitous beating of a dead horse as Barry again tries to move Tod off a position he has held for more than 40 years and Dave coaches him on how not to be a hater … er, right. As always, thanks for listening
Last Week Paramount debuted its third release of 1979 film Star Trek: the Motion Picture. Does this remastered version of the earlier director's cut solve all of the issues with the original film? Not quite. Overall opinions vary on the sum total of the endeavor. On one end of the spectrum it can be seen as a sweeping visual spectacle that heralds the original Enterprise crew's transition to the big screen. On the other it remains a monochromatic, epically slow, big budget remake of the season two episode The Changeling. Barry, Dave and Tod are joined by Brian Mix, who himself has several connections to the film. Note: at no time during this episode does Tod utter the phrase, “The Motionless Picture” so that's progress. There's also some catching up on Picard, a run down of the wallet busting list of 1/6 scale Star Trek figures announced by EXO-6, the usual Random Topics and a round of What's in the Box. Thanks for Listening!
One month out from the debut of their newest Star Trek series Paramount+ has rolled out several bits of promotional video, which give every indication that someone at the company may actually understand what makes Star Trek, Star Trek. Lots of space ships, aliens, phasers and yes, Strange New Worlds to explore. Can this level of expectation be met? Hit it! Inevitably, the Joes talk about the inaugural Episode of Disney + Marvel series Moon Knight. Warning, there will be SPOILERS as early signs indicate that Marvel's first small screen Introduction for a series lead has potential. Raising Tod's hopes that one of his more obscure favorite characters will finally have his day, or night, as it were. They also keep up with Picard (not hard the dude is like 95) cover the usual Random Topics and a Fun With Flashlights segment, because well, flashlights are fun. Thanks for listening!
Just when you thought Disney had cornered the market on flawed dudes in armor Paramount + serves up Halo, the first live action adaptation of the long running video game franchise. There's action, there's aliens, there's serious body count, but is there enough here to build an audience beyond the gamer purists, many of whom are already finding reasons to not like it? As Dave has recently rejoined the commuter crowd he finally got around to reading Andy Weir's Project Hail Mary. The hosts give a mostly SPOILER lite review, and offer up several other suggestions for his next ride read. There's also the usual Random topics and a round of What's in the Box. Note: this episode contains no references to Will Smith or Chris Rock, so there's one more reason to listen. Thanks for listening!
You know that show, the one where people talk endlessly about their lives, relationships, childhood traumas, work stresses, and pretty much everything else? In the recent past you would assume we were discussing This is Us or something like that. Sadly, we are talking about season four of Star Trek: Discovery. Where everyone, including the ship's AI, either needs therapy, or get it whether they want it or not. This week the Regular Joes tell you how they really feel about it. In contrast Star Trek: Picard (three episodes in on season 2) seems promising, if also quite familiar. This time our collection of Starfleet veterans journey to the past, not to save the whales, but the future as they knew it. And, while they weren't recording last week, two of the Joes met up in Orlando long enough for them to give Disney a whole bunch of their money, and for Tod to visit Galaxy's Edge for the first time. All this plus the usual Random Topics. Thanks for listening!
The Batman is in theaters, which, if you are keeping score is the Gotham Knight's fifth big screen appearance, in three incarnations, in the span of ten years. Damn, they don't give this guy a rest. Anyway, before you really has a chance to miss him Batman is back. This time he's broody, moody, and . . . to use an already over-used adjective, DARK. Honestly, he kind of needs to be. This version of Gotham is a scary place with some seriously scary people. Perhaps because of this the film dives right in. And the Regular Joes do as well. This episode contains SPOILERS so you will want to see the film first. So check it out once, or twice, then come back and settle in for some Regular Joes group therapy, as we all process the caped crusader's return. There's also What's in the Box and the usual Random Topics (conveniently prior to the spoilers). Thanks for Listening!
This week the other Regular Joes put their faith in Tod (always a questionable proposition) who promised to come up with a theme and tell them as they record. To make things more interesting he called up the full bench, Barry, Dave, Derryl and Brian. This week the theme is “Themes.” how do movie and television songs and scores factor into our attachment to them? Can you have a great film without great music? Conversely, can a mediocre film be more memorable simply for having great tunes? Which songs, themes, and even riffs have become touchstones that Immediately transport us to a familiar place and time. And, if that doesn't sound interesting, there's also the tale of the Disco Fever Lunchbox, as well as Random Topics and a LP version of What's in the Box. Thanks for listening!
Spared the burden of planning, theme, or actual forethought, the Regular Joes catch up on a number of things they weren't covering while talking about a certain Disney + series that, somewhat miraculously, is never even mentioned this time around. They catch up on various other things they have been watching, or in the case of Peacemaker, rapidly binging. They also dive into the currently wrapping Heritage Auction of Star Trek props and uniforms they probably can't afford. There's Random Topics, some What's in the Box, a little Show and Tell and that's it. Thanks for Listening!
The Book of Boba Fett has finished. And, like many recent additions to the Star Wars franchise, fans and critics are mixed. Like the public at large the Regular Regular Joes, plus Irregular Joes Derryl DePriest and Brian Mix, run the gamut of opinions. The title character has thrived for decades on mystique, reputation and expectations. Can it really be a surprise that dragging him out into the glaring light of the twin suns would leave so many disappointed? Do we have room in our hearts for more than one beskar clad protagonist? Did sharing the spotlight with a who's who of fan favorite Star Wars characters doom Boba to come up short? The full panel of Joes go deep in what we promise will be the last time we ever set foot on the sands of Tatooine . . . until May, when Kenobi debuts. The Joes also bid farewell to the late Ivan Reitman, who leaves a tremendous legacy of iconic moments on screen. There's also Random Topics, and a round of What's in the Box, just in case you needed more help spending your money. Thanks for listening!
If you are tired of all the talk about The Book of Boba Fett in this episode the Regular Joes devote some time to talking Hot Toys. The Hong Kong based maker of premium one 1/6 scale action figures has put a significant dent in the wallets, as well as the shelf space, of the Joes. The hosts run down their, often extensive, list of preorders as well as note several other yet to be green lit figures from the Star Wars and Marvel cinematic Universes they would like to add to their shelves … roughly eighteen months after they are announced. Ok, so then they talk about the Book of Boba Fett. Remember a while back when every week they were trying in vain to predict would would happen next in WandaVison? This is kinda like that, only they are more and more baffled by what is not happening. This past week the Mandalorian encountered pretty much everyone in his Rolodex as he continued his takeover of the spinoff series. Maybe next time we will see Boba's picture on the side of a blue milk carton. There's also Random topics, because well, random happens. Thanks for listening!
In recent weeks the Regular Joes have spent a fair amount of time talking about The Book of Boba Fett. Yeah, well that's still a thing. Facing criticisms such as, “He talks too much” “He doesn't really do anything,” and “This is not the Boba Fett we knew,” etc. Disney responds by giving viewers an episode in which the one time favorite guy in Mandalorian Armor is straight up replaced by the current favorite guy in Mandalorian Armor. Burn! It's like being just kind of OK with your dented and paint scuffed current girlfriend and then running into your very shiny, very polished ex-girlfriend … who you really kind of wish you were still with. Seriously, was anyone actually saying when can we get back to Boba Fett Sometime back the Regular Joe's watched Terminator Dark Fate. Opinions were very mixed. In the new REWATCH segment, Barry, who really really did not like the movie, is sent back to give it a second try. We'll see how this goes. All this plus What's in the Box and the usual Random Topics. Thanks for listening!