‘The Walking Dead’ Recaps on We Got This Covered

TWD_501_GP_0508_0326The Walking Dead is one of the biggest series on cable, heck even all of TV. I can’t say I’ve always been a fan, but I will say that if the rest of the season plays out the way that the fifth season premiere did, then I just might have to change my mind about my relationship with the show.

Good thing too because if there’s one thing you don’t want to do, it’s be forced to recap a show every week that you’re not passionate, and I mean either love it or hate it. In years gone by, The Walking Dead was kind of like that, it was just one of those shows that kind of happened only to occasionally give you something compelling to watch.

It’s hard to say what direction the season’s going to go in, whether or not the immediacy and the urgency of “No Sanctuary” will carry on, but after once single episode I’ll say that I am very interested in finding out.

Check out my first recap of The Walking Dead here.

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Recapping ‘Arrow’ Weekly on Nerd Bastards

arrow3.1aI’m pleased and excited to be review the CW series Arrow every week for Nerd Bastards starting this week. Why? Because if you want a reason that there’s a comic book-based TV series on every channel now, this is it.

Arrow premiered in the fall of 2012. Based on the comic book adventures of Green Arrow, who was introduced in the 1940s, but developed into a kind of modern populist Robin Hood in the 1970s, Arrow owed a lot in its first season to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. That’s not a bad thing, but in its second season, Arrow became a full-blown comic book saga by introducing other comic book characters like Black Canary, the Suicide Squad, and, now starring in his own series, The Flash.

The third season of Arrow has a lot to live up to after the proverbial thrill ride of season two featuring Arrow’s transformation from vigilante to hero as his past being a shipwrecked playboy on a deserted island came back to haunt him. The final battle between Arrow and Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson was epic, so it will be interesting to see if Arrow, in season three, will stick the landing or not.

You can read my first Arrow review of the season here, and follow-up every Wednesday/Thursday on Nerd Bastards.

You can also check out my coverage of Arrow star Stephen Amell’s Q&A at Fan Expo in August here.

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Recapping ‘Scorpion’ on We Got This Covered

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The new TV season is upon us, a time of year filled with anticipation and more likely than not disappointment. Sometimes the shows we look forward to the most fail to deliver, and sometimes we get wholly invested in a show only to have it cancelled on us. From the sounds of things, Scorpion isn’t going to be one of the latter, but it might be one of the former.

Think of Scorpion as The Big Bang Theory meets Mission: Impossible, a herd of nerds are drafted into service by the Department of Homeland Security to combat threats that require their unique intelligence. I caught the pilot at the National Fan Expo, where it was screened in for a fairly packed theater, and it seemed to make a few fans there. The action was pretty great (directed by Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin makes it so), but the character work is a little lacking. That might change as the series develops though.

You can read my review of the pilot episode of Scorpion on We Got This Covered.

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2014 Municipal Election Coverage on Guelph Politico

gpbanner2014 copyEven though nominations are open from January 2, the municipal election really gets underway in September. With both the unexpected/expected Provincial Election and the summer months now behind us, now’s the time for Ontarians to start considering who they want to run their local governments for the next four years.

Of course a lot of attention this year will be on Toronto, where the sideshow with Rob Ford will colour the coverage no matter where you live whether it’s Guelph, Brampton, or Seattle. But there are a number of serious issues for voters to consider across Ontario including transit, infrastructure, capital projects, and attracting business interests and revenues to town. All things, arguably, more important than whether or not Ford smoked crack and hangs out with unsavory characters.

In Guelph, specific issues swirl around the administration of the three-term mayoralty of Karen Farbridge, who hopes to convince the electorate that her vision for the Royal City is still solid in the face of scandals involving the court-ruling against the city for Urbacon and the recent transit lock-out. Councillor Cam Guthrie, meanwhile, has tremendous grassroots support and a fresh message about “A Better Guelph” while carrying none of the Farbridge baggage.

Through Guelph Politico, I’ll be doing intensive coverage of the election race, and officially kicked off campaign coverage today with the first Guelph Politicast interview with mayoral candidate John Legere. There will be a new podcast interview with every person running for Mayor of Guelph through the course of the campaign.

For all election news, and for candidate questionnaires from the candidates running for city council, click here.

The Guelph Municipal Election takes place on October 27.

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My Interview with Robert Englund on Nerd Bastards

A-Nightmare-on-Elm-StreetThe National Fan Expo is coming up next weekend with the usual fanfare. I’ve been attending this event regularly since 2006, and it’s been amazing to see if it grow from a smaller event with lots of wiggle room in the South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to being something that’s jam-packed and takes over the whole darn building. It’s now, essentially, the Canadian Comic Con

In preparation, the publicists of Fan Expo have arranged interviews with some of the celebrity guests, and I seemed to have drawn Robert Englund. Now, Englund is an accomplished actor, but he’s best known for his seven appearances as the evil Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of films. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Nightmare and Englund will appear at Fan Expo with co-stars Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon to have a sort of reunion.

To be honest, Englund is probably one of the best interviews I’ve ever had. He was quite warm, energetic and funny and I don’t think I even got through half of my questions for him before our time was up. Despite a technical hiccup, it was a lot of fun. I’ve never seen Englund at a con Q&A before, but I have no doubt that he kills it.

Read my full interview with Englund at Nerd Bastards.

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Review of ‘To Be Takei’ on Nerd Bastards

takei3I missed this one when it was playing at Hot Docs earlier this year, but I’m glad that I had a chance to catch up with it now. As life long Star Trek fan, it’s nice to know what it’s like To Be Takei.

Of course, George Takei is now as well known for being a gay icon as he is for piloting the U.S.S. Enterprise for all those years on Star Trek. The film touches on some of that, and it touches on his Star Trek career as well as his struggles being an Asian American actor in Hollywood.

The interesting part of the documentary concerns Takei’s childhood as one of millions of Japanese immigrants and the second generation Japanese-Americans who were interned by the government during the Second World War. Takei’s memories of the camp are as powerful as they are insightful, this is a part of history that’s still woefully under-taught for, perhaps, understandable reasons.

Speaking of discomfort, William Shatner is also interviewed in the doc.

You can read my review of To Be Takei here on Nerd Bastards.

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