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SDCC 2017 ‘Krypton’: What House are you backing?

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2017 by aliciamovie

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By Alicia Glass

It takes real nerve to come out and do a Comic-con panel for a highly anticipated show that technically hasn’t aired yet. That is one giant way to generate interest in the new show, true, but it’s still a big gamble, because what if even an SDCC panel isn’t enough. However, The Originals panel (I think) being before Krypton, there was plenty enough audience left to give a good showing.

The panel featured Cameron Cuffe (Seg-El), Executive Producers David S. Goyer, Cameron Welsh and Damian Kindler, and was moderated by DC universe amazement Geoff Johns himself. Johns is the President and Chief Creative Officer of DC comics, y’all, and has held these posts since 2010, so bow down.

Set two generations before the long-legendary Man of Steel’s time on earth, the new show Krypton features Seg-El on the titular planet fighting to redeem his ostracized families honor and engaging in forbidden romance with, who else, the House of Zod. Given that this is yet another attempt at a TV show having to do with the Big Blue Boy Scouts family and the House of El, Krypton seems to have set their standards almost impossibly high, and are working on giving a sweeping epic backstory to what is arguably the most well-known comic character in history, so we’re talking planet-sized hero boots to fill.

Almost immediately the EPs and Mod Johns launched into a list of well-known DC characters that will be featured on Krypton – Brainiac, with his own immersive storyline; that monster Doomsday; Adam Strange in an appropriately oracular role; even a new take on Hawkgirl. Jones happily went on to spoil that a Black Mercy (I thought he meant a car) would be in the pilot episode, it belongs to a character named Mongul, and if you’re any kind of fan-atic about the Superman part of the DCU, you’ll know why the audience erupted into cheers. EP Cameron Welsh talked briefly about the forbidden romance between Seg-El and the House of Zod, saying that Lyta Zod the youngest is the heartthrob in question, while her mother Alura Zod is the Primus of the Kryptonian military guild which makes her, say it with me, General Zod.

Jones was very personable and effortlessly charmed all the fans in the audience, many of whom were at least 40+something and lifelong Superman fans. Recalling the early days of terrible villain costumes, Johns laughed, “No, there will not be any headbands for the bad guys. That’s not until Season two!” Johns raved about the production values for the show, the all-encompassing effort at world-building, prompting Damian Kindler to practically wax poetic about the same: “We are attempting to build one of the most beautiful, grand TV series on the air. One of the things that’s constantly coming back in conversations is a sense of scope – we want you to be watching and going, ‘wow, this really is another world’. We have some of the most wonderful special effects houses in like 5 or 6 different countries building effects for us this season, we have one of the most talented production design teams I’ve ever worked with. And having Geoff (Johns) right in your house, saying, ‘This is the world, go build it’, has easily been the most exciting job I’ve ever had.”

Of course Johns was asked about cross-overs with other DCU characters, and made the very clear statement that, “Krypton is a stand-alone show,” for which I personally am very grateful. After a great spoiler-laden panel and a bunch of fan-squee and questions, Johns wound up the panel by saying they all tried very hard to make a show where the legions of DC fans out there would finally say, ‘They got it right.’ I sure hope so too, Geoff Johns, and I’ll be watching Krypton when it airs in 2018 on the Syfy channel!

Doomsday

Posted in Action, horror, Movies, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , on February 19, 2009 by aliciamovie

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Rogue Pictures

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Neil Marshall

Review Rating: 7 out of 10

 

In the not-too-distant future, the deadly Reaper virus that wiped out most of Scotland and led to its complete quarantine from the world, has popped up in the slums of London and an elite team needs to go find the cure in a land forcibly forgotten by humanity.

 

Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, who also plays the scientist turned King Kane, this movie isn’t half bad. Certainly not what you would expect from the trailers I saw, but a worthwhile waste of two hours, at any rate. Rhona Mitra of Underworld fame stars as Major Eden Sinclair, the leader of the team being sent into the no mans land that Scotland has become to try and find the supposed cure for the Reaper virus.

Bearing in mind that Scotland itself has been forgotten and/or ignored by the entire outside world, for thirty years or more. Most people think noone at all lives inside the quarantine zone anymore, barred as it is by a high wall of steel that goes all the way around the island, and the no-fly rule for planes. But there are still people alive in there, and with no real food or fresh supplies being brought to them or made, most of the people have degenerated into chaos. When the team first goes in, they encounter a large group of what look like punk savages from hell, who of course also turn out to be cannibals. (Which I didn’t quite get, as the team encounters scores of cows when they first go over the wall.) The cannibals are led by Saul, who turns out to be the son of the scientist Kane that the team is looking for, and Saul sends his madness and rage out after anyone who dares enter what is clearly, his domain.

After a lot of fighting and some deaths for the team, they escape to way across the island, where another kind of society has been revived, led of course by Kane, who has now more or less crowned himself King. After all, Scotland does have several castles still standing, it wouldn’t take a whole lot to revive the medieval society bit. It rather strikes me as interesting that both groups are still centered around a whole lot of fighting and yet more death, but when there’s no electricity to really speak of and humans need their entertainment, I suppose things can degenerate into that fairly quickly.

A pretty good movie, all things considered. Rather than give away the ending, I’ll simply say go ahead and watch, and laugh out loud when the blood splatters splash across the screen.

 

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Like Mutant Chronicles, Doomsday is a little-known movie that most people will actually get quite a kick out of.