Show Notes: Episode 41: Pouring out a Romulan Ale for Rom and Episode 42: An Oscar for Endgame

Tonight! Someone wants to make a new Star Wars Holiday Special, The Tardigrade case gets decided and we say farewell to the first Ferengi in Starfleet all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. Ya know, you put a show together, you think it’s gonna be a great episode, lots to talk about, then you get a piece of news that just shakes you down a little. The death of Aron Eisenberg was just such a piece of news. I got to meet him a while back at Planet Comicon when they had a veritable Ferengi-a-palooza and about a decade before that at another convention that had all the Ferengis…and a Ferengi of a convention promoter. He was very nice, very personable and I loved the character of Nog. Star Trek Deep Space Nine has pretty much always been my favorite trek show. His death kind of hits home.

Star Wars

You know the Holiday season is just around the corner, the christmas trees are fighting for room with the Halloween candy. Ya know,  Star Wars celebrated the holidays once, with somewhat hilarious and bizarre consequences. Well, Jon Favreau would like to repair that image with a brand spanking new Star Wars Holiday Special of his own. While Speaking with entertainment tonight at the Saturn Awards, Mr. Favreau told them that he would like to see Disney Plus tackle the special. Saying quote “I would love to do someday, maybe on Disney+, we’ll do a Holiday Special too. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” “I gotta pitch that to them. We’ll see. If you wanna see a Holiday Special, let Disney+ know!” unquote. So would you like to see Jon favreau make a new Star Wars Holiday Special? I guess we gotta start tweeting Disney Plus.

Speaking of the new streaming service, which is just a little under two months away…hope you’re ready. A rumor has been making the rounds  that a sequel to Solo A Star Wars story could be in the offing for Disney Plus. The rumor seems to come from Jeremy Conrad of Star Wars unity dot com, he wrote on his site quote “While we’ll probably not see a sequel or continuation of Han’s story, I’ve heard a rumor that some kind spin-off set after the events of the movie is being developed as a Disney+ series. As it probably wouldn’t be about Han, Chewie, or Lando; some kind of underworld series dealing with the Crimson Dawn and other scoundrels sounds the most likely,” unquote  So we’re pretty deep in rumor territory here and while I try to stay out of rumors here, but I think I’d be interested in something like this, I actually liked Solo. Hey Disney Plus, give me the Holiday Special AND this too. Take my money!

IN a recent episode to The Star Wars show on Youtube, they painstakingly figured out how much damage Han did to the millenium falcon during the Kessel Run Sequence of Solo: A Star Wars Story. How much was the damage? 87,500 credits. Kinda makes you wonder why they wouldn’t have just bought a new ship? Did they have Farmers insurance on the ship? Heck the fact that the Falcon is still space worthy in the current trilogy is nothing short of a miracle.

So your chillin, watching A new Hope and you’re eyes fall upon the Stormtrooper bumping his head in that one scene. Ever think to yourself, I wonder what happened to that guy? Nope? Well I guess you’re gonna get the answer anyway, A UK documentary crew has set itself the task of finding the guy who bumped his head. Star Wars fans will learn which of three extras did the gaff in the documentary mini movie which will be released this month. Apparently the film will feature a number of celebrity cameos from Kevin Smith to Greg Grunberg.

Jamie Stangroom the film maker partially funded this on Indie GoGo with the following description quote The Empire Strikes Door is a fun mini documentary (30 minutes +) which aims to solve a Star Wars mystery! We know who Luke’s father is. We know who stole the Death Star plans. We even know who shot first! What we don’t know is the identity of the stormtrooper who cracked his skull against a Death Star door, in one of cinema’s most famous bloopers….I wanted to track him down, and relive his memories of that fateful day. It sounded simple, until I actually started looking. It wasn’t that I couldn’t find him, it’s that I kept finding more of him! I now have three suspects, and no idea who to trust.” unquote The Empire Strikes Door will be available on September 25th on Stangroom’s Youtube Channel.  Yep.

Star Trek

The next book in the Star Trek Discovery novel line arrives this December. This time focusing on Paul Stamets. Star trek Discovery Dead endless is written by David Galanter. The Synopsis reads quote 

“The U.S.S. Discovery’s specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored. Is the seemingly human man found alone and alive inside the network the Starfleet officer he claims to be, or an impostor created by alien intruders who hope to extract themselves from the mycelial plane at the expense of all lives aboard Discovery?” unquote  Stamets is getting quote a push lately. He’s the featured character in the new episodes of Star Trek Online. 

CBS creative officer David Nevins is looking forward to Star Trek’s future in the as yet to be merged ViacomCBS. I reiterate not yet merged, not done. Unlike some other podcasts, I like to have correct facts. And the facts are that A company isn’t merged until it’s merged. Anyway, Nevins spoke at a Conference put on by Bank of America Merrill Lynch in LA. According to Deadline , He told the audience quote “We really believe in not only serving inside our own ecosystem but serving people outside,” Nevins said at the event. “What we’re trying to do right now with Star Trek is build that brand. We want it to get younger and more relevant to people.” He referred to the merger as creating a “virtuous eco-system” where “If you’re smart about it, you can create a lot of value.” unquote Hey, as long as it’s good content and not content just for contents sake, I’m all for it. 

Anyway, While we wait for this virtuous eco-system to form, why not have a refreshing Romulan Ale. But how do you make it? The How to Drink Youtube channel has a recipe for you to try. They’re recipe includes 1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Simple Syrup

1 o.z -or- 30 ml. Lime Juice

1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Blue Curaçao

2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Plantation 3 Star white rum

Shake and Strain

And if you want a non alcoholic version he has a recipe for a Romulan Ginger Ale. it contains.

 .5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Lime JUice

1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Ginger Syrup (more to taste)

2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea

Shake and Strain

top with seltzer

So does any of these float your boat? Do you have your own recipe? Share it with us by heading on over to our social media.

And now an update to a story I did all the way back in Episode 8 of the podcast last September, now I could make you stop and download that episode and listen to the story, but let me just go over it real quick…

 Anas Abdin, is the creator of a 2014 indie game called Tardigrades He was suing CBS and Netflix over Discovery, for infringing on his creative property. Anas’ claims revolved around the show supposedly stealing the idea that an alien Tardigrade is the key to interstellar transport and humans are exploring this through a scientific breakthrough, and he also claims the relationship between Paul Stammets and Hugh Culber is similar to one explored in his 2014 game. The Discovery character of Stammets even bore strikingresemblance to a character from the game.

There’ll be a link in the show notes. http://anas-tronaut.blogspot.com/2018/08/tardigrades-case.html 

Well in a blog post this past friday Anis posted quote  I just returned from visiting dad from the cemetery, I got the news that the judge ruled against me. I would like to thank everyone who supported me. I don’t have enough words to describe my gratitude to everyone who believed in me and my case. I cannot thank my lawyers enough for believing in me and fighting for me. I respect the ruling and I expect everyone to do so. I’m not sure what happens to my project now, or my independent-game development career in general. Unquote I feel so sorry for him… Let’s dig a little deeper here.

Here’s what the legal brief states quote Defendants’ motion to dismiss is granted because Star Trek: Discoveryand  Plaintiff’sVideogame are not substantially similar as a matter of law in concept, characters, settings and “overall feel.”In particular, the tardigrade in Star Trek: Discovery is not substantially similar to Plaintiff’s tardigrade in concept, attributes and overall feel. The brief then goes on to compare and contrast the video game and the show quote The plots of both works are similar solely to the extent that the characters go on adventures in space, and some of the adventures involve alien tardigrades. This common storyline of adventuring through space and discovering aliens is a scènes-à-faire common toworks that involve space travel. Just as “cowboys, bank robbers, and shootouts in stories of the American West . . . get no protection,” alien contact in fictional stories about space adventures gets no protection. Moreover, the Television Series’ plot also involves subjects that are not part of the Videogame: the war between the Federation and Klingons, and the personal struggles of individual characters that involve redemption, growth,and fitting in as an outsider. Unquote 

US District Court Judge Lorna Schofield granted CBS’s motion to dismiss, ending the case.

Geek

Movie Pass is no more. The theater subscription service  notified subscribers that it was ending as of September fourteenth due to failure to raise new funds to keep it going. HOwever even though the service is dead, it still spawned theater chains like AMC, Regal and Cinemark to start their own subscription services. Personally, I would be interested in such a service, if I lived closer to a big city.

M. Night Shyamlan keeps finding work. The filmmaker is now developing two new thriller projects for Universal Pictures according to Variety the two movies, as of yet untitled are scheduled for February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023. Universal studio president Peter Crammer said in a statement quote “M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” studio president Peter Cramer said in a statement. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.” According to Variety, M. Night will self finance his next two films. 

Wheel of time, turn turn turn. Amazon’s production of The Wheel of Time has started production. This year also marks the twelfth anniversary of the death of the Wheel of Time author Robert Jordan. According to a video released by Amazon to commemorate the occasions Showrunner Rafe Jundkins said quote “Hey everyone, today is our first day of principal photography on The Wheel of Time television series, and for all of us, it’s a little bit emotional because it is also quite coincidentally the twelfth anniversary of the author, Robert Jordan’s, passing,” “So as much as I’m excited about this new endeavor that we are all embarking on, I am also quite humbled and honored to remember the man who began all of this. Tai’shar Rigney.” The series stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine a member of the mysterious organization called the Aes Sedai, as she leads a group of adventurers on a journey that could change their world forever.

The final pieces are falling in place for next years Ghostbusters movie. Original Ghostbusters Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd have both confirmed they will be returning to Ghostbusters. Dan Aykroyd confirmed his involvement during an interview of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He told Joe quote “I’m not in the pictures so much anymore. We’ve got the Ghostbusters movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that,“”Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a new movie called, well, it’s gonna be Ghostbusters, the third movie. It will be all, most of the original people and then young stars.” unquote Ernie confirmed his involvement in a Cameo video for a fan. The movie will be arriving in theaters on July tenth.

According to a report from the hollywood reporter, Universal might be trying to do something with it’s Monsters again. This time it’s with Paul Feig. The Reporter has learned that he is behind a new project called Dark army. This new project joins the Invisible Man which comes in 2020 from Blumhouse. So what is the Dark Army? No one seems to know other than that it will be an original idea and the rumors are circulating that it will feature the classic universal monsters plus new Feig created characters. So I guess we will have to keep our ears open.

It’s awards time. So let’s look at who won this years Creative Arts emmys. The Creative Arts emmys are of course the awards that are too numerous (and boring) to be given out at the big emmy award show . So let’s take a look at our genre winners. Short form animated program went to Netflix’s Love Death and Robots, The Simpsons won the  animated program emmy the series has more emmys than it has seasons 34 wins.,It would be 35 except Seth McFarlane won for Best character voice over performance for his work on Family Guy, Guest actress in a drama went to Cherry Jones as Holly in The Handmaid’s Tale, The Handmaid’s Tale also got the award for production design one hour or more, Guest actor for Bradley Whitford Prosthetic makeup for a limited series movie or special went ot Star Trek Discovery, The Netflix series Russian Doll picked up an emmy for production design half hour and one for contemporary costumes. Game of Thrones really won big getting awards for Sound editing, special effects, costumes,non prosthetic makeup,stunt coordination drama, main titles, original dramatic score, casting for a drama and  sound mixing. They also picked up the award for Outstanding Drama and Peter Dinklage walked away with the emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor award. Whew. Guess they wanted the show to go out big.   

So who walked away the big winners? HBO walked away with 34 trophys this year, Netflix came in second with 27 and Amzon in third with 15. The traditional networks were all in single digits with ABC completly shut out. Guess the emmy voters are getting tired of Modern Family.

Now for more award news I’ll have the Saturn awards in the comics edition in a couple of days.

Sid Haig has passed away. He will probably be known to the current generation as Captain Spaulding from Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell. But he also appeared in a variety of tv shows dating back decades including Batman, Star Trek in the first season episode The Return of The Archons, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke,Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Get Smart and MacGyver, His movie credits also include THX1138, Diamonds are Forever, Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown and Rob Zombie’s Halloween reboot. Earlier this month he was hospitalized after falling at his home in Los Angeles. He developed a lung infection while recovering and died on September 21, from complications dut to the infectionHe was 80.

And Finally some sad news. This past Saturday the 21st. We got news that Star Trek Deep Space Nine’s favorite young ferengi has passed awayActor Aron Eisenberg has passed away. The news was broken by his wife Malissa Longo on Facebook. Quote It is with extreme regret and sadness to announce that my love and best friend, Aron Eisenberg, passed away earlier today.

He was an intelligent, humble, funny, emphatic soul. He sought to live his life with integrity and truth.

He was so driven to put the best he had into whatever work was put before him.

He lived his life with such vigor and passion.

He was like a breath of fresh air, because I knew I would always hear the truth from him. Even if I didn’t want to hear it and even if the truth was inconvenient.

He made me (and still makes me) want to be the best human I can possibly be, because he always strove to be the best human he could be.

His resilience and willingness to learn was and is an inspiration.

We didn’t officially announce that we had eloped on December 28th, 2018. We were hoping to have a big shindig in celebration of our nuptials, but had to wait to save up the money.

While, our marriage, on paper, was a short one. Our hearts had been married for far longer.

I will be forever thankful for the time we had to love each other.

Five years felt like a lifetime, in the best possible ways.

There will never be another light like Aron’s. The beauty that he was and the legacy he leaves behind is beyond words. I love him dearly and will miss him eternally.

At the moment I’m not sure how to do life without him…

He is and always will be My California. Unquote

Aron Eisenberg was born on January 6, 1969 in Hollywood, California His first role was in 1988. And he made appearances on Parker Lewis can’t lose, The Wonder Years and tales from the crypt. His big role came in 1993 on the second Star Trek spinoff, Deep Space Nine as the ferengi waiter Rom’s son Nog. His role was pretty much small at first, but by the end of the series Nog had become a fully fleshed out character, having gone to Starfleet Academy and losing a leg during the Dominion War. He even revived the role for the game Star Trek Online as Captain Nog. He also guest starred on an episode of Star Trek Voyager as a Kazon youth.

In recent years it had been revealed that Aron had been diagnosed with kidney failure, having been born with only one functioning kidney. On December 29, 2015, he received a successful kidney transplant. he is survived by his wife and his two sons.

Now let’s take a breather and take a look at the box office report.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Tonight! The Suicide Squad is fully loaded, will the New Warriors ever see the screen? And if you loved the Lego movie,you’ll love Funkos  all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. For starters I’d like to thank you all for a little while the podcast hit Number One on the Apple Podcasts Entertainment News chart. So thank you very much. 

Did you catch the Emmy awards this past Sunday. I watched and I was bored. I just had no real interest in the main ceremony. Heck, I’m actually surprised that Game of Thrones won Best Drama considering how disliked the last season seemed to be. I don’t know why they didn’t all turn to George on stage there and tell him he wasn’t leaving the theater until  he finished the damn book.

Anyway let’s talk news…

DC

James Gunn dropped a cast list poster for The Suicide Squad and it’s a big one. The cast includes: David Dasmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling NG, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alica Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, and Michael Rooker. However don’t expect much more than that for a long long time. Mr. Gunn replying to a fan’s plea for more information received the response quote Some characters will get out. Some already have (although some reported on, including from reputable sources, have been very wrong). But, in all honesty, I don’t know if we’ll officially release character info for a long long while to come. Unquote  I’m still betting that half these actors will get killed in the first five minutes. 

Joker comes out on October 4th and it’s runtime will be just a couple of minutes over two hours. Literally, two hours and two minutes. Comicbook dot com speaking with director Todd Phillps at an advanced screening for the movie told them that the first cut was a bit longer coming in at quote 2 hours and 35 minutes unquote . Adding quote “There are so many cuts”

While Todd Phillips was there he wanted to correct a story we talked about in the last comic edition of the podcast. In a piece in Empire magazine Todd was quoted saying that such things as the Joker falling into a vat of acid was a comic book thing. 

Todd told comic book dot com that quote “It’s funny because a lot of you guys have probably reprinted something I said in Empire where I was misquoted,”  “I’m not gonna complain, I like the writer; he wrote a great piece where I said we didn’t take anything from the comic book world. It’s actually not what I said. What I said was we didn’t take anything from one particular comic. We kind of picked and chose what we liked from the kind of 80-year canon of Joker. We kind of pulled a few things that we liked.” unquote 

 he also addressed the unknown time period that the film is set in saying quote “For us, we never say in the movie it’s 1981, but we always say, ‘It’s late seventies early eighties,’ mainly because we don’t want people to be like ‘Wow that car wasn’t out in 1979’, so late seventies early eighties,” “But the time for me, the reason we set it there, well there’s a lot of reasons. One reason was to separate it quite frankly, from the DC universe. When I pitched to Warner Brothers, and handed the script in, to sort of make it clear, this isn’t f—ing with anything you have going on. This is like a separate universe. So much so, it takes place in the past, before everything else.”

So to sum up, they cherry picked comic book references and were non committal on the exact time period that the film takes place.  Ya, still not the movie for me. Do me a favor, if you go and see it, send me a review and I’ll use it in an upcoming episode.

So did you see the Bat Symbol this past Saturday? To celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary, DC and Warner Bros arranged for the Bat Symbol to light up landmarks and skyscrapers around the world. Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros Global Brands and Experiences in a press release said about the event quote “The Bat-Signal is easily one of the most recognizable images among all superhero iconography and this is going to be a remarkable sight as we transcend borders, languages and cultures to bring us all together with this single experience,”. “We are proud to send up the Bat-Signal on Batman Day because it is an important beacon of inspiration that makes us all believe that it’s possible to take hardship and turn it into something good. Batman Day is a global celebration for all the fans.” unquote So did you do anything special to celebrate the Batman? Personally I waited for Commissioner Gordon to call …still waiting…..

Issue eighteen of Superman and issue seven of Lois Lane will be a change to the status quo as Superman and Lois will come clean with the city of Metropolis and reveal his secret identity. The solicitation for Superman goes like this  With Superman’s family scattered across the galaxy, our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis as they introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel’s life ever! And for Lois Lane number seven is this Someone wanting to kill Lois Lane is nothing new for the famed reporter, but is it because of something she knows or something she’s about to uncover? Plus, this issue ties to the events of December’s Superman #18 and the gigantic status quo shift for both Lois and her husband, Superman, when the Man of Steel decides to reveal his identity to the world. What will this mean for them in the future? Superman number eighteen goes on shelves on December 11th and Lois Lane number seven will be out on New Year’s Day 2020.

And while Superman might be canceling his secret identity, DC is canceling a title. This time it’s Deathstroke, which will be coming to a close with number fifty. The solicitation for the issue reads quote It all comes down to this. With the fate of his family hanging in the balance, the real Slade Wilson must take on his most dangerous foe yet—himself! Unquote So it’s Deathstroke vs Deathstroke to the death…stroke. Guess we will find out who wins on December fourth.

In an exclusive in deadline dot com, it’s been revealed that Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in the upcoming The Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson. This news comes right on the heels of another piece of casting news for the movie, that Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Commissioner Gordon. The movie will hit theaters in June of 2021.

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Marvel

Production for the Marvel Hulu series Helstrom might be just a few days from starting in Vancouver, but they’re still casting some characters. According to Comicbook dot com The series is looking for someone to play Daimon and Satana Helsorom and Marduk, their demon father.

According to an unconfirmed report they’re looking for an actor in the forty or fifty year range to pay Marduk and actors in their twenties or thirties to lay Daimon and Ana. The show quote “follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, who use their powers to track down the worst of humanity.”

Now while news about all the new Marvel shows is slowly creeping out, one show might be DOA. 

The Marvel show The New Warriors seems to be in development hell as a report has surfaced that the show was rejected by Freeform, although the report is as of yet unconfirmed. It’s status has been up in the air for awhile now as this show has been in limbo for at least 3 years. So I guess we’ll just wait here in limbo as well until we get confirmation about the show. That’s called due diligence folks. 

Marvel Comics has officially confirmed who is the most powerful mutant in the Marvel universeIN the History of the Marvel Universe #3.IN the comic a dying Galactus at the end of the dying universe tells an adult and very old, though looking good Franklin Richards that he is the most powerful mutant ever, due to his ability to literally manipulate the reality of the universe and create new universes.

One of the big surprises of D23 was the news that the next Thor movie: Thor Love and Thunder was going to have Natalie Portman back in the series and she’d get to be Thor. Director Taika Waititi has revealed to MTV News which Thor will be the main attraction in the movie. He told MTV News that quote “It’s Chris [Hemsworth]. It’s a Thor film. He is Thor, it’s a Thor film. She’s in it.” unquote So there you have it. He’s Thor, but we do know she will get to wield the hammer, which also makes her Thor. But we have a long way to go, the movie isn’t due out until 2021.

It looks like Disney wants an Oscar for the Endgame. The company now has a placeholder page for Avengers Endgame on it’s For Your Consideration page. It’s promoting Avengers Endgame, the live action Aladdin, Toy Story 4, the live action Lion King and the upcoming Frozen 2. Although it should be noted that Disney has yet to announce these submissions. They are also expected to campaign for Robert Downey Jr. to get a Best Actor nomination as well.  I think he’s earned it 3000.

We have some news on the Disney Plus Ms. Marvel series, a new report out of Discussing Film says that the new series will begin filming a year starting this month, September 2020. They also mentioned that they are looking for an unknown to play the main role of Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel. 

By the way, Disney has opened up Sign Ups for Disney Plus The service will start on November 12. You can signup at disneyplus.com with a credit card or Paypal. The bundle with Hulu won’t be available for signup until the service starts. The cost of the service is 6.99 a month or 69.99 a year. The bundle with Hulu won’t be available until launch. 

Geek

The Harbinger movie, based on the Valiant comic book has changed studios. The Hollywood Reporter reports that it’s gone from Sony to Paramount. Nothing else has changed, same director, writer, etc. However it will not go into production for quite some time. Interestingly enough this was supposed to be part of a shared movie universe akin to the MCU. However, another part of this universe, Bloodshot, which stars Vin Diesel is still set to come out from Sony next year. The only good news here is that the VCU is not entirely dead. Bloodshot is now the only Valiant property Sony has licensed through Valiant and is also not a cornerstone of the valiant universe so they can still make the VCU. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 

The Netflix adaptation of the Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy comic has lost its showrunner. Steven S DeKnight who co created and ran the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil for Netflix has left over creative differences. According to Deadline, Mr. De Knight has an overall deal with Netflix and left Jupiter’s Legacy half way through the filming of the eight episode season. Netflix is of course not gonna let the chair cool long, production will not be halted while they search for a new showrunner. The series is described as “what would happen if a hero like Superman married Wonder Woman and had children… and those children grew up in the age of reality TV.” and stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris and Andrew Horton.

Amazon’s The Boys is a winner. According to new data obtained by ScreenRant dot com, the series is more popular that the Netflix Marvel shows. The data from Parrot Analytics show that The Boys had 50 million Demand Expressions per day in its fifth week since release. In comparison The   first seasons of the Netflix shows tended to get around 15 or 20 million Demand expressions a day for the same timeframe. The Boys is currently filming it’s second season.

So….you love the Lego movie and it’s cross pollination of characters? Well Warner Bros is hoping to hit paydirt again with a different set of toys. Funko Pops! Deadline reports that Warners has optioned the rights to the popular brand and will develop and produce a movie based on them. Lloyd Taylor has been hired to write a script. Funko CEO Brian Mariotti said about the partnership quote “We’re thrilled for this opportunity and are committed to make an amazing Funko movie that stands on its own merit. This isn’t about selling toys or building a brand. The team at Warner Animation Group has a unique vision of what the first film should be and we are extremely excited to take this journey alongside them.” unquote. Maybe they should call it Funko Pops Out of the box. Since no one ever takes theirs out of the box. 

Let’s go over some of the winners of this years Saturn Awards.

Avengers Endgame walked away with 6 awards including Best Comic to Film motion picture,best actor robert downey Jr, best production design, best editing, best makeup,and  best special effects. Game of Thrones was the big winner with 4 awards including best fantasy tv, best actress Emilia Clarke, best supporting actor Peter Dinklage and best younger actor Maisie Williams. In the streaming category, Star Trek Discovery was the big winner with 3 awards including best streaming series, best streaming actress Sonequa Martin Green and best streaming supporting actor Doug Jones. Ready Player One, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man INto The Spiderverse Daredevil, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, all walked away with awards and we will have the full list on the website. Jeph Loeb got the Dan Curtis Legacy award, Jon Favreau won the Visionary Award and Kevin Feige got the Stan Lee World Builder Award.

Rick and Morty producer J. Michael Mendel has passed away. The news was confirmed by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland with the following tweet quote My friend, partner, and line producer Mike Mendel passed away. I am devastated. My heart breaks for his family. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you by my side Mike. I’m destroyed. Unquote Mike served as an associate producer on The Simpsons for teh show’s first five seasons and continued to produce episodes until season ten. After that he went on to produce animated shows such as The PJs, Drawn Together, and Sit Down Shut Up. he also served as an associate producer on Jerry Maguire. Starting in 2013, Mister Mendel served as a producer on Rick and Morty, having a hand in 22 of the show’s episodes. His most recent episode was is the show’s Season 3 premiere, “The Rickshank Rickdemption”. During his carrer he earned seven nominations and four wins at the Emmys, winning for The Simpsons in 1995, 1997, and 1998, as well as for Rick and Morty’s “Pickle Rick” episode last year. Mendel is survived by his wife, fellow Emmy winner and casting director Juel Bestrop. He died at home from natural causes, he was fifty four years old.

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Episode Twenty-Six: The Orville and What’s Next

Tonight! Shows are renewed and canceled, Anne Hathaway gets witchy and loot boxes get investigated on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! So have you enjoyed the season finales? The Game of Thrones has been lost or won, The Big Bang Theory has been blown up, shows have been renewed or cancelled. Lots of good and bad. Frankly,  I thought the finale of the Big Bang Theory was good. However for an episode about changes in life, they kinda left Raj out. Raj got nothing. He ended his relationship with his fiancee to be and that was it, nothing. Not one thing really changed for Raj. I think he kinda got the short shrift. Kinda sucked or him.

I heard a lot of people thought this wrap up season of Game of Thrones sucked, I wouldn’t know, I never was really interested in it.

I am getting things put together for Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS next month, 1 month to be exact. And I planning things for the con including some team ups with SciFi4Me.

So next episode is our one year anniversary. Who knows maybe i’ll change up the theme music, if you have some well wishes or suggestions, if you wanna make me a new logo whatever, just send them along, twitter, email, facebook all those links are on our website. Multiverse Tonight.com and while you’re there check out the show notes, drop a dime through our affiliate links, and more. If you do make something I can use, I might make it worth your while.

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DC Comics

According to Variety in an exclusive I might add, Robert Pattinson, yes that Robert Pattinson from the Twilight films, is in negotiations to be the star in Matt Reeves The Batman movie which is still scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021. However it’s not a done deal, so watch this space. Personally, I just don’t see it.

Rumors have been floating around the next suicide squad movie. Well despite rumors to the contrary, Michael rooker will not be playing King Shark in James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad. The rumor has been floating around the past few weeks, but in an instagram post Rooker shooker shot it down. With a simple quote Da…..Not unquote. Well I guess I’m inclined to believe Mr. Rooker.  Of course, he could be lying…. After all he usually plays a villian….

More rumor news… Geeks Worldwide reports that Benicio del Toro is Warner Bros. top choice to be the villain of The Suicide Squad as a character codenamed The Mayor. The character is described as a “irascible old warrior that lives for war”

A new teaser for the Batman’s butler Prequel Pennyworth has been released and Pennyworth is a badass. Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2y4qdiT4vo The EPIX series tells the tory of a 20 year old  Alfred Pennyworth played by Jack Bannon, who just recently completed his duties as a British SAS soldier. To find a new line of work, Alfred forms a new private security company and gets into business with a young billionaire by the name of Thomas Wayne played by (Ben Aldridge).

So, you might be asking your self, how is Pennyworth this kind of bad ass, simple. Executive producer Danny Cannon explains quote “I went back and watched Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer movies, and the first couple of James Bond movies, because going back to that Cold War kind of story telling I liked going back into this period because all of our Berlin movies and Russian espionage movies, it was like the British version of westerns,” unquote

We also have a teaser for HBO’s Watchmen series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zymgtV99Rko

And a trailer for Batwoman https://youtu.be/vrIiPcv4_iY

Marvel

Bad news for Dark Phoenix hopes at the box office,  According to Variety, early tracking for the latest X-Men movie is showing that it will come in at number 2 behind The Secret Life of Pets 2 when it hits theaters, June 7th. The Secret Life of Pets is expected to get around 65 million while Phoenix is expected to get around 50 million.

According to Disney’s CEO and the man most likley to be called the King of All Media, Bob Iger, man he makes a lot of news, During the Disney company’s quarterly call Bob Iger spoke about Marvel’s Phase Four and hinted that details about Phase 4 would probably begin to come to light later this summer. And that some of the hints were in Endgame itself.  Quote “If you watch, and I hope you did, Avengers: Endgame, there were a lot of clues in that film as to movies that may be coming,” Iger said. I guess we’ll have to wait for it to be released on digital and blu-ray to comb over that movie within an inch of it’s pixels.  By the way, Avengers Endgame will hit the Disney Plus streaming service on December eleventh, a month after the new service starts with the release of Captain Marvel.

However if you want to see Captain Marvel sooner then that, it will be released on digital platforms on May twenty eighth and on Blu-ray and DVD on June eleventh. The release will come with deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette focused on The Origin of Nick Fury..

During that same call, Iger also revealed that his newest acquisition 20th Century Fox will be scaling back it’s production schedule to just five or six movies a year. That’s about half as many films as the studio released just two years ago. Pretty much prioritizing franchises like Deadpool, Avatar and Kingsman. \\

The Russo Brothers have officially left the Marvel buildings…but they might be tempted back for the right project. Talking to business insider, Anthony Russo said quote “We love Marvel, we have the most amazing working relationship with them, and we’re very close with them,” “Maybe there will be an idea that comes up in the future, but there is none now.” unquote Joe added quote “It’s just about finding the right story that inspires us,” “That’s why we get out of bed every day.” Could that be a Fantastic Four or X-men story? Joe said quote “I love Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four,” “Doctor Doom was always one of my favorite villains.” He also said he loves Wolverine.

However It’ll be awhile before we get to see any of that as the former Fox held characters probably won’t be seen for at least a few years probably later. But who knows, one day the X symbol will arise in the west from Disney HQ and the Russos will answer the call.

Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has previously stated it could be around 5 years before we see the X-Men in the MCU, though undoubtedly part of that equation will be Wolverine, one of it not the most popular mutant in Marvels universe.

Avenger’s Endgame has been dethroned at the box office, by John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum, The Keanu Reeves movie grossed over 57 million in its opening weekend, endgame fell by over 53 percent to rake in just 29.4 million. However, Endgame total box office has now topped 2.6 million and has passed Avater on the Domestic All time box office chart.

Star Trek

Trek head Alex Kurtzman talking with the LA Times dropped some info on the Section 31 show that’s currently in development. He told them that the spinoff is looking at some popular film and tv works as touchstones for the story.

“We looked to shows like Killing Eve, to franchises like Mission: Impossible, things that were complicated on a plot level but also a character level. I think it’s fun for people to see a show with a protagonist who’s entirely unreliable. At the end of the day, she’s going to do the right thing, but in the exact wrong way.” unquote

He also spoke of the former Emperor Georgiou character.

Quote “People locked in on Georgiou as being a wonderful oddity,” Kurtzman says. “She is wicked, devious, manipulative and yet somehow radiates this incredible heart. People love her.

Keep in mind, if the series is picked up, and right now there’s no reason why not, given that CBS is in a streaming war with everyone else and needs original content, it won’t be till after the next season of Discovery.

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The Picard series formally has a title and it’s Star Trek Picard. Not really original. Perhaps they should have called Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Burnham? Any way, we didn’t get much about it other than a logo and a short clip of Picard not in a Starfleet uniform anymore. The series, still in production will be out on All Access later this year in the United States, on Amazon internationally and on Space and Z in Canada.

By the way, in that same article in the LA Times, Kurtzman said about the Picard series, quote “The mandate was to make it a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years. There are so few shows that allow a significantly older protagonist to be the driver.”“What happens when circumstances have conspired to not give him the happiest of endings?” “Hopefully, it’s a reinforcement of [Star Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry’s vision of optimism. He’s going to have to go through deep valleys to get back to the light.” unquote Just as long as it’s not all darkness, I’m good.

We Also have news that the new adult edged animated comedy series Star Trek Lower Decks had its first table read. The series from Mike McMahn, who is also the head writer for Rick and Morty is still a ways away from coming out. If you’ll remember the last episode a new teen centered animated series was also announced for Nickelodeon.

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will be showcasing Star Trek Discovery season two in a multimedia exhibit called Star Trek Discovery Fight For The Future. The exhibit will cover two floors of the Paley Center and will showcast the creative process and feature production and concept art, models, props, costumes and set pieces including the Discovery’s captain’s chair, full prosthetic makeup busts and more. David Stapf, president of CBS Studios said quote“Coming off a successful season two of Star Trek Discovery, we are excited to partner with the Paley Center to give fans and visitors an opportunity to see and interact with drawings, costumes and set design from the series,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “This exhibit will allow fans a tactile experience never before seen beyond the studio’s stages.” unquote The exhibit will be up until July 7th.   

Star Wars

Star Wars The Mandalorian star Werner Herzog in an interview with the associated press has revealed that he’s never seen a Star Wars movie.  Quote “I have to confess I never saw a single one,” Herzog shared with the Associated Press. “I’ve seen some trailers, I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids, and so… it’s all a new mythology of a time of some sort of heroics, and it has created new mythologies, and you better take them seriously. Yes, they’re out there, and don’t ignore them.”

If you’re wondering why he’s here, the answer is Jon Favreau, Herzog explains quote

“The Mandalorian, I was invited by Jon Favreau — who started this whole series — to act,” “I looked at the screenplays and I had the feeling, although I know very little about Star Wars, I had the feeling yes, I could do it. It’s a character in whom you cannot trust. And I said yes, I can do that.” unquote

Star Wars: The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12th.

Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and directors JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg went on a personal tour of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge with Galaxy’s Edge creator Scott Trowbridge. Me. Iger tweeted about it quote “Best way to impress your friends…give them a personal tour of @starwars Galaxy’s Edge!

#stevenspielberg, #jjabrams, Kathy Kennedy with Imagineer & Galaxy’s Edge creator, Scott Trowbridge.” unquote with pictures of them in front of the Millenium Falcon and sitting around the iconic Falcon game board.  Galaxy’s edge will open at Disneyland on May 31st. Wonder if they were also showed out after four hours as well.

Speaking of Disney, they have announced that three more Star Wars films will start hitting theaters with the first one in 2022 and the next two spaced out every two years following.  So why every other year? Well, they announced that the Avatar sequels will be in the odd years. So 2021, Avatar 2, 2022 star wars 10, 2023 Avatar 3, 2024 Star Wars 11, etcra. Personally, I think I’ll skip Dances with Smurfs 2….err Avatar 2.

EA is seeing potential dollar signs with Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. During a recent earnings call, EA said that they expect Fallen Order to sell between six and eight million copies by March 31, 2020.  They came about these expectations by how well Star Wars Battlefront II sold in the same amount of time. The game will be released on November 15th on PS4, Xbox one and pc.

Last issue we talked about the passing of Peter Mayhew, the original Chewy.

Nick Hague an astronaut currently on the International Space Station saluted Mr. Mayew on twitter, quote Honoring Peter Mayhew (also known as Chewbacca) up here on @Space_Station. Thank you Peter for inspiring generations of explorers. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6ErMQGXoAA_wVi.jpg unquote he also included a picture of Mayhew posted on a window of the station that was looking at earth. Very nice.

Geek News

We are fully loaded with Geek News this week.

Starting with someone who has had a lot of time with remakes, Anne Hathaway. This time Anne is in Robert Zemeckis’ remake of the 1990 cult classic which was based on the 1983 novel by Roald Dahl, The Witches. Ms. Hathaway about the new version and how much it’s different from the 90’s version. Anne said quote “ I think the stories will be the only thing that is familiar. I think everything else is totally from the mind of Robert Zemeckis and I’m really excited.” unquote.

Zemeckis is on record as saying that the movie will be a more accurate version of Roald Dahl’s original work, than the 1990 Jim Henson production. Zemeckis called the French site Allocine quote We’re going to set it in the Gothic South of the 1960’s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of with story.”

Anne Hathaway will be playing the Grand High Witch and Octavia Spencer will be playing the grandmother. The boy will be played by newcomer Jahzir Bruno. The Witches will hit theaters on October 16, 2020.

Have you seen the new trailer for It Chapter 2? Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqUopiAYdRg

Looks really good.

Speaking of It. Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise, the IT of the story says that playing the role for the second movie was even more difficult. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bill said quote “After we wrapped, I was in my childhood home in Sweden, sitting having coffee with my mom at our kitchen table, and realized, ‘Oh, holy sh–, I don’t have to deal with this relationship anymore!'”. “It was a very quick shift of just feeling better, like ‘Oh my God, I’m relieved that I don’t have to deal with the darkness of the character.’ I likened it to an exorcism — him exiting my body and getting rid of the Pennywise toxins.” Even with that release he couldn’t get himself and Pennywise quote separated telling EW quote “I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams,”. “Every night, he came and visited. It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn’t appreciate. Like, I’m Pennywise and I’m really upset that I’m out in public and people are looking at me.” “This was a process of letting go of the monster,” “It was amazing. It’s a daunting but exciting thing to sort of revisit him again.” Well Bill I hope you’re having sweet dreams right now. Keep Pennywise at bay.  If you need someone to check under your bed, I think I know some women who would be happy to oblige.

The New York State Fair wants the writers of The Simpsons to come to the Fair in person. After a recent episode featured a song making light of upstate new york aired on the show , the head of the New York state fair has invited the staff of tv longest running animated series to prove that the region is not a joke. New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner said in a statement quote “We want the show’s writers to see the very best of New York and the Fair is the perfect place to highlight the diversity and vitality of one of the nation’s largest economies. We know it’s just a tv show, we can certainly take a joke and we love The Simpsons, but there’s so much that’s great about the region.” unquote. Director Waffner added in the statement that they would be given free admission and a gift basket of local foods.  No word on if the writers will take him up on the offer.

Comic Publishers Oni Press and Lion Forge are merging. Both companies are hoping that this will strengthen their library of Intellectual properties and they can then use the combined company to spread out to media platforms like film and animation.

Current Oni Press Publisher, James Lucas Jones will be president of the new company. Oni Press’ biggest hit to date was Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Loot boxes might get the ban hammer from Congress. Missouri senator Josh Hawley has introduced legislation to ban explotative microtransactions, including Loot Boxes and pay to win systems.

The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act would mirror the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act  and target games that are aimed at users under 18 years old. Under the bill, such games would not be allowed to have loot boxes and would take aim at pay to win mechanics like having to spend money to buy additional time or a special weapon to help you win.

Senator Hawley in a statement said “When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,” “And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”

The bill has an uphill climb to ever make it to a law. First it would have to make it into committee’s in the senate and than the house and the likelihood of it getting out of committee are remote. If it does make any progress, we will let you know.

Adult Swim is full of off beat shows including Harvey Birdman the show that took Hanna Barbera hero Birdman and turned him into a lawyer for other Hanna Barbera characters. Now Adult Swim has announced that Birdgirl will be getting her own spinoff series on the network. The show, starting Paget Brewster as the titular Birdgirl doesn’t have a launch date yet.

Netflix has had a stream of good luck with Dark Horse properties Polar and The Umbrella Academy. Now Dark Horse and Netflix have signed a first look deal that gives Netflix the first pick of Dark Horse Properties for future tv shows or movies. Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson in a statement said quote “We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix. We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.” unquote and Cindy Holland VP of Original content for Netflix added quote “Following the success of The Umbrella Academy, we’re excited to extend our relationship with Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes — branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment — that we think our members will love.” Netflix really needs the content now after Disney and now WarnerMedia have announced that they will be withdrawing their properties from other streaming services in order to start their own.

And speaking of streaming. Disney has now taken full control of Hulu after Comcast agreed to eventually sell their stake of the service to the Walt Disney Company. The sale price would probably be around 5.8 billion dollars and would probably not happen for at least five years. Under the terms of the deal, Comcast agrees to license NBC shows to Hulu until 2024 with the option to pull the content after three years. Comcast will also give up three seats on hulu’s board. Hulu currently has around 28 million subscribers.

Warner Bros new Matrix sequel has gotten a boost.  During an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, John Wick director and Matrix stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski said quote “I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved. And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.” unquote The movie is currently being written by Zac Penn and is said to be more of a revival than a reboot.

Mel Gibson is going to play Santa. Yep. A new Action Comedy movie called Fatman will star Mel and will tell the story of quote “a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus who is fighting his business decline.” There’s an interesting and amusing twist to the story, though, as “a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.” Unquote The movie is being directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms from a script they wrote. Are you interested in Mel Gibson as Santa Claus?

I’m so happy, The network upfronts, the week when the broadcasters pitch their new fall lineup to mainly advertisers has happened. Not a lot of genre tv on the networks unless you’re networks letters are C and W.

First off, let me say how happy I am that The Orville did get it’s order for a third season. Thank you New Fox. However we will have to wait till Thursday night football ends in 2020 for that new season to start.

While we’re talking Fox. They had a new show on the schedule sure to make you distrust your digital assistant speaker. Next. Here’s the trailer https://youtu.be/jFR3KsBrHRQ

Yep, killer AI. I hate to be this guy, but wouldn’t it just end up taking over the world in episode one?

And the best news to come out of the upfronts came from Warner Media. Rick and Morty season four  https://youtu.be/dIdk61KN1to

And remember this is just the start of seventy new episodes that were ordered by Adult Swim. Awesome.

Bad News, Amazon is not picking up The Tick for a third season. The announcement was made by Tick creator Ben Edlund quote “I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.”  Unquote

Disney’s feature film length reimagining of the 90’s cartoon series Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue rangers now has a director. Akiva Schaffer, a member of the Lonely Island, he also co directed Popstar: Never Stop Stopping and Hulu’s Pen15, will be taking on the live and cq hybrid picture. No plot details have come to light, however it’s being described as being meta, self referential and cool. Yep. Also no word on if this well actually make theaters or just go straight to Disney Plus. My bet would be the later.

Host of Wild Kingdom, Jim Fowler has passed away. Younger kids might not know him, but Fowler co hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins starting back in 1963. He was also a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he brought Johnny in contact with many amusing animals. Here’s a clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFLFKyu5iY

Jim was always interested in wildlife when he was a kid, He studied zoology in college , where he was also a star baseball player. He could have played for the Phillies or Yankees but he turned them down to pursue a career as a naturalist.

Jim Fowler was 89 years old.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Review

First off, I have to say that this show is nothing like the Sabrina: The Teenage Witch from 90’s ABC television. Not even remotely so get that out of our head. The cat doesn’t talk, the aunts aren’t happy, no celebrities are gonna show up on the show and Sabrina wasn’t just left at her aunts to learn witchcraft, her parents were killed.

That said, I freakin’ love this show.

The show starts easy enough, you learn that Sabrina is about to enter an important moment in her life, her Dark Baptism. This is kinda like a Bat Mitzvah for a witch, when she pledges herself to the Path of Night and the Dark Lord aka Satan. She would then cut all ties with the mortal world and enter the Academy of Unseen Arts.

Trouble is our girl Sabrina (played well by Kiernan Shipka, who played Don Draper’s daughter on Mad Men)is torn. She has been looking forward to this moment all her life, but she doesn’t want to leave her mortal life behind. What’s a girl to do? Especially when unseen forces might be trying to force her hand?

I’m about halfway through episode four as I write this review and I’m impressed with the richness of Sabrina’s world. You don’t feel like anything was left to whim. From rituals to character traits to wardrobe, pretty much everything works well to build this dark local of Greendale, which is in the same unknown state as the CW’s Riverdale. (Not only do we get mentions of Riverdale, we will get a cameo by someone from Riverdale in the first season and the possibilities of more in the future.

 

There are plenty of mysteries too. What’s in the mines that scared Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey (played by Ross Lynch)? Why did Sabrina’s father and mother do what they did to Sabrina? And what roles did her aunts (played by Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto) play in all of this? What’s taken control of Ms. Wardwell (played by former The Master  actress Michelle Gomez)?

This series is just a lovely thing to watch and it has a good pedigree coming from Greg Berlanti (he of many many series too numerous to mention) and developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (he’s chief creative officer of Archie Comics, as well as a writer of the comic book version of this show.)

I have very few complaints about the show. Mainly about how clueless the normal humans in Greendale seem to be, but that’s minor.

I look forward to watching the rest of this season.