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LanternCast Episode #91.5 – Lost Supershow Audio!

During a recent culling of redundant LanternCast related files on his computer (and various external hard drives) Chad stumbled across some lost audio from his trip to the Comic Geek Speak Supershow 2011! Al (Bats00 on the forums) was kind enough to give Chad a ride to the Philadelphia airport from Reading after the show. Listen in as they talk: the then upcoming Green Lantern movie, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Dex-Starr and (of course) SUPERSHOW! Unfortunately Chad’s phone didn’t catch the tail end of the conversation but hey, some re-found lost audio is better than NONE!┬áBe sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #207 – SPECIAL REPORT!

In the grand tradition of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, Chad and Mark bring you BREAKING NEWS in the world of Green Lantern comics! Ok, so maybe we’re not quite up to journalism hall of fame levels, but hey, we got your attention right? Well hold on to your butts! THREE Lantern titles were CANCELLED by DC and we just GOTTA tell ya about it! So listen in! Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #203 – Even MORE Movie Talk!

Mark and Chad CONTINUE the discussion started in Episode 201 regarding comic movie news! Oh I know, EVERYONE’S talking about it, but you haven’t heard US talk about it! Besides, this is the BIG stuff! Where does Chad think Hulk is headed? What does Mark theorize about scenes from the ‘Age of Ultron’ trailer? Find out by listening in! Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #201 – Comic Movie Talk!

After the marathon episode that was 200, Chad and Mark decide to take a breather and go free form. Up on the docket, movie news! DC just came out with some HUGE announcements regarding their WB movies between now and 2020! And, since that’s not enough, we talk Marvel films AND listener feedback! Listen in! Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #200 – The Even BIGGER One!

And the wait…is…OVER!!! The superstupeninsanoriffic TWO HUNDREDTH episode of the LanternCast has ARRIVED! This FOUR HOUR anniversary experience is the longest episode to date! So listen in for Green Lantern talk, listener catch up, comic talk, speculation, voice mail and even an issue review with OTHER GL EXPERTS! It’s the one that’s got something for everyone! Oh and a contest announcement you WON’T want to miss!! Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #192 – San Diego 2014!

In between review episodes, Mark and Chad use their time to discuss the recent news out of the 2014 San Diego Comic Convention! Arrow, The Flash, Batman Vs Superman, Ant-Man, Avengers 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Legos, Revival, Godzilla and a WHOLE lot more! Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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‘The Flash’ Season 1 Pilot – Review

By Chad Bokelman:

To understand what I’m about to tell you, you need to do something first. You need to believe in the impossible. Can you do that? Good.

These are the opening lines relayed to us by Barry Allen. In a small handful of sentences, the writers of this fantastic show have issued viewers and critics alike a challenge, “Just BELIEVE”. In a world where most modern popular DC adaptations are set in “real world” scenarios, fans weren’t sure the general public would buy into a guy who could run REALLY fast.

And then Barry spoke. And you’re invited into this world on “just shut up and enjoy it” terms.

There are several things about this pilot I enjoy. Unfortunately most of them are HUGE spoilers and this episode doesn’t premier until October 8th. But now that audiences are getting a chance to view this episode out in San Diego Comic Con 2014, I figured it was time to post MY review.

I saw this weeks ago when it leaked online. I’ve watched it over a dozen times since then. It’s amazing. It’s fantastic. But I don’t want to spoil things, so I’ll just hit some bullet points…

  • It’s no secret that the explosion at the Central City Particle Accelerator(CCPA) plays into Barry’s origin as the fastest man alive. When Barry is explaining the importance of the CCPA to Iris, he pulls up a dry erase board. IMMEDIATELY I was washed over with a time I’ve seen a similar dynamic. In ‘Fringe’ when explaining the “science” behind many of Walters theories, the writers would use the board as a way to dumb down high concepts so the audience could understand the premise upon which that episode would be based around. With Barry as a forensic scientist AND a metahuman, it’s no surprise that we will most likely be dealing with several high concept scientific theories and such. The use of the “board” idea is a proven method that I’m THRILLED to see incorporated in this series.
  • When Barry is struck by lightning, the entire origin sequence is amazing. Mostly the score. It adds mystery to the whole process AND somehow adds gravitas. Not just that something important is happening to the character, but…ok look, Barry’s origin is CLASSIC Silver Age. I mean, CLASSIC. When you watch this, you get that sense. It’s the perfect TV origin scene.
  • The explanation of introducing other metahumans to this universe (including Weather Wizard seen in this episode) is short, simple and concise. It seeds so many future characters (including Grodd) that it’s a heckuva teaser sequence.
  • When Barry visits Ollie in Starling City, the scene is incredible. Mostly because you see TWO classic DC characters standing together having a heart to heart, not a BS versus sequence. There’s even clear admiration as the two characters watch one another depart.
  • Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow (eventually Vibe and Killer Frost respectively) are a great “support” team for Barry. There are kinks in their system but, admittedly, this is the first time you see them working in this capacity. I assume it’ll get more streamlined.
  • The Barry/Iris tension is there from the get go, but we won’t see it delivered on immediately. I like that. Barry should end up with Iris, but not RIGHT out of the gate.
  • Barry attempting to unravel a tornado by running around it in the opposite direction…so…freakin…cool. Such a classic Flash move to see interpreted to the screen and it WORKS.
  • One criticism, Barry and his father. Not sure if that’s a dynamic I want to see in EVERY episode. Sure, visit your dad, but we don’t need that every episode or every other episode. Keep the strong connection, but don’t overdo it.
  • The ‘end credits’ type scene at the end of the episode is a TOTAL geekgasm moment. Seriously, fans of historic DC comics…don’t be in the process of eating or drinking anything at the end of the episode. You’ll choke and die in your excitement.

Overall, this episode is one of the best TV pilots for a show I’ve ever seen. It’s made very well and although I think, ironically, there are some slight issues with pacing, it will really impress fans. It’s thrilling to have been able to watch this show and KNOW that, come fall, I’ll have TWO incredible DC shows to watch AND they take place in the same universe at the same time. I can’t wait for more cross overs!

P.S. The recent news that Robbie Amell will be joining the cast as Caitlin’s fiance Ronnie Raymond (aka FIRESTORM) make me even MORE excited for this TV show!

LanternCast Episode #189 – Game of Thrones Season 4 Talk!

No Green Lantern talk this time around kiddos! But never fear, Mark and Chad are discussing something equally epic! GAME OF THRONES SEASON FOUR! What happened? What’d we think about what happened? What do we hope will happen? All caught up on the hit HBO series? Then listen in! Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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GODZILLA (2014)

By Chad Bokelman:

Classic rock, grilling, camping, family values…and Godzilla. These are the things I got from my father. The latter of which was via video cassette rental viewings one on one between my father and I. Therefore, to me, Godzilla TRULY is the King of the Monsters. Now, I’ll be the first to admit, 1998 Godzilla is a guilty pleasure movie for me. If it’s on? I’ll watch it. BECAUSE IT’S GODZILLA. So when I heard they were releasing a NEW Godzilla movie…I was stoked. When I saw the teaser trailer, I LITERALLY watched it 20+ times that night. When the first ACTUAL trailer came out, I jumped out of my chair.

My standards were high.

And they were not let down.

Now I’ll admit that the criticism that has been leveled at this movie is justified. Not enough kaiju, too many characters, “bad” acting, etc. But here’s the deal. 1998 Godzilla left a BAD taste in peoples mouths. They had to set the reset button. The original movies we all love so much? They had to set the reset button. There is TOO MUCH history to Godzilla bogging him down. TOO MUCH that fans (including myself) bring to the theater seat with them. They had to break free of those constraints and yet remain true to the core of who Godzilla is. That is an incredibly difficult task.

But they did it. Godzilla wasn’t overly benevolent or cuddly. He was feral and ancient and powerful and massive and intimidating. He WALKED and let nothing get in his way. He used his arms, he used his teeth, he used his tail, he used his size. His roar was true to form and FANTASTIC. His origin was plausible and not overly complicated. It still maintained a slight air of mystery to be explored (or not) later on. The MUTO’s were nicely designed. I felt they looked too…Clover (from ‘Cloverfield’) meets the alien from ‘Super 8’. I guess I’m trying to say it looked more ALIEN than anything that originated on Earth (whereas Godzilla looks…domestic).

Did I truly care about the human-based plot? Not really. But, to be fair, I really didn’t want a knock down, drag out monster fight for the entire movie either. I’m GLAD they took the time to introduce Godzilla to a modern audience and build the threat level enough to where you can see the NEED for Godzilla.

The fight scenes weren’t overly one sided and the “final blow” was quite possibly the best Godzilla moment I’ve seen on the big screen.

Bottom line? This was the best movie I’ve seen in a good long while. Is it the best movie I’ve ever seen? By no means. But it ABSOLUTELY is a fun, action packed, true to form, Godzilla movie. I give it a 4.3 out of 5. Small changes here and there, but overall a FANTASTIC flick!

LanternCast Episode #178 – Geek Talk!

The guys continue their mini-break with a topic of Chad’s choosing! Yeah, it’s a doozy. Geek conversation abounds as the guys talk about TV shows, merchandise, other NON-GL comics (gasp!) and more! Be sure to chime in and leave us a voicemail at 708-LANTERN!

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