2.30 – The FALLt in Our TV

Send comments or questions to SceneNNerd@gmail.com to have them read on the show! On today’s episode Pete, Matt, Sarah, and Casey are joined by John of Friday Night Fandom to discuss Zack Snyder’s comments on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First, Matt redacts our incorrect moments from last week, Pete gives you the new movies coming out in theaters and on DVD this week, then Casey barrel rolls through this week’s entertainment news (Stephen Colbert, Top Gear, Steven Spielberg), while Sarah calmly reminds them she knows best. Then the gang runs down all the new shows coming out this fall to NBC, ABC, The CW, and more. Puns are made, shots are fired, and there’s at least one dick joke, it’s an all new Scene ‘N Nerd! Be sure to check SceneNNerd.com for Sarah Belmont’s latest insights on hot new shows.

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New Fall Tv 2015: The Alternates

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 September 27th, ABC

In the present, Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) along with her fellow new FBI recruits enter the Quantico training base. Flash-forward to the future where a terrorist attack on America has just taken place and Alex Parrish is the primary suspect. The only way to prove her innocence is by finding evidence to prove that the real terrorist mole was someone else from her FBI recruit class. The series will employ a very similar timeline thread to tie a Quantico recruit story with Alex Parrish determining if they are the mole, or not; very similar to the plot device used in How to Get Away with Murder.

Hopefully, Priyanka Chopra can deliver this fall and her character Alex Parrish can join the ABC leading lady character ranks alongside, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Earlier this summer Varitey reported that CW alum Rick Cosnet has joineimgres-4d the show as a recurring character. He will play Elias Harper, a defense attorney recruited by Alex Parrish in the future. The first season will air its thirteen-episode run on ABC this fall and the producers promise to reveal the terrorist’s identity in the finale.

To watch the Quantico trailer click here

The Man in the High Castle

imgres-2November 20th, Amazon

Based on Philip K. Dick’s alternate history novel, about America in the 1960s, if the Axis powers had won World War II. We are introduced to Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), as a twenty-seven year old New Yorker, who wants to join the resistance. He receives instructions from a resistance leader and begins to make his way to the “neutral zone.” In this version of America the Nazis govern over the land east of the Rockies, while the Japanese rule the over the Pacific states. In the pilot episode we are also introduced to Juliana Crain (Aleximages-2a Davalos), who peacefully resides in the Pacific states. Her resolve to remain quietly living in the shadows ends after her sister Trudy gives her a messenger bag and then moments later is killed by Japanese officers. Juliana is so disturbed by the injustice done to her sister that she finds herself on a mission to the man in the high castle. By the end of the episode both Juliana Crain and Joe Blake cross paths on their way to join the resistance, but do they both have the same intentions?

The pilot plays like an extended Twilight Zone episode. The set designers do a great job including disconcerting reminders about the series’ premise, within each set piece. On the surface level it’s a spy thriller set during the 1960s, but the historical imgres-1fiction twist causes a disturbing ripple effect that resonates with the viewer across the screen.

To watch The Man in the High Castle pilot click here

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January 2016, CW 

Executive Producer Julie Plec, known for mainly the supernatural genre (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), attempts science fiction with her latest project titled, Containment. The series chronicles a deadly virus outbreak in Atlanta that leads to federal officials setting up a quarantine section of the state.  Families are torn apart as they find themselves on opposite sides of the containment section.   As the virus grows within the Atlanta quarantine section, viewers will observe a decline of society, as these ordinary people become survivalists.

imagesThe series features a predominately young cast with David Gyasi (Interstellar), Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries), KristenGutoskie (Rookie Blue), Christina Marie Moses (Nikita), and newcomer George Young.  During the first season the show will flash back and forth from the present Atlanta quarantine situation with how the outbreak first started.  In true Julie Plec fashion the emphasis will be placed on who these characters become when placed in this situation of duress.

To watch Containment trailer click here

By Sarah Belmont
Featured Writer
@sjbelmont

iZombie S1: Liv, Lilywhite, & Avoid

imgres“You’re a zombie well, you’ve been a zombie since that night at the lake.  Instead of telling me the truth you decided that it would be easier to break my heart.” -Major Lilywhite (1×13)

Liv Moore is a zombie.  A former doctor, now a mortician; formally engaged, now terminally single; former foodie, now eats brains drenched in hot sauce; a former healer, now psychic; formally alive, now mostly dead.  Throughout the first season we watch as Liv remains stuck in her former life, with her best friend/roommate, Peyton; pinning for her ex-fiance, Major Lilywhite and navigate a strained relationship with her mother and brother.  Meanwhile her new boss Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti almost immediately discovers Liv’s secret and becomes her confidant.  They form an unlikely partnership with Detective Clive Babineaux and help solve various homicides.    images

“You couldn’t ask that of me, but you turned me into a zombie without my permission.”-Major Lilywhite (1×13)

Blaine DeBeers is also a zombie…the one who turned Liv, along with a bunch of others.  During the first season co-showrunners Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas, masterfully retain the relevance of Major Lilywhite’s storyline in the show, while leaving him in the dark about Liv. They carefully allow him to act as the hero in this story as he discovers Blaine’s entire operation, from the “brains” running, to the turing of the city’s most wealthy and influential citizens into zombies.  Too bad Major Lilywhite is no match for Blaine, on his own, and winds up in a freezer for the majority of the finale.  Liv comes to the rescue where she finds herself for the second time, with the opportunity to kill Blaine once and for all.  If she kills him then what happens to all of thimages-5e zombies that he has created?  Yes, Blaine creates the demand for brains, but he is also the supplier too.

“That’s what helps you sleep at night?  What about me?  What’s the greater good for me?” –Major Lilywhite (1×13)

Liv decides to just shot Blaine, not kill him.  Only to the discover Major slowly bleeding out in the freezer, after Blaine shot him just moments before.  In a fit of rage, Liv uses one dose of the cure on Blaine.  Then selfishly scratches Major Lilywhite in an attempt to turn him into a zombie, instead of losing him forever. Ironically in the previous episode the writers began to set up a storyline of having Liv’s little brother work for Blaine.  We see her brother arrive for work the next day, only to have the shop blowup, with him standing right outside the front door.

images-1“It’s not what fate dealt me…You did, the same person who let me check myself into a mental hospital…who let me think I was crazy.” –Major Lilywhite (1×13)

The finale ends with Liv standing outside of the intensive care unit, as she watches her brother go into cardiac arrest.  The screen dissolves to black after Liv says, “No,” in response to her mother’s pleas for Liv to save her brother.  Overall episode thirteen was the best episode in the first season, as the writers ended the Liv versus Blaine storyline.  While allowing Major Lilywhite and Liv to have the first honest conversation about their relationship all season. The same one being quoted throughout this entire post.  This scene echoes the theme of “avoidance” that can be found in most shows dealing with supernatural creatures.  Liv was turned into a zombie, and in turn avoided death.  After someone finds a way around the finality of death, then their first instinct when confronting it again, is to avoid it…or prevent others from experiencing it as well.  Later, in an act of penance Liv gives Major Lilywhite the second dose of the cure.

images-2When you had a chance to play God and decide wether I die, or became this…Did you decide based on what you wanted, or what you thought I wanted?” -Major Lilywhite (1×13)

iZombie season two will premiere on the CW network on October 6th.  Liv, Clive, and Ravi will continue to work together solving various homicides. Viewers will learn through both Major Lilywhite and Blaine about the side effects of the cure.  I am particularly interested in watching how Blaine re-adapts to theimages-3 world without his power as a zombie.  Will Major Lilywhite ever make peace with Liv? Will Peyton not only forgive Liv, but Ravi too from keeping the secret from her? Hopefully the writers creativity will seep down from the over-arching story lines and into the case storyline found in each episode.  If you missed season one do not be dissuaded into just starting with season two…as things are just getting interesting here in this zombie land.

By Sarah Belmont
Featured Writer
@sjbelmont

2.25 – Mr. Reboot

Email us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com to have your comments or questions featured on the show! On today’s show, Pete, Matt, and Casey are reunited. First they recap last week’s show and Comic Con, then Pete brings us the latest movies out in theaters and DVD, Casey is called an idiot while giving the weekly Entertainment news (Hulk Hogan, Jurassic World sequal, Chris Brown), the boys have a heated discussion about the ethics of remakes and reboots, and Matt tells us what he thought of Ant-Man. In the second hour for TV Talk, the boys breakdown The 100, Mr. Robot, and Halt and Catch Fire. Dem classic picks doe, it’s an all new Scene N’ Nerd!

 

2.19 – That’s Our Bad

Send us your comments or questions on Twitter @SceneNNerd or email us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com for a chance to be featured in our new “Comments Corner” segment. On today’s show, the boys take over. Pete, Matt, and Casey bro out as they cover the new movies coming out in theaters, Casey decimates the entertainment news of the week, and Matt tries his best not to spoil Game of Thrones. In TV Talk they discuss Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, the first episode of House of Cards season 3, and finally The 100. They’re looking forward to a summer of laughs, merriment, and inappropriate euphemisms, and they’re only on Scene ‘N Nerd!

 

2.18 – STILL No Hope in Game of Thrones

If you want to be on the show, Tweet us @SceneNNerd, email us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com, or review us on iTunes and let us know what you think or what you’d like us to talk about! Today on Scene ‘N Nerd, Pete, Casey, Rose, and Jon from Friday Night Fandom join up to analyze Gotham, Silicon Valley, and Game of Thrones. Westeros was unusually controversial this week; if you listen closely, you can hear the sweat beading up on the foreheads of the hosts. I need a new shirt, it’s an all new Scene ‘N Nerd!

 

2.17 – ENERGYYYY?

Be on the show! Tweet us @SceneNNerd, email SceneNNerd@gmail.com, or review us on iTunes! Today, the gang tries to record four shows in a single day and loses their collective minds. Join Pete, Matt, Casey, Andy, and Amy as they discuss The Flash and make finale predictions, are joined by Rebecca Johnson of Supergirl Radio to discuss the new Supergirl trailer, and breakdown what they’d like to see most in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Pete tells you what’s coming out in theaters and on DVD, Casey barely survives this week’s entertainment news, and everyone else tries to stay sane. Back from the future, it’s an all new Scene ‘N Nerd!