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Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Bob's Bloviating, Hey Fanboy!, HOLD322 | 0 comments

Hello, fanboys and fangirls, I’m Robert, but to those dozens of loyal Hold 322 listeners I’m better known as Ultimate Bob. As our show’s “staff of writer” it is my obligation to bring to you a weekly blog containing my ideas and opinions concerning comic books and all other things nerdy / geek. This week’s blog will be about why Constantine is a great TV show, and how we, the fans, can do our part to ensure it gets a second season on the air.

Even Matt Ryan loves the show, see!

Even Matt Ryan loves the show, see!

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a tweet from Constantine producer and showrunner Daniel Cerone that mentioned his efforts to convince NBC to renew the series for a second season. He will (if he hasn’t already) be pitching his ideas for a second season to the network this month, most certainly suggesting ways he’ll improve on what is already a damn good show—thus (hopefully) boosting disappointing ratings—and then NBC will decide the show’s fate; by the end of May, at the latest. This will be a fairy monumental task for Mr. Cerone, and not because the show is terrible (it’s good, but there are ways it could be even better), but because, as I stated earlier, ratings for Constantine have been a bit too low.

I could blame the poor ratings on a Friday night time-slot, or poor marketing on NBC’s part (I know DC has been consistent in running ads for the show in all their books), but that may not be entirely fair. Most people these days (not me, I’m poor and don’t have cable or the internet at home, alas) don’t have to stay home on Friday night (or any other night for that matter) to watch a TV show, because they can watch it later on Hulu, On Demand, or recorded on their digital recording devices, etc. If enough fans were watching Constantine this way, it would offset poor ratings of a live broadcast; at least it should. I don’t work for NBC and don’t know how they operate when it comes to post-live-broadcast viewership, but if I did run a TV network, I’d place a lot of value on it.

Anyhow, I really have enjoyed watching Constantine this past year—though I wish we’d have gotten a full 22 episode

"Are you serious, John?" Zed asks. "NBC hasn't already given us a second season? Ridiculous."

“Are you serious, John?” Zed asks. “NBC hasn’t already given us a second season? Ridiculous.”

season, because I don’t feel the show had enough time to realize its potential. I think it’s a fair criticism that Constantine, far too often, fell prey to the “freak-of-the-week” formula, but it almost always takes a network show most of a full length season to find its unique voice and really hit its stride. What I feel has worked for Constantine thematically is that it (as Jeff Bell said on this week’s Hold 322) uses elements of religion and mythology without alienating believers or non-believers. It’s a show with protagonists who are not at all saintly–aren’t anywhere close to perfect—but they realize it is their responsibility to stand against the forces of darkness, even at great loss to themselves, simply because they know that if they don’t, no one else can.

The show’s cast is also tops, in my opinion. Last year, when they first announced that a Constantine TV show was in development, all of us on Hold 322 had opinions on which actors could or should play the title character, but none of us had Matt Ryan of our radars. To be honest (as JC carter admitted on this week’s Hold 322), none of us even knew who he was, but he is absolutely spot on as John Constantine. I can no longer imagine anyone else being able to play the role as well as he has. The other three members of the show’s regular cast: Charles Halford as Chas Chandler, Harold Perrineau as Manny, and the beautiful Angelica Celaya as Zed, are all also very well suited for their roles, and have provided many memorable moments to the series so far.

The awesome cast!

The awesome cast!

In the service of full disclosure, as I’ve mentioned on the podcast (and to strangers on the bus), Charles Halford was my acting teacher way back in 2001. He taught me a lot about acting for film, and I still consider him a friend, though we haven’t hung out in years. This said, the fact that I know him personally may have heightened my curiosity to watch the show, but has no effect on my esteem for his performance as Chas. True, there have been episodes where he has had little more to do than say “hi John”, but on episodes where Chas has been more central to the story (such as when he had to defend his daughter’s soul from the nefarious Felix Faust), Charles has shown superb depth of character and a strong screen presence.

constantine-poster-600x818If you agree with me that Constantine deserve a chance at a second season, you can help in a few ways. You (and all your friends whom you can convince to join with you in the effort) can watch past episodes of Constantine on whatever (legal, non pirated) services it might still be available on; you can use the hash-tag #SaveConstantine on twitter (be sure to tweet it @NBC while you’re at it), and you can sign the Save Constantine petition online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-constantine/

Well, I think that concludes this week’s blog. Remember to subscribe to this here blog so you can join us for next week’s awesome bloviation from yours truly. Be sure also to listen to each and every episode of Hold 322, available every Tuesday from iTunes, Stitcher and Hold322.com; and if you wanna be just as cool as all the other cool kids are, you can follow me on the Twitter for all my insightful and zany tweets @Robert_A_Easton. Thanks for reading, friends.
Alons-y!

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163 – Hold 322 – Daredevils

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in HOLD322, This Week | 0 comments

daredevil-posterThis week on the World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast… we’ve been a little busy this past weekend… Daredevil premiered, after all… we have our take on that, AND the first gay Mormon superhero, DC leaves New York and pisses off retailers, and Paul Bettany as the Vision! In TV news, James Best has passed away, David Lynch left Twin Peaks, and Dark Matter is coming to SyFy. Bob asks about Constantine.

All this and porn parodies show up the Marvel/DC movies again! Face front, true believers! It’s Hold 322!

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Ultimate Bob’s Starcraft Cast

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Bob's Bloviating, HOLD322, Movies! | 0 comments

Hello, fanboys and fangirls, I’m Robert, but to those dozens of loyal Hold 322 listeners I’m better known as Ultimate Bob. As our show’s “staff of writer” it is my obligation to bring to you a weekly blog containing my ideas and opinions concerning comic books and all other things nerdy / geek. This week’s blog will be about my ideas for a feature film based on the bestselling, now classic 1998 video game, Starcraft.

 

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It's a Zerg! Eek! Run!

It’s a Zerg! Eek! Run!

For several years now, it has been one of my dreams to write (and be paid lots of money for) a Starcraft screenplay. Given the chance I’d also love to produce or even direct the project. Of course none of those things are likely to happen, but since I’ve heard no news of a Starcraft film already in development, I can still dream about it, right?
I don’t want to use this blog to discuss all my ideas for the script, since it would follow fairly closely the story-line from the original game (and it’s expansion, Brood Wars) with only a few changes made to better make the story into a two hour film, but what I do want to write about are my ideas for the cast; at least for the seven main Terrain characters: Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, Arcturus Mengsk, Samir Duran, Edmund Duke, Alexei Stukov and Gerard DuGalle.

It's a Protoss! Cool! Run!

It’s a Protoss! Cool! Run!

Zerg and Protoss characters would likely be done by voice actors (preferably ones who did the voices for the games) and would be CGI or animatronics, so I won’t bother writing down casting ideas for them in this blog, either.
For anyone reading this blog who hasn’t played the game, the Zerg and the Protoss are alien races who battle with and against the human (Terrains) in the game. Also, go buy the game and play it as soon as you’re done reading this blog. You’ll love it, it’s freaking awesome!

Anyhow, without any further ado, this would be my first choice for a Starcraft cast:

Bradley Cooper as Jim Raynor

Bradley CooperJim Raynor_Illustrated Version

Jessica Chastain as Sarah Kerrigan (later, as a Zerg, the Queen of Blades)

 

Jessica ChastianSarah KerriganSarah Kerrigan as Zerg Queen
Jeff Bridges as Arcturus Mengsk

 

Jeff Bridges as Arcturus Mengsk
Idris Elba as Samir Duran

 

Idris ElbaSamir Duran
Billy Bob Thornton as Edmund Duke

 

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Christoph Waltz as Alexei Stukov

 

Christoph WaltzAlexei Stukov
And Sir Ben Kingsley as Gerard DuGalle

 

Ben KingsleyGerard DuGalle
What do you think Starcraft fans? Did I get it right, or am I up in the night? Let me know in the comments what Hollywood actors would be in your dream Starcraft cast.
Well, I think that concludes this week’s blog. Remember to subscribe to this here blog so you can join us for next week’s awesome bloviation from yours truly. Be sure also to listen to each and every episode of Hold 322 available every Tuesday from iTunes, Stitcher and Hold322.com, and if you wanna be just as cool as all the other cool kids are, you can follow me on the Twitter for all my insightful and zany tweets @Robert_A_Easton. Thanks for reading, friends.
Alons-y!

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162 – Hold 322 – Star CraftTrekWars

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in HOLD322, This Week | 0 comments

TIFF_dp_FireplaceOnlineThis week on the World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast! GLAAD honors Rat Queens, Ryan Reynolds models his Deadpool costume, the Muppet Show could be returning to TV, and IDW and DC are joining forces with Star Trek and Green Lantern! On TV, we have updates on our favorite shows from past and present, and even Stan throws his hat into the ring! In comics, JC reviews Content with Kaos from Hound Comics (and issues corrections for his previous review), and we continue with our hold updates! Bob asks: “What do you remember about the original Starcraft?”

All this and Listener Mail! Face front, true believers! It’s Hold 322!

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HOLD 322 LINKS 

‘Rat Queens’ wins GLAAD Media Award – Robot 6 @ Comic Book ResourcesRobot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

First Deadpool Movie Costume Image Is So Casual – /Film

ABC Eyes ‘Muppet Show’ Revival – Spinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News DailySpinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News Daily

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope: Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin: 9780785193487: AmazonSmile: Books

IDW and DC Team up for Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War 

Talkie TV 

the next mind-bending chapter is coming! | The X-Files on Fox

Masi Oka Reprising Hiro Role In Heroes Reborn | Comicbook.com

AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ summer companion show gets its title

Hawkgirl Cast in Arrow/The Flash Spinoff | Comicbook.com

Stan Lee Teams with ‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival on ‘Lucky Man’ | Variety

Nathan Fillion’s New Series Con Man Just Added A Ton Of Sci-Fi Stars

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BEST OF HOLD 322 – First Lady

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in HOLD322 | 0 comments

Once upon a time, long before the girls of the  Hello Sweetie Podcast started their pity visits to the studio, there was a First Woman in the Studio for Hold 322 – Holly Braithwaite. Long term crush of both JM Bell (political / radio) and JC Carter (theater), Holly was our first advocate of digital comics (Before Bob 616), and uber-indie published GNs. She is also funny as hell. Enjoy –

Issue #29 – Afternoons With Emo Steve

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The old Issue #29 Post – Odd Reading

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161 Hold 322 – Electra Dyna

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in HOLD322, This Week | 1 comment

TuZ09ZEThis week on Hold 322… We report on the success of our Save the Forrest benefit concert and remind you that PodcastPhil.com is still a thing you should be donating to. We have an awesome rumor on the role Batman will be playing in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie and a first look at Electra Woman and Dyna Girl‘s new costumes. Rob Liefield has gone biblical and Captain America reminds us of what patriotism really is! We have a new comic book company to spotlight and lots of comics to talk about, including Jem and the Holograms! Bob asks: ” ?”

All this and Talking TV! Face front, true believers! It’s Hold 322!

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