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Lost in Space Ep 5 ‘Transmission’: “Bravery without intelligence is a risky proposition.”



So finally the still-unnamed planet has more people on it, than just the Robinsons and their dubious guests.

The other survivors of the various Jupiter spaceships crashing are of course banding together to maximize their survivability, and the people leader that no-one voted for is giving the various groups their assignments. The main objective right now is to build a light tower and signal the Resolute, still out there in space and still looking for them all.

Mama Bear, also known as Maureen Robinson, has some really awful suspicions about the unnamed planet and consequently just has to go off on her own to get some high-altitude weather and planet-wide readings. The problem is, if you’re trying to do all this stuff alone, no-one’s there to help you when/if the unexpected happens, like a giant gust of wind that decides to steal your high-altitude weather balloon and latch it onto your leg on its way out, whee!

Smith is smarming her way around and through the camps, mostly focusing on the Robinsons and Will in particular, because as she’s learned, Will controls the Robot and Smith has decided she needs the Robot too. Given what previous episodes revealed about Lady Smith’s history, it makes sense that she wouldn’t want the Resolute to have any part of rescuing the crashed folks on the planet, but the lengths to which she goes to stop it are pretty cruel.

In fact, Smith goes far beyond attempting to undermine things by coercing the Robinsons into various actions by talking to them, to deliberate sabotage of the entire survivor encampment. The light tower is pretty, attracts curious moths, can be seen for miles in any direction and should be clearly visible to the Resolute out there in space. Matter of fact, the light tower attracts a rather large dinosaur-like predator, and since Smith disabled the perimeter fence, well it can feel free to just rampage through the camp.

Like so many other things Lady Smith does, the subtle multiple calculations she made in disabling the perimeter fence has more than one purpose, made abundantly clear when Smith goes to convince Will to call the Robot back from his cave and save them all. Convincing a small person to abandon their silly notions of all life being sacred is much easier when the lives of those he cares about is at stake, and a bright red multi-armed weapon of massive destruction is right there, willing and able to obey orders. There is definitely no getting rid of the Robot now.

Which might actually be a foregone conclusion, because what Maureen discovered up there in the atmosphere is going to kill all the survivors, sooner rather than later. And as she remembers being willing to do literally anything to make sure she and all her children, even the ones who can’t pass the tests, would be going on this trip to Alpha Centauri, the irony is not lost on her. Because the Robinsons and everyone else need to get off the unnamed planet as soon as fracking possible!

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No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters



If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago. 

It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced. 

 Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game. 

From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.

Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.

The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.

What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?

And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Back to the movie. 

Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.

Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.

The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!

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Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023



Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).

Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm

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Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3



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