So a couple of years ago, we were introduced to an adorably smarmy and charming version of Lucifer Morningstar, the Devil himself who had grown weary of Hell and took off to Los Angeles of all places, for an eternal vacation amongst humanity.
Lucifer latched onto one Detective Chloe Decker, a former child star actor with a fair bit of human baggage, both personally and professionally, and thus we have the buddy-cop joy that is the FOX show Lucifer. The show is loosely based on the character of the same name from the DC Vertigo imprint, from master storytellers Neil Gaiman and Sam Keith.
The show also gave us the utter deliciousness that is Tom Ellis, the man who plays Lucifer Morningstar on the show, and is just as effortlessly charming in real life, plainly evidenced by his glorious manner at every last geeky convention he’s ever paneled for Lucifer at. His co-stars are always fun to have on the panel too, but let’s face it, just like his character on the show, it was Tom Ellis singing, or leading the others in ‘no sh*t there I was on the set’ stories, that we came to see.
And speaking of the shows other actors, ‘Lucifer’ is well-known for giving each their own separate storyline that intersects with Lucifers’ at interesting points, and often making them relatable to the audience in their own lives. Tons could be said about poor Chloe and her constant push-pull relationship with Lucifer, but most of the time we’re laughing at the screen, “I feel you, girl.” Therapist Linda only recently got the shock of her life, that angels really are for really-reals, and that more or less everything Lucifer was ranting about his Father and family was actually true.
Charlotte the lawyer, brilliantly played by everyone’s favorite Six Tricia Helfer, even after being divested of the powers of Mother-Goddess herself, struggles with the very basic human problem of being bad or being good. Amenadiel, Lucifer’s brother, oh he’s a bundle of angelic and human-like contradictions, but that propensity for martyrdom often rises to the top. Lucifer’s best gal Mazikeen, she runs around in her own skin most of the time, and it’s oh so delicious to see someone revel in being exactly what they are, especially for those of us out here who can’t.
This new season breathed life back into the career of Tom Welling, whom yes we all know from damn near a decade of Smallville, casting him as the hidden Caine and monkey in the wrench of Lucifer’s already complicated little world of L.A. Another biblical character with all sorts of very base human desires and complications is a brilliant move on the part of the Lucifer storytellers, and Welling pulls it off very well.
But now, due as far as I can discern only to a lack of good-enough ratings numbers, our beloved ‘Lucifer’ has been cancelled at FOX. Almost immediately there was an outcry from loyal fandom, and the campaign for #SaveLucifer only got louder when Tom Ellis himself took to Twitter to confirm the cancellation and state that he was gutted by the whole affair.
The show Brooklyn Nine-Nine was picked up after cancellation and large fan outcry by NBC, so Lucifer fans are refusing to give up just yet. Ellis came back to Twitter and said how blown away he was by the whole #SaveLucifer thing, and to keep fighting.
Rise up, my fellow Lucifans! Let your voice be heard, to the heavens and hells and all over fandom, we want to #SaveLucifer! Join the movement on Twitter, hell on all your social medias, don’t pluck the Devil from our Mondays!
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.
Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2
A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!
It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.
Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.
Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.
Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!
Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!
If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one!
Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive!
So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise.
Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party.
The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe!
Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now!