For those of you who may not know, Twisted Metal is a new TV show coming
to Peacock, based on a 1996 Playstation and PC game of demolition derby
style mayhem, with different cars and guns and other weapons, and
several zany characters to drive them, including everyone’s favorite
killer clown, Sweet Tooth!
Hosted by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, who promised the audience a chance
to win a brand new PlayStation 5 after the screening was over, the
exhausted but anticipatory fans were treated to a surprise visit from
Sweet Tooth himself, as we waited in the packed room with the obligatory
scene-setting mood smoke and teaser pics. (The scene wasn’t the only
thing set off by the mood smoke – the convention center fire alarms were
set off too!) And finally, after yet another reminder of NDAs and
embargoes we’ve all had to read and sign, we’re ready to dive into
the newly expanded world of Twisted Metal!
Meet Anthony Mackie’s character, aka the Milkman, aka John Doe. Awhile
ago something big and nasty wiped out computers, the internet,
electricity, life as we know it de-evolved into a shitshow as everyone
began fighting everyone else for whatever was left. The cities that were
left walled themselves off and left the bad element of society, killers
and thieves and anyone who didn’t “fit in” with the new societal norms
were ousted and left to fend for themselves, against other Mad Max-style
marauders, with their own gangs and modded cars and guns. The Milkman,
as his handle suggests, makes delivery runs between various areas of
needed supplies, while cheerfully using his own explosive
countermeasures against enemies, loudly blasting epic 90’s nostalgia
tunes, and bartering for whatever extras he can scrounge along the way.
Then one day he gets called in to meet the leader of New San Francisco,
Raven and she has a very important delivery job she wants John to do.
Saying anything else would involve huge spoilers and thus we will leave
it is there, but believe me when I say, the show is crazy and over-the-top
and just plain fun, reminiscent of Syfy’s Blood Drive and other such
demolition derbys writ large, with explosions and blood on the camera
and Mackie’s smirking grin, all overlaid by an absolutely bangin’ ’90s
Cyberpunk Edge runners
Based on the popular Pen and paper Roleplaying game turned award-winning video gaming franchise. Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt RED has sold millions of copies and has also inspired an amazing animated series. Cyberpunk Edgerunners takes place in the year 2077. Nightcity, a central metropolis in a dystopian future where megacorporations rule the world and the hottest commodity is Information. David, a regular kid attending the Arasaka academy loses everything when his mom is a victim of a fatal shooting and plunges into the criminal underworld when he encounters Lucy in the subway. Lucy is a Netrunner an individual with the talent of diving into computer systems via cyberwar which allows her to jack into any system and unlock all its secrets and control any of its components. Lucy introduces him to the criminal underworld. Through Cybernetic Augmentation, David becomes a member of a mercenary group whom are responsible for performing various tasks for Corporate headhunters who pay top dollar for rival companies’ information. As the series unfolds David and Lucy grow closer but at the same time as David becomes more augmented and in doing so begins to lose his humanity.
This 10-episode series was created in conjunction with the videogame so all the locations in the game and the Anime share the same world locations. From the Japanese Animation company Studio Trigger, ( Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia) Director Masahiko Ohtsuka brings the world of area of Night City to life. this ten-episode run is available on Netflix and is not suitable for all audiences. that being said this series delivers on all aspects of the Cyberpunk genre. Full of Action with an engaging storyline, subtle drama, and not too much mind-numbing detail, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners deliver
Marvel’s Secret Invasion Full Review
Marvel’s Secret Invasion takes place post Blip from Avengers Endgame. it centers on the Skrulls which were introduced earlier in the 90s during Captain Marvel’s first appearance. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury had made allies with the Skrulls, a race of aliens who are now without a planet to call home. Talos their leading representative had made sure they were well protected and hid amongst the humans in disguise
Fast Forward to the present. The Skrulls have had enough waiting for a new home. The people put in charge of finding a new home have failed them and now have decided to invade Earth by inciting wars between the Humans by turning world powers against each other. Along with this plan Gravik, a leader of a splinter group of Skrulls plans to merge his key officers with samples of extraordinary projects in order to create a new breed of Super Skrulls. Can Agent Fury put a stop to these plans? can he trust his allies and friends? Or have the Skrulls infiltrated that deep into the system?
Secret Invasion had to be taken with a grain of salt. This show did not rely too heavily on special effects or over-the-top action you would expect after seeing shows like Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Moon Knight. this show played more on the espionage and conflicts within the system. There are many scenes with amazing dialogue and writing that rivals most political dramas. Secret Invasion is just the start of something much bigger around the corner.
The Monkey King: An Animated Feature Coming To Netflix
The Monkey King
Premieres: August 18, 2023
Director: Anthony Stacchi (The Boxtrolls, Open Season)
Producer: Peilin Chou (Over the Moon, Abominable)
Executive Producer: Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer)
Animation and Imagery By: ReelFX
Cast: Monkey King (Jimmy O. Yang), Lin (Jolie Hoang-Rappaport), Stick (Nan Li), Dragon King (Bowen Yang), Benbo (Jo Koy), Babbo (Ron Yuan), Jade Emperor (Hoon Lee), Buddha (BD Wong), Demon of Havoc (Andrew Kishino), Red Girl (Sophie Wu), King Yama (Andrew Kishino), Wangmu (Jodi Long), Elder Monkey (James Sie), Mayor (Andrew Pang), Mayor’s Wife (Stephanie Hsu), Mayor’s Son (Kuno Inghram)
The Monkey King is an action-packed family comedy that follows a rebellious and charismatic Monkey and his magical fighting Stick on an epic quest for victory over 100 demons, an eccentric Dragon King, and Monkey’s greatest foe of all —his own ego! Along the way, a young village girl challenges his self-centered attitude and shows him that even the smallest pebble can have a big effect on the world.