Review: Captain Midnight #1

There really is nothing quite like pulp radio shows. Back in the day, shows like The Shadow and The Green Hornet ruled the airwaves. Among them was another hero that I admit I had never heard of until now: Captain Midnight. In his original form, Captain Midnight aka Jim Albright

Shut Up and Take My $5: Aquaman #22

What a week! Almost all of the Avengers titles are steaming full speed towards Infinity. We are starting to to see some of the effects of the Age of Ultron aftermath in Hunger. The Spirit and the Rocketeer had a tussle out in Hollywood, and Kate Bishop learned that inter

SDCC 2013: Nerdist News With CEO Peter Levin!

It’s no secret that Nerdist Industries is taking over the world. What started as Chris Hardwick’s humble podcast has since spawned: a YouTube channel, a podcast network, a daily geek newsletter, no less than three television shows, a live comedy stage, a yearly charitable initiative, and, as recently announced at Comic-Con,

Back Of The Fridge: Intersect Download #11

Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.

In “Intersect Download,” Tek joins the Nerd Herd with Chuck.


Season 5: The Hero (Part 2)

I promised myself I wouldn’t cry…

Chuck Versus the Santa Suit

Full disclosure. I shouted a loud expletive when the mastermind was revealed. Again, a testament to my emotional investment.

We’ve gone to some dark places on this show, but this is by far the darkest…and on a Christmas episode! I also take back what I said in “Chuck Versus the Business Trip”. Decker was not the worst villain the show has known now that we know he was just a pawn. This show has created a truly despicable villain with the right amount of history with the characters and the worst kind of agenda.

This episode is yet another great example of everyone coming together. Chuck and Morgan get to formulate the plan, Jeff and Lester crack the Omen (complete with the overt Subway product placement that prompts a facepalm every time), and even Ellie steps up to make sure she protects her family. Thankfully, in classic Chuck fashion, the big bad is outsmarted and our boy finally drives home the fact that the Intersect does not make the man.

With a bizarre reveal at the end of this episode, these last 6 are going to be one hell of a ride.

That Guy of the Week: Stan Lee. Because why the hell not?

Chuck Versus the Baby

Ok, first off, Sarah gave Chuck a lot of crap for going off without her to give up the Omen to Cunnings (“Chuck Versus the Curse”). Right off the bat this time, we have Sarah ready to go off on a solo mission without telling Chuck anything about it. Double standard much?

With a good look at a deep, dark part of Sarah’s past, it really is amazing to think how much Chuck has changed her life for the better.

My prediction from season 4 was a little late, but I knew we had to meet Sarah’s mom at some point. At least we were given a good reason why she was out of the picture.

That Girl of the Week: Cheryl Ladd. Of course Sarah’s mom would be one of Charlie’s Angels.

Back Of The Fridge: Intersect Download #10

Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.

In “Intersect Download,” Tek joins the Nerd Herd with Chuck.


Season 5: The Hero (Part 1)

This is it. The final leg of our journey. Chuck is without the Intersect, the team is now a group of spies for hire, and Morgan as accidentally acquired the Intersect. Here we go.

Chuck Versus the Zoom

Welcome to season 5 of Chu……MARK HAMILL?!?! A great, fun cameo to kick off the season.

Brutal honesty time, though. Morgan should not have the Intersect. Chuck should have the Intersect. The show is not called Morgan. It’s called Chuck. I am glad, though, that they addressed the glasses that gave Morgan the upload and explained why Chuck can’t just put them on too. A loose end like that would’ve been silly. But I can still nitpick. If Morgan has the Intersect now, does that mean he needs a Governor just like Chuck needed at the end of season 3 and the writers apparently forgot about? Since that small detail fell by the wayside with the “Gretas”, I don’t see it cropping up again, sadly. I do like having Ellie as the Intersect “neural expert”, though. If it hadn’t been for all the setup involving Stephen’s laptop at the end of last season, this would’ve come out of nowhere.

I have faith that things will normalize, mainly based on the fact that Decker used a “suppression device” much like the PSP that Mary used. That means the Intersect might still be in there, just buried…again. If not, I can see the route they’re taking. This episode also shows that Chuck is entirely capable of formulating a plan and leading the team, even without the computer brain, so that might be where we’re headed. Life after the Intersect.

Much like how the Buy More blew up at the end of season 3 and the friendly reset button was hit to bring it back the following season, as quickly as the Volkoff family fortune was gained, it has vanished. I guess we can’t make it too easy for the team, now can we?

That Guy of the Week: Ethan Phillips. I guess when you need a nervous little bald guy, you grab Neelix.

Chuck Versus the Bearded Bandit

I’m not quite sure what is going on this season… It was bad enough that Morgan got the Intersect, but now he’s being corrupted by it, resulting in a personality shift and loss of memory? This doesn’t feel like the Chuck I fell in love with. I’m starting to get a littler worried, especially with only 10 episodes left.

Thankfully, the introduction of Gertrude Verbanski has livened things up, especially if there is history between her and Casey.

That Guy of the Week: Jeff Fahey. Smallville’s Justin Hartley and The Matrix’s Carrie-Anne Moss are great, but Jeff gets the mention this week. After all, he was LAPIDUS

SDCC 2013: Warehouse 13’s Final Season

Team OTF is finally back from SDCC! We’ve got some great coverage from the San Diego Convention Center, and we’re starting off strong! Warehouse 13 hits close to our hearts — we’ve been watching it since the beginning, and we’ve been lucky enough to interview them at SDCC for as

Back Of The Fridge: Intersect Download #9

Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.

In “Intersect Download,” Tek joins the Nerd Herd with Chuck.


Season 4: The Spy (Part 3)

The spectre of Alexei Volkoff continues to haunt Team Bartowski, and the sins of the father look to corrupt the child.

Chuck Versus the First Bank of Evil

No good things are hidden behind secret doors, especially cryptic number sequences. Vivian is now along for the ride, but I still spent the who episode thinking she would be playing the naive bystander and stab Chuck and Co. in the back at the very last second. While it didn’t play out exactly that way, we’re still on track with our new villainess. Plus, the Matrix homage during the bank “robbery” was cool.

Meanwhile, Casey has been courted by Director Bentley, and a secret section of Castle is under construction. Mystery!

Lastly, the Morgan/Casey relationship has definitely been building toward this particular moment: the two of them becoming roommates. We’ve gone from “buddy cop” movie to sitcom scenario. Hilarity ensues.

That Guy of the Week: Ray Wise. Mr. Scherbatsky, I pressume?

Chuck Versus the A-Team

I’ll be honest. I don’t like Director Bentley. I don’t like the “Gretas.” I felt the same way when Shaw had the Intersect in his head. It was an insult to Chuck; an attempt to take away part of what makes him unique. (And what about Governors? Do they have them? I know it hasn’t really come up since the start of the season, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a factor anymore, does it?)

That Guy of the Week: Isaiah Mustafa. The Old Spice guy! No, not Terry Crews, the other one.

Back Of The Fridge: Intersect Download #8

Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.

In “Intersect Download,” Tek joins the Nerd Herd with Chuck.


Season 4: The Spy (Part 2)

Alexei Volkoff has been revealed, the Intersect is gone from Chuck’s head, and Morgan is dating Casey’s daughter! Where’s the REAL danger here?

Chuck Versus the Fear of Death & Phase Three

With the Intersect gone, the show asks a very good question, “Does the Intersect make the spy?” It’s a great opportunity to see how far Chuck has come, but I feel like they didn’t explore it as much as they could have. That being said, there are times when the show takes a step back with regard to Chuck and Sarah’s relationship. We’re almost halfway through the 4th season and we have a moment where Sarah says that Chuck is not a spy in an effort to keep him off the next mission. After how many episodes of successful missions and encouragement from Sarah, Casey, and Beckman, why is there a sudden loss of faith? This brings it back to the question about the Intersect.

This, of course, leads to a month’s worth of tests to see what happened to the Intersect, and when those turn up nothing, Rob Riggle shows up to play some mind games with Chuck in order to jump start his brain. These include sparring, sneaking into Chuck’s apartment, and eventually going on a mission to Switzerland. Once we meet our villain, the Belgian, things get a little dark as Chuck is nearly lobotomized in the bad guy’s effort to extract the Intersect.

While all of this is going on, Ellie and Awesome are back home investigating a secret message left by Stephen. Even in death, Orion continues his work.

That Guy of the Week: Richard Chamberlain. Whoa! Where did they find him! He must’ve been hiding in King Solomon’s Mines.

Greta of the Week: Summer Glau. This “Greta” thing is getting weird. The CIA can’t come up with different cover names for the rotating Nerd Herd ladies?

Chuck Versus the Leftovers

If you didn’t cheer when Linda Hamilton dropped the line, “Come with me if you want to live”, you don’t deserve to be watching this show.

Despite a wonderful Terminator nod, we get another Die Hard homage, even better than “Chuck Versus Santa Claus.” Volkoff even has a fake Theo hacking the computer systems at the Buy More/Castle! With Morgan crawling though the vents all John McClane-style, you think he’s finally going to earn his stripes and help resolve the crisis. Nope! Same old Morgan.

As if that wasn’t enough, once Volkoff learns the truth about Mary’s family, we get the most awkward Thanksgiving dinner ever. The switches between ruthless Russian arms dealer and semi-goofy house guest (charades FTW), Timothy Dalton reminds me why I’ve always liked him as an actor.

To cap off yet another great holiday-themed episode, Chuck regains the Intersect from the laptop Stephen left for Ellie and Chuck.

OTF @ SDCC 2013: What We’re Looking Forward To The Most This Weekend…

The photo that EVERYONE takes while going down the escalator at the San Diego Convention Center.

Hundreds of thousands of fans, artists, media personalities, public relations handlers, and more are prepping to descend upon sunny San Diego’s Gaslamp District for another year of the barely-controlled chaos that is San Diego Comic-Con International.  Starting tomorrow, all of these people will gather together to celebrate comics, video games, movies, television, pop culture, and everything we geeks can’t help but love.

And, as always, Open the Fridge will be there drinking in the bright sun, celebratory revelry, and nerd debauchery!  We’ve snagged another one of our beloved Fridge Stuffers to come along for the ride, too. We’ll be tweeting straight from the network traffic congested convention floor and panel rooms, and bringing back some choice segments and articles for your perusal upon our return, while undoubtedly fighting off the nerd flu on our return flights. 

There’s a lot to be excited about SDCC — and we’ll try to get as much as we can! Like last year, since there’s just so much to go through, we’ve compiled a list of the things we’re looking forward to the most for the weekend! Check it out.

We’re getting ready for a fun and busy weekend! Hit the jump for the full list from Rob Piontek, Amy Imhoff, and, of course, yours truly!

Back Of The Fridge: Intersect Download #7

Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.

In “Intersect Download,” Tek joins the Nerd Herd with Chuck.


Season 4: The Spy (Part 1)

Secret spy archive! Mama Bartowski!! Russian crime syndicate!!! Less talk. More Chuck!

Chuck Versus the Anniversary

Ok, Chuck’s mom is a spy and has been for decades. At this point, you just totally roll with it. That being the case, just as I found myself asking, “Who is going to play Chuck’s dad?” in season 2, the new question was, “What actress will they get to play Chuck’s mom?” Thankfully, they put it right out there in the first moments of the season 4 premiere, revealing Mary Bartowski to be none other than one of the toughest moms to grace the screen, Sarah Conner herself, Linda Hamilton! And the crowd goes wild. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Chuck and Morgan get to travel the world Indiana Jones-style, the Buy More, like a phoenix, rises from the ashes to become a fully-fledged CIA base, and our new evil organization, Volkoff Industries, is introduced. This is the 4th season premiere of a show that barely made it past 2 and therefore all stops must be pulled out.

That Guy of the Week: Harry Dean Stanton, star of the 1984 classic Repo Man (among others) playing, you guessed it, the Repo Man.

Villain of the week: The deceptively brilliant Dolph Lundgren, who got to deliver some paraphrased versions of his most famous sinister Ivan Drago lines.

Greta of the Week: Former G4 host and star of geek dreams circa 2007, Olivia Munn. Because why the hell not?

Chuck Versus the Suitcase

I honestly thought the plotline of Chuck and Morgan working on their own to hunt down Mary Bartowski would last several episodes, but in all fairness, you can’t relegate integral/popular characters like Sarah and Casey to the background…a fact made very evident in the over-the-top runway catfight between Sarah and weapon smuggler Sofia Stepanova. I’m also glad they brought Jeff and Lester back to the Buy More in a way that made sense. Now we just need to see how Big Mike returns, especially since Morgan is now the store manager. And I’m just happy that Bonita Friedericy is now a regular. If you say you don’t like General Beckman, you’re a filthy liar. And, of course, just as Mary Bartowski is introduced, Ellie gets pregnant and misses her mom for the first time in years. Kind of a rehash of wanting to hunt down Stephen for Ellie and Awesome’s wedding in season 2, but I guess that’s how a writer ties a season together.

That Guy of the Week: Lou Ferrigno. You won’t like him when he’s angry.

Villain of the Week: Debatably attractive supermodel Karolina Kurkova, fresh off her appearance as Cover Girl in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

WTF Moment of the Week: Perfect Strangers star Bronson Pinchot with a forgettable walk-on role, that literally makes you go, “Was that Balki?!”