Dorin, Jenn, and Kendyl discuss the Marvel film, Eternals (2021).Continue reading
The Adaptation team talks Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) and try to understand the choices that were made.Continue reading
Adaptation talks villains, physics, and skateboard trucks in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
Jenn, Ryan, and Kendyl are super down with the third 80s space movie in the MCU. Along with Thor: Ragnarok (2017) the hosts talk about the original myth, the comic storyline, and Thor’s glorious transformation from his first film to the new ruler of Asgard.
Adaptation discusses the newest incarnation of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), one who actually gets to be a high schooler, has a fabulous talking suit, and aligns with the rest of the MCU.
Adaptation talks Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), the full characters, the thin plot and all of the daddy issues, 70s Kurt Russell and I AM GROOTs in between.
Question(s) of the Week: What did you think of the balance between plotlines?
This time, the hosts discuss the first comic book movie of the year, Logan (2017), the major character deaths, and one of them gets a little obsessed with imagining her own future for the series.
Question(s) of the Week: What would Logan name his school for gifted youngsters? Who would you cast at these kids in the future? What mutants would you like to see join the film series?
Adaptation covers the film Doctor Strange (2016) in this episode, talking pace, character development and representation while looking ahead to what Marvel has in store next.
Question of the Week: Do you think the magic in this universe is really magic? Or is it just a very advanced, unexplained form of science?
Like the rest of the world, the hosts loved Deadpool (2016). Listen to them go over the good, the bad (there’s always something) and what Hollywood should but probably won’t take from this.
Watch, mock, and complain about X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) with us.
Our hosts find a lot of tropey things in Ant-Man (2015). But despite the issues, they still enjoyed the humor and the action.
Full up with hosts and content this week, the Adaptation team takes on the monumental task of covering season 1 of Agent Carter and season 2 of Agents of SHIELD all in one episode. They can’t think of anything to criticize about Carter and think SHIELD has finally hit it’s stride, so they’re all looking forward to the future of both shows.
The Adaptation staff have some recommendations for you from their November exploits!
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Concluded after 1 Season
I’ve been watching through Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, starring Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, and many more. It’s a show about a sketch comedy show (think Saturday Night Live) that is in a bit of trouble in its prime-time slot. The executive producer had a bit of a meltdown on air, and the network is trying to recover from its downfall by bringing in the wonder team: new producer Danny and writer Matt, not to mention an ambitious and liberal new network president, Jordan. They’ve got their work cut out for them though, with a eclectic and opinionated cast and the media set against them! It’s a really clever and entertaining show. Set primarily as a drama, but with plenty of comedy thrown in, the characters are endearing and three-dimensional. I still can’t believe it was cancelled after only one season! It’s like Firefly all over again!
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
For NaNOWriMo, I’m writing a fantasy story that is an adaptation and combination of two lesser-known fairy tales (as you can tell, I’m a sucker for this genre) and since I haven’t been able to read much this month, I figured I would recommend something I’ve read before that is similar to what I’ve been writing. One of my favorite adaptations that also combines multiple fairy tales into one story is Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier. This book takes and expands on the tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, told from the point of view of Jena, the second eldest of five princesses. Wildwood Dancing also successfully weaves in certain elements from The Frog Prince as well, in the guise of Jena’s constant amphibious companion, Gogu. For years on the full moon, Jena and her sisters–and Gogu–have been able to travel to the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom through a secret portal in their castle–a portal that only they know about. But their idyllic existence is threatened after their father falls ill and their controlling cousin, Cezar, is put in charge of their care. It’s a story of magic and love and trust and–you guessed it–‘once upon a times’ and ‘happily ever afters’. I guarantee that you will be hooked by this story within the first couple of pages. And if you don’t want your own Gogu by the end of it…well, then we’re clearly not reading the same book.
Constantine, Thursdays on NBC
I wasn’t sure about Constantine at first because I loved the film version with Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz and in the TV version Weisz’s character left after the first episode. Maybe we will see her again, but I don’t know. However, after allowing the show to progress with a new girl companion, who is clairvoyant and not as easily scared away, I have realized that it is an amazing show. Instead of Keanu’s own brand of snark, we get Matt Ryan, a Welsh actor, who gives us an even snarkier, “I work alone” type, smoking, drinking, guilt-ridden Liverpudlian (i.e. from Liverpool, England) and Master of- or as he likes to say “dabbler” in- the Dark Arts. He’s a bit of a sorry excuse for a man, but that’s why the character is so great! It has really great writing and lines that make you giggle in the middle of it all, much like Supernatural, and honestly, if you liked the film version with Keanu Reeves, you will LOVE this! And if you didn’t like the film, you will STILL LOVE this.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tuesdays on ABC
So far this fall television season, the standout favorite for me has been Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is a bit of a surprise since last season I would only begrudgingly watch if I was caught up on all my other shows. But the show has really hit it’s stride now and I’m always eager to watch the new episode. Agents follows a team put together by Phil Coulson, of Marvel Cinematic Universe fame, as they track down advanced, often alien technology (and sometimes humans infused with the tech) to keep it out of the hands of those who are up to no good and protect humanity. The end of season 1 coincided with the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which (without spoiling) gave the team a whole new dynamic that has really worked in season 2. Coulson is simultaneously always good for a one-liner and to make you feel all the feelings, May is possibly the best kick-ass female character I’ve ever seen, and scientists Fitz and Simmons are awkward, fast-talking and brilliantly lovable. If you’re into Marvel, or just the MCU, I don’t know why you haven’t already been watching, but trust me, the world-building of having a show coincide with the films will make you giddy. And if you’re not into Marvel, this show will still appeal to you if you’re into action, weird alien tech and great characters.
That’s it for us this month, but be sure to leave your own recommendations in the comments!
The gang discusses the film Big Hero 6, wondering why it wasn’t set in Japan, wanting their own Baymax, and loving the range of characters and emotional depth in the storyline. Dorin evens comes up with a storyline for the sequel.
For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dorin and Kendyl sit down to talk about the film that has dominated this summer! It’s been a while since Marvel has introduced new misfits into it’s film universe and Guardians of the Galaxy has certainly held up to the hype. The only question is where are we going from here?