May 6, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #279 The 2020 Poobah Awards

Awards season just officially ended with last weekend's Oscars, but Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast can't say goodbye to 2020 without our own annual Poobah Awards.  And a strange, truncated year deserves a strange, truncated countdown, so we'll be using our new system of "competitive collaboration" where Seth and Jordan work together to compile a list that encompasses a variety of our favorites into a Top Seven Movies of the Year!

Length - 01:12:12

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Apr 30, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #278 A Fortnight Ago

All right, stop what you're doing, because Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is about to ruin the image and the style that you're used to.  (R.I.P. Shock G aka Humpty Hump)  The main focus this time is on the powerful conclusion to "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," but we also have our first gaming segment in a while, the premiers of two new HBO dramas and more.  The beats are funky and the oatmeal's lumpy, so let your stereo's pump KPP!

Length - 01:28:00

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:46 - GAMING

"Before Your Eyes" is an innovative game played entirely by blinking, the "Mortal Kombat" adaptation arrives on HBO Max and demand is sky high for DC's "Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point" comic.

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0:30:15 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Wrapping up the final episodes of Marvel's "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," "Invincible" nears the end of its outstanding first season, spotting stars in old episodes of "The Shield," Kate Winslet crime story "Mare of Easttown" debuts, the steampunk superheros of "The Nevers" and dark comedy "Made for Love" concludes its first run of episodes.

Apr 27, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #277 Riverdale S5 Ep9-10 There’s a Mothman in my Syrup

Riverdale reaches its mid-season finale with Chapter 85 "Destroyer" and Chapter 86 "The Pincushion Man."  The maple trees are tapped out, the pancakes are dry, the drama teacher is husky and the prison is empty, but the mushroom burgers are mouthwatering, so join Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast as we catch up on The 'Dale before summer vacation!

Length - 01:16:00

Language - PG-13. (Contains some adult language.)

Apr 20, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #276 It Was a Banner Year on Endor

The focus this time around is on comic book-related shows, as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast dives into the most recent Marvel streaming phenomenon, praises a super animated series, gripes about some of DC's small-screen offerings and discusses a few other things we happen to be vibing with this week!

Length - 00:53:05

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:08 - DISNEY DOINGS

Disney seems to have invented lightsaber technology and Disney+ adds vintage Ewok content.

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0:12:44 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Zemo steals the show and John Walker takes a heel turn in episodes 3 & 4 of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," Amazon Prime's "Invincible" continues its impressive modern superhero adaptation, CW series "Supergirl" and "The Flash" scramble to maintain storytelling after Covid-shortened seasons and hilarious sci-fi show "Resident Alien" a winner.

Apr 14, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #275 Does Machines

It's Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's fifth anniversary!  And since none of us realized it, we have nothing special up our sleeves, just a review of monster mash-up "Godzilla vs. Kong," thoughts on a slew of fun-ass documentaries, Netflix losing clout in the streaming wars and more.  Cowabunga!

Length - 01:13:39

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:06:02 - MOVIE NEWS

"Godzilla vs. Kong" makes the first box office splash of the year, Netflix lost 31% of U.S. market share in 2020 but makes a deal with Sony to stream their latest films and lays out funding for "Knives Out" sequels, behind-the-scenes documentary "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry" on Apple TV+, Eric Andre's prank comedy "Bad Trip" and more thoughts on the nostalgic "Kid 90."

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0:35:54 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Allen v. Farrow" documents history of abuse from a Hollywood icon, "Q: Into the Storm" explores how internet culture influenced a powerful political conspiracy, dark relationship comedy "Made for Love," discovering early prestige drama "The Shield" and the series finale of "Superstore" wraps up the workplace sitcom in satisfying fashion.

Apr 9, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #274 Riverdale S5 Ep8 A Crank in the Bowl

How did our favorite high camp comic book soap opera make it more than five seasons before throwing an anything-goes key party?  Well, Riverdale finally goes there with Chapter 84 "Lock & Key," and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has your invitation.  And just like Reggie, we make no promises... but we'll see what happens, stud.

Length - 00:40:51

Language - PG-13. (Contains some adult language.)

Apr 6, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #273 It’s-a Me, Stario!

Fans have had a scrumptious superhero smorgasbord to choose from over the past few weeks, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is here to fill our plates on the four biggest properties currently wetting our whistles.  Marvel's "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" launched on Disney+, the animated "Invincible" debuted on Prime, the red band trailer for James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad" dropped and "Zach Snyder's Justice League" finally exists thanks to HBO Max, and we've got light-on-spoilers reviews for them all!

Length - 01:36:32

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Apr 1, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #272 Pavlov’s Dog Man

The comic book industry is a tumultuous place, constantly changing and evolving.  Luckily, you have Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast to help explain it all, whether it's Marvel's seismic shift from their distributor of more than three decades to digital sales of "non-fungible tokens" about to change the collecting landscape as we know it.

"No, you're thinking of Ethereum, the decentralized, open-source blockchain cryptocurrency.  Easy mistake!"

Length - 01:24:16

Language - PG-13.  (Contains some adult language.)

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0:01:55 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Marvel rocks the industry by leaving Diamond Comic Distributors, "Infinite Frontier" lays the groundwork for the modern day DC Universe, digital sales of NFTs making artists millions, unpublished Alan Moore script auctioned for charity, "Heroes Reborn" to be Marvel's next big event, catching up on the latest releases (including the other-dimensional arrival "Solid Blood") and revisiting a classic storyline when the New X-Men were introduced in 1975's "Giant-Size X-Men" #1.

Mar 29, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #271 An Embarrassment of Riches

This episode, we look back to the beginning of the pandemic, what sort of entertainment we were discussing back then and mark the one year anniversary of recording Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast remotely.  We've also got new recommendations for some of the excellent shows we've been streaming lately, so we hope you'll join us!

Length - 00:52:08

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:11:18 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The dark comedy "Search Party" is an under-the-radar gem, classic British series "The Prisoner" an influence for lots of modern sci-fi, Soleil Moon Frye's footage of young Hollywood the basis for Hulu's documentary "Kid 90," "Coming 2 America" follows up beloved comedy decades later, "South Park" adds to its "Pandemic Special" with a "Vaccination Special," getting reacquainted with "The Muppets" via Disney+, "The Real World" reunites its original cast on Paramount+ and excitement for the "Yellowstone" prequel "Y: 1883."

Mar 23, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #270 Riverdale S5 Ep7 Wrecking Ball

Is it possible this fifth season of Riverdale is its wildest yet?  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast submits for your approval Chapter 83 "Fire in the Sky," the episode that somehow squeezes in a by proxy dance off, fire department training montages, serial killers, alien autopsies, regular autopsies, syrup barrels, muddy bogs, River Bucks and stray dogs... HIRAM STARTED THE FIRE!

Length - 00:57:47

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Mar 18, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #269 WandaVision S1 Ep9

The finale of WandaVision has arrived and like a lot of fans... we request elaboration.  Our expectations were sky high and our fan theories were ridiculous, so listen along with Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast to hear if Marvel's first Disney+ series made more magic or seriously missed the mark.  Plus, we've got explanations and conjecture over those puzzling post-credit scenes and a look at the "Marvel Studios Assembled" making-of documentary that goes behind the scenes on it all.

Length - 01:25:09

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Mar 11, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #268 Riverdale S5 Ep5-6 Somebody Went to Hot Topic

Open up a fresh, delicious bag of Doritos and tune in to Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast as we break down the most recent Riverdale revelations to be found in Chapter 81 "The Homecoming" and Chapter 82 "Back to School."  Maybe you can't go home again (especially if your town is unincorporated), but you can certainly sing karaoke, forge paintings, rumble with some Ghoulies and... investigate the Mothman!?

Length - 01:13:11

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Mar 8, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #267 Quantity Over Quality

Believe it or not, there are television shows on right now not called "WandaVision" and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is going to spend this episode catching up on them, as the CW adds more DC content to its lineup with a strong pilot for "Superman & Lois," sitcoms go retro with premiers of "Punky Brewster" and "Young Rock" and more!

Length - 01:06:59

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:03:30 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The CW debuts a warm and hopeful version of "Superman & Lois," no Arrow-verse crossover on the schedule this year, a new star of "Batwoman" leaves ratings down in season two, Peacock brings back "Punky Brewster," finally getting on the bandwagon for Prime's sci-fi series "The Expanse," new NBC sitcoms "Young Rock" and "Kenan," another comic book documentary on Disney+ with "Marvel's Behind the Mask" and last year's forgotten comedy "Jexi."

Mar 4, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #266 WandaVision S1 Ep7-8

The buzzed-about Marvel series from Disney+ is almost over, but there are still plenty of mysteries to crack, easter eggs to dissect, comic book references to explain and wild theories to bandy about before the finale of WandaVision.

And thanks again for marking your ballot for Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast as "best local podcast" in this year's Clutch MOV's "Best of the Mid-Ohio Valley" readers' choice contest!

Length - 01:14:14

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 25, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #265 Riverdale S5 Ep4 Glamergé Egg Harvesting

After a seven year time jump, Archie returns to the Town with No Pep in this landmark episode of Riverdale.  All our favorite teens are now adults, but their movie references are still as on-the-nose as always in Chapter 80 "Purgatorio," and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast goes on the record early with a theory about The Accident so preposterous it has to be true.  Nobody does The 'Dale like us!

Length - 00:51:31

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 19, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #264 Riverdale S5 Ep3 Good Riddance (Time of Archie’s Life)

The final episode of Riverdale featuring the gang still in high school is a momentous occasion, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is here to give them the sendoff they all deserve.  So tune in to our in-depth discussion of Chapter 79 "Graduation" to enjoy all the time capsules, yearbooks and army recruiters before the show jumps forward in time seven years into boring old adult life.

Length - 00:46:12

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 16, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #263 WandaVision S1 Ep5-6

Nothing on television right now is as entertaining and addictive as WandaVision on Disney+, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast returns to break down episodes 5 & 6 of the mesmerizing Marvel series.  Plus, Jordan recounts his recent guest spot on the Late Night Cage Fight podcast and we share our hopes and fears regarding the upcoming "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."

Length - 01:04:10

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 11, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #262 Greatest Game Show Bracket Challenge Part 4

And now, the finale of our debate to determine the number one television game show of all time!  A winner from "The Trebek Region" of our March Madness-style bracket will emerge to face our previous Final Four entries and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast will crown the victor.  Will it be one of this episode's topics like "Jeopardy!," "The Gong Show," "The Dating Game," "Cash Cab," "Card Sharks," "Win Ben Stein's Money" or "The Newlywed Game?"  Tune in to find out!

Length - 01:22:37

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 5, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #261 Riverdale S5 Ep1-2 Native Nana

After its fourth year was cut short by Covid, Riverdale returns for season five!  Chapter 77 "Climax" and Chapter 78 "The Preppy Murders" cover the final days of high school for our favorite traumatized teens, and all those familiar senior year milestones like prom, the boxing match that determines if you get into the Naval Academy and making a snuff film.  Whether you've got a Native Nana behind a secret bookcase or a mercenary uncle in Man Prison, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast couldn't be happier to be back celebrating the 'Dale!

Length - 01:27:31

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 2, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #260 WandaVision S1 Ep3-4

Our wires get a little crossed in this TV-centric episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, so forgive us if you hear Lady Whistledown whispering stock tips or the disembodied voice of RuPaul.  We blame Wanda Maximoff and whatever hex she's spun to keep us glued to our sets enjoying "WandaVision," which we continue to dissect in great detail!

Length - 01:29:11

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:03:23 - WANDAVISION

Puzzling out episodes 3 & 4 of the mystifying Marvel series from Disney+.

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0:36:05 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The phenomenon of Netflix's "Bridgerton," rediscovering 80s animated musical "Rock & Rule," Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network goes off the air, "A Very Special G4 Reunion Special" readies relaunch for niche channel, the moving magic of Derek DelGaudio's "In & Of Itself" on Hulu, a mother box meal kit inspired by "Justice League" and a release date for the Snyder Cut, lots of fun callbacks in "Transformers: War for Cybertron - Earthrise" and French show "Lupin" updates the classic gentleman thief.

Jan 29, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #259 Greatest Game Show Bracket Challenge Part 3

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast continues our March Madness-style bracket to determine the best television game show of all time!  In Part Three, we tackle "The Dawson Region," including all-stars like "Family Feud," "Name That Tune" and "Love Connection," along with more modern classics like "Remote Control," "Deal or No Deal" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"  So phone a friend and let them know the debate is almost settled!

Length - 01:00:49

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jan 25, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #258 Spend Your Belief

As the calendar flipped over to 2021, several new television shows premiered, including some promising sitcoms and more primetime game shows than we can ever remember.  Allow Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast to sample what's available and recommend which ones are worth your time, with this all-TV episode.

Length - 00:40:23

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:05:20 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A slew of recent game shows include Ken Jennings guest hosting "Jeopardy!," a new incarnation of trivia game "The Chase," Craig Ferguson sniffing out "The Hustler," more of MTV's "The Challenge" and former "Big Brother" contestant's "Sequester," new show premiers include Ted Danson as "Mr. Mayor," "Call Me Kat" starring Mayim Bialik and "The Great North" from "Bob's Burgers" producers, a soft reboot for "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist," more surprises from "This is Us," prepping for brand new episodes of "Riverdale" and "Star Trek: Discovery" builds to the end of its season.

Jan 19, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #257 WandaVision S1 Ep1-2

The first Marvel Studios content in over a year arrives with the unpredictable stylized sitcom that is "WandaVision" episodes 1 & 2 on Disney+.  All those years watching Nick at Nite has prepared Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast to spot the classic TV references among the dinner parties and talent shows.  Plus, stay tuned for a hilarious Zoom tech support call and a sign-out taken a little too literally.

Length - 00:35:50

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Jan 15, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #256 Free Peacock

The comic book industry is a mess as usual, but we have some cold, hard numbers that DC probably doesn't want to hear about where the fault doesn't lie for once.  And our nostalgia crane-kicks into overdrive with the returns of "Cobra Kai" and "Saved by the Bell" in the latest episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 00:52:43

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:00:45 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Season three of karate-fueled favorite "Cobra Kai" drops on Netflix, "Saved by the Bell" reboot is self-aware fun, one-season wonder "Roadies" from Cameron Crowe, "The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" documentary on HBO Max, "How To with John Wilson" ends on incredibly high note and digging deeper into the behind-the-scenes "Marvel's 616" vignettes from Disney+.

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0:36:02 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Free Comic Book Day arriving in August this year and sales data doesn't support the current strategy from DC Comics without the Direct Market.

Jan 12, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #255 Greatest Game Show Bracket Challenge Part 2

Our debate to determine the best game show in the history of television continues!  In Part Two, "The Sajak Region" of our bracket sets 90s favorites like "Legends of the Hidden Temple" and "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" against vintage classics like "Wheel of Fortune," "Match Game," "Password" and "Hollywood Squares" until we crown another member of our Final Four.  Passions run high this episode, and not everyone makes it to the end, so tune in to hear the first rage quit in Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast history!

Length - 01:16:25

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jan 7, 2021

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #254 Wonder Woman 1984

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast returns to review the two biggest Christmas Day streaming releases from Disney+ and HBO Max, "Soul" and "Wonder Woman 1984."  SPOILERS abound, as we discuss what we liked about each film and where they fell short in this movie year unlike any other.

Length - 00:52:12

Language - PG-13.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:01:38 - MOVIE NEWS

Prepping the Poobah's best of 2020 list and lukewarm opinions and problematic story elements from Pixar's "Soul."

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0:23:10 - WONDER WOMAN 1984

The long-delayed follow-up to our favorite DCEU film splits us into two very different critical camps.

Dec 31, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #253 Greatest Game Show Bracket Challenge Part 1

Come on down, as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast attempts to decide which game show is the best of all time!  We have 34 classics to debate, pitting them against each other in a March Madness-style tournament.  Part One is a Showcase Showdown from "The Barker Region" of the bracket, featuring fan-favorites like "The Price is Right," "Let's Make a Deal," "Win, Lose or Draw," "The $25,000 Pyramid," "Starcade," "Double Dare" and more.  Only one can survive through to the final four, so tune in and see if it's your favorite!

Length - 01:00:38

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Dec 22, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #252 All Intertwined

Before everyone nestles all snug in their beds for a brief holiday hiatus, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast had to wrap up our coverage of "The Mandalorian" and dish on all the Disney news that came from their recent Investor Day presentation.  It's a super-sized episode full of more Marvel and Star Wars content than we ever thought possible!

Length - 01:43:27

Language - PG-13.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:02:36 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Disney's Investor Day 2020 revealed a metric mouse-ton of casting news, trailers, updates and reveals for upcoming movies, television and streaming content from Marvel Studios, Star Wars, Pixar, FX and more.

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0:32:40 - STAR WARS

Season Two of "The Mandalorian" concludes with Chapters 15 & 16, "The Believer" and "The Rescue," wrapping up the current action in a satisfying way and setting a new course for the series.

Dec 15, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #251 Ahsokatated

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has made it to the other side of 250, but it feels like we're just getting started!  This week, after filling in some incomplete information from a previous show, we revel in the news that 17 big budget movies will be debuting directly in our homes next year and preview what you should expect to be streaming in 2021.  Then, it's on to "The Mandalorian" and a deep dive into the most recent game-changing set of episodes.

Length - 01:06:12

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:05:15 - MOVIE NEWS

Warner Brothers' entire 2021 film slate coming to HBO Max, a closer look at the 17 movies that will stream next year, rumors swirling about Disney+ merging with Hulu and pondering the future of movie theaters.

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0:22:40 - STAR WARS

Keeping up with the latest two episodes of "The Mandalorian" with Chapters 13 & 14, "The Jedi" and "The Tragedy," in which Ahsoka debuts, Baby Yoda gets a name and Boba Fett makes his triumphant return.

Dec 10, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #250 Ronald P. Tramp Saves Christmas

What luck, that the momentous 250th episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast happened to fall during the Christmas season.  Full of good cheer, we decided to try and create a brand new holiday classic that would stand among the beloved canon of annual family favorites.  But instead, we ended up with "Ronald P. Tramp Saves Christmas."  Thanks for hanging out with us for 250 shows and have a very Happy Holiday!

Length - 00:09:08

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Dec 3, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #249 Outdated

The entertainment world moves fast.  So fast, it's easy for a show like ours to occasionally feel behind the curve.  But whether or not the news is old, our takes are fresh, and we have plenty of them!  This time out, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast discusses the problems with HBO Max, the OG Aunt Viv, the slate of upcoming comic book movies and a variety of other topics you were excited about two weeks ago.

(Please note, this episode was recorded before actor Elliot Page made his recent announcement.)

Length - 01:03:32

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:07:15 - MOVIE NEWS

"Deadpool 3" confirms new screenwriters and R rating, "Black Panther 2" starting production in July, "Wonder Woman 1984" streaming on Christmas Day, the hole HBO Max has dug itself in its flawed rollout, Pixar's "Soul" heading to Disney+, a release date for "Coming 2 America" and anticipating big things for "The Last of Us" adaptation.

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0:23:35 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion" stirs up feelings and nostalgia, Alex Trebek's final run of "Jeopardy!" episodes airing, "Conan" wrapping up TBS run and creating variety series, man on the street comedy "How To with John Wilson," "The Queen's Gambit" a massive streaming success, more astronaut content in "Challenger: The Final Flight," CBS pledging new diversity goals for their reality shows, "Lovecraft Country" faded from the pop culture zeitgeist, trying to get excited from early footage of "The Stand," "Supernatural" wraps up its 15 year run, Showtime premiers 4-part documentary "The Reagans," "Marvel 616" goes behind-the-scenes for different facet of comic company and "Moon Base 8" assembles a killer comedic cast.

Nov 30, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #248 Pixels

It's an all-gaming episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  First, we recap our most recent online trivia night with the Patrons, then the Poobah explains how he snagged a PS5 and how this next generation of consoles is shaping up.  And finally, we answer the burning question: what would it be like to live as a video game character?

Length - 00:44:10

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:10:50 - GAMING

New consoles release before the holidays from Playstation and XBox, how hard they are to get your hands on, advancements from the updated PS5 controller and some of the most anticipated games available at launch.

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0:26:58 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

Inside which video game worlds would we most and least enjoy living as a character?

Nov 24, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #247 Nine Point Eight

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast condenses all our Star Wars chatter into a single episode this time around, breaking down the latest two episodes of "The Mandalorian" and how it ties in to previously established canon, then celebrating Life Day with a new animated holiday classic!

Length - 00:47:34

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:05:10 - STAR WARS

First, we connect the dots of Mandalorian history with episodes 3 & 4 of the second season, "The Heiress" and "The Siege," introducing "Clone Wars" veteran Bo-Katan and an Imperial base full of new mysteries.  Then, it's a new Life Day tradition with the "LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special" and a lawsuit against Disney by author Alan Dean Foster.

Nov 19, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #246 Adorable Genocide

"The Mandalorian" is back and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast can barely contain our excitement.  After we get all the Star Wars out of our system, it's time for more reviews and recommendations for comedies, dramas and documentaries from across the TV landscape.  Plus: Is "Star Trek: Discovery" the best Trek of all time?  And what, exactly, do each of us owe Corey Feldman?

Length - 01:16:20

Language - PG-13.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:03:40 - STAR WARS

Getting hyped for the "LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special" and digging into the sand worms and frog ladies featured in the first two episodes in the return of "The Mandalorian."

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0:31:12 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Disney+ astronaut drama "The Right Stuff," the "Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom" NatGeo series, "Superstore" captures the comedy of the Covid era, "This Is Us" still has surprises up its sleeves, Stephen King adaptation "Mr. Mercedes" comes to Peacock, trailers for reboots of "Saved by the Bell" and "Punky Brewster," "Star Trek: Discovery" emerges as the best version of the franchise, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg reunite for horror comedy "Truth Seekers," 5-part documentary about legendary venue "The Comedy Store" and an alternate take on the story of "The Vow" with "Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult" on Starz.

Nov 13, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #245 Bad Impressions

After a week of our entertainment being limited to counting delegates, studying maps of every county in Pennsylvania, scanning footage from Arizona for Sharpies and worrying about how sleep-deprived Steve Kornacki must be, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast emerges from election hibernation to talk about movies.

Length - 01:02:05

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:00 - ONE JOB

Toasting the on-screen legacy of Sir Sean Connery.

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0:35:25 - MOVIE NEWS

A remake of Hitchcock's "Rebecca" on Netflix, revisiting "Transylvania 6-5000" after our Jeff Goldblum discussion, "The Comey Rule" digs into recent political controversies, the documentary "Gamemaster" takes an inside look at the board game industry, horror remake "Fantasy Island" arrives on HBO, being totally up for watching serial killer comedy "Freaky" and learning the true story of the tragedy on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" on the latest "Cursed Films."

Nov 10, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #244 Melon Heads

The small screen gets the spotlight in this latest episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  After a fun discussion about characters who improved the shows they joined, we take a dive into what streaming service Apple TV+ has to offer and can't quite shake the Halloween spirit with a campfire story about an obscure Ohio legend.  Join us!

Length - 01:25:18

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:25 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

Which TV character that arrived after the first season made their show infinitely better?

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0:31:54 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A sampling of Apple TV+ offerings like "The Morning Show," "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet," Tom Hanks' war film "Greyhound," the political documentary "Boys State" and Ewan McGregor's motorcycle travelogue "Long Way Up," comedians try to relax in Netflix's "The Cabin with Bert Kreischer," "Hollywood" exposes ugly underbelly of old-timey era, "Son of a Hitman" podcast looks into the real story of Woody Harrelson's infamous father, an Ohio-based monster-hunting podcast "Cryptic," AMC's FearFest premiers second season of "Eli Roth's History of Horror," "Cursed Films" and new iteration of the "Creepshow" anthology, a glut of game shows reboot "Supermarket Sweep" and other classics, "Miracle Workers" returning for a third season set in the Old West, "The Good Lord Bird" stars Ethan Hawke as militant abolitionist John Brown and HBO stages a classic episode of "The West Wing."

Nov 5, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #243 Scooby-Doo Joker

We didn't think there was enough comic book news to fill an entire episode, but are happy to be proven wrong this week!  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast will let you know what recent books to add to your pull list and reveal the behind the scenes business dealings affecting your friendly neighborhood comic shops, along with another classic time travel novel and a recap of our latest virtual trivia night with the Patrons.

Length - 01:06:44

Language - PG-13.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:11:35 - THE TIME WARP

The short and sweet anti-war classic "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut offers a different twist on time travel conventions.

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0:15:45 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Baltimore Comic Con goes virtual this year, Ike Perlmutter spends big bucks in the final days of the election, IDW underestimates demand for "TMNT: The Last Ronin," Marvel makes their comics available digitally within a shorter time frame, DC's two new distributors down to one after just six months and our thoughts and reviews on major recent titles like "Dark Nights Death Metal," "Rorschach," a colorized version of "The Walking Dead," "The Department of Truth," "Crossover," Marvel's "X of Swords" and "Batman: Three Jokers."

Oct 29, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #242 Lisa Loeb (I Missed You)

Happy Halloween!  In this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, we learn which movie scientists have proven to be the scariest of all time instead of curing covid, catch up with our favorite Kazakhstani journalist, realize we don't know much about Ethan Hawke, relive history with both a popular manga title and a Best Picture contender and much more.

Length - 01:21:16

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:12:06 - THE TIME WARP

Sampling the source material adapted into Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow" with the manga "All You Need Is Kill."

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0:15:01 - ONE JOB

Trying to figure out whether anyone involved has a strong opinion about Ethan Hawke one way or the other.

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0:37:10 - MOVIE NEWS

"The Science of Scare" tries to mathematically prove the most frightening horror film of all time, Carla Gugino's narration entices us to watch "The Haunting of Bly Manor," Sacha Baron Cohen returns after 14 years for "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," disturbing true crime tale "American Murder: The Family Next Door," timely Aaron Sorkin period piece "The Trial of the Chicago 7," Netflix's "The Babysitter: Killer Queen" is a fun schlocky sequel, "Terminator: Dark Fate" arrives on Prime and the 2020 documentary "Feels Good Man" traces the evolution of an infamous meme from indie cartoon to hate symbol.

Oct 22, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #241 Finger Scars

Our running time goes a little long this week, but there is SO MUCH great content out right now that we need every spare second to tell you about it.  Whether it's on network TV, cable or a streaming service, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast chronicles the most recent shows that are making us laugh, making us cringe, disturbing us, uplifting us, educating us, disappointing us or entertaining us.  (And that's just the "Happy Days" section!)

Length - 01:51:23

Language - PG-13.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:02:12 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

How would you prove that a time traveler claiming to be you from the future was telling the truth?

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0:15:18 - THE TIME WARP

Graphic novel "I Killed Adolf Hitler" by European cartoonist Jason.

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0:19:05 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Happy Days" continues to entertain long after its shark got jumped, dark drama "Utopia" disturbs us with a plot about a pandemic, mature superhero show "The Boys" concludes its daring second season, a trailer for the animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman's "Invincible," new episodes of awkward teen comedy "PEN15" arrive on Hulu, more converts to the cult of "Workin' Moms," the entire run of "Schitt's Creek" now available on Netflix, "The Haunting of Bly Manor" not getting the same buzz this time around, "South Park: The Pandemic Special" nabs the show's best ratings in years, NBC's "Connecting..." tries to milk comedy from social distancing, timely sitcom "Woke" about an imaginative cartoonist, chapter four of "Fargo" telling an unconventional 1950s crime story, CBS All Access documentary "Console Wars" chronicles the Nintendo / Sega rivalry and feel-good sports story "Ted Lasso" is the comedy we need right now.

Oct 16, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #240 Free Roaming Ducks

It's a movie-centric new installment of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast this week, as we cover more recent bad news for the theater business, review a handful of recent releases and celebrate the career of the beloved and the beguiling Mr. Jeff Goldblum.  And we manage to do it all in one take, as usual!

Length - 01:09:20

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:05:02 - THE TIME WARP

Taking a look at the acclaimed 1970 sci-fi novel "Time and Again" by Jack Finney.

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0:08:48 - MOVIE NEWS

Regal Cinemas theater chain shut down for foreseeable future, "Jasper Mall" documents the modern decline of shopping mall culture, "All In: The Fight for Democracy" traces history of voter suppression in America, "American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules" reboots the franchise from a female point of view, dark kidnapping drama "The Chain" being adapted by Edgar Wright and Millie Bobby Brown stars as "Enola Holmes" in a family-friendly adventure from Netflix.

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0:43:16 - ONE JOB

Debating a single standout performance from the career of the always effervescent Jeff Goldblum.

Oct 13, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #239 The Devil Went Down to Milwaukee

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast returns with an episode full of time travel, award shows, 70s sitcoms, football, TV trailers and more fun-ass documentaries than should be allowed by law.  So hop aboard our train of thought and hang on for the ride!

Length - 01:20:32

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:07:30 - THE TIME WARP

A time travel mystery with an Agatha Christie feel in "The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton.

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0:12:18 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The winners of this year's socially distant Emmy Awards, "Happy Days" just gets weirder and weirder in its later years, docuseries "The Vow" examines modern day Hollywood cult, "I Want My MTV" episode of A&E's Biography chronicles early days of groundbreaking channel, a minority perspective of the genre in "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror," Ridley Scott's "Raised by Wolves" debuts, a season unlike any other documented by "Hard Knocks," Hulu's "Helstrom" set in a supernatural corner of the Marvel Universe, more footage of "WandaVision" from Disney+, "Father of the Bride Part 3(ish)" reunites the family for charity during quarantine, excitement builds for season two of "The Mandalorian," and a podcast recommendation about a struggling actor in "Dead Eyes."

Oct 8, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #238 “Dune” Trailer Reaction

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast takes another brief diversion from our regular sort of episode in order to watch the "Dune" trailer from director Denis Villeneuve.  We run down the star-studded cast, share our memories of the cult-classic 80s iteration, review the original Frank Herbert novel and react to our first taste of the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster!

Length - 00:17:26

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Sep 29, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #237 Big Brother Briefing

We step away from our regular broadcast for the Poobah to fill us all in on the recent developments surrounding his favorite reality show with this mini-episode all about "Big Brother."  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has the scoop on the Season 22 All Stars and all the wall-yellers and fake-criers in the house through Friday, September 25th 2020.

Length - 00:16:45

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Sep 25, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #236 Check it for Teeth

Rising up the ranks to become the #3 TV review podcast in Cambodia hasn't gone to our heads and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is working as hard as ever to bring you the kind of insightfully off-kilter discussions that got us to this peak.  So prepare for even more "Happy Days," shoehorning "Riverdale" into completely unrelated topics and a documentary about a theme park where you take your life in your hands.

Length - 01:12:30

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:08 - THE TIME WARP

Discovering a gem of historic literary fiction with Octavia E. Butler's "Kindred."

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0:10:05 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Our debate over the accuracy of the phrase "jump the shark" continues to rage with further dissection of "Happy Days," the third season of "Yellowstone" shares startling similarities with "Riverdale," a shortened second slate of "Doom Patrol" episodes, Disney+ tests a group watch feature, a "Doogie Howser, M.D." reboot in the works, new season of Amazon's "The Boys" off to a strong start, "Hard Knocks" following two California teams for 2020, wading deeper into "Lovecraft Country" and the too-crazy-to-believe tale of a death-defying theme park in "Class Action Park."

Sep 18, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #235 Farm to Table

Movies are starting to return to the big screen, so Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is giving the industry a closer look, including early box office results, shuffled release dates and brand new controversies.  Plus, we take a moment to reflect on the 15th Anniversary of Jordan's comic shop, revisit a literary classic and recommend even more fun-ass documentaries!

Length - 01:08:43

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:11:33 - THE TIME WARP

Rereading Seth's very first time travel book with Mark Twain's 1889 novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."

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0:16:55 - MOVIE NEWS

"Wonder Woman 1984" delayed until Christmas day, Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" the canary in the coal mine for the U.S. box office, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" a video on demand success, X-Men spinoff "The New Mutants" arrives after years of delay, "Mulan" opens in China amidst new controversy, non-fiction book "The Last Duel" being adapted, fun family film "The One and Only Ivan" on Disney+, partisan political documentaries "Fahrenheit 11/9" and "The Brainwashing of My Dad," examining the "healthy" fast food trend with "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!" and Jon Stewart's election-year comedy "Irresistible."

Sep 15, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #234 Big Brother Briefing

Allow the Poobah to fill you in on all the recent developments and controversies surrounding his favorite reality show with this mini-episode all about "Big Brother."  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has the scoop on the Season 22 All Stars and all the machinations going on within the house up through Friday, September 11th 2020.

Length - 00:23:07

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Sep 14, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #233 Everything’s Coming Up Dog Man

While this episode is primarily about the comic book industry, we also sneak in some toy talk, listener feedback, restart old arguments about "Karate Kid" and learn of Chadwick Boseman's passing mid-recording.  But if you stick with us through all of that, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast gets to toast a friend's movie deal, dissect the recent "bloodbath" at DC editorial and slice a few surprising slivers out of a book sales pie chart!

Length - 01:13:42

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:13:36 - THE TIME WARP

Getting to relive days from the past in "Do You Realize?" by first-time author Kevin A. Kuhn.

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0:22:34 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Friend of the podcast James Patrick's upcoming "The Kaiju Score" gets a movie deal, the "bloodbath" at Warner Brothers affects DC with mass layoffs, bookstore sales of graphic novels a world of difference from comic shops and reviews of recent releases "Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go," "Legion of Super-Heroes" by Brian Michael Bendis, the origin of the Hulk villain "Maestro" and "Batman: Three Jokers."

Sep 9, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #232 Rat CatcHer

With an entire show full of DC Comics properties to discuss, we shined the Illustrious signal into the sky and he appeared!  Original Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast co-host Michael K. Easton returns to fill us in on his new job, wax nostalgic about Transformers and drop some of that patented DC knowledge as we break down all the trailers, teases and tidbits from the recent Warner Brothers FanDome event!

Length - 01:16:50

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:44 - DC FANDOME

A better look at the villains in the final trailer for "Wonder Woman 1984," a full cast and character reveal for "The Suicide Squad 2," a grim and gritty teaser starring Robert Pattinson as "The Batman," more footage revealed for "Justice League: The Snyder Cut," an official title for "Shazam 2" and an early peek at "Black Adam," along with footage from upcoming video games "Gotham Knights" and "Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League."

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0:34:22 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The cartoon prequel trilogy "Transformers: War for Cybertron," video game documentary "High Score," "Project Power," a Netflix original superhero story, the bleak and surprising "Justice League Dark: Apokolips War," the retro animated films "Batman and Harley Quinn" and "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" and sampling DC Universe's "Harley Quinn" show now that it's on HBO Max.

Sep 2, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #231 We Still Got It

Journey through time with your friends at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, as we discuss television from the 70s, a comic book from the 80s and one of today's most hot-button topics, along with a new sci-fi series on HBO with something to say and an expert primer on the latest All-Star season of "Big Brother."

Length - 01:11:36

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:55 - THE TIME WARP

Super short sci-fi stories found in "The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks."

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0:07:57 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Continuing our research into the "jumped the shark" vs. "burned down Arnold's" debate with a thorough "Happy Days" rewatch, "Yellowstone" ends season three with a bang, the premier of new HBO prestige drama "Lovecraft Country," a baseball broadcaster's blunder leads to mixed thoughts about "cancel culture" and the entirety of the hilarious "Brockmire" now streaming on Hulu.

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0:45:12 - BIG BROTHER

Resident super-fan, the Poobah, lays out all the players and early drama in the house as season 22 of "Big Brother" kicks off.

Aug 26, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #230 Protect the Chenbot

Welcome back for another all-new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  This time around, we have anecdotes about introducing our kids to a comedy classic, getting to share our knowledge with new faces at the comic shop, hearing the siren song of our favorite vintage toys and all the other ways we're trying our best to make lemonade out of 2020's pile of lemons.

Length - 01:07:47

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:40 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Hard-boiled "Perry Mason" reboot debuts on HBO, the true-crime documentary "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," a version of "Big Brother All-Stars" for the COVID-19 era, "Stargirl" nears the climax of its exciting first season, a playful Twitter feud between "Doom Patrol" and "The Umbrella Academy," seeing "Ghostbusters" on the big screen and specials about comic book icons Todd McFarlane and Alex Ross.

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0:28:24 - ANIMATION NEWS

Kevin Smith's "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" completes recording sessions, the "He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse" comic book mini-series and retro vibes from a new toy line.

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0:44:50 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A lack of news and excitement with no San Diego Comic Con, Free Comic Book Summer adds variety to local shops, a "Rorschach" mini-series to expand the "Watchmen" universe, "The Joker War" shakes up the Batman titles, adventures with DC's new distributors and two customer interactions worth remembering.

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