The Earth2 Team will be ranking every Robin that has ever sidekicked for Batman this Sunday: Septmeber 13th at 4:00pm Eastern Time. Join us live on YouTube.
Like many of you, I enjoy binging my series and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBOMax, and Disney+. Also, like many of you, COVID-19 has forced me to stay home more then I would like, along with taking a lot more added precautions before interacting with others. The real concern of the pandemic has caused a lot of damage to several companies, including bars, clubs, restaurants, sports, and movie companies. For example, Maryland lost more than $250 million in sales tax revenue in April, due to the shutdown. Shows like Ozark have become saviors to the idol mind because of the timing of the release. Some shows, like Good Girls, had to end their season early due to the realistic threat of COVID-19. Some movies, set to release in theaters in 2020, were pushed back due to fear of studios losing money. While Disney appears faithful with the idea of releasing the movie New Mutants on August 26th, and some other studios are releasing movies on On-Demand, Disney made an interesting decision, releasing their live action movie Mulan on Disney plus for $30.
Here’s where things are interesting, I purchase movies on iTunes to own, I watch them on my phone, tablet or Apple TV, I download them on my devices to watch when I’m on a flight, or at work. I also pay subscriptions to watch movies. Why would I pay a subscription service to watch a movie and content, then pay an additional fee to watch a movie on that service, knowing in a few months Disney will release the movie on the service? One answer, supply, and demand. The world has changed, COVID-19 has wrecked our 1st world luxuries and conveniences, such as sports events and movies. Disney is not in the business of losing money. They also aren’t in the business of being second fiddle. In 1989 Warner Brothers released Tim Burton’s Batman, starring Michael Keaton. 20th Century Fox released X-men in 2000, Sony released Spider-Man in 2002. Disney saw Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman hang out with the Loonytoons for convenient product placement and needed something to compete. Along came the Marvel Studios and The Avengers, Disney has not looked back. When Sony released The Interview in 2014, the studio made $15 million from the comedy. They could have made more from the theatrical release, but there was a real controversy stemming from the film and leaked emails. In 2018 Disney won a bidding war with 21st Century Fox, purchasing the media company, all of its properties, and a majority stake in Hulu for $71 billion dollars.
When the Movies like You Should Have Left, Irresistible, Capone, Trolls World Tour, and Onward were streamed due to COVID-19, Disney weighed the risk versus rewards from releasing movies like Mulan and Marvel Studio’s Black Widow. Disney didn’t get into the streaming service just to be a contender. They got into it to be a champ. What is the championship belt? Revenue! Cash is king, and the Disney theme parks have already lost $5 Billion due to the Coronavirus. Netflix has made a ritual of releasing original title movies all the time. Netflix might go up on subscription fees, but they have never charged for the movie. In July, Netflix grossed $6.33 billion. Hulu, which is now majority owned by Disney, used advertising in the past, which to this day I find insulting that I pay my hard-earned money, and you will still advertise to me like network television. HBOMAX is a new player in the game, they haven’t had a rate hike yet. But, Netflix has been blamed for the death of the video rental industry (Blockbuster and Hollywood Videos). Netflix was also being blamed for the slow death of the movie industry.
In recent months there has been a lot of discussion of Amazon acquiring AMC Entertainment. Disney, again not playing second fiddle, knows Mulan is a highly anticipated film, along with the Avatar sequels, and Marvel Studios movies. If this test run of Mulan being $30 proves successful, how does this change the face of the entertainment industry? Do companies, like Netflix, charge an additional fee for their releases. Mark Millar signed a multi picture deal with Netflix, do we pay to watch Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis or MPH on the streaming giant? Do we pay for another Breaking Bad movie? Do we pay for a Walking Dead Movie? If this is successful, and it appears Disney has picked the right movie to test this out with, you know corporate greed will lean towards yes. Years ago, the idea of paying $1,000 for a cell phone was laughable until the iPhoneX was released, now the rest is history. Almost a decade ago, paying $300 for headphones to listen to while on the bus stop was a joke until Dr. Dre placed his name on some Monster headphones. The idea of paying to play a video game online was a joke until Microsoft decided to charge for subscription service for X-box, Playstation followed suit with the release of the PS4. Video game companies constantly sell downloadable levels and characters instead of the whole game at retail value. The realm of digital corporate greed is very evident and looks for new ways to devour your pockets while many Americans rob Peter to pay Paul during this pandemic. So I pose you all this question, is Disney+ the Trojan Horse to the streaming service, and will they kill how we experience in-home convenient cinema? I don’t have a magic 8-ball, but I think we are about to head down this path, my friends.
-Dr. Kyle S. Berkley aka Kyle XY aka KB “Trap God With The Dad Bod” @Berkley4Us on Twitter and Instagram
In a surprising turn of events Anthony and Patrick liked this episode even going as far as agreeing with Stephanie, Moe does nothing but ask questions and acts shocked by all this. So join us as we discuss Star Trek: Picard. Episode 6 [The Impossible Box]. This one we actually liked so just prepare for the good. #StarTrekPicard #Enjoy and as always #Welcome2ThePlanet
This might be one of the better movies we’ve reviewed this year.
The Invisible man staring Elizabeth Moss and Directed by Leigh Whannell, does scary and thriller better than most films in the genre….
Here’s what Moe had to say about it.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax.
As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
With the addition of Stephanie, Moe, Patrick, and Anthony hit their stride, As they discuss Star Trek: Picard. Episodes 4 [Absolute Candor] and 5 [Star dust city Rag] prepare for the good, bad and the ugly of #StarTrekPicard #Enjoy and as always #Welcome2ThePlanet
Takeshi Kovacs is back in Altered Carbon season 2…. we’ve been able to preview some Episodes, and here are our thoughts.
Season Two begins 30 years after the epic conclusion of Season One, and finds Takeshi Kovacs, the lone surviving soldier of a group of elite interstellar warriors, continuing his centuries old quest to find his lost love Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry).
After decades of planet-hopping and searching the galaxy, Kovacs is recruited back to his home planet of Harlan’s World with the promise of finding Quell. Haunted by his past and responsible for investigating a series of brutal murders, Kovacs is stunned to discover his new mission to solve the crime and his pursuit to find Quell are one and the same. With the help of his loyal A.I. Poe (Chris Conner), Kovacs must now partner with new allies to outwit his enemies and find the truth: Who is Quellcrist Falconer?
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your favorite villains, if they had an alternative back story? Instead of simply locking them away, if at their inception, we sought to understand them? If we chose to help them, as opposed to fight them?
What if society didnt deem them to be ‘bad guys’, and said “Hey, we can do more if you’ll let us help you.” Granted, if they chose this path, we wouldn’t be left with the dope comics, movies, and characters we see today. Or, would we?…
As we reflect on these questions, we decided to begin a series called “Did Society Fail Them?”. Here, we deep dive on some of your favorite villains. In an effort to understand them better, we will explore their origins, analyze some scenarios and finally ask that important question: Did society fail them?
We kick things off with Dr. Victor Freis, aka, Mr. Freeze.
His origin story is that of a romantic tragedy.
Listen and enjoy, all the while asking yourself – Did Society Fail Them?
Lastly John turturro as crime boss Carmine Falcone is another shocker I don’t think anyone saw coming…
With the fall season in full swing, I’m beginning to get that feeling again. A certain feeling I haven’t felt since… (inserts Vader quote). Star Wars!. Well, more like Star Wars: The last Jedi.Since the release of the last Jedi, it almost seemed like an eternity since we’ve gotten any new Star Wars content, which made the winter months feel a little empty. Now I say empty because ever since the release of the Force Awakens which was 4 years ago, Disney’s Star Wars has owned the month of December and always had the hype of their new films heavily kick in during early fall. And due to the decision to have Solo: A Star Wars story released in summer, we never really had a major hype drought for Star Wars in such a long time. But now the hype is back and “in greater numbers.” Numbers not only as a reference to one of my favorite fictional characters of all time but literally a reference to all the new and wonderful star wars content we are getting in these next two months. Every major medium from comics, games, TV shows and movies will contain something Star Wars related, which completely amazes me. Never has there been a year that I can think of where we the fans are getting so spoiled with loads of new material.
In just a few days, we will be getting our first live-action TV series “The Mandalorian” on November 12 and three days later we will get the much anticipated Jedi Fallen order game on November 15. As for which I am excited for most, it will be tough to say but I have to go with The Mandalorian on this one. For as long as I could remember, I’ve been wanting and begging to see a live action star wars TV show. Around the year of 2005 when the announcement of a clone wars TV series would be in production I had hoped it would be a live action clone wars series with actors such as Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor reprising their roles as Anakin and Obi-Wan. When George Lucas announced that Lucasfilm will be doing a 3-D animated show that takes place during the clone wars era, I was bummed out at the possibility of never seeing live action star wars again. Could you imagine how cool it would have been to see a clone wars TV show with Jedi knights in the flesh taking on missions at their prime on a weekly bases? It would have put television shows on a scale no one has ever seen before! But as you can see, I had unrealistic expectations since a show like that would have cost way too much to produce and no major company would be willing to support a show like that for a long time. That being said, I actually wasn’t disappointed in the animated show we got, since it was some of the best Star Wars Narratives us fans ever have gotten and gave so much depth and layers to the galaxy we all love. But now the dream of a live action Star Wars show has finally come and we can rejoice it will be a highly budgeted television show similar on the level of Game of Thrones and The Crown.
The other piece of medium that I’m excited to consume is the game Jedi: Fallen Order. Ever since Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise, the Star Wars gaming world has been a bit lackluster for several years especially in the storytelling department. Yes we all know that Battlefront 2 had a campaign, and though it was cool at the time to receive a new narrative, it didn’t fill the void and expectations we as fans expected from a Star Wars game. What battlefront 2 gave us was a safe and quick story along with a looter shooter multiplayer experience that required you to put tons of money for any new content. Us fans deserve so much more and we haven’t had a solid narrative game since Star Wars: The Old Republic, which came out 8 years ago and Star Wars: The force unleashed 2, which came out a year before that. Since then, every single new Star Wars narrative game that was in development has been cancelled and forgotten about- six games to be exact. Jedi: Fallen Order will be the one to break the curse of stand alone narrative Star Wars games and how can it not be? It is only a few weeks away from its release and it has been played with praise from other media outlets this past month. As for my personal opinion on the game, I will wait to see if it will live up to my expectations when I get my hands on the game on November 15.
The last piece of media that will be discussed is the cinema world and how FINALLY, Star Wars is returning to December release dates. No matter how badly the community is split amongst the backlash of The Last Jedi and Solo, I am deeply pumped up for this final installment of the Skywalker saga, so they say. Every trailer that has been released on the rise of skywalker gave me confidence and hope that J.J would unite this shattered fanbase and deliver on the third film in this sequel trilogy. It is only 2 months away and I am loving all the tension speculation surrounding this movie. The long talks with friends, the fan theories, is what I crave the most. The anticipation is here and I hope you guys can feel it too.
So to answer the main question, Is it too much Star Wars in such little time? NEVER. We should all embrace all the new Star Wars content with open arms like a lovely thanksgiving feast. Heck if the MCU(Marvel Cinematic Universe) never suffered from content fatigue then Star Wars should be just as fine.
Epilogue: Hello there, my name is Tristen. I am a new writer here at Earth2comiccast and I will be covering all things Star Wars and gaming related. Stay tuned for more content next week, hope you enjoy.