In this episode of the Fandom Hybrid Podcast, Hanako and Anthony continue their discussion on the CBS Access limited series The Stand, based on the novel by Stephen King. Episodes 3 & 4 have a central theme about meetings. We learn a little more about Nadine’s history with the Dark Man. A series of meetings and encounters lead Stu, Fran, Harold, Glen, and Dayna on a converging path towards Mother Abagail. We meet Nick (whose change in origin story does not make Hanako happy!), Tom Cullen, and Julie Lawry. The Dark Man tell Nadine his plans for Boulder, and her subsequent partnership with Harold proves deadly.
In this episode of the FHP, Hanako and Anthony discuss the first two episodes of the new CBS Access limited series The Stand, based off of the best-selling novel by Stephen King. We also discuss the novel and comparisons of both to the original mini-series from 1994.
Happy New Year from the Fandom Hybrid Podcast! 2020 is now firmly in the rear-view mirror, and I think we speak for all when we say “good riddance!” All of us at the FHP are looking forward to seeing what 2021 has in store for us. However, 2020 wasn’t all that bad – there were a few good things to come out of that dreadful year.
Let’s take a look at what is, what was, and what’s to come.
From friendship, love of fandom, and boredom, a podcast is born. The Fandom Hybrid Podcast launched at the end of September 2020 and was born from a combination of two things: a love for talking about all things fandom, and a boredom of being stuck in the house due to a global pandemic. With movie theaters being closed and fan conventions cancelled because of Covid-19, I needed to find some way to continue my love of fandom in the midst of all of the craziness. After years of blogging and guesting/co-hosting for other outlets, I finally took the advice of my friend Cat (creator and hostess of the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast) and made plans to launch a podcast of my own.
After putting out some feelers for friends of mine who were interested, I found three others that I knew would be a great fit: Michael – an old geek friend from high school who I’ve known for 30+ years; Anthony – a friend and co-worker that has also appeared on SFPL (and who ran the first website I ever blogged for); and Lorrie – another former blogger/podcaster that I met through SFPL and a mutual friend, Darrell Taylor of the Taylor Network of Podcasts. These three are all people with whom I have enjoyed hours of conversation about a myriad of subjects in TV, film, and books, and even though none of them knew each other, I knew that they would all mesh well together once we hit the record button. However, since none of them are currently caught up or interested in The Walking Dead universe (gives them the side eye), my friend Kacey joins in when it comes to talking about all things TWD.
Once we got started, we hit the ground running and haven’t slowed down since. In the three months since we launched, we have produced 36 episodes of the podcast – including a livestream podcast recording of myself and Cat, to cover the series finale of Supernatural. In addition to The Walking Dead and Supernatural, we have covered season 2 of the Amazon Prime series The Boys, the first season of the Netflix series Cursed, and season one of the Sundance Channel/AMC+ series A Discovery of Witches. With the December announcement that all remaining 2020 and upcoming 2021 Warner Bros. films will stream to HBO Max, we were also able to cover the Christmas Day release of Wonder Woman 1984; that episode was released on New Year’s Day.
So, what’s next? January looks to keep us busy, as we plan to cover the following: A Discovery of Witches (season 2 premieres Jan. 9), American Gods (season 3 premieres Jan. 10), WandaVision (series premiere Jan. 15), The Watch (series premiere Jan. 3), and Legacies (season 3 premieres Jan. 21). We have a few other shows whose current seasons have already ended, but we may go back to re-visit them if time permits; we are also open to suggestions, so if you have something that you want us to cover, please let us know in the comments.
The plan is to also re-activate the blog section of this website, in order to continue to provide updates (such as this one) and Lorrie will be adding some book reviews in the next few weeks. Hopefully, with the rollouts of the vaccines for Covid-19, we can soon begin to resume such things as going to the movies, going back to conventions, etc., so that we can further explore our geekiness to our hearts’ desire.
Happy New Year!!! The Fandom Hybrid Podcast welcomes 2021 by having our discussion on the Christmas Day release of Wonder Woman 1984. Listen in to find out what we loved, what we hated, and what didn’t make sense. We also talk a little about the DC films in general, and what makes them so problematic.
Vampires, and witches, and demons – oh my!!! The season 1 finale of A Discovery of Witches sees a “mini Congregation” of sorts coming together as the vampires (Matthew, Miriam, and Marcus) and demons (Hamish, Nathaniel, and Sophie) join the witches (Diana, Sarah, and Emily) in New York. Juliette confronts Diana and Matthew, with disastrous results Diana makes a bargain to save a life. Baldwin and Satu are both put on trial. Domenico picks a side. Diana and Matthew come up with a plan to hide from the Congregation and Knox. Matthew and Diana test her powers. Matthew gifts Marcus with a new responsibility. Matthew and Diana’s attempts to leave may have been disrupted by Satu, Knox, and Gerbert. Episode ends with a huge cliffhanger.
This is the final episode for 2020; we will resume in 2021 with a review of Wonder Woman 1984, and Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches. To all of our listeners, thank you for joining us this year, and we look forward to the conversations next year. Have a safe and Happy New Year!!!
In S1E7, the penultimate episode for the season brings Matthew and Diana to New York to escape the Congregation. Diana learns the truth about her dormant powers and is given a glimpse of the past. Satu and Knox come to an understanding. Domenico continues to move his pieces around the chess board. Miriam and Marcus arrive in New York to provide extra protection. A ghost offers a new clue about the missing pages from Ashmole 782. Diana and Matthew receive an unwelcome visitor.
In S1E6 of A Discovery of Witches, Satu kidnaps Diana to try to find out the extent of her power. Baldwin and Matthew clash. The de Clermonts work together to locate Diana. Satu uses dark magic and gets more than she bargained for. Diana’s visions help her to escape. Satu finds Gerbert’s enthralled witch and sets her free. Matthew gives Baldwin an ultimatum. Sophie reveals an unbelievable truth to Agatha, to stress the importance of her finding out Diana’s identity. The de Clermont’s figure out the source of Diana’s blocked magic.
Tensions amongst the species are at a boiling point in A Discovery of Witches S1E5. Matthew returns to Oxford, where he discovers that a certain witch has broken into his lab. Ysabeau does everything she can to discourage Diana in her pursuit of Matthew. Hamish gives Matthew some much-needed insight. Ysabeau takes Diana hunting, as Matthew hunts his own prey. We learn more about Matthew’s past, including how he came to be sired by Ysabeau. Chaos continues at the Congregation as all groups have different ideas about what to do about Matthew and Diana. Satu takes matters into her own hands and enters an unlikely partnership, which puts Diana into more danger.
We are at the halfway mark for Season 1 of A Discovery of Witches, and things are happening fast. Matthew and Diana arrive at Sept-Tours, to a less-than-welcome reception. Diana finds out the disturbing truth behind her parents’ deaths. The Congregation is thrown into chaos as Knox’s accusations against Matthew causes conflict for its leader. Sophie’s visions become more clear to Agatha, as she figures out to whom the statue must go to. Knox’s secrets are revealed by unlikely sources, resulting in a different reaction than he’d hoped for. The Congregation delivers a message to Diana, and Matthew sends a response of his own back. As Matthew and Diana’s new bond is put to the test, Diana’s magic begins to reveal itself more and more.
The FHP crew discuss the third episode of A Discovery of Witches, and there’s a LOT to digest. As Diana and Matthew get closer, we learn more about Matthew’s background. Satu visits the Congregation and finds more than she bargained for when she searches the Witches archives for information on Diana. The daemons are finally introduced to the story. Domenico and Gerbert begin to plot against Matthew. Diana and Matthew have dinner, with very mixed results. After a disgusting intimidation tactic, Knox finds himself on the wrong end of Diana’s anger. For Diana’s safety, she and Matthew flee to France, and come to a decision that will lead them into trouble.
It’s been three weeks since we said goodbye to the Brothers Winchester, and we are STILL recovering from the end of our beloved show. Watch Hanako and Cat’s live reactions as we closed out the end of an era (and cry again, as we did as we reviewed this video LOL) NOTE: WE DO NOT OWN OR CLAIM THE RIGHTS TO ANY OF THE MUSIC OR VIDEO.
Media used within the video:
Song: “Carry On Wayward Son” – as seen in the Season 10, Episode 5 episode “Fan Fiction”. Artists: Vivien Armour, Alyssa Lynch, Kelli Ogmundson, Katie Sarife, Rachel Warkentin, Nina Winkler, Jay Gruska
Video: “Carry On” – Supernatural Season 15, Episode 20. All rights reserved by Warner Brothers Television, Inc. No copyright infringement intended)
Hanako, Anthony, Mike, and Lorrie discuss S1E2 of A Discovery of Witches, in which we all determine that we are absolutely hooked on this show. After realizing the extent of his craving for Diana, Matthew leaves Oxford to try to curb his appetites. The supernatural community takes an increased interest in Diana, and she learns of a betrayal within her small circle. Diana meets someone from her mother’s past, who quickly reveals his determination and motivation for wanting Ashmole 782. Matthew reveals to Diana the importance of the manuscript and how it relates to the work he’s doing. We learn a little about Matthew’s romantic past, and it’s problematic to say the least.
New show alert! The FHP crew have decided on A Discovery of Witches as our next show to cover. This show tells the story of Diana, a reluctant witch whose latent powers uncover a manuscript that could have a huge impact on the supernatural world she has tried to avoid all of her life. Things get even more complicated when she meets Matthew – a charismatic vampire who has been looking for the manuscript for centuries.
The show is based on the “All Souls” trilogy, written by Deborah Harkness and can be found on the Sundance/AMC+ Channels. We will cover all of season 1 as we anticipate the January 9, 2021 release of season 2.
Hanako and Kacey are back to discuss their favorite moments from the last few episodes and 2-hour season finale of The Walking Dead: World Beyond. We get to learn a little ore about most of the main characters (some good, some not so much), witness a few unexpected reunions, and see a few characters make noble sacrifices “for the greater good”.
Even though the show started out slow and sluggish, it is agreed that the season ended well, with interesting character developments for all, especially the two Bennett sisters – whose strong bond is the strength of the show (for us, at least).
We also discuss a little bit of our theories and expectations for the other TWD shows in the near future.
The season finale of Cursed is here, and the explosive conclusion leaves us with as many questions as it does answers. Nimue and Merlin both surrender themselves to save those that they love. Several characters reveal their true selves (albeit, in different ways). The Fey escape from Gramaire, but must still fight for their freedom. Mike and Anthony have a theory on the identity of Red Spear, and Hanako and Lorrie agree that Squirrel is the best character on this show, period!!!
All in all, we all enjoyed the show and are hopeful that we will soon receive news of a season two renewal.
The FHP crew are excited as we discuss episode 9 of Cursed. The Fisherman tracks down Merlin but gets more than he bargained for with his catch. The Queen Regent openly mocks King Uther when he makes a strategic decision, but Uther has another ace up his sleeve that she does not see coming. Father Cardin receives a couple of unexpected visitors – one welcomed and one, not so much. Nimue receives two offers from the opposing kings, and negotiates with both to save her people. Tensions between the Fey and humans of Gramaire lead to harsh consequences for the aggressors. Gawain withstands torture rather than betray Nimue, and Squirrel proves why he is one of the best characters on television, period.
In Cursed S1E8, titled “The Fey Queen”, the Fey must leave the safety of Nemos as the Grey Monk and Red Paladins close in on their location. Arthur finds a smuggler willing to transport the Fey to safety, but the ships will not be there before the Grey Monk. Nimue comes up with a plan to take the city of Gramaire back from the Red Paladins, and is reunited with an old friend. Morgana begins to see her future take shape in Gramaire. Merlin tries to bargain with Cumber the Ice King for Nimue’s safety, but her new title amongst the Fey and the fact that she holds the Sword of Power poses a threat in his quest to claim the throne. The Widow sees Nimue’s future, and it does not look good. King Uther finds out the truth about his birth.
In episode 7 of Cursed, the story starts to move along at a quicker pace as we begin to approach the end of the season. Nimue, Morgana, and Kaze avert the Pendragon soldiers by hiding in an abandoned cave with a dark history. Gawain and Arthur find themselves trapped at the mill and have to make sacrifices in order to try to save the trapped Fey. Merlin attempts to strike a deal with Cumber the Ice King in return for Nimue’s safety. While Gawain and Arthur come to a reluctant truce to ensure everyone’s safety, Nimue comes to their rescue with her most dramatic show of magic yet. A ghost from Morgana’s past comes to give her news of her future, and Nimue is crowned Queen of the Fey.
It’s DONE! Last night was the SERIES finale of Supernatural, and we had to celebrate it (and grieve) the right way! Cat (Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast) flew into Atlanta so that we could watch the show together, and afterwards we did a live video stream on Facebook that we recorded for both podcasts. Here we are in our matching Supernatural Day shirts 🙂
You can check out both the live video recording and audio-only track below.
Fandom Hybrid Podcast #22 – Supernatural “End of the Road” Group Therapy Live Podcast
Once again, #thankyousupernatural to EVERYONE who has been involved in this show for the last 15 years, and thank you for giving Sam and Dean a proper sendoff. #SPNfamilyforever
Third time’s the charm! Due to technical and audio difficulties, we had to re-record this episode twice in order to get a decent show done, but we will not be stopped!
Hanako, Anthony, Mike, and Lorrie discuss episode 6, in which Nimue and Merlin finally meet face-to-face. Nimue begins to get answers to the questions she has – even if they are most disturbing than she expected. Gawain and Arthur continue to clash, but Gawain’s disdain for humans puts his traveling party at risk. The Queen Regent spies on Merlin, which puts Nimue, Morgana, and Kaze in danger.
Hanako and Cat (from the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast) continue their countdown of the final episodes of Supernatural. We discuss our thoughts and emotions following the penultimate series episode, “Inherit the Earth”, which gives off finale vibes as we finally get the showdown with Chuck/God that we’ve been preparing ourselves for. This episode also featured a sweet, nostalgic montage towards the end that remembers “all those we lost along the way” (which can be seen below). Only ONE EPISODE REMAINING!!!!!
In the next episode of the Fandom Hybrid Podcast/Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast collaboration on the ending of Supernatural, Hanako and Cat discuss the episode “Despair”, which pretty much says all you need to know about the episode. Only TWO more episodes left before we say goodbye to the Winchesters.
In episode 5 of Cursed, the validity of Uther’s claim to the Pendragon throne is questioned. Merlin is arrested for treason and sentenced to death, only to receive a last-minute reprieve. Arthur and Nimue come to an understanding, just as someone from Nimue’s past returns. Iris continues to follow the path laid out for her. Nimue and Merlin finally meet, and their connection is revealed. So many secrets revealed in this episode; join the FHP crew and we discuss (and as Mike proclaims his love for all things Pym).
This week the entire FHP crew is back to discuss “The Red Lake”, episode 4 of Cursed. Arthur escapes from the Red Paladins. Nimue becomes a danger to just about everyone who crosses her path. Pym is alive! The Red Paladins set an example in a nearby village. Father Cardin prays for an avenging angel. Igraine/Morgana and Sister Iris both receive signs, with very different results. The Abbey pays a high price for sheltering Nimue.
In today’s episode, Hanako, Anthony, and Mike continue our discussion of Cursed. Arthur seeks to restore his family’s honor, but his lies catch up to him. Nimue wakes up in a strange place surrounded by both allies and enemies seen (and unseen). The Red Paladins come across a very important object, and we meet Sister Iris, who we predict will become a huge problem for Nimue.
In this episode of the podcast, Hanako, Anthony, and Mike talk about the second episode of “Cursed”. Anthony finally gets the exposition he’s looking for, as we get a glimpse at Nimue’s complicated backstory and how it affects her Fae powers in the present day. Merlin’s sets out to find the sword, and Arthur shows his true colors.
In the next episode of the Fandom Hybrid Podcast/Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast collaboration on the ending of Supernatural, Hanako and Cat discuss the episode “Unity”, where Hanako very firmly defends Jack and his importance to Team Free Will, but Cat is not hearing it. Dean and Sam continue to clash over Jack’s role in the fight against God/Chuck, Jack gets help from a “very” old ally, Meg (as The Empty) gives Sam some disturbing news about Death’s true intentions, and Chuck reveals his hand. We’d love to know what you thoughts are in the comments!