All the major media news outlets are reporting that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has officially been cast as Negan in The Walking Dead. Morgan is well known for roles in Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, and as the Comedian in the Zack Snyder film Watchmen.
Anyone familiar with his work will know while this is unexpected, it is brilliantly inspired casting. Negan will be unveiled in the season finale and will likely be around for awhile. In the comics Negan is still around. Frankly, he makes the Governor look like open house night at preschool.
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The guys are back to discuss everything from TV shows including the season finale of The Walking Dead and the debut of Daredevil on Netflix to the fashion faux pas that is jean shorts. We also discover that Jack LOVES Doug.
This episode’s recommendations:
Paul: Guardians 3000 by Marvel Comics
Hugh: ReAnimator by Dynamite Entertainment
Jack: Nightwing (1996) by DC Comics
Corbs: “I’m not even here and I still don’t read comics “
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On Monday March 2nd around 6:00pm My friends Paul, Hugh, Corbs and I had the opportunity to review 5 Wits in Destiny USA. Every time I go to the mall I pass by this place and wonder what it was. I wanted to know what went on in there and was always curious. I know am proud to say I went into this place and left very satisfied. There are three attractions, Tomb with mummies, Dragos Castle and Espionage. My friends and I did all three and enjoyed them all.
Paul Showens – Host/ Producer
As listeners to our podcast know, (Episode 12 specifically ) We have been extended the opportunity to check out 5 Wits in DestiNY USA in Syracuse, NY. Well, the boys from G33kpod took full advantage of that hospitality and made the journey on Monday night ( March 2nd 2015 ).
What is 5 Wits? 5 Wits is a cutting-edge, live-action entertainment venue that immerses participants in realistic, hands-on adventures. Think a Disney World ride meets a live action video game. Espionage, TOMB and Drago’s Castle are currently available. In Espionage, you’ll be trained as spies, infiltrating and taking down a mysterious villain in his secret lair. In TOMB you’ll be trapped in an ancient Egyptian tomb fighting for your life against an angry Pharaoh! And in Drago’s Castle, you’ll join forces with a princess to escape a dungeon, solve ancient riddles and come face to face with a giant dragon! That got your attention didn’t it? I’ll talk about each of the adventures in a minute but let’s start at the beginning.
Appearances are deceiving. Your 5 Wits experience begins with an unassuming storefront. There’s lots of thematic merchandise arranged around the room and it doesn’t do much to draw you in, as a matter of fact it kind of obscures the real attention getter, The doors to the adventures! If I had a knock on them at all, it would be this. Find a way to draw more attention to those really cool doors!!!!! The merch is cool and all but, if I’d have noticed those doors before, I would have been in there long before now!!! Once inside we met the staff who would be assisting us in our experience, A great group of people they have working there.
Adventure awaits! So, what about those adventures? 5 Wits was gracious enough to allow us to experience all three of the adventures. Each of the adventures are very immersive with top notch, state-or-the-art effects, there are even a couple of “how’d they do that?” moments! All of the experiences begin outside of the entrance to the adventure. There will be an introduction video that will acclimate you to the storyline. These videos are well produced and very informative and have just the right of campy-cheesiness to make them awesome. Once the intro is over, the fun starts right-away!
Prove your worthiness and survive to tell the tale!
Enter a 3,000 year old tomb with only a flashlight and your wits to guide you! At an archaeological dig, you find yourself deep in an Egyptian tomb… face to face with the spirit of an ancient Pharaoh! Are you brave enough to make it out alive? The only way to survive will be to best the Pharaoh at his own game and prove your worthiness… but watch out for traps along the way! Test your skills in this amazing adventure thousands of years in the making!
Sounds awesome right? Hell yeah it was! This was my personal favorite of the 3 adventures. Like all of the experiences, it was extremely immersive. , going through it made me feel like Rick O’Connell. ( Yes. From the Mummy Returns ) You really get the feeling that you’re exploring an ancient tomb! It’s creepy and has a strong sense of foreboding throughout the adventure. The puzzles are difficult but not impossible and require you to use your brains as much if not more than your body. This was a very cool adventure with a rewarding ending. Next time I run TOMB, I’m wearing a fedora ( which you can buy from the merch area in the storefront! )
Are you Uppeth for the Challenge?
We’ve opened the drawbridge on Drago’s Castle — our most epic live-action adventure! But the dragon has escaped. And the princess needs your help recapturing him.
See if you have what it takes to escape the dungeon cell, solve the king’s riddles, discover secret passageways, and come face to face with the giant dragon! Otherwise, there may not be a storybook ending…
This is the one I expected to love the most and it was a close second! The tone for this one was a bit more lighthearted, but no less immersive. The environments were amazing and the dungeon area even smelled musty and dank! This experience was a bit more physical but nothing taxing. The puzzles on this go round were quite varied. Some were quite difficult ( we had one that we failed, actually ) and to answer the burning ( pun intended ) question…. Yes you DO see the dragon and he’s awesome! Once again, the finale was outstanding and made for a great experience.
The Fate of the Free World Depends on You!
Time is ticking and everything is on the line when the evil CABAL Corporation threatens the world. Do you have what it takes to infiltrate an enemy base and disarm the missiles before it’s too late?
Dodge lasers, crawl through vents, defuse a giant missile and stop a madman from triggering a world war in this action packed spy thriller! Every puzzle you solve, challenge you conquer, and mistake you make will change the outcome, so stay sharp, move fast-and don’t get caught!
I guess by default this was my least favorite of the three but I still had a blast! The challenges were very cool, much of it was more physical than the others ( nothing beat dodging lasers! ) The story was engaging and the sense of urgency is really driven home during the final challenge as the atmosphere teeters into chaos ( you’ll see what I mean when you experience it for yourself.)
Final Judgement. I absolutely LOVED this experience. 5 stars all the way! I cannot recommend it enough. Everyone should go check this out at least once! My suggestion, clear an evening and buy the 3 adventure package. It’s the best value and the most fun, and don’t forget to tell ‘em G33kpod sent you.
For more details, including Pricing and Hours of Operation visit 5-wits.com
The store front is average sized and unassuming, and this may be why I looked but always passed by 5 Wits at the Destiny Mall. I was always interested, even stopped by and grabbed a brochure, but was hesitant to spend my money on something I did not understand. So let’s clarify something:
There many things I spend money on without knowing all the details. A movie, a new restaurant, etc. With those things however I understand the concept of what I am getting. What has stopped me from experiencing 5 Wits is I had no frame of reference for what my money was buying. I needed someone to tell me it was worth the price. That person would have been right.
For lack of a better phrase, 5 Wits is an interactive adventure. Like something you would find at a theme park in Florida. There are three themed adventures, with a fourth coming in April. They cover the gamut pretty well from Egyptian tomb to medieval castle to secret agent. All three are done exceptionally well, with attention to little details that will surprise you. Each takes about a half hour to complete, and is much larger than you would expect.
From the outside, 5 Wits does not look like it could house an entire castle or tomb. That is part of the reason I never took the concept seriously. What you can’t see is the massive space behind it, and the incredibly clever use of space just beyond the entrance. Each experience has multiple rooms and feels like a different world from the retail temple just outside it’s doors. Yes, it is hard to believe there is a castle with a dungeon in that place, but there is.
In speaking with the assistant manager John Taylor, we found out that each attraction takes about ten days to build. Which is hard to believe after you have gone through one. From the dust and stale air when you first enter the Pharaoh’s tomb, to the smell of metal and grease when you enter the dungeon, it seems every little detail was seen to with the zeal of an artist. I was continually surprised by the little touches scattered all about. While most of us will never enter and Egyptian burial site, I have to think the experience would be not too unlike this. With artistic license of course!
Another thing that struck me was the enthusiasm of the employees. The two gentleman working that evening were clearly excited to be selling their product. From a clear knowledge of the workings to being more than willing to answer any questions we had, I felt like they were there because they love show and not just for the pay check. After we went through the first attraction and saw that we were scored, they proceed to explain the workings of the scoring system. There is also apparently a meta game throughout which gives bonuses at the end if you are quick and clever enough.
For those wondering, everything is wheel chair accessible. In a clever work around, any small passageway or obstacle you come across also has a door that can be opened by the more able of the group going first. We did not catch that as twice our large selves crawled through tunnels only to see we could have sent skinny Jack through first and had him open the door for us. All three can be intense and the tomb is a bit scary, but nothing worse than a Harry Potter film. Use your best judgement and common sense with your little ones.
Finally, two things stood out for me the most. The first was when Jack didn’t show, we figured he wasn’t going to make it and started without him. As we entered the second room of the tomb he came bounding through a somewhat hidden door and scared us all half to death! The second thing was during our last run through the Espionage adventure, I finally got to do something I have always wanted to do. Badly, but I did it. I will leave it to you to go see and guess what I am talking about.
First up, Z Nation finished it’s freshman season about they way you would expect it to.
Oddly enough the final episode felt less campy and more serious drama. They finally reveal some back story and we find the evil scientist that seems to have created the virus alive and well and still playing with dead things.
There isn’t much to say about this show that hasn’t been said already. It’s mindless fun and it is renewed so we get more of it next year. If you can accept that every show about zombies does not have to be as good as The Walking Dead, then there is nothing wrong with this sillier take on the end of the world.
Overall Grade: B-
Good enough equals awesome on the SyFy network. Can we call this dumb when the classic movies had zombies screaming for “BRAAAINNNSSSS!”? That’s like Star Trek fans picking on Star Wars fans for being nerds. This will never win an Emmy, and that is fine by me.
Which brings us to The Walking Dead
Best season ever so far. Although I feel like Rick has been lost this season. Not lost sad Rick or lost crazy Rick, just lost in the overall story. He is being quite bad ass and vicious this year. I can’t tell if we are to think he is losing his humanity, or if he came to this place organically but we have seen him so infrequently this year that it seems abrupt.
Scott Gimple has really found a great balance with this show. Keeping it exciting but not sacrificing the action. It will never be as action heavy and bloody as half the internet wants, but there was some great stuff this year.
In the finale they killed another one.
Beth Greene is dead. People like to applaud the show for killing off major characters. I am going to say something now I have never seen any outlet say:
Yes this show is great, and they take risks… but not really. I don’t want to see the major players die, but I tire of hearing how brave they are when really, they pick the character lowest on the totem pole so as not to cause riots, and kill them. Beth dying was sad. Herschel, Andrea, Dale, Lori, Sophia, T-Dogg… the only one of them that actually mattered was Shane. I love this show but let’s not pretend like Beth was ever anything more than a supporting role. This was not shocking, just sad as I will miss her.
There, I said it… now on to the best scene and gif since ever…
Overall Grade: A
They aren’t hanging out in a farmhouse anymore. They followed the comic. They killed some stuff. What more could you ask for?
Arrow, like The Flash, had an excellent end to the first half of it’s season. Punctuated by an epic fall finale that might be the best out of the whole crop of fall finales. Without recapping the entire season, Oliver finds out that Thea not only came back with Merlyn and has contact with him, but she killed Sara. She was under the influence of “mysterious druggy plot devicey thingy”, but still she ultimately fired the arrows into Black Canary. Thea lies to Oliver about having contact with Merlyn and basically they have the most dysfunctional tree trimming in Starling City.
To anyone wondering if Arrow would be as exciting as its big screen DC counterparts, man did the finale really make a case for the TV universe. Not only did it really end in a way that you figured they wouldn’t, it has also unfortunately led to this websites highest quotient of shirtless men in a single post. The battle with Ra’s al Ghul atop a snowy mountain.
As good as anything in a motion picture, this battle was more than I think we expected. Again I think they could have worn some clothes, but this is the CW network. Shirtless guys are kind of their thing. Lack of attire aside, it was an amazing fight sequence worthy of the big screen.
I wasn’t sold on the guy playing Ra’s until this episode.
He may not look right or sound right, but he is Bad Ass. Especially when he stabs Oliver in the chest with a sword, and kicks him off a mountain. Yup, he kills Oliver Queen. That means we must be making with the Lazarus Pits because there is no getting out of that no matter how in shape you are. That is why this is my favorite mid season finale this year, because they killed their main character. They had the balls to do it. Not fake it or wuss out at the end. This leads them more in to comic territory than ever before. Not only was this shocking but it is a promise of an even better show coming. That’s how you do a mid season finale.
Just to balance the all the shirtless guys, here is our first look at Ray Palmer’s Atom suit.
Overall Grade: A-
Can’t really ask for much more than this. Nothing is perfect and we still spent time this season moping a bit. Also, can someone explain how they make Alex Kingston look fat every time she guest stars. I thought she had gotten fat, and then I see her on Doctor Who and she looks the same. So what is going on??!!
Since getting a bit off track with the holiday season, I decided it was time to get back in the saddle with the G33kpod Mid Season Report Card. First up, The Flash.
The second quarter of The Flash’s first season continued the growth and promise shown previously. The highlight of that was clearly the much hyped Flash/Arrow crossover. First and foremost, this was not a publicity grab. Both the Flash side of it and the Arrow side were well thought out and some of the most entertaining tv so far this season. They were two partly separate stories, not just a part one and part two. I was taken aback by that because I always assumed they would take the easy two parter road for these episodes, and was not expecting two mostly self contained stories geared toward the audience of that specific show.
The episodes also showed a conflict, resolution, and growth in the relationship between Barry and Oliver. Made me want to see the two team up every three or so episodes.
The other major development was The Reverse Flash
We finally see Barry face off against the man who murdered his mother. I was expecting this plot thread to last at least until the end of the season(and it might still), but it seems like they may be revealing things much sooner. All signs point to Harrison Wells having a strong connection to the bad guy, if not being the Reverse Flash himself. I didn’t feel like we actually know much more now than we did before, but I was not let down at all with the movement of the plot. Could use a bit less pining over Iris but somehow I don’t think that is going to change any time soon.
And then the big news…
They are really doing Firestorm! Looks like a homeless man on fire right now, but I am guessing that might change in the latter half of the Season.
Overall Grade: B+
Paul will whine about it, but it’s better than a B-! The show is great, but is still finding it’s voice. I feel like if first quarter had let loose like the last quarter the grade would be higher. Plenty of time left to bring that up to an A by the end of the season.