The End of the Marvel Netflix Era

Over the weekend, I re-watched Avengers: Endgame, this time with 6 extra minutes, and - it was certainly long. 3 hours and 7 minutes is a long time to sit still, not counting the ads and trailers. And while it was great to see this epic again, I wouldn’t say that the extra minutes contribute much - they really belong on the DVD/Blu-ray/VOD release, on which they will almost certainly appear as bonus features.

Now I’m heading out to see Spider-Man: Far From Home, but not before I talk about the final season of Jessica Jones, which I watched over the weekend, as well as re-watching the first 2 seasons. It’s a fitting end to the Marvel/Netflix era, in that it personifies the best and worst that the programming experiment had to offer. The show itself, like the entire Defenders experience, was decidedly mixed. The only constants were the incredible performances from the cast, particularly Krysten Ritter as Jones and Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeryn Hogarth. They, and the rest of the cast (and us viewers!) deserved a bit better. Still, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to a concept that looked great on paper.

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About That Angel 20th Anniversary Reunion

Way back in April, I was hearing (and reporting - https://anchor.fm/mattsager/episodes/Joker-Trailer-Has-Arrived--Also-Happy-Birthday-to-RDJ--and-Angel-Anniversary-Reunion-Rumors-Persist-e3lhfg) rumblings about an Angel 20th Anniversary from David Boreanaz - which is ironic, as you’ll learn from tonight’s podcast. You’ll also learn that a reunion is indeed in full swing, with the cast reuniting for an Entertainment Weekly interview and photo shoot, and most of them convening right here in New York City for NYCC 2019!

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Swamp Thing Actor Discusses Cancellation

DC Universe briefly flirted with Swamp Thing, their third original show. In doing so, the streaming service was finally adding content and working towards building an app/streaming service with a bit of actual content. However, DCU only got 4.5 million over the legal limit in tax breaks to shoot in North Carolina. They thought thy could ill-get even more gains, and so rather than wait and give the series a shot, DCU has taken their ball and gone home. As for the actors, writers, directors, the cast and crew that thought they had a job?

Nope, they just packed up their lived and moved to North Carolina for nothing, for DC Universe to cancel it just six days after the well-reviewed, fun to watch, pilot. But having seen one episode, who’s going to stick around for a lame duck show that will end with a ton of plot threads and incomplete character arcs? I will, I guess, but the trust that DC has severed here - from its customers to the talent and creative team of Swamp Thing - is gone. As, I suspect, will DC Universe be in the near future. It’s bee a year and there’s barely any content, half of it is terrible - I’d be very surprised if we don’t see DCU shut down, and move it’s content over to the as-yet unnamed WarnerMedia streaming service. Hopefully the WB might recognize the good in Swamp Thing, and resurrect the show. I don’t really know that they are planning such a move, and I have no idea whether the cast and crew would sign up for this craziness again.

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First Trailer for Epix Alfred Begins Series, Pennyworth

Batman's best friend, father figure, and - well, butler - has an origin series, Pennyworth, coming to Epix July 28. In the first trailer, released today, we meet a young Alfred, who meets a young Thomas Wayne and kicks a whole lot of Cockney ass, setting himself up to be a butler to Thomas' son, a lunatic who lives out his own personal Die Hard every single night. Tonight, I play the trailer and discuss my first impressions of the show.

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The Week in TV: Swamp Thing and Archer Premieres, Twilight Zone Finale

It's been a busy week for television/streaming shows: Swamp Thing had its series premiere - I like it, and encourage you to try it, but with some caveats which I discuss tonight.  I don't discuss anything that happens on the episode itself, because the Matt Sager Podcast, unless and until it is stated otherwise, is a spoiler-free zone. I will say, that if you are a DC Universe subscriber,  it adds value to your membership. It's not a reason to start a new subscription, though. So, good but there's still not a service's worth of programming here.

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David Harbour Speaks out on Hellboy

Hellboy is ending its run theaters, not with a bang but with a whimper to the tune of $40 million worldwide. By contrast, the movie cost $50 million to produce, not including the expenses of marketing and promoting the film. So, between that and the dismal reviews, this has been a loss all around.

Hellboy star David Harbour is finally speaking out about the film, which was said to be fraught with production issues including numerous personal battles between Harbor and director Neil Marshall, which included such fun as Harbour walking off the set in frustration, and rewriting his own scenes - also, one assumes, in frustration. But Harbour is keeping things very classy, and in fact a bit confusing as, to avoid burning bridges, he sort of blames it all on Marvel movies being the gold standard for all comic movies, an argument with a lot of holes which I discuss - but then Harbour goes into a whole weird rap about flavors of chocolate, and I sort of think he may be getting distracted and hungry. All this and more, on tonight’s steak and ice cream, I mean Matt Sager Podcast!

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Elizabeth Warren, AOC and Kirsten Gillibrand Hated the Game of Thrones Finale, Too

It's not just you, me, our friends and families, and every user of IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes who hated the Game of Thrones series finale. Political superstars Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez express their disappointment with the episode, and its message. You can watch their video (spoilers, obviously) here: https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1130864643063328768

New York Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand vents her own disgust with the finale in two videos, which you can watch here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kirsten-gillibrand-game-of-thrones_n_5ce3e1c3e4b075a35a2d3e4d

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Robert Pattinson Is Our New Batman

Well, we have some Batman casting news: Robert Pattinson is the next Dark Knight. Thoughts? Yeah, I'm still processing it all, too. It's certainly a conversation starter, so let's start the conversation, and hope for the best. Sorry, Armie Hammer, your Sisyphean quest to be the Bat has come to a close. I also know who the villains are - they're a blast from the past, and frankly the whole thing sounds like a huge disaster, but you never know. In any case, let's lay out everything we now know about The Batman, and start speculating about where all this is going. 

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