MARVEL’S M.O.D.O.K. SERIES REVIEW
Hulu, Robot Chicken, and Marvel team-up! Sounds like a one-off Marvel title in the 80s that probably would have had the “Not Brand Echh!” imprint on it. And so, in some ways, is this stop-motion animated show featuring Patton Oswalt as the voice of the giant-headed, hoverchair bound, supervillain (that was much cooler in the comics, just sayin’). Like in the comics, here he runs A.I.M., a super-science group FOR EVIL. Only here, he loses the top dog position and has to work for a corporate toady type. Also here, he’s married with a wife and two kids, one a MODOK herself, only the wife has finally realized he’s useless and is kicking him to the curb. Oh, and he’s being stalked by a time-remnant younger version of himself who wants to change him from being such a pathetic loser. Sigh. Chris, Neil, Matt, and Eliot took a look at these episodes and came to the conclusion that if you’re looking for scathing, relevant, superhero satire that makes great use of the d-list characters from canon….probably go watch DC’s “Harley Quinn” instead.
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CREATED BY: Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt
STARRING: Patton Oswalt, Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly, Sam Richardson, Jon Hamm, Nathan Fillion, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Hader, Kevin Michael Richardson, Meredith Salenger, Zara Mizrahi, Dustin Ybarra, Chris Parnell, Eddie Pepitone, Alan Tudyk
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
Matt Foster (Screener Squad)
Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.
Eliot Nelson (Screener Squad, Staff Writer)
Soaked in the soggy rains of Seattle, Eliot developed a love of sci-fi, movies, cartoons, heavy metal, and all of geekdom. Pursuing his passion for the written word, he got his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has since worked exclusively in the foodservice industry, like any liberal arts major worth their salt. Eliot wiles away the hours listening to movie reviews, writing his epic sci-fi novel, and consuming as much media as possible. His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, City of God, Dawn of the Dead, and Groundhog Day. When not rambling to himself about the ineptness of entertainment executives, Eliot posts infrequently on Twitter and squawks regularly on his podcast The Debasement Tapes.
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