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Screener Squad: Knuckles

Knuckles Series Review


It’s been thirty years since Knuckles made his Sega Genesis debut in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Now the chaotic mascot races onto Paramount Plus in a 6 episode mini series before Sonic The Hedgehog 3 lands in theaters this December. The master emerald has been protected and the evil Doctor Robotnik has been defeated. Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) enjoy their new found family and soak in the sunshine’s rays of peace. Knuckles the Echidna (Idris Elba) however is having an existential crisis. A warrior wishes not for down time, but rather enemies to challenge their warrior spirit and light ablaze their fire of passion. After being visited by ghost Chief Pachacamac (Christopher Lloyd) , Knuckles realizes that to maintain focus he must teach his tribe’s ways to a new champion. Enter Wade Whipple (Adam Pally). After losing a spot on the bowling team, the Deputy of Green Hill Zone is feeling like a total loser. Together with Knuckles he’ll learn the power within and discover that the true hero doesn’t earn all the trophies but rather refuses to give up when the chips are down. It’s a road trip to enlightenment featuring the comedic hijinks of Stockard Channing, Edi Patterson, Kid Cudi, Ellie Taylor, Rory McCann, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Cary Elwes, and more. Bradly, Jordan, and Mike discuss their history with Sega, their favorite actor cameos and gags from the show, and ponder why so many major icons from Japan take a back seat as secondary characters in Hollywood productions.


CREATED BY: John Whittington and Toby Ascher

STARRING: Idris Elba, Adam Pally, Kit Rakusen, Julian Barratt, Christopher Lloyd, Rory McCann, Scott Mescudi, Ellie Taylor, Alice Tregonning, Stockard Channing, Edi Patterson, Cary Elwes, Darcy Castle, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Ben Schwartz, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Tika Sumpter




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)

Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.



Mike J. McAllister (Screener Squad, Staff Writer, Head Video Editor)

Mike J. McAllister is a filmmaker, editor, writer and animator. He is also a film junkie, dog lover and Surge-aholic (Hi, Mike). He grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, where he earned the reputation as the “human IMDb” and was on a first-name basis with every video store clerk in town. He later studied film in Pittsburgh. He has since written several unproduced screenplays and TV pilots. He has also produced a number of short films, some of which have appeared in festivals across the country. He is a ninja with Final Cut Pro and is armed with a mind full of mostly useless pop-culture trivia. He also enjoys animation, MST3K, classic video games and being the “music geek” among his friends (which really just means he buys vinyl and listens to music that doesn’t come from an anime soundtrack). He resides in Austin, Texas, and can be followed on the Instamagrams at @ohheyitsmikejm.



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