The Americans Podcast #1: Getting Cerebral with FX’s 80’s Spy Drama (Blast Off #20)

FX’s mid-season premiere of The Americans took in 4.7 million viewers during its debut night. The series, centering on two Russian sleeper agents – Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) – stationed in America during the 80s, has already become a favorite at BuzzFocus. In the first Americans Team Focus Blast Off, we delve into the cerebral Pilot and discuss the dynamic backdrop of the 80s and the Reagan administration.

We also geek out on Miami Vice, favorite ways to snap a neck and why the 80s had the best make-out cars.

Listen to the first The Americans podcast below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-20.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #19: The Following – Reasons to watch Fox’s serial killer drama

Fox’s mid-season premiere of The Following, starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, was one of the most intriguing new dramas of the 2012-2013 season. In the first Following podcast, Team Focus explores the highs and lows of Fox’s new series as well as pitfalls of the pilot. We give our expectations on the fifteen episode season and share our thoughts on which characters to watch out for as Joe Carroll’s cult unfolds.

Listen to the first Following-cast below:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/blastoff/Blast-off-19.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #18: Geeking Out with the Nerdist ‘NerdTerns’

In the latest Team Focus Blast Off, BuzzFocus chats with Mo Fathelbab (onsite Producer at the Nerdist Showroom) and Jenny Fine (artwork featured on NTSF:SD:SUV Episode 2.8, “Comic-Con-Flict”), Producers of the Nerdist Channel’s new comedy series, NerdTerns. The series takes an offbeat, meta look at life at the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.

NerdTerns just crossed the halfway point in the series’ freshman season. In this Blast Off, we share a few laughs, while discussing what went into creating the series, pitching to Chris Hardwick, comedic influences, and guest stars. The series debuts new episodes every Saturday on YouTube.

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Blast Off #17: ‘Looper’ – Time Travel that Finally Stands Out

Looper fever has taken over BuzzFocus. In the latest Team Focus Blast Off, Ernie Estrella and I dive into Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, and discuss what separates this time travel film from other sci-fi films of the past decade. MyTakeOnTV editor, Amrie Cunningham, joins us for this special podcast that you don’t want to miss.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Looper – Downright Brilliant Despite Time-Travel Rule Bending

Blast Off #16: Breaking Bad Season 5 ‘Finale’

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Another summer of Breaking Bad has come and gone, leaving fans with a full year to wait for the imminent series finale. But was it a mere mid-season finale for Breaking Bad’s fifth year or a season finale?

In the 16th Team Focus Blast Off, BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella and I discuss the finer points of the past five years of Breaking Bad.

We delve into the evolving psyche of Walter White (Brian Cranston), exploring Heisenberg’s major choices which are ushering him towards a downfall. But, who will suffer, die or make it out alive in the process? This podcast unravels the symbolism of Year 5, hanging plot threads and expectations on Breaking Bad Year 6.

We may have over a year to wait for Walter White’s thrilling finale, but the debate begins now:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/nerdysecrets/Blast-Off-16.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #15: The ‘Brave’ End of Pixar

Does Brave signal the end of the Pixar Dynasty?

For more than a decade, Pixar has become the renowned leader in CG feature films. Not only does the company push the boundaries of animation – in films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo – but the company has always made proactive strides towards giving viewers a layered story that appeals to both children and adults alike. What happened in 2006 when the company was acquired by Disney? And how are the company’s changes reflected in Pixar’s latest crop of films?

In the 15th Team Focus Blast Off, BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella and I discuss the changing landscape of the Pixar behemoth. We cross-examine Brave against Pixar’s entire catalog of films, including: The Incredibles, Cars, Wall-E, Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Up.

The discussion also branches off into a two new TV-animated series worth checking out: Tron: Uprising and The Legend of Korra.

If you’re a fan of Pixar and CG animated films this is one Blast Off you will definitely want to listen to.

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[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/nerdysecrets/Blast-off-15.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #14: Thundercats Ho! Season Finale, Dissecting the Reboot

Thundercats Season 1 has come to a close. Now, it’s time for Team Focus to Blast Off once again by looking back at the 26 episode season and dissecting the good, the bad and the awesome of the Thundercats reboot.

Whether you’re a fan of the G1 Thundercats series or a newcomer to the Thundercats mythos, you’ll want to listen to the 14th Team Focus Blast Off, where BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella and I examine the new series from showrunners Michael Jelenic and Ethan Spaulding.

Beginning with Lion-O’s bitter rivalry with his brother Tygra, we go into the new style of Thundera. Team Focus checks out the love triangle between Lion-O, Tygra, and Cheetara as well as the new take on Panthro, Mumm-ra and the animal races on Third Earth.

This is a Blast Off Thundercats of all ages will definitely want to check out:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/nerdysecrets/Blast-off-14.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #13: ‘Elementary’ Vs. BBC’s ‘Sherlock’

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Sherlock Holmes is getting a facelift in a major way this fall in the new series Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, on CBS.

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But will Sir Doyle be rolling in his grave when he sees the new series? In the 13th Team Focus Blast Off, BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella and I discuss the latest news on Elementary, the CBS modernization of the Sherlock Holmes saga, which will be set in New York City. In the wake of the current BBC Sherlock series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, we look at key differences between Sherlock and Elementary – most notably Liu as Watson. We also explore all the things that made Sherlock great and what pitfalls showrunner Rob Doherty should avoid in order to reach the same success as Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Listen to the latest Team Focus Blast Off and let us know your thoughts on CBS’ Elementary, slated for a Fall 2012 premiere, Vs. BBC’s Sherlock, currently heading into its third season.
Listen now:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/nerdysecrets/Blast-off-13.mp3[/podcast]

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Blast Off #12: Examining Green ‘Arrow’ – The CW’s Latest Comic Book Hero Drama

The CW presented several new shows at its Upfront celebration in New York City this month. As fans of the CW’s previous Smallville series, starring Tom Welling and Justin Hartley, we were extremely looking forward to the first trailer for Arrow, based on the DC Comics’ character Green Arrow. The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance.

In the 12th Team Focus Blast Off, BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella and I discuss the first trailer for Arrow (you can see it here). We explore potential story arcs, secondary heroes and villains we’d like to see and potential politically influenced story arcs. We also dive into Arrow’s vast array of arrow weapons, ranging from flash bang arrows to boxing glove arrows.

Also appearing in the series are David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.

Listen to the latest Team Focus Blast Off and let us know your thoughts on The CW’s Arrow.

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Blast Off #11: Justice League of America the Movie – Learning from ‘The Avengers’

Now that Avengers 2 has been officially been announced by Disney-Marvel, it’s time to shift our gaze towards another team movie that has been long in the making.

The Justice League of America from DC Comics and Warner Bros Entertainment.

On the 11th Team Focus Blast Off, BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella and I discuss what made The Avengers work and what DC Comics needs to do to ensure an equally successful JLA movie – which would potentially feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and at least four other DC Comics heroes.

We’ll dip into the importance of the upcoming Man of Steel movie from Director Zack Snyder as well as the end of Christopher Nolan’s run on the Batman movie franchise with The Dark Knight Rises. We’ll also discuss why Green Lantern failed to raise interest in a DC Comics team-up movie and what heroes would need to shine to ensure the JLA had its own Brightest Day.

Listen to the latest Team Focus Blast Off and let us know your thoughts on the Justice League of America movie:
[podcast]http://www.buzzfocus.com/nerdysecrets/Blast-off-11.mp3[/podcast]

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