Sadly A Favorite ‘Stranger Things’ Character Will Not Be Making A Return

** The following article contain several spoilers from the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” **


(PCM) Fans of the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” will be saddened to learn that one of their beloved characters will sadly not be making a return for season two. For some reason fans absolutely fell in love with the quirky character of Barb, Nancy’s best friend, who tragically lost her life to the monster during her trip to the Upside Down. Fans were holding out hope that somehow Barb would pull through, however new comments made by series creator Matt Duffer to IGN appear to seal Barb’s unfortunate fate.

Even though there was a clear shot of Barb’s corpse seen by Eleven when visiting the Upside Down, there was still some amount of hope that Barb would somehow survive. Matt Duffer says to IGN, “I can’t see it happening. But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it. It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’ Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”

May Barb sadly rest in peace, however something tells us that peace and the Upside Down do not go hand in hand! Now we will see Nancy have to wrestle with the guilt of letting her best friend die while getting it on with Steve w/the good hair! Yuck!

Duffer also revealed that we may not have seen the end of evil Dr. Brenner. “I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner…as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me — when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.”

Ugh! No Barb and more Dr. Brenner, either way we can’t wait to see how season two will play out!

Forget Netflix And Chill! In North Korea You Can Now Manbang And Chill


(PCM) The incredibly isolated country of North Korea has finally launched their own streaming service, kind of like Netflix, but with much more propaganda and incredibly limited programming called Manbang. Yes, it is really called Manbang!  The new streaming service will work through a set-top box and feature extremely limited distribution. We seriously can’t get over the name!

While Netflix users are offered a wide variety of Hollywood’s finest films and television series, as well as, some stellar original content, Manbang users will be limited to only being able to watch several documentary films about Kim Jong Un’s leadership and have the ability to view lessons in learning to speak both Russian and English. Doesn’t really seem all that entertaining, but hey, some say it is a step in the right direction for the country.

In addition to watching very limited television, users will be able to read articles on the state’s newspaper Rodong Sinmun and keep abreast of the Korean Central News Agency.

The translation of “Manbang” mean “everywhere or every direction” in Korean, but considering that almost no one in the country has access to internet and that is what is needed to stream content, we can’t really see this service taking off.  Let the Manbang and Chill jokes begin!

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‘Making A Murderer’ Brendan Dassey Is Ordered To Be Released From Prison


(PCM) The news is breaking that Brendan Dassey, nephew of Steven Avery, who was convicted of assisting his uncle with the murder of Teresa Halbach has been ordered to be released from prison immediately. The case was the subject of the highly debated Netflix documentary series “Making A Murderer”. Many felt that Dassey was unfairly interrogated by the detectives investigating the case and he was coerced into making a false confession.

A federal judge reviewed the case and reached the decision that Dassey’s constitutional rights were violated during the interrogation by detectives which took place without a lawyer or his parent present. According to, who broke the story,  the judge said authorities exacerbated the problem by assuring Dassey they were on his side. The judge also added, “Dassey’s borderline to below average intellectual ability likely made him more susceptible to coercive pressures than a peer of higher intellect.”

Prosecutors in the state of Wisconsin have a period of 90 days to make a decision as to whether or not they would like to retry Dassey for the murder of Teresa Halbach . A TMZ representative spoke with the Wisconsin Attorney Generals office and they commented that they had not yet reached a decision about whether or not they will refile charges against Dassey and are currently reviewing the judges decision/order for his release.

Do you feel that justice was finally served for Brendan Dassey?  Makes us wonder what is currently going on with Steven Avery’s on-going appeal?  We are sure the Halbach family is not going to be pleased with the judges decision.

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The Success Of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’


(PCM) If you are anything like us than you have probably already binged the entire season of the new Netflix series “Stranger Things” and are on the edge of your seat waiting for some kind of announcement in regards to season two. We have so many questions at the end of season one that we almost don’t even know where to begin!

Many are actually baffled by the success of “Stranger Things”, as it has soared in popularity, almost to a level that the streaming network did not expect. In fact, sources claim that “Stranger Things” is more popular than both “Daredevil” and “Making A Murderer”, two of Netflix’s heaviest hitting series.  About 8.2 million people streamed “Stranger Things” with the first 16 days of its’ release and that number is higher than “Jessica Jones”, “House Of Cards” and “Narcos” as well!

And to think that, according to “Stranger Things” co-creator Matt Duffer, the series almost failed to exist. The series was initially rejected by about 15 to 20 networks before it was eventually given a green light by Netflix. We are thrilled that Netflix exists just for this very reason as they are well known for taking risks on several different series which would have been otherwise rejected by traditional television networks.

Despite the fact that season two for “Stranger Things” has not had an official confirmation from Netflix, the comments made by cast and producers during recent events have all most set it in stone.  The series plays with nostalgia in the most wonderful way and all of their references to 80’s pop culture and trends of the era are absolutely spot-on.  We think that is one of the major reasons it has been such a hit with audiences, especially those of us that fall into the 25-55 age demographic. The series is like taking a trip down memory lane for us!

Season one of “Stranger Things” followed the mysterious disappearance of a local boy that unearthed some terrifying secrets about a local top-secret laboratory and a mother’s passion to see her son return home safely. By the end of season one we were left with many unanswered questions that we hope will become resolved if, indeed, “Stranger Things” gets picked up for season two. Some of our top questions for season two can be found below:

**Spoiler Alert**  Questions below contain details to some major plot points of “Stranger Things” season one

  1. What in the world happened to Eleven?  Remember the Snow Ball promise?  Is she alive? (Side note: Will Eleven ever get to taste toasted Eggo Waffles?)
  2. How did Hopper and Joyce make it out of the Upside Down with Will?
  3. Is the Demogorgon really dead?  How about Dr. Brenner?
  4. Will Steve change his hair in season two?
  5. Will Nancy give into her feelings for Jonathan? (You know they belong together)
  6. Can we please bring back Barb? (it’s possible…right?)
  7. What did the government agents tell Hopper in the car at the hospital? What kind of deal did he make with them?
  8. Are we ever going to find out about children 1-10 that may have resided in Hawkins lab?
  9. Is Will Byers going to become the new villain for season two after his slug vomiting incident? Could he have opened the door to birthing a new Demogorgon?
  10. Where were Lucas and Dustin’s parents during all of the events in season one?
  11. Does Hopper know that Eleven is alive and getting the Eggo’s or is it just hope?

We can’t wait to find out more and certainly look forward to any additional information about “Stranger Things” season two!

The Killing Joke A Review

JokerI received my Blueray copy of The Killing Joke Tuesday.  The film had already been screened at Comic Con and had a Fathom Event the previous week so it’s content and it’s controversy was already out there.  I was trying hard to keep an open mind so in order to be fair to the film I decided to read the source material again before watching the film.

The original 48 page comic book set in motion a new path for the DC Universe.  Because of The Killing Joke we gained Oracle as a character and also a paraplegic became super hero.  It was a dynamic story told well and though you are wondering at the end if this is really the true beginning of The Joker you still walk away having experienced a terrific read.

The animated film version did a great job of adapting the source material and if that was all they had done this would have been a great film.  But they had to get clever.

Batgirl has always been one of my favorite characters in the DC universe.  She was originally created to attract more viewers to the Btaman TV show of the 1960s.  The shows ratings were beginning to falter at the end of the second season and the studio was hoping by adding a female character to the show it would attract more viewers.  This actually didn’t work and at the end of the third season Batman came to a close as a live TV show. But Batgirl lived on.

Barbara Gordon was the daughter of Police commissioner James Gordon and secretly Batgirl.  The relationship of father and daughter would add depth to the character for years to come.  Her relationship to , as the character grew in the comic books, was one of mentorship.  She did have a relationship was Dick Grayson, or Robin but never with Batman.  I don’t think Bruce as Batman had much of an ability for actual love.  I think an in depth psychological profile of Bruce Batman Wayne is long overdue.  Just exactly how does his obsession with stopping crime affect his relationships?  My answer would be that he is almost incapable of relationships except where they align with his cause.  This is why in The Killing Joke film with a brief sexual encounter with Batgirl is implausible.

The beginning of The Killing Joke is a new story that features Batman and Batgirl.  The two are trying to bring down a mob boss.  The Mob Boss is infatuated with Batgirl and so Batman tells here she is off the case.  Batgirl ignores him almost gets killed and in a moment of anger the two have sex.  The sex is not shown just Batgirl pulling off her top revealing her bra covered breasts.  The story come to its conclusion and the legitimate Killing Joke story begins.

I am not saying that the new part of the The Killing Joke was bad.  The story was quite good it was the addition of language and sex that bothers me.  Batman The Animated Series was loved by both kids and adults.  It had a great way of appealing to both by making the stories deep for adults but action packed enough for kids.  If they had done this with the Killing Joke I would have had much less of a problem with it.

The Killing Joke Starts with The Joker putting a bullet through Barbara Gordon’s spine and kidnapping Commissioner Gordon in order to drive him insane in a single day.  This was enough to give it at minimal a PG 13 rating but DC wanted an R rating.  I believe they feel they need to stay in competition with Marvel and the popularity of The Deadpool film forced their hand.  But DC has characters that could be used in an R rated film.  Both Lobo and The Specter come to mind.

DC is doing an incredible job with their television adventures, Arrow, Flash, Legends, Gotham and Supergirl are all great shows.  They were also doing great in their direct to video series.  I have enjoyed almost all of those.  DC has nothing to prove to anyone.  They don’t need to be controversial; in fact it hurts them when they are.  They need to take their characters and keep them seeped in the stuff that made them great in the beginning.  Superman fighting for truth justice and the American way and Batman as the obsessed avenger is a lot to work with.

The Killing Joke is a good movie.  It just has elements in it that are not necessary.  If DC would go back and take stand on doing good film work that everyone can enjoy they will rise to the top again.

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Britney Spears Pranks Jimmy Kimmel With A Late Night Bedroom Flash Mob


(PCM) Britney Spears, who is currently promoting her new album “Glory”, joined in cahoots with comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s wife to prank him in the most epic fashion.

Spears and a group of scantily-clad male dancers snuck into Kimmel’s home around 2:00am to give him quite the unexpected wake-up call. Spears and her dancers began gyrating and crawling across Kimmel’s bed, waking him up for a sound sleep.

His reaction was absolutely priceless! We are wondering if he even managed to get back to sleep that night!

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