ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to letters from listeners proposing a variety of reasons as to why Pixar’s latest animated feature, LIGHTYEAR, didn’t meet expectations during its opening weekend. Was it a result of bad casting, a strained relationship between studios, convoluted marketing or stronger-than-expected competition? No one is sure – but it’s possible the problem runs much deeper than an origin story for an action figure might let on.
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden discuss the broader implications of a question posed by an Imagination Connoisseur who asks why Obi-Wan Kenobi is such a boring character in his own series. In fact, one could ask why so many Star Wars series seem to be “running in place” and not really going anywhere with characters who don’t seem to be doing all that much. Is there a larger force at work here that no one seems to acknowledge? And where have we heard THAT before?
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from an Imagination Connoisseur who asks why Hollywood seems content remaking and re-booting successful movies rather than making movies with “great potential” that might have not met expectations when they were first released to the public. As Rob and Mike point out, there’s a lot more involved in a successful remake than one might imagine.
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden discuss Rob’s recent revelation that he is, in fact, THE GATEKEEPER OF ALL FANDOM and what Imagination Connoisseurs can now expect of him serving as the judge, jury and adjudicator of all things geeky. Plus interesting letters from fans.
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about THE BOYS return to streaming and the first three episodes of their third season. As you can imagine, Rob has a few thoughts on both the start of the third season and the series overall.
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about today’s article in Variety laying out the troubles facing the DC Cinematic Universe – a management shake-up at Warner Bros. and bad behavior by the lead actor in their upcoming FLASH movie which is set to debut in June of 2023.
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about the reactions to racist and threatening messages sent to Moses Ingram by a small but vocal minority of toxic Star Wars fans. Both Disney and Obi-Wan Kenobi star, Ewan McGregor, were quick to show their support of Ingram and her work on the show. But Rob and Mike try to take a deeper dive into why some fans feel it’s okay to behave in such a way.
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from a listener who asks why fans seem to get more belligerent about their likes and dislikes when it comes to appreciating art and storytelling as they age. Is it all because of bad storytelling or are there other factors at play here, too?
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from a listener who asks why when it comes to making films or TV, genre franchises don’t use the best stories available – even if those stories were created for other media like comics, novelizations, etc.? And when it comes to the Star Wars franchise in particular, why aren’t stories like the Republic Commando series included in the mix?
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from a listener who asks why producers spend the money necessary to purchase established, science fiction intellectual property and then develop projects that have very little in common with that IP. Two examples include the recent FOUNDATION series (based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy) and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (developed by Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout production company).
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