The Matt Sager Podcast

The Matt Sager Podcast

By Matt Sager
Welcome to the podcast of Matt Sager, veteran broadcaster, voice actor, writer and producer from New York City.

I'm always on the lookout for callers, guests, and anyone who would like to participate in the show and join the fun. Send me an email to matt@mattsager.com, or call (646) 535-4788.

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HBO Max - DC Comics Properties Available at Launch
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09:09
May 27, 2020
Snyder Cut Provokes Media Hot Takes, but Cyborg Actor Ray Fisher is Thrilled
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com The announcement that the Snyder Cut of Justice League is set for release on HBO Max in 2021 has led to a startling number of hot takes from the media, the upshot of which is that this is a win for “toxic fandom.” I respectfully disagree, as this follows a long tradition of successful fan campaigns, asking for better treatments or resurrections of media properties such as Community, Firefly, Arrested  Development, and more. If the Snyder Cut is in fact the result of a studio caving to bullying, it’s hardly precedent-setting. Many of these same media outlets have championed this sort of behavior in the past. Cyborg actor Ray Fisher, meanwhile, is elated that the Snyder Cut is being released. His character had very little in the way of backstory, or anything resembling a character arc, in the Justice League movie that was released in theaters. He believes, as many are reporting, that it will include scenes he filmed which flesh out the character’s past and explain his actions and motivations.
14:30
May 26, 2020
Too Many Directors Cuts?
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14:41
May 23, 2020
DC Comics Media News
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com These last few days have been hugely eventful for the DC Comics media universe. The long-awaited 'Snyder Cut' of Justice League has not only been confirmed, but it is slated for release in 2021 on HBO Max! Batwoman, meanwhile, has lost it's lead. Ruby Rose has quit the show ahead of a now-confirmed second season, and it's possible that the breakup was mutual. 
16:01
May 22, 2020
Joe Hill Comics Bundle
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com There's another great Humble Bundle available, this time featuring Locke & Key and other comics by Joe Hill. Check it out here: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/joe-hill-idw-comics Plus, DC has released a surprise new digital-first comic: DCeased: Hope At World's End. You can pick up the first issue here: https://www.comixology.com/DCeased-Hope-At-Worlds-End-2020-1/digital-comic/860362 Lastly, Mr. Plinkett has finally taken aim at Star Trek: Picard, and given the series a sadly, much deserved drubbing. For a master class in media criticism, and a harsh but accurate summation of Picard, check it out: https://youtu.be/TwF1iri1GjQ 
06:57
May 19, 2020
Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman' To Be Released As Audio Drama
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com Neil Gaiman's Sandman is going to be released as a star-studded, Audible-exclusive, audio drama on July 15.  Pre-order it here: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Sandman-Audiobook/B086WP794Z Or check out the trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn8WDXY6hRM&feature=emb_title
07:17
May 16, 2020
Josh Trank's 'Capone' Soils His Career
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com Josh Trank is back with Capone, his first movie since 2015's ill-fated Fantastic Four. I was eager to see how Trank, who struck a chord with his debut film Chronicle, might attempt at redeeming himself and taking back the creative reigns of his own career. Instead, his pure vision (Trank is credited as Director, Writer, and Editor) produced a disgusting, disjointed and barely watchable snooze that somehow manages to make the legendary gangster boring. We never get to meet Capone or any of his family or loved ones before he has lost his mind and body to neurosyphilis, so his only actions consist of vile bodily excretions, and delusional rantings delivered in comical grunts by Tom Hardy, who does all he can to redeem the movie as the titular Alphonse Capone. Forget it, Tom - this is Redbox, the bizarro anti-Netflix where films with no redeeming value go to get financed and produced. This is Josh Trank, unadulterated and unfiltered, and it reeks.
13:57
May 14, 2020
Monday Update: RDJ Offers Marvel Memorabilia for Covid-19 Test Facility Volunteers, Rick and Morty Back on Track
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com Robert Downey Jr. took to social media on Friday, to extol the volunteer Covid-19 test center CORE. He is offering first dibs at a chance of scoring Marvel memorabilia to volunteers, in a video I've linked to below. I've also attached a link to CORE's own website, which features more info including a PSA directed by Samuel Bayer and narrated by Edward James Olmos. In less somber news, Rick and Morty season 4 continues. The show aired another episode of the second half of the season last night, a return to form after last week's meta anthology episode. No spoilers, but a brief discussion of the Alien homage 'Promortyus.' Robert Downey Jr. video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=440373643495470 Core Covid-19 website: https://www.coreresponse.org/covid19
06:54
May 11, 2020
Josh Trank Returns With 'Capone'
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  Josh Trank is back with his first movie since the disastrous Fantastic Four - Capone, starring Tom Hardy as the titular mobster. It will be released on VOD May 12, and I'm discussing some of what Trank went through behind the scenes of Fantastic Four - and how he's been dealing with it - based on a revelatory interview with Trank from Polygon which you can read here: https://www.polygon.com/2020/5/5/21246679/josh-trank-capone-interview-fantastic-four-chronicle 
21:05
May 8, 2020
Walking Dead Comics Bundle
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  The complete Walking Dead comic series is available digitally for a limited time, DRM-free, from humblebundle.com. It's super cheap and includes extras like The Walking Dead: The Survivor's Guide, Here's Negan and more, and all the proceeds benefit charity. Get in on this deal while you can - it expires May 19!
05:59
May 5, 2020
Walking Dead Developments: Virtual Writer's Room, Kirkman Sues Mobile Developer
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  Walking Dead consulting producer LaToya Morgan participated in a Buzzfeed article about how the global pandemic is changing television production. For her part, she says that the show is using a Zoom-based writer's room which is surprisingly getting more accomplished, at a faster pace, than before. Working from home is perhaps something that writers of an apocalypse-themed show were uniquely prepared for, but Morgan's comments are illuminating and the unexpectedly positive changes could have ramifications for how TWD, if not television in general, proceeds once this crisis is over. Speaking of The Walking Dead and Zoom, AMC has released Zoom backgrounds featuring some of their most popular shows. That includes, of course, The Walking Dead, as well as Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, Dispatches from Elsewhere and more. You can download those here: https://www.amc.com/talk/2020/04/spice-up-your-video-calls-with-backgrounds-from-your-favorite-amc-networks-shows Meanwhile, Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman is suing mobile developer Disruptor Beam Inc., for failing to make payments on the now-defunct mobile game "Walking Dead: March to War." Kirkman believes he is owed, and is suing for, $690,000. This per TMZ, who managed to get an exclusive first look at some of the legal documents: TMZ uses extremely informal language, but the article seems to suggest that Kirkman is suing not a jury trial, but rather an injunction forcing Disruptor Beam to make good on their delinquent payments.
07:57
April 28, 2020
Drunken Actors Recite Star Wars: Phantom Menace Script
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  We all have cabin fever and most of us are using Zoom quite a bit these days. Yesterday, actor/streamers  Rahul Kohli and Jacob Fullerton got steadily more intoxicated while reciting the script to Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Bruce Greene hosted the event, in addition to reading the opening crawl, stage directions, and calling out whenever the actors made a mistake and had to take yet another drink. Click here to see the video (I recommend scrubbing through it, as it's nearly 4 hours and 40 minutes): https://youtu.be/Jq2XuNqQEVU
03:40
April 27, 2020
Something Unfogivable - Better Call Saul Season 5 Finale Recap
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  On the Season 5 finale of Better Call Saul, Kim Wexler and Lalo Salamanca show us that they are not to be underestimated. Kim finally breaks bad, and Lalo becomes the most dangerous thing you would ever want to encounter - a wounded animal, one who appears to be wise to his betrayer. As Saul Goodman will go on to say in Breaking Bad, “It wasn’t me, it was Ignacio!” "Something Unforgivable" asks more questions than it answers, but is easily the best episode of the season, and in my opinion the best television of 2020 to date. 
24:57
April 27, 2020
#NTYCBD - Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Volume 19
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also follow me on: Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  There isn't going to be a new comic book day as we knew it for the foreseeable future, so I'm sharing one of my #NTYCBD (New To You Comic Book Day) picks. Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Volume 19 (click the link to buy it at Amazon*) is a classic collection of stories from the Bronze Age of comics. David Michelinie is the main writer of these stories, which are illustrated by some of the all-time great artists including John Byrne, George Perez and more. While new comics remain in limbo during this global crisis, and we're stuck indoors, there's never been a better time for revisiting classic comics. I think you'll enjoy this time capsule of a great creative period for Marvel, and Earth's Mightiest Heroes. *Affiliate link
13:37
April 20, 2020
Bad Choice Road - Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 9 Recap
Thanks for checking out today's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and leave ratings and reviews! If you’re watching on YouTube, please like, share and subscribe, and hit the bell for notifications. You can also subscribe using any of your favorite podcast providers and apps. Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. Follow me on Twitter: @mattsager Instagram: @realmattsager Check out my website: http://www.mattsagervoiceover.com On the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul Season 5, Saul and Mike complete their trek through the desert - Saul is badly burned and dehydrated, and suffering from PTSD, but he’s alive. It would be nice to think that the worst is over, but the cover story that Mike gave him doesn’t fool Lalo, who doesn’t like being lied to and who has met Kim, who he knows is in on Saul’s operation and therefore “in the game.” This episode is unbelievably suspenseful, and the fate of many characters is left uncertain as we head into next week’s season finale episode. 
17:34
April 15, 2020
SYFY To Air Battlestar Galactica, Xena Marathons
Thanks for checking out the show - make sure to subscribe, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  If you're going to have to be stuck inside, you should at least be enjoying some quality entertainment. What better time than a quarantine to binge the all-time classic TV shows, like Battlestar Galactica and Xena: Warrior Princess? SYFY will be airing both series in their entirety in the coming weeks, with special guest hosts including Tricia Helfer (BSG) and Lucy Lawless (Xena). Sure, we're sheltering in place, but unlike the classic Portlandia sketch we don't have a choice - so why not indulge? I've got the dates, and more details, on tonight's news blast.
03:53
April 12, 2020
Bagman - Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 8 Recap
Thanks for checking out today's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  Everything goes wrong on the latest episode of Better Cal Saul, "Bagman." Saul's newfound confidence leads him into danger, pain, and a test of his moral and physical integrity that will change him forever. Bonds are forged and broken, innocence is lost, and urine is consumed on this amazing episode directed by co-creator Vince Gilligan!
21:25
April 7, 2020
JMM - Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 7 Recap
Thanks for checking out today's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  Wedding bells are in the air on the latest episode of Better Cal Saul, "JMM." That doesn't mean that Kim has made an honest man out of Jimmy/Saul, however. Far from it. He's actually in court, defending Lalo Salamanca, and getting a new motto to replace "Justice Matters Most," and instead focuses on his dark new mission in life. But with this new power comes a sense of grandiosity, which allows Saul his own "I am the one who knocks!" moment as he finally unloads on Howard Hamlin.
19:52
April 1, 2020
Wexler v. Goodman - Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 6 Recap
Thanks for checking out today's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  Today, we're recapping the latest episode of Better Call Saul - season 5, episode 6, titled "Wexler v. Goodman." It's a turning point for many characters, who are on the precipice of decisions which will change the course of their lives going forward. Kim has to choose between the ethics by which she's always lived, or the fun promised by Saul's world of chaos. Mike has already made his choice, and he's all in with Gus - which is very bad news for Lalo Salamanca, whose joyride and prominence in the cartel is brought to an abrupt end thanks to a traitor in his ranks. Nacho puts his trust in Mike that, in return for bringing down Lalo, Gus will spare him and his father. Where all this leads, we will find out as we start counting down to the season finale.
21:13
March 24, 2020
Dedicado a Max - Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 5 Recap
Thanks for checking out today's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Want to contribute to the show? You can donate anytime at http://paypal.me/mattsager Or become a patron, and get perks at my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  Today, we're recapping the latest episode of Better Call Saul - season 5, episode 5, titled "Dedicado a Max." This episode sees Kim breaking badder than ever, working with Saul to help out the little guy by fighting dirty. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with an old associate and Howard remains blissfully unaware of who smashed his car - he just wants Jimmy/Saul on his team, as he faces the future with a new sense of positivity and enlightenment. We can only wonder what would have happened had Saul taken him up on his bizarrely earnest offer, but he's having way too much fun playing around in the dirt with Kim. Here's hoping she survives the experience, with her integrity and career intact.
18:45
March 18, 2020
Namaste - Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 4 Recap
Tonight, we recap the latest episode of Better Call Saul - season 5, episode 4, titled "Namaste." This episode is sees the main characters trying to clean up the messes they've made - of their lives, their karma, and their relationships - with varying degrees of success. Even Howard Hamlin has decided to try and be a decent guy to his old whipping boy, who now goes by Saul but will forever be "Charlie Hustle" in the smug eyes of Howard, no matter how much superficial zen enlightenment he feigns. It's a repulsive display of what to Howard feels like humility and generosity, but what to Saul is an obvious front, one given away by Howard's ostentatious car, complete with a vanity license plate reading "NAMAST3." Spoiler alert: This car does not have a happy ending in store. Meanwhile Kim wants to fix some of her own karmic damage, and is willing to play dirty to get it done. And who plays dirtier than Saul? Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
19:04
March 11, 2020
The Guy For This - Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 3 Recap
Tonight we recap Better Call Saul season 5, episode 3, "The Guy For This." Saul finally meets Lalo, and springs Krazy-8. In the process, we see the return of two classic Breaking Bad characters, and Saul unknowingly gets caught in the war between the Salamancas and Gustavo Fring. Things are no better for Kim, Mike, Nacho, or the rest of the main characters - everyone is abandoning their hopes and ideals, leaving them to rot like a discarded pistachio ice cream cone. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews!  You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message  Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
14:46
March 10, 2020
50% Off - Better Call Saul Season 5 Premiere Part 2 Recap
Tonight we recap part 2 of the Better Call Saul premiere event, "50% Off". Despite promising Kim that he wouldn't launch his new business with a 50% discount on "non-violent felonies," he of course goes ahead with the plan anyway, leading to chaos, crime sprees, and even the wanton destruction of innocent garden gnomes. Despite this, Saul's business is moving full steam ahead with a churn-and-turnover business model that rakes in almost more business than he can handle, even as his relationship with Kim is falling apart. Mike, for his part, is losing his most important relationship, his bond with his beloved granddaughter, Kaylee. Things are also heating up for Nacho, Lalo and Krazy-8, who land themselves in legal hot water and find themselves calling Saul. If you missed my recap of the first half of the Better Call Saul premiere, "Magic Man," you can listen to it here: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/episodes/Magic-Man-Better-Call-Saul-Season-5-Premiere-Recap-eb76b5  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
16:39
March 6, 2020
Magic Man: Better Call Saul Season 5 Premiere Recap
Better Call Saul is back, with a 2-night premiere event which aired last Sunday and Monday. Tonight, we discuss the first episode, "Magic Man," as Jimmy McGill is completely supplanted by Saul Goodman, and Jimmy's relationships and morals spiral rapidly down the drain. Thriving business and deteriorating happiness is a theme for this episode, and likely for all of season 5. Meanwhile, in the present day, Gene faces new threats and finds the courage for a moment of heroism, or despair - a pattern that Jimmy/Saul/Gene seems destined to repeat, until death - which may be coming soon, as old enemies seem to be closing in! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
14:34
March 3, 2020
HQ Trivia RIP?
HQ Trivia, which never paid me my winnings from Stephen King trivia night, abruptly shut down and fired its 25 employees on Valentine's Day, just as they were expecting an acquisition. According to HQ co-founder and CEO Rus Yusupov, announcements of HQ's demise - which, keep in mind, came from him, just 6 days ago - may be premature. He has been tweeting all sorts of optimistic announcements, which makes me wonder - will HQ 2.0, if it comes to pass, rehire its unprofessional, charisma-free hosts who went out in a blaze of drunken glory? For that matter, where are my $16 dollars, Rus? I want some acknowledgment of my accomplishments as a Stephen King Constant Reader! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
13:03
February 21, 2020
Catching Up With Saul: Season 4 Recap
Better Call Saul season 5 premieres Sunday, February 23 on AMC, so what better time to catch up with the events of season 4? Tonight I do just that, recapping all of the important events and developments of the previous season of the best show on television.  AMC has also compiled a video recap, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/63-70fUSyfY And here’s a sneak peek at a scene from the premiere, which I also referenced last night but which is relevant to tonight’s podcast as well: https://youtu.be/MdySs41e_es Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
25:09
February 20, 2020
The Podcast Returns: Prepare for the Sager Saturation!
I'm back after a longer-than-expected hiatus, and it has been one heck of a coffee break. I have my reasons for my absence, but what matters is that I'm back with a vengeance. In addition to the return of daily episodes, watch for even more, themed podcasts, focusing on topics from TV and movies, to books and graphic novels, to even - gulp! - politics and news of the day. A Matt Sager network, if you will, is on the way, and with it a greater focus on YouTube as well. Thankfully, I'm back in time for the upcoming premiere of Better Call Saul - season 5 airs February 23 on AMC, check out a sneak peak here: https://youtu.be/MdySs41e_es Also, coming the long-awaited reboot of Amazing Stories is coming to Apple TV March 6 - check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/8sa8EDeb3eQ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
15:21
February 19, 2020
Halloween in September: Stephen King and the Walking Dead Return
Stephen King is everywhere, with It: Chapter 2 in theaters, his new novel The Institute on bookshelves and Kindles, and even the difficult-to-find but excellent TV show Mr. Mercedes back on TV. Plus, HQ Trivia recently hosted a King-themed game, which I won but for which I have not been paid! Still got bragging rights, though. In the meantime, AMC is ramping up promotion for the upcoming 10th season of The Walking Dead. There are new messages of unifying purpose, mission statements of sorts, both from the show’s cast of survivors and their arch rivals, the terrifying Whisperers. You can find the originals here - https://www.instagram.com/p/B2Mn0VwFysi - and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iH2Hr3byhg You can also see some promotional images and behind-the-scenes photos, including Thora Birch in full Gamma makeup, on The Walking Dead’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/amcthewalkingdead/ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
13:57
September 13, 2019
Matt's Mailbag September 5, 2019
It’s been a while since I’ve answered listeners questions on this show, so tonight is dedicated to catching up on your emails! You can ask me anything, anytime: send questions or comments to matt@mattsager.com or you can use any of the various ways to get in touch I’ll list at the end of tonight’s show. Also, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is returning for a history-making 14th season! Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/zhbcZluEDNs Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
16:35
September 6, 2019
Marvel's Latest Disney Plus News
Continuing coverage of this weekend’s massive news dump, let’s turn to the new Marvel Disney Plus projects announced at D23. Sadly, the video promo for WandaVision has not been released publicly, but it’s been described to me and it sounds amazing. The promo image, which has been released, supports the narrative that we’re looking at the Dick Van Dyke Show as imagined, and quite possibly willed into one reality or another, by Wanda Maximoff. The Scarlet Witch’s actual love interest in the MCU is no longer with us as of Avengers: Infinity War, so this show promises a look at the true extent of Wanda’s powers, as well as her damage, which has been explored to great effect in Marvel comics going back to the ‘80s and was depicted as recently as Tom King’s Vision miniseries. Three new Marvel shows for Disney Plus were also announced over the weekend, and while I guessed one correctly, the other two are pretty surprising and very exciting. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
16:48
August 28, 2019
Jesse Pinkman's Second Act
There is a lot to catch up on, so I’ll start with the most exciting news; the story I’ve been researching, investigating and reporting on for a year or more: the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, is coming to Netflix on October 11! And oh yes, we have a trailer: https://youtu.be/lZKqMVPlDg8 Aaron Paul himself has some recommended viewing material to prepare you for El Camino, a very pivotal scene which he has helpfully embedded in this tweet: https://twitter.com/aaronpaul_8/status/1165686413918167040 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
17:29
August 27, 2019
Doctor Demented
We’re taking a brief detour from entertainment news and reviews, to discuss some personal life stuff. That’s always been part of my show, and if it was ever called for - wow! So, no disrespect to Robin Williams, laughter is not the best medicine. Especially if it’s terribly unfunny, but honestly anyone who treats patients should disclose if they have a - well, career is a major overstatement, but - if they spend their nights doing open mics specifically about their medical practice! If there is a .000001 percent chance that my health is going to be the subject of some hack’s open mic set, that’s .000001 too many.   So, since I have a podcast of my own, I discuss this latest goofy life development, and I’m taking referrals because, as a patient, I have made a hasty exit, stage left!  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
13:25
August 13, 2019
Liefeld Done with Youngblood
After an unannounced, unscheduled hiatus, the Matt Sager Podcast is back! And just in time to comment on 2 great streaming shows that have premiered in recent weeks: the revived Veronica Mars, whose season 4 is airing on Hulu, and Amazon’s adaptation of The Boys. Both shows are excellent, Veronica Mars surprising even me with how great it continues to be 15 years after the premiere season 1, while The Boys’ only imperfection has to do with timing, and the current over saturation of stories of this kind. Which does not mean it’s not great - it’s amazing, and if you haven’t watched it, you really should! Then we get into the strange story of Rob Liefeld and his nasty parting of ways with his early Image Comics super-team, Youngblood. The stranger-than-fiction story involves Andrew Rev, apparently once the mad king of the late indie publisher Comico. Both The Beat and Bleeding Cool dedicated a lot of time and effort into getting Rev’s side of the confusing tale, but neither was able to get anything intelligible enough to print. Never a great sign. You can see their earnest efforts here: https://www.comicsbeat.com/rob-liefeld-walking-away-from-youngblood/ And here: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/08/06/bleeding-cool-talks-to-andrew-rev-owner-of-elementals-and-publisher-of-youngblood-about-his-plans/ Liefeld, for his part, is apparently done with this collection of ‘90s cliches and I don’t think it’s anyone’s loss. Mullets, utility belts and shoulder pads do not a franchise make.  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
20:32
August 7, 2019
Hail Spidey
San Diego Comic-Con is underway, and already the news is starting to trickle in, as are awesome trailers like this one for the amazing-looking, if very bloody, It: Chapter 2! https://youtu.be/xhJ5P7Up3jA So I will continue to monitor the news from San Diego tomorrow and through the weekend, and keep you posted on the biggest and best news and announcements. In the meantime, if you saw a statue of red hands, with black stripes, shooting a viscous fluid from their wrists, do you really think that's satanic? I think that in this case, the problem is with the eye of the hilariously ignorant beholder, but CNN has the news out of Lincoln, Nebraska where one evangelical thinks that a Christian charity organization built a statue of Satan's hands and placed it in front of a children's zoo and park! Come back Dana Carvey, your only sin was underestimating how crazy some people really are: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/us/spiderman-art-devil-horns-nebraska-trnd/index.html Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
14:42
July 19, 2019
Bond 25 Not Rushing the Whole Diversity Thing
To think that just a few months ago, there were semi-credible rumors of Idris Elba taking over as the venerable James Bond, in this creaky old film franchise. We do have a black, female, 007, but if the Daily Mail is to be believed, it is not only a fake-out, but one which seemingly pokes fun at both the concept of diversity and of women in general. I know that this has worked for the brand before, but it has grown very tiresome and now feels inappropriate, like a bunch of old white men laughing at the idea that they would ever permit progress, and I have more than enough of that in my daily news consumption. I have high hopes that the film might propel the career of actress Lashana Lynch, but I don't love the way her character is presented according to this article from the Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7244671/Thought-007-never-woman-black-shes-James-Bond-hand-number-over.html It's also day one of Amazon Prime Day (s), and I have a few thoughts on the pros and cons of this event. So, before you click that buy button, make sure that you listen to tonight's podcast! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
16:06
July 16, 2019
HBO Max
WarnerMedia's long-awaited streaming service has been announced: HBO Max, launching in 2020, will include programming from all across Warners' massive catalog - including some programming from HBO, and DC Universe, among others. It's not clear how much will be pulled from each of these services, how much content will be exclusive to HBO Max, or how much any of this is going to cost. But we have a name, and a few details - so this is where the story starts.  Tonight's short episode of the Matt Sager Podcast establishes the little that we know based on the announcement, and from here on out I'll continue investigating and reporting on the service, its content, and how it will fit into the streaming landscape, as well as WarnerMedia's own gigantic media ecosphere. Watch the HBO Max announcement video here: https://youtu.be/LCS4CaZ9dwg Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
09:39
July 11, 2019
Joker and Negan, and How Much Does Source Material Matter?
While at Fan Expo, The Walking Dead's Cailey Fleming (Judith Grimes) and Cassady McClincy (Lydia) posted a super-cute photo of themselves in a yoga pose they call "the crawling walker." You can see it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzqq4XvFeQ0/ Fleming also had some very interesting thoughts on TWD's upcoming 10th season, particularly about the future and fate of Negan. Speaking of enigmatic baddies transitioning from the page to the screen, director Todd Phillips says that his Joker has nothing at all to do with the comics - no lore, no canon, no continuity, and he anticipates a lot of fan outrage.  I think he's underestimating the fans, who happily accept deviations of characters from their source material as long as it's done in service of character and story. I mean, Avengers: Endgame had a lot of fan service and Easter eggs, but in many ways differed wildly from the comics and nobody minded. I think we'll extend the same latitude to a well-done Joker! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
17:11
July 10, 2019
Preludes and Nocturnes
Yesterday was an especially crazy Independence Day here in the United States. No alien invasion, or - sigh - President Whitman, but there were some tanks and some stuff about air travel in the 18th century, which I did not know about. But hey, 1790, 1912, I don't sweat the small stuff! More importantly, this has been an incredibly eventful few days in the worlds of comics and television, and the ever shrinking Venn diagram that links them.  First off, as discussed on Tuesday's episode of the MSP, The Walking Dead published their final issue on Wednesday. I have some spoiler-free thoughts on that, and the future of the franchise. Meanwhile, Mad Magazine is on life support - barely. The news of the last few days is basically a death sentence for this amazing magazine, a cultural gem that taught so many of us about comedy and art. I can't tell you how much Mad meant to me, and so many of my peers and heroes. Finally, Neil Gaiman's Sandman - launched at the now-defunct Vertigo, and one of the most important, and beloved, comics in history - is going to be a streaming service! The show has major names attached as writers and potential showrunners, and a huge budget - so why is it going to Netflix? Does WarnerMedia's lack of confidence in DC Universe extend to their own upcoming streaming platform? It certainly seems that way to this podcaster. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
20:42
July 6, 2019
A Huge Comic Ends Abruptly
A huge comic, which has spawned several TV shows, books, and soon movies, is very suddenly coming to an end tomorrow (Wednesday, July 3). The Walking Dead is known for having no limits: the only rule is that nobody, and nothing lasts, and we’re never prepared for their passing. This is probably as close as us viewers, and readers, can get to experiencing what life would be like in a zomb- sorry, in a walker apocalypse.  Creator Robert Kirkman has been very vocal about this, just as he's been insistent that one day, not only will all of the characters die, but the series itself could always end, any day. That day comes tomorrow. So on tonight's brief episode of the Matt Sager Podcast, let's try to understand why this is happening, why now, and what's next for the franchise. You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
11:39
July 3, 2019
The End of the Marvel Netflix Era
Over the weekend, I re-watched Avengers: Endgame, this time with 6 extra minutes, and - it was certainly long. 3 hours and 7 minutes is a long time to sit still, not counting the ads and trailers. And while it was great to see this epic again, I wouldn’t say that the extra minutes contribute much - they really belong on the DVD/Blu-ray/VOD release, on which they will almost certainly appear as bonus features. Now I’m heading out to see Spider-Man: Far From Home, but not before I talk about the final season of Jessica Jones, which I watched over the weekend, as well as re-watching the first 2 seasons. It’s a fitting end to the Marvel/Netflix era, in that it personifies the best and worst that the programming experiment had to offer. The show itself, like the entire Defenders experience, was decidedly mixed. The only constants were the incredible performances from the cast, particularly Krysten Ritter as Jones and Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeryn Hogarth. They, and the rest of the cast (and us viewers!) deserved a bit better. Still, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to a concept that looked great on paper. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
18:50
July 2, 2019
About That Angel 20th Anniversary Reunion
Way back in April, I was hearing (and reporting - https://anchor.fm/mattsager/episodes/Joker-Trailer-Has-Arrived--Also-Happy-Birthday-to-RDJ--and-Angel-Anniversary-Reunion-Rumors-Persist-e3lhfg) rumblings about an Angel 20th Anniversary from David Boreanaz - which is ironic, as you’ll learn from tonight’s podcast. You’ll also learn that a reunion is indeed in full swing, with the cast reuniting for an Entertainment Weekly interview and photo shoot, and most of them convening right here in New York City for NYCC 2019! Check out the Angel Investigations gang in the current issue of EW: https://ew.com/tv/2019/06/20/angel-reunion-20th-anniversary And here's some more info on the NYCC reunion panel: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/angel-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-nycc-panel Here's the announcement video tweet, featuring Charisma, Amy, J. August and James, which I play on tonight's podcast: https://twitter.com/NY_Comic_Con/status/1141038559681531908 As a fan, it’s great to see the show come to get the respect it’s always deserved, in part because of what a massive influence it, and many of Joss Whedon’s other creations, have been so incredibly influential. In a lot of ways, Whedon has made an impact on the world so seismic, it has finally caused the world to catch up with the brilliance of his creations - granted, it took 20 years, but still. Progress is progress, and I’m very excited to see James Marsters, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, J. August Richards and Charisma Carpenter at NYCC in October. Yeah, you might have noticed one name missing there - not a typo. Everyone who the show is NOT named after will be appearing at NYCC. That’s alright, David Boreanaz is probably going to be too busy spending that sweet Bones settlement money (https://anchor.fm/mattsager/episodes/No-Bones-About-It--Fox-Is-Screwed-e3lhg3/a-af2pro) to attend. I’m sure that he’ll be there in spirit. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
20:39
June 26, 2019
Swamp Thing Actor Discusses Cancellation
DC Universe briefly flirted with Swamp Thing, their third original show. In doing so, the streaming service was finally adding content and working towards building an app/streaming service with a bit of actual content. However, DCU only got 4.5 million over the legal limit in tax breaks to shoot in North Carolina. They thought thy could ill-get even more gains, and so rather than wait and give the series a shot, DCU has taken their ball and gone home. As for the actors, writers, directors, the cast and crew that thought they had a job?  Nope, they just packed up their lived and moved to North Carolina for nothing, for DC Universe to cancel it just six days after the well-reviewed, fun to watch, pilot. But having seen one episode, who’s going to stick around for a lame duck show that will end with a ton of plot threads and incomplete character arcs? I will, I guess, but the trust that DC has severed here - from its customers to the talent and creative team of Swamp Thing - is gone. As, I suspect, will DC Universe be in the near future. It’s bee a year and there’s barely any content, half of it is terrible - I’d be very surprised if we don’t see DCU shut down, and move it’s content over to the as-yet unnamed WarnerMedia streaming service. Hopefully the WB might recognize the good in Swamp Thing, and resurrect the show. I don’t really know that they are planning such a move, and I have no idea whether the cast and crew would sign up for this craziness again.  But you’ve heard me discuss this before, and if you missed it, check out this recent episode of MSP: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/episodes/Knives-out-for-the-Bumbling-Boobs-at-DC-Universe-and-Fox-e494r1 And I strongly suggest you listen to Mears' interview with Collider's Witching Hour podcast: https://youtu.be/28PFTVoFlGg Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
17:21
June 20, 2019
Jessica Jones Exits, Veronica Mars Returns
Netflix has debuted its third and final season of Jessica Jones, and I’m near the end of a great, but imperfect viewing. This bittersweet, final season marks the end of the Netflix/Marvel experiment, and it has much of what made the entire endeavor so occasionally brilliant, and also occasionally a bit of a slog. Basically, too many episodes and decompressed storytelling are a frustrating mixed bag in television, just as they are in comics. But so far, Krysten Ritter and the rest of the excellent cast appear to be sticking the landing.  Meanwhile, I forgot all about the Veronica Mars movie, but suffice it to say that Ritter will not be returning to Neptune for the show’s upcoming fourth season, coming to Hulu July 26. It does look great, however, there’s an exciting new trailer, which I discuss on tonight’s podcast and you can watch here: https://youtu.be/pt0QuaQ0huk T Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews!  You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
17:39
June 18, 2019
First Trailer for Epix Alfred Begins Series, Pennyworth
Batman's best friend, father figure, and - well, butler - has an origin series, Pennyworth, coming to Epix July 28. In the first trailer, released today, we meet a young Alfred, who meets a young Thomas Wayne and kicks a whole lot of Cockney ass, setting himself up to be a butler to Thomas' son, a lunatic who lives out his own personal Die Hard every single night. Tonight, I play the trailer and discuss my first impressions of the show. You can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/hxpfg0oeIX0 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
17:25
June 13, 2019
Jessica Jones Suffers Foolkiler Gladly in Final Season
Jessica Jones' third and final season hits Netflix on June 14. Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/7DBKS2qH51I And here's a video featuring Krysten Ritter in her behind-the-camera role as director: https://youtu.be/EVItgluTbvQ The reviews are mixed, and it's certainly sad to see the show end, but the Marvel/Netflix universe has ultimately been a failure. Like DC's movies, they skipped a few too many steps in their zeal to build up to the anticlimactic Defenders, and so as soon as Iron Fist debuted with a thud, the writing was sort of on the wall. Here's to a great future for Krysten Ritter, who I hope to see on Hulu's upcoming new season of Veronica Mars. As for her character, and those of the other street level heroes who have had a turn on Netflix, it's not likely we'll be seeing them again for a few years, unless we're watching reruns on Netflix. But in the meantime, Jessica Jones' last go-round sees her facing off against her friends, her family, her own demons, and a legitimately scary, obscure Marvel villain who is a straight-up violent psychopath.  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
18:00
June 8, 2019
Knives out for the Bumbling Boobs at DC Universe and Fox
Tonight, neither of the big two is spared, as DC Universe has given us every possible sign that it has no intention of improving, that it is little more than a scam, and that their mistaken belief that shooting in North Carolina would net them $30 Million. Sadly, they ONLY got 16.3 million, which is actually 4.3 million more than North Carolina ever gives anyone, ever. But that’s why Swamp Thing was abruptly cut short a few weeks ago, why production was halted, and why today, 6 days after the well-received series premiere, Swamp Thing was cancelled.  So was my membership in DC Universe, which will not renew. What a pathetic reason to punish your cast, crew, and audience! Hi, remember us idiots who signed up for this garbage service? Yeah, we’re still here, but not for long. The greedy idiots behind DC Universe are fortunate that X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been released, and is so amazingly terrible on so many levels that it’s dominating the headlines.I have spoken with several people who worked on the film, as well as people who attended test screenings. I also went to several movies which featured the trailer for Dark Phoenix, and knew that the audience bursting out laughing at the most serious sequences was a bad sign. Even worse than the TV ads, which actually, literally, showed every single important story beat and plot detail. The movie itself, then, is only necessary if one wants to see a longer, more pointless version of this uncreative remake of X-Men: The Last Stand. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
23:07
June 7, 2019