MTV’s Fandom Awards are kind of a joke …

MTV will air its “Fandom Awards” program tonight (Sunday, 12 July 2015). I’ll admit, I was really excited to hear about this. The “About” blurb says this: “Attention fanboys and fangirls: MTV’s Fandom of the Year showdown is back! Which one of your favorite fandoms will rise above the rest in 2015 to take the crown?”

Then I looked at MTV’s web page about the awards.

Oh boy.

The award for “Fandom of the Year” was decided by a tournament bracket system. This is where MTV went really, really wrong.

These were the first round matchups for the tournament (with the winners in red):

Movies

Avengers: Age of Ultron vs. Fast and Furious 7
Insurgent vs. Mad Max: Fury Road
Guardians of the Galaxy vs. The Hunger Games
Magic Mike XXL vs. Pitch Perfect 2

TV Drama

Empire vs. Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars vs. Supernatural
Once Upon A Time vs. Teen Wolf
Arrow vs. The Vampire Diaries

TV Comedy

The Mindy Project vs. Faking It
Girl Code vs. Orange is the New Black
Parks & Recreation vs. The New Girl
Broad City vs. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Reality

Catfish vs. Dance Moms
Keeping Up With the Kardashians vs. Total Divas
Rupaul’s Drag Race vs. Survivor
Love & Hip Hop vs. Teen Mom OG

Huh? How exactly is MTV defining “fandom”? “A bunch of random things”? Would anyone consider any of the comedies listed to be fandoms? How about the reality shows? Where are classic fandoms like Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who, etc.? Heck, where is The Walking Dead, one of the highest rated television programs of the past five years?

Of course, with voting being done by the MTV viewership, which must be entirely comprised of teenage girls, it is no surprise that The Hunger Games and Insurgent won. The fact that they beat Mad Max and Guardians of the Galaxy is more than a little messed up.

I just couldn’t help myself but to view the remaining rounds:

Round Two (winners in red)

Movies

Avengers: Age of Ultron vs. The Hunger Games
Insurgent vs. Pitch Perfect 2

TV Drama

Game of Thrones vs. Teen Wolf
Supernatural vs. Arrow

TV Comedy

Faking It vs. The New Girl
Orange is the New Black vs. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Reality

Catfish vs. Survivor
Keeping Up With the Kardashians vs. Teen Mom OG

Really? The Hunger Games is better than Avengers: Age of Ultron? Teen Wolf is better than Game of Thrones?!?!?!

Round Three (winners in red)

Movies

The Hunger Games vs. Pitch Perfect 2 

TV Drama

Teen Wolf vs. Supernatural

TV Comedy

Faking It vs. Orange is the New Black

Reality

Catfish vs. Keeping Up With the Kardashians

At this point it is so ridiculous that I just don’t even know what to say. I want to see the final round the way I want to watch a car accident.

Final Round

The Hunger Games
vs.
Teen Wolf
vs.
Orange is the New Black
vs.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Did the Kardashians just make it into the final round of a tournament called “Fandom of the Year”? That family is about as anti-fandom as anything I can imagine.

The winner has already been announced on the website, but I won’t spoil it here. Astute 10-year-olds can probably guess the winner.

Major fail, MTV. You really should be ashamed of yourselves, especially the weekend of Comic-Con.

San Diego Comic-Con trailers: Star Wars, Batman v. Superman, Walking Dead, and more!

San Diego Comic-Con is one of the largest events of its kind in the world (if not the largest). As such it should be no mystery why makers of all things geeky debut quite a bit there. This obviously includes makers of geeky TV and movies. Without further ado, below are the trailers and videos that have debuted this week:

Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes featurette

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer

The Walking Dead (AMC) Season 6 trailer

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) trailer

Into the Badlands (AMC) trailer

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz) trailer

Outcast (Cinemax) trailer

Vixen (CW Seed) trailer

Con Man (Vimeo On Demand) trailer

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Orphan Black: the clones we’ve known

I completely love this show! I binge-watched the first two seasons in a few days just before Season 3 started.

One of the greatest things about Orphan Black (BBC America) is the amazing ability of lead actress Tatiana Maslany to play multiple roles. First introduced to us as Sarah Manning, she has also played a number of clones—or “sestras,” as Helena calls her sister clones. Just how many has she played? Well, take a look:

OB_SarahManningSarah Manning: For the first two seasons, Sarah was the main protagonist of the show. With the third season, some of the focus has moved to some of the other clones. The character development has never stalled on the main foursome of Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and Helena. Still, it almost always comes back to Sarah, her daughter Kira, and her foster brother and best friend Felix.

OB_BethChilds

Elizabeth “Beth” Childs: She started it all, kinda. When Sarah witnessed Beth kill herself at the train station, she decided to steal her identity, leading to Sarah’s discovery of the other clones. Beth was a police detective, which also introduced Sarah to Detective Art Bell, who assists the “sestras” occasionally after learning their secret.

Katja Obinger: We don’t know much about the German Katja. She was the first clone to contact Sarah, thinking she was Beth. Before she had the opportunity to reveal much, Helena shot and killed her. When the police found her body, Sarah used Beth’s position to cover up the fact that this body had the same fingerprints as the dead Sarah (actually Beth).

OB_HelenaHelena: Possibly my favorite clone, Helena was raised to be a killer by a cult in Russia, I think. Her background is still a little foggy to me. One thing that is not foggy, however, is that she is a true bad-ass. She is also bat-$h** crazy. She used to talk to a talking scorpion, but then she ate him. Helena can be stone-cold, but she also has a softer side. She has grown to love her “sestras,” especially Sarah, and protects them at all costs. Not a bad person to have on your side, especially if you are facing off against a group of paramilitary clones or trying to escape a prison.

OB_AlisonHendrixAlison Hendrix: High-strung housewife Alison proves herself to be one of the most dangerous of the clones, next to Helena. When she suspects her high-school sweetheart husband Donnie to be her handler, she ties him up in the garage and tortures him. She and Donnie are now drug dealers, selling out of the soap shop she strong-armed out of her mother’s hands. They have killed a few people. And Alison just won a city election.

OB_CosimaNiehausCosima Niehaus: Cosima might be a bit hippyish, but I still kind of have a crush on her. Unfortunately, as a lesbian, she is definitively not interested. No matter, she is still the coolest of the clones by a long shot: a genetic scientist of some sort who has dreadlocks and plays role playing games. Unfortunately she has also come down with the debilitating illness that may affect all of the clones. If anyone can find a cure, my bet is on Cosima.

OB_JenniferFitzsimmons_2OB_JenniferFitzsimmonsJennifer Fitzsimmons: We don’t see very much of Jennifer. Possibly slightly more than Katja, but that’s it. What we do know about her is that she also contracted the debilitating clone disease, and it killed her.

OB_TonySawickiTony Sawicki: Tony literally showed up on Felix’s doorstep one day in the second season. The transgender clone was definitely an unexpected twist. He was into drinking and drugs, as shown when he got drunk and aggressively harassed Fe. The fact that this person looked like a male version of Fe’s beloved “sister” appeared to cause Fe some emotional confusion. At the end of the episode, Tony left and has not returned. I am not sure what his fate will hold.

Rachel Duncan: Unlike the other clones, Rachel is directly aware of being a clone. She was raised by Neolution and works for the Dyad Institute. In her role at Dyad she has been a major antagonist for the other “sestras,” though they pretty much won that battle by taking her eye. At the end of Season 3, though, Rachel has a new eye and will apparently be the “new mommy” for a young clone. We’ll see how this turns out in Season 4.

Krystal Goderitch: So far Krystal has been nothing more than a pawn used by both sides. Castor clones tried to kidnap her before the Season 3 premiere, killing her boyfriend/monitor. Later in the season, Felix attempted to steal her identity so that Rachel could sneak out of the country, but he did not go through with the plan. She was later kidnapped and placed into a medically induced coma so that Rachel could escape. She will likely play a larger role in Season 4, when it is inevitable that she will learn of her special origins.

There were a couple of other clones that were only seen in photos, so I won’t mention them. You can find more information on the Orphan Black Wiki.

All of the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Funko Pops

7/1/2015: Updated to include the tenth wave.

Over the past few weeks Funko has unveiled a number of exclusive releases for the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, being held 9–12 July. We at ClutterStuff won’t be there (being clear on the other coast), but we would like to let everyone know about all of the exclusive Pop vinyl figures. Funko has also announced a number of other exclusives in their other toy lines, but only the Pops are listed in this post.

The “waves” below are the order in which Funko announced the exclusives.

Wave One (announced 8 June 2015)

Futurama: Gold Bender
Futurama: Gold Bender
Inside Out: Sparkle Hair Sadness
Inside Out: Sparkle Hair Sadness
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor (Spacesuit)
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor (Spacesuit)
X-Force Deadpool's Chimichanga Truck
X-Force Deadpool’s Chimichanga Truck

Wave Two (announced 10 June 2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Captain America Unmasked
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Captain America Unmasked
Dragon Ball Z: Golden Frieza
Dragon Ball Z: Golden Frieza
Supernatural: French Mistake Castiel
Supernatural: French Mistake Castiel
Cars: Dinoco Lightning McQueen
Cars: Dinoco Lightning McQueen

Wave Three (announced 12 June 2015)

Ted 2: Flocked Ted (with remote)
Ted 2: Flocked Ted (with remote)
Inside Out: Flamehead Anger
Inside Out: Flamehead Anger
Hanna Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Orange)
Hanna Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Orange)
Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees Unmasked
Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees Unmasked

Wave Four (announced 15 June 2015)

Penguins of Madagascar: Cheesy Skipper
Penguins of Madagascar: Cheesy Skipper
Ant-Man: Black Out Ant-Man
Ant-Man: Black Out Ant-Man
Big Hero 6: 6" Baymax Unmasked
Big Hero 6: 6″ Baymax Unmasked
Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Green)
Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Green)

Wave Five (announced 17 June 2015)

Star Wars: Chrome C-3PO Gold
Star Wars: Chrome C-3PO Gold
American Horror Story: Freak Show: Twisty Unmasked
American Horror Story: Freak Show: Twisty Unmasked
Orphan Black: Parka Helena
Orphan Black: Parka Helena
Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Yellow)
Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Yellow)

Wave Six (announced 19 June 2015)

Inside Out: Sparkle Hair Joy
Inside Out: Sparkle Hair Joy
Sesame Street: 6" Flocked Mr. Snuffleupagus
Sesame Street: 6″ Flocked Mr. Snuffleupagus
Once Upon A Time: Regina
Once Upon A Time: Regina

Wave Seven (announced 22 June 2015)

Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked]
Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked]
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Grinning Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Grinning Ultron
Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Red)
Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Red)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Nova Rocket with Potted Groot
Guardians of the Galaxy: Nova Rocket with Potted Groot

Wave Eight (announced 24 June 2015)

Hannibal: Bryan Fuller
Hannibal: Bryan Fuller
Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head
Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head
Frozen: Barbershop Quartet Olaf
Frozen: Barbershop Quartet Olaf
The Flash: The Flash Unmasked
The Flash: The Flash Unmasked

Wave Nine (announced 26 June 2015)

The Arrow: Unmasked
The Arrow: Unmasked
Big Hero 6: Transluscent Glitter Emoticon Baymax
Minions: Gone Batty
Minions: Gone Batty
Tangled: Frying Pan Rapunzel and Red Pascal
Tangled: Frying Pan Rapunzel and Red Pascal

Wave Ten (announced 29 June 2015)

Batman v Superman 2-pack
Batman v Superman 2-pack
Breaking Bad: Blue Crystal Heisenberg
Breaking Bad: Blue Crystal Heisenberg

Which ones are your favorites?

Review: Ink Master, season 6, ep. 1 (23 June 2015) [SPOILERS]

“Meet Your Maker”

Click here to watch this episode on Amazon Instant Video

This season features 18 artists: nine pairs of masters and their apprentices. The competitors include Chris Blinston (master), Tyler Nolan (apprentice); Big Ceeze (master), Kito (apprentice); Miami Burgess (master), Craig Foster (apprentice); Erik Campbell (master), Marisa LaRen (apprentice); MV (master), Brian Stephens (apprentice); Matt O’Baugh (master), Katie McGowan (apprentice); Earl Noble (master), Dave Clarke (apprentice); St. Marq (master), Ryan Hadley (apprentice); Kruseman (master), and Duffy Fortner (apprentice). Some of these pairs currently work together, some do not; some are competing, some are working together.

inkmaster_s6_meetcast-2In the first challenge, master and apprentice competed head-to-head on a tattoo design that they chose and agreed upon. The judges critiqued the tattoos without knowing who did which one. The results were almost split down the middle: about half of the winners were the masters and about half were the apprentices.

Only the losers of the first challenge competed in the elimination challenge. Each artist was assigned a canvas, and was instructed to do whatever they wanted. Kito had an immediate disadvantage when his canvas decided that he didn’t want to risk a bad tattoo and walked out of the competition. Kito then decided to tattoo himself. There were a few very good tattoos and a few bad ones. Unlike previous seasons, though, none were horrible.

This year, the human canvas jury was given a new “power.” In addition to voting an artist into the bottom, the canvas with the “worst tattoo” would also attend the elimination ceremony to provide some comments. The jury voted Duffy’s cartoon squirrel, which received positive feedback from the judges, as the worst—even over the objections of the canvas herself. In this reviewer’s opinion, this is one of the weaknesses of “democratic” judging: the jury voted Duffy’s tattoo the worst based solely on their own individual tastes rather than on the skill displayed. The judges themselves said that they would never have voted Duffy into the bottom.

The other three artists that were called to the elimination ceremony were Brian Stephens, Chris Blinston, and Ryan Hadley. Brian was eliminated.

Click here to watch this episode on Amazon Instant Video

 

Review: Ink Master: Master vs. Master (23 June 2015) [SPOILERS]

This Ink Master special pitted four previous winners of the show against each other. Steve Tefft (Season 2), Joey Hamilton (Season 3), Scott Marshall (Season 4), and Jason Clay Dunn (Season 5) all returned to compete head-to-head.

In the first challenge all four artists had to tattoo the same canvas at the same time. They drew skulls to determine where on her body each of them would work. Steve and Jason were assigned each of her legs; Joey and Scott were assigned her arms. As one would expect from four previous winners, none of the tattoos were bad, and each artist stayed with their own style: Steve drew a skull, Joey a photorealistic lion, Scott a bright-colored biomechanical, and Jason a Japanese-style flower. Scott won the challenge, earning an advantage in the next challenge.

The second challenge was to tattoo portraits of President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. Of the four canvases, two wanted tattoos of President Obama, two wanted President Bush. The artists would each go head-to-head based on the subject, and the loser of each head-to-head match-up would be eliminated, cutting the competition immediately in half.

Scott handily defeated Jason with a portrait of President George W. Bush, sending Jason home. The competition between Steve and Joey was extremely close. Both artists produced great tattoos. In the end, however, the judges decided that Steve slightly edged out Joey, and Joey was eliminated.

In the final challenge, Steve and Scott were able to assign the style for their opponent. Steve decided to give Scott “American traditional” so Scott returned the favor. With both competitors tattooing in the same style, it became an apples-to-apples comparison. Both tattoos were extremely well done, but Steve definitely regretted his decision when he heard judge Chris Nunez declare Scott’s tattoo “the best traditional tattoo we’ve ever seen in Ink Master, by far.”

The winner: Scott Marshall.

Review: American Ninja Warrior, Orlando Trials (22 June 2015)

The seventh season of American Ninja Warrior continued with the Orlando, Florida, qualifying round.

Photo by: Alex Menendez/NBC

The course had six obstacles:

1. Quintuple Step
2. Rolling Log
3. Paddle Boards
4. Tire Swing
5. Double Tilt Ladder
6. Warped Wall

The first to complete the course was Chad Hohn, a third-time competitor, who ran through the obstacles while bleeding from his head after an accident on the Rolling Log. Hunter Sipes became the first rookie to complete the course. Another rookie, Jon Alexis Jr., became the tallest competitor to complete the course, at 6′ , as well as the fastest time of the night.

Several legends faced the challenge in Orlando: Travis Rosen, James McGrath, Drew Drecshel, and “Flip” Rodriguez. Drew and Flip—long known for their speed—vowed to take their time on this course. Drew finished with the seventh-fastest time, and Flip with the third-fastest. For the first time, Flip also ran the course without his trademark mask.

In total, twenty-five competitors finished the course.