Orphan Black: Season Three - DVD Review

Orphan Black Season 3 Blu-Ray

It seems like that every season of Orphan Black just gets bigger and bigger in terms of boldness and innovative storytelling. At a time when many shows begin to peter out, Orphan Black instead picks up the tempo, creating a pitch perfect blend of suspense, comedy and modern science that all seamlessly morph into a compelling and well-acted production.

Recently renewed for a Fourth Season, BBC America has just released Season Three as a three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu Ray set. In addition to the episodes, the collection offers a nice chunk of extras.

BBC America Synopsis:

After neutralizing the threat by the DYAD Institute and the ruthless clone Rachel (Maslany), Project Leda clones Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena, (Maslany) are finally all united in their journey towards the truth of who and what they are. But new discoveries that include Helena's kidnapping, a book that could contain the answers to their existence, and the most shocking discovery of them all –- a set of treacherous militaristic male clones (Ari Millen) with an unknown agenda -- will test how tight their new bonds are.

From the start of "The Weight of This Combination" through the finale, "History Yet To Be Written," viewers are taken on an emotional whirlwind, which sees the Clone Club fighting Cantor on all fronts. There’s even an interesting jaunt to London and a great three-episode guest turn from James Frain as Ferdinand, a very dangerous cleaner.

With the success of Season Three, I think we can finally stop calling Orphan Black a cult TV show. The popularity stems from a few factors. First, there is real character development at work here. Second, the stories defy any single genre classification. There's a lot of stuff in the stew, including some wonderful dark humor. This oftentimes features a quirky twist or cruel act of fate that only enhances the drama.

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By |September 3rd, 2015|Reviews|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #185: Ant-Man 3D

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Ant-Man

It's Episode #185 for Ant-Man, in which our protagonist talks about the Marvel streak, frets about their editorial past and also reflects on how the biggest fights can look tiny and inconsequential from a different height. Wow, that's deep, man.
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By |July 22nd, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #184: Tomorrowland


It's Episode #184 for Tomorrowland, in which our protagonist appreciates ornery Clooney, marvels at his co-stars, and still doesn't have a jetpack.
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By |June 25th, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|1 Comment

Wayhomer Review #183: Mad Max: Fury Road 3D

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road
Yes, have some.

It's Episode #183 for Mad Max: Fury Road 3D, in which our protagonist wonders at the amount of automotive splode, the mayhem that exists inside George Miller and also he somehow manages not to be influenced to drive home like a frickin' maniac.
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By |June 3rd, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #182: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Bailey says:
Widge says:

It's Episode #182 for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which our protagonist is joined by previous Avengers movie reviewer Bailey and they discuss a film with Cecil B. DeMille-level amounts of characters, a user-friendly Gordian knot of plotlines and the finer points of Cap's helmet.
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By |May 4th, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|4 Comments

The Avengers: Age of Ultron - Movie Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Written by: Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel comic created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie and about 1500 other people

Age of Ultron is just another day at the office

How does one follow up a movie that is arguably the most entertaining display of blockbuster prowess in recent memory? How does the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe hold up these days? The answer is a straight forward and simple as it is beautiful: everybody is doing their job.

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By |April 25th, 2015|Reviews|1 Comment

Wayhomer Review #181: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Jennifer Lawrence from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Note: This episode is taken from the archives and was recorded before A) Widge's computer blew up and 2) Widge's car's transmission died. It's been fun.

It's Episode #181 for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, in which our protagonist discusses franchise creep, a cast that's doing the best they can with the material they've been given and a film that feels like its two and a half pod races too long.
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By |April 10th, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #180: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service

It's Episode #180 for Kingsman: The Secret Service, in which our protagonist definitely feels like his wardrobe needs some work, wishes he could look as cool in spectacles and marvels at watching Mr. Darcy provide some admirable beatdowns.
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By |February 16th, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|3 Comments

David Bowie Is… Invades The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

David Bowie Is

Once in a while, a museum exhibition comes along that simply wows you with a sense of "I must see this!" glee and excitement! Like a Van Gogh retrospective or the Tut Exhibition from back in the day, the MCA's David Bowie Is was such an experience.

Created by London's Victoria & Albert Museum, this exhibition is the first to examine Bowie as a powerful figure in music, art design, theatre and film. It also emphasizes his impact on contemporary culture through the lens of his creative process and multiple collaborations. The exhibition, which opened on September 23, 2014 and closed on January 4, 2015 was a pretty big deal. The MCA Chicago was the only American venue for David Bowie Is, making it the epicenter for music freaks, artists and pop culture junkies.

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By |January 14th, 2015|Reviews|1 Comment

Wayhomer Review #179: Guardians of the Galaxy 3D IMAX

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix

It's Episode #179 for Guardians of the Galaxy, in which our protagonist is taken back to the sci-fi cheese of his (long dead) youth, appreciates the soundtrack (along with everyone else in the country) and is thrilled that Marvel has...so far at least...kept its track record going.
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By |September 8th, 2014|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|2 Comments