The Walking Dead Spinoff: Expanding the Apocalypse

Night of the Living Dead: London

Night of the Living Dead: London art by Carlos Kastro

I’ve mentioned more than once my amusement at a successful film suddenly becoming a trilogy and the creative teams’ reactions. “We always thought of it as a trilogy,” they would say, when on a lot of these things, we know damn well they’re amazed they wound up as successful as they were. I’m looking at you, Blade. I don’t think we’re surprised anymore at the Hair Trigger Franchise effect. And now we’re looking at Walking Dead getting a spinoff.

But I imagine going back in time fifteen years and telling my younger self, “Seriously, don’t go to Bolivia.” Then after that was taken care of, I would say, “Not only is there going to be a zombie TV series, but it’s going to launch a spinoff. More CSI: New York than The Jeffersons, but you get what I mean.” To which Younger Widge would say, “What the hell’s a CSI?” But by that point, I would have run out of quarters to put in the timeporter and wound up back in the present.


By | 2017-09-24T22:27:14+00:00 September 16th, 2013|Stimuli|6 Comments

Why Slay Dragons and Conquer Universes When You Can Sell Bagels?

Desert Bus

The utterly mad Desert Bus game by Penn and Teller from 1995, one of the mundanest of the mundane. God help us, it was released for iOS and Android a while ago.

Irish comedian and geek extraordinaire Dara O’Briain once said of the video game Grand Theft Auto 4, “I’ve a day off work, and I’m in a commute. I cannot believe that I’ve taken the time of my own to sit in fake traffic, when I could be out in London driving somewhere nice in actual traffic.” Certainly a sentiment that makes sense. How many of us play games, watch films, or read books for a healthy dose of escapism? And this is how it’s been, probably since one caveman read the comics his buddy drew on the wall.

But there’s a weird phenomenon happening in the indie video games scene at the moment. People are making games about the mundanity of everyday life. Something that goes beyond the “Playing God” sort of games like The Sims. Games that simulate paperwork, cash transactions, and running errands. Here are some examples that you might want to look into, each a bit more soul-crushing than the last.


By | 2017-09-24T22:27:16+00:00 September 7th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

DragonCon 2013: Crawling From the Wreckage

Thank You Weekend Justice Cookie

So the madness that was DragonCon 2013 has come and gone. And as we wake up in our respective car trunks, oversized pieces of luggage and coffins–we struggle to remember the extended convention weekend that was.

Luckily, we have photos. And videos. And audio. And those will be happening as we can slam them into a somewhat respectable (for us) form. In addition to multiple panels where we got to see many, many of you, we did our experimental Weekend Justice #200 live recording and everyone had a chaotic good time. We also recorded another live Solve This, which will be hitting a lot sooner than the last one. And we had our annual Need Coffee Group Therapy session.

Some highlights, though. We have had it underscored just how incredibly sexy you, our fans, are. That picture up there is of the giant cookie that greeted me when I arrived on the scene at Make the Bad Men Part I. Yes, I know: I should have taken the picture before we began mauling it. But I’ve been on a diet for a while and…well, you know, giant cookies aren’t something you purchase for yourself regardless, right? It was amazing. And I ate way too much of it. Took me back to high school age birthdays, so it did.


By | 2017-09-24T22:27:16+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

Doctor Who Essentials #3: Jon Pertwee

With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who approaching in November, Need Coffee Dot Com celebrates the legacy of the show by examining all Eleven Doctors. Every Doctor will be profiled as part of the series.

At the end of each overview is a recommended list of commercially available DVD titles from that particular Doctor. For the sake of simplicity only complete stories will be considered.

Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor


Jon Pertwee was nicknamed “The Tall Light Bulb” by Tom Baker. In a weird way it is perfect since as a performer everything about the actor who played the Third Doctor was bright and beaming. Pertwee, a veteran actor and comedian who dabbled equally in radio, theatre, film and television, who never entered a room quietly–was larger then life. The legend of Pertwee only grew larger when it was revealed that he was involved in high-level espionage in World War II.

He was born into a famous family. His father Roland was a well-known writer and artist. His mother, Avice, whom Jon would later grow estranged from, was also a performer.


By | 2017-09-24T22:27:20+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

Oh No! Mr. Fuggles!

Mr. Fuggles

Charlie Brooker, who we’ve brought to your attention before–especially and most importantly for people on this side of the pond who probably aren’t aware of him, has given us great joy in the form of his -Wipe series of shows. However, he brought his keen sense of gloom and sarcasm to a panel show, You Have Been Watching, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK for two series in 2009 and 2010. Alas, no more have been created.

During the show, Charlie and three panelists would discuss (and ultimately quiz about) various shows. The episode we’re drawing from is the Kids TV Special, where they had just finished going over the slightly psychotic and definitely unnerving 70s show Pipkins. (I highly recommend seeking out that segment of the show. It’s mental.) Having seen how that show dealt with telling kids about death, Charlie decided to put his panelists to the test…

By | 2017-09-24T22:27:36+00:00 July 12th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Problem with Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal

Preface: I’ll warn you: This one requires a bit of ancillary reading on your part. Not books or anything (though they are always good things to read), but blog posts and articles. I hope you’re all right with that…because it’ll be worth it.

I am a huge fan of the world and mythos of Hannibal Lecter, and so I’m a bit ashamed of myself that I didn’t know, until the week of airing, that NBC was creating a new ongoing series called Hannibal, based on the events directly preceding Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon. But, upon hearing of what should have been a wondrous occurrence, I was what I’ll call “Aggressively Meh” about the whole thing.


By | 2017-09-24T22:27:44+00:00 May 27th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

Morgan Freeman, Jon Stewart & The Balloons of the Cosmos

Morgan Freeman with cigar

Morgan Freeman: so smooth that this image doesn't even have to actually relate to this post.

Showing that he knows how to maximize good interview time, Jon Stewart wastes no time in discussing Morgan Freeman‘s soon-to-hit Now You See Me and goes straight to discussing science. The conversation covers not only Stephen Hawking‘s party skills but also how you can use balloons to explain damn near anything in physics.

I have not caught Freeman’s show, Through the Wormhole, but all I can say is that if you paired these two on some sort of science road trip documentary series, I would watch the living hell out of it. It’s after the jump.


By | 2017-09-24T22:27:44+00:00 May 27th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch, the Shower of Evil, & the Gravity Well of Fanservice

Benedict Cumberbatch from Star Trek: Into Darkness

You want to stare at me like a piece of meat, do you? So...shall we begin?

Over the course of the action-explodo-thon of Star Trek Into Darkness, there is a shot of Alice Eve in her underwear. I didn’t mind it, partly because it was a brief blip in a film that I was enjoying the momentum of, and partly because I own a penis. But apparently, there has been some kerfuffle about this–and in J.J. Abrams‘ appearance on Conan (shown after the jump), he explains what his thought process was. And, you know, penis or not (though for the record: there is one), I can see where he could have been going for that and it was a beat that just didn’t quite work in that way.

But yeah, he would have saved himself a ton of trouble if he had just left the shower scene in. All will be explained:

By | 2017-09-24T22:27:45+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

Disney Makeovers: Why Stop With Merida?

Merida Brave Makeover

On the left, Merida-Prime. On the right, the Merida from the New 52.

So…many people are complaining that Merida, the heroine from Pixar’s Brave, has been given a sparkly makeover that robs her of her awesome hair, her bow and arrow, and her draw (no pun intended) as an animated role model for female children everywhere.

I, on the other hand, ask this: why stop there? I see this as an opportunity for Disney to clean house. Many of their character designs are, like Merida, simply not optimized to move product. Since even Pixar appears to be more focused on making money than they were in the past, we’d like to take this opportunity to offer up merely a smattering of the brilliant marking-enhancing-synergy-snorting ideas we can bring to the table. Our rates are reasonable.


By | 2017-09-24T22:27:48+00:00 May 15th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments