A Conversation with Orphan Black Showrunner Graeme Manson

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Orphan Black is the story of a woman who watches herself die.

Wait, that's not quite it.

Orphan Black is the story of a mother struggling to connect with her child. Or is that two mothers? Or three? Four mothers? Two Children? Hm.

Orphan Black is the story of eight clones, living together, under one roof... No, wait, that's also wrong.

Developed for television by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett and airing on BBC America in the US, and Space in Canada, Orphan Black explores questions of choice, identity, free will, technological progress and freedom and belief, in a setting and with a cast which make every beat intense and every conversation as terse, or endearing, or incredulously aware of itself as it needs to be. Orphan Black is a story that asks the question, "What would you do if you knew, in your heart, in your mind, in your very being, that you were unique, original, you… and then found out that you weren't quite as you as you thought you were?"

I recently got the opportunity to have a talk with head writer and co-showrunner Graeme Manson about the philosophical concepts, world events, and other wells from which he draws in order to craft the arc or Orphan Black's story. Why don't we let him tell you what it's all about:

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By |June 20th, 2013|Interviews|0 Comments

Headsup: Aliens, Giants, Witches, Vampires & Other Modern Complaints

There's a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly...your coin. But, you know, it's your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Blu-Ray
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds Blu-Ray

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By |June 19th, 2013|Headsup|2 Comments

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine - Game Review

Monaco: Whats Yours is Mine

It's a well-timed coincidence that a group of thieves made off with tens of thousands of dollars from a Justin Bieber concert in Johannesburg just days after the release of Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine on Xbox Live Arcade. Apparently, they rappelled and chiseled their way into a vault room at the stadium while the concert was happening. I'm not usually one to root for the bad guy, but these heist-type crimes are undeniably cool (especially when they happen in real-life), and Monaco lets you step into the shoes of shady players who pull off big scores.

Unlike the Johannesburg criminals, though, there's nothing realistic about Monaco's band of crooks. They play to the classic heist movie archetypes--such as the Locksmith, the Hacker, the beautifully distracting Redhead, and the wily Cleaner, who uses chloroform to knock out guards. Though the characters may be slightly cliched, the game design itself is anything but. Monaco is a top-down action game that mixes elements of stealth, twin-stick shooting, and well-timed strategy. Your goal on each level is simple: get to your goal (typically money, or a person or object of value), and then escape. Sounds easy, right? Well, there's a bit more to it than that.

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By |June 17th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #154: Man of Steel (2013)

Michael Shannon is General Zod from Man of Steel (2013)

It's Episode #154 for Man of Steel (2013), in which our protagonist finds himself fighting the very thing that gives Superman his powers (what else is new?), is amazed he can believe that somebody besides Christopher Reeve can fly and, amazingly, gets tired of watching cities get punched in the face.
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By |June 15th, 2013|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|2 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #196: Valar Portcullis

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that didn't go back in time just to see what giant tortoises actually taste like...until it did, and now it has. It's one of those timey whimey yummy tummy sort of things. You know.

Brad Pitt from 12 Monkeys

Agenda:

  • PNG and graphical hipsters
  • Sam Jackson, brewmeister and keeper of graphic info
  • Ed needs to see a doctor about his Lower Third
  • Everybody uses GIFs? If everybody jumped off a bridge, would you etc. etc.?
  • Widge's mic is possessed by images. It made even less sense at the time.
  • ScottC, possessed by Barry White
  • The Magic Mike
  • The world's most popular Irish podcaster returns!
  • Game of Thrones post-mortem!
  • Arya, major asskicker
  • How to rock on the Iron Throne and ideas for the Westeros Theme Park
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    By |June 15th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #44: Kaput

    Aaron Poole's Word-a-Week!

    We've all had to try and make the best of a bad situation. And sometimes you have to take whatever kind of edge you can lay hands upon. In some cases, you might just need to be satisfied with the fact that you not only know how screwed you are but you can express it fully and intelligently. So yes, even when something important is broken, it's good to have some words at your disposal. And we just so happen to know a man who's in the business of word delivery. Without further ado, it's Aaron Poole! Accept no substitutes! This word is one you can use! In conversation! When you're trying to give your Siri a run for her/its money! You can even use it on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: this word is free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.

    We hope you will join Aaron as he slaloms down the slope of ignorance using the skis of knowledge, all while restricting heat loss via the skull with the toboggan of language.
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    By |June 11th, 2013|Word-a-Week|0 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #153: After Earth

    Jaden Smith in After Earth

    It's Episode #153 for After Earth, in which our protagonist finds himself not despising M. Night the director but wishing the director had fired M. Night the co-writer. He also is even more confused than usual about science and wonders about attacking beasts with a giant morphing cocktail stirrer.
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    By |June 8th, 2013|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|1 Comment

    Music Whenever: Roadkill Ghost Choir, Alkaline Trio, Abigail Washburn & More...

    Roadkill Ghost Choir

    More music picks for your week. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

    First up, Florida's Roadkill Ghost Choir, recorded live at Grooveshark performing "Bird in My Window." Their EP, Quiet Light, re-hits on July 9th via WolfBomb. The original version is here via Amazon and the new improved version will have a new sixth song on it.
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    By |June 5th, 2013|Music Whenever|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #195: Criminal Cravings for Empanadas

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that wants to believe but can't due to an overabundance of ECT while it was in middle school. And it's here, albeit delayed by weather, illness and exhaustion--the three horsemen of the podcast apocalypse.

    Pie Town

    Agenda:

  • Beer and loneliness. By degrees.
  • Donut outreach
  • The definition of in-laws and Serv's true occupation
  • The true nature and conspiracy behind X-Track
  • Fun with Hannibal
  • Doctor Who, drugs and the 80s
  • Need Coffee: The Beer
  • Frank Zappa and shoes
  • More Derelict
  • Grimm and gypsy safety advice (SPOILERS)
  • Benedict Cumberkhan and Star Trek mayhem (SPOILERS)
  • Avengers cartoons
  • Strange Dredd casting
  • Faces of Death starring The Monkees
  • Sympathy for the Masters of Evil
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    By |June 2nd, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #43: Inextricable

    Aaron Poole's Word-a-Week!

    Sometimes you can feel in a conversation like you can't escape. Like you've got no way out. Even like you're tied to a chair. It's in moments such as these that we need someone to step in and alleviate our lack of verbiage. So consider Aaron Poole your linguistic knight in shining armor. Or, at the very least, a dude with a decent pocket knife. So when those times arise that you're feeling bound up and in need of a hand, call upon Aaron! Accept no substitutes! This word is one you can use! In conversation! When you're trying to choose a way to make your bathroom wall graffiti a little more elegant! You can even use it on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: this word is free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.

    We hope you will join Aaron as he uses the toothpick from the Swiss Army knife of language to dislodge the food fragment of ignorance from the dental work of knowledge!
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    By |June 1st, 2013|Word-a-Week|0 Comments