Let’s go back to: The X-Files. I want to believe.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Yes, we did throwback to The X-Files last year. But this week the first two episodes of the six part miniseries aired on FOX. And they are awesome. The first episode had the burden of rehashing past mythology and catching us up on what our favorite characters have been doing the past fourteen years. The end also saw an unexpected twist that fans are continuing to argue about. It pulled in a tremendous 16.19 million viewers despite being pushed back by the NFC Championship Game.
The second episode was really where the old magic returned. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson still have the same old easy chemistry. Bringing back the original show runner, writers, and directors allow the show to bring the classic X-Files feel into the modern era. If you were a fan of the old show you MUST check out this new series. And if you're a fan of science fiction or drama in general you should still give it a try.
Where can you find it now? The entire original nine season run is on Netflix and new episodes air on FOX Mondays at 8PM.
It's that time of year! Below you can vote for the nominees in our second annual Fandom Academy Awards! The polls are set to limit everyone to one vote per person per category, but we do know far more computer saavy people know ways around this. Just know multiple votes in a row can lead to you being blocked automatically by PollDaddy. There is also a special category at the bottom where you can write in your favorite movie OTP of the past year! There won't be a winner for that one, but the ships we hear about the most will be making an appearance in this year's Ship Bracket.
Most importantly, have fun! Polls will close MONDAY, FEBRUARY 01 2016 at 6PM PST.
The Artist: Selena Gomez
The Song: "Same Old Love/Good For You"
Where you heard it first: This medley was the first musical performance by Selena Gomez this weekend when she was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live (with host Ronda Rousey). Though I've heard both of these songs before, there was something about this performance that just struck me as really cool. Selena killed it!
Why it’s been stuck in your head: It's rare that I actually want to watch the musical guests on Saturday Night Live because usually they are people that I've never heard of or they are people who are so over-played on the radio that I am sick of hearing their voices. Even though I'm almost 30, I have to admit that I actually really like Selena Gomez and so this song has been stuck in my head because I actually took the time to watch the performance and enjoy it thoroughly.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: This performance seemed like a different kind of vibe than her usual music and if you're not usually a fan of her, you may actually want to take the time to listen to this laid-back medley of her songs.
-- Kelly Lee
Let’s go back to: Our very first Fandom Academy Awards!
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: It was the first really interactive project we had with our listeners. It would pave the way for other activities, like the Fandom Emmy Awards and the ever popular Ship Bracket. We had a ton of fun discussing all the movies and film people we've loved over the past few decades.
Where can you find it now? The second annual Fandom Academy Awards are coming back! We're putting together the nominations list now, so keep an eye out here on the website for the voting post soon. There may even be a prize involved!
The Artist: Fall Out Boy featuring Demi Lovato
The Song: "Irresistible"
Where you heard it first: My lovely co-host Christina pointed me in the direction of this new song by Fall Out Boy and Demi Lovato because it combined three things that she loves: Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato, and N*Sync. Although the lyrics are a little questionable during the chorus, this song is super-catchy and you can't deny how awesome Demi Lovato sounds with the boys of FOB.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: The main reason this song gets the coveted recognition of Music Monday is for the music video, which is a sequel (of sorts) to N*Sync's mega-hit "It's Gonna Be Me". The music video even features former N*Sync members Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone. Since hearing it for the first time a few weeks ago, the catchy and bouncy tempo to the song has been stuck in my head and Christina and I were huge Fall Out Boy fans back in college, so it's always nice to hear the boys come back with the sound that made us fall for them in the first place. This song is so reminiscent of our college days back in 2008!
Why you recommend it to our listeners: This is a great song to listen to if you're wanting something just to rock out to on your way to work. A little Demi Lovato-inspired headbanging never hurt anyone, right?
-- Kelly Lee
The world mourns the loss of two great talents.
RIP David Bowie.
RIP Alan Rickman.
On a personal note, Kelly would like to say goodbye to her friend Andrew who passed away last weekend.
Let’s go back to: Occlumency Lessons with Severus Snape
Yesterday, the world lost another great artist when actor Alan Rickman lost his short battle with cancer at the age of 69. Rickman was well-known as a stage and screen actor, but many of us know him best as the ultimate misunderstood villain, Severus Snape, in the Harry Potter films. He will be sorely missed. Please raise your wands to the sky in memory of Mr. Alan Rickman.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Occlumency lessons in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was our first glimpse at Snape actively trying to protect Harry against The Dark Lord. As one of Rickman's most notable roles in fandom, it's also a scene that many fans of the book were eager to see in the movie. As a Harry Potter nerd myself, watching Alan Rickman as Severus Snape is one of my favorite parts of the series. It's amazing that a man who seemed so genuine and sincere could play one of the greatest villains in fandom. He will always live on as Severus Snape and all his amazing roles throughout his career.
Where can you find it now? Make sure you binge all of Alan Rickman's great roles this weekend including Love Actually, Galaxy Quest, Robin Hood, Die Hard, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and, of course all the Harry Potter films. You will be missed, Alan Rickman. Always.
-- Kelly Lee
The Artist: David Bowie
This week's Music Monday will be going a little differently. Did we really just have David Bowie in our Music Monday less than a month ago?
Sunday night, after an 18 month battle with cancer, music and entertainment icon David Bowie passed away. Every artist you can think of who reaches to meld music and fashion, reinvent themselves, or bring that theatrical flamboyant quality to their performances and point to David Bowie as a hero and an inspiration. From Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke to the Goblin King, David Bowie embraced the art of reinvention like few artists could ever hope to do. His approximately 140 million records sold through his career defied genre and produced iconic hits such as "Fame," "Space Oddity," "Let's Dance," and "Under Pressure." His vocal range lent itself well to his own edgy numbers as well as the classics. Music along was not enough to capture his insane talent. A cult classic turn as The Goblin King in Labyrinth, a starring role on Broadway in The Elephant Man, an inspiration for the film Velvet Goldmine, and even a brief cameo in Zoolander solidified his stardom to multiple generations. He embraced his androgynous look while also being open about his own sexual exploration. It is that openness in particular that appealed to a younger generation that came after his musical peak.
When I got the CNN notification late at night concerning his passing, it literally took my breath away. There are certain world icons who you never actually consider a world without. But truly, we'll never have a world without David Bowie. His influence will continue to reach new generations of artists and people well into the future. Rest in peace, David Bowie.