Weekly Recap – May 18, 2013

Hobo Stu

Hobo Stu

Hello everyone,

It does seem hard to let go of The Office. It’s become a part of the public consciousness. It’s a part of our lives. We could count on those characters to be there every Thursday with their office hijinks and the drama that comes from working with an eclectic group of people. And now that’s all over. The only office entertainment I’ll have now is the stuff taking place here at Hobo Headquarters. And as much as Joel mugs for an imaginary camera or Ned sees how many M&Ms he can fit in is mouth, it will just never be the same.

Here’s what’s new on HoboTrashcan.com this week:

Review – Star Trek Into Darkness
After months of speculation and hype, Star Trek Into Darkness finally hits theaters. J.J. Abrams’ second Star Trek film picks up where the first one left off, while giving the U.S.S. Enterprise a powerful and mysterious villain to square off against – John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). It’s a big budget, 3D blockbuster film that has been shrouded in mystery since being announced. Find out if Abrams’ sophomore effort lives up to the hype or if it ends up being a disappointment in our review.

Bacon and Legs – Star Trek Into Darkness … into my mouth
J.J. Abrams’ highly-anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness – the exciting follow up to Abrams’ blockbuster 2009 reboot of the franchise. An epic film such as this deserves an epic meal. That’s where HoboTrashcan’s newest writer comes in. In her first installment in a new series on the site, writer/chef Fontina Turner makes a meal worthy of a Trekkie – the bacon-heavy Wrap of Khan with U.S.S. Enterfries and a Spocktail to wash it all down. Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but the Wrap of Khan is a hot, tasty dish that will go where many dishes have gone before – in your mouth.

Murphy’s Law – Just can’t get enough
This week Joel Murphy poses the eternal question: How much is enough? When it comes to American television, it seems like viewers appetites are absolutely insatiable. Shows like Futurama, Veronica Mars and Arrested Development get a second life thanks to passionate pleas from fans. Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness reign supreme at the box office. Can American audiences ever truly be happy with what they have or will they always want more, more, more of their favorite shows?

Positive Cynicism – Fan entitlement
The Internet has empowered fans to gather together to talk about the television shows, movies and comic books that they love. Unfortunately, this is not always a good thing. While social media sites can be a great avenue for passionate discussions about characters people love, it can also be a place to bash the makers of those properties for making decisions that fans don’t always agree with. Aaron R. Davis looks at the darker side of fandom in this week’s column, citing discussions of the new Star Trek and Superman movies as examples.

Doctor Who – “Nightmare in Silver”: Beware of the evil Bluetooth
Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who episode from last season – “The Doctor’s Wife” – was a game changer. Gaiman returned on Saturday with a new script, one that found The Doctor, Clara and her the two children under her care traveling to a rundown amusement park to battle an army of Cybermen. Was Gaiman able to capture lightning in a bottle twice? Find out in our in-depth review, which also has an embedded video of “She Said, He Said,” the online prequel to next week’s season finale, which promises to reveal Clara’s backstory and The Doctor’s real name.

From the Vault – The Office interviews
This week, fans said goodbye to the American version of The Office, a show that ran on NBC for nine seasons (and over 200 episodes). If you are having trouble letting go of the much loved sitcom, spend some time reliving the glory days with our classic interviews with members of the cast. In 2006 and 2007, we talked to Angela Kinsey (Angela), Kate Flannery (Meredith), Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) and Melora Hardin (Jan). You can find links to all of those interviews in this installment of “From the Vault.”

– Hobo Stu

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