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Oct 082014

GRIMM-Season-3-Posterby Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Portland Detective Nick Burkhart (David Giuntoli) discovers he is descended from a long line of Grimm, hunters and warriors who protect the humans in their ignorance from the “real” world, full of supernaturals and shapeshifting monsters!

Nick is a good cop in a bad world; he tries to do the right thing. But when his aunt, who raised him after his mother up and disappeared, is dying herself and intends to leave Nick a legacy whether he wants it or not, the roof of comfortable “reality” is caving in and Nick begins seeing things. Impossible things. Men and women and yes even children who, when they get angry or scared, will shape-shift into the most unusual of creatures: were-everything-under-the-sun, dangerous witchcraft users, and even demonic forces. And now Nick, armed with new knowledge and burgeoning Grimm powers, begins to take on the shadowy underworld of life!

It turns out that the woman who runs the folksy tea and herb shop is a Fuschsbau (were-fox), Nick’s watchmaker friend Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) with so much Wesen knowledge is a Blutbad (werewolf), hell, it’s even revealed eventually that Nick’s police Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) is a strange hybrid Wesen that has ties to the royal family. Wesen (the collective term for supernaturals in this series, it means “creature” in German) are everywhere, and Nick goes on to discover that most of them are decent enough and worthy grimm-2of the let-live policy, so long as they do their best to stay within the confines of the law. When species lines begin crossing, or when some Wesen decide to mess with Nick’s “sight”-blind girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), that Nick has to take on that Grimm aspect and go kick some butt!

The television show is an NBC network creation, and has been going for three seasons already, with a fourth soon to begin in late October 2014. Special effects for the shapeshifting are used more often than makeup tricks, it’s true, but when makeup is used, great care is shown in bringing out the animal attributes of that particular Wesen; it’s usually easy to tell that Rosalee is a werefox, for example. Full of both shadows and light hidden in the unseen world, Grimm is always worth a watch or three!


Oct 082014

by Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Welcome to the breathlessly anticipated October lineup of great small screen entertainment! I would only try outrunning Barry to be first in line for adult trick-or-treating, and make sure Constantine checks my bag for demons hiding amidst the candy! Oliver Queen can be our bodyguard as we brave the darkened city streets, we can make a (brief please) stop at the Freakshow, and Sherlock Holmes will of course know the best way to avoid those ever-present zombies!


The Flash

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Where: CW

When: Tuesday, October 7, 8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m., Central

What IS it: The next installment of DC superheroes taking over the small screen!

Why YOU should catch the red blur: Barry Allen is a really real superhero, and let’s face it, he’s a lot more cheerful than Oliver Queen!

American Horror Story: Freakshow


Where: FX

When: Wednesday, October 8, 10:00 p.m., Eastern/Pacific

What IS it: The latest installment of AHS, guaranteed to give you nightmares this time!

Come play with the freaks: AHS is always a rockin’ good time, and this next chapter promises to be a scream that far outlasts the show itself!




Where: CW

When: Wednesday, October 8, 8:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific

What IS it: The return of our beloved green-clad archer and savior of Starling City!

Pierced through the heart: Ollie is back to battle new villains, hood some new allies, and maybe even find a new love interest!


The Walking Dead


Where: AMC

When: Sunday, October 12, 9:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific

What IS it: Our beloved, if ragged, band of survivors are back to battle zombies and other villains too!

The walkers are back: When last we left our heroes, they had made it to Terminus, only to find it’s hardly a safe zone. What will happen to Rick and the gang now?!




Where: NBC

When: Friday, October 24, 10:00 p.m., Eastern/Pacific

What IS it: Another DC Hero, if you can call him that, storms the small screen to fight off demons!

Begone you demons: This version of Constantine, as opposed to the film with Keanu Reeves, is supposed to be much closer to the DC Comics, and is therefore no bad thing!




Where: NBC

When: Friday, October 24, 9:00 p.m., Eastern/Pacific

What IS it: Nick and his shapeshifting pals are back, with supernatural mysteries expanding beyond Portland!

Grab your keys: Armed with a new Grimm-in-training, Nick has to contend with a whole new series of Wesen troubles and the loss of his own powers!




Where: CBS

When: Thursday, October 30, 10:00 p.m., Eastern/Pacific

What IS it: Johnny Lee Miller is a very different Sherlock Holmes, with Lucy Liu as his Watson, in New York City!

Welcome back, Watson: Rumor has it this season begins with Watson having finally asserted her independence, and Holmes replacing her with a brand new assistant!


May your days be filled with Krypton Radio’s Days of Darkness, and your nights be overflowing with great television! What new fall show are you most droolingly anticipating? Sound off in the comments!


Aug 192014

by Michael Brown, staff writer

roddenberry newThe man who took us all to a place where no man has gone before would have celebrated a birthday today. Gene Roddenberry was born August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, but grew up in Los Angeles, and actually shares his birthday with two other Star Trek alumni, Jonathan Frakes and Diana Muldaur. The son of a police officer, Roddenberry was an American hero, having flown 89 combat missions in the United States Army Air Force during World War II, decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He also worked as a commercial pilot after returning home in 1945. Roddenberry followed in his father’s footsteps and wore a badge himself for a time, as a means to provide for his family, but began to write scripts for television.

Before giving fans a glimpse at the final frontier, Roddenberry wrote scripts for Highway Patrol, Have Gun-Will Travel, and other series of the time, and eventually created and produced his own series, The Lieutenant, which was set inside the United States Marine Corps, and starred Nichelle Nichols in the first episode. It would only last one season.

In 1964, Roddenberry developed his “wagon train to the stars,” Star Trek, and sold it to NBC and Desilu Studios, after being rejected by CBS. Star Trek received modest approval from NBC, despite constant production issues and Roddenberry’s fight with producers to keep his vision the way he wanted it. Star Trek premiered on September 8, 1966 and ran for three seasons until viewers lost interest. Star Trek would live on in syndication, however, and his vision would eventually become a media juggernaut, with nine films, four spinoff series, an animated series, countless novels, and video games.

In the late 1980s, as the revival series Star Trek: The Next Generation was in full swing, Roddenberry was afflicted by the early stages of cerebral vascular disease, said to be a result of his longtime abuse of recreational and prescription drugs. Following a stroke in 1989, which would only cause further health problems, Roddenberry passed away on October 24, 1991. A portion of Roddenberry’s cremated remains were launched into space in 1997 by Celestis, a company that performs “space burials,” as a tribute for his contributions, but in 2002 the spacecraft that orbited fell back to Earth. Another launch is planned for 2015, this time for deep space, and carrying the remains of wife and Star Trek co-star Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.

After Roddenberry’s death, Andromeda and Earth: Final Conflict, which were based on unused stories that he had written, were released into syndication.  Andromeda, starring Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame in the lead role as Captain Dylan Hunt, was the more successful of the two.

Gene Roddenberry’s vision lives on long after his death, with much of the technology he predicted for Star Trek in use today, or being developed. And we can all certainly get behind his dream of a future where we are at peace, with no wants or needs, free to focus on what lies ahead, forging a better life for all.

Gene Roddenberry would have been 93 today.

We at Krypton Radio celebrate Mr. Roddenberry’s life and mourn his passing, yet content with the knowledge that the man who brought us the stars is now in peace among them.


May 162012

A look at new sci-fi, by Senior Editor, PK

It may be another in a long line of post-apocalyptic stories, can NBC pull it off?


I’m not always able to watch the latest shows and movies due to being so busy, but when something grabs my attention I’ll make time. And when I came across this, to say I’m skeptical is a bit of an understatement. I’m a huge fan of sci-fi science, grew up with the techno-babble of Star Trek and so many other shows, but Revolution may be falling a bit flat on the b.s. O’meter side of science fiction. Revolution follows the adventures of a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic society, where for some unknown reason, everything electrical refuses to work. Including machine guns, which are actually not electric. 15 years after the worst brown-out in human history, humanity has reverted to a medieval-esque style society and all of the world governments have fallen. In its place, militias and dictators have risen to rule supreme over small communities who thrive in the ruins of technology and rusted out Chevrolets.

Post-apoc stories have been the in-thing for the last 10 year or so years, from video games to movies, to tv shows, we just can’t seem to get enough of what we went through during the 1980’s. It’s Mad Max minus the gaudy outfits and Aussie accents, and no souped up battle cars to race about in either. Just from watching the trailer, many questions come to mind. The most classic question that comes up whenever we encounter stories where electricity has been destroyed, is what’s causing it and why doesn’t it seem to effect certain things? Like any episode of any version of Star Trek, ship encounters dampening field, power goes out, but tricorders, hand held phasers and artificial gravity still seem to magically work. You’d think Geordie would lose power to his visor every single time they ran into some evil alien with a dampening field in his pocket, but no,our heroes save the day again through suspension of disbelief.
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Jan 042012
Grimm on NBC
Grimm on NBC

Grimm on NBC

Each week Libya El Amin’s TV Campfire brings you lively discussion on all the TV shows you love, but sometimes that’s just not enough.

Grimm is an American fantasy/mystery/crime drama series that made its debut on NBC on October 28, 2011. It airs Fridays at 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT. The show has been described as “a cop drama—with a twist… a dark and fantastical project about a world in which characters inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales exist”.

To help kick off the New Year, the cast of Grimm returns to Libya El Amin’s TV Campfire this Wednesday, January 4 at 7PM Pacific Time. Be sure to tune in! If you miss it – you’ve missed it.