West Week Ever: Pop Culture In Review – 4/5/24

Howdy, folks! This is a Late Edition of WWE, but I HAD to get it in, as I’ve got a Streak to maintain *points to the sky, thinking about The Undertaker*!

This is one of my favorite tweets in recent memory, so please indulge me. As you can see, it was unappreciated, like much of my creative work LOL

Trailer Park

The trailer park is empty. Everyone won the lottery! They’ll be back next week lol.

Will Around The Web

Things You Might Have Missed This Week

  • There’s a new Ariel show coming to Disney Junior, where Ursela will be her mentor. Following the recent live action film, Ariel is still Black, but I guess Ursela isn’t evil anymore? I don’t understand anything in this world anymore…
  • Sorry, Inigo Montoya, but Death and Other Details has been canceled at Hulu.
  • Lizzo quit show business. And then she un-quit. Slow week in music, I guess.
  • Completely devoid of ideas, Freaky Friday 2 is in development. Unless they use that Disney de-aging technology to give us True Lies era Jamie Lee Curtis, I’m not interested.
  • Remember how there are new ideas? A War of the Roses remake is in development, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman. I loved the original, but I like these 2 folks, so I’ll give them a chance.
  • There’s a battle over the use of the Neptunes name, as members Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams are embroiled in a legal battle. My money is on Pharrell, as he clearly has ancient alien magic at his disposal.  
  • ABC has renewed Grey’s Anatomy and 9-1-1, for seasons 21 and 8, respectively. Ya know, I always kinda hated how there’s the medical book, Gray’s Anatomy, but then this chick’s name happens to be Meredith Grey. Like, there’s “cute”, and then there’s obnoxious. This is the latter! 
  • Former teen sensation Jojo Siwa has a new look, which is best described as “What if WWE’s Rhea Ripley didn’t have pro wrestling as an excuse for her getup?”
  • There’s a new, dedicated Star Trek: Deep Space Nine channel on Pluto. I’d be more excited if I didn’t notice Voyager got one FIRST. In my Pluto days, the Star Trek Channel was ALL The Next Generation. Then, someone realized “Hey, there’s more Trek in this hole!”, so they created the More Trek channel, for The Original Series and Deep Space Nine. Kinda liked that more, but whatever…
  • A fifth Matrix movie is in development, as Warner Bros knows the last one didn’t make a ton of money, but it apparently made enough money. And that’s all it takes, baby!
  • A Supergirl director has been found in Craig Gillespie. I’ve never heard of him, but everyone’s mad because he’s not a woman. 
  • Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher have divorced, after 13 years of marriage – which is about 12 years later than everyone expected!
  • Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender has just hired its 3rd showrunner, despite a recent 2-season renewal. Maybe the third time’s the charm?
  • Pat Sajak films his final episode of Wheel of Fortune today, which will air on June 7th, and serve as the shows 41st season finale.

Silver Surfer is one of the comic character that folks claim to love, but they really don’t give much of a shit about him. I mean, on paper, he sounds cool: metallic man who soars through space on a surfboard. But you gotta remember that he was created during the Swingin’ Sixties era of Marvel, where you had to be high on acid to appreciate some of those characters (looking at you, Doctor Strange!). So, he’s a cool visual, but most of the important questions about him have never been covered, like “Does he have a penis?” Or “Is he naked, or is he wearing a metallic gimp suit?” Ya know, things like that. 

So, it was interesting when it was announced this week that Ozark’s Julia Garner had been cast in the role. I know there are memes about her, but all I know about the chick is her character curses a lot, and she looks like a gender swapped Justin Timberlake. And I bet she’s probably “Secretly British” or something. Anyway, the predicted fanboy reaction occurred: “SILVER SURFER IS A MAN!” I’ll admit I joined in the chorus. While it was said that it would be the Shalla-Bal version of Silver Surfer (she’s the wife of actual Silver Surfer, Norrin Radd), that didn’t make a ton of sense to me, as there’s only one storyline where she was the Surfer, and there are two important things about that: 1) it’s an alternate reality storyline and 2) in it, both she AND Norrid Radd are Surfers. So, they’re basically partners. We’ve never seen Shalla-Bal surfing solo dolo! After thinking about it, I realized they’ll probably just kill her in the Fantastic Four film, and the post credit scene will see some bald metal dude, taking his surfboard down off the wall of his space hut. I’m not new here! 

Anyway, this reaction is exactly what Marvel Studios wanted, because it got folks talking. And they needed this because nobody gives a shit about Silver Surfer. So, for that saavy, yet somewhat heavy-handed marketing, I’m gonna say Silver Surfer had the West Week Ever.