Pop Culture Power Playground Solo Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Succession

This week critic Dewey Singleton joins TV editor Tom Chang discussing why Solo might be underperforming for a Star Wars film, if people should be looking forward to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and why Dewey thinks you should check out Succession.

When it came to Solo, Dewey and Tom had some theories on why the film fell well below expectations at the box office. Dewey suspects poor marketing is primarily to blame with such a short window from The Last Jedi to Solo. Tom suspects it could be a combination of burnout from the Star Wars franchise, the current unrest with a number of the fanbase and the lack of generational familiarity with Han Solo in China where the film performed poorly. Dewey said even if Disney takes a loss on the film, they’ll still have the steady revenue stream from the franchise.

With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom coming to theaters, Tom remained skeptical as far as franchise viability since the novelty and intrigue of dinosaurs co-existing with humans is wearing a bit thin. The appeal of the Jurassic franchise doesn’t have near the appeal as it once did with Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic, Jurassic Park. Tom also accuses the franchise of revisiting the same tired trope of the military taking advantage of the dangerous nature of the resident creatures, like in the past with the Alien franchise, but this time with dinosaurs. Dewey disagreed that as long as people enjoy the dinosaurs even with CGI and whatever innovative constrictions, it still becomes bankable popcorn fodder for audiences.

To close out the show when talking about potential gems on TV, Dewey discussed the HBO show Succession with Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Alan Ruck. The show centers around the Roy’s, a dysfunctional American global-media family created by Jesse Armstrong with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as executive producers. The show follows Logan Roy (Cox) and his four children, as they discuss what the future will be like once their aging father begins to step away from their company. The show currently airs Sundays.

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Sci-fi and technology geek since the NES days, Tom loves everything from the cult classics, the contemporary hits to the beast with two backs that is Disney and Marvel. His life's mission is to be the ultimate nerd savant sitting on the iron throne as CEO of Skynet while masquerading as a vigilante at night wearing hockey pads.

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