12 Shows You Could and Should Watch Right Now

We all know there’s a ton of content out there nowadays. It can be really overwhelming. That’s why we’ve done some of the dirty work for you and narrowed down 12 tv shows you could be watching right now (no particular order). You know, aside from Stranger Things, which if you haven’t seen it yet… um, you should.

12. Pennyworth

Hey, hey, kid. You like Batman? You want to see a show about his butler? That’s right, Pennyworth follows the always witty and understandable butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Specifically his younger days as a former special-forces officer working for Bruce Wayne’s father. If you are a Batman fan, then we definitely recommend checking this Epix show out. All jokes aside, it furthers the universe and proves to be an unexpected look into the characters and world that we love.

11. NOS4A2

Based on a book with the same name by Joe Hill (author of Locke & Key and Stephen King’s son), this show combines supers with the undying in a twisted horror adventure. It is sure to creep you out while still having the joy of fantasy and Christmas. Available via AMC, it has been renewed for a second season!

10. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

This one is for all my 90’s-kids out there, Rocko, his dog Spunky, and all his crazy lovable friends are back in this movie released on Netflix! Movie… extended pilot… the point is, they’re back and we’re loving it! You may be saying to yourself, “Oh, fish sticks. How did I miss this one?” But fret not, it’s still available!

9. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

Another stand-alone piece that we recommend is this mockumentary that follows David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) in digging deeper into his family history and his thespian father. If you enjoy Documentary Now! (also highly recommend if you are into Documentaries), then you’ll enjoy this 28-minute look into the strange world of an obsessive actor/father. It is still available on Netflix.

8. Deadwood: The Movie

Fans begged and begged and their wish final came true with the return of Deadwood! This tv movie has it all from the original series, same cast, same amazing set and costumes, and the same amazing dialogue and acting. In all, it feels like one long episode that leaves you satisfied and longing. But in a fulfilled way not in a Lost – you’ve got to be kidding me – kind of way. If you haven’t seen the original series, don’t worry, we believe you’ll still get a kick out of the movie. However, if you can, watch the original series as well. There’s nothing quite like it. You can find Swearengen and the motley crew of Deadwood only on HBO.

7. Glow

Based on the 80’s tv show by the same name and the world behind the show, comes GLOW (The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Now in their third season, this show has a little bit of everything and at the center of it is hardcore moves, awkward but hilarious comedy, amazing 80’s fashion and a whole lot of heart. After watching the show, we also recommend watching the documentary about the original show and ladies. The reality that the show brings to an outrageous situation will have you saying, “Can we have more?”

6. Barry

Another HBO must-see is Barry. A dark comedy, this show tells the story of a hitman who after coming to Los Angeles for a mark, finds he wants more and decides to become an actor. This show is hilarious and has some outstanding comedic performances by Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, and Anthony Carrigan to name just a few. It offers a unique view on the hitman genre while hitting home with identity and how one defines who they are, who they’ve been, and who they want to become. There’s a reason it’s nominated for 17 Emmy’s, guys.

5. The Terror

All my period-piece and horror fans this one is for you. The first season takes you on a journey to the Northern Passage via the Royal Navy and the terrors they face in the wake of treacherous conditions, limited resources, and the monstrous wild creatures. The second season, though similar, splits to a different place and different time, Japan during WWII. We are coming up on only the second episode of Season 2 but can’t wait to see what terrifying steps this season will bring. AMC does it again with complete set, wardrobe, and acting submersion.

4. Swamp Thing

Fair warning, while we recommend this show, it has been cancelled so try not to get too attached and appreciate it for what it is. Available on DC Universe, Swamp Thing follows the age old story of man gets interested in woman, woman shows interest in man, man falls in polluted swamp and becomes… a thing. In fact, the pilot episode is a capsulation of the entire movie. With dark moments that show why you shouldn’t mess with nature, the show is overall a little lighter take on the environmental creature story and enjoyable. Why we still recommend despite the limited run? The dark moments and the makeup are wonderful and worth every second.

3. Doom Patrol

DC Universe just comes out with some fun content. Here’s another one that came out a little while ago but that we highly recommend if you are looking for something fun and comic-related, Doom Patrol. This unlikely group is a strange combination of odd-balls and misfits but put together with heart and big explosions… so, you can’t really go wrong.

2. The Boys

The world needs a hero and they have not one, but seven called “The 7.” But what happens when heroes are put up on a pedestal and placed in positions of authority when they are still humans with flaws? What if they are evil people but playing a good superhero? This show brings us people with powers which we love and meshes it with extreme gore and WTF moments that leave us laughing, shocked or excited, and wanting more. It definitely throws a new peg into the gear of heroes and it is extremely fun to watch. Available on Amazon Prime, this show like some of the others mentioned may not be family friendly but we definitely recommend it if you are into like minded shows.

1. Good Omens

Cleansing our souls and ending this list is Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. Featuring Michael Sheen and the ever-talented David Tennant as the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley respectfully. Long time friends who attempt to prevent Armageddon. The show provides a magic in story-telling, fun characters, and a whimsical take on the end of the world. It’s an absolute delight to watch and we can’t recommend it enough. It is available through Amazon Prime.

So what are you doing? Stop reading and get to watching! Don’t see your favorite show on our list? Comment below and tell us which show we need to be watching and why!

The Beauty of the Con

Back in 1970 when Shel Dorf brought the first Comic Con to San Diego, I doubt he ever imagined what it would turn into 50 years later. 300 people has turned into a swarm of well over 180,000. That’s even a swell of 50,000+ since 2013! Exhibitors, street vendors, cosplayers, celebrities… everyone comes out in droves. I’ve been going since 2012 and the amount of growth I’ve seen from there to now even is incredible. So, what’s the pull? What keeps us wanting to go back with such a crowd? Is it worth it?

As a fan of comics, movies, tv, games, and collectibles, Comic-Con International: San Diego provides all these things and more. Walking through the crowd this year I would find myself saying “Look at that!” or “Niiiiiicccccceeee.” There just seemed to be astounding pieces that would surprise you around every corner. That happiness would lift you up and carry you through the slow moving herd of people, the long walks that you forgot you were on, and the hours spent waiting in line. You would float, and right as you would start to come down (if that happened at all) another sign or figure or beautiful cosplayer would start that feeling all over again.

It’s the addictive passion that fans exude every day of the five day event, that sparks curiosity and our own sense of passion that carries us through the convention. It stays in our hearts even after its over and makes us feel past the exhaustion that, hey, we can keep on doing this.

If you haven’t been to San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) before, but want to go here’s a few tips.

  1. There is a lot of tips out there. Make sure to do your research and pick a plan of action before embarking on anything having to do with the con. That includes tickets!
  2. Get those tickets early! This is a big one. You might be saying, “Well, SDCC 2020 is a year from now.” Yeah, my point exactly. Start planning now! Put the ticket dates in your calendar, do what you have to now so that when the gates open for everyone to get tickets you were ready months ago. Always remember there is someone if not thousands of people out there who are already more organized than you and who will make the ticket portal sell out within minutes, if not seconds, the day it opens. Trust me on this, it’s happened if within the professional badges circuit.
  3. Make plans for lodging and parking as early as possible! Things will happen and yes, you may be able to find these things within days of getting to the convention. However, if you don’t want to end up looking like the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail because of all the money you would have to spend to get those things last minute, then make sure to start planning now for next year. And be creative! Keep in mind that trying to think of alternative ways of approaching where to stay and where to park may save you time and money. In years past, I have stayed in hotels and airb&bs, and sometimes its been with a group of people in a room and others with just my family. Each have their perks but it’s best to consider all of these things when making your plan.
  4. Have as many things planned out before that week! Consider SDCC to be a great production. You want to do a very thorough pre-production before it begins. Being able to attack the show with confidence and ease will relieve so much stress. There’s many things you won’t be able to plan, but knowing you have done your homework will really help you handle those unknowns when they arise. (I’ve never run into this problem before *wink*wink*) Also, when you pick up your schedule that first day, set aside some time to review it and pin point the events or panels you want to attend. This will help your timing of things for the rest of the week and insure you don’t miss anything you really wanted to see.
  5. Preview Night is the best night for purchasing exclusives. Though you will still have some luck throughout the rest of the week and if you are extremely, extremely lucky then there may still be some around on Sunday. Make sure that if you do want one of the big ticket items, like Funko or Hasbro, that you are aware of how to go about it. Most of the more popular exclusives have a process where you have to get a ticket to be in line, etc. in order to be a part of possibly getting an exclusive. It’s been said before that one does not simply walk into Hall H and that goes for exclusives, as well. One does not simply walk-in and get an exclusive.
  6. If you want to cosplay, keep in mind how well you move and if you think you’d be able to hold up for many hours in heat. If you think you can last up to 4 hours, then make sure to be aware of that in your planning. The days will go by quicker than you think so every moment is a gem and you don’t want to look back regretting the time lost.
  7. Take snackies with you and a bottle of water! There is a plethora of eating spots and whistle-watering holes to keep you stuffed to the gills, however, to save on money, I recommend taking some bits you can throw in your bag (which you should always have a bag of some sort). This will not only keep you going, save you money, but will also cut down on time having to go get those things. Remember… long lines, big crowds… need I continue?
  8. Take a black magic marker, a pen, and a notebook with you. You never know who you will meet or what you may want signed in the moment. Make sure you are ready for any situation!
  9. Take breaks! Now after all that about not wasting time I should take breaks? Yes! Just factor them in and take them when you can. There’s a lot of stimulation on top of a lot of people, a lot of excitement, and long days. Make sure to take care of yourself during the whole convention so that you can last the five days without burnout or getting sick. Think of it as an observation moment for cosplay watching!
  10. Have fun!!! I think this would go without saying, but when people get tired or frustrated because they can’t get what they want or where they want to be, they get moody. Mood begets mood begets mood. To keep on the lighter side of things, remember what you love in the first place, what brought you to the convention, your favorite shows, superheroes, artists… take in that this is a moment in time and how wonderful and bizarre it all is. Enjoy it! And pass on that fan passion to the person who is standing in line behind you!

December 2018

Hello from our side of the cosmos!

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Don’t worry — we got you covered for that special someone who is out of this world. Like, I don’t know, maybe a life size Darth Vader?

No? Too much?

Well there’s no accounting for taste with some people. But don’t worry, we have more new additions than just the Lord of all Siths for the holiday season.

 

Like check out these brand new Comicon Exclusive Pan’s Labyrinth busts we got in just a few weeks ago. Imagine seeing these two lookers under your tree this year.

        

Too creepy for your gift list? No problem. Along with these high end, new items, we also have some great vintage Disney toys walk through our doors, like a vintage Beast figure that transforms into the handsome prince, a 1960’s Prince Adam with all the trappings, and a rare, Snow White’s evil Queen in disguise.

Along with our usual Disney, fantasy, and Star Wars hauls, we have some bright and shiny Marvel figures and busts that are just aching to go to a good home. Come pick yours up today!

               

 

These are only the tip of the iceburg for our new collections. Make sure Blast is on your go-to shopping spots this year, and we can’t wait to see you again in 2019!

A quick note:  the store will be closed on Christmas and New Years Day so our staff can enjoy the holidays. Thanks!

November 2018

Hello from our side of the Cosmos!

Halloween is over, but the spooky still continues here at Blast. We’ve got signed copies of Slasher Dreams 1&2, the ultimate guides to slasher films.

Too much blood and guts for your tastes? Not to worry. By sheer luck, we managed to get a Beauty and the Beast porcelain doll set, as well as a complete Snow White and the Seven Dwarves series, for all you collectors out there.

      

And of course, we can’t leave you scifi lovers out in the cold. Along with our Disney collectibles, we have a rare collection of Star Trek visual novels from the OG series!

               

And if you haven’t heard already, Christmas is coming early! Every year, Holiday in the Park brings the joys of the season to Magnolia, full of music, food, games, and presents. We’ll be open and operating all night, so feel free to stop by and join us for the festivities!

That’s Nov. 16th, starting at 5pm. See you there!

October 2018

Hello from our side of the Cosmos!

Can you feel the chill in the air? The smell of pumpkins? Hot chocolate? Only one reason for it. It’s fall.

Here at Blast, we have plenty of spooky scary skeletons to meet your Halloween needs. From new monsters joining the family from Palooza to scary deals on Neca’s new releases. You can get them all here at Blast from the Past!

                    

First, how about a bit of light reading? Along with our extensive collection of Goosebumps novels, we just got in an illustrated anthology of Lovecraft’s best stories. Only two copies available, so get them while they last!

                      

Prefer Bowie over Bumps? We’re happy to announce a restock of our Labyrinth puzzle, as well as a new puzzle set with the White Duke’s best albums. A must for any Ziggy Stardust fan.

Last month, you might remember that we got a new supply of Predator Neca figures — well this is your update for October. Our Predator posable collector figures are flying off the shelves. There are only a few left, so get them while you can!

And finally, an update on the Burbank community. Leadership Burbank is hosting its yearly party on Oct 27th, this time at Nickelodeon studios. It’s 21+, with a dance floor and plenty of events! And before you dance the night away, be sure to swing by the night before for Ladies and Gents Night Out on Oct 26th! We hope to see you there!

Until next time, stay spooky.

September 2018

Hello from our side of the Cosmos!

Summer is ending, but there’s no need to wall in those post ComiCon blues. We’ve got plenty of new additions for your personal collections. Not to mention, con season isn’t over yet!

And of course, with September comes back to school festivities. Along with our last month’s presentation of brand spankin’ new lunchboxes, we also have new nerdy backpacks for your future super hero’s journey back to school

             

And if you need something to cuddle with while you cry over those 3 papers and 2 formal exams you need to study for…

Not in school? Happy to have a free and open September? Treat yourself to a little extra horror in prep for Halloween month (yes. month.) We have new Necca Pennywise and Predator figures ready for the taking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to mention the brand spankin’ new Star Wars figure set we have celebrating the three generations of trilogies.

Now remember when I mentioned that Con season wasn’t over yet? That’s because, right here in Burbank, we here at Blast have tables for this year’s Son of Monsterpalooza. Tables #39, 40, 41.

Even though we’ll be working the event, the store will be open our regular hours.

Hope to see you there!

August 2018

Hello from our side of the cosmos!

Have you been in to the store lately? Here at Blast, we’ve got the summer’s hottest must-have’s for the devout horror fan: a whole new order of Neca figures! (Act quickly, these are flying off our shelves)

                 

Horror not your style? Never fear, Marvel legends is here! We’ve been fortunate enough to collect new additions to our Superhero wall, including Thor Ragnarok, Netflix’s Daredevil figures, and the Human Torch.

              

Speaking of heroes…

We’ve got a whole slate of new Funko Pops, including figures from Disney’s Incredibles and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As well as a few other notable faces…

And with school just around the corner, be sure to check out our new childrens’ lunchboxes and fridge magnets. Made especially for the practical geeks among us.

             

And if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep an eye out for events both in and outside the store.

Maybe even events like…

That’s right! This September, Blast will have its yearly booth at Monsterpalooza. Be sure to swing by, and we’ll see you there! Stay cool!

 

July 2018

Hello from our side of the cosmos!

We hope you’re staying cool in this massive heatwave. Though with summer conventions like Midsummer Scream and SD Comic Con, it’s hard to stay home! Our recommendation? Why not sit under the AC and put on your favorite scary movie? Here at Blast, we just received a whole new family of movie maniacs to keep you company at night.

 

Those of you who’ve been in the store lately might have noticed that our magnets were a little slack recently. Well, we finally have our magnet machine pieces, and we’ve updated our library with some new magnets.

                        

 

On top of our new selection of magnets, we are also now the owners of an expansive He-Man collection, including playsets, DVD’s and action figures from their creation in the 1980’s!

                

On top of our new collections, this week we have our monthly Mint on Card Comedy show, as well as Horror Trivia Night and Ladies and Gents Night out! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so that you don’t miss out on anything in the months to come!

June 2018

Hello the cosmos!

It’s been an eventful first half of the year for us here at Blast From the Past! If you haven’t checked out our newsletter yet, first be sure to sign up for our monthly emails, and then come on into the store for events happening this month.

We’ve gotten in a lot of new treasures this month, especially for our scifi lovers! First up, we’ve got an influx of travelers straight from Jupiter 2. Our new collection of Lost in Space figures stretch from the original 1960’s show to the 1998 remake, almost all pristine in their boxes.

        

And if the Robinson’s aren’t your space family, how about the Skywalker’s? Take a trip to the moon of Endor with this complete Ewok Playset.

This lucky find was brought to us by a local, and we’re eager to get it to a new, loving home. Comes with elevator, catapult and C3PO’s deity chair. Flying Ewok sold separately.

And while we have new additions for our scifi corner, don’t think we’ve forgotten about you horror lovers!

Creature Feature has unfortunately left their Magnolia location, but all is not lost! We’ve been lucky enough to accumulate a good portion of their stock of theatrical soundtracks. Separately, we managed to get our hands on a collection of Living Dead Dolls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the creepy crawlies and full soundtracks, we are fortunate enough to have gathered up a collection of Herby the Lovebug original memorabilia, including printed books and to scale models.

On top of our new collections, you can always visit us for all your geeky needs. And with Father’s Day just around the corner, remember take advantage of our Walking Dad’s Day sale of Walking Dead merchandise! This Friday and Saturday only!

As for other in store events, last week’s comedy show was a roaring hit, as always. Next week, be sure to catch our Horror Trivia night and our live reading of the film script Rosemary’s Baby. Remember to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss this month’s or future events in the store!

The Past Was A Blast

Listen, the past was a blast. Sometimes it leaves us aghast at how it can go by fast. Or how much will last when the die has been cast. Like a mighty ship mast, the nostalgia is vast. At times it feels unsurpassed, the joy that was amassed. A welcome contrast from the present’s lambaste. When one is harassed by the current forecast, we hold steadfast. We went around and asked, and the response made us enthusiasts.