Caffeinated Speculation: Have you seen the trailer for “It”?

All right, where are my Stephen King fans? Are you obsessed with his books? Love his movies? If so, this post is for you!

So, this week the brand new trailer for Stephen King’s “It” came out. (You can watch it here, if you’re brave enough!) I have a confession—I probably wouldn’t have even known this movie was coming out if it weren’t for my teenaged girls. See, we happen to be pretty big “Stranger Things” fans. (Like we have a countdown for season 2 in flashing neon lights dead center of our living room. Just kidding! The colors are in glitter, not neon. *winky face*) Anywho…just as any teen likes to do, my girls particularly enjoy following their favorite actors on every form of social media possible. (“Watch this clip of Gaten Matarazzo falling, mom! It’s hilarious!”) Naturally, they know every single detail of every star of the show and regularly tweet to them. (*Mom hides face in palm*) My middle daughter even bought the same ring Millie Bobby Brown wears because, duh! That makes her just like Millie!

I digress. Back to confession: Okay, so the only reason “IT” was on my radar in the first place is because Mike from ST (Finn Wolfhard—And yes, my “middle” also owns the “Finn Wolfhard” T-shirt!) happens to be in “It”! Are you following me? (Phew. I think I need to sit down.) So, my girls have been waiting eagerly for this trailer to come out and this week their heads exploded into a million pieces because it did.

The end.

Okay, maybe not. But they did get super excited and have watched the thing a billion-and-one times already, if that’s a thing. But here’s the sad part—their writer-mama has never even read this book. (*Writer-mama runs and hides in corner*) Yes, yes. I hear you guffawing but really, I like horror just as much as any other girl, but I haven’t read this book. Because, CLOWNS!

Ack! Are you kidding me? I’ve never wanted to read the book—or certainly never see the original movie—because I don’t have a death wish of clowns. But here’s the thing: I think I’m going to read it now. For real! I’m geared up and ready to hit the library today so I can grab me a copy of the SK-man and read up on some scary scary clownage. And the weird part is, I’m sort of excited about it.

This begs the question: Will I be in the theater in September when this baby hits the big screen? Answer: If I can get through the stupid book, then yes. I’d like to see how the movie compares. One thing is for certain, though. I’ll be sitting alone in that overly crowded theater watching Pennywise scare little children because neither of my girls will be with me. They’ve watched the trailer a hundred times but have already said they’re too afraid to see the movie. Because, ya know…

CLOWNS.

What about you? Have you read the book? Seen the original? Plan to the see new installment? What are you thoughts on this classic horror novel and where is your excitement level in this whole thing? Feel free to share below! I’d love to find someone who’s just as scared of clowns as I am!

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Freaking scary poster for the freaking scary movie.

Caffeinated Speculation: ‘Doctor Who’ Who?

Now that Peter Capaldi has officially announced that he is stepping down from his role on Doctor Who, the internet has been abuzz about possible replacements. Honestly, I try to ignore all speculation when it comes to future characters or storylines of iconic shows, since all it ever really does is get my hopes up for an actor who will likely not ever get that role! But in our long hours of driving across the US, this topic came up and it’s been on my mind ever since.

So, who will become the next Doctor? Well, many months ago, it was suggested that Matt Smith might have been tapped on the shoulder for a second run as The Doctor. He’s made no secret of the fact that he loved playing that character and that if given the chance he would entertain playing him once more. But does that mean he really would pursue this option? And if so, would the producers go in this direction? The idea of a ‘degeneration’ for The Doctor would in fact be quite a unique storyline since fans have long known The Doctor can only ever have thirteen lives. And since Capaldi currently holds the twelfth spot, that would mean this next Doctor would be the last. Ack! Unless, of course, they find a loophole to extend the life of the show. (*cartwheel*) A ‘degeneration’ does seem like a plausible concept, doesn’t it?

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Matt Smith

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Caffeinated Speculation: Jurassic Park or Jurassic World?

This week I grabbed my daughters and headed to the local Renaissance Faire here in AZ. We stumbled upon a new booth I’d never seen before–the Medieval Mapmaker. What caught my eye was a display of the map of Middle Earth. After approaching the booth I discovered an array of every fantasy map you could desire! From Star Wars to Equestria to The Princess Bride. One in particular stood out–the original Jurassic Park! Of course we snatched it up (as seen here), because who doesn’t want a map of the original JP? Amiright?

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Isn’t she a beaut?

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Caffeinated Speculation: About that Last Jedi…

At the end of January, Star Wars fans were treated to a belated Christmas present: We learned the title of Episode VIII! My Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with all kinds of chatter as the speculation began about who The Last Jedi could be! Did it refer to Luke Skywalker? Possibly, considering the final scene of Episode VII showed the return of the long lost character. Or could The Last Jedi mean Rey, since she discovered her Jedi powers in the last movie?

Just a few days ago, there was renewed interest in the subject with the release of the new international posters. It seems that as Americans, our own language may have kept us from determining the truth: The Last Jedi may not be a single person, after all. 

As seen in various articles such as this one, the Star Wars Episode VIII posters featured in other languages show the phrase to be plural, not singular, as we had assumed.

This changes the game entirely! Woo-hoo! *Back flip* I’m super excited about this guys! This could mean a sort of ‘assembling’ of the Jedi. We’ve long been exposed to that lone hero, that single guy or gal who saves the day and wins for the good-side. But in this case, maybe we are about to see something more along the lines of an Avengers-like ensemble–a reference that The Last Jedi may refer to not only Luke and Leia, but also Rey, Finn, whoever! There are so many unknowns of who could hold the secret ‘Jedi gene’ in their blood, since the Jedi have been ‘extinct’ for so many years (in the SW Universe, that is.) I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for an Avenger-type Star Wars! (No disrespect to Han and Chewie. We love you guys!)

What about you? Were you surprised at the announcement over The Last Jedi? What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave them below. I’d love to hear who you think The Last Jedi might be!

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(Note to self: The above is plural! Yay!)

Caffeinated Speculation: ‘Firefly’ Reboot?

I had a few things on my mind to talk about this week–the release of the mid-season premier for The Walking Dead being one. (Hello!? How awesome was it, right?) But in the end, another article floating around the internet caught my attention: 

Will Firefly finally see a reboot?

For those of you unaware of this TV show, it originally aired back in 2002 on the Fox network, with Joss Whedon at the helm. It’s unique concept of old-time western mixed with futuristic sci-fi gained it a cult-following, despite the fact it lasted only 1 season. Since that time fans have demanded for a return of the show, and many Comic-Con type events have hosted the cast and crew, along with a feature length film, entitled Serenity, that was released 2005. (If you haven’t seen the show, check it out on Netflix! **Side note: This show is for mature audiences.)

For those of us who’ve watched (and re-watched) this show, it will always have a special place in our geeky-scifi-lovin’ hearts. But interviews with both Joss Whedon and lead cast member, Nathan Fillion, have both shown a hesitation on their end, for a reboot. Yes, it’s what the fans want; Yes, the cast and crew would be thrilled to revisit that time of their career; But is it what’s best for all? Maybe not. Whedon has suggested that the very fact that Firefly went off the air in it’s prime–when so many viewers have such fantastic memories of it–is what makes it such a cult favorite. To bring it back could set it up for a mediocre return, which could then prove as a disappointment that overshadows the entire series.  Continue reading

Caffeinated Speculation: Stranger Things 2 Trailer

Here we go! Surprise #2 for the week!! Yay!

Again, the month of February is full of new things, including this weekly column! I’ve been thinking on what I can contribute weekly to the site and realized I’d love to talk about my favorite thing: Anything Fantasy or Sci-Fi related! So, each Thursday I will be talking about all things Speculative–books, movies, TV shows, trailers–whatever peeks my interest! If you’ve ever been cornered by me while I’ve talked about my love of Star Wars, then you’ll know how much I love to talk! *insert cheesy smile*

Feel free to leave comments about the weekly post. Or give a suggestion, if you’re wondering what my thoughts are on a particular topic! I’d love to hear from you!

This week’s topic: The Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer!

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Some people watch the Superbowl for, well, the football. (Duh!) Many watch it for the commercials. (Way more fun, in my opinion.) But my family? We watched it just for the Stranger Things Season 2 trailer! Yep! You heard that right. And it didn’t disappoint! (If you haven’t seen it yet, find it here.)  Continue reading