The Underground — Issue #128
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: Stephen Colbert brings Hot Ones to Late Night, exclusive new images from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Red Letter Media takes on the disaster that was the Ghostbusters remake, and a time-lapse video of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
1. Stephen Colbert does the Hot Ones challenge on his own show. If you haven’t noticed, we love the Hot Ones challenge here at Social Underground. We were with the little show that could since the beginning, but Tuesday night had the show hit a peak. Sean Evans, the host of the show, came on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to make him eat some hot wings. It was nothing short of hilarious.
Colbert started with the mildly hot wings, and he seemed to be doing okay. Then he mentioned how he bit the inside of his mouth the other day, and everyone watching knew that the super hot wings were going to be the end of him. It was everything I was expecting and more when he ate the hot wings.
Check out the hilarity below in what has now catapulted Hot Ones into the atmosphere.
2. The newest images from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Since the world might end because two adult toddlers with nuclear weapons might blow us all up, it might be best if Lucasfilm just go ahead and release The Last Jedi right now, but that won’t happen. Until we die or the movie comes out, you can check out some exclusive images from Entertainment Weekly.
Of course the images feature new locations and glimpses of our heroes, but December feels so far, far away. Every image makes you wonder what the story will be, but with the secrecy at Lucasfilm so tightly lipped, all we can do is guess what is going to happen. I kinda want to see if Rey can fly or something. I mean, the Jedi can make stuff float, but you never see them make themselves float. I’d be flying around all day instead of wandering around in the desert.
Anyway, check out the images below, then probably go and watch the trailer 10 more times. It’s only natural.
3. Red Letter Media takes on the trash heap that is the Ghostbusters remake. In case you missed it, we hated the Ghostbusters remake. It managed to be unfunny and have worse CGI than a movie that came out 30 years ago. I mean, every scene in it was remarkably bad. The cameos only reminded you that the producers sh*t the bed by remaking it. I almost have nothing good to say about it other than it ended and I could leave.
The only good to come from a movie that should’ve never been made is that Red Letter Media gets to tear it to shreds in their Mr. Plinkett reviews. They manage to pick out every piece of garbage in the remake and stomp all over it. Bad movies can be given new light when they get made fun of. RLM always manages to make me laugh, but also feel that I didn’t quite waste my money when I saw this disaster.
4. Watch a 5-year time-lapse of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover road trip on the red planet. NASA usually gives a minimum for how long a rover will last on Mars, but they tend to stick it out for way longer than its expiration date. Past rovers have been solar powered, but this bad boy is nuclear power, and it’s the size of an SUV. So, it better give us our money’s worth or else we will come up there and get it (please, go up there and get it? I want humans on Mars!).
NASA has combined all the footage of the Curiosity investigating the planet in this cool time-lapse video. It even has a handy map in the bottom right to show where exactly the rover is going. If you watch until 2 minutes in the video, you will see Matt Damon chasing after it so he can use the nuclear power to make poop potatoes. Okay, that was a lie, but one day it may happen. But probably not.
Check out NASA’s Curiosity rover making scientific on one of our closest planets below. I may also suggest looking up further videos of how NASA managed to land that big rover onto the red planet. It’s a miracle they got all the math so correct. Then again, they are scientists.
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