Editor’s note: Hypable reader thegoodshipdestiel continues her three-part series in which she shares her favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Read Part 1 here.

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6. ‘Lover’s Walk’ (season 3, episode 8)

Yeah, well, I told you this list was going to have a Spike heavy slant. So how could I not include his only episode of season 3 in which he serves up one of the best doses of Spike wisdom in the show’s history? A drunk and inconsolable Spike drives through the Sunnydale sign and back into our hearts to drop some truth bombs. Some may see this as a depressing episode, but I always enjoyed seeing Xander and Willow get caught out. Firstly because I have never and will never like Xander, but secondly because how dare Willow cheat on Oz, who is the best. But mostly I love seeing the first signs that Spike is eventually going to become one of the good guys. He and Joyce talking about his Dru troubles will always be one of my favorite scenes EVER, as will Spike’s “Love’s bitch” speech.

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Editor’s note: Hypable reader thegoodshipdestiel continues her three-part series in which she shares her favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Read Part 1 here.

All of the GIFs were made by me for this article. Feel free to do anything with them that you like. You are welcome to credit me, but I don’t mind at all if you don’t.

6. ‘Lover’s Walk’ (season 3, episode 8)

Yeah, well, I told you this list was going to have a Spike heavy slant. So how could I not include his only episode of season 3 in which he serves up one of the best doses of Spike wisdom in the show’s history? A drunk and inconsolable Spike drives through the Sunnydale sign and back into our hearts to drop some truth bombs. Some may see this as a depressing episode, but I always enjoyed seeing Xander and Willow get caught out. Firstly because I have never and will never like Xander, but secondly because how dare Willow cheat on Oz, who is the best. But mostly I love seeing the first signs that Spike is eventually going to become one of the good guys. He and Joyce talking about his Dru troubles will always be one of my favorite scenes EVER, as will Spike’s “Love’s bitch” speech.

7. ‘Doppelgangland’ (season 3, episode 16)

Is there anything quite as glorious as Vampire Willow? I say there is not. It is hardly surprising that Joss cooked up a genius way to get trampy, corseted alternate universe Willow back for another episode. Lunchtime be damned as the Scoobies deal with finding out Willow is dead, Willow is an undead fiend, oh wait Willow is totally fine. Fuzzy Willow then tries to fake at being dominatrix Willow in order to save the day. Hijinks ensue, but no one can quite bring themselves to do away with evil Willow when it’s all over. So they send her and her equal opportunity groping back to her own dimension. Oops.

8. ‘Earshot’ (season 3, episode 18)

The secrets that are revealed when Buffy becomes temporarily telepathic give some pretty interesting insight into the minds of Sunnydale High. Oz is having a Decartesian crisis, Cordelia is Cordelia, Angel is a funny guy, and Giles sexes like a sailor. Obviously the school shooting subject matter in this episode is pretty serious (the original broadcast was actually delayed due to the shooting at Columbine), but as a whole I find this episode surprisingly funny and it is a favorite of mine to revisit.

9. ‘Something Blue’ (season 4, episode 9)

The writers really gave fans what they had been gagging for in this episode, as a spell gone wrong has Buffy and Spike swooning all over each other in magic-induced attraction. Giles is (blind) drunk, Riley is confused, and poor Amy just wants to be a real girl. Seeing Buffy and Spike both act completely out of character is thoroughly hysterical and watching the rest of the characters react to it is almost as good. Fortunately, it won’t be the last time that a spell has multiple characters going completely bonkers.

10. ‘A New Man’ (season 4, episode 12)

I know, I know. Ethan again. But you can’t deny that he makes the funny stuff happen! Turning Giles into a demon is no exception. It’s a good old-fashioned case of mistaken identity aided by none other than our always reluctant anti-hero, Spike. He drives, he translates, he makes pit stops so you can scare the hell out of bitches who deserve it. All in all, the buddy cop vibe of this episode is a fun departure from the norm.

11. ‘Superstar’ (season 4, episode 17)

A lot of people apparently don’t like Jonathan. I don’t know what is wrong with those people and I am certainly not one of them. “Superstar” definitely ranks as one of the top five weirdest episodes of this show – right up there with “Restless” (the whole thing is a dream) and “Normal Again” (the whole thing is a hallucination… maybe?). There is not a single fact about Jonathan in this universe that I do not laugh at. And it wasn’t totally filler, okay? Jonathan tells them how to kill Adam in this episode. So there. I also feel like it is really progressive that everyone, regardless of gender, is obsessed with him.

12. ‘Fool for Love’ (season 5, episode 7)

You may be wondering what I love more than Spike. Why, Spike flashbacks, of course. This episode includes some truly astounding reveals. Spike likes buffalo wings. Spike used to write poetry. Spike was actually turned by Drusilla (there goes all your Spangel fantasies). Spike can really rock some eyeliner. Watching Buffy throw down the same lines that Cecily does earlier in the episode about Spike being beneath her is ROUGH. But it doesn’t stop him from halting his plans to murder Buffy to offer her some backyard comfort instead. Get it?? The whole episode was to make you realize that deep down he’s been the same sensitive softie his whole life, Vampire or not.

13. ‘Crush’ (season 5, episode 14)

Oh, Spike, Spike, Spike. My poor oblivious blondie bear. A recently jilted Spike is feeling ripe for the taking when Drusilla the burn victim shows back up feeling nostalgic for the good old days (when Angel tortured her in nicer ways). What else is there to do but chain up his old girlfriend, his current girlfriend, and his future girlfriend for some bondage fun? This may not be as out and out funny as most of the other episodes on this list, but I love seeing Drusilla come back even if it’s only for a hot minute. Not to mention Spike trying to woo Buffy in the saddest excuse for a stakeout I’ve ever seen. But I do have to mention that Spike getting the door slammed in his face at the end is seriously the most pathetic ever on this show.

Check in next week for the final installment, part 3!

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017