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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 60 “Timecop”

Posted on Aug 28, 2019 by | 0 comments


Cody, Robert, and Nat take in the glory that is 1990s Jean Claude Van Damme with 1994’s TIMECOP. Based a comic feature in the anthology Dark Horse Presents by Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden, and Ron Randall, it’s a comic book movie that you might not have know was a comic book movie.


TIMECOP remains one of Jean Claude Van Damme’s biggest hits. And it functions as a good capsule of his strengths and weaknesses. JCVD is, no doubt, impressive physically. But, what’s his persona? Serious actor, fun cartoon, or someone still trying to figure out what to project?


If TIMECOP is figuring out what to do with its leading man, it does surround him with plenty of strong character actors. Bruce McGill and Ron Silver offer particularly good turns in support. Silver in particular seems to be having a ball chewing up the scenery. Perhaps doubly so.


TIMECOP occupies an interesting place in the modern film landscape. It’s an early example of the use of CGI. It’s an early star vehicle for an actor that didn’t make it to the A-list, but has his fans. It’s an early comic book movie. And, it’s oddly prescient in a few accidental ways. We have a surprising amount to say about the film.


And that’s not all. We take the time to do a rundown and look back at the episodes and movies that made up year five of the podcast. If you have favorite episodes or movies, let us know.


As a bonus, Cody visited the Royal Ontario Museum and took home some pictures of the science fiction film exhibit. We’re happy to share these with our readers.

You’re not going to need a rocket powered time travel pod to listen to this episode. You can give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Time tracks:

TIMECOP Discussion: 0:00 to 1:04:06
Year Five Look Back: 1:04:06 to 1:24:55
Next Film and Outro:1:24:55 to End

Next month, we kick off year six with a double feature sure to make your brain hurt with 1953’s DONOVAN’S BRAIN and 1983’s THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS. We hope you’ll join us.

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