Archive for May, 2009

Awesome in its badness?

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Archie proposes to Veronica?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

You heard that right! In Archie #600, Archie Andrews proposes to Veronica Lodge.

Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imagina – no, wait, it IS an imaginary story!

From Newsarama:

Now make way for this special story that takes a look at Archie and his friends after they graduate college! What careers will they seek? Will the friends stay in Riverdale or disperse? What would lead Archie to have marriage on his mind? And why would he choose Veronica over Betty? How will Betty react? Can Archie shake off his klutzy past and hold down a steady job… for more than a month? Two things are certain: with the Lodges as hosts, this will be the biggest wedding Riverdale has ever seen… and the biggest Archie Comics story since the famous “Love Showdown!”

Acclaimed superhero movie producer Michael Uslan draws upon his lifelong love of Archie comic books to write this very special tale, rendered by legendary Archie Comics artist Stan Goldberg! The Archie story of the century begins here… don’t miss it!

ARCHIE #600

Shipping Date: August 12th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: August 19th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: September 1st, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

Certainly it’s interesting, but it’s no more canonical than “Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again“.  And, of course, any story where Archie doesn’t marry Betty is absurd.

An ultimate showdown:

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Mary Poppins vs Cthulu

Who would you choose? I have an idea for Anthony Fremont (from the Twilight Zone) vs the Tick more info here:

Anyone have any matchups of their own?

Duck Tales meets ‘Taken’

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBEzAlPbPFY&feature=player_embedded

Game Review: Chronicles of Riddick- Assault on Dark Athena (PS3)

Monday, May 25th, 2009

riddick-dark-athena1e95bThe Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, which contains both the titular game and its precursor, 2004’s Escape From Butcher Bay, goes a long way to addressing and, for the most part, improving, the various beefs I have with the genre that is my least favourite and yet the most popular among my “demographic”, the first-person shooter. Why is it I’ve never quite warmed up to this bastion of hardcore gaming, and what improvements does Riddick’s interpolation of the stealth genre bring to the table? Read on, Macduff!
(more…)

Britney Spears and nerds?

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

‘V’ returns!

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I’m referring of course to the 80s TV movie/TV series, not the Alan Moore Film.

Here are some stills:

Okay, everyone. Fine!

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I’m on Facebook, too.

So now I’m on Twitter and MySpace and ComicSpace and Facebook and LinkedIn, and none of them are going to be maintained well enough because I’m trying to keep this blog going and I’m not even doing THAT very well!

Gorilla City is the size of Topeka?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

If Gorilla City from Flash comic books really does exist in our universe, and it’s the size of Topeka, KS, then we had better watch out for Gorilla Grodd!

Bob and Brian cover this story.

Superman / Batman: Public Enemies Trailer

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

The latest direct-to-video DCU Trailer is up on YouTube. An adaptation of the first arc of Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuMcGuinness’ Superman/Batman monthly.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Trailer

I’m amazed at how well they’ve brought McGuinness art style to the screen. Marvel & DC have both promised in the DTV movies that they will bring us adaptations of our favorite comic book artists style to the screen. Disregarding the creative merits of that promise for a moment, this certainly seems like the closest they’ve come to delivering on that promise.

Hey, It’s a Free Game!

Monday, May 18th, 2009

run-jump-a1One-hit deaths. Fiendish-but-fair level design. Spikes. Lasers. Robots. Isn’t that what action gaming is really about?

You’ll find all five of these must-have elements in RUN JUMP, the new platformer from, um, me.
run-jump-b1
RUN JUMP is platforming reduced to its simplest and purest elements– there’s no story, no weapons, no power-ups. Just moving from one side of a room to another, from one room to another, from one level to the next, overcoming obstacles with deftly-timed jumps. There’s more to it than that, of course; not only can the player’s robot wall jump, but she can stick to and move along any ceiling in the game. There are no exceptions to this rule: every wall can be bounced on, every ceiling can be clung to, and through a liberal use of both abilities, every obstacle can be overcome.

So, um, go play it or download it.
run-jump-c

Where are the Star Trek crews now?

Friday, May 15th, 2009

AOL has a piece on the Star Trek casts then and now.

Levar Burton is podcasting and you can follow him on Twitter? I don’t know if that’s cool or sad.

Crazy week

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Big Lost finale was tonight.  I just knew they’d leave us hanging on something for another year.

SPOILERS

One odd bit.  The Comicon Season 6 teaser video  of Dr. Chang acknowledging President Bush and the Internet in 1977 did not get addressed this year.  In fact, I don’t even see how it can have happened in Season 6, given that the person recording the video is dead but Dr. Chang didn’t acknowledge the truth about time travel until after that person had died.

Here is that video:

Oh, weird! I just hopped on Seth Is Lost to find that video…and Seth just answered the very question I’d posed!

Apparently budget problems caused them to change their storyline for Faraday. So…how can it be, exactly, that these writers have thought out everything from beginning to finale but then they can completely change their plans?

New Star Trek: Your Thoughts?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

To Boldly Go Where No Fuzzball Has Gone BeforeOpen thread: What are your thoughts on the new Star Trek movie?

Could it be?

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

All this struggling with the poor quality of my podcast recordings… could it really be that my Microsoft LifeChat LX-2000 microphone headset just really sucks?

Tonight, I plugged in a headset that my team uses at work, and it sounds nice. Well, dang. I feel like a doofus.

Podcast, coming up! And the next one I record from scratch should sound awesome!

Sex Explosion Trek opens this weekend

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

To Boldly Go Where No Fuzzball Has Gone Before In just a few days, J.J. Abrams launches his new “Kirk and Uhura’s Infinite Playlist” movie, and I am forced to admit that the Onion video I linked a few days ago was pretty much about me.

This new movie is about a car-stealing reprobate who gets challenged to enter Starfleet and he makes it to Captain despite looking like a college sophomore. From there it’s all making out with fellow officers, explosions and sky-diving. I don’t know whether they’re seeking out new life forms and new civilizations so much as doing the Dew.

I just realized that my “young, hip” reference about extreme sports is actually older than my 17 year old niece.

I think this is what we were all afraid of when…ages ago, in the early 1990s… they proposed a “Starfleet Academy” movie with all of the Star Trek cast played by younger actors. It wasn’t that it was sacrilegious to have anyone besides Shatner, Kelley, Nimoy, Doohan and the rest filling those parts… well, I’m sure for many Trekkies that WAS the entire problem… but that if not done well, the new actors would fall short and it would be a meager end to the series.

As it is, this movie looks invulnerable to failure. It’s got enough action and sex to pull in the masses and achieve a good box office take.

Nevertheless, ever since the trailers began for this movie, I can’t escape the thought: Remember when Star Trek was about exploring new planets and dealing with alien situations that were somehow allegorical to our own lives?

It’s nice to see a Star Trek movie being a big hit, but I can’t escape the feeling that it’s going to be a movie without a soul. Heck, even the dreaded Star Trek V had a soul.

Capsule movie review – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

It is a sign of a great movie that I love it despite the massive hippie-ness that infests the plot.

Star Trek IV is a great movie. If they needed to go back in time to fight Gorn Marines to save San Fransisco hippies to insure the future… it really wouldn’t change the fact that what makes the movie awesome isn’t the whales/macguffins, but the characterization, the dialogue (and the score). (more…)

Dom Deluise passed away

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

So in tribute:

Trekkies bash new Star Trek movie as “watchable”

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

From the Onion News Network:
Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’

Geeks’ Dream Girls

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Without even looking beyond the title, I can name 10 women who HAVE to be on this list:

  • Lynda Carter
  • Barbara Feldon
  • Raquel Welch in the fur bikini and/or swimsuit
  • Lucy Lawless
  • Nichelle Nichols
  • Yvonne Craig
  • Julie Newmar
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Margot Kidder (even with the crazy)
  • Teri Hatcher (even with the crazy)

Probably Jane Fonda, too, for Barbarella…though I can’t imagine why.  I think you have to take drugs to enjoy that movie.

For you young ‘uns out there, I imagine Megan Fox has to be on there.  Kristin Kreuk, too, probably…or maybe Allison Mack.