Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: The Batman "The Big Chill"

You know, this episode's title will later get two callbacks with "The Big Heat" and "The Big Dummy." So let's see what previous episodes would look like with similar titles!

"The Bat in the Belfry"
"The Big Joke"

"Call of the Cobblepot"
"The Big Jerk"

"The Big Guy"

"The Man Who Would Be Bat"
"The Big Bat"

I think the third one's particularly on-the-nose, so perhaps it's for the best they didn't go with that title.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Recap: The Batman: "The Big Chill"

Batman: The Animated Series = Zig

The Batman = Zag

I keep saying this, I know, but I think it bears repeating here. This episode was inevitably going to be one of The Batman's biggest challenges. To be sure, reinventing the Joker was certainly going to be difficult after Mark Hamill's legendary run, but Batman: TAS reinvented Mr. Freeze in such a way that changed the way his comic portrayal was handled forever.

Mr. Freeze was a joke villain before Paul Dini and Bruce Timm got ahold of him.

A nobody.

A C-lister.

He was a one-dimensional gimmick villain who was largely abandoned after the Silver Age. So much so that before B:TAS, he once showed up as a resident of Comic Book Limbo, where all the forgotten characters disappear to; a strange realm filled with such residents as the Red Bee, the Boy Billionaires, and the Space Canine Patrol Agents.

His spot in Limbo was probably taken by Walker Gabriel.
If you just thought “Who?” then you’ve illustrated my point.
So today, The Batman has two choices
  1. Imitate Batman: The Animated Series and hope that the new Mr. Freeze holds up.
  2. Go in a direction other than the wildly-successful B:TAS did… and hope that the new Mr. Freeze holds up.
So let's see how Choice B worked out for them.

Also to be referred to as Operation: Zag.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Internet/Phone Update

After about a week, it has returned, better than ever. We're hooked up to some new cables that should be more reliable.

But due to reason of visiting relatives, posts will resume the 14th, with a special solar eclipse post on the 21st.

It's good to be able to use Google again.

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Haiku

No internet/phone
It's a provider outage
Maybe post Monday?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Recap: "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" Part 3: Land and Air... and Sea

You might be wondering why I haven't complained about or even really commented too much on the Joes being an international team, rather than "Real American Heroes." Well, that's because the G.I. Joe toys became global peacekeepers from all across the globe when the franchise was rebooted into the '80s cartoon version. Action Force: International Heroes.

And prior to that, old school G.I. Joes were known as "Action Man" across the pond.

Sorry if I shattered any illusions.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

On Nurse Duty

I hate to go on full hiatus again... so I won't.

I was planning on taking this next week off anyway, so I'm moving up this break and extending it to two weeks.

As the title of this post alludes, I'm looking after a family member as they recover from minor surgery. They're absolutely fine, it's just hard to do certain things for yourself when the Doctor says you have to keep your face pointed at the ground for fifty minutes out of every hour for ten days.

So there I'll be, buying groceries, cooking, et cetera.

During this time, I will also be working on unfinished business in the form of unposted reviews, and the G.I. Joe Intro I forgot to schedule. Whoops.

Normal posts resume the 24th. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Recap: "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" Part 2: Batteries Not Included

And now it's July 5th. The party's over.

Like going back to work at the office the day after your 21st birthday, America has wrapped up the festivities as both it and the rest of the world try to sift through the tricky, often sticky, mess that is the current state of global affairs.

I mean, what, North Korea's got missiles and heartburn meds might lead to death? Yeesh.

That's why I'm glad to be returning to a fictional world where heroes and villains are clearly defined, Americans all have square jaws, and all the world's problems can be solved by a small band of heroes!

Which actually describes a lot of the things I cover, actually.