Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. "Red Rover"

Well, at this point, everybody's had a special episode. Except for She-Hulk. But who cares about her, amirite? Okay, I'm done harping on her character for now. I'll save the rest of that rant for when I get to "Galactus Goes Green."

Recap: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. "Red Rover"

Hey, do you guys remember the fact that the Hulks went and picked up a dinosaur a few episodes ago? In this episode, the writers did. Actually, let's discuss Devil Dinosaur for a second. As commenter Yusei has noted previously, Devil Dinosaur is not actually called Red Rover in the comics. This has led to the paradox of Devil having two names. And it's the one they made up and rarely use that forms the title of this episode. What does this mean? I don't know; I don't write the episodes, I just review 'em.

Red Rover, Red Rover, send good episodes over.

Monday, January 27, 2014

In Memoriam: Justin "JewWario" Carmical

Rest in Peace
As many of you are no doubt aware, Justin Carmical, aka “JewWario” of “You Can Play This” fame has sadly passed away on the 23rd of January. My heart goes out to his wife, friends, and family.

I never knew Mr. Carmical. But his honesty and genuine kindness on display made you feel like you knew him personally, even if you only saw him onscreen. His wit, his warmth, his numerous talents, and his overwhelming kindness that shone in everything he did helped to inspire me to follow his example and begin this very blog.

Justin was a rarity on this great big internet of ours. In a digital landscape of people who hide behind their monitors and make the lives of others worse, Justin Carmical made the lives of others better, just by being who he was. He made people smile, he made people laugh. He gave people information, entertainment, and inspiration.

42 years on this Earth was about a million too few for him. He truly was something special. He was the candle that burned twice as bright. He was the helping hand. He was the caring shoulder. He was Justin Carmical. He was JewWario. He was a husband, a friend to many, and an inspiration to more. He will be missed.

"You're not stupid. Don't ever tell yourself that you are. You're important. What you have in your head may not mean a lot to a lot of people, but it's what makes you special. You are important. You mean something. And you're going to go out there and you're gonna do some wonderful things. But first and foremost, you're not stupid. you're not an idiot; don't ever tell yourself that you are. And if nobody else ever tells you this, I will tell you this: I care about you."
-Justin "JewWario" Carmical (1971-2014)

Rest in Peace, Justin.
This one's for you.

Recap/Review: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. "Into the Negative Zone"

It happened again. This episode gave us.... no. I won't tell you what this episode gave us. I'll let you be surprised.

Set sail into the Negative Zone!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Recap/Review: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. "The Skaar Whisperer"

Hey. I'm back. Earlier this month, I attributed my remaining alive to not watching Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Today, I'm alive in spite of it. Yes, I marathoned the remaining episodes in the season. Some of them weren't bad, but this one? Ugh. In this show, I’ve seen horrible stories told badly, I’ve seen good ideas wasted, and I’ve seen a single completely enjoyable half hour of television. At the very least, it can be said that this show is inconsistent. Well, in what is seemingly an effort to give the tone a more consistent feel, we have yet another horrible, badly-told episode to add to that particular pile.

Shall we get this train wreck a-rolling?

Yeah, no personalized title cards anymore. What with the post titles, it's kind of  redundant.
Yes, I know, this is a huge issue.

Monday, January 6, 2014

FYI: Posting Schedule

Well,as it turns out, I'm not dead. I attribute this to eating right, exercising, and not watching Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. But y'all haven't had any clue since Christmas that my blog was still up and running. I just want to say that I'm really sorry about that, especially since I made a bit of a deal about sticking to my schedule.

Now, I just started my (hopefully) final semester of college. As I'm working to complete two different majors, this one's going to be a bit of a doozy. As such, I'll do my best to build up a buffer of posts, and I'll be keeping myself from posting too many random, unscheduled things on a whim like I often would. That depletes my post-buffer, time, and energy. Late posts are also likely to occur from time to time. I'm only human, and I'm the only person behind this blog. I'd like to apologize in advance for this, too. Rest assured, while quantity may change, I will make sure that quality is up to par.

The schedule for the new year will follow this basic formula until further notice:

Monday- Post
Thursday- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. View Logs at the Critical Cablebox
Saturday- Sketchbook (but not every week)

(Update: The schedule has changed from its original format due to learning my actual workload for this semester now.)

When will posts actually start, though? Hopefully, sometime next week. I'd like to begin by posting that analysis of the New 52 that I kept postponing due to the time it took to gather information, my waning energy levels, and the time I spent with family over the holiday season. It is (as of this writing) unfinished, but, what with the weather closing down all sorts of things, I've gained a bit of time to work on it.

(Update: The New 52 post will be postponed until November, to coincide with the 3rd anniversary of the New 52.)

So, hopefully, a post schedule for January should be up soon, accompanied by actual posts.

Oh, also. Happy 2014!