Thursday, July 28, 2016

17 to 01: Plato's Stepchildren


All this trouble and he isn't even a real doctor! Parmen--buby--it's not worth it.

This is one of my favorite episodes and is the example I run to every time someone wants to knock Season 3. The acting and the ideas here are so good that if someone wants to talk smack the sets or the effects, they have immediately divulged much of their character to you.

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Thursday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT. We're also amazingly on Stitcher.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

These Trailers Happened

Lots of things to say about Themyscira getting invaded in Wonder Woman's first movie, but that's for later.

For a second there I kinda thought Cyborg wouldn't say anything.

Super Mario Ragtime

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

You know I take notes while I watch movies because I can't ever enjoy myself so here are my notes for Ghostbusters, which I got to see on opening weekend. As always, notes made after the fact are italicized.



Previews
Ice Age: Which Ice Age is this, 11?  12? We need to get Dennis Leary better work.

Suicide Squad: I am not the idiot they want to watch their movie. 

Star Trek Beyond: Just a title card and not a full trailer then. It comes out in a week. Ok.

Nerv: Stupid, high-concept movie with pretty, young people. This might be the most intriguing trailer of this whole lineup.

Maui: Seems nice. It looks like a Disney movie.

Bridget Jones' Baby: Like Chasing Amy, it's another movie that can be resolved with a three-way. But since it won't be, let me save you 90 minutes and a trip to the theater, "LOL, she don't know who the daddy is!"

Sully: There's no reason to ever make or see this movie. We all like Tom Hanks though.

Trolls: Okay, a reason to see Sully is that the alternative is seeing the troll movie. 


I would love to stop this feeling.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: Fooball, army, funerals, media criticism, love interests. All boxes checked WE GOT A GREEN LIGHT FOR AN IRAQ WAR MOVIE!

Half a point for having a long title. Half a point for another Kristen Stewart movie of consequence which I kinda want to see but don't. Minus five points for being another movie about how idiot civilians shouldn't masturbate to an unrealistic concept of US soldiers that idiot civilians will still use to masturbate to an unrealistic concept of US soldiers.

Another DaVinci Code Movie: Actually, we do not like Tom Hanks anymore.

Ghostbusters

Thursday, July 21, 2016

17 to 01: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield


This one is political. It's not really funny. It's just not. I'm proud of it though. We laughed at a few things, but it might not be as entertaining 'cause Derek and I kinda get on one of our "two liberals agreein' with each other" grooves. 

If you don't wanna hear it, I suggest reading up on those times from sources then and sources now. Star Trek--at its best--runs parallel to the American culture its spawned from and it gets real close to the source in "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."

It's a great episode.

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Thursday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT. We're also amazingly on Stitcher.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

17 to 01: The Lights of Zetar


Lt. Mira "Crunches" Romaine is someone I wanted to see more of, but since she's just a shoehorned, one-episode, disposable love interest we don't. Of course, if Chapel and Uhura can't get any decent characterization, I don't know how I can expect it of anyone else.

Did we learn our lesson from the space ghosts in this episode? I feel like we didn't, but maybe someone did?

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Thursday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT. We're also amazingly on Stitcher.

Monday, July 11, 2016

10 Things About Eldritch Moon

Now that Eldritch Moon is fully spoiled, I want to talk about the cards.

1. The References

Innistrad is a beloved plane with beloved cards and Eldritch Moon might be the last set on Innistrad as we know it. Consequently, it's got a lot of callbacks to earlier cards in the set. From the reprint "Prey Upon" with new art altered slightly by the Eldrazi to Tree of Redemption's final fate as Tree of Perdition you physically see how Innistrad has become not just besieged as it was in Dark Ascension, but utterly corrupted.

And these are just the ones I've caught.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

17 to 01: Whom Gods Destroy


Spock is this world's greatest detective, but the competition isn't that stiff. Admittedly, this is one of my favorite episodes based solely on its comic book credentials.

Batman '66, as it's come to be called, was so popular it could demand consecutive Wednesday and Thursday night timeslots. Those back-to-back episodes were why there are so man two-part cliffhangers in the series. Like Star Trek, it also only enjoyed three seasons before cancellation.

This is why I hate Burn Notice.

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Thursday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT. We're also amazingly on Stitcher.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

3087: Leto

3087 is a Battletech alternate universe where The Jihad never happened. Instead, political fracturing continues in the wake of the technological and military upheavals of the 3050's. Its history is told through the pages and designs of TRO: 3087. With any luck this series will be the last anyone hears about 3087.

LET-O Leto
Overview
The Hellfire Pirate Band’s raid on New Avalon in 3074 destroyed the public’s willingness to take emerging democracy movements lightly. At least two such organization claimed they provided the fifth column assistance necessary to make the raid a success. The aftermath caused two changes: a draconian push to find disloyal citizens and urgent military action on the realm’s increasingly treacherous nobles and successful rebel armies.
That action took the form of The Archangel Project. The Federated Suns would construct the ultimate combined-arms formation. A series of vehicles, battle armor, and BattleMechs, built specifically to defeat their enemies and restore order. No expense was spared, the best minds from across the Inner Sphere were hired, and they received the highest priority for cutting-edge military equipment.