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TV Thursday – 7/31/14

July 31st, 2014

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Welcome to another week of summer television, TV Thursday – 7/31/14. This week, I take a look at six shows, Defiance, Dominion, Extant, Perception, The Last Ship and The Strain and give both a detailed recap and my feelings on each episode.  There will be spoilers, oh yes, there will be spoilers, I assume you’ve either seen the episodes in question, or are not bothered by knowing the entire plot.  I pull no punches and give no quarter.  I hope you enjoy my take on these series and I welcome you to post comments or disagreements below.  Am I completely wrong or am I right on the money?  Let me know.

Comic Review: Daredevil #1-3 (2014)

July 29th, 2014

DD-1-COVERI love Daredevil, he’s one of my favorite superheroes, along with Iron Man and Spider-Man, because he’s a man who chooses to be a hero, not a hero who has no choice but to be a hero.  He chooses to put on a costume and fight crime, he’s not an outcast, a mutant with a tail or wings who can’t live a normal life, he wants to protect people, he doesn’t have to protect people.  That’s what makes these characters special to me.

Good ol’ hornhead has been through a lot of changes over the years. My favorite takes are the ones where he’s out helping others, just to help others. My least was the age of Catholic guilt and religious symbolism.  Love Frank Miller, not a fan of his run on Daredevil.  Recently, Mark Waid has been doing an excellent job making the character fun again.  Less angst, more action. They’ve just rebooted the book and moved Matt Murdoch from Hell’s Kitchen to San Francisco.  Does Daredevil work just as well on the West Coast?  Let’s find out as we examine the first three books in the new Daredevil series.

I Forgot About Wondercon!

July 28th, 2014

Wondercon AnaheimConsidering how much time I spent bitching about Wondercon’s complete and utter lack of professionalism last year, I had to pop up with a quick update and a big thumbs up to the Wondercon staff.  They have already announced that Wondercon will return, for the fourth year in a row, to the Anaheim Convention Center over the Easter weekend.  They didn’t announce this in November, far too late for most people to make plans, but not too long after the end of the convention!  It wasn’t until I was making a post on my other blog about Comicon that I remembered!

So great job!  This is just what they should have done and I’m already feeling much more confident in next year’s convention than I ever did about this one. As you can see from my con reports for days one, two, three, and the wrap-up, how poorly they performed was a big problem for me.  I’m really hoping this is a sign that they learned their lesson, that they’re getting on the ball and that next year’s show will be positively fantastic.

I’m pulling for you, Wondercon!  You have the potential for greatness, make it happen and I’ll be there to cheer you on!

Game Review: Revisiting Smash Up

July 27th, 2014

Science Fiction Double Feature CoverWhile I’ve already done a review of Smash-Up, there are three expansions to the game and those add a ton of new gameplay options and fun to an already excellent game.

As I was recently in a position to try all of the expansions together in a couple of mega-games, I thought that I would revisit the mixed-up world of Smash Up and look at the three expansions and how they change the feel of this wonderful game.

TV Thursday – 7/24/14

July 24th, 2014

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With the loss of 24, and it wasn’t much of a loss at all, I’ve picked up Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, plus the new Halle Berry series Extant so the summer isn’t as slow as I thought it might be.  This week, I’ll be taking a look at six series, including a double shot of Extant, to see which of them really are superior shows and which deserve to be better.  It’s another week so sit down and enjoy TV Thursday – 7/24/14.

J-Drama Review: Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu (2014)

July 22nd, 2014

Fukuie-Keibuho-no-AisatsuAs anyone who reads my J-drama reviews knows, there are two kinds of detective dramas that are almost guaranteed to be a hit with me.  You either have the straight-man cop and their somewhat off-kilter consultant or you have the detective with some kind of weird twist. Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu, or Greetings from Assistant Inspector Fukuie, falls solidly into the latter.  This 11-episode series ran from January 14 – March 25, 2014 on Fuji TV, Tuesdays at 9pm.

Planning vs. Seat of the Pants

July 20th, 2014

mood-writingI’ve always been a writer who planned everything meticulously.  I can’t stand not knowing where my story is going in great detail and I suspect this is mostly because I tend to include tons of tightly intertwined plot threads that I have to make sure get tied up by the end.  However, there are a lot of writers who say they just write by the seat of their pants, they sit down without a plan and just write and see where it leads them.

So I thought I’d try it.  In my current Joe Orokamono story, I knew how I wanted the first chapter, I knew the vague outline of the story I wanted to tell, but I didn’t know any of the specifics.  I just sat down, knowing the characters very well, knowing the setting very well, knowing the kinds of situations the characters are likely to get into very well, and let things flow.

Okay, they didn’t really flow, this was really an exercise in frustration because I just don’t work this way.

Comic Review: Iron Fist, the Living Weapon #1-3 (2014)

July 19th, 2014

iron_fist_tlw_1_coverHere’s a secret you might not know about me.  When I was little, just starting to read comics, one of my favorite titles was Power Man & Iron Fist, although it started out as Hero for Hire.  It’s what started my love of Luke Cage, but also my admiration of Danny Rand.  Cage has been around more often in recent years but I was really happy to hear that Danny Rand was returning for some more solo adventures.

So here’s my take on the first story arc, running from issues #1-#3.

J-Drama Review: Ataru Special (2013)

July 18th, 2014

AtaruLast year, I watched the J-drama series Ataru and even though I went into it not knowing what to expect, it turned out to be a really excellent series.  I had thought I’d done a full review, but in looking, I only did a short one as part of my TV Thursday post.  Therefore, having now seen the 3.5 hour special that aired late last year, I’m going to give a hybrid review, both a proper review of the original series and the new adventure of Ebina and Ataru.

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