August 31st, 2014
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know Fearnet, the cable horror channel, was going away. One day, it showed up on my program listing as “Movie”. Nothing more, just “movie”. So I went and looked it up, thinking maybe Verizon had dropped it, only to find that it had been bought out by NBC and shut down, half of its programming going to Chiller and the rest going to Syfy.
I also found that many horror fans were lamenting the death of the channel because, according to them, it was so much better than Chiller. That may be so, but it wasn’t really too impressive. So let’s look at Fearnet and the unfortunate reality of niche cable programming today.
August 30th, 2014
Back in 2005, I think Densha Otoko was the first J-drama I ever saw. It was something that just flew completely under my radar, I was into anime and tokusatsu, but the idea of watching regular Japanese TV never occurred to me. However, some of the people I knew had seen it and liked it and encouraged me to give it a try so my wife and I sat down and watched this 11-episode drama and you know something? We loved it.
But more than just the series, the story spoke to me and, thinking back on it now, I think it’s just as important today as it was a decade ago. Therefore, I wanted to revisit Densha Otoko, not as a review per se, but as a statement on fandom.
August 28th, 2014
Wow, I went from having hardly anything to watch to almost too much to review. I had forgotten that Defiance had a double episode this week, then Extant did the same thing and Doctor Who, although I am still reluctant to watch it, came back as well. That, plus extra episodes of Almighty Johnsons and my dance card was full! So let’s not waste time and get right to TV Thursday – 8/28/14.
August 26th, 2014
I honestly get sick and tired of comic fans whining that the majority of Marvel and DC superheroes are white guys. There is a perfectly good and valid reason why this is the case, a reason that these people simply refuse to acknowledge:
These characters sell.
Recently, Marvel announced that Thor was going to be a woman for a while and Captain America was going to be black. Reviewers complained that these weren’t going to be permanent changes and that they would ultimately be viewed as failures because they couldn’t carry the show.
But that’s the reality! Like it or not, the characters that sell comics are the white guys! If they kept Thor female or Captain America black, they’d lose sales over the long term. Publishing, whether it’s comic books or novels or anything else has to make money and if there’s one thing that’s been demonstrated over the years time and time again, it’s that the comics that sell the best just so happen to feature male, white superheroes. Don’t like that? Change it. Until it’s changed though, that’s what you can expect to see.
August 24th, 2014
I haven’t seriously played an MMO for years. There have been times that I’ve tried one out, where I’ve played a freebie, just to see if it is fun and without exception, I drop it again within a week or two because it just isn’t entertaining to me. I think I’ve lost all interest in MMOs and MMO gameplay, they’re just not for me.
However, a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve seen this before, but there was an ad on Syfy for their games section of their website so I went and took a look and started playing a browser-based MMO called Dino Storm. It’s all about cowboys riding dinosaurs, certainly it’s nothing all that special but it is different and I started playing. I don’t know how much longer I’ll stick around though because it’s the same grind as everywhere else and grinding sucks.
August 23rd, 2014
The Strain: The Silver Angel was a digital one-shot from the minds behind The Strain and The Strain: The Fall series. It follows two gang leaders who have formed a tenuous alliance to fight against the vampiric menace and their secret weapon is a man, once known as the luchador, The Silver Angel!
Written by David Lapham with art duties by Lee Loughbridge, it tells one small story in the war against the vampires.
Let’s take a look.
August 22nd, 2014
I have a love/hate relationship with Doctor Who recently, I love the idea, I hate pretty much everything Steven Moffat has done with it since he got his grimy mitts on it. If you go back and read my TV Thursdays when the last season of Doctor Who was on, I pretty much hated it all, even though I really, really, really tried to like it. Since Moffat has started revising 50 years of history to ensure his own fanboy fantasies, I’ve grown to despise the direction of the show. I had almost decided to boycott this new season and any others until Moffat goes away forever.
Then I heard that the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi feels much the same way about Moffat and now that he’s got an air-tight contract, is dedicating himself to ruining everything that Moffat is doing and working his hardest to bring the classic Doctor Who feel back to the airwaves.
Now I don’t know what to do.
August 21st, 2014
Another week, another TV Thursday – 8/21/14. This week, I start taking a look at a lot of episodes of The Almighty Johnsons, as well as continue to work through the rest of the summer shows, many of which end this month as we get closer to the fall premieres. So is a series about a bunch of reincarnated Norse gods actually good? Read on and find out.
August 19th, 2014
It’s sad that I look back at the heyday of Syfy low-budget movies with a bit of nostalgia, back when they at least tried to make decent movies on a shoestring, movies that at least tried to have a plot and make sense, but those days are gone, now with the whole <fill-in-the-blank> shark movie stupidity, they purposely make stupid movies with people who can’t act for people to laugh at. These things belong on Comedy Central, not a channel that pretends to be about science fiction.
They just put out the sequel to 2013’s Sharknado and seriously, they have jumped the shark, even the movie itself thinks so, and given up any credibility whatsoever that Syfy might have ever had. So here’s my look at Sharknado 2: The Second One.
August 17th, 2014
On a recent episode of The Dice Tower podcast, Tom Vasel was answering a listener question about paring down one’s board game collection and he said that he had a huge problem getting rid of games. Now granted, he’s a special case because he is a professional board game reviewer, he continually gets new games, usually review copies given to him by manufacturers, but I see the same thing going on in discussions on Google+ and other forums. I have a solution to this problem though…
STOP BUYING SO MANY GAMES!