Don't Bring Back Michael Jackson; He Never Left

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The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is a gentle reminder that dead pop musicians can raise eyebrows. A Michael Jackson hologram performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song off the Xscape album. From our seats we witness a restored Michael Jackson acting as a puppet to preserve the Legacy of the King of Pop. I don’t need the Xscape; MJ already made enough hits. Continue reading “Don’t Bring Back Michael Jackson; He Never Left”

Agents of SHIELD: How Coulson Got His Groove Back

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With the amazing season finale finally in the bucket, and having given you time to watch it, I’d like to go over how Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally gained traction and an audience. Agents had an amazing pilot then kind of drizzled out. Then they started getting some big hitters and hinting at some good storylines. Continue reading “Agents of SHIELD: How Coulson Got His Groove Back”

TV Hype of the Week: Gotham

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Gotham has shown some of its true face, but will it improve Fox’s woeful record of launching ambitious dramas? In recent years, Almost Human, Terra Nova, and Alcatraz have failed to earn second seasons. However, Fox’s Bat-prequel is generating much enthusiasm from the media. Potential viewers should step back and wonder will the show be worth the hype. Continue reading “TV Hype of the Week: Gotham”

The Simpsons Lego Episode Is a Messy Novelty

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WARNING: Spoilers below.

Not so long ago, many of us were swept by the hype that the Simpsons are getting Legoized. “Brick Like Me,” the result of said hype has a ham-fisted lesson about father-daughter bonding, a few cute gags, and some moral about how maybe we place our full trust in worlds where the everything is in order and blah-blah-blah. Continue reading “The Simpsons Lego Episode Is a Messy Novelty”

On Colbert Taking Over The Late Show

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Congratulations to Stephen Colbert on becoming David Letterman’s successor. CBS wanted a big name and Craig Ferguson’s content at 12:37 so the crafty Colbert will move into the big time of broadcast TV. #LettermanReplacements can be put to rest.

I and some others would want a woman or person of color to take over (Aisha Tyler is an inspired choice some suggested). However, CBS is not in the business of experimenting with their precious time slots. This is the same network that would happily schedule a zillion crime dramas and a bajillion mediocre comedies and still gain audiences. That said, I can’t see Colbert give nothing but his very best. Continue reading “On Colbert Taking Over The Late Show”

Hollywood Game Night, But That's Another Story To End the Season?

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Finally after a few weeks, a new episode of Hollywood Game Night. However, I think this is the last new episode of the season, so I hope to continuing recapping next… whenever. This episodes, titled “Game Night, But That’s Another Story,” was a good contest with the typical cool variety of games presented by excellent emcee Jane Lynch. Continue reading “Hollywood Game Night, But That’s Another Story To End the Season?”

Bronze, Silver, Gold: Community Enlists "G.I. Jeff"

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It’s time for another madcap animated adventure starring the Wingman, Three Kids, Fourth Wall, Buzzkill, and Tight Ship fighting terrorism wherever it terrorizes. Um… this is not the G.I. Joe show I remembered from my childhood.

For G.I. Joe fans who don’t watch Community, creator Dan Harmon loves to experiment with his show while somehow maintaining some pathos. The base premise for most of Community’s existence involves a ragtag bunch of community college students, led by ex-lawyer Jeff Winger. They’ve done animated episodes like the claymation Christmas one and the 8-bit video game adventure. Continue reading “Bronze, Silver, Gold: Community Enlists “G.I. Jeff””

Eclectic 80s Hanna-Barbera

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Once upon a time, two men got together and created a cat and a mouse. That cat and that mouse could never get along, but both men didn’t mind. Joseph Barbera and William Hanna’s partnership was very fruitful. Much later, the people had enough of the cat and mouse, so Hanna and Barbera struck out to the frontier known as television.

Through the years, whatever TV craze was there, the Hanna-Barbera studio had a show to take advantage of it. The 1980s were an interesting time. Disney, Barbera asserted in Starlog #125, was built upon a mouse. By the end of the decade, Disney struck gold and animation became less childish. Meanwhile, Hanna-Barbera churned out cartoon after cartoon. Limited animation? The prolific cartoon house’s output was seemingly not limited. Continue reading “Eclectic 80s Hanna-Barbera”