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Black Mirror: Hated in the Nation

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2016 is almost over... and this is the last episode of Black Mirror's 3rd season for me to review! This episode was titled 'Hated in The Nation' and quite frankly it's the most ambitious of all of the series episodes to date!





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Without question the most ambitious of all the Black Mirror episodes produced, this episode could've easily been titled 'Bees My God'... cause what was the tech here was a 'deadly bee weapon'... and brings on thoughts of the Nicholas Cage version of 'The Wicker Man' 'Not The Bees' meme...

In all seriousness, this episode follows up on thoughts I had regard episode 5 and how the military would want the MASS implants for the perfect soldiers, in this episode we see how the government would want the 'perfect' way to spy on a nation, using something to help the environment, in this case artificial bees that have basic pattern recognition software f…

Black Mirror: Men Against Fire

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It's New Year's Eve, and we're up to the 5th episode of Black Mirror's third season titled 'Men Against Fire', and of course here is my review of said episode





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Now here is an interesting episode in regards to making a more 'efficient military' combined with the 'eugenic warfare'... two things that don't seem like they would go hand in hand, but it  in this episode it works. First in regards to making the military more efficient, more willing to 'kill', in this episode we are shown an implant called MASS that totally warps their sense of reality, making the solider see monsters instead of their true target, other human beings and to draw the comparison to World War I, World War II where the percentage of those who fired was 15%, and even then it was people intentionally missing.... then by the Vietnam War training got soldiers who fired up to 85% and then the kill rate was sti…

Black Mirror: San Junipero

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The Countdown to 2017 continues, with my review of the episode San Junipero of Black Mirror Season 3, Episode 4






SHATTERED MIRROR Alright, this was just a wonderful episode, a great little love story with a nice twist and a very optimistic way of presenting things. Sure Black Mirror has specialized on the bleak and dreary, but here we had a great variation on 'the afterlife' and what it could be thanks to how technology advances.  And going with a positive spin on it was a smart move, cause I recall an episode of Futurama where it is implied a more bleak perspective. The idea of a virtual reality 'nostalgia therapy' tech is something that could help people cope or give them something to look forward too beyond just starring at walls, ceiling or out a window.

Anyway, the story, a shy girl named Yorkie arrives in a town called San Junipero and is getting her bearings, she meets Kelly, a partier, and they hit it off... connecting on l…

Black Mirror: Shut Up and Dance

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The countdown to New Year's continues with my thoughts and opinions regarding Black Mirror's Season 3 episode titled 'Shut Up and Dance'




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This episode is a slight re-tread of 'White Bear' of season 2, where it seems like seemingly innocent people are being hounded for no reason, but then it turns out they are being blackmailed for things they have done wrong... and is basically a cautionary tale of being aware of what you do online and so forth.

It's not a particularly strong episode in my opinion, cause the reveal and twist happened to early totally telegraphing the obvious ending, which makes it so  you don't care about the characters or their situation.

Anyway the lead In this case our lead is Kenny, whose  computer got hacked and he was filmed doing something, and he is forced to do a number of tasks... which in turns leads him to encounting other people who were doing things in order to comply …

The Rogues: New Years Evil #1

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It's New Year's Eve and I'm trying to catch up on things I had scheduled for this week in one day, and we're kicking off with this weeks comic book review: The Rogues: New Years Evil #1 from DC Comics!





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And Happy New Year…
As you may now, I’m pretty much limping into 2017… as I try and get done many of things I had scheduled before an unwanted trip to the hospital sideline me… and so we’re going to get the ball rolling with this Week’s Comic From The Basement… with The Rogues: New Year’s Evil #1 from DC Comics
Which leads to a question… who are The Rogues… they are basically the blue-collar criminals, those who rather just commit minor crimes and instead of taking over the world, they mostly are members of The Flash’s gallery of bad guys, often consisting of characters like Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Heat Wave, Trickster, Weather Wizaerd, Pied Piper & …

Blue Seed: "A Chase Down Yamato Highway! Love Under Fire!!"

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I'm out of the hospital, back home and it's back to 'work' with Talking Anime, we're up to episode 14 of Blue Seed, "A Chase Down Yamato Highway! Love Under Fire!!"




PLANTED SEEDS Original Air-date: January 4, 1995, English Air-date, December 18, 1999

This episode concludes the second disc on the 2005 ADV Box set, disc labeled 'Decent Into Terror'
Momiji is not all there mentally following revealing her feelings to Kusanagi who is distracted with the return of Kaede, which leads him to not really be a factor with the Aragami monster of the week.

The town featured in this episode, called Nara, is 'Nara City' and is known for a lot of its historical monuments, including shrines and temples.
We see that Koume is a bit of an expert when it comes to the 
Japanese Shrines and Temples, in particular with the 'favor' system, if you make a deal saying you'll do something in return w…

Home From The Hospital | Fred Casden's Basement

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Health update

https://youtu.be/IL-HrO9L9Fg

What lead me to be in the hospital

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Where am I? Why I am in the hospital

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Doctor Who: The Web Planet Part 3

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We continue to take advantage of the lull in Television activity with bonus episodes of Tales from the TARDIS, today we go over part three of the Doctor Who story: The Web Planet.

This episode is also dedicated to Carrie Fisher




TIME AND RELATIVE DIMENSIONS
Escape to Danger, February 27, 1965, 12.6 Million Viewser (same as previous week)In this episodes we learn more about the Menopterans and the Zarbi, particularly that both are native to the planet Vortis, and lived in peace for the most part until the Zarbi were made militant by what the Menopterans call the Animus, which drove the Menopterans off the planet and to a near by moon and are hoping to retake their world and restore the balance of the things. In terms of controlling forces and having a network to know all things makes it very similar to the Great Intelligence.

The Animus is telepathic and communicates with the Doctor via the hair-dryer device repeatedly, striking a deal for the…

Black Mirror: Playtest

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There are five days left in 2016, and we are continuing our countdown with season three of Black Mirror, today's recap & Review is of 'Playtest' the second episode of season three.






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The Star: Cooper, played by Wyatt Russell: was in such films as Cowboys & Aliens, 22 Jump Street... 3rd generation actor song of Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn, grandson of Bing Russell.Character: Cooper  is a guy who goes on a trip to see the world, feeling he's unable to connect with his mother after dealing with his father dying and having Alzheimer's tech. During the course of the episode his mother keeps calling but he avoids taking the call.
Friend In London: Sonya (played by Hannah John-Kamen, who was Selma Telse inBlack Mirror Season 1 episode Fifteen Million Merits) meets Cooper in a bar, they hit it off, she's a tech journalist.The Tech: In an era were Virtual Reality is becoming fairly common place, in this…

Jericho vs Owens Should Main Event WrestleMania

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Yes the RAW view was scheduled for Wednesday but I moved it up to today... and as you can tell, I believe Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens should Main Event WrestleMania 33




OFF THE TOP ROPE As of this point in time, Jericho vs Owens is the only match up the WWE has that could be sold as a WrestleMania Main Event, it already has emotional investment and the tease break-up at Roadblock shows that people want the match.Jericho as a babyface will have a lot of ammunition for promos since he can say it's because of him that Owens retained the title so many times.All other options are already rumoured to be placed in other matches (Cena / Taker, Rollins / Triple H) or are options no one wants to be considered (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose) or will present nothing of emotional value (AJ Styles)

Lineup for the week of December 26, 2016

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Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement....So here's the line up of goodies for the week to close 2016, obviously the addition of doing Review of Black Mirror Season 3 is adding a bit of extra content, but I like the idea of doing a countdown which each day dedicated to a single episode. If you saw my last comic book haul video, you'll see that one comic from that will be this weeks comic book review, and Star Trek Voyager's episode 11:59 will get highlighted this week as well.




Monday: Black Mirror S3E1: Nosedive (Already Recorded)
Monday:  TBD

Tuesday: Black Mirror S3E2: Playtest
Tuesday: Doctor Who Tales From The TARDIS The Web Planet Part 3

Wednesday: Black Mirror S3E3: Shut Up and Dance
Wednesday: Talking Anime: Blue Seed Episode 14
Wednesday: The RAW View (Topic TBD)

Thursday: Black Mirror S3E4: San Junipero
Thursday: Comic Book Review: New Year's Evil: The Rogues #1 (DC Comics)

Friday: Black Mirror S3E5: Men Against Fire
Friday: Doctor Who Tales From The TARDI…

Black Mirror: Nosedive

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There are six days left in 2016, and we're doing a countdown, every day this week I'll review one epsiode of Black Mirror season 3, and today we start with 'Nosedive'!





SHATTERED MIRROR The Star: Lacie played by Bryce Dallas Howard, was in Spider-Man 3, Jurrasic World, stellar performance, carries the episode perfectly.
The World: Friends and strangers can rate your popularity out of five, the higher the average, the better social standing you are, so 4.5s and up are upper class 2.5s and below are considered lower-class people... everything about the world is based on the average, a person with a social score of a 4.4 will get medical treatment against of someone of a 4.3. Thing is depending on how individuals rate you based on your interactions with, so there is constant pressure to look perfect, act perfect, don't do anything to piss anyone off otherwise they 'down vote' you The story: Lacie wants to reach an socia…

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

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Christmas ends with a recap and review of the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special titled 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio'




TIME AND RELATIVE DIMENSIONS  Air date: Christmas Night, December 25, 2016I like that Nardole has a different more genuine relationship with the Doctor, something we haven't seen since the days of the BrigadierJustin Chatwin & Chasity Wakefield are just gold as Gordan & LucyWakefield was the best 'Lois Lane' I've seen since Teri Hatcher on 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman' back in the 90s The villians made me wish we were seeing the Autons, and their plot to take over the world was straight out of the silver age This was a good Christmas special, one of the stronger ones even though there was very little 'Christmas' in it. 

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (Movie Review)

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Merry Christmas.... today I sat down to rewatch one of my favorite films, and I figured... why not talk about it! The film of course is I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! 




Spotlight: Anime World (Amazon Vendor)

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Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement... You know I haven't done a 'spotlight' post in quite while, but I figure why not do so on a day where a lot of people are getting gift cards and such... and since a lot of folks go on Amazon.com, why not shine the light on one of the vendors



And I'm referring to Anime World (http://astore.amazon.com/animeki-20 ) which has a nice selection of DVDs, Manga, some clothing and a few collectables that might make any Anime fan a happy one, but don't wait to long, cause some things might get sold out at those pretty awesome prices.

So there's my spotlight here on Christmas Day, Anime World, check 'em out, get some goodies, follow 'em on twitter and like 'em on Facebook. All the links are below!


Amazon Store: http://astore.amazon.com/animeki-20
Twitter: @AnimeKingdom101
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Animekingdom13/

Live From The Basement: Star Trek Online - Christmas Eve Battlezone

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The Real Ghostbusters: X-Mas Marks The Spot

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Happy Christmas Eve! We're diving back into the Ghostbusters Containment Unit with a review of now 30 year old episode 'X-Mas Marks The Spot' 




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It is Christmas Eve, and one quickly gets reminded at how many variations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol there has been made over the years, we’ve seen Doctor Who, The Muppets, Mickey Mouse and countless other franchises re-tell the story, plus some modern day re-imaginings such as with the Bill Muarry starring ‘Scrooged’ … but of course this is my Ghostbusters Containment Unit segment… and every Ghosthead knows that The Real Ghostbusters did their own spin on in with X-Mas Marks The Spot…
Airing on December 13, 1986 on ABC’s Saturday Morning as the first season finale and 13th episode… making this the 30th Anniversary of not just the episode but of the Real Ghostbusters Cartoon…. X-Mas Marks The Spot sees The Ghostbu…

Christmas Eve Comic Book Haul

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It's Christmas Eve and I have a new haul of comics with me! What are they you ask? Well I'll show ya!



Sonic Lost World (Lets Play and Review)

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Happy Christmas Eve... as for the first time every I play Sonic Lost World... and boy does it take me a minute to figure the controls... let alone how to run fast!  -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/fredcasden




LOST WORLDS... NO GUIDE!

So after playing Sonic Generations earlier this year, I figured at some point I was going to sit down and play Sonic Lost World which came out in 2013... and I was figuring this game would've been similar to the awesomeness of the previous game.
Boy was I wrong... cause if I bother to look at other players lets play videos, I would've seen this came is nothing like Sonic Generations... every level is like one large puzzle to navigate through, and sure I admit I'm not the best gamer out there, but it was more of luck and learning from mistakes that saw me through the first four stages... and my time wasn't helped by the fact the controls were not 'introduced'. There is no tutorial st…