Showing posts from April, 2016

Tales From The TARDIS: The Sea Of Death

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This week we begin the overlook of 'The Keys of Marinus", a six part adventure that first aired April 11 to May 16 in 1964. Now unlike 'Marco Polo', this whole adventure is intact and can be found on DVD.

Now every story has a beginning, and in this case, the beginning is called 'The Sea of Death'.

The Doctor and crew (Barbara, Ian and Susan) arrive on an island, where the beach is made of glass and the sea is acid... so basically they arrived in Atlantic City. Now would they find out the sea is filled with acid? Well one of Susan's shoes gets knocked into the water by Barbara, and it dissolves. So correction, they aren't in Atlantic City, they are in Ocean City. Susan goes to the TARDIS to get a new pair, but is followed by a strange creature... of course she is! Because if someone is going to be followed it's going to be Susan... oh and insert your own American Horror Story Rubbe…

Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis

The year is 1939...

A Mr. Smith has tasked Professor Henry 'Indiana' Jones Jr, with finding a lock to match a key he happens to have... but it's all apart of plot... for Mr. Smith is Klaus Kerner of the Third Reich and they are searching for the lost City of Atlantis! This my friends is how the adventure that is Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis begins....

Release in 1992 (on floppy disk and later CD-ROM with audio) from Lucas Arts, this is one of my all time favorite computer games. I have a real soft spot for the classic Lucas Arts games like this, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Day of the Tentacle and Sam & Max Hit The Road, the simple but effective point and click, puzzle games were things that quite grew on me... and something I remember how to play (as you can see in the replay video of a live stream covering the first third of the game over the period of two hours while going for the 'team path')

So what is it about this game from 24 years ago…

This Week With The Superheroes April 29, 2015

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And This Week With The Superheroes

First let me address something... when it comes to Women's Wrestling in the WWE... no one in their right mind gives a damn about Cameron being used, not when there is Asuka, Bayley, Emma, Paige, Becky, Sasha and Charlotte.

That said... I'm contemplating on if I want to hit the SJ Comic-Con & Toy Bonanza on Sunday... really weather is going to be the big factor here. Also factoring in is when do I want to see Captain America Civil War


Director Seth Grahame-Smith has stepped away from the "Flash" movie starring Ezra Miller over creative differences. His script will still be used, but apparently there is a lot of meddling going on over the tone and direction of the film. With the fall out over Batman V Superman and the reshoots that have been done for Suicide Squad, this does not surprise me. I'm more concerned over Ezra Miller being The Flash and looking like some dude ha…

Thoughts On Carson Wentz


Dick Slater - Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame

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This is Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame!
Yeah I changed the title to something more catchy... still the goal is the same, to go over the careers of various pro wrestling superstars of the past to see if they should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at some point.
This week's case, 'The Rebel' Dick Slater
Many of you are going to ask... who?
Well the Rebel got his start in Florida thanks to the Graham family, getting broken in with Championship Wrestling From Florida, winning their version of the Tag Team Championships with Dusty Rhodes and other partners as well as the TV title, worked out in California... but he really made his mart in Georgia Championship Wrestling, spending most of the 70s and early 80s there, winning the Georgia Heavyweight title four time, and two versions of their tag titles with Cowboy Bob Orton, plus numerous other regional titles and was reported to be considered to become the NWA World Heavyweight Cham…

Minions - Basement Matinee

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I was going to talk about Conor McGregor's latest drama... but then I saw that Minions was added to Netflix, and set aside time to watch it.

For those of you who may not know (and at this point, that's probably a very small amount of people), Minions is the prequel to the 'Despicable Me' films, released in 2015 through Universal Pictures.

The plot is that the Minions, the adorable little yellow scamps exist to serve the biggest villain they can find, but after years of being without a leader, Kevin, Bob and Stuart set out for find the 'perfect boss' for their tribe to serve, being drawn to Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) and earning a spot as her pawns in a bid to become Queen of England.
Considering the film had a Box Office return of $1.2 Billion, obviously a lot of you know about it, so I'll go straight into what I think of this movie.... and it's adorably evil... because you know they are doing …

Lets Play Star Trek Online - What's Left Behind

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This week the mission we're playing is 'What's Left Behind'...

Admiral Tuvok and 'Forever Ensign because there is no way in hell he'd become A' Captain Kim have been going over the strange device that we found on Vaadwaur prime at the end of last week's Mission (Takedown), and so we're going to meet up Voyager to lend a hand.

Before I give my thoughts on the mission itself, I want to point out that story line wise, this mission ties together two episodes of the Star Trek The Next Generation, the first being Conspiracy, from season 1, and Schisms, from season 5. These were two episodes that ended up having an ominous endings that was never followed up on, which allowed for the folks behind Star Trek Online to use these elements to build up on the Iconian mythos of using servant races to do their dirty work. The world building done in this game on concepts that were left to die in the shows is simply fantastic in …

The RAW View - April 25, 2016 - Payback Predictions & More!

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This is the 'RAW View' for the April 25, 2016 episode of WWE's Monday Night RAW. Tonight was the go-home episode before Payback this Sunday, and 'intrigue' was attempted to be raised on a number of fronts so let's get to things that stood out to me.

First the announcement that Vince McMahon will be  making a decision over who is running things on-screen.... if it isn't a brand split or the return of neutral authority figures that try to keep everything fair, then it will be pointless. And don't tell me neutral or baby-face Authority figures don't work, cause they did for the better part of 50 years but they represent the promotion. If the highest on-screen authority figure is a villain then guess how that makes the promotion looks? It makes it look bad, and the WWE has been looking 'bad' for a long time with how it uses the McMahons as VILLAINS instead of folks trying to keep things fair and just within the…

Why So Ratchet & Super Sketch Painter - Comics From The Basement

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Earlier this month at Camden Comic Con, I picked up a number of comics and met several creators... a pair of whom was Suliman and Samad Onque. Suliman is one of these more charismatic person I've had the delight to meet. You can tell just by talking to the man that he was excited about talking about his creation, as well as his brother work, while Samad seemed more reserved and cerebral. And when talking to them briefly, and later reading their comics when I got home, it's so obvious how much their respective comics. I thought about reviewing them separately, but since both  are the writers and illustrators for their respective works, I figure why not do both at the same time.

So first, going to talk about Samad Onque's 'Why So Ratchet: An Urban Street Fable Featuring Ratchetman'

Plot:  Xavier Turner is meeting with his psychiatrist months after suddenly stopping attending their sessions...and he has a tale to tell...…

First Impressions: BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend

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This is First Impressions, my 'review' series of video games that I do every so often... this time out, it's regarding  BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, the third PC port (via Steam) of the hit 2D Fighter series. The first game in the series, (Calamity Trigger) was released in arcades way back in 2008... though I think that was only in Japan, cause good luck finding an arcade in the United States these days! If you want to see game-play footage from a live stream I did is at the bottom of this post!

Considering this is a fighting game, obviously the first thing to talk about is the controls and responsiveness... and while I've dabbled with fighting games from time to time, there are some universal concepts and commands that comes with these games: up to jump, down to duck, double forward to dash, and various buttons for punches and kicks.. Still I was going into this game blind, having last played the previous BlazBlue title (Co…

Tales From The TARDIS - "Assassin at Peking" & Pearl Mackie

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Before we get started, at the time of this recording, it was revealed that Pearl Mackie will be joining  'Doctor Who' as the new lead companion.

And well... I have no real comments on her cause I don't know anything about her beyond that she is cute, she went to the Bristol Old Vic Theater School and has been performing in the National Theatre West End production of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' (that's a great title) and was on the BBC 1 show 'Doctors'.... She is pretty much an 'unknown'... The only issue I see is that she will be more than likely playing yet another companion from the 'current day', continuing the 'Buffy' trend of the lady companions, hell the clip shown, giving her character's name as Bill, has her cracking jokes about the absurdity of the Daleks design... but I'll shall reserve judgement until she actually de…

This Week With The Superheroes - April 22, 2016

Hello and welcome to the Basement... and it's time for This Week With The Superheroes... and I got a  lot to go over....

So right off the bat, let me talk about Rita Repulsa... the lead villain of Might Morphing Power Rangers 1st season... she was a witch right? Probably more of sorceress, and she looked like one... mainly because it was stock footage from the Sentai Series Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger and the character was called Witch Bandora... in you were to have a character look like an evil witch or a sorceress... the design for Bandora was pretty much it.

That said... the Power Rangers reboot movie casted Elizabeth Banks... back in February I said that if they got Barbara Goodson to do the voice over and if Banks costume was sorta that over-sized robe, over awesome top hat and had the wand, and if she's able to pull off the mannerisms seen in the Sentai with Witch Bandora... it could work... and that since it was a guarantee that none of that was going to happen... Frog It.…