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Let's Play Star Trek Online - House Pegh

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 Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement… 

It’s Tuesday… so Let’s Play Star Trek Online!


The Iconian War continues this week with House Pegh… The Klingon Empire requires the player’s assistance with a covert mission deep within Iconian held space. It’s very dangerous mission that could turn the tide of the war, which isn’t going well, the Iconian Forces are overwhelming, they can appear anywhere at anytime, and the combined forces of The Federation, Romulan Republican and the Klingon Empire need something… ANYTHING to rally hope…

And thus we have our mission, to sneak into an Iconian Base and disrupt their production of Omega Particles, which are used to power there Dyson Spheres. Things go rather smoothly, resistance from the Heralds are easily dealt with… but there is another factor...Kahless the Unforgettable is coming along on this mission as well!

For those who don’t know, this Kahless is a clone of the legendary Klingon Emperor who was discover in the Next Generation episode…

The RAW View - John Cena, The Club Returns / No Progress In Roman vs Seth

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Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The RAW View From The Basement...

I thought about totally getting rid of the 'RAW View', but figured why not just keep it as a mini-blog about what went down on RAW without the video log, since 'Ring The Bell' will focus on wrestling topics that caught my interest? So lets get to it...

Obviously the biggest news out of last night is the re-cementing of AJ Styles as a heel by realigning him with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson as they attacked John Cena, who was making his return to WWE television last night... and despite the smarky nature of Green Bay fans, the ambush on Cena was actually booed out of the building.

Personally, I thought the angle was  solid, if a bit out of left field and screamed of 'last minute' booking decisions change and with the reliance of the 'Cena is going up against a message board hero trope' that has been going on since 2011, and heaven knows, the second Cena gets a win in a match over Styles, A…

Ring The Bell: Vader's Right, McMahon Losing Faith In Reigns, & More

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Hello Dwellers and Welcome to The Basement... and what was the RAW View, but what I’m now calling Ring The Bell… where I cover a number of pro wrestling topics from my point a view as a fan. The reason for the change after a few weeks is that I got more of a positive response talking about various pro-wrestling topics instead of the longest running prime time pro-wrestling program in the modern era.

Let’s start off with a rumor that well I’m getting a little chuckle, that Vince McMahon is losing faith in the Roman Reign’s experiment. I’ve only seen this on two sites, one as a bit of added on gossip to fuel anti-WWE Creative sentiment because Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were booked to lose and exposed as rather mediocre talents (in Gallows case, reminding the world of that fact)… and on another as a column that appears to add in details with no reference other than to the original piece where the rumor appeared. But as wrestling fans, one knows certain details are true, one Vince M…

Star Trek The Next Generation #36 - Comics From The Basement

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Hello Dwellers and Welcome To Comics From The Basement…

Comic Books that act as an expanded universe for a franchise seen only on TV, Video Games or Movies are pretty cool in my book.

They get to either bring back characters and concepts that were one and done, which provides familiarity and acts like a gateway to get non-comic readers a reason to pick up a comic. Which is the case of this weeks comic: Star Trek The Next Generation #36…

And yeah, I’ve had this copy for years since I don’t have the back cover any more and am Iucky to still have the front cover.

But as you can tell from the cover, it features the return of Ardra.

For those of you who may not know: Ardra was the antagonist in the season four episode, ‘Devil’s Due’, where the Enterprise-D responds to a distress call from a planet that was being tormented by a person claiming to be their Devil. Ardra in actuality is a con-woman who uses her knowledge of the planet’s culture along with devices like transporters, holograms a…

Sentence To Death - Tales From The TARDIS

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Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement… This is Tales From The TARDIS!

We’re up to part five of the Keys of Marinus, titled Sentence To Death…

Following escaping the Ice Soldiers and Vasor, Ian finds himself accused of the murder of Eprin, who just so happens to be a friend of Altos, who discovered the last key before his death… the key is missing, and on top of being accused of murder, Ian is accused of theft… because if you’re knocked out and something is missing, you’re instantly the criminal.

To really put a cherry on the cake, the legal system of the city is that of the ‘guilty until proven innocent’ variety… so basically Ian is already guilty of the crimes, and is sentence to death unless he can be proven innocent. I’m willing to bet this legal system was put in place for population control purposes. But don’t worry has the best defense counsel around… The Doctor!


Okay… he’s boned…

The case is postponed for two days to allow a fathering of evidence and to find out what really…

X-Men Apocalypse - Basement Matinee - SPOILER WARNING!

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Hello Dwellers and Welcome To Basement Matinee...

If you follow me on Twitter @FredCasden or are a friend of mine on Facebook… I lived up to my promise, and saw X-Men Apocalypse today…. I’d say the attendance of the crowd in the theater I was in was about 50% full, and according to the ushers, greeters and guest services that I spoke too, they were expecting fuller crowds for the later showings, but it was quite clear that there were fewer people to catch the afternoon showings as compared to Captain America Civil War and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

And there are spoilers here,

Again… SPOILERS!

You have been warned but I tend to jump around so you still have to see it… but even if you haven’t, you know that a lot of websites were spoiling the movie for WEEKS before it hit theaters, which is a huge gripe I have.

So right off the back lets talk continuity, it will help if you saw X-Men First Class for some of the character interaction with Mystique, Beast, Xavier and Magneto, …

This Week... Captain America's Rough Week, Arrow, Gotham, The Flash & More!

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Hello and Welcome To The Basement… 
Its time for THIS WEEK with the Superheroes...

Yes, doing a day early because depending on how things go tomorrow, I’ll be checking out X-Men Apocalypse… or I’ll check it out over the weekend, but we’ll see how things roll, but one way or another I am seeing it, I guarantee it!

So lets hit the news… and

There is a video going as a teaser for Doctor Who’s Christmas Special implying Jack Harkness will be apart of it… and I can confirm to you that is not the case, said video is a fake.

Mel Gibson was originally offered the role of Odin in the Thor movies… I can’t imagine what happened to cause him not to get the part.

Lionsgate wants to make 7 Power Rangers movies… to which I say, hold on Skippy, get the first one made and be a box office success before planning any sequels, cause you could be killing the golden goose the way Paul Feig is doing with Ghostbusters…

Amazon has launched Comixology Unlimited… and it’s alright, works well on the computer, bu…

Spotlight: The Wrestling Kennection

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Hello and Welcome to the Basement…
Not to long ago I put the spotlight on some local items down here in South Jersey… well this time I’m shining the spotlight of this pokey little blog up towards Bedford, Massachusetts with the Wrestling Kennection.

For those of you who may not know, The Wrestling Kennection is hosted by Ken Hill, Fridays at 4PM up in the greater Massachusetts area, where he and his panel of fans give their views and opinions on the world of pro wrestling. For those of us outside of Massachusetts, episodes are uploaded to their Youtube channel (located here) allowing wrestling fans from all over the world to see.

And with 115 episodes under their belt, it’s safe to say that Ken and his crew know what they are doing, the discussions are insightful when they are together. Of course there are times it’s just Ken by himself due to scheduling and travel issues, but even flying solo, he puts on a solid show. The production values (audio, video) are decent, and it’s clear i…

Cyndi Lauper - Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame

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(Note: I went stream of conscience quite a bit in the video version, so there are a number of things I say in it that are not in the text version and vice versa!)

Hello and Welcome to the Basement and this week’s installment of Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame!

Let me first say this, I have no issue with the WWE inducting celebrities into the Hall of Fame, because celebrities have played a huge part of their history, granted some more prominent than others.

Which is of course the case as it relates to Cyndi Lauper

Yes, as in Time After Time, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and She Bop… That Cyndi Lauper

With the success of her first solo album in 1983, titled She’s So Unusual, Cyndi was the hottest female act in the world of and thanks to her manager at the time, Dave Wolff, Cyndi ended up in the world of pro wrestling in early 1984 as the spark the ignited  the Rock N Wrestling connection, a period of time that saw the WWF and MTV explode on the map. The concept came about as part when Cyn…

Lets Play Star Trek Online - Delta Flight

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Hello and Welcome To The Basement…

It’s Tuesday… Let’s Play Star Trek ONLINE!


This Week we’re playing Delta Flight…

Captain Paris has requested the player’s ship for a joint mission with his task force… but things are bleak… the Alliance isn’t making much headway against the Iconians… and the player and their crew have proven to be the only ones capable for fighting against them. I’m not kidding, the mission contact, Captain Kagran actually says that.

So we’re off to the Calbriden System to meet up with Captain Paris and his team, which consists of his daughter Miral Paris, her ex-boyfriend and Academy dropout Andrew Westin, a Talaxian named Ferix, a klingon named Guroth who can make weapons stronger. Do you know what happens if you shove FIVE Quantum Torpedos into one casing? I don’t either, but I want to find out! Also along for the ride is Kana Jinnis, the latest trouble maker turn good because of Starfleet, and Hadaen D’Mora who according to Captain Paris, is two weeks away from r…