Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Spotlight - The Chronicles of Lanclos (a Star Trek fan production)

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So since Friday I've been dragged over the coals by the Axanard Cult for saying the guidelines were fair... and then today...I come across a Star Trek Fan Film made by the good folks at Potemkin Pictures, 'The Chronicles of Lanclos', which tells a fine story in under 10 minutes, with nice production values and character development. Nothing to fancy, but something clearly done by fans for fun. It is certainly worth checking out!

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Psycho Sid Vicious - Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement  and Yay Or Nay for the Hall of Fame…
This week’s subject… well… he hail’s from where ever he damn well pleases… most noteably West Memphis Arkansas…. He stands 6 feet 9 inches and checks in at 317 lbs… he is the man… the master… and ruler of the World…. SID VICIOUS!

Debuting in the late 1980s after a chance encounter with the Poffo Brothers, Sid got his start in Continental Championship Wrestling and had a couple of short stints in New Japan and World Class Championship Wrestling… but it was in 1989 where he got his first large bit of fame with World Championship Wrestling, where he was placed into a tag team with Danny Spivey called the Skyscrapers, having epic battles with The Steiner Brothers and the Road Warriors, and making the power bomb his finishing move. However this stint didn’t last as a broken rib put him on the side lines for a bit, and his spot was under taken by a guy named Mean Mark… wonder whatever happened to him?

Anyway, when Sid recovered from his injury in 1990, he was added to the Four Horsemen, continuing the tradition of the ‘next big thing’ in pro-wrestling being put in the group… but let’s be honest, he was brought in to be the answer to RoboCop… before going on to feud with the likes of Lex Luger, Paul Orndorff, the Junkyard Dog… even then NWA World Heavyweight Champion Sting… getting his first major title shot at Halloween Havoc in 1990… nearly walking away with the championship.

His association with the Horsemen gradually demised in the following months, where Sid flirted with becoming a babyface only for his heel status to be firmed up, but he would leave the promotion by the spring, putting over El Gigante on his way out the door… but greener pastures were apparently ahead in the World Wrestling Federeation.

Renamed Sid Justice, he would first answer open challenges to wrestlers at non-televised events before making his debut in the summer  and being named the special guest referee for the SummerSlam 91 event pitting Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior against Sgt. Slaughter, Col. Mustafa and General Adnan. At the same event, Sid intervened and rescued Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth from an attack by the Undertaker and Jake Roberts, cementing his babyface status. According to arena reports, Sid made quick work of the Undertaker, but an injury forced him to miss the Survivor Series event that year and aborted his feud with Roberts… word is that the famous angle where Savage got his bicep bit by a King Cobra was meant to have Sid in that spot, but I’ve never seen clarification on that.

Sid would return to action at the 1992 Royal Rumble, where for the first time ever, the winner would become the WWF Champion… and Sid was a heavy favorite, not just because he was entering at #29… but because he was incredibly popular. Now for those of you who don’t know, the Royal Rumble is a match where every man is for themselves to win… and somehow the idea came up with Sid to ‘sneak up’ on Hulk Hogan to throw him over the top rope… and the crowd CHEERED LOUDLY. Hogan, being the spoiled sport that he was, would help the villain Ric Flair in eliminating Sid. This moment is extremely controversial, because it was the first notable time that the WWE would ‘re-write’ history, with Gorilla Monsoon’s commentary and crowd reaction edited for the desired effect of Sid coming across like a villain…

The reason for that is simple,  WrestleMania 8… originally was going to be Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan… but because Hogan’s popularity was waning and test-runs of their matches in some of the weakest markets the WWE had at the time resulted lack-luster attendance… so a change was made, Hogan would face Sid instead. Sid effectively was turned heel by walking out on Hogan in a tag team match, attacking Brutus Beefcake, injuring opponents and taking on Harvey Whippleman as his manager…   the match itself ended up being noteable for Sid kicking out of Hogan’s leg drop due to Papa Shango missing his cue to run in in order for the match to end in a DQ which was to feed into the return of the Ultimate Warrior, who was to be Sid’s next feud since Hogan was going to ‘retire’

However a failed drug test and choosing to quit instead serving a suspension saw Sid return to WCW. During his second stint, Sid was put into main programs, making quick work of Van Hammer and teaming with Big Van Vader in a renewed war with Sting, a feud that would last from the summer into the fall…. Where Sid turned babyface to enter a feud with Vader on his way to becoming the WCW World Champion… however yet another bad break occurred, namely an incident with Arn Anderson during a European tour saw Sid being fired…

Sid would head to the USWA and Memphis for most of 1994  before returning to the WWF in early 1995 as the bodyguard for Shawn Michaels, bu that partnership did not last as Sid turned on Michaels following WrestleMania and he would join Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation and becoming a top contender for the WWF Championship being held by Diesel, which he failed to capture. He would go on to feud with Michaels and then float around the card afterward before disappearing from TV at the end of year due to an injury

Sid would return in the summer of 1996, replacing the Ultimate Warrior in a six-man tag match and beginning a sustained baby-face run that saw him having a direct feud with Vader followed by challenging for and winning the WWF Championship at Survivor Series that same year. Retaining the title over Bret Hart, Sid would lose the title to Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Royal Rumble… however, a twist of fate then occurred, this time in his favor, when Michaels, not wanting to drop the title to Bret Hart in a return match from the previous year’s WrestleMania, ‘lost his smile’, claimed a knee injury and vacated the title, which lead to Sid winning the title for a second time defeating Bret Hart a night after he won in. Sid would go on to face the Undertaker at WrestleMania 13… afterwhich, Sid would disappear from TV for a month and half, returning for a brief feud with the Hart Foundation, then leaving the promotion in the Summer of 1997.

Sid would stick to what was left of the Tennessee wrestling scene before surfacing in ECW in 1999, but his stay was short lived thanks to Paul Heyman bouncing many checks… which lead to Sid returning to WCW that same year, first as apart of Randy Savage’s ‘Team Madness’ group before going solo and fast-tracked to a feud with Goldberg, highlighted with a mock winning streak, claiming any wrestlers he attacked during a match counted as a win. Sid would win the United States Title and then feud with Goldberg directly, losing the title to him at Halloween Havoc and then again at Mayhem.

For a second time, things feel Sid’s way… Sid was turned face as a result of Goldberg throwing a hissy fit and breaking his own arm in his feud with revived nWo… and placed in a match with Chris Benoit to determine a new WCW Champion at Souled Out… though Sid lost the match, thanks to Benoit jumping ship to the WWF, and through a series of hoop jumping, Sid would become the WCW Champion and would hold onto the title to the spring, and appeared to be on track to defend the title against Hogan at Spring Stampede… when fate reared it’s ugly head…

For one reason or another, the heads of WCW’s creative (Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff) decided to ‘reboot’ the company and vacating all the championships… and Sid was kept off of TV for much of 2000, only returning in December to challenge for the WCW Title being held by Scott Steiner.. however… thanks to the  stupidity of those thinking Sid should add high risk offense to his move-set, he would break his leg in a gruesome manner live on pay-per-view in January of 2001…

In the years since then, he would return to the ring in 2004 for a one off match up in Montreal, before working select indy dates from 2008 to 2011… however Sid would get one last match in the WWE in 2012… as apart of the buildup for the 1000th episode of Monday Night RAW, Sid would return to answer the challenge of Heath Slater, defeating him with the powerbomb… getting a nice send off for his career. Though not officially retired, I haven’t found any record of Sid having any matches since then.

Despite the start-stop nature of his career… Sid accomplished a lot, with several championships, high profile feuds and main events to his credit, and because of his natural drawing power, Sid was always found work easily.

So what’s the verdict? Well in my opinions, Sid should be in the WWE Hall of Fame… and I’ll go one step further, much like Stan Stasiak, Sid’s career appears to have been ignored by the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame as well. He has the resume and accomplishments that one could put up there against people who worked in the same time period of 1987 to 2001, namely one Mick Foley.

Still that’s just my opinion, you can judge Sid’s career for yourself, most of his body of work is on the WWE Network… and on that note, we’ll call it a night…

Catch ya next time everybody.

In The Midnight Hour - Lets Play Star Trek Online

Theirs not to make reply Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death     Rode the six hundred.
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It's TUESDAY! Let's Play Star Trek Online!

And it's come to this... the many space miles along the interstellar highway that we've traveled has brought us here... one final nose-to-nose slug fest with the Iconians, for the fate of Earth and the Galaxy! The Alliance has a plan... to use the Krenim ship to create a gateway to the past, allowing a team to go back 200,000 years to wipe out the Iconians on the day their world was invaded... but all isn't as it seems.

This mission... let's face it... it brought conclusion to the first five years of Star Trek Online... everything was building towards this point, and it was a satisfying conclusion... even with the predestination paraodox of Sela going to the past to betray the Iconians so that they can destroy Romulus so that she is motivated to go back to the past to the destroy them and... the circle goes on and on and on... in fact, this mission actually gives reason for replaying Star Trek Online as all three major faction (Federation, Klingon, Romulan) cause the road to this point is different, but the result is the same...

When you watch the video, you may have noticed my character really sided with Sela on the matter, because Romulans need to stick together and I wanted to see if I could've gotten a different result than obviously siding with Kagren...

But my favorite part of this mission comes when the fleet is going to try and hold out against the Iconian Armada after my ship, along with Sela's and Kagren's goes through the temporal gateway... Commander Jarok calls on the remaining ships to form up on her... and Captain Shon starts to quote likes from 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'... it's such a badass moment, and yes what the player gets to do on Iconia is cool... but I WISH that STO made a STF that allows players to fight that battle like the Kobayashi Maru scenario... cause it would be a lot of fun to see if the Alliance could win the day against hopeless odds.

Anyway what follows afterward is the Temporal Cold War... which I've done as Zagreus, but we'll continue on with Sobar and his crew to see the Romulan Perspective... plus we have the pending major update coming to the game in the near future as well, so there's plenty of things to be excited about.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spotlight - Jim Cornette's Story Regarding Brock Lesnar

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I was flipping through YouTube tonight following last night's episode of Monday Night RAW, and came across Jim Cornette telling a rather interesting story involving Brock Lesnar... and well... Louisville, Kentucky's favorite son is not one to me messed with... and yeah, I do believe that Cornette would indeed do the deed.

Now if only this story could be  told on his podcast on MLW Radio

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ring The Bell: Roman Reigns, Kurt Angle, Vader vs Ospreay and more!

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It’s Monday! Time To RING THE BELL and get the RAW VIEW for the week that was in the world of pro wrestling!

And let’s start off with the suspension of Roman Reigns… excuse me…. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Okay, I’m better now, but yeah, Roman got caught by the WWE’s Wellness policy, and really the last time someone from that high up the card got busted, was Randy Orton… and we saw how that turned out, Orton would get a number of semi-main event pushes, but he’s never gotten a sustained run on top. So what does this mean for Roman? Probably not much, since his 30 day suspension would expire prior to the Battleground event in a few weeks… so he’s off TV for the entire build of the show, which puts the spotlight on the new WWE Champion Dean Ambrose, who is obviously going to swim and not sink. Regardless, I have to laugh at Roman for being such a flipping idiot, it’s bad enough that he can’t get the crowd behind him, he can’t move merchandise and is not in demand by anyone to make TV appearances, but now he’s got this strike against him. They could turn him when he comes back… but I think it’s time to drop him down the card and make people forget about him for a while.

It’s being reported that the WWE is going to call up anywhere from 10-12 wrestlers from NXT to fill out both the RAW and SmackDown touring rosters… and I’ve seen a few columnists on various sites saying that ‘anyone male wrestler from NXT getting called up is going to be exposed as not being as good as people think they are’… to which I say, no freakin’ duh! Outside of Enzo and Big Cass, every single male call up from NXT has been a flop on the main roster, and that does include Owens and Zayn, because guess what folks, since those two stink up the joint against everyone else, the WWE has basically just put them back into the endless loop they’ve been in for over a decade.

Speaking of NXT… there is a no bag policy now at Full Sail University… because of all the carrying that happens at a NXT Taping by the wrestlers, they don’t want the fans taking part.

Brock Lesnar is on the cover of WWE 2K17…. And along with Golberg being the featured DLC content for pre-ordering… I have to consider this a joke… this is right up there with CM Punk being on the cover in terms of being a dumb as a brick decisions that I have ever seen. Considering the push Roman was getting, I’m shocked he isn’t on the cover…

Kurt Angle has had an interesting week, first saying on the radio that he’s going to be coming back to the WWE… only for Dave Meltzer to report that the WWE has said that is not happening…. And I think this is a big case of Angle showing his hand too early, revealing something before anything to could be signed. Because in this day and age, the WWE would probably want something like that to be a surprise, much like Sting’s appearance at Survivor Series in 2014. I don’t doubt that Angle will be back for maybe a fare-well tour and a Hall of Fame induction.

Paige VanZant has confirmed that the WWE had interest in bringing her in for something at SummerSlamn… thing is she is facing Bec Rawling at a UFC special on Fox that weekend, and obviously that is her priority.  She is a WWE fan, so I expect her to pop up in the company at some point…. Probably a show down with Paige… yeah Paige versus Paige, that would be interesting… does Paige hit Paige with the Paige-Turner… and would that be considered PaigeCepetion?! (Thanks Dax for that!)

Something that I would love to now is why Lucha Underground doesn’t have a Spanish broadcast anymore? As much as a joke I think that TV show is, because it isn’t wrestling, it amazes me they are shooting themselves in the foot by not airing something in Spanish each week to appeal to the Hispanic market. Then again, we saw how badly their ratings get when NXT Takeover aired against it a few weeks ago… and with the WWE Cruiserweight Classic coming up… this is a bad time for Lucha Underground.

Speaking of the Cruiserweight Classic, the ‘parade of Crusierweights’  thing the WWE did to hype it up was awesome… except for one thing… instead of being on the WWE NETWORK AS A LIVE SPECIAL EVENT, it was shown on FACEBOOK! Are you freakin’ kidding me?! They could’ve simulcasted it! It’s there flipping Network for CRYING OUT LOUD!

The date of CM Punk getting his brains stomped out by Mickey Gall is UFC 204 on September 10th, in Cleveland… which is a bit ironic to me, because if I remember right, that is where Punk took his ball and went home when the WWE wasn’t going to do things his way. 

The legendary Big Van Vader is going to have a match with Will Ospreay on August 12, for those who don’t know, Ospreay had a match filled with gymnastic spots with Ricochet at Battle of the Super Juniors, and Vader called them out on how it wasn’t pro wrestling. And they have agreed to have a match… so this will be interesting, cause Vader in his prime would boulder through guys like Ospreay regardless of the result… and obviously Ospreay is going to have to see his ass off, cause I wouldn’t want to piss Vader off regardless of how old he is! But I have a bad feeling that Ospreay is going to do what Shawn Michaels did in a SummerSlam match with Hulk Hogan in making the legend look like an ass with over selling up the wazoo.

Stephanie McMahon said that ‘Virtual Reality’ is apart of the WWE’s future… and what she described, it sounds like it’s concept being kicked around for a future WWE video game… on one hand it sounds interesting… but on the other, VR gear is damn expensive and the concept could cause a lot of whiplash with how things in VR are supposed to come towards you. Would be interesting to try at least once.

Okay, l’m going to break a rule and talk politics… This is not new… but since it’s been popping up I better address this, back in 2011, and testifying before the US Foreign Policy Priorities Committee… Hillary Clinton blamed Professional Wrestling for damaging the perception of America abroad, saying ‘it is counter purpose to what we truly are as American’… and this was a couple of years after SHE APPEARED ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW WHEN TRYING TO BECOME THE DEMOCRATS PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE!  The woman was, is and forever will be a DING BAT, because what has damaged the perception of America around the world is how the Republics and Democrats are telling folks how to live and stealing their money at the same damn time!

That’s why I’m backing Gary Johnson…

And on that note, let’s tap out and wrap up. Tomorrow is Tuesday… so Let’s Play Star Trek Online!

Then then, have a good one everybody!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Little Pony: Humble Bundle - Comcis From The Basement

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and Welcome to Comics From The  Basement!

It may not show… but yeah I am a brony…. Oh wait there’s been that awesome piece of Rainbow Dash artwork behind me since Camden Comic Con, so yeah it is obvious. As a kid I remember seeing the earlier incarnation of My Little Pony that had a shared show with The Glo Friends, and I only remember that because I had the original glo worm plush toy as a kid.

Fast forward to 2010 and My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic… when I first came across it, I was blown away with how awesome it was,. The stories are good, each with a message but told in a way that isn’t talking down to it’s viewers, the characters are instantly identifiable and likeable, hell even when they may doing something idiotic in terms of their personalities you can’t dislike them (and for the record Rainbow Dash is 20% cooler than the rest of the Mane 6)… the voice work is among the best I’ve ever heard for an animated (helps that Tara Strong is Twilightlicious), the animation is easy on the eyes, in fact its one of the few animated shows currently made that I don’t have to watch wearing my glasses.

And of course, like many Hasbro properties… there are My Little Pony comics through IDW… which of course brings us to this week’s comic, ‘My Little Pony: Humble Bundle’. Released exclusively as part of a Humble Bundle package earlier this year to raise money for the Hasbro’s Children’s Fund, this comic features two stories that could quite easily have been part of the show itself.

The first, simply titled ‘The Cutie Mark Crusaders & Discord’, sees Sweetie Bell, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom trying to earn their cutie marks by trying to discover their secret talents. This was a reoccurring plot on the actual show up until Season 5, but what happens in the story is they get the help of Discord, a being of chaos similar to Q from Star Trek The Next Generation and voiced by the same actor, John De Lancie, to try and come up with scenarios in which they can achieve their goals. Starts off simply at first with figure skating, football, lion taming… but then things start getting chaotic… and with a magic bubble getting bigger for Discord’s illusions to take place in, it starts to threaten ponyville… the mane six arrive to try and save the CMCs and their town. However none of Discord’s ideas to get the CMC’s their cutie marks seems to work, much to his frustration and annoyance when they don’t seem to appreciate his efforts… however that is not the case. They do appreciate what he’s doing and they know the frustration of not succeeding.

The second story, called ‘Twilight & Spike’ sees Twilight Sparkle telling the rest of the Mane 6 about how she and Spike became friends. Turns out that Twilight wasn’t all that thrilled about taking care of the baby dragon she hatched, and with him being basically a new born, it disrupts her life in a big way, causing her some major public embarrassments which sees Twilight lash out and comparing him to her stuff doll Smarty Pants, which leads her to have a realization what Spike is, is a friend, which for her is her first friend.

Both stories are short, simple reads that could have easily been seen as episodes on the show, and that’s often something that can be said with any of the licensed properties that IDW has under it’s umbrella. The artwork is very reminiscent of the cartoon as well, but after a workshop with Diana Leto, I realize the elegant simplicity of character’s design.

But arguably, my favorite part of this book is the wrap around cover by Sara Richard (@SaraRichard on Twitter) , featuring Pinkie Pie and  Vinyl Scratch (or DJ Pon-3 if you prefer) working the turntables, plus a few additional pin-up pieces in the back of the book featuring the rest of the Mane-6. Still the cover looks awesome it gives the vibe of being special, and for a one shot limited released book for charity, that’s more than what you can ask for.

So yeah I recommend getting this book… but there is a little problem… since this book wasn’t sold through traditional means, it hasn’t hit the re-sellers market yet, I have not seen this listed on, Amazon or eBay, which to me means this going to be one of those rare, hard to find comics going forward depending on how many were sold during The Humble Bundle sale.

Anyway, next week, there will be a delay, due to my cousin getting married, but the next comic featured… will be the one that started the ruining of Batman… curious as to what that is? It isn’t obvious… until then have a good one everybody.

Star Trek Online - Risan Vacation Snapshots

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So during the course of the past few week, Star Trek Online has been running it's annual Risa Vacation event, and I've had my main toon, Zagreus, station there over the past few weeks. And since I mess around with the screen shots to make the title cards for the Lets Play Videos, I just had some fun with a few random vacation pics.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

If you have an 'issue' with the fair guidelines CBS & Paramount laid out

Alright, most know that I'm pro-CBS / pro-Paramount as far as the Star Trek Fan Film guidelines are concerned, but I understand there are those up in arms, claiming the guidelines are unfair. So, here's a link where you can go to sign a petition for a 'change'.  

But let me be clear, I've seen a number of announcements from those involved with fan films saying how they are going to continue or not continue, but none of them are stating any 'out rage' towards CBS and Paramount, in fact the rage is directed towards Alec Peters and those involved with Star Trek Axanar.

The Bride of Sacrifice - Tales From The TARDIS

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It’s Saturday! Time for More Doctor Who Fun With TALES FROM THE TARDIS!

This week’s episode is’ The Bride Of Sacrifice, part three of The Aztecs story.

It opens with Barbara responding to Tlotoxl’s demand to stop the fight herself… by pulling out a knife and threatening to kill him! Barbara Wright is a bad ass folks! Tlotoxl stops the fight, and later Barbara tries to convince Autloc that stopping the sacrifices would be the best thing for the Aztec people, cause yeah, interfering is working out so very well so far. Barbara has good intentions, but she fighting an up-hill battle.

In the mean time, Tlotoxl confronts The Doctor about while he gave Ixta the poisoned needle to defeat Ian, and The Doctor responds that he did not know that Ixta would be facing Ian and that it was to get the schematics for Yetaxa’s tomb… which gives Tlotoxl another angle to try in order to prove that Barbara is not Yetaxa

Elsewhere, Ixta is more friendly with Ian, feeling confident that he can defeat him the next time they fight. When he is asked by Tlotoxl if he can see the plans that he was going to give to the Doctor, Ixta explains no such thing exists, and that he was using The Doctor to get an advantage in the fight with Ian. Oh what a tangled web of treachery is being woven here.

Not at all deterred, Tlotoxl switches gears, speaking to Tonila and convincing him of how they can validate Barbara’s claim of being Yetaxa…. By POISONING HER! Yeah that’s right, it’s the old ‘Salem Witch Trial’ test, if she dies she is obviously a fake, but if she lives, she is indeed a god. It’s amazing how far people would go to discredit someone… actually, not it isn’t when there are the likes of Alec Peters, Robert Meyers Burnett, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

So, let’s talk about Cameca, who for all intents and purposes is the first love interest for The Doctor. Autloc notices that she’s been rather happy as of late, and it’s because she’s in love with the Time Lord, intends to get him to drink cocoa in order to get him to commit to marrying her. With the amount of chocolate milk I’ve had over the years, wonder how many marriages I was committed too (ha-HA!). Obviously the Doctor is unaware of all this, and innocently asks her to have a cup of cocoa when she drops some beans in front of him.

And here is where I often have arguments with the Nu-Whovians who think River Song is The Doctor’s Wife and true love, over the course of the scenes the two characters share, The Doctor and Cameca have great chemistry, certainly the wisdom of their years makes things works, and she out right loves him… as opposed to River Song and the bend-over backwards to figure out what the hell is going on with her plots… yes Cameca is manipulating the situation a bit cause The Doctor doesn’t know all rituals, but it doesn’t take much to see that if things were different, he would settle down with her. However obviously when the Doctor finds out, he is quite shocked that he’s getting married! She would later show The Doctor a brooch that belong to Ixta’s father, who she once loved in the past, and reveals that she found it in the Garden of Peace after he went missing.

Anyway, Ian manages to reach Barbara to warn her about Tlotoxl’s plans and give her a reality check about her desire to save the Aztec society. You see, Barbara has a bit of a romanticized view of the Aztecs, much like how wrestling fans view the Attitude Era, there are few positive things but it’s a lot of uglyness that deserves its fate. Tlotoxl and Tonila arrive to give Barbara some wine, while Ian is hidden, signally to Barbara to not to drink it. In a bit that is quite often when a person in power is suspicious, Barbara demands that Tlotoxl drinks it, and when he refuses, Barbara declares the wine to be poison.

Now here is where something gets a bit odd, after Tonila leaves, Barbara tellls Tlotoxl that she is indeed a fake. WHY?! It doesn’t make any sense, cause now he is certain and will be even more unrelenting! Babrara threatens that if he tells anyone, she’ll have the Aztecs destroy him… and even with that threat, it’s pretty empty considering Tlotoxl is more in line with the people than she is!

I’m not kidding folks, because after he leaves, Tlotoxl over-hears Autloc and Tonila talking about Susan’s progress as their student, but make note of her ideals about a woman choosing whom she wishes to marry, which leads to him coming up with another plan to prove Barbara a fraud. What he does is have Tonila bring The Perfect Victim to Susan and demands that she marry marry him. And as soon as Susan refuses, Tonila jumps all over her definance and that she must be punished!

Tlotoxl and Tonila would tell Barbara that ‘someone’ has been defying the law and that the person must be punished, Barbara reluctantly agrees in order to not blow her cover… AFTER TELLING TLOTXL THAT SHE IS INDEED NOT YETAXA!

On the plus side, Autloc vows to stand with Barbara in her objections to the sacrifices, but yeah, things take a sour note when it’s revealed to her that Susan is the one to be punished. Babrara wants it to be stopped as well, and Autloc’s support wavers, asking if Barbara would sacrifice Aztec people to spare Susan pain and suffering.  Now how much of this could’ve been avoided if Barbara didn’t tell Tlotoxl the truth is debatable.

Meanwhile, The Doctor fills Ian in about the brooch that belonged to Ixta’s father and concludes that he must have escaped into the tomb via a secret entrance. The two of them would meet up at night to conduct the search… and there is a little charming moment of Ian finding out about the Doctor’s pending engagement.

Later on, Ixta follows Ian as he goes to meet the Doctor who has gotten a head start on searching for a way into the tomb, finding a panel in the wall that can slide. Ian is strong enough to move it on his own and goes in to investigate it, leaving The Doctor behind in case it’s too dangerous. Seeing an opportunity, Ixta ‘arrives’ and declares that the panel must be put back in place since it forms part of a dam, to keep water from flooding the garden… trapping Ian inside with water building up around his feet… and this is where the episode ends.

This episode, despite some of the issues with Barbara, is pretty good, and it’s setting everything up for the final chapter. Ian is trapped, but obviously in a position to get back to the TARDIS, Susan and Barbara obviously will be in the temple because of Susan’s pending punishment and Barbara in her role of Yetaxa… and The Doctor obviously will get to where he needs to be… so obviously everything will have a pay-off in the finale, which we’ll talk about next week.

In the mean time, tomorrow will be another Comic From The Basement... it will involve some Cutie Mark Crusaders!

Catch ya then!

Friday, June 24, 2016

This Week: Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines, Axanar, The new Ghostbusters theme & More!

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It’s Friday! Time To Go Over THIS WEEK With The Superheroes!

And right off the bat, let’s talk about Axanar… or rather what has resulted because of the stupidity of one Alec Peters… first, if you’re unaware of the fact that I’m anti-Axanar, welcome you must be new here!

CBS and Paramount has laid down the LAW Judge Dredd style with the ‘Guidelines’ for what is okay in the realm of Star Trek Fan Films. Perhaps the biggest one right off the bat is that the fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional season, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.

Yeah considering a lot of long running fan productions, like Star Trek Continues, have episodes that run 45 minutes long… this is a hurting point, but a lot of the other guidelines, such as the work not being demeaning to Star Trek, those involved should not be paid and the work be non-commerical, plus no registering of trademarks along with the fact that the fan films cannot imply any association or endorsement by CBS or Paramount.

Some are making a stink about not being able to use actors from the franchise anymore, but to me that’s a minor issue.

Then there is the fund-raising aspect, since Axanar raised 1.1 Million Dollars… limited fund raising is allowed, up to $50,000. To rent equipment, space and buy official costumes and props, that seems pretty fair for a fan production when one consider that El Mariachi, directed by Robert Rodriguez had a budget of $7,000 in 1991, with inflation comes to $12,346.93. A more modern film, Paranormal Activity was made on a budget of $15,000 in 2007, which is $17,379 in today’s money… So yeah $50,000 is more than generous.

And of course, all this means Axanar cannot be made, since it violates every single guideline CBS and Paramount laid down. So Justice has been served

Some of the reactions of those affected by these guidelines has been classy, as they begin to figure out where to go from here with their series. Misty Mills of Star Trek Osiris  said it best: ‘We had guidelines (that) we’ve used for years without incident, He (refering to Alec Peters) ignored them’.

But then there are the reactions of those involved with Axanar, which have been interesting. The ‘backers’ those who threw money at the project are up in arms crying about how things are ‘unfair’ and that their money has been wasted… well a fool and his money are quickly separated, I would know, cause I’m quite the fool.

Then there is Robert Meyer Burnett, who after the guidelines came out implied he was going to ignore the rules followed by the realization that he has been pretty much banned from making anything Star Trek related, because no one in their right mind would put him in charge of a franchise product.

To bad no one at Sony used that same level logic when it came to selecting a director for Ghostbusters...

And speaking of which…

The ‘New’ Ghostbusters theme from Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot is… well… terrible… I mean, it’s sounds completely dated and not in a good way, it has that pop-punk garbage that you hear when stopping by a Spencer’s Gifts or a Hot Topic, as in something that is aimed at people who think Twilight is a great piece of literature and are full of ‘angst’. But seriously, how the hell do you screw up the melody and hook to a song that was based on Huey Lewis & The News’ I Want A New Drug? How the hell is that even possible… oh I know with overdub and applying every single auto-tune effect to the instruments.

And I have not gotten to Missy Elliot’s ‘contribution’ to this mess yet, the rap verse sticks out like a sore thumb that has be slammed repeatedly in a car door and contradicts the ‘attempted’ emo’ing of the Ghostbusters theme… her style of ‘spitting rhymes’ at a rapid fire pace just shows she was given a check to come up with some ‘lyrics’ (and I’m being generous with that term being used) and do a quick recording of them so it can be shoved into the ‘song’.

So yeah I don’t like it.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers will place Vixen on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. This is an ‘all new Vixen’, as the one seen on Arrow played by Megalyn Eechikunwoke on Arrow is the ‘grandmother’ of the one that will be on Legends of Tomorrow, which tells me this new Vixen is being picked up in the future. This is pretty cool, cause it allows for Arrow’s Vixen to be used while giving Legends of Tomorrow a similar character.

Oh, as I was writing this, I saw that a Charles Baxter is already putting into plans his Star Trek inspired series called ‘The Dakota Expanse’ which he aims to follow every guideline of the new Star Trek Fan Film guidelines, telling the stories in an ‘anthology’ format. I’m wishing Mr. Baxter the best on his series!

Lynda Carter will be apart of Supergirl Season 2, and that’s just awesome. Her portrayal of Wonder Woman is simply iconic, really engraved in stone the pop culture status that the Amazon has enjoyed for the past 40 years.

The first episode of The Flash’s 3rd season is going to be called… Flashpoint…  well folks, hoped you liked Wally West, he’ll be missing from the show for the next couple of years!

Chris Pine made waves when saying ‘You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016, and that it wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace’… and I have to laugh at this, because he then said ‘Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up’. Now I’ve seen Star Trek Into Darkness… there are no demanding questions and themes in that film. And I don’t believe him when he says ‘it can’t be done’, unless he means ‘it can’t be done with those of us currently involved’ from JJ Abrams, to Justin Lin to the entire cast, which to me makes sense, cause really outside of Karl Urban, there isn’t anyone involved with the JJ-Trek films who I could see being able to tackle a cerebral Star Trek plot. But hey there’s an idea, center the fourth JJ-Trek movie around McCoy!

Anyway, as noted yesterday with the ‘Sonic @ 25 – Let’s Play’ Video I posted (and blog I wrote), Sonic The Hedgehog is 25… and over the course of the past 25 years, he has seen a number of animated series, some good… some bad… and some… really really bad… however the gold standard is of course the SatAM series that ran on ABC back in 1994, which of course was continued in the Archie published comic books (one of which I talked about on Comics From The Basement a few weeks ago). The one thing that Sonic never had was a feature film on the big screen, with there being a question of how it should be done. There was a fan film made by Blue Core Studios a few years ago that gave a great idea of how it could be pulled of, with a mix of CGI and live actors… and treating the material ‘seriously’. It is something worth checking out to celebrate the ‘Blue Blur’ (Which you can watch below)

And on that note, we’ll close up shop. Tomorrow is Saturday, which means we’ll be going over another episode of Doctor Who in Tales From The TARDIS!

Catch ya then!

Sketch June 24, 2016

Just a quick drawing, nothing special lol

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sonic @ 25! - Let's Play Sonic The Hedgehog

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement...

On June 23, 1991... Sega unleashed upon the world a blue hedgehog in red and white sneakers... and 25 years later, gamers all over the globe are celebrating the anniversary pf the first games release.

Now what I planned to do was a live stream, but during the course of it, the stream was experience lag and difficulties, and the games themselves weren't performing up to par, and it turns out that was due to an issue with the 'Hub' room the Steam version of the Sega Mega Drive Collection has, which for some reason is a bigger RAM-hog than newer games for some reason... and it turned out I wasn't the only one having this issues, so after messing around with the settings, I was able to record what I intended to stream live.... which was playing the first acts of four Sonic Games, The first three games plus Sonic 3D Blast.

The reason why Sonic & Knuckles isn't included is because the SMDC version has it as 'Sonic 3 and Knuckles', which was originally intended to be one long game (hence why Sonic 3 had the save feature).

And now for some quick thoughts on the games in the video

Sonic The Hedgehog (1991) -  The first game certainly got the ball rolling, basically establishing a 'tradition' of the first stage being some place bright and colorful, but one thing noticeable, is that despite being advertised for 'speed' there are quite a bit of obstacles in the way, and it's easy to lose momentum. The lack of the  'spin dash', which would be introduced in the next game, makes a world of difference in terms of navigating and dealing with enemies. The 'special stages', being pretty much rotating top down maps certainly are a pain in the rear

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (1992) - I first played this game in 1994 on a vacation up to Maine, and for all intents and purposes, for me, this is the first 'true' Sonic game. Not just because of the Spin Dash, or the addition of Tails, which means my brother could play at the same time and help defeat some of the tougher bosses, or the new '3D' special stages... this game basically leads in Sonic 3 & Knuckle as the first act in an epic adventure.

Sonic 3 & Knuckles (1994) - Continuing the story from Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles combined basically gives a great conclusion. This is Sonic at his peak, with new power ups, the ability to play the game with Knuckles, and having 'alternate versions' of certain stages adds replay value. As noted above, this game had a 'save game' feature, a first for the franchise, which certainly was helpful because the combined length of Sonic 3 plus Sonic & Knuckles is pretty damn long.

Sonic 3D Blast (1996) - I hate this game...hate it... hate it... HATE IT! Sonic's first leap to 3D, regardless of the version (there was a Sega Saturn version as well), was simply horrible... and in a way, was a warning of what would come down the line... from the very loose controls and directionless map, this game is pretty much the worst Sonic game of the Genesis era... though I will say something nice: when you battle Robotnik, you do see his machines get damaged, which was a pleasing sight.

Now I'm thinking I play go over some other Sonic games in the coming weeks... but I'm up in the air on that

Tomorrow is of course Friday, which means, THIS WEEK WITH THE SUPERHEROES!

Catch ya then!  

A Hard Day's Night - Basement Matinee

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To Basement Matinee...

At the height of Beatlemania in 1964.... a little movie was made for £189,000 and in so many ways, set the standard for film to capture the craziness the Fab Four experienced with the perfect mix of satire.

From the word go (or rather first chord of the title song), we see John Lennon, Paul McCartny, George Harrison & Ringo Starr (playing themselves) running to escape their fans in order to catch a train to London where they are going to perform on television. Over the course of the first act, we are introduced to Paul's grandfather (played by Wilfred Brambell) whose a bit of a troublemaker, their road manager (played by John Junkin) and manager (played by Norman Rossington). It's established that the Fab Four are group of fun loving lads, though Ringo is quite reserved, someone who enjoys a good book, which draws him quite a bit of ribbing from his mates. Paul's granddad encourages Ringo to go out an experience life... which causes drama, cause as the concert approaches, he is missing!

To be truthful, the plot and set up exists to set up the musical numbers, which is basically the 50%  'A Hard Day's Night' soundtrack, and quite frankly it's worth it, cause everything fits together beautifully, setting a standard for 'Jukebox Musicals' that are basically 'product placement features. (I'm going to get heat for that aren't I?). The when they are performing their own song, the sequences very well edited together, with tightness to keep the lip syncing to the album version of the song in step.

The story itself is basically just 'skits' featuring the Fab Four (such as making a train trip a bit miserable for a fellow passenger, flirting with girls, driving the stage crew at the TV station a bit batty), and since it's done tongue-in-cheek it all comes across as great romp. Not to mention quite a lot of the iconic imagery associated with the band from just how popular they were is represented here (the screaming girls, the harmony of the band, etc).

As far as the individual performances, someone must've realized that Ringo was the 'best' actor of the four, since he has the most screen time and interaction with other characters. John, Paul & George hit their marks, but it was clear they were given material they could play around with, and this is where a lot of the laughs of the film come from. Not to mention, it probably inspired The Monkees television series

So the obvious bit here is, do I recommend seeing this movie? Why yes I do! While it gives an over the top portrayal of Beatlemania, it certainly is a lot of fun to watch, and the songs are great. Currently, for those of you who like your streaming services, it is available on Hulu, and of course on DVD and Blu-Ray!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stan 'The Man' Stasiak - Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame

Hello Dwellers and Welcome to The Basement… 

And it’s Wednesday, so time for Yay or Nay for the Hall of Fame…

Also, apparently I’m a ‘neckbeard’ because I sport a ‘Fedora’ and tend to let my facial hair grow for long periods of times… the internet is a weird place... imagine if I wore my glasses, I'd be called a 'hipster'.

Any way, Last week, I went over the case of Ivan Koloff, who transitioned the WWWF Championship from Bruno Sammartino to Pedro Morales… this week, I’ll be looking at the case of Stan The Man Stasiak… who transitioned the same championship from Morales BACK to Sammartino. For those wondering, it had all to do with population at the time, Sammartino was big with the Italians, and Morales with the Puerto Ricans, and Sammrtino was a bigger star…wrestling can be strange like that.

From what I can find out, the man who would be ‘The Man’, is said to have debuted in 1958, but the earliest records I can find of him wrestling is in 1959 he was seen a lot Sasatchewan and Alberta under the name of Emile Koverly with ‘Big Time Wrestling’, which was the predecessor to ‘All-Star Wrestling’ in western Canada. The earliest record I can find of him using the name ‘Stan Stasiak’ would be in 1960, in a tag team match for Central States Wrestling in Missouri, where he lost a tag team match with Rocky Lee to Joe Hamilton and Thor Hagen (Now that’s a great name!).

Stasiak would been seen in a number of territories, NWA St. Louis, the America Wrestling Assoicuation, NWA Upstate out of Buffalo, Maple Leaf Wrestling  in Toronto up till about 1963 before returning back to ‘Big Time Wrestling’ in Western Canada. Tracking down match results from the 1960s is a big problem matic, but I have seen records of him facing off against the likes of Don Leo Jonathan & Karl Gotch. Towards the later end of the decade, Satsiak saw time in Wildcat Wrestling, again primarily in western Canada, as well as Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling. One thing of note is in the late 60s, is when I see Stasiak being involved in a number of title matches, including a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship held by Gene Kiniski in 1967, and winning the Stampedes North American Heavyweight Championship. Following a stop over in Portland in 1971, Stasiak would head to the WWWF.

From 1971 to 1979, the World Wide-Wrestling Federation would be Stasiak’s home, his earliest match in the company I can find on record is dated August 30, 1971, defeating Pedro Morales, followed a month later with a count-out victory over Gorilla Monsoon, plus battles with Bobo Brazil, Chief Jay Strongbow, and Arnold Skaaland. In that same year is when Stasiak got his first shot at the WWWF title, losing to Morales on October 25, 1971, but he would remain a to contender, getting several title shot. In 1972, Stasiak started to do some outside work from the WWWWF, winning the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in the Texas version of Big Time Wrestling (which would later go on to be World Class Championship Wrestling) and a tour with All Japan Por Wrestling. Following a stop over in Oregon once again, Stasiak would get another crack at the NWA World Heavyweight title in July of 1973, this time losing to Harley Race

Returning back to the WWWF, Stasiak was again a top contender for Morales’s WWWF Championship, and started facing new opponents such as Tony Garea, Andre The Giant, and the now un-retired Bruno Sammartino. Stasiak would continue to to be used at the top of the card until finally, on December 1, 1973, after numerous opportunities, Stasiak would defeat Pedro Morales for the WWWF Heavyweight title in Philadelphia, PA. So as you can tell, Stasiak was a solid star and credible challenger, with hard work paying off for him.  However Sasiak’s reign would be short lived, he would retain the title via a ‘no-contest’ against   Stronbow on December 7 before dropping the title to Sammartino on December 10. So yeah… an 11 day reign as champion. That’s nothing to sneeze at, he is after the 5th man to ever become WWWF Champion, behind Buddy Rogers, Sammartino, Ivan Koloff and Morales.

Following the title switch, Stasiak started seeing more defeats than victories, getting a title rematch in January 1974, and later challenging for the WWWF Tag Team titles with Larry ‘The Ax’ Henning in April of that year, before going on a tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he clashed with Antonio Inoki and Masa Saito. In the mid 70s, Stasiak saw action with the WWWF and NWA St. Louis , and new opponents such as Pat O’Connor, Rocky Johnson, Dick The Bruiser, Ivan Putski and others… while still getting shots at Sammartino and the WWWF Title…  one of which being a count—out victory, which was followed by the two men doing battle in a Sicilian Stretcher match in December of 1976. Stasiak would continue to be a featured attration, doing battle with old foes and new, including Sammartino’s protege Larry Zbysko and Billy White Wolf, and continue to earn chance after chance for both the territory's Heavyweight and Tag Team Titles.

In the late 70s, Stasiak wouldn’t do much much outside work from the WWWF, the occasional one shot with Maple Leaf Wrestling, but he would stay in ‘New York, seeing clashes with SD Jones, Peter Maivia and others, but it appeared some of his more regular opponents continued to be Garea and Putski. In 1977, he would challenge Superstar Billy Graham for the WWWF Title in Tortono, in a rare heel vs heel match and a year later  coming up short against Bob Backlund. As staked with  Ivan Koloff last, Stasiak challenged all four long term WWWF Champions in the decade of the 70s, which is a feat not many people can say. For the remainder of his time, Stasiiak would see plenty of action, but title shots became fewer, most often challenging for the Tag Team titles with a variety of partners, but his days of being put on as a challenger for the Heavyweight belt were done.

Leaving the territory for good in 1979, Stasiak would tour with New Japan once again landing in Oregon with Pacific Northwest Wrestling  He would win the PNW Heavyweight title in August of that year and hold it for time. He would do battle against Roddy Piper, Buddy Rose, and the Sheepherders (aka the Bushwhackers)… he even teamed with Piper to challenge the Sheepherders for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Titles. He would venture back to All-Star Wrestling in Western Canada for ab it before heading down to Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling in the spring of 1980, then moving back down to Texas and then coming back to Oregon where he would stay before retiring in 1984 and pass away in 1997

Now I’m sure there is a lot of stuff about Stan Stasiak’s career that I missed, but I was going off of what I’ve been able to find… and looking at his career on the whole… and… yeah, it seems like Stasiak has a Hall of Fame worthy career. From the late 60s onward, it seems like he was always towards the top end of the card, was a credible challenge for a champion to face, so it wouldn’t be shocking in the rare instance he dethroned the incumbent title holder, plus it would obviously draw a crowd, giving the number of time he and Pedro Morales did battle for the WWWF title.

So the verdict is this, as far as I’m concerned, it is indeed should a ‘Yay’ for the WWE Hall of Fame as far as Stan The Man is concerned… and I’ll go one step further and say should a ‘Yay’ for the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Hall of Fame, who only last year bothered to induct Ivan Koloff... which says alot about the voters and their knowledge of wrestling history.

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