Friday, September 30, 2016

MacGyver's Caged, But Luke was Okay

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement... On tonight's vlog, I give my thoughts on the second episode of the new 'MacGyver' series (Yes I gave it a second chance), plus my first impressions of the new Netflix series 'Marvel's Luke Cage' after watching the first four episodes.

Something that slipped my mind during the video was how forced MacGyver doing MacGyver'isms is, as they feel totally forced to the plot, as if to justify using the name and reboot of the franchise.

Planet of Giants - Vlog, Pics & Notes!

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Today we are kicking off Season Two of Tales From The TARDIS, because we’re not watching the second season of Doctor Who, which went from October 1964 to July of 1965, and we’re still going in order, so we’re starting with ‘Planet of Giants’ part one… called ‘Planet of Giants’

One of the new features in the video portion is that I work in a rotating slide show... here are a few of the images from 'Planet of Giant's featured 


Part one opens with the Doctor landing the TARDIS, and when Barbara lightly burns her hand on the TARDIS console, he sends Susan to check the fault indicator. Nothing apparent seems to be wrong, but the TARDIS doors suddenly open as the ship is landing, panic happens as Barbara, Ian and Susan hurry to shove them close as The Doctor manages to land the ship. Everyone seems to be okay at first, but as the scanner is used to try to get an idea of where they are… it explodes! Wherever they have landed, it’s just too BIG for the TARDIS scanner circuits to process. Knowing that the TARDIS is basically alive… I shall assume the this the ship’s way of saying ‘Oh my god!’

Our heroes leave the ship to have a look around, and an odd rock formation gets their attention, with it being perfectly spaced and there being traces of concrete on the ground. They split up, with Barbara and The Doctor heading one way and Ian and Susan the other. Barb and The Doctor come across a giant dead earthworm, while Ian and Susan find ‘eggs’ and a giant dead ant. It confuses both pairings, and considering how things started in The Daleks with a petrified animal, thing seem rather strange, that they are on a world with huge versions of Earth insects. Ian and Susan come across giant pack of cigarettes and a large matchbox, and thinking they landed in an exhibition center with things produced on a large scale, Ian climbs inside… but Susan has an ill feeling and a theory, and so does the Doctor at the exact same moment

In a bit of cutting back forth, Doctor and Susan tell Barbara and Ian they are on Earth and that they have been made smaller. We see the conversation focus on Susan and Ian, with Ian not believing it, but then when things suddenly goes dark and there is the sound of thunder (actually footsteps), Susan runs for cover while Ian gets trapped in the matchbox which is picked up. The Doctor and Barbara soon arrive and it’s soon discovered that a giant (actually a normal sized man) has unknowingly taken Ian to the far end of a garden near the front door of a little house… and if you ever seen Honey I Shrunk The Kids, you know that’s a long ass walk when you’re an inch tall.

The guys is actually a government scientist who has come to the home of a businessman who is hoping to product an insecticide called DN6, however because it kills indiscriminately, it’s too danger to be produced. The businessman, named Forrester, isn’t pleased with the news and kills the government agent before he can go make his report. The sound of Forrester’s gun being fired sounds like a huge explosion coming from a distance to The Doctor, Barbara and Susan. To really compound matters a bee falls from the sky and nearly lands on them.

Realizing something is very wrong, The Doctor orders that they do not eat anything until they retrieve Ian and get back to the TARDIS. They soon meet up with Ian after escapes from the matchbox, and seeing the dead government scientist, they realize a murder has taken place, but first things first, they have to get back to the TARDIS… but this is where the episode ends… on a cliff hanger as giant cat is looking to have them for lunch!

This episode is really good in slowly building towards the reevaluation that they have shrunk, but it’s quite obvious when you start seeing the giant insects and the giant matchbox. The sets for this episode was quite well done, really giving the look of an alien landscape, and it’s clear this was possible inspiration for how things would look for Honey I Shrunk The Kids as a lot of the same attention to detail was used. Obviously cutting to ‘some time later’ to hurry the story along was quite obvious considering our four heroes being united happened within the episode… and the cliff hanger is quite cool, and it was revealed long before the ending as we saw the cat locking eyes on the TARDIS crew. The issue with with insecticide is pretty ahead of it’s time from my point of view, as I remember in the 80s as a kid it was a huge issue with DDT.

But this is only part 1 of 3… yes three, I’ll explain as to why in two weeks, but next week I’ll be going over part two of the story with ‘Dangerous Journey’

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Comics, Tag Teams, Heroes & Impact

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No TV shows to talk about tonight, so it's a bit loaded with a few topics. First I talk about the new comics I got from, The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Tournament, The 4-show Arrowverse Crossover event, Mark Millar wanting John Cena for Superior and the trials and tribulations of Impact Wrestling.

Lethal Weapon, NXT and The Simpsons (Plus Additional Notes)

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Tonight I'm talking about the second episode of Fox's Lethal Weapon entitled 'Surf N Turf, tonight's episode of WWE NXT and this pass Sunday's episode of The Simpson's titled 'Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus. 

Surf N Turf was a decent episode for any law enforcement based show, Murtaugh family is awesome, Riggs is still a problem (both the character and bland actor), decent action sequences

NXT solid hour of pro wrestling action, I question why is Angelo Dawkins still on the WWE Roster, not a fan of the Joe Samoa cause havoc nonsense, fun main event match with Dorado and Itami

I hope the Arnold Palmer joke in this week's episode of The Simpsons is not edited out, it was a nice little reference and made sense, episode itself was fine, not memorable.

Totally forgot that also next week Total Bellas premiers and yes I will be watching it following Arrow, so at the moment next Wendesday is looking like Arrow, Total Bellas, NXT

I realized I did not comment on on the backstage angle with Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy wanting to be in the Dusty Tag Tournament but they were bickering, I didn't really think much of it

This weeks WWE Table For 3 with Kane, Mark Henry and Big Show was awesome, and I would love to know what Shawn Michaels did to Mark Henry that nearly resulted in the World's Strongest Man beating the hell out of the Showstopper. Only reason I didn't talk about in the video was because I wanted to address the Simpsons in the 3rd slot.

Tye Dillinger defeated Angelo Dawkins
Ember Moon defeated Mandy Rose
The Authors of Pain defeated Local Men
Asuka defeated Liv Morgan
Hideo Itami defeated Lince Dorado

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Anatomy of a Psycho

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In the past couple of weeks I had a number of movies donated to the Basement to be featured as content subjects for my From The Vault segment. And since quite a few could be great viewing for Halloween based on their titles. And so my first film from this batch to watch... 1961's Anatomy of a Psycho...


This is the first film I've ever seen starring Ronnie Burns... and to be honest I never knew George Burns and Grace Allen had a kid... turns out they adopted a couple, pretty cool... and I realize I called Ronnie Burns 'Mickey' in my vlog, cause I knew what I wanted to talk about but ahead of myself.

The ending really does irk me, as the film basically stops... it's really unsatisfying considering everything that was being built up. Even if this is a totally average movie, it does work, but the final five minutes totally fail everything, and we are left wanting a proper conclusion.

And yeah I have to say this Pamela Lincoln (who played Pat) was quite gorgeous... love the look she has in this film regardless of the scene. 

Should say that Ed Wood co-wrote the screen play, but under an assumed name... guess he didn't want to be associated with something fairly decent?

While the film was released on DVD in 2001, the DVD that was donated to me was from 2006 through Alpha Home Entertainment, and came with a mini-catalog that featured an ad for that infamous Paula Abdul & Randy Jackson Ultimate Voice Coach CD-DVD set.

Agents of Shield Directing A SmackDown

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This week we got another good episode of Agents of SHIELD with 'Meet The New Boss', and a fairly fun episode of SmackDown... and in this video I'm talking about both shows... plus I even talk a little TNA, since there are rumors about it being for sale.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Special Task Force Mission: Bug Hunt (Advance, 9/27/2016)

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Had some free time, and thus did a Special Task Force Mission for tonight's Lets Play video, this time it's Bug Hunt... and I probably should've used Zagreus instead of Raz. Still it was a fun run, even if my character got knocked around quite a bit.

This particular run was on the advance settings, which is fairly difficult, with more objectives and tough enemies... and for all intents and purposes my character was not totally prepared. Still thicks started off on a good solid front, but then things got tough when jumping down a fissure, and the team  got swarmed badly, normally it's a simple portion, but it was just brutal to get through.


The Fascinating and Forgotten History of the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement... From 1981 to 2001, the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship had a wild history, from a title created out of a working relationship between two promotions to being part of the J-Crown and technically defended at WCW's Starrcade 96 to being abandoned like yesterday's garbage by the WWE,  I go over as much as I was able to learn about the forgotten title...

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While I touched on this briefly, a big reason why guys left EMLL to form the UWA was because of nepotism, which is still a problem in the world of pro wrestling today, with people getting opportunities because of who they are related too instead of based on their actual ability, we see this a lot with the Anoa'i clan. Too bad the days of guys getting fed up with it and saying, you know what, I'm gonna go form my own promotions are long dead. Sure Jeff Jarrett went and formed TNA, but how many other wrestlers will go out and do that these days because of how things in the WWE are done?

 Moving on, It blows my mind that Chris Adams held the WWF Light Heavyweight Title and never worked for the WWE at all, one would've thought he would've made it there, even for a brief time based on his ability. But his personal demons and issues probably cost him the oportunity... but he Benoit made it to New York and that worked out well... well for a few years at least before his demons reared their ugly head. All kidding aside I think with the physical issues of the Dynamite Kid, and Davey Boy Smith not really being all that great a singles wrestler, Chris Adams would've made a great tag team partner for him.

It really does bother me that while the WWE acknowledges the whole history of some titles... they don't for the Light Heavyweight Title, I know they don't acknowledge all the title changes for the first Women's Championship either that originated with Mildred Burke in the 1930s, but Moolah being the (rhymes with runt) that she was probably had some 'terms and conditions' as it related to selling the title to the McMahons in the 1980s. Regardless, the Light Heavyweight Title's history would prior to 1997 would allow the WWE to acknowledge quite a number of Lucha Libre stars for probably the first time ever. 

I would love to know where the Light Heavyweight Championship itself is... it's probably in the WWE's warehouse collecting dust, and I was serious about seeing X-Pac come out with it to challenge TJ Perkins to a unification match, to give the title some proper closure. Hell if the freakin' Hardcore Championship could be unified with the Intercontinental Championship, why not finally do the same for the Light Heavyweight Title. You get X-Pac on a pay-per-view one more time to put over Perkins.  

Ivy Sprouts Up On Gotham & An Okay RAW

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I'm in a much better mood than earlier, cause Ivy sprouted up on Gotham called 'Burn The Witch', I give my thoughts on that and other parts of tonight's episode, plus thoughts on Monday Night RAW as well!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Talking About Pets

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If in this vlog I seem angry, upset, it's because an essay by Rutgers Law Professors Gary Francione and Anna Charlton about having pets is immoral has pissed me right the hell off. You can read their  crap at

WWE Clash of Champions Reactions

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WWE Clash of Champions went off the air at 11:08 PM EST... and it took me a while to get my notes together for my vlog, but it's now up, and I have various thoughts and opinions regarding what I saw live on the WWE Network 

Match Results
 Nia Jax defeated Alicia Fox
Tag Team Champions The New Day defeated Anderson & Gallows
Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins defeated Brian Kendrick
Cesaro and Sheamus fought to a no-contest 
Chris Jericho defeated Sami Zayn
Women's Champion Charlotte defeated Bayley & Sasha Banks
Roman Reigns defeated U.S. Champion Rusev for the title
Universal Champion Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Robio & Robiette (Astro Boy Episode 14)

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We're talking anime, in particular I'm talking about another episode from the Astro Boy Greatest Astro Adventures DVD, which episode 14 of the 1982 series titled: Robio and Robiette.


Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone

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Last year, Linkara reviewed 'Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone' over at Atop The Fourth Wall... and needless to say he got me curious about the book, and after searching high and low...I eventually found a physical copy.

Or rather bought it from a co-worker for $1... I'm not kidding on that.

Now as you saw in my video review of this particular comic, I stated the artwork is awesome, as it has a serious manga influence on it, and it is well written... but it is confusing as hell as to what was the Adam Warren (the writer and artist) trying to say or comment on regarding the 'archetypes' of the Titans? Was he trying to say that the perceived concept of the 'Super Heroes always winning' is flawed, even though when this comic came out that perception went away in the 1970s? Was he commenting on the reoccurring theme of how a team of Super Heroes always has some sort of tragedy associated with a victory... even though that is only true in terms of major events?  What was he trying to get across?!

Seriously I would love to ask him these questions to get some answers, because I can follow the flow of the story, I get the plot of putting together a team to try and copy the formula of the Titans... but the reasoning I can't wrap my head around.

But as I also said, it is a comic worth checking out, and you get pick it up at my favorite online comic book shop, 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Night STF - Crystalline Catastrophe

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So this week's Special Task Force Mission is Crystalline Catastrophe,  a short little mission (about 5 minutes) , I remember the original version of this from when Star Trek Online first launched, that was a frustrating experience.


My Reaction to SevenEllen's Ghostbusters vs Gremlins

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement... One of my favorite channels on YouTube SevenEllen, cause she is a freaking genius when it comes to video editing and making trailers out of material you wouldn't expect. And today she did one crossing over Ghostbusters 1 & 2 with Gremlins 1 & 2.... so below is her video... and below it is my reaction to her video

My Problem WIth The Presidential Debates

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We're over a month away from the General Election on November 9th, which means we'll be seeing the Presidential Debates... and I have a problem with them.... also yes, I did cut my hair

Friday, September 23, 2016

MacGyver Ain't MacGyver

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I am a big fan of the original series MacGyver, I have all seven season on DVD.... and I was looking forward to the new series on CBS... but needless to say... I am not thrilled with what I saw tonight....

Prisoners of Conciergerie - Doctor Who Tales From The TARDIS

Script / Notes / Photos

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Way back on December 12, 2015, I posted the first episode of Tales From The TARDIS… and now we have reached the final episode of the true first season of Doctor Who with part six of The Reign of Terror, ‘Prisoners of Conciergerie’

And let me state this right off the bat here… The Reign of Terror is now officially my favorite Doctor Who story from the first season. Yes The Daleks and The Aztecs gets all the love, and despite Susan having very little to do, The Reign of Terror had near perfect pacing, got the elements of this being a historical story down without getting to bogged down by real history. It is the best story of the 1963-64 season.

So lets get to it, the episode opens with LeMaitre revealing to Jules that he has been the arranging the releases and recapturing of Ian, Susan and Barbara… and that he is in fact James Sterling, a British Spy… and this is actually more of a pun, because of there being a thing called a ‘sterling bond’, so James Bond, James Sterling. Basically he was placed deep undercover and was supposed to get with Webster but was too late, Ian gives him the message to return to England, but he can’t, he has to follow Paul Barras, and Ian recalls things Webster was muttering, including the name of an Inn where Barras is going to be meeting with someone. Jules, Ian and Barbara head off to get the info that Sterling needs.

They take over the inn with Ian and Barbara posing as the landlord and maid as Barrass arrives and he’s meeting with… Napoleon Bonaparte! Barras is plotting to have Robespierre arrested and executed, and having the general who is considered a hero by the people on board would help a new government get settled in more quickly.

However Napoleon is rather ambitious, and this terrifies Sterling who along with Ian head to stop Robespierre’s arrest, but they are too late, Robespierre is captured and depending on which version of events you believe, either shot his own jaw off in an attempt to kill himself or was shot by one of those who captured him.

At the same time, The Doctor is out witting the jailer, implying he was part of the coup to overthrow Robespierre and the the jailer was in league with LeMaitre who has been caught as a traitor, thus the jailer starts sucking up to the Doctor, and finally Susan is freed, and we get a happy reunion. They leave as Robespierre is brought in to be thrown into a cell before being introduced to madam guillotine.

And the episode ends with our heroes departing from Sterling and Jules, heading back to the TARDIS, where they actually discuss stopping Napoleon from coming to power or just telling him of things to come, but how Time will march on it’s destined path because it can’t be rewritten. An earlier scene has Barbara saying she learned that lesson with the Aztecs and that was a great call back to that story.

But the final line of the episode and the first season… an exchange between The Doctor and Ian

‘Our lives are important, at least to us, as we see so we learn’
“And what are we going to see and learn next Doctor?”
“Well unlike the that old adage my boy, our destiny is in the stars, lets go and search for them”

This episode in and of itself is a great closing chapter, it wraps everything up nice and neat, and flows perfectly with with the first five chapters. You get the taste of history with Napoleon to show what France will end up going with in the following years, and unlike with Marco Polo, our heroes are associated with a side tale that plays very little with actual historic events, and this is a formula that would be adapted for future stories in historical settings, setting the story around major events but not having direct involvement.

And with that… next week, we’ll be starting season two…. With The Planet of Giants!

11/11/2019 Grandia

When it was announced that Steam will be get the HD Remaster of Grandia I was excited since it's been a long time since I first played i...