Monday, January 23, 2017

Supergirl: Supergirl Lives

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Tonight we welcome back Supergirl to the weekly line up of segments with 'Supergirl Lives' (Season 2, Episode 9).

Note: This will have spoilers, you have been warned

Maiden of Steel

These are the notes I took during the episode

Opening sees Supergirl & Guardian (Olsen) dealing with Jewel Thieves, Winn gets involved and smacked around, Supergirl is annoyed with Guardian's 'help', plus she is bored 'mundane' crimes. Alex and Maggie are hitting it off, they spent the night together and Alex is just glowing.

A woman comes to Kara and the Chief Snapper Carr looking for help to find her missing daughter. Kara wants to help, Carr is less than thrilled because he was denied 5 minutes of peace, his coffee and dansih. Kara goes to Maggie Sawyer for info, turns out there is an increase in missing people, they all had blood work done

Mon-El now works at the alien dive bar, and it suits him just fine.  But he wants to Help Kara out so he takes the day off. Mon-El tells Kara it's smart to not go looking for trouble.

Routlette is shown helping a scientist finding perfect candiates, Kara and Mon-El go to where the blood work facility is.  The scientist tells them they are doing experimental supplment. He puts them in front of a machine and reveals himself to be an alien, he escapes Supergirl pursues and ends up on an alien world  that has a red son, draining her powers . Mon-El comes through and helps. They head towards a large ship, walking and chatting before Mon-El ends up getting caught in a trap by a hunter named Joe. Supergirl shows him the photo of the missing girl and they are informed they are Mondora, known as 'Slavers Moon'. She and Mon-El surrender themselves to get into the Red Fortress. She finds Izzy who is shocked that Supergirl is there and she's shocked Roulette is there. Roulette ended up on Slavers Moon because one of her fighters told her about it and since she specializes in slave trading it works to her advantage sine the planet is rich in diamonds. Supergirl defies the slavers and ends up being electrocuted multiple times because she will not give up, which lead the other humans  and Mon-El to lend her a hand. When they escape, an alien seems to recognize Mon-El and says he is not to be harmed

Because Winn ended up getting involved with The jewel heist stoppage, and got his ass kicked, he is pissed that Olsen doesn't seem to care.  Alex finds the facility where Supergirl & Mon-El went and J'onn recongizes the tech as a 'stargate'. J'onn can't go because Mandora has a toxic atmosphere. Alex overracts and tells Maggie off blaming her happiness on Supergirl being in trouble.  Alex leads a team and takes Winn with them, but he doesn't want to go, he's scarred about getting hurt again.  When they arrive on the Mandora, Winn is left to 'dialer them home' while Alex and the DEO troops go searching for Supergirl. Winn is attacked and managed to defend himself with a rock. Winn gets his confidence back and is going to rejoin Olsen on the streets

A yellow sun gernade is used to give Supergirl her powers a kickstart for a big finish, Joe the hunter also helps by taking out one of the villians and comes ot earth with the rescuees . Episode ends wit Kara reuniting the missing girl with her mother. Kara turns in the story to Snapper, saying she's gonna follow her heart as a reporter. He seems dismissive at first but when she leaves  he says 'that a girl' . Alex apologizes to Maggie for going nuts  and Maggie  figures out that Kara is Supergirl and gives her one more chance. Mon-El brings Supergirl some club soda and admits he was wrong about the whole 'getting involved / being a hero' deal. He says the prince on Daxem wasn't worth admiring, and he made a decision that he wants to be a superhero.

On slavers moon, the aliens looking for Mon-El  learn that he's on Earth

Camden Comic Con 2017: Updated Guest List!!!!

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Camden Comic Con, as you know, is April 8, 2017 as the Rutgers Campus in my hometown of Camden, New Jersey... and news has just been coming out continuously about whose going to be there. It is a free to attend event, so you buying tickets in advance, there will be vendors and artists to buy goodies from since it's a convention... and let me tell you, you never know what you might find, last year I took only $150 and came away with one hell of haul of goodies!

In fact, here is last years report on the event! 

But enough about last year, what's happening THIS YEAR!

Well the guest list has grown a lot since the last time I talked about the C3... here's the updated list of those attending

Andrea Tsurumi
Illustrator, Why Would You Do That, Girls Who Code

Derick Jones
Illustrator, Fight Nights in Kowloon, Rumble Moon Vol 1

Dean Haspiel
Artist, American Ssplendor, Spider-Man

Mike Manley
Artist, The Phantom, Batman

Tim Hamilton
Artist, Fahrenheith 451, Dark Horse Presents: Brooklyn Blood

Christia Cassano
Artist, John Leguizama's Ghetto Klown

Jeff Shultz
Illustrator, Archie Comics, Peanuts, Super Suckers

Adam McGovern
Writer, Nightworld, Twice Upon A Time Machine

Diana Leto
Artist, My Little Pony, The Halloween Legion

Fred Van Lente
Writer, Archer & Armstrong, Marvel Zombies

Neil D. Vokes
The Eagle, Superman Adventures

Mark Poulton
Writer, Savage Hawkman, A Cat Named Haiku

Larry Hama
Writer / Artist, GI JoesWolverince, Bucky O'hare

John Schindehtte, 
Owner of ArtOrder, Creative Director For Think Geek

Bryan JL Glass
Writer, The Mice Templar

Mark Morales
Marvel's Spider-Man/Deadpool, DC's Deathstroke

Pat Shand
Writer of Destiny NY

That's one hell of a line up, and none of the workshops or other events have been announced yet! So seriously, if you're in the South Jersey area around on April 8 and are into comic books, you really should come out.

To stay up to date on C3 news, be sure you like their page on Facebook: and to follow them on twitter @CamdenComicCon
Plus, also keep track of their offical page at a

Doctor Who The Crusade - BONUS CONTENT

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You may have noticed that the thumbnails for my look at The Crusade had colored images instead of black and white, that's because on the Loose Cannon Productions reconstruction, in the intro and outro, they had the images in color.

Doctor Who: The Crusade Part 4 - The Warlords

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We're kicking off the week with my look at part 4 of the Doctor Who story 'The Crusade', titled 'The Warlords'.

Also: For a great CGI Reconstruction of this episode check out WHO RECONS at

Time and Relative Dimensions

Doctor Who
The Crusade Part 4: The Warlords
Original Air Date: April 17, 1965
Viewers: 9.5 Million (Up half a million from previous week)

On a day I have to go to the Doctors, we’re kicking things off with Doctor Who: Tales From The TARDIS as we conclude our look at the four part story ‘The Crusade’ with ‘The Warlords’. Like part two of the story, this is a ‘lost episode’, and for the purpose of this review I was using the reconstruction done by Loose Cannon Productions back in the year 2000, which used telesnaps and audio to reform the episode. But there is another great reconstruction of the episode out there, go check out the YouTube channel ‘Who Recons’ and see the great work he did last year recreating the episode with animate CGI, just put ‘Who Recons The Warlords’ in your YouTube search bar and it should come up as the first listing.

That said, let’s talk about this particular episode shall we, because this a rather brisk moving episode as it ties up multiple plot threads in efficient but quickly hurried fashion.

We’ll star things off with Barbara who is now again El Akir’s prisoner and because of the ‘trouble’ she’s caused, he offers her to his men to do whatever they want to her, she escapes but ends up walking and ends up hiding within El Akir’s harem, who hide the fact she is there because they all hate Akir, and on top of that Haroun’s missing daughter is there as well, and Barbara informs her of the well being of her father and sister. However one of the harem girls is loyal to El Akir and reveal Barbara’s presence, and as he’s about to kill her, Haroun enters killing El Akir to save Barbara because he saved his other daughter, and now he is reunited with the one El Akir had as well

Shifting over to Ian because his story intersects with Barbara’s at this point. As you recall he was was ambushed in the desert, he wakes up tied down and pestered by a rouge named Ibrahim who wants to be paid in order to free Ian otherwise he’d let him die, and to try and give him incentive to give him money, Ibrahim spreads honey on Ian’s chest and wrists in order to attract ants for a bit of torture. Ian ends up outwitting the rogue, telling him the money is his boots which gives him to untie his legs which allows Ian to free himself and turn the tables, however Ibrahim is kind of a ‘go with the flow’ kinda of guy and is more than happy to help Ian get to destination (Lydda) cause otherwise Ian would kill him, but Ian isn’t that type of guy and vows he’ll pay Ibrahim if his helps. Ian arrives at El Akir’s just behind Haroun to help fre the Harem and Barbara, and ends up taking some of El Akir’s cash to pay Ibrahim for his help getting him there as well as stealing some horses so that he and Barbara can return to the TARDIS

Finally with The Doctor and Vickie, The Earl of Leicester is casting accusations at Vickie and The Doctor, for one Vickie first ‘being a boy’ and now is a girl, and the second treason, not known at King Richard is overhearing the whole thing and realizes his error in accusing the Doctor of giving Joanna his plans about marrying her off for peace, it was the Earl of Leicester who did so. Richard apologizes, but the situation calls for him not to punish Leicester because he has need of him on the battlefield, because if there is no marriage then the war must continue. The Doctor and Vicki say their good-byes and The Doctor informs her that King Richard would not succeed in his crusade. However as they leave Leicester chooses to follow them speculating they must be traitors or even devils or witches… dude has some serious issues. Leicester ends up cornering the Doctor near the TARDIS, but the timely arrival of Ian prevents the Doctor from coming to any harm, since Ian was knight by King Richard, all has to do is that his right to the Doctor’s life is greater than Leicester’s petty concerns by saying The Doctor killed his troops. They go off to the TARDIS and when it vanishes, Leicester believes that Sir Ian was taken by evil spirits… and tells his men to never talk about it!

The episode ends with The TARDIS crew getting a chance to reconnect briefly before a sudden power failure immobilizes the ship, and then they are frozen in place with only a few lights from the TARDIS console blinking… this serves as the cliff hanger that opens the next story, The Space Museum.

Keeping in mind that this episode is about 25 minutes long, and they needed to rescue Barbara and get her and Ian back to the TARDIS, plus have The Doctor and Vicki be discharged by King Richard, they cover a lot of ground. The weakness in this episode is the Earl of Leicester bits, which really aren’t need and just serve as a giving the Doctor a last minute roadblock in order to overcome and a reminder that Ian was knighted so he can actually use that title to save the day. Because of this I really think The Crusade would have been better served as six-part story to at least allow Ian’s contribution to be fleshed out a bit more and give Leicester actual reasons to distrust the Doctor other than the fact that he carries favor with King Richard and presents a different point of view.

So on that note… next time out on Tales from the TARDIS, we’ll begin our look at the four-part story The Space Museum on Friday of this week

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