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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Flash disappoints, Smite Lag, Fighting Herds and Street Fighting Tekken

This week's episode of The Flash was such a disappointment as The Fiddler character of Izzy was killed off quickly to advance the Devoe plot and pretty much served as a reminder at how much of a fucking selfish prick Barry Allan really is. Happy Go Lucky Barry is such a tool... the only good thing about this episode was Ralph and Izzy, as there was clearly something there that was quite enjoyable.

Tonight's Twitch broadcast was supposed to feature Disney's Chicken Little but I couldn't get OBS to catch the game, so I decided to play Smite, but that proved to be problematic with constant lag... and the game being just unplayable. So I debuted Them's Fighting Herds the Mane 6 game that was supposed to originally be a My Little Pony brawler until Hasbro said no... and it's pretty cool, even if the fighting mechanics are just weird... and finally loaded up Street Fighter X Tekken to go through the arcade campaign with Steve Fox and Hwoarang... and I barely managed to beat the game, as Fox is a boxer with no kicking which takes out half of my play style


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Doctor Who The Smugglers Review Update

After my post yesterday regarding Doctor Who The Smugglers, one of my regulars on my YouTube channel got me the links to acquire the Loose Cannon Reconstruction, so I WILL Review that story, starting this upcoming Monday.

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Legends, Zombies, Exams, Paladins and Gods!

I enjoyed this week's episode of Legends of Tomorrow as Sara Lance finally got laid, and I'm okay with that, and the stuff with Wally and Rip going on a drunken binge was quite hilarious. The stuff with Blackbeard was okay, and I have to wonder if this is gonna be the last season for Ray Palmer being on the Wave-Rider.

The season premier of iZombie was really cool, as Seattle has begin basically a quarantined town with the humans basically slave labor, Liv becoming a super Seahawks fan and playing up all the worst traits of that fanbase was hilarious. Blaine's dad getting out the well opens up a whole new world of issues.

On tonight's broadcast I finished off Final Exam, needed eight deaths to do so, the final big boss being a multistage battle was rather intense, but the final boss being the principal of the school was just silly... still it's another game completed. Over on Paladins did a couple of games playing as Barrik, Ash and Ying... and on Smite did the Da Ji Adventure and finally figured out how to use Hel in an arena match.

Highlights are below:



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Monday, February 26, 2018

Unable To Review Doctor Who The Smugglers




Hello everyone, Hope you all had a nice weekend, and we’re here to kick the week off right, talking about some Classic Doctor Who.

And for the next four weeks I was going to talk about The Smugglers, the season four opener, which followed up on Ben and Polly entering the TARDIS in part 4 of the War Machines to close out season three. But there is a problem,

You see a few weeks I had some major computer issues, and basically lost many of the digital files I had that I had on stand-by, and among the things lost was my copy of the Loose Cannon reconstruction of The Smugglers, a four part story that saw The Doctor finding out that he had stowaways in the form of Ben and Polly, who are astounding on seeing the TARDIS and landing in 17th century Conrwall where they encounter pirates in search for a treasure.

Now my research showed that The Smugglers was one of the more violent stories of Doctor Who, and it got heavily censored when it was sold to air in Australia… but thanks to the BBC junking of things they had in their archives, the Smuggler’s was lost.

There were rumors in October of 2016 and in January of 2017 that maybe the story was recovered, but I’ve yet to see anything concrete on that front, because if it was recovered one would’ve though the BBC would’ve gotten it out on DVD by now, in which case I would’ve gotten it)

But alas, until I find another copy of the Loose Cannon Production’s reconstruction of The Smugglers, this will go down as one story of Doctor Who I cannot review.

Don’t worry though, I did double check and I do have The Tenth Planet… and I’ll begin reviewing that next week.

Sorry folks

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Sunday Night Slam N Smite

Sunday Night February 25, 2018 was one hell of a night... first off, let's talk about the WWE Elimination Chamber PPV, which was broadcasting at the same time I was on twitch, so I kept a casual eye on it, the Women's Chamber match seemed okay, but most of the night seemed rather blah outside of the Ronda Rousey segment... I can't believe the WWE is being that frakkin' stupid and pushing Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar, no one is accepting Reigns as the chosen guy, no one. The man they would accept is the man who has been making RAW interesting the past couple of years and that's Braun Strowman who had yet another major showing tonight.

Over on twitch, I started the night with Fire Pro Wrestling World and tried a few of the other game modes... and I'm trying to understand the S-1 Rules... why have kick boxing rules in a wrestling game, the UFC rules I can understand a bit since it involves grappling, but the S-1 rules makes no sense.

Then it was off to Smite for hours of fun with fellow Dare to Stream members CrazyKiller1320, CmdrDean and Mitenscirca, all of whom are also on twitch, just keep an eye on the Dare to Stream community page to see them stream, we went 9 and 3: https://www.twitch.tv/communities/dare_to_stream

Of course here are some highlights from tonight



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Sunday, February 25, 2018

From The Atari Vault To Young Justice - February 2018

February 2018... from having to reset my current PC to factory settings to playing a variety of games, it was a wacky month




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Indiana Jones, Tager's Central Fiction & Paladins

On my Saturday night broadcast, the night lead off with Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, one of my all time favorite computer games. Going with the Team Path the entire play through took 3 and 1/2 hours (counting breaks and intro), and it was worth it as I resized the window capture in OBS so that the action window was bigger for the viewers. They couldn't see the command section or the inventory section, but they got to see all the action on their screens which was pretty cool. Might do a run of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade like that sometime later this year.

Also tonight I played The Iron Tager Arcade Campaign, and man am I confused with what I'm thinking are rebooted plot lines because I can't quite remember if everything got 'reset' in the cannon ending of Chrono Phantasma. Still I managed to do his Overdrive Finish a couple of times.

Then it was over to Paladins, and yeah I'm bitter as hell about Hi-Rez pulling Battlegrounds after only a couple of days when it was so much fun. I had no issues with it, and the fact the new head producer said they are going to make it its own game tells me they are doing so out of spite over loss revenue from the ill-advised Cards Unbound nonsense.

Anyway here are tonight's highlights:


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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Friday Fun Time

On my Friday Night broadcast I started off with Borderlands 2, leveled up to level 25 (that was a bit redundant) found Brick, unleash some beasts, shot a dude in a face that was asking for it.... and then went to BlazBlue Central Fiction where I knocked out Bullet's Arcade Campaign... where I took a few lumps here and there in defeat.

Anyway here are the highlights!



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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Devil Lady: Shark




It’s the end of the week, and we enter the weekend talking a little Anime. This week’s subject is Go Nagi’s The Devil Lady episode 5, titled ‘Shark’ which first aired November 8, 1998

This episode explores more of Jun’s past, with a former friend Aoi Kurosaki being the beast of the week… both went to high school together, and Aoi was a star swimmer who could’ve gone pro, but a hip injury prevented that. Said hip injury was accidentally caused by Jun when after giving the future Devil Lady CPR when Jun fainted (as discussed last week in episode 4 Jun fainted a lot while younger), Aoi forced a kiss on her, Jun pushed back, causing Aoi to stumble and crash against a locker room bench. Still, despite that, Aoi is real happy to see Jun when she shows up at the community swimming center she now runs.

Of course, this meeting is all because Asuka wants Jun to see where Aoi stands… and it isn’t until after hours where Aoi and Jun have it out, with Aoi still having the hots for Jun and wishing that she would look at her the way she does on all the magazine covers. Aoi transforms into a shark based beast (hence the name of the episode) and since she’s a swimmer, it makes sense, she swims fast, has big teeth and a killer tail that looked like it had its own mouth, plus tentacles as well. On top of that Aoi is human upper body (with more demonic features) is seen on top, so it’s a pretty gnarly thing to look at.

Now despite this and remembering the past, Jun does make fairly short work of her former friend, in fact exactly how Jun kills Aoi is not shown as it cuts to Asuka telling her men to turn on some lights so that they could see the conflict, and we just see the aftermath of the shark beasts body crumbled in a corner with Jun standing arm raised while holding what I think was a mini-version of Aoi.

There is another plot in this episode with Kazumi who comes across like the house guest who just won’t leave. Remember: she forced herself onto Jun allowing her to stay in the previous episode, and in this one she complains about Jun having no food in the house and wants to get a double-sized bed for them to sleep together… which throws Jun for a loop. Thankfully, Jun goes shopping for a bed and gets bunk-beds, and Kazumi’s disappointment is clearly meant to be light bit of comedy, but it just makes her character come across like actor Terry Crews… you know, rather pathetic. Hell if it wasn’t for Jun telling Asuka that she likes having Kazumi around cause she makes her feel normal I get the feeling that Jun would tell Kazumi to hit the bricks and be totally justified for it!

Overall the main story was solid and probably could’ve done without the stuff with Kazumi, but since she’s there to Jun a sense of normalcy, it will just have to be tolerated I guess.

Anyway, next week I’ll go over episode six and on Monday, I begin the four season of Classic Doctor Who Reviews

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Star Trek Online Highlights and Tonight's Trek Tunes Playlist

Ah... just another Thursday which saw Star Trek Online being featured. On this week's broadcast I tore through the bland Breen story arc... and all five missions need to be seriously re-worked to be more engaging as I always lose attention when playing it. Still here are tonight's highlights


  1. Russell Watson - Where my heart will take me (Theme from "Enterprise") (04:11)
  2. Cream - Dreaming (02:01)
  3. Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills (03:55)
  4. Lady Gaga - Poker Face (03:57)
  5. Lee Rocker - Crazy When She Drinks (03:06)
  6. Meat Loaf - Living on the Outside (05:03)
  7. Queen + The Muppets - Bohemian Rhapsody (Muppet version) (04:37)
  8. Apollo 440 - Stop the Rock (03:33)
  9. DMX - Party Up (Up in Here) (03:49)
  10. Mick Smiley - Magic (04:21)
  11. Dan Aykroyd/Glen Hughes/Pat Thrall/Tom Hanks - City of Crime (03:44)
  12. Ted Nugent - Stranglehold (08:24)
  13. The Boils - The Orange and the Black (01:08)
  14. Omar & the Howlers - Monkeyland (04:21)
  15. Patsy Cline - Walkin' After Midnight (02:01)
  16. Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (03:41)
  17. Kenny Loggins - Footloose (03:40)
  18. Judas Priest - Breaking The Law (02:24)
  19. Jade Alexis - Sun Salutation A (02:09)
  20. Jan Hammer - Miami Vice Theme (03:21)
  21. Leonard Rosenman - Chekov's Run [From Star Trek IV] (01:21)

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Rogue: The Complete Collection

Back when the 1992 X-Men series first aired, there were a number of characters that one could consider 'break out stars', and the southern-belle power house known as Rogue was certainly on that list. Her banter with Gambit, good ol' southern charm and tragic backstory that was explored quite  a bit made her a well-rounded character... you felt bad for her that she couldn't touch anyone because of the nature of her powers and you rooted for her and Gambit to somehow get together.

Over the world of comics, Rogue's popularity from the animiated series lead to her getting the two four-issue mini series, one in 1995, another in 2001... and then a full 12 issue run in 2005 which one could consider to be just two six-issue mini-series... and it's that 12 issue run that is collected in 'Rogue: The Complete Collection.

The first half, known as 'Going Rogue' sees our hero return home to Mississippi following a mission with the X-Men to discover some dark secrets about her family's past, and the second half, called 'Forget Me Not' sees Rogue's days as a villain come back to haunt her, and without going into spoiler territory (even though both stories are 13 years old at this point), combined they are a fine look at Rogue in exploring more of her history, there are some bumps in the road with how convoluted things get with 'Going Rouge' since it is a slower paced story, but there's enough character moments to make up for any thing like (for example anything involving Gambit who was blind at the time). I do feel that 'Forget Me Not' was more of an excuse to remind folks of Rogue's days as a villain, but it was filled with quite a lot of action. These two sharp contrasts in tone is thanks to the fact that the two overall stories had two different writers who set out to do different things

Moving on to the artwork, the twelve issue run had three different art teams and boy does that show, and overall 'Going Rogue' looks a lot better and more consistent than 'Forget Me Not' since only one art team worked on first six series, while two different teams worked on the second. Taking that out of the equation, then overall the artwork is solid, easy on the eyes and helps convey the story to the reader, and you can't ask more than that.

If there is a problem with Rogue The Complete Collection is that it is only collecting the 2005 12 issues and not included the first two mini-series, because then that would be truth in the title, still for what it is, it is a sold trade collection that gives you two six-issues stories and more of an insight into the mutant from Mississippi.

You can get it at Amazon... in fact use my affiliate link purchase it, you pay nothing Amazon has it listed at, and they kick me a few bucks.


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Paladins Battlegrounds and the awesomness of Stream Elements

So today, Paladins unleashed the much anticipated Battlegrounds mode and it is gloriously fun, it's hard to get angry at getting killed quickly in such a mode, and yes it is pretty much directly a copy of PUBG, but with the fact that all the champions can use their abilities and are looking for enhancements, it actually out-does PUBG's 'level playing field' mindset. I've had my successes and failures playing it but it was a blast and I love turning into a chicken in a desperate attempt to escape and live on.... but best of all Paladins is FREE TO PLAY, so you can save your wallet for a fun PUBG alternative!

Also during tonight's broadcast, the one bot I use to manage a number of items Stream Elements went down for a number of folks, and after reporting it to them on twitter, they made sure everything was working. In the wake of losing Dr Angry Bot, Stream Elements has proven themselves to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensue things got back to normal ASAP.

Anyway here are highlights of tonight's broadcast!


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Don Mattingly Bryce Harper, Doctor Who's New Logo, Terry Crews plus tonight's Highlights

So as Spring Training is in it's early stages, the overrated Clown Show that is Bryce Harper decided to talk trash about the Miami Marlins off-season moves that saw the team ship out various players, basically having the nerve to question what a team he doesn't even play for (or has the intention of playing for either), and so when Don Mattingly responded saying that Harper doesn't have the right to comment on what the Marlins did and what their plans on, I smiled. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Marlins fan, but being a Phillies fan, I can respect what the Marlins are doing, they are looking to rebuild their team from the ground up and that involves getting rid of everything that wasn't working out in the most recent seasons. Sure the Marlins are probably going to stick up the joint for the next few years, but it's a necessary evil The Marlins have a plan... and knowing how the Baseball gods tend to crap on players like Harper, I'm thinking their will be a World Championship parade in Miami long before one involving The Nationals and any other team Harper ends up playing for in his career.

So I saw the new Doctor Who logo... and yeah you won't be seeing me adopt that symbol of modern fascist propaganda for the my weekly review of classic Doctor Who. I get it, those that oversee programming for the BBC are warped like Stalin and as deranged like Castro, but to actually put it in the logo for Doctor Who just to say 'we're with it all the right' is on a pile of crap so high that it justifies the gif you see to your right:

And speaking of piles of a Jurassic Sized Nature... Actor Terry Crews says that the WWE stole the last named Crews for the character Apollo Crews... and he tries to negotiate with them for the rights to use the last name. And here I was just thinking Terry Crews just played characters that were more touched in the head than my father is when things don't go his way. Seriously, though there is a list on Wikipedia of notably people who were around before the him. Of course he's acting as if he 'he made the name relevant', which further proves that people in Hollywood are fucking insane.

Anyway tonight's game was Young Justice Legacy, and outside of two mistakes, I had a pretty decent run getting through Greece and Siberia.



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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Zari Shines on Legends, Jeff Jarrett in the Hall of Fame and Twitch Highlights

On this week's episode of Legends of Tomorrow, they did the obligatory 'Groundhog Day' episode that all sci-fi / fantasy shows do at one point or another, but this was a great time to give the character of Zari time to shine and properly bond with the rest of the legends. Up till now she's basically just been a filler character who got a moment here or there, but to get an entire episode to evolve her was a nice touch... although with Legends being a 13 episode long series, not sure if it was wise. Oh and we get Wally West joining the show.

The WWE announced that Jeff Jarrett is the latest member of the WWE Hall of Fame... and as I broke down way back in 2016 in my Yay or Nay For The Hall of Fame series (which you can see here) he had a Hall of Fame worthy career, so I'm happy to see that I was right and the WWE finally confirmed it.

Now of course here are this week's highlights from my twitch broadcast which featured me finishing of level 7 of Final Exam, making it to Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 2 and starting the horse of a game BlazBlue Central Fiction which has way to damn many arcade endings... but completed Es and Nu-13's arcade modes completely.



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Monday, February 19, 2018

Doctor Who: The War Machines Part 4



It’s the start of a new week and I hope you all had a nice weekend. This week’s Classic Doctor Who review is the fourth final chapter of Doctor Who The War Machines and the end of season three.

Part Four first aired July 16, 1966 and had 5.5 Million Viewers tune in, which is an increase of 200,000 from part two, meaning the third season of Doctor Who ended on an upswing, but lets remember the first episode of third season Galaxy 4 Part 1: Four Hundred Dawns had 9 Million Viewers… so over the course from September 1965 to July 1966, 3.5 Million people stopped watching.

The episode opens with The Doctor standing his ground against the War Machine which stops moving when it’s radar dish falls off. Examining the device, The Doctors sees that it was not completed or finalized, and that it would be nearly unstoppable based on what was shown in part three with how it neutralized the mechanical components of the military’s guns and grenades, and so it’s a race against time to find and destroy the other War Machines before they are fully operational. During this, the Doctor drops the TARDIS key which Ben picks up but doesn’t get a chance to return it as the Doctor decoded the machine and determines there are a dozen other such devices within London ready to attack at midday. Major Green is also recovered but he doesn’t know what is going on, as the hypnosis of WOTAN had over him has faded but at the same time another War Machine is on the loose and is headed to the Battersea Power Station. The Doctor suggests that they capture it by using elector-magnets to neutralize it, this course of action is successful with Ben connecting a key final cable to spring the trap, allowing the Doctor to examine and reprogram the machine which heads to where this whole mess started: The Post Office Tower.

Should be noted that Ben during the episode worried about Polly but the Doctor tells him that if he just worries about only one person then nothing will get done with the danger at hand, but since Polly saved him in part three, Ben feels like he owes her big time and he rushes off in hopes of getting to the Post Office Tower first to rescue her. Speaking of Polly, she enters Professor Brett’s lab and wants to be judged by WOTAN for letting Ben escape, but is denied because her help is needed with the task at hand of getting the remaining War Machines ready for deployment. Ben arrives, grabs Polly and drags her out just at the reprogrammed War Machine arrives which destroys WOTAN, and thus the day is saved.

The story and season ends with The Doctor returning to the TARDIS and waiting for Dodo as Polly and Ben inform him that Dodo wants to stay in London, much to the Doctor’s surprise. They say their good-byes, but Ben remembers the key he forgot to return and he and Polly end up entering the TARDIS after the Doctor and it de-materializes with two new passengers.

The final chapter of the War Machines is very straight forward in terms of showing the Doctor coming up with a plan to deal with WOTAN, and capturing one of its field units and turning it against its master works perfectly and avoids a possibility of having The Doctor talk WOTAN to death. There are some great moments during this with Ben volunteering to do a task the Doctor intends to do because he’s a younger more fit man, again establishing Ben as the ‘man of action’ . Sadly Polly is really not herself until the very end of the episode, so her character personality while decently established early on in parts 1 and 2, is left kind of hanging… and I’m not a fan with the off-screen departure of Dodo, it really is a back-handed way of writing off a character.

Anyway Next Week I Star Season Four With The Smugglers

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Music Playlist For Sunday Febriary 18, 2018

I forgot to post last night's playlist with the Highlight Reel so here it is

  1. Blondie - Call Me (2002 Digital Remaster) (03:31)
  2. Devo/Jermaine Jackson - Let Me Tickle Your Fancy (03:50)
  3. Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way (03:31)
  4. MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This (04:17)
  5. Pat Benatar - We Live For Love (2005 Digital Remaster) (03:54)
  6. Queen - Flash (Digital Remaster) (02:49)
  7. Corrupting Celest - Take (05:28)
  8. Stray Cats - Twenty-Flight Rock (03:34)
  9. The Rascals - Groovin' (02:30)
  10. The Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin' (03:00)
  11. The Time - Jungle Love (03:24)
  12. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (04:51)
  13. Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now (04:46)
  14. Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews and The Pearly Chorus - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (From "Mary Poppins"/Soundtrack Version) (02:03)
  15. Rocky Balboa Dialog - Rocky: Ain't Nothin' Over 'Til It's Over (00:08)
  16. Laura Branigan - Gloria (04:52)
  17. Autograph - Turn Up the Radio (04:34)
  18. Chumbawamba - Tubthumping (Album Version) (04:39)
  19. Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It (03:55)

Just A Silly Sunday...

Ah tonight was just a relaxing Sunday... not much of interest in the world, which is amazing, but then again most of the stuff that is news doesn't interest me... On tonight's twitch broadcast things started off with Golf With Your Friends... and I didn't like any of the highlights I took, all of which were pretty mundane so none of it ended up on tonight's highlight reel. Then things went over to Smite and had kind of a mixed bag, as my auto-buy was accidentally disabled by me some how and had plenty of losses but a few wins here and there. Kinda grew to like Bastet as I used her in Da Ji's Adventure and in a few arena matches... but without the rest of Dare to Stream, Smite is pretty boring, so I went back to Paladins and had a few more wins than loses and even teamed up with PandaSweet for some awesomeness. Actually got top play in two matches as Barrik and Drogoz.

Anyway here are tonight's highlights:


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend Finish anad Paladins!

On tonight's twitch broadcast, it turned into a double header of epic proportions, an hour and half our long broadcast that started with BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend as I went through the arcade mode of several characters to 'complete the game', then it was back to Paladins for a lot of fun in various game modes!


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We Need People Control

Last year some kid got shot and killed outside of my home, but you know what, despite that happening near my residence... I have to laugh at the 'social justice' aftermath every time there is a tragedy because they always want to blame guns... news flash boys and girls, guns are not the problem... the real problem is with people, always has been, always will be. Just take a look on Twitter or Facebook and you'll see more sociopaths goofballs spewing some religious or political rhetoric that it warps the minds of the easily brainwashed. We live in a world where people people get loaded up on drugs because they aren't mentally perfect, where people get talked into strapping dynamite to their chests and charging into a market place and where people vote for Democrats and Republicans.... it's a never ending cycle. Hell these were issues happening back in the early to mid-90s... when things were much looser than they are now, and back then we had to just worry about people using fertilizer to take out damn near an entire building..So until people change, it's just going to end up repeating itself over and over again.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

How To Get Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection For Steam and Tonight's Highlights

So for a while I was trying to find Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for Steam, primarily because it's a classic trilogy of games that I enjoyed 20 years ago, even if I don't know remember many of the special moves, but the game isn't for sale on Steam... you can however get the game through Amazon as indicated with the link box below




Now installing it can be a bit of a pain, primarily because you may need uninstall Windows Live Gaming and reinstall it... but if you follow the work around for Street Fighter X Tekken found HERE  then you'll be good to go!

On tonight's twitch broadcast I ended up bouncing around a little bit, starting off with Borderlands 2 where I went to dealt with a blood feud and tried to rescue a giant bird only for Handsome Jack to make it pointless when he remembers what element types there are... then I loaded up Mortal Kombat and managed to complete it after many attempts, downing Shang Tsung with Kano of all people... Next was the Atari Vault to play some classic games while trying to get the controller to work... and finally wrapped things up with BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend, knocking Valkenhyn's arcade mode off the bucket list.

Saturday night's broadcast will focus a lot on BlazBlue, probably will switch it to one round matches to get through as many arcade modes as possible.



UPDATE: 5 AM - Got Back On and managed to stream some Paladins...


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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Devil Lady: Seed




The end of another week is upon us, and for this week’s Anime Review, I’m going over Go Nagi’s the Devil Lady episode 4, ‘Seed’ which first aired November 1, 1998

Picking up right where episode three ends, Jun reverts to her human form and plummets to the ground and is taken to HA HQ, waking up and believing she is trapped, Jun reflects on how she felt always different from other kids growing up, when they were playing, she would be sick in bed and when she went to Tokyo to become a model, she had fainting spells. Asuka brings her some clothes because lets face it, Jun loses whatever she’s wearing when she goes into literal beast mode and brings Jun to the apparent boss of the HA, who explains that prior to recent events, the beasts were normally dealt with by the police and local military, and the reason why Jun was recruited was because things are getting beyond what they can handle. Now I bet if Jun was told that from the start, she would probably be more willing to go along with things.

Returning home, Jun finds Kazumi waiting with her stuff out in the hallway, as its revealed Kazumi has no where to go with her parents dead. Jun trying to be understanding and not wanting to reveal her secret is in a tough spot as Kazumi needs some moral support after seeing her parents get killed, but a call from Asuka has Jun rushing into action to deal with a new beast.

The beast of the episode is first a woman named Noriko who is apparently the mistress of some douche-bag stuck at work who brought her up for a little horizontal mambo before telling her to scram, she’s having none of it and transforms into what looks like Biollante from the Godzilla films… and that’s really all I can say about it because as soon as Jun arrives on the scene and transforms she unleashes some sort of energy wave that takes out the beast and the entire 7th floor of an office building… giving Asuka something to worry about and hoping Jun never loses sight of her humanity

This episode is kind of a mixed bag, as we get more of an understanding on Jun’s background and more insight into the HA. For all intents and purposes, Kazumi basically forces Jun to bring her inside while saying the rest of her stuff is arriving the next day. We are introduced in this episode to Asuka’s personal secretary Maeda, who comes across as a nice dude who seems to have some concerns about Jun’s well being. The best moments of the episode has to be when Jun and Asuka go meet the beast and Jun tells Asuka not to tell her what to do when Asuka demands that she transforms already, giving a clear indication to me that Jun is getting sick of Asuka’s attitude towards her, which is further supported in an earlier conversation when Asuka needles Jun about being so eager and speculating Jun has developed a taste for blood in which Jun responds that she is wanting to stop the beasts if possible.

Anyway that will do it for this week’s anime review, next week I’ll go over episode 5, ‘Shark’, between now and then I’ll be wrapping up season three of Classic Doctor Who on Monday with ‘The War Machines Part 4’ and of course you can find me on twitch seven nights a week playing a variety of games.

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Thoughts on HuniePop and Tonight's Star Trek Online Highlights & Playlist

As a twitch streamer, I'm often curious as to why certain games were banned from being broadcasted on the platform, like I can understand The Guy Game being banned... but Sakura Angels which is just an visual novel with some interestingly drawn characters... I don't get. Now I game I do understand why it's banned is Huniepop. Developed by HuniePot and released in 2015, it's a typical match-3 game. mixed with a visual novel... which seems innocent enough, you woo 10 characters by being successful in the dates, matching icons on a game grid... and eventually you are rewarded with a 'night at home' with the characters with some interesting audio. There is one hell of a difficulty curve to it was the more successful you are the harder the game gets, but HuniePop is basically just a time filler game with some extreme visuals and audio.

Anyway, on tonight's twitch broadcast I was playing Star Trek Online, and of course here are the highlights of that.


Of course, it being a Star Trek Online night, it means tunes were played So where's the playlist

  1. Rusty Humphries & The Bone-Hea - Do the Picard (02:13)
  2. Devo - Fresh (Album Version) (02:59)
  3. Scott Holt - The Unforgiven (03:53)
  4. The Doors - L.A. Woman (07:50)
  5. War - Low Rider (03:11)
  6. Steiner Brothers - Steinerized (04:21)
  7. Sly & the Family Stone - Dance to the Music (02:59)
  8. Pat Benatar - Heartbreaker (2005 Digital Remaster) (03:28)
  9. Omar & the Howlers - Monkeyland (04:21)
  10. Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box (04:39)
  11. Mick Jagger - Lonely at the Top (03:46)
  12. Madonna - Material Girl (03:53)
  13. London Symphony orchestra - Superman (Main Theme) (04:18)
  14. William Shatner - King Henry The Fifth/Elegy For The Brave (06:14)
  15. Aerosmith - Back in the Saddle (04:42)
  16. Geno Delafose - Geno's Two-Step (03:48)
  17. Sammy Hagar - Heavy Metal (03:52)
  18. Devo - Working In The Coal Mine (02:51)
  19. Janis Joplin - Me And Bobby McGee (04:31)
  20. John Fogerty - The Old Man Down the Road (03:34)
  21. Mandy Moore - Merrimack River (04:28)


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wacky Wednesday of Borderlands 2 and BlazBlue

Thankfully not much in terms of headlines caught my attention today, as I was busy with other issues such as trying to figure out how am I going to do some work hat is not necessarily a good idea with how I have to do it but it would mean some extra income, so man it's a tough call to make

Anyway, on tonight's broadcast I did spend several hours playing Borderlands 2, primarily knocking out some side missions, like finding a woman living with the rats and helping the town of Overlook.... thank goodness i did have some Corrosive weapons to deal with a number of loader bots... see I do pay attention!.

Then for the final hour of my broadcast, I loaded up BlazBlue Chonro Phantasma Extend, completing the arcade mode for Platinum The Trinity. The storyline battle of Platinum versus Noel was funny since it did play into the running gag of Noel getting pissed because she is 'lacking' in the chest department!

Here are tonight's highlights and of course important links!



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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Arrow, Streets of Rage 2 & Street Fighter X Tekken

Got around to watching last week's episode of Arrow 'The Devil's Greatest Trick' and I think it was an okay episode that wrapped up the stuff with Cayden James, not sure if I like that he was basically just a pawn in a greater plot... and I'm really not liking the Dinah being a bitch turn, as she is just coming across badly in every aspect. It really seems like her character's current ark seems to be just to have tension for the sake of tension.

Anyway over on my twitch channel, I led off the night with Streets of Rage 2, again making it to stage 8, but because I have trouble with the Boxer and Flying bosses I couldn't quite get the job done. I have to look up how to beat those two types of enemies as they just eat up too many lives and costs me in the long run.

Of course the big news from tonight's broadcast is that I was able to stream Street Fighter X Tekken, and got myself refamilar with the controls while going through arcade mode with Cammy & Chun Li, Guile & Able and finally Julia & Bob, while capping off the night with the Texas Tornado all four characters on the screen versus mod with Ryu & Ken versus Ogre and Akuma in a character match.

Highlights from tonight's broadcast can be found below plus the usual links!


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Legends of Tomorrow Returns, Final Exam, Hand of the Gods & Golf

DC's Legends of Tomorrow return from its hitatus, benching Supergirl until the spring, and this was a fine episode with John Constantine playing a big part while shagging Sara Lance... which I'm sure went over well with the LGBTQ community who said that Sara was just into chicks, forgetting she did date Oliver Queen! Leo Snart had some great moments but I'm surprised he was removed so quickly from the show... but the real show sealer  was Mick who just wanted to watch some Football!

Over on my twitch channel, another level of Final Exam was knocked out, meaning I have two more stages to complete. If all goes right I should finish the game on the 26th. I also debuted Hand of the Gods, the Yu-Gi-Oh styled spinoff of Smite... and properly got my ass kicked before I clicked something causing the game to lockup... and then wrapped things up with Gold With Your Friends, and had a great game on the Forrest Map with a 53.... 3 over Par....hole 17 is such a pain in the ass.


And I did get some tunes played during tonight's broadcast so here's the playlist

  1. Ron Wasserman - Go Go Power Rangers (Instrumental Redux) (03:58)
  2. Metallica - I Disappear (04:26)
  3. Count Basie/Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon (02:30)
  4. Billie Holiday - Stormy Weather (03:41)
  5. Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman (02:51)
  6. Chubby Checker - Limbo Rock (02:24)
  7. Run D.M.C. - King of Rock (05:13)
  8. House of Pain - Jump Around (03:38)
  9. George S. Clinton - Sting Theme (02:38)


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Doctor Who The War Machines Part 3



On this week’s Tales From The TARDIS segment, I am going over part three of Doctor Who: The War Machines, which first aired July 9, 1966 with a viewership total of 5.3 Million viewers, which is up from the 4.7 Million of Part 2.

The episode opens with Ben managing to avoid the War Machine which sets off an alarm, but he does come across Polly, unfortunately for him, she has been hypnotized by WOTAN and thus, she ends up capturing Ben, Ben is told by Major Green (one of Professor Brett’s associations) that the mechanized evolution is coming and that he is to be destroyed, which is stopped by Polly with orders that WOTAN needs more laborers and that as long as Ben is useful, he will be kept alive. The reason for this is that the WOTAN’s current work force is growing tired, after all, they are only human… but WOTAN’s plans are time sensitive. Ben tries to get through the Polly, but ends up escaping on his own when he notices a guard has gone… but Polly, despite being under WOTAN’s control, she doesn’t sound off the alarm, indicating that Ben did reach some part of her. Ben heads right o to the Doctor and informs him of Polly’s condition, the War Machines and that they are being built around London, leading the Doctor to realize something is big is going on.

Back at the warehouse Polly is confronted by Major Green about Ben’s location, and she can’t explain as to why she didn’t raise the alarm and becomes confused, end ends up remembering her association with Ben as WOTAN’s control over her falters and she is sent back to WOTAN to be punished. The ministry of defense has sent soldiers to the warehouse where they encounter the War Machine and WOTON’s minions who attack them, defeating the soldiers with ease as the War Machine neutralizes their guns and grenades…. Exactly how is a mystery, but this carnage leads to the climax of the episodes of the Doctor standing in front of the War Machine

This episode really is just bridge to the final chapter, but it does have some interesting bits with Polly seemingly breaking away from WOTAN’s control giving a clear indication that she does have a strong mind, however just how cold and evil she comes across in her interactions with Ben is just awesome. There is a great bit of B-Movie cheese where with a close up on her face with dramtic music when she tells Ben the War Machine’s goals that just awesome.
I also want to talk about Sir Charles, the public official that the Doctor has spent most of this story with, and it’s amazing at just how well he comes across. He doesn’t quite believe Ben’s story about the War Machines when he comes to the Doctor, but Sir Charles isn’t one to just let a warning slide, contacting the Minister of Defense who mobilizes the army. It is a shame that modern Doctor Who has never handled public officials well, as if this story was done here in 2018, I’d bet Sir Charles would somehow be some allegory for Donald Trump… hell it happened on Sherlock.

The climax of the episode with the Doctor approaching the War Machine as the army is running away in and of itself is a bad ass moment, showing the Doctor has no apparent fear in the face of danger. It really is credit to William Hartnell’s stage presence… at least in my opinion


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Justice Society of America 75 Years, Dare to Stream Smite and a Playlist

Sometimes one has to take advantage of Amazon Prime's free two-day delivery, primarily when there is a version of something that is becoming increasingly hard to find... which brings me to the latest addition to my comic book collection: the hardcover edition of 'Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years'. Instead of one big story that crosses the decades, this is actually a collection of JSA stories that was published over the years, which includes issues 10 of the 1991/92 series that is my all time favorite comic book series. JSA/75 really is a great example of how artwork and storytelling has evolved from 1941 to 2012m from the simple hand drawn methods to the more 'painted style and everything in between, Some of the more recent stories seem really intriguing so I might start tracking down the proper trade-paperbacks to see everything in proper context.



Over on my twitch channel, kept it pretty easy tonight with Smite. Yeah after a long night on Pandora with Borderlands 2 on Friday and playing Disney's Chicken Little for 6 hours last night, I just stuck with Smite for an extended period tonight because...I wanted to take it 'easy'. Not to mention the long queue times met I could play a lot of music as detailed below with the Playlist of tunes played during the broadcast... and of course some highlights here and there.


Also during tonight's broadcast, had some special guests with CrazyKiller1320, Cammi_316 and CmdrDean from Dare to Stream team up with me for some kick ass action and turning what would've been a fairly short broadcast into something epic!

And here is tonight's playlist
  1. Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day (Album Version) (03:48)
  2. Bill Haley - (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock (02:10)
  3. Joe Turner & His Blues Kings - Shake, Rattle & Roll (02:59)
  4. Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire (01:51)
  5. Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode (02:40)
  6. The Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace (02:21)
  7. The Champs - Tequila (02:11)
  8. The Originals - The Bells (03:07)
  9. Honey Cone - Girls It Ain't Easy [*] (03:13)
  10. The Moments - Love on a Two-Way Street (03:30)
  11. The Five Stairsteps - O-o-h Child (03:17)
  12. Pacific Gas & Electric - Are You Ready? (05:51)
  13. Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (04:44)
  14. Walter Murphy - A Fifth Of Beethoven (03:02)
  15. KC And The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes (02:16)
  16. The Trammps - Disco Inferno (10:50)
  17. Booker T. & the MG's - Mrs. Robinson (03:40)
  18. William Bell - Happy (02:34)
  19. Jeanne & the Darlings - It's Time to Pay for the Fun (We've Had) (02:35)
  20. The Bar-Kays - Midnight Cowboy (02:49)
  21. The Emotions - The Best Part of a Love Affair (03:30)
  22. Yuji Ohno - Theme from Lupin III '78 (03:46)
  23. Yuji Ohno - Magnum Dance/Lonely for the Road (08:07)
  24. Yuji Ohno - Wild Crisis (02:24)
  25. Yuji Ohno - Zantetsuken (02:52)
  26. War - Why Can't We Be Friends? (03:50)
  27. Accept - Balls to the Wall (05:43)
  28. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers (05:21)
  29. Ron Wasserman - We Need a Hero (Redux) (05:36)
  30. Frank Stallone - Take You Back ( Rocky Balboa ) (02:37)
  31. Daryl Hall And John Oates - Maneater (04:33)
  32. Bruce Willis - Jackpot (Bruno's Bop) (04:12)
  33. Brian Setzer - Hot Rod Girl (02:05)
  34. Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper (05:07)
  35. Boyz II Men - In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember) (02:49)
  36. Gloria Estefan - 1,2,3 (Remix) (03:34)
  37. Garbage - When I Grow Up (03:22)
  38. Frank Zappa - Peaches en Regalia (03:38)

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ghostbusters Get Real, Jubilee and Chicken Little?

Ah.... another rainy Saturday and what better way to spend the afternoon than by getting a couple of new trade-collections of some mini-series?

The first of which is Ghostbusters: Get Real, which builds on the premise of the Real Ghostbusters episode 'Janine Melnitz Ghostbuster' by detailing events that took place after Proteus went to capture our heroes at Rockefeller Plaza... with the RGB versions of Egon, Peter, Ray and Winston ending up in the universe of the IDW Ghostbusters. With this story taking place after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crossover, everything falls into place logically with how to the get RGBs back home. The artwork is what really sells this with the stuff set in the RGB universe looking nearly perfect with the episode this comic is based on while adding onto it in huge ways. The primal god of Proteus really benefits from this story as he was clearly on Gozer levels of power, but with how easily he was dealt with in the cartoon, we didn't get an insight to how powerful he really is. Also the cameos by the Extreme Ghostbusters and the team of the Ghostbusters: Santucm of Slime video game is pretty sweet.

The other comic I got was the trade-collection of Jubilee from Marvel, which is the only mini-series that solely focus on the X-Man of the same name, she goes to Los Angeles lives with her aunt, goes to a normal High School and a whole lot of teen drama... basically Jubilee having a bit of a normal life. Of course needless to say none of that normal-ness last very long, and things gradually get a little typical with mutants, assassins and all the other usual antics. The story itself is solid, but the artwork can be down right horrific at times. Still a nice addition to my collection.

Of course on tonight's twitch broadcast I was playing Chicken Little... yes the game based on the Disney movie of the same name. Why? Because my twitch channel was built on variety, just look over this past week which featured BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma, Final Exam, Castle of Illusion, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Borderlands 2 and Star Trek Online. Besides I like being able to play something totally random. Anyway the game has some nice variety but the platforming for me gets really frustrating towards the end of the game. I couldn't finish the game but Chicken Little will be back!



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Becky Lynch Should Play Ann Possible, Borderlands 2 Highlights

Now there is a Live Action Kim Possible Movie in the works, and for those who are big fans of the show they are already lining up who fantasy castings for every possible role, but the one that stands out to me is that based on looks and apparent age, WWE Superstar Becky Lynch should be the one to play Ann Possible, Kim's mother. It just makes sense since Becky herself said she would want to play the character of Kim Possible, so I think this is a fair compromise... and an excuse for a click bait title.

Anyway here are tonight's highlights


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Shani Davis Is a Crybaby, Eagles Championship Parade,Star Trek Online Highlights & Playlist

Over across the Delaware River today, an epic parade for the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl was held, and damn was it awesome to see on TV. Hard to believe it took this many years for someone in Philly to realize 'hey we should have the parade go to the Philadelphia Art Museum' instead of the Sports Complex in terms of making it a great visual. Now the broadcast that I saw was the one handled by CSN-Philly, which had its fair share of technical issues and like with the Phillies Parade in 2008, it seems like the presenters ran out of things to say an hour into it. Of course Jason Kelce pretty much lost his damned mind dressing up like a Mummer and dropping more F-Bombs to out do Chase Utley from 10 years ago.

Switching gears... lets me talk about a Gold Medal Crybaby named Shani Davis... this jackass went on twitter basically saying the only reason why Erin Hamlin was named flag-bearer was because she's white and he's black.... funny thing, that's not what happened. As each of the eight 'federations' of athletics that make up Team USA nominates an athlete, and they vote who the flag-bearer should be, and it the result was a 4-4 tie between Davis and Hamlin. Now to be fair to both athletes they flipped a coin, a 50/50 chance on who should be one to carry Old Glory and Hamlin won fair and square... but Davis proved him to be a dishonorable punk by showing he doesn't understand sportsmanship.

Anyway... here are tonight's highlights


And this week's playlist
  1. Jerry Goldsmith - Life Is a Dream [From Star Trek V] (03:57)
  2. The Firm - Star Trekkin' (03:34)
  3. Weird Al Yankovic - The Saga Begins (05:27)
  4. Duran Duran - A View to a Kill (03:35)
  5. Eurythmics - I've Got A Life (04:06)
  6. Foghat - Slow Ride (08:14)
  7. Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine - Conga (04:15)
  8. Olivia Newton-John - Physical (03:43)
  9. Ron Wasserman - Fight (Redux) (03:58)
  10. The Blues Brothers - Excusez Moi Mon Cherie (02:41)
  11. The Doors - Light My Fire (07:08)
  12. The O'Jays - Love Train (02:58)


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Devil Lady: Wings




On this week’s Talking Anime segment, I will be going over episode three of The Devil Lady, titled Wings which first aired October 25, 1998. And I have to say I love the simple one word titles of this series.

The episode opens with Kazumi working during a photoshoot and when there is a break she spots Jun, who storms off when Kazumi calls out to her. Later when Kazumi calls her, offering to be the friendly ear that Jun has always been to her, Jun basically tells her to bug off… and gets lured to a bar by a random dude for a meeting with Asuka, who basically repeats herself about Jun being a beast and she best remember its better to be the hunter than the hunted. After leaving, Jun encounters a rather creepy kid who is one of the Devil Beasts, who tells her that they are going to target Kazumi and implies that Jun ‘longs for her’… leading to Jun doing everything possible to reach Kazumi’s house, arriving just after Kazumi’s parents are killed. Pissed beyond all reason,

Jun lets out her beast, transforming instantly, no hesitation what so ever and does battle with a giant rat which stood little chance, Jun just beats the crap out of it in short order killing it easily with Kazumi’s house being destroyed in the process. Another beast appears, looking like dragon with bird wings and feet that says Jun is going to pay for her deeds since she’s the reason Kazumi and her family are dead, clutches Jun’s head lifts her up with the intent to drop her to her death… only Jun sprouts wings flies up and rips off the 2nd beast’s wings sending it crashing down onto some electrical power poles before the episode ends with Jun seeing Kazumi’s apparently dead body on the ground.

This episode… kicks all sorts of ass, while not much is advanced in terms of character development, the fact Jun cares so deeply for Kazumi to be made an easy target for the other beasts speaks volumes, not to mention just how wicked Jun got when she got to Kazumi’s house. I mean think about it, in episodes 1 and 2, Jun basically was in mortal danger before she transformed but here, she powered up without a second thought. The beat down on the rat was awesome, with Jun sending it up to the ceiling of Kazumi’s living room and punching it repeatedly and with enough force to bring the entire building down, not to mention the double-sledge shots it its skull where the impact of her caving’s its head in was shown… so the big takeaway I have from this episode is…. don’t fuck with Jun’s friends, she will find you and she will kill you.


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Black Panther 100% on Rotten Tomatoes Plus Borderlands 2 Highlights

So a big thing that got my attention on Wednesday is the news that Marvel's Black Panther got a 100% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes... and I can't help but look at that sideways. Let me tell ya why... first the current mindset here in the United States combined and second the fallout of all those critics who did not give Ghostbusters 2016 positive reviews being called sexist and misogynistic, which leads me to think critics were pressured into giving positive reviews to avoid being called racist. Hell those persons who didn't like Luke Cage on Netflix or the current Black Lighting series on the CW are being labeled as such (just go on reddit and you'll see this for yourself). Of course the fact I'm questioning on if the 100% is truth or just telling people what they want to hear is because of all those idiots known as Democrats and Republicans, those fuckwads have basically made it impossible to determine if one should trust movie critics or not.

Anyway here are highlights from tonight's broadcast of Borderlands 2:


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Flash, Castle Of Illusion, Mean Beans and Sonic 2

So Barry Allen is already out of prison? Yeah that was my reaction at the end of this week's episode which saw several villains including Jynx killed off by The Thinker who again changed bodies (he's in Jynx's body now) and I can't help but wonder if it was just to give the Flash another thing for fan fic writers to ship... not that I'm complaining. Ralph's new shape shift ability will get some various uses and really was a great bit of plot convenience to get Barry out of prison The real highlight was Killer Frost giving Ralph a pep-talk about friendship... that was unexpected.

On tonight's broadcast I finally finished Disney's Castle of Illusion, I half-thought about starting the game over from the start but went straight to the final stage and it took me like 15 tries to beat the final boss after FINALLY learning the pattern. Afterward loaded up Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (made it stage 3) and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (made it to the boss of Winged Fortress) to get the broadcast to last 2 and 1/2 hours lol. Anyway highlights are below.



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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Supergirl, Final Exam and BlazBlue

I did happen to watch this weeks episode of Supergirl tonight and good lord was that not a good episode for the second break of the third season, with the DEO finding Purity and then her just going off with Reign... and the Mon-El sub-plot was just dumb. The only thing good about the episode was the ending when Lena realizes who Reign is in a rather well done scene.Of course I am looking forward to the return of Legends of Tomorrow next Monday, and I heard that Wally West is moving from The Flash to Legends because hey he kind of looks like Firestorm right? That's why it was done... right?

Anyway on tonight's short broadcast I knocked out another level of Final Exam and went through the arcade mode of BlazBlue Chronophantasma as Celica and Relius.... so two more down.




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Monday, February 5, 2018

Doctor Who: The War Machines Part 2



It’s Monday February 5, 2018… and I’m betting there are many people in the greater Philadelphia Area who did not go into work today because the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl Last Night against the New England Patriots… and even though I am not, repeat NOT, an Eagles Fan… I do feel obligated to do this….

Fly, Eagles Fly!
On The Road To Victory! (Fight! Fight! Fight!)
Fight, Eagles fight!
Score a touchdown 1, 2, 3! (1! 2! 3!)
Hit 'em low!
Hit 'em high!
And watch our Eagles fly!
Fly, Eagles Fly!
On The Road To Victory!
E-A-G-L-E-S!
Eagles!

Okay that said, lets get to this weeks Doctor Who review, which is Part 2 of Doctor Who: The War Machines, and this episode first aired July 2, 1966 and saw the viewership total drop to 4.7 Million, keeping in trend with previous Doctor Who episodes of being up and down in terms of viewers at the time.

Under the control of WOTAN, Dodo goes to bring the Doctor to it marking the first time a companion is really directly used in a way that could harmed our favorite Time Lord. WOTAN issues orders to its other minions on who will live and die, with plans to take over first London, then Washington and Moscow. How it’s going to get control is via telephone communications, as scene in the previous episode when Dodo is called at the night club. Pretty devious and ingenious if you ask me.

Dodo finds the Doctor at the night club with Ben and Polly and tries to guide the Doctor towards some of her fellow mind-controlled minions, but Polly tags along and prevents this. At the same time Ben encounters a homeless man who plans to sleep in an empty warehouse… which is where WOTAN is having his minions begin construction of ‘war machines’ needed for its plot. Safe to say, the homeless dude doesn’t live to warn anyone.

The next day Dodo uses info about an ill-secretary to get Polly away from the Doctor and gets him to phone Professor Brett who patches the call over to WOTAN, and the plan to get him undercontrol nearly works if it isn’t for Sir Charles who gets the Doctor to a chair where the Doctor shakes off the effects and Dodo’s comment of the Doctor not receiving instructions get him to realize something is very wrong. Using a bit of hypnosis, The Doctor puts Dodo to sleep and she is taken to a country estate to rest… and this is the last we see of Dodo in Doctor Who.
This entire situation inspires Polly to go check on Professor Brett and when she arrives at the Post Office Tower, she realizes something is very wrong with how everyone is acting. At the same time, Ben comes to the Doctor looking for Polly, informing him about the homeless man that was killed and is sent to look for clues, which Ben finds in the episodes climax where he hears, sees and gets in targeting sights one of WOTAN’s War Machines.

First, let’s talk about Dodo’s final episode because let’s face it, the character is not quite herself and in the long run, this ended up being a theme for her in a few post-travels stories where she doesn’t quite remember her time with the Doctor. It’s certainly not a glamorous departure by any means and one could argue it’s when Dodo meets Ben in part 1 of the War Machines is the last time we see the real ‘Dodo’. Secondly, WOTAN’s plot is really straight forward with no messing around, it’s very logical plan to use the phone lines to take over people’s minds and to get war machines built was quickly as possible, it makes everything a race against time. Third, The War Machines themselves kind of seem like more mobile versions of the Mechonoids in terms of their size, and there is some subtle influence of the Daleks design as well. Lastly More of Ben and Polly’s personalities are established, with Polly being shown as quite kind and concerned while Ben is a bit of a smart ass who won’t hesitate helping if needed as both got some decent screen time with The Doctor.

And on that lack of a bombshell that will do it for this week, coming up in the Basement, I’ll be reviewing The Devil Lady episode 3 and next week of course I’ll review Doctor Who: The War Machines Part 3… till then, have a good one folks


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