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Mania TV Review: Falling Skies by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(June 17, 2011)
None of the key names associated with Falling Skies is Steven Spielberg’s, though his fingerprints definitely appear all over the pilot. Instead, look to series creator Robert Rodat, who wrote Saving Private Ryan, and Graham Yost, whose Justified has bee

DVD Shopping Bag: The Terminator Blu-ray Book by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 14, 2011)
This week, in the DVD Shopping Bag, there is little to pick from in our favorite genres. It is true that Battle: Los Angeles arrives this week but it doesn’t even make to our top 5 picks. Don’t get us wrong, Battle: Los Angeles is a great mash up of Bl

Summer TV Preview by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 14, 2011)
As one of the most depressing TV seasons in modern memory fades away, we find ourselves looking towards the future… and a summer crowded with promising shows. Back in the day, July and August used to hold only reruns, but with networks increasingly despe

Game of Thrones: Baelor by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(June 12, 2011)
Another episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones" has come and gone from the TV Wasteland. With the airing of Sunday night's episode, "Baelor", we come that much closer to the season finale. And like last week's feedback article---one in which you Maniacs seemed

TV Wasteland: Look to the Skies by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 12, 2011)
Falling Skies arrives this Sunday amid a level of anticipation unseen since… well actually, since the last batch of event sci-fi shows bombed like the Enola Gay. Buzz has slowly been building throughout the spring, but fans have been burned quite a bit o

DVD Shopping Bag: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 07, 2011)
After checking Amazon, and as far as I can tell, this is the first time that all the Superman films have been offered together on Blu-ray. Back in 2006 I picked up Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition (Superman - The Movie/ Superman II/ Superman II - The

Game of Thrones: What Did You Think? by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 05, 2011)
The HBO Series Game of Thrones has spurred a great deal of talk – and controversy – among the fan community. Supporters love its high production values, its respect for the source material and its complex plotting. Detractors – mostly those who haven

TV Wasteland: Camelot Wraps Up by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 05, 2011)
It’s another quiet week on television… giving you all a chance to see X-Men: First Class, Super 8 and the truly awesome Troll Hunter in movie theaters. Camelot wraps up this week – and a round of applause for a yeoman first season – and Doctor Who

DVD Shopping Bag: Challenge of the Gobots Mini-Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 31, 2011)
I was never a fan of The Gobots. I always favored The Transformers more. I knew of their existence but thought it was for younger kids. It could have been any of the following reasons: the animation, the transformations, or even the character’s names but

Best Superhero Origins Stories by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 30, 2011)
Comic books exist as living documents, with details that shift and change according to the sensibilities of the era. A less generous term might be “royal mess:” new writers eliminate old details and sometimes recreate entire characters from scratch, le

TV Wasteland: Wastey, Wastey Wasteland by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 29, 2011)
With only a tiny handful of new episodes out this week, we’re forced to fall back on a glut of cable movies to fill our quota. What can I say? It’s that time of year…

DVD Shopping Bag: A Clockwork Orange Anniversary Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 24, 2011)
Stanley Kubrick couldn’t get Malcolm McDowell’s face out of his mind while reading Anthony Burgess’ original novel. That face was permanently locked in there after seeing McDowell in Lindsay Anderson’s If…. (1968). This little historical note and

TV Wasteland: Spielbergiana by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 23, 2011)
It’s a dark day for TV fandom, as the shattered remains of genre shows lie scattered like so much beef chuck. Never have we seen such carnage… never has the future of genre shows on television looked bleaker. Weirdly enough, horror shows will be carryi

DVD Shopping Bag: Fantastic Factory Box Set by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 17, 2011)
Each and every week the DVD Shopping Bag covers the weekly DVD and Blu-ray releases. I have, on occasion, covered releases in the United Kingdom. In part, for our overseas Maniacs, and to also open the door for our readers to show them what is out there. I

A Report on the 2011 Motor City Comic Con by Tim Janson, Columnist
(May 15, 2011)
The Motor City Comic Con, Detroit’s oldest comic book convention, now in its 22nd year, took place this weekend in Novi, MI. The three-day event is part comic con and part media event as the show always features a diverse cast of guests from current and

TV Wasteland: The Horror! by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 15, 2011)
It was a chamber of horrors for genre shows this week, as the cancellation axe fell swiftly and without mercy. V, Human Target, No Ordinary Family, The Event and Breaking In have all been dropped: the same week that Smallville and Stargate Universe officia

The 5 Best Smallville Episodes Ever by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 12, 2011)
After ten long years, Smallville is finally hanging up the cape. The durable series saw its cast outstrip their Kansas beginnings, and touch upon every corner of the Superman universe in the bargain. Along the way, it buried a number of other superhero sho

DVD Shopping Bag: THOR: TALES OF ASGARD on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 10, 2011)
With any big summer movie there is the inevitable tie in. Thor is obviously no exception. There are video games (see article), toys (see column) and next week the cartoon arrives. Oddly enough, Marvel and Lionsgate will unleash this straight to home video

TV Wasteland: It's a Bird, It's a Plane by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 08, 2011)
In the last decade, one name stands alone in the ranks of superhero TV shows. That name is Birds of Prey, the immortal Batman spin-off that has lasted for 24 seasons, claimed 102 Emmys, and made household names out of its not-at-all douchey staff of writer

10 Most Accurate Onscreen Superheroes by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 05, 2011)
We’ve all accepted the notion that superheroes in the movies and on TV will be subject to a certain amount of creative license. The filmmakers have their own contributions to make to a heroic image, and while a small part of us dies every time some Holl

DVD Shopping Bag: Star Wars Blu-ray: May the Force Be with Us by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 03, 2011)
Tomorrow George Lucas will reveal the full details of his Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray. Even now May the 4th be with you is counting down the hours and minutes to the big moment. We here at Mania are big Star Wars fans, huge fans in fact. We put together a sm

The Top 5 Shows That Deserve to Succeed by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(May 03, 2011)
Mania already presented its list of shows that deserved to fail this season. Now here’s a list of shows that actually deserve to succeed and should come back for another season (even if it’s an abbreviated one just to finish a storyline). There are so

TV Wasteland: Hats off to Fringe by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 01, 2011)
No big write up this week, but I am going to give a tip of the cap to Fringe, which withstood the horrors of a Friday night time slot in the midst of one of the ugliest seasons in a long time for genre television, and not only survived but actually deliver

Smallville: Dominion by Joe Oesterle
(May 01, 2011)
With Justin Hartley’s debut behind the lens, the actor, writer and now director has proven to be the most well-rounded, talented member of the regular Smallville cast. Granted, some weeks on this show that sentence can be interpreted as; at 4 foot 11, Ju

The Top 5 Shows This Season That Deserved to Fail by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(April 27, 2011)
If we had our way, all reality television shows would be abolished, but they’re here to stay, for better or for worse (most likely, worse). That said, there were plenty of shows that started out this season with potential that fizzled quickly. Then there

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