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12 MONKEYS: ATARI Review (Article) - 2/23/2015 9:25:03 AM

I followed the sequences well enough but felt it didn't add anythiing to the story. The future is messed up and the story to fix it is in 2015.

Marvel as we know it is done! (Article) - 2/6/2015 12:11:43 PM

Probably a good move for new reader involvement.  I'm glad I discovered Marvel in the early70s. The characters and titles were all about 10 years old or less.   The continuity was taking shape and made sense. . Epic stories were created. The Avengers lineup changed.  Great writers and artists claimed their ground.  The characters were age appropriate.  There was no endless back story as today with 50 years of history. The characters were all some 10-20 years older than I, now they are 30-20 years younger.  Cap was only 25 years from his generation,  Ironman had to recharge every 24 hours, Thor turned to Don Blake after 60 seconds without his hammer,  Peter was a student making ends meet, Hulk was dumb and Ben Grimm wore speedo shorts.  I can't imagine how a young reader can come into the Marvel universe today and grasp the intricacy of it all.  Those were truly golden years of comic reading not to come again. 


PLANET OF THE APES TV Series Soundtrack Review (Article) - 2/2/2015 1:12:01 PM

I was about 12 when the TV series debuted and didn't notice the faults of the show until seen in repeats years later, it was just Apes which is all I cared about.  It was a good companion piece to the Marvel Comic Magazine Ape series when humans could still talk.  While fandom has incorporated it into Ape lore, I wasn't sure what the studio intent was:  if it was a reboot of the movies or a stand alone time in Ape history.  While the movies kept a tight continuity (except for 3979 vs 3955) the TV show had some loose historic dates regarding the astronaunt's history giving rise to speculation it was an alternatve timeline.  The weakness of the show was the focus on the humans and not the apes which is what fans wanted to see. The movies set up a an interesting society the TV series should've explored much deeper.  It also should've incorporated foreshadowing elements from the movies, such as when exploring a bombed out human city, encountering some mid-developed mutants. At some point the "fugitive" theme needed to be abandoned as the trio moved farther from the central ape city, although Mark Lenard's Urko was a fantastic character and would not be easily dropped.  It was probably a fit ending to a great movie series that played itself out completely and I hold it in higher regard than Tim Burton's and the current movie series.   I suppose this generation will take to the new movie series with enhanced special effects,  but which has yet to create the awe and spectacle of the original.

Scotty to Pen Star Trek 3? (Article) - 1/26/2015 1:22:53 PM

This reboot will never garner the adoration of the original putting 3 movies out over 5 years. They should have made it an HBO/AMC type series 12-16 episodes per year to keep the storyline moving and the fans interested. Even the gimickey Shatner return rumor falls flat for anyone who read the Shater/Kirk novels.  At this point I'm ready for an Admiral Picard series that undoes the alternate reality and puts the characters back where they belong.

Walking Dead Cobalt Update (Article) - 12/17/2014 7:36:06 AM

I would be more interested to see a future cast with Carl now grown leading a different band .......

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Details (Article) - 10/2/2014 7:07:05 AM

The movie was just OK!  What disappointed me most was the apes using sign language with subtitles! By now the apes should have been talking much more and even begun wearing clothes.  I had my 8 year old son with me who was bored stiff. That was the same age I saw the original, and had they used subtitles I'm sure the movie wouldn't have impressed me as it.  It was a better represenation of early ape development than Battle of the POTA was, but could've been so much better.

Walking Dead: Bloodletting Review (Article) - 10/24/2011 8:48:05 AM

The review was better than mine. There were too many teary eyes, guilt trips and open mouths aghast! Biggest complaint is not much happened considering all the story telling that needs to be done in a few season  episodes. Its a big farm, but did we have to endure Rick carrying Carl over its entire length! Yep, he's a devoted father, I got that in less time!  Editing maybe? Most of the story took place in the farmhouse bedroom with the rest of the cast hiking (arguing) through the woods. Poor Dale, the camp counselor and babysitter!  Do we need to see Hershall poking around in Carl's wound, I'd prefer the gore to be from the source zombie material rather than reality gore!  Where the heck is Sophia? Not even a hint to keep us wondering! (Maybe she's with Darryl's brother).  Some poor editing showing evening at the school but sunshine back at the bedroom. The focus on Carl's worsening condition and need to gather medical supplies diverts the story from its main goal this week which was to introduce the new group.  Yeah, alot of griping but the writing was so amaturish! I hope this show doesn't get lost in its own writing like LOST did, one of the biggest boondoggles in TV writing history. The source materal is good story! When they can enhance it with subtle alterations or new characters fine, but don't stray too far from the reason its on TV.


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