Monthly Archives - May 2021

Ghost of the White Man’s Burden

REPOST: I have old friends over this weekend. Which has left me zero time to write today. Hope you had a good weekend. The American game studio Sucker Punch is launching a new game for the Sony Playstation 4 called Ghost of Tsushima. The story takes place on the Japanese Island of Tsushima during the Mongol Invasion.  Here's the backstory, Kublai Khan decided to invade Japan and lost.  Yeah, there was a little more to it than that, but it's not...

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Heavy Gamma

UPDATE: They are still doing it!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo9W-SdYgJ0 Bounding Into Comics brought this one to my attention. The character of Taarna the Tarakian was first introduced in the movie Heavy Metal (1981).  It was an anthology movie whose various stories were stitched together by an evil green ball called, the Loknar.  The Loknar’s powers were whatever they needed to be so the stories could happen.  Fine. It wasn't a great film. In the final segment, the Loknar lands on some random planet and turns the locals into...

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It Came From the Nineties: Unforgotten Science Fiction from the End of the 20th Century

None of these are in this article TV tends to lag behind film trends.  The 1980s is arguably the best decade ever for science fiction and fantasy movies.  In the 1990s the small screen followed suit. This is a list of 1990s sci-fi series that I decided weren’t obscure enough to qualify as forgotten.  I’ll do a different list for stuff like Time Trax and Mantis another time.  These shows were well known at the time but have fallen off the radar since. Regular readers will...

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Blogs and Ends: The Stuff I Didn’t Believe Edition

I don’t run with every rumor that crosses my radar, despite the ever-hungry beast that is the need for daily content.  I don’t want a reputation for being Little Doomcock.  So, once in a while I pass on posting a rumor that I’m not buying into on common sense grounds and it turns out to be true.  This week there have been a couple of things that I didn’t go with that turned out to be true. FIRST The Powerpuff Script I’ll start by saying...

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RE:View Highlander

The sword fighting is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E! After the first five minutes of this movie and I was wondering if I’d made a mistake.  Some things just play better in the halls of memory. Henry Cavil’s commitment to the Highlander has instantly injected a lot of interest into what has been a dead franchise since the early 2000s.  On the face of it, he is perfect for the role. Consequently, I decided to watch it for the first time since I was dating my wife,...

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Yeah, It’s Gonna Suck – The Eternals

It's finally here! The trailer for the long hidden, soon to be Marvel's first (but hardly last) bomb; The Eternals Here it is. Look at it. LOOK AT IT!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxYno8x7ES4 That. Was. Awful. It leaves the audience lost and confused. Plus, there's a Bollywood dance number! So has Disney given up on China and now it's going to snobbishly condescend to India? Not sure they are going to do that with this History Channel movie. But at least we will finally learn the Hindustani word for...

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The Gamma Boss: Director Josh Trank

Gamma Males simply can’t handle success, they just aren’t designed for it.   But few Gammas were so completely destroyed by hitting the big time as Fantastic Four (2015) director Josh Trank.  Back in 2012, 21st Century Fox was facing a problem.  The superheroes they had licensed from Marvel came with a ticking time bomb clause.  If a film wasn’t in the theaters or being filmed before the clock reached zero, the license exploded, and the rights reverted back to Marvel. Up until that time, the...

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The Dark Herald Recommends Mortal Kombat

“Such a promising start.” A phrase that is up there with “if only” as the saddest of words, isn’t it? A young man that was an athlete at the top of his class and ends up in the gutter.  A roaring small business that is ready for the big time, destroyed by the lawyers.  A great first scene in a movie but the rest of it… Motal Kombat opens in 1619 Japan.  There is an idyllic scene of medieval Japanese life.  A contented wife and her...

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RE:View Starship Troopers

I always get the shakes before a drop. I’ve had the injections, of course, and hypnotic preparation, and it stands to reason that I can’t really be afraid. The ship’s psychiatrist has checked my brain waves and asked me silly questions while I was asleep and he tells me that it isn’t fear, it isn’t anything important — it’s just like the trembling of an eager race horse in the starting gate. I couldn’t say about that; I’ve never...

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