Thursday, October 31, 2013

The new commercial for Google's Chromebook is uh...well, it's definitely something

In the words of the immortal Rick James: "cocaine is a hell of a drug."

What's with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers appear in commercials recently, though? The commercial for that Samsung Galaxy Note smartwatch includes several clips from MMPR. I'm not complaining, however, because I fucking love Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. That was my shit when I was a kid, right up until Power Rangers: Turbo. I'm sorry, but a ten year old Power Ranger was just a bridge too far for me. I don't think they ever explained how his body changed into a full-size adult's when he morphed.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

In which I laugh for a thousand million years

Credit: Our Valued Customers.
Yeah, this guy* clearly had no idea what he was talking about - Whovians are just as crotchety as any other fandom. Popular subjects to bitch about:
  • Why Stephen Moffatt is a sexist twit who is absolutely ruining Doctor Who
  • Why do people dislike Martha Jones?
  • <Nine, Ten, Eleven> is the best Doctor!
Etc., etc., etc...

*In case you've never read Our Valued Customers, the strips are based on actual things the writer/artist, Mr. Tim has overheard at the comic shop he works at.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Welp, that last post was my 500th

To 500 more shitty posts!

Thoughts on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "0-8-4"

Eh. It was an okay episode, but it didn't blow my socks even half-way off. Whereas the pilot showed the formation of Phil Coulson's team, 0-8-4 was about the team actually coalescing into well, a team. The plot was pretty cookie cutter: Coulson and his team - which I hereby christen the Super Friends - head to Peru to investigate a report of a "0-8-4", which is S.H.I.E.L.D.'s code for an object of unknown origin. According to Coulson, the last time he investigated one, it was Mjolnir, Thor's hammer. The object in question turns out to be a Tesseract-powered weapon built by HYDRA long ago. Now, at this point, I thought we were going to get an appearance by Baron Zemo, since he had ties to the Nazis and fled to the South American jungles near the end of WWII ended.

Things pick up a little when the Super Friends end up in a standoff with a unit of Peruvian soldiers led by an ally of Coulson's named Camilla Reyes. Then both groups are attacked by rebels and they make their escape on-board the Super Friend's plane, which I'm calling the Hall of Justice. There's a scene after this where a reference to the Avengers movie is made. The weapon is being examined in the plane's lab and all of the Super Friends, with the exception of Coulson and May (who's flying the Hall of Justice), all become very angry and start arguing with each other. Sound familiar? It's exactly what happened in the movie when the Avengers were in Banner's lab with Loki's scepter. The fact that Coulson wasn't affected is very interesting and lends more weight to my theory that he's not human; he wouldn't be affected by it if he were an LMD or some other type of android.

The rest of the episode involves Reyes and her men hijacking the Hall of Justice to get her hands on the weapon. The Super Friends are forced to put aside their differences and work together to stop her and save using the weapon to blow a hole in the side of the plane, killing most of Reyes' men (parachutes would have been handy) and allowing Coulson to turn the tables on his captor. After this, they head to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base where the weapon is loaded onto a rocket and fired off into the Sun, which Coulson explains is standard procedure because Tesseract-powered weapons are simply too dangerous to have around. We also discover that Skye is still connected to the secret hacker group, Rising Tide, and appears to be playing the part of mole in the team.

The best part of the episode, though? Nick motherfucking Fury! I did not expect Samuel L. Jackson to do a cameo on the show, mostly because I didn't think the show would have that kind of money to do it. Either way, it was totally worth it.

The Good: Interesting bits and references to Captain America, Thor, and the Avengers. Also, Phil Coulson. The surprise cameo by Nick Fury was worth watching.

The Bad: The entire episode felt like filler. Nothing was spectacular. The show is still getting its legs.

My rating: 7/10.

Monday, October 7, 2013