Monday, January 27, 2014

Death comes to Agents of Shields. No wait, Deathlok comes to Agents of Shields. DeathLOK.

So as you’ve probably heard or just read in the title, Marvel’s cyborg (one of them at least), Deathlok is going to be on Agents of Way Too Many Periods. The thing is, he’s already been on the show a couple of times before. This will be a new version of the Deathlok - J. August Richard’s Mike Peterson. This makes plenty of sense, considering Peterson’s recent predicament. The last we saw him (unless he appeared in that episode that I missed), Peterson was a captive/forced agent of Centipede after being nearly blown to pieces at the end of "The Bridge" and suffering from severe burns and missing a leg, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’ll be turned into a cyborg. I think Mike Peterson might be the first incarnation of Deathlok not to be living brain inside a cyborg’d corpse.
I’ll admit that when I first heard about Peterson being Deathlok, I was briefly disappointed because I hoped it was going to be Michael Collins, the third incarnation of Deathlok. He was the incarnation that I was first introduced to. But only briefly. Using Peterson works better in this case, since it continues the main plot and is a logical progression for the character.

I think it’s awesome that Marvel is using Deathlok at all, they’re (there have been like five, I think) not exactly an A-List character. I think they’re barely D-List. It hopefully opens the door for Marvel to use other less well known characters on television and in the movies.

In which I am done with wrestling for the forseeable future.

Because Dave Batista won the Royal Rumble. The problem with that is that Batista hadn't wrestled a match in four years prior to the Rumble. He had quit back in 2010 to pursue a career in MMA because I guess he thought he was going to be the next Brock Lesnar or something. Then he started up an acting career and when the MMA career floundered, he returned to the WWE. This, combined with WWE's seemingly legitimate disinterest in promoting Daniel Bryan to the top of the ladder, just killed my enthusiasm for wrestling. Bryan is more over with wrestling fans than Hulk Hogan ever was, even at the peak of his popularity. Same with The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin and yet, WWE is just unwilling to make him the top guy in the company. I thought it was just a ploy to build fans up into a frothing frenzy before letting him win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but it's honestly starting to not look like a ploy. So, I'm just going to take a break from wrestling for a while. Couple months at least.

What happened tonight and Daniel Bryan aren't the only reasons why I'm taking a break from wrestling. I've been tempted for a while now, since the new fall TV season started. There's a lot of shows out there that I want to check out, some of which come on Mondays and naturally conflict with Monday Night Raw: Almost Human, Black List, Sleepy Hollow, whatever else. I'll be watching those instead.

And now I'll end this post by venting some of my wrestling fan rage.




Sunday, January 26, 2014

I, too, will never have a French girlfriend named Anna

PvP - Les Misrable.
Context for the joke is that there's a designer named Jason Permenter who had a French girlfriend (now his wife, I think) named Anna that he would blog about on Tumblr.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"You and a guest will travel round trip coach..."

Because The Price Isn't Right for first-class seats. I love how they'll give away tens of thousands of dollars in prizes and sometimes just tens of thousands of dollars period, but they can't spring for first-class seats on the plane?

Monday, January 20, 2014

American television

Taken from my Tumblr.
American television basically consists of medical dramas, procedural/cop dramas, sitcoms, and a few random things that don’t fall under either of those categories. Even then, the sitcoms are stale, usually involving the same type of characters and plots. With those, you’ll have a “dumb” character, a sexy/”slutty” female character. If the protagonist is a woman, she’ll be a twenty-something trying to find her place in the world and trying to find a man to “complete” her. Otherwise, she’ll be an empty shell with no worth. If the character is male, then he’ll be a skirt chaser who only wants to get laid and hang out with his friends until he’s finally “tied down” by a love interest and “grows up”.

Regardless of gender, both characters will be white. Mindy Kaling is the exception that proves the rule.
Then of course, there’s the “token” character. This is a non-white character who doesn’t really do anything and pretty much just exists so that the cast isn’t entirely white. Sometimes, he/she will fill the “dumb” character role. If the character is African-American, they’ll be “hood”. If the character is Indian or South Asian, they’ll be the butt of jokes involving tech support or call centers or derogatory stereotypes about South Asia.
Basically, this is one of the reasons why shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are so successful. They don’t follow the same bullshit as the rest of American TV.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Watch Dazzler kick everybody's ass in Konami's X-Men beat 'em up arcade game

"You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you anywhere. Talk about your psalms, talk about John 3:16...Dazzler 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!"

h/t Armagideon Time.

A woman busted her ankle on the Price is Right because people spin that wheel way too hard

In her case, she put too much force into it and fell on her ass. She won and when the show came back from break to do the Showcase, she was on crutches. I imagine CBS's lawyers were waiting for her at the hospital. The thing that gets me though is that people try to spin the wheel harder than they need to and that's why it stopping on a dollar doesn't happen very often. I just saw a dude spin the wheel so hard, the numbers actually blurred a little.

If it was me, I'd would just put enough force into the spin to get it around once and get it to land as close to the dollar mark as possible. I'm not saying it even would, but the success rate would probably be higher.

When someone bids a dollar higher than someone else on The Price is Right

Okay, the Tetris guy just won an X-Men pinball machine and a Donkey Kong arcade cabinet

I want to make a snarky joke here, but that's actually a hella sweet prize.

There are two people on Let's Make A Deal dressed as Tetris blocks

Amazing what you can do with cardboard boxes and duct tape. I thought it was a Minecraft thing at first because the woman he was competing with/against was dressed sort of like a construction worker.

I don't really knows the Minecrafts that well.

Friday, January 10, 2014

What a time to be alive - a burrito vending machine

Saw this on Laughing Squid and truly, we are living in the future when burrito making vending machines exist.

To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed that three of the five options are breakfast burritos. Where's the bean and beef or the ones with green peppers? Maybe they'll add new options beyond that five and hopefully these vending machines will start showing up outside of Los Angeles.

Here's the website for the Burrito Box. Pictures via Vice.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Favorite quote from tonight's season premiere of Community

Jeff: "Your entire identity has been consumed by your relationship with another man."
Troy: "You found my Clive Owen Tumblr?!?"

h/t Grantland.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

RIP James Avery, Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Poop. D:

Batman and Commisioner Gordon celebrate New Years

From The New Batman Adventures.

This is the first time I've seen this. I watched and loved Batman: The Animated Series when I was a kid, but never got around to watching The New Batman Adventures. I've seen some episodes since then and they're pretty excellent, especially the one where Batgirl dies and Gordon goes after Batman for it.

h/t Daily DCU.