Thursday, November 30, 2017

RIP Jim Nabors

Man, this one especially sucks because I grew up watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show. Never watched Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. because it never seemed to rerun on on TV. Nabors was always able to get you to laugh with a "gollllly" or a "shazam!" and his bumbling portrayal of Gomer.

But you know what sucks? He had to wait until 2011 to finally marry his husband and only got six years to enjoy having a marriage. But it's nice that he lived long enough to actually tie to knot.

(Picture via Mayberry Wiki)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Former Arrowverse showrunner Andrew Kreisberg is at last fired

What a difference a day makes. I ended my boycott of the Arrowverse last night and accused sexual evil-doer Andrew Kreisberg gets shitcanned today. I was a bit trepidatious about ending the one-man boycott before he was fired, but I didn't start catching up on the episodes I missed until today, so it all works out.

Related note: I'm still not caught up yet. I still have one episode of Legends of Tomorrow, three of Arrow's, and that's probably not counting the Crisis on Earth-X episodes. Then again, Wednesday is the perfect catch-up night because there's nothing else on TV that interests me.

The Gifted is a really good show, y'all

I was skeptical when I first heard about The Gifted because I react to trailers the same way I react to seeing Jehovah's Witnesses - I avoid them. Sometimes by turning off the lights and pretending I'm not there. Sometimes by hiding in someone's shrubbery. So because of that, I had the impression that the show was about two parents on the run with their mutant children and that was that.

Kind of like 90s TV show Promised Land, if Promised Land had been cool. Which it wasn't.

What we got with The Gifted instead is a genuinely great X-Men series that Fox will be more than happy to cancel at the end of the season because Fox hates everything that is happiness and joy. The choice of characters from the X-Men mythos is interesting. Obviously, they couldn't use any of the major characters from the movie franchise, but the selection isn't terrible. We've got Thunderbird, the ill-fated X-Man who in the comics was killed off almost immediately; Polaris, who is quite aggressive and quite pregnant with Eclipse, a character created for the show. The show also has its own version of Blink and her skepticism at everything the Mutant Underground does is refreshing. I like a character who isn't just going to accept everything the other protags do because conformity will be the downfall of our civilization.

Conformity and Marvel's Inhumans.

But yeah, it's a great show and can't recommend it enough. Just be sure to watch it before Fox gets around to canceling it.

There's them Avenger boys and girls fighting their Infinity War

"And get this man a shield."

Same, Ted Kord, same

It's Blue Beetle, guys!
If junk food is so bad for you then why does it taste so good? Why, I ask you, why? Modern science can't answer that!¹

¹Very obviously it can. Eat them fruit and veggies, kids!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ending my boycott of the Arrowverse

It's been about two weeks since I decided to boycott Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow after showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was suspended after being accused of sexual harassment by nineteen people (fifteen women, four men). At the time, I planned on maintaining the one-man boycott until Kreisberg was fired and while that hasn't happened yet, I've decided to end the boycott.

Why? For two reasons. First, various Arrowverse castmembers have both denounced the harassment and come out in support of the victims. Their taking a stance in this will do a lot more in the long run than my dinky little boycott, which was more of a moral stand than anything else. Second, I just don't think Kreisberg is going to return. You just don't get accused of sexual harassment by nearly twenty people and get your job back. You can get elected President of the United States, but not your job showrunning a highly successful TV franchise.

So the boycott is over and now comes the dreadfully hard part: catching up on two weeks worth of episodes! I was already an episode behind on Arrow before this, so I have got to hustle!

One final note before I end this post: Fuck Andrew Kreisberg and every single asshole who sexually harasses and assaults.

Eat shit and die!😃

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Why I'm boycotting the Arrowverse

Credit: Bettina Strauss/The CW
(via Entertainment Weekly)
 In case you haven't heard, Andrew Kreisberg, one of the executive producers of The CW's Arrowverse (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) was suspended due to allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact. He stands accused by nineteen people (seventeen women and two men) and is yet another man outed as a sexual predator in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations. I believe his accusers not least because victims are often not believed and as a result most will never step forward both because of that and the fear of retaliation. The fact that nineteen people have come forward to accuse him adds a tremendous amount of weight to the accusations. That not all of them are women is another thing, because I have to imagine male victims are even less likely to come forward with their stories.

And because of all of that, if Kreisberg isn't fired and is allowed to return as executive producer, then I won't be watching any of the Arrowverse TV shows. I love the shows and the cast and characters dearly, but I cannot in good conscience support them if a serial predator is helming them.

To take a step further, I may not watch any of the shows until he is fired. Like with the above, I realize that this won't cause even a tiny ripple, but I have to stand by for what's right and supporting his victims is what's right.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My favorite Batmobile

I found this little beauty while clearing out my bedroom closet last week: a die-cast Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton movie.

I've had the thing since '89 or '90 at the latest. Twenty-eight years old. Amazing. It needs some cleaning up, but otherwise is in perfect condition. One thing I didn't notice until last week is that there's a little Batman in the driver's seat. You can't see it in the pictures, but it's a nice touch nonetheless.