Vincent’s Comments: Wow Chris really ramped up the extreme in today’s Star Trek Problems. It’s like Star Trek unleashed or Star Trek unbound, you can’t cage this Star Trek! I really like the direction that the new film series is heading. Great stuff in store.
Not if an unemployed guy with a bow and arrow has anything to say about it
After Rambo: First Blood Part II but before Rambo III, there was a daily Rambo cartoon, subtitled Force of Freedom. It was a bad choice. The Rambo films are hard R-rated action films with extreme violence. The cartoon was very much in the GI Joe mold. It took a character who was a tortured loner dealing with post traumatic stress disorder and gave him 2 teammates to go on globe-trotting adventures with.
Rambo in the films just wants to be left alone and to find some peace. There’s one thing he’s very good at – being the ultimate soldier – but he doesn’t want to do it. The cartoon had Rambo going on any old adventure he could come across and palling around with like-minded individuals. While it works for G.I. Joe, that show took it in a sci-fi spy vs. spy direction. Rambo’s cartoon has a tonal disconnect from the harsh material it’s based on. And then they did a Christmas episode.
Perfect kids’ cartoon material
Continue reading Rambo Had a Christmas Episode. It Was Insane.
Welcome back, folks! Digga D is back to massage your brain muscles with a whole load of truth. Digga digs into Abe Sapian, tears apart some Clown Fatale, smashes Halo, and blast us with an advance review of Blood Hound!
Story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
Abe Sapien 8 starts out in 1983 with gold old Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, who longtime fans of the series know from early Hellboy comics. Abe has come back from investigating a Mayan underworld and is reporting back to the good professor. The story then becomes Abe’s accounts of what happens. While down in a cave Abe finds a man who has been left along for far too long. Through deciphering between his yells, Sapien figures out the area may be haunted by vampires. Well, one albino vampire to be exact. There are more reveals until the end of this self-contained issue.
As stated before, I love me some Abe Sapien, however, this issue felt like a throw-away until the next story arc is ready. The art isn’t bad, but there have been other issues of Abe Sapien that have had better. Oeming’s art is still reminiscent of Mignola’s, but there seemed something missing between the art and the script. Maybe it was my excitement of advancing the already amazing story of Abe Sapien being a stranger in a strange land, but the issue was just another run of the mill Mignola story. If you want to start Abe Sapien, sure this COULD be one to start on, but I would just recommend getting the first issue for a buck and continuing on.
Continue reading Digga’s Dark Horse Saddle Up: Comic Reviews 12/11/13
One of the greatest things to ever happen to me in childhood was the discovery of the Dinosaurs Attack! trading card set. Each card was a beautiful vision into a terrible world where dinosaurs appeared in our world and became relentless killing machines. Even the plant eaters!
Continue reading Dinosaurs Attack! The Comic Book Series from IDW
When Warner Archive finally made Superboy Season 2 available, fans rejoiced. After having no hope of ever getting the rest of the series on DVD after the first season release Superman fans had hope. The only question we had was whether or not the last two seasons would get the Warner Archive treatment and they did!
This series got the official title change to The Adventures of Superboy in season three, but that’s not the only change! Superboy is a strange series considering how many times they switched premises. After season one the show switched the actors of Superboy and Lex Luthor and also changed the location from Smallville to Schuster college. When season 3 opens up, Clark Kent is now interning at the Buero for Paranormal Research (more on that in a minute). Superboy’s pal Andy McCalister (played by Ilan Mitchell-Smith most famous for being part of the teen duo in Weird Science) is no longer a regular cast member in season 3, which is a shame. He grew on me as season 2 progressed. He does show up for one last episode in “Special Effects”, which is nice, but makes me realize how he would have been a great regular addition to season 3.
The man, the legend, the under appreciated actor.
Let’s think about these new locations for a moment. Superboy is already living in the city, working as a reporter and flying around in the familiar blue and red outfit. His psydo-girlfriend is also working at the same place. In three seasons Superboy essentially became a Superman show. Let’s contrast that with Smallville where it took Clark five? seasons to make it to a city and 10 seasons to get into the damned suit.
Continue reading The Adventures of Superboy Season 3 DVD Review
Well, I had a fun night. I’ve been sick for about a week but then I had a new symptom, a lot of pain in my chest area and it hurt to breathe. Being an idiot, I didn’t go to the doctor right away, thinking it couldn’t be a heart attack. Several hours later when nothing had improved and it basically hurt a lot to move my upper torso, my girlfriend drove me to the ER which was the only open medical option at that point. From 11 pm to 3 am I got poked and prodded a bit and it turned out that it was just the virus messing up with my muscle tissue and they gave me an IV full of Motrin to stop the inflammation. I’m feeling tons better, but I’m tired.
Now to tie this into the geek theme of the site, my doctor was a woman with the last name of McCoy. That’s fucking right, I was treated by Dr. McCoy last night. How fucking cool is that?
Continue reading FRU: Dr. McCoy Saves My Life, Plus Star Trek, X-Men, and More!
Chris’ Comments: Vincent is under the weather so I’m not sure if he’s up for adding his comments to this one. However, I thought it was necessary to give him credit. This was an idea he wanted to see so I made it to amuse him. We don’t get a lot of replies so sometimes, here on Robot’s Pajamas, we write posts and make comics to amuse each other.
Vincent’s Comments: Oh I’m here to comment! The idea here came from watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when Khan is in this scene he puts the bug thing pretty close to his own ear. I thought, what if he dropped it just now? Would he freak out? I would like to imagine that he would have lost all of his bravado and just straight out panicked.
And Chris is also right, The Robot’s Pajamas is basically us just entertaining each other.
Script: J. Michael Straczynski
Art: Pete Woods
One of Dark Horse’s Flagship books has always been the Terminator Series. Now, whether or not these series keep up with the movie continuum (and vice-versa) is beyond me. Here we have a rebel being sent back along with three old T-800 model terminators once again for various reasons. This time the T-800s are on recon. Apparently there may be a human still working away with the robots that have leveled mankind. John Connor is readying his troops for what he’s hoping will be a defining victory for mankind. Just like the movies, there’s an awful lot riding on a successful trip back in time.
This comic was actually pretty interesting. I didn’t realize the J. Michael Stracynski had written it until afterwards and was not surprised. The story was pretty well crafted. There’s a lot of explaining that helps flush out why they robots continually send back terminators. It’s also nice to see inside the robot’s manufacturing plants and get more insight as to what’s going on on their end. In the present (or the slightly rewound past), there’s a bit of drama to keep all time frames fresh and interesting. If you enjoy the Terminator, this would be a good book to check out. There are classic lines repeated which make sense as computers are not known for creative poetic speech. For now, I’m enjoying this book more than I thought I would and it’s nice to see Dark Horse bringing out some good writing talent on a comic that probably would’ve sold either way.
Vincent’s Viewpoint: I’m one of the few people on Earth that actually liked Terminator: Salvation. Still, it completely boggles my mind why Dark Horse would release a Salvation tie-in comic now. Because it’s the last movie that was made? Salvation doesn’t have any kind of cred for people aside from me. That part of the Terminator universe is a dead end now.
I think a comic based off the Sarah Conner Chronicles would have been a much better choice. People that hated Salvation loved that show, in fact it still carries the “gone too soon” vibe in the geek community. If Buffy can live on in comic form, certainly there’s room to continue the story of Sarah Conner Chronicles.
As for this comic, I’m a big Terminator fan that has seen the movies, the show, and read a lot of the books. It’s going to have to take a lot more of the regular jumping back in the past business to hold my attention, since I’ve seen it many times before. Hopefully the second issue will pick up a bit more as we move beyond the basics.
Continue reading Digga D’s Dark Horse Saddle-up! Terminator Thoughts and Much More!
Today I’m reviewing an action figure as a part of Action Figure advent calendar. It’s a new review every day through Christmas! I’m really glad to be a part of it. Be sure to check out the other blogs that are a part of this fun.
Doing this post reminds me of that fact that Christmas was one of the few times a year I got action figures. Sure I’d get a few here and there the rest of the year, but overall Christmas time was the day I’d get most of my action figure goodness for that year. Anyone else have that kind of set up?
Anyway, today I’m writing about the Cobra Data Viper. I recently got the Data Viper from the anemic smattering of G.I. Joes that have been coming out over the last year or so. I’d looked forward to this figure for some time, ever since I saw him at Joe Con, because I just love his look. It’s so sci-fi, but it’s a really nice aesthetic.
Continue reading Advent Figure Review Day 4: G.I. Joe’s Data Viper
Thanks to some Black Friday deals I picked up a bunch of Blu-Ray movies I’ve been meaning to check out. I snagged Pacific Rim for the price of a movie ticket and it was the 3D version, no less. Since the 3D version comes with the DVD and the regular Blu-Ray it was a no-brainer choice even if I didn’t particularly care for the film… now I just need a 3D TV. Anyway, short story is I finally got to see Pacific Rim and I’m ready to atomic blast you in the face with my thoughts.
I think it’s important to highlight two factors before continuing with my Pacific Rim review. The first is that I always considered myself to be a pretty big Godzilla (and other large monster movie) fan until the advent of the internet. And then I met guys like Poe Ghostal and I realized I was just a pretender to the throne of Godzilla fans. Still, I like giant monsters. Secondly, I wasn’t one of those people acting like Pacific Rim would be the second coming of Christ. Pacific Rim fever really gripped the internet for awhile there, but I wasn’t one of those ready to make Guillermo del Toro King of the Cosmos for simply making the movie. I only note these factors as reasons why I believe that I have more of an objective opinion than others might of had.
The basic set up of Pacific Rim is that the world is being slowly invaded by giant monsters called Kaiju and our only hope of having any chance of beating them without thousands of lives lost is giant robot suits called Jaegers. The movie does a great job of throwing these concepts at you without completely drowning you. You just have to know that and we’re off and running.
I’m just going to state right off that I really enjoyed Pacific Rim. It was a fun ride and if you haven’t seen it and enjoy mech suits beating up on monsters, you should check it out. If you want to read more about the problems I had with the flick and maybe get into some spoilers, read on!
Continue reading Pacific Rim: Big Monsters and Big Robots Going At It