Has any show ever changed more from its original conception than Family Matters? The sitcom ran for 9 seasons (1989-1997) and began as a family-based sitcom, more or less a working class Cosby Show. Halfway through the first season, Steve Urkel, the nerdy neighbor debuted and was a huge hit. The show increasingly used Steve until the show was mostly about him with the original Winslow family more or less just there for him to annoy each week. But the show slowly increased Urkel’s intelligence level until he was casually inventing time machines and cloning people. Here are ten episodes, listed in chronological order, that show how weird the show became.
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It’s back to just a bunch of weird stuff this time. Characters talking out of character, inexplicable panels, all sorts of weird stuff.
Continue reading Out of Context Comics: Volume 10
We once had a big list of animated gifs taken from those As Seen on TV ads. People liked it. So here’s 10 more weirdos. There’s got to be a better way!
Maybe do some pushups and lift some weights.
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This volume of out of context comics panels features more unintentional innuendo, then pivots into weird sound effects.
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Me with William Shatner because I love Star Wars so much
There’s been a decent mix of nerd news this week, considering January is a pretty dead month for entertainment. Who’s the unlikely writer of the next Star Trek movie? What did George Lucas say Disney did to his proposed Star Wars 7? Marvel Comics is ENDING its comics universe? Hey, if those clickbait-esque questions don’t make you want to read on then what kind of monster are you? Do you really read an opening paragraph but then give up on an article? Trust me, we have fun stuff to discuss, please stay.
Continue reading Friday Round Up: Marvel Ends, Star Trek Moves Forward, and Venture Bros. Returns
Voyager Torture features Vincent reviewing an episode of Star Trek Voyager that he’s seen for the first time and Chris Piers drawing an image based on that episode that he’s never seen.
This installment of Star Trek Voyager Torture was so painful that I didn’t finish the review the first time I wrote it. And then I forgot about it, I had buried it away in my subconscious. I only realized I missed an episode after going through all of them. It’s been sitting in my drafts for months. Sadly for me, I had to re-watch the episode in order to refresh my memory. This is twice the pain to endure for you people. I hope you are grateful!
Continue reading Star Trek Voyager Torture: Persistence of Vision (Season 2 Episode 24)
Bioware is a game developer and their games are character driven narratives. In the world of gaming characters are usually shallow and conform neatly into the plot and this list is to celebrate those who are a bit more. I’ve pulled 11 of Bioware’s best characters and lined them up in some sort of digital meat market. How is this list determined? Well first off I want to point out I used the word ‘best’, not ‘favorite’. Is the character particularily unique? Does the character invest the player in the process? Does the character present a meaning beyond ‘the main antagonist really screwed me over’?
You may get to the end of this list and think, “this is pretty skewed to newer games”, and you’d be right. Newer games are on an unfair playing field; their budgets are much larger and their characters are fully voiced. A powerful voice performance on top of a well written script goes a long way in humanizing an image on a screen. I can safely say voice preformance got at least one of these characters in the top 11. Take heart though, this list does include the old games. The other note is while I have played and really enjoyed Neverwinter Nights and Jade Empire I’m not super familiar with their characters’ story arcs anymore.
11. Miranda Lawson (Mass Effect 2)
“Omega. What a pisshole.”
Miranda isn’t the most likable in the Mass Effect series, but she’s not suppose to be. You meet her right away and her role in the story is doubly important from the developer’s standpoint in terms of the consumers who played the original Mass Effect game. If you didn’t play the first game and just jumped in it is no big deal. If you did play the original you shut down some fairly twisted Cerberus operations. Making the Shepard even standing next to Cerberus narrative believable falls on her.
Mass Effect took some heat from critics involving a few butt shots with Miranda. I always thought that critique was shallow. Yes close ups of her quite shapely posterior existed, but they were there to further the character, not to titilate. How do you describe a character as a strong and having black widow feel without just coming out and saying it? Imagery, but we’ll save the aesthetics talk for a different post.
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This is not a joke, this is the real deal. Today, Marvel Comics announced what some insiders suspected: this Summer’s epic crossover event, Secret Wars, will be the end of the Marvel Universe as it currently exists. You can watch their announcements in the video above. But here are some of the important parts:
- Secret Wars will feature the Marvel Universe (known as 616 to fans) and the Ultimate Universe (which features the popular Miles Morales version of Spider-Man) will colliding, effectively ending the continuity of both.
- Marvel’s continuity has been in place with a shared universe since 1961 while the Ultimate Universe began as a type of rebooted reality starting in 2000 with Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort confirmed the eight-issue Secret Wars represents the end of both continuities and will reboot everything.
Battleworld from Marvel’s 2015 Secret Wars (click for larger version)
- “The Marvel Universe will be Battleworld and every single piece of those worlds will be building blocks for the universe,” said Alonso. He later added that some dead characters could return following the new continuity, such as Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man’s first serious girlfriend.
- DC Comics rebooted their universe in 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths and this sounds like a similar idea to bring characters up to speed without origins that were originally written back in the 60s. It was very well received, simplifying multiple takes on characters and bringing them into a more modern world. DC again rebooted its universe 2 years ago with what it calls the New 52 to less acclaim.
- Marvel has released an interactive map of Battleworld that will indicate which heroes are in which countries.
- Battleworld was previously created by a cosmic entity known as The Beyonder in a 12-issue crossover event in 1985 that was also called Secret Wars. He forced heroes and villains to fight for his amusement. Eventually they beat him.
- Secret Wars will begin in May 2015, written by Jonathan Hickman who is currently writing reality-spanning adventures in Avengers that will lead up to this story. Art will be handled by Esad Ribic. Brevoort confirmed that Hickman’s story in Avengers and New Avengers have been leading up to this event.
- Marvel will publish Secret Wars #0 for Free Comic Book Day in May, to bring new readers up to speed.
- Stan Lee, a founding creator of the Marvel Universe was asked for his take on things. He said:
“It’s probably good. Anything they do that’s unexpected and different usually captures the attention of the fans. People will want to follow it to see what happens and where it will lead. Marvel cannot keep doing the same stories over and over again. You always have to come up with new angles and new approaches to things. I think it’s probably a good idea. It sounds intriguing to me.”
Are you excited to see the Marvel Universe rebooted for the modern age? Do you have concerns?
In the 80s, GI Joe was the king of action figures. But there were plenty of competitors that also did well: He-Man, Star Wars, Ninja Turtles. These all had other media to back them up. Usually a tv show, sometimes some movies and comic books. Then there were the secondary lines of popular figures like Thundercats or MASK. These lines would last about 3 years with several waves of toys. But then there were the toys that came out with a massive gimmick and tons of promotion that just did not take off for whatever reason. Maybe the toys weren’t that good? Or the story wasn’t engaging enough? Here are five lines that seemed to have every reason to take off, and may even still be remembered, but pretty much failed to sell.
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Another Tastykakes review?! Yes! This is almost the last of this Tastykake review series. “But whyyyyy?” You ask in a Andrew Dice Clay mocking voice. Tastykake isn’t in my area and I’m running out of the ones sent by a Snack Report Fan! This time we’re digging into Tastykake Birthday Cupkakes. Are they enough to warm my cold and cholestoral clogged heart to Tastykake? Let’s find out!
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