The Master

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  1. First time you felt old

    For me, it was in 2004, when I heard Ghostbusters was celebrating its 20th anniversary. Worse yet, next year it hits 25!
  2. Random movie and tv thoughts

    After the trailer hit, everyone (including myself) flipped out when it was revealed that The Heathers / bullies were the gay, gender-nonconforming, and minority teenagers. Is it as bad as the trailer portrayed, or do they make it work without being overly offensive?
  3. Every comic you've read in 2018

    At some point, I hope Marvel teams up Wolverine (Laura), Spider-Man (Miles), Hulk (Amadeus), and Ghost Rider (Robbie) as a nod to this story.
  4. Every comic you've read in 2018

    Defenders #10: Nice ending for the book. Batman #41: This took all of three minutes to read, so boo to that. More concerning is the very racially charged image on the two-page spread. The cricket player is... wow. I have no words. It's fucking bad. And I think the man in the headscarf is playing with wires, which is suggestive. Fantastic Four #347-349: Man, this is not as much fun as I had remembered -- and I read this last year. Art Adams's pages are amazing, of course, but the four members of the new Fantastic Four (Spider-Man, grey Hulk, Wolverine, Ghost Rider) don't act as a team and it's not really entertaining watching them bicker with The Hulk. Spider-Man is a touch fun, I will admit, as he's able to negotiate with Mole Man, but that's all I took away from this. What If... Newer Fantastic Four: Nope. What If...? #78: Peter and the New FF sit around trying to figure out how to pay the bills (really), then they get their asses kicked until Doom saves them. Comics: 279
  5. Random wrestling thoughts

    Jeff Jarrett is heading to the WWE Hall of Fame!
  6. Every comic you've read in 2018

    See Episode 999 for the 25 books examined there in. Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12: See episode 1000. Doctor Strange #385: Kind of a tepid ending to an otherwise great opening storyline. It's not bad, it's that you can see all of the should-be shocking reveals from the start of the arc. Spirits of Vengeance #1: Looks great, but I'm not hooked. Maybe I'll come back. Comics: 272
  7. Random movie and tv thoughts

    As much as I love the original Stargate movie, the TV shows have always eluded me. Are any of them good?
  8. The Incredibles 2

    Absolutely. Best. Panel. Ever!
  9. Episode 999

    Please keep the topic non-spoilery, but please post your reactions.
  10. The Incredibles 2

    Another concern of mine: the dad's can't parent trope. Hopefully the movie is much, much more than this, but this trailer does worry me.
  11. The Incredibles 2

    It's Incredibles 2, so it'll get my money, but this trailer served to lower my expectations.
  12. The All-Purpose Flickchart thread

    Bill & Ted.
  13. Episode 998

    I so cannot wait to dive into this one.
  14. Randomness

    Use this thread to post random pictures and thoughts.
  15. Sorry for dragging my heels and putting us into a crunch, but I have a topic and a way to buy us more time before episode 1000 hits the site. Topic: Team-ups (and crossovers)! The reason I've chosen this for the 1000th episode is because The Show, the site, and the forums would not function and exist if not for every voice that's ever graced it. And that's how I want to celebrate this monumental show: by talking team-ups as a way to thank every single one of you. So what can we cover? Anything with momentous team-ups or crossovers. It's that simple. Examples would be: Comics Justice League of America #21 The Flash #123 Crisis on Infinite Earths (the biggest crossover / team-up ever) DC vs. Marvel JLA / Avengers Oni Press Color Special 2001 #1 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Doomsday Clock #1 and 2 (the second issue is on sale at the end of December) Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man DC Special Series #27 (Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk) Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds Joker / Mask Action Comics #894 (Lex Luthor and Death) Batman / Hellboy / Starman JLA: Year One Avengers #239 (David Letterman) Marvel Team-Up #74 (the SNL crew) Archie Meets the Punisher Batman vs Predator (and its sequels) The X-Men / Star Trek books The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans Transformers / GI Joe Movies Monster Squad The Avengers Justice League Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein King Kong vs Godzilla (or any of the Godzilla vs movies) Freddy vs Jason Alien vs Predator Star Trek Generations The LEGO Movie Wreck-It Ralph The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones The WWE / Hanna-Barbera cartoons The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest TV Shows Batman '66 episodes with The Green Hornet and Kato (plus Harry Mudd) The Defenders (Netflix) The time Superman showed up on I Love Lucy The Simpsons / Family Guy episode Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue The Flash / Supergirl crossover Any of the Arrow-verse crossover events The Scooby-Doo / Batman crossovers Any of the Xena / Hercules crossovers The Incredible Hulk Returns The NightMan episode with Manimal The Batman vs. Dracula The Brady Kids episode with Superman and Wonder Woman (Thanks, Will, for mentioning this one on Twitter the other day.) That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana The final WCW Monday Nitro There have to be wrestling promotions that've done crossover / invasion angles (Not the manufactured WWF / WCW / ECW one, though I suppose a case could be made for it.) There could be a segment where someone dives deep into the Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis Video Games Marvel vs Capcom Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Street Fighter X Tekken Kingdom Hearts Super Smash Bros. Anime The two Lupin the 3rd / Detective Conan movies [ I'll need help with this one ] Literature A Study in Emerald [ I'm sure there are more ] But if someone wanted to discuss how all of the Stephen King novels are connected, that would fit the theme. Now, how can I buy us time? The 12 Days of Christmas begins on Christmas Day and runs through 05 January, not 14-25 December as people (including myself) mistakingly believe. That gives us all the way up to Wednesday 03 January to send everything my way. I'll then take the morning and evening of 04 January to put it together, posting episode 1000 the next day. The upcoming calendar will look like this: The Road to 1000 Saturday 25 November - 984: Toronto International Film Festival, part three Tuesday 28 November - 985: Toronto International Film Festival, part four Saturday 02 December - 986: Hannah and Jim Saturday 09 December - 987: Previews Saturday 16 December - 988: [ open slot ] The 12 Days of Christmas Monday 25 December - 989: 12 Days of Christmas, part one Tuesday 26 December - 990: 12 Days of Christmas, part two Wednesday 27 December - 991: 12 Days of Christmas, part three Thursday 28 December - 992: 12 Days of Christmas, part four Friday 29 December - 993: 12 Days of Christmas, part five Saturday 30 December - 994: 12 Days of Christmas, part six Sunday 31 December - 995: 12 Days of Christmas, part seven Monday 01 January - 996: 12 Days of Christmas, part eight Tuesday 02 January - 997: 12 Days of Christmas, part nine Wednesday 03 January - 998: 12 Days of Christmas, part ten Thursday 04 January - 999: 12 Days of Christmas, part eleven Friday 05 January - 1000: 12 Days of Christmas, part twelve So there we have it. Please post your thoughts and what you'd like to tackle. It can be from these lists or any crossover / team-ups you can think of. Just please let me know so no one steps on anyone else's toes. If you want to partner with someone new, reach out across the forums, Twitter, or through me if you can't get ahold of someone. Also: If you've never been on The Show but want to contribute a segment / review, reach out. I'm always open to new contributors and segments. ******** ******** ******* ******** EDIT Unfortunately I've had to cancel the 12 Days of Earth-2.net. All is explained in this post. This does not, however change the subject matter of episode 1000. In fact, it gives us much more time -- roughly two months -- to record segments for the episode. The Road to 1000 Tuesday 05 December - 987: Previews Saturday 09 December - 988: [ open slot ] Tuesday 12 December - 989: Two hours of Superman / Batman radio goodness Monday 25 December - 990: Holiday time! Tuesday 02 January - 991: [ secret ] Tuesday 09 January - 992: [ secret ] Tuesday 16 January - 993: [ secret ] Saturday 20 January - 994: [ secret ] Tuesday 23 January - 995: [ secret ] Saturday 27 January - 996: [ secret ] Tuesday 30 January - 997: [ secret ] Saturday 03 February - 998: [ secret ] Saturday 10 February - 999 [ secret ] Thursday 22 February - 1000: Team-Ups!
  16. Every comic you've read in 2018

    The Punisher Meets Archie: This is big dumb fun. The Punisher, as always, is hunting a killer. Said killer hightails it to Riverdale. Said killer also happens to look like Archie. Paths cross, hilarity ensues. For all of the silliness in these 64-ish pages, there are two things of note taking place: Writer Batton Lash found a way to set the story in then-contemporary times (1994), while making an excuse to have Archie & Co. dress like it's 1955. The centerpiece is a throwback sock hop at the high school, thus explaining why and allowing for Archie to be in his sweater and bowtie. It's a neat trick to capture classic-era Archie Comics without setting it 40 years in the then-past. The other thing Lash does is give The Punisher some very deep characterization. As soon as Castle and Microchip arrive in Riverdale, Micro notices a sort of longing in Frank's eyes; a "what if" passes before Castle as he sees a family taking a safe, leisurely midnight stroll through a park. It's sad and eye-opening; we rarely if ever see The Punisher's human side, and this was rather touching. Adding to that, Frank goes undercover at the sock hop as the new gym teacher, and he instantly hits it off with Miss Grundy. Jokes can be made about how pervy she's being upon seeing the unshaven, buff, dark, handsome man who's just walked into her world, but, really, Frank seems to actually enjoy being around her. And, again, this ties into the "what if" aspect of the previous scene. It's not that big a stretch to assume The Castle Family might have settled in a suburb not unlike Riverdale, with Frank taking a job as a gym teacher or police officer has his life not gone down a dark path. Art wise, John Buscema handles The Punisher scenes while Stan Goldberg does everything Archie, and these two guys have the hardest job. Blending these two disparate styles, tones, and worlds seems impossible, yet they make it work through Red -- the deadly Archie lookalike. He has hints of both styles -- Archie's round features and silly hair, yet darker and more wild-eyed -- thus bridging the worlds. My only gripe is that four characters writer war journals throughout: Punisher and Microchip, of course, but also Archie and Veronica. With the exception of Veronica, all of their journals sound identical, and, worse, they're written like Rorschach. While The Punisher might use a Rorschach-like shorthand, Microchip employing the style makes no sense. And yeah, Archie is trying to be all grim and gritty, but unless he saw The Punisher's journal, how would he know to write his like Castle's? Anyway, that's a small thing. Due to the excuse of sock hop making the book look dated, it winds up being timeless. And it's so much fun. If you have 20 minutes, give it a go. Truth: Red, White & Black #1-7: Every word of this. Stone cold classic. Comics: 233
  17. And the episode 1000 topic is...

    There's still time to get segments in, but I must have everything by Sunday 18 February. If you're working on segments, please let me know.
  18. Every comic you've read in 2018

    Exit Stage Left: the Snagglepuss Chronicles #2: I think I might finish this one in the trade. Using Snagglepuss, Huckleberry Hound, and their friends adds nothing to this Cold War era story. If you're going to tell a tale of McCarthyism on a world with humans and sentient animals, do more than recap what really happened. Okay, it's great that there's no Ducksburg, Qauckville, and the like, but why are these characters here if not to use them in a new, fresh, creative way? It looks great, though. Rogue & Gambit #2: We really get into Rogue's head here. It turns out one of the reasons she's always fretting about her feelings for Gambit is because the first time they kissed she was under mind control, so she's not sure if her feelings are her own or a remnant of that. Considering she's always been toyed with and cannot get physically close to anybody, this was a great addition to her tormented psyche. Pere Perez is nailing these characters, too; the way Rogue holds herself clearly demonstrates a reluctance to open up, while Gambit always has the right amount of swagger. Adding to this are Frank D'Armata's lush, perfectly chosen colors. The double-page spread that starts the book is genius; I've never seen a dialogue scene like that, and I love it. Swamp Thing Winter Special: Okay, this was visually beautiful, but what was this story about? X-Men Red #1: Take my money! While I'm not quite sure what Jean asked of the UN, the issue as a whole was excellent. Mahmud Asrar has been on my radar since 2011, when I first saw his art on Supergirl #1, and he's grown so much since then. Brilliant stuff. Invincible #1: With the series coming to a close next week, I thought I'd try to dive back in from the start. This is such an oddly paced issue; the way it ends, especially, is such an anticlimax. Nightwing #1-4 (1995): After playing Batman for a little while ("Prodigal"), Dick is no longer sure about his future. He's not even sure who Dick Grayson is. So he sets off to investigate his parents' murder; he suspects there's more to it than meets the eye. This gets him mixed up in an international scuffle, ethnic cleansing, a secret coup d'état, and no new revelations about his parents. He also finds himself helping a woman with a troubled family, but this is the dictionary definition of filler. Over all, Dick is written with an odd mixture of pulp noir and kid-sidekick dialogue; I see what Dennis O'Neil was going for, but it really doesn't work. This is early days for Greg Land, so there are lots of stiff poses and bad decisions, but you can see the potential. He's able to animate Nightwing's movements with grace, and few artists can accomplish this. The Flash #123: More thoughts in episode 1000, but this was a lot of fun. Justice League of America #21-22: Same as above. I also read the Mallah / Brain story in Young Monsters in Love, but I won't count that in my total. Comics: 225
  19. The All-Purpose Flickchart thread

    The Terminator.
  20. Venom

  21. The "I need to vent" thread

    Use this thread to get shit off your chest. I'll start. Four plumbers just left our place... after seven hours of snaking the drain in our kitchen. Does it really take that long to clear a drain? Then they got water all over the floor -- twice -- with no way to clean it up. How is it that plumbers don't have some sort of towels or rags to clean up a floor? :grumble:
  22. Venom

    Are they doing the soldier version, 'cause that would get my attention for sure.