I regularly guest on several podcasts, including the LAMBcast (official podcast of the Large Association of Movie Blogs). Probably my favorite appearance on that show was when we talked about all four films in the classic airline disaster movie franchise, Airport. Today’s episode may actually take a little bit of inspiration from the Airport franchise. Plus, as an extra bonus, Rita’s monster is voiced by a future Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee. Put your tray tables in their full upright position for Foul Play in the Sky. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:01 E:14
Episode Title: The Zodiac Crimes
Original Airdate: January 11, 1967
We’ve made it through 70 episodes of Batman, and so far they’ve all followed the same basic two-part story format. Producers decided to do something a bit different, though, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the show. Which brings us to the first of two three-part stories that would air during the show’s second season. For that, one villain would not be enough. So here come Special Guest Villain the Joker (Cesar Romero), as well as “Extra Special Guest Villain” the Penguin (Burgess Meredith) in The Zodiac Crimes. Continue reading Batman S:02 E:37
Episode Title: Peace, Love, and Woe
Original Airdate: September 21, 1993
Have you noticed something about all of Rita’s monsters so far? All dudes. Of course, the main baddie, Rita herself, is female…but still. It’s time for a bit of diversity in the villain department in this episode. Plus, we also add a new human female as Billy gets a bit of a crush in today’s episode, Peace, Love, and Woe. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:01 E:13
Episode Title: Buffy Vs. Dracula
Original Air Date: September 26, 2000
“Oh, good show, Giles. Uhh… at least you didn’t get knocked out for a change” – Giles
So after the mixed results of the diversive season 4 we have a chance to tidy up some of the chaos as we rejoin the group in something of a down period as they hang out on the beach, where the only slaying being done is to the football Buffy is tossing back and forth with Riley. At the same time Willow shows off some of her new control over the elements as she uses her powers to light the barbecue because that’s not an abuse of power or anything. Still its during these opening scenes its established just how restless Buffy has been as she lays awake at night, sneaking out to slay a vampire before being able to finally sleep.
While the previous seasons have opened to Buffy being in transitional state and usually struggling to deal with the events of the previous season, so its something of a change of pace to see her happy for a change. Of course this being Sunnydale it can’t last as the peace is disrupted by the arrival of the legendary vampire Dracula. Okay Okay this might sound like a crappy cash in but here somehow it works here despite the episode not originally being written to feature Dracula as they envisioned just a generic evil vampire for Buffy to face until writer Marti Noxon suggested Dracula which when Joss Wheldon realised that the rights to Dracula where in the public domain was more than happy to change the story to give us this legendary showdown.
Episode Title: The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul
Original Airdate: January 5, 1967 (By the way, that’s exactly 50 years ago, yesterday)
Well, it’s been a few weeks since we last visited Gotham City. I just know you’ve been on pins and needles all this time wondering how Batman and Robin were going to get out of their current predicament. If you recall they have been trapped inside a giant X-Ray machine by the Mad Hatter and are about to be zapped out of existence. Let’s see what happens in today’s episode, The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul. Continue reading Batman S:02 E:36
So here we are at the end of another season and what a diversive season this one has been which was the general opinion going into it, with some fan regarding it as the worse while I proclaimed it my favourite.
Revisiting this season in a more critical frame of mind it unquestionably has been clear this time round how many ups and down this season has had as we essentially saw the group being divided as Buffy, Willow and Oz headed off to College. Xander hit the road and Giles celebrated his new unemployed status by hooking up with old friends and giving us the occasional musical moment. Unquestionably it was a transformative season and perhaps because of the division these various life paths caused with the group that it failed to sit with some fans who perhaps would have preferred more of the group mentality we got with those first three seasons.
Episode Title: You Know My Steez Originally Aired: September 30th 2016
The final episode of Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage You Know My Steez is finally upon us. I think if the show followed, a typical naming convention for its episodes that this one could have been called Old Beginnings because almost everything is back to the way it was before the events of episode 1. We lost fan favorite characters like Pop and Cottonmouth among many others, but those that survived, while changed, are back where they began. Continue reading Luke Cage S:01 E:13
Episode Title: Soliloquy of Chaos
Originally Aired: September 30th 2016
The penultimate episode of Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage is upon us and it did not disappoint. From a great celebrity cameo by Method Man to multiple double crosses and a gang war, I was entertained from start to finish. As most of you probably know each episode this season has been titled after a Gang Starr song, I had to bring it up this time because if you just look at the title it doesn’t make much sense. Yes, the song is terrible, and it is a poor title because it is hard to cause chaos when you are alone, but if you listen or read the final verse of the song, you see that it is about retaliation and a circle of violence that can apply to this episode.
Episode Title: Power Ranger Punks
Original Airdate: September 20, 1993
I don’t know what the different cliques are in high schools of today, but when I was in high school in the 80’s we definitely had the punks. By the early 90’s, though, I’m not so sure this look was still around as much. We were moving over to grunge by that point. In Angel Grove, however, they were about to have a punk problem. Break out your spiked bracelets for today’s episode, Power Ranger Punks. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:01 E:12
Episode Title: The Contaminated Cowl
Original Airdate: January 4, 1967
So far in the Batman series I can only think of one villain who is regularly referred to by his real name by those around him. That villain is Jervis Tetch, aka the Mad Hatter. Actor David Wayne played the character for one story arc in the first season and is now back in today’s episode, the first of 1967, The Contaminated Cowl. Continue reading Batman S:02 E:35