03rd Jul2014

West Week Ever – 7/3/14

by Will

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That’s right, folks – we’re a day early this week! Nobody’s gonna be online tomorrow, with it being the holiday and all, but I didn’t feel like skipping  a week. So, here we are!

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Girl Meets World finally debuted last Friday night, and I almost forgot about it. Luckily, someone tweeted about it that day, so I didn’t miss it. If you were following my livetweets of the show, then you already know my feelings. If not, here we go. At its core, it’s a Disney Channel show. Sure, a lot of us tuned in for the nostalgia factor, but we’re not the target audience. This is a coming of age tale for young teens, and it’s kinda heavy-handed in that aspect. There’s a lot of lines like, “Make this world yours”, which isn’t the kind of stuff you normally get from tween shows. I kinda wanted someone to get into a pie fight or something. I guess I’m too used to iCarly, but it wasn’t…zany enough for me. Oh, and I’m scared Feeny might be dead. Anyway, I’ll tune in for more, as there’s not really much else on Friday nights. Plus, I can’t wait for the episode with Minkus that they teased after the episode.

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I stopped by the Redbox last week, and finally got around to checking out the movie herIf you’re not familiar with it, Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his artificially intelligent operating system. Man, what a weird movie. I heard everyone raving about it, and people genuinely seemed to like it, but I’m not sure I’m in that camp. It’s such a lonely movie, and I don’t envy Joaquin’s character at all. Based on his personality, it’s easy to see how he’d fall for the first thing that showed interest in him. It seems to take place in the not so distant future, but it’s a future I’m not sure I wanna live to see. Everything just seems to sterile and boring. Has human interaction become so strained and foreign that people are looking for it in other places? It just doesn’t seem like a happy existence. Anyway, the movie certainly leaves you with a lot to think about.

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Comedy Central started the new season of The Half Hour, and last week featured comedian Ron Funches. I LOVE this guy, and it’s not just because he kinda sounds like Cleveland Brown. I first learned about him from Aisha Tyler’s Girl on Guy podcast, and I’ve been following him ever since. He was in the pilot for Enlisted, and he’s also a supporting character on NBC’s Undateable. If you can catch his special On Demand, do it ’cause it’s hilarious!

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Speaking of comedy, Lindsay made us watch Whitney Cummings: I Love YouI tend to like Whitney’s television ventures, as I liked her NBC series and I like 2 Broke Girls. That said, I’ve never really liked her standup. She has one special where she basically yells the whole time, and it’s so annoying that I’ve never been able to sit through it. Well, this special was just as bad. Apparently, she recently went through a breakup, and man does it show! The entire hour is basically about how much guys suck, and how all they think about is sex, yadda, yadda, yadda. I was pretty much done 20 minutes in, but there were parts that Lindsay seemed to like, so maybe it wasn’t for males. I dunno. Needless to say, I DON’T recommend it.

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It’s been announced that the long-awaited 1966 Batman series will finally be released in November. The available formats include DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital streaming, plus there will be a bunch of special features. To commemorate the release, there will be a special panel at San Diego Comic-Con with Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. I know this is big news for a lot of people, but I’m fine with my convention bootleg DVD set. They’re gonna really have to bring it with the special features for me to consider getting this.

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I don’t know how I forgot to write about this, but Arsenio‘s canceled. I kinda unofficially found myself on Arsenio Watch, and he had become quite the staple of West Week Ever. Well, even though a second season had been ordered, the studio reneged and decided that he wasn’t attracting as much of an audience as they would have liked. In fact, Jay Leno even appeared on Arsenio’s show, announcing the second season. So, I guess we can chalk this up to another instance of Leno ruining everything he touches. Anyway, Arsenio got the axe. The show is losing its timeslots across the country, but it still comes on here. They’re just showing old episodes until the end of the Summer.

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I’m not much of a Transformers guy, but I know that some of you are. If that’s the case, make sure you head over to The Robot’s Pajamas, as this week is Transformers Week. Vincent’s got a lot of great content, especially from some guest bloggers with whom you may not be familiar. Anyway, be sure to check it out!

I realized last week that I’ve now been on 30 podcast episodes. Considering I used to think that podcasts were silly, that’s pretty cool. I just want to thank you all for having me, and beg that you have me back on soon! Speaking of podcasts, The Cold Slither Podcast has now morphed into the Cold Slither Podcast Network, and the first offering from this new venture debuted today as the Good and Terrible Show. Be sure to give it a listen!

Links I Loved

Toy Tragedy: Soundwave, a Love Lost and then Found – The Robot’s Pajamas

238 Reasons We Love America – UnderScoopFire!

Unreleased Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys PART 2! – Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang

Toy Hunting at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con ’14 – Double Dumbass On You

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It was touch and go for a while. NBC finally got the balls to cancel Community, and fans clamored for someone else to pick up the ball and run with it. I consider myself a fan of Community, but I’ve also been vocal in my displeasure with the most recent season. Even though creator Dan Harmon was back onboard, much like the recent season of The Boondocks, the show felt like a shell of its former self. Cast members were dropping like flies, as the season started without the controversial Chevy Chase, and then Donald Glover/Childish Gambino soon followed. The season ended with an episode basically daring NBC to cancel it, and the network took the dare. It was rumored that Hulu was in talks to pick up the show for a sixth season, but those talks fell apart. Well, this week it was announced that Yahoo would be producing the 6th season as part of Yahoo Screen. It’s believed that Yahoo acquired the show in a bid to establish credibility in the programming world, especially since details on Yahoo Screen at scarce at this point. Whatever the reason, the decision has made a lot of fans very happy. To add to that, there’s even talk that the fabled movie part of #sixseasonsandamovie may actually happen, too. With the entire cast and Harmon on board, it’s a great week for the students of Greendale Community College. For that reason, Community had the West Week Ever.

27th Jun2014

West Week Ever – 6/27/14

by Will

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Last week, I finally got to see 22 Jump Street, and it was HILARIOUS. It’s the same exact movie as the first one, but it pokes fun at that fact. If you’ve seen the movie, then you know that the end credits show what the next sequels would look like in the franchise, like 23 Jump Street: Medical School and 41 Jump Street: Magic School. I want ALL of these sequels to happen!

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There’s been a lot of movement on the casting for the Netflix Daredevil series. While I was on my bye week, they announced that Rosario Dawson had been cast in an important role – believed by many to be Elektra. Yesterday, it was announced that Elden Henson had been cast as Matt Murdock’s friend and legal partner, Foggy Nelson. Apparently he was in The Mighty Ducks, but it’s been so long since I’ve seen those movies that I don’t remember him.

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The pilot for The Flash leaked this week, and I had to watch it. Usually, I’d do a whole post on the thing, but I figure I’ll wait until everyone’s had a chance to see it. Barry has a Spider-Man quality to him, which makes me like him. It’s better than Smallville, and more engaging to me than Arrow. Nice Easter eggs (Ferris Air, Iron Heights, etc). It’s gonna be like Smallville/Misfits, though, where every villain of the week is gonna be a result of the same phenomenon that created him. I won’t say any more, so as not to give away spoilers, but I’ll just say that the final scene gave me chills. Oh, and I love Tom Cavanagh in everything, so there’s that.

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Speaking of TV, when does The Goldbergs get great? I mean, ABC’s been airing it twice every Wednesday, giving me a chance to catch up on the show that all my friends love. That said, I like it, but don’t love it. Does it hit its stride at some point? Is this it? I really want to love it, but something’s missing for me. Maybe I just don’t wanna revisit the 80s. Maybe it’s the fact that it won’t commit to a year, instead going with “1980-something”.

I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but someone redid the credits as if the show were an 80s action series.

I’d totally watch this show.

I never watched Wacky Races, but I did enjoy the “Fender Bender 500″ shorts on Wake, Rattle, and Roll. This was a pretty cool commercial, giving us a live action Wacky Race.

I hate when a song paints a pretty clear story that’s completely ignored by the video. That’s the case with Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender”. In the song, a girl’s trying to get over her ex, so she needs a night out where all she does is drink and dance. It even goes as far to spell out what she’s wearing (favorite dress and sky high leather boots). The video does NONE of this. Instead, it has Kate Upton getting into a drinking contest with Arrested Development/Veep‘s Tony Hale. I guess it’s good for all you Kate Upton fans, but she’s dressed like a housewife.

I received my first check this week for work done for a comic company. That’s a pretty big milestone for me, and I kinda don’t wanna cash the check. Something like that should be framed! Anyway, I’ll talk more about it when I’m given the OK. It’s really nothing major, so don’t get too excited.

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Be sure to check out my review of Mattel’s DC Multiverse figures over at The Nerds of Color. I’m not really an action figure reviewer, and it shows, but I still had a few thoughts on the movie-inspired figures.

Links I Loved

Hey Squirrels, Electric Hatchback Cars, 80s Lovers and Cheap Piñatas – Can We Talk? – UnderScoopFire!

The Drive (and Despair) of The Rock: Dwayne Johnson on His Depression, Decision to Fire Agents and Paul Walker’s Death – The Hollywood Reporter

Mr. Serious Presents: A Love Letter to Batman ’89 – UnderScoopFire!

Looking Back at Batman: The Animated Series – The Nerds of Color

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So, this week saw the 25th anniversary of 1989′s Batman, which ushered in a new era of comic book movies. It also seemed to have a profound effect on the lives of geeks everywhere. In the past week, I’ve been on 2 separate podcasts about the impact that the movie had on pop culture, plus my pals over at The Nerds of Color have christened this “Bat Week” in honor of the anniversary. Since I’ve been on those podcasts, I really don’t have much more to say about the movie than what I said there. If you’re interested, check out the final episode of The Cold Slither Podcast, as well as the latest episode of Hard N.O.C. Life. In any case, for making us believe a man could dress up like a bat and fight crime, Batman had the West Week Ever.

06th Jun2014

West Week Ever – 6/6/14

by Will

 

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So, I finally saw Ted. I guess to commemorate the release of A Million Ways To Die In The West, Ted was brought back to Redbox and I was able to snag it during one of my many trips to 7/11 last week. In all, I really enjoyed it. Someone described it to me as a “live action Family Guy“, and it did not disappoint. I especially loved the world in which it was set – where folks just accept this sentient bear, and that he’s such old news that they don’t even turn and stare at this point.

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I also watched the pilot for Tagteam on YouTube. I never would’ve known about this had the Nerd Lunch Podcast not mentioned it last week, so I thank them for that. If you’ve never heard of it, Tagteam was an ABC pilot from 1991 that aired the night before Super Bowl XXV. In it, Jesse Ventura and Roddy Piper play pro wrestlers who find themselves banned for life from wrestling because they wouldn’t throw a match. Without any real skills, they struggle to figure out what to do next with their lives. After foiling an armed robbery at their local grocery store, they decide to join the police academy so they can keep taking down bad guys. On their first case, they’re assigned to guard a witness to a murder, but they end up suspended when their veteran partners are attacked and the witness gets away. In the end, the two use their wrestling skills to take down the hitmen and deliver the witness to the courthouse just in time for her to testify. Ya know, given the era in which it was made, it didn’t suck. I guess ABC just didn’t get the ratings they’d hoped for. It had that Glen A. Larson style of violence, where folks are shot at but not killed. To me, however, the most baffling aspect was that Ventura and Piper were going to be working the undercover unit, having been midcard tag-team wrestlers in their former career. Sure, the average guy on the street may not recognize them, but eventually someone’s gonna say “Hey, didn’t I see you wrestle at the Garden?” or whatever.

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On the Netflix front, I watched Women Who Kill, which is nothing like it sounds. It’s a standup special featuring female comedians. In all, there were four – Amy Schumer, Rachel Feinstein, Nikki Glaser, and Marina Franklin. If you know your comedy, you’re probably asking “who?” to that last one. As the only black woman on the special, Marina’s not as well known as her white contemporaries, which is a crime because she is hilarious. Amy has her own show, Rachel is a co-host of Upload with Shaquille O’Neal, Nikki was a co-host of Nikki and Sara Live!, but Marina’s biggest credit is Best Week Ever back in ’04. It just goes to show the divide in opportunities in comedy. Give Marina some work!

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I’ve got more DVDs than I’ll ever watch in my lifetime, but I’m trying to make a dent in them. Since they’re short, I decided to watch a few of the DC animated movies. First up, I watched Batman: Under the Red Hood. The problem with these things is that they try to tell 6 month story arcs in 77 minute cartoons. Sure, a lot of those comics are decompressed, but the DVDs tend to tackle pretty major storylines that need a chance to “breathe”, so to speak. It’s been so long since I read the actual Red Hood story that I couldn’t tell you if it was accurate or not. The major beats were there, with Ra’s Al Ghul, etc, but it still felt rushed. My favorite part of the DVD, actually, was the Jonah Hex DC Short that was included on it. I think it’s because if you pay close attention, you’ll see and hear a cowboy motorboat a prostitute in the background.

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Next up, I watched Batman: Year One. Again, it’s been so long since I read the story that I don’t know how accurate it was, but it was an entertaining watch. It’s basically Jim Gordon’s story, and I didn’t even realize it he was voiced by Bryan Cranston until I saw the credits. My problem with the movie is the same problem I have with the comic: WHAT HAPPENED TO JAMES JR?!!! Sure, the comic has recently tried to reintegrate him into continuity, but they made him psychotic and didn’t do a great job explaining where he’d been. I mean, this seminal storyline introduces the fact that Gordon has a kid, and then the next 25 years are spent ignoring that kid and focusing on Gordon’s niece/daughter, Barbara.

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It was a big week for director news, as Marvel announced that Dr. Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson. Derrickson’s mainly a horror director, and I’m not a horror guy, so I’ve seen nothing that he’s done. Next up, Josh Trank has been announced as the director of the first standalone Star Wars spinoff. Again, I haven’t seen Chronicle, but I’m looking forward to his Fantastic Four reboot, so I’m not all that familiar with his work. Meanwhile, the hunt is still on for a replacement for Edgar Wright on Ant-Man.

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I’ve come to realize that Jamie Lynn is the more talented sister in the Spears family. Sure, everyone knows Britney, but a lot don’t realize she has a younger sister, Jamie Lynn, who rose to fame as the star of Nick’s Zoey 101. That all came to an abrupt end when Jamie Lynn got pregnant at the age of 16. Now 23, she’s embarking on a country career with the release of her first EP, The Journey. And if you like country music, it’s really good. Vocally, she’s an actual, talented singer, unlike Britney who does that whole breathless moan thing. Anyway, here’s her first single, “How Could I Want More?”

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Links I Loved

Dave Holmes Revisits ‘U Can’t Touch This,’ ‘Poison,’ and Other 1990 Jams – Vulture

Mr. Serious Presents: Power-Ranking this Season’s 5 Freshman Comedies that Got Renewed – UnderScoopFire!

Baywatch Creator on Indie TV: A Producer’s Guide to Avoiding the Upfront Madness – Box Office Insider

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Nerd Thoughts! – The Robot’s Pajamas

America’s Best News Channel Is Owned by Arabs – Huff Post Media

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This week, I did things a little differently. Ya see, nothing really stood out to me as having had THE West Week Ever, so I opened it up to votes on Twitter. Based on the suggestions I got, I was amazed by how different all of our tastes are. Orange is the New Black is coming back, but I’ve never seen it, so it doesn’t hold a ton of meaning for me. Sure, Reading Rainbow had a pretty incredible Kickstarter campaign last week, but ol’ literate Kunta Kinte doesn’t do much for me. Speaking of Kickstarter, a couple of smaller boutique toy companies also had a good week promoting their respective toy lines, but I knew next to nothing about them. Someone even mentioned Mario Kart 8, but I still haven’t played the GameCube version that I’ve been sitting on for years. Finally, @crookedninja recommended Ghostbusters. Eureka! I LOVE the Ghostbusters franchise! This week has seen an explosion of Ghostbusters-related news to mark the 30th anniversary of the franchise. First, the LEGO CUUSOO Ecto-1 set was finally released at retail, allowing fans the chance to build the famous car. Next, it was announced that the original film will be getting a theatrical re-release on August 29th, to be followed by a blu-Ray release on September 16th. Ghostbusters has often been called the perfect movie, but I’ve always been more of a fan of what the movie led to, i.e. toys and cartoons. I still have my Ghostbusters firehouse and proton pack, and I was a HUGE fan of The Real Ghostbusters. I’m actually kind of ashamed that I didn’t think of it myself, as the Ghostbusters franchise has truly had a banner week. So, for tugging on the nostalgia heartstrings, and for being all around awesome, Ghostbusters is having the West Week Ever.

30th May2014

West Week Ever – 5/30/14

by Will

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This week, I learned that my mother likes the song “Roar”, but thought it was by Rihanna. She’s also never heard of Katy Perry…

 

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I finally remembered that I have Netflix, so I fired up the old Nook when I couldn’t get to sleep. I finished up season 1 of Maron, which I’m still loving. I hear that season 2 started on IFC a few weeks ago, so I’m probably a year away from being able to watch those episodes. A lot of the plots come from his standup, so it’s interesting to see the changes he’s made to some of the material. I also caught a movie called Conception, which I mainly watched for its cast. It had Rafi from The League, Connie Britton, Iceman’s brother, Julie Bowen, the chick who voiced Bobby Hill, Jonathan Silverman and Haley from Modern Family. It followed 9 different couples at different stages of their relationships, and it ends with them all *spoiler alert* pregnant. So, the movie basically follows each couple on the day they unknowingly conceive. I liked that it abandoned a trope common with these kinds of Valentines Day/Love Actually movies where Couple A lives next door to Couple B, who happen to be related to Couple F, etc. There’s a unique framing device for the movie, but none of these couples know each other, so you’re not left waiting for their paths to cross. It wasn’t bad, and it as short. Almost too short. But if you’re looking for something on Netflix to help you kill 87 minutes, you could do a lot worse.

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After last week’s edition was published, Marvel announced that Edgar Wright had left Ant-Man. Fan reaction to this was pretty negative, but I don’t really care. It’s said that it was due to creative differences, and I could probably see how that came about. Plus, after having seen Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim, I’m not entirely sure what Wright would bring to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that would fit with what’s already been done. I always felt his Ant-Man would be a bit of a departure, taking things more into the weird area of the universe that we’re going to see from Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re still not sure if GotG is gonna be a success, so that might not be the direction in which the franchise should go.

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I lied about Days of Future Past last week. I said I’d wait until it came out on DVD, but the hype was so prevalent, that I had to go see it last Friday night. Long story short, I enjoyed it. I don’t envy anyone tasked with connecting the two cinematic universes, but it did a capable job of doing so. I’ve never read the original storyline, so is Bolivar Trask a little person in the comics? If not, why cast Peter Dinklage, other than the fact that he’s Peter Dinklage. I think, in a movie filled with people with superpowers, Trask was the least believable aspect of the movie. After all, nobody takes midgets seriously enough to give them that much political power. Anyway, I’m still having nightmares from the scenes where the future X-Men are killed. I mean, they ripped Colossus in half! And I’ve never fully understood Bishop’s power, but I feel like he could’ve survived the attack that killed him. It seemed like he was just the sacrificial lamb like Darwin was in First Class, which feels racist to me, since both have powers that should make them relatively hard to kill. Yes, I realize ALL the future X-Men died, but Bishop died FIRST. #CISM

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Stacey Dash has been hired by Fox News as contributor. Let that sink in for moment. Welp, good for them for getting another black person in their ranks. I can only imagine this is a side effect of the same sorcery that keeps her ageless.

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Apparently, Hulu is in talks to resurrect Community. Good for them, in their bid to be considered relevant. Seriously, if you want movies, you do Netflix or Amazon streaming. If you want recent episodes of TV, you go to the network site or you use the free Hulu. I still don’t see any need for Hulu Plus, but if this helps to legitimize that platform, then more power to them. I still think that Community squandered season 5, and doesn’t really deserve a sixth season, but that’s just me.

Links I Loved

How Magneto Saved the Redskins – The D.C. Universe

X-Men: The Animated Series Helped Set the Template for Today’s Comic-Book Movies – Vulture

Masculinity vs. “Misogylinity”: What Asian Americans Can Learn from #UCSB Shooting – Reappropriate

10 Television Shows That Would Suck as LEGO Minifigures – UnderScoopFire!

Meet the Man Behind the WWE Championship Belts – Bleacher Report

 

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If you’ve seen Stardust (I have!) or Boardwalk Empire (I haven’t!), then you’ve seen Charlie Cox. Well, consider yourself ahead of the curve, as it was announced this week that he’ll be playing Dardevil in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series. I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t receive more press than it has. When Marvel casts a movie, it’s huge news, but I’m not sure if folks know what to make of these Netflix series at this stage in the game. I can’t remember Stardust, as I saw it 7 years ago, but I can say that I definitely see a resemblance to Matt Murdock. This has me excited for what’s coming up, and should cement Cox’s name in the minds of fanboys everywhere. So, for being the Next Big Thing from Marvel, Charlie Cox is having the West Week Ever.

23rd May2014

West Week Ever – 5/23/14

by Will

 

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Girl Meets World has already premiered on Disney WATCH, Disney’s online on-demand site. I’m tempted to go watch it, but they make you enter your cable provider credentials and a bunch of other info I don’t have at my disposal (my wife handles all that). So, I guess I’ll just wait until June 27th with the rest of y’all. I’m getting excited, though! In the meantime, here’s the theme song:

It’s sung by the show’s stars, so Disney’s still pumping out those actress/singers.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out today, and I just can’t bring myself to care. Mainly, I just don’t trust Bryan Singer. Sure, he was great on X2, but that was SO long ago, and the taint of Superman Returns is still somewhat fresh. So far, the reviews have been positive, but I still may wait for Redbox on this one.

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The Man of Steel sequel’s title has been officially released: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As I said on Twitter:

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That’s simply not the title of a box office hit, but I don’t get paid the big bucks so what do I know?

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24 is back, and 2004 Will would be really excited. 2014 Will, however, just can’t get on that horse. There are no stakes, as Jack can’t die and even something as shocking as Valencia, CA getting nuked is just brushed aside like it’s nothing. I can’t do that dance anymore. I do, however, still follow along with what’s happening by listening to the Cold Slither Podcast’s: Anutha Twenny Fo Podcast. I may not care about Jack Bauer, but I still love hearing what other folks think about him, and Classick Materia does not disappoint! You can catch new episodes every week at ColdSlitherPodcast.com

Last week, I had the pleasure of guesting on the No Topic Required Podcast. As you can probably guess, there was no main topic, but we discussed net neutrality, network TV fall schedules and more. You can listen to it here.

Links I Loved

Knockoff Analysis: Lego Ninja Turtles – Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang

10 Ways ‘The Golden Girls’ Was Way Before Its Time – UnderScoopFire!

Where The New Black Comics Writers Are – The Nerds of Color

How Did the Newest Saturday Night Live Cast Members Do in Their First Season? – Vulture

Top 10 Sci-Fi Scenes Ruined by Bad Extras – The Robot’s Pajamas

In Case You Missed It This Week

Upfronts with Will – NBC Edition

Upfronts with Will – CBS Edition

It had no right to be any good. Michael Jackson died in 2009, and here’s a new album being released 5 year later, comprised of scraps and unreleased tracks. It was a recipe for disaster. Xscape came out last Tuesday and defied expectations. The debut single, “Love Never Felt So Good” is a disco masterpiece – both in it’s mixed form, as well as the remix with Justin Timberlake. That single, however, wasn’t the end. You see, we’d been introduced to modern-day hologram technology in 2012, when a hologram of Tupac Shakur “performed” at Coachella. Now, that same technology was about to be applied to the former King of Pop. Last Sunday, at the Billboard Music Awards, hologram MJ gave a dazzling performance set to the song “Slave to the Rhythm”. Not only was it an amazing spectacle, but it also led me to playing “Slave” on repeat for the rest of the week. So, for an amazing posthumous album, and an amazing posthumous performance, Michael Jackson has the honor of being awarded the first posthumous West Week Ever.

 

16th May2014

West Week Ever – 5/16/14

by Will

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Jay-Z and his sister-in-law, Solange Knowles, got into a fight in an elevator. Yup, kinda like that scene in The Winter Soldier. I really don’t have much to say about it, but felt I should mention it.

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I spent the past few days discussing the new shows coming from Fox and ABC. Well, it appears that ABC has made the trailers for Selfie and Forever private. I’m not sure what to make of that. Are critics already tearing the shows apart based on those 3-minute teasers? I kinda wanna know what’s going on there.

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So, it was announced that Channing Tatum will play Gambit in an upcoming X-Men film. Were this 1992, I’d be climbing the walls over this news. Sadly, though, Gambit’s been kinda neutered over the past 10 years or so. He used to be a cool, Cajun man of mystery, and now he’s just some lame dude. And I’m not sure Tatum’s the one to play him, but his star is rising, so I guess it was his turn to be in a comic book movie.

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It appears that FXX has canceled Legit, which is unfortunate. Starring comedian Jim Jeffries, Legit started a bit rough, but ended up having a lot of heart. Like a lot of shows, the move to FXX didn’t treat it so well. In fact, I kept forgetting which night it even aired. I’m sad to see it go, but clearly I wasn’t the best fan. FX also canceled the animated show Chozen, which is just fine with me ’cause I never found it funny. Focusing on a gay, white rapper, it was originally supposed to air on FXX, but at the last minute they decided to pair it with Archer. Other than the fact that they were both animated, the shows had nothing in common, and didn’t really share an audience.

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In other TV news, How I Met Your Dad will not being going forward at CBS. Thank you, TV Jesus! According to reports, the network had issues with the pilot, but the creators wouldn’t agree to changes until they were guaranteed a series order. It turned into a bit of a standoff until the very last minute when CBS was prepared to announce the Fall schedule. Since it’s a 20th Century Fox show, the creators are going to try to shop it to other networks, but I think we can call this one dead. I, for one, am glad because I really didn’t feel like getting on that horse again.

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Speaking of CBS, they announced that the next season of Two and a Half Men – its 12th – will be its last. I know that it’s always the go-to show when people want to cite how bad television has become, but I’ve always enjoyed it. Plus, everyone expected it to die once Charlie Sheen left, but the arrival of Ashton Kutcher was a breath of fresh air. It’s had its share of controversy, from Sheen’s meltdown to Angus T. Jones’s departure, but those events never hurt the quality of the show, as it just kept trucking along. I love the chemistry between Cryer and Kutcher, and I’ll be sad to see that go. Anyway, now that they know it’ll be the end, it gives them time to plan some special surprises. It’s even rumored that Sheen may make an appearance before everything is said and done. I’ll miss the show, but 12 years is a long run by anyone’s standards.

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Even though I’d been watching Parks & Recreation all season, I never took the time to get to know Billy Eichner, who plays Craig from Eagleton. That was my mistake, as he is HILARIOUS, and he hosts a game show on Fuse called Billy on the StreetThe show follows Billy as he runs around the streets of New York, asking people random questions where they can win money. I can’t explain how awesome it is, so you should just watch this clip:

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Links I Loved

‘West Wing’ Uncensored: Aaron Sorkin, Rob Lowe, More Look Back on Early Fears, Long Hours, Contract Battles and the Real Reason for Those Departures – The Hollywood Reporter

How the Father of Claymation Lost His Company – Priceonomics

How Hugh Hefner Helped Batman and 14 Other Things You Might Not Know – UnderScoopFire!

Top 10 Sci-Fi Actors Who are Missing Fingers – The Robot’s Pajamas

Get-out-the-vote ad for the European Union pulled after it was deemed too NSFW even for Europe – Some eCards

Agents of SHIELD: How Coulson Got His Groove Back – Redheaded Mule

In Case You Missed It This Week

Upfronts with Will – Fox Edition

Upfronts with Will – ABC Edition

 

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Nothing had a week like the new Batsuit. Whether it was the real pic or photoshopped versions to bring out the veins, everyone was talking about this suit. Even though the movie is still about 2 years away, people are starting to get excited, especially since this suit evokes memories of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. I’m still not sold, but that’s just how I am. Still, I can’t fight that everyone was tweeting and retweeting this pic. So, for its sheer popularity, the Superman vs Batman Batsuit had the West Week Ever.

02nd May2014

West Week Ever – 5/2/14

by Will

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I haven’t RedBoxed or Netflixed in weeks, so I don’t really have anything to discuss on that front. I did catch a new standup special on Comedy Central, though – Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide. And it was HORRIBLE. I think I laughed once. I know he used to be a funny guy, so I’m not sure what happened. Maybe he’s just not good at standup? That was what people were saying when he got in trouble for his homophobic rant in his last standup. Maybe he was playing it safe so he didn’t get in trouble again. Either way, it was not an enjoyable hour.

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It’s currently “Stand Up Month” for Comedy Central and Comedy Central Radio, which is an odd concept. I mean, shouldn’t every month be Stand Up Month? It’s like if MTV christened Music Month or something. Anyway, as part of Stand Up Month, they’ve premiered a new one hour special every Sunday night. I watched Morgan’s, but I listened to Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed and Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago. Both were what you’d expect from their respective stars. Gaffigan did the whole “subliminal voice” thing that he does, while Buress wasn’t as funny as he’d been in past specials. Still, both specials were WAY funnier than Tracy Morgan. If you’ve got Spotify, you can listen to them there.

 

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Speaking of TV, History Channel is creating Pawnography, which is basically Pawn Stars: The Game Show. In the show, contestants will answer trivia from the Pawn Stars cast in order to win items from Rick Harrison’s personal collection. This would be interesting if Rick actually knew a damn thing about most of his items. Instead, they should focus on Rick’s “experts” that he calls on when he needs information on an item. I haven’t watched Pawn Stars in about a year, as it just got too formulaic for me, but I’ll check out a few episodes of this game show.


We FINALLY have a premiere date for Girl Meets World – Friday, June 27th!

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They announced the Star Wars Episode VII cast this week, and I’ve got nothing. I don’t know any of these people except Adam Driver, and he’s got the kind of face that you just wanna punch. It’s pretty cool that a black guy is the lead this time around, but I’ve yet to see Attack The Block, so I can’t say anything about his acting chops. The one thing I noticed about that released pic, however, is Harrison Ford’s pit stain. Once you see it, you’ll never not see it.

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It’s no secret that I love every episode of American Dad where Steve sings. Luckily, the Boyz 12 episode is one of the best examples of this, and it aired on Adult Swim this week. In fact, it’s the second time it’s aired in the past month, but I’m not complaining! The episode led me to directly tweet Seth MacFarlane, asking him to put all of Steve’s songs on iTunes. I don’t even use iTunes, but you bet I would if I could get those tracks! I wish I could show you that I got a reply from him, but it apparently fell on deaf ears. Or deaf keyboard. Whatever you’re supposed to say in a digital society. Anyway, there doesn’t seem to be a high quality video of the song, but here’s what it sounds like:

 

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This week, it was announced that Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight of NKOTB have formed a duo, called Nick & Knight. I’m not making this up. I’m not sure what to think of it. On the one hand, Jordan’s “Give It To You” was one of the best pop songs of the late 90s. On the other hand, Nick didn’t even make a splash when he attempted a solo career. As a boyband fiend, I can’t say that I’m “excited”, per se, but I’m am intrigued. Not only are they releasing an album in September, but they’re also going on tour. If you wanna hear their first single, “Just The Two Of Us”, Perez Hilton has the clip. I’m not blown away by it, but it could be a lot worse.

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The “Death of Wolverine” storyline was announced this week from Marvel Comics. I haven’t read a single article about it, so I can’t speak with any real authority on it. I’ve got no interest in it whatsoever. “Death” has become such a commonplace gimmick in comics that it doesn’t mean a thing anymore. What it equates to is a really long nap until the character is needed again. I’d be more inclined to read these stories if they’d just call them that, like “Wolverine’s Yearlong Nap”. I’m already filled with a ton of questions. How is he sleeping for so long? Is anyone cutting his hair? Are they feeding him through tubes? That angle is kinda interesting. Wolverine’s “death”, however, means nothing to me. It also doesn’t help that there was a “The Death of Wolverine” storyline only 5 years ago. Have fun with that, Marvel.

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I don’t talk a lot about sports ’cause I really don’t know what I’m talking about. I do, however, know my TMZ. Over the past week, TMZ acquired recorded phone conversations between LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his alleged girlfriend. In those conversations, he told her that he didn’t know why she broadcasts the fact that she hangs around with black people. This was the result of her posting a picture of herself on Instagram with Magic Johnson (btw, follow me on Instagram! @williambrucewest). This resulted in a lifetime ban by the NBA, as well as a $2.5M fine. I guess they needed to make an example of him to show that those sorts of attitudes won’t be tolerated. It’s an interesting contrast to the Marge Schott situation. Schott owned the Cincinnati Reds back when I was still collecting baseball cards (Upper Deck had cool holograms!), and she was known for saying “nigger” left and right. She was only banned for 2 seasons. It wasn’t until she said that Hitler was a good leader that things started to go downhill for her. Facing a third suspension and failing health, she sold her majority stake in the team. At the moment, Sterling insists he won’t sell, while the NBA says they’ll do everything in their power to force a sale. So, comparing the two events, it makes me wonder if Major League Baseball didn’t do enough to Schott, or if the NBA went too far with Sterling. A lot of energy went towards getting him ousted this week, and it worked. It’s dangerous to have people with those views in positions of power. That said, this is only one rich racist. They’re like hydra, and I’m not sure this really makes a dent in the problem. If anything, it’ll just make those people more careful with whom they share their views, but it won’t stop them from having the views. I find the whole thing fascinating, but I’m not sure if I’m satisfied.

Links I Loved

The Secret History Of Britney Spears’ Lost Album – Buzzfeed

33 Amazingly Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed – Buzzfeed

The 10 Worst Slime Toys – The Robot’s Pajamas

Power Ranking the Plentiful Pop Culture Acronyms of the 80s – UnderScoopFire!

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This has quickly turned into Will’s Black Person of the Week. I swear that wasn’t the original intent, but blacks folks be blowin’ up! I may not know who dude is, but I’m not alone. That said, everyone will know who he is for a LONG, LONG time once Star Wars Episode VII comes out. Unless, of course, he ends up like Jake Lloyd. Still, his name was on everyone’s lips this week, and he’s helping a galaxy far, far away to become more diverse. Sure, there are folks who might ask “Wasn’t Mace Windu enough?” or “Where’s the female diversity?”, but I’ve got nothing to really say about that. After all, I’m a Trekker at heart, so it’s amazing I’m even going all out for a Star Wars casting announcement. Yet, here we are. So, for being the guy most likely to have his TIE Fighter pulled over by the space cops, John Boyega is having the West Week Ever.

17th Apr2014

Adventures West Coast – Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. TPB

by Will

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In light of recent events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I figured it’d be a good time to finally read this tale. Upon reading it, it’s clear that it was more of an inspiration for The Winter Soldier than the actual Winter Soldier storyline. As it’s a miniseries from the 80s, it predates the debut of the Winter Soldier by about twenty years, but that doesn’t change things. Nick Fury discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated, and he goes on the run as an enemy of the state. Sound familiar? Lets take a closer look.

When the story starts, Fury and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are trying to recover the nuclear power core from the recently destroyed helicarrier. The minute it seems like the core is secure, A.I.M. and Hydra attack and steal the core. Thanks to a well-placed deep cover agent, Fury discovers that the core is actually in the possession of the evil Roxxon Corporation. When he reports back to his superiors, they cut him off and say they’ll look into it. Next thing Fury knows, The Council is saying that there’s no evidence against Roxxon, and it appears his deep cover agent has been brainwashed. Suddenly, Fury is wanted for treason, and is forced to go on the run from his own organization.

While Fury’s on the run, we find out that people aren’t who they say they are, as several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have been replaced by clones. Jasper Sitwell is placed in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he leads the search for Fury. Sitwell meets with both Avengers teams, as well as the Fantastic Four, and warns them not to aid Fury. With no heroes to turn to, Fury is forced to turn to deep cover agent Alexander Pierce. Unlike in The Winter Soldier, Pierce is not Fury’s boss, but rather another sleeper agent who’s a little rusty since he’s been out of the game for a while. While escaping several ambushes, Fury and Pierce piece together a ragtag group that includes Al McKenzie, the CIA liaison to S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as an incarnation of Madame Hydra – all in an attempt to figure out what’s been going on with S.H.I.E.L.D.  Here’s where the similarities end, and the third act gets kinda weird.

The person behind the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltration was a Life Model Decoy (LMD) that gained a sense of independence. It was originally designed to maintain areas that were too dangerous for human agents, and it increased its objective to be on a global scale. Instead of maintaining S.H.I.E.L.D.’s systems, it sought to maintain humanity. In order to do this, the LMD worked its way through S.H.I.E.L.D., replacing key people with Deltites – flesh and blood clones with malleable personalities. This expanded into almost a game, as the LMD eventually controlled S.H.I.E.L.D., A.I.M., Hydra, Roxxon, and The Council. Deltites would help him assert control over humanity, but there was a problem: the Deltites decayed at a rapid rate, so the clones kept having to be recreated. Like copying a tape, the further you got away from the source, the worse the copy. So, the only way to make sure the Deltites didn’t decay was to infuse them with the Infinity Formula that keeps Fury from aging.

There’s a whole bunch of other craziness, like the LMD created a false religion and disciples in order to serve the Deltites, and Hydra kills a village of a couple thousand people. In the end, S.H.I.E.L.D. is ordered to disband.

So, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, both Nick Fury and Captain America share the comic Fury role. Both were betrayed by S.H.I.E.L.D. and both go on the run. In the movie, it makes more sense that the agency would be infiltrated by Hydra rather than by an LMD – a concept that hasn’t even been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this time. Sitwell finds himself on the wrong side of history, and both stories end with S.H.I.E.L.D. being dismantled.

At this point, I’m not even sure this miniseries is considered canon. A lot of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were replaced by Deltites are still around, even though they were supposedly killed when the switch took place. Clay Quartermain, Jimmy Woo, and Jasper Sitwell are all key agents who were killed in the story, yet there’s been no mention of it since.

So, do I recommend this story? Sure. If you’re like me, and you’ve always been curious about how S.H.I.E.L.D. operates, it’s a really interesting story. It even references the Academy, which I didn’t even know existed until it was featured on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The first two acts are suspenseful in the same vein as The Winter Soldier, and it’s just unfortunate that the final act is bogged down with an exploration of what it means to be human and to have a soul. It really kills the suspenseful mood, and I don’t feel like it stuck the landing. Still, if you’re looking for a comic that mostly feels like The Winter Soldier, this is a good place to start.

11th Apr2014

West Week Ever – 4/11/14

by Will

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So, the week started out with me finally getting to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Not only did I enjoy it immensely, but I have no fanboy quibbles with it whatsoever. I can’t, however, say the same for my comic shop guy. He pointed out that the Howling Commandos exhibit shouldn’t have been in the Air & Space Museum, seeing as how Cap had nothing to do with air and/or space. Touche. Anyway, we’ve all seen the movie, so I’m not gonna dedicate too much time to that here.

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I burned through as much premium cable as I could before Watchathon Week ended. I checked out True Detective solely because @OAFE made a Twitter reference about Alexandra Daddario’s breasts that I didn’t understand. Well, I’d also heard the show was good, yadda yadda yadda. As much as I enjoyed the characters and their struggles, I couldn’t follow the Yellow King case to save my life. Am I dumb? Did anyone else have this problem? I could watch another entire season of Marty and Rust, but I couldn’t give two shits about the case they’re working on.

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It turns out that House of Lies was, in fact, a part of Watchathon Week; they must’ve added it after I was already watching Girls. I finally finished the second season, and got about 4 episodes into season 3 before I passed out and Watchathon Week ended. I have a strange relationship with House of Lies. When the show premiered, I watched the pilot on Showtime’s website. At the time, I thought “Nobody’s as diabolical as Marty Kaan.” Then, I met someone who was. And he tried to take me down. I’m not even being dramatic. It was at my last job, and this guy just didn’t care who he hurt. He was out for himself. So, he threw me under the bus. My only solace is that I took him down with me. So, now when I watch House of Lies, I’ve gone from disbelieving Marty to loathing him. Still can’t fight the fact that he’s so damn entertaining, though.

Speaking of Don Cheadle, I’m not trying to constantly promote Arsenio, but I thought this was a funny clip:

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I caught HBO’s Silicon Valley on YouTube, mainly because it was a Mike Judge show. Now, I read Fast Company, and I like startup culture, but that show did absolutely nothing for me. Maybe I’m just not into the tech world enough to care. Guy creates music site with hidden potential, which sparks a bidding war amongst industry giants. I get that much, but it just wasn’t funny enough, especially considering it had TJ Miller and Kumail Nanjiani. I’d say I’ll give it another shot, but I don’t have HBO, so I guess it’ll have to wait until the next Watchathon Week.

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Wrestlemania 30 was this week, and the day that I’ve dreaded finally happened: The Undertaker’s streak ended. If you’re not a wrestling fan, The Undertaker is a relic of a bygone age – when wrestlers had gimmicks and stage names. He dresses like an undertaker/goth priest/redneck biker, doesn’t say much, and has been an institution for almost 25 years. He’s my favorite wrestler because he’s the only one who harkens back to the old days. If he debuted today, his name would simply be Mark Calaway, and he’d have nothing special about him. Anyway, he had never lost at Wrestlemania, and his streak was 21-0. Now, before I get the people on here with the whole “wrestling isn’t real” argument, I know that. I’m not a moron. Still, within the confines of a storyline, you have to admit that a 21-year gimmick is kinda impressive. In recent years, Taker really only came out for Wrestlemania, and then spent the rest of the year in physical therapy. I mean, he’s a 49 year old man who’s been taking abuse for 30 years. That’s got to take a toll on a body. Folks have been expecting his retirement for years now, but I don’t think anyone actually believed he’d lose Sunday night. All eyes are on what his next move might be, as Sunday may have been The Dead Man’s last match. If that’s the truth, I know I’ll be sad, as he was a big part of my childhood. This guy took it harder than most:

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Sadly, I have to make a correction from last week. It turns out that the NERF Nuke was, in fact, an April Fools joke. So, there will be no thermonuclear foam warfare in the near future. Sad face emoticon.

Links I Loved

Captain America is a Traitor, and Other Narrative Problems in the Winter Soldier – Reappropriate

Top 15 80′s and 90′s Board Games – Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang

11 Essential Ultimate Warrior Items Every Fan Should Have – UnderScoopFire!

That’s It, I’m Done with NECA – The Robot’s Pajamas

It’s the Mall Showdown: Old Malls vs. New Malls – Retroist

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In just a week since the announcement of David Letterman’s retirement, Stephen Colbert has been announced as the next host of The Late Show. As I said last week, I was always Team Leno, so I’m not quite sure how this announcement affects me. I’ve reached a point where I don’t really watch any late night talk shows anymore because the best stuff will be online the next morning anyway. So, it’s a bit of an antiquated model. Still, this is a big move for Colbert, whom I’ve always enjoyed when I caught his show (as opposed to Stewart, who I find smug and insufferable). I’ll definitely check out his first night and, who knows, this might be the show to make me tune into late night talk again. The Late Show doesn’t have the same legacy as The Tonight Show, but it’s still a big deal to be following in Letterman’s footsteps. There were very few people on my shortlist, and Colbert was right up there, so I’m not disappointed. I look forward to seeing what he brings to late night, and for that, Stephen Colbert had the West Week Ever.

04th Apr2014

West Week Ever – 4/4/14

by Will

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So, I finally got around to watching American Hustle, or as I like to call it, The movie where fat Batman’s married to Mystique, and he, Lois Lane, and Rocket Raccoon screw over Hawkeye. The real star of the film is Amy Adams’s deep cleav, as those puppies are showcased in every scene she’s in. In all, it was an entertaining movie, but I’m not sure I get what all the hype was about.

lettermanThe biggest news of the week is that David Letterman announced last night that he would be retiring next year after 22 years. I’ve, shamefully, always been Team Leno so I don’t really have a horse in this race. Part of me kinda wishes CBS would pull out of late night entirely, as the field has gotten too crowded with late night talk shows. That said, with Chelsea Handler ending Chelsea Lately, this would be the perfect time to get her on a network late night show. I’ve also read that CBS is interested in Colbert, whose Comedy Central deal ends soon. I, however, like the idea of Tina Fey, but I’m not sure she’d want to potentially jeopardize her development deal with NBC. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

himymThis week saw the long-awaited series finale of How I Met Your Mother. As a fan from the very beginning of the show, I have to say that I was disappointed. I’m going to be dropping spoilers, so you might wanna skip ahead if you don’t want to see them. When the show began, it was under the premise that Ted Mosby was telling his kids about how he met their mother. It always seemed a bit odd that he would linger on all of the other women he banged, especially Robin Scherbatsky (yup, I spelled that correctly without even looking it up!). Well, at the end of the series, we find out that Robin and Barney got a divorce three years into their marriage, and that Ted is actually telling his story 6 years after The Mother has died (which I called years ago). So, in essence, telling the story was Ted’s way of getting the kids’ blessing to ask “Aunt Robin” out on a date. So, despite the quest for The Mother, and the will they/won’t they between Ted and Robin, the story ends with Ted and Robin, seemingly, together.

I have several problems with this ending. First of all, I feel betrayed by the final season. Season 9 took place over the span of Robin & Barney’s wedding weekend, all leading up to the big day the week before the finale. Then, merely 20 minutes into said finale, we find out that their marriage only lasted 3 years. Why make us invest that much into the marriage when it was always doomed to fail? Why make us buy into the notion that Robin & Barney were meant to be, when it was all just a stalling tactic? That leads into my second problem with the ending: the timing.

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Ted and Robin had been given too many chances, and Ted had finally gotten to the point of letting go. Had this ending occurred, say, 4 seasons ago, I probably would’ve been fine with it. That said, 9 years was too long for them to simply say “Ted ends up with Robin after all.” Plus, it’s almost like a cop-out. In an exit interview, Josh Radnor points out “…and he wins in the end; he gets both girls.” NO! Ted Mosby has always been about finding The One. His eternal optimism of finding that one special person is the driving force of the show. While people like to say that this story was about the journey and not the destination, that’s not entirely true. It’s about Ted telling his kids about how he eventually found the woman who changed his life and, in turn, gave him said children. For Ted to end up with Robin, he’s essentially telling them that she was The One the whole time, and that The Mother was really just another in a long line of women that he had to meet in order to reach that realization. What a slap in the face to the kids! I’m not OK with that.

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In many ways, the ending was always telegraphed. After all, the show was called How I Met Your Mother and NOT How I Met My Wife, so it was clear that The Mother was out of the picture in some capacity, be it death or divorce. And there was always an added emphasis on Robin – enough so that even the kids picked up on it. Another telling aspect, though, is that the creators once said in an interview that had the show ended a lot earlier, they were going to say that pastry chef Victoria (played by Ashley Williams) was The Mother. If the role of The Mother was so interchangeable, and the ending had been known since the beginning, then she’s clearly not integral to the actual ending of the show. We all should have seen the Robin thing coming, and I feel a little foolish that I wasn’t honest enough with myself to acknowledge that earlier. It’s just that it was NINE SEASONS, and they tried so hard to sell us on Robin & Barney that the lengthy misdirection is almost unforgivable. So, I could accept Ted & Robin, happily ever after, in a 5 season show, but I just can’t accept that as the ending for a 9-year journey.

Speaking of the 9-year stint, the ending came at the cost of character growth. We had watched Barney Stinson mature and finally realize he could settle down with one woman, who happened to be Robin. He burned The Playbook and put a ring on it. Sure, even though the wedding didn’t last, it didn’t make sense for him to just automatically revert back to old womanizing Barney. What about the lessons he’d learned, or the personal growth he’d experienced? The Barney that we saw in the finale was the Barney we saw for the first 6 seasons of the show – another indicator that the show could’ve ended years ago.

When Seinfeld ended, the finale bothered me so much that I didn’t watch the reruns for 10 years. I’m not sure that’s the case here. If anything, I’ll probably rewatch with a more careful eye, but I’m still not happy about how it went out. Maybe in time, I can find some more appreciation in it. After all, some folks out there liked it, but I never really liked the Ted & Robin pairing, so that ending just didn’t do it for me.

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This is Xfinity’s Watchathon Week, where they let you watch full seasons of a ton of shows on demand. Last year, I was introduced to Girls and House of Lies. For some reason, Showtime shows aren’t included this year, so I’m still a year behind on House of Lies and will be for the foreseeable future. So far, I’ve bingewatched season 3 of Girls and I still find them all deplorable. It felt like one of those shows that splits its seasons into 2 parts, as there’s almost no growth amongst any of the characters. It was just 12 episodes where stuff happened, but there was no real forward movement. I’m also trying to get into Veep, but it’s just not doing it for me. I should enjoy it, as I like the cast, but the show isn’t hitting the right notes. I think part of the problem is the dialogue is somewhat rapid-fire, and I really wanted something I could casually have on in the background. I’m tempted to try to get into Game of Thrones, but Watchathon Week ends Monday, and I’m not sure I can get through the first 3 seasons in that span of time.

FamilyFeud2007LogoI recently wondered if there’d ever been a Family Feud episode where one person had won the Fast Money segment on their own. It turns out it’s been done, but it was during the Ray Combs (RIP) era.

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It’s been announced that Pharrell will officially replace Cee Lo on The Voice. I was really hoping for someone as flamboyant as Cee Lo. To be honest, I was really hoping it would go to Gaga. The show needs another female on the panel, and she brings just the right amount of weird to counter Xtina. Plus, Gaga’s in a bit of a transitional period, and it would be interesting to see her cultivate the Little Monsters into future stars. Alas, it’s not to be, as Pharrell and his fountain of youth will be occupying that fourth chair.

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Has anyone seen this thing? It’s a NERF Nuke! It fires EIGHTY darts and there’s even a Nuke launcher that lets it explode from the air. I’d never pay $100 for it, but I MUST see one in action!

Links I Loved

Why We Deserved More From The “How I Met Your Mother” Series Finale – BuzzFeed

The How I Met Your Mother Finale Bailed on the Entire Show – Vulture

Watching Movies in the 80′s. Good Times. – Cool and Collected

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I know I made my case against the finale, but How I Met Your Mother, as a franchise, had the West Week Ever. As much as I disliked the ending, you can’t shake a stick at a successful 9-season run. For its endurance, I’m not quite sure it got the thanks it deserved from CBS. In the past, when long-running shows ended, there was usually some kind of fanfare from the network. When Married…With Children ended, Fox ran a screen card thanking them for all the laughs. USA Network aired the Psych After Pshow after Psych‘s finale last week. NBC has always dedicated the whole night to finales, be it Cheers or Seinfeld. Those shows got one-hour retrospectives, followed by the series finale. Hell, the city of Boston even declared it Cheers Day on the day of its finale, and the cast all appeared on The Tonight Show. I’m not saying that HIMYM was on a Cheers or Seinfeld level, but it had been a staple of CBS Monday nights for almost a decade. Instead of honoring that, CBS rushed it off the air (seriously, what Fall-launching show has a March finale?), and used it to prop up the premiere of Friends with Better Lives. Sure, Cobie Smulders did Letterman that night, but in terms of “look back” specials, the closest thing we got was the cast’s appearance on Inside The Actor’s Studio last week. That was not, however, a gesture by CBS. Maybe that’s just not in CBS’s DNA. After all, I don’t remember similar gestures for Murphy Brown (10 seasons), Everybody Loves Raymond (9 seasons) or Walker, Texas Ranger (8 seasons) – three other longrunning CBS staples. I guess “The Tiffany Network” is too good for a simple “Thanks for all you’ve done for us.” So, if HIMYM can’t get the respect it deserves from its own network, the least I can do is respect it here. It may not have ended to my liking, but it still gave me 9 years of laughter. For that reason, How I Met Your Mother had the West Week Ever.

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