Chapter By Chapter: Fantastic Voyage novelization ch. 7

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

Maybe it’s the fact that I never read this before, and thus my first read is being done solely with a critical eye. Or maybe it’s the fact that the dodgy science didn’t bother me when I finally watched the movie because I’ve seen the tropes for so long. Whatever the case I’m not enjoying this as much as I thought I would. The treatment of Peterson and Grant has me worried, the additions so far have been hit (Owens and Benes got development) or miss (the internal politics of military versus medical), but I am still interested. Nothing has broken me, but nothing is winning me over thus far.

Not helping is the fact that I’m not convinced the miniaturization scene needs to be dragged out even further than it was in the movie. I’m hoping the previous chapter did all the focus on the crew’s reactions, which I still want to see as that might give the padding a reason to exist, but the scene was as long as it needed to be to show the full process required to shrink them down, get them into the needle, and shrunk more to get the needle, solution, and ship down to injection size. Whatever thought Asimov didn’t see in the movie, the fact that they thought out the miniaturization to be a multi-step process shows some attention was paid. Part two of the shrink ray scene is coming up and we’re going swimming. Good thing we have a submarine.

Chapter 7: Submergence

Continue reading

“Yesterday’s” Comic> Nightwing #1 (miniseries)

“This is what I get for letting you buy the concert tickets.”

Nightwing #1

DC Comics (September, 1995)

“The Resignation”

WRITER: Dennis O’Neil

PENCILER: Greg Land

INKER: Mike Sellers

COLORIST: Cathi Bertrand

LETTERER: John Costanza

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Keri Kowalski

EDITOR: Pat Garrahy

Continue reading

BW’s Morning Article Link: More On Tarantino’s Trek

A derivative collage from two other files - ca...

A derivative collage from two other files – captain Jean-Luc Picard in his quarter on the USS Enterprise-D (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few revelations come out of this article by Screen Crush’s Britt Hayes concerning Quentin Tarantino’s possible take on Star Trek. It may be rated R, and I’m getting tired of that somehow becoming a symbol of quality as if absolute garbage hasn’t had an R rating before. Patrick Stewart sees an opportunity to work with Tarantino and come back as Jean-Luc Picard, which I kind of understand. But then there’s a podcast clip they found that shows Tarantino talking about what he’d like to see Abrams Trek do, which is basically update and extend an existing episode…a story we have already seen and thanks to reruns, home video, and streaming we can see any time we want. What about telling NEW stories?

Also, shouldn’t the actors be allowed to put their own take on the characters instead of playing Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley as Tarantino claims in that clip? I’m not sure I like where this is headed and I haven’t even see the last two Abrams Trek movies, just the first one.

Jake & Leon #345: Fizzbin & Beth’s Christmas Adventure part 2

She’s also lucky Captain Yuletide defeated the Krampus a few years ago.

You know if you had a space alien friend taking her spaceship to meet Santa Claus you would have snuck aboard as well at her age.

I put my Christmas tree up at The Clutter Reports. This year the Autobots helped decorate it.

Over on my Patreon I have the cover up for this year’s Captain Yuletide. I think the image is a big large so I’m going to have to resize it. I also hope to get it done in time for Christmas. So many distractions thanks to my dental issues. It’s always something lately, but it’s still better than last year. Speaking of which I hope to get the video done since I already recorded everything last year. I just need to edit it. So if you guys find some good Christmas videos, websites, or whatever else I can showcase, thus giving me more time to work on other stuff, I’d appreciate it. I also need to find a job, but finding media reviewer jobs is hard when you don’t know what keywords to put it or where those jobs are posted. I may be forced back into…retail!!!!! I was hoping not to repeat that, but if I can get off of the front end and the cash register it might be easier for me. We’ll see what God does with me I guess.

Saturday Night Showcase: The Bears Who Saved Christmas

Two small teddy bears

Two small teddy bears (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You don’t see a lot of new Christmas specials these days. As much as I love the classics, or at least what I grew up with, new tales with new animation is always nice to see. So I came across this one from 1994, which isn’t the 2000s but it’s still a nice little one for your family. The Bears Who Saved Christmas is about two teddy bears, Christopher and Holly, who magically come to life when their kids and the kids’ parents get caught in a blizzard on the way to grandmas house. Aided by a flashlight, a compass, and a couple of beavers, can the bears find a Christmas tree so that their kids can have some semblance of the holiday?

Continue reading

“Yesterday’s” Comic> Adventures In The DC Universe #19

The ripped clothes look doesn’t work on superheroes.

Adventures In The DC Universe #19

FINAL ISSUE

DC Comics (October, 1998)

Wonder Woman & Catwoman: “The Truth About Cats And Gods!”

WRITER: Steve Vance

PENCILER: John Delaney

INKER: Ron Boyd

COLORIST: Bob Le Rose

LETTERER: Tim Harkins

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Chuck Kim

EDITOR: Kevin Dooley

Continue reading

Friday Night Fights: Auto-Pilot Fighting

With everything that’s happened lately there are days I feel like I’m running on autopilot, although I think we all have days like that. You’d think that would make fighting difficult, but not if you have a computer to do the auto-targeting for you.

A bunch of bad men have seen Die Hard too many times and try to outdo the bad guys in that movie, pretty sure there’s no Bruce Willis to stop them. Of course, if John McClane had access to Iron Man’s armor that movie would have ended faster than it takes me to insist “IT’S NOT A CHRISTMAS MOVIE AND DOESN’T NEED TO BE FOR YOU TO WATCH IT AT CHRISTMAS SO KNOCK IT OFF ALREADY!” I don’t care if that cost me votes, I needed to vent!

Roundhouse round 8

Continue reading