BW’s Morning Article Link: The Fresh Prince Gets Serious

The above video is a fan trailer for Bel-Air, a serious reboot of the plot and characters from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. The sitcom follows Will Smith playing an exaggerated version of himself, who is sent from Philadelphia to his aunt and uncle’s in Bel Air after getting into a fight. The show was inspired by Smith’s music videos using his stage name at the time, the Fresh Prince, along with collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff. People still enjoy it to this day.

Now a fan film is one thing but nobody would consider making this an actual series without at least changing the character names right? Well, turns out you’re wrong, and Will Smith himself is supporting this being turned into an actual series. Because apparently we can’t have nice things anymore. Again, as an original idea it might be good but as a remake of a beloved sitcom I don’t see this working as well as they hoped.

BW’s Suggestions For Rooster Teeth’s Upcoming Dental Work

Started in 2003 and rising in popularity thanks to the Halo parody machinima series Red Vs. Blue, which showed artificial intelligence wasn’t the only intelligence Master Chief’s fellow Spartans were lacking, the group known as Rooster Teeth has managed to grow into a major entertainment company, focusing primarily on web series, with some merchandise and games being based on their properties. RWBY, an anime-inspired fantasy series, is probably their most well know series. However, they also acquired the Screw Attack library, spinning off their popular Death Battle series into it’s own franchise under the Rooster Teeth brand as well as the new home for Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy after Go90 and Machinima (the brand name studio) both went down. That previous sentence pretty much represents my only current interest in Rooster Teeth, so judge the rest of this article on that disclaimer. Said article comes on the heels of this recent announcement.

The full story is that after their recent support of the controversial #BlackLivesMatter movement they’ve decided some of their years-long library doesn’t quite fit with their current opinions and values, which also includes support for the LGBTetc community. So they have opted to either remove those videos or in some cases merely add a disclaimer to the page or video as a “trigger warning”. (Bet there won’t be any for any religious bias.) Some people are all in favor of it and some are against, and my opinion may become obvious during this article or not. There were posts concerned that they were being bullied into this, which has been how “cancel culture” has been operating in entertainment circles recently. If that’s the case then Rooster Teeth is making a mistake and bowing down to people who may or may not watch those shows. However, if this is an honest reassessment based on their current world view they aren’t YouTube, who claims to be a platform but lately has acted like a publisher. Rooster Teeth is a publisher and thus can do whatever they want and take whatever the consequences are, positive or negative, from those actions. I’m not going to sit here and tell them how to run their own site. However I do have a few suggestions they should at least consider when deciding the future of their library.

Note some of the videos contain swearing and two senior citizens in facial mud.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> The New Avengers #3

“Wait, which way is Earth again?”

New Avengers #3

Marvel Comics (March, 2005)

“Breakout!” part 3

WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis

PENCILER: David Finch

INKERS: Danny Miki, Allen Martinez, & Victor Olazaba

COLORIST: Frank D’Armata

LETTERER: Albert Deschesne

ASSISTANT EDITORS: Nicole Wiley & Molly Lazer

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Andy Schmidt

EDITOR: Tom Brevoort

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BW’s Daily Video: The History Of The Sentry

Catch more Casually Comics on Sasha’s YouTube channel.

Chapter By Chapter> Doctor Who: The Time Travellers chapter six

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.

We’re now around the half-way point of this book and by the end of this chapter we’ll have reached it. Thus far it has been rather enjoyable. The author has a good fix on the original crew and it shows in the way they speak and act. Not constrained by the couch cushion budget or SFX limitations of the 1960s they’ve managed to tell a good story that might work as an episode. Hopefully this trend continues. And now we have a spy to deal with as well.

The story has also taken some parallels to World War II as Ian as noted from his war days. Strange then that Barbara, who also grew up around that time and is an actual history teacher (since the show’s original goal was to teach both science and history…though they dropped the educational goal rather quickly), has not made any connections. In fact she really hasn’t done much of anything in the story except wander around, get locked up, and react to stuff. We still have seven chapters to see if she does anything, or if she actually does die in this timeline, so let’s get to the next chapter and see what happens.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Justice League Unlimited #30

Booster’s new seat belt design came with a few flaws.

Justice League Unlimited #30

DC Comics (April, 2007)

“Heavy Mettle”

WRITER: Mike Baron

PENCILER: Carlo Barberi

INKER: Bob Petreca

COLORING: Heroic Age

COVER ART: Ty Templeton

LETTERER: John J. Hill

EDITOR: Rachel Gluckstern

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BW’s Daily Article Link: The Ninth Doctor Returns To The TARDIS

When Doctor Who returned to television Christopher Eccleston was the first Doctor a lot of kids had ever seen. He remains a very popular Doctor, despite having the shorted official run at one season. (Semi-officially Richard E. Grant only had one serial when the official website tried to revive the series as an animated webseries.) However, due to stuff that was going on behind the scenes like poor treatment by the BBC and some family issue all leading to his becoming anorexic and other issues he parted ways and hasn’t gone near the series.

That’s why it’s such a big deal that Eccleston is returning as the Ninth Doctor in a series of audio dramas for Big Finish. Based on continuity I assume this means more Rose Tyler and possibly Captain Jack as well, so it’s not all good news, unless we get lucky and it’s before he met Rose or while she was hanging out with the family like Moffat had his Companions do from time to time. However, fans of the Ninth will be happy to see him–or at least hear him–as the Doctor again. I know I will.