Saturday Night Showcase> Nashville Beat

Last night I mentioned the show Adam-12, a cop show about a training officer and his rookie partner in the Los Angeles Police Department. The show was part of a barely shared universe. Young officer Reed technically first appeared in an episode of Dragnet and the two ended up officially as their characters in another episode to promote the show. (Kent McCord, who played training officer Jim Reed, also played another character on that show.) Adam-12 also had a crossover with The DA and to promote Emergency the paramedic firefighters of that show cameoed at the hospital the two officers were in but they didn’t interact.

In 1989 McCord co-produced and co-wrote Nashville Beat, reuniting him with co-star Martin Milner as former partners in the LAPD, but not their Adam-12 characters. Instead, widowed LAPD officer Mike Delaney (McCord) goes to visit his old partner Brian O’Neil (Milner) in his new beat in Nashville. A drug-dealing gangbanger from LA has decided to set up a shop in Nashville and Delaney heads there to help put a stop to it. The TV movie aired on The Nashville Network, the former identity of what is now Paramount Network after it’s prior rebrands The National Network and Spike TV. I hadn’t heard of it until a few years ago and tonight we’re going to watch it…well, if you hit play and the embed is still available when you read this anyway Enjoy.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> The Blue Beetle #1

How I feel after trying to review a Golden Age comic with so many stories per issue. You decide who represents me.

Blue Beetle #1

Fox Features Syndication (Winter, 1940)

Okay, the whole anthology comic thing didn’t work, so let’s go with the Blue Beetle’s solo outing…which features numerous short stories…again…but at least it’s only Blue Beetle, a bit of Yarko, and some other one I don’t know. At least we’ve already met two of these characters before in two different anthologies. Yarko is the one from Wonderworld Comics while Blue Beetle appeared in Mystery Men Comics. And some of them are reprints from those comics. That saves me some time, while taking it up elsewhere. Yay. Well, read along with me here.

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My Favorite Intros: CHiPs

Let’s end the week with something a bit more fun. For me, anyway.

I’m not a huge cop show fan though I watched more as a kid when that’s what my parents had on. 1980s cop shows weren’t burdened with stuff “ripped from the headlines” or showcasing the worst parts of the human race. They were allowed to be a little more fun, and the ones focusing on police officers didn’t always have to involve murderers and rapists. A few years ago they came out with a movie called Chips, supposedly a remake of NBC’s classic TV series, and from what I saw in trailers alone it was not a favorable adaptation. The two main characters, Jon Baker and Frank ” Ponch” Poncherello, were treated as idiots, there’s police corruption, and the movie failed to find an audience with its style of humor. The show was light in tone but this seems more like a mocking parody than anything respectful of the original OR the CHP.

“CHP” is short for California Highway Patrol, which is why the title has those odd lower case letters. CHiPs was created by former LA County deputy Rick Rosen, after seeing a motorcycle cop from the CHP. It wasn’t the first show about the Highway Patrol (for example the 1950s show Highway Patrol) but it is still remembered, currently airing on Charge!, which is where my dad has been watching it since we switched TV providers. (Frontier seems to be closing its TV service one channel at a time and we don’t have a lot of options in our area.) The show follows two motorcycle cops and some of the interesting–and occasionally weird–adventures they come across. The other main character is Sgt. Getraer, the guy running the place. While he sometimes gets annoyed by Ponch’s antics he knows they’re good cops and unlike the movie the show never makes the character, or the CHP in real life, look bad.

It’s through my dad’s watching that I found out about a third intro I didn’t know existed, so I thought I’d go back and look at all three to see how good they are. Let’s start not with the pilot but with the first regular intro.

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BW’s Daily Video> How God Hand Criticism Killed Clover Studio

NOTE: The following video has some swearing and the host wearing a shirt of a guy doing a thumbs up through another man’s skull. If any of that bothers you, I have other stuff for you to check out. However, it is a good discussion of how negative reviews affect a product and why companies go through questionable means to stop them…except trying to put out something people like.

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The Rise & Fall Of Marvel: 2099

I’m a bit tired today after shopping so let’s just let Owen Likes Comics do the work today.

The Ultimate Universe was not Marvel’s first attempt at a new imprint with re-imagined versions of old characters. It’s not even the first with Spider-Man, and we’re not counting “What If” stories here. Marvel 2099 was a project that made futuristic versions of Marvel heroes, their descendants in the year 2099 AD. I know, what a stretch. The only one to gain any significant interest, much like the Ultimate Universe, was of course Spider-Man: 2099, the adventures of Miguel O’Hara complete with his own origin in a time period where superheroes were just a memory.

In the following video Owen goes over all of the 2099 themed titles and possibly why the line didn’t do as well.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Marineman #1

Every comic universe has their Superman, their Batman, their speedster, and their Wonder Woman. Many are missing their Aquaman.

Marineman #1

Image Comics (December, 2010; as posted to comiXology)

“Introducing Marineman”

WRITER/ARTIST: Ian Churchill

CO-COLORIST: Nicholas Chapuis

LETTERING/DESIGN: Betancourt & Roshell

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BW Examines DC’s New Movieverse

The more things change the more they still screw things up.

Yesterday, DC dropped a whole bunch of new info from their DC Studios branch, where all the accepted media formats and video games will be coming from as a sort of shared universe, with whatever projects are remaining forming some kind of Elseworlds situation. We kind of knew this is what the Flashpoint adaptation was going to lead to.

Also dropped yesterday were interviews with DC Studios James Gunn And Peter Safran as they go over what they have planned for this comic-free new universe that only acknowledges the source material when it suits them. Again, Zaslav and the people he hires have no interest in the comics outside of a place to create stuff for the real stuff that matters, TV/streaming and movies. The fact that video games are here surprises me frankly, though of course nothing was announced on that front. Three articles dropped on DC’s website but we only need two of them to go over Gunn and Safran’s plans…and I am so not impressed.

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