Thursday, May 16, 2013

Quick Hits

Quick Hits

24: Live Another Day
Jack is seriously BACK! It hit the internet earlier this week that 24, the iconic action adventure series that takes place in (mostly) real time is going to be revived with a 12 episode “event” series in May of 2014. I for one am PUMPED about this one. Despite plot holes you could drive a truck through no TV series before or since has offered the sort of edge of your seat “Bourne” type action that we got from 24. Kieffer Sutherland returning to his best known role as the beaten up but never beaten down Jack Bauer is must see TV! You can read the press release below.

Fox Announces 24 Revival

It's official: Jack's back! Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly announced on a conference call Monday that the network is bringing back action series 24, with Kiefer Sutherland reprising his role as CTU agent Jack Bauer.
24: Live Another Day, which will likely premiere in May 2014 and run through the summer, according to Reilly, is being promoted as an event series and will consist of 12 episodes rather than the traditional 24.
"It will go in chronological order of the day, but it'll skip hours," Reilly told reporters.
When asked whether the new version could eventually morph into a full-fledged series, Reilly demurred. "It could be an annual event," he said. "There could be sequels. I don't know that they would be yearly."

Since 24 went off the air in May 2010, showrunner Howard Gordon (Homeland) has been mulling a movie based on the series, which never got off the ground. "As they got into the feature film, I think they all agreed 24 being compressed into two hours is not 24," Reilly said.
Aside from Sutherland reprising his role as Jack Bauer, no other casting announcements have been made.
"The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before," Sutherland said in a statement. "To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. ... Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off.

Trek Reviews are in!

Let me just say that I can NEVER be unbiased about Star Trek. For me BAD Star Trek is way better than NO Star Trek. I’m the guy who can actually sit through annual viewings of Star Trek The Motion picture and even SPOCK’S BRAIN!
But to tell the truth I was not getting swept up in the anticipation until I got hit with it in the most unlikely place…the boxing ring. I picked up the pay per view of Floyd Mayweather’s latest fight. For those of you who don’t know him, Mayweather is the pound for pound greatest active fighter on the planet). There…in the ring…on the canvas was the Star Trek : Into Darkness logo!
We have arrived! Star Trek made Vegas! PPV! A Championship Fight!
If that can’t get me stoked, nothing can.
Early reviews seem to be mostly positive, focusing on the non-stop action and the obvious chemistry between Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine (Spock and Kirk). So it looks like the sequel to the smash hit reboot, “Star Trek” will not disappoint.
Of course there HAVE been some negative reviews, notably in The Post.
I bet they won’t give Kieffer bad reviews! They may be dumb but they’re not STUPID ;)

DCUO is having a Crisis!

The successful MMO , DC Universe Online has just released their seventh DLC (expansion) Origin Crisis. As long time readers of DC comics know, the word “crisis” means EVENT. They are big, EPIC big. And the DCUO version is no different.
DC Origin Crisis is focused on a battle between Future Lex Luthor and future Batman across time with each character attempting to make changes to the time line that will greatly effect reality….well DC reality anyway.
Want to see an Evil Superman team up with Luthor? How about Bruce Wayne as Lex’s protégé? As a villain (yes you can eb a villain in DCUO) how do you stop changes to the time line that make Lex….GOOD???!!!
The new story line plays out in solo missions, four man operations and back breaking eight person raids. This is high end content but have no fear. New players to the game can quickly level up to this content by playing through the tier 1 through tier four raids and alerts.

PLUS DCUO is free to play!

DCUO is available on the PC and PS3.

So what are you waiting for??!!

Fair warning though. This game is seriously addictive and fun!

That’s 30!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Remembering RFK

“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: 'Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not”

Ted Kennedy’s Eulogy for his brother Robert F. Kennedy

I gave some thought about not addressing the final issue of Before Watchmen - The Comedian. Anyone who has spoken to me over the years knows that I advocate artists taking chances and trying new things. Creators who play it too safe are generally not too interesting to me.

Having said that, Brian Azzaerello’s trivializing of the RFK assassination is not, in my opinion an artist taking chances. It is a cheap attempt to shock. It is in bad taste.

Robert Kennedy was perhaps more than any of his contemporaries a symbol of hope and promise to the generation that grew up in the 1960’s…my generation. Perhaps Mr. Azzarello thinks we have all died off or no longer read comics. Perhaps being only about six years old at the time, Brian is somewhat indifferent to Bobby’s meaning to so many people not a hell of a lot older.

Regardless of his motivation, it was a misstep on the part of a very gifted writer.

He portrays Bobby as corrupt and disloyal and uses his death as a plot device.

Not only was that in bad taste. It was a disservice to the character of the comedian. FAR too predictable. I had in fact guessed that he would be RFK’s assassin by issue #3.

Am I angry about this? You bet.

Just a few things Brian forgot to mention about Bobby...

Bobby was an outspoken pioneer for Civil Rights.

Bobby was one of the first politicians to devote himself to ending the war in Viet Nam.

Bobby was THE driving force in the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis and almost singlehandedly averted a nuclear war with the Soviet Union.

He died too young, leaving behind family who may be aware of how shabbily he was treated by Mr. Azzarello.
Bobby deserved better.

That’s 30