Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This is how How I Met Your Mother should have ended

(via The Mocha Subtext)
Just change 2012 to 2014. It's a way better ending than having Ted manipulate his kids into giving him their permission to chase after Robin rather than just moving the hell on with his life.

The new Ghost Rider certainly looks interesting

And his ride ain't bad either.

Art by Felipe Smith.
The new Ghost Rider is a high school senior named Robbie Reyes who lives in East Los Angeles and as you can see, he drives a Dodge Charger instead of a motorcycle. I approve. I like that they're not creating yet another grizzled biker dude and doing something different. I also dig that his skull is modeled after Reyes' helmet, judging by this picture:

Art by Tradd Smith.
And judging by this one, the new Ghost Rider uses knives instead of a chain whip like his predecessors.

Art by Felipe Smith.
Oh, comics, why must you cost money and not desires? D:

Art by Tradd Smith.
Art by Tradd Smith.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

The Iron Man nose!

Sorry, couldn't help myself. I did stumble across an interesting post that explains why Iron Man got a schnoz on his faceplate. According to Jim Shooter (emphasis mine):
That was before my time. You know, Stan had an incredible reputation. I think people were always in awe of him and if he would say anything, just some little remark in passing, you know it would become law. I remember one time there was a situation — this was before I was Editor in-Chief — where Stan looked at a picture of Iron Man and said, “Shouldn't he have a nose?” I know exactly what he meant. What he meant was the guy had drawn the mask so flat that it looked like there couldn't be a nose under there. All he wanted was a little room for the guy to have a nose, right? Immediately they went out and drew a triangular nose on Iron Man's costume and it was there for a year or so. Then later Stan saw this picture of Iron Man with this triangular nose on his face and he said, “What's this, why is this here?” And they said, “Oh, you don't want that?” “Well, it looks kind of strange, doesn't it?” They took that as an edict, too — “No nose on Iron Man.” Then, they all walked around saying, “Gee, he changes his mind a lot.”
So basically, Stan Lee was just pointing out something that I imagine a lot of people have pondered. I always thought the faceplate looked too flat and Tony's nose must be scrunched up something terrible in that thing. It doesn't seem to be a problem in the movies, where we can see Tony moving his face around a bit inside the helmet.

(via Vice)

Looks like WWE's trying to rebuild the prestige of the Intercontinental Championship

And they're doing by way of a tournament.

A bit of background info for the non-wrestling fans: The Intercontinental Championship is a singles title that has been in the WWE since 1979. Hierarchy-wise, it's a second tier title, just behind the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but ahead (at least, in my opinion) of the United States Championship. The title has had a long history of being used as a stepping stone towards the world title and as a conciliation prize for guys who aren't getting a run with the big belt or a second run. For example, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Randy Savage, and CM Punk have all held the IC title before becoming world champions. On the flipside, The Miz, Christian, and Rey Mysterio have had runs with the belt after winning the world titles.

And the fact that the WWE had, until recently, two world titles (the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship) is what robbed the Intercontinental title of its prestige. Back in 2002, the WWE had a bloated roster after buying out WCW and ECW, and so they spun their two TV shows into autonomous entities, called Brand Extension. Each show had their own rosters and belts. Eventually this included a second world title and that's when the IC title went downhill. With two big belts, attention shifted away from the secondary belt and guys who normally would have been IC champs instead were pushed to the world titles. Another problem was that the guys who held the title had abysmal runs. Oftentimes, they would lose every match that wasn't a title defense.

Then, things got worse. The WWE Championship became the de facto world title, while the World Heavyweight Championship became more like a secondary title, which relegated the Intercontinental title to a third tier belt. Brand Extension ended in 2011 and the two world titles were unified in 2013, but the the company hasn't really put an effort into rebuilding the IC belt until now. Giving the belt to Big E Langston was a good start, but this tournament they started last night on Raw is a much bigger push towards that goal.

Monday, April 14, 2014

What I'm watching/not watching

Inspired by this post.

Mondays: Monday Night Raw. I can't stay away from wrestling, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, and Bray Wyatt are simply irresistible. Raw is three hours long, so that doesn't leave room for anything else.
Tuesdays: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., followed by Supernatural.
Wednesdays: Arrow. Pretty bare, I know, but I haven't found anything else to tempt me on that night.
Thursdays: Nothing. I used to watch The Big Bang Theory and TNA Wrestling, but I've lost interest in the former and the latter is crap. I've given Community and Parks & Rec tries and enjoyed them a lot, but for whatever reason, I just haven't gotten into them. I might shotgun some episodes over the weekend, though.
Fridays: You guessed it - nothing. Sometimes I watch Friday Night Smackdown, but not often. I tried to pick Continuum up again, but I just wasn't feeling it last week.
Saturdays: Nothing, unless Doctor Who is on. Orphan Black is on the schedule as soon as it returns.
Sunday:  Mad Men is back, so there's that. I need to get back into watching Bob's Burgers.

Not watching
Game of Thrones: Because I'm not a Lannister and can't afford HBO.
The Walking Dead: I'm just not into zombies.
The Big Bang Theory: I'm not part of the backlash the show is experiencing on the internet (specifically, Tumblr). I decided to start watching the show on CBS's website, but got behind, then just gave up.
Everything else on CBS: Their cop shows like NCIS and Criminal Minds are bland.
Almost Human: Schedule conflict with Raw. Plus, it's on Fox and we all know their track record with scifi shows.

Edit: Opps, forgot to link to the post that inspired this one.

Some more blog ideas

I've been thinking of adding a feature on this blog involving ladies. I've noticed that several blogs that I read do a thing every week where they post picture(s) of ladies. HeroPress does a Wonder Woman Wednesday, while Electronic Cerebrectomy does a Sunday Hottie and Kristen Bell Mondays. Cal does similar postings as well, so all around, it seems like a good idea.

But what to post? I'm leaning towards Power Girl on one day and random ladies on another day, and Christina Hendricks on another. Three babes a week sound good to you folks? I might even throw in some Tom Hiddleston for added flavor. Oh, and the pictures will be as work safe as possible, so no nudity or the like.

Deathstroke running some psy-ops on Arrow (spoilers)

Finally got around to watching the eighteenth ep of the second season of Arrow just now and I gotta say, I'm really digging how Slade Wilson is going after Oliver via mind games and manipulation, rather than just going directly at him. Case in point, in "Deathstroke", he kidnaps Thea, Oliver's sister and through this, tricks Ollie into making (albeit temporary) Isabel Rochev CEO of Queen Consolidated, who as it turns out, is working for Slade. She then seizes control by having the board of directors make her the permanent CEO. This lets them to focus the company's applied science division resources on replicating the Mirakuru serum running through his veins. It's also revealed at the end of the episode that the kidnapping was merely a distraction so that Slade could hijack a prison bus and recruit soldiers for his army.

Another bit of manipulation was when he released Thea and told her that Malcolm Merlyn was her biological father and that Ollie knew. I'm not sure if Roy leaving Starling City at the end of the ep was part of his plan too, but if I were him, I would say it was. Getting Quentin Lance arrested for aiding Arrow obviously was part of his plan and plays into his visit to Laurel, where he reveals Arrow's secret identity to her. My guess is that he wants her to use that bit of information as a bargaining chip to get her dad off the hook, or at least make Ollie think that she might.

My guess is that this is all part of a big distraction so that he can create an army of Mirakuru enhanced foot soldiers. He promised Sebastian Blood control of Starling City and such an army would be more than enough to do just that and more. His revenge against Oliver is just icing on the cake, a bonus.

Of course, it might not be about taking over the city. Maybe Slade is taking a page from Bane's playbook and trying to break Ollie down before moving in for the kill. He's already going after him psychologically and maybe he plans on using his army to wear Ollie down physically, like Bane did in Knightfall. Either way, I'm really digging where this is going.

We are living in strange times, my friends

Dwell on this for a moment: We're living in a world where Matthew McConaughey has an Oscar for Best Actor and Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't. We've got a superhero movie coming out this year starring a gun-toting alien raccoon, and another coming out next year starring Ant-Man. Disney owns Marvel, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, while Ben Affleck is going to be Batman.

The world got weird, guys. It got real weird.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Well, that was as unexpected as the Spanish Inquistion: RIP The Ultimate Warrior

(via Comic Vine)

Well, it was quite a shock this morning to find out that WWF legend The Ultimate Warrior died yesterday at 54. What made it unexpected is that he was just inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last Saturday and was on Monday Night Raw not even two days ago. The reports say that he collapsed yesterday while walking to his car, which is the opposite of how I first thought he died. I thought he had committed suicide because of the odd and now ominous speech he gave on Monday night:
No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever!

Also because Warrior was two scoops of nuts. He was also homophobic, which no one can or should try to whitewash even after his death. It's not a time to gloat either. Warrior had a wife and two daughters who just lost someone very important in their lives, so gloating over his death is beyond callous. So how to remember The Ultimate Warrior? Remember him as a hyperactive, psychotic wrestler who bested Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI and was half of the Mega Maniacs with Randy Savage. Remember him as the wrestler and not as the homophobe.
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