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Fringe Episode 4.04: Subject 9

Fringe

Almost catching up, I think. Maybe if I spent less time on the introductions, and just started writing…. Hmmmmmm

Anyway, this week, Fringe tackles an episode that is designed to bring an old familiar friend back to the Fringe Universe, and brings Walter and Olivia closer together. Read more…

Extreme Archive: ECW Television 001

I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.

All things have a beginning. And sometimes the beginning can be very different from what later becomes very familiar. Such is the case with the wrestling federation known as ECW. Most fans know ECW as the WWE brand from the last 10 years, many other fans know ECW as the independent federation known as Extreme Championship Wrestling, run by the mad scientist of professional wrestling, Paul Heyman.

But, ECW started as Eastern Championship Wrestling (or more specifically NWA: Eastern Championship Wrestling), and on Tuesday April 06, 1993, local cable channel Sports Channel Philadelphia debuted a television program called ECW Television. Through this television program, the world of professional wrestling would be altered forever.

As a fan of the original (not WWE version) of ECW, I wanted to go back in time and review the evolution of this wrestling federation through the eyes of the weekly television program. To see the evolution from Eastern Championship Wrestling, local Philly indy fed, to Extreme Championship Wrestling, nationally televised wrestling federation that became the fan friendly internet darling that everyone remembers to this day.

Keep in mind, the journey may be very painful. As ECW started with a much different roster, a much different attitude, and a much different style than later fans would come to know. With no further ado, let me introduce them to you:

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Fringe Episode 4.03: Alone in the World

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I told myself that I was going to get around to reviewing episode three of the current season before the new episode is broadcast tonight (as of the writing). Sigh… They say that people read reviews even after the episode aired, and sometimes even after they have watched the episode themselves, either to validate their own opinion or to scoff at the idiot who would date think that something they thought was amazing was crap.

Anyway, I’ve been enjoying Fringe very much this season. My expectations are lowered for what this show is going to be, going forward. It’s still a good show, and has the potential to have a great episode. But I no longer believe in the payoff of the overall story arc. But the first two epsiodes have been very enjoyable and good. I miss the presence of Peter, as it softens Walter quite a bit and gives Olivia a purpose, but otherwise it is good. Read more…

Review: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm OGN (Link)

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Hey everyone,

Come check out my review of the television show Castle inspired graphic novel: Deadly Storm on Inside Pulse:

Read it here!

RJ

Review: Batgirl #2 (Link)

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Hey everyone,

Come check out my review of Batgirl #2 for insidepulse.com.  Click here to read it.

Cheers,

RJ

Review: The Shade #1 (of 12) by James Robinson & Cully Hamner

Let’s get this off my chest from the get-go. I absolutely love the DC Comic Starman series from the 1990s. It is perhaps my favorite comic book series. The combination of James Robinson’s writing and Tony Harris’s artwork were the perfect combination. I loved the legacy aspect of the title, and loved the characters within the Opal that made it really interesting.

As for the character of The Shade. Generally, I like him. You have to realize what he is, and that is a writer’s delight. James Robinson took a infrequently used dark magic villain from the 40s, and turned him into a mysterious erudite British slightly tortured but more frequently delighted gentleman with dark magical powers that acts as Jack Knight’s guru, shaman, confidant, and magical deus-ex machina device. So, used in the small doses of the pages of Starman, Shade is lots of fun. But I question the use of The Shade in a 12 issue mini-series.

I didn’t much care of The Shade’s original mini-series in the 90s. To be honest, much like the pairing of Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, I found Robinson’s writing much more pedestrian after Tony Harris left the book. It lost a bit of its soul in much more traditional superhero story arcs, including a story arc to the stars that never quite reached the emotional impact that was needed.

And, I’m very curious as to why DC would release this series now? The placement of Jack Knight in the new DCnU is very much in question, as is the whole connection to the Justice Society and Earth-2. And were fans really clamoring for a Shade mini-series, when the original Starman title ended over 10 years ago? And I’m always cautious when a writer decides to return ‘home’ to his greatest success, as it usually doesn’t pan out.

Regardless, in for a penny, in for a pound. I won’t be left behind in case Robinson does capture some of that Opal City magic from the 90s. Read more…

Fringe Episode 4.02: One Night in October

After running ragged for a whole month, I find myself with too much time on my hands, and nothing to review. I’m trying to catch up to Fringe, but unless I skip a week, it seems remotely impossible. Such is life.

I’m trying to decide which of the fairy tale inspired television shows to follow. I’m thinking that Grimm seems the more promising, but that’s a discussion for a later time.

This episode of Fringe is a classic science-fiction plot. Let’s see how they execute it. Read more…

Review: Animal Man #2 by Jeff Lemire & Travel Foreman

The one thing about this new DC Universe is that there are distinct and unexpected comic book pairs and groupings out there. Sometimes they are being written by the same writer, and other times they are operating very independently. It’s hard to see all of them at this time.

Teen Titans and Superboy – Connection through Project NOWHERE

Stormwatch and Demon Knights – flashback to Demon Knights in the pages of Stormwatch. (Also potential connection to Superman, but not sure)

Action Comics and Justice League – both are set in the past

Batman and Nightwing – Not sure about this, but Dick Grayson is set up to be a traitor in Batman, and Dick is called a killer in the pages of Nightwing.

Swamp Thing and Animal Man – Animal Man dealing with “The Red” the connection to the animals, and Swamp Thing dealing with “The Green” the connection to plants.

I wonder how many people are reading one, but not the other, especially as they are in the similar genre. Read more…

Review: Detective Comics #2 (Link)

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Hi everyone,

I just started my new gig writing comic reviews for Inside Pulse.  No, I’m not going to abandon the blog.  I have lots of thoughts that I will use to fill this space.

I mean there’s like at least 10 people who hover on this site, and I’d hate to disappoint then. 🙂

Come check out my review of Detective Comics #2:

Cheers!

RJ

Fringe Episode 4.01: Neither Here Nor There

To be honest with you, I have lost my ador for Fringe. Last season was filled with such missed opportunities and disappointing answers that I’ve really lost that tingle of anticipation that I feel for most really good geeky television shows.

The sad truth is that there currently is nothing to replace it on American television. For the last 20 years or so, there was always 1 television show where I could not wait for the season premiere, and I salivated for every episode: X-Files, Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Alias, Angel, Lost, Doctor Who, and Fringe. And I just don’t feel that way about Fringe anymore.

However, it’s still a good show, and in the absence of anything else (as I pray to the altar of JJ Abrams that Alcatraz is AWESOME), I’m sticking with it.

Sorry for starting about 10 days late, the DCnU and Doctor Who had me occupied. Read more…