Sunday, July 13, 2014

Beware the Batman: Tests



“Tests”. Beware the Batman. Cartoon Network. 27 July 2013.

And so we start with the third episode and here is where we try something different. It seems the kids today are all about live-blogging, so we’ll give this a shot.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Geek Theories: Why So Funky?



Geek Theories: Why So Funky?

Funky Winkerbean, noted foil of Comics Curmudgeon and Chris Sims, is a comic strip that asks the question-how depressing can one person’s life be? Is it creator Tom Batiuk’s attempt to inject drama into what was once a gag-a-day strip? In story, are the characters victims of an increasingly cruel god? Or is it the fault of one person? Here at Geekademia we ask and purpose the real reason Funky Winkerbean is a never ending hellscape.

Beware the Batman: Secrets



“Secrets”. Beware the Batman. Cartoon Network 20 July 2013.
So, second episode and how does it manage? We’ve already seen the main plots established, but both (Gordon’s dislike of Batman and Katana’s training) move at slower pace this time so as to focus on the villain of this episode…and it’s an interesting take on an obscure foe.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Beware the Batman: Hunted



“Hunted.” Beware the Batman. Cartoon Network. 13 July 2013

Batman is one of those characters that fit into nearly every medium. I could spend the next fifty pages describing the character and his influence, but since that is Chris Sims’s bag we’ll focus our attention on the latest Batman show. Beware the Batman hit the airwaves in 2013 to some resistance. The preceding series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, was a very well regarded program and the decision to end it annoyed more than a few fans. So, what was the selling point of the show? Would it be a wholesale re-imagining or a straight adaptation of classic stories? How would CGI compare to the tradition animation?
The chief selling point of the show was what it was lacking. The audience was told at the very start-No Joker, no Catwoman, etc. Understandable, given the iconic nature of the Rogue’s Gallery and the massive shoes left by Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Jeff Bennett, and the like, but the bar was set in a strange place.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Horror Film Countdown 2013, part 26



(forgot about this one, but there will be more later this year)

Halloween (1978), dir. John Carpenter, Compass International Productions








Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Animation Block: Fireball XL5



Since we’re putting stuff on the blog again, I felt it was a good time to post a review on a series I recently watched:  FireballXL5. The series was produced in 1962 and ran on NBC in 1963. I always had a long admiration for the works of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, having watched Thunderbirds on TechTV and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons on the Sci-Fi Channel. FireballXL5, however, was utterly unknown to me. After watching the series in its entirety I am now wondering if I was better off not knowing.
Set in the far off year of 2062, the World Space Patrol safeguards Earth and all civilized planets with its XL spaceships. The XL5, captained by Colonel Steve Zodiac (Paul Maxwell) zooms through space with his trusty crew at his side. Dr. Venus (Sylvia Anderson) is second in command and medical officer, while Professor Matthew Matic (David Graham) handles the science and upkeep on Robert the Robot (Gerry Anderson) the robotic co-pilot and occasional radio. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ramblings and other musings

So, that was the horror host articles that would have been published last year. For this year, the main focus would again be on films but there will be a few hosts added too. For the films the focus this year would be on sequels/sophomore efforts. As for the hosts, I was thinking focusing on the cable only hosts, although I might have a few states just to spice things up. Reviews to appear sporadically as needed.