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Wolverine and The X-Men

Hrmm, another new X-Men cartoon, but this one from a very different perspective. The telepaths (Professor X and Jean Grey) have all vanished, the X-Men disband, and Wolverine has to put the team back together while keeping them on the run from what looks to be a very agressive new round of anti-mutant sanctions.

The animation style looks nearly-exactly like X-Men: Evolution, though the voice cast looks to be completely different, which isn’t bad. No idea if this is supposed to be a follow-on series to X-Men: Evolution, either. I highly doubt it’s the same universe/timeline, though.

I’m really not keen on the idea of hem turning Cyclops all emo/depressed (one the stupidest things X-Men: The Last Stand ever did) or the idea of making Rogue evil. Unfortunately, like many have said, Cyke HAS to be all depressed and unwilling to fight for Wolvie to have any reason to be the leader, and thus the focal point of the show. I suppose we’ll see how it goes. Might be good. Probably would be an excellent DVD to own, especially if they make it an ongoing serial storyline like it appears to be.

On the other hand, the Iron Man movie trailer, which hopefully you saw during the Super Bowl, looks freaking FANTASTIC. Can’t wait for that film.

Ain’t seen it yet? Go here!

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Trading Spaces: Fixing a Stupid Idea

I’ll admit, Trading Spaces used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. I don’t know why, it was just fun to watch.

At least it WAS fun up until they fired the host, Paige Davis, and went to a “host-less” format. Which, in my view, essentially gave the show very little direction or cohesion. I quit watching as much after that, and eventually gave it up altogether.

From what I hear, the production company for the show decided to essentially give the show a “fresh start” and basically went and hired all new designers and carpenters. As often happens when people try to fix what ain’t broken, the ratings were in the tanker. Even my Mom, a huge fan, quit watching.

Well a new production company has apparently bought the rights to the show. And guess what they did right off the bat? Called Paige Davis and asked her to come back, and brought back many of the show’s popular designers.

If it were up to me, I’d be making some advertising promos for this new season called “Trading Spaces: Don’t reinvent the wheel, idiots”. And yes, the “idiots” is very essential.

In other news, GREEN! Our kitchen wall is GREEN! And it looks SWEET.

Phat lewts at level 24

Welcome back. It’s July 11th. Day three into the 25th year of my life. My 24th has recently been completed and celebrated, as you can all probably guess. And as is customary in these parts, people gave me gifts. And I cherish and thank them all for it!

I am now in posession of Command and Conquer 3, for starters. The latest in the awesome series. The graphics in this thing are spectacular. I love how they got so many good, mainstream actors in this game’s FMV cutscenes. Josh Holloway from Lost, Jennifer Morrison from House, a couple of actors from Battlestar Galactica who’s names escape me, Billy Dee Williams of Star Wars fame, Michael Ironsides, it’s a very good, high quality cast. The gameplay is very straightforward C&C goodness, I just have to get used to it again. I haven’t actively played an RTS since Warcraft III, and I’ve never been terribly good at them anyway! Still, they are very fun.

I also got a Game Boy Advance from Josh. It may be an old system by now, but it still has many many classicly awesome games, and I managed to get a couple used onces for very cheap: Metroid Fusion and Final Fantasy 1&2: Dawn of Souls. Both are extremely fun: Metroid Fusion is a challenging 2D platformer, and on Dawn of Souls, I’m reliving the good ol’ days of Final Fantasy 1, but with updated graphics and a much better translation. Good times.

I also have Season 5 of Star Trek DS9. Season 5, you ask? Do you have Season 1-4? Well, the answer is no, I don’t. I don’t have any seasons of Star Trek anything. So why DS9 and why Season 5? Well, I LIKE DS9. A lot. It’s actually my favorite Star Trek series, as a whole. Maybe the later seasons of Next Generation are better, and maybe some episodes or seasons of Voyager are better, but in my opinion, taking every series as a whole, DS9 is consistently the best. It never has a “bad time”. It’s very enjoyable, start to finish. Early Next Generation seasons are pretty bad, if you ask me. And the original series is nigh-unwatchable. So yes, I like DS9. As for why season 5, it has some of my more favorite episodes in terms of character development, as well as the very cool tribute show “Trials and Tribble-ations”.

My Dad gave me a sweet awesome Titanium die-cast replica of the Republic Gunship from Star Wars: Episode II, which is my favorite ship from the entire prequel trilogy. It actually has the paint job of the Gunship from the later episodes of the Clone Wars cartoon, the one that carried the ARC trooper team when they fought Greivous (if you’ve seen it, you would recognize the paint job right away). It looks AWESOME, and I like it a lot. You might see this thing in another episode of Bmatt TV, if I do one soon, which I want to try to do. They also got me a cool shirt with some camo cargo shorts to match it. Not something I’ve worn before, definitely, but it looks pretty good I think!

I also have Ice Age II and the Incredibles on DVD as well. Great CGI films, I think you’ll agree.

So, to all who are reading this who gave me one or more of these gifts, I cannot say thank you enough times. I enjoy these items greatly, and I thank you for everything, your friendship, love, and caring.

Teh obligatory Post-Christmas post! (ooh redundancy!)

Greetings to you, one and all, and I hope you have had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to an excellent New Year’s celebration!

Clearly, I have had a very busy one, it’s been a week since I updated this darn thing. I’m slipping. It’s happened before, and it probably won’t be the last time.

I spent Christmas Eve and Day at my Nan’s house (for those of you who haven’t yet caught on to this, Nan is the name I call my grandmother). Eve saw the whole huge entire extended family of massiveness there, whilst Day was only the immediate family. We did the usual Christmas story and white elephant gift exchange on Eve, though this year we did something different, rather than split it up into Men’s and Women’s gifts, and have actual stuff people could use and enjoy, they decided to combine it into “one gift per family” and have it composed of funny/gag type gifts, and at the end we’d vote on what was the funniest.

There are two problems I spotted right away with this. One, some people have very different ideas on what is “funny” and Two, I forsee many of the items given out returning next year. Personally, well, most of you know my opinion on messing with Holiday traditions. If you don’t, here it is: I hate it, don’t do it, and if you ask me how I feel about doing it I’m going to be honest and not hold back about it. The elders in my family felt that the whole original idea was making people too “greedy” and hurting feelings, and that this was a reasonable solution to curb that. Okay, I can understand that. But frankly, if people are getting GREEDY over this, then you need to let God deal with that, and not try to provide your own solution. He knows our hearts far better than you, and some of us really enjoy giving and receiving cool stuff that you never would have even thought of otherwise.

Meh, that’s that, done and over with. Moving on. Rather than starting off with all the cool stuff I got this year, I’ll start off with what I gave other people. What my immediate family does, we each draw names to give to, so everyone in the family gets something from someone else. Somehow I ended up with Mom. Helped me considerably cause I already was gonna buy something for her anyway! I got Mom a new dryer (early Christmas present as ours finally broke after years), some new Pajamas, a new Sweater, a bluetooth headset for her cell phone, and….something else, I know it. My fabled crappy memory has risen again!! WOOOOO! Oh right, a new leather jacket! There it goes. Aighty.

My man David gonna be lookin’ awesome when he starts working soon, cause I got him a giftcard to Kohls so he can get some new threads. Hey Holland? Kidnap him and use it to great effect! I know he’s down there with you!!

I can’t talk about what I got Josh, Kat, or my Dad and his family, cause, well, I haven’t given them their gifts yet! And they could be reading this!

Now, onto what I got. Thankfully, the wish lists I provided were very well taken advantage of. First up, these two shirts!
Green Linen Shirt! Requires Level 5!
For the Horde!!

And while Mom was perusing the lovely Jinx.com, she found this new hat for me!

I had Half-Life 2: Game of the Year Edition on my wish list, but Mom did one better with this little collection. Half-Life 1, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, and Counterstrike: Source all on one DVD. Gaming awesomeness.

I also now posess the DVD collection of the best Sci-Fi TV show that never should have been canceled, Firefly! Come on over and we’ll watch a couple of episodes.

Uncle Mike drew my name in the aformentioned gift exchange, and he got me both Pirates of the Carribean movies.

Rex and Margie were kind enough to replace my lost copy of Wild at Heart, a book I continually and always recommend, both for men and women, even though it’s about what has happened to us guys and how God can fix it.

That’s about it for now folks. Look forward to catchin’ up with all my Waco peeps when ya’ll get back. Me, I got about another week off from work, so if you’re in my neighborhood, gimme a yell. Later!

There was shaving cream…everywhere…it was horrifying…

So yesterday I went up to Denton to see Kat. She was in the mood to have a shaving cream/water balloon fight. Not having seen her in quite a while, I obliged and joined in on the madness. She tried to sneak out in the backyard and hide the cans of shaving cream so that she could use them and me have none, but I caught her before she could hide the last one. The battle went my way initially, due to my height and dodging abilities. In the end she ended up teaming with her sister to try and take me on. And that was after I had already depleted my can of shaving cream. Once Heather sends me the pictures, I’ll let you decide for yourself. But I totally think I won. Mwahahahah.

We also went to her church, which was actually really cool, and reminded me a lot of Antioch, in terms of teaching and what they believe, if not in structure. Afterwards we had dinner at On the Border, where I rediscovered just how tasty chicken fajitas are with ranch, pepper jack cheese, and a little bacon. Mmmmm.

Oh and you should totally go check out Heather’s new car. Sweet ride.
They also had this sweet little number, which I couldn’t believe I had missed up until now!

Animaniacs! On DVD!! w00t! Seriously, was this not the greatest cartoon ever? I would think so. I loved this show, even though it had it’s flaws. It had some good characters (The Warner Brothers, Pinky and the Brain, Slappy Squirrel) but most of them just didn’t match up. Then of course there was the glorious day when Pinky and the Brain got their own 30-minute spinoff show. And wouldn’t you know it, they also put the first season of that on DVD as well!

Okay, this one, yeah, I gotsta get my hands on it. How can you not love lab mice trying to take over the world? Answer: You can’t.

Oh yeah, and some other spiffy news: I finally chanced upon a copy of Star Wars: Republic #83, thus completing my collection of the Republic series and bringing me back up to date with Star Wars comics! Knights of the Old Republic #8 has just come out too, but Rebellion #5 has apparently been pushed back AGAIN. Ugh. I enjoy the story of Rebellion, which continues the story of one of the Empire series’ most popular characters, Janek Sunber, and his relationship with Luke Skywalker and struggling with being an honorable man in the Empire he discovers is ever more corrupt, but I can only wait between issues so long, Dark Horse!! COME ON!

Incidentally, remember the line in Star Wars where Luke disgustedly says “Yeah, that’s what you said when Biggs and Tank left…”? Janek Sunber is who Tank is.

I also found a new Star Wars book had been published called Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. Darth Bane is the Sith Lord responsible for instituting the rule that Yoda talked about in Episode II. “Always two, there are. No more, no less. A Master, and an apprentice.” He’s been in a lot of the older comics, this is the first book to talk about his early life and rise as a Sith. Looks good, but I’ve never been interested much in Darth Bane, so I’ll wait until it hits paperback. It’s by a new author I’ve not heard of called Drew Karpyshyn, we’ll see if he falls under the listing of good authors (Zahn, Stackpole, Allston, Luceno, Stover, and others) or the listing of suck (Kevin Anderson, Barbara Hambly, and worst of all Troy Denning).

Well, back to work for me. Back at ya tomorrow eveningish with my thoughts on the crapload of good music I’m getting soon! Seeya.

Demon Hunter show and TV Networks steal more ideas

Okay, I have something I do want to talk about in this post, but first off, the show.

I enjoyed a lot of it, yes, but there was plenty I did not. Demon Hunter and Becoming the Archetype were incredible. Those guys rock so incredibly hard. Becoming the Archtype is extremely talented and you can tell they have a serious love for Christ. Demon Hunter was great. If you guys can’t bear to listen to it, go Google the lyrics to “The Soldier’s Song”. It’s a brilliantly written (and even better played) anthem of support for our troops. Even if you don’t support the war, these guys are fighting overseas, and they deserve us backing them up 100 percent, especially when you consider the fact that they’re often manipulated into horrible circumstances by politicians trying to one up each other (coughMurthacough). They don’t need this kind of crap, they need to know they’re honored and respected for their service.

I have to say that all of you people who were there who were moshing were pretty cool too. Unless of course you were one of the idiots who was throwing punches around. Or you charged through people on the outside of the pit, probably knocking them over or hurting them in the process. That actually happened to me. Some jerk was trying to charge his way through the outskirts of the crowd who weren’t moshing, and I was trying to get out to grab some water for everyone, and he elbowed me in the stomach. To all of you who participated in those two acts, you guys are freaking morons.

As for the other bands…eh. Maybe it’s just because I never listened to them before coming to the show, but they were pretty much forgettable. I earplugged through them and didn’t really miss it a whole lot. Overall though, it was a great experience.

Okay, now onto the other item I wanted to discuss, and that’s NBC’s upcoming fall series Heroes. It would appear NBC wants to capitalize on the popularity of superhero movies, especially the X-Men films, as it is now coming out with a show about ordinary people who suddenly have superpowers. Here’s the official description, which can be read here

And what exactly does “paint the future” mean? When this guy’s power goes off, does his arm just spotaneously start painting? I can’t wait for the episode when the guy gets some vision of a death or something, but he spends the entire episode looking for a paintbrush and canvas so he can tell everyone else. That’s some high-quality DRAMA, people.

So, who are we going with for antagonists here? Will we have supervillians or a sinister government agency? I’m leaning towards the latter, and that all of these people will find themselves the victims of some sort of government super-solider-esque plot. Oh wait, Marvel did that already.

A mom with a powerful alter ego….I’m sorry, but I have to do this: “RAAAAAAAARGH! MOM SMASH!!!”

And this animated graphic novel? Who’s doing this one? Are they contracting out to Dark Horse, DC, Marvel, or any established comic company? Or are they just going to fly solo with it?

Believe me, I don’t want to sound cynical with this, I’ve often imagined a superhero TV series and what it would be like. This, however, isn’t anything new. It’s a thinly-disguised X-Men storyline. Ordinary people suddenly realize they have extraordinary powers in a world that fears them. Frankly, I’m shocked Marvel isn’t suing. Maybe I just haven’t waited long enough.

I’ll give it a shot. We’ll see if it turns into something decent.