Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Thoughts On The REAL "The Last Jedi" Trailer

These trailers keep coming out later and later, nice way to start speculation but MAN, I already shared my thoughts on the 1st "Last Jedi" Trailer but I guess I should've waited now that we have more images in this one. So let's get to the play by play and see what we see.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Project Canceled: Mortal Kombat: Conquest

Holy crap! This is one of those SUPER 90s shows from back in the day! During the rise of "Hercules: The Legendary Journey", "Xena: Warrior Princess", "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" was the epitome of the 90s! From here on out I'll call it "Conquest" for short. "Conquest" came out in in the fall of 1998 after "Mortal Kombat 4", before "Mortal Kombat: Gold" and (more importantly) AFTER "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation". "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" being completely generous was a box-office bomb, Ed Boon going so far as to say the film was "the worst moment in the franchise's history.". To be completely honest, I enjoy "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" as an unintentional comedy but I digress. With 2 films under it's belt, a TV show was more than the obvious next step and thus "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" was born.

Prior to "Conquest", "Mortal Kombat" enjoyed a brief foray in the animated realm with the series "Mortal Kombat: Defenders Of The Realms". While I never watched the show completely, I do remember catching an episode here and there, and one of the most notable things about this series (at least to me) is that this show features the first and (only time) where Rain is seen without his mask. "Defenders Of The Realms" lasted for 13 episodes before being canceled. "Defenders Of The Realms" wasn't well received considering the show was animated for children and while having a large child fan base (after all I was 8 when I played "Mortal Kombat"), "Mortal Kombat" is NOT meant for children. The brutal nature of the game could never be reflected in a Saturday morning cartoon style.

"Conquest" was live action and instead of being about Liu Kang and the story we're familiar with, "Conquest" would tell the story of The Great Kung Lao, Kung Lao's ancestor and his journey to become the 1st Earth Realmer to win Mortal Kombat. "Conquest" aired on TNT and was featured after WCW Monday Nitro. "Conquest" oddly enough did enjoy popularity despite in latter years being called a "wire-fu disaster". TNT ultimately made the decision to pull the plug on "Conquest" and from research it looks like it was primarily for budget reasons rather than the over all quality of the show. There are very few things I can speak on authoritatively, "Dragonball Z", Writing, Quentin Tarantino and a few others but "Mortal Kombat" is definitely on that list. I've seen a few episodes here and there but never watched it entirely.

One of my main reasons for avoiding this series is the fear of the brain aneurysm I'd have with the glaring continuity errors of the series fall out of sync with the actual "Mortal Kombat" timeline. As an example, there is an episode titled "Noob Saibot", however we know Noob Saibot wasn't created until the current Mortal Kombat timeline as he was the 1st Sub-Zero, Bi-Han. Bi-Han fought in the tournament during Liu Kang's time and was turned into Noob Saibot after his defeat. The series takes place a good 500 years BEFORE Liu Kang, which would either mean that Bi-Han was never Sub-Zero and always Noob Saibot or that Bi-Han managed to die as Noob Saibot, come back as Sub Zero and then die and become Noob Saibot again. Both are dumb.

Likewise characters like Scorpion are mentioned and while on the surface it may seem like that's no big deal considering Scorpion's a specter, what you're missing is the fact that Bi-Han was a grown man prior to killing Scorpion, which would mean Bi-Han would have to be upwards of about 600 years old for Scorpion to have been killed 500 years prior to Liu Kang. In Mortal Kombat Scorpion's been dead for roughly 2 years before the tournament. So while his being in the series is nice fan service, in actual continuity this makes absolutely NO sense by anyone's imagination. But you see the level of care I have for "Mortal Kombat" so no need to press that further.

 "Conquest" lasted for 1 Season of 22 episodes (a full order) and enjoyed more success in The U.K. & Australia, which is odd considering Australia bans "Mortal Kombat"...and "Power Rangers" for that matter. So for Project Canceled we're gonna dive into the entire series of "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" and see what's what.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Let's Talk Star Wars, Rey, Mary Sues & Gary Stus

Let's talk "Star Wars", and I wanted shy away from discussing the topic but seeing as how the entertainment news cycle (at least the entertainment news that I give a crap about it) is slow, let's talk about this. What is the "this" I'm referring to? This discussion of Rey as a Mary Sue. I don't have a stake in this discussion as I'm of the opinion that WE STILL HAVE 2 MOVIES to get through so let's chill on the "Mary Sue" talk for now. But nonetheless, enough people have re-stated this opinion over and over and I really wanted to sit down and discuss my thoughts on the topic at hand. So let's dive in.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

STRANGE LOG: Time To Stop Dating These Vol.1

LIKE A PHOENIX I RISE!! So long story short, Photobucket decided to be a HUGE douche and restrict me from sharing images to 3rd Parties (ie, blogs and the like). While initially distraught because the vast majority of my reviews (and comments) have been thrown to wayside, I decided to simply take the L just because getting all my work back was going to be an uphill battle. WELL, UPHILL NO MORE! Because my "Pretty Little Liars", "Gotham" & "The Following" reviews are all back up with pictures and everything! "Hannibal" will be following shortly! This is a good day. Now here's what's coming down the pike. Not a whole lot to get to but still some stuff to discuss. Let's get to it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Okay, Let's Talk About "Justice League"

So here we are you guys, a month and a half away (Nov. 17th) from an actual Justice League movie combining the forces of Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman and...Cyborg? Umm...okay? It should be no mystery to anyone who's read this blog that my opinion of The DC Extended Universe (as it's being called) isn't particularly high. And that's not me being a mark for Marvel, when it comes to comic books I'm a DC fan through and through (despite the fact that aside from the unfortunate "Court Of Owls" story arc, I haven't read a comic book in a LONG time). That being said, I realized I haven't exactly shared my thoughts on "Justice League" and now that we have enough trailers out we can piece together what's going on. Let's dive in.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

An Origin Story & Why I Review

Every now and then I have these moments where I become really self-aware, like REALLY self-aware to the extent that I marvel at the fact that I exist and am really aware of my existence. As deep and philosophical as recognizing one's own existence can be, this is not the purpose of this article. But self-awareness is and every now and then I ask myself, "Why the hell do I review?". For starters, I'm not getting any money for this so unlike the unfortunates on Youtube who have to deal with the adpocalypse, my livelihood is not dependent on it, nor have I ever seen a dime from it so it's not like I'm gaining anything from doing so, nor do I have multitudes of fan clamoring for my opinion on various topics, hell, I can barely boast at having a moderate readership. So by all accounts I should basically quit. Review is a time consuming and costly hobby that I am reaping literally no rewards from, so why do it? Here's why.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

STRANGE LOG: 9-6-2017

Ugh! And we're back for more updates...I guess...maybe? Summer schedule is over (Praise God & The Man Jesus!) and we're moving into School schedule...assuming I don't get another job...(Hoping I get another job! REALLY HOPING!)  As it stands I'm just giving you guys updates into what's going on with me, here we go.