Also, the wigs on that show are unforgivably bad. Ollie's "Island Hair" in the first season made him look like a rejected Muppet, and while it was (sort of) cleared up in Season Two, by then we had poor Sarah walking around with an atomic blonde rat's nest. » 7/01/14 4:01pm 7/01/14 4:01pm

Just today over lunch I watched the "Rascals" episode of TNG for the first time (I had a haphazard viewing of TNG as a kid, so now I'm watching the whole series in order). In that episode, some Ferengi board the Enterprise and almost succeed at enslaving the crew of the Enterprise, only to be stopped by children. » 6/03/14 10:14am 6/03/14 10:14am

The fact that I can't say First Class was at all a bad movie despite their butchering one of the best written, easiest-to-play-up villains/antiheroes/heroes in the Marvel Universe is a credit to the fact that that movie had some incredible flaws, and yet rose above most of them. » 5/14/14 6:18pm 5/14/14 6:18pm

Yep, it's in Deadly Genesis, which was a post-House of M retcon fest in preparation for Ed Brubaker's run on Uncanny X-Men. To recap, basically between the original run and Giant Size X-Men #1 (or something), Xavier sent a group of ill-prepared mutants to the living island Krakoa to rescue the original five X-Men.… » 5/12/14 11:27am 5/12/14 11:27am

Oh gods, I hate to be Negative Nancy, but this scene was actually film-breaking for me. I mean, I appreciate a genre-movie-by-stealth as much as the next person, but there's smart reveals and then there's literally pulling the roof off of the movie you thought you were watching. Julianne Moore is brilliant, but she… » 4/14/14 9:20pm 4/14/14 9:20pm

Actually, Blink was a mainline 616 character before showing up in AoA. She was introduced during the "Phalanx Covenant" crossover, and would have been a member of Generation X (she was held captive alongside the mutants who eventually became that team) except that she sacrificed herself so the others could live. She… » 3/27/14 4:12pm 3/27/14 4:12pm

On the positive side of things, the Japanese intro for the US X-Men animated series from the 90's is absolutely amazing, even considering the US opening set the bar pretty damn high. The other version isn't nearly as well animated, but has an amazing theme song ("CRY FOR THE MOOOON!"). » 3/04/14 2:45pm 3/04/14 2:45pm

Also, the show (and most of its characters) hate Laurel, so I feel like in no way does the show make you feel guilty about it. She's a miserable character with whom it's very hard to identify, and the show never lets you forget it. That being said, I also feel like this is a slow-burn arc for her, and it will be… » 2/28/14 11:15am 2/28/14 11:15am

Oh gods, those things were my one and only true Drunk Food in college. It was the best life choice a (then-) wiry 20 year old could make, right after I discovered you could empty those bottles of pink Andre "champagne" into dark-colored Nalgene bottles for convenient travel effeverscene. #liberalartsschool » 2/27/14 8:14am 2/27/14 8:14am

I'm more interested in finding out if he's a well-written, compelling character in well-written, compelling storylines than in finding out if he's a "companion"(TM). Doctor Who is great and all, but sometimes it feels like its own mythos, jargon, fandom, and marketing overshadow what should actually matter, and… » 2/24/14 2:09pm 2/24/14 2:09pm

Because people will probably respond you with "you just didn't get it," and imply that you an imbecile, and then tell you that this is The Thinking Man's(TM) Sci-Fi, and that as a Thinking Man or Thinking Woman the film was immediately clear to them following much stern contemplation of its depths, let me just jump in… » 2/18/14 2:16pm 2/18/14 2:16pm

I mean, isn't the more general problem there that TV and other media continually seems to perpetuate the notion that viewers don't, or can't deal well with difference? And isn't that the actual problem with the "white guy is the default character" casting? It's as though some TV shows continually think that the only… » 2/18/14 1:47pm 2/18/14 1:47pm