Space: 1999 Review


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Space 1999 art

First heard of this show from hearsay but it wasn’t until I found out it wasn’t until I found out Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, did the model work for the show. Also was surprised that Martin Landau and Barabra Bain were in it as well. They were both in the Mission Impossible TV show and I guess this is what they did after it ended.

This show takes place in the retro-future of 1999, this show was also made in 1975 and you can tell from the opening credits. The first episode gets the series going and after that, all the journeys they go on are pretty cerebral. Theirs’s a lot of talk about nuclear radiation and immortality motifs in it so far. I’m still watching it on and off on since the DVDs and digital copies are hard to come by. They also made a 2nd season that’s more on the action side and a 3rd season, though it was canceled last minute.

This show became a cult hit in the later years and you can watch it on if you don’t mind commercials. There’s even a comic about the fate of the earth after the first episode. It’s a pretty good show so far and I’m just going to say this show isn’t Star Trek at times.


Black Lighting Review


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black lighting

First heard about this guy from the comics like “Outsiders” and stuff like that. The show explains that Black Lightning tried being a hero almost 10 years ago. Until he was shot and ended up killing someone, but it was probably staged to make him look bad. The show also explains what Black Lighting did after going into hiding.

Also felt a bit of reverse racism in this but I like to see him save white people as an “All Lives Matter” storyline. Not just saying that as the white shadow or the white devil is all. Even though there is kinda a white shadow with the gang leader of “The 100″. Didn’t even know who “The 100″ leader was until I saw some images of his comic version.

It would also be amazing if other DC heroes crossed over to help Black Lightning. Or that he’d fight another one of “The 100″ that had powers almost like him. It would be even more amazing if Static from Static Shock would make a cameo as well. Hopefully, we’ll also see Black Lightning help form the “Outsiders” soon if this show is able to get another season.

2001: A Space Odyssey Review (Spoilers)


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Kept hearing about this movie and how people parody it so much. Wasn’t until I saw it on TCM a long time ago thought it was an experience, like most of Stanley Kubrick’s works. To some of the modern audiences, it may seem slow in some parts and there’s this black screen for a few minutes until the opening credits appear.

The movie starts off with the beginning of man and this black monolith and what it might do or posses. Then the movie fasts forwards to the retro-future of 2001 at the Jupiter mining station where they find either the same or a different monolith. Someone tries to touch it and the monolith makes this ear piercing noise.

Then it goes to this astronaut coming from earth as well as some other people to see what happened to the Jupiter mining crew. There are all these scenes of this spaceship going to the orbital station, then the moonbase, and then the spaceship for the long journey to Jupiter. The ship these astronauts are on has an AI computer called HAL, some for astronauts in cryogenic suspension, and some onboard astronauts to help supervise the whole ship for the ride. Then the onboard astronauts watch this interview about the journey, HAL, and the astronauts in cryogenic suspension. Also how when you are in cryogenic suspension it’s basically a dreamless sleep.

HAL at some point goes crazy and thinks the astronauts are a threat and kills one of them by jettisoning him out into space. HAL thinks he was just lighting the load and the other astronauts try and turn him off. Another one of the astronauts get’s killed and the lone astronaut turns him off. Though in doing so I think turned the power off and the astronauts in cryogenic suspension die as well, which is just a terrible way to die.

The ending though is a bit trippy and had to be explained to me later on. There’s also a sequel that was made in the 1980′s called, 2010: The Day We Made Contact, that movie also explains why HAL went crazy.

Besides that, this movie is a classic by all means and you should give it a watch when you can.

Outlaw Star Review 


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I remember watching this on Cartoon Network’s Toonami action block I think when I was about 10 or 11. Watching it now I’m surprised at all the stuff that was cut from the show back then. Even saw Sage Bennett review this as a middle ground future, not too dark like in Alien, but not too bright like Star Trek. That’s what the future will probably be now and then, something in the middle.

The story is about Jean Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking as they go on this adventure after helping someone. Even meet some new crewmembers as well. The plot is kind of like that of Joss Weadon’s Firefly and that show was like the Wild West in Space. Firefly was also on FOX so long ago and sadly got canceled probably because of a bad air date or that the show needed extra help. Looking at FOX now it could have saved the channel from all the bad sitcoms and unethical reality tv they have now.

Anyway, this show is pretty good and it isn’t exactly like Cowboy Bebop, then again Cowboy Bebop kinda spoiled us a bit after it aired. It’s also amazing how adult it is now that is uncut and on Funimation Now.

Cowboy Bebop Review 


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Cowboy Bebop

I remember watching this when Adult Swim first came out back in 2001 and I think the first episode of this series I saw was episode 5 “Ballad of Fallen Angels”. Watching this I was a little lost until I saw the whole show start to finish. People today have reviewed this in America since it came out in 1998 and surprised at how American it was. Also, it’s still on Adult Swim being rerun and rerun since that’s how good it is.

The director Shinichiro Watanabe also did Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy, and Boys on the Slope, which I haven”t seen yet. Though I did see Samurai Champloo and Space Dandy and they were amazing and I will get to those shows soon. Even heard Cowboy Bebop in Japan wasn’t much of a bit hit, but here though it WAS a bit hit probably because it’s so appealing to the western audiences.

The story is about the near future where people are in barely in space and crime has gotten so bad that bounty hunters do most of the work. There’s also a lot of homages to the western audience as well and can get cerebral too at times. It also has a lot of character building as well, like our main hero Spike Spiegel taking Bruce Lee’s philosophy of the water to heart.

Half of the show is creating this world and the characters that will soon meet up together as well. Like the fighter Spike, the ex-cop Jet, the dog Eine which is super intelligent, the con artist lady Fay, and the kid hacker Edward. At the end, I was kind of sad just because these shows were so good back then but if Cowboy Bebop did go on it would probably get too boring or take forever. Almost like One Piece, not that I hate One Piece it’s just like it’s afraid to end, also hope it won’t end up being the exact opposite of what it’s about like some shows that go on almost forever. You can also see my One Piece review for that but it’s kinda short.

Anyway, this anime is a legend and a must watch regardless of how old it is. The voice cast for the English dub I think did so good they do other voices as well. It’s on Funimation Now and Crunchyroll and you can get it on DVD and Blu-ray as well.


Sonic Boom TV Show Review


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First I was a bit hesitant and thought this show was just a bad cash in for the video games. After watching the 2nd season with my cable subscription and the 1st with Hulu and the show is pretty solid. Also, the animation is pretty good with the CGI as well. The jokes are funny and the voice cast is pretty good and the stories notch up with the formula a bit to change the variety every now and then.

Now I’m bingeing this show and it’s getting better now or at least from what I’ve heard. Sonic has a team of friends to help stop Dr. Eggman and his evil plans. Sonic’s friends, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks, help him out and they all have their own personalities. Sticks is kinda paranoid with all her conspiracies and it can get annoying fast. Knuckles is kinda dumb, Tails is the tech guy, and Amy is kinda a good two shoes. Eggman is more of Sonic’s frienemy in this show and isn’t as menacing as he was in the other shows.

Even at one point they talk about the multiverse a bit and introduce Shadow and a different version of Eggman that can shapeshift. Hope the DVDs come out here in America soon since they’re already available in Europe though. Also, this cartoon is an Anericain/French production like Miraculous Ladybug and I will get to that show soon as well.

This show is also on Cartoon Network but it’s aired pretty early so either try to wake up early or something like that. I hope the DVDs can make it here in America soon since it’s getting better and the first season is on Hulu if you want to watch more of this show.

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography Review (Spoilers)


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Malcolm X

When I first heard about Malcolm X, I thought he was an aggressor. Who wanted these race problems to be reversed at times, after reading this though I think of him differently now. In the book, it says his violent death would be his destiny and it shows his last picture of him and his rifle.

The book start’s with him growing up where Malcolm’s family moves north to escape getting lynched back in the south. They had a hard time and kept moving at times then his father leaves him and then his mom is committed a little later. Malcolm then gets expelled for a prank and then is sent to reform school then sent to some special home before he could go there.

His adopted parents were also a bit racist as well, he did good in school but some people didn’t like him, like one of his teachers. Malcolm also requests that his half sister be his guardian and she accepts his request as they go to Boston. Her home was in a where Malcolm enjoyed the people while going out at night. He then becomes a hustler and learned to dance in his spare time. As he got older he also went to Harlem to find more opportunities as well.

Malcolm at one point tries to help a black sailor but the sailor turns out to be an undercover cop. Malcolm then gets sent to a police station for questioning and is let go but after that, he knew the police would keep an eye on him. During the draft, he tries to act crazy and it works and is later sent to jail where he finds Islam. Malcolm also looks up to this guy Elijah Muhammed when he first starts to convert to Islam.

He even starts to study a dictionary to help him write better and kept reading books to stay sane in prison. The book also mentions all the other civil rights movements that were going on in the 1960’s as well. Malcolm also gets Elijah’s blessing to marry a girl, Betty, also makes his biography which becomes a bestseller. At chapter 10 though to talks about Elijah Muhammed’s adultery with some women of Islam.

Malcolm then meets a boxer who wants to join and then the boxer calls himself Muhammad Ali. Malcolm then took the Hajj in 1964 which is the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every Muslim must take at leat once in their lives, there is an exception if you can’t afford to go there though. When he gets back home he later went to a presentation where he kinda knew he’d be targeted for assassination. He was killed at the meeting but people like Malcolm X I think just end up being martyrs since his dream and MLK’s dream didn’t die.

Battlefield 1 Review


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Was a little hesitant at first with this game since EA Rushed Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline was pretty bad. This game turned out to be pretty amazing so I bought it on the Xbox One, PC, and PS4, as a way to compare and contrast. The PC version seemed okay just because the PC client EA Origin has a lot of trolls and hackers at times and you can report them, but EA doesn’t do much from what I’ve heard.

The console versions seem to be better and it feels like EA is paying more attention to the consoles than the PC people. The game starts out with a prologue that really puts you in the mood and what these people went through during that time. The single player campaign has about 5 stories across the was and they seem pretty short at times.

Multiplayer can be pretty big with Conquest being one of the highlights of the game. I also heard there’s this gap between levels 4 and 10 and you can pay actual money for battle packs now. Which are really just booster packs and a quick way to level up and get the better add-ons for weapons without playing the game as much.

Anyway, this is a pretty good game and is more about having fun than being historically accurate. If you do by this just get the regular one since the special editions feel like buying too much at times.

The 5th Wave Book Review


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First heard about this when the movie came out and it kinda came and went. Wasn’t until I saw the Bad Movies review of the movie I found out it was based on a young adult novel. I usually don’t read these books since they’re too easy to read at times. Also, I’m not in the age group so I can’t relate to some of these problems that are in their books. So I read this for a book club for people my age since some book clubs had older people I couldn’t relate too.

This book seems like twilight with aliens and a bit of the Road in the mix. Since there’s a dystopian feel to this movie or about as dystopian as this book can be. There was also some same patterns young adult books have, love triangles, and a leading lady who is a bit clumsy. Reading this I was thinking of the movie and kinda scanning thoroughly it because some parts were just boring. Something about aliens coming to earth and people calls them “the Others” and they use 4 waves so far for invasion. Seems a bit too elaborate since they could have used a neutron bomb. Or end up getting on our good side while taking our resources, like in V The Miniseries. They say the Others are being careful but these waves don’t seem very careful.

I’m not going to spoil the entire book but you can kinda see the twist coming a bit. There’s also two more books in the series but I’m not sure if we will read them. Anyway if you want to read this it’s fine I just kept thinking about the movie for visual aid. This book also got me back into reading again so I might be reviewing more books sooner or later.

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way Review


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Reading this it seemed pretty straightforward and this book shows you all the basics of drawing comics. This copy I read though was from the library and some people just traced over some of the pictures since there are traces of penciling in some of them. This book is also a reprint of a 1984 book by Stan Lee for inspiring comic book artists as well. This could also be for the young and old alike since I found this in the adult section of my town’s public library.

This book also tells you all about what you need and how to draw some of the stuff. I might get some of these supplies in stores when I can and try them out. Since digital arts can give me eye strain if I stare at the screen too long. Also, hope to get me a copy since this book is about 8 dollars on Amazon and to also try out how I draw comics as well.

I haven’t done many reviews since I’m a bit busy with trying to do art and books like these let me do both of art and reviews. Since these books catch my eye and help me inspire myself to do some creativity. I think I didn’t do much art growing up since I had ADHD, was tired from a long day of school, and simply got intimidated by other people’s works. Now I do it as a form of art therapy to give myself something to do and calm myself down. Here’s also my art blog if you haven’t seen it already and my art isn’t the best but it helps me express myself.