Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Big In Japan Episode #12: Macross: Do You Remember Love?

Justin gets Derek to talk about Minmei again! How can this be!??!?! Find out by listening to Big In Japan's episode on Macross: Do You Remember Love? !!!

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Justin's Top Ten Star Trek TOS Episodes Part 3

And now... my choices for the worst episodes of TOS.

3. The Mark of Gideon

There is a good episode here, it just didn't come together. Overpopulation is a subject worth exploring. But the story is simply full of too many plot holes. If Gideon is so overpopulated where did they find room to build an exact replica of the Enterprise. How did they get the blueprints for the Enterprise? If all they wanted was Kirk's blood why not just take it when he was captured, and then return him without his knowledge? Why not just colonize another planet?

It also doesn't help that the love interest is bland and has little chemistry with Shatner. Also, the back and forth between Spock and Hodin is so drawn out, uninteresting and frustrating. The entire episode is an exercise in frustration and totally illogical.

2. Plato's Stepchildren. 

This is the episode famous for the first interracial kiss. That doesn't make it a classic though. The way Kirk and Spock are forced to act... you start to lose respect for them. With Spock dancing over Kirk's body. Kirk being ridden as though he were a horse. It just goes on and on. Then you have some weird s&m stuff with the whip and hot poker. Is this supposed to be a fun, lighthearted episode? You may think so with all the shenanigans. Is it a commentary on the excesses of power? This episode never decides what it is. Michael Dunn is a treat to watch on The Wild, Wild, West but even he can't save this episode.

1. And the Children Shall Lead


As Youtuber Brandon Tenold might say, this episode is full of Kennys. Whenever i sit down to rewatch TOS i usually have to skip this episode. People want to complain about Spock's Brain. To me that episode is like a fun B-Movie. But this episode... man. Why is Uhura so concerned with looking old? Cause she's a woman? Cause women are vain? Get outta here. No one wants to get old. Why is Sulu afraid of swords filling the viewscreen. Because he has some skill at fencing? 

An interesting side note, the Gorgon was played by Melvin Belli who was an attorney and may have actually spoken with the Zodiac killer. As a fan of Star Trek and true crime i'm fascinated by this. 

Again, if there are certain episodes that grate on your nerves like a Ceti Eel then let me know in the comments section.  And stay tuned as i have several other Star Trek blogs planned. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fanholes Episode # 175: Derek and Dad!

Derek has an impromptu podcast with his Dad during a blackout from last year! Inspired by the Film and Water podcast's "Tales from the Movie Theater" episode, Derek asks his Dad about film's he remembers seeing at the theater or films he remembers taking Derek to go see! We also dovetail into stories about Comic Books and the days of Action Figure Collecting for a spoiled son! Check it out!

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Podcast Promos:
The Film and Water Podcast

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fanholes Episode # 174: Your App Sucks Balls Fan Expo!

Justin and Tony chat with Derek about his trip to Boston Fan Expo and what it was like meeting Mike live and in-person! Not to mention Amy Jo Johnson! Derek talks about meeting comic greats like Frank Quitely , Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Howard Mackie, Jae Lee, Dan Parent, Dan Khanna, Ed McGuiness, Humberto Ramos....and of course Jim Lee and John Byrne! BUT BE WARNED!!!! Derek Body Shames and Tony Man-Splains "Hot Cosplay"! Not for the faint of heart! Check it out if you DARE!!!

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Justin's Top Ten Star Trek TOS Episodes Part 2

5. The Enterprise Incident

I'll be honest, i've always preferred Romulans over Klingons. This episode has an almost Mission: Impossible feel to it. Kirk and Spock must acquire the perfected Romulan Cloaking Device. Kirk acts unstable. Spock pretends to kill him. Spock engages the female Romulan Commander in an episode long game of cat and mouse flirtation. Kirk then pretends to be a Romulan, complete with pointed ears.

The female Romulan Commander would show up in several novels and comics over the years. I was especially happy to see the character return for the final two episodes of the fan series Star Trek Continues (who was actually played by the daughter of the original actress).

4. Arena

This was the very first episode of Star Trek i ever saw. I remember thinking the episode was alright and the guy with pointed ears was interesting. When the Gorn showed up they had my complete attention. I think that was the point i became a fan. This episode is, of course, infamous for Kirk fighting the Gorn and for his improvised weapon. Kirk's battle with the Gorn is one of those legendary Star Trek moments that has been referenced in various tv shows, and even commercials. Captain Sisko is a fan as well. When flung back in time to Kirk's era the one thing he wanted to ask him about was fighting the Gorn.

3. The Doomsday Machine

I feel this is an episode people think of if they consider TOS cheesy. I get it. The Constellation is actually just an AMT Enterprise model and it shows. And there is the Doomsday Machine itself. It looks like a Thanksgiving cornucopia. All i can tell you is when i first saw this episode i bought it. I bought the illusion they were selling. I also bought the performance of William Windom as a man devastated by the loss of his crew. A man bent on getting revenge even if it claims the Enterprise.

The Remastered version of this episode certainly made the space battle more dynamic, and the Doomsday Machine looks better. And yet, i prefer the original version. The Doomsday Machine, or at least other vessels of the same design have shown up in novels such as Peter David's Vendetta and in Star Trek Online.

2. Mirror, Mirror

This episode needs little introduction or commentary from me. It is the granddaddy of alternate universe tropes. You see it in everything from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys to Futurama. Even Hasselhoff had an evil twin with facial hair on Knight Rider. It is perhaps the most famous concept to come from the original series. Even non-fans know a lookalike with a van dyke must be evil.

The Mirror Universe continues to show up in comics, novels, video games and in episodes of DS9, Enterprise and Discovery. Of the many tie-ins one that stands out for me personally is The Mirror Universe Saga trade. This epic eight issue story was written before Star Trek IV and takes place immediately after the events of Star Trek III. I remember being a little kid, learning my library had comics and this was the first thing i found. I must have checked it out and read it a hundred times.

1. City on the Edge of Forever

This episode is usually number one or two on most top ten lists and for good reason. Like Mirror, Mirror i feel there is little i can add at this point which hasn't been said in fifty plus years. I will say that i really enjoyed the IDW comic adaption of Harlan Ellison's original screenplay. For years i only knew Harlan Ellison as a very angry man who was on the Sci-Fi Channel. I knew he had an axe to grind with Gene over how his script turned out. His script features many differences from the produced episode, one of which involves Yeoman Rand playing an active role. I've always been fascinated with unproductive scripts or ideas for films that never materialized.

Now, you may be thinking what about Space Seed? Amok Time? Trouble With Tribbles? Honestly, i was never crazy about Trouble with Tribbles. I feel it is very, very overrated. I know, i know. Its a fan favorite. I remember during the 25th anniversary marathon it was picked as the #1 best episode. I always thought City was better. And that was before i became a fan of the works of Ellison. And yes, there are episodes i've picked that may be surprising. All Our Yesterdays and Obsession. I like those episodes. These are just my personal picks. I know you have your own favorites. Everyone has different opinions. I like The Lights of Zetar. I think its a weird episode. It isn't exactly highly regarded by the fan community. But fan community or fan think means nothing to me. I like what i like.

So, if you agree or disagree with my list let me know. Give me your episode picks. As Derek, Tony and Mike will tell you... i can talk about Star Trek all day. Also, be sure to come back next week as i talk about what i feel are the worst TOS episodes.