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May 242017
 
It’s great with all the different versions of classic superheroes, like from Marvel and DC, they continue to be enjoyable over the years. However, there are other superheroes, which haven’t been around for a long time, but are still favorites of mine. Here is my top ten in that group.
#10) Mighty Man & Yukk from Mighty Man and Yukk: This old duo from the old Hanna Barbera series has battled many criminals in such unique ways. Even though Mighty Man is nifty as a tiny superhero, it’s really Yukk that I find more interesting. Yukk is not really a tough crime fighter per se, but he can do a lot of damage just by revealing his mysterious face. So always think twice before having Yukk remove his doghouse.
#9) Rima the Jungle Girl from Super Friends franchise: Although there are at least several members from this franchise that haven’t made it to the modern Justice League, I find Rima as the most underrated. This lovely jungle woman is like the Aquaman of the forest with her ability to summon wild animals to assist her when needed. Unfortunately, Rima disappeared from the Super Friends altogether with no explanation, not to mention that her origin story was never revealed.
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#8) Fire Star from Spiderman and His Amazing Friends: The Marvel franchises are expanding all the time with huge blockbusters of old characters like Dr. Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, this member of the X-Men is one that hasn’t been seen or heard from since the early 80s. Fire Star’s firepower has always been a valuable asset to team members Spiderman and Iceman as they go to battle against various super villains. So what could have become of her? Fire Star would’ve been awesome to see in a modern Marvel feature, since the X-Men movie franchise keeps growing.
#7) Bananaman from Bananaman: At first glance he may seem like a silly idea for a superhero, even more so than the Tick, but Bananaman is actually pretty cool. He has super strength, fights colorful villains, and has a talking crow for a sidekick. Bananaman has his funny moments also, which makes him so interesting. Many of the recent superhero movies have focused on a more darker edgier tone and I can’t seem to picture Bananaman that way. But that’s not to say that he couldn’t make a comeback with a more modern take.
#6) Captain Caveman from Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels: Now who could forget this classic character. He debuted in the late 70s as a mystery solver in his own show, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, and joined the Scooby Doobies team on Laff-A-Lympics. Then he became part of the Flintstones franchise throughout the 80s. After that, he was gone for years. Cavey’s latest attempt for a comeback was a guest appearance on Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated in 2011 along with other classic Hanna Barbera characters, Jabberjaw, Speed Buggy, and the Funky Phantom in the episode “Mystery Solvers Club Finals”. It’s actually a good sign that there’s always opportunity for classic Hanna Barbera franchises to get a reboot and this would be no exception.
#5) Stripperella from Stripperella: Unlike the other superheroes on this list, Stripperella was more focused on an adult level. However, the show contained kick butt action and colorful super villains, which are grounds for an awesome superhero franchise. The show was cancelled after only one season, which I found disappointing, especially since it didn’t have a steady timeslot. On the other hand, I could see why it ended, but I can still see potential for a reboot.
#4) The Flying Warriors from Flying Warriors NES title: I admit that this is a very obscure group, but just looking at the cover already makes it look awesome. These five legendary heroes, Rick Stalker, Mary Lynn, Hayato Go, Greg Cummings, and Jimmy Cutler Jr., are martial artists that can transform into superheroes while fighting the evil forces of the Dark Dimension with mystic spells. Even though Rick is the only playable character outside of uniform, the story is an excellent one. I can definitely see a movie coming from this, not only in the superhero genre, but video game based as well.
#3) T-bone and Razor from SWAT Kats: Although they’re not technically superheroes, the SWAT Kats are a crimefighting duo as they battle monsters and colorful villains like Dark Kat, Dr. Viper, the Past Master, and the Metallikats. Looking back now, I can see the edgy battle scenes are on the level of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 version). So in a way, the show was ahead of its time. It’s been about 25 years since the series aired, so hopefully the SWAT Kats haven’t become outdated since there hasn’t been any attempt for a reboot.
#2) The Defenders of Dynatron City from The Defenders of Dynatron City: You want talk obscurities? No superhero group seems more obscure than this one. Consisting of Jet Headstrong, Buzzsaw Girl, Miss Megawatt, Radium Dog, Toolbox, and Monkey Kid, these heroes use their mutant powers to defend Dynatron City against the mad genius Dr. Mayhem. I’ll admit that sounds cliché, but I still saw potential for a good franchise. Unfortunately, it flopped. All that came of it was a TV pilot, a few comic book issues, and an NES game that were all released in the same year, 1992. Looking back now, I still think it could’ve worked, even if it doesn’t stand out in comparison to Marvel or DC.
#1) The Mighty Heroes from The Mighty Heroes: Even though Mighty Mouse was usually the most popular superhero of the Terry Toons, I always found this team the most enjoyable as bumbling crime fighters. They always leave me laughing, even though there was hardly any depth with the characters. If the Mighty Heroes were to have any kind of reboot someday, I think it would be cool to see the origin story of how Strong Man, Cuckoo Man, Tornado Man, Rope Man, and Diaper Man becoming the team they have become. Just as long as they keep the comedy level up.
May 172017
 

Usually when I think of TV shows that are about making fun of bad B-movies from the past, the first show that used to always come to mind was Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Then when I found out about Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-1999), that brought it to a whole new level.

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Mad scientists Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and his sidekick Dr. Laurence Erhardt (Josh Weinstein) launch janitor Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson, who is also the series creator) into space in a satellite and force him to watch the bad movies that are either old sci-fi or horror. You can only imagine how those scientists pick them out and they use an old film projector to play them. I guess VCRs don’t work in space.

On the bright side, Joel is not alone. He has robots that watch the movies with him. They are Tom Servo that looks like a talking gumball machine, and Crow a golden robot with a beak and what appears to look like half a wastebasket on his head.

While watching each movie, you can see their shadows near the bottom right corner of the screen since they always sit in the same seats. What really makes this show funny is the commentary from Joel and the robots. I love it, especially from the robots. They are hilarious. It’s really the only kind of situation when it’s okay to talk during the movie.

There are two other robots on the satellite also, Cambot and Gypsy. They are hardly ever featured on the series and they don’t watch the movies with Joel, Crow, and Tom Servo. Why do you suppose that is?

Every half hour or so, Joel and the robots perform skits that parody the movie they are watching. Sometimes the villains participate also, but not too often. The skits are good, but I still prefer the funny commentary.

This is an interesting series that knows how to make fun of bad movies in order to make them funny. I couldn’t help but notice that one of those movies was Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders. I didn’t think it was on that level of B-movies.

May 102017
 

If there’s one world that has exciting adventure, it’s the mystical and post-apocalyptic land of Ooo in Adventure Time (2010-present). The series title is appropriate since many kinds of epic adventure can be found in Ooo’s many different colorful kingdoms with bizarre characters.

The heroes are Finn the human boy with a lust for adventure and Jake the comedic shape-shifting dog. Although they live in a huge tree house, Finn and Jake mostly spend their time traveling around Ooo fighting off various enemies and saving the day, kind of like Xena or Hercules. You gotta love these guys.

The arch villain of this series is the Ice King, who is both powerful and sociopathic. He has a thing for kidnapping princesses and forcing them to marry him, mainly because he’s lovesick and misunderstood. So maybe the Ice King isn’t all bad, though he can be very eccentric sometimes.

Speaking of princesses, almost every kingdom has one and they’re all good friends with Finn and Jake. Here are some of the main ones featured. The first is Princess Bubblegum of the Candy Kingdom. She’s kind, well mannered, and proficient in science, but has a thing for spying on people. I don’t know why that is. In addition, Princess Bubblegum changes her attire more than anyone in the series.

There’s also Lumpy Space Princess (LSP for short) of an alternate dimension that’s simply called Lumpy Space. She’s spoiled, sarcastic, and talks like a valley girl, even though it does sound masculine.

Marceline the vampire queen is an aspiring rock star. Although she’s from an all-vampire family, I couldn’t help but notice the puncture marks on her neck as if she had been bitten. So was Marceline once human, or what?

If there’s one princess you don’t want to mess with, it’s Flame Princess of the Fire Kingdom. She may appear calm and collected, but Flame Princess is a loose cannon and can be very destructive when angered.

The land of Ooo also has many magical creatures like Lady Rainicorn. She is half rainbow and half unicorn and can turn objects and people different colors. Now that’s creative. Lady Rainicorn is also Jake’s girlfriend and only speaks Korean.

Another creative character is Tree Trunks the small talking elephant with a very kind persona who loves to make baked goods.

And of course, let’s not forget BMO. She is a mini living computer that resembles a Game Boy and can play VHS tapes as well as allow Finn and Jake to play video games. BMO also has an innocent persona and occasionally talks to her reflection as though it was alive.

Among many of the various characters, the most annoying is Lemongrab. He’s very dominant and has a high pitched voice. Anything he deems unacceptable, his anger goes all the way.

This is an interesting series that’s cute and funny as it is adventurous. Sometimes Adventure Time can be difficult to keep up with because it doesn’t follow a specific formula like most TV shows do. On the other hand, whenever there’s a big change among the characters, the show will always eventually go back to how it was before. That’s something I really admire about it.

May 032017
 

Big Hero 6 was a great superhero movie with the potential for a sequel, or a TV series. Unfortunately, neither is happening any time soon, at least that I know of. However, there is the next best thing, a video game that continues the story. Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay for Nintendo 3DS takes place shortly after the events of the movie.

It turns out that Yama has returned and reprogrammed an army of robots all throughout San Fransokyo in order to take revenge on Hiro. I’ll admit that Yama is not as memorable of a character. So to recap, he was the bot fighter champion at the beginning of the movie that Hiro defeated. Yama has gone to extreme lengths just for being a sore loser.

Of course, it’s up to the Big Hero 6 to stop him. The members split up to clear each area of robots. Each character has different special skills to go with his or her basic attacks and double jumping abilities. However, you cannot pick your character before entering a level. The game provides a particular hero for each area.

Hiro has electromagnetic gauntlets and can cling on to walls, where there happens to be a glowing magnet to cling on to. When there are too many enemies in one place, Baymax comes down to assist, which is automatic.

Wasabi fights with his plasma blades that are very affective in more ways than one. His smooth moves make him a big favorite.

Fred has his special suit that allows him to spit fire and jump really high. However, the control is pretty stiff when it comes to just slashing away at enemies. Luckily, Fred’s jumping attacks can take the robots down more efficiently.

Then we have Go-Go, who has great speed on her Mag-Lev discs. Though her basic attacks can be tough to keep under control. Just by pressing the attack button, Go-Go jumps all over the place and doesn’t always hit her mark. But I like her more efficient jumping attacks, especially against the shorter enemies.

Although Honey Lemon is part of the team, she is not a playable character, which I find disappointing. On the bright side, she does provide chem-capsules that are scattered throughout the stages to increase special effects on enemies when they get too tough.

There are boss battles too, but they are actually more difficult than the rest of the game. A strategy is required and there’s no mention of what to do? How are you expected to know without checking YouTube?

My only other concern is that you got to search for stuff that’s hidden in every level. They include a missing cat, all the letters in the word “HERO”, and five red health capsules. However, you can revisit levels any time and it’s all worth it when you get the upgrades.

Overall, I really like this game for being a simple platformer. I’ve also got to admit that the timer icon of Baymax trying to grab a soccer ball is cute and funny.

Apr 262017
 

As great as Wolverine is, it’s actually nice to give someone else from the X-Men franchise a turn to have his own movie for a change. He’s a superhero mutant called Deadpool.

To be honest, I never heard of Deadpool before seeing this movie. It turns out that he’s a former Special Forces operative named Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). Wade is indestructible and has a huge sense of humor. And I often thought Spiderman was the funniest superhero.

As it turns out, Deadpool was also featured on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Ryan Reynolds played the role then as the sword-wielding soldier Wade Wilson. However, when he was featured as a mutant, Wade was a lot different. He didn’t have the red suit, or go by the name Deadpool. So there’s no way I would’ve recognized him then.

Back to this movie, Deadpool is a smooth fighter and likes to make jokes, mostly dirty ones. As disturbing as his origin story is, he still can’t help but make wisecracks toward his enemies, Ajax (Ed Skrein) and his superhuman associate Angel Dust (Gina Carano).

There are only two other X-Men featured. The first is Colossus (voice of Stefan Kapcic). He was a favorite of mine since he was a playable character on the X-Men Arcade Game. I can still remember how loud the laughter in the movie theater was when Deadpool tried to fight him.

The other X-Men member featured was Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). I never heard of this mutant before, but her power is amazing. She can actually blow things up, like a warhead.

And of course, let’s not forget the Stan Lee cameo. It’s nice to see him make these appearances in each Marvel movie.

Things get real exciting when Ajax captures Wade’s girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and Deadpool goes to save her with the aid of the two X-Men, respectively. If only Deadpool wouldn’t keep forgetting his ammo bag.

This was certainly an interesting superhero movie. However, it’s hard to tell if Deadpool is actually a superhero since he keeps claiming that he’s not. So does that make him an antihero, or what?