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Apr 082014
 

Even though Eliza Dushku was only at MegaCon 2014 for one day, it was so exciting to have met her. She was so sweet. I put a list together of my favorite characters she played and here they are.

On a side note, it was also a pleasure to meet James Marsters once again.

Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: She first came along in season three as a new slayer that joins Buffy and the gang, but her outlook on slaying is different from how Buffy sees it. Faith is overconfident and doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of her, among other things. This caused friction between the two slayers and eventually they became enemies. Some of my most favorite fight scenes are between Buffy and Faith.

Tru Davies from Tru Calling: She’s a morgue worker with an amazing psychic ability. When a body comes in, it asks for Tru’s help and she has to repeat the day in order to prevent that person from getting killed by solving the mystery behind it. What impresses me the most is Tru’s photographic memory. Just one quick look is all she needs to remember everything.

Missy Pantone from Bring it On: This is one of her few comedic roles. Missy is a spunky teenage gymnast, who joins the cheerleading squad. I like her witty persona and how she makes such a big difference as part of the squad.

Jessie Burlingame from Wrong Turn: As part of a group of young friends in the woods, Jessie is tough, courageous, and knows how to take charge. It really shows when she’s confronted by the cannibals. Too bad Jessie isn’t in any of the sequels.

Dana Tacker from True Lies: She’s the young rebellious teenage daughter of computer salesman/spy Harry Tacker. I admit that I didn’t recognize Eliza Dushku when I first saw this movie, but it’s nice to see her in some of her earlier roles as well as her modern ones.

What are some of your favorites?

Jan 232012
 

As many Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans know, the series lasted for seven seasons and continues in the comic books. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) brings these comics to DVD. Originally, the series left off with all of the potential slayers having equal power to Buffy and Faith. Then after defeating the Hellmouth of Sunnydale, there was a choice for Buffy to either retire or continue fighting evil, which was left unanswered.

The motion comic starts with that answer. Buffy does continue as the slayer with the whole Scooby gang stationed in different parts of the world. Buffy and Xander lead Command Central in Scotland, Andrew is in Southern Italy, Giles is in England, and so on and so forth. Each of them leads a group of slayers as a squad, continuing to fight the good fight against evil supernatural beings.

The fight scenes are still as exciting as ever. Buffy battles demons, vampires, and other dangerous beasts, but now her tactics are different because she runs her attack squad like a military operation. However, the slayer squads are separate from the U.S. Military. So does that make the slayer squads a bunch of vigilantes, or what?

Xander meanwhile, stays at the base in charge of the records and keeps in contact with the squads through computer systems, satellites, and psychics.

The monsters aren’t the only trouble Buffy has to think about. Her sister Dawn has become a giant after dating a guy who turned out to be a demon called a Thrisewise. Willow, who can now fly easily, does what she can to help Dawn out. In the meantime, everyone tries to make the most of this “giant” situation.

Although Buffy and the gang battle new enemies, there are some old characters that return also and not whom I would have expected to return. Deep inside the crater where Sunnydale used to be, there resides Amy the witch and Warren. Willow had skinned Warren completely a while back, but Amy used her magic to keep him alive. Now Amy and Warren both want revenge on Buffy. How the two of them got together is anybody’s guess.

In case you were wondering where Faith was, she’s in Cleveland and still as rebellious as ever. Unfortunately, Faith doesn’t lead a slayer squad like the others. She’s a loner and merely, what she calls, a “go-to girl for dirty deeds done cheap”, and wants out. Giles puts her on a solo mission, which came with yet another squabble with Buffy.

Of course every season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has an ultimate monster Buffy and the gang must battle to prevent an apocalypse. This time it’s a new villain named Twilight and his legion of unstoppable Japanese vampires, who seek to destroy every slayer on Earth, with the assistance of Warren and Amy.

I enjoyed this motion comic. Buffy and the gang have come a long way over the years and are still going strong, despite that none of the original actors from the series reprise their roles. I wonder if the franchise is still continuing in the comics.

Jan 062012
 

I had never seen a motion comic before until I saw Astonishing X-Men – Gifted (Marvel Knights). It’s so amazing how it was all put together with comic book images brought to life as the story unfolds.

In this feature, Professor Xavier is on sabbatical and had left Cyclops in charge along with Emma Frost, a former villain who can read and control minds. The rest of the X-Men team consists of Beast, Wolverine, and Kitty Pride, who is a mutant that can walk though walls.

As much as the X-Men want to continue as a superhero team, there’s plenty of friction between them. With Jean Grey dead, Cyclops now sleeps with Emma. Kitty doesn’t trust Emma because she remembers when Emma was a villain and what she’s capable of. And of course, Wolverine is still just Wolverine.

Cyclops relates the X-Men team with the Avengers and the Fantastic 4. He comes to the conclusion that the reason nobody hates those superhero groups is because they wear superhero costumes. So Cyclops suggests new outfits like Wolverine’s yellow spandex, Cyclops’s blue tights, and Beast’s new shorts.

The main villain the X-Men face in this adventure is an alien named Ord, who has a blade weapon that can slice through anything. After rescuing a group of innocent people from Ord, the press still doesn’t see the X-Men as heroes even with the new outfits. Despite the results, the X-Men still use the superhero costumes on their missions.

Meanwhile, geneticist Dr. Rao has developed a cure to make mutants normal. After she goes public about it, the X-Men have a difficult time trying to figure out if Dr. Rao should use it. However, Beast is actually interested and decides to analyze a sample from Dr. Rao to see if it really works.

After Beast finishes analyzing the cure, he discovers that it’s not only real, it was actually experimented on the bodies of dead mutants. The X-Men decide to go back to the lab, but only for re-con, despite that Wolverine would rather destroy the place. You know Wolverine, he’s the type that would rather shoot first and ask questions later.

While searching the building, Kitty discovers an underground complex. She explores on her own and finds Colossus. Kitty eventually brings him back up after getting some rest. It will take every ounce of energy she has to do so.

Now that the X-Men know too much, Ord takes off with all of Dr. Rao’s research in his spaceship, but not if Wolverine has anything to say about it.

This is an excellent six-chapter motion comic, which was written by Joss Whedon. In a future post, I’ll be talking about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 motion comic, also written by Joss Whedon.

Apr 292011
 

For my 300th post, I have decided to add a few extra vampire women to my list of favorites.

We all know the most common role of female vampires in pop culture. She seduces a victim before putting the bite on him. However, there are also vamps that are much different and I find their peculiarities enjoyable as well. I have here a list of my top five favorite vampire women who have qualities that are highly out of the ordinary.

#5) Harmony (Mercedes McNab) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: She used to be the queen bee of Sunnydale High School after Cordelia stepped down. During graduation, Harmony was bitten and became a vampire. Now normally when that happens, the victim’s personality changes when their humanity is gone. Here’s the thing, Harmony’s personality didn’t change at all. She has only become more materialistic, which can drive other vampires and some victims up the wall. Spike will tell ya, since they used to live in a cave together.

#4) Katrina (Grace Jones) from Vamp: This vampire is a seductive stripper with an odd sense of style. Katrina doesn’t speak, but if a guy wants her she digs right in. When Katrina reveals her fangs, she goes from beautiful to horrifying in a matter of seconds with a werewolf-like presence and fast growing toenails. In a way, Katrina is even scarier than Regine Dandridge from Fright Night Part 2, and that’s saying a lot. When she bites a victim, she slurps his blood right up. That’s right, slurp. Ewe!

#3) Vam-Mi (Kira Clavell and voice of Saffron Henderson) from: Ninja Turtles, the Next Mutation: This fiercely wicked Chinese vampire was separated from her heart years ago and given to the turtles. She will do anything to get it back, otherwise she will die. Vam-Mi is 2000 years old, indestructible, and a total drama queen. Even her master, the Ancient Grand Vampire Prince of the first blood, thinks she’s the silliest vampire he’s ever known because the turtles keep kicking her butt.

#2) Odette (Geena Davis) from Transylvania 6-5000: Although she’s not really a vampire, she likes to use that guise to get male attention. Odette is a sneaky beauty and is more of a nymphomaniac than a seductress, but she’s friendly, sometimes too friendly. No wonder she’s usually chained to the wall.

#1) Space Girl (Mathilda May) from Lifeforce: I’d have to say that she is the most unusual vampire in the bunch. Not only because she’s unnamed and comes from outer space, but also has different methods to claim victims. Space Girl seduces with telepathy and uses electrical impulses to literally suck people dry and can jump into different bodies to keep from getting caught by anyone. Space Girl is beautiful and never shows any fangs, unlike other vampires, but is still just as dangerous. I’ll tell ya, it doesn’t get much weirder than that.

Sep 062010
 

I am fortunate to live in an area where I can attend so many conventions and meet so many amazing people.  Sometimes celebrities at conventions don’t participate in Q&A’s and sometimes the celebrities I meet don’t have much to say but are very nice all the same.  That was the case when I met Elisabeth Rohm and Jewel Staite, both are very lovely ladies.  They were both extremely nice and friendly.

Elisabeth Rohm – Best known to Whedonverse fans as Detective Kate Lockley on Angel.  I met Elisabeth at the 2008 FX show.  She was pregnant and appreciated me kneeling down to have my photo taken with her.  She also mentioned the autograph photo I chose was her “sexy pose”.  I would have to agree.

Jewel Staite – Best known as Kaylee Frye in both the Joss Whedon show Firefly and the 2005 film Serenity.  I met her at Mini MegaCon 2009. I also remember Jewel from her role as Heidi Gotts from the short-lived FOX show Wonder Falls. Of course I watched most all of the episodes on DVD because FOX cancelled Wonder Falls before it ever had a chance to survive.

Well it’s been one year since I started my blog. It is my hope that you have enjoyed my posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them. I look forward to sharing my convention adventures, and my thoughts about other entertainment venues during the upcoming year. Thank you for your support. Also, I want to thank my sister Stacey for all her help and encouragement over the past year.