Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Well it's that time of day that comes around once a year where everyone is in their post turkey comas, the Lions are playing on national TV for the only time this year, and every commercial is trying to entice me to be at their store at the butt crack of dawn to get the best deals of the year. I worked retail for over 10 years, let me let you in on a secret...Black Friday doesn't have the best deals of the year! Sure retailers will tell you it is, and they will have a dozen or so items at an extremely high discounted price, but chances are the number of items are limited and what you truly want isn't on sale. Retailers want you to focus on the sales and "savings" going on tomorrow, but what about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

It's not the sales. 

It's not the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, or what ever else is cooked.

The true meaning is family and being able to spend time not only with them, but a time to focus in and be thankful for life, family, friends and other things that make life great. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hello again.

Today  I want to discuss Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.   Spinning out from the success of Marvel Avengers, this show focuses in on a rag tag team of non superhero agents of a not so secret agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division) as they run the globe protecting the unknown.

Now I'm gonna make this clear right now, I'm not a comic book reader. I can't say I have ever actually read a comic book in its entirety. My exposure to the Marvel and DC universes are strictly through the movies: Superman, Batman, X-Men, Iron Man, Avengers, etc.; or through T.V shows: Batman The Animated Series, Super Friends, Batman Beyond, etc.

Now knowing this, my views of these properties and this show in particular are not going to be based on comic books. I'm a big fan of the podcast Geek Out Loud! and the hosts Steve and Derek keep me in stitches each show and have a great insight into most things geek (except Star Trek, which is a blog for another time) and they have touched on the show a couple of times. To simply put it, in Yoda speak, "Fans, they are not."  Derek is just flat out hates the show while Steve is on the fence. And like other who I have read opinions from on Facebook and Twitter, it seems, to me at least, that a lot of hard core comic book fans aren't as taken with it as others. I have to admit, I disagree with Derek and some others when it comes to this show. I thoroughly enjoy the show. My non comic book influenced mind is caught up every Tuesday night. I find the stories intriguing, and engaging though the whole episode. I find the characters have depth and are surrounded still with mystery. What is S.H.I.E.L.D. keeping from Coulson? What is Skye's angle? Not to mention we have already had a visit from Nick Fury and who knows who else will show up while building to the next Avengers movie. These things keep me coming back each week and has quickly made Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. one of my favorite shows on T.V. right now.

So if you haven't checked out Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., head to abc.com and give it a shot! Also go over to shotglassdigital.com or geekoutpodcast.com and check out Steve and Derek's show, Geek Out Loud! These guys know their stuff when it comes to the comic universe and more. Best part is, they will keep ya laughing while they do it. Well that's it for now.

Live long and Prosper,

May the Force be with you,

and more importantly, may God bless you all!!!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Disney vs Star Wars????

The reports are coming out all over the place over the past few days and it appears that something I have feared for a since the Disney takeover took place is coming to pass.

Since October of last year, when it was announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and that Episode 7 was going to come out in 2015, I was stoked and yet held some reservations. Knowing a little of the backgrounds of both companies, I knew Disney wouldn't waste time pushing the Star Wars brand around to make money and it all starts with episode 7.

Why are you afraid you ask. Let me explain.

Disney announced that Episode 7 in October of 2012, with a release date of 2015.  JJ Abrams was named director in January of this year. No casting has been announced and rumors now state script is at square one with the departure of Michael Arndt. Now this gives them a year and a half assuming they are shooting for a summer 2015 release. 

A year and a half.