July 24, 2017

Top 10 Favorite Star Trek:TOS CGI Enhancements


This is an article is long overdue, but one of the reasons I never tackled it is because I wasn’t sure how to. Yeah I could do a whole rundown of these but you can find those anywhere.

July 22, 2017

So What Did I Think of “Inside Out”??


Yes I’m stealing this idea from Tamara Chambers, but hey a good idea is a good idea. I wasn’t planning on making this a series but figured I’d give it a try. So anyway…

July 19, 2017

Underrated Trek:Displaced (VOY)

Welcome back to Underrated Trek, where I take a special look at Star Trek episodes that I love…which may not be the most popular or even liked by most. Voyager is one of those shows which I will admit is far from perfect. But every once in awhile it manages an episode I just can’t help but love. I already talked about one in “Scientific Method”. Here is another. The premise isn’t that crazy but it’s raised by some bad ass moments. But does that technically mean it’s a good episode?

July 16, 2017

Classic Disney Movies on My “Must See” List

We all have those movies we never saw, and always wanted to. No matter how much we love movies, there’s always some we miss. Heck Tamara Chambers does a whole web series on the great movies she never saw. Even Disney movies fit that criteria, as hard as it may be to believe. There are Disney movies you’d swear the whole world must have seen at least once. I haven’t, yet.

July 12, 2017

Top 10 Nostalgia Critic Crossover Reviewers


July 9, 2017

Five Coolest (one time) Star Trek Characters Ever!

Four years ago I talked about one time characters, you know those characters that pop in one episode never to be seen again. In that article I discussed the dumbest, characters so lame they get made fun of by fans. You would think that a second article on the coolest would be obvious. Well it is, it just took me four years to finally discuss it. Lord have I been doing this that long?

July 7, 2017

Happy 10th Anniversary Nostalgia Critic!






So this week marked the tenth anniversary of Nostalgia Critic. I wanted to do a tribute, but what have I not covered? I already talked about my favorite episodes (twice), my least favorite episodes, my favorite jokes, a general tribute regarding my being a loyal fan for several years, and gone over how I became that loyal fan. But I wanted to do something…..then I came up with an idea which I think made sense.



I went through the ten “season” lists of episodes and tried to pick the best episode. Not my favorite necessarily, the one episode which I thought stood out above the rest as a solid episode which can be watched again and again. Thankfully the list is different than my top 10 favorite episodes, with one notable exception. So here at the Top 10 Nostalgia Critic episodes in order of season, in my opinion anyway. Two rules, they gave to be official episodes not specials, and no crossovers. Though that’s not a bad idea for another article….







#10.Batman & Robin
The first season was for obvious reasons not the strongest. Doug Walker has said many times this started as a hobby, and it kind of shows. The production values are weak and the reviews are kind of short. There were also little repetitive gags that would go away thankfully. But this episode is the best. Though it was a tough call between The Wizard and the Tom & Jerry reviews. Batman & Robin was the first review that started to feel like a true NC review, and of course it gave us a meme that continues to endure to this day.




July 3, 2017

Top 10 Nuttiest Board Games Based on TV Shows

Back in the old days of cave drawings when I was young, we didn’t just play video games but board games. You know, with a game board?  Ok Ok I am being very snarky. Everyone has played a board game in their life, whether it be Monopoly or Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit (my families game of choice).



But remember a few weeks ago I talked about cereals which were so bizarre that they didn’t even make sense? Usually these were based on something popular at the time. Well board games can be like that too. The list of movies and TV show based board games is staggering, and some make no sense at all! The Addams Family? Archie Bunker?? Saved By The Bell???? Beverly Hills, 90210 had a Twister knockoff which was lame. The worst may be the Murder, She Wrote game which is as blatant a Clue rip off as you’ll ever see! But while a board game based on a movie at least has a plot to base the game around, TV shows take a little more imagination. As a result most of these kinds of games are…..lame.

Here are ten board games that really existed…even though they make no sense whatsoever. I don’t mean the rules don’t make sense, I mean the fact that the game exists at all makes no sense! One rule, I am not counting when a popular show or movie is forced onto an already existing game like all the novelty Monopoly’s out there.




#10.Knight Rider

Not the worst idea, I guess. I’m very sure I had this as a kid. My question is about the box, what was up with the picture of David Hasselhoff? Could they not quite the rights to his image? Anyway the rules involve driving KITT around and avoiding trouble. Yeah, think I see why I don’t remember this one.


June 30, 2017

Five Movie Re-Make’s Better Than The Original


The Nostalgia Critic was talking about movie remake’s the other day and it got me thinking about the remake’s I’ve seen. Most remake’s are just pale versions of the original (a shot by shot remake of Psycho?). Others make no sense at all (did we need another Point Break?). But some are really good, almost better than the original! For  instance Cape Fear is a remake. It’s so good that who even remembers the original? Other examples include Little Shop of Horrors, Karate Kid, True Grit, and The Departed.

June 25, 2017

Five Comic Book Stories Everyone Loves…Except Me


Comic books are just like any other medium, it’s all subjective. Just because something is loved and even critically praised doesn’t mean everyone has to love it. Now of course many classic stories I have read I also loved. “The Killing Joke”, “The Judas Contract”, and even “The Great Darkness Saga” though I am not a huge Legion fan. I never read Watchmen, which is a sad thing for a good comic fan to admit.



June 18, 2017

Top 10 Creepiest Commercial Mascots

I’ve talked a lot recently about commercials. And while a lot of commercials mascots are memorable and very well done, some make you tilt your head a bit. Some are so odd you wonder what the hell the company behind them was even thinking! Since I talked about my favorite mascots waayyy back in 2013, it’s way overdue to discuss the one’s that I don’t like very much. In this case, because they're creepy or just plain weird!




Ok couple rules. I only wanted characters that had reached some kind of iconic status, not a lame gimmick that disappeared and was forgotten. And they had to be some sort of three dimensional character, not just a picture on a box. And as always, this is all opinion.


Here are ten commercial mascots that are just creepy.



#10.The Green Giant
The Green Giant brand has been around for ages and a big Green Giant being the mascot makes sense. Except for one thing. The Giant has ZERO personality. All he does is stand there and shout HO HO HO. Why? The company must hare figured this out to but rather than try to develop the giants character they gave us a new one; Spout who was a kid version of the giant. I never got it. And to be fair the giant was more animated in the old days..and even creepier! By the way Mr.Clean almost made this list for the same reason, but at least he has a cute jingle.




June 12, 2017

Ten Commercial Jingles I love, for Products I Hate

So I was talking about cereals the other day and as I went through the various ad’s for them it got me thinking. I talked awhile back about ads which were so memorable we can’t forget them, and not so long ago about ad campaigns that aggravate us. But some commercials are nothing more than a song or jingle. And it’s a true sign of a great jingle when you remember and even love it- even if you have no use for the product being advertised.


June 10, 2017

Top 10 Craziest Breakfast Cereals


June 8, 2017

Underrated Trek:Lonely Among Us (TNG)


June 3, 2017

My Five Favorite Versions of “Wonder Woman”

 



So the big movie this weekend is Wonder Woman. And it looks like it’s actually pretty good! Gal Gadot seems to be pitch perfect in the role. I haven’t seen it yet. But it got to me thinking about Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman has been around for 75 years and has seen many changes. The embodiment of truth has had changes in her history and as many different variations as Superman and Batman. Even her costume always seems to flux (I was happy when they swapped out the eagle chest symbol for the much cooler double W). Some of these were great and lasted for years, others were not as perfect. Some just miss the point of the character (Dennis O’Neil, Frank Miller WTF) and others don’t even come close (Cathy Lee Crosby?? And do I even have to mention that atrocious pilot that was never picked up?). But when the character is done right she is pretty damn awesome.






    
She has such a long history that I’m not about to try to get into it here. There are others out there more qualified than I. What I want to do is go over the five versions that I have always loved, and for me stand out as the best versions of the character in print or other media.





TV Series

The truth is that I never really watched this show. I have no real excuse to be honest with you. But even from the little bits I have seen, man did Lynda Carter just personify Wonder Woman! She was pitch perfect and its no wonder why to this day people see her as the one and only bearer of the name. She was simply perfect.

May 31, 2017

Top 10 Star Trek Uniforms, Worst to Best

I really should have done this one last year. With all the talk about the cool stuff on Star Trek from the effects to ship designs, there is one area I never really addressed. And that is those awesome uniforms that everyone wore. From classic TOS through the new movies, the uniforms were always awesome and were as much a part of the show as any other element. Would it be Spock without that sky blue shirt? It just wouldn’t be the same. It’s no surprise so many people have their own copies of them. So I thought it would be fun to go over the various uniforms and pick my favorite. And as I no nothing about fashion, don’t expect specific details we are going purely on superficial appeal.

May 25, 2017

Analytical Episode Guide:Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 9, Part 4)







Time to wrap things up my friends……



Season 9, Episode 13
Sister-In-Law

Plot Summary-Ray doesn’t appreciate when Amy tries spending time with him

Nitpick of the episode-I’ll never get why Ray can’t sit with someone and just listen to them talk. There’s a great continuity nod I hope was intentional. In her first appearance Amy mentioned loving to eat raw cookie dough, and when Ray insults her that’s exactly what Amy eating in the kitchen!

Best Line-“We should get in there dads probably got the fondu pot on his head like Winnie the Pooh”…Ray

Episode Fun Fact –

Deleted Scenes-Robert tries to find out if Amy is still angry, Marie embarrasses Ray

Syndication Edit-The tag where Ray does talk to Amy…of course enraging Robert and Debra. Maybe Ray shuts up because he just can’t win?

Best Character-Amy, probably her best episode and she even gets angry which is nice to see. Though fondu date night? Really??

Worst Character-Ray, once again we see the simple act of sitting next to someone while watching a sporting event is too much for him to handle. The only difference is its Amy this time. Even she admits she knows Frank better than Ray!

Final Thoughts-One thing I didn’t get about this episode was how quiet Marie was, did they have nothing for her to say? She did have some lines in the deleted scenes so I guess that answers that. The episode addresses something which has come up before, why the hell is Ray incapable to talking to people? It’s why his conversation with Pat last season was so nice to see. He can do it! All he has to do is sit there and let Amy prattle, why is that so hard? To be fair Amy is a talkative person but when Ray can’t seem to talk to anyone it’s hard to put the blame on her.

Grade-B-

May 22, 2017

Analytical Episode Guide:Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 9, Part 3)



May 20, 2017

My Five Comic Book Guilty Pleasures



May 18, 2017

Ten Awesome Ad Campaign’s That I Just Love!!



May 17, 2017

Analytical Episode Guide:Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 9, Part 2)


May 15, 2017

Analytical Episode Guide:Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 9, Part 1)



May 11, 2017

Ten Annoying Ad Campaign’s That Drive Me Nuts!!


Hey have you seen those Chevy commercials where “real people” stand around a Chevy and act as if they’ve never seen a car before?





Yeah Chevy has been running these ads for awhile now and they drive me nuts. What am I supposed to think, that a random women said the car was “the jam” that means I have to get myself one??? Either these are not “real people” or they are coached because their reactions are not how people react (there are parody videos all over YouTube which illustrate this).


However, this is not the first ad campaign that drives me nuts. It’s one thing when we get a commercial that sucks, it’s one ad and you know it will go away eventually. Sometimes it’s so bad it never even air (Kendall Jenner anyone?) But a  “campaign” is another story. Endless ads with the same message all more annoying then the rest. Here are a few that I hated over the years. These aren’t necessarily controversial or even the worst out there, they just aggravated me :




The Burger King Guy
There are a lot of things that scream 90’s, this annoying jerk is one of them. As awful as that plastic Burger King thing they show is, at least he didn’t talk! He just glared at you…maybe that’s not better. Amway, this guy was Dan Cortese and he was so damn annoying! By the way in the ad below Burger King brags about bringing the food out to you. Yeah, how long did it take them to get over that stupid idea?


May 8, 2017

Analytical Episode Guide:Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 8, Part 4)





We’re finishing up Season 8 today. As you may recall the season was pretty strong in the start. Will it finish up that way?






Season 8, Episode 16
Security

Plot Summary-Robert is torn between being a security salesman or staying a cop

Nitpick of the episode-Where the hell did this security salesman stuff come from?

Best Line-“I didn’t get robbed till I got an alarm!”…Ray

Episode Fun Fact –

Deleted Scenes-Robert reflecting on the birthday party

Syndication Edit-top of teaser

Best Character-Amy, she actually stands up to Marie showing she has more of a spine then Debra

Worst Character-Robert, for the life of me I will never understand why Robert has such a hard time making a decision in this episode. Actually that isn’t so bad, the real question is what made him decide being a security alarm salesman was the way to go?

Final Thoughts-Well we’re back were we left off, with another episode that aggravates me. What the hell is up with that security system nonsense? It’s lazy sitcom nonsense that shouldn’t be on this show. And if that’s bad enough Robert is an idiot for the whole episode, why is that decision so hard to make? Amy says he has asked literally everybody! Even when he finally makes it he’s practically forced into it by Ray. To be fair the debate about why Robert should or shouldn’t quit is handled well and it’s nice to see Amy stand up to Marie a little bit. Marie is of course Marie, only caring about herself. It’s also cool to see pat and hank disagreeing, it makes them more human.

Grade-C

May 4, 2017

Analytical Episode Guide:Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 8, Part 3)



May 1, 2017

Analytical Episode Guide:Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 8, Part 2)



April 29, 2017

Five Props From Star Trek That Seem Silly Today


April 27, 2017

Analytical Episode Guide:Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 8, Part 1)

April 26, 2017

Underrated Trek-The Savage Curtain (TOS)