December 30, 2016

My Tribute:The Classic TV Stars we lost in 2016


I’m not the first to put this out there but for whatever reason we lost a lot of good people this year. This may have been one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Go through a full list you wont believe it, especially in the world of music. But since my foray is classic TV I wanted to focus o that area. Because we lost a lot of great  talent who kind of got forgotten by the larger names out there.

So I mean no disrespect to the legends like David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Anton Yelchin, Natalie Cole, Arnold Palmer, Gene Wilder, Nancy Reagan, Alan Rickman, John Glenn, George Michael, or any of the talented people who passed away this year. But I wanted to focus on this specific genre, and yes many of the names I list also have decent movie careers but I am fousing on their TV work.

So here are twenty names from classic sitcoms, drama’s and news that we lost this year.

Pat Harrington
There are some characters out there that become so popular that even if you’ve never seen the show, you probably know who they are. I never watched One Day at a Time but I can still tell you who Schneider was. Harrington also did a lot of voice over work.

December 27, 2016

Five Things I Liked in “Home Alone 2:Lost in New York”

After Home Alone’s amazing success, a sequel was inevitable. And so in 1992, that’s just what we got…


The movie isn’t horrible but it isn’t great either. It clearly follows the same format as the first, almost note for note. Though everything is one upped from the first movie, including those traps which get kind of nuts. Bricks to the head, floor boards being removed, these guys are covered in paint, electrocuted, set on fire, and fall three floors into a basement! How many times would Harry and Marv died in this movie if it had been real life? Also in the first movie it was Kevin’s house, how exactly does Kevin know how the one in this movie is set up? Or heck even manage to get around the city so well? Other things just don’t work. The mother has a lot less urgency to find Kevin until she gets to the city, and how did they get a flight to New York with no trouble like that? The reason the family over sleeps makes even less sense and that closing gag with the father yelling about the room service bill is painfully forced.

And yes…..
Donald Trump has a cameo, who would have guessed that I would hate that scene twenty-five years later?

Anyway, there are things to like in this movie and here are five of them. And maybe this time Cinema Sins wont release a video a week later basically saying the same things I’ll comment on here. Don’t you hate it when that happens?  🙂

Buzz’s redemption
Last time I talked about what a jerk Uncle Frank was. Well he is still is here. But I also noted that Buzz gets a redemption in that movie. In this movie he does also. Even though what he does to Kevin in the beginning is worst, publicly embarrassing him the way he does is unacceptable. So much so even the movie makes him apologize to his family right after. But I gotta be fair and the way Buzz is at the end when he suggests Kevin open the first gift is a nice moment for an obnoxious character.

December 18, 2016

Top 10 Favorite Christmas Moments from "Friends"


I’ve talked a lot about sitcoms and Christmas episodes. But “Friends” was a strange apple when it came to Christmas episodes. Usually Christmas was just a part of the episode, and the other part had little to do with the holiday. In some cases it was had so little to do with it that you could almost miss it! It would be sooo easy for this series to appear on a list of great Christmas episodes and a list of episodes set at Christmas that are barely about he holiday. But whether it was a small part of the episode or the whole episode, when they did do Christmas it was usually very memorable.

Here are my top ten favorite Christmas moments from Friends.

#10.Phoebe’s Song from “The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie”
This is a terrible episode. Not only is it barely a Christmas episode, but the episode itself is just forgettable. The one highlight is the song Phoebe sing.

December 15, 2016

12 Favorite Christmas DC Comic Books


I’ve talked a lot about Christmas in TV, movies, and even in books. The one area I have apparently ignored are comic books. And that’s a huge oversight on my part. Comic books are great at Christmas time, with some really memorable stories out there. Christmas has been appearing in comic books almost since the start of the medium! Not only in single issues of ongoing series but also one shot specials, either featuring one character or anthology comics with stories involving several characters. Some of these specials are reprints, others brand new material.

Here are some of my favorites. And as usual, all DC since I am a DC fan. Of course 12 is a drop a in the bucket,  consider this a sample.

Justice League of America #110
I am not a huge fan of early JLA comics but this story is pretty damn good. It starts when a man playing Santa Claus is murdered and the JLA searches for the culprit. A nice story with a bit of a cop out ending, but I still like it.

December 11, 2016

The 12 Earworms of Christmas

Earlier this year I talked a lot about ear worms. You know, when a song gets stuck in your head no matter how annoying it is or how hard you try to get rid of it? Of course Christmas can be guilty of these. And why not the way some songs are relentlessly played on the radio over and over and over again!

So here are ten songs which will always and forever be stuck in my head, no matter what time of year it is!

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Intro)

This is a great cartoon, doing a fantastic job telling A Christmas Carol in a very short run time. But the first thing loved, and have loved ever since, was that great opening song. I once had the song on a compilation CD and I listened to it all the time.

December 8, 2016

Five Things I Hated in "Home Alone"

Home Alone came around in 1990 and was an enormous hit. It was a smash and became one of the most successful comedies of all time. It’s also a pretty decent Christmas movie, with plenty of Christmas music and colors in the movie. I didn’t take to it right away but these days it’s a much watch every holiday season. However, while I do enjoy the movie there is still some things in the film that leave me scratching my head. Here are five things I hate in Home Alone.

Obvious Stunt Doubles
The stunt doubles are a little to obvious in some scenes. Like when Kevin goes sledding out the door. Or when Kevin falls from the book shelf. Or when Kevin zip lines across the wire to the tree house. Or when he neighbor knocks out Marv and Harry with the shovel. But the most obvious is when Harry trips on the wire. The stunt double’s face is plain as day.

December 5, 2016

When TV Regulars Don’t Receive Starring Credit

When I was a kid it always fascinated me when I’d see an re-run of an early episode of a well established series, and some actor who I was used to appearing in the opening credits was missing. Instead stuck in the closing credits under “co-starring” or “also starring”, or even “special guest star”. Why do TV shows do this with characters who are meant to stick around? Unless they dont want to pay the actor? And I always hated that term “co-star”, it felt like it was saying yeah they’re in this but they’re sure not the main star!

Some cases I can see, since maybe the creators didn’t realizes the character would last and/or become popular. It’s no shock Jaleel White isn’t in the credits of the first season of Family Matters, who knew that character would take off? Same goes for Henry Winkler on Happy Days who wasn’t in the credits at first and then just barely made it into the opening credits the next season. How about Christopher Lloyd in Taxi (and Carol Kane later)? Or Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik on Big Bang? Thy didn’t arrive until season 4. The Cosby Show added names but they all made sense, being added when their roles were expanded and/or introduced. It wasn’t well after the fact!

But others, what the heck? Why would you have a main character on the show and treat them like a guest star? Eventually someone usually wises up and they do become regular characters, but it really makes no sense that it took them as long as it did.

Here are some examples of what I mean:

Tim Conway on The Carol Burnett Show
After Carol Burnett herself, when people think the Carol Burnett Show one of the names that first comes to mind is Tim Conway. He was a genius and did some amazing work on that show. He appeared in almost all the episodes for several seasons. When he started out he was a recurring guest star. Want to know when he became a regular cast member? SEASON NINE!! No Kidding! I wonder if Tim finds the irony of that funny.

December 3, 2016

Random Thoughts:That Four-Way DC Crossover

Since there is no where else for me to discuss this here we go. And yes spoilers ahead if you have not seen any of these episodes but I wont spoil everything.

This year all four DC TV universe shows, well the one’s on CW anyway, all crossed over in one mega crossover event. It started in Supergirl and went right through Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow.This was pretty ambitious and was eagerly awaited. It finally aired this past week. So what did I think that crossover?

December 1, 2016

Ten Christmas Episodes With No Christmas In Them

Back at Halloween I talked about how very often a Halloween episode will have little to noting to do about the actual holiday. The holiday becomes a small B story, if that! Sometimes it’s just decorations in the background. Of course, this also happens with Christmas episodes. Usually Christmas episodes are fantastic, but once in awhile we get one that has almost nothing to do with the actual holiday. So little at times you almost have to wonder, why’d they even bother? Take for instance the Seinfeld episode "The Andrea Doria" which is clearly set at Christmas..based on the decor and nothing else!

Now of course there’s no rule that says what a Christmas episode has to be about. I just find it amusing that the creators would acknowledge the holiday for no real reason. What's the point? Anyway here are some examples:

NewsRadio “Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show”
It’s ironic that the word stupid is used in the title of the episode, because this is a really stupid episode. Not that this show went all out ith their Christmas episodes but this one just plain SUCKED. It’s pretty much exactly what the title says, and is really the excuse for getting Matthew his job back (long story).

November 27, 2016

“A Christmas Carol”-Differences from Book to Adaptations


I love A Christmas Carol, it’s a great novel and has made for some fantastic adaptations on stage and screen. But as you can imagine, the key word is “adaptation”. When anything is adapted from one medium to another, changes are inevitably made. Things are kept, others dropped, and some things expanded on. For better and for worst. For instance did you know that the house Scrooge lives in was Marley’s? Or that he has a cold? These are details that just aren’t important enough to be adapted over. Other times stuff will be added to fill out the story. Some changes seem so obvious that it amazes me that they aren’t in the book!


So here are ten changes from book to adaptions, some changes for the better and others not so much. I am going over several of these versions but of course I can;t possibly mention all of them. Thank you YouTube! Just to be clear, by “Disney” version I am referring to the Jim Carey one from a  few years ago.

10.Adding Music
Of course this was a novel, or novella, so there is no music in the book except for maybe the singing in teh church. And the Fezziwig scene of course. That doesn’t stop people from making it into a musical, and sometimes this helps. Sometimes not so much. For instance every musical version adds a song to the scene where Belle and Scrooge break up, making it go for an eternity! All the musical versions have songs in the opening which kinda hurts the mood (though The Muppets isn’t the worst). In the Albert Finney version a song makes Scooge’s walk home take forever, and he runs into all kinds of people he’ll encounter again in the finale. The Kelsey Grammar version one up’s that by having the ghosts foreshadowed when Scrooge runs into them in human form. A cute but unnecessary touch. The big difference between the Grammar version and the Finney version is that the songs in the Grammar version take the place of dialogue from the book. Give the Finney version credit, the songs don’t intrude on the dialogue! And these have big musical finale’s which I always think are to much, Scrooge is supposed to be happy but having him dancing down the street is hard to buy. Albert Finney’s finale is especially wayyyyyyyy to much. The best? Michael Cain in the Muppet Christmas Carol handles it a lot of class and that final act is my favorite.

November 21, 2016

Top 5 Canine Commercial Mascots

It’s easy to have an animated animal in a commercial, having a real live dog appear is a little hardly. Sure having a dog appear in your commercial seems to be a very popular idea since dogs are cute and trainable. Except for Morris you don’t see many big time cat icons because cats pretty much just, lie there (which is why established characters like Garfield are often used). But it still takes a special something for the mascot to become popular.  Even harder when they appear in ads for things other than dog food, though the chuck wagon dog is funny. Sometimes these ads are so popular and the characters do so well liked that they are merchandised and become as popular as any celebrity.

Here are five dogs that appeared in commercials who became so popular that they eclipsed the product they were advertising!

#5.Cottonelle Dog
The one dog on this list who is here because he’s just cute. He doesn’t really have a gimmick, he’s just a Yellow Lab doing his thing. These ads aren’t the most remarkable, but they’re a lot better than those awful Charmin animated bear ads where they seem to be enjoying going to the bathroom WWAAAYYY to much!

November 19, 2016

A Look at Home Improvement Thanksgiving Episodes .

Three years in a row now I have celebrated Thanksgiving with a special review of a Thanksgiving episode or episodes. After doing The Cosby Show, Roseanne, and Frasier (and with my look at Everybody Loves Raymond coming next year) the last few years, the next logical choice was an easy one.

ABC--FILE PHOTO--HOME IMPROVEMENT-- Starring in the ABC Televison Network's hit comedy series, HOME IMPROVEMENT, are (top to bottom) Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Zachary Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Smith. 

This series didn’t do a Thanksgiving every single yar, but when they did they really did a nice job with it. Well, for the most part. As I looked over the episodes I realized that looking them over gives a nice overview of how this show was so good and then jumped the shark towards the end. Let me explain what I mean:

“A Frozen Moment” (1993)
This is sort of a Christmas episode also, but only because the B story involves Tim going overboard with the family Christmas card. Which of course results in crazy costumes and Tim causing the snow machine to break the window of the house. All in all, tame stuff. And the Thanksgiving parts are really nice, you feel like you’re watching Thanksgiving dinner at a real families house. Yeah I’m sure there aren’t to many families who literally go around the table talking about what they’re thankful for, but it is a TV show.

November 16, 2016

Ten Great Christmas Scenes from Non-Christmas Movies

Back in July I talked about how a lot of movies will have a Christmas scene or two in them even though there is nothing at all Christmassy in the movie. But the funny thing, some of these scenes are wonderful Christmas scenes!

Sometimes the movie is set around Christmas but the holiday is basically ignored. Like in Gremlins…which I don’t talk about. . Of course Christmas appearing in movies that have nothing to do with the holiday is not new. Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, First Blood, Red..just to name a few! these were set at Christmas even though they are hardly festive. But then there those other times the movie isn’t set at Christmas at for literally one scene.

So here are few examples of movies having nothing to do with Christmas giving us a scene that almost makes you forget it isn’t a Christmas movie! In no particular order.

10.Star Trek:Generations
So Picard enters the nexxus and experiences his hearts desire (or whatever) which happens to be Christmas morning surrounded by his loving family. Nice.

November 13, 2016

Five Misunderstood Star Trek Villains

Star Trek has had some epic villains over the years. From Khan to the Borg, they are just evil bastards who will do anything to achieve their own goals. No matter who they hurt along the way.

However, some villains really aren’t evil in my opinion anyway. Just because someone does something awful doesn’t always have to mean they are evil. Maybe they are just misguided or immature, or doing things which are potentially harmful because they feel there is some greater goal. Here are a few Star Trek villains which I just can’t bring myself to call “evil”. Do they do bad things? Oh my yes. But evil? Let’s discuss:

Romulan Commander (TOS-Balance of Terror)
If you ever wondered why Mark Lenard got the role as Sarek, check out his first Trek role in “Balance of Terror”. Yes I know I trashed this episode earlier in the year, but to be fair it does have some great performances. It’s clear that the Romulan Commander (apparently Romulans in TOS don’t deserve names) is a good and honest person who is doing what he feels he has to do. You can see the torment he feels in his actions, thanks to Lenard’s fantastic portrayal. He’s a master tactician doing his job. In fact the end of the episode he even admits that he figures if things were different he and Kirk may have been friends.

November 9, 2016

Top 15 Favorite TV Maids/Housekeepers

Ok last one, call it a three part series on food servers, I guess.

Housekeepers are fixture in TV, it’s as simple as that! From Aunt Bee on Andy Griffith to Rosie the Robot on The Jetsons to Mrs.Featherbottom on Arrested Development, we have seen all kinds of housekeepers, male and female. I guess because these characters are always the fun characters. They have the great lines and quick often, and often manage to be smarter than anyone else on the show (even if no one else realizes that!).

So here are my fifteen favorites. Wait, 15???? Yeah there were way to many to limit this to ten. The only rule is these have to be regulars on the respective series, and not one shots.

#15.Florida from Maude
Maude was a very strong willed woman, the kind of person that it would be hard to stand up to. Which is probably why people enjoyed the way Florida took none of that nonsense. She was so popular they spun her off to Good Times after two seasons.

November 7, 2016

Top 10 Favorite TV Restaurant Managers/Bartenders

Ok I wasn’t going to tackle this one so soon, but since I already thought about it I figured why the heck not?


I discussed waitresses or food servers last time, but what about the managers of these places? Usually they are colorful characters in their own right, from Mr.Gaines on A Different World to Han Lee on 2 Broke Girls. Even when a show isn’t based around a eatery usually if the characters spend enough time there we get to know the staff. For example, on Coach they spent a lot of time at The Touchdown Club and we got to know that manager so well he returned for the series finale. Three’s Company had The Regal Beagle which was as much a part of that show as any other character. Seinfeld is a perfect example, as we became as familiar with the owner of Monk’s named Larry, the cashier Ruthie and several recurring waitress’s as well as any other character on this show. In fact Ruthie appears in more episodes than any other recurring character, though she only spoke in one episode.

I am counting as managers anyone who runs the place even if they also cook and tend bar at the same time. Also no one timers. They have to be regulars who appeared several times in the series (sorry Soup Nazi). Finally, they do have to work in a restaurant or bar. So no housekeepers and sorry but Hawkeye serving Martini’s on MASH doesn’t count.

#10.Ike Johnson from Love & War
Yeah oh this one is even more obscure than my “It’s a Living” choice on the last list. But I put it here for two reasons. One is that I always liked the actor, John Hancock, who sadly died just a few episodes into the series. The other reason is, I thought he was good on the show! He was the tough but lovable bartender and probably the best character on that show. This is so obscure I couldn’t even find a picture to put here (hence the cast photo above). After Hancock died the role was filled by Charlie Robinson who filled those shoes very admirably.

November 5, 2016

Top 10 Favrorite TV Waitresses

There are lots of professions in TV that are popular for writers and creators. Teachers is a big one, not to mention doctors of all sorts.  Another has to be the waitress. Not sure why that is, but maybe it’s because we’ve all had experiences with waitress’s. Whether they’re sassy and smart, ditzy and dumb, or just really attractive we can all relate to these professionals. So today, I wanted to list my ten favorite waitress’s from TV shows over the last several years.

Couple rules, one is that this list is only women. Yes I know men can be waiters and I’m sure they are fantastic but let’s be honest on TV it’s the waitress’s that keep us interested. I want to limit this to regular cast members but there is at least one who is more of recurring character. So let’s say they have to appear more than a few times. Also, the character has to be have been a waitress for more than a single episode. Though not necessarily the run of the series. Many shows will throw a character into a waiter role for a gag (they did it with Marion on Happy Days when she worked at Arnold’s for instance, or the two episodes Laverne and Shirley worked as waitresses at a diner and hi jinks ensued. Whitley on A Different World was a waitress for a whole day. Buffy was also. And yes Monica on Friends worked as a waitress at a 50’s dimer but only for a few episodes and it was dropped and forgotten very quickly). Finally, the waitress has to work at an eating establishment such a bar or restaurant, no housekeepers or the like who work out of homes. That’s a whole other list.

#10.Max Black and Caroline Channing from 2 Broke Girls
This show has some good points and some very bad points. In fact I dare say it has one of the worst supporting casts I’ve ever seen in a TV show. They’re all unlikable stereotypes!  So why is this show a hit then? Because the chemistry between Max and Caroline is irresistible. They just play so well of each other. They are total opposites but somehow it works,  they’re true friends. I also like how in this show the girls have a dream and have actively been pursuing it. Some shows a character will have a dream and do next to nothing to achieve it for the bulk of the series, until one day when the writers remember to do something with it. But while they work for that dream they work at Williamsburg Diner in Brooklyn.

November 2, 2016

Ten “Underrated Trek” Articles I Will Never Do

For a couple years now I have been doing a regular series called Underrated Trek, where I discuss episodes which, while not that popular if not hated outright, I like for some reason. But there are some episodes that even I can’t defend, they’re just bad for one reason or another. Not the worst ever, but bad enough that I can’t even find something positive in them. So as we wind up the year I decided it was time to give these episodes a little attention.

Here are ten episodes that I just can’t get behind.

The Omega Glory
I briefly mentioned this back on the 4th of July for its forced Patriotism.  But the truth is, the episode is just bad. This was one of Gene Roddenberry’s proposals for a pilot idea. Of course they went with “Where No Man..” Which was a good call because this episode is just boring. It’s all over the place and the American parallels are to much. So much that for once the parallel Earth setup fails, it just feels silly.

October 23, 2016

My Favorite "NOOOO!!"'s From TV and Movies

One of the biggest cliche’s in movies or TV is the yelling of NOOO!!! when things go bad. This is usually a very dramatic moment, though sometimes it can unintentionally silly. This has been done so many times that picking just a few was simultaneously easy and hard. There are dozens of these, but I managed to find my favorites. Though I decided not to limit them to a certain number, these are just some of the one’s I love, in no particular order…

Michael Scott in The Office
Honestly, I am just sharing this because it’s just a cute clip. I have no idea what episode it’s from, nor do I feel like trying to find out. But it’s a nice way to kick off the list. Steve Carel is awesome he can make things that shouldn’t be funny, funny as hell.

Frodo in Lord of the Rings
I don’t think it’s a secret that I have never seen these movies, but that doesn’t mean I am not aware of some of the things that happen in them. One of them being the reaction when Gandolf dies, and Frodo’s very passionate reaction!

October 20, 2016

Ten Halloween Episodes With No Halloween In Them

Here is something which annoys me, when a show happens to be set on a holiday but the plot has nothing to do with the holiday. I mean, at all. Even a lousy B story! For instance he Seinfeld episode “the Andrea Doria” is clearly set at Christmas But aside from the decorations the subject is NEVER brought up. Why bother then? Halloween is no exception to this. I think a lot of times setting it at Halloween is network mandated, because the episode is airing at that time. Other times it could be that the creators have a cute Halloween idea but it isn’t enough to carry an episode, so it gets a few scenes and then that’s it. Either way I think it’s a stretch calling them Halloween episodes.

Here are ten episodes where the show is set at Halloween, but you’d hardly know it. These aren’t bad episodes (mostly) by any means, they just aren’t good Halloween episodes in my opinion. And this is all in good fun by the way, there is no rule about what makes a good or bad Halloween episode.

The Cosby Show, “Cliff’s Mistake”
I guess this takes place on Halloween but the word is never used. There is a B story where the kids are making a haunted house (er, basement). So we get a couple scene of the kids dressed up and setting things up. But the A story takes up most of the time, and is about Cliff losing a drill he had borrowed from a neighbor. This isn’t the worst, you could watch this on Halloween and get enough to be satisfied, but I think that as far as Halloween episodes go it’s pretty weak. The syndicated episode ends with Peter being scared away by the haunted  house, the original ends with Cliff apologizing to his friend (he found the drill). The syndicated version is better.

Full House”It’s Not My Job”
This episode opens with a cute teaser scene where everybody is dressed up for Halloween. What is the rest of the episode about? Jesse deciding to resign from his job as an exterminator. Wow, scary! I am guessing that since the episode aired right before Halloween someone, the creators or the network, decided they needed some kind of nod to the holiday in there. But I hate it when the teaser promises something and you get something totally unrelated! This is one of those times when I bet it was easy to edit for syndication. There is also a Season Three episode called “Divorce Court” where Halloween (or a costume party anyway) is also very loosely connected to the plot. A little better than the season 2 episode, but not by much.

October 17, 2016

Ten Scary Sitcom Episodes Great for Halloween

Sometimes I can be picky, and for me you can’t call it a Halloween episode just because it’s scary. It has to actually have something to do with the actual holiday. Buuuttttt, maybe I am just a nitpicker. For example, one of my favorites is the "A Different World" episode called "Tales from the Exam Zone" which is a Twlight Zone spoof and the epusode goes all out with it. With strange visuals and a creepy atmosphere that makes a great Halloween episode, even though the episode is about mid term exams and not Halloween at all.

So here are episodes of TV shows which are scary enough to be Halloween episodes. Even though the holiday is never mentioned.

The Brady Bunch, “Fright Night”
This episode aired the week of Halloween so I can’t imagine that was a coincidence. It still isn’t a Halloween show per se, it’s just the kids playing pranks trying to scare each other, but it’s about as close to being a Halloween episode without actually being one that you’re going to get on this show. After the boys scare the girls into thinking there is a ghost outside, they get their revenge by daring them to sleep in the attic, and scaring them. Then all six gang up to scare Alice in a scene which is kind of a bit creepy, course having that creepy Hawaiian Idol music from the Hawaii episodes helps. The episode ends with Mike reprimanding all the kids in one of his harshest punishments. There is also a season one episode when Mike wants to sell the house so the kids dress up as ghosts to scare the potential buyers away. And of course The Slumber Party episode where the boys try ro scare the girls with costumes and silly tricks.

Laverne and Shirley, “Haunted House”
This one didn’t surprise me at all. This series covered everything from earthquakes to hurricanes. In this episode, the girls and Lenny and Squiggy go to a house for a new couch. The house is said to be haunted. And we get all the tropes from the sounds of chains being dragged through the halls to dogs barking at the moon. Even a revolving door and a piano that plays by itself. The girls get trapped and the episode is about how they can escape the crazy house. By the way I looked for Happy Days but while they had a few Halloween episodes it seems they were all set on Halloween. But either way they are worth checking out.

October 15, 2016

Top 12 Favorite Evil Villain Laugh’s

Villains are a lot of fun, and one of the coolest things that a villain does is the evil laugh. When done right, a villain laugh can send chills down your spine. Usually this comes at a moment when it looks as if they villain will win, and the right laugh shows extreme confidence. Check out this clip of Friends where Phoebe explains her plan laugh,and how the right laugh is key:

Course Friends is a sitcom, when these laughs really work is when it comes from a truly evil villain.
Here are my twelve favorite evil laughs :

#12.Cruella De vil  from 101 Dalmatians (Live)
Honestly, I hated both of these movies. But you gotta admire how much fun Glen Close has in this role. And it’s all summed up in this awesome laugh.

October 13, 2016

Analytical Episode Review:ELR, "Halloween Candy"

My plan for next year was to get back to sitcoms, since I have strayed from them especially with my excessive Star Trek focus this year. I really wanted to bring back the Analytical Episode Guide’s, and there was really only one show that made sense to discuss. Everybody Loves Raymond. I have tried to discuss it in other articles but can never say all I want to.  I have a lot to say about this series, and the best way to do it is to cover every episode. But I can talk more about that later, for now since its Halloween I figure I could do a little sneak preview and review their one and only Halloween episode.

So that being said…Halloween sitcom episodes doesn’t get the respect that horror movies and specials do, but there are tons of them out there and some are really good. Today let’s talk about a Halloween episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

Can Ray ruin another holiday by being preoccupied with sex? He sure tries.

“Halloween Candy”
Aired October 26.1998.

October 11, 2016

Random Thoughts:Is The New Superman Any Good?

Before I begin there will be no spoilers for the season premiere of Supergirl, this is just my initial thoughts on one aspect of that episode.

Is The New Superman Any Good?

When Supergirl premiered last year it was understood that the focus was Supergirl, so Superman was around but off in Metropolis. And that made perfect sense, they did that in the comics for years! But then they did silly things to keep Superman out of the picture too much. I mean, we would see Superman and Supergirl conversing over instant messaging and texts, and that was all! Forget that no on instant messages anymore, but the two never ever spoke in person! I mean, couldn’t he at least have a voice? How were we supposed to get the fact they were cousins if we never saw them interact in any way? We also got told things about Superman from others, making him even less of a character. The worst was when situations arose Superman should be aware of, the excuses why he wasn’t got silly. And it got even sillier in the final episodes when their attempt to keep Superman out of the story made him look, well, pathetic!

So when the series moved to CW the creators must have realized the same thing, so they set out to cast Superman. Who did they choose? First, I need to point out that those hoping for Tom Welling were foolish. Not only does Supergirl not fit into the Smallville universe, but while Welling a good Superman would not have worked in this series. Instead we got Tyler Hoechlin who has a nice resume including Teen Wolf. I knew nothing about him, and then they released a photo.


October 8, 2016

Top 10 Creepiest Songs for Halloween

How is it I haven’t done this one?

So yesterday I discussed scary music that I love, it’s time today to turn to actual songs. Some are themes but most were simply songs that were recorded and released into the mainstream. I don’t even think most were intended as Halloween songs per se, they just fill the bill so perfectly by being moody and even scary that we can’t help but enjoy them when October rolls around every year.

#10.Purple People Eater
Purple People Eater is cute and silly and..I don’t know why I love it.

October 7, 2016

Top 10 Creepiest TV & Movie Themes

 It’s Halloween!!  For a special treat I have a two part article for you covering something that, much to my surprise, I have never covered before!

Halloween is a great time for scary movies, cool TV specials, and of course Halloween episodes of sitcoms and cartoons. But the one thing that makes the holiday really stand out is the music. There is something so special about Halloween music, even organ music which normally I don’t care for but this time of year just works. Now in the past I have stated that I don’t really consider something a holiday installment if it has nothing to do with the holiday. For instance a horror movie is great but what does it have to do with Halloween specifically (except the few set on that day)? But with music I am more lenient, pretty much any creepy song will fit the bill. One reason being that finding Halloween songs are a little bit harder than Christmas music which is endless.

Today my focus is on theme songs, from movies and TV, which have a scary and ominous tone. These are theme’s everyone knows, even if you’ve never seen the show or movie. They’re creepy and dark, and get you ready for the scares ahead! The big rule here, no lyrics. Just the creepy music (and visuals). I will be covering songs with lyrics tomorrow. Here are my ten favorites:

#10.Amazing Stories
This was an anthology series in the 80’s which Steven Spielberg was behind. I wish it was more remembered than it is, but it was pretty cool! I know I may be alone on this one, but I loved this theme!

September 29, 2016

Underrated Trek:Identity Crisis (TNG)

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. On my last Trek installment of the year, I wanted to talk about a special category of episodes. Some are serious. Some are funny. Some are relevant. Some are stupid, and others brilliant. Then you get an episode that makes you wonder, where the hell did this idea come from????  This is one of them:


It seems like every so often Star Trek will do a “Make-up” show, where the make-up effect is the focus of the attention. TOS had “The Deadly Years”, DS9 had “Distant Voices”, Voyager had “Threshold”, and this was one of TNG’S. But is it any good? Let’s discuss it:


September 26, 2016

My Ten Most Disturbing Star Trek Moments

As we enter the Halloween season, and begin concluding my year long celebration of Star Trek, it seemed like a good idea to discuss some of the scarier moments from this show. Yeah some may be surprised at that word but Trek can be many thing. We’ve already discussed how it can be funny and light, but it can go the other way and can be downright dark and disturbing too, with visuals which will haunt you dreams for years!

Here are ten examples of Trek moments that gave the willies!

Charlie X (TOS)
Charlie X is about a teenager who has more power than he knows what to do with. It’s pretty good especially for season one TOS. Toward the ends of the episode he begins to use that power to punish the crew. Leading to this disturbing image of a woman with no face!

September 21, 2016

Underrated Trek:I,Mudd (TOS)

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. Comedies on Trek can be hit or miss, for one “Trouble with Tribbles” we have the dreadful “Profit and Lace”. There’s nothing wrong with doing a light episode once in while, but man when they’re bad they are soooo bad. Today I want to single out one light episode for specific reasons. This is:


I got the idea to do this after reading Pretty Boy’s great article on this episode, and he commented that he didn’t like it. That’s fine I totally respect that and he made some good points. The episode does become a farce by the end. But I always liked this episode. Why? Let’s take a closer look:


September 19, 2016

Top 10 Favorite Star Trek Supporting Characters

Ok let’s round out my list of favorite characters with supporting characters. Course this is a tougher category. Technically, anyone in the original series who isn’t Kirk, Spock, and MccOY could be considered supporting characters. And DS9 kind of cornered the market on supporting characters, and some may be surprised how few made the list. And villains can often be considered supporting characters, but I covered that are so no villain characters (with one or two sort of exceptions).

I need one from Enterprise and of all the supporting characters, this was the one one that made an impression on me. I must have a fondness for Vulcans, every major one has made one of my lists. Anyway, this guy was just cool. When we first saw Sarek in he original series we didn’t really understand why he hated Starfleet. Soval makes us understand, his prejudice for Starfleet is obvious but being a Vulcan he’s cool about it.

#9.Naomi Wildman
Voyager was a tough one too but I found at least one (sort of two but we’ll cover that). I did really like this character, for the most part. She was overused for a bit but that’s ok. She was basically what Wesley on TNG should have been, a precocious child who wanted to learn more but for the most part stayed out of the way. She never saved the ship or showed up the other characters. She felt like a real kid, which is why people liked her. I especially loved her scenes with Seven of Nine, somehow Naomi really brought the humanity out in Seven.

September 17, 2016

Top 12 Favorite Star Trek (TV) Villains

So I did my favorite Trek characters it was only natural I do the villains also. Since I already did movie villains, this is limited to just one’s that appeared in the various series. And yes I know these villains appear in other media but just TV appearances count.

I tried to find a villain from Voyager to put on here, but it was hard. Amazing that even Enterprise managed one memorable villain but Voyager couldn’t. The closet was the Borg Queen but since that character came from First Contact, it sort of didn’t count. Then I remembered this witch. Man was she a nasty one, betraying Voyager to the  Kazon (who were mostly dull). I hated her so much one of my favorite Voyager moments was in “Shattered” when a fully Borg’d Seven of Nine takes her out!

#11.The Gorn
So why in the world is something as corny and silly as a man clearly in a green lizard suit remembered fondly? Because fans are willing to look beyond the goofy costume, and recognize what the creators were going for. The Gorn are nasty bastards, and the fight he has with Kirk is pretty intense. Usually when Kirk has a fight you don’t really think he’s in any jeopardy (Amok Time notwithstanding) but “Arena” was a huge exception to that. You really felt like Kirk’s life was in jeopardy! I almost put The Tholians here, but they didn’t stand out as memorable as The Gorn did. And Enterprise did their take on The Gorn and to be honest, the CGI version was pretty damn cool.

September 15, 2016

Top 15 Favorite Star Trek Characters

At the start of the year I discussed the “perfect” Star Trek cast. But with the criteria involved I picked the characters I thought best filled various positions, even over a character I liked more. So it occurred to me, if I take all the criteria away, who are simply my favorite characters of all the series? Yes some of these choices will be the same as that earlier list, but for different reasons.

The one rule is these have to be main characters, if I included supporting characters I think my head would explode.  Here are my 15 favorite Star Trek (main) characters…period.

Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer stars in STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE on UPN. Photo:James Sorenson/Paramount Pictures. ©2003 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.Picking from Enterprise was…very hard. To say the least. And while Archer is not my favorite captain, as I said that is irrelevant to this list. Archer was probably the strongest thing in this series, and while he often did things people disagree with you can’t deny that he had a certain kind of charm. Scott Bakula did a good job playing him.

September 12, 2016

12 Things I Love From "Star Wars"

Last year after I had done a slew of DC Comics related articles, I felt it was only fair to give some love to the other major comic company out there.  So I listed off things from Marvel I really really  liked. This year since it’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek I have done lots of Star Trek articles. Heck, I’ve done almost 100 articles on Trek since I started these silly blogs. What about Star Wars? Three, maybe four. Yeah it’s no shock I am just not as huge a fan of Star Wars. But why is that?

A lot of people like to compete over what is better, Star Trek or Star Wars. And while to someone who doesn’t really know these franchises they can seem similar (space battles, etc) the truth is comparing the two is like comparing apple’s or oranges. Star Trek and Star Wars are very different when you really look at them. I have said that the Abrams Trek movies were his turning Star Trek into Star Wars. That’s because of the emphasis on action and the downplaying on morals and ideas which is what Star Trek is really about. The two have their similarities, beyond space battles. Both franchises have good strong characters that have become part of pop culture. Who is more popular, Spock or Darth Vader? Heck even in Back to the Future when Marty disguises as an alien he incorporates elements from both franchises into his disguise (in one of the film’s best jokes).

I was trying to figure out why I love Trek so much more than Wars, and in reading another article I came across the answer. At least one I am going with. Star Trek has morals, and they tell good stories we love to come back to again and again. Star Wars is pure fantasy, action and adventure as we watch our heroes rise up and defeat the bad guys. Trek is about exploring the human condition, and Wars is a space opera about heroes vs villains- good vs evil. As awesome as that is, Wars just doesn’t bring me back time and again (feel free to comment and disagree if you’d like). Of course it doesn’t help there are hours of Trek and only seven Wars movies. It’s no wonder Star Wars expanded media has taken off (which I had mostly ignored for the record). And yes, for the record,  I enjoyed Star Trek Beyond more than Star Wars The Force Awakens.

Ok this is turning into a rant, I have a list to get to. At one point I though of doing a a more extensive look at the two franchises back to back, but decided that has been done elsewhere by others much smarter than I.  Besides this is about giving Star Wars some love. It was supposed to be ten things, but I added a few, and hey since I’ve talked so much about Trek I can add a bit if I want.

So twelve things from Star Wars I truly love (in no particular order):

12.The Theme

Yeah it’s pretty hard not to smile when I hear that theme music. Especially if it’s in the theater. John Williams did a lot of fantastic music but this melody will always be my favorite. As soon as you hear that fanfare you know epicness is on its way. And yes the rest of the music is good including the classic Imperial March, but if I cover all the music then this list will just be that!

September 8, 2016

SPECIAL Underrated Trek:The Man Trap (TOS)

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. But today, we’re doing something a little different!

Fifty years ago today, September 8, 1966, something remarkable happened. Even though at the time, it was just another Thursday night watching Bewitched. Well, at least I am guessing that is what most people watched. On NBC a little show was premiering for the first time, a show called Star Trek! Could any of the people who tuned in on that September evening possibly imagine the silly images they saw on the screens was starting a phenomenon? I doubt it. It still amazes that back then, it was just another TV show. I always love to see old clips of promo’s and interviews the stars gave at the time, they talk as if it wee just an ordinary TV show. Of course, in 1966 that’s all it was. So what episode did they see? A little episode called :

I decided the the best way to celebrate the official anniversary of this wonderful franchise was to review the first episode that ever aired. Why did this air and not the pilot? I guess it was part of a sneak preview stunt, and the critics were very unimpressed. It did beat it’s time slot thanks to the fact it was up against re-runs. But once the new shows started up the series fell and fell in the ratings. So was this episode a good start to this series? Let’s discuss.

September 5, 2016

Ten Notable Star Trek Creators Behind the Scenes

With all this talk about Star Trek lately, I think it's really important to remember the people behind the scenes that helped to make this franchise what it is today. We all know Gene Roddenberry, who came up with the idea and was the main force which gave us the "wagon train to the stars" that was Star Trek, but who else shaped these series? Here are ten notable names

D.C. Fontana

It might be fair to say that we wouldn't have Star Trek today without this wonderful woman. She wrote some of the series best episodes including "Charlie X", "This Side of Paradise" "Journey to Babel", and "Tomorrow is Yesterday" while also doing re-writes on other stories. She also did a remarkable job fleshing out the characters, especially Spock. She tried to work for TNG when it started but her writing style just didn't mesh with the new show and, well, there's a long story there.

September 3, 2016

Ten TV Reunions That I Loved

When I say TV reunion a lot of things come to to mind. There are reunions on talk shows for instance. There are also reunion movies or new series where the original cast will reunite for something new. But I wanted to talk about a specific kind of “reunion”. It was announced that Katey Segal would appear on Big Bang Theory this season premiere as Penny’s mother. Of course, Segal already played the mother for Kaley Cuoco’s character on 8 Simple Rules making this a reunion for the two from that series.

It’s always fun when two actors who appeared together in one show reappear in another, usually as different characters. Not only is it cool to see the two together, but to see the difference in the character interactions of these very different characters can be quite striking. Of course these are not a new thing we’ve had plenty from Robert Reed reuniting with Defender’s co-star E.G.Marshall on The Brady Bunch to Johnny Galecki reuniting with Roseanne co-star’s Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert on Big Bang Theory to Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell appearing together in Prison Break and Flash as very different characters. Another variation on this is when two celebrities who are related in real life appear on their relatives show, like when Missy Gold’s sister Tracy appeared on an episode of Benson (at the same time she was in Growing Pains).

Here are some of my favorite TV reunion’s either from previous cast mates or relatives that I love. This list is in no particular, and only covers times when the actors appared as a totally different character so some obvious choices may be missing.

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd on Spin City
This was a favorite of mine, for very obvious reasons. Yes in one episode Christopher Lloyd reunited with Michael J Fox (do I really have to tell you what they starred in?). They even had a few gags calling back to that fantastic movie. It’s always strange to see Lloyd play a regular guy (for the most part). And yes Family Ties co-stars Meredith Baxter and Steven Gross also appeared in other episodes of Spin City.

August 29, 2016

Underrated Trek:Rascals (TNG)

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. And as promised, this time I have a bad episode. I realized I’ve talked a lot about TNG’s early seasons and final year, but not so much the middle. So I decided to discuss this gem from Season 6 that no one on the creative team liked when they heard the idea. What episode am I talking about?

This is sort of TNG’s equivalent to “Spock’s Brain”. But while Spock’s Brain is hard to sit through, this one is passable. This episode was bought by Michael Piller and pretty much only he and Jeri Taylor were the only ones who liked it. But they tried to make something out of it anyway, so does the episode pull it episode off at all ? Let’s take a closer look: