August 28, 2017

Underrated Trek: Bliss (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. I’ve done a few of these now for Voyager but have yet to really talk about Seven of Nine. I did a couple she was in but was hardly featured. She shook up the show and, in my opinion, made it interesting. Here’s an example with an episode that she rocks in. This is :

August 25, 2017

Five Effects from Star Trek-TNG That Seem Silly Today

A few months ago I talked about how some of the props from the original Trek series seem kind of lame today. As far as The Next Generation, they served a little better. Oh sure some of the stuff is dated but not laughably so. The effects on the other hand, not so much. Oh sure some episodes the effect worked fine, more than fine,  but other effects either due to financial concerns or just lacking time and resources, were weak and seem silly today.

For instance, the awful episode “Manhunt” featured an alien race called the Antedian’s who, well, look like this….

Yeah, pretty silly. Or how about this goofy monster from "The Dauphin". The only thing worst than the hideous design is the atrocious morphing effect that preceded it.

But those are just two examples. Man Season 2 was rough. Anyway here are five of the most notable horrible effects in TNG whether it be bad makeup or awful CGI.

Skin of Evil

I almost feel bad ripping into this one again, but what the hell were the creators thinking with the Armus? A oil slick that comes to life? I suppose there was potential with the idea but not only is the moment of the slick awful animation, but when he forms into a humanoid form it just looks stupid. This was even lame for the time the episode was made!

August 23, 2017

Top 5 Worst Live Action Movies Based on Cartoons

It seems like such a simple concept, take a cartoon and make it live action. All you have to do is have actual actors and viola, no problem! Right? Well it sure doesn’t seem to work out that way most of the time. I mean some get it, like Transformers. Yeah those movies are from perfect but the give what they promise. And I don’t think G.I.Joe was THAT bad. When I watched the first Alvin and the Chipmunks it felt like Alvin and the Chipmunks. And then there’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies and while they may vary in quality none of them are truly awful.

However some are not so lucky. Some are so far off the mark that they aren't just bad, they piss the fans of the source material right the hell off! Here are five live action movies based on cartoons which are just awful. And it can be any kind of cartoon from a show to comic strip.

#5.The Flintstones

I saw this when it came out, it was hyped big time, and I can’t deny it. I liked it when I saw it. It was ok, nothing too bad. The characters were on track and it felt like we were watching a live action episode. With one big exception. That idiotic plot! The Flintstones was, at the end of the day, a simple sitcom with sitcom situations. Here we get a money laundering scheme, I think,  with sexual innuendo. Uh, yeah. No! It has the same problem as Mr.Magoo, but with that one the cartoon hardly had a solid premise so you could divert from it. The Flintstones did have a solid premise, and this movie feels way off the mark. Sometimes getting the look down isn’t enough, check out the Speed Racer movie as another example. Or the infamous Robin Williams “Popeye” movie which got the characters down cold (especially Olive Oil) but man was it soooo boring!!!

August 21, 2017

Five Cartoon Remakes That Missed The Mark

August 15, 2017

Five Sitcom Characters Who Wanted to be Actors

I’ve talked before about how sitcoms have universal occupations that it seems like every show has at least one character who fills it. While Mike Brady as an architect was unique, how many teachers have there been in sitcoms? Or nurses? Or lawyers? But by far one of the most common careers we seen on these shows is the actor wannabe. You know, someone who has decided he would be the best actor in the world even though they have no talent or training. Then we spend a large majority of the series laughing at their exploits. This is so common it goes all the way to I Love Lucy, where Lucy did anything to be in Ricky's show despite her lack of any talent. Or how about on “Coach”, Hayden’s daughter tried to become an actress (subconsciously trying to get Hayden’s attention) but was so awful she ended up giving up and going into advertising in New York. And of course on “Head of the Class”, Mr.Moore was a substitute teacher who really wanted to be an actor. When he left the show the reason given was he finally got his big break (in real life Howard Hesseman was fired). 

August 11, 2017

Top 10 Favorite Episodes of “The Brady Bunch”

August 6, 2017

Underrated Trek:Dramatis Personae (DS9)

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. If you follow this series you know I have done a ton of TNG and TOS articles and a few though not enough Voyager. DS9 is the one I have slighted the most because I simply don't have much to say about it. The bad episodes are, well, bad. But even more than that, I am a Next Gen fan and DS9 was way to dark for my taste. Bad? Heck no! But I never could get into to it. I have noticed a trend that people who grew up with and love DS9 for it's darker tone look down on the more cerebral Next Generation. But Next Generation paved the way for DS9 and did some very good things especially when it focused more on character and less on story. So I decided to do a DS9 article since my last was much to long ago. I wanted to focus on Season One since that was a rough year. It was still a "TNG" show and hadn't found it's way yet. There were a few good episodes, like this one episode I always liked:

A first season episode that isn't to bad? Let's discuss....

August 2, 2017

Five Forgotten 80’s Franchises I Grew Up With