Friday, October 19, 2018

3813 - Dick Grayson Is Now Ric Grayson...


Because I guess the Bat-Dick was such a big deal...

But see, if they're going to get rid of all the dicks, they have to kill off Superman.

After all, Superman is kind of a dick.

Oh well, I don't see this lasting long and we'll probably get another shitty reboot in a couple years.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

3812 - The Crackdown On The Smackdown #1000 Or Something

It's time for another Crackdown On Smackdown!

So I saw the 1000th episode of Smackdown, which was a mere 2-hour program whose opening segment was nothing but McMahons, featured a reunion of a stable that was a focal point of RAW's worst years, and generally felt like any other episode of the show. For a show that's going to be on the FOX Network next year and hitting their 1000th episode, this sure as hell didn't feel like an important show. But then again, if WWE couldn't be bothered to produce a worthwhile anniversary show for RAW earlier this year, then my expectations shouldn't be (and quite frankly, weren't) that high.

So much like that show, I'll bring up five observations that came to mind when watching this show. I was going to save this for later on... but I ended up watching the show late last night and wanted to get this out of the way so I can have something more worthwhile later this week.

3811 - WWF Smackdown: The Pilot Episode

I swear to God, if that name isn't already a regular feature on some website or web show somewhere, you're all just a bunch of geeks.

In any event, in lieu of another TNA PPV, I decided to go back in time and check out the original pilot episode of WWF Smackdown from 1999. With Smackdown having aired its 1000th episode ever - and yes, I'll offering some quick thoughts on that show when I get around to watching it - I thought it'd be pretty neat to give this show a watch and see where it all began.

Fun fact: This is the only episode of Smackdown to garner a TV-14 rating, which is the usual television rating for most WWF/E television programming until the full-on shift to PG programming. Other than this one show, Smackdown has always - ALWAYS - maintained a TV-PG rating and managed to produce some of the best wrestling and sports-entertainment weekly shows in the 2000s, thus curtailing any arguments that the TV-PG rating is an issue with modern-day WWE. It never was.

And because this is April 1999 and because it's TV-14, this is a Vince Russo-penned program. Given that the second show came along and was a strictly PG show, I wonder if that had more to do with Russo leaving than just the second show and nanny comment in general.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

3810 - Your Schedule For This Week

So I'm breaking from the usual TNA formula tomorrow to focus on a couple bits.

With Smackdown airing its 1000th episode tonight, I thought it appropriate to go back and revisit the pilot episode of Smackdown from WAY BACK in 1999, which I was able to catch back then via a special airing on TSN. So that'll be tomorrow's Classic Musings.

I'm going to DVR Smackdown 1000 and watch it somewhere down the line. No doubt there will be a write-up of some sort; whether it's the usual format or a bullet point format is dependent on how much I want to say about the show.

And I guess this gives me as good an excuse as any to finish that Smackdown 2 review that's been on the hard drive since forever.

Also, due to a recent health scare and some other bullshit that I'd rather not bring up since it's nothing serious, the Double Whammy week is being pushed back a week. So it'll be from October 29th to November 2nd.

Monday, October 15, 2018

3809 - Status Of Power Rangers Reflections... On Hold Until 2019.

So we've reached the end of the current crop of "Redux" entries that is a mix of reposts and new posts. Chances are there might be one or two popping up along the way, but for now, the road ends here.

The big reason for this is simple; I'm prepping for 2019 so that there will be more of these things posted in the future. There's a very good possibility that we might stick with the bi-weekly schedule and the hope is that whatever isn't being filled with a Reflections is getting some other feature. I'm not going for the long, dormant pause that's a year long; only a few months until February when things should start picking up again.

As far as comics go... well, let's take it a step at a time.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

3808 - You Know... There's This Other Show Too...

This is a wrestling-related musings, but not quite a wrestling musings. Hence the regular Musings label and not the Wrestling one.

A few weeks ago, my brother and I had a bit of a talk, where he had expressed surprise that Kane was wrestling in Australia despite being the current mayor of Knox County. I suppose for someone who doesn't watch or even closely follow wrestling anymore, it's understandable... and I never did bring up Jesse Ventura's WCW stint where he was mayor of some town. What I did bring up was the Saudi shows, which left him shocked because they don't allow women on there.

Yep... not a fan of that deal.

This Saudi deal has been something of a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. On the one hand, Saudi Arabia isn't exactly the most "modern sensible" society to put it in nicer terms... but on the other hand, a ten-year deal and all that sweet, sweet Saudi money means WWE can sign them big deals. Possibly sign big free agents and even entice old guys long retired to do a couple matches since the prince is a fan of 90s wrestling and doesn't give a shit about the current crop.

My guess is the prince is actually a WCW fan and just wanted to watch old guys wrestle at the speed of light... that's an old joke.

So for those not following the news, a journalist who was a critic of the Saudi government was murdered and allegedly assassinated by someone working for said government. Right now, all of this is suspicion and speculation, but with this kind of controversy in the limelight, it puts WWE in a very fickle position. Do they cancel the event and risk damaging a valuable deal with Saudi Arabia that would've brought a substantial revenue stream? Or do they continue with the show as planned despite the urging of U.S. senators and prominent officials telling them to not go ahead with the show.

So... like I said, damned if you do, damned if you don't.

I honestly don't have an opinion on whether they should go through with the show or not. I sure as hell wasn't thrilled with the deal when it was initially announced and certainly some folks would (and have) argued that they should never have made the deal to begin with for a variety of reasons - not the least of which something like THIS possibly happening being a good reason not to go along with it - but when it comes to this upcoming Crown Jewel show... I would suspect there'd be an uneasiness among the talent for taking such a trip.

But you know... if they do end up cancelling the Saudi show, there is another show that they have on the calendar that they can move all this shit to that's been booked since the dawn of time.

You might've heard of it too... it's called Survivor Series.

Just a thought.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

3806 - Some Folks Want To Make A ColecoVision Clone System...


CollectorVision, a company who produces homebrew games for older systems, have recently launched a Kickstarter to fund their Colecovision clone system, a smaller system that plays Colecovision systems on modern days and with semi-functional parts. They have a working prototype on hand that hasn't been debunked by anybody as of yet, so this one looks somewhat promising.

I am hesistant to throw my hat into this thing; one because so far pickings have been slim - though there's still 27-ish days to go - and the last time there was a Coleco-related crowdfunding campaign, it didn't exactly turn out the way people were expecting or even hoping.

Regardless, all the best to these guys and if this gets legs, maybe I'll chip in a couple bucks for the cause and possibly get one myself.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

3805 - TNA Sacrifice 2011

So this is the show that's perhaps best known for being Chyna's first (and only) appearance in TNA Impact Wrestling before continuing with her porn career. That is, of course, assuming that you were even cognizant of the fact that Chyna, the former Ninth Wonder of the World and 2-time WWF Intercontinental champion, once made a brief return to North American pro wrestling with a very brief stint in TNA... because even though I have touched on the subject on this blog in the past, I had completely forgotten about this one until I was revisiting the old blog posts.

So here's the deal; this is a TNA PPV from 2011, which hasn't been a high point for the company and pretty much that whole era was what turned me off from the promotion once and for all. As such, I'm probably not going to be saying much in this regard considering I know very little about the proceedings and can only react to the show from a largely ignorant view.

But in any event... let's see how this show fares several years removed from when it last aired.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Been wanting to give this BitChute thing a shot and so here's a test video.

Not quite sure what I'll do with this, but if I figure it out, you can check out the page here.

3803 - The New YouTube Studio Beta Is Garbage

And yes, I did actually submit this.

Don't change things that work fine for the sake of changing things. The current set-up is perfectly fine. I don't need to relearn something that is complete shit compared to what came before.


3802 - No More Stage 9

A couple weeks ago, I post a quick little video showcasing some gameplay from the amazing Stage 9 fangame, which was a nice little interactive simulator that let you run around the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D and do a bunch of little things... like phasering everyone in sight like a crazy man and blowing up a small research outpost with a photon torpedo. It was a fun time and I wanted to do more of these little videos to showcase what I thought was a pretty cool little fan project.

Little did I know that a couple weeks prior, CBS sent a cease-and-desist letter to the creators, prompting said project to shut down, never to be seen again.

So... yeah. Terrible timing on my part, I suppose.

I understand the CBS mindset here; they're just protecting their IP and I think the whole Axanar thing has put them on a bit of an edge that some would consider the brink of madness. It's sort of the same way Nintendo is with fan games and rom sites. I'm not mad or sad or anything like that because that's just the way things are. I'm just happy to have been able to sample this slice of Star Trek fandom before it went away forever.

And perhaps most importantly, I wish the creators of this wonderful project all the best in their future endeavors and offer a thank you for their brief moment in the sun.

Monday, October 8, 2018

3801 - Some Mild Site Fixes

Just quick background work notes:

- So the DTM-Cast page has been updated to include links to the last ten or so episodes, which includes the recent episodes as well as the few episodes of 2017 that I did before the series went on hiatus. You'll also note that there are four more dates added onto to the page for future episodes. These are temporary additions depending on whether I'm in the mood or have the time, but it does bode some promise that this is slowly making a comeback. In what form is an entirely different matter, but... you know, baby steps.

- Likewise, the Wrestling Musings page has been updated to include the recent additions to the line-up, including today's Super Slow-Down and the last couple Classic Musings. I've also taken the liberty to replace the old TNA predictions pages with "proper" write-ups... I don't say a whole lot and my reactions are extremely brief. The "quick results" entries stay for the moment... as I need some historical context to fall back and boy, I wasn't quite favorable towards Madison Rayne back in the day, was I? Was she really that bad?

- As far as reviews go... the next one should be up in a couple days.

And that's about it.

3800 - WCW Super Slow-Down (Australia House Show)

So World Championship Wrestling has made their long-awaited return to Australia and they've gone with the successful formula of young, talented guys in the undercard while the main event comprises two old guys who can't wrestle a lick worth a damn and has to resort to smoke and mirrors to put on a "compelling" main event.

Yep, sounds like a WCW show to me.

My attention was largely fleeting for this one since this is just background noise for the sake of background noise... but I did watch a good chunk of the show when it was interesting, so you'll have some thoughts in some places while in other places, I'll be brief.

3799 - Autodesk Sketchbook #21: The Scenic Route

Another "scenic" doodle with clouds, fog, and a blue substance that's supposed to depict a river of some sort. That last bit was a last minute decision and it definitely shows.