Category Archives: Editorial

Batman: The Killing Joke – An issue in Themes

Batman: The Killing Joke was directed by Sam Liu and based upon the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. The film was produced by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation and published by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Batman: The Killing Joke was directed by Sam Liu and based upon the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. The film was produced by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation and published by Warner Bros. Pictures.

While it might be known as one of the more important stories in the rich history of the character, Batman: The Killing Joke can be a dicey topic for some fans. While it does give us a closer look at one of the more important villains in the past 100 years of fiction, it also shows just how little an other character can appear and still be used as a plot device.

So when the story was adapted into a DC Animated Film, the team wanted to add some more to the short story and make Batgirl have more narrative weight. But maybe they didn’t go about it the right way… Continue reading

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Lets talk the Arkham Knight

Wait...that's it?

Wait…that’s it?

Along with Derek, I also played Batman: Arkham Knight and for the most part I really enjoyed it. Loved the new additions to the game, it looks fantastic, and it’s written very well. But one particular story beat that frustrated many people came during the later part of the game, when it was finally revealed who the Arkham Knight was. I’m gonna assume that you have played the game to the end and know who the Arkham Knight is. (Spoilers) Continue reading

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Three DC Finales, and One gets it right

DC Entertainment is a Division of Time Warner.

Its been a busy year for DC Comics, with four TV series going on around the same time. And while Constantine failed to attract a large enough audience, the three main shows; Gotham, Arrow and the Flash all ended up reacting their target numbers and getting another season order. That being said after 20 plus episodes each, only the Flash ended up getting it’s ending right. Let’s talk about that.

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D&D Discusses: Community Season 6

In the first of a new series, listen as Derek and Denis talk about the changes to one of their favourite TV series, Community. From it’s early days to it’s new home on Yahoo, the two break down the differences and if they are such a big deal.

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Gotham Mid-Season Look

Gotham is based upon characters owned by DC Comics.

Gotham is based upon characters owned by DC Comics.

With this past episode of Gotham, the series takes a break until the New Year so I thought it might be time to look at the show and where it’s going. While this won’t be a review, we will go over some of the shows strengths and weakness during the first 10 episodes.

So let’s jump right in.

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An ode to the 1UP Show

Introducing, my childhood.

Introducing, my childhood.

It’s 1 o’clock in the AM and I find myself watching something that was essential to my formative teen years. A show about video games, a show that was beautifully shot and lovingly crafted around a subculture that was on the cusp of acceptance by the world at large. The 1UP Show. Perhaps the best online show about video games that has ever been developed and here I am watching it when I should be sleeping.

Holding back those emotions you have about the things most important in our own childhoods, frankly, I just kinda wanna talk about the 1Up show for a bit, cause I hope desperately that I find something like it anytime soon. Continue reading

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Twin Peaks, Why Can’t I Quit You?

Twin Peaks was created by Mark Frost and David Lynch.

Twin Peaks was created by Mark Frost and David Lynch.

We all have a thing that we secretly love. For some people (like myself) they’re a little embarrassed about how much they like pro wrestling, while others can’t stop watching “reality” based show like Honey Booboo. We all kind of hate that we love these shows but when we see it in the schedule guide, we all stop and watch them.

Another one of those titles for me is Twin Peaks. While the show is now regarded as one of the best shows on TV at the time, let’s face it; it was more than a little off putting.

The show featured (at times) bad acting, out of place slapstick and was just too…David Lynch like for normal TV audiences. The show gives me so many reasons to hate it but for some reason, it’s compelling. I keep being brought back into the small town no matter how hard I try.

Here are some random thoughts about the show, that came up during my last binge watching session.

Agent Dale Cooper is the greatest character of all time: Continue reading

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Yuri and Me

What have I gotten myself into?

What have I gotten myself into?

Much like traditional American and European TV, anime can be split into a number of different categories or subgenres.

While there are many that crossover between the two cultures like action adventure, there are a number that are done in other cultures that we as North American’s don’t really deal with.

It just so happens that some of these ideas and troupes can be related to romance or rather sexual content.

When one mentions anime to someone who isn’t familiar with it there are a number of different ideas that come to their minds. Probably two of the two biggest examples are shows like Dragon Ball Z or porn.

Those two options are not only worlds apart but don’t even begin to represent the many ideas and stories that the medium can explore.

Today, I wanted to talk a bit about one genre that I had no experience with until recently, Yuri. Upon going deeper into the genre it left me with a number of conclusions that I wanted to share.

So let’s jump in. NOTE: I’m going to bring up a number of titles, but these are far from reviews. Continue reading

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5 of the Worst Relationships in Fiction

I Googled Valentine's Day free image and this came up...

I Googled Valentine’s Day free image and this came up…

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, or as us single people are calling it this year, Friday.

Every Feburary 14th we’re all told to spend lots of money in order to continue telling that special someone that we care about them, or again if you’re single you just sit at home watching Netflix and cry a bit inside (thank you House of Cards Season Two).

However, relationships aren’t everything that they’re cracked up to be. Sometime, people aren’t great in relationships. This is also true for fictional characters.

So for this “special” day, let’s take a look at five of the worst relationships in fiction and feel just a little better about ourselves in the process.

Note: these entires are not in any particular order.

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The Liebster Award…What the Heck is that?

I took this image off of Google, I fear nothing...

I took this image off of Google, I fear nothing…

While I whole heartedly believe things like blogs and podcasts are the way of the future, we’ve just not found the right way to market them yet and make money. Additionally it’s difficult just to get people interested in either your own or someone else’s blog. Despite this there are some who’re trying to do just that through things like The Liebster Award.

A couple of hours ago I had no idea what the hell this was until friend and fellow blogger Robynne sent me a link saying that she nominated me for the Award. So I decided to do what any good/hack journalist would do: Google it and only look at the first three posts.

From what I understand the “Award” is something of a chain letter where you have to fulfil a group of goals. These goals/rules can differ but this version goes as such: Continue reading

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