Top-Down Smackdown: Middle-Aged Fan

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm


How old do you imagine the average WWE fan to be?

Given the prominence of John Cena and has record for having done the most Make-A-Wish fulfillment ever, the PG rating of the show, all the toys for sale and so on, you'd probably guess young, and I don't mean Mae Young.

You'd be wrong.

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Gotham SPOILER Thread - To Face or Not Two Face?

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm


How about y'all make a Dent in this comment section, eh?

(and yes, there will still be a Top-Down Smackdown column today)

HBO's Westworld Pilot Greenlit to Series; First Image Tweeted

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm


It's not much of an image, but it doesn't have to be when you're announcing a series written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, executive produced by JJ Abrams, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto and Rodrigo Santoro.

Westworld, for those who never read the Michael Crichton novel or saw the excellent Yul Brynner movie, is a spiritual predecessor to both The Terminator and Jurassic Park, set in a theme park where people can roleplay as gunslingers, and featuring a malfunctioning robot who starts killing the guests. The nature of the story would typically assume that it covers a one-off event in which the cast is whittled down to one, but as an ongoing series there'll have to be a new angle.

Let's see: Nolan...Abrams..Oh, okay. One of the robots will travel back in time and create itself in the process of trying to stop its own creation. Am I close? Any other guesses?

The Walking Dead Recap and SPOILER Thread - The Carol and Daryl Show

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8:00 am


"Ya know, sonny, in my day we got by on eatin' just one finger a week, and we liked it!"

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Weekstarter: Doctor Who Xmas Clip, Religious Vader, Skeletor Sells Hondas, Weird Al and More

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00 am


It's Monday! And you may be miserable, but we've rounded up a whole bunch of stuff - 15 items in all - from the Weekend Open Thread to make you smile and grimace, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include troi, Dredder, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, Anyone00, SlyDante777, GhostRacer21.

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Jordan Peele Does a Spot-on Stan Lee Impersonation

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm


We can and probably will nitpick the sketch for accuracy - it assumes Lee has any real power whatsoever at Marvel as it stands today - but Peele's depiction of him as a guy desperately rattling off new hero concepts from an increasingly shallow well is pitch-perfect.

Except I would totally pay to read a comic about some of them.

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Arrow SPOILER Thread: Resting on Laurel's?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm


May I say something here? (Of course I may. I write these posts. It was a courtesy question.)

I really like seeing a superhero character wear a mask WITHOUT the paint around the eyes that we all agree to pretend isn't there. Even if it theoretically should make her secret identity super-easy to figure out.

Maybe someday, a superhero will have a wig that doesn't stay on perfectly, and can't be donned in five seconds.

Anyway, DC fans - prove to me this an open thread you want to keep. There's no conspiracy against DC shows; I just haven't seen these generating many comments of late.

Christoph Waltz "Shatners" the Sesame Street Theme

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10:00 am


William Shatner used to be reasonably unique in his speak-sing, dramatic readings of song lyrics, but like any iconoclast and camp icon, he has blazed a trail others wish to follow.

And when those others wish to imbue their renditions with German-accented angst, watch out. Captain Kirk, Colonel Hans Landa is on your ass. Wait, that sounds like a fanfic gone bad. Bottom line: Jimmy Kimmel persuaded Waltz to do the existentialist take on Sesame Street that we'd all imagine a young Austrian boy might see. It makes Oscar the Grouch looks like a ray of fucking sunshine.

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Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread: Tattoo (Marvel) U

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm


If he gains any weight, the scale on that map is going to be inaccurate, y'know.

The 10 Best Things About the Dope New Batman '66 Blu-ray Collection (Besides Its Mere Existence)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:00 am


By the time I was old enough to really appreciate television - I'd say I was maybe 14 or 15 months old - the well-loved Batman '66 TV series was already more than a decade into reruns. But those reruns were a fixture of my youth, and the youth of millions of couch potatoes the world over. The show was fun no matter what: if you were a kid, you loved the colorful heroes and cartoonish fistfights, and if you were a little older, you also appreciated the show's fine sense of the absurd. Consequently, for a good few decades, it was impossible to go more than a week without stumbling across Batman while channel surfing. It was omnipresent.

The thing is, Batman never came out on home video in the DVD age. We got so many other popular shows from that era- Star Trek, The Time Tunnel, Man from UNCLE, and of course, The Dick Van Dyke Show- but Batman never made that leap. There are a few competing theories about why, but they're all generally about the same problem - red tape resulting from the show's complex brew of producers and rights-holders. Who was calling the shots for Batman on home video? DC Comics, who owned the character? ABC, Fox, or Greenway Productions, the three separate television companies who all had a stake in the show during its production? Or Warner Bros, DC's parent company? Somehow or another, the mess got sorted out, and Warner Home Video are poised to unleash the entire, fantastic run of 120 episodes on both DVD and Blu-ray today. I took a look at this tremendous new release - let's see what I've taken away from the experience.

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