Monthly Archives: June 2015

Nerdy Collections: My Dragon Ball Z/GT action figures

farshotLike a bird relentlessly on the hunt for twigs to add to her nest, we nerds are constantly on the lookout for items to add to our nerdy collections.

Some of us collect video games, others comics, and some even collect hair samples of all the men to play the titular Doctor Who (I made that last one up, but you just know someone out there is doing this). Me personally? I collect Dragon Ball Z/GT action figures. Well I used to at least. What you see you in the above picture is what remains of my once glorious collection.

Read on as I interview myself about my collection.

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IDW’s Jem and the Holograms Comic is the Reboot Fans Deserve!

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Jem and the Holograms debuted as a cartoon series in 1985, created by Christy Marx, a staff writer for the original cartoon shows of Transformers and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The odd cartoon that mixed battling bands with sci-fi tech found a way to brand itself into the minds of ’80s kids, even if they didn’t watch it. It was inevitable this “truly outrageous” band would be rebooted. But more significant is that the new Jem and the Holograms comic from IDW, which released its fourth issue this week. . . is really good!

Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell put together this reboot story, which Thompson scripted and Campbell did art on, with colors by M. Victoria Robado and letters by Shawn Lee. There is a clear love for the original story, but Campbell and Thompson are also smart enough to ask what needs to be updated so the story doesn’t just retread old ground.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.4 – Apertivo

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Hannibal may be on the chopping block, but there are still nine more episodes left in season three and we’ll be here to recap all of them. It’s a good thing, too, because last night’s “Apertivo” was easily the strongest episode of the young season despite Hannibal’s conspicuous absence.

“Apertivo” spends most of its time filling in the gaps from season two. The episode begins with a conversation between Frederick Chilton (Raul Esparza) and Mason Verger (Joe Anderson, replacing last season’s Michael Pitt), comparing their surgically reconstructed faces after surviving their respective run-ins with Hannibal. Chilton is hoping for revenge and profit. Mason’s motivations remain somewhat unclear, but he is offering $1 million for information about Hannibal in an effort to bring the doctor to heel.

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Nerd Block Kicks Off Summer with Vinylpalooza

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With all of our favorite characters from comics to games and films being immortalized in adorable vinyl, it’s a great time for discerning Nerds looking to decorate their space. From the home to the office, vinyl spins on pop culture icons have taken over.

Coming to the aid of Nerds everywhere, Nerd Block is looking to help us all catch up on our collections with their recently announced Vinylpalooza sale.

Sounds like a party, but what exactly is Vinypalooza?

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Get your Arcade Block for your chance to win this Big Boss Block full of Fallout gear!


Red Bull drinkers to get early access to new Destiny quest.

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In what sounds like a parody of real life, Red Bull drinkers will be getting a timed exclusive quest in Destiny’s new expansion, The Taken King. Starting this July, gamers can grab specially-marked Destiny Red Bull cans, sold exclusively at 7-Eleven. Each can comes with a code that you can redeem for access to the quest, as well as a one-time consumable that lets you earn 50% more XP for 30 minutes.

So what do you do if you love Destiny but hate Red Bull? Thankfully, the quest is only a timed exclusive, and will be made available to all players January 1st, 2016. In the meantime, make sure to head to your local 7-Eleven, where you can buy bags of Doritos with special codes that you can redeem for an exclusive map in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Also, don’t forget to grab the specially-marked Mountain Dew that gives you early access to the new and improved Warthog in Halo 5: Guardians.

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Hannibal and the rise of arthouse style television

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Nearly every article on TV begins and ends with, “It’s a great time for television right now.”

That’s not untrue, but it’s not groundbreaking news, either. In the ‘70s, the majority of shows airing either revolved around a detective, a police squad, a family, or a hospital. In fact, in 1976, all of the nominees for Best Drama at the Emmys were detective shows. It was rare that a network would bite off a piece of unique programming, letting it sit for a while, before eventually spitting it onto the ground.

Today, however, networks, premium cable channels, and streaming services are venturing into a new battleground for television: arthouse cinema style programming. NBC’s Hannibal and Cinemax’s The Knick are just two examples of nouveau visual storytelling that could only flourish at this moment in time.

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In defense of the The Order: 1886

theorderlogoI’ve got an unpopular opinion: I loved The Order: 1886.

If you’re one of the uninitiated, The Order: 1886 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, developed by Ready at Dawn, and released earlier this year. Upon its release, the game was almost universally panned by critics and gamers. It currently sits at a 63 on Metacritic. This may not seem like the worst score in the world, but with the current state of video game review scores, anything less than a 7 is often (and unfairly) viewed as trash. I feel like The Order: 1886 has gotten a bad rap, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about why I feel it’s not as bad as people claim.

Now, I think most people will agree that the gameplay itself is generally solid. It plays like most other cover-based third-person shooters, so if you’ve played one before then you know what to expect. What makes the encounters different in The Order: 1886, are the variety of fun weapons you have at your disposal. For example: one gun allows you to basically shoot lightning bolts at enemies, and another lets you shoot out a cloud of gas which you can then ignite, burning your enemies to death. These weapons are unique, and I enjoyed using them. I guess if I were to put it simply: if you like third-person shooters, you will probably enjoy a majority of the game.

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Self/Less Shows That Science Fiction Requires Sacrifice

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If you found out you could live forever, would you want to? And what lengths would you go to? These are a couple of the questions posed by upcoming science fiction thriller Self/Less.

Self/Less is directed by Tarsem Singh, who is known for his eye-popping visuals in Mirror Mirror, Immortals, The Cell, and my personal favorite, The Fall, which is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. Self/Less was written by David and Àlex Pastor, who also penned Out of the Dark, The Last Days, and Carriers. They seem to have a good grasp on horror.

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Hannibal Falling, and Why the Show Will Rise Again

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Much to the chagrin of horror fans everywhere, NBC has announced that it won’t be renewing Hannibal, the beloved show about the cannibal next door. There are still ten episodes yet to air, but the third season will be the final one appearing on the network.

The news isn’t exactly surprising. Hannibal has pulled dismal ratings for the entirety of its run, recently dipping to a low of 1.7 million, and everyone involved seems to be aware of the cold reality of the situation. Bryan Fuller expressed gratitude for being allowed to make three seasons, while NBC thanked Fuller for delivering some much-needed critical acclaim. That’s why I can’t criticize NBC. The network did everything it could for Hannibal, but there’s only so much that can be reasonably expected.

And yet, I’m strangely optimistic after the cancellation of my favorite show, largely because I just don’t think we’ve seen the last of Hannibal. In fact, I’m confident that it will find a home somewhere else, and that it will happen relatively soon.

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Winona Ryder Is Back, In Small Screen Thriller Form!

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Winona Ryder has been cast as the lead in an upcoming Netflix series, written and directed by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, who have written a couple of episodes of current creepy TV show Wayward Pines.

This new eight-episode series, formerly known as Montauk, will be set in the 1980s Long Island town of the same name. Here’s the synopsis, according to Variety:

A young boy mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Family, friends, and local cops try to uncover the truth about his disappearance – which turns out to involve top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Angie Han at /Film points out that the show might be inspired by The Montauk Project, a series of allegedly secret US government experiments on time travel. This sounds like something that must have been alluded to on at least one episode of The X-Files.

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