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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: If We Don’t Go Crazy Once In A While, We’ll All Go Crazy Edition

While I am generally familiar with most television of the last 50 years, I have always bowed to those with greater knowledge than I.  One such man is Otter Disaster, the mind behind Major Spoilers Adventures, whose knowledge of M*A*S*H leaves my own in the dust  While watching the M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary special on TV Land recently, I was struck by the realization that, in its history, the show essentially changed from a gag-driven sitcom to a dramatic examination of war and the human condition.  Also, that Charles Emerson Winchester III is the most pompous human being ever to be…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: With Great Power Comes Great Publicity Edition

Last night, a friend asked me about the upcoming Judge Dredd movie, wondering why they’d ever remake such a terrible film.  I explained to her about the much-older (and, frankly, much BETTER) British comic strip upon which it was based, and how Dredd himself is considerably cooler than Stallone’s treatment.  The discussion turned to how Dredd NEVER removed his helmet, and how it’s very nearly the first thing Stallone did as the Judge, and suddenly I realized that nearly EVERY superhero movie in the past few years has had an unmasking scene.  Obadiah Stane ripped off Iron Man’s faceplate, Toby…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Not With This Daft Old Face Edition

Today, September 1st, marks the American debut (and possibly European as well, I’m from Kansas and thus kept in the dark about much of the greater global perspective) of Doctor Who Season 7, astonishingly the third season featuring Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor in action.  It really doesn’t feel like it’s been three years.  However, historically speaking, most incarnations of the Doc haven’t made it past three seasons, with only the Third, Fourth and (depending on how one counts a ‘season’) Tenth incarnations breaking that barrier.  With the announced departure of Eleven’s constant companion, Amy Pond, change is in the air…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Season 6B Should Totally Become Canon Edition

This week marked the debut of “Pond Life,” a short series of internet-exlusive lead-in episodes for the new season of Doctor Who (Season 7 and/or 32, if memory serves.)  The series isn’t complete as of this writing, but, as the title implies, it focuses on the Ponds, Amy and Rory, and what their life is like when The Doctor isn’t around.  I’m a big fan of value-added content, and I’m extra-happy to find these episodes available on BBC’s website rather than having to pay a premium for ’em.  Of course, as Rodrigo will tell you, there’s no such thing as…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Some Days, You Just Can’t Get Rid Of A Bombshell Edition

My most recent stack of comics acquisitions included Batgirl #12, a story which sees Batgirl first fighting, then teaming-up with Batwoman, a story which got me seriously thinking about what it says that DC is willing to have both characters active at the same time.  Give that the current Batwoman costume was created to emulate the 60’s Batgirl look (from the TV series and “New Look” comics), it seems that having two females Bats, each with red hair and a similar fashion style, might water down the bat-franchise a bit.  Then again, by that logic, couldn’t having ANY other bat-types…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: I Thought Dennis Hopper Was Pretty Good Edition

With the upcoming demise of Nintendo Power magazine, I have been swept up in a wave of video game nostalgia, breaking out some of my old N64 games and playing myself a little blocky Donkey Kong and Mario Kart goodness.  My daughter is fascinated by the fact that Super Mario Brothers 3 is playable on our Wii, but hasn’t got the patience to play through the levels, instead cycling the first two worlds over and over because she has the threats mostly memorized.  Either way, we’ve found some nice cheap entertainment in old-school games, even though she is bother by…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: One Hundred Four Days Edition

There are days when the MS-QOTD is a deep philosophical musing, and others where it’s a game of connecting unusual dots.  It may be a celebration of pop culture, an analysis of obscurity, or even a game of “Who’d win?”  But some days…  Some days, when it’s a beautiful fall afternoon, and there are no real pressing concerns, and even Spider-Man would think that he hasn’t a care in the world (except for his new sidekick Alpha-Bits), the MS-QOTD likes to lean back and stare into space chewing a piece of grass and watching the alligator lizards in the air……

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: A Man Oughtta Do What He Thinks Is Right Edition

Recently, I found myself at loose ends, only to encounter the opening moments of John Wayne’s 1953 outing, “Hondo.”  Despite having grown up in a John Wayne-loving household, I had never really sat down to watch a Wayne film on purpose, the only exception being ‘The Conqueror,’ where Wayne played Genghis Khan.  (Some part of me just can’t resist that sort of train-wreck casting.)  Even though Hondo’s credits sequence looked like Little Debbie cakes, I was willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt due to positive reception by two notable (and unexpectedly similar) men:  Reverend Jesse Custer…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: “Good Job, Friend Of Friends!” Edition

Ever since the dawn of the Golden Age, there have been the sidekicks, with names like Robin, Speedy, Dusty, Fly-Girl and… Tim.  (Not just ONE Tim, mind you, but TWO, as both The Black Terror and Captain Wonder had sidekicks who went by that epic superheroic nomenclature.)  What’s rarer is the true duet act, where two heroes of equal status work together as a pair, rather than in a parent/child or boss/subordinate role.  Off the top of my head, I can think of Hawk & Dove, the World’s Finest team of Superman & Batman, as well as the bulbous and…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Fi Uoy Nac Daer Sith, Er’ouy Ylbaborp Ytterp Revelc Edition

With the end of the ongoing Voodoo series, artist Sami Basri’s monthly series is now complete, leaving the artist theoretically open for business.  After his runs on Voodoo and Power Girl, I’ve come to the slow realization that I really want to see him tackle a Zatanna solo series, taking one of DC’s most awesome-but-difficult-to-work-with characters and giving her another shot in the spotlight. The MS-QOTD (pronounced “detouqsim”) doesn’t recall having seen a lot of characters in the New 52, asking: Are there artists whose style you believe would be perfect for a character who have somehow never DRAWN that…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: We Demand More Allen The Alien Edition

Skybound, the imprint of Image Comics that prints Robert Kirkman’s titles, has recently been teasing a big moment coming in Invincible #100, apparently a major character death.  Of course, it was only last month that the same creator gave us The Walking Dead #100, which featured a major character’s death as the driving force of the issue’s drama.  Kirkman makes no secret of his enjoyment of 90’s comics, their characters, and the big event books with chromium covers of his youth, but these two anniversaries coming so closely together bother me somewhat. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would probably…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Not Fade Away Edition

CatHalo’s recent review of ‘Expendables 2’ got me thinking (and also speaking in a simply terrible Irish accent, but that’s neither here nor there.)  When I was a wee lad in the 80’s, it seemed that the mere mention of names like Stallone, Norris or Van Damme would sell tickets for a movie.  Of course, of Stephen Seagal, the less said the better, but it still got me thinking about the fact that the major stars of the Expendables franchise are nearing Medicare age, and Chuck Norris is well over 70 years old!  I’d say I hope to be that…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Jim Aparo For The Win Edition

When I was in school (back in the Cretaceous Period), Otter Disaster and I shared a love of the comic adventures of The Spectre.  Trouble was, the John Ostrander version of Specs that he loved and the Michael Fleischer version that I loved were almost entirely different characters.  The M.S.P. crew occasionally discuss the different editorial takes on an iconic character like Batman or Spider-Man, but secondary characters such as The Spectre, Captain Atom or Star-Lord get COMPLETELY revamped and rejiggered with every new iteration. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks you look a bit familiar, but can’t place…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Child Of Light And Darkness Edition

Thirty-two years ago this month, Jean Grey finally overcame her own darker nature and overcame her Dark Phoenix persona thanks to the power of love and stuff.  It was a powerful moment (immediately followed by her committing heroic suicide as her horrified fiancee Cyclops looked on) and even the fact that backstory has been altered to where it was never actually Jean in the first place can’t kill the power of that moment.  Since then, many Marvel characters (and nearly all the X-Men) have had their “Dark Whomever” story, but each successive iteration seems to have resulted in diminishing returns,…

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