Browsing: Question Of The Day

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Dang Ol Ah Tell You Whut Edition

The first impressions of Pixar’s newest film, Brave, are rolling in, and many of them tend to fall in the realm of “I’m glad Cars 2 was an aberration!” or “Pixar has their groove back!”  Major Spoilers very own Stephen has repeatedly remarked that the plot of C2 was basically the plot of “A Man Called Flintstone,” which affected the quality, but the plot of the original Cars was basically that of the Michael J. Fox vehicle (pun fully intended) “Doc Hollywood.”  For my part, Cars 2 was an okay story, with nice performances by Michael Caine and Eddie Izzard,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: No Kill Quite Like Overkill Edition

Among the great joys of pop culture come those wonderful moments where the creators pull out all the stops and abandon reason to deliver a spectacularly unnecessary but completely awesome moment.  The Venture Brothers cartoon delivers these about twice a season, and I am still awed at the sight of 199 superheroes (or, even more impressive, 199 stuntmen/suit actors) in action in the Super Sentai 35th Anniversary movie.  It’s the equivalent of a live-action Crisis On Infinite Earths, a truly mind-blowing moment in the annals of superhero films. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) never misses a chance to use…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Herb Tarlek Memorial Edition

Recently, Marvel Comics has gone to great lengths to deliver an in-universe 616 version of Nick Fury that resembles the one seen in the movies (i.e., looking like Samuel L. Jackson instead of Napoleon Solo.)  The only real carry-over between the two characters is Nick’s eyepatch, which got me thinking about the visual cues that make a character who they are.  Batman’s 1990’s Azrael variant doesn’t say Batman to me, even with the cowl ears, but the all-black variant does, because it keeps the scalloped gloves from the original design, a key indicator of “Batman” for my eye.  Even The…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Rude And Not Ginger Edition

It’s a common belief among the Doctor Who fans I interact with that the first Doctor you encounter tends to be your favorite.  This explains my great fondness for the Fifth Doctor, the incumbent when I began watching the show in the early 80s, as well as my daughter’s crush on Matt Smith, whom she calls “the one with the silly eighties hair.”  Over the last decade or so, though, my love for Five has been joined by a broadening appreciation of his successor, The Sixth Doctor, a character that got the shaft for a number of creator-driven reasons, and…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: ↑, ↑, ↓, ↓, ←, →, ←, →, B, A Edition

A long time ago, in a galaxy…  Wait, no.  That’s the other guys.  Back in the 1990s, I have many fond memories of Star Trek: The Next Generation, many of them involving watching chunks of the show while working at the campus television station.  (Don’t tell Stephen!)  This morning, some 20-odd years later, Scott Johnson asked what was up with the number 47, which pops up in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of TNG.  As someone who likes to sneak Easter Eggs into my Major Spoilers work, Critical Hit and the MSP, I was happy to find that people are still analyzing…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: There Have Always Been Four Turtles Edition

Legendary Marvel creator Roy Thomas coined the term “retcon” (short for retroactive continuity) in the early 1980s to describe the stories he was telling in All-Star Squadron.  Since that time, retcons have been used both to insert stories or explanations (as Roy was doing) but also to remove concepts or characters deemed problematic.  As a fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, I am well-accustomed to having favorite stories no longer count, and I still miss the characterization of Matter-Eater Lad as a smooth-talker with political connections all over the galaxy and the adoration of women on every one of the…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: You Must Beware His Wrath Edition

One of the awesome pluses of having a Digital Video Recorder is that ability to save certain shows in an easily accessible format indefinitely.  My DVR contains a number of gems, including the Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Mayhem of The Music Meister,” a true classic of both the superhero and musical genres.  Naysayers would bray that Batman could NEVER work in the format of a musical, but naysayers are, by and large, full of beans. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) gives you a C, a bouncy C, asking: What character or property would make for the…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: RAY-RAY! *kablam* Edition

When I was a kid back in the late Pleistocene Era, a video game was a different beastie.  Instead of a Master Chief or a Samus Aran, you took the role of a faceless triangle or square, shooting straight-line lasers at blocky enemies, or perhaps deflecting a square with a straight-line.  If you wanted to get really complicated, sometimes there would be TWO squares involved.  These days, even the downloadable games for your cellphone have marketable characters with distinct personalities.  My daughter’s is still quite enamored of a certain yellow avian who, due to his distinct battle cry, she has…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Heart Is Probably Not Really A Power At All Edition

Critical Hit recording sessions always leave me totally overamped and excited, and the latest one was no exception.  I’ve played a lot of sessions of a lot of games (often ignoring a lot of rules) but I love how our Critical Hit team hits a real sweet spot in terms of player and character balance.  With the addition of a new party member and some sweet official character designs from the always-amazing Thomas Perkins, I’ve been contemplating the meta-existence of Orem, Torq, Randus, Trelle and Ket.  I’m absolutely pleased at the our new status as a tradition Five Man Band…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: UHF II – This Time It’s Personal Edition

This week’s Top 5 podcast is a good one, talking about the things that we miss from our childhoods, and making Stephen and I once again realize just how very, very old he is.  I also realize that the years of our youth hold dozens of hidden corners of dusty pop culture that might be harboring the Next Big Thing.  In this age of Name RecognitionTM, any property can and will be strip-mined for rebooting, and any schmendrik can tell us what bits of ephemera SHOULDN’T be dredged up from the well-spring of years past(*coughbattleshipcough*), but what about those things…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Entitlement Issues Edition

The process of generating the Question Of The Day is unpredictable, and often, I struggle for a good topic.  That’s why I was so happy when Major Spoilers’ own Zach hit me with today’s query out of the blue, like Rocky Rococo’s brown paper bag full of pickle.  In the latest issue of Mudman, creator Paul Grist opined that putting the title of a comic book at the END of the story completely undermined the point of having a title, while Zach reports that the title of the first issue of the revived ‘Legends Of The Dark Knight’ gave up…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Where’s Wally West Edition?

Interestingly, my last several reviews have all dealt with the concept of the legacy hero (both Nite-Owl and Jay Garrick are the progenitors of an identity, while Tommy Watts is dealing with the spectre of his dead brother.)  It got me thinking about the nature of the “Legacy Hero,” which then made me realize that the most successful ones have all been returned to their secondary roles.  Even Dick Grayson’s much-publicized step up to the big cape has been reverted, which says something about permanance in comics (though that’s probably a different MS-QOTD.) The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Meanwhile, At The Hall Of Justice Edition

DC’s relaunched, revamped and rejiggered universe (the proverbial New 52) is creeping up on the end of it’s first year, and there are rumors of upcoming creative changes, including the possibility of a new art team for their centerpiece title, Justice League. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always “misquoted”) is banded together from remote galaxies, asking: What artist or art team would you hand-pick to take over Justice League?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Hold Me Close, Young Tony Danza Edition

Year ago, in my long-lost radio days, a friend and I spent a particularly dull afternoon disagreeing vehemently on what Springsteen meant when he wrote “wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the night.”  (Len was absolutely wrong, by the way, as the lyrics clearly say “Held up like a loofah by the foreman of the night.”)  This morning, while returning from the grocery store and listening to me sing along to the radio, the child wanted to know what Sting meant when he sang “Now I know my local purple song.” The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always “misquoted”) is…

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