Streex (Street Sharks, 1995, Mattel)

Streex & T-Bone

Originally launched as “Blades”, then recoloured and renamed, Streex is half man, half tiger shark, and a part of Mattel’s Street Sharks toy line.  I don’t know why I even bothered to note the year in the post title.  Just look at that fucking monstrosity, would you?  He’s wearing rollerblades.  You know exactly what year he’s from.

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Found on the Internet: The Walking Dead Intro (circa 1995)

“In an alternate universe, The Walking Dead aired in 1995. Here’s the intro”

Youtube user and goestoeleven posted this video yesterday.  It made its way to the front page of Reddit today.  And now it’s here.  Hooray!  I think they did a pretty slick job on this re-cut, though they might have laid on the messed up VHS tracking a bit too thick.

The music is from purple-planet.com

Who Is That Fat Guy With Glasses?

So…  It’s been a while now that the Blog has been going again and before real-life and virtual life start making it nearly impossible to show up here and complain about stuff, I’ve just started to amass some statistics.  While almost everyone that is visiting the site comes looking for Meanwhile in Canada… or the blank polaroid image in Fat Dad With Glasses:  Bachin’r, some people do come here actually looking for stuff to read.  It’s quite annoying.

However…  There are a number of viewers that are coming from various search engines.  Google, Yahoo, various bots, and whatever the hell Yandex is… which is, I’m guessing, some kind of Russian Yahoo/Google Hybrid wearing bikershorts and a fur hat.  About 90% of those people that get here from those search engines are looking for one thing:

“Who is that fat guy with glasses in…?”

Well, I’m nothing else if not helpful.  That’s why, to the best of my ability, I’m going to answer their burning questions.  As far as my statistics (both from here, and my old blogspot site) would imply, these are the 5 most important and often searched for Fat Guys with Glasses on the interwebs.  Even though they have obviously been given a numerical ranking, they are in no particular order.  There is also absolutely no empirical evidence to support my claims/rankings regarding the popularity of these fellows.  Absolutely no science was harmed in the making of this list.

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2012 In Absolutes

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I know, I know, only a Sith deals in absolutes.  Anyway, this is an obligatory end of the year post that’s a day late, because I never finish anything I start on time.  This kind of stuff usually works best with bigger lists.  Especially since I have such a hard time picking a best of/worst of anything.  But I’m going to force myself to pick a best and worst, and a biggest surprise for each of the main media type things I consume regularly.  For anyone just tuning in to my rants, that’s books, movies, video games, TV and toys.  I like to leave music alone, because I just hate so goddamn much of it, and there really isn’t any good reason for it.

But that’s another rant.  So… here we go with 2012 In Absolutes*.

*please keep in mind that I haven’t seen, played or read many things that were released this year.  In regards to books, I haven’t read hardly anything at all that was released this year, so I’ll be dealing instead with the ones that I did indeed read, many of which were only really popularized this year because of movie tie-ins.

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Review Grab Bag (12-31-12)

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Happy freakin’ New Year, everyone!  Let’s ring out the year with a Bag, a Grab Bag, shall we?  Since this month/year was supposed to be the end of it all, why not have a Grab Bag that focuses on life from other worlds?  We’ve got a movie, a series, a book with characters from a series, and a toy of a movie about…  it’s about aliens, man.

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A Muppet Family Christmas (1987/89)

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to almost all Christmas media, you might as well call me Scroogey McGrincherson.  I loathe almost all of it.  I can think of maybe 5 Christmas songs that don’t make me want to shove an electric drill into my ear, just to stop the screaming.  Quality “Christmas Specials” are fewer and farther between.  I can tolerate some of the old stop-motion specials.  Mickey’s Christmas Carol is decent enough.  I’ve been known to enjoy the movie “A Christmas Story”, and I’ll acknowledge the existence of some absolutely amazing Christmas episodes of NBC’s Community.  Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy is also fantastic.  But there is one golden egg, one diamond in the rough, one sparkling jewel of Christmas joy amongst the media-stocking that is otherwise full of Christmas Coal.  That piece of greatness is “A Muppet Family Christmas”.

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I Got.

So almost 4 years ago, I made a post about a mind blowingly amazing new thing they were making. It was the beginning of the new Masters of the Universe Classics line.  Available only through Mattel’s online Collector’s store, Matty Collector, I was pretty sure I’d never be able to get one.  The price point was too high for me at the time.  I was between credit cards, so buying online was a huge hassle.  Since they were going to be a very limited run, I figured I would go without forever.

But that’s not the case.  

Found On The Internet: Community on Beetlejuice.

Okay.  I want to make a post about my impressions of Season 3 so far.  I want to talk about how it’s just as good as the previous seasons, for the most part.  How each season has taken 3 episodes to set the stage, and then have the 4th episode shine brightly.  I want to talk about how this season’s Hallowe’en episode was a big disappointment, especially since the funniest line (“Teach me to read!”) was in the trailer.  I want to burst into “Kiss from a Rose” and fix some air conditioners with Black Hitler and an Astronaut making Panninis.

But I’m only on my lunch break, and I just saw this posted on Reddit, and I can’t help but share it.  So all those other thoughts will have to wait.

Watch the window as Beetlejuice’s 3rd mention on the show takes place.

I love this show. Please don’t cancel it NBC. Hell, aside from Parks and Rec, it’s the only show on TV I’m watching when it airs.

Meanwhile in Canada… II

Time to fulfill the Can-Con obligations of my Blog.  Here’s some 1980s Canadian TV Show intros.  I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not I should describe the nature of these different series for those that may not have had an opportunity to witness them in all their glory way back when…  But I’ve decided that I should let the opening credits speak for themselves, eh?

The first one’s free…  but the next few are gonna cost you.

Okay… so it’s not quite entirely 80s. I couldn’t find a good video of Hockey Night In Canada from the 80s. It pretty much sounded the same anyway. I sure do miss hearing that theme on CBC. And I don’t even watch Hockey.

Re-Watching Dead: Tell It to the Frogs



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Melanie and I have been rewatching AMC’s The Walking Dead, and we’re now halfway done.

Read what we thought of the show’s second episode, “Tell It to the Frogs.” It’s a doozie.  As always, spoilers lie within.  If you can’t handle that, stay out.


I’m pretty confident that this will go down as being the best episode of the series.  It has everything, everything, I look for in a post-zombie-apocalyptic setting.  A racially diverse group of people barely getting along.  Great characters.  A severed head opening its eyes and gurgling.

The acting in this episode is outstanding.  Particularly by the prinicples.  Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Shane (Jon Bernthal), and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) knock it out of the park.  Dale and Glenn also shine on the sidelines.  The performance of the hour, however, goes to Michael Rooker.  As Merle, Rooker opens the show with a rant so wild, crazy and desperate, you would almost believe he had been locked and handcuffed on a rooftop with the ominous moans and clamouring of zombies nearby.


This whole episode is fantastic.  Even the lulls are interesting.  There’s so much going on just in the eyes of the actors.  Mel and I are in agreement about the greatness of this episode, so instead of dividing what we agreed on versus disagreed, I’ll be pointing out our favourite parts.  


My Favourite Parts:

Aside from the opening sequence, where Merle goes from incoherent mumblings, to shock, to bargaining with God, to finally a self-reliant rage against God, there are several other quality moments to this particular episode.

First is when Rick reunites with his family.  The scene, which I’ve probably seen 4 times now, still gives me goosebumps (even as I write about it now).  I don’t know if it’s because I’m a (relatively) new father myself, or that I’ve always been drawn to Father-Child moments in television, but the love and relief in his eyes as he falls to the ground in joy with Carl in his arms is breathtaking.  It’s as good a piece of art as any film or TV Show I’ve watched, in my opinion.  To repurpose a line from Bill O’Reilly, there’s no words here.  We see everything that Rick, Lori, Shane, Carl and even some of the other survivors are feeling, in their eyes, and their body language.  I fucking love it when this is done, and works, like it does here.

Another favourite moment, or moments really, is the growing bond between Shane and Carl.  It’s something that wasn’t really explored in the early issues of the comic book.  And should the show ever take the same path…  it will work so much better.  Shane’s such an interesting character on the show at this point.  He’s just trying to build the family he wasn’t ever able to have in the old world.  He’s making the right decisions.  Seriously, Comic Book Shane is a fuck-up, constantly making the wrong survival choices, and letting jealousy cloud his judgement.  TV Shane makes responsible choices, and even when he loses his cool near episode’s end… he’s still doing the right thing.  In the world they’re living in, Ed needed to be beaten to within an inch of his life.  He wasn’t going to understand any other language.

I felt like destroying something that was an asshole, beautiful.

Finally, we have Lori.  I think this episode is as interesting as her character is going to get.  She’s a major part of the greatness of the reunion.  We see pretty much every high and low emotion one can have on her face in the span of a few seconds.  Throughout her interactions with Rick, we can see how much she wants to tell him about her mistake.  Then we see her fly into Shane, over his lie about Rick being dead.  At this point, we can’t tell if Shane was right to lie or not, but we do get to see in his eyes just how hurt he is, now that he’s basically lost that family that he always wanted.

Mel’s Favourite Part:

The opening with Merle was quality.  Mel said, “[he] was a fucker and I was glad to see him left up on the roof… but still, watching him writhe around and beg Jesus to show him the way was uncomfortable…”  In other words… fucking awesome.  But that’s still only second place to her high point of the show:  the ending.

The entire sequence cutting back and forth–from the stairwell and rooftop, to the banks of the quarry with Shane showing Ed what being an asshole will get you in the new world order–is fantastic.  The music is perfect, even if it is a soundalike of John Murphy’s song used during Cillian Murphy’s (or Nick Cage’s) rampage from 28 Days Later (or Kick-Ass).  The show peaks at the very end, though, as we slow pan through first the hacksaw, then the severed hand, and then the still clasped handcuffs hanging every so ominously from that random piece of re-bar as Daryl lets out a pained squeal.

In a word:  

Choice.

Final Thoughts:

This particular episode was directed by Gweneth Horder-Payton, who along with some other movies and series, worked as 1st Assistant Director on 36 episodes of The Shield, and directed 5 of them.  One of them being “Of Mice and Lem”, the second last episode of Season 5*.  I can’t praise the work done there enough, and it clearly continues on here.  She obviously knows how to squeeze even more talent out of an already talented cast.

Holy Shit.  That was fucktastic.

*If you’ve seen The Shield you know why everything leading up to the end of Season 5 is amazing.  If you haven’t… go buy the DVDs.  Now..