Sunday, February 25, 2018

Trek Novels - Star Trek: The Captain's Table Book 3 - The Mist

“Today’s post is the start at a look at an anthology series that was released throughout 1998 called 'The Captain’s Table.' The basic premise is that there is a special bar called The Captain’s Table and captains of all sorts come and relax for a bit. Six books looked at the different captains at that time… I’m going to try to look each book during the next few months…”

1 Year, a few months, and some days later…

So, I really lapsed on this one. If there’s anyone out there who was wondering about my opinion on the rest of the books, I’m sorry. This little series got away from me. I guess I needed a break from Trek books since I hadn’t read many for a while. After reading this one, I can kind of see why I needed that break.

Today’s book is the third one from the series and it features Captain Benjamin Sisko. I guess I needed to get another fictional hero in for Black History Month and Sisko perfectly fits that position. It was written by husband/wife duo Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Smith was one of the writers who came up with the concept of this extradimensional bar. While Sisko’s time in the bar took place sometime during Season 6, his story took place a few months before the Cardassians joined the Dominion. So, what would make a former Cardassian space station disappear into another dimension?

Star Trek: The Captain’s Table – The Mist
Writers: Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch

BRIEF BLURB: Captain Sisko is forced to take a break from the Dominion War by Dr. Bashir. He heads to Bajor and finds the Captain’s Table. There, he tells a story about how his crew encountered a legendary species called The Mist.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Favorites – 12 Favorite Black Characters in Comic Books

You know, I really haven’t done much for Black History Month here. I tend not to do much in February anyway. Heck, I’d rather talk about us any other time. Why regulate blackness to one month anyway? Maybe I shouldn’t complain since a lot of history could and does get swept under the rug. It’s also possible that I’m just filling up space with this paragraph. After all, I’m usually a dude with few words.

Since it’s Black History Month and Black Panther is finally coming to theaters, it’s time to get to this post. I’ve wanted to do this for a while but never knew when to do it. While there aren’t many, there are some cool black characters in comics. While some of them aren’t necessarily my favorites, there are some I really like. I especially like when they’re actually well-written. I’d probably say that Marvel uses them better but DC has good ones too. So, here are some of my favorite Black characters from comic books. It’s also not in any order either. First, I have some honorable mentions:
  • Bishop (Marvel) – Lucas Bishop’s up here mostly because he may be the second black superhero I ever ran across. For those who don’t know, he’s another X-Man from the future. I first saw him on the 90’s X-Men cartoon. I thought his power set (he can absorb energy and use that energy) was pretty cool. There’s also the fact that was one of the only X-Men who had sense to carry weapons. That being said, I was not a fan of what the writers did with the character around the late 2000’s. How can you turn one of the only black dudes on the X-Men into a villain? At least he’s not like that now.
  • Falcon (Marvel) – Sam Wilson isn’t really one of my favorites. Guys who fly and can communicate with birds aren’t my thing. I also haven’t read much of anything with him in it. Still, I did like his turn as Captain America when he was written by Nick Spencer. Yeah, it’s the guy who made Steve Rogers into a fascist. We can’t all be perfect. Also, Anthony Mackie has been killing it in the MCU. Maybe he gets to wield a shield in a later movie?
  • Black Lightning (DC) – Then, there’s DC’s first black superhero. As you can tell by the name, Black Lightning has power over electricity. I really didn’t see any of Jefferson Pierce until Infinite Crisis. He was pretty cool in Brad Meltzer’s run on JLA. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen much from him since then. I haven’t even gotten to watch the CW show yet. I’ve heard that it’s good, so here’s hoping I can get some more Lightning goodness there.
  • Bronze Tiger (DC) – Ben Turner, aka Bronze Tiger, is pretty much in the antihero side of things. While he has been a villain (especially on CW’s Arrow), he’s sometimes a good guy. I talked about him last month. While I haven’t read a lot on him, I like what I’ve read so far. He’s just a dude who’s awesome at martial arts. That’s cool to me. If you saw what I was posting last month, you’d see that.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Movie Talk - Jackie Chan

Next up, I’m looking at someone I’ve barely talked about here: Chan Kong-sang. For those who don’t know, his professional name is Jackie Chan. I think it’s safe to say that Chan’s one of the best actors to come from China. The guy’s done a lot in 50 years, so I obviously haven’t seen all of his filmography. The first I ever heard of him was a trailer for Rumble in The Bronx. Since then, I seen a lot more of his American-made and Chinese-made films.

I think one reason I’ve barely talked about him here is because there are so many movies. I’ve only mentioned him in a post and talked about his Bruceploitation movie, New Fist of Fury. So, I might as well continue from there since it did get better… I think. Today, I got five movies. I was planning on doing a movie from each decade, but it looks like I’m only making it to the 90’s today. Someone had gotten my dad a DVD set with some of Chan’s movies there. I also own The Legend of Drunken Master, so I tried to watch some over the last few days.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Movie Talk - Bruceploitation Part 5 - Are We There Yet?

Hmm... so this is either Praying Mantis style, "Flipping the Bird" style, or "I'm Trying Not To Step On These  Full Rat-traps" style. 

Well, it’s time to get back into the weird subgenre known as Bruceploitation. It’s been a thing for years during this month. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Wikipedia has a good description. If you don’t like clicking on links, here’s a quick summary. Brucesploitation was a phenomenon that occurred in the 1970’s after Bruce Lee’s sudden death. Filmmakers were trying to milk Lee’s death by putting out movies with look-alikes. Even Jackie Chan, who I’ll get to later, was a “clone.” Even if the movie had nothing to do with Bruce Lee, they’d title it with some related to the dude.

When you get to the movies themselves, they tend to vary in quality. You’d get some that are pretty entertaining movies in their own right. While they’re not awesome movies, they are at least decent. Then, you would also get some that are dull, some that  are dreadful, and some that have pretty ridiculous. If you read previous posts, you’ll know which ones I’m talking about. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything like The Dragon Lives Again, but there is one that is somewhat close. Anyway, here are five movies from that weird genre.