Remember back in the day with The Rogues’ Gallery did podcasts. Pepperidge Farms remembers. Basically. this week is absolutely nuts with schoolwork, so C&L is taking a week off. That being said, it would suck you leave you guys with NOTHING, so myself and perennial friend of the Rogues Nick H got together to shoot the shit about the week in geek. We talk: Just Cause 3 getting announced, various anime and “fan service: yay or nay?”, Dungeon of the Endless, our feelings on Legend of Korra so far, and much more!
SPOILER WARNING: As usual, warning up top that this article WILL contain spoilers for the included episodes of Shingeki No Kyojin. Beware all ye who enter here.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Episodes 1-7 of Attack on Titan. If you haven’t seen it yet, and don’t want the events spoiled for you, here’s your chance to click away, watch it, and come back. Which you totally should. Because it’s actually a really good show.
I’m not normally a big fan of anime. While so many I watch have cool elements and ideas, too many of the tropes bug me. For example, too often the philosophical underpinnings of the show eventually get thrown aside when it’s discovered that the motivation for the villain is the “QUEST FOR ULTIMATE POWAAAAAAH” or somesuch, and the use of “chibi” or cartoonish expressions of emotion in otherwise serious shows takes me out of it so much that I stop watching. That being said, I couldn’t stop hearing amazing things about Attack on Titan (in Japan: Shingeki no Kyojin) from everyone I spoke to, so finally decided to marathon the first season. I was pleasantly surprised!
It’s Ladies’ Night in The Rogues’ Gallery compound, as Sandy, Vince, and Shan are joined by Anne (who has guested before on the Sci-fi and Star Trek episodes) who showers us with glimmering nuggets of wisdom on the unique problems presented to women within geek culture, and media in general.
We’re also lucky enough to have as a guest Alysha Reller: an actor, writer, and director of numerous productions at Buffalo State university, who speaks on the challenges faced as a woman trying to break into the theatre and filmmaking scene.
There isn’t a blurb long enough to cover all the myriad topics we got through, but we had a whole ton of fun recording this one, and hope that you will listening to it.
To kick off 2014, Sandy, Shan & Vince started talking and somewhere along the line, Vince hit the record button. PROFESSIONALISM!!! The result is one of the most scattershot episodes we’ve had, though we still had tons of fun.
To get an idea of the arsenal of topics we discussed on this episode:
- Komodo Dragons, Pursuit Predation and why humans are actually fucking terrifying.
- Our favorite ’90s animated series that we’d like to see get a remake
- Shan and Vince duke it out over Pacific Rim
- Sandy and Vince drop some knowledge on the history of Green Arrow and The Comics Code circa 1960’s-1970’s
- The Rogues talk Gal Gadot getting cast as Wonder Woman, and whether the addition of a third hero might be the downfall of the Batman/Superman movie
- And much, much more!!
Speaking of the ’90’s, here’s some nostalgia for your asses re: the anime AMV boom:
Ever since John Lasseter ascended to nigh-godhood as the overlord of all things Disney Animation, his former fiefdom, Pixar, has been in somewhat of a slump. While not making horrible films, offerings such as Brave, Cars 2, and Planes have fallen far from the standard set by the likes of The Incredibles and Toy Story. The opposite side of this coin is that it seems the films made by Disney animation proper have been likewise improving, as indicated by Tangled, as well as the colourful and imaginative Wreck-It Ralph. Disney’s latest, Frozen, continues this positive trend, offering a fun-filled ride with breathtaking musical numbers, hilarious writing, and a surprisingly (in a good way) feminist message for the young lasses in the audience.
Happy October, loyal Rogues’ Gallery minions! In honour of our favorite month of ghouls and ghosts (undead Jesus nonwithstanding), I figured I’d take a different tact on the usual celebration of all things creepy and crawly that typically comes with the month that proudly bares the Octobear as its mascot.
It’s not an uncommon opinion that movies and tv shows aimed towards kids have become more and more gentle over the years in response to the rise of a dedicated, adult audience for animation. An odd side effect of this, at least in North America, is that parents seem to be increasingly hesitant to allow their kids to be scared, disturbed, or troubled in any way by the programming they watch. Personally I think this is tragic. Horror was one of the most important teachers of my childhood. Learning that it was okay to be scared, facing your fears, and doing what was right despite being afraid are some of the more important lessons kids can learn, and denying them the chance to do so through spooky, scary stories, I think, will only leave them emotionally unprepared for the unsettling elements of adult life. With that in mind, I thought it’d be cool to go over some of the stories that buck the trend of operating with the belief that kids are incapable of handling anything that isn’t soft, cuddly and safe. So without further ado, here are my Top 5 picks for Kid-Centred Horror!
Look in any Internet forum and you’ll find no shortage of people yearning for the days of yore when music, movies, or television was so much better than the crap they have on today. Typically, I dismiss this mindset because the things we tend to remember also happen to be the best things that particular era had to offer. They stood the test of time because they were THAT good. Ask someone who grew up in the 1990s to name a cartoon, and the response you’ll get is probably one of quality like Gargoyles or Batman: The Animated Series. Significantly less likely is the possibility of The Smoggies or Mega Babies, since those shows were just not worth remembering (or in the case of Mega Babies, simply god-awful). In addition, as we get older, we get additional responsibilities, and tend not to actively pursue new media. According to Sturgeon’s Law, it takes some digging to get past all the dross and find anything of quality in just about any media. When we don’t have the time to dig, typically we start drowning in the muck instead.
However, at least in the case of animated series, something has changed. Though groundbreaking series that both kids and adults can enjoy like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Adventure Time still exist, these are no longer the majority. Compare this to the 90s, where there is no shortage of ballsy, mature, complex cartoons aimed at kids that still hold up. ReBoot, Beast Wars, Gargoyles, Disney’s Recess and The Weekenders, Sonic: Underground, The Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures… the list goes on and on. But to keep myself from undercutting my previous point,I don’t think that this change is necessarily due to a drop in quality, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, what has happened is a polarization of audiences, specifically based on age.