Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bones Season 10 Premiere episode - recap and review....and rant! SPOILERS!!!

Here is a recap of the opening episode of Bones season 10, originally posted on my blog, Merlin's Cove....hope you enjoy! Jan x

If you haven't watched the opening episode of Bones season 10, you should probably stop reading now!



Having re-watched Bones from the beginning over the last 2 weeks in preparation for season 10, I was very excited when premiere day dawned....now I am PISSED!!!! I still haven't recovered, nor forgiven Hart Hanson, for the murder of Mr Vincent Nigel-Murray, played by Ryan Cartwright. Now, something even worse has happened and I am seriously not happy!!!!

At the end of season 9, Booth, Sweets, Brennan and all the squints, were trying to unravel the conspiracy surrounding the McNamara family, and reaching into the upper levels of the F.B.I. As a result, Booth became the object of an assassination plot. Three Delta Force members, and apparently also F.B.I agents, stormed his home and tried to kill him. Booth had sent Brennan and their daughter, Christine, away to stay with Max, but Brennan returned with vital info to help Booth. Luckily, as he was an Army Ranger, Booth is pretty damned resourceful and tough, and had booby trapped his beautiful (*sob* I still haven't recovered from seeing that place destroyed!) home, and was prepared. He killed 2 of the men, and Brennan killed the third. He didn't emerge unscathed however, he sustained gunshot wounds and was rushed to hospital for treatment. When Brennan finally hears that her husband is ok, she demands to see him, and pushes through to get to him. She finds him cuffed to the hospital bed, accused of the murder of 3 agents.

Three months have passed since the attack on Booth. He is in prison, trying to stay safe and alive, while Brennan and the squints work with Sweets to continue to unravel the conspiracy. Booth is toughing it out, but life isn't easy for an accused cop killer, or for a cop and he is now both. When Brennan visits him she tells him that they have found some leverage on the prosecutor in charge of his case. He doesn't want her to show their hand too soon by using it to get him out, but she ignores him and visits the Federal Prosecutor. She rather deftly blackmails him into dropping the charges against Booth, and he is released immediately. Booth isn't happy however, as he insists he could take care of himself in prison. Brennan takes him to their new, rather palatial home which she has decorated with all of Booth's beloved stuff, despite the damage. She's getting very good at this relationship and romance malarkey! Ian thinks I'm very like Brennan in the romance department....practical romance! No mushy stuff bleurgh!

Brennan and the squints have exhumed a body which they think will lead them to the top of the conspiracy, a man named Cooper. However, when they try to examine the remains they find that someone really didn't want anyone to be able to reexamine the body. The body had been sabotaged, to ensure that the remains were compromised. Thankfully, we have Hodgins! Upon examination of the bones, the team finds evidence of a car accident which happened approximately 5 years before the man died, but which is described as a fall down the stairs in his medical records. They've found another cover up!

Sweets tries to get Booth to trust him enough to let him help. At Sweets' apartment, Daisy lets herself in....well herself and her huge baby bump! Sweets and Daisy are together and they're having a baby! Yay! In hindsight, that should have given us a clue that something bad was about to happen....just like the title of episode 2, The Lance to the Heart, did.

The team find the doctor who treated Cooper when he got to the ER after the car accident. Turns out that he'd been blackmailed to cover up the accident. Cooper had killed a man in a hit and run, and whoever is in charge of the conspiracy wanted that leverage over him. The doctor had been caught on film stealing pain medication, to sell to pay for college.

The squints discover that Cooper didn't die from cancer, as was reported, but was injected with a substance developed by the company Booth believes is behind everything, Sanderson Chemical. Thanks to this info, Caroline gets a warrant for any and all documentation about the drug from the company. Sweets goes to deliver the warrant and get the paperwork, while Brennan and Booth visit an old man who worked security at the hospital where the doctor worked. He had access to the security tapes, and was then hired by a subsidiary of Sanderson Chemical. When they get there, the old man seems confused, and starts talking about being in the F.B.I. Booth gets a call, which appears to be very bad news, and he and Brennan rush off. It turns out that Sweets had been ambushed as he went to serve the warrant, and had suffered massive internal injuries. He dies before help can arrive.



Sweets' body arrives at the Jeffersonian, with Daisy by his side. He will never see his son. The team are all devastated by his death. Cam isn't sure she can perform the autopsy, but Brennan steps up to say that she can. That the body isn't Sweets, it's a tool they can use to catch his murderer. Rest assured, whoever killed Sweets is in for a world of pain when they catch up to him. Sweets was family.

I'm genuinely devastated that they killed him! He was just so damned lovable and sweet, and great at his job....and he was going to be a dad, and he would be able to put the demons from his childhood behind him, and raise his son with love! Really not fair! I know that John Francis Daley needed time off, as his career behind the camera takes off, but they didn't need to kill him! They certainly didn't need to show us how happy he was with Daisy, and with his newly growing family....that was unforgivably manipulative! I really wanted it to be a set up, a ruse, but it really doesn't seem like it *sob*....I hope they get the conspiracy sorted soon, I like the standalone episodes a lot more, the arcs just last too long for me. Glad that Booth was only locked up for a few minutes of the episode. While I do love it when Booth goes all wrath-y, I'm not sure I like this new angry and disillusioned version of him. I like his wit and humour, and the relationship with Brennan. Now I have to find a way to get through next week, when they really start to mourn him, and we see what the world looks like with him.....

Did you see the premiere? What did you think? Are you upset at Sweets' death? Or do you like the twist? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Christmas 2014 Gift Guide - Arkham City Converse

With October quickly approaching, stores are now full of Christmas paraphernalia. With that in mind, I thought I'd try my hand at the job of Santa's little helper (as in elf, not the Simpson family dog), and point you in the direction of some cool gift ideas... Allons-y!

With Gotham having started last week, this first pick, could almost be seen as topical...it's Batman, Arkham City Converse (Chuck Taylor's for my US readers).


If you head over to converse.co.uk (converse.com - US), you will be greeted, with many great options. I suggest bypassing these options, for now, and heading to Create (Custom - US). Within Create, you will find, the Batman Arkham City custom Converse.


As the name suggests, these are fully customisable and, you can tweak everything about them until they are just the way you want them. You can choose from six graphics, featuring iconic characters from Arkham city (one per shoe, either same character or different). Once you have selected your hero, or villains, you can customise everything else about them. You can choose a lace colour, interior colour, tongue colour, stitching colour, racing stripe colour...the list goes on!


With standard Converse normally costing between £20-£40 (don't quote me, I did a quick Google search), you obviously pay more for these, what with the customising and Batman branding. In the UK they are currently priced at £60 and, in the US they will set you back $80.


If you are interesting in getting a loved one a pair of these, I suggest acting quick. Currently, the estimated delivery time is around 3-4 weeks. I would think however, the closer it gets to Christmas, the greater delivery time will become.


So, there you have it...my first gift idea of my Christmas 2014 Gift Guide. I hope you will find this, and future ideas useful.

Do you have a pair of these? Do you want a pair? Who is your favourite Batman character? Leave me your thoughts below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Doctor Doom Pictures Leaked... Bill & Ted 3 Happening... Gotham, Batman Without The Caped Crusader...

It seems, the set of The Fantastic Four has a leak. Bill & Ted 3 is a go, and, in non leak/sequel related news, this week saw the start of Gotham... Allons-y!

Most movie sets (and nudey pic taking celebs) find themselves the victims of leaks, and, The Fantastic Four is no exception. Recently, images have been doing the rounds of Doctor Doom, against a green screen, doing some wire work. Now, most sites that have put them up, found themselves receiving orders from Twentieth Century Fox to take them down. For this reason, I won't risk showing a picture of it, however, I will, with the aid of pictures, tell you what it looks like...

Basically, it looks like:
THIS FELLA:
THE MAN UNDER THE MASK - TOBY KEBBELL

COVERED IN...
WRAPPED IN...


In other, non processed meat related news, Bill & Ted 3 looks like it will happen.



In a recent interview with Yahoo movies, Alex Winter gave the lowdown on what is happening with the sequel to, 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. In the interview, Winter states, "Bill and Ted will be 40-something and it's all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up. It's really sweet and really f*****g funny". Now, I am a big fan of the originals, but, I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of a third installment. If it was done years ago, before it's stars hit 50, then I would probably be on board with the idea. As both Winter and Keanu Reeves are 49 and 50 respectively, thus the characters having to be in their 40's, I worry the film will just be cringe worthy...and not in a good way.



This past Monday saw the start of Fox's new show Gotham...or, Batman without the bat. 

I'll be honest, when I heard the premise of the show, I was apprehensive about it. I mean, how can you have something set in the Batman universe, without Batman in it(?). I'm not going to lie, the whole notion puzzled me...actually, it still puzzles me a bit.

The show, so far, seems to be a police procedural type show that happens to be set within the world of Batman. Despite the lack of Batman, it is packed full of obvious references to people and places from the various Dark Knight stories. As well as this, it also has more subtle nods to characters and events for hardened fans to find...4th & Grundy for example (Solomon Grundy).

As is the case with the majority of DC's works, it is much darker and grittier than that of it's rivals from Marvel. Whereas Marvel's works, such as Agents Of Shield, is lighter and, set within a more 'real' world, with a more 'realistic' crime rate, DC's is not. For the most part, DC's works are always set in a uber dark, extra crime-ridden setting.

My earlier worries, up to now, are unjustified. The show has started off well, it's laid some great groundwork for what looks like a great upcoming season. It's packed full of references and Easter eggs for Batman fans to find, although, despite this, it's also extremely accessible for outsiders who know nothing of the Bat.

Despite how good it is, I don't know how long it can playout without having, even a hint of, the Caped Crusader...or the Joker thinking about it!



Have you seen the Doctor Doom Pics? What did you think? What's your thoughts on Bill & Ted in their 40's? Did you see Gotham? What did you think of it? Leave me some comments below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Marvel Legends Spider-Man Infinite Series Superior Spider-Man Action Figure Review

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies, look out, here comes the Spider-Man... 

Sorry! I couldn't help myself...in my defense, I have held that in for two Spider-Man related reviews now... Anyway, today, I'm taking a look at the, Marvel Legends Spider-Man Infinite Series Superior Spider-Man... Allons-y!



For those who don't know the story... Doctor Otto Octavius (Doc Ock) is dying. In order to prolong his life, he transplants his mind into the body of Peter Parker, using Parker's powers, he takes up the mantle of, Superior Spider-Man... The Superior Spider-Man comics only ran for about 30 issues. The storyline leading to it was quite controversial in that, in order for Doc Ock to take control of Parker's body, Parker's mind was transferred to Doc Ock's dying/decaying body, effectively killing him.

Now you know a little about the character, let's crack on with the review...


The Sculpt

Yet again, as was the case with both Amazing Spidey 2 and Spider-Girl (minus her wardrobe malfunction), Hasbro have done an amazing job with the sculpt.

The new(?) sculpt on the figure is thinner than previous incarnations, not quite Amazing Spidey 2 thin however, to be fair, that is based on the stick insect that is, Andrew Garfield (big fan, just smidgen jealous that he probably doesn't have to watch what he eats!). As I've mentioned before, previous incarnations have suffered from looking like Dwayne Johnson dressed up as Spidey for Halloween however, this one...this one does not. He has well defined muscles and, he looks like he could hold his own in a fight however, his muscles look lean rather than overly inflated...more yoga-y, less steroid-y.

It may seem like a trivial thing however, the lenses on his mask are sculpted rather than just painted on. This seemingly minor detail makes a substantial difference, adding to the realism of the figure.




The Paintwork

The paintwork on the figure is very good, with only minor quality control issues...such as a little sloppy work on the eyes.

As you can see in the shot above, the webbing on the figure is, well, all over the place. I'll be honest, this played havoc with my OCD, I thought they had done a very, very poor job. This is not the case however! Having looked into the character, it appears, the various artists who illustrated the comics designed the character in such a way. So really, the paint application of the webbing is spot on...my OCD is satisfied!




Articulation

Articulation on the figure, whilst not quite as good as the Amazing Spidey 2 is brilliant. You can recreate with relative ease, any and all Spidey-esc poses you can think of.

One thing it beats Amazing Spidey's articulation on is the head. The range of movement, especially upwards, is greater than that of Amazing Spidey's. This greater range gives you the ability to create more dynamic aerial poses.




Accessories

First and foremost, this is another from the 'Ultimate Green Goblin' build a figure line, so, you get a body part. This time it's Goblin's right leg.

As well as the BAF part, the figure comes with two sets of hands. Firstly, you get the obligatory web shooting (thwipping) hands. As well as the thwipping hands, you get a pair of Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli hands...

ARTHUR 'FONZIE' FONZARELLI

... The Fonzie hands, I assume, are web holding hands. No webbing to use with these hands though, which is a shame. You'd think, if they give you hands designed to hold the webbing, they'd give you webbing!




Overall

This figure is absolutely fantastic! It has to be said, if it wasn't for the Amazing Spidey 2 figure, it could quite possibly be, the best Spidey figure of recent years...poor Doc Ock, bested by Peter Parker yet again!

Everything about the figure is extremely well executed, it has a brilliant sculpt, great articulation and, good paint application with only minimal errors. It would be a great addition to any action figure collection and, for any Spider-Man fans, it's a must!


AYYY!


So, there you have it, my review of the Marvel Legends Spider-Man Infinite Series Superior Spider-Man action figure...

Do you have this figure and/or the others in the series? What are your thoughts on them? Leave me a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The new TV season is here!! Shows to look forward to this week!

It's Jan again with another guest post....Monday has been and gone, and the shows were as good as I thought they would be. If you didn't catch em, here are the ones you need to search for!

The new US TV season starts tonight! My last upcoming shows post is a tad late, but never mind! Here are this weeks shows that I am excited for...


Monday 22nd September


The Big Bang Theory




Thanks to CBS deciding to show American Football (I'm British, we play football and rugby. Americans play American football.....or rugby for wusses!) on Thursday nights for a month, we get Big Bang earlier! Double episode too yay!



Scorpion


A brand, spanking new show to check out! A group of genius misfits (sounds new, yet familiar!) who end up working to save the world from huge terror threats.....sounds good to me!



Sleepy Hollow



Ichabod is back, in the wonderfully creepy Sleepy Hollow, with an extra 5 episodes this season. When we left him, he was trapped in a casket, wrapped in vines and generally not having the best time of it, so this should be a good episode!



Gotham


The show following the young James Gordon, as a detective and pre-Commissioner is here for all my fellow geeks! The photo above tells you all you really need to know!



Forever


This is actually a two part show opening event, the second episode will be show tomorrow (23rd September). It will usually be a Tuesday night show. The first episode was released online in August, so some may have seen it, but luckily you won't have to wait another week for the next ep! This promises to be one of my favourite new shows this season....which usually means it will get canned! Its a crime show with a supernatural twist, one of the characters is immortal and is searching for the answers to his 'condition'.



Tuesday 23rd September 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D


There should be no explanation needed for this one.....so I will just try to rein in my excitement and say this.....IT'S BACK!!!!!!!!! Ok the excitement may have slipped out!


NCIS: New Orleans


Another spin off in the NCIS franchise, but this time it's in a place that has always fascinated me. I've only ever seen part of the first season of the original NCIS, but I liked it so I'll check this one out.



Wednesday 24th September

The Goldbergs


I love this 80's nostalgia show....a lot of it is very familiar to me! Glad they gave it another chance!



Black-ish


A new sitcom about an upper middle class black family, searching for their cultural identity in a mostly white neighbourhood.


Thursday 25th September

Bones


Ian and I sat and rewatched all 9 seasons last week to get us ready for this! When we left the team, Booth was handcuffed to a hospital bed having killed 3 (well, 2. Brennan got the 3rd but that wasn't pointed out!) Delta Force assassins who stormed his home. They were FBI Agents, sent by a corrupt FBI member, to take Booth out as a warning to the team to stop digging into the McNamara case. Booth was shot, but as he had booby trapped his (beautiful!) home (seriously, I was devastated at the destruction!) he took them all out with relative ease! Delta Force pfft! The new season looks very tense....Booth is in prison, having a tough time of it, and Brennan and the team is trying to clear him. Oh, and Sweets has knocked up Daisy!



How to Get Away with Murder


This should be good.....I've only seen one trailer so far but it looks like an interesting concept!




So, those are my picks for US TV this week! What are you looking forward to? What are your favourite shows? Any picks for me? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

My Top 10 Sega Dreamcast Games

I figured, it's about time I did another 'My Top... Games'. This time, it's the turn of, the Sega Dreamcast... Allons-y!


Despite having a relatively short life, with Sega ceasing production only 2-3 years into it's run, the Dreamcast had a variety of great (and not so great) games. It was widely regarded as been ahead of it's time, it's downfall however came with the release of Sony's PlayStation 2 which, had the ability to play DVDs.

When compiling this list, it came to light that I had quite a considerable number of Dreamcast games so, I have limited it to 10...


10 - WWF Royal Rumble

If you read my 'Top 5 Nintendo 64 games' you may recall, I mentioned how terrible this game is. It had, barely a handful of wrestlers and, so few match types, you could still count them on one hand after having an accident involving farming machinery. I realise non of this sounds like a 'top 10' worthy game and, frankly it probably wouldn't be on it if it wasn't for one reason...the multiplayer! In single player, the game was fairly naff however, the multiplayer gaming was enjoyable.

Fun fact (I don't know if the glitch was just mine?): In Royal Rumble mode, every time Triple H came out, he got less hair each time...occasionally, we'd end up with him bald.


09 - House Of The Dead 2

Long before The Walking Dead was even considered, zombies were popular in all forms of media. One such media was, light gun arcade games, which consequently, led to light guns making their way to console gaming. Unlike most games where you controlled the character's movement, you were automatically maneuvered around locations (usually a creepy mansion). All you had to concentrate on doing was, firing your little plastic gun at any and all zombies you saw, before they reached the screen to bite you.


08 - Phantasy Star Online

Phantasy Star Online was a, real time, hack and slash, role-playing game. Set after the destruction of your home world, you find yourself exploring new planets in the hopes of inhabiting them. As is the case with most RPGs, you find yourself in conflict with many weird and wonderful creatures, all native to the planet, all intent on ripping you limb from limb, As the name suggests, a large portion of the idea behind PSO was, network gaming. Whilst it had been done for some time on PC, network gaming on consoles was still in it's infancy. Whilst the game could be played (and completed) offline, it was beneficial for you to play online. Online play offered you the chance to complete missions as part of a party (often making it easier) and, gave you the chance to trade weapons, armour, cash.


07 - Shenmue

For anyone who doesn't know Shenmue, it's a little difficult to explain. It's an open world, investigatory, adventure, revenge game...basically, it's a Jason Statham film. The level of detail within the game has, to this day, probably not found an equal. Every character in the game (both main and unimportant background) was voiced and, had their own daily schedules. There was a day-night system (something which a lot of modern games don't have) and, real-time variable weather. There was countless interactive elements within the game including, arcades, convenience stores, vending machines, gumball machines etc.

It is widely regarded that, Shenmue is the originator of many advances in modern gaming, including, the 'open city' sub-genre. So, if it wasn't for Shenmue, we probably wouldn't have seen the likes of the modern Grand Theft Auto games.


06 - Power Stone 2

Power Stone 2 was a 3D arena fighting game. Unlike most fighting games of the time, Power Stone 2 had dynamic stages which changed during the course of the battle, effectively making one stage into two or three. They also had interactive elements, such as gun turrets and, objects you could bomb, or crush, your opposition with. As well as the interactive elements, each stage had boxes containing power ups, healing elixirs, weapons etc. Despite it's innocent, cartoon like appearance, Power Stone 2 was a deceptively violent game...hence me liking it.


05 - Crazy Taxi (1 & 2)

Crazy Taxi was a open world racing game, in which, you took on the role of a taxi driver, delivering fares to their destination. I realise that this doesn't sound like the most exciting premise for a game but, bare with me. Your main objectives was to deliver your fare as quick as possible (the boring part!) however, in doing so you had to perform stunts to gain extra points. The more manic you drove (without crashing), the higher the fare you received. In Crazy Taxi 2 the 'crazy hop' was introduced, giving you the ability to jump your car, thus giving more chance for bonus points. As well as the standard game mode, Crazy Taxi also including a host of mini-games, including...Crazy Jump (jump your car as far as you can), Crazy Balloons (pop giant balloons in the time limit using your car as a pin) and, Crazy Bowling (ten pin bowling using your car as the bowling ball).


04 - Sonic Adventure (1 & 2)

Ordinarily, I hate 3D Sonic games, however, Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 were a joy to play. Sonic Adventure managed to do something that non of the other 3D incarnations have...it felt very reminiscent of the original. Where as most modern versions of games change the formula, Sonic Adventure kept the basic premise from Sonic's early days, all whilst giving it a rich 3D environment. The Chao (virtual pet) you could raise and play mini-games with were cute too!


03 - Virtua Tennis 2

This may come as a shock (unless you know me), but, I am, in no way shape or form, athletic. I have very little interest in taking part, or watching most sports. This disinterest in athletic pastimes also translates, by and large, to computer games. One exception to this rule however is tennis, I enjoy watching tennis, and have, on occasion, attempted to play. I suck at tennis so, instead of humiliating myself, I used to play Virtua Tennis 2.


02 - Soul Calibur

Another fighting game finds it's way onto my list...I'm not a violent person normally, I promise! Unlike quite a lot of fighting games which focus on unarmed combat, Soul Calibur focused on weapon based combat. The game boasted a wide array of characters including...the British born, fetish apparel wearing, snake sword wielding, Ivy. The demonic, blazefire saber wielding, knight from hell, Nightmare. The crazy looking, lizardy thing, Lizardman and...Astaroth, the golem created by Ares with the intention of overthrowing Zeus.


01 - Metropolis Street Racer

Here we are, my number 1...Metropolis Street Racer. As the name, and packaging suggest, it's a racing game (however, unfortunately, there is no Superman). Quite a lot of MSR's features could be seen as a precursor to modern racing games. It was one of the first games to give you points, not only for speed, but also for how aesthetically pleasing your driving was. It was also one of the first racing games to put you into accurate recreations of world cities. The game also boasted what is, to this day, one of the highest number of tracks available, with around 260 to race on I believe. Not only was it a great game that I lost many hours playing but, if it wasn't for it, there probably wouldn't be most of my current favourite games. 


There you have it, my top 10 Dreamcast games. Do you agree with my list? What's you favourite Dreamcast game? Leave me your thoughts below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Friday, 19 September 2014

What You Can Expect To See From Me Soon...

As you will know, if you read Jan's most recent post on my blog, I have been a little busy...sorry about that! Things are however, slowly getting back to normal.

With that in mind, I thought I would write a quick post, letting you know, what you can soon expect to see on my blog.

I have another installment of the 'my top... games' feature...this time, it's the turn of, the Sega Dreamcast.

As well as that, I have a few reviews lined up, including...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Michelangelo
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Raphael
McFarlane Halo Anniversary Series 2 Master Chief (The Package)
McFarlane Halo 4 Series 1 Cortana
Mcfarlane Halo 4 Series 1 Storm Grunt

and...

THIS GUY!
MARVEL LEGENDS SPIDER-MAN INFINITE SERIES SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN


As well as all that, there will no doubt be a whole host of other geeky goodness so, don't forget to check back often...

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

TV Shows that I want back episode 5 - Gravedale High

Jan again! Ian has been busy looking after me, as we spent my birthday out with family, which has meant I must suffer apparently.....ME/CFS really doesn't seem to like it when I enjoy myself. On top of that, we lost our beloved Garfield on Monday night. He was only 3, and seemed healthy, but he passed away in his sleep. I am heartbroken, haven't managed to eat until today, nor really slept, so Ian has been spending time with me rather than keeping up the blog. So, it seems only fair that I should share one of my posts on his blog. He is a bit too young to remember this gem....he's 28, so technically I suppose he's my toyboy....but I introduced him to it and he loves it!


Episode 5 of my TV show resurrection wishlist! This one is a great little 90's cartoon called Gravedale High!



This is a little known, but great, cartoon series from the 90's. When you look at this you can see the basis of current favourites like Monster High. This was sending out the same message 20 years earlier! Weird is good! Unique is good! I love it! Sadly, there are just 13 episodes....the world wasn't quite ready I suppose! Produced by the legendary Hanna-Barbera, and with Rick Moranis voicing the main character, it had a great pedigree. Sadly, not even that could help it to survive.

The storyline revolves around a human teacher, Max Schneider, who unwittingly takes a job at Gravedale High. This unusual school teaches the offspring of various movie monsters, who tend to be disruptive and uninterested in school.




Rick Moranis as Maxwell Schneider, the only human teacher at Gravedale High. A great teacher, who works hard to look after all his students.







Roger Rose as Vinnie Stoker, a 50's greaser style, Fonzie-esque vampire.






 

Frank Welker as Frankentyke, a cross between Frankenstein's monster and Bart Simpson! He's short and not particularly scary.








Frank Welker also voiced the character of J.P. Ghastly III, in an impression of Peter Lorre. He is a blue skinned, gnome like creature, but his monster classification is unknown.






Barry Gordon as Reggie Moonshroud, in a nod towards Richie from Happy Days, Reggie is a geeky, red headed werewolf. His best friend is Vinnie Stoker.






Jackie Earle Haley as Gill Waterman, a lagoon creature. He is a surfer dude and best friend of Frankentyke.







Ricki Lake as Cleofatra, an obese mummy. She is somewhat nerdy, and has a crush on Billy Headstone, the star of Trudy and the Beast, which is a parody of the 80's TV show Beauty and the Beast (which I also loved by the way! It may be on my list of shows I want back....).





Maurice LaMarche as Sid, a student styled after The Invisible Man. Sid is the class clown, and performs various impersonations.








Shari Belafonte as Blanche, a shopaholic, zombie Southern belle. She dates J.P. Ghastly III, but his money appears to be his most attractive trait to Blanche.







Kimmy Robertson as Duzer, a Valley Girl version of Medusa. She is extremely pretty and vain, with a crush on Vinnie Stoker. Her best friend is Cleofatra.







There were many other great characters, but I could go on for days so I shall leave some of the investigation to you! I highly recommend you check this out if you missed it....I remember watching it on Saturday mornings, in my pj's with my sugary cereal, while my parents got a nice lie in! Ah to be 11 again!

Do you remember this one? What were your favourite childhood TV shows? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan

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