Friday, October 12, 2018

Blogs and Ends: The Oh My Crap Edition

Just checking in to make sure my blog hasn't been nuked...yet.

Good it's still here...for now.

First up:

Bleeding Cool published a fairly extensive and (shockingly) fair interview with Vox Day.   It's archived here, because you won't find it on Bleeding Cool.  The only reference to it there is a long winded and tartuffe-tastic apology for having run the interview in the first place.  No link provided because I'm not giving that drunken clown car pileup a single click if I can help it.

The sadly funny thing is that I think this was supposed to be Bleeding Cool's attempt to break out of the Marvel puff piece business and be an edgy and culturally significant online presence.  I suspect they viewed this piece in the same way that Playboy did Alex Haley's interview with Lincoln Rockwell.  Reporting hardly equaled endorsing back then and BC appears to have been under the hilarious delusion that those rules still apply.

They don't obviously.

Nobody is allowed to be a moderate anymore.  Nobody is allowed to be an impartial and principled observer of events.  If you are not openly propagandizing for SJWism then you are against it.  Bleeding Cool has now learned it's lesson.  They have now publicly sworn they will never indulge themselves in fair and balanced journalism ever again.

I don't know if this was natural timidity on their part or if they got threatened.  It is quite possibly the later because on the same day that this interview got zapped. Indiegogo canxed Arkhaven's crowd funder for Alt Hero Q.  That one, I definitely suspect was quashed due to Silicon Valley venture capital pressure.  Lately, they have been moving in the direction of leaning on or purging any company that allows the Rightwing to be "platformed."  This will eventually get them into major hot water with a Republican controlled Washington that is starting to lose it's timidity but if there is one thing that SJWs can't do, it is foresee the consequences of their own actions.


  Oh My Crap!  It's Rover!


Cataline Recommends: Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated

"Oh my crap! It's Pebbles and Bam-Bam," said, Cataline the elder.

"Who?" said, Catalina the younger.

I just realized, belatedly, that I hadn't done any Halloween recommendations for the kids.  I am now rectifying that.

Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. season 1, was a $5 clearance bin find, that one of my kids snatched up right before a four hour road trip.  I ended up paying full price to get season 2 and I don't regret it in the least.

I'm not going to go into the history of Scooby Doo other than to say it's something of a Gen-X litmus test.  If you grew up watching it on Saturday mornings you are one us.

Scooby Doo Mystery Inc is a affectionately, hilarious send up of 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoons in general and  the Scooby Gang in particular.

The individual episodes are still of fake monster of the week but the two season run is a self contained story line and over the course of that time period follows the three act play structure.   The individual episodes, kinda sorta allow the characters of the Gang to grow a little.  Though not too much.  After all, no one really wants them changing at all.  The show also answers a number of long standing questions that nobody ever asked in the place.

Crystal Cove, California or possibly Florida, I'm not sure which, was founded by Spanish Conquestadors who vanished mysteriously.  Then a Spanish mission was established on the site...until it vanished mysteriously.  Then Crystal Cove itself was established as a mining town and mostly hasn't vanished...yet.  Although it is the hub of many supernatural occurrences.  And time after time, through out the centuries, a group of four young people with a talking animal mascot band together to try and solve them.

This world is perpetually stuck in the 1970s, the poor bastards will never reach the Eighties.   Hilariously authentic Seventies Bossa Nova music is played at the local tiki bar.  Cameras with flash cubes are everywhere as is Don Knotts.  Honestly, the easter eggs are going to be the really selling point for any Gen-Xer couple watching this with their  kids.  However, that isn't the shows only selling point.  It's actually funny.  Deliberately and comically funny. Yet it still maintains the spirit of the original sereies.   The few guest stars it has are appropriate to the show's motiff.  Harlen Ellison was my favorite.

The art design and animation are both kind of impressive given the budget.  But the real selling point is the story of the Scooby Gang and their two season long quest to discover the fate of their predecessors, Mystery Incorporated and identity of their mysterious benefactor, Mister E.

Taken as a whole Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated is a funny, charming and nostalgic show aimed at the Gen-Xer with kids.

Cataline Recommends with Enthusiasm.



Mr. Bee said...

Coincidentally enough, I've been re-watching the prisoner series on Amazon prime. Guess there's just something about the real-fascist unpersoning going on right now that makes me nostalgic for it.

Cataline Sergius said...

Oops, hit publish instead of Save. This one wasn't ready yet.

bob kuk mando ( i'm sorry you raped Andrea Dworkin and i disavow your Patriarchal Cisheteronormative Bourgeois Consciousness in shame ) said...

if something happens to the archive, i've also got the interview posted on my blog.

Chris Lutz said...

Scrappy Doo, one of the most horrible characters ever created. When my daughter was growing up in the aughts, she loved the old Scooby Doo cartoons. It's one of those cartoons that works well even with the cheap Hanna Barbarra graphics.