Now’s a Good Time For Comic Lovers

Dark Knight

The past year has been quite interesting for comic book lovers of both DC and Marvel camps. There has been quite an explosion of new shows and each one keeps getting better than the previous one! I used to consider the series; Gotham as my favorite of the bunch but today after watching the first episode of Daredevil I’ve changed my mind. I can’t wait to see the next episode of Daredevil!

I’ve compiled the list of popular comic book based/inspired TV shows below;

Daredevil [link]
“Matt Murdock was blinded as a boy in a tragic accident. An accident that also gave him extraordinary senses. Practicing as an attorney in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City by day, he fights as a masked vigilante at night.”

Gotham [link]
“Explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon.  He is still a detective but he has yet to meet Batman and the villains who made Gotham City so famous.”

The Flash [link]
The Flash is the story of Barry Allen, a police scientist who is the victim of a freak accident. While working late, his lab is hit by lightning. The blast shatters a number of vials, so Barry is both electrocuted and bathed in dozens of chemicals. When he recovers, Barry finds that he has gained the ability to move at almost impossible speed.”

Arrow [link]
Arrow is a modern retelling of the DC Comic character Green Arrow. Multi-millionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing, and presumed dead after a shipwreck at sea. He is found five years later, having survived on a desert island off his wits and by mastering the bow and arrow. When he returns to Starling City however, he discovers that it is rife with corruption and crime. Oliver decides to put his skills to use by taking on the persona of Arrow and becoming the vigilante that Starling City needs.”

Agent Carter [link]
“In 1946, Agent Peggy Carter is grounded after World War II, stuck in administrative work at the Strategic Scientific Reserve. However, industrialist Howard Stark asks for Peggy’s help clearing his name when his weapons are used to spread death and destruction”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D [link]
“Based on Marvel’s fictional government organization, S.H.I.E.L.D.  It shows that not all heroes have to be super. Agent Phil Coulson (The Avengers) recruits a new team to go into the field and handle any cases involving the strange and the bizarre.”
Dark Knight at Burj Jassim

Good News for Grendizer Fans

Grendizer & Kuwait Towers - Part III

One of the first things I did when I came back to work in Kuwait in 2006 was search for places selling Grendizer. I had lost mine during the invasion and ever since then I’ve always wanted to get a replacement.

During an online search I had found out that Bou Saleh had them in stock but would cost around 200 KD for the Soul of Chogokin set. This was way out of my budget and later last year when they re-released the kit it was retailing for around 60 KD but I had other things that took higher priority and this slipped my mind completely.

Last month I happened to see that Super Robot Chogokin series was coming out with a Grendizer model and I didn’t think twice in booking my figure. Delivery starts only in June and I might get mine by July but its well worth the wait considering its a decent quality set and only costs about 12 KD. I’ve linked the kits I’ve mentioned in this post down below;

Soul of Chogokin GX-04S Grendizer & All Speizer Set [link]
Brave Gohkin Grendizer [link]
Super Robot Chogokin Grendizer [link]

The picture above is by a friend of mine, Mishari, a very talented photographer. You can see more of his work [here]

Ramadan TV Shows

Ok this post is not actually about the TV shows aired on local channels during Ramadan but just an update on whats on my playlist this month. Shorter working hours for the whole month is the perfect time for me to catch up with my brother on our regular TV shows.

Suits [link]
This is a show I just started watching last night. The basic theme of the show is a lawyer drama, much like Boston Legal or The Practice.  The pilot was really interesting and I’ll be following the rest of the series soon.

Dexter [link]
Ok now I know most of you are already on season 6 or whatever but I was supposed to get the whole series from my brother and there was a hard drive ‘incident’ which involved a shit load of TV shows being lost but anyway I have the first few seasons on my media server now. This show is probably the most unique series you’ll ever encounter. The protagonist is actually a serial killer but he has a strict code that he adheres to and that’s the whole show. I’m on season 2 at the moment and things are getting really tense.

Lie To Me [link]
This is a ‘Who dunnit’ series with a new angle. The crimes are solved based on reading people’s expressions and body language. The concept of the show is very intriguing to me and I’m already at the end of season 1 of this show. Tim Roth is entertaining in his role as a ‘micro expression’ expert.

Tiger and Bunny [link]
I came across this series as I was going through some model kits online and the theme of the show seemed interesting to me. A city that’s protected by corporate sponsored super heroes! Sounds kinda lame yet I’m drawn to it somehow. I haven’t started watching it yet but the intro and trailers were entertaining.

Full Metal Alchemist [link]
This is also one of those shows that I’ve been meaning to watch for a long time now. I don’t know what the hype is but apparently some fans swear that this anime is one of the best shows ever made. I watched a few episodes and can’t say that this is the best , however, it is interesting.

Forgotten 1980’s TV shows

I was looking for episodes of ‘The Nutt House‘ when I came across this page with a list of shows from the 80’s, many of which were aired on KTV2 during the golden era of Kuwait TV.Here’s the [link]

If you’re a child of the 80’s like me then you’ll probably remember shows like; Automan, Manimal, Blue Thunder, Misfits of Science, Highwayman and the Nutt House. Speaking of the Nutt House, I wasn’t aware that it was a series by Mel Brooks! Heck I wasn’t even aware of Mel Brooks till I entered college. I managed to find the pilot episode on YouTube

The Nutt House pilot [part 1]
The Nutt House pilot [part 2]

Hooooo!

There’s no need to say anything at all for this post. Guys who’ve grown up on Thundercats in the 80’s will dig this stuff and I must say that the Bandai version is light-years ahead of the old LJN version which I still have back home

The new version has 18 points of articulation and features interchangeable hands. Its also comes with the Sword of Omens in both sizes and the Claw. I would have preferred if they’d color the joints on the ankles so that it doesn’t stick out visually. I’ll probably have to paint it later on myself and maybe apply a top coat to protect the paint.  Also check out the quick video I made after the jump.

I bought this from Amazon and they’ve slashed prices further since I bought it so now would be a good time to get one since they may not continue the 8 inch version in the long run.

Continue reading “Hooooo!”

Selected TV shows

Over the past few months I’ve had to be very selective about the shows I’m watching coz lately I seem to have only half the free time I previously had. Its sucks seeing the Terabytes worth of shows on my drives and not enough time to watch them all. I seriously need a vacation just to catch with TV and books.

Breaking Bad

If exclaiming ‘WTF’ or ‘Holy Shit’ during each and every episode is any indication of how good a show is then this is pretty much the best show I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve completed 3 seasons so far and have taken a short break before I start season 4. If you’re watching only one show for the whole year then this is it.
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Its always sunny in Philadelphia

This show was highly recommended by a friend of mine and I can see why this is a popular series. Each episode is just 20 minutes and are just fricking hilarious.
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Archer

Adult Swim used be a huge favorite with my brother and myself and this reminds us of the good old days. Archer is a spy series but this is not like any series you’ve ever seen before. (Warning: Adult content)
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Grendizer opening song by Sami Clark

I found this video while going thru Ansam’s blog and was excited when I heard that old favorite once again. I was never aware of the singer who did the Arabic version so I did a little searching around and found a wiki on him in French. Here’s the translation;

Sami Clark Biography [link]
He was born in Lebanon in the village of el Dhour Choueir.
He sang in Arabic but also in English and won a number of international awards, as the price of Menschen und Meer Austria Mori Mori for his song that made ​​him famous. His songs are characterized by romanticism. In addition to Arabic (Lebanon) and English, he sang in Armenian, French, Italian, and Russian and is thus one of the few singers who have sung in many languages.

Sami Clark live [link]

And now the original Japanese version [link]

Can’t get enough of Thundercats!

Thundercats!When I first saw the character designs for the new Thundercats series I was a little disappointed and I thought they might mess it up but boy was I wrong! The new series started off with an awesome two part episode and I was left thirsting for more. Thankfully they’ve decided to go with a darker more mature approach to the series and from the looks of things there’s bound to be a lot of exciting twists coming up in future episodes.

The studio also paid homage to the original series by incorporating some of the classic sound effects and lines and the best part was probably that the voice actor for Lion-O in the original show was the voice of Lion-O’s father Claudus in the new series. Snarf does NOT have a speaking voice and that’s a good thing, lol!

I’m also excited about the new line of action figures that Bandai has released and I might buy some of the 4 inch and 8 inch versions for my collection. I don’t think I’ll buy the classic ones from e-bay since they’re so expensive now.


Thundercats 2011 trailer

Marvel anime from Madhouse

I’ve been out of touch with anime for a while but was recently reminded that Madhouse is coming out with the X-men anime shortly. The Iron man series spanned 12 episodes and from the looks of the trailer they look great! Initially I wasn’t too keen on the anime styling for Marvel characters but after watching ‘The Animatrix’ and ‘Gotham Knights’ like a million times this style of animation grew on me.

Check out the three trailers below;

Iron Man [Youtube]

Wolverine [Youtube]

X-Men [Youtube]

Catching up with TV shows

Here’s yet another update on my TV shows watch-list. Even though time is always a problem I manage to squeeze in an episode or two of the shows that I have on my playlist;

House MD [TV.com]
I never figured I’d be hooked to a medical drama but this show is not at all like Greys Anatomy or E.R. Hugh Laurie is brilliant as Dr. House and he carries forward the same wit and mannerisms you would have seen in Black Adder or Bit of Fry and Laurie. This is a must-see series.

Bit of Fry and Laurie[TV.com]
This is a hilarious collection of bits by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. If you liked the comedy style of Monty Python and Black Adder then this is straight up your alley.

Modern Family[TV.com]
Once again this is another series that I wasn’t too keen on watching but once I started I got hooked to the comedy style. Its almost like Arrested Development but in a more family friendly setting. PLUS it has Sofia Veraga in it 😀

Warehouse 13 [TV.com]
I’m a huge Sci-Fi fan and love shows like Fringe, V and X-Files but for the love of god avoid this series if you’re a fan of the aforementioned shows.

An idiot abroad [TV.com]
This show grew out of a comment made by Karl Pilkington on the popular Ricky Gervais podcat and became a hit TV show. I loved this guy on the podcast and hes even better on TV