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]

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]

Accessing your TV service menus

Your TV has a service menu, accessible only thru a special key combination, which allows you to set White Balance, total ‘On’ time and other service details. Here’s a link with a list of major manufacturers and their service codes; []

It was interesting to note that my 4 year old LCD has done only 7082 hours out of an estimated 65,000 hours. I guess this goes to show you that total life of your Plasma/LCD/LED does not matter when its for home use.

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 []
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[]
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[]
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 []
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 []
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


AFC Asian Cup 2011

The AFC Asian Cup 2011 kicks off in Qatar tomorrow, Jan 7th. For those of you interested, India will be playing against Australia on Jan 10th. Here’s the schedule on their official website [link] Star Sports will be telecasting the matches live and theres the link for their TV listings [link]

AFC Homepage [link]

1000 KD Grendizer

I was browsing when I came across this autographed Grendizer figure that was selling for 1000KD! I’m a big fan but even I won’t pay so much for an autographed version. Come to think of it, I believe I was in line behind this guy while I was getting my own Grendizer drawing autographed by Go Nagai San.

1000 KD Grendizer [link]

Here’s my previous post on our meeting with Go Nagai at the Japanese Embassy in Kuwait. [link]

Akkarakazhchakal – Malayalam Tv Series

This show is the best Malayalam sitcom ever made and sadly the series ended after just 50 episodes. We’ve saved the show on disk and love watching the show over and over at home. In case you haven’t seen it, its about a Malayali family and their life in New York. The characters and situations are hilarious and any Malayali NRI can easily relate to them.

Akkarakazhchakal on Youtube [link]