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    Episode 246: Marvel Implosion?
    by Blake M. Petit

    Layoffs are one thing. Cancelled comics are something else. But a snowball seems to be rolling down from Marvel Comics, and this week, Blake tries to stand against it. Apologies in advance: this gets a little ranty. But he does dig good comics, and he gives his pick this week to Avengers Academy #22 Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 11-20-2011 07:31 AM
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    Supernatural
    Episode 708 - How To Win Friends and Influence Monsters
    Aired November 18th, 2011
    9 PM, CW


    Ah, the Supernatural guys do love their dick jokes, don’t they? Of course, I’ve taken to referring to the season’s big bad as Biggus Dickus, so I’m hardly any better, am I? This is a kind of lighthearted episode that turns more serious with the reintroduction of the Leviathans and their leader, the aforementioned Biggus Dickus, despite their own version of dick jokes.

    The boys go to the Pine Barrens with Bobby, seeking out what seems to be the mythical New Jersey devil (no, they never make a joke about the hockey team, even though there were several easy ones laying right there …) But what they find is an obviously stoned forest ranger who doesn’t seem to care too much about the torn up corpse found in his forest. They figure he just has some pot growing in the back forty and don’t think much about it, but it’s clear it’s a plot point. So is the grotesque “turducken slammer” sandwich Dean dives into with abandon. (Can I note at this point that I loved the hostile server addressing Sam, Dean, and Bobby as Big Bird, Ken Doll, and Creepy Uncle respectively? That was just lovely.)
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    by Published on 11-19-2011 01:26 AM
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    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 710 - How Mac Got Fat
    Aired November 17th, 2011
    10 PM, FX


    The scene of Charlie doing his eyeball eating robot dance while a glassy eyed Dennis watches, mesmerized, while taking huffs from a can of paint thinner, has to be the most David Lynch-ian scene to ever appear on Sunny. I can’t decide if it’s hysterically disturbing, or disturbingly hysterical. And putting it in context will not help, as there is no context. This scene just happens. That fact alone makes it a fantastic episode.

    There’s a bit more, though. The flashbacks in this episode are actually an aborted episode from last year, cut up into bits as Mac talks to a priest at a confessional, ...
    by Published on 11-18-2011 10:15 AM
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    Community

    Episode 308 - Documentary Filmmaking: Redux
    Aired November 17th, 2011
    8 PM, NBC





    Oh, Community. After news comes down about your hiatus, you come out with an episode that just makes me hate NBC all the more. This episode vies for top shelf space with Remedial Chaos Theory - yes, I liked it that much, and I’m aware a lot of people will probably disagree with me, because really it’s a “Hearts of Darkness” parody. But I don’t care, it made me feel better. There was also an ironic message about enjoy the time you have, because you won’t always have it. Oh, boot in the ribs, NBC. Boot in the ribs.
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    by Published on 11-16-2011 11:43 PM
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    If you follow news about comic creators closely, you’re probably aware of the tragic story of writer Bill Mantlo. Mantlo was one of Marvel’s most prolific writers in the 1970s and 80s, creating dozens of characters in various media and penning over 500 comic books in his career. He's been in need of constant care for the better part of two decades now, since being hit by a car, and his family is in desperate need of help to pay his medical expenses. If you're at all in a position to donate a little money, I urge you to do so. And even if you can't, read the story at the above link.
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    by Published on 11-15-2011 12:47 PM
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    by Published on 11-15-2011 12:18 AM
    Stephen King

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com

    Quick Rating: King finally sticks the landing

    An English teacher finds a gateway to in time that tantalizes him with the opportunity to prevent the Kennedy assassination. But what he finds in the past changes him as deeply as he hopes to change the world.

    Writer: Stephen King
    Publisher: Scribner

    Although for many of the uninitiated Stephen King is known primarily as a horror writer, some of my favorite works of his have been those times when he's ventured forth into other genres. His fantasy/western series The Dark Tower stands as his opus, the uplifting prison drama The Shawshank Redemption may be his masterpiece, and he's dabbled in the likes of science fiction, crime noir, and even the occasional humor piece as well. His newest phone book of a novel, 11/23/63, lies somewhere on the line between sci-fi and fantasy, which may disappoint those who still approach King looking for child-eating clowns and possessed Plymouth Furies. For those of us who appreciate his ability to create characters and weave rich, multilayered stories of worlds catercorner to our own, this may remembered as one of his finest works.

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    by Published on 11-14-2011 12:23 AM
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    Supernatural
    Episode 707 - Season 7, Time For A Wedding!
    Aired November 11th, 2011
    9 PM, CW




    Not enough Crowley. Frankly, they should make that spin-off I’ve mentioned before, but since we now can’t have Castiel starring in “Punched By An Angel”, how about Crowley starring in “Kissed By A Demon”? I’d watch either.

    If the episode title and the credits morphed to include an exploding wedding cake didn’t tell you enough, this is a more lighthearted episode, marking the return of “super fan Becky”, from a couple of seasons back. It seems while the brothers are taking a break in Vegas, Sam has decided to get married - to Becky. Well, obviously something’s up, because there’s no way she and Sam would end up together.
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    by Published on 11-13-2011 09:36 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Above Average
    Title: Behold The Watcher; Harbinger; The Myth of Man; The Scarlet Thread; Yin & Yang; The Shaman of Greenwich Village; Age of Ultron

    Two mysterious strangers enter Uatu The Watcher's home to gain a glimpse of that which Uatu has been watching!

    Writers: Ed Brubaker; Jeph Loeb; David Lapham; Chris Yost; Fred Van Lente; Matt Fraction; Brian Michael Bendis
    Artists: Javier Pulido; Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines; Roberto De La Torre; Ryan Stegman & Michael Babinski; Salvador Larroca; Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson; Bryan Hitch & Paul Neary
    Colors: Javier Rodriguez; Morry Hollowell; Lee Loughridge; Marte Gracia; Guru-EFX; Sonia Oback; Paul Mounts
    Letters: Chris Eliopoulos; Comicraft's A. Deschesne; Virtual Calligraphy's Cory Petit; Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Caramagna; Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Sabino; Virtual Calligraphy's Clayton Cowles; Virtual Calligraphy's Cory Petit
    Editors: Lauren Sankovitch & Tom Brevoort; Lauren Sankovitch & Tom Brevoort; Jody Leheup; Stephen Wacker & Tom Brennan; Alejandro Arbona; Alejandro Arbona & Tom Brevoort; Lauren Sankovitch & Tom Brevoort
    Cover: Adam Kubert & Morry Hollowell
    Variant Cover: Nick Bradshaw & Marte Gracia
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Prior to the release of this book, I was really looking forward to it, as it promised to give the reader insight into where the Marvel Universe would be going in 2012, and help set up the big stories/events that Marvel has planned for next year. However, when all is said and done, I'm not entirely sure that that's what the reader got here. What we did get was snippets that lead into upcoming launches of new books, but whether or not those books are really worthy of a large, highly promoted book like this is the question which will determine whether or not this book is actually worth the time and money spent on it.
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    by Published on 11-13-2011 05:12 PM
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    Episode 245: Les Daniels & Bil Keane
    by Blake M. Petit


    Blake is alone and hoarse this week, so he doesn't waste time and gets right to saying ...
    by Published on 11-12-2011 07:33 AM
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    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

    Episode 709 - The Gang Gets Trapped
    Aired November 10th, 2011
    10 PM, FX


    This is a really odd episode of “Sunny”, in the sense that I got this feeling, probably erroneous, that this was a longer script, snipped down in pre-production or the editing room to the end result. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s that the story feels choppy and piecemeal. Not that Sunny’s ever been known for its airtight, intricate plots - boy, are you watching the wrong show if that‘s what you‘re here for - but this seemed a bit more meandering and half assed than usual.

    There were funny bits, and Dennis’s deadpan, meta comments, such as “That’s an outrageous amount of noise,” and “How have we not been caught at this point?“ made me laugh out loud. The plot, such as it is, finds Frank, Dennis, and Dee stuck inside a fancy house when the owners unexpectedly come home, while Charlie and ...
    by Published on 11-11-2011 08:54 PM
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    Community
    Episode 307 - Studies In Modern Movement
    Aired November 10th, 2011
    8 PM, NBC





    This episode of Community tackles the sitcom staple of moving. Annie is finally moving away from the dildo emporium and moving in with Troy and Abed. Of course this is a recipe for warmth and disaster, which is how it plays out. Only Jeff dodges the bullet of friendship by faking being sick, but really he’s just out shopping and admiring himself in mirrors. But that all comes to an abrupt end when the Dean inexplicably runs into him, and because he’s been reading Troy’s tweets, he knows Jeff blew off helping Annie move because they think he’s sick. The Dean takes the opportunity to blackmail Jeff into hanging out with him.
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