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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man:Armored Adventures: “Ancient History 101” (Episode 9)

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Iron man’s unexpected winning streak continues with what is unquestionably my favorite episode of the series so far. I initially decided to start reviewing this series on a lark, since Marvel is woefully underrepresented on our site (Owing mostly to the fact that I don’t really like it, and the guys on here who do like it don’t wanna’ write about it), but Iron Man is really the only Marvel Hero who works for me (I think mainly because Rocket Red was so woefully under-used in the DC universe).

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man:Armored Adventures: “Field Trip” (Episode 8)

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Sorry it took me a week to get this review up, but life got in the way. The good news, however, is that it was worth the wait and that with “Meltdown” two weeks ago, this one, and tonight’s new episode, this turkey of a show has finally hit some kind of a stride and is becoming worth watching. It’s not all the way there yet, but they seem to have finally hit on the idea that they need (A) stories and (B) to make use of their characters.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross Zero: “The Birdman” (Episode 5, 2004)

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Episode four ended with Sara and Aires getting nabbed by the bad guys while Roy and Shin looked on impotently. This one starts out with the two of them being airlifted back to the aircraft carrier Askua, just off of Mayan Island. Meanwhile, back on the Anti-UN submarine aircraft carrier (Which is very cool!), the Professor continues to lecture the women folk about the evils of the UN and how he hopes to use the Birdman to offset the advantage the UN has from managing to nab the Alien Space Ship 1 (AKA the Macross) when it crashed in to South Antaria Island nine years before.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Up” (2009)

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Let’s just get this out of the way before we go any further: yes, I cried. Despite my right-leaning conservative status, I’m secure enough in my manhood to admit I was crying several times in this movie. I wasn’t bawling like a six-month-old baby girl or anything - and if I did, I wouldn’t admit it because I’m not *That* secure in my manhood - but there were definitely some water streaming down my face at several points in the movie. And there were several *other* points that my eyes were definitely stinging and my throat got kinda’ tight.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” (2005)

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While good movies are always the thing you’re hoping for when you make a film, we here at Republibot are well aware of the joys that only a really bad film can bring. Good movies may be a dime a dozen, but a truly bad film is forever, right? I mean, better to know excellence or awfulness than to be one of those timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory. My apologies to Teddy Roosevelt for paraphrasing him like that, but it’s true. A really good bad film has an unpredictable quality that no masterpiece can ever aspire to.

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CLASSIC SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEW: “Gods of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1918)

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I’d been holding off of the “John Carter of Mars” series for pretty much my entire life since it always seemed kind of dumb and beneath me. It sounded like “Conan the Barbarian” set in space, and that’s just not my bag (Though to be fair, the “Gor” series is more like Conan the Barbarian in space). Just the same when I finally got around to reading the first book I have to say the purple prose and breathless excitement of it won me over.

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SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEW: “The Owl in Daylight” by Tessa Dick (2008)

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Yesterday we talked about “What if Our World is Their Heaven?” a book which transcribed the final interview with Philip K. Dick, in which he gave a detailed outline for the next book he intended to write, “The Own in Daylight.” Alas, he never lived to do so. Today we’re going to talk about “The Own in Daylight,” a book written by Tessa Dick, Phil’s widow, and published last year, and based on her reminiscences of Phil’s own, unwritten story.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man: Armored Adventures: "Whiplash" (Episode 5)

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Pepper's dad - an FBI investigator - gets jumped by someone and ends up in the hospital while Tony and Rhody are borderline-ignoring her because she's annoying. They wonder where people like Magic Happy Unicorn Princess from a couple weeks ago are getting their exo-suits from. Once they find out Pepper's dad has been badly injured, they feel bad about it and decide to help her out, but of course she's petulent and mad at them, and uses her dad's computer to track down who was responsible.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Lost: "The Incident" (Season 5, episodes 16 and 17)

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From the very beginning of ‘Lost,’ it has been apparent that there’s something at work in the lives of the lostaways that is larger than they are. They’re part of a much bigger scheme that they, themselves, are mostly unaware of much like an ant is unaware of the larger meaning of the battlefield its mound happens to be in, or the way an individual gear in your car’s transmission is unaware of the larger international economy that gave rise to it’s own existence and function.

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(Vaguely)SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEW: “The Fourth Bear” by Jasper Fforde (2006)

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It is a little-known fact about Cucumbers that as they grow they can filter Deuterium and Tritium from groundwater and store it in themselves in ever-greater concentrations. This isn’t a problem ordinarily as Deuterium is harmless to people and cucumbers are, on the whole, pretty small. However, if a cucumber were grown to a weight of exactly fifty pounds, it would have reached critical mass and would explode like an atomic bomb. A thermo-Cucular Bomb.

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