ratcreature: RatCreature as Zuko (zuko)
I just watched the Avatar the Last Aibender finale, and it was awesome! I'm not really coherent enough to do any kind of proper review, but I have one question: spoilers for Sozin's Comet )

I can't believe the series is over, otoh it had a great run.
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
Remember a little while ago when I recced an SGA/Avatar: The Last Airbender fusion, and mentioned that I never watched the latter, but found the universe descriptions in the fusion really vivid and fascinating? Well, I just spent the last few hours watching the first eight episodes (please don't spoil me for later ones), and I may have to face the possibility that the cartoon has me hooked. *sigh*
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
Fractured was mostly bizarre, yet still amusing. But the first part of Aftershock? Whoa. The series really shines in the Slade eps.
spoilers for Aftershock Pt. 1 )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Batman (batman)
I've finally managed to watch the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker movie, and it's just-- I don't know Batman Beyond, but what they made happen to Tim in this, it was totally chilling, and cruel, and twisted. Wow. It sent shivers down my spine how the Joker tortured and brainwashed Tim, and then showed that home movie to Batman. And a ton of other scenes were also shocking, like how Tim killed the Joker, and the "returned" Joker shot his henchman with the same kind of jokerized gun. Um, I don't have terribly coherent comments right now. And really, they market this stuff as a children's cartoon?
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
Yesterday I transcribed the first part of Apprentice for [livejournal.com profile] lcsbanana, and as I rewatched the episode I was reminded once again how freaky and disturbing (in an entertaining way) the parts with Slade and Robin were. And I decided that I should watch the earlier episodes with the two, so I just watched Masks.

And wow, also creepy, especially when you know what it'll lead up to. The series really shines in the eps centering around Robin and Slade. And Robin? Is really intense in his focus on catching and demasking Slade. That room with all the news clippings and evidence, it sort of reminded me of the room Lex in SV keeps for his Clark obsession.

And why am I not surprised that Robin knows exactly how to disarm each of his fellow Titans, I guess he comes after Batman in that way... *g* Of course it leads him into the same kind of trouble Batman has with the rest of the Justice League.
ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
I made a bunch of JL cartoon icons. Please comment if you take one, of course you can customize them any way you want.

JL icons )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Batman (batman)
Because I rather like the Justice League Cartoon, I thought I'd give the Batman Animated Series a try too. So I now have copies of most of the episodes of Batman The Animated series, plus the first season of the Gotham Knights series. Almost 100 cartoon episodes, yet with no real time for a cartoon marathon of watching all episodes in order in my immediate future. Hence I've been wondering which episodes are the highlights? Which ones are essential for cartoon continuity, the mytharc episodes so to speak? Any recommendations which eps I should pick from those of you familiar with the cartoon?
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
I finally managed to get my hand on a copy of Duck Dodgers: The Green Loontern and it was great. Lots of squeeing on my part, and I bet it's even funnier for people more familiar with GL. I think my favorite scene was Daffy Duck trying to piece together the oath: "In blackest day or brightest night... watermelon, cantaloupe... yadda, yadda... superstitious, and cowardly lot... with liberty and justice for all." The scene where he talks about being the first of his species to achieve flight with that flock of ducks in the background was great too. In general Green Lantern ring powers work well with the Daffy Duck kind of cartoon figure, and really among the others in the Green Lantern Corps Daffy really doesn't even look out of place.

I also watched the newest Teen Titans episode, 2x03 Terra, because I was curious how they'd adapt the rather adult storyline of the Judas Contract for a kids' cartoon when TPTB said that giving the heroes double identities was already too complicated.

spoilers for 2x03 Terra, also mentioning of titles of future Titans episodes )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
I'm a bit late with my squeeing, but watching JL is a lot of fun, and deserves entries, even if I'm too lazy to write them right away.

So, about Wild Cards:
spoilers... )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
For seemingly days now (okay it's just since late Saturday, it feels longer though) I've been seeing all these posts on my flist about Hereafter, more squee, and fic, and discussion than usual after a JL ep, and I can't participate yet, nor do I have any clue what the excitement is about (preferring to remain unspoiled, so please don't say). And worse, so far I haven't found an encode of the frelling episode online in the places I usually get the JL episodes. This sucks. I want to watch it too.

I did however get my comics on Saturday, except for the new Superman/Batman, that I thought was supposed to ship last week, but then again, that might be late everywhere. JLA/Avengers #3 was great, though I definitely need to reread it with some annotations, I didn't have a clue about many of the events that were referred to, especially those in Marvel continuity. I've also got an older comic (well slightly older, from 1998), a JLA Elseworld, The Nail (written and pencilled by Alan Davis, inked by Mark Farmer). It's no secret that I'm fond of AUs whether done by fans or by DC, so I have a soft spot for Elseworlds in general. I liked this one, and I have a couple of comments, unfortunately I'm going to lag behind with posting more indepth comic comments, both on the current issues as well as more on The Nail, (and probably blogging in general) due to obnoxious RL stuff that insists on intruding on my fannish time.

Still I wanted to mention that I'd love to see some fanfiction for The Nail Elseworld, in particular some that explores spoiler for what happened to Clark/Superman in this Elseworld )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Superman (superman)
I just stopped myself from posting a totally boring, whiny entry. The couple of paragraphs I deleted boiled down to that basically I'm just incredulous that Monday's already passed in utterly unproductive ways, with me feeling wrung out and demotivated for no good reason -- and how did it happen that it's been Monday again so soon anyway?

Whatever. On to brighter topics! Like the latest Justice League episode:

Spoilers for Justice League Secret Society... )
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
I haven't managed to get my hands on yesterday's JL episode (yet), but I've watched the last two JL episodes of the first season, Metamorphosis and The Savage Time.

I didn't much care for Metamorphosis, but that's probably more because of Metamorpho than anything else. He's one of the few characters who manage to annoy me no matter what incarnation they come in. At least so far that has been the case. (I have to admit that with mostly encountering him in recent Birds of Prey and Outsiders issues I probably haven't seen him in the best hands, but still.) The King Kong homage was fun though.

In contrast to that I really liked The Savage Time. And that even though time travel stories always make my head hurt. I mean, I wonder if their reality after Vandal Savage tried to manipulate the past really could be the same as the one they left. Okay they stopped the worst, but WWII still went differently than in the original time line. And even if I disregard all the changes in individual lives, a lot of people must have seen transistors, jet engines and all that stuff, even if the laptop itself was destroyed, it's hard to imagine that the events remained without any consequences for technological progress.

Some other stuff I noticed -- apparently I'm too disorganized to write something like coherent reviews, I still want to squee though: ;)

  • Poor Bats, it seems he's doomed to loose his parents in any universe. And I really liked him as resistance leader. Also the scene when Superman tells him he can't promise Batman's parents will be alive in that other universe (glossing over the truth somewhat) was great.

  • As usual Hawkgirl had some great lines, like on the train, when they tumble over each other: "Whose hand is that?" Flash: "Sorry."

  • I assume the couple kissing at Batman's resistance headquarters were Dick and Babs, which was a cool cameo. I wonder whether the boy and girl running through that scene were supposed to be Tim and Cassie, though.

  • I liked that GL got to prove himself without his ring, and how he had to deal with that racist jerk in the unit.

  • I didn't much care for the romance bits between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor.

  • I loved that scene when they come back and Superman hugs Batman, and Batman's dry response to Clark's enthusiasm.

ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
That scene in Injustice For All when Superman opens Lex's flyer and is all worried, and shouts "Lex! Lex!" instead of "Luthor" made me smile, and I thought it wouldn't get any better between the two, but then came the Lex/Superman scene in the hospital. And the banter between Flash and Hawkgirl, "Yeah - fastest man alive!" "Which might explain why you can't get a date." -- I wouldn't have expected jokes like that in a children's cartoon. There were lots of good Batman bits in this episode, too. And the Joker was fun to watch. Though I found it a bit implausible that the Watchtower key didn't have any extra security besides being hidden in Batman's belt, but I'll just assume that between Luthor and the Ultra-Humanite they figured out an override.
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I just couldn't resist the slashy goodness. Or the Flashmobile.

This is the first time I tried to make icons from episode screencaps rather than from comic scans, so I'm still trying to figure things out. Comment if you want an icon, feel free to customize them yourself if you want, or ask me to add text, and I'll do my best. Credit would be nice, but if you usually don't do GIP posts, or list icon creators with your icons that's fine too.

icons with GL and Flash from Eclipsed )
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
Heh. I'm watching first season JL episodes, and they're a lot of fun. BTW, the quote above is from The Brave and the Bold, and I have to admit that Flash and Green Lantern work great together with their contrasting personalities, which lead to lots of snark.
ratcreature: argh (argh)
So I did a search for when the X-Men 2 movie DVD would come out here (turns out it won't be until November), but as I searched for X-Men I noticed that there was an X-Men: Evolution DVD, too. I haven't seen this cartoon, but heard about it, and the price wasn't too bad, so I looked how many episodes were on this DVD. And then I noticed that whoever put together the release was a moron. It has five episodes on it, but not the first five episodes, nor a "Best Of" collection, no, it's the first five episodes of the second season. At first I thought "Huh, so there have to be earlier DVDs." but no, there aren't (well not Region 2 ones anyway). I mean, that just makes no sense, does it? Why would they start with the second season? I'm not going to shell out money if I don't even get to see the start of a series.

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