Friday, July 17, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E16: Murder in the Electric Cathedral


After changing her will to benefit slimy televangelist Willie John Fargo, Jessica's former English teacher––who is now a rich Oklahoma oil baroness––dies under suspicious circumstances in the hospital next door to the Electric Cathedral, making the title of this episode highly misleading. Jessica breaks the case wide open when her finely tuned olfactory senses detect the odor of cyanide in a nearby syringe.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Are You Band Enough? Music Reviews: Stan Bush's The Ultimate: Track 6: "Unstoppable"


One of the great things about Stan Bush is that he's an effective communicator. His lyrics don't hide the meaning of his songs behind tortured metaphors or vague allusions. You always know exactly what he's talking about. "Unstoppable," with its references to standing together as one, heeding battle calls, keeping our freedom alive, defending this land, and using flaming swords, is clearly Stan's tribute to America's armed forces. And if there's any justice in this world, this song will replace Lee Greenwood's horrific "God Bless the USA" at all future baseball games, fireworks displays, and other patriotic events.

Yep, definitely a tribute to our nation's brave and steadfast servicemembers.

Either that or Transformers because of the flaming swords. I'm cool either way.

What's Andre the Giant Doing in the 1970s? #29

Getting pied in the face!

Top 5 Arcade Characters We Want the Rock to Portray Next: #5: Dig Dug

The announcement of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's latest film project, an adaptation of the classic arcade game Rampage, has us excited. The news that Johnson would merely be playing a normal human battling against these monsters lowered our hype just a bit, but we're still holding out hope that the twist at the end of the movie is that he'll grow to massive size to do battle on their level. If you thought Jason Statham taking a Rock Bottom through a coffee table in Furious 7 was awesome, just imagine a giant werewolf getting hit with a La Magistral Cradle in the middle of Cleveland. Where can I buy tickets??

To celebrate the Rock's continued cinematic success, here's our humble list of the next classic arcade game characters he should portray. Coming in at number five: Dig Dug!


For years, we've been trying to fan-cast the Dig Dug movie adaptation of our dreams, but it's been impossible. The problem: Taizo Hori, "Hero of the Dig Dug Incident," (that's his real name, look it up) is a character whose only offensive move is to jab a hose inside a monster and inflate that enemy until it explodes. It's a gruesome style of attack that should have given greater concern to the parents of the '80s. More concerningly, to effectively force that much air into a living being using only a what looks to be a manual bike tire pump must require an unfathomable amount of upper body strength, more than any actor could believably display.

But have you seen the Rock lately? Dude is stacked.

Only thing that's going to stop him is if his bike pump gets mucked up with monster guts.

Bonus: Depending on which game art you look at, this is also a bold race-blind casting choice.


Will Atari fanboys protest, demanding a blue-skinned actor for the role? We can only hope so.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E15: Powder Keg


On her way home from a writers conference in the Deep South, Jessica's car breaks down in a small Alabama town, where she becomes embroiled in the aftermath of a murder committed in the wake of an altercation at the local roadhouse. She helps the town's black sheriff solve the crime, but not before he has to fend off a lynch mob and fist duel the guy who played Jon on CHiPs.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E14: Keep the Home Fries Burning


Breakfast fever infects Cabot Cove, as all the residents begin eating at a touristy, colonial-themed new restaurant at the edge of town. But a different kind of fever strikes those who try the place's strawberry jam: poison fever. Jessica tries to solve the case, but is stymied at every turn by a state health inspector who claims her methods are unscientific.

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E13: Trial by Error


In this homage to Twelve Angry Men, Jessica plays the role of the level-headed jury foreperson. In her grandmotherly way, she gently browbeats the other 11 jurors––even the belligerent radio host and the guy who was the head of Starfleet in that Star Trek movie with the whales––into agreeing with her take on the murder trial.