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The Flash S03 E22: ‘Infantino Street’

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After what happened on last week’s episode of The Flash was pretty much a waste of time, as the plan neither worked nor advanced the plot much at all, one hopes this episode is different.  The Flash recruits archenemy Captain Cold in his war against Savitar and they run afoul of King Shark – if nothing else, this will be exciting.  Meet me after the super speed jump for my review of “Infantino Street.”

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Survive and Live Free with “Independence Day: Resurgence”

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This was quite an unusual Fourth of July for me for several reasons. My eldest grandson, who is in the Marines, is deployed overseas. His brother, who is fresh out of Navy boot camp, is training for submarine duty. I’m proud of both of them, but miss their not being at the family gathering. Our little town of Audubon now has a piece of one of the twin towers from 9/11 and after the dedication of the memorial, my family and I headed to the theatre to see Independence Day: Resurgence. Did the film do justice to our love of freedom? Grab your flag and follow me. Read the rest of this entry

Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion – Londo & G’Kar

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J. Michael Stracyznski’s Babylon 5 (1994 – 1998) was groundbreaking for a number of reasons – its unified five-year structure, its use of CGI, and Stracyznski’s use of internet forums to engage with fans during the run of the show among them. But what makes the show last nearly 20 years after it left the weekly broadcast schedule has to be the quality of the writing and the skill of its lead actors in bringing these memorable characters – and their relationships – to life. Read the rest of this entry

Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion: The Most Frightening “Alien”

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I grew up on science fiction shows and watched shows like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon on a 12-inch television screen. Although the aliens from the old television shows were scary, they did not prepare me for Ridley Scott’s Alien. Who is my choice for King of the Creature Feature Award? Grab your electric prod and follow me. Read the rest of this entry

Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion: “Mork and Mindy”

The first alien I ever loved originally came to earth in 1950s Milwaukee. He didn’t have the best intentions, since he planned on alien abducting my good friend Ritchie; used his magic finger to make Ralph, Potsie, and Al do crazy things; tried to destroy my favorite burger joint, Arnold’s; and even beat the unbeatable Fonzie in an epic thumb vs. finger duel that became the stuff of legend. Ultimately, he decided to leave empty handed, but returned on another mission  20 years later to Boulder, Colorado and launched a phenomena. Let’s talk a little more about it after the break.

I was a little bit...um, off...in the seventies...

I was a little bit… um… off… in the seventies…

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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion – Less Lee Moore Shows “Signs” Of Being Terrified Of Aliens

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Back in the day, a.k.a. “The Nineties,” I was a huge fan of The X-Files. Despite the show’s obsession with revealing the truth about aliens among us, that aspect of the ongoing mythology didn’t freak me out very much. Don’t get me wrong; I wasn’t secretly wishing that aliens would abduct me. I just thought aliens were more interesting than scary. I even read Transformation, the sequel to Whitley Streiber’s infamous alien visitation saga Communion, and while it was definitely eerie, it didn’t keep me up at night the way Stephen King’s The Shining had back when I was in high school.

Like many Americans, I liked M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, so I was pretty stoked when Signs was announced. Keep in mind that Mel Gibson hadn’t gone full-Holocaust-denier-crazy yet, so he was still a viable Hollywood property. Keep in mind, too, that people still thought of Shyamalan as a viable Hollywood property, i.e., The Happening was still a few years away.

Maybe I was tired and overemotional that night in the theater, but I was simply not prepared for the terror that Signs would inflict upon my naïve little brain.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion – District 9

Why do so many aliens want to kill us? Okay, maybe humanity leaves a lot to be desired. There’s war, murder, avarice aplenty, and people that want to elect Donald Trump. If we haven’t broken the planet we live on, we’ve sure as hell damaged the packaging. Our celebrated social networks leave us staring at our phones, hardly noticing the actual world in front of us.

But we don’t completely suck. There’s art and inventions and love… still, fucking Donald Trump?  Maybe the aliens have a point. Don’t get me wrong. I love me a Starship Troopers or a Predator or an Alien, when that unknowable other is just a vicious killing machine here to reduce us to emphatic survival. But it’s not often that we see aliens as screwed up as we are. Which is one of the many things that makes Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 so great. The aliens and their massive ship hovering over a metropolis aren’t here to destroy us with monument-shattering death rays. Their spacecraft broke down, they’re sick and dying, and whatever their interstellar traveling, they’re completely S-O-L. The film’s a brilliant exploration of a refugee civilization landing on our doorstep, and the amazing awfulness humans bring to bear in dealing with the problem.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion – “Invasion!” (The 1989 DC Comic Book Series)

InvasionLook, it’s a love/hate relationship, this thing I have with event comics. And I know I’m not alone. It’s what allows me to sleep at night.

Sleep. You know, that lovely send off into a velvety landscape, while the radio whispers sweet Coast-To-Coast conspiracy nothings in your ear about fires in the sky and the reptilians from the Alpha Draconis star system hidden secretly among us?

Yes, sleep.

Ok. Back to event comics, those incredibly action-packed money suckers that not so slyly entice you into buying a whole host of crossover comic books, titles you’d certainly not read if it wasn’t for the event imprint on the top of the cover! But you just want to see all of your favourite superheroes together.

The event comics naturally promise that worlds will live and that worlds will die and that the state of the comic book universe will never be the same. And they promise it every summer.

In 1989, DC’s event comic went other-worldly.

The aliens aren’t coming, you see. The aliens came.

And within three 80-page issues, the earth’s greatest (DC) superheroes beat them all back!

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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion Goes Gaming with Mat Langford

Alien invasions have been the premise for some of the best – and worst – games of all time. While these games have you primarily saving the world from imminent danger, they often provide the setting for some of the best gaming stories you can play. Here are three of my favorite alien invasion games.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion rolls camera on Super 8

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When the trailer for JJ Abrams’ Super 8 first hit the public eye, everything about it seemed so mysterious. It appeared as a sort of supernatural film, but it was hard to be sure if it was about a monster or alien being. It looked like a government conspiracy film with the shots of the securely guarded cargo train winding through small town America.

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