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Avengers: Secret Wars S04 E02: Avengers No More, Part Two

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With the Avengers shot across dimensions by the Leader’s static expander, the Black Panther must face the new Cabal alone.  Can he get away and gather a team of new Avengers to not only defeat the Cabal, but save the original Avengers?  Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Avengers No More, Part Two.”

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Avengers: Secret Wars S04 E01: Avengers No More, Part One

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Iron Man is trapped in another dimension, and as the Avengers try to rescue him, the Leader and his new Cabal of super-villains confront them.  Are Iron Man and the Avengers lost forever in these animated Secret Wars?  Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Avengers No More, Part One.”

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Avengers Assemble S01 E02: The Avengers Protocol, Part 2

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Sometimes things get lost in the shuffle and fall through the cracks. While it’s true I’ve reviewed most of the two seasons of the “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” animated series at Biff Bam Pop!, I haven’t done them all. Here, we set the wayback machine for the second episode, and the conclusion of “The Avengers Protocol” story, after the jump.

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Avengers Assemble S01 E26: The Final Showdown

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This is it, the season finale of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes not only have to throw down with The Cabal for the last time, but must also contend with the cosmic-powered Red Skull to save the universe. But is there a far worse threat waiting in the wings? Meet me after the jump for my review of “The Final Showdown.”

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Avengers Assemble S01 E25: Exodus

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The Cabal is back, and with the Tesseract in their hands they are nearly unstoppable. When the Falcon is taken down in battle with the villains, Iron Man steps down as leader, blaming himself. Can the Avengers defeat The Cabal without Iron Man? Meet me after the jump for my review of “Exodus.”

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Avengers Assemble S01 E21: By the Numbers

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The synopsis for this episode reads: “The Avengers and the Cabal have a huge confrontation that leaves the team forever changed…” Forever changed, eh? In the comics that might mean a death, but in this kids cartoon perhaps we’re looking at a membership shuffling. It also doesn’t say which team. Find out for sure after the jump when I review “By the Numbers.”

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Avengers Assemble S01 E20: All-Father’s Day

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No matter how old you are, no matter how many responsibilities you have, no matter how grown up you think you are – your father is always your father. That’s the way it works, even for thunder gods. If you think you have it bad, Thor’s dad isn’t just his dad, he’s also the king of Asgard, the Nine Realms, and basically the entire Norse mythos. Talk about daddy issues. What happens when Odin decides Thor has been ‘playing’ on Earth too much and needs to take on more responsibility at home? Find out after the jump when I review “All-Father’s Day.”

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Avengers Assemble S01 E19: The Ambassador

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Doctor Doom is the unparalleled big bad of the Marvel Universe, and for once, “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” agrees with comics continuity, Doom is the master villain, ‘the man,’ and one of the most powerful. Meet me after the jump for my review of “The Ambassador,” as Doom utilizes one of his most dangerous weapons – diplomatic immunity.

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31 Days of Horror: Surviving Nightbreed

I was (and still am) a huge Clive Barker fan. I devoured his “Books of Blood” as they came out. I saw Hellraiser on opening night. And so of course I also saw Nightbreed the night it was released. I remember it was pretty good. I remember it had a guy in it that looked like Mac Tonight. And I remember that it scared me, really scared me – scared me enough that I’ve never watched it again. Here I go again, I give the film another shot, after the jump.
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Saturday At The Movies: Night Breed: The Cabal Cut And Occupy Midian

Back in 1990, I was on a family vacation with my Dad’s side. We were in Houston, visiting friends, but all I could think about was getting into a R-rated movie called Night Breed. You see, in 1990 I was thirteen years old, which meant films with the dreaded R were off-limits in Canada until I turned eighteen. That was the law. But I was a Clive Barker fan, I had read his short novel Cabal and I was desperate to see the film. So, I managed to convince my Dad, who had picked up a nasty bug on the trip, to take me to some movie theatre and sit with me through Night Breed. That’s what Dad’s are for, right?

Of course, he hated it. “It wasn’t even scary,” he said when we walked out of the theatre.

Craig Sheffer tries to get David Cronenberg to explain Naked Lunch to him.

That was my first experience watching Night Breed. And even though Dad didn’t dig it, I did. I loved the story of Boone (Craig Sheffer), accused of being a serial killer and who is accepted by a group of monsters who live in Midian, outside Calgary. I loved David Cronenberg in his first acting endeavour, playing psycho psychiatrist Dr. Decker. I loved the cornucopia of creatures Clive Barker featured as he directed the film he first wrote. What I didn’t know at the time was that Night Breed wasn’t what Barker’s original vision was. No, his was something much grander, but, because of studio meddling, it wasn’t meant to be.

Until now.

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