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Because He-Man was before my time I never got into the series. Thanks to 7Chan, that’s starting to change.

Click the image to see He-Man and his supporting cast sing to the ’90s hit ‘What’s Going On?’ by 4 Non-Blonds. It really is something special everyone should watch at least once.

Leslie Nielsen

Actor Leslie Nielsen died today at the age of 84 from complications of pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Barbaree Earl Nielsen, and his two children.

In his 60 years as an actor, Nielsen played a variety of roles ranging from musicals (The Vagabond King) to sci-fi (Forbidden Planet). However, it was his portrayal of Dr. Rumack in the cult classic film Airplane! that cemented his reputation as a comedic actor. Since then, Nielsen has starred in a variety of comedies, most notable being Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series.

The actor passed away near his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. surrounded by friends and family.

“In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the charity of your choice,” the family said in a statement.

 

With No Shave November officially upon us, participants are finding new ways to express their love of facial hair – all for a good cause.

No Shave November asks that all men put down their razors and spend the month of November growing out their facial hair. And just like this month-long event, Movember asks participants to do the same, but for charity.

The concept behind Movember is to raise men’s cancer awareness through the growth of ridiculous mustaches. Participants not only demonstrate their support for the cause, but can also earn money for cancer research through sponsorship.

The rules are simple: men begin the month completely clean shaven and grow a mustache for 30 days. The mustache acts similar to the pink ribbon that promotes breast cancer awareness and helps raise money for prostate cancer research.

And with that, I leave you with this; a clip from ST:TNG, wherein Data grows a “fine, full, dignified beard.”

Caprica gets canceled

Within days of their announcement of a new Battlestar Galactica series, Syfy has not only decided not to renew Caprica for a third season, but will be pulling all unaired episodes from the line-up.

The network has issued a statement promising viewers that while Caprica will be pulled from its Tuesday timeslot, the remaining five episodes will eventually be shown some time in 2011.

Mark Stern, EVP of original programming at Syfy had this to say,

“We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series. Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”

Already, stalwart BSG fans are rallying for Caprica‘s return. Some have decided to boycott the network and its sponsors altogether, while others have decided to mail apples to Syfy executives.

Despite the protests, the Syfy network has no intention of reversing its decision.

BSG fans can still hold onto the fact that Syfy is continuing with the franchise with the new prequel, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. That is, until the network decides that more time should be given to ghost shows and wrestling.

Arrested Development was probably the greatest show of my lifetime. Because of this, I’ll always have a soft spot for the short-lived series.

So when Reddit ran a thread about a certain easter egg in the recently released Costume Quest, I couldn’t help but to share.

Incondite's screen cap from Costume Quest

This reference joke again makes an appearance in Left For Dead 2, wherein the character Nick does his best Gob impression.

Because WordPress has limited video embedding capabilities, this image will direct you to the original YouTube link, marked at the right time for your convenience

And for those unfamiliar to this reference, please see the below video:

So until Arrested Development either returns to television or decides to start production on that rumored movie, I can always find solace in easter eggs like these.

The Super Friends! Super Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman: The Animated Series, The Tick… There’s no denying that cartoons and comic books have always worked together perfectly. That’s why it’s no surprise that during this year’s New York Comic-Con, several new cartoon series were announced.

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It’s been announced that this season – season 10 – will be Smallville’s last. Lots of people laugh at my love/hate relationship with this series, but it’s kind of a guilty pleasure for me. For nine seasons, I’ve watched it, and while I wouldn’t argue that it’s very good (it’s not), it is a entertaining.

Lazarus picks up immediately following last season’s finale as Clark falls to the street with a blue kryptonite dagger in his chest. Lois, now aware that Clark is the Blur, rushes to his side to save him.

While “teetering on the abyss between life and death,” Clark is confronted by Jor-El, who alludes to two impending threats: Darkseid – ruler of Apokolips, and the resurrection of Clark’s nemesis, Lex Luthor. He is then revived by Lois and super-speeds to Watchtower.

At Watchtower, Chloe is retracing Oliver’s last moments when Clark enters. He warns her of Lex and the two learn of an old Luthor venture called Cadmus Labs. While Clark leaves to find more information on the facility, Chloe takes a trip to the Hall of Justice where she uses Dr. Fate’s helmet to locate Oliver.

Meanwhile, Tess, who we last saw suffering from severe burns in a hospital, awakens in Cadmus Labs completely healed. She decides to snoop around the lab and finds numerous clones of Lex Luthor. All of these clones were deformed save for two; a child named Alexander, and a much older Evil Lex.

The three faces of Lex Luthor

Deciding there can only be one Lex Luthor, Evil Lex sets fire to the entire facility. When Clark arrives, Tess warns him of the clone and he rushes off to stop him*. But while Clark was saving Tess, Evil Lex set up a trial for Clark; he can either save Lois or he can rescue a group of innocent civilians.

Clark manages to save both Lois and the pedestrians. Believing he has become the hero he was meant to be, he is ready to “step into the light.” It’s then that he’s teleported to the Fortress where Jor-El lectures him about being arrogant and prideful. Clark is then told that Earth’s greatest threat isn’t Lex or Darkseid, but Clark himself!

Feeling disappointed, Clark starts to question himself. At that point he encounters his other dead father, Jonathan “Pa” Kent. In this meeting, Pa gives Clark a much needed pep-talk and encourages him to prove Jor-El wrong.

The episode closes with Chloe surrendering herself for Oliver’s freedom, Tess caring for young Alexander, Lois leaving for Africa, an appearance by Darkseid, and the famous Supersuit encased in ice.

While I really enjoyed the way Smallville used Cadmus Labs, I thought Jonathan Kent’s appearance was poorly executed. But I do applaud the show for trying to reunite the original cast.

Even if there was a lot to follow, Lazarus does a decent enough job setting up the rest of the season. I love the fact that each character was given their own storyline. I can also appreciate the subtle nods to the comics that end up making this a really fun show to end the week with.

tl;dr: Smallville’s like a comic book version soap opera – even though it’s been on forever, it’s really easy to pick up. I’d describe it as televised junkfood.

*Evil Lex’s body is flawed and he dies.