Friday, July 19, 2024

BanGos - Hazy Shade of Winter

 BanGos do a live performance of Hazy Shade of Winter.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The DC Animated Universe Weekly Review - Batman: The Animated Series

 Batman: The Animated Series

Episode 21

Feat of Clay Part 2

 


The follow-up episode is just as good as it’s first part, maybe slightly better.  Hagan has become the deformed freak Clay Face.  He discovers he can shape shift temporarily and swears to get revenge on Daggett.  Meanwhile Bruce Wayne Made bail and is using his Batman detective skills to clear his name and put the blame on Roland Daggett.  

 

Everything culminates to Summer Gleason’s talk show where Roland Daggett is promoting his addictive, cosmetic, make-up.  Clay Face pretends to be a woman, confronts Daggett showing what an overdose of the formula can do to people.   He tries to kill Daggett, Batman shows up and stops him.  In the process he’s able to prove Hagan was pretending to be Bruce Wayne.  

 

Hagan is believed to be dead but Batman suspects Hagan faked his death and actually got away.  It’s a rather gloomy and dark twist.  One of many great bleak endings the show will have. 

 

Hagan is a true and true bad guy but a person can absolutely understand his quest for revenge.  Roland Daggett is by far the worse of the two.  He’s unremorseful in his evil.  As he appears in other episodes throughout the series, he never cares about the harm he inflicts.  Roland Daggett is a low level Lex Luthor for Batman.  He’s a ruthless businessman who will do anything to further his bottom line.  

 

Clay Face goes onto be one of Batman’s more formidable foes and his follow-up episodes are as epic as his introduction.  

 

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®
ILikeToPlayWithToysProductions@Yahoo.com

Monday, July 15, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise


Season 3

Episode 75 Countdown

 


Enterprise and friends are in pursuit of the Xindi weapon controlled by the Reptilians.  Archer convinces the Xindi Aquatics to join the fight on his side by promising to destroy the spheres that cause all the special anomalies in that region of space.  It’s a powerful moment.  At the start of the season Enterprise enters the Delphic Expanse alone with no clue how to contact the Xindi or any real idea how to stop them.  Through diplomacy he’s able to win over 3 of the 5 and get them to fight by his side to save Earth.  It’s a theme worthy of Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future.  It took a long time to build-up to this moment but credit to the writers for crafting this part of the story and its payoff. 

 

The Reptilians use a mind whammy on the kidnapped Ensign Sato to arm the super weapon and head off to destroy Earth.  While trying to rescue Sato, Major Hayes gets killed.  It’s a bummer because he was a cool character, though under utilized along with the rest of the MACOs.  

 

The Reptilians head to Earth with the weapon which forces everyone to split up.  Archer takes Degra’s ship along with a bunch of Xindi ships to stop the Reptilians.  T’Pol takes Enterprise to destroy the spheres in the Delphic Expanse.  

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®
ILikeToPlayWithToysProductions@Yahoo.com

Friday, July 12, 2024

BanGos - Eternal Flame

 BanGos performing Eternal Flame live.


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The DC Animated Universe Weekly Review - Batman: The Animated Series

 Batman: The Animated Series

Episode 20

Feat of Clay Part 1

 


The two-part introduction to Clay Face.  While not as tragic as Two-Face’s origin story, breaking it up into two parts makes sense.  There was never a defined Clay Face in the comics.  The series was able to take plenty of liberties with the character and the story they came up with was rather epic.

 

Actor Matt Hagan is pretending to be Bruce Wayne and committing crimes in his name.  He’s doing this under the orders of Roland Dagett who has a bunch of businessman bad guy motives. Bruce Wayne is framed for crimes he did not commit.

 

Matt Hagan was disfigured in a car accident and Daggett supplies him with a special cream that allows him to fix his face.  The stuff is temporary and addictive, a drug.  To get a steady supply Hagan has to constantly go to Daggett and do a ton of illegal stuff.  Hagan tries to find a way to break free of Daggett by stealing a bunch but Daggett’s goons catch him and give him an OD of the stuff.  

 

This silhouette scene of the band guys pouring the stuff on Hagan that will turn him into Clay Face is scary.  Even in a monster film it would be frightening.  For what is supposed to be a kids show, it’s absolutely shocking.  The episode ends on a nice cliffhanger.

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®
ILikeToPlayWithToysProductions@Yahoo.com

Monday, July 8, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 3

Episode 74 The Council

 


The episode is a hidden gem in the season.  One that promotes diplomacy over violence. The Enterprise shows there is a larger conspiracy and convinces the Xindi to stop their attack on Earth.  But in an ultimate twist two of the Xindi factions break off and proceed with their plan to destroy Earth.  This time around Archer is not alone when trying to stop the attack as he now has two other Xindi factions on his side trying to stop the super weapon from being used.  

 

Degra is murdered by another Xindi in this episode, and while his character ultimately proved to be good, he was responsible for the death of over seven million people on Earth.  So not too many tears should be shed for his loss.  

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®
ILikeToPlayWithToysProductions@Yahoo.com

Friday, July 5, 2024

BanGos - Mad About You

 BanGos performing Mad About You live at the South Huntington Public Library.


Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The DC Animated Universe Weekly Review - Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series

Episode 19

Prophecy of Doom

 


One of Bruce Wayne’s friend’s gets involved with a con artist who claims to be a psychic.  Bruce plays the part of a patsy to get in close with the group.  Batman is then able to stop the bad guy and save the day.

 

The plot is simple but it’s well done.  No complaints, very enjoyable to watch.  The character of Lisa Clark (voice by the beautiful Heather Locklear) is only seen in this episode but she has some Batgirl qualities.  These qualities get hashed out later when the character of Barbara Gordon is introduced. 

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®
ILikeToPlayWithToysProductions@Yahoo.com

Monday, July 1, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise


Season 3

Episode 73 E²

 


The Enterprise on their way to stop the attack on Earth came across their own ship from the future/past which ended up 117 years in the past.  Then each generation was raised with the purpose of helping the Enterprise stop the Xindi.  Is your head hurting?  Read it a few times.  Why the Enterprise Squared didn’t show up and help them at the beginning of their journey was poorly explained.  Including why they didn’t stop the initial attack on Earth… Instead they just wandered around aimlessly in the Delphic Expanse for 117 years trying to bump into the Enterprise.  

 

They team up and work together.  Drama ensues, eventually Enterprise Squared helps Enterprise, disappears, and thus never existed because they completed their mission.   So time paradox.  Like John Connor was born to stop the machines but the machines wouldn’t have been stopped if they never went back in time to try to stop John Connor from being born.  

 

It’s actually not a terrible episode but it is a concept that Star Trek has traversed before.  In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Children of Time the defiant crashes on a planet inhabited by the decedents of the ship.  They found out when trying to take off they somehow end up back in time and have to build a colony on the planet over several generations.  Antics ensue and the crew of the Defiant leave the planet causing the colony to disappear.  That episode is a great DS9 episode.  Seeing it rehashed on Enterprise is just that, a rehash of a story they already told with a twist of lime.  

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®
ILikeToPlayWithToysProductions@Yahoo.com

Friday, June 28, 2024

BanGos - If She Knew What She Wants

 BanGos doing a live rendition of If She Knew What She Wants