Holy crap, is that Kolchak The Night Stalker?

Art By Bill Sienkiewicz

In the last episode of "The Flash," Caitlin Snow discovered Jay Garrick is dying as a result of the loss of his speed. In an attempt to save him, she kicked off a search for his Earth-1 doppelganger in the hopes they could use the double's healthy cells to heal him. Now, in "The Reverse-Returns," Jay revealed the reason she had such trouble tracking his doppelganger down: Earth-1's Jay Garrick was adopted. And his name?

Hunter Zolomon.

In the comics, Hunter Zolomon becomes Zoom, who fans may recognize as this season's big bad. The character first appeared in Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins' "The Flash: Secret Files & Origins" #3 as Zolomon, before taking up the mantle of Zoom in "The Flash" #197. Over time, he became good friends with Wally West, before the two had a falling out after an accident resulted in his paralyzation. He attempted to use the cosmic treadmill when Wally refused to go back and save him, and the resulting explosion dislodged him from the timeline, thereby giving him super speed.


Who Kevin Smith Played In The Force Awakens

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been out for over a month, the team behind the space opera can finally reveal some of the details that went into creating it. We’ve learned information about production, development, and the casting of the more mysterious roles. Additionally, a hand full of cameos have been revealed, and now another small role has come to light. It turns out that comic book and Star Wars aficionado Kevin Smith got to be apart of the galaxy far, far away.

Starwars.com just released the additional voice talent for The Force Awakens and Kevin Smith’s role has been defined as the following:
Stormtrooper (reacts to incoming Resistance fighters): "We have incoming at 28.6! Move!"

Well there you go, ladies and gentleman. It turns out that Kevin Smith got to voice one of the First Order Stormtroopers. Lucky him.


Holy crap, is that Kolchak The Night Stalker?

The previews for next weeks episode of the X-Files teased an appearence by an iconic character from 70s sci fi television, and one of the original inspirations for the series, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Who is Kolchak you ask? Well my you friend here is the info:

Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the 1974–1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter—Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin—who investigated mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, particularly those that law enforcement authorities would not follow up. These often involved the supernatural or even science fiction, including fantastic creatures.

The series was preceded by two television movies, The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973). Although the series only lasted a single season, it remains popular in syndication. It is often cited as the inspiration for the popular series The X-Files. Following the success of The X-Files, the franchise was resurrected in 2005 in a second television series with a new cast and characters, as well as subsequent novels and comic books.


The Truth Is Out There ... now that the CIA released some of their files on UFOs.

CIA releases new UFO ‘X-Files’ – including terrifying flying saucer over Sheffield

UFO fans have gone mad – well, even more mad than usual – after the CIA just splurged a whole load of UFO files on their website.

Naturally, the wilder parts of YouTube are in FULL MELTDOWN over this – although, so far, there don’t seem to be any alien limbs or crashed flying saucers in there.

One report, entitled, Flying Saucers and dated 1 August 1952, says, ‘Less than 100 reasonably credible reports remain ‘unexplainable’ at this time. It is recommended that CIA surveillance be continued.

‘It is strongly urged, however, that no reports of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public.


Holy 1800s Batman ... Batman

‘Star Trek’: Everything We Know About the New TV Series

In the midst of Hollywood’s frantic race for franchises, we’ve seen reboots for just about every major property under the sun. As one such property, Star Trek has seen a massive resurgence following J.J. Abrams’ two (soon to be three) films over the last six years. Now, the iconic sci-fi franchise will head back to television, with the announcement from CBS that the network will bring Star Trek back as a full-on series.

It comes as an interesting turn of events, given that the original TV series has already gone through a whole host of reboots over the last half-century of its existence. Already we’ve seen Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, and Enterprise in addition to the original 1966 iteration, making CBS’s planned series the fifth version in the history of Gene Roddenberry’s series. So what can we expect moving forward? Here’s what we know (and don’t know) so far.


Art By
Go Robo Punch!

In 1997 Banpresto approached Go Nagai about creating an advanced version of his famous mecha, Great Mazinger, for the later stages of their Super Robot Wars video game. The design Nagai came up with, Mazinkaiser, is arguably the most powerful mecha ever created. The robot proved to be so popular that it was eventually added to the Mazinger canon (storyline). In 1999 a seven episode OVA (Original Video Animation) anime series was produced to tell the origin of the mecha.

Many American fans may not be too unfamiliar with the Mazinger Z storyline, which aired under the name Tranzor Z shortly after Robotech became popular. Many American children also got to play with a 3 foot tall Mazinger which was released as part of Mattel’s Shogun Warrior line of toys in the late 1970s’. I know I had one and so did most of my friends. In the original series Mazinger Z was always pitted against some lame robot that was created by the enemy of the Photon Energy Research Laboratory, Dr. Hell, whose
henchman (henchwoman?) Baron Ashura would always oversee the attack. In typical Japanese superhero style the enemy robot would always win through the majority of the fight until Mazinger Z would unleash all its power and destroy it. I always wondered why Dr. Hell never just built one robot and put it aside. Then built another robot and put it aside and so on and so on till he had an army to kick Mazinger’s butt?


They're not bad movies -- Just Misunderstood.

Way back in 2001 a fledgling horror host by the name of Mr. Lobo launched a little late night movie program called "Cinema Insomnia" on KXTV channel 10 in Sacramento. Since that time Lobo, and CI, have been syndicated all over this great country of ours appearing on TV screens from Cucamonga to Kalamazoo.

Lobo has even launched a very successful line of DVDs featuring CI episodes which can be purchased through Amazon.com. All this, including numerous public appearances
at movie screenings and conventions, have made this a very eventful decade for Lobo indeed.

Local Horror Host, Eric Lobo aka "Mr. Lobo" started Cinema Insomnia on KXTV Channel 10 in Sacramento in 2001 only to have it cancelled later that year. Since then, that 3:05 AM time slot on very late Saturday/early Sundays have been replaced by a hostless movie slot consisting of the same 13 public domain movies. Since this is the 10th Anniversary of Mr. Lobo's debut on KXTV, this petition is encouraging KXTV to bring back Cinema Insomnia & Mr. Lobo to the same time slot. They have nothing to lose but plenty to gain.


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