Saturday, December 01, 2007

Legion of Super Heroes #2-8 Review. Not

As before. Too bad, too; there were lots of interesting things to be said about this episode.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. Even a second, incredibly minor, Wodehouse reference.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I missed the Wodehouse reference. Oh well; I'll be going back and watching it again at some point.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Greybird said...

You're just hurting your own blog's readership, and such a gesture doesn't put one penny in a writer's pocket or get a single one of them back to work.

Still, if you're going to be consistent about making a tenuous connection and shutting off Time Warner TV products, why are you not declining to do reviews of comics produced by another one of its subsidiaries?

Sorry if this is blunt, but that's how I see it, and it involves inconsistency (and pointlessness) on your part.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Actually I addressed some of that in the first episode review that wasn't a review.

What it really comes down to is that I can't bring myself to write about a TV show *without getting paid* when TV show writers are on strike for reasons I agree with. (On the one hand, LSH isn't a WGA show. On the other, it should be, and I think that's one of the points that's kind of at issue.) I would feel bad if I did. And we all know what Hemingway said about morality.

Any of my blog's readership who are dissatisfied with my policy can e-mail me for a full refund.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Greybird said...

You're just hurting yourself, then. Spare me, O Lord, from the self-righteous.

Go to some of your industry contacts and suggest that DC and Marvel recruit comics scripters — or "idea guys" — from the WGA picket lines. That might actually do the writers some good. This "solidarity" certainly won't.

"Any of my blog's readership who are dissatisfied with my policy can e-mail me for a full refund."

Ask a serious question, get back snark. I should have expected it.

I've got to go edit my bookmarks — for the "duration."

8:07 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

- I'm not hurting myself. If anything, I'm sparing myself some work.

- I don't know if it's self-righteous or not. Maybe it is. But it's not *intrusive* self-righteousness, at least.

- My industry contacts?! That's pretty funny.

- I gave you a serious answer! I did!

- If you're implying that you're not going to come around here and read stuff anymore, well, do what you have to do. But you're always welcome.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, for what it's worth, Matthew, I think your policy is quite comprehensible, and I didn't think you sounded self-righteous at all. So that's my two cents.

Also, far as accusations of pointlessness go in general, my observation is that there is no principled stand or any size or shape a person can take, that isn't eventually met with said accusation. And I'm not saying that all principled stands are created equal; but that the stand is pointless will always be one of the main criticisms, if not the main criticism.

Okay...that was actually four cents, I guess.

1:01 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I appreciate that.

And, of course, there's also something asymmetric about the notion that one post on a comic-book blog is notably more pointless than all the others.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what're you, my existential crisis all of a sudden?

9:07 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

No, it's been coming on gradually for a while.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What it really comes down to is that I can't bring myself to write about a TV show *without getting paid* when TV show writers are on strike for reasons I agree with.

(On the one hand, LSH isn't a WGA show. On the other, it should be, and I think that's one of the points that's kind of at issue.)"

/me reads above, brain explodes like Computo.

This makes no sense. It's like me throwing my shoes out the window to protest someone getting his foot run over by a car. "God damn it, if that fellow can't walk, I'm not walking either." And then it turns out that the guy whose foot got run over had an artificial foot and wasn't hurt. "Well, it's the principle of the thing."

If you're going to shut down the blog to protest something, why not protest the tragedy in the Sudan or the upcoming war in Iran instead of for a bunch of writers on strike?

Or just state the real reason, namely, that you fell behind or you got lazy, or real life intruded ("I'm not hurting myself. If anything, I'm sparing myself some work") -- but don't give the Writer's Strike as an excuse. I would have had a lot more sympathy for the "laziness" excuse. The "Writer's Strike" excuse is just pretty dumb.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

No, the strike reason is the real reason. I'm not behind at all on this blog; I had plenty of time to write the reviews, if I set out to do that.

If you don't agree with my line of thinking, that's okay. One of the things I mentioned to [b]greybird[/b], above, which may not have resembled the point that it was intended to be, is that I am not getting paid for this. I write this blog for my own recreation first and second and anything else (such as the attention it gets from readers such as yourself, which I do appreciate) is a distant third. As such, the only reasons I need to do anything or not do anything on this blog are the reasons that seem good to me.

In this case the reason is primarily an emotional reaction to the writers' strike. It's not common for me to do things for primarily emotional reasons (and as has been pointed out, I could easily logically justify continuing to review the LSH cartoon) but in this case I am indulging that impulse.

Important note: the blog has not been shut down. Only one feature of it has.

By the way, I didn't catch your name...?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well would you put up a synopsis? or a brief summary of the episodes?

Well hopefully the strike will end soon, so Conan can shave his beard

"me Grimlock leader!" Grimlock (Animated)

7:31 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I'll do something once the strike is over. Not sure what yet.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay sire! wonde rhow much longer it'll last?

"Me Grimlock Leader!"TF animated Grimlock

4:33 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Well, a close reading of suggests that there's some hope of getting something done soon. I'm optimistic.

By the way, I sent letters to the heads of the six major studios, letting them know I was boycotting stuff and supporting the writers (because there's no point in boycotting anything without telling people about it) and got a perfectly civil letter back from the guy in charge of Time-Warner. (Or his office, anyway.) So that's cool.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Strike, over.

Your audience expects updates.

11:07 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Yep. I'll do something soon.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A half-hour epic,one of the series best.Odd how the Superboy/Brainy links to Brainiac were not much explored in the comics the way it was on TV.Too obvious,maybe.
Favorite scene:when the powered-up Kandorians rise up in the air,a certain dog and cat are front and center.A possible start for a Legion of Super-Pets? Another reason to mourn this show's demise.

5:22 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I know that I can be formally excommunicated from Legion fandom for saying so, but I was never all that much on the Legion of Super-Pets. I can take Krypto if he's written well; I can take Proty and Proty II in small doses; that's about it.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A comedic take on the order of the Substitutes episode fron the first season would've been fun.Proty has a job as a lab assistant, accidentally empowers some test specimens,then puts them to use. Throw in Starfinger and you have a winner.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

None for me, thanks.

3:04 PM  

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