The Return of the Official Matticus Kingdom Tug-of-War

Disclaimer – this is going to be a week of nonsense here in the kingdom.  It seemed like the blogosphere could used some silliness, and since that is what we are all about here, that is what we are going to provide.  Everything this week will be designed to uplift, make you laugh, etc…  If you aren’t okay with that, too bad, that’s what you are going to get anyway.  Now, on with the show…

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The rules (because all games must have rules, except Calvinball, of course):
1) Read the prompt.  (I know what you are thinking, “Reading, bleh, who wants to do that.  But if you don’t read the prompt then you won’t be able to fully play along.”
2) Choose a side.  (You have to pick a side in tug-of-war, that’s kind of important.)
3) Write a post that supports your decision. (We don’t need an essay, and we don’t give bonus points for brevity either.  However, we will be your friend if you do something creative.)  (Kim also says you can just leave your answer as a comment and since she is awesome we are going to allow that.)
4) Link back to this post so the moderator can count your support correctly. (Unless you leave your answer in the comments, then you don’t need to link back, because, well that might create an infinite loop that could explode the internet.)
5) There is no fifth rule – just seemed like there needed to be another one – oh, wait, I know:  The fifth rule of Matticus Kingdom Tug-of-War is “You do talk about it.”  To anyone and everyone.  That’d be great.

The winning side will be the one that gets the most support, and their reward will be the knowledge that they chose wisely and eternal fame across the kingdom.

Doesn’t this sound like fun?

Many thanks to Kim and Rara for helping come up with and formulate this idea.  They are amazing.  Go forth and check out their pages.  That’s not an order, per se, but it is an official edict.  (Yes, there is a difference.)

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For the return of the world famous* game, we have chosen the prompt:  Which universe of superheroes (and villains) is superior: Marvel or DC?

*”World famous” may or may not be an accurate description.  We aren’t going to discount it as a possibility though.

The Matticus Kingdom is throwing our support behind Marvel.  Mostly that is because we are partial to The Punisher and Spiderman.  But, we can’t discount the overall popularity of the Marvel movies: X-Men, Spiderman, Iron-Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, etc…  They have dominated the box office and those billions of dollars cannot be ignored.  Plus, if we didn’t pick Marvel, we are pretty sure that The Punisher would hunt us down and we really want to avoid that.

You want to play, right?

  • Choose a side
  • Make a post and link it back to this one
  • Or leave a convincing argument in the comments

(Rara, in her infinite wisdom has decreed there should be an offical timeframe related to when the winner will be announced…. yeah, she’s a smarty like that.)

The ruling powers here in the Kingdom have decided that participants have until Friday (1/24/2014) one week (five-ish days) to throw their support behind one of the two answers.

Our official counter (yeah, we have a guy for that) will add them up and then one of our minions will post the results at some point next weekend, or the following Monday: bestowing glory upon the winners.

And, we’ll all live in a better world for finally having solved once and for all which is the better comic universe.

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I watched the series premier of “Arrow” last night on the CW…

For those of you who don’t know, this show is about Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, a comic book character who lives in the same universe as Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman and… well, you get the idea.  He isn’t morally as much of a boy scout as Superman, has no real super powers but has learned to fend for himself adequately through the various experiences of his life, and is really, really (almost ridiculously so) good with a bow. 

For a bit of additional background information, CW was the station that broadcast Smallville (kind of an origin story for Superman) for ten seasons.  The Green Arrow had several cameos throughout that run and was one of the main characters for the last several seasons.  So it was only natural for the CW to attempt a spinoff.

When I first heard about Arrow, I have to say I was pretty excited.  While I will freely admit that I am a comic nerd, my interests were mostly The Punisher and Spiderman growing up, but then I started watching Smallville and I was hooked on Superman.  Over the course of the series it had high points and low points but it was consistently good and the final seasons were fantastic.  So, because I so thoroughly enjoyed that show it is easy to see how I could have high hopes for a spin-off.

Hmm, now that I’ve written that, I’m not sure that the CW is billing this show as a spin-off.  None of the actors are the same, the setting isn’t the same, and I’m not sure about the time frame…  Regardless, I bet the CW is counting on fans of Smallville becoming fans of Arrow.

I am undecided on my own allegiance.  It seems a bit harsh to judge a show after only one episode, and so I will most likely give it another couple to come around, but it will need to improve a lot to get me coming back every week.

The action sequences were good, better in fact than most of the action sequences in Smallville (perhaps not having to worry about portraying Superman’s speed, strength, heat vision, etc… make the task easier, more believable), but that about sums up the positives.  I found the writing and acting to be merely adequate and therefore didn’t really find myself becoming attached to any of the characters.  And if there aren’t any characters I like, then what’s going to keep me coming back?  They didn’t even introduce any villains for me to “like to hate.”

So, did I miss something?  I’m fairly certain I’m falling in the target demographic of the audience they are trying to reach with this show, but so far they’ve missed me.  Did anyone else watch, what did you think?

I’m hoping they turn it around because I’d like to find a show to fill the Smallville void, and, well, because I’m geeking out about the possibilities of fun cameos in the future: will Superman make an appearance? or the Flash? or Batman?  or…?

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Here is a post that said it all much better than me: http://ctchannel.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/review-arrow/