odds & ends

It’s Friday! I haven’t done an Odds & Ends update in awhile!

Ellen and I are powering through the first season of Veronica Mars on Netflix. I’ve already seen these episodes but Ellen never has. It’s been a lot of fun. On watching VM for the second time, I’m even more impressed with the show than I was on the first go-around. It’s aged remarkably well for being a teen drama taking place in high school.

It’s also clear that the writers put a LOT of work into the mystery which, unlike a lot of television shows, plays entirely fair with the audience. It’s been fun to watch Ellen react as the season-long “Who killed Lily Kane?” story arc unspools, considering I know who, in fact, killed Lily Kane… and as for me, I’ve enjoyed picking up on stuff that I completely missed on my first viewing.

If you’ve never seen Veronica Mars, it’s worth watching. If you have seen it, it’s worth revisiting.

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Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour came out a few weeks ago, but I only found a copy this past Saturday. Seriously, I looked ALL over New York and I couldn’t find one lousy copy! I really wanted to get one for my classroom, as these books were HUGELY read among my students last year… and I’m expecting a rush on them in September thanks to the upcoming movie.

While I enjoy the books, the Scott Pilgrim series hits a lot of sweet spots for people that aren’t necessarily my sweet spots. I’ve never been a big fan of Japanese manga, the style on which most of the series is based… and I stopped following video games sometime in the early 1990’s, so some of the references that cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley makes fly right over my head. That being said, I really enjoyed the last book in the series. Although there’s still a lot of laugh-out-loud moments and some REALLY well designed action sequences, I most appreciated the maturity with which O’Malley approached the relationships in this book, and I’m shocked that I’m saying “mature” and “Scott Pilgrim” in the same paragraph. I’m looking forward to seeing what some of my students from last year who devoured 1 through 5 think of this one.

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Some of you might remember last year when I asked readers to vote for me in a contest for Poe Ghostal’s Points of Articulation, wherein I had to take Poe and draw him as a character from the 1980’s toy line He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. You can see my take on Poe here.

I was thrilled when I won second prize in that contest- a Mer-Man action figure from Mattel’s new Masters of the Universe Classics line. If you’ve never heard of MOTUC, it’s a toy line created exclusively for collectors where the toys from the Eighties are retooled and reimagined for the 21st century. As regular readers of the blog know, I’m something of a… well, I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a fan of He-Man these days (the cartoon, when revisited, is pretty horrible) but I have a soft spot for Masters of the Universe.

I finally got around to taking ol’ Mer-Man out of the box and DAMN it is a nice toy! He’s super-posable and comes with a lot of cool accessories including his trident, weird looking coral/corn sword, and a differently designed head that you can swap onto the neck.

The going rate on these toys is something like $30 dollars, and fans of He-Man pay for these once a month on Mattel’s MattycCollector website. I don’t know that I’m ready to dive in regularly collecting these at that crazy price point, but this is a pretty sweet toy. I can imagine Elliot and Henry enjoying him when they’re ready to play with action figures.

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And now, for your enjoyment… Henry faces.

Thank you and goodnight.

2 Responses to “odds & ends”

  1. […] After wending her way through three seasons of Veronica Mars over the summer, Ellen has moved onto another terrific mid ’00′s TV series cut down well before its’ time: FOX’s Firefly. […]

  2. […] I embarked on another of our great summer TV marathons this week. You may remember two summers ago, Ellen fell in love with Veronica Mars. Last summer I became obsessed with Doctor Who. This year, after much cajoling, Ellen agreed to […]

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