No riddles are made or answered, and yet there are still plenty of questions.
Aww, I was really hoping for another DC crossover with Batman and the Riddler. It would make a lot more sense for the TCWZ's to help out by using their computers to look up information and solve riddles than whatever dumbass thing they did to help Superman combat the weather.
Was surprised you didn't do a quick rebuttal of Little Miss Sunshine's grandpa with your comment.
"I found so much great information, I put it all in. Overkill." Love that commercial.Anyway, some elementary schools have split 2nd/3rd grade 4th/5th grade classes or the like, so it's plausible that the kids could have Ms. Wilson for two consecutive years. That certainly wasn't the intention here, but hey, getting it right by accident is fun, too.
Was the ending inspired by Buffy The Vampire Slayer? It seems almost word for word what happened in the next to the last episode of the 6th season.
That last shot of you was completely badass. I can't wait to see what happens next :DAlso, I hope that Snowflame's revelation doesn't mean we won't be seeing him again. I say no to drugs, but I say yes to Snowflame.One last thing; I was REALLY trying to wrap my head around why any comics with the Whiz Kids that don't include DC Superheroes also include a "Say no to drugs" section. My theory is that the writers run out of material pretty quickly when it comes to the computers, and thus say to themselves "Oh damn. Well what else can I preach to kids....uh, OH! Say no to drugs!" and thus the villains once more wind up being drug dealers. Really, wouldn't it make more sense if the thieves were stealing shipments of equipment for Radio Shack?
Good review, Linkara. I wonder, though, wouldn't have been better if you only recovered your magic after or midway the battle against Holokara, so you could prove your value to Margaret?
YEAH! Linkara's back!
That ending was epic. Bravo Linkara. This Story line is great and the review was pretty good too.By the way you know they had to promote the same stuff in different comic they know after reading one no one will by a second. So if they want to tell a lot of people about their computer they have to keep repeating it's selling points.Not that they really did list a lot of selling points or list the ones they did very well.God is there a single half decent one that actually sells the computer?
I apologize for an earlier statement of The character not being back to full power by January.To the comic:Those guys should count themselves lucky that they did not have any contact with anyone associated to a Superhero or people who would know a group of well trained men (ala: A-team) or has a super vehicle (ala KITT or Airwolf).I'm really glad you skipped over how wonderful said product is.Overall it was very enjoyable to see it mocked.The Stringer:Saw it happening and was kinda surprised it wasn't Boffo that saved the day.Well the character is back to full power and I need a towel to wipe the egg on my face.
Ahh, the return of Miss Wilson: Time Lord.Why does the librarian have a Flux Capacitor on her belt buckle? Does everyone in this school travel through time?I got to play with a simple circuit kit back in the day. I made a speaker generate a tone and a little LED light up. Something fun to play with, but not exactly the highlight of my summer. And certainly nothing to do with dial-up services and electronic encyclopedias...Thank goodness the comic takes the time to point out the Computer Power Switch or I might never figure out how to turn it on. Though on retrospect, one of those would have certainly helped Lame R Prick. :-DSNOWFLAME! *snorts cocaine in tribute*And there we have it... Proof positive that The Human Torch was high on angel dust the entire time.That was one hell of an explosion. It blew the rain clouds away!Is that a model of Comicron 1 on your shelf next to the Green Ranger Helmet?
Storyline ending was cool. Reminded me very much of the Buffy Season 6 Finale...SPOILERS... when Willow is mouthing off about how unstoppable she is and then Giles shows up in timely fashion to help stop her.END SPOILERS
Yay! Real Linkara is back to kick the Hologram's not-real behind!I know I don't usually do that but I kinda enjoyed that deadpan last line you did. Can't wait for next episode.
Nice review as always, Lewis. Also, it seems that Holokara will be all, "Oh, back from our journey, are we?" And Linkara would be all, "Pretty much. However, I must sadly inform you that no one gets away with hurting my friends!" And Holokara would be all, "Oh, no. Whatever will I do? Oh, wait! You made me invincible! You will not stop me!"
Just when I was making all the coffee jokes to myself involving Cessnas, you come through with the Skydivers reference.It's a shame Petey Plane had to die for this tripe though.
At the very end, Holokara should have said "There isn't anyone on the planet who could stop what I've begun!"And then Linkara should have said"I'm not anyone. I AM A MAHYN!"lols all around.
oh no Snowflame, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!!
Your voice sounded a little... strange when you said, "Oh, I don't know... I think I might know a guy..." That was clearly Linkara wielding the Magic Gun (I see Margaret's reactivated his magic), but you sounded like you were doing... I don't know. Some kind of faux Brooklyn accent or something.Also, why exactly was the Magic Gun that much more effective against Holokara?...Come to think of it, has Holokara been referred to as such on the actual show, or is that just a name the fans have given him?
Pure win, that's all I have to say. No other words to describe it by.
Wow, that was bad. Also, what was up with the weird black splotches on the text?
God these tandy comics were really dumb. Thankfully I never heard of the computers or the comics before this show. I said that holo linkara would be in trouble. Was wondering if it was going to longer before real linkara but i'm glad he came back just at perfect time.
Good Review! Funny, yet made good points.
That last scene...Priceless. I've listened to Spoony's thoughts on what happens if you guys can't review stuff anymore and...Linkara, if the bottom ever falls out of comic book reviewing, just make your own show with you and the others fighting evil, comic book style. I would watch the hell out of that!
You know you're right: Shanna is a disturbed pod version of Nostalgia Chick.I'm really lost on how the heck we go from another Tandy commercial to more drug PSAs, especially with that so-called riddle and seeing them save drug dealers of all people. None of it made sense, not one bit. Oh and as for the "space cadet" part...ever heard the David Bowie song "Ashes to Ashes"? Basically it's Bowie's sequel to "Space Oddity" where his Major Tom character (an astronaut) was really tripping out on drugs all this time, thus the whole "space cadet" comment. (of course the song had two other possible fates, including Elton John's "Rocket Man" and "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling...and probably Elton's version is the most positive future for him. (and had nothing to do with drugs)Oh, nice return...hopefully the Holo-kara mess is sorted out before Halloween...and the next Clone Saga ep at the end of October.
Since Wikipedia lists The Mamas and the Papas as a psychedelic pop group, I'm doubting they were big on "just say no."
Just how many more of these Tandy computer whiz kids comics are there? I keep getting the impression they were being produced just to give people like Ayers more work. Also, without DC characters in them, they are plain boring. I wonder if the PSA aspects were some part of a deal radio shack had, or just the writer being overly concerned with the topic.But the comic's biggest fault is being about riddles, and then not using its computers -or anything else- to solve them. Bah.Yaay, the battle of the Linkara characters has begun! The ending was easy to foresee, but still thrilling. More please! :)
The Mamas and The Papas... I really hope that they weren't refering to the band, because they took a hell of a lot of drugs. Hell, John Phillips was involved in drug trafficking.Also, Shanna does look like Nostalgia Chick. I wonder if Lindsay has an old Tandy in her basement somewhere.
Hey Linkara, there is a really bad comic in ultimate spider man where spidey and wolverine switch bodies for two issues. Wanna review it someday? it can probably be a source of many jokes.
Nice to know that the real Linkara came home in time. I betcha afterwards, Linkara shut down the hologram and tells the others that he'll no longer use his hologram to host his show.
I LOVE the commercial bumpers you've come up with. They're always entertaining, but I liked this one the best. You segue into those breaks very well.Also, SNOWFLAME!!! LOL!I looked up the synopsis of next week's comic, and I very much look forward to it. Seems like there's gonna be a HELL of a lot of ripe material in "Batman: Jazz."
Take Holokara down Linkara.
Shanna is Nostalgia Chick? That means:a-That the only reason she shills Tandy Computer products is because Tandy Computers support her misandrist, pro-abortion, anti-male, ultra left-wing agenda.b-That she's just using Alex in order to usurp his place as star of the comic book.c-That Linkara now can't say anything bad about this comic book without her dad butting in and yelling at Linkara, or without Linkara receiving millions of angry comments about how "you don't get this comic" and "if you don't like it, don't read it" and "Shanna is just playing a character in those comic books, she's not like that in real life".Alex, if you want "Twilight part 5" so badly, just read "The Host". It's pretty much the same thing, only with aliens instead of vampires.Mrs. Young, huh? Any relation to Neil?Also, kids keeping quiet in libraries isn't a problem. The real problem for libraries are Macho Man Randy Savage, deranged British cuckoo birds, and kids who bring packets of slimy oozy strawberry juice that leaks all over the library.The "Say Yes To Drugs Committee" is:-Raoul Puke-Jerrid and the rest of Brad's stoner friends-Jay and Silent Bob-Cheech and Chong-Snowflame-Harold and Kumar-Keith Richards-Rockso the Rock and Roll ClownWait a minute...in this video, in the storyline bit, Holokara said the exact same thing that Linkara said when he defeated the Gunslinger for the first time! I guess all the other commenters were right: the reason why Holokara went evil is because he's programmed to be exactly like Linkara, but Holokara doesn't have Margaret keeping him in check.
Shooting Holokara = Linkara's CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME..... #6,889. At least.Can't wait to see the conclusion next week!!!!!
Linkara's Home! Can't wait to see where it goes from here.
I loved the ending! That was slick. Poor Harvy and 90's Kid seem to be having it rough the last few episodes.
"An hallucination"? Seriously? *sigh*This comic really disappointed me. The Whiz Kids weren't even involved in the main plot until like the last two pages, and the title was a total lie: no answers and no riddles. Great storytelling there. The review was lots of fun, though--glad to know we had the same reaction to "the mamas and the papas" bit. I'm sure that used to be slang for "people" or something, but still.
Truth to be told, I found the recent reviews by your hologram to be funnier than those you did yourself before starting your quest. I don't know if you've intentionally written Holo-Kara's riffing to be even more over the top than usual, but there were a few genuine gems in these past few months where you questioned the sense behind the weirdo stories you reviewed.Also, I've grown quite fond of Dr. Linksano as a good guy. He's actually a lot more entertaining as the quirky mad scientist assistant than the incompetent megalomaniac villain he initially started out as. His "normal" speaking voice is also more entertaining than the high-pitched mad screaming from when he first showed up.
Ok I usually don't care too much for your storyline stuff, but that was freaking awesome.
"Is that a model of Comicron 1 on your shelf next to the Green Ranger Helmet?"It is indeed! I bought it to have a practical model effect for the ship after Marobot lost the originaly CG files for the ship... and then for To Boldly Flee he was commissioned to make a fancier version that looks just different enough from it. XD
"That last scene...Priceless. I've listened to Spoony's thoughts on what happens if you guys can't review stuff anymore and...Linkara, if the bottom ever falls out of comic book reviewing, just make your own show with you and the others fighting evil, comic book style. I would watch the hell out of that!"That's pretty much the plan if there was some sort of legal battle to stop my reviews that I was unable to fight.However, I disagree with Spoony and many others who fear our time is at its end. New media has finally started coming into its own, in my humble opinion. We have not even BEGUN to show what can be done with internet-based series.I agree with the sentiment of Film Brain in To Boldly Flee - *WE* decide when this ride is over. Not corporate executives, not the masses, not lawyers - US. I'll keep on reviewing and declaring that their comics suck until I feel there is nothing more to say, and I still have plenty to work with.
There was another one of those encyclopedia commercials that explains what was going on with that rainbow.
WAG territory here, but I'm halfway expecting the confrontation between Linkara and Holokara to be a massive anticlimax. After all, technically, Holokara is still working as programmed -- the "bugs" originated from Linkara himself. So the way I see it, there's no special reason to think Holokara will put up much if any resistance to being shut down.
Aww, nice to see you so positive about this Lewis. We'll be along for it the whole way then. By the by I can no longer get into my hotmail so if you sent anything the email@example.com I may need a redirection of sorts.I still kinda wanna hear your advice for how I could pull off a Top Ten Worst WIRs list.
Wow this comic was very, VERY boring! So, pretty much we had 3 settings a school, the inside of a tiny airplane, and then an airport!Where did these magic computers even come in top save the day?When you 1st started reading these comics I was expecting something like a Hardy Boys style story about 2 kids solving crimes. So far it's like a really lazy Scooby Doo in which they just stumble onto a crime and get credit for solving it!Oh yeah was there ever a riddle in this thing? I was hoping for a brain twister but I don' think I ever heard even a clever joke in this thing!I like the ending bit of the story arc! I love a villain that is nonchalant about being attacked! Makes me almost think it should've been him instead of MechaKara in the movie!PS: I had to look up next week's review's book because of the strange title and it sounds like we're returning to the Batman that hates rock but LOVES jazz! Can't wait to see how this turns out!!!
I've really enjoyed this so far. Keep up the good work Linkara.
Keep an eye out for the Marvel Comic "Avengers Arena" Coming out. Could be a lot of fire power for your show.
Man, that comic sounded boring in my opinion. The trio and Pollo did their best to stop Holocara and whatever plan that hologram was doing.They each get A for effort.I'm very happy to see the real Linkara showed up with the Magic gun working. I'm curious to see how the fight is going to end. I just wonder what's the ninja style dancer been up to lately ?.Oh, Snowflame you're so drugged up.
::Groans at Avengers Arena:: Sorry just mention of it. Ugh take some of the characters people asking about from runaways, some decent selling avengers academy, darkhawk, and promise? You wonder some people are worried and ragging. Then there are people just rubbing their hands together for more death.
I think part of the reason I may have gotten deja vu from one of the last entries in this Tandy Computers Whiz Kids series is that I keep forgetting that the comics even exist until you review one. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.And this is the part where the plot really gets thick for the non-review portion of the show. It's really starting to remind me of the Mt. Ordeals segment of Final Fantasy 4. It'll be interesting to see how the fight between Paladin Linkara and Dark Knight Linkara goes. Next week can't come fast enough in that regard.
The Episode was ok. Most of the jokes were hit or miss for me.However i really liked the story part. Good to have you finally back Linkara
Uhm. Weird question where did the name "Linkara" come from.Both in and out of plot, because Liz CALLS you Lewis in the Search for Spock Review.
Granted the chance of this is probably small but I hoPe that the fascist robot Santa, I mean Holokara (kudos if you get the reference) can be dissuaded from his current course. It would be nice if he didn't need to die.
Alright! Linkara's back, now this will get interesting
"That's pretty much the plan if there was some sort of legal battle to stop my reviews that I was unable to fight.However, I disagree with Spoony and many others who fear our time is at its end. New media has finally started coming into its own, in my humble opinion. We have not even BEGUN to show what can be done with internet-based series.I agree with the sentiment of Film Brain in To Boldly Flee - *WE* decide when this ride is over. Not corporate executives, not the masses, not lawyers - US. I'll keep on reviewing and declaring that their comics suck until I feel there is nothing more to say, and I still have plenty to work with."Now I'd buy that for dollar. A show with nothing but your storyline stuff, THAT would be awesome.
I don't know. Somehow I still feel sorry for Holo-Linkara. Yes, he has done some nasty things. But I still have the feeling that everyone is more "evil" to him than he is "evil" to the others. And it's not that he is trying to do things like taking over the world (of course!). He is even still all this crappy material for Linkara like her should, even though it hurts him so much, that he feels pain in situations where he shouldn't (the drunk hologram). Holo-Linkara is like someone who is slowly becoming evil but he still isn't at the point of no return. The others even haven't try to really talk with him (not counting Harveys conversation since it was more like an abuse).
I just realised something, that I haven't really put my finger on until now, maybe you noticed it too if you look at Wii Games, but your name has "Link" in it, your main weapon has a spiritual entity in the form of a feminine figure. I could be wrong, but but in-universe continuity, could that gun be forged from the metal of the master sword? Much like how Roland's of Dark Tower fame's Sandalwood guns are forged from Excalibur.
Who owns the rights to the Tandy Computer Whiz Kids at the moment?for some reason, I'm fascinated with the idea of having them making a comeback as supporting characters in Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. creating gadgets for the organisation, based around 80s technology I mean, Megas XLR had an evil robot based around 50s technology http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdf5xgVc8osalso had a bad-ass theme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K_QcctBftY
I have to say the next episode is going to be the most interesting. I can understand why the others wanted to stop Holokara; he was maniacal, he opposed death threats to everyone there and basically wanted the home to himself, but what will Linkara see in all of this? Will he take him down like a normal bad guy or realize that this is him if he became what the Gunslinger's computer wanted him to become; selfish, arrogant and secluded in his lonesome reviewing comic books. In the grand scheme of things, if Holokara got his wish and the others were just gone, all he'd be doing is reviewing his opinion on comic books with no social interaction, which isn't as evil as Mechakara destroying all organic life, the Entity destroying all of existence and Vyce conquering all of the universe for himself. I just want to see if his character really went through growth during this story arc and treats this experience with a new perspective.
You know what that makes Linkara right? Big damn heroes, sir!
Aw man, the new camera has the same auto-focus issue as the old camera.What are the odds!?
Actually, the TCWK issues allegedly produced by Radio Shack themselves were actually co-produced by Archie Comics. The reason why most of these issues were bland was that most of them were written by a RS commitee member named William Palmer. The first two Archie-produced issues of Whiz Kids (1984's 'The Computer Trap' and 1985's 'The computers That Said No To Drugs') were actually written by Paul Kupperberg, who wrote the DC issues! It also was a 'missed opportunity' of sorts: In 1984-85, Archie had their own line of superhero comics, which they marketed with a short-lived line of action figures, as well as intial work on an animated series! After 1988's 'Fit To Win', the series went on a short hiatus, only to return in 1990 with 'A Deadly Choice', which dumped the old creative team with a new one and redesigned the Whiz Kids!
Hmm...I think their school district takes all the money to fund things that they don't need, and make them all mindless, so they will be easy to take over lol.Overall good show favorite parts iare the mamas and the papas reference, and the stock footage of Will as Snowflame because you can never have enough Snowflame!!!For the story it makes want to watch next week as you just got back home, and things are about to get real.Now the wait to find out what Batman has against Jazz
"Both in and out of plot, because Liz CALLS you Lewis in the Search for Spock Review."That was the Wrath of Khan review.
"However, I disagree with Spoony and many others who fear our time is at its end. New media has finally started coming into its own, in my humble opinion. We have not even BEGUN to show what can be done with internet-based series.I agree with the sentiment of Film Brain in To Boldly Flee - *WE* decide when this ride is over. Not corporate executives, not the masses, not lawyers - US. I'll keep on reviewing and declaring that their comics suck until I feel there is nothing more to say, and I still have plenty to work with."It's all about the quality of the content. While I can agree with Doug that a character or concept can run their course, if you keep putting out smart and entertaining content, there will be an audience for it. Popularity can fluxtuate, but there's a lot of talent evident with you, Doug, Spoony, Brad, and so on. You all have potential to keep producing great, original, fresh work that will bring in a loyal audience.Keep up the great work!
The Comic: I... I feel like I should be surprised they made more of this crap.... Not so much.Your Arc: Loved your entrance.Fiery Little One
Things finally coming to a big finish in this arc and more Tandy Computers! Excellent. And what an awesome close.I'm secretly kind of hoping for a reviewing duel next week. Whoever can cope with the comic best is the better Linkara!
That ending! So now the real fun starts :)I'm so loving this storyline! Best part here (apart from the ending) - the way the hologram's 'nothing can stop me' speech echoed Linkara's comment, right before the magic gun stopped working - it really confirms that the hologram's evil tendancies came from Linkara's personality, and that Linkara has/had the potential to go the same path. Oh, and Linksano standing up against the hologram when he was the last one left. I never expected him to be that brave.I just had a kind of nightmarish thought, though - the shot from the magic gun caught the hologram by surprise, and it seemed far more powerful than anything the others threw at him... but now that he knows Linkara's there, I just hope like hell he doesn't have the ability to deflect another shot back like he did the one from the BFG.
Huh. You know, I was expecting you to use that song for an end credits sequence but I always expected it to be with a Wonder Woman comic.
you do realize that this is the firs episode of the longest running show on TGWTG, made in the post-TBF era?
"you do realize that this is the firs episode of the longest running show on TGWTG, made in the post-TBF era?'Noooot exactly. I have more EPISODES, but technically the Cinema Snob has been running longer than my show. ^_~
"I just realised something, that I haven't really put my finger on until now, maybe you noticed it too if you look at Wii Games, but your name has "Link" in it, your main weapon has a spiritual entity in the form of a feminine figure. I could be wrong, but but in-universe continuity, could that gun be forged from the metal of the master sword? Much like how Roland's of Dark Tower fame's Sandalwood guns are forged from Excalibur."That's a distinct possibility... except for the fact that Lewis has said that he's never played any Zelda games. Then again, he made the "I Am Error" reference back in the Entity arc...
"::Groans at Avengers Arena:: Sorry just mention of it. Ugh take some of the characters people asking about from runaways, some decent selling avengers academy, darkhawk, and promise? You wonder some people are worried and ragging. Then there are people just rubbing their hands together for more death."The covers already imply Hazmat is dying. And Marvel is actually going "Why are you people so mad?" They even insist "This book will become your new favorite book!"
Buying high priced newfangled technology, instead of school necessities? yep, that sounds like school, to me
This was a dumb comic for kids, and those blotches didn't help matters.Also, Linkara's back and ready to kick insane hologram ass! Huzzah!
Uh, so Linkara's real name is Lovhaug? How do you pronounce that, Love-hug?
I think Holokara should have looked a bit different. Sure the real one is not wearing the jacket now but still... a few pens in his shirt pocket or a tie or... oh, I know! A monocle!
Great review ! And the ending make me expect something great from the current storyline. Maybe Linkara and Mechakara will settle things by doing some sort of double review next time ? After all, they are almost the same person, and having a mere fight would by too simple a resolution for such a situation.(I hope you will forgive the language errors I can have made. I am french, and a fan of Linkara nonetheless.)
Gonzo:"same reaction to "the mamas and the papas" bit. I'm sure that used to be slang for "people" or something"Not in the 80s, it wasn't.I noticed (Linkara) that you read a part that had a typo you auto-corrected without noticing: the first 'to database information' should have had an 'a' in there.A comment on the speech the girl gives: not knowing which way is up in water is a genuine problem, and you don't need to be on drugs to have it. Divers get it sometimes.Yes, this comic was even worse than you give it credit for.In its defense, I believe 'Say No To Drugs' was a big campaign at the time, run by Nancy Reagan. Everybody would've heard of it, and people quoting it in the street would be like 'Miller time' or something - common enough that it's not much of a stretch for the officer to use it.I'll just go on, California Dreamin'...Mat:"(I hope you will forgive the language errors I can have made. I am french, and a fan of Linkara nonetheless.)"Je n'ais pas remarqué trop des fauts.
P.S.Gareth: "the fascist robot Santa... kudos if you get the reference"Um... Futurama, I'm guessing. There's certainly one of those in there.
The Mamas?Like the Mama clan from Dredd? if so then I understand why they wanted to hide that the slowmo was coming from them.
I know Last Angry Geek already has this covered, but do you think you could put up some videos about what you thought of some of the recent Doctor Who episodes. It could be the perfect substitute for TAIS.
Is that the same mobile emitter from last year's Silent Hill arc? If so, a theory:Is Silent Hill the cause for the hologram turning evil? After all it is a physical representation of Linkara's inner darkness and his potential to be evil, which is what this storyline is all about.Isn't that how the power of the town works? Helping people confront their demons and the darker parts of their soul, and giving them a shot at redemption?
I'm sorry to say this Linkara but you dropped the ball. Cocaine but no snowflame joke
It probably /is/ a regional thing, it's just one of those things that I don't think either of us ever seriously thought of as differing for other people, it being one of those fundamental facts of childhood. But yeah: in Ontario (Canada) anyway, elementary schools have three recesses: a fifteen minute one, a forty five minute one, and a ten minute one. Honestly didn't think that it was different anywhere else. THE MORE YOU KNOW and all that. Now that "Recess" cartoon that used to be on Disney makes a lot more sense in hindsight.
Is it just me or do these kids look rather ... old for elementary schoolers?
I love the Tandy Whiz Kidz comics: unintentionally distrubing and funnyy at the same time. Wonderful dark humour riffing material=No to drugs girl "Where's the boy next door".Shana interrupts "I know where he is, I helped his mother bury his corpse". Twacher "Well done Shana thats super! Please tell us more about it".Shana "Well it all started last summer when me and a group of friends decided to start a science club....".
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